The annual 4th Degree Exemplification was held on April 21st in Parsippany in honor of former Master, Past Faithful Navigator and member of Assembly 3293, Joe Olivo. Our Council had four members achieve the 4th Degree. They were Tony Scotto, Rich Walsh, Bill Foster and Bob Ford, Jr.
Pictured (L-R) Faithful Navigator Jay Bohn, Tony Scotto, Rich Walsh, Jim Vargas (PGK), Bill Foster, Sgt. Chris McPherson, NJANG (PGK), and Ensign Bob Ford, Jr., USN
On Thursday, April 25th at 8 PM, the Knights of Columbus will be having a presentation by Jennifer Ruggiero, the Diocesan Director of the Office of Respect Life. Topics to be discussed include the HHS Mandate, Religious Freedom, and an in-depth explanation of the NJ Death with Dignity Act.
This is a Knights sponsored event, but anyone from the parish or community is invited to attend!
Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 3294 of St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church in Flemington presented a $4,000 donation to Joan Fasanello, Director of Life Choices Center of Phillipsburg. Life Choices assists expectant parents and families in need with medical care, material goods, mentoring, and education. Pictured L to R: Robert Woodruff, Frank Seboria, Jim Vargas, Joan Fasanello, The Reverend Father Jack O'Kane.
A 3rd Degree Ceremony was held on Friday, April 12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Three Bridges. Our Council had four members complete the degree and enter into full Knighthood in the Order. Congratulations to Christian Martinez, Bill Coey, Doug Rofano and Mark Mazewski.
(From Left) Christian Martinez, Rocco Colantuono, Bill Coey, Anthony Cozzi DD, John Pamula, Mark Mazewski, Doug Rofano, Joe Casey
The Diocese's Apostolate for Military & Veteran Families is sponsoring a seminar on Thursday, May 2nd on looking at ways we can strengthen our supportive service to our military, veterans and their families in our diocese and parishes.
Supported faith plays a critical role as a source of hope and well-being in the life of every soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, particularly those on deployment in a war zone. Supportive local faith communities can be an essential element to families at home and in a veteran’s healing and reintegration into civilian society.
There will be a talk and Q&A on the impending Death with Dignity Act legislation on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph's Shrine Auditorium in Stirling, NJ. This talk will be given by Rita Marker, JD who is an attorney, author & authority on assisted suicide and is the Executive Director of Patients Rights Council.
To see the flyer for the talk, please click here.
The mainstream media is choosing to ignore the trial of abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Click below for the Op-Ed piece that appeared in USA Today.
On April 14th, we will sponsor our first Spring blood drive. This is in addition to the blood drive we hold annually in the Fall. Our goal is to recruit 100 donations. We are relying on you to contact friends and family members to donate at the Parish Center between 8 AM and 2 PM on Sunday, April 14th. The donation is quick, painless, and truly helps those in need. Every three seconds someone needs blood, 4.5 million Americans would die each year without life saving blood donations, and one out of every ten people entering a hospital needs blood.
Please recognize that it takes 48 hours to test every blood donation. So, if your friend or loved one needs blood, the blood must already be on the shelf to meet the need. Help make a difference by donating on September 30th. Your donation will ensure that blood is available when needed, and help to save lives. In addition to the traditional whole blood donation, the Community Blood Center of New Jersey, the organization collecting the blood, will have several ALYX machines on hand to receive donations. This machine separates out the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma, enabling donors to donate 2 pints of red blood cells. This is a sterile procedure that returns the platelets and plasma to the donor. It takes about the same time as a traditional donation and, uses a smaller needle.
If you would like to sign up in advance to donate or if you have any questions, please contact Mike DeLuca, Community Activities Director, at
As you may know, since completing the 3rd degree (or those soon to complete your 3rd on April 12th) you are considered full members of the Knights of Columbus. I congratulate you on this momentous milestone. I now ask you to consider taking the next step in your journey to becoming a Sir Knight in our Order.
The 4th Degree is one based on Patriotism. It was added in 1900 after Father McGivney founded the Knights but is in way no less important to the Order and your formation of Knighthood within the Order. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus is to inculcate a love of country and impress the duties of citizenship. Its motto is Patriotism – a patriotism enlightened and informed by religion.
From the Knights of Columbus website: “For most men who follow Jesus, there comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. That's what the Knights of Columbus is all about. The Patriotic Degree allows K of C members to take this one step further. "Sir Knight" is more than a title — it’s an honor.”
Below is a link to additional information that will help you understand the costs and details of the all-day event. 2013 4th Degree Candidate Information The only two other items would be to confirm with me that you are up to date on your annual council dues and to contact me so we can get a 4th degree form completed and signed asap. The deadline for all forms and monies must be returned to me by March 23rd.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call me on my cell or email me.
I look forward to seeing as many of you and your wives in attendance as possible on that day.
Sir Knight SGT Chris McPherson
2nd Annual Italian Dinner Night
Saturday, March 23, 2012 – 6:30 PM
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting our 2nd Annual Italian Dinner! The feedback from our first Italian dinner was overwhelming, so were doing an encore by popular demand. There will be good food, music and companionship!
Come and taste the cuisine of Italy with your family and friends.
All you can eat BYOB dinner includes: Baked Ziti, Fresh Made Pasta Sauce (both Meat and Meatless), Salad, Meatballs and more!
We will also have the Silent Auction again. If you were there for our first Italian dinner, you will know how great the prizes are!
Tickets are available pre-sale only for $12 per adult and $6 per child (under 12); children under 5 eat for FREE.
Family of 5 price $40 (2 adults, 3 children under 12). Takeout is also available for $12 per serving but must be preordered.
Snow date is March 24th.
TICKET SALES END MARCH 22ND at 5 PM!
We look forward to having you join us.
Sia felice e Mangia Bene!