Annual Christmas Party
Dec 19 / 20 - We were asked by Father Mullen with two projects the weekend at our church. The first was the manger set-up on Saturday morning at 9am. The second was the church decorating for Christmas which took place at 1:30pm on Sunday. Many thanks to the Brothers that showed up and helped out!
Keep Christ In Christmas
November 7/8 & 14/14 - Once again we took orders for Christmas Cards and other holiday items after each Mass. This program offers us all a chance to Keep Christ In Christmas, while supporting the charitable works of the Knights of Columbus. Click here for the brochure and informaton.
Lord’s Pantry Holiday Events A Success!
Nov 20/21 Dec 5/6 - November and December are the two months during which the Lord’s Pantry distributes food to those in our community who are in need to help them and their families enjoy their Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. On November 20th and 21st we helped with the Thanksgiving Food Distribution, and on December 5th and 6th we helped with the Christmas Food and Toy Distribution. Over 200 families received a helping hand through this program!
The Knights played a big role each weekend, and we had one of our best showings for this event. On Friday afternoon 6 Knights helped out picking up a ton of bikes at Walmart in Exton and 13 Knights helped with setting up for the Saturday Distribution at Downingtown West HS Cafeteria. Saturday our Knights showed up in full force with 15 Knights (not including spouses and Kids) to help the Pantry’s clients load their gifts in their vehicles. Knights also helped pick up more bikes at the Parkesburg Walmart. The Knights were even there for the clear up and clear out at the end.
Many thanks to John Magee for coordinating, and to all the Brothers who helped out!
Over 220 Casseroles Prepared for St John’s Hospice!
Nov 8, Note from GK. John Fiore: We did it again!!! 226 casseroles were assembled on Sunday afternoon another record! We had over 25 brothers and their families help out on Sunday and when we wrapped up we all sat down for a nice dinner and fellowship. This was a big weekend for St. Elizabeth’s and St. Johns as this was also the parish collection weekend. The parish collected 122 casseroles as well this weekend. That is just under 350 casseroles from our Parish. If you figure each casserole feeds 6 to 8 men our Parish will help feed somewhere between 2400 and 2800 men at St. Johns. Our council allotted $1,000 for this program and it looks like we will have spent just under that amount to purchase all the ingredients. A special thank you goes out to Clemens/Hatfield Meats as they donated 100lbs of hot dogs and passed on a significant savings on an additional 100lbs of hot dogs. This donation would not have been possible had it not been for the diligent efforts of Brother Jim Smith who reached out to Clemens/Hatfield Meats and landed this donation for our council. With the councils funds and donated product from Clemens/Hatfield we were able to bring our costs down to $4.40 per casserole and each casserole feeds 6 to 8 men!
I wish to pass on a sincere word of thanks and gratitude to the brothers and their families that helped out on Sunday and also to the entire council that made this assembly and past casserole assemblies possible. Without the volunteers and financial support this program would not be possible. We should all be very proud of this effort on behalf of our council. If you ever wonder where your dues go or the proceeds from our raffles and fundraisers this is a great example of how your financial support makes these events possible. Fraternally, GK John Fiore
For pictures click here!
Family Mass & Dinner Social
We had a Family Mass at 5:30pm on November 7th. After Mass, we headed over to Liberty Union Bar and Grill to to enjoy dinner together and socialize as a group. About 20 Knights and family members joined. This is the second time we've done this. It was fun to get everyone together this way. Many thanks to Matt Corbo for coordinating!
Forty Days For Life
October 31, 2015 – 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through Prayer & Fasting, Community Outreach, and Peaceful Vigil. St. Elizabeth Parish and our Council participated in the event by holding an all day Vigil on Saturday at Planned Parenthood in West Chester. Many thanks to Brother Chuck Reimer for his ongoing commitment to coordinating the event.
Donation To St. Elizabeth Parish School
Oct 19 - Our Council donated $5,000 to St. Elizabeth’s School to support the Simple Solutions Initiative. As the state of Pennsylvania continues to experience a budget stalemate private schools are not getting the funding necessary to purchase the necessary text books for the 2015-2016 school year. This donation make it possible for St. Elizabeth’s School to purchase a Simple Solutions workbook for every student in grades 4 through 8. Grand Knight John Fiore, along with Trustees Dan Condron and Curt Zingaro were greeted by students from each grade showing the new books, and the special label highlighting the donation by our Council!
Mullin Family Project
October 17 - October 10 - Thank you to everyone who volunteered today to help with Barb Mullins home in Norristown. Words can't do justice to what was accomplished today!! We had over 20 Brother Knights volunteer along with Patty Smith, Shirley Puccino and Mark Jiannino, brother Matt Jiannino’s son. As always our Council rose to the occasion and tackled the tasks on the outside and inside of the house. Fr.Mullin couldn’t say enough about the effort and the results. Thank you again for your commitment to our council and making Council 13141 a powerful force for good works. Click here for pictures!
