Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Knights of Columbus International Bowling Tournament will be hosted by Council 2809. We will be hosting teams from the Eastern Region on March 19 - 21, March 26 - 28, April 9 - 11 and April 16 - 18 and bowling at Laurel AMF Lanes and Capitol Plaza AMF Lanes. Come join the tournament as a single bowler, team of bowlers or come to the Council to enjoy the Saturday evening festivities and games of chance. For more information, contact Dave Douglas at 240-508-3638.

Thursday, December 17, 2009





Saturday, December 12, 2009

December Color Corps Turnout Requested

December 13th
Our lady of Guadalupe Mass @ St. Mark’s church on Adelphi Rd near UMD
Report time 11:15 AM for 12:00 noon Mass
Black jacket (no sword)
Bishop Gonzales Celebrant
Md. State Deputy Dick Siejack & Lady Pat will be attending….

Vivat Jesus!
PFN Dave Knitowski
CC Cmdr.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Quarterly Dispatch - printed version

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Greetings for Thanksgiving 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, Brothers. Nancy and I wish each of you and your families, a very Happy and Prayerful Thanksgiving. We are sure that each of us has so much to be thankful for. One of the things that all of us are thankful for is our freedom. So as we celebrate with our families, let us stop and say a prayer for all of those who have given us our freedom and who continue to give us our freedom each and every day -- the men and women who protect and serve our country. Following this message is a message from our Vice Supreme Master, Ralph Rossi, and a Proclamation issued by President George Washington in 1789. Both are worth the few minutes they will take to read. I ask that all of the Navigators please make sure that this message is forwarded to their members. Thanks for all that you do for our Order and for the Fourth Degree. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and travel safely.
Charles and Nancy Smallwood

*******From Former Vice Supreme Master Charles Gallina
Worthy Vice Supreme Master and Dear Ralph,
A timely and thoughtful Thanksgiving message. We need to be reminded often, especially since many of our elected and appointed officials, judges, and too many of our fellow citizens seem to have forgotten the debt this Nation owes to Almighty God or are deliberately seeking to drive Our Lord out of our daily lives, that we are indeed a Nation founded on Judeo-Christian values and if we are to remain Free and Strong we must stand up and defend these values. George Washington's declaration reminds us of the religious principles our Founding Fathers built this Nation on---we do not need those who hate God to tell us what they "really meant". The most Solemn duty of the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus is to teach, to enlighten, to defend, and to speak out for our civil and religious Freedoms--to be actively and truly Patriotic---our Catholic values and principles are the underpinning of our Christan Patriotism! Happy Thanksgiving to All.
Vivat Jesus. Semper Fi!
Chuck Gallina, PSD/FVSM
Colonel of Marines, Ret*******

From VSM Ralph Rossi....
My Friends,
Becky and I would like to extend our best wishes for a Happy and SafeThanksgiving Holiday. As we thank God for the many Blessings He has bestowed upon us, let us say a prayer for those who continue to do everything possible to remove Him from our public lives. Especially during this time of year, we often hear or read about situations involving judges and politicians who express their beliefs as to what our founders intended regarding separationof Church and State. How often we are told that "God" has no place in our public schools or public buildings, that the mere mention of his name is in violation of the Constitution. As a reminder of how our Founders truly felt about "Almighty God", I thought I would include in my message the Proclamation written by President George Washington 220 years ago. Please take a minute to read it; we all should be reminded of this daily.
General Thanksgiving By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America: A PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence ofAlmighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and WHEREAS both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of AlmightyGod, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service ofthat great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His Providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- forthe peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us. And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

Let us never forget this Nation was born as, is today and always will be "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" !

God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Color Corps Turnouts For November

Worthies of the Curley Assembly…
REMEMBER THE VETS in your PRAYERS on Veterans Day!
We have been requested at the following events….

District Event…requested by our PM & DM John Winfrey & (green guy) J
14 November 2008 North American congress on Mercy Mass
Time: 4:30 Report time, 5:15 Mass
Place: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Upper Church
Dress: Black Jacket No Swords.
Brothers, this one comes direct from the Supreme Knight. The following Mass will be celebrated by our own Supreme Chaplin Bishop Lori. I realize this is a little last minute but please get the word out to your troops, and let's get a respectable turnout for this one. Thank you for all you do…

District Event…requested by our PM & DM John Winfrey & (jolly green giant) J
19 November 2009 – 50th anniversary of the Basilica of the National Shrine to the Immaculate Conception/Closing Mass for the US conference of Bishops
Report time: 4:00 PM for a 5:00 Mass
Place: Basilica of the National Shrine to the Immaculate Conception \
400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC
Dress: Black Jacket no Swords

19 November
Council 2203 Memorial mass @ St. Mary of the Mills church in Laurel, MD
Report time 1900 for 1930 mass
Black Jacket (No sword)

22 November
Officer Installation @ the Council of the Queen of the Americas # 11304 at Our lady of Sorrows church
1006 Larch Ave Takoma Park, Md
1330 report for a 1400 mass (liturgy will be said in French)
Black Jacket (sword for Officer installation only)

23 November
Council 2809 Memorial mass @ council hall
Report time 1900 for 1930 mass
Black Jacket (No sword)

December 13th (for calendar planning)
Our lady of Guadalupe Mass @ St. Mark’s church on Adelphi Rd In College Park, MD
Time: TBA??
Black jacket (no sword)
More info to follow??

