St. Patrick's Day 2018
Alzheimer's 2017: Some big numbers!
Brother Mike Jansen reports that the 2017 drive brought in a very sizeable $7000. Congratulations to the 21 Brothers who contributed a total of 170 service hours over the three-week canning campaign. A special thanks, too, to our generous Short Hills-Millburn-Springfield community and to the six merchants who invited us onto their premises. They are Kings, Goldberg’s Deli, Dunkin Donuts (Springfield), Stew Leonard’s, Panera Bread, and Milburn Deli
Mike and Bob Keating (pictured ) were Co-Chairs of the campaign. Jake Dalton once again led the field with highest collection tally.
Coats for Kids 2017
For the fourth year in a row we have distributed 420 warm winter coats to needy children. This year we expanded the campaign to three locations: St Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (previous recipient), St. Mary’s in Newark (1st time), and St. Augustine’s in Newark (1st time). Recipients were very appreciative and we thank our generous parishioners for their contributions. Many thanks, as well, to the Knights and spouses who helped sort and deliver the coats. See the photo gallery below for more.
Coats for Kids: Making It Happen
Coats for Kids: A Big Award at the New Jersey State Convention
At the Knights’ State Convention in Wildwood, the Council was recognized for its successful Coats for Kids fundraising drive. We ranked number two among 367 New Jersey councils. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, we raised $8400 for the purchase of 420 winter coats, which we distributed to families at the Saint Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth. Tom Abella chaired this year’s campaign. He thanks all the Brothers and their spouses who pitched in to make this year’s drive such a stand-out.
A Fundraising Record for Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
The Council raised a record-breaking $10,000 during this year’s campaign for Persons with Physical and Intellectual Disabilities. Twenty-nine Brothers and friends canned over three April weekends at nine local merchants, ringing up a total of 240 service hours. Contributions support The Arc of Essex County, First Occupational Center of New Jersey, Inroads to Opportunities of Union County, Camp Fatima, and Holy Cross Center of Learning.
Council standouts this year were Sir Knight Jake Dalton who logged close to forty hours and collected $3000, and Etorre Torello who collected $2000. This year’s drive was again organized by Brothers Mike Jansen, Mike DelMauro, and Bob Keating.
Council 6386 thanks Kings Supermarket Short Hills, CVS Pharmacy Millburn, Shop-rite Millburn, Goldberg’s Famous Deli, Millburn Deli, Stew Leonard’s Wines Springfield, Panera Bread Short Hills, Dunkin’ Donuts Springfield, and Walgreen’s Pharmacy Short Hills for allowing us to collect on their premises. We also thank parishioners and community members for their generosity.
Knights of Columbus Scholarships
Knights of Columbus College Scholarship Awards are available to all St. Rose of Lima Parishioners and to all dependents and grandchildren of members of Council 6386 who qualify for financial assistance. Applications are due on or before June 30, 2017. To download the application and for more information click here .
Knights in Action: Mentally & Physcially Challenged Fund Drive
Dominic Balzano and Jake Dalton were among the 20 Brothers who volunteered for this year's successful campaign. Great work! Many thanks to the local merchants who allowed us to collect on their premises, and to members of the community who generously contributed to this worthy cause. Mike Jansen, Mike DelMauro, and Bob Keating again led the effort.
Join us for a St. Patrick's Day celebration!
On the scene at St. Patrick's Day Party 2017
Coats for Kids: Let's stay No.1
From Tom Abella who is heading up the 2016 Coats for Kids drive:
“This is one of the Knights’ best-known drives nationwide, providing many thousands of winter coats for needy children. If you haven’t done so yet, please send a generous donation c/o: K of C, St. Rose of Lima, 50 Short Hills Ave., NJ 07078 at your earliest convenience (see the flyer below for more details). If you would like to see the faces on some of these children when they receive their coats, keep a watch for e-mails about helping sort package and deliver the coats later this month.
Through the Coats for Kids program 1,625 local councils distributed 79,320 coats to children in the U.S. and Canada last year. Since the program began in 2009, more than 306,000 coats have been donated. Our own St. Rose Council has distributed over 400 coats a year for the last three years. We’re No.1 in New Jersey, with most councils donating 50 coats.
Let’s keep our stellar record going!!!"
Coats for Kids 2016
Coats for Kids in Need
Columbus Day Celebration at Sofia's
Sir Knight Jake Dalton recently hit the 90 year mark. At the April business meeting, the Council recognized Jake's years of outstanding service. In the photo above, Grand Knight Peter Quinn offers Jake birthday wishes and a bottle of Irish whisky.
