Honoring Father Michael J McGivney

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This weekend we mark the birth and death of Father Michael McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus.  He was born in Waterbury on August 12, 1852. His parents, Patrick and Mary (Lynch) McGivney, had arrived in the great 19th Century wave of Irish immigration.

On October 2, 1881, a small group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.  Today it is the largest society of Catholic men in the world, with more than a million and a half members in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, and several Central American and Caribbean countries.

In mid-August of 1890— over 100 years ago—one of the largest funerals in the history of Waterbury, Connecticut took place. The throngs who attended were grieving the death, at age 38, of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.  Delegations were present from almost every one of the 57 K of C councils which had sprung up in the Order’s first eight years. The bishop of Hartford and more than 70 of Connecticut’s Catholic priests were joined by many civic leaders.

Father McGivney pray for us as we continue the work you started in 1881.

This weekend we mark the birth and death of Father Michael McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus.  He was born in Waterbury on August 12, 1852. His parents, Patrick and Mary (Lynch) McGivney, had arrived in the great 19th Century wave of Irish immigration. On October 2, 1881, a small group of men met […]

Congratulations New 4th Degree Sir Knights

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW FOURTH DEGREE KNIGHTS: Mark Arient, Denis Cuasay, and Robert Miskinis who received their degree in an exemplification held on May 20, 2017 at Hilton – Oak Brook Hills.   Dick Scheffki, our Fourth Degree Program Director, is pictured here with the new Sir Knights.

The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader’s cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans.

 

The Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the order. It is an extension of the third degree. Members of this degree are addressed as “Sir Knight”. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. Fewer than 18% of Knights join the Fourth Degree, which is optional.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW FOURTH DEGREE KNIGHTS: Mark Arient, Denis Cuasay, and Robert Miskinis who received their degree in an exemplification held on May 20, 2017 at Hilton – Oak Brook Hills.   Dick Scheffki, our Fourth Degree Program Director, is pictured here with the new Sir Knights. The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features […]

Summer Celebration Parade

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Streamwood Summer Celebration

Annual Parade

Saturday, July 29th

Summer Celebration includes a Parade, filled with exciting attractions and fun for all!  The theme is “Movie Magic”. The Parade will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 10:30 am.   Mary’s Millennium Council will be participating once again.  This year we are position #54 (which is about halfway through the entries).  Gather at the church parking lot by 9:30 AM.

We will have our banner, flags, and church van in the parade.   Knights are still needed to participate.  We’ll be handing out Tootsie Rolls (iconic for the Knights of Columbus) along the parade route.  More information about the parade can be found on the Streamwood Summer Celebration website.

If you can participate, and haven’t signed up already, please contact Dick Scheffki.

Streamwood Summer Celebration Annual Parade Saturday, July 29th Summer Celebration includes a Parade, filled with exciting attractions and fun for all!  The theme is “Movie Magic”. The Parade will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 10:30 am.   Mary’s Millennium Council will be participating once again.  This year we are position #54 (which […]

Pink & Blue Banquet

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Sixth Annual Pink & Blue Fundraiser and Silent Auction

 

 

You are cordially invited to the Sixth Annual Pink and Blue Fundraiser and Silent Auction benefiting the McGivney Centers for Hope and Healing, a pro-life organization dedicated to providing Illinois pro-life community with the resources they need to help young women choose life for their children. The Knights and Ladies support the center throughout the year. This is their major fund-raiser for the year.

This year, the banquet will honor speaker, former Cubs broadcaster, and advocate for life, Wayne Messmer. They will also honor the many pro-life women’s centers who receive grants and supplies, and announce their 2017-2018 grant recipients.

Cocktail hour will begin at 6pm, with dinner served at 7pm. A raffle and silent auction will run through the night. They will cap off the event with a live auction and an award presentation ceremony.

All proceeds from the silent and live auction and ticket sales will go to the McGiveny Centers’ efforts to provide for financial help for pro-life women’s centers in Illinois, purchasing much-needed supplies, and supporting these valuable community organizations with grants. Your contribution will go directly to helping young women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy choose life.

DATE AND TIME

Friday, August 11, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

 

LOCATION

Belvedere Events & Banquets
1170 West Devon Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

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 $65 per person – $600 (table of 10)
The Ladies Auxiliary is coordinating reservations for a complete table.  If you are interested in attending, as part of the table of 10, please contact Leona Shoemaker no later than August 1st to secure your spot.

Sixth Annual Pink & Blue Fundraiser and Silent Auction   by The Fr. McGivney Centers for Hope and Healing   You are cordially invited to the Sixth Annual Pink and Blue Fundraiser and Silent Auction benefiting the McGivney Centers for Hope and Healing, a pro-life organization dedicated to providing Illinois pro-life community with the resources […]

Farewell Dwight

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 TMIY & Knights Breakfast

Dwight McShane Guest of Honor

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Egg Basket Pancake House

We are sad that Dwight and April will be leaving us for Colorado Springs .  He and his wife have purchased a home in their old neighborhood.   In his short time here with our council, Dwight has made a huge impact.   He is pictured here helping out at one of the Knights Challenge 5K races.  He was the guest of honor at the TMIY July breakfast.  Several Knights and TMIY members were on hand to  bid him farewell.   Mike Nugent said grace, and we all enjoyed breakfast.   Following breakfast, Joe McCain had a few remarks:

Dwight, thank you for your active participation in the TMIY program, the Knights of Columbus and as a lector for the last two years at St. John’s. We will sorely miss your contagious smile, your readiness to help wherever needed, and working behind the scenes to make sure the job gets done. Thank you for letting us know about Gianna Jessen and her PRO-LIFE program at the Seville.  This involved challenging work on your part as you added your voice and proclaimed your fight for PRO-LIFE as you traveled and talked  to many groups and local Knights of Columbus councils in nearby parishes. You were a man of passion as you described Gianna’s pro-life work to everybody.

Bill Henderson and Frank Esposito also added their thanks on behalf of Mary Millennium’s Council members.  Bob Johnson then offered an Irish Blessing and presented Dwight with a Divine Mercy picture signed by Knights and TMIY members as a small token of appreciation.

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

 

Pray for him as he gets ready to leave his second home at St. John’s. We wish him and April well. 

 

Thank you Dwight for enriching all our lives with your presence, enthusiasm, and hard work. We will all miss you.

 

 TMIY & Knights Breakfast Dwight McShane Guest of Honor Saturday, July 8, 2017 Egg Basket Pancake House We are sad that Dwight and April will be leaving us for Colorado Springs .  He and his wife have purchased a home in their old neighborhood.   In his short time here with our council, Dwight has made a […]