Vivat Jesus!
PFN Dave Knitowski
CC Cmdr.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dispatch October Through December 2009


Friar's Message
At the end of St. Matthew's Gospel, Christ commands His followers to: "go forth and teach all nations." Today, throughout the United States, we celebrate what is called Catechetical Sunday. This day we focus on the role of the Church in educating the world and more specifically, our role in educating our children and ourselves in our faith. REMEMBER, this is a command of God, not just a nice thing that we do. In any human relationship, we come to know the other and in that knowledge we are enabled to love them more. It is the same with God. The more we know Him, the more deeply and sincerely we are enabled to love him, which is our call as Christian people.
I want to take the time to thank those who give so generously of themselves in the service of our education. Those who teach in our school, our religious education program, our adult education classes, our sacramental preparation programs, Bible school, those who aide, who administer these programs, and those who take to heart the challenge of learning more about the Lord through their participation or through their reading and studying our faith. The more we know the Lord, the greater can be our love for Him. I pray that all of us will accept the opportunity to come to know Him more deeply by reading, studying, prayerfully reflecting upon our faith and letting the TRUTH of His message permeate our lives.

Master's Log
The Archdiocese of Washington District began this fraternal year with a tremendous District meeting. Several goals were established regarding the direction the District is headed. We have 12 exciting Navigators leading tremendous Assemblies. We have strong Color Corpsmen who began this fraternal year by getting involved in Provincial events as well as District events. The District staff was very busy during the month of September presiding at the investiture of officers for the Assemblies. The Color Corps showed its level of competency by being active at a special Mass held on September 3, 2009 in honor of Fr. Vincent Capodanno – Servant of God, held in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. The District Color Corps joined the Color Corps of the Province on September 11-12, 2009 – Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) at the Basilica with the Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson addressing the Congress and the Most Reverend Donald Wuerl bringing greetings from the Archdiocese of Washington. The celebrant & homilist for the Opening Congress Mass was Justin Cardinal Rigali, Episcopal Liaison for the CMSW. On October 2, 2009 the Color Corps will be celebrating with the – 7th Annual Children of the Eucharist Worldwide Holy Hour - Grade 2-8. The District will instruct children in the protocol of presenting colors for this event. On October 3, 2009, the Archbishop of Washington will hold a special Mass in the Upper Church of the Basilica for all Knights of Columbus. This will be a Provincial event and all Knights are encouraged to come.
As of this date, all 12 Assemblies have had an investiture of officers. At each investiture it was important to ask all Assemblies to not only continue the work and traditions of the past, but also to grow and develop new programs and traditions for the future. Continue to strengthen communication within the District and have each Sir Knight to recruit “ONE” Catholic gentleman to become a First Degree Knight. I will strive to work toward seeing that our Sir Knights follow any new candidate through all of the degrees, helping him along the way by encouraging him and his family to get involved. If we work together, our Order will increase with Knights that want to serve.Worthy Sir Knights, please think about and support our troops in harm’s way. But more importantly, please pray for and support our veterans who have done so much to make it so easy for us to enjoy the freedoms we have. Volunteer some time by working with the Veteran Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS). So much can be done to assist those who have given so much and now need our help. During this month, we as a District are readying ourselves for the celebration of our name sake, “Christopher Columbus!” I ask all to do some research and learn even more about him and what his discovery has done for us. Once you have done that, become active in all of the events that will occur during this month. Activities to include: Columbus Day Ball, 17th International Week of Prayer & Fasting, Columbus Day Celebratory Mass at Holy Rosary Parish in Washington DC, Columbus Day Celebration at the Columbus Statue at Union Station in Washington DC and a District meeting where we will discuss the exemplification in depth. We ask that you begin bringing to the meetings any applications along with the fees as well as the number you plan to recruit. By all means during this month approach and ask members of your parishes to become a member in the finest organization in the world. Please remember all the members in our families that are sick. We ask a special anointing from the Holy Spirit for a healing.

Remember, we are beginning the fall season where our schools are opened and safety has to be paramount in our minds. Take care and watch out for our children. Let’s make sure we keep “Building our Communities through Service, Charity, Unity and Fraternity.” Charles H. Smallwood, Master Archdiocese of Washington District

The Date on the calendar for the next District meeting is October 17, 2009.

Master's Log November Update:

As we look forward to the month of November, our Fraternal Year is one-third over. How is your assembly doing with the plans, programs, and activities that the Faithful Navigator laid out in July? Is it time to make a course correction or to step it up a notch? There is still plenty of time to have an outstanding year. Please remember to set your clocks to Eastern Standard Time on or just before November 1, 2009.

During November our Councils, Assemblies, and Maryland State Council will celebrate Memorial Masses for our Deceased Members plus family and friends. We miss them and mourn them, yet at the same time we rejoice that their battle is over. We hope and pray that they are with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

On November 11, we are all reminded to remember those special men and women who served in the defense of our liberty and freedom. Some paid the ultimate price. They should all be remembered and honored. Those who served in time of war or conflict are in special need of our prayers. Their experiences changed them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Their return, in some cases, has been difficult and painful not only for them, but also for their families.

As Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, we should be also be especially mindful of the needs of our service men and women – those who have served and those who continue to serve. Let us keep them in our prayers not only in November but also at all meetings, Masses, and events. Try each day to say a special prayer to the Holy Family to protect their Families and to St. Michael the Archangel to defend them in their time of Battle.

We have a Great Nation – One Nation Under God. It is fitting that we acknowledge this on Thanksgiving Day. It is proper to start the day with Mass, thanking God in a special way for all that we have. There will be plenty of time later in the day for football, food, and fun activities.

