Knights of Columbus - Saint Jude Council 6551

Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, 27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Road, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026

(Last Updated: 9/25/2014)

New UKnight Interactive Web Site Authorized at Council 6551 Meeting 9/25/2014

Watch for Web Site Committee and Grand Knight e-mails looking for volunteer Associate Web Masters coordinating specific UKnight Web Site Features.

All past web site information is available at the new UKnight Interactive Web Site but new volunteer Brother Knights are asked to step forward to assist Web Master Brandon Tull and Web Site Committee Chairman Jim Brennan in the effort to support Grand Knight Tom Mullen in the effort to maximize use of the new UKnight Interactive Web Site .

Prayers

Please pray for Diane Brennan, Past Grand Knight (PGK) Financial Secretary (FS) Sir Knight (SK) Jim Brennan's wife, recovering at home 129 Piedmont Blvd, West Berlin, NJ 08091.

Please pray for Kathleen Werner, Trustee Sir Knight Keith Werner's wife, currently in PowerBack Rehabilitation recovering from her third left knee surgery.

Prayers are asked for the following Brother Knights and their families who are currently in need.

About Us / Background

The background for the Knights of Columbus as a Premier Fraternal Organization and World Renowned Insurance Provider can be found on the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council web pages at Supreme Council index.

Emblems or symbols are important to this great Fraternal Order and are shown and explained in a pamphlet that is available at the following link.

The Knights of Columbus NJ State Council provides its own background as well as links to its Assemblies and Councils which can be found at the following link.

Sir Knight (SK) Jim White, NJ State Council Religious and Civil Rights Chairman sent out the December Talking Points with focus on calls to Congress about the evils in the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Please review the linked items from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The Saint Jude Council 6551 was established on 26 April 1974 by Brother Knights from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Berlin, NJ and Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, Gibbsboro, NJ thus Knights of Columbus Supreme still has our location as Berlin Gibbsboro when using their Find A Council link.

When Saint Edward Parish in Pine Hill, NJ the previous home of Archangel Council 7429 was merged with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Berlin, NJ to form Saint Simon Stock Parish, Berlin, NJ the Brother Knights from Berlin were given the option of transfering to Archangel Council 7429 now meeting at Saint Simon Stock Parish, Berlin, NJ.

The Saint Jude Council 6551 page with the Knights of Columbus NJ State Council can be found at the following link.

Media / Communications

The Knights of Columbus National or Supreme Council produces many media items including the Columbia Magazine which can be found on the Supreme Council web pages at Columbia Magazine. The Knights of Columbus NJ State Council publishes several media items of interest to all Brother Knights. These include the Cavalcade Magazine and the monthly E-newsletter.

The Council Matters Newsletter is published whenever material is available. It is sent out to all those who are members of Saint Jude Council 6551 with an active e-mail address on file. It is posted here for those who do not have e-mail to access via web browsing. Those in need of postal delivery may have that by contacting one of the Officers for 2013-2014 listed in the linked KofC Council 6551 Officer Contact List for 2013-2014 spreadsheet or one of the Officers for 2012-2013 listed in the linked KofC Council 6551 Officer Contact List for 2012-2013 spreadsheet or one of the Officers for 2011-2012 listed in the linked KofC Council 6551 Officer Contact List for 2011-2012 spreadsheet. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses, where available are provided.

Most of the linked files on the PFMC and Saint Jude Council 6551 web pages use Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the Adobe Acrobat READER for viewing. This application or program is preloaded on many new computers and Internet capable devices but if you are not able to open PDF file links, please download Adobe Acrobat READER using the following link.

Here is a link to the current issue:

Here are links to past issues:

None of the Saint Jude Council 6551 members wish to receive junk mail so addresses are not normally disclosed in public forums such as this.

If you need to contact Saint Jude Council 6551 members please send your mail, addressed to the specific Saint Jude Council 6551 members you wish to reach, via Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, 27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Road, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026.

The Pilgrims of Faith Marian Center (PFMC), A Religious Association, Inc. is not directly or indirectly associated with the Knights of Columbus as an organization but many of its individual members are or were Brother Knights.

