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Council 1955 Paris
Council 6317 Danville
Council 1004 Morganfield
Council 1004 Morganfield having a meal with their four new knights after the degree ceremony.
Council 10263 St Luke
Council 10263 St Luke in Nicholasville voted to donate three $500 scholarships to area youth. They do this every year.
Council 15841 St. Edward
Council 12354 Mt. Washington
Council 12502 Independence
Council 12502 welcomes two new brothers into the KofC.
Council 2499 Hardinsburg
Meeting to pick winners of Scholarships they give to two graduating seniors each year. This year because of a special circumstance they added an additional scholarship. Our brother Knights aiding our youth.
Council 13053 Prospect
Brothers of Council 13053 planning their annual golf outing in Louisville on May 15 to raise funds for pregnancy centers.
Council 2046 Whitesville
The brothers of Council 2046 each year provide a scholarship to a local catholic youth starting college. It covers the cost of the text books which is a great help.
Council 2761 Louisville
Council 2761 getting ready for the Derby Charity Dinner which they sponsor at the Gault House every year to raise funds for various charities.
The Bishop Spaulding Ladies Auxiliary met in the lower level while therm met upstairs.
Council 14130 Lexington
Council 14130 served their church and community with 42 projects so far this year.
Council 14604 Pewee Valey
Council 14604 Pewee Valley held a Corporate Communion , Church Drive and a delicious pot luck dinner.
Council 15063 Pikeville
Council 702 Covington
Council 12562 Louisville
Council 15452 Lexington
Council #15452 is organizing a spring yard cleanup fundraiser along with about a half dozen other service projects for the parish.
Council 762 Lexington
Bluegrass Council announced the completion of fundraising for an Ultrasound Machine to be placed in Morehead. Protecting life.
Council 12774 Lexington
St. Elizabeth Seaton council is donating their proceeds from the Basketball Slam to their Parish Church maintenance fund as a way to incentivize ticket sales.
Council 2459 Winchester
Council 2459 Winchester just completed a Hanitat for Humanity project where they raised $3,000 for the project and did the project planning and contributed over 250 man hours to renovate and rehab a house. Charity in action.
Council 1290 Bardstown
Everyone enjoying dinner at council 1290 prior to their monthly business meeting. Good food with good people.
Council 15525 Jeffersontown
Council 15525 Jeffersontown held a "soup ER bowl" collection of cans of soup at the masses and they were donated to a local food pantry.
Council 10987 Fulton
Council 10988 planning a big Catfish Fry. Stop by for some good food.
Council 15613 Lexington
Council 15613, Pax Christi. A council doing very good things for their parish and Pastor/Chaplain Father Nick Pagano.
Council 11132 Madisonville
Our brothers in Madisonville held a parish pancake breakfast to kick off Catholic Schools Week. They also provided a large portion of the funds for a Parish FM catholic radio station which will go on air in early February.
Council 14372 Lexington
Mary Queen of the Rosary Council 14372 is starting a youth softball program and is sending ring rosaries to college students from their parish.
Council 14993 Erlanger
Council 14993 Celebrating Brother Kenneth Werner's 50th Anniversary as a Knight. Supreme Knight sent a Certificate of Commendation which was given to Brother Werner at the celebration.
Council 1377 Maysville
Maysville Council 1377 brought in 4 new members on Sunday
Council 42703 Springfield
Council 6743 Clarkson
Council 8145 Russellville
Council 6368 Glasgow
Council 11470 Georgetown
Council 5634 Louisville
Council 1315 Bowling Green
Council 1418 Fancy Farm
Council 15681 Lawrenceburg
Thanksgiving at Council #1387 Uniontown
Council #12852 Richmond
Council #1361 Waverly
Council #817 Owensboro
Council #1264 Lebanon
Council #5071 Corbin
Council #1487 Ashland
Council #3908 Elsmere
Council #15699 Louisville
Council #14128 Somerset
Council #6317 Danville
The brothers of Council 6317 enjoying a meal following their monthly meeting.
Council #10988 Calvert City
Council #1955 Paris
Council #3379 Vine Grove
The Brothers of Council 3379 at their social meeting
Council #15211 St. Timothy
Council #1455 Elizabethtown
Council #7387 Hawesville
Council #12923 Campbellsville
Council #10962 Paducah
Council #6101 Owensboro
Council #14471 Louisville
Council #14471 Louisville and Assembly #3228 Fairdale officer installations
Council #12965 Oak Grove
Council 12965 is now at 50% quota with enough candidates due to take their first degree to bring them to 100%. What a great way to start the year.
Council #12502 Independence
Council 12502 home of State Chaplain Fr. Mario on August 14 brought in 4 new members bringing their year to date total to 5. This is 100% of their quota. What a great start to their year.