As Master, I wish each of you and your families a Day of Peace and Quiet, a chance to have fun with children and grandchildren. I thank each and every one of you for your continued support and the unselfish giving of your time and talent. Look around you and identify those men who might want to share in our work as Knights and ultimately as Sir Knights. Invite them to become members of our Order and then guide and follow them through their Degrees. Please help them serve with us as we go about “Building our Communities through Service, Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.”

God Bless you and God Bless America!

Faithful Navigator’s Report

Lady Cora and I, hope that you had an enjoyable summer with some time off for taking a vacation. September was a very busy month for our Assembly and I expect that October thru December will be busy too. Suffice it to say, there will be many events in October 2009 to honor our namesake—Christopher Columbus and in November 2009 there will be events, such as, Veterans Day. And, the most significant event in December will be Christmas.

Our Membership Drive began in earnest on September 28th when S/K Don Kutzera, Faithful Admiral along with S/Ks Rick Askins and Tom Lank made presentations at PG Council 2809. We are off to a good start with 4 Form 4s in our possession. These Sir Knights will be visiting other Councils, in the ensuing months, which are affiliated with our Assembly.

On October 3, 2009, our Assembly had its Annual Picnic that was managed by our Faithful Captain, S/K Marc Alvarez. It was attended by at least 40 persons—Sir Knights, wives and children and guests. Certificate of Appreciations were awarded to: S/K Rev. J. Michael Quill, Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church for his steadfast support of our Assembly and our Order; Lady Jean McMahon for making and donating a Lap Quilt; Lady Carolyn Lank for making and donating a Cross Stitch; Lady Cora Landicho for her efforts on the I Love America Wreath; Lady Denise Young for her efforts on publishing our Dispatch; and to S/K Tom Barrett and Lady Ann for their service to our Assembly. The drawing for I Love America Wreath was held at our Annual Picnic and Mrs. Helen Truman won this wreath.

Regarding the Lap Quilt, a mailer along with raffle tickets will be sent to every Sir Knight’s home. The drawing for the Lap Quilt will take place at our annual Christmas Party to be held on Friday, December 11th. After this raffle, the Cross Stitch raffle will take place. A mailer will be employed.

We are making progress in obtaining commercial ads for the Fourth Degree Exemplification Booklet. One commercial firm took a one page ad and it is very likely that we will get two more ads before the deadline. As you know, the Fourth Degree Exemplification will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at UMUC, College Park, Maryland. (The Priest Exemplification into the Fourth Degree is scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2010,)

As you know, the Honoree of the Year is S/K Bill McMahon. The Sir Knights of the Months were: July, S/K Marc Alvarez; August, S/K Tom Lank; September, S/K Tom Young; and October, S/K Rick Askins.

Please be advised that our Renewal of Obligations will take place on Monday, January 4, 2010, at PG Council 2809.

Lady Cora and I , want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Vivat Jesu.

S/K John Landicho, PGK, Faithful Navigator

"Winners at the Picnic"

Captain's Report
The Curley Assembly hosted a very nice picnic on 10/03/2009. About 40 SK and family members attended and all had a good time. I want to thank SK Tom and Lady Ann Barrett for providing the hot dogs, hamburgers and buns, Don Kutzera for the ribs and all others for the delicious salads and desserts. FN John Landicho, PFN Tom and Lady Carolyn Lank assisted me in the set up. Deacon Willis Wolfe and PFN Tom Lank helped cook the hamburgers and hot dogs. And at the end of the picnic FN John and Lady Cora Landicho, PFN Tom and Lady Carolyn Lank, SK Mark Manak and SK Rick Rekus helped with the clean up. My thanks to all.
I am still looking for Guest Chefs to prepare food for the assembly meetings.The schedule stands as follows:
July FC Marc Alvarez Jan PFN Tom Lank
Aug PFN Rick Askins Feb
Sept FP Gary Pastishnock Mar
Oct FN John Landicho Apr
Nov FA Don Kutzera May
Dec Pot Luck Christmas Party June FN Appreciation Night
As you can see I need help February through May.Let me know if you want to cook.
Our coming activity will be the Christmas Party on Friday 12/11/2009. Please let me know who is planning to come and what you are bringing to share.

November Update:
AMJC Assembly Annual Christmas Party

All Sir Knights them and their wives and children are invited to our Annual Christmas Party. We are a family organization so everyone in the family is welcome.

When: Friday, December 11, 2008

Where: PG Council 2809 starting at 6:30 P.M.

Menu: Our Assembly will furnish:
· Glazed Ham
· Delicious Ribs (cooked by S/K Don Kuzera, PFN)
· Sodas and Water
· Please bring a side dish (e.g., salad, dessert, etc)
PG Council will have a CASH BAR for other type of beverages.

· Chinese Auction—we had a lot of fun with the last several years. Bring a “small treasure” to
put on the auction table. Lady Carolyn Lank is the Chairperson for this event.

· There will be also the usual Christmas Quiz—don’t cram it will not help!

· We will be drawing our Christmas raffle—a lovely 45 by 45 Hand made lap quilt. Raffle
tickets with the image of the quilt were made by S/K Rick Askins are $5.00 per ticket or
$10.00 for three tickets.

Let FC Marc Alvarez who is coming with you and what you are bringing.

Vivat Jesu
S/K Marc Alvarez, PGK, Faithful Captain

Worthy Bus Driver's Message
S/K Joe O'Loughlin will be the bus commander/captain of Joe O's Bus (Rainbow Bus) for the annual Christmas Show trip to Lancaster, PA on December 5. The cost of the trip is $79 per person; continental "tailgate" breakfast 8:00 AM in the St. Mildred's Hall parking lot with departure at 8:30 AM. You will arrive in Lancaster about 11:00 AM with a choice of either shopping at Rockvale Outlet Mall or stay on the bus and lunch at the Kitchen Kettle Shops (Lunch ON YOUR OWN). At 2:30 PM, the trip will resume to the American Music Theatre for the Christmas Show, holiday music and humor for the whole family. At 5:30 PM, the group heads for Supper at Good 'N' Plenty Restaurant. By 7:00 PM the bus will be departing for the return trip to Laurel.