Donation To Birthright
Oct 15 - Our Birthright Challenge generated over $9,300 this year. Picture are, from left: Phil Forlano, KOC financial secretary; John Fiore, KOC grand knight; Lisa Bodary, Birthright director; Maureen Bonnem, Birthright office manager; and Charlie Knott, KOC membership director during the presentation of the check. Many thanks to all who contributed! Read more here!
Star Council Award
Oct 6 - The Star Council Award recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and service program activities. To be eligible to earn the Star Council Award, a council must qualify for the Father McGivney, Founder's, and Columbian awards. District Deputy Rodger Rothenberger again presented the award to Past Grand Knight Dan Condron and our Council for 2014-2015.
Respect Life Sunday – Adoration
October 4 - “Every life is worth living” is the theme for the 2015-2016 Respect life program from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Respect Life Committee of St. Elizabeth parish and the Knights of Columbus sponsored a special adoration devoted to “Respect for Human Life” in the chapel at St. Elizabeth, followed by Benediction to pray for God’s help for those who cannot help themselves.
Recalling Pope Francis and the World Meeting Of Families
September 22 - The Philadelphia area was blessed to host both the World Meeting of Families and the Holy Father during September, and many Knights and their families had a chance to participate in the visit. One of our Brother Knights shares his memories of that special visit... click here to read more!
Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and Country Fair
September 5-7. Our Council was again asked to assist that the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show over the Labor Day weekend. We had 21 volunteers pitching in to help out. Many thanks to the Brothers who helped coordinate parking and provided general assistance at the show. Thanks also to Doug Cox and Joe LaGrossa for coordinating.
A Great Day For A Picnic!
August 30 - About 50 Knights and their family members showed up for our annual family picnic! It was a beautiful day to enjoy the pool, the pond, and just being together to enjoy each others company. Steve and Shirley Puccino were the perfect hosts, and we are all truly grateful for their hospitality and allowing us to visit their home. Click here for pictures!
2015 Potato Project Harvest
August 15th - We had a great turn out of Knights, St Elizabeth Cub Scouts, and the St Elizabeth Youth Group to help with the harvesting of potatoes from the field we planted earlier in the Spring. We raised over 1,800 lbs of potatoes, which were donated to the Lords Pantry in Downingtown to help feed the hungry in Chester County. For pictures and more, click here!
Casseroles for St. John’s Hospice
July 26th, A Message From GK John Fiore: Words cannot express my appreciation to the Council and their families for volunteering their time on Sunday afternoon for the Casserole Assembly. I think I said this the last time we had a casserole assembly but "records are made to be broken" and in true form we set a goal of 175 casseroles and ended up with 212 casseroles for St. John's Hospice. This was an amazing council effort that has already been recognized by St. Johns Hospice as well as Fr. Mullin and Deacon Barry. We started the day around 3pm and wrapped up by around 6 and then sat down for dinner. We worked through 130lbs of pasta, 100lbs of meatballs and 150lbs of hot dogs to just name a few of the ingredients we worked through. A good time was had by all and a special thank you to Vinny Montesano and Martin Gange for keeping the pasta and kitchen moving along. Click here for pictures.
New Officer Installation
Congratulations to our new Council Officers! An installation ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 7th. District Deputy Rodger Rothenberger joined us for the evening as welcomed our new Officers and Committee Directors for 2015/2016. Best wishes to all in fulfilling their duties in the coming year!
2015 Golf Outing
June 12 - Our annual Council annual golf outing was held at Kimberton Country Club. Over 50 Knights and their guests joined us on a steamy Friday for a great day of golf, and a dinner catered my Vinney Montesano of Montesano Bros of Eagle / Bucktown. Many thanks to Chuck Reimer for coordinating the event, and all the others who contributed to making this years outing a terrific success! Click here for pictures!
June 6th and 7th - Our Council is sponsored a clothing drive to benefit the St Vincent de Paul Society. GreenDrop trailers were made available in the church parking lot over the weekend. Parishioners were able to bring men's, women's and children's clothing, kitchenware, games / toys, small appliances under 50 lbs, electronics, books, and CDs/DVDs. Over 500 bags were collected! Many thanks to all those who participated in this event!
John Mattis Memorial Car Show
June 6th - A number of Fourth Degree Brothers from our Council volunteered again for the 5th Annual John Mattis Memorial Car Show at the Coatesville VA campus. Sponsored by the Chester County Assembly #1873 Knights of Columbus, the proceeds benefit VAVS Programs at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. Click here to see pictures!
Parish Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration
May 30th - Our Council assisted the “Fifteen Years as a Family of Faith” at St Elizabeth Parish. We had Brother Knights working in three shifts during the course of the day, from assisting with set-up, monitoring during the event, and the clean-up afterwards. Over 700 parishioners joined for an evening of fun, food and fellowship. Many thanks to Jim Smith for coordinating, and all those who helped out!
Bridge of Hope Initiative
May 20 & 26 - Our Council is supporting the formation of Bridge Of Hope mentoring teams at St Elizabeth Parish. Information Sessions were held on May 20 and 26. Cheryl Miles, Program Director for Chester County, and Joyce Reeves, President of the Board of Directors for Chester County, visited with almost 20 parishioners over the two meetings. We hope to be mentoring at least one family later this summer. Many thanks to Paul Gilliam for championing this initiative! For more information, and to read a message from DGK John Fiore, click here!