Council #15525 Jeffersontown
Council #1764 Ludlow
Council #15707 Lexington
Council #7831 Sebree
Council #14728 Falmouth
Council #1377 Maysville
Council #10263 Nicholasville
Council #4665 Louisville
Council #15914 Ft. Campbell
Council #13304 LaGrange
Council #10725 Owensboro
Certificate of Service presentation by Grand Knight Ed Sullivan
Presented to Bill McGovern for 43 years of service
and Gene Roberts PSD for 36 years of service
Council #14290 Owensboro
Council #1055 Paducah
From the State Deputy
The Knights of Columbus, a fraternal, benevolent society of Catholic men was founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882, by Father Michael J. McGivney and a small group of pioneering Catholics to provide much needed security for widows and orphans of Catholic parishioners. The order’s goal is to promote social and intellectual interchange, to protect and promote Catholic interests, and to foster a spirit of fraternity among citizens of all races and creeds. These Catholic men and their families are dedicated to promoting the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Today there are more than 1.8 million members in over 15,000 councils on three continents and numerous Island nations around the globe.
The first council formed in Kentucky was Council 390 in Louisville on December 7, 1898. The State Council was established in 1903 following the institution of Covington Council 702 and Lexington Council 762. Over the years the Knights of Columbus in Kentucky has grown dramatically and today stands at 100 councils with a membership in excess of 11,300.
If you are a practical Catholic man at least 18 years old, the Knights of Columbus may be for you. Contact us at the Kentucky State Council or the nearest local council in your area.
Francis J. Shay
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In the news
St. Theresa parish Festival
Bishop Mulloy Knights of Columbus 1301 stationed in Bellevue, KY recently volunteered to work the major raffle booth at St. Therese Church in Southgate. We used the opportunity to also recruit new members. We were honored to have our State Deputy Frank Shay come and give us a hand.
(l-r) Bob Farrell, Alex Olueda, State Deputy Frank Shay, Deacon Bill Theis
Rosary Raffle benefits Rose Garden Mission
Fred Meade, Elmer Riehle, and Eric Richie delivered a check to Mother Saraphina at the Rose Garden Mission in Covington. The check is from the proceeds from the Rosary Raffle at the state convention.
Taylorsville Officers Installation
Father Brian Kenney and Grand Knight Tim Gahlinger at the arrival and blessing of an ultrasound machine for the Pregnancy Help Center in Shepherdsville, KY.
Chaplain of the Year, Owensboro Diocese
This past weekend District Deputy Joe Schmitt came to Mass and presented Fr. Curtis L. Condit with his plaque for Chaplain of the year that he was awarded at the State Convention.
St. Marys Church in New Haven
At the annual meeting of State Deputies in New Haven Connecticut, Our State Deputy Frank Shay, had the opportunity to take some photos of the rich history of St. Mary’s Church.
Each jurisdiction in the order has a pew in St. Mary’s Church. Here is a photo of the plaque on the Kentucky State Council’s pew. It reads”Kentucky State Council instituted September 3, 1903″.
Here is a photo of the altar in St. Mary’s Church.
Here is a photo of Fr. McGivney’s tomb.
Here is a photo of the basement of St. Mary’s Church. This is where it all began.
And here is the resolution that made it official.
Burgers for B.U.I.L.D.
Council 14372 grilling 350 burgers for B.U.I.L.D. (Building a United Inter-Faith Lexington Through Direct-Action). Boy Scout Troop 282 helped with event setup.
Every fourth Saturday of the month, Fr. Kehoe Council #1764 in Ludlow, together with the Ludlow Vets, work with Isaiah Ministries of Northern Kentucky in the distribution of food to the needy in the surrounding communities. The food is made available by Isaiah Ministries free of charge. These food items include: bread, canned goods fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, potatoes, soup, rice, flour, bakery items, pasta, macaroni and cheese, cleaning supplies, etc. On May 30th, approximately 175 families were given baskets of food items. Fr. Kehoe Council offers the use of its parking lot and facilities to make this happen. In the last picture Grand Knight Fred Porciello (in scooter) welcomes the people and passes out K of C donuts to those in line.
Award for charitable works in the Diocese of Owensboro
Bishop Soenneker Council 10725 received an award from the Diocese of Owensboro, the award was for Charitable Works in the Diocese, only 5 such awards were given out for the entire Diocese and our council was one of the winners. I have attached a picture of the award, I have also attached pictures of some of the activities that helped us win that award. Picture 2 is from members of the council doing a fish fry for St Stephens Cathedral during lent, picture 3 awarding money to Puzzle Pieces an Owensboro origination that works with the mentally challenged of the area. We also put up Billboards for life at Precious Blood Catholic Church and St Martins Catholic Church in the Owensboro area.
Council 13917 St. Leo in Versailles holds a Texas Hold'em to raise funds for the parish.
John Paul II school project
Tom Musser presented a check for $1850.00 to Rayma Dayberry. This represents the 2nd quarter net profit for the new John Paul II school project. To date Council #1367, Uniontown, has donated $6650.00 to this worthy project. During the summer months the Uniontown Volunteer Fire Department will be their designated charity.
3rd Annual Pro-Life Scramble
The 3rd Annual Pro-Life Scramble was held May 15th at Seneca Golf Course with Archbishop Kurtz playing on David Such’s team (pictured above). Over $3,500 was raised for Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center and Life House. The winning team was Larry Smith, Mike Bray, Dave Brown and Don Geiser with a 62! Thanks to all of the players, sponsors and volunteers.