Pilot's Report
"From the Pilot's Wheel":
The flag of Vatican City was adopted on June 7, 1929, the same year as the Lateran Treaty was signed with Italy which created the new independent state governed by the Holy See. The Vatican flag is modeled on the flag of the earlier Papal States.

The flag is square and consists of two vertical bands, one of gold (on the hoist side) and one of white with the crossed keys of St. Peter and the papal Tiara centered in the white band. It is one of only two square country flags in the world, the other being the Swiss flag.
The Vatican City coat of arms is found in the white half. The Vatican City coat of arms consists of:
The papal tiara (as used under the pontificate of Pius XI);
Two keys representing the keys to Heaven (according to Matthew 16:19) given by Christ to St. Peter. The popes are regarded as Peter’s direct successors, and the gold and silver keys have been significant elements in the symbolism of the Papal State since the 13th century. Gold represents spiritual power, while the silver key represents worldly power.
a red cord connecting the keys.
The yellow and white of the flag also refer to the keys – in heraldry yellow represents gold, while white represents silver.
Sir Knights: Please do not call this the “Papal Flag” – the Pope has a personal Coat of Arms, not a flag.
The Color Corps is proud to carry – and carry properly – both flags in its public appearances. The Knights of Columbus display the Vatican City flag as a “national” flag, not a “city” flag. We display and carry it to the immediate left of the U.S. flag in between our state flag. Both the U.S. and the Vatican City flag are not “dipped” in salutes.

Admiral's Report

Exemplification News
The 40th Exemplification is scheduled for 18 April 2010. It will be held at University of Maryland UM Conference Center.
Honoree: SK & Lady Joseph E. Murtha, Former Master ADW

Location: University of Maryland University College
Inn and Conference Center (Marriott)
University Boulevard at Adelphi Road
College Park, Maryland


To be eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree, candidates must be:
(1) Over 18 years of age;
(2) A Third Degree member in good standing in his Council, and who was initiated into the First Degree prior to October 18, 2009; and
(3) A practical Catholic in union with the Holy See, and
(4) a US Citizen, or willing to Pledge Allegiance to USA.

Fees: The basic fee for candidates is $70.00. A special fee for priests and members of religious orders is $35.00. Full payment should accompany each candidate’s application and reservation form. Each candidate receives one (1) banquet ticket to the Fourth Degree Banquet. Additional banquet tickets are available at a cost of $45.00 per person. The fee for the Ladies' Activities is $25.00. All checks must be made payable to: Master, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. All applications, banquet reservations, outstanding fees, and Ladies' Activity reservations must be received by the District Secretary on or before March 15, 2010. There will be no refunds or changes after this date. Please forward all applications and reservations to SK Ernest E. Harley, Secretary to the Master, 14721 Harvest Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20905-5642. To ensure that all applications are accurately completed, the candidate’s application must be received, voted on, and approved by the Assembly before it is submitted to the Secretary to the Master.

Schedule: Sunday, 18 April 2010
9:15 AM Mass
10:30 AM - Registration of Candidates/Ladies Meet and Greet
11:15 AM - Ladies' Activities (Paid Reservations Only)
12:00 PM - Exemplification of the Fourth Degree
4:00 PM - Reception in the Main Concourse
5:30 PM - Banquet

Comptroller Report
Early Bird Dues ??? TBS?

Color Corps Activity

Burtonsville Parade (above)

Greenbelt Parade (below)

An outstanding effort & a THANK YOU very much on those Color corp members who participated in the 2 Events on Sept 26th, the Burtonsville parade & the Officer Installation at St Hugh Council!

3 October 2009 – Mass in Honor of the Knights of Columbus
TIME: 1630 report for 1715 Mass
PLACE: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Upper Church
400 Michigan Ave NE,
Washington DC 20017
Black Jacket (No sword)

12 October 2009 Columbus Day Program at Union Station DC
TIME: Report Time 0900 For Walk-thru.
Program begins at 1045 hrs
PLACE: Union Station, Washington, DC
Area behind Columbus Statue
Black Jacket with Swords

***Need 2 know how many CC R planning on attending this function by 5 October***

Brothers we have another opportunity to show our support for our Church to the entire world. On Oct 25th we have been asked to provide honors for the Mass to celebrate the Canonization of St. Jeanne Jugan. As you may know St. Jeanne Jugan is the founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor. We were very specifically asked to provide the Honor Guard for the historic occasion. Please start getting the word out to your CC members, and get back to me by Oct 23rd with your numbers.

25 Oct 2009 Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of St. Jeanne Jugan
When: Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. (1:00 Report time)
Where: National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC
Details: Archbishop Wuerl., celebrant
Dress: Black Jacket No Sword

19 November 2009
Memorial mass @ Council 2203 St. Mary of the Mills church
1900 Report time for 1930 mass
Black Jacket (No swords)

23 November 2009
Memorial mass @ Council 2809
1900 Report time for 1930 mass
Black Jacket (No swords)

Reminders will be sent for November turnouts…

Additional drill practice for new CC members will be scheduled for late October! Date & time is TBA…

PFN Dave Knitowski
CC Cmdr
“Pray 4 those who have served & those
Who R serving now! Remember the VET”!