Among of Jake's many contributions to the community at large is his work with New Eyes for the Needy. Jake was recognized for 23 years of service to that organization in late April. Click on this link to read more.
Join us for a great day on the links
The Knights Annual Golf Tournament
Date: June 6
Where: Black Bear Golf Club, Franklin N.J.
Proceeds go to the Council 6386 Scholarship Fund
Contact: Gary Venturi 908-273-8279
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbus Day Party!
Knights Host Simple Soup SupperOn March 13, Council 6386 chefs served a delicious selection of soups, salads, quiches, and desserts to about 60 parishioners. Following the supper, Knights were candle-bearers for the Way Walkers Stations of the Cross service. Many thanks to Brother Fred Hrinuk who organized the supper, and to all the Knights (and spouses) who helped out.
COATS FOR KIDSThis Supreme sponsored program was a huge success this year with over 420 coats purchased and distributed through the St. Joseph Social Services Center in Elizabeth. Ed Langley and a number of brothers delivered the first half of the order on December 4th and fitted almost 100 youngsters that afternoon. The remaining coats will be distributed by the Center's staff.
An ultrasound machine to preserve life
Through the generosity of Knights, parishioners, and friends, the Council funded an ultrasound machine for the First Choice Women’s Resource Centers’ Montclair office. The mission of the First Choice Centers to is preserve the life of the unborn by offering pregnant women free ultrasounds and counseling. Proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day Gala, combined with matching funds from the State and Supreme Councils provided the Montclair center with $25,000 for the purchase.
On September 18, Past Grand Knight Frank Alexander, Treasurer Ed Langley, and State Secretary Bob Hatler presented checks to Aimee Huber, Executive Director of First Choice. Reverend Lawrence Fama, Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Newark, and Cheryl Riley, Associate Director, were also present at the Montclair ceremony, where Father Fama blessed the new machine. The Montclair machine is the second purchased by First Choice with Council 6386 support.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
KofC POCKET EMBLEMS
The mission of the Knights of Columbus is charity and the St. Rose Council has been active in parish life and charitable works since its founding in 1972. We are proud of our heritage and especially of our efforts to raise funds for our neediest brothers and sisters. One of the unique ways we do this is through the sale of our KofC Pocket Emblems. One hundred percent of our proceeds goes to charitable works. Visit our website page.
On September 12, Frank Alexander, John Boyle, Ed and Irene Langley, and Frank and Carol Comes delivered furniture and linens collected from St. Rose parishioners to Mary’s Place in Jersey City. A former Dominican convent in the early stages of rehabilitation, Mary’s Place will provide a safe home and meals to 32 needy women. It’s the second phase of a charitable mission inspired and guided by Matt Laracy, with help from his family and friends (including many from St. Rose of Lima). Matt refurbished an initial Jersey City convent, now named Magnificat Home, which opened its doors in 2009. Council 6386 will support Matt’s amazing work over the coming fraternal year. Proceeds from the Columbus Day and Christmas parties, as well as from the St. Valentine’s Day Gala, will go toward Mary’s Place capital improvements.
Link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvTWuJO8l8
Council Hosts Christmas Party For St. RoseDecember 20, 2014: The Council hosted a Christmas party for Parishioners as a way of saying thank you for the generous support given the Council throughout the year. We wish you all a blessed, healthy, happy and holy Christmas Season.
Twas the Knights Before Christmas
. . . coming this December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM Ryan Hall
Council Presents Checks for Youth ScholarshipsFinancial Secretary, Dom Balzano, PGK, presents Council checks of $500 each to Marianne Busby of the Student/Partnership Alliance and to Jerry O'Connor for the Inner City Scholarship Fund of the Archdiocese of Newark at the November 5th Business Meeting. Proceeds
St. Rose Council Awarded STAR StatusThe Star Council Award is the highest distinction any council can realize. It takes into consideration membership and insurance growth as well as programming activities reported in each of the six program categories of our “Surge...with Service” program. The St. Rose Council achieved this distinction in the 2013-14 Fraternal year. Pictured is State Treasurer Bob Hatler making the presentation to Council members on November 5.
Council Presents Checks for Ultrasound Initiative
The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative seeks to provide medically certified pro-life pregnancy care centers with the modern technology to monitor the health of babies in utero, and to allow mothers to visually experience their development. Earlier this year the St. Rose Council adopted the Ultrasound Initiative and raised over $9,000 which was matched with State Council funds and that total was matched again by the Supreme Council. On October 21 the Council, along with State Treasurer Bob Hatler presented three checks totaling $28,784 to Aimee Huber, Executive Director of First Choice Women's Resource Centers, at their newly opened Plainfield Center.
