The Knights assisted at Saint Ann’s Saint Casimir dinner last evening. Saint Casimir is the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania and the young. Eastern European food prepared by our chaplain and associate pastor Father Dan Stiniskas was served to a crowd of over 130 people. Later in the evening, Father Dan’s band The Midnight Ramblers performed for the enthusiastic crowd.
The Knights of Columbus Oklahoma State Council has begun organizing relief efforts in and around Moore, Okla., to assist those displaced or otherwise negatively impacted by the storm. In addition, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council sent an initial donation of $10,000 in support of the Oklahoma Knights’ response.
As it did following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the explosion in West, Texas, K of C is accepting online donations to assist relief and recovery through Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., at kofc.org/relief.
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Each year, the Delaware State Council of the Knights of Columbus partners with the Serra Club to organize Priesthood Sunday on the last Sunday in October. This day works to thank our priests for all the good they for us and encourage men to pursue a vocation as a priest. This year, Priesthood Sunday will be held on October 31st and promoted with a series of radio ads on local stations. These ads will run during morning and afternoon rush hours as well as during the day that week. The audio of that ad will be a message from Knights State Deputy Larry Gardner and Serra Club President Doctor Herb Casalena.
The Monsignor Dewson Council supported this effort with a $250 check to help support our priests and get the good news about priests out in a time when the media focuses only on the few bad apples in a wonderful bunch.
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On Thursday, October 14th, 2010, the Monsignor Dewson Knights of Columbus were officially presented with the Father McGivney Award. Named after the founder of Knights, Father Michael J McGivney, this award recognizes outstanding membership recruitment and retention efforts during the 2009-2010 fraternal year. The Dewson Council grew by over 10 percent during that time.
“We’ve made efforts in our Council to be the sort of organization that Catholic men would want to join: we work to further improve Saint Ann’s and the larger community, while also having a good time,” said Grand Knight Paul Smith, Jr. “I feel our net growth shows that we’ve accomplished that goal.”
The Monsignor Dewson Knights of Columbus have elected the following members as officers for the coming 2010-2011 Columbian Year:
Grand Knight – Paul Smith, Jr.
Deputy Grand Knight – Dave Skillman
Chancellor – Chris McBride
Recorder – Dave Burke
Treasurer – Tom Wertz
Lecturer – John Martin
Advocate – Mark Mulik
Warden – George Rotsch
Inside Guard – Gerald Brady
Outside Guard – Joe Pritchard
First Year Trustee – Paul Smith Sr
Second Year Trustee – George Crowley
Third Year Trustee – Kevin Convery
Congratulations to these gentlemen and we thank them for their past (and future) service to our community.
Grand Knight Paul Smith, Jr attended the Graduation Mass and Ceremonies last evening. While there, he presented $50 scholarships to the graduating boy and girl with the highest cumulative GPA: Christian Conaty and Bridget Fassano. He also presented a $25 movie gift card to Lee Dunning, selected by the Knights as the author of the best essay of all Saint Ann’s 8th graders on the topic “Why we need dedicated leaders in the religious life today” as part of the Delaware Knights of Columbus State Council’s annual vocation essay contest.
The Knights would like to congratulate all the new graduates and wish them the best of luck as they continue their academic studies in high school.