Following the 09 May 2015 St Margaret Mary #15979 Council meeting Ken Jackey spoke on the Cursillo Movement which has been active in the Archdiocese of Louisville since 1964. Cursillo — a Spanish word that means “short course” — is a Catholic movement centered on Christian living led by lay people. Cursillo originated in Spain in 1944 in response to Pope Pius XII’s desire to energize Catholics to return to their Christian values. The Cursillo movement of the Church, by means of its own method, makes it possible for people to live and share their everyday lives with the support of small Christian groups. Cursillo encourages us to share Christ’s Word and presence to all those we meet. For more information contact: Ken Jackey (502) 554-1763 firstname.lastname@example.org Flaget Center Attn: Cursillo Movement Office 1935 Lewiston Dr. Louisville, Ky. 40216 TEL: (502) 448-8581 FAX: (502) 448-5518 http://www.louisvillecursillo.org
Supporting Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League
Council #14130 supporting Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League. Knights provide participants and families with free food and drink
Father Michael's first Mass
Knights helped celebrate at Father Michael's first Mass
Ordination of Bishop Stowe
Honor guard members from all over the Lexington Diocese took part in the ordination ceremony of Bishop John Stowe on Tuesday.
Knights of Columbus, protectors of life
This is a reprint of a story that ran in the Messenger on May 1, 2015 The complete issue can be downloaded here
You often see members of the Knights of Columbus on special occasions — parades, marches and pontifical Masses. They are known for carrying swords while donning tuxedos, capes and feathered hats. They also are known to host fish fries, spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts. They organize golf outings and Tootsie Roll drives to support the Special Olympics and other charities for the mentally disabled. They are known for their principles of “Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.” But surprisingly, even though they have a presence at nearly every parish in our diocese, most people are unaware of the knights’ extensive contributions in support of the Culture of Life — an involvement that can be traced back to the beginning of the movement and has never wavered.
In 1973, following Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States — the Knights of Columbus called the decision “shocking and unfortunate” and immediately started its “Support for Life” campaign. Soon after, knights from across the country participated in the first national March for Life on Jan. 22, 1974, many acting as marshals directing the large crowd. The knights have been present every year since — in large numbers.
In 1975, the Supreme Council’s board of directors voted to grant $50,000 to the US bishops’ pro-life efforts. This was the beginning of the order’s charitable donations to the cause. A year later, that grant was renewed and $10,000 was added to support the Canadian bishops’ pro-life efforts.
In 1979, the order funded the US bishops’ brief before the Supreme Court defending employers’ rights to deny abortions in medical coverage. This was the first of many briefs and suits the order would fund or file on issues involving abortion, assisted suicide and embryonic stem cell research.
Today, the order’s dedication to Culture of Life initiatives is stronger than ever. Councils at the supreme (national), state and local level participate in and organize a wide variety of programs. Every member of the order (over 1.8 million strong) contributes two dollars to the Culture of Life Fund as part of his annual dues. This fund, which was established to advance the Culture of Life, has provided tens of millions of dollars to numerous organizations, including the Sisters of Life, Birthright International, the National Life Center, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Organization for Life and Family in Canada.
The Culture of Life Fund also supports the Ultrasound Initiative, whereby local councils help provide ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers using matching funds. The Supreme Council matches, dollar for dollar, all funds raised by a local council or councils. Once 50 percent of the needed funds are raised, the ultrasound machine is purchased and delivered, allowing expectant mothers to see an image of their child and hear a heartbeat. Studies show that up to 90 percent of abortion-minded women who see the ultrasound choose life for their child.
To date, the knights have placed more than 500 ultrasound machines in pregnancy care centers worldwide, with an estimated value of over $25 million. Kentucky has nine, with another four in the works. In our diocese, councils have provided ultrasound machines to the Rose Garden Home Mission, Covington and CareNet Pregnancy Services, Cold Spring.
Like the Supreme Council, the Kentucky state council also has a Culture of Life Fund, which is disbursed to worthwhile causes and organizations in each of our four dioceses, including the Ultrasound Initiative. The state officers and directors help organize and sponsor statewide pro-life campaigns, activities and awareness, including marches, Masses and events supporting the bishops as well as an annual Culture of Life poster contest.
Perhaps the greatest contribution of the knights comes at the local level. Local councils throughout the world are expected to participate in at least four Culture of Life activities annually in their local diocese. Councils in our diocese do so in many ways, working individually and together on events such as:
- Sponsoring the diocesan Pro-Life Essay Contest by providing the $1,000 in prize money awarded each year.
- Donating funds to send seminarians and students to the Marchfor Life in Washington, D.C.
- Leading the Cross the Bridge for Life walk each June, where local councils provide bottled water and refreshments.
- Providing an honor guard by the Color Corps at nearly every pro-life Mass or march in the diocese.
- Building memorials to the unborn.
- Contributing to local parish pro-life funds.
- Holding diaper drives and baby bottle campaigns for pregnancy care centers.
- Praying rosaries in front of abortion clinics.
- Placing memorial crosses at parishes in remembrance of those babies lost to abortion.
- Supporting the Franciscan Daughters of Mary and the Rose Garden Home Mission in Covington with financial assistance and service hours.
- Opening its halls to pro-life organizations and natural family planning education.
- Contributing to programs that assist mothers who have had abortions.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the nation’s more than 15,000 local councils add more ideas and innovations to the list of pro-life activities each year.
