Parish of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady

The Churches of Eastchester and Tuckahoe

53 Winter Hill Road   ·   Tuckahoe, NY 10707   ·   (914) 961-3643   ·   fax: (914) 961-0283

53 Winter Hill Road   ·   Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 961-3643   ·   fax: (914) 961-0283

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Knights of Columbus Recruitment Weekends 2016: - October 8/9 and October 15/16
Materials will be available at the exits of the churches during Recruitment Weekend. If interested in joining, please contact John Larkin: 629-7798.

Knights of Columbus Keogh Council Elects New Slate of Officers

The Rev. John A. Keogh Council of the Knights of Columbus has elected its new slate of officers to serve in the 2016/2017 Columbian Year:

Grand Knight: Salvatore Provenzano
Deputy Grand Knight: Mark Nello
Chancellor: Peter Fenzel, Esq.
Warden: John Fenn
Advocate: Paul N. Parisi, Esq., PGK
Treasurer: Frank M. Parisi
Financial Secretary: Santo Cacciola
Recorder: Richard Griffin
Inside Guards: Nicholas Ruffalo and John Heffernan
Outside Guards: James Beluzzi and Anthony Salvatore
Trustee 3 Year: Michael Fusco, PGK
Trustee 2 Year: Joseph Campise, PGK
Trustee 1 Year: Joseph Scalisi, PGK
Chaplain: Rev. Anthony Sorgie

The Keogh Council of the Knights of Columbus is seeking men 18 years of age and older to become new members. Are you interested in serving your parish and the community; are you supportive of our priests; do you love the Catholic faith and wish to defend it in these troubling times?   If the answer is yes, then the local Rev. John A. Keogh Council of the Knights of Columbus is waiting to warmly welcome you into its ranks.

The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT on March 29, 1882. In forming the organization, Father McGivney hoped to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement while establishing an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members in the group who might die would not find themselves in dire financial straits.

Today, the Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic organization with 1.8 million members dedicated to working for the Catholic Church, their communities, and society at large. As one of the most highly rated insurance companies in North America, the K of C has more than $65 billion of life insurance in force and consistently earns the industry’s highest independent rankings for fiscal management and ethical business practices.

The K of C has not only remained true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity, but also included patriotism as a fourth principle by which its members are to be defined. The organization is renowned for its dedicated support of both church and country. Its affiliates, known as councils, are largely parish-based and provide regular support to their local church and community.

The Order’s charitable efforts and contributions of the councils are significant. In 2011, for example, the Knights donated more than $158 million (exceeding the previous year’s total by approximately $3.4 million) and 70 million hours of volunteer service to charitable causes. At the local level, Knights are involved in a large number of service projects that range from programs with well-known groups like Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics to smaller-scale initiatives that have a large impact on the community, like building wheelchair ramps, organizing blood drives, collecting and delivering food for the needy, and service to the poor at local soup kitchens. Among the largest contributions was $515,000 for the Order’s Coats for Kids initiative, as well as $1,593,000 from the Supreme Council and $5,950,073 from state and local units to support those studying for the priesthood and religious life.

The local Rev. John A. Keogh Council is active in many of these larger initiatives along with various smaller-scale initiatives on the local level. The more men involved with the Council on a local level, the more charitable works can be accomplished.

Its charitable work includes substantial support for the Catholic Church in Rome. The K of C funded the restoration of the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica during the 1980’s, and annually underwrites the cost of satellite TV broadcasts of liturgical celebrations from Vatican City, including the Christmas Midnight Mass. The organization has also established a $20 million endowment called the Vicarius Christi Fund. The annual proceeds are provided to the Pope in support of his charitable initiatives.

The organization has a long history of speaking out on important social issues and continues to be in the forefront today, especially on the sanctity of all human life and the defense of religious freedom at home and abroad.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to any man over the age of 18 who is a practicing Catholic in union with the Vatican. Please contact John Larkin at 629-7798 for more information.


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