Union Council 345
4049 Hartley Avenue, Easton, PA 18045



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Typically the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Msgr. Gobitas Room at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church

Wednesday, 03/22/17
7:30 PM Business Meeting

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Our Next Event

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

Brother Knights:

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.

Degree Updates
There was an Admissions (1st) Degree Exemplification on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  We would like to welcome two new members --- Joseph Cignarella (from St Jane's) and Patrick Clark (from OLOM).

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.

Assembly News
The Pope Pius XII Assembly will have their March meeting on Thursday 3/16/17 --- this meeting will be held at 7:30 PM at the Bangor Council #3862. 

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.

By-Laws
Due to changes initiated by Supreme, our Council By-Laws have been revised to conform and implement these changes. A special thanks to committee members --- Brothers Walter Evancho, Fran Pullo, Victor Scomilio, Jim Szoszorek, and Chairman John Serfecz.  The recommendation of this committee was to leave the dues structure unchanged.

Lenten Fish Dinners
Will be held on Fridays from March 17th through April 7th.  The cost remains the same as past years at $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 5-12 (under 5 free). Our goal is to serve 550 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.

Website
The Council's website has been moved to a new host.  Brothers are needed to assist Vince Condello, Webmaster, and Mike Andreano, Consultant to assist with picking, layout, format, colors, content, etc.  If interested please contact me.

Insurance Agent
At a recent meeting our Field Agent, John Hoolick spoke to members about the Knights insurance and investment programs.  The Knights have some investment platforms to assist all Brothers based on their age and needs.  FYI, if you invest money in a savings or IRA you are considered an insurance member.  So if you plan on contributing to an IRA this tax season, please consider the Knights to use for this full or partial IRA contribution.  John can be reached at 570-574-1419 or john.hoolick@kofc.org.

Planned Activities
1).  To help bring parishioners together in a spiritual activity, Supreme has announced a new activity, "The 5th Sunday Rosary Program".  This program is open to Knights, their families, and fellow parishioners.  The next event is Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Our plan is to hold this event at OLOM Parish in the afternoon. Additional information will be forthcoming. 

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
If you know of a brother knight who is sick, in distress, or recently passed, please contact Vince Menegus.  The Council would like to extend its prayers to all Brother Knights and their families and offer a special prayer to Dan Bonner who broke his wrist, to Barry Laudenslager who continues to deal with his work injuries, to Mary Eismont who also broke her wrist and to any other Brother that has a special need.

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

Vivat Jesus!

 


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Union Council 345
goes back one-hundred and ten years in the City of Easton and has a distinguished record of service to both our catholic parishes and our community. On the most part, the men who make up Union Council 345 today have lived in Easton most of their lives. We have seen a great deal of growth and changes to Easton and its Catholic parishes over the last two decades. We invite all Catholic men in the Easton area to join our council and become Knights.


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