Finally — and unquestionably most importantly — the members of the Knights of Columbus pray. They pray for an end of abortion. They pray for the mothers considering abortion, for the babies lost and for those lives affected by abortion. They pray for our state and our country, for our leaders and for our priests. They hold rosary devotions and attend Eucharistic adoration and Masses.
So, while the Knights of Columbus may be best known for their plumes and swords, it is their dedication to the Culture of Life that deserves wider recognition, for it is their highest priority. They begin every meeting with prayer and the Pro-Life pledge at every level of the order. They stand with our bishops and priests in defense of the sanctity of human life.
For every member of the Knight of Columbus, the Culture of Life is always in the forefront, and no knight takes lightly his duty to protect the unborn.
Eric Ritchie is a former Grand Knight of Bishop Ackerman Knights of Columbus Council 5453, Burlington, Ky. He currently serves as District Deputy of District 22, responsible for the three K of C councils in Boone County. He, his wife Amy, and their four children are members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington.
Council 1764 Annual Pancake Breakfast to Raise funds for Notre Dame Sisters Uganda Mission.
Council 2761 Bishop Spaulding Annual Derby Charity Dinner
Council 2761 Bishop Spaulding Annual Derby Charity Dinner
Dads and Daughters Prom
Dads and Daughters Prom held by McGivney Council 12502.
11 new Knights
Council 14130 brought in 11 new Knights.
Reactivated Squires Circle
Council 7387 Hawesville reactivated its Squires Circle and brought in 18 new Squires.
Stewards of Appalachia build new volunteer dorm in David KY.
Stewards of Appalachia laying the foundation for the new volunteer dorm in David KY. This dorm will greatly reduce the cost of housing volunteers.
Station WEUC Eucharistic Radio in Morganfield. FM station covering 70 miles with a 3000 watt transmitter. Broadcasting 24/7 carrying EWTN programs. Original funding came from a group of Knights donating the money to purchase the equipment. The Council then provided a permanent home and pays all utilities for the station. Evangelization in action.
Pro-Life Essay Awards Banquet
The 3 finalists of the 2015 Pro-Life Essay Contest with Michael Clines, superintendent of schools, Eric Ritchie, District Deputy in the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Roger Foys and Faye Roch, director of the diocesan Pro-Life Office.
The Pro-Life Essay Awards Banquet was held March 17 at Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Curia building, Covington. The topic this year was: “Each of us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation. ‘Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s Creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.’ – Pope Francis’ Day for Life Greeting. How can we show reverence and respect for human life from conception to natural death?” The essays were written last October and each school could submit up to 15 essays to the Pro-Life Office to be judged. First place prize was $500 scholarship to the diocesan Catholic high school of the winner’s choice and $100 to the teacher of the winning student. Second and third place were given $300 and $200 scholarships respectively. The Knights of Columbus generously provided financial support for the contest. Third place went to Maria Tobergte from Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Burlington; second place went to Mackenzie Kingerski from Blessed Sacrament School; and first place went to Annie Gronotte from St. Pius X School, Edgewood.
Car for Fr. Emil Kandar
In December 2014 , council 1264 raised enough funds to purchase a car for Fr. Emil Kandar assigned to St. Augustine Parish to assist Fr. Bill Bowling at Holy Cross and St. Francis Parishes . Fr. Emil is from Ghana ( central Africa), Arch Bishop Kurtz is friends with Fr. Emil's Bishop, thru his Chairing the USCCB. He is helping fill in the parish ministry because of the Priest Shortage in the Dioceses.
The Knights of Columbus Council 1264 and other parishioner's raised over $3,300 to purchase a used car and pay for the transfer and taxes. This was accomplished in 2-3 weeks.
The car greatly enhances Fr. Emil's ability to carry on the Lord's work without having to depend on some kind soul to drive him to these locations.
This demonstrates the Solidarity between the Knights and our Priests in our service to God's people. John O. Thomas GK
Three new Knights
The three newest members of Council 4473 with DD Henry Lyon.
The following is a reprint article from the February 15th issue of the St. Jerome Journal
Robert “Bob” Spalding was nominated from St. Jerome Church to receive the Sophia Award. He was presented the award at a Mass celebrated at St. Stephen Cathedral on September 28, 2014. Following is the nomination from his daughter, Diane Smithson.
Robert (Bob) Spalding is very worthy of the Sophia Award. He has spent most of his 83 years leading a life that is an example of a “good and faithful” servant. He spent many years as a Cub Scout master, served on the school PTA board, and was a member of the local school board. Setting a good example and being an advocate for children was very important to him. Being an active part of his church and community is also very important to him. He served as chairman of the St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic for years and still spends most of the day working in our family booth. He currently serves on the West Kentucky Rural Electric Co-op Board and spent approximately 25 years as a volunteer fireman taking the role of chairman for many of those years. He is a 4th Degree Knight in the local Knights of Columbus, works funeral dinners, and is an usher at church. This man is 83 and suffers from Parkinson’s disease but doesn’t let that stand in the way of giving his time, talent and treasure.