Columbus Day Party - October 11The Party was a huge success with great food from Sophia's and chef Charlie Solimine making the best antipasto. Take a look at the pictures below to see if you can spot the folks having the most fun. Desserts were supplied by Knight's wives and/or a few brave Knight chefs. Click on any picture below to see the show.
KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS
Keep Christ in Christmas religious themed cards are now available for ordering. Pick up your order form in the church vestibule. Order forms need to be returned to the rectory or mailed to Frank Alexander, 30 Browning Road, Short Hills no later than November 9th for delivery on November 16. The money made from these cards is used to fund the 1st & 2nd grade Christmas Coloring Books for the St. Rose Religious Education students.
St. Rose Ministry Fair
September 13-14 Ministry Fair at St. Rose Parish included the Knights of Columbus Council 6386. The Fair is designed to give parishioners a sense of what the Parish is involved in and the many activities available for service. The Knights have many members involved in various liturgical and service ministries including Lectors, Ushers and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist as well as soup kitchen activities and Food For Families programs.
Home of the Knights of Columbus Pocket Emblem
KofC Pocket Emblem
To Order: Visit http://www.knightsgear.com/
WEAR YOUR EMBLEM PROUDLY
... is our motto. We make this practical, handsome jacket or shirt pocket embroidered emblem. The outside flap of the holder is a beautifully embroidered emblem of the Order or the Fourth degree while the inside flap has an ideal space for holding the membership card. Each flap contains a low strength magnet which keeps the two flaps firmly in place when inserted into the shirt or jacket pocket.
May CrowningThe May Crowning of Mary Queen of Heaven was well attended by the Council. The liturgy was deeply moving and the music and choral arrangements by the St. Rose Chime Choir, the Family Music Group and the St. Rose Parish Adult Choir was magnificent.
Pride In Our Priests Dinner
The 2014 annual "Pride in Our Priests" dinner at the Fiesta Restaurant hosted by the Newark Archdiocese' Knights of Columbus was on Wednesday, May 7. Attended by over 400 Knights and ordained men, the evening was fun for all. St. Rose Council hosted our priests and deacons as well as a number of clerical guests. Pictures
Simple Soup SupperOn March 21 the Council sponsored the Friday evening simple soup supper for attendees at the Stations. Once again the Knights demonstrated their prowess at producing delicious and healthy meatless masterpieces. Knights also served as ministers for the Stations.
Columbus Day Concert
The Council hosted the St. Peter by the Sea Orchestra this past Columbus Day weekend in the Church. The Rev. Alphonse Stephenson conducted and we heard Brother Jake Dalton's granddaughter Victoria Cannizzo again singing with the orchestra. Victoria is a star in residence with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. To see a YouTube presentation of one of Ms. Cannizzo's operatic performances visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wLkszp8Q9E.
NJ World War 2 Book Club Christmas Party
Council Lecturer Dr. John J. McLaughlin, founder and moderator of the poplular New Jersey World War II Book Club annually hosts a Christmas party at Pal's Cabin. Knights Jake Dalton, Ed Duggan and Frank Alexander attended this year's gala event on December 6th. The book club meets monthly at the Millburn Free Public Library and features noted authors and speakers about various aspects of World War II.
Knights Help With Thankgiving Food Collection
The St. Rose of Lima parish family of Knight Vince Nascone has organized the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner food collection which consists of a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Over 315 dinners were collected and distributed to Parish food banks in the Newark/Elizabeth area. Pictured left to right are Ed Langley, Vince Nascone, Frank Alexander, John Battagliola and Charlie Cameron.
Patriots Baseball Game
September 13 was Knights of Columbus night at the Somerset Patriots Minor League baseball stadium where the Patriots took on the Sugarland Skeeters. A number of Knights went to the game and had a great time watching the home team loss in an 11-9 slug fest. A good time was had by all: the beer was tasty, the hotdogs edible and the fun and games on the field were a sight to see.
Knights Visit NJ Vietnam Vets Memorial in Holmdel
Members of the Council visited the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and toured both the "wall" and the information center and museum. John Nugent, a Vietnam vet and currently a director of the Memorial Foundation hosted the tour and guided us throughout the visit. A number of our group were also vets and many of the visitors were coming to the memorial for the first time.