Members of Knights of Columbus Council 3892, Our Lady of the Cenacle, along with representatives of the New York State Council and Supreme Council visited the Compass Care pregnancy center for the introduction of their new ultrasound machine. The ultrasound machine was made possible through the efforts of the council which had to raise half of the $20,000 for the machine and the Supreme council which supplied the other half of the funds. Refer to Pages 12-13 of the Empite State Bulletin for more details.
110 wheelchairs were delivered to St. Mary's Council in Hopewell Junction for distribution throughout the state. Father James Sheridan blessed and spoke of the good works of the Knights of Columbus. State Chairman for the Wheelchair Mission Peter Cassidy, Sk James McCue, SD Bob Weitzman, State Secretary designee Wally Wych plus many members of the Knights were among those present.
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Presentation to his excellency Bishop DiMazio of the Brooklyn Diocese from the NY State Council
Worthy State Deputy Bob Weitzman, D/D Larry Lombardo #107, NYS Hispanic Coordinator Nick Santini, NYS FOP Lodge #100 Annual Dinner on April 6th, Larry Lombardo was the member of the Year
Members of the Nassau County Chapter celebrated a Mass for the Unborn on March 25th at Holy Family Church in Hicksville. Celebrating the mass was Fr. Rudy, Chapter Chaplain, and five semenarions from St. Joseph and Cathedral Prep Seminaries. Also in attendance were the Nassau County 4th Degree Assemblies.
The Nassau County Chapter conducted the Free Throw Regionals at Chaminade High in Mineola. Bishop John Barres, Bishop of the Rockville Diocese attended.
Knights of Columbus Night at Barclays Center in Brroklyn. The New York State Council made a presentation to Special Olympics.
Knights of Columbus Squires Chief Gunnar Mills, along with his brother Squires, presented Monsignor Fernando Ferrarese with two checks: $1,000 to support charitable works of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Astoria, and a $500 check for the Immaculate Conception School, money the squires raised during Advent.
At the request of Pastor Msgr. Joe DeGrocco, OLPH Council #794 in Lindenhurst, combined with the Holy Name Society in holding the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. Over 40 children took part in this event. On Sunday, January 29th, the Knights, Holy Name members, participants and their families, attended Mass, then headed to the school auditorium for breakfast and the awards ceremony.
Elmira Council #229 delivered to Catholic Charities twelve sleeping bags and twelve blankets for the homeless in their shelter which will be given to them when they leave. They also donated $500.00 to Meals on Wheels of Chemung County which was their second donation for a total of $1,000.00.
SD Bob Weitzman and State Warden Ed Ciulla presented $10,000 from the members of the Knights of Columbus to Bishop Barris at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Center.
District 7 held their District Free Throw Championship on February 16 at the O’Neill School in Central Islip. There were eight champions who will move on to the County Championship.
SD Bob Weitzman visited with the Immaculate Conception Circle #4411, sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Council #11449
Evening of Recognition for the NYS Squires of the Knights of Columbus at Charminade HS in Mineola. SD Bob Weitzman, Youth Director Michael Hearney, and State Chief Squire Sebastian Joseph were in attendance.
St Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, where a Mission and Formation Ceremony for 17 Seminarians and 1 Priest was held. This was organized by Membership Director Rick Ditrio and Father Nick Zientarski
Joan of Arc Council 1992, Suffolk, participated in the Coats for Kids Program sponsored by Supreme. They donated two boxes of coats for the needy of Port Jefferson, NY through the outreach program at Infant Jesus Parish.
Bishop Terry LaValley receives a donation from the Bishop Brzana Chapter NY State Council’s Northern Conference, given by Dr. Charlie Robinson, the Chapter’s Treasurer. It was given to help defray the cost of the INSPIRE Summit in Lake Placid and to help support Camp Guggenheim.This donation came from the net proceeds of the Chapter's recent Charity Ball and Auction in Tupper Lake. Trinity Catholic School in Massena, Champlain Valley Right to Life, and Liferight of Watertown also received donations from these net proceeds.
1-Brother Knight, Ross Giardino is
presenting a check for $500 to Father
Jim and Hugh Hogle to be donated to the
2-Brother Knight, Ross Giardino is presenting a check for $500 to the Tanzania school project group from our Parish.
3- Grand Knight, Jim Hopper and Brother Knight, Ross Giardino are presenting a check for $500 to a representative of the Penfield Food Cupboard.
New Hyde Park Council, Nassau, started the tradition of Light Up for Christ over 50 years ago. The tradition lives on throughout the Order
During the month of October, Our Lady of the Assumption Council #9267, Suffolk, conducted a 4 week food drive and collected 2,100 pounds of food for the outreach of their parish.
The Knights of Columbus of the 8th New York District recently held the District’s Annual Free Throw Basketball Championship. The event was held in the gymnasium at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish in Deer Park on February 18. Boys and Girls between the ages of 9 through 14 who were winners at their council levels competed. The participating councils were Our Lady of the Rosary Council #4428 in Deer Park and Our Lady of Grace Council #11968 in West Babylon. The eleven winners, 6 girls and 6 boys advanced to the Suffolk County Championship on March 11.