Not only does this man portray an exceptional example to his church and community, but most importantly, he has the utmost respect of his family. As one of five children, I grew up in a home where I knew I was loved. He went to work during the day and was home with us at night. He believed God’s word, “spare the rod, spoil the child”. We were disciplined, yet never doubted his love for us. We attended church every Sunday and he taught us good work ethic. All his children have become active members in their church and community as we are blessed with a role model we call “Dad”.
I hope you will consider this very worthy man as you seek someone to present this year’s Sophia Award. I feel he represents this award in every aspect.
St. Patrick’s Coloring Contest
The Louisville Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick wax-crayon Coloring Contest wrapped Saturday, 14 Mar 2015 through the sustained cooperative efforts of many including five KY KofC Brothers; the Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville, Reverend Edward Gorman, O.P. St Louis Bertrand Pastor & Prior, Shaun McKiernan, and FA's Jim Fallon, & Bill Moriarity.
Sixteen St. Patrick Coloring Contest 3rd, 2nd, & 1st place and Grand Prize Winners were chosen from over 5,000 Kindergarten through 4th Grade student entries from throughout the Archdiocese. The Contest Winners were presented with their original drawing in a 8" x 10" picture frame along with a "Coloring Contest Winner” T-shirt following the Noon Mass at St Louis Bertrand Church concelebrated by Archbishop Kurtz and Reverend Edward Gorman, O.P. The Grand Prize winner also received a $100 Cashier’s Check from KING SOUTHERN Bank, one of the St. Patrick's Parade Sponsors.
Later that same day the Contest Winners and their Parents, escorted by FA's Jim and Bill, rode in the lead vehicle of the 42nd Louisville St Patrick's Parade to an enthusiastic cheering crowd estimated at well over 100,000.
Free Throw Winners
Winners of the 2015 Knights of Columbus State Free Throw contest
Flood at council 1764 In Ludlow KY
3rd Degree Class
Welcome Third Degree Class at Council 2761 Bishop Spaulding.
40 Days for Life
Attached is photo of the 7:00 -8:00 shift of our help for the 40 Days program. That is our vigilance during Lent of praying the rosary at the only abortion clinic in Louisville. Council 10682 does this every Wednesday night in one hour shifts from 7:00pm Wednesday night thru 7:00am Thursday morning during Lent. Two knights do this every hour.
Held February 28 in O’Brien Hall at St Louis Bertrand we always start after 4:15 Mass and end when they all leave. We offer full spaghetti dinner and a silent auction. This always works as a fund raiser for us even though it’s free. It’s an excellent opportunity to use our membership table which is a permanent part of O’Brien Hall.
Over 7000 diapers!
Council 13053 ran a diaper drive to benefit St. Bernadette diaper bank, at Goshen Elementary school and we collected over 7000 diapers! This represents about a month of inventory for the diaper bank.
In the picture is Deeana Hornback, bank director and wife of brother knight Chris, school principal Lisa Peters and 2 unnamed school helpers.
Two new members
The two newest members of All Saints Council. Tim Gahlinger has the council well on the way to double star council.
Fun Pancake Breakfast
Flaget Council #13053 hosted a Pancake Breakfast at Ascension Parish, Louisville, Sunday, February 15 serving a fine winter breakfast of hot and delicious Pancakes, Sausage, Juice, Milk, & Coffee following the 8:30AM Mass. In all, 180 Parishioners were served in under an hour and $800 was raised for the Ascension Parish Elementary School.
Following the February 14th St Margaret Mary #15979 Business Meeting, Holy Innocents #12562 Brother Mike Michalak shared updates on his four (4) ongoing Ministries; Immaculata Classical Academy, Sisters of the Fiat, Angels in Disguise, and the Four Pillars Catholic Youth Group.
Mike and his wife Penny - proud parents of 12 children, their youngest daughter Elena with the gift of Down Syndrome, are now adopting two boys, ages 2 & 3, from Poland; the oldest also with the gift of Down Syndrome.
Mike & Penny, who last month escorted 77 Catholic teenagers from Louisville to the 2015 D.C March for Life, were honored in May 2014 by the Kentucky State Council as KofC Family of the Year.
Diaconate Formation Program
StMM #15979 Brother Donald & Susan Newland Admitted to Archdiocese of Louisville Diaconate Formation Program
This five-year program, when completed, will result in the ordination of Don to the Permanent Diaconate in August 2020.
They begin their Aspirancy period of one year in July, 2015. This will be a period of personal discernment for them. It will be focused on an overview of most of the elements and challenges of diaconal service. Particular attention will be placed on prayer, spiritual development, personal introspective work and exploration of the call to diaconal service. The purpose of the year is to explore the questions of “Who am I?” – “Why am I here?” – “Am I supposed to be here?” and “Do I want to be here?”
After the Aspirancy period, Don and Susan will be enrolled at Saint Meinrad for four years of religious studies. Additionally, they will have monthly meetings with their deacon mentor couples and spiritual directors, and be expected to attend certain diaconate community functions and retreats.
These Candidacy years are very demanding of the couples’ time, and mental and physical energy. During this challenging program please offer your support to Don and Susan and keep them in your prayers.
