Annual Christmas Party

christmasparty1Dec 6 - Our Annual Christmas Party was held Kimberton Golf Club in Kimberton, PA.   We had over 80 people attend for a wonderful dinner, a great bunch prizes and really relaxing evening to celebrate friendship and the accomplishments of the past year.  Click here for pictures!

 

Church Decorating

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!

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.  Click here for details and pictures!

Over 220 Casseroles Prepared for St John’s Hospice!

SJH_logo_150On November 8 we again assembled casseroles for St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia. About 20 Knights and family members joined in the effort.  Our goal was 200 casseroles, and we ended the evening with 224 total!  We all enjoyed a nice dinner together after the work was done.  Thanks to John Fiore for coordinating!  Click here for details and pictures!

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

40-days-for-life-logoOctober 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

DSC_7407 (2)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

20151017_110213(0)October 17 - About 20 Brother Knights, several wives and family members all pitched in to help the Mullin family out with some yard work and general clean-up on their late sisters house.  Click here to read more!

Donation To Birthright

Birthright2015Oct 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

wmf_bannerSeptember 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

lchsSeptember 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!

IMG_0494August 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

DSC00672August 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

SJH_logo_150July 26th - Once again, we gathered to prepare casseroles for St John's Hospice in Philadelphia.  We set a goal of  175 casseroles... and once again beat our goal!  Click here for pictures and detail

New Officer Installation

image4Congratulations 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!

Clothing Drive

SVDP_logo_usaJune 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

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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 img-bridge-of-hope-logo2held 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 Forth Degree Knights!

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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

2015-food-driveMay 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.

Click here for more info and pictures!  

 

Family Mass & Communion Breakfast

20150503_100244_resizedMay 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

2010 Springton PlantingMay 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!

20150329_145807Congratulations Third Degree Knights!

March 29 - Our Council congratulations Chris Byers, Joe Brugger and Joe Brennan, on successfully completing their Third Degrees today! Well done!

Forty Days For Life

40-days-for-life-logoMarch 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!

KofC Fish 2015March 20 - Despite the surprise snow storm on the last day of winter, our 7th Annual Fish Dinner event was a terrific success.   Almost 250 tickets were sold.  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

FreeThrowContestJanuary 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 a terrific time with the kids on Sunday in the first round of the competition!   Click here for more details and pictures!

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. .

Memorare

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.