We had a number of Christmas activities which included the following
We hosted a food and wine tasting fundraiser to support the Oblates of St Joseph Seminarians. The event was Sunday, November 8 betwee 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. .
Our council had the honor of receiving the McGivney Award and Columbian Award for the 2014-2015 fraternal year.
The Columbian Award is for completing all service programs and the McGivney Award is for attaining our membership goals.
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Knights of Columbus Council 16071 conducted a workshop in the St. Joseph Marello Parish Meeting Room about the college search and admissions process on Thursday evening October 8 at 7:00 p.m. The workshop was presented by Emory Guffrovich. Emory has over 40 years of experience in both the public and private college admissions field. Some topics discussed were “early admissions” versus “applying early” and the various types of financial aid available to the students and their parents.
Due to serveral scheduling conflicts, we decided to postpone the outing until next fraternal year so we can better prepare for a great event.
Our council sponsored a Children's Safety Fair for all area kids. We worked with local law enforcement and emergency services as a way to educate the kids and parents in general safety. We had safety demonstrations, bike safety, literature and fun. This was free to attend.
We thank Pittston City Fire Department, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance, Geisinger Trauma Outreach and McDonalds of Wyoming for helping with the event. The Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance donated a bike and held a raffle. We congratulate Dominck Covello the winner of the bike. Photos can be found here.
A small fundraiser we ran during Lent was a Clam Cowder and Pizza Sale. We solicited orders for Manhattan style clam chowder by the quart and par-baked pizza by the tray. Proceeds directly benefited our ability to do charitable works. The first donation from the sale was to our parish.
As many of the K of C councils, we participating in the March for Life by helping to sponsor and coordinate the bus trip from our parish. This pilgrimage is open to anyone. The cost is $35.00 per person and please contact the parish office at (570) 654-6902 for reservations.
One of the first programs we planned was the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. Children of the parish CCD program were asked to design a poster to express the "Keep Christ in Christmas Message". The program kicked off on Monday, Nov 10 when materials will be distributed to each CCD class. Deadline for submission was Monday, Nov 24 at the end of CCD classes. Judging took place over the weekend and the winners will be announced at the Light Up for Christ. Sideshow of all the children's posters.
This is the Knights of Columbus Christmas tree lighting ceremony. This was supposed to take place the first Tuesday of Advent (December 2) at 8PM; but, due to a power outage we decided to postpone. We will had our official tree lighting on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 following the 4PM Mass. There were about 60 people in attendance. Photos of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Our new officers were installed to office on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:00 PM. The event began with Solemn Vespers (evening prayer) followed by the installation of officer. A quick meeting followed. During the meeting our ladies were treated to appetizers and cocktails. Following the meeting the knights members joined the ladies for a dinner.
This was our first actual fund raiser and also a treat for the kiddos. We hosted a Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 21 from 8:30AM - 11:30AM. Adults without children were also welcome to attend. Tickets were sold after Masses in December. The children were visited by Santa Claus and a cast of characters. Many thanks to all who helped with this event. Photos will be available shortly.