Wednesday July 23rd was a gorgeous summer evening. Father Ted presided over holy mass at 7 PM in the day chapel. Many of the Knights and Ladies were in attendance. Following mass, Father Ted and Deacon Larry led a service in our memorial garden for Gus Spillone who recently passed away. Brother Knight Wally Niemczyk created this memorial with help from Gus.
Gus was one of our council’s founding Knights and throughout his life had done so much for St. John’s parish. Although he is no longer with us, we will remember him and all the fallen Knights and Ladies thanks to this beautiful memorial garden.
Who knew that less that five months later, Father Ted would be our next fallen Knight.
Last September, Father Ted held the first memorial service in our garden following our Corporate Mass.
Socializing & Helping Others
Many of the Knights and Ladies events include some degree of socializing with members and parishioners while raising funds to continue our work in the parish and community.
Father Ted loved his sports, so he was happy to be involved in our First Annual 5K Run / 1M Walk held this past October. He’s shown here talking to participants prior to the race and with Jim our Race Director getting ready to blow the starting horn. Proceeds from the race benefited Hanover Township Food Pantry.
In the other pictures, Father Ted is breaking bread at our Christmas Social and Pancake Breakfast. Both of these events also raised funds for our selected charities.
As our Chaplain, one of Father Ted’s duties was to bless the medals of office and lead us in prayer as we embarked on our new Fraternal Year. As Chaplain, he was also installed that evening.
Father Ted attended our meetings on a regular basis, providing us with updates on the parish, asked us for help, and instructed us in a way that only he could do. He had a different perspective on life, having started in the entertainment industry before becoming a priest. We will all miss his wisdom and insight.
Last Official Event
Each Fall, the Knights and Ladies gather for the Past Grand Knights Dinner. During the evening, recognition awards are presented to Knight and Lady of the Year as well as Family of the Year. In addition, the Knights and Ladies provide tokens of appreciation to our Chaplain.
This collage includes pictures of Father Ted giving us his award at last year’s dinner and the Knights presenting Father Ted with a Knights of Columbus stole at this year’s dinner. Father Ted was also chaplain elsewhere in the community. Our dinner was rescheduled at his request, so that he could attend two events. We are so happy that we were able to accommodate his request.
While we have heavy hearts now, let us honor his life and continue the work that he started here at St. John’s. Our parish has continued to grow with more and more people getting involved in various ministries. At the Wednesday mass before his death, he encouraged all in attendance to check out the ministry fair and search their hearts for ways that they could increase what they do currently. He wanted the Knights to plan another religious event in the upcoming months.
Though Father Ted’s life seems to have been cut way too short, the Lord knows when his work is done. Rest in Peace Father Ted. Continue to watch over us and lead us so that we may be together with you once again.
Spiritual Reflections Wednesday July 23rd was a gorgeous summer evening. Father Ted presided over holy mass at 7 PM in the day chapel. Many of the Knights and Ladies were in attendance. Following mass, Father Ted and Deacon Larry led a service in our memorial garden for Gus Spillone who recently passed away. Brother Knight […]