As a service to Saint Jude Council 6551 of the Knights of Columbus, this web page and its related links, specifically created to support new and past issues of the Council Matters Newsletter, are hosted and managed by Sir Knight (SK) Keith Werner, who with his wife, Kathleen, co-direct the PFMC currently operating out of their home at 223 Cahnt Avenue, Berlin, NJ 08009-9649.

Mail for Brother Knights of the Saint Jude Council 6551 received at the PFMC will be delivered to the Saint Jude Council 6551 Brother Knights at meetings for further delivery to those not present at the meetings.

If you have not been receiving e-mail messages from the Grand Knight (GK) Tom Mullen or other Brother Knights, we do not have a current e-mail address for you.

Like all organizations, we would like to move away from snail mail and related postage costs as much as possible. Money saved from postage can be used to expand our charitable work.

Meeting announcements, activity announcements, and special information can reach you faster with e-mail. Please send your e-mail address to: kofc_1@juno.com.

Meetings

Meetings for the Brother Knights of Saint Jude Council 6551 are on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays (except 2nd Thursdays only in July and August) at 7:30 PM in Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish Center, Classroom Area, 27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Road, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026 Phone: 856-784-3878.

We usually begin meetings for the Brother Knights of Saint Jude Council 6551 after call to order with praying the Our Father followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and this should be followed by reciting or singing Opening Ode.

We usually end meetings for the Brother Knights of Saint Jude Council 6551 after call to order with praying the Hail Mary and this should be followed by reciting or singing Closing Ode.

Membership / Recruitment

Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, Gibbsboro, NJ welcomes Roman Catholics from any town to join the parish.

In support of increasing MEMBERSHIP in the Knights of Columbus, Saint Jude Council 6551 welcomes any Roman Catholic adult male wishing to join the Knights of Columbus to contact one of the Officers for 2013-2014 listed in the linked KofC Council 6551 Officer Contact List for 2013-2014 or one of the Officers for 2012-2013 listed in the linked KofC Council 6551 Officer Contact List for 2012-2013 spreadsheet or one of the Officers for 2011-2012 listed in the linked KofC Council 6551 Officer Contact List for 2011-2012 spreadsheet. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses, where available are provided.

For the 2013-2014 Columbian Year, the Membership Committee members have been: Tom Mullen, Joe Antinori, Jim Brennan, Bill Graves, Dominic Cotugno, Brandon Tull, Keith Werner, Dan Worstall, and Fred Dick. For the initial efforts the Membership Committee meetings were chaired by Grand Knight Tom Mullen who then turned the chair over to Bill Graves.

At the 4/24/2014 Business Meeting, the Membership Committee Chair was passed from Bill Graves to Fred Dick.

A Membership Encouragement / Recruitment Brochure was developed by the Membership Committee chaired by Bill Graves and is posted at the highlighted link.

The Membership Committee developed a set of Open House Procedures that were first tested on Thursday, 1 May 2014, at 7 PM with what appeared to be great success with a number of Form 100s completed.

Membership Dues paid by Saint Jude Council 6551 Brother Knight members help underwrite our charitable activities, as well as our activities in support of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, and the Diocese of Camden, NJ.

Saint Jude Council 6551 is particularly interested in the support of the youth and young adults of Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish and the Diocese of Camden, NJ as regards their vocations and potential membership as Brother Knights in the Knights of Columbus.

Membership Dues statements will be mailed separately to each Brother Knight in the list provided by Supreme as Brother Knights belonging to Saint Jude Council 6551. Please look for and respond to any Membership Dues statements.

Brother Knights can pay Membership Dues at any meeting or mail them to Financial Secretary (FS) Sir Knight (SK) Jim Brennan whose address will be on the statements.

Upon receipt of Membership Dues payments an appropriate level Membership Card will be mailed to the address on the payment / statement.

As mentioned in the current and many past Council Matters Newsletters, we are assessed each calendar year by Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and the Knights of Columbus NJ State Council to help underwrite their charitable activities. We are required to remit for each Brother Knight member on our roster regardless of whether that Brother Knight member has paid his dues. Therefore, when a Brother Knight listed as a Brother Knight member of our Saint Jude Council 6551 does not pay his dues, he reduces the amount of money available to Saint Jude Council 6551 for charitable activities. Some Brother Knight members have not paid their dues in a number of years. We appreciate the efforts of those Brother Knight members in arrears to become current.

