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Thanks so much to the Catholic Mirror for the mention of our newest Council Double Star Award! God willing, we are just getting warmed up!

Thanks to all who joined us for our Annual Irish Night!

It was a wonderful event with a choice of a traditional Irish Dinner of Corned beef and cabbage and all the fixings or a stuffed chicken breast! Add to that the wonderful dancing of the crew from the McDermott Academy of Irish Dance and you have a night to remember and enjoy!

Special thanks to Brother Tom Gallivan and all the nights who helped make this event a success!

See a video of the highlights of this lively event by going to our Mass Video page (and Vimeo link) and watching the trailer at the end of the March 9th video.

A Snowy Spaghetti Supper
turns into a cozy dinner spot for 117 of our Parish Family!
The forcast of a dusting turned into 4 to 6" of snow dropping onto our community just before this K of C event began. That still didn't deter a good-sized group of hearty Parishioners (and our Cot Shelter group) from enjoying a traditional Italian dinner of Spaghetti and Sauce (meat or not), Italian bread, fresh salads and a choice of desserts and drinks.

All that for $7 for adults, $4 for kids 4 to 9 yrs and 3 yrs and under free!

Thanks to all who helped the Knights put on this event and to those who joined us on this snowy night! 

The Council had a great December starting with wrapping Christmas Gifts at the VA hospital in Leeds and then getting a chance to distribute them with a very friendly and grateful group of Vets at the Cherry St. Unit in Northampton.

Thanks to Karen and Bob Williams for incoving us in the activities of the VAVS (VA Volunteer Services)!

Council 1116 Receives its THIRD "Double-Star Award

State Warden Paul Flannigan presented the plaque to Grand Knight Frank Furman III and a bunch of delighted Knights! Not to be outdone, K of C Insurance Agent Bill Wisniewski has a custom made multi-star plaque made and presented it to Past Grand Knight Bob Graham, who presided over the first 2 Double-Star Years.

This year's
Annual Tootsie Roll Sale
brought in over $600 to be given to Programs serving disadvantaged children.


Knight Bob Graham had to celebrate with a donut at the Coffee Shop that was also manned by the Knights!!

Who can blame him?

OLV's First Annual Polka Festival was a great success!

Sponsored by the K of C Council 1116, this gathering featured a "free to the public" concert by the Eddie Foreman Band with pavilions offering Polish style meals of perogies, kielbasa, etc and our "American Grill" serving hot dogs, ham and cheeseburgers and fresh cooked french fries along with a soda tent and a beer and wine trailer!
Proceeds from the food and from our 50/50, Chinese and Thanksgiving Raffles go to benefit the Parish.

Thanks to all of our Knights and their wives, families and friends for their time and talent and to event chairperson Chet Ogulewicz and his committee for organizing this great event! Thanks also to all who worked so hard hand-making much of the Polish dishes and to Fathers Doug and Piotr for their joyful support!
You can watch a video of portions of the event at the end of our Sept 1st Mass Video which can be found on our Mass Videos web page or by clicking on the Vimeo link found at the bottom of that page.

Special Thanks to our sponsors and benefactors who covered the cost of the Eddie Forman Orchestra and whose generosity made this event possible. They include:

Bimbo Bakeries USA
Jean & Angie Duquette
A-Z Storage & Properties
Easthampton Savings Bank
Joe & Barabara Zalot
Boucher-O"Brien Funeral Home
Sandra Mumblow
The Williamsburg Market

John & Patricia Tautznik
Margaret Lecko
Taylor Real Estate
Fleury Lumber Company INC
William F. Steplar Financial
Florence Savings Bank
Finck & Perras Insurnace
Frank & Herlen Furman, Jr.

Amy's Place
Daniel & Christine Hagan
Graham Funeral Home
Big E's Supermarket
Robert Fil
A-1 Portables
James & Thomas Strycharz
Big Y Supermarkets
The Elmcreast Country Club

In Memory of
Deceased Brother Knights, by Anomymous donation
Walter "Honey Krzynowek, by Ceil Standridge
Eugene & Frances Burgielewicz by Gloria Tremblay

Deceased Chior Members, by St. Cecilia's Chior
Joseph & Eleanor Banas, Walter & Anna Sadlowski, and Walter Sadlowski, Jr., By Robert & Agnes Banas

We are already planning for our next Polka Festival in early August 2014 so mark your calendars!!

EWTNNews.com reports K of C sets new records and receives Papal communication during their 131st Annual Convention!

The results of the annual charitable giving survey shows that the Knights of Columbus completed more volunteer service hours and given more in donations than ever before in the organization's history.

“Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a June 24 statement.

During the 2012 calendar year, Knights of Columbus donated over $167.5 million and over 70 million hours to charitable causes.

“With so many people enduring great hardship,” Anderson said, “the Knights of Columbus is happy to help provide solutions to real people’s problems through this great outpouring of charity by our members over the past year.”

Over the past decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated $1.475 billion to charity and given more than 673 million hours of volunteer hours to support charitable works.

In 2012, the Knights financial contributions increased for the 13th year in a row, growing by $9.4 million to $167,549,817. Additionally, volunteer service hours grew by more than 64,000 to 70,113,207 in 2012.

Key beneficiaries included natural disaster victims, physically and intellectually disabled and economically disadvantaged persons as well as organizations such as Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.

The Knights also provided scholarships and educational support and helped sponsor many church and community projects, the survey revealed.

