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Lenten Fish Dinners—Fridays March 17 through April 7, 2017. 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM At St Jane’s Father Farrell Hall, 1900 Washington Blvd, Wilson Borough
See the Events page for more detailed event information & the current list of events for 2016 & 2017.
Grand Knight's Message
It's been awhile since I last wrote everyone. A lot has happened and I wanted to communicate to everyone about changes and events affecting our Council.
After receiving our bonus check, the final tally for the Football Sweeps yielded a profit of $1,172 on sales of 199 tickets. This is a good fundraiser and if we can eventually get sales to the 300 ticket level it would be even more successful.
We were unable to have a Formation (2nd) Degree in February 2017. Hopefully in April we will be able to hold this degree.
Two members from our Council made their Knighthood (3rd) Degree exemplification in February 2017. They are Scott Niemsyk (from OLOM) and Robert Smith (from St Jane's)
We had one transfer into our Council, John Knowles. John is a 3rd Degree.
A Council of our size should be able to find new members each month. In an effort to increase membership we will conduct recruitment drives either Sunday 3/5/17 or 3/12/17 at Our Lady of Mercy and St. Anthony's; Holy Ghost will be on Sunday 3/12/17. We will need fellow Knights to speak after each Mass. Frank Gualano used to coordinate these drives, but this responsibility is being moved to Fran Pullo, our Membership Director (610-248-1858).
FYI, we need members to serve on the Degree Teams. We are looking for new faces for both the Admissions and Formation Degree teams.
A Patriotic (4th) Degree exemplification will be held on Saturday June 10, 2017 starting at noon. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville. Those interested should contact Tom Rafferty, our Council Director.
The "Big Raffle" tickets to benefit the Archdiocese for the Military Services will be on sale starting at the Lenten Fish Dinners. All Councils must sell 60 tickets at $10 apiece. What is not sold at the fish dinners will need to be sold by Brother Knights by May 31, 2017.
The Assembly will also be hosting "An Evening With Tommy Zito" on Saturday, March 25, 2017 --- meal starts at 6:00 PM; entertainment 7:00 to 10:00 PM --- at the Brown Lynch American Legion, Palmer Twp. Cost for meal and show is $25 per person.
Lenten Fish Dinners
A special thanks to Brother Charles "Chuck" Bruno as his law firm, Pfeiffer Bruno Law, sponsored the printing of the fish dinner tickets.
St. Jane's students needing community service\confirmation hours have been asked to volunteer to serve as bussers --- clearing & cleaning tables and restocking for new guests --- during the dinners. Permission forms have been forwarded to the school. This matter is being coordinated by Brother Mike Hunsicker.
The first fish dinner (3/17/17) will be on St Patty's Day. We have asked the Women's Group at St Jane's, who assist by preparing desserts to include a "green theme".
For any guests attending the dinners on March 17th Council #345 will be "celebrating the green". Each hour (4-5, 5-6, 6-7) Council will be awarding three door prizes (9 prizes in total) of a center piece, a free ticket to another Friday dinner, free 50:50 tickets. So make sure you invite your family & friends and come early.
2). Initiate a "Baby Bottle Campaign" by issuing baby bottles on Mother's Day (5/14/17) and collecting these bottles on Father's Day (6/18/17). While this is already done by another group at St Jane's, we would like to introduce this to the other three parishes --- Holy Ghost, OLOM, St Anthony's. Approval from the Parishes would be needed, as well as contacting pregnancy centers to enlist their support.
3). In conjunction with collecting the baby bottles on Father's Day have a designated Mass where "Fathers Reaffirm Their Marriage Vows" with their families in attendance.
4). Initiate having a designated "Mass with the Catholic Daughters of America" to celebrate and pray for our organizations' success to our principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.
Good of the Order
I look forward to seeing many of you at our meetings in March (3/8 & 3/22), as well as the four fish dinners.Vivat Jesus!
Jim Di Paolo, Grand Knight #345
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