Please remember if you are experiencing financial difficulties that prevent you from paying what you owe in past or future dues, please contact the Financial Secretary (FS) SK Jim Brennan, PGK (856-767-4847) j.a.brennan@comcast.net.

Officers

A new format 2013-2014 Knight of Columbus Council 6551 Officer Contact List has been posted.

Recent updates to this format reflect the unfortunate departure of our Deputy Grand Knight (DGK) Erik Erickson and his replacement by SK Chancellor Dan Worstall and the filling of the Chancellor position by SK Bill Graves .

2013-2014 Officer Installation was conducted by Chaplain Monsignor Marucci after the 5 PM Holy Mass on Saturday, 8-24-2013.

Here is a photo of the 2013-2014 Officers present for the Installation on 8-24-2013. Some Brother Knights present for the ceremony were pressed into temporary service to fill in for the officers who could not make the installation ceremony.

Here is a link to the same photo with identification of 2013-2014 Officers after Installation on 8-25-2013.

Here is a photo of the 2012-2013 Officers after Installation on 8-25-2012.

Here is a link to the same photo with identification of 2012-2013 Officers after Installation on 8-25-2012.

Photo Galleries / Pages for Activities / Events

The Brother Knights of Saint Jude Council 6551 and / or their family members participate in various activities or events usually discussed in the Council Matters Newsletter published whenever material is available. Go to Local Council Media, Saint Jude Council 6551 Council Matters Newsletter

Often there are so many photos from these activities or events that all of them cannot be included in the Council Matters Newsletter or posted on this page because photos slow down the loading of and movement around the page.

Links to Portable Document Format (PDF) files containing photos from activities and events will usually be shown in the Council Matters Newsletter. These PDF files can be updated and will be if additional photographs or any corrections of names, etc. become available.

Currently, it is requested that you please provide any photographs or corrections to webmaster, Sir Knight (SK) Keith Werner, keithwerner42@verizon.net..

Past Photo Gallery / Activity / Event Photo Page links are listed below for reference without going through each of the copies of the Council Matters Newsletter.

All of the currently linked Photo Gallery / Activity / Event Photo Page links utilize Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the Adobe Acrobat READER for viewing. This application or program is preloaded on many new computers and Internet capable devices but if you are not able to open PDF file links, please download Adobe Acrobat READER using the following link.

If the desired Photo Gallery / Activity / Event Photo Page link comes up inactive, then the photo page is being updated. Thanks for your patience.

Here with latest dates first are Photo Gallery / Activity / Event Photo Page links for activities and events involving Brother Knights of Saint Jude Council 6551:

2014

2013

2012

2011


Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee is Chaired by Sir Knight Steven Mignogna.

The Scholarship Committee for Columbian Year 2013-2014 was made up of the following: Steven Mignogna, Tom Mullen, Newt Schoener, Jim Brennan, Gary Strain, and Dan Worstall.

Every year the Knights of Columbus Council #6551 will award the Mignogna Family Memorial Scholarship, currently $1000, to a student attending a Catholic High School at the time of application or in September of the year of application, and who is a member of Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish.

Candidates must submit an essay (up to 500 words) on whatever topic they choose (e.g., the person you admire most, the person who has had a significant impact on your life, what steps you need to take to achieve your dream job, how you are attempting to be independent, how you would improve our church and/or community).

Essays are e-mailed to Steven Mignogna at smignogna@archerlaw.com and must include the studentís name, grade level, address and telephone number.

All essays must be received by a deadline date. For 2014 this was May 28, 2014.

The winner of the scholarship is normally notified in June.

Steven Mignogna presented the Mignogna Family Memorial Scholarship to Maria Theresa Roscoe on 7/16/2014 in the presence of Brother Knights Caddie Alfonso, Jim Brennan, Dan Worstall, Brandon Tull, Joe Antinori, Norbert Bucholtz, Tom Mullen and Keith Werner. The 2014-07-16 Award Ceremony was held in front of Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish Church.