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.

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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.

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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 […]

Fathers for Good

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Happy Father’s Day …

 
Here’s a message you don’t hear too often: “As a father, you matter a lot. You are needed at home and in the wider world to do things only a dad can do. You can make all the difference in the lives of your children no matter their age. Just show up for them, make the effort to be with them, and offer them a warm, engaged and masculine presence”.

You can READ MORE in The Science of Fatherhood by Soren Johnson, which was first published exclusively for members of the Knights of Columbus.   The Science of Fatherhood looks at the vital role fathers play in the modern family.

 
 

A FATHER IS … A Protector … Involved … A Loving Husband … AND SO MUCH MORE.

The Knights of Columbus has an initiative for men, Fathers for Good, that we invite you to visit. Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad to be, or a singl guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this Web site is for you.
There is a role only a father can fill and gifts only a father can give. In a culture that often does not favor fatherhood or masculine virtue, we wish to highlight the unique contributions of men, husbands and fathers. The world would be lacking without them.

We also welcome wives who want to support their husbands in becoming the best fathers they can be.

Listen to what Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has to say about Fathers for Good in this short video.

The Knights of Columbus wish all the fathers a Happy Father’s Day. May you have many years of happiness surrounded by your families.

We pray for those fathers who have gone home to their Heavenly Father. We encourage all fathers to take advantage of the resources provided through the Knights of Columbus to live up to your potential and become better fathers. God Bless.

Happy Father’s Day …   Here’s a message you don’t hear too often: “As a father, you matter a lot. You are needed at home and in the wider world to do things only a dad can do. You can make all the difference in the lives of your children no matter their age. Just show […]

UNDER GOD Knigths of Columbus Legacy

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Did you know that the Knights of Columbus was instrumental in having the words “under God” added to our nations Pledge of Allegiance? Here is how the words “under God” came to be added to the pledge.This week we celebrate Flag Day. The original Pledge of Allegiance of the United States was written in August 1892, by the Baptist minister Francis Bellamy. Published the next month and recited in schools on Columbus Day, this Pledge initially did not contain a reference to God. In 1942, Congress officially recognized the U.S. Pledge, which had undergone some wording changes over the years, but still omitted a reference to God.

Knights of Columbus Under God

Pledge of Allegiance

 

How The Words “UNDER GOD” Came to be Added to the Pledge of Allegiance

 

 

In 1951, the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, began including the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. In New York City, on April 30, 1951, the board of directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend the text of their Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of each of the meetings of the 800 Fourth Degree Assemblies of the Knights of Columbus by addition of the words “under God” after the words “one nation.”

Over the next two years, the idea spread throughout Knights of Columbus organizations nationwide. On August 21, 1952, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus at its annual meeting adopted a resolution urging that the change be made universal, and copies of this resolution were sent to the President, the Vice President (as Presiding Officer of the Senate), and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The National Fraternal Congress meeting in Boston on September 24, 1952, adopted a similar resolution upon the recommendation of its president, Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart. Several State Fraternal Congresses acted likewise almost immediately thereafter. This campaign led to several official attempts to prompt Congress to adopt the Knights of Columbus policy for the entire nation. These attempts were eventually a success. On Flag Day, June 14, 1954, President Eisenhower signed the congressional resolution that amended the Pledge to include the words “under God”.

In a letter dated Aug. 6 of the same year, President Eisenhower formally thanked the Order: “And this year we are particularly thankful to you for your part in the movement to have the words ‘under God’ added to our Pledge of Allegiance. These words will remind Americans that despite our great physical strength we must remain humble. They will help us to keep constantly in our minds and hearts the spiritual and moral principles which alone give dignity to man, and upon which our way of life is founded.”

There have been many attempts since then to attack including “under God” in the pledge.  We must remain vigilant: In a statement, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson underscored the Order’s dedication to God and country, in the past and in the future: “If necessary, once again the Knights will do all we can to see that the Pledge of Allegiance remains as is.”

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Did you know that the Knights of Columbus was instrumental in having the words “under God” added to our nations Pledge of Allegiance? Here is how the words “under God” came to be added to the pledge.This week we celebrate Flag Day. The original Pledge of Allegiance of the United States was written in August […]