VAVS Report

11 NOVEMBER – VETERANS DAY – SK Tom Lank and Lady Carolyn invite all
Abp. Michael Curley members and their families to visit the U.S. Military Retirement Home (King Health Center). We will visit with the nursing home residents and provide cake and sodas while thanking them for their Service to our country.
We will depart Prince George’s Council #2809 at 12:30pm and motorcade
To the U.S.M.R.H. arriving at 1:30pm (check in at the Main Gate).
Children are welcome, keep in mind that the residents are your grandparents age! Returning to PG #2809 around 5pm.

Each of the Assembly members is encouraged to provide (either crochet one or purchase one) a lap robe for our Veterans. Lap robes have been seen at stores like WalMart for a very reasonable price. S/K Tom Lank and Lady Carolyn will deliver them to the VA Medical Centers. S/K Tom Lank reported this program is good through the end of the current State Deputy's term of service.

VAVS is a volunteer program whereby organizations donate time, talent and funds
In support of our veterans supported by local VA Medical Centers.

Wish lists:
Items the residents can always use include Rosaries, Bibles, Clothing (new or dry cleaned) such as elastic pants, shirt and shoes (Mens only Medium, Large or XL). Bottled water is always welcomed.

There are opportunities throughout the hospital. Two openings include serving coffee during the week at the “walk in” pharmacy and using VA vans to transport out-patients to the hospital.


SK Tom Lank, PGK, PFN, FDD
Deputy Rep. MD K of C VAVS
"Singin' For the Soldiers" (at WVAMC [Washington Veterans Administration Medical Center])

Veterans' Day Activities at King Health Center [USAF Retirement Home] (photos below)

Pro-Life Activity
Assembly members are encouraged to get involved with the current effort to prevent abortion from becoming a component of the Health Care Reform package by conducting Grass Roots level lobbying of their Congressional members.

Oratory Contest
S/K Dick Bissell, with assistance from S/K John Landicho and S/K Don Kutzera, is organizing an Oratory Contest for the Catholic schools in the parishes supported by the Assembly. St. Joseph's Catholic School in Beltsville has been contacted and has agreed to be the host location. St. Mary of the Mills Catholic School is being contacted at this time. A firm date has not yet been determined.

S/K Dick Bissell, PGK, Faithful Sentinel

Sick & Deceased List
The Following is the Sick and Deceased List submitted by S/K for AMJC Assembly No 383 for the Months of Aug, Sept and Oct, 2009. We ask our fellow brothers to please keep these individuals in their prayers.

Sick List

Name of Person--------- S/K Requesting-----------Relationship
Sandra Manak------------- Mark Manak-----------------Wife - asthma
Richard Patishnock-------- Gary Patishnock------------- Godfather
Deacon Leon Bechet------- Terrence Holmes------------- PGK PFN
Michelle Bloomer
Tom Bloomer

Oliver Thomas Preuesser---- Paul Simon--------------- Grandchild
Paula Preusser---------------Paul Simon---------------- Daughter
Mary Wing------------------ Paul Simon --------------- Aunt on deathbed
Richard Patishnock----------Gary Patishnock --------- Godfather
All Soldiers in Harm's Way--- Richard Rekus
All Brothers in Financial or Health Trouble Richard Rekus
Victor Emelife Jr.---------- Chris Emelife -------------- Nephew
Kenneth Nieman---------- Hugh O'Donnell ------------ Brother-in-law
Bill Knox ------------------ Don Kutzera --------------- Friend

Valerie Beau --------------Paul Sabol -----------------Very close friend
Jane Cleary --------------Tom Lank ------------------Wife of Br Don Cleary (2809)
Gloria Winfrey -----------Chris Emelife ---------------Wife of John Winfrey
Earl Beuchamp -----------Conrad Janus ---------------Brother of Phyllis James
Pete Einolf ---------------Arnie Rausch ---------------Treasurer #11619
Michelle and Tom Bloomer--Bill McMahon ------------Daughter and son-in-law
Jeanette Young ---------Paul Simon ------------------Friend
Oliver Preuesser -------Paul Simon -------------------Grandson
Clarice Row ------------Joe O'Loughlin ---------------Associate Rainbow Polis - Dementia
Jan Makowski ---------Joe O'Loughlin ---------------Wife of Associate Rainbow Polis

Deceased List

Name of Person ---------S/K Requesting -----------Relationship
Fr. Zylla -------------------Tom Lank ------------------Knight of Columbus
Fr. Kitko ------------------Paul Simon ------------------Past Chaplain 2203
Bill Kilinski ---------------John Landicho ---------------Son's Father-in-law

Catherine Ellis ----------Bill McMahon -------------Mother of Jackie White, Former First Lady
Mary Wing -------------Paul Simon --------------------Aunt
Daniel Wilson -----------Don Kutzera ------------------Brother of Msgr. Wilson
Father Kitko -----------Paul Simon --------------------Past Chaplain 2203


Friday, September 4, 2009


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Quarterly Dispatch Newsletter (July thru Sept 2009)

The Dispatch
Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly No. 383 Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Archdiocese of Washington District Meetings held at 8:00 P.M. - First Monday of each Month Prince George's Council, College Park, Maryland

"Knights Dedicated to the Service of Others"
July through September 2009

Faithful Friar's Message
I don't know if you remember the story in the Gospels where the King threw a party and the people he had invited chose not to attend. He then sent his servants out to invite everyone to the party and when the hall was full, the party began. He then mixed with his guests and found someone not dressed appropriately for the occasion and had him removed from the feast. I always thought that was unfair. Since he had invited everyone off the street, as it were, why would he be so persnickety about their dress? The point of the story was that that person was not ready to celebrate with the others; the man had not prepared himself properly to come before the King.