Bill Ose, Msgr. T. Walter Cleary Council #7364 in Adams, Jefferson County, presents a check for $500.00 to each of "two very grateful Novices" at the Monastery. Monies came from the Pennies from Heaven Program conducted at St. Cecelia's Church Adams and Queen of Heaven Church in Henderson by the Knights. $500.00 was also sent to each of the five Seminarians from our Diocese also from the Pennies Program. Bill Boulio, presents a check from proceeds of our annual Chapter Ball to Betteann Honan, President of the Liferight of Watertown, as Chapter President, Bill Ose looks on at the Precious Blood Monastery in Watertown.
At the Hudson Valley Charity Ball Kickoff Dinner where Grand Knight Jesus Gomez of Cardinal Egan Council #16334 was congratulated by State Deputy Robert Weitzman, Conference Chairman Chester Smith, and Chairman of the Board, Carl Schneider for achieving Triple Star Council status for the 2015 - 2016 Columbian Year. Also on hand Insurance agent and founding member Matthew Lynch, and Financial Secretary and Founding member Andrew Giacomazza, PGK, FDD.
The Knights of Columbus Saranac Lake Council #599, Franklin and Essex Counties, recently purchased 48 new winter coats for distribution at local schools. This is the fourth consecutive year the Saranac Lake Council has participated in the Coats for Kids Program. Since the inception of the program in 2009, Knights of Columbus Councils have distributed over 310,000 coats throughout the U.S. and Canada to children in need.
SD Bob Weitzman attended The Hudson Valley Chapter Knights of Columbus 2017 Annual Charity Drive in Poughkeepsie. This years charity is the Shrine of our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville. SD Bob Weitzman presented a check to Chapter Chairman Daniel McNamee to kickoff this worthwhile cause. Among those who attended were Sr. Chaplain Rev. Brian McWeeney; Conference Chairman Chester Smith, Chairman of the Board Carl Schneider, Wally Wych PCC and State Retention Chairman, and President of the NYS Columbiettes Dee Wych.
The Knights of Columbus Monroe Council 2079, Orange County, recently donated two dozen brand new winter coats for boys and girls to the Pallotine Sisters Outreach of Hispanic Ministry. Pictured from left to right are Deputy Grand Knight Justin La March, Grand Knight John Mc Elroy, Sr. Teresa, Sr. Michele and Frank "Uncle Buck" Pileggi
Monsignor Francis J. Dillon Council #5872, Queens County, members collected over 750 lbs. of food for pantries. Additionally, these members collected $300 in donations to purchase additional food for families to be donated to the pantries. They also collected an additional $350 to purchase turkeys for the families. This is the second year both Monsignor Dillon Council #5872 and St. Ambrose Council #1463 are working on the Turkey Program together
Knights of Columbus Msgr. F. J. Connors Council #11544 of Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, partnered with the Adult Faith Enrichment Joint Committee of the Parish of the Visitation and St. Raymond’s and St. Andrew’s Church to promote the practice of the daily recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours. Four daily Masses each week incorporate the appropriate Morning or Evening Prayer, taken from the book Shorter Christian Prayer.
The Knights of Columbus Monroe Council 2079, Orange County, Basketball Free Throw Champs and Knights. Congratulations to all the participants.
The NY State Mid-Year Meeting. Supported the Toys for Tots Programs with the US Marines.
The 8th New York District Knights of Columbus recently added the Three Wise Men and the Gloria Angel to the Nativity Scene they purchased for Belmont Lake State Park last year. The Nativity project is now completed. The 8th district is comprised of, Our Lady of the Rosary Council #4228 in Deer Park, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Council #6556 in Wyandanch, Our Lady of Grace Council #11968 in West Babylon, and Joseph the Carpenter Council #14771 in Babylon, Suffolk County. The Nativity was a joint effort of all four councils and NYS Parks Department officials. The Nativity was blessed during a brief ceremony by Fr. William Brisotti, Pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Wyandanch. Fr. Brisotti blessed the Nativity with Holy Water, spoke about the meaning of the Nativity and led the Knights and Park Staff in a verse of “Silent Night”
Our Worthy State Deputy Bob Weitzman presented a donation to St. Mary's Hospital which was made possible due to the collaboration between the NYS Columbiettes and the NYS Knights of Columbus. St. Mary’s is a marvelous care center for children facing acute health issues as well as giving support to the entire family. The staff is professional, the facility immaculate, and the chapel spiritually uplifting. God Bless the patients, their families and all who work there.
Our Worthy State Deputy Bob Weitzman and State Event Coordinator Rocco D'Erasmo presented a donation of $7,320 to Tomorrow's Hope Foundation which was represented by Katie Bill. This money was raised from proceeds from the Mets game on May 2, 2016. Thank you to all supporters for making this a great event.
St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus of Douglaston, Queens County, held their annual Christmas Party at LaGrotta Restaurant in Little Neck, on Friday, December 9th. Members were asked to bring gift cards to help the needy. They were donated to St. Aloysius in Great Neck who run an outreach program that helps the poor. The amount given was $200 worth of gift cards. They also donated three turkeys to Our Sisters of the Poor in Queens Village.
Soccer Challenge at West Point. Attending were State Deputy Bob Weitzman, NYS Youth Director Mike Hearney, State Soccer Challenge Chairman Mike Bunce, Cadets/members of the West Point Council, brother Knights of Hudson Valley Conference and the participants of the Soccer Challenge