Final 5k Planning Meeting

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Please Join Us For 5k Knights Challenge Planning Meeting

It’s hard to believe, but the Fifth Annual Knights Challenge is almost here.   We started planning for this year’s event right after the last runner crossed the finish line last year.   The core committee has been having monthly meetings, and not we’d like ALL VOLUNTEERS to attend the final meeting. This will be our final opportunity to make sure we have everything in order for race day.

FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE ON REGISTRATION FEES

Online registration will be cut off on October 4th so that Racetime can generate bibb numbers and prepare the final roster.  Any registration after October 4th will be $5 more per person.

We will be placing the shirt order next week, so if you know anyone that is planning on running or walking, and who have not registered, tell them to do so now.  We only guarantee your t-shirt size if you pre-register for the Knights Challenge.   In addition, we could run out of t-shirts completely, as we are trying to minimize the number of extra t-shirts ordered.

DONATIONS & TEAMS STILL WELCOME

For those that won’t be in town or that can’t run or walk in the 5k,  you can still support one of the registered teams, or simply make a donation either online or by mailing a check to St. John’s Parish Office (indicating Knights Challenge Donation).  See our race website for more details.  Why not form a team with your family, friends, or co-workers.   You can save on your registration by doing so.  The team that raises the most donations will be awarded a prize on race day.

 

 

Please Join Us For 5k Knights Challenge Planning Meeting It’s hard to believe, but the Fifth Annual Knights Challenge is almost here.   We started planning for this year’s event right after the last runner crossed the finish line last year.   The core committee has been having monthly meetings, and not we’d like ALL VOLUNTEERS to […]

Fall Breakfast with Knights & Ladies

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Click to EnlargeJoin Us for Some Fellowship & Pancakes

Our Fall Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale are being held Sunday, September 9th. Join the Knights and Ladies in the Parish Center from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM for some of the best pancakes, sausages, eggs, and baked goods in Streamwood. Back by popular demand are our “made to order” pancakes and biscuits and gravy.   You can decide to add toppings such as chocolate morsels, bananas, and other fruit to your pancakes. Top them off with some warm maple syrup if you like as well. The Ladies will also have a selection of their special baked goods for sale.

We hope that you’ll join us for some fellowship either before or after mass.   Funds raised from this event help us with our charitable works throughout the year. We’d like to thank Father Gregg and all the parish staff for their support of our fundraising efforts.   Thank YOU for supporting us as well. We have some new sponsors, who have purchased advertising on our placemats.

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Join Us for Some Fellowship & Pancakes Our Fall Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale are being held Sunday, September 9th. Join the Knights and Ladies in the Parish Center from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM for some of the best pancakes, sausages, eggs, and baked goods in Streamwood. Back by popular demand are our “made […]

2018 Intellectual Disabilities Drive

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Tootsie RollThe Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities, also previously known as the Tootsie Roll Drive, is probably the Knights of Columbus’ best-known national fund-raiser. Unlike fundraising done by other organizations, 100% of the money raised through the Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities goes to help people with intellectual disabilities. The Knights do not use a hard sell approach to collect money; they merely stand (or sit) near the entrance to businesses wearing a red and yellow apron designating them as a K of C fundraiser. Most people know about the annual drive and the great work of the Knights of Columbus, and will donate without any solicitation. In return they receive a “thank you” from the Knight and an offer of a Tootsie Roll to those who donate.

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The Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities The Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities, also previously known as the Tootsie Roll Drive, is probably the Knights of Columbus’ best-known national fund-raiser. Unlike fundraising done by other organizations, 100% of the money raised through the Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities goes to help people with […]

Light in the Darkness Cross

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From an Idea to Finished Product

Every fiscal year, Mary’s Millennium contributes thousands of dollars and hundreds of service hours for worthy charitable causes in our parish and community.  Last year was our largest year to date.   Money from our dues only funds a portion of those expenditures, so we need to raise the additional funds through various events and projects.  We are grateful to all parishioners and business sponsors who support us each year.