Choice is such a powerful tool in each of our lives. We get to make decisions, or we don't get to make them, about almost everything in our lives. Although we can opt for things, sometimes we feel forced to do things we don't want to do. We can speed, but could get a ticket; we can lie, but that would betray trust; we can be mean and then we have to bear the consequences; we can be nice and make things better; we can share and lift another's spirits; we can eat too much and hurt ourselves; we can smoke, drink too much, curse or swear and none of those things are good for us, but we can do them because we have free will and choice. Sometimes we are asked to do things that are a little uncomfortable, but appropriate. We all give up some of our freedom for the sake of everyone's safety and well being.
One of the choices that we can make, and hopefully do make, is to participate in Mass weekly. We do this because God invites us to join with Him and share in His love and it is good for us. Some people choose not to respond to this invitation; some people respond but seemingly not as wholeheartedly as they might; some come willingly but a little late or leave a little early for motives that aren't always demanding. We all have to make choices and some choices are better than others.
One choice we make is how we dress for Church. I would ask that ALL of us try to remember that Mass is different than the movies or shopping, that Church is different than the mall or a back yard picnic and that it would help us think about what we are doing if we took the time to choose to dress appropriately for being in the presence of God.

When we take the time to think about it, clean up, get dressed in some special way to come before the Lord, it makes a difference in our preparation, our attitude, our focus and our commitment to be with Him in a way that is different than all the other things we have to do. I urge all of us to make the time to prepare and to present ourselves in a way that speaks of our focus on God and our willingness to see Him as different from everything and everyone else. There is not a specific dress code, but if we all do our best for Him, that is all He asks of us.
S/K Msgr. Mike

Worthy Master's Log
June is the month of transitions: Graduations, Marriages, Vacations, and New Beginnings. In our Councils and Assemblies new officers are getting ready with grand ideas and wonderful goals, budgets, programs, and building and growing. Meanwhile, the past officers are wondering where the time went, and what programs were successful and which were somewhat less successful or failed to launch. Boy, if I could only do it over again…………

Becoming a Past Faithful Navigator is a journey, and the path is not the way it was mapped out way back in June 2008. There were a few bumps, some road blocks, some uphill climbs and a few fun runs. Along the road you learned a few tricks, met some new friends, and did some real good for others. Somehow with the help of a few friends it all worked out and all in all it was a good time.

As the Immediate Past Faithful Navigator (IPFN), most of you will become the Faithful Admiral and Membership Director. It is now your turn to help build the assembly and make it stronger. Give the new officers the benefit of your experience, but in a quiet and friendly way. Give the new FN room to grow and allow a few minor miscalculations.

Likewise the new Faithful Navigators should push their programs and plans, but allow a couple of advisors to guide you over some of the bumps in the road. To help you along the way, the District Staff is putting together a revised Training Seminar – a bigger and better road map to help you on your journey to PFN.

Given the world situation we must continue to emphasize support for our veterans, our military men and women, and especially our Military Chaplains. We also need to foster programs that stress the educational aspects of the Fourth Degree. We can do this with new programs and we can do it by example. The curriculum is broad – just about anything to do with God, Country, or the Order will qualify. I would also like to see more involvement with schools and scouting. Put your thinking caps on and let’s see what you can come up with.

Remember that the District Staff is only a phone call or an email away. Some have been up and down that bumpy road a few times and all are willing to help. If the Assemblies are successful, the District will be successful. During the summer holidays, please keep in prayer all families and friends that are going through some difficult times. Prayer is the key to making us all get closer to our Brother Jesus.

Let’s make sure we keep working to support our Order by each Sir Knight recruiting one First Degree Knight both in the Maryland District as well as in the Washington DC Council area. If we do this we will be continuing to be “Building our Communities through Service, Charity, Unity and Fraternity.” Also know we are One Nation Under God, but it does come at a price. God Bless America and God Bless you and your families!

Faithful Navigator’s Message
S/K John Landicho, PGK, FN

July was a busy month for our Assembly. The Investiture of Officers was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Beltsville, Maryland, following the 12 Noon Mass on Sunday, July 19, 2009. The Mass was con-celebrated by Faithful Friar S/K Rev. Msgr. Mike Wilson, and Associate Faithful Friars S/K Rev. Msgr. Joaquin Bazan and Fr. Quill. Deacon S/K Rev. Mr. Perfecto Santiago, Faithful Associate Friar, assisted them. We say thank you!

A Reception was held subsequently at PG Council 2809. At this Reception I announced the initiation of a new tradition—the Honoree of the Year. I named S/K Bill McMahon, PGK, FDD, PFN for his dedicated and outstanding service to our Assembly and Order who was supported by his wife, Lady Jean. I took the opportunity to thank S/K Don Kutzera, Sr. PGK and immediate Past Faithful Navigator for a successful past fraternal year and to thank all the Officers who served with him. The new Officers and their Ladies were recognized. The officers are listed on the left side on the front page of our Dispatch (hardcopy); on the right side of the blog. And, I want to thank these Sir Knights for “stepping-forward” as Officers and their wonderful Ladies who support them! And, I recognized a special group—the children—and thanked them for being present.

At our Regular Meetings held on Monday July 6th and August 3, 2009 and Executive Meeting, held on Monday, July 20th, the following matters were discussed other than the Investiture:
AMJC Audit Report (the Audit Report was completed on July 20) and sent to appropriate officials of our Order.

