We were very happy to take part in the fourth annual Assumption 3397 8th Grade Spelling Bee at St Michael The Archangel Regional School today as they kicked off Catholic Schools Week.
Congratulations to our finalists – Natalie Mancus, third place; Christopher Jasinski, second place; and Christian Bracht, first place! Each was awarded a certificate and a Wawa gift card.
Many thanks to Deputy Grand Knight Mike Walsh, Recorder Doug Miedel (not pictured) and future Columbian Squire and current 4th grader Jack Walsh, who helped moderate and judge the event.
On Sunday, January 14, 2018, Knights from Assumption Council 3397, along with volunteers from Saint Bridget University Parish, conducted a “food blitz” where we put together meal packs and distributed them to homeless around the city of Camden.
The food packages were gratefully accepted by everyone our Knights met and was a very moving experience for the Knights and volunteers who traveled to Camden.
We are particularly appreciative to the volunteers who supported this most recent effort and to Fr. Michael Field who blessed our efforts before we left the Church on Sunday. Thank you to our volunteers that came out to help. Special kudos to Grand Knight Jim Cosgrove, Treasurer Ed Welsh, and past Financial Secretary Neal Cullen and his wife Melissa for spearheading this effort.
In the future, we plan to target these Knights in Action activities towards other parts of South Jersey as well, including efforts specific for veterans and non-food related programs. By doing this, our Knights hope to bring help directly to the needy.
If you are interested in supporting this effort, or any of the efforts of our council, feel free to chat with any of our Knights about it when you see them or contact us here.
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.
Bob Hatler, State Deputy
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
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 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.