Several months ago in one of our monthly planning meetings, two of our new Knights, Robert Perri and Louis D. Neri, brought forth an idea to raise needed funds for the upcoming fiscal year.    They suggested that we build a wooden cross which could be used outdoors year-round.   They presented the design and approximate costs, and the planning committee gave them permission to build a prototype.

The Cross - Light in the DarknessAt our next planning meeting, Robert Perri brought the completed prototype to our planning meeting. He and Louis had planned the design, figured out supplies needed, and had the complete plans to present to the committee and the entire council for our business meeting. The council approved the purchase of supplies for the initial quantity of crosses.

Louis’s son, Louis M. Neri Jr., is Senior Project Manager at Parenti & Raffaelli Ltd. The Neri family has been involved in woodworking for years, and it was their knowledge that helped this vision come to life. But, their knowledge was only the beginning of their contribution to our project. The company donated the lumber, set up the project in their workshop, and cut all the materials for our initial order of crosses. We are very grateful to them for this generous donation.

Click (here) or Image Above to Download “The Cross – Light in the Darkness” Order Form

 

If you attended mass at St. John’s in June, you’ve seen the prototype on display next to the main church building.  Even before the wood was cut and delivered to us, we created an order form and began socializing  “The Cross – Light in the Darkness” after masses.   The interest was high, and  we had orders for several crosses.  We anticipated the first deliveries would be in late June or early July.  We met that deadline.

Assembly Time


There are several steps involved in creating the cross.  The wood pieces needed to be assembled,  sanded, and routed.   Multiple coats of primer and high gloss outdoor paint were applied next.  The hardware, including solar lights, needed to be assembled to finish the project.

We would need a place to construct the crosses.   Wally Niemczyk checked with the parish office, and was able to have a tent put up on the church grounds.  Despite the hot and humid temperatures on June 15th and 16th, several Knights worked for hours assembling and painting enough crosses for our initial orders.  The project moved indoors the week of June 24th to finish the painting.   Wally put the finishing touches on them in his garage.  Of course this meant hauling the materials back and forth several times.  A HUGE thanks to Wally for all his time and efforts on this project to date.

We’d like to thank the other Knights that helped on this project to date as well:  Frank Esposito, Robert Perri, Louis D. Neri, Richard Zych, Chuck Graziano, Gary Pappin, Jerry Huinker, Tom Witt, Mark Arient.

More Help Needed:  We will have additional crosses to assemble, so if you can spare an hour or more, let Wally or Robert know.

Once again,  thank you to Robert and Louis for bringing the idea to the Council, and for all their work bringing the idea to life.   We know that those who purchase the cross will have many years of use of this high quality product.  We’ve looked around, and there is nothing like it available anywhere else.   Order yours today by completing the form and bringing or mailing it to the parish office.  Contact info is on the order form as well.

From an Idea to Finished Product Every fiscal year, Mary’s Millennium contributes thousands of dollars and hundreds of service hours for worthy charitable causes in our parish and community.  Last year was our largest year to date.   Money from our dues only funds a portion of those expenditures, so we need to raise the additional […]

Feeding His Sheep

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Food Distribution June 26, 2018  (click for more photos)

Hanover Township Food Pantry Food Distribution

The Knights & Ladies have answered the call to “Feed My Sheep”.  Hanover Township Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, was at St. Johns on June 26th distributing food to needy right in our own neighborhood.   Several of the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary were on hand to help with the distribution.  There were 75 families that received food at this distribution. The volunteers helped keep the tables stocked with food and runners/walkers helped shoppers bring their goodies to their vehicles.

This is Why we Host the Knights Challenge 5k

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The need is especially high during summer months when children are home from school.  The shelves of the food pantries empty quickly.  It’s time to replenish those shelves and the Ladies were manning the tables at church to accept donations.   Our Knights Challenge 5K proceeds are donated to Hanover Township Food Pantry.  There’s still time to register for our 5th annual event on October 6th and help us meet our goal.  See our dedicated website 5k.kofc12801.org for more information.

 

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Food Distribution June 26, 2018  (click for more photos) Hanover Township Food Pantry Food Distribution The Knights & Ladies have answered the call to “Feed My Sheep”.  Hanover Township Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, was at St. Johns on June 26th distributing food to needy right in our own neighborhood.   Several […]