Hurricane Harvey – What We Can Do

From Bob Hatler, State Deputy…

Worthy Grand Knights and Brother Knights,
I’m sure you have all seen the recent devastation in Texas as a  result of hurricane Harvey. We all know, from past storms that have impacted New Jersey in the past few years, the mental and physical  damage caused by such storms. We all also know how Brother Knights and  their families have come to the assistance of others when these  devastations occur.

There are many things that we as Knights can do to assist the people of Texas as they deal with this situation:

FIRST –  PRAY! The physical happenings are hard to imagine for us  but we need to pray for all those impacted and ask God to watch over all  the people of Texas impacted.

SECOND – Monetary Donations! The Knights of Columbus Supreme  website has a LINK  for anyone to make a donation that will go directly  to assist the people impacted. Also you can go to the Texas Knights of  Columbus State Council website and click on the “Donate” link to make a  donation.Be sure to designate “Harvey” in memo field

The State Council will be making a donation and we ask anyone who has the means to do so as well.

Fraternally,
Bob Hatler, State Deputy

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IRACE4VOCATIONS, ONE OF THE LARGEST OUTDOOR CATHOLIC GATHERINGS IN SOUTH JERSEY, SUNDAY, APRIL 30

Catholics throughout the six southern counties of New Jersey, as well as the Delaware Valley region, are invited to attend the 6th Annual iRace4Vocations event on Sunday, April 30 at Williamstown High School/Middle School in Williamstown, NJ.

This free event, sponsored by the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Camden, welcomes people of all ages to the outdoor Mass for Vocations, which is followed by a 5k Run, 1 Mile Walk, family entertainment and food.

At the 2016 iRace4Vocations, Bishop Sullivan called on all Christians to pray for more people to hear the call to become shepherds like Jesus and lead the flock of faithful. “We are in a wolves’ world, and we need Jesus to shepherd us,” he said. “We must encourage vocations and hear the voice of the Good Shepherd,” he urged.

Since it began in 2011, iRace4Vocations has grown in size and scope each year. Last year more than 1,400 people attended the event. This year is expected to see that trend continue, as Bishop Dennis Sullivan, along with scores of priests, religious brothers and sisters, seminarians and Catholic faithful come to the event to both pray for and promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Recently, Vocations Director Father Michael Romano noted that locally vocations to the priesthood are at the highest they’ve been in 10 years, with 18 young men from South Jersey currently in seminary or pre-seminary formation.

“If you have never taken part in iRace4Vocations before, it is an inspiring day for the people of our diocese to come together to support and promote religious vocations,” said Father Romano. “People leave so joyfully each year, with a sense of hope for the future and pride in our faith. It is amazing to watch it grow — I would love to have you be a part of this year’s growth.”

The schedule for the day is:

Noon – Registration and Check-in (Walkers Only)
1 PM – Mass with Bishop Sullivan
2 PM – Registration and Check-in (Runners & Walkers)
3 PM – 5k Run/1 mile Family Walk
4 PM – Picnic and Family Entertainment

Williamstown High School/Middle School is located at 561 Clayton Rd, Williamstown, NJ.

The event is free of charge. This ‘faithraiser’ encourages each participant to come with prayer pledges for vocations.

For more information or to register, go to: www.camdenpriest.org/irace4vocations/

Press release courtesy  of the Diocese of Camden Office of Communications

Third Annual SMRS Spelling Bee

For the third year in a row, we were proud to be able to hold our Annual Spelling Bee at Saint Michael the Archangel Regional School in Clayton. The event coincides with the Diocese of Camden’s Catholic Schools Week. The 8th graders were great sports, cheered on by the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. Congratulations to our winners: 1st Place Nathan Scott, 2nd Place Zoe Gaudio, and 3rd Place Giselle Williams.

A special thank you to our volunteers, Deputy Grand Knight SK Mike Walsh (MC), Financial Secretary Raymond Iacovone (Sentence reader), Recorder Doug Miedel (Tiny dictionary definition reader) and Grand Knight SK Jim Cosgrove (Timekeeper).

9 Days for Life – Jan. 21-29

9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. Surrounding the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, the overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to abortion.

However, the novena also highlights many other facets of respecting each other’s God-given dignity, especially by respecting human life at every stage and in every circumstance.

9 Days for Life is an opportunity to:

  • PRAY for the respect and protection of each person’s life;
  • GATHER together in prayer, action, and fellowship with others;
  • SHARE your stories online.