Furnished an Apartment
On Thursday, January 29, 2015, members of the Bishop Flaget Council loaded a truck full of furniture and household goods and completely furnished an apartment for a newly arriving refugee family from Iraq. Working in conjunction with the United Nations and Louisville Catholic Charities, 18 Knights donated all the items including beds, furniture, towels, blankets and every item down to soap and toothbrushes. The family walked into a newly refurbished and completely furnished apartment, which was a welcome sight after more than 24 hours of,travel from Turkey. Every year over 1000 families find their way to Louisville and this. Was one family who arrived to a fully furnished new home!
Pastor of the Year
National Catholic Teachers Association
January 30, 2015
Pastor of the Year
Father Mario Tizziani
CONGRATULATIONS to Fr. Mario Tizziani on receiving the 2015 National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Distinguished Pastor Award, presented by the NCEA Elementary Schools Department. The prestigious award is given to honor pastors who... have given outstanding support to Catholic elementary education. Fr. Mario is amongst 12 other priests in the Nation to receive this award and is the first Pastor of the Diocese of Covington to be honored by NCEA! He is a wonderful example of the true mission behind a good quality Catholic education. God has blessed St. Cecilia Parish and continues to do so in MANY ways!
62 years as a Knight
Congratulations to Brother Bob Greene, celebrating 62 years with the Order. Brother Bob serves as Council #5453's Advocate. Previously he performed Grand Knight and District Deputy duties and is a tireless voice for the unborn in our community. His wife, Julie, is a member of our Ladies Auxiliary. Thank you, Bob, for your service!
Top Honors in Intermediate Ice Dance
Siblings Sophia Elder and Christopher Elder took Top Honors in Intermediate Ice Dance, claiming their first-ever U.S. Title with 103.53 points at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina this week. At this national event, the country's 12 Top Single Skaters and Teams in each of several levels competed.
Christopher and Sophia, son and daughter of our StMM KofC Brother David Elder, are students at St Margaret Mary School.
"It feels so good, I can't even put it into words," Sophia said. "It's so hard to explain. This is amazing. I'm speechless."
At the tender ages of 11 (Sophia) and 13 (Christopher), the brother-sister duo has been competing together for the last four years, placing fifth at last year's U.S. championships in Boston.
Pro-Life Mass Louisville
On January 18th Archbishop Kurtz celebrated a Pro-Life Mass at St. Martin de Tours. Several groups were in attendance including the Knights of Columbus. All the state officers were in attendance along with a very nice color corps.
Beer and Brats
On October 25 and November 22, Council 1955, Church of the Annunciation in Pairs, Ky, held Beer and Brats Fundraisers at the Rooster Brew Micro Brewery to raise money to purchase a wheelchair for a veteran. The council had been approached by Knight member Andrew Horne, who works at the brewery, about sponsoring a fundraiser at the brewery. At about the same time, Bob Duffy, a member of our council, talked to the council about the need of a wheelchair for a veteran. He asked the council about making a donation toward the purchase of the wheelchair. During the discussion, a suggestion was made to combine the two request and do a fundraiser instead of just giving a donation. On December 30, Council 1955 presented a check to Thomson Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore, KY for $1387.00 which will be used to purchase a wheelchair for one of American's finest.
All Saints Council helped build a church
Dear Friends in Faith, Joy and I are thrilled to inform you that the construction of the Catholic Church in Cana Brava is complete! It has been named John Paul II Catholic Church. Attached are pictures of the exterior and interior. It is a true Blessing to know that the community and their children will have a place of worship for the Advent and Christmas Season, and throughout the years! It is our intent to travel there early next year and attend a Mass service. Once we do that, we would like to send another update with pictures of us with the community attending Mass at John Paul II Catholic Church in Cana Brava, Nicaragua. We thank you again for helping us complete His plan. May the wonders of His love fill your heart with joy this Christmas and all throughout the year! Continued Blessings, Wesley and Joy
Patriot (missile) Top Gun Course Graduation
KofC Bishop Flaget Council #13053 Brother John M. Moriarity, 2nd from right, was one of only five (5) Soldiers to graduate this year. Fewer than one percent (1%) of Air Defenders attempt the Patriot Top Gun Course. The attrition rate for this notoriously difficult Army Course is 40 percent. Of the twelve (12) who started this iteration, nine (9) made it to the defense design board portion of the course, and then only five (5) met the requirements to graduate as "the best of the best" in the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) branch.
Special olympics bowling tournament
DGK Mike Saylor lead a team of Six (6) Brother Knights from StMM Council #15979 assisting the Kentucky Special Olympians this weekend. The Commonwealth Bowling Tournament is by far the largest single-sport event on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar, with more than 1,300 athletes and Unified partners competing during the weekend at Kingpin Lanes, 9525 Taylorsville Rd, Jeffersontown, KY 40299
50th Anniversary celebration for Saint John Council #5634
Council #14993 chalice ceremony
Council #14993 presented a chalice to Deacon Michael Black, to be ordained in spring. It was given in memory of Sir Knight EDWARD G. DELAHUNTY - 4th Degree
Thanksgiving meals for those in need
Council 1377 preparing Thanksgiving meals for those in need.