The AMJC Summer picnic was scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2009 at PG Council 2809 (small pavilion area) starting at 11:30 A.M. Our Faithful Captain, S/K Marc Alvarez, PGK is managing this annual event.
At this Summer picnic (to be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009) a patriotic wreath for a front door, entitled "I Love America", will be raffled. This wreath was donated by Lady Cora Landicho. A small poster and raffle tickets were made by our Faithful Trustee, S/K Rick Askins, PGK, PFN, FDD. At our Reception, our Worthy Master, S/K Charles Smallwood bought some raffle tickets—thanks!

Here are the details on the beautiful wreath:


Archbishop Michael J Curley Assembly

Fall Picnic Raffle

Drawing held October 3rd, 2009

Located at PG Council 2809 grounds

$2 each or 3 tickets for $5

Winner need not be in Attendance

The Annual Recognition Brunch hosted by the Master of the Fourth Degree, S/K Charles Smallwood, took place on Saturday, August 22, 2009. It started with a Mass in Upper Marlboro at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, followed by the Recognition Brunch Reception at St. Mary of the Assumption School. The Master awarded a Plaque to our Assembly as the Color Corps Unit of the Year (2008-2009).

Steps are being taken to have “hardcopies” mailed to Sir Knights (who do NOT have computer capability) once every three months. S/K Tom Young and Lady Denise are leading the efforts to publish and mail the hardcopies. We noted that for Sir Knights who have computer capability that they have access to information about our Assembly and Order from our Blog that is managed by S/K Arnie Rausch, PGK, PFN. We must, however, support the efforts of S/K Arnie. He has sent an email to all appropriate Officers so please, let's meet the DUE DATE. All Sir Knights should have current information about our Assembly and Order.

Our Assembly will have an Ad for the Program Booklet for the Columbus Day Ball. In addition to listing the Officers, Patrons are also listed. They are Sir Knights of our Assemblies and their Ladies. In addition, our Assembly obtained an Ad for the Program Book for the National Columbus Celebration Association.

Assembly Officers will be attending the District Meeting scheduled for September 19, 2009, at St. Mary Assumption School.
Please put the following very important dates on your calendar: (1) Monday, January 4, 2010—Renewal of Obligations to be held at PG Council;
(2) Saturday, March 20, 2010, District Meeting
and Priest Exemplification; and (3) Saturday,
April 18, 2010, Exemplification of the Fourth
Degree at UMUC, College Park, Md.
S/K Marc Alvarez was named Sir Knight for the month of July and S/K Tom Lank was named Sir Knight for the month of August.

I hope you and your families had a pleasant and safe summer vacation.

Vivat Jesus,
S/K John Landicho, PGK, Faithful Navigator

Editor's NOTE: A strong recommendation from a credible, computer-savvy Brother Sir Knight after the August meeting ended was given to the Dispatch Editor to restrict access to just the membership; when the permissions are changed, that is, to have access restricted -- providing your email address is good, you should have received an automatically-generated invitation. Everyone who has been invited (if you are a contributor, you would have received an invitation when the website was established) has to either create an account using their current email address as UserID, or make up one for Google as well as providing a password. The Editor then loaded up the website with 45 or 46 more addresses in addition to the already existing contributors.
Faithful Captain's Report
S/K Marc Alvarez, PGK

I am looking for Guest Chefs for the 09-10 fraternal year, so, if you can bring food for one of the meetings let me know. Our next two meetings will be Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 (Wed.).

The Curley Assembly Picnic will be held on Saturday October 03, 2009 at PG Council 2809 at the small pavilion starting at 1:00 PM. The Assembly will provide a grill, hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, bread, sodas and water. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please let our captain, Marc Alvarez or his wife Susan know that you are coming, how many in your party and what food item you are bringing.

Vivat Jesus.
S/K Marc Alvarez,PGK, Faithful Captain

Sick and Deceased
Sandra Manak
Richard Patishnock
Deacon Leon Bechet
Michelle Bloomer
Tom Bloomer

Fr. Zylla
Fr. Kitko
Bill Kilinski

Faithful Pilot's Report
S/K Gary Patishnock

Be prepared to learn about patriotism, flag protocol, some Maryland Catholic history and more during Good of the Order this year. Your Faithful Pilot is also acquiring miniature US, Vatican City, Maryland and Knights of Columbus flags for use at the FP station.

Faithful Admiral's Report
This year, our Faithful Navigator John Landicho has appointed a membership committee, which is led by our Faithful Admiral Don Kutzera. Serving on the committee are Past Faithful Navigators Tom Lank and Rick Askins. The membership committee has already begun working towards preparing for this year’s exemplification. We have been putting together membership tri-folds and handing them out to the council representatives. However, in order to be successful in recruiting new members this year, we will need assistance of Sir Knights from our Assembly to ask 3rd Degree members to join us from their councils. It has been said that you have a renewed sense of Patriotism when you join the 4th Degree. It was true for me and my fellow committee members and we would whole heartedly like to share the experience with other brother Knights.
Rick Askins, PFN
Membership Committee

Color Corps Commander's News & Notes
The month of July, the Color Corps schedule was very busy with 3 Council Installations at Patuxent, PG & Bishop Lyons plus our own Curley Assembly Officer Investiture! Also, there was a first ever invitation to a Bishop's ordination at the Shrine!!
Thanks to all and a job very well done for all the participating Curley Assembly Color Corps!
A very special THANKS to Mother General** and our new Mother Superior for always being there for us!

August Color Corps District Event.... Aug 3 & 4...Fr. Zylla Wake and funeral...Black Jacket!

