At our general meeting on March 4th, our council presented our District Deputy Jim Vari with a check for $2,000 to the Knights of Columbus Charities Ukraine Solidarity Relief Fund. The money was raised from our very successful Lenten Fish Fry.
With the support of Fr. Jeivi Hercules, our council installed two respect life banners at the parking lot entrance to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Mountainside.
Congratulations to our new Brother Knights who participated in our CUF Degree Ceremony. May God continue to bless their journey as Catholic gentlemen, living their lives guided by the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in accord with the Precepts of the Catholic Church.
|The 2021 Christmas present drive was a great success. On December 22nd, the Westfield Knights of Columbus donated 78 Amazon gift cards to the children at the NJ Department of Children & Families Regional School on Terrill Road in Scotch Plains.|
|Julia Cassisi supports the daily
operations of PALS. This organization creates camp experiences
for people with Down syndrome. Their programs are led by
volunteers. PALS fosters close connections and a sense of
belonging, built around accepting and caring people. They create
the best place on earth and a family away from home for the Down
Julia will be speaking to us about the organization. Her involvement and the good work they do.
|The Knights and
guests enjoyed another enlightening Theology on Tap with Fr.
Albert Holtz. We hope to have more exciting talks in September
after a summer hiatus.
Fr. Albert Holtz, OSB is a Benedictine monk of Newark Abbey, Newark, NJ. He is a Newark native and teaches New Testament in the monastery's inner-city prep school. He has served as master of novices, retreat master for Benedictine communities around the U.S. & is currently Oblate Director. He is the author of Downtown Monks, Street Wisdom, Pilgrim Road, From Holidays to Holy Days & Walking in Valleys of Darkness: A Benedictine Journey through Troubled Times. He has been seen in the PBS documentary The Rule.
October was Respect Life month. Between St. Helen's, Holy Trinity, and Our Lady of Lourdes, we collected over $2,500 to protect the lives of our children in the womb. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..." - Jeremiah 1:5
We had a very successful annual wine and cheese fundraiser on October 19th with a great turnout. Proceeds from the event went to the council's welfare fund. George Russo, PGK, did a fantastic job organizing.
Wednesday, Oct 17th, 2018 @7:30PM
Theology On Tap
Speaker: Fr. Thomas P. Quinn
Topic: St. Ignatius of Loyola and His
Bar Opens at 6:30PM, Theology on Tap at 7:30PM
Fr. Thomas P. Quinn is from Montclair, New Jersey, where he grew up with his four younger sisters. From a young age he was heavily involved at his home parish, most especially in assisting the priests as an altar boy. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree at Caldwell University, a local Dominican college, Fr. Tom began historical studies on the graduate level at Rutgers University. However, while undertaking graduate studies, and experiencing a deeper conversion to the Lord, childhood desires for the priesthood returned, and he entered Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University. Fr. Tom was ordained in 2015 and currently serves as a parochial vicar at Saint Michael’s Parish in Cranford, NJ, where he leads the RCIA program, an apostolate for young families, young adult activities, and adult spiritual formation.
Click to watch "Whoever Serves Me Must Follow Me" by Fr. Thomas Quinn,
a Lenten retreat video from last year.
Speaker: John Coverdale
Topic: St. Josemaria Escriva and His Message
We had a great evening with John Coverdale. It was wonderful
getting first hand insight into the life of St. Josemaria
Escriva. He also dispelled the many myths surrounding Opus Dei
and thoroughly debunked the Da Vinci Code. A big thanks to
John and everyone who attended. Stay tuned to find out who our
next guest speaker will be for Theology on Tap on Oct 17th.
John Coverdale is a law professor at Seton Hall University Law School in New Jersey and has been an Opus Dei numerary for more than 50 years. He worked for Opus Dei in Rome from 1960-1968 and had regular contact with St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei.
Coverdale wrote Uncommon Faith: the Early Years of Opus Dei, and is considered the leading American expert on Escriva’s life and work. He was contacted for input for the 2011 film There Be Dragons, which he said offered a “quite accurate” depiction of Escriva.
September - October Knightline Posted
We had a great turnout for our first KofC Council 1711 Theology on Tap. We were honored to have Fr. John A. Perricone give the talk for the evening on "What Is The Meaning of Theology?" It was a great evening. We had a couple of cold ones with some great company and learned a lot. We're in the process of planning more Theology On Taps with a variety of great speakers and hope you all will join us. We're also looking forward to having Fr. Perricone return for another wonderful talk.
Fr. John A. Perricone, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. His articles have appeared in St. John’s Law Review, The Latin Mass, New Oxford Review and The Journal of Catholic Legal Studies.
Congratulations to Benjamin Chiang SK, Guillermo
Perez-Santalla GK SK, Nicholas A. Perez-Santalla SK and Richard A.
Rader SK on their 4th Degree Exemplification.