Veterans Football Outing
Fr. Kehoe Council #1764 Knights of Columbus in Ludlow led by Grand Knight, Fred Porciello (a veteran of the Vietnam War), and his members hosted an afternoon of fun on Sunday November 30, 2014 for many members of the Veterans Hospital in Ft. Thomas. The afternoon began when three members of the hospital staff brought a busload of 10 veterans to the council from the hospital to watch a Cincinnati Bengals game. Many of the veterans were in wheelchairs and the Knights assisted them in getting around. The veterans were served refreshments, snacks and food during the game. The veterans had a wonderful time and the Bengals even won the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Upon departure, the members presented each veteran a ditty bag with a skull cap, warm socks, cookies and candy. Approximately twelve members of Fr. Kehoe participated. You could not tell which group, the veterans or the K of C members had the most fun, but is was a wonderful afternoon had by all!
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Council #12774 raised money to place an ultrasound machine at Assurance for Life Pregnancy Center. Please see full article in the November edition of the state newsletter.
Soccer Challenge Winner!
Kayla Northcutt winner of Northern KY Soccer Challenge.
Double Star Award
Grand Knight John Thomas receiving the Double Star Award on behalf of the brothers of Council 1264 Lebanon.
Cemetery of the Innocents
Members of Sacred Heart Council #5071 and Parish families places crosses on parish grounds in Corbin to remind those of the innocent souls lost to abortion.
Council #13053 held a chili cook-off after Mass. More photos can be found here
12th Annual Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ride for Wednesday's Child
Sunday afternoon October 19, 2014, the 12th Annual Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ride for Wednesday's Child sponsored by Councils Msgr. McKune (14471) and Msgr. Newman (4665) was staged. Due to inclement weather, the Ride had to be postponed a week to the 19th, however the Ride still had 59 participants and raised $2,775 for the Wednesday's Child Program. The Wednesday's Child Program works to assist in the adoption of older and sometimes difficult to place, children.
Knights of Columbus councils in Northern Kentucky helped to sponsor the Seminary Ball in the Diocese of Covington. The Seminary Ball is a fundraiser to benefit the seminarians and also an opportunity to introduce the seminarians and let us show our appreciation to them. This was the 5th year that the event had been held and it drew the largest crowd to date, over 500 people were in attendance. The photo above is of the committee members that put the event together. Three of the committee members were State Deputy Frank Shay, Past State Deputy Carl Biery and State Executive Secretary Fred Meade.
The St. Michael Council collected and turned over to Catholic Charities 243 slightly used winter coats for the needy; in fact, several were brand new. This project was organized and spearheaded by our Chancellor, Chris Kelly. They were collected over the past 3 weekends at all the masses at St. Michael, as well as some 60 coats being collected by the 2nd graders at our parish school. In addition, Chris took this project to his place of employment, UPS, were he collected some 35 coats. Several of his co-workers came to our parish office and helped fold the coats. Chris Clements, Community Resource Developer for Catholic Charities was very pleased to say the least. It was such a success, we're going to do this project again next year. I gave Chris a quota to double the collections next year (just kidding, I think). Our council is not large enough to undertake a project to purchase new coats for the "Coats for Kids" project, so we did the next best thing.
Miss Kristi Knop was named the University of Louisville Homecoming Queen for 2014 topping off UofL's 30-18 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Kristi, daughter of our StMM Brother Otto and his bride Karen, is a graduate of St Margaret Mary School and Sacred Heart Academy, and is a Senior at UofL majoring in Nursing.
GK & DD Mike Kuchenbrod sharing the Double Star Council Award with members of Council 15699
PSD Carl Biery Honored
At the 100 year anniversary of Kehoe Council PSD Carl Biery was presented a plaque honoring his fourty-five years of service to the KofC and the Red Cross.
New 3rd degree members
Newly formed Ft. Campbell Council members making their Third Degree this past weekend. It was nice to be welcomed by our fellow brothers at a local council a few miles from the KY border at Clarksville, TN.
Mary Queen Council #14372 in Lexington held a Pumpkin Patch event for the parish. They gave away free pumpkins to children in 3rd grade and younger. They invited several other school groups to participate and a fun time was had by all.
Kehoe council hosted a free pancake breakfast for St Benedict Parishioners to celebrate the installation of Fr. Joshua Lange as pastor. Fr Lange was installed by Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, DD, Bishop of Covington.
Ludlow Council 1764 Celebrating their 100th anniversary
PGK John Lazzari of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Council #14372 in Lexington accepting the Star Council Award from DD Ed Quinn.
Stewards of Appalachia
In Martin, KY some of our brothers in the Stewards of Appalachia completely renovate a trailer for a poor disabled couple and rebuild a collapsed porch for an elderly poor couple. This makes you proud of being a Knight and gives a living example of our belief in Charity.
Thanks to the Stewards of Appalachia for all the good they do in Jesus name.
Pray for America
In communion with a number of nearby parishes, and joining 13,000 other American cities, council 14130 was represented at the 2014 National Rosary Crusade on October 11th celebrating the 97th Anniversary of the Great Sign at Fatima.
Diocesan Administrator, Fr. Nieberding, lead the Rosary and Sister Georgette lead the Divine Chaplet on Nicholasville Rd. (Lexington) near EMW abortion clinic.
PGK John Connell of J. H. Newman Council #15452 in Lexington accepting the Triple Star Council Award from DD Steve O'Bryan.