We have been requested to attend the Officer Installation of the Deacon John Lynn Council # 11619
at Saint Nicholas Church 8603 Contee Rd in Laurel, Md.
Date: Sunday August 16th...
Report time: 3:30pm for the 4 pm Mass at the church with Officer installation to follow...
White Jacket & sword for Officer Installation only

22 August 2009 – Master's Annual Recognition Brunch
TIME: 8:00 AM Parish Mass
PLACE: St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
Upper Marlboro, MD
followed by the Recognition Brunch Reception at St. Mary of the Assumption School.
Dress: K of C CASUAL
I would like to welcome our new Color Corp members -- Training & drill practice is available to all new members starting at 7pm prior to our monthly regular Assembly meeting at PG Council starting in September (providing members are available).

September 2009 Color Corp District events...

Sept. 6 Outdoor Mass at PG Council # 2809
8:30 AM Report
White Jacket, NO SWORD

Sept 7th...Greenbelt Parade on Crescent rd in Greenbelt. MD
Report time 9am @ St Hugh church for a 10am parade start
White jacket with sword

We have an "all hands" announcement from our own Provincial & District Marshall John Winfrey...
September 11 & 12 @ Shrine for Masses & Exposition for the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR)
Black Jacket (no swords)
9/11/09 Opening Mass with 4:00 pm report for Mass. 8:00 PM – Addressing the Congress – SK Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight
Shrine location 400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC
9/12/09 4-man Honor guard for the Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and the Relic of the Tilma on Saturday with a 9 am report for rotating duty until 4:15 pm...
Closing Mass with a 4 pm report for 5pm Mass

Sept 26th Burtonsville parade
Report 9:15 AM
Staging area location & Start time is TBD
Black Jacket & sword

9/26 St. Hugh Council Officer Installation
4:30pm report for 5pm Mass @ St. Hugh church on Crescent Rd in Greenbelt, MD.
Officer Installation will follow shortly after Mass... AMJC Color Corp member Chris Emelife will be installed as GK!!
Dinner & short program will be held in Grenoble Hall in the lower level of the church!
Black Jacket with sword for Officer Installation only...

After labor day, the Color Corps switches to the Black jacket for all turnouts!
I must ask all of you to regularly check your regalia to ensure it is always in tiptop shape!
If anyone needs a 4th degree pin, I do have a few remaining for the asking!
Need new formal wear, a jacket, a shirt at a reasonable price? Here is the web site I had provided in a previous E mail for your consideration....

2 October 2009 – Children of the Eucharist Worldwide Holy Hour - Grade 2-8 (Tentative)
TIME: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Report at 9:15 AM
PLACE: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC

This event is sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima (formerly the Blue Army) and covers Catholic Schools in Washington and Arlington Dioceses. EWTN will televise it.

Vivat Jesus!
S/K Dave Knitowski PGK, PFN

Curley Assembly # 383 Blogspot Curator's Note
Not all of the Curley Assembly membership have computer access to the DISPATCH Newsletter. However, to the greatest extent possible, the Assembly desires to communicate its activities to the ENTIRE membership. To that end, the Curley Assembly Executive Board members (all installed at the beginning of the new Fraternal Year) and the Assembly Blogspot Curator, along with Faithful Comptroller S/K Tom Young and Lady Denise will work together to compile and execute a quarterly web-based DISPATCH Newsletter. Lady Denise has been invited to be a contributor to the blog and assist with advanced formatting. S/K Tom Young and Lady Denise will then extract a summary of the articles from it and distribute a hardcopy via U.S. Mail to those members without a home computer.

VAVS (Veteran's Home Support) Report

1. Call the Voluntary Service Office at 202-745-8320 to schedule an interview appointment (Monday or Tuesday) and ORIENTATION on Thursday.

2. Complete:
---a. Application for Voluntary Service (VA Form 10-7055)
---b. Medical History Form
---c. ID Badge, Vehicle registration and Fingerprint information
---d. Request for ONE-VA identification Card (VA Form 0711)

3. Bring completed volunteer application packet and 2 forms of ID to Voluntary Services office (GC 103) on interview day.

4. The day of your appointment you will meet with a voluntary service specialist for approximately 15 minutes and go to Occupational Health (1C118) for TB Screening (PPD Test or Chest Xray).
The results must be read within 48-72 hours.

5. Return completed “Volunteer Clearance” form to VS Office on orientation day.

6. In completion of orientation in voluntary service & orientation with your worksite supervisor, you must return to Voluntary Service and get necessary documents then go to Security. Orientation should take 2-3 hours.

7. Report to Police & Security, ID Section (Rm 1A102) to get a Volunteer ID Badge, Fingerprint & Parking Decal.

8. Return “Volunteer Clearance Form” to Voluntary Service Office (GC-103)
Thank You for answering the call by volunteering your time and talents!

S/K Tom Lank PGK, FDD, PFN

Patriotic Education Report
S/K Dick Bissell has responsibility for Patriotic Education. S/K Dick and FN John are working jointly to do the Oratory Contest (subject: Patriotism) at St. Joseph's Catholic School. The FN has already spoken to Mr. Andrew Currier, Principal, and the 8th grade teacher. S/K Dick and FN John will be meeting with the Principal very soon.
Fraternally, S/K John Landicho, FN

Faithful Purser/Pro-Life/Church Activities Report
S/K Paul Simon, Faithful Purser
I will discuss several of the sites of importance to us on the web.

The Maryland Catholic Conference (, headquartered in Annapolis MD., covers the Archdioceses of Washington, Baltimore, and Wilmington. Its goals are to advocate for: right to life and human dignity, preserving the family unit, and to support the poor and vulnerable. Its focus is to push the Church positions