Update: As of July 1, two mentoring groups have been formed at St. Elizabeth Parish!
Congratulations to Joe Brennan, John Laager, Joe LaGrossa and Father Chambers for receiving their Forth Degree on Sunday, May 24th!
Rectory Mulching & Clean-Up
May 23 - Our Council spent the day mulching, cleaning and generally tidying up the Rectory after the 8:30am Mass. Many thanks to all the Knights who again volunteered their time... which was much appreciated by Father Mullin!
Lord’s Pantry – Postal Workers Food Collection
May 9th - About 10 Knights and their families helped with unloading postal service trucks, sorting and stocking shelves at the Lord's Pantry in Downingtown, as part of the Postal Workers Food Collection.
Family Mass & Communion Breakfast
May 3rd - We celebrated our annual spring Family Mass and Communion Breakfast. Over 50 nights and their families started the day with with 8am mass celebrated by Fr. Chambers, followed by breakfast in the social hall at 9am. Congratulations to Brother Phil Forlano for being names Knight of the Year! And congratulations to Brother Steve Puccino and his wife Shirley for being named Family of the Year. Click here for pictures!
Potato Field Project
May 2nd - The Knight of Columbus and St. Elizabeth's brought back the potato field project to help feed the hungry of Chester County. The potatoes will be donated to the Lord's Pantry of Downingtown and also to the Chester County Food Bank. The Knights and their families planted the seeding potatoes, and we'll be back later in the summer for the harvest! Many thanks to Joe Brennan for coordinating the event! Click here for pictures!
Forty Days For Life
March 28 - 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through Prayer & Fasting, Community Outreach, and Peaceful Vigil. St. Elizabeth Parish and our Council participated in the event by holding an all day Vigil on Saturday, March 28, Planned Parenthood, 8 N. Wayne St. in West Chester. Many thanks to all who participated, and to Brother Chuck Reimer for coordinating the event.
7th Annual Fish Dinner A Success!
March 20 – Our Council held its 7th Annual Fish Dinner on Friday, March 20th. Almost 250 tickets were sold, and despite the surprise snow storm earlier in the day the turnout was terrific! Over 30 Brother Knights helped with everything from food prep the evening before at Montesano Bros. in Bucktown, to set-up / serving and clean-up activities the day of the event. Many thanks to all, especially Brother Vinny Montesano for coordinating the food preparation, and Brother Curt Zingaro for coordinating another successful event overall! Click here for more details and pictures!
Free Throw Regional Winners!
Feb 21 - St Elizabeth had 3 regional winners in the Free Throw contest, and they will now advance to the State competition in March. Congratulations to Lizzie Grant, Maggie Grant and Erin Finley!
Family Mass & Social Gathering
February 7 - Our Council held a Family Mass on Saturday, and afterwards we gathered at Liberty Union Restaurant to share dinner together. About 30 Knights and family members participated. Many thanks to Ron Zanoni for coordinating the event for us! Click here for pictures!
2015 Free Throw Contest
January 25 - Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 (starting in the fraternal year 2013-2014). We had 24 contestants and 10 winners in the District Championship. These winners will go on to the Regional Championship on February 21, 2015.
Council and District Champions:
9 yr boy – Ryan Todd / 9 yr girl – Lizzie Grant
10 yr boy – Sebastian Herrada / 10 yr girl – Nina Duncheski
11 yr boy – Jude Milar / 11 yr girl – Maggie Grant
12 yr boy – Ryan Riotto / 12 yr girl – Jennifer Nealy
13 yr boy – Robert Duncheski / 13 yr girl – N/A
14 yr boy – Keenan Kirk / 14 yr girl – Erin Finley
Many Thanks to the Council Members who participated in the event: Ed Smith, Mike Kasper, Bill Schell, Fred Clark, Dan Keating, Jim Smith, Joe LaGrossa.
St Elizabeth Parish School Science Fair
January 22-25 Our Council was asked to help judge the over 45 projects completed by the students of St Elizabeth Parish School! Over 20 volunteers spent time over several days evaluating the projects, which were later on display at the Open House after the Mass for Catholic Schools Week on January 25! May thanks to those who participated!
March For Life
On January 22, 2015, our Council, and the Respect Life Committee, organized and provided subsidized bus transportation for parish members to participate in the March For Life event in Washington D.C. .
At our January council meeting, Deacon Jim presented The Memorare. He stressed that it would be excellent to use when we are fighting temptation. If you were unable to attend the meeting or would like a copy, click here!
Prayer For Life
January 18th, 2015 - The St Elizabeth Respect Life Committee and Knights of Columbus Council 13141 invited parishioners, their families and friends, to an afternoon of Prayer for Life in the daily Mass chapel from 2-6pm. The Exposition of The Most Blessed Sacrament began at 2pm, and was followed by evening prayer and Benediction.