To learn more, go to http://www.9daysforlife.com.

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Novena for National Unity, Jan. 12-20.

nine-day-novena-2016-downstreamFrom Thursday, Jan. 12, through Friday, Jan. 20, Knights and all Catholics are encouraged to pray a Novena for National Unity in preparation for Inauguration Day. Click here to read more from the Knights of Columbus about the call for this Novena.

The Novena for National Unity Prayer

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners – on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.

Amen.

 

Help obtain safe rides to school for Catholic school children Problem

school-busCatholic Education in New Jersey is thriving in many ways, but state aid is not one of them. The often overlooked, but very expensive, concern of bus transportation for our students is now a hot button issue that threatens the very foundation of school availability. This is a major issue that must be address in Governor Christie’s upcoming budget.

Nonpublic school transportation continues to be hampered by a number of problems which emphasize the major difficulties that nonpublic school parents face in attempting to get safe rides to school for their children.  Many parents cannot continue to enroll their students in nonpublic schools without this increase.

  1. Currently, the state only funds school bus transportation for a maximum of $884 per student.
  2. Many bus companies and public school districts are unwilling / unable to transport students at the $884 rate.
  3. Ideally, the bus transportation rate should match cost of living increases, which has not happened since the 2007-2008 school year.

Click here for a Fact Sheet containing more information.

What can you do?

Ask Governor to increase funding for nonpublic school transportation in his upcoming Fiscal Year Budget. If your family has been affected by this problem, or you know of families who have, tell the Governor the details. Even if the bussing problem does not apply to you, but you believe in Catholic education, please contact Governor Christie.

How can you contact Governor Christie?

The New Jersey State Council of the Knights of Columbus supports the New Jersey Catholic Conference‘s efforts to get state aid for school bus transportation increased in the next budget.

Council Knights Recognized for their Service

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FS Ray Iacovone, GK Jim Cosgrove, Treas. Ed Welsh and Warden Tony Hocker pose during the awards ceremony of the January 2017 council meeting.

During the first council meeting of the year, several of our Knights were recognized for their service.

Knight of the Year – Chancellor, Al Duaime.

Al was an integral part of our counsel this year stepping up and taking the initiative of ideas such as coordinating the Columbus Day breakfast, representing our council at confirmation and providing food for the color guard, assisting in ticket sales, becoming Knight of the Month in May and becoming a Sir Knight in November making his 4th degree. We appreciate Al’s passion for our council, our parish and the Knights.

Family of the Year:  Schlager Family.

Many thanks to Mark and his family for always being there when they can. They are always available to help during events, setting up, cleaning up or praying the rosary. We always see them at mass together as a family and ready to assist with anything the Knights or Parish may be doing at the time. Thank you to Mark and his wonderful family.

Patriotic Award: Treasurer, Ed Welsh.

This is not one of our regular awards, and is the first time it has presented to a brother Knight. The 4th degree is a patriotic degree in the Knights, and who better than Ed, a true Patriot to our country and our council, should receive it. Ed’s service to our country, commitment to our council and outstanding job as Treasurer has truly earned him the title of Sir Knight. Thank you Ed for your service to our great country, our council and our parish.

Certificate of Achievement: FFS, Neal Cullen.
As our first Financial Secretary since reactivation, Neal had huge challenges ahead to get our council back on track with paperwork, collecting dues, updating our list of brothers and tracking down their locations, sending out numerous mailings, distributing membership cards and of working with the IRS to reestablish the council’s tax id status. The FS is a demanding position that requires 3 years of service. Neal did an outstanding Job and we thank him for all his hard work.

Certificate of Appreciation: Trustee 2nd year Ray Iacovone.

Newly appointed FS Ray Iacovone was recognized for coordinating and implementing the FaithFULL food drive in 2016. We had one of our best food drives due to Ray’s customized paper grocery bags that made the ease of donations much easier for parishioners. Ray triumphed over several adversities, including a broken down borrowed truck, to make sure the job got done. All ended well thanks to Ray’s tenacious efforts.

Columbian Award
Our council was also recognized by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus as a recipient of the Columbian Award. This award is given to councils that annually conduct and report at least four major involvement programs in each of the following sections of the Service Program: Church activities, community activities, council activities, family activities, and youth activities. We are honored to be recognized for our service during the prior fraternal year.

 

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