Continuing its legacy as one of the first groups to recruit blood donors back in 1937, the survey found that the Knights helped gather over 420,000 blood donations in 2012.

Since its founding in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Conn., the Knights of Columbus has grown into the world’s largest lay Catholic organization with over 1.8 million members throughout the world.

Pope Francis issued a letter to the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of their 131st annual convention, praising them for their charitable works and encouraging them to defend the faith.

Sent by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis, the letter expressed the Pope’s “esteem for the ideals of faith and fraternity” that the Knights embody, as well as their “commitment to the Church’s mission, and the many works of charity and evangelical witness” they have undertaken.

The letter was directed to the more than 2,000 Knights and their families who attended the San Antonio conference for the purpose of prayer, planning, recognition and fellowship. Present at the August 5-8 conference this year were Knights from dozens of countries, as well as more than 100 members of the Catholic hierarchy, including numerous bishops and 11 cardinals.

Pope Francis reminded the Knights of the importance and responsibility of the lay faithful in the Church, and encouraged every Knight and council to continue “to bear witness to the authentic nature of marriage and the family, the sanctity and inviolable dignity of human life, and the beauty and truth of human sexuality.”

“In this time of rapid social and cultural changes, the protection of God’s gifts cannot fail to include the affirmation and defense of the great patrimony of moral truths taught by the Gospel and confirmed by right reason, which serve as the bedrock of a just and well-ordered society.”

The Pope also conveyed his appreciation for the Knights’ “clear public witness” in the forum of religious freedom, and for “protecting the right and duty of believers to participate responsibly, on the basis of their deepest convictions, in the life of society.”

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Conn.

With charity as its central commitment, the organization has grown to 1.8 million members worldwide. During the past year, Knights donated more than $167.5 million and more than 70 million hours of service to charitable causes.

The theme for this year’s conference, “Be Protectors of God’s Gifts,” was drawn from Pope Francis’ inaugural homily in March.

Read more: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=8232#ixzz2bYrRNypv

A Picnic..Knight Style!

Council 1116 brought their families together to celebrate the end of this 131st year of the K of C.

Thanks to all who helped make this a wonderful gathering of great food and greater company!


with great friends, a large group of spectators and a worthy cause, a Memorial day Parade to honor those who have served our nation. Thanks to all the wives and kids who joined the Knights, including Caitlin Oelrich who acted as our photographer.

All Veterans are welcome!!
(and their familes too) for the Annual Verteran's Day breakfast hosted by the Knights. We had a great turn out and are so grateful to these wonderful men and women for their service!

French Night was OOOOO! La La!

This annual event was SOLD OUT AGAIN as friends and families joined the Knights for this wonderful evening!
The menu was delicious, starting off with Canadian Pea Soup and heading into Roasted Pork or Stuffed Chicken Breast with all the fixings and highlighted by Williamburg Market's Famous Meat Pie! Finish that off with dessert and coffee while you enjoy the music and tales of singer Josee Vachon.

Thanks so much to Knight Jean Duquette for organizing and chairing this event and to the Knights and their families and the OLV youth group for all of their help with preparing, serving and cleaning up afterwards! 

A full breakfast for only $5.00!!!!!

And all here at OLV! The K of C sponsored this March 10th event to support the Church Beautification Fund. Scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, muffins, coffee and juice for $5 attracted over 120 guests for a wonderful time.

And then there is K of C Knight Tom Gallivan, who, having his breakfast served promptly so he could get to the coffee annex, gave his own critique of the cuisine.

The Easthampton Community Center Community Dinners
are a wonderful service to those in need in the city. The staff there, led by Robin Black, prepare a meal on 3 Tuesdays of each month and present it free of charge (although donations are accepted).
The Knights have adopted the dinner on the last Tuesday of each month and will act as servers for this meal. We started servine in February with 10 Knights (we only need 6 per meal) joining in!

Bethlehem House
had a "Baby Shower", courtesy of OLV and the K of C during the month of February. Thanks for all who donated to this wonderful cause!

Bethlehem House is a non-profit organization located in Western Massachusetts which offers free pregnancy resources for women and men in crisis. We reach out to provide loving and nurturing support to help all members of the family in this time of need.
   Since being founded in 2006, over 1000 women have received services from Bethlehem House. Working with local college campuses, churches, hospitals and birthing centers we offer many services including gifts of baby supplies and other necessities, educational programs, support and counseling as well as provide referrals for area services.

Learn more at their website by clicking here!

Father Douglas McGonagle (OLV's Pastor) has been named Chaplain of the Year by the K of C!

Considering this is from a field of 262 Councils in Massachusetts, that is quite an honor.

An article on this event was published in the dec 2012 - Jan 2013 edition of the Catholic Mirror. See the aticle on page 6 of the magazine by clicking here.

Winter coats given to families in need in Easthampton.

The Knights particiapted in an order-wide program to distribute 24 winter coats to deserving families in Easthampton.
About half of the coats were distributed through the Parish and the rest were donated to the Easthampton Community Center for distribution.
The K of C program brought matching funds to Council 1116 allowing the council to double it's effect.
Shown at right (l to r) is Robin Bialecki and Knights Jean Duquette and Frank Furman III (our Council Grand Knight). 

Wreaths Across America
Members of Council 1116 participated in this project at the Agawam Veterans Cemetary. They were part of the 200 volunteers who placed the wreath and had members in the 4 degree Honor Guard. Thanks to Brother Tom for the photos!
You can learn more about this program by clicking on wreathsacrossamerica.org.