Black Friday Shopping List

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Two Old Christmas Traditions

When you go shopping on or after Black Friday, keep in mind our traditional Knights and Ladies Auxiliary Christmas giving programs.

Giving Tree

Giving Tree

 

December 2nd we kick off  the Annual Giving Tree tradition here at St. John’s.   Trees will be setup in the church narthex on Friday, November 30th.  To participate in this drive, select one or more tags from the tree, purchase an appropriate gift ($10 – $15 value) and return it to church by December 16.

The gifts should be UNWRAPPED and placed in a gift bag. The Knights and Ladies, in conjunction with our church and community partner organizations, will distribute the gifts to needy children and seniors in our community. Mary’s Millennium Council #12801, with your help, donated more than 3,000 gifts last Christmas.

 

 

Pajamarama

 

 

At our Annual Joint Christmas Party, for the last several years, rather than bringing grab bag gifts, the Ladies Auxiliary has brought pajamas to be donated to the Elgin Women’s Crisis Center.  This tradition will continue on December 19th.

New Knights Tradition

 

Getting inspiration from the Ladies Auxiliary we announced a new tradition of donating items to help veterans at our Annual Christmas Party.  Louis Neri, who transferred into our council this year,  shared a list of items that are in need at the present time.   We suggest purchasing items from the following list, especially items in red which are in short supply.

 MSHV Veterans Wishlist Flyer (click to open PDF)

Please bring your items to the Christmas party.  They don’t need to be wrapped.

Two Old Christmas Traditions When you go shopping on or after Black Friday, keep in mind our traditional Knights and Ladies Auxiliary Christmas giving programs. Giving Tree   December 2nd we kick off  the Annual Giving Tree tradition here at St. John’s.   Trees will be setup in the church narthex on Friday, November 30th.  To […]

Happy Thanksgiving

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we look back at all the members have done to help so many in our community with prayers, service hours, and gifts.  We reflect on 2018 as we write this article.  For many, it has been a challenging year – wildfires are burning in California and many have suffered loss from other man-made or natural disasters.   Many are struggling with illness or financial problems.   As Knights we are here to comfort one another, so please remember those in need of comfort in your Thanksgiving prayers.

Here is Our Thanksgiving Prayer:

O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;

When I have work, help me to remember the job-less;

When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;

When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer;

When I have my faith and trust in God,

help me to remember those who have put God aside in their lives.

When I am surrounded by my family and friends, help me to remember those

who are alone in the world and have no one to turn to.

Let us be aware that all gifts come from you my God, and may

we serve Your heavenly will in everything we do.

Amen

May you have a Holy and Happy Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, we look back at all the members have done to help so many in our community with prayers, service hours, and gifts.  We reflect on 2018 as we write this article.  For many, it has been a challenging year – wildfires are burning in California and many have suffered loss from other […]

Honoring Our Veterans

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Since its beginnings, the Knights of Columbus has supported active military personnel and our veterans.

Did you know that the Knights of Columbus began its social service to soldiers in 1916?  During World War I, the Knights of Columbus built and operated KC Huts in training camps throughout the United States and behind the lines in Western Europe, all bearing the motto “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.” There, soldiers of every faith found a haven during their service to their country.

The support that began nearly a century ago continues well into the present. Countless care packages have been sent to troops stationed in the Middle East and elsewhere. In Places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Knights of Columbus has sent numerous supplies and goods. One of our Knights, Louis Neri, is coordinating collection of needed items for  MSHV Veterans Wishlist Flyer (click to open PDF).

A Prayer for Veterans Day

Father, we could never thank our military men and women enough for their courageous service and sacrifice to our country and its people. Yet today we lift up our voices to express gratefulness and honor to these military troops both from the past and present. Show us ways in our communities, churches, and families to thank and love them better. Keep and protect these heroes and their families, in the powerful name of Jesus.  Amen.

Source: militaryfamiliespray.com

 

Since its beginnings, the Knights of Columbus has supported active military personnel and our veterans. Did you know that the Knights of Columbus began its social service to soldiers in 1916?  During World War I, the Knights of Columbus built and operated KC Huts in training camps throughout the United States and behind the lines […]

Your Unwanted Items Wanted

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Ladies Auxiliary Need Your Items for

Savers FUNDrive Event & Glitz &  Glamour

Plus Help Knights Assist Veterans

 

It’s time to clean out your closets and help the Ladies Auxiliary raise funds for their various charitable works.  You can also help the Knights provide needed items to veterans.   Check out the flyers below for more details.

Download the PDF file .

Click to Open Closet Cleanup Flyer (PDF)

Glitz & Glamour

Click to Open Glitz & Glamour Flyer (PDF)

MSHV Veterans Wishlist

Contact Louis Neri for more information and to arrange pick up of your donation for veterans.

Download the PDF file .

Click to Open MSHV Veterans Wishlist Flyer (PDF)

Ladies Auxiliary Need Your Items for Savers FUNDrive Event & Glitz &  Glamour Plus Help Knights Assist Veterans   It’s time to clean out your closets and help the Ladies Auxiliary raise funds for their various charitable works.  You can also help the Knights provide needed items to veterans.   Check out the flyers below for […]

Christopher Columbus Our Patron

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This week we celebrated the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492.  Columbus’ voyages have been celebrated since the colonial days.  Columbus Day first became a state holiday in Colorado in 1906.  It wasn’t until 1937 that Columbus Day became a federal holiday.

When the Knights of Columbus was born on February 6, 1882, the new members selected Christopher Columbus as their patron, recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America.  Ten years later, on the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World, 6,000 Knights of Columbus marched in the New Haven Columbus Day parade.   Just thirty years later, with support from the Knights, the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Some 20,000 Knights attended the ceremonies, which were overseen by President William H. Taft.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.  We invite practical Catholic men, age 18 or older, to join our ranks.

  This week we celebrated the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492.  Columbus’ voyages have been celebrated since the colonial days.  Columbus Day first became a state holiday in Colorado in 1906.  It wasn’t until 1937 that Columbus Day became a federal holiday. When the Knights of […]