New 4th Degrees
Fr. Joseph Babu and Fr. Steve Hohman became 4th Degree Knights in Clarkson
All Saints Council is small and most of the work is done by an even smaller group of Knights. To re-energize the group we rented a local movie theater to show the documentary about the life of Fr. McGivney and invited all Kentucky Knights, as well as their family and friends as our guests. In addition, before the movie we had a private 1st degree ceremony and welcomed 2 new brother Knights. It was a great way to combine a fun outing, meet new friends, and learn something in the process.
Sts. Peter & Paul School Fall Festival
Christ the King Council #14130 selling popcorn
San Pablo Council #15707 selling tamales
Vision of Hope Banquet
Vision of Hope Banquet September 18th. Fundraising dinner for Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center, Louisville.
Star District Award
DD Charles Buchanan receiving the Star District Award for 2013-2014
Contest of Champions Award
Bowling Green council receiving the Contest of Champions Award for net gain of 47 members in 2013 - 2014
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center
25th anniversary of Hope Unlimited Family Care Center, Paducah. Getting new ultrasound from K of C.
Father James R. Meder Assembly #3423 officer installation
From left to right front row: James Thissen, Faithful Navigator, Reverend Robert M. Abel, Faithful Friar, Gary Dykhuis, District Master. From Left to Right Back Row: George Walz, Faithful Pilot, David Cooper, Faithful Comptroller, Bruce E. Shackett, Faithful Captain, Charlie Jenkins, Three Year Trustee.
Fr. Mario in his new KofC vestments
Fr. Mario following his first mass at St. Cecilia in his new K of C vestments. The Mass was celebrated for Pope Francis and his family at the request of Archbishop Lori.
From Supreme's news page here
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, San Antonio de Padua Council 12712 in Cagayan sustained significant damage to the roof of its council hall. Dr. Nelson Rodriquez, who is originally from that area of the Philippines but moved to the United States after medical school, is a member of St. Timothy Council 15211 in Union. He connected with family members who were Knights from Council 12712 and, through this connection, led his own council to raise $850 for the roof repairs.
Nine K of C units from Northern Kentucky co-hosted a golf outing at the Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club in Covington that raised $8,200 for Catholic Charities' Lifeline Fund, which assists pregnant mothers in need. The tournament has raised more than $40,000 in its six-year existence.
A Silver Rose was placed on Mary's Altar as part of the dedication of this year to Mary during the Installation of State Officers and District Deputies. The Mass of Installation was held at St. Cecilia Church in Independence, KY on July, 19, 2014. The Mass was Celebrated by Bishop Roger J. Foys, DD, Bishop of Covington.
Bishop Mulloy K of C 1301 pause for a little prayer before starting to serve food at ECHO Soup Kitchen in Newport.
Bishop Mulloy Knights of Columbus #1301 recently bought, prepared, and served breakfast at the ECHO Soup Kitchen at Ninth and York Streets in Newport. The single picture is Jeff Price mixing the batter for pancakes. The group picture has the knights ready to serve breakfast. (l-r) Gerry Nau , Joe Wiedmann, Rob Hassman, and Steve Brun. The final picture has Jean Theis cooking the sausage.
Attached is a check presentation to Father Nicholas Rottman of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Burlington, KY by Bishop Ackerman Council #5453. The council presented a check in the amount of $5990 from proceeds of the council's donut sales at the parish festival July 11-13, 2014. Since the mid-1960s, Bishop Ackerman Council members have been making and selling donuts at county fairs, parish festivals and community events, donating more than $200,000 to scouts, parishes, social service agencies and other organizations just within the past 10 years. In photo left to right: Keith Cahill, Council Donut Trailer Coordinator; David White, Grand Knight; Father Nicholas Rottman; Ray Rechtin, Donut Trailer Chair for IHM festival.
Bishop Flaget Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus recently installed their officers for the 2014 - 2015 fraternal year. Shown left to right: Elmer Riehle, Faithful Pilot, Roger Rolfes, Faithful Admiral, Bill Kopp, Faithful Captain, Tim Schalk, Faithful Navigator, Don Ward, Faithful Purser, Dennis Halfill, Inner Sentential, Bob Merkle, Trustee, Don McMurray, Faithful Comptroller, Nick Lageman, Faithful Scribe
Members of Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus recently presented a check for $8,200.00 to Shannon Braun, Monica Kuhlman and Vicky Bauerle of Catholic Charities for the Catholic Charities Lifeline Fund which helps pregnant mothers in need. The money was raised from a recent golf outing held at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club in Covington. The Knights raised a total of $44,500.00 in the six years they held the golf outing. The following councils / assemblies participated: Bishop Flaget Fourth Degree Assembly #307, Bishop Carrell Council #702, Bishop Mulloy Council #1301,Fr. Kehoe Council #1764, Fr. Bealer Council #3908, Fr. DeJaco Council #5220, Bishop Ackerman Council #5453, Mary, Queen of Heaven Council #14993 and St. Timothy Council #15211. Pictured from left to right: Carol Elix, Bill Theis, Dennis Elix, Golf Chairman, Wayne and Kathy Brown, Shannon Braun, Vicky Bauerle ,Monica Kuhlman, Bill Kopp ,Carl Biery
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