Thanksgiving Meals Project – November 22
Nov 21-22 - This weekend may have been one of the busiest in the history of our Council. We donated 36 dinners to our sister parish Visitation in Kensington and 26 dinners to the Sisters of St. Joseph Community Center in Philadelphia. We helped fulfill a request for 200 turkeys from Father Andrew and Our Lady of Hope Parish in North Philadelphia. We helped the Lord's Pantry in Downingtown with the collection and distribution of around 300 meals to families in-need in our area. Whelped with the Parish Thanksgiving Food Collection after Masses. All of this, and we sponsored a Blood Drive this weekend!
Amazing example of Faith In Action by members of our Council. Thank you to everyone who signed up to participate in this weekend's activities. We made a difference! Click here for pictures!
Red Cross Blood Drive – 3x in 2020!
Nov 21st - Thank you to everyone who signed-up for our Red Cross Blood Drive. Every one of our 69 reservation slots was taken! This was the 3rd Blood Drive we sponsored during 2020. We appreciate the support from the community, and from the Red Cross workers who came out to help make this another successful event during a difficult time!
Welcome Home Carts For Veterans
Nov 13 - While we were not able to run the program parish-wide this year, did offer the program to the St Elizabeth Parish school... and they responded! We collected 11 Welcome Home Carts! Our Council provided the carts, and the National Junior Honor Society and Student Council worked with the homeroom classes to collect items and put them together. They will be given to Veterans from the Coatesville VA who are moving into new homes. Thank you!
Annual Golf Outing For Charity
October 23 - Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2020 Annual Golf Outing For Charity at Kimberton Golf Club. The weather cooperated with us, and we had a beautiful fall day to play golf! Despite the move to our rain date, we still had about 70 golfers show up! Special thanks to our sponsors, and the volunteers who helped make it all happen.
All money raised at this event goes to support charities and people in need in our area.
To see details, contest winners, and pictures from the day, click here!
The Veterans Group Casserole Collection
Oct. 24 - Thank you to everyone who made casseroles to support The Veterans Group in Philadelphia again this month. We delivered 15 casseroles to the men today, and they were very appreciative for the support of our Council and parish community. With the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching, we will be scheduling a Council activity to support The Veterans Group in early December.
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. Thanks to everyone who signed up to help out this year.
Clothing Drive to benefit St Vincent de Paul Society
Sept 26 - We held our annual clothing drive to benefit St Vincent de Paul after all Masses during the weekend. Despite COVID and all the other challenges our parishioners are dealing with, it was a huge success. We actually collected more than we have in our past drives! Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who helped out. Thanks to Steve Puccino for coordinating!
Installation Of Officers
Sept 17 - We had out Installation of Officers for the 2020-2021 Fraternal Year in the church hall at St Elizabeth. The ceremony was led by Brother Bill Shields. Brother Chuck Riemer was presented with the Knight Of The Year award, and Deacon Jim McAvoy and family were presented with the Family Of The Year award. To see photos, click here.
Casserole Assembly Project
July 19th - Thank you to the Brothers and family members who participated in our July casserole assembly at Montesano Bros restaurant in Chester Springs. Special thanks to Brother Vinny for allowing us to use his kitchen. While things were a little different due to COVID and social distancing, we had a good time and were able to put together 105 casseroles! The casseroles will will be delivered to The Veterans Group in Philadelphia, which provides support services and shelter to homeless veterans.
July 4th - Our Council lead a Patriotic Rosary in the church at St. Elizabeth at 7:30 am, prior to the 8:30 am Mass. It was also live-streamed. Inspired by Our Lady, the Patriotic Rosary is a powerful prayer for divine protection and mercy for our Nation and our government leaders at all levels. Each decade of the in rosary starts with a historical quote from famous leaders who helped develop our form of government. Each Hail Mary of the traditional Catholic Rosary is dedicated to each state of the United States. Click here to learn more about this special prayer!
Emergency Blood Drives
In an effort to help the Red Cross during the COVID-19 crisis, our Council organized two emergency blood drives. The first drive was held at St Elizabeth Parish on May 26th. The second was held on June 29th at The Montgomery School. The response from the community was amazing! We were completely booked for both days!
Thank you to the 120 donors who registered, to St Elizabeth and The Montgomery School for hosting, and to Brothers who volunteered to help make this project such a success!
Casserole Collection For The Veterans Group Philadelphia
June 27 - Many thanks to everyone who made casseroles this month for The Veterans Group in Philadelphia, who provides shelter and support services to homeless veterans. This month we delivered 37 casseroles, along with other food and cleaning supply products.
We will be holding another collection on July 25th!
Sister Parish Collection and Delivery
On June 14th we assisted our Sister Parish Ministry with the collection and delivery of canned food and boxed goods. Parishioners dropped off items at St Elizabeth between 11am and 1pm, which we delivered to Visitation BVM in Kensington later in the day.
St Johns Hospice Casserole Collection Assistance
June 6th / 7th - We again assisted the St Johns Hospice Casserole Ministry with the collection of casseroles prior to each Mass during the weekend.
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!
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!
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
April - The 40 Days leadership team made the difficult decision, in light of the COVID-19 virus, to cancel all public vigil effective for 2020.
All those who have signed up to hold public vigil were encouraged 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
April 3rd - Due to the health concerns related to COVID-19, we had to cancel our Annual Fish Dinner. We look forward to hosting this event each year, and look forward to getting together with everyone again in 2021!
Thank you for your understanding and continued support of this event.
Council Social Dinner
March 5 - About 20 Brothers and spouses got together for dinner at Montesano Bros Trattoria for a wonderful 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!
Free Throw Contest
Jan 26 - Many thanks to the 40 boys and girls who turned out for our annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest at the Saint Elizabeth School Gym. We had a great time, and everyone who came out did a great job! Last year over 120,000 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 participated in over 3,600 competitions worldwide! Good luck to the winners of our event this year as they advance to the next level!
Click here for some pictures!
Washington DC March For Life Bus Trip
Jan 24 - The Saint Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council #13141 and the Respect Life Committee sponsored a bus trip to Washington to participate in this year's event on January 24th. We had Knights and parishioners joined to attended the March and a visit to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Unplanned – Movie and Pizza Night
Jan 11th. The Saint Elizabeth Respect Life Committee & Knights of Columbus co-sponsored a pizza dinner and showing of the Movie “Unplanned” for the Parish Community on January 11th. Additional showings were provided on January 12th and 14th. Over 40 people showed up to watch this important and thought provoking film that provides an eye-opening look inside the abortion industry from a woman who was once a passionate advocate. It's based on the best-selling book of the same title by Abby Johnson.
You can learn more by visiting the Unplanned website.
Thank you to Chuck Reimer for coordinating this event.