The Lord’s Pantry Holiday Distributions
Nov 18 / Dec 9th - Once again this year our Council assisted the The Lord's Pantry in Downingtown with their Thanksgiving and Christmas food and gift distribution activities. Brothers and family members assisted with moving food and toys from storage locations, setting up distribution areas, loading cars and helping with the clean-up. Both activities were a great success!
For Thanksgiving, 250 turkey dinners were distributed, which helped about 1,000 people.
For Christmas, we helped with the set-up and distribution over 67 bikes, 235 turkeys and dinners. Over 500 children will have a happier Christmas because of the event!
Thanks to everyone who turned out to support our The Lord's Pantry, and the important work they do in our community! Thanks to John Magee for again coordinating this event!
Council Christmas Party
December 2nd - We celebrated our annual Christmas Social again at the Hilton Garden Inn over 70 Brothers, spouses, and clergy in attendance. The Knights were joined by our Pastor- Monsignor Mullin, Parochial Vicar and Knights Chaplain- Father John Stokely, and Father Francis Chambers, OSA- our Knights Chaplain, emeritus. The Social began with a Cocktail hour followed by a plated dinner and dancing to tunes from our DJ. Many thanks to Brothers Joe Brennan and Curt Zingaro for coordinating and making this special event happen!
Columbian Award Recognition
Dec 5 - The Columbian Award is awarded each year to Councils that have demonstrated excellence in programming and charitable outreach. They must conduct at least four major programs in each of the Service Program categories: Church, Community, Council, Family, Culture of Life, and Youth. St Elizabeth Council #13141, through the leadership of Dr. Danial Keating, received this award for his term as Grand Knight in the 2016/2017 year. Frederick Clark, the Knights of Columbus District Deputy of District #20 East PA presented the Award.
2017 Birthright Challenge
Nov 30 - Each year since 2014, we have raised funds to support Birthright Of Coatesville in their mission to provide love, support and hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped us raise over $15,000 with the match from one of our Brothers!
Sister Parish Turkey Dinner Donations
Nov 20 - As we have done over the last several years, our Council donated complete turkey dinners to our Sister Parish, Visitation BVM in Philadelphia, and to St Joseph Welcome Center in Philadelphia. A total of 66 dinners were provided, 42 from the Council and 26 by Brothers making individual contributions. This was done in conjunction with the Sharing Our Bounty committee at St. Elizabeth. Over 220 dinners were provided by the St Elizabeth community this year! Thanks again to Bill Schell and Mike Kasper for coordinating. Click here for pictures.
Casseroles For St Johns Hospice A Success!
Nov 5 - About 30 Brothers and family members got together on Sunday in the Parish Social Hall to once again assemble casseroles for St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia. We prepared close to 400 casseroles... a new record for us! For the pasta casseroles, we used 210 lbs of pasta, 40 gallons of pasta sauce, 60lbs of mozzarella cheese, and 4,800 meatballs! For the pork and bean casseroles, we used 400 lbs of hot dogs, 40 gallons of kidney and cannelloni beans and 50 gallons of pork and beans! After several hours of cutting, mixing, and loading up the freezer, we all sat down for a wonderful meal together. Many thanks to John Fiore for organizing this event. A special thank you to the Parish and School for letting us use the facilities! Click here to see pictures!
40 Days For Life Vigil
Oct 28 - Our Council and the St. Elizabeth Parish Respect Life Committee coordinated our participation in 40 Days for Life. On Saturday, October 28th, members of our Parish stood as a group in front of Planned Parenthood in West Chester for the day and prayed for an end to abortion.
Many thanks to Chuck Reimer for organizing this event!
Red Cross Blood Drive
September 23 - Many thanks to the donors and volunteers who came out today for our annual Red Cross Blood Drive. We had about 60 people stop by to donate on a beautiful Saturday morning. The Red Cross team was terrific, and appreciated us hosting the event again this year. We will back next year! In the meantime, you can donate again locally by visiting www.redcrossblood.org Thanks to Matthew Ward for coordinating this event. See pictures by clicking here!
Farm Project For The Hungry – Fall Harvest
Sept 11 - We had a great turnout of families, friends and Knights of Columbus brothers this past weekend to harvest potatoes for those in need. Over 50 people showed up... but there was a lot to do! The work began early and lasted all day, and and when the work done we had harvested around 1,800 lbs of potatoes. This is enough to feed more than 300 families through the Lord's Pantry. 400 lbs of the harvest will be going to Texas to support the needs of the first responders who are continuing that work after hurricane Harvey. You can check out some pictures from the day by clicking here!
Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show
Sept 4 - Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show is held each Labor Day weekend, and is one of the longest running shows in the area. It is a Chester County tradition for people to attend and compete in this show annually. Once again our Council helped park cars and provided other assistance over the weekend. Thanks to Doug Cox, Joe LaGrossa, and all the other Brothers who participated! Click here for pictures!
August 27 - Our Council held our first annual Soccer Challenge at Evans Field/ West Vincent Field. The event was open to boys and girls fro 9-14 years of age. The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or provincial levels. This year we had 27 kids register this year, and hopefully we will get an even bigger turnout when we repeat the event in 2018. Thanks to Paul Converse for organizing the event! Click here for pictures!
Annual Council Family Picnic
August 20 - The sun was shining and the food was plentiful at our annual Council Family Picnic. We had 40 people join us on a sunny afternoon to enjoy burgers, beverages, and an amazing selection of desserts. Thanks again to our Grand Knight and wife for hosting us again this year!
WC Atkinson Donation
Reading Fightin Game
June 22 - Our Council held it's night out with the Reading Fightin Phils at First Energy Stadium. Akron won the game, but everyone had a great time listening to good music, eating some good food, and dodging some raindrops before the fireworks. Thanks to Brother Jim Smith for coordinating a great family outing! Click here for pictures!
2017 Annual Charity Golf Outing And Dinner
June 9 - We held our Annual Charity Golf Outing at Kimberton on Friday, June 9th, and it was a terrific success! Over 80 golfers joined us on a beautiful summer day, and we were very grateful for the 20+ business sponsors who supported us. Click here to see pictures!
St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive
June 3 - Over the weekend we held our annual clothing drive, which benefits The St Vincent de Paul Society. The participation from St Elizabeth's parishioners was amazing! We completely filled the truck with clothing and small household items. The driver was worried he would have to make 2 trips. Thanks to Steve Puccino for coordinating, and for the Brothers who volunteered their time to load the truck in between Masses.
Lord’s Pantry / Letter Carrier’s Food Drive
May 13th - Once again we volunteered to help out friends at the Lord's Pantry with unload food collected by our local Letter Carriers as part of their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It was a cold and wet Saturday, and the collection was less than in past years, but about 12 Brothers and family members stayed until the end to unload what was collected. Thanks to John Magee for coordinating again this year.
Family Mass and Communion Breakfast
April 30th - On Sunday we celebrated our Family Mass and Annual Communion Breakfast in the Parish Social Hall. Montesano Bros catered the breakfast for 70 Brothers and family members. Brother Paul Converse received the Knight of the Year award, and Jeff and Liz Oulton received the Family of the Year award. Grand Knight Dan Keating also received special recognition from the Council for his service this past fraternal year. Click here to see pictures!
See you next year!
Farm Project For The Hungry – Planting
April 15 - First it was delayed due to snow, then it was delayed due to rain, but we finally were able to plant 750 lbs of potatoes seedlings and 65 lbs of onion seedlings for our Farm Project For The Hungry Of Chester County. With an enlarged field of 2 acres this year, we hope to be able to donate a large harvest to The Lord's Pantry of Downingtown, Honey Brook Food Pantry and the Chester County Food Bank. We had a great turnout of Knights, Parish Members and friends to help out. Thanks to all who contributed, and to Joe Brennan for coordinating again this year. Click here for pictures!
Lenten Fish Dinner
April 7th - Many thanks to everyone who made this year's Fish Dinner a success! This year we had over 30 Brothers sign-up to help out with the project, and we sold over 300 dinners... our highest number of meals ever! Many who dined with us later went to the Living Stations in the Church presented by the 8th Grade at St Elizabeth Parih School. Brother Vinny Montesano lead the culinary activities in the kitchen, and again offered his Montesano Bros facilities for the prep work the day before. Thanks to Joe Brennan for coordinating everything this year!
We appreciate the Parish community's support for this important event, and look forward to doing it again next year. Click here for pictures!
Saint Charles Seminary Visit
On Sunday, March 26th, a group of Brothers visited St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynwood. In addition to spending some time with the three Seminarians that our Council has been supporting, we were provided with a wonderful walking tour of the campus and facilities. We attended Vespers with the Seminarians, and had an opportunity to meet Bishop Senior. We concluded our visit by sharing a meal together and enjoying each others company. Many thanks to Martin Gagne for coordinating the vist! Click here to see pictures!
40 Days for Life Vigil
March 25th - From March 1st to April 9th the Chester County Pro life Coalition took part in the 40 Days for Life Vigil in front of Planned Parenthood of West Chester PA. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond. Our Council, and the St. Elizabeth Parish Respect life Committee, arranged for Saturday March 25th to be our day to stand as a group.
Free Throw Contest
January 29 - Once again this year we held International Free Throw Championship at St Elizabeth Parish. We had a great turn out, with over 60 contestants registering. Thanks to Paul Converse and the Brothers and spouses who helped make the evening a great success.
March For Life Bus Trip
January 27 - The March for Life is the largest pro-life event in the world. Once again, the Saint Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council #13141 sponsored a bus trip to Washington for parishioners who wanted to participate in this important event. Many thanks to Chuck Reimer and all those how helped coordinate for this event! Click here for pictures!
Safe Environment Training
Jan 16 - As many of our activities involve our Parish School, we are required to comply with the many rules and guidelines that have been established by the Archdiocese and government agencies to protect the safety of the children. About 12 Knights and spouse attended a training program to provide the training and certification required to allow us to interact with the children of our Parish community. This program will be repeated in the future... watch this site for dates. Thanks to Paul Converse for setting this up!
Birthright Of Coatesville Donation
Jan 5th - Since 2014, our Council has held annual fundraising drives to benefit Birthright Of Coatesville, a wonderful program that provides resources and support to pregnant women. Our 2016 Birthright Challenge event raised a total of $15,400, half coming from donations from the Brothers and the balance being matched by an anonymous donor. Brother Knights Chuck Reimer, Steve Puccino and Charlie Knott presented the check to Mary Schafer this year. The presentation was reported by the Town Lively paper!