** Updated ** Emergency Blood Drives – May 26th & June 29th
The recent COVID-19 crisis has caused massive cancellations in blood drives nationally and created an urgent need for blood donations. We're doubling up our efforts to help out! We are sponsoring two emergency drives. Special procedures have been implemented to insure everyone's safety! Appointments are required!
Thank you for supporting the Red Cross, and helping those in need in our community!
Sister Parish Collection and Delivery – June 14th
On June 14th we will be assisting our Sister Parish Ministry with the collection and delivery of canned food and boxed goods. Parishioners will be dropping off items at St Elizabeth between 11am and 1pm, afterwhich we will be delivering the items to Visitation BVM in Kensington.
We need 4-5 Brothers to assist with the collection, and 4-5 to assist with the loading and delivery to Visitation. You can sign-up by clicking here!
Clothing Drive – Rescheduled September 26 & 27
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our Clothing Drive to benefit St.Vincent de Paul Society has been tentatively rescheduled for September 26th and 27th. We will be collecting after all Masses that weekend. If you have questions about acceptable items, please click here for info.
If you'd rather not wait until September, Greendrop (who manages the collection) offers pick-up service in many locations. To check on you address and availability, click visit www.gogreendrop.com
Fourth Degree Virtual Exemplification – June 20
The Fourth Degree imparts a lesson on the virtue of patriotism. The primary purpose of this degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large, and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. All Brothers who are not members of the Fourth Degree are encouraged to consider doing so this year. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions that are in place, a virtual ceremony will be held. Please click here for additional information.
COAL Sweepstakes Drawing Postponed
The 2020 Chance Of A Lifetime (COAL) Sweepstakes drawing to support the State Council's Scholarship Program was originally scheduled for April 20th, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. The new tentative drawing date is July 23rd. You can get updates and additional details at their website by clicking here!
St Johns Hospice Casserole Collection Assistance
May 10 - We were happy to help out the Saint John's Hospice Casserole ministry at St Elizabeth with their casserole collection. Parishioners donated over 370 casseroles! Amazing!
Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic
March 15 - The Knights of Columbus has published the prayer said by Pope Francis and Archbishop Lori online, calling on members and Catholics to say the prayer over nine days as a novena beginning Sunday. It especially prays “for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable and for those who have died.” It adds: “Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.”
Click here to view and print the prayer.
Casserole Collection – The Veterans Group
April 18 - The Veterans Group in Philadelphia provides shelter and support services to homeless veterans. They asked us for casseroles to help address food shortages they facing due to the recent COVID-19 crisis, and our Council and community responded.
Many thanks to everyone who helped us deliver over 90 casseroles to these men on short notice!
Taking Care Of Those In Need
We are all being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, but some of us are struggling more than others. Our Council is committed to providing assistance to those in need. Charity is at the heart of our work and our faith. If you or someone you know in our Council or community are in need of assistance, contact us and let us know. Learn more by clicking here.
Palm Sunday Palm Distribution
April 5th - While we couldn't have our public celebration of Palm Sunday this year, we were able to distribute blessed palm to many parishioners and visitors in front of the church on Sunday morning. We also collected casseroles from parishioners for St's Hospice in Philadelphia, and gift cards for St Agnes Day Center. Over 270 casseroles were dropped off... almost 3x more than the typical collection!
Thanks to all who helped make it a great start to Holy Week!
40 Days for Life Vigil - Cancelled
The 40 Days leadership team has had to make the difficult decision, in light of the Covid-19 virus, to cancel all public vigil effective immediately.
All those who have signed up to hold public vigil are encouraged them to use their scheduled time to pray from home, as well as to continue to pray & fast for the remainder of the campaign.
Lenten Fish Dinner Cancelled
Due to the health concerns related to COVID-19, we are cancelling our Annual Fish DInner, which was scheduled on April 3rd. If you purchased tickets on-line, we will be in touch with you shortly about your refund.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We look forward to seeing you at our event next year!
Our Council maintains the trail in front of St Elizabeth Church. The trail runs south from the front entrance of the church, to the covered bridge, and north from the front entrance to the trail marker at the end of the church property. Every year the trail is cleaned of trash during the spring and summer months. We need volunteers to walk and clean the trail for the months of April, June, August and October. Ideally, you will clean the trail in the beginning and end of the month. Bring your spouse, family member or a friend. A casual stroll will take you about an hour to walk the trail. Trash grabbers and trash bags are available by contacting John Laager at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign-up by clicking here!
Council Social Dinner
March 5 - About 20 Brothers and spouses got together for dinner at Montesano Bros Trattoria for a wonderul meal and relaxed conversation. Special guest Curt Zingaro and his wife also joined for the evening. Brother Vinny served an amazing 5 course meal and dessert that included Creamy Lobster Bisque, Traditional Pasta E Fagioli, and Braised Short Rib with Natural Gravy. No one went home hungry after the meal!
Many thanks to Joe Brennan for organizing. Hopefully we will do it again soon!
FOCUS Ministry – Sarah Grubb Support
FOCUS (focus.org) is a Catholic apostate that aims to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college students across the United States. Sarah Grubb was a parishioner before going to college. She has graduated, and is now starting her ministry with FOCUS at Ole Miss. She is asking for financial assistance, and our Council has agreed to support her in this effort. If you are interested in helping out, click here to make a tax deductible donation by credit or debit card.
Message From The Grand Knight
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by the Venerable Servant of God, Father Michael J. McGivney in St Mary's Church in New Haven, CT. If canonized, Father McGivney would be the first American born priest to become a Saint.
To learn more information about Fr. McGivney, visit the website dedicated to his Life and Legacy at www.fathermcgivney.org
Explore our site! If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member, please click here and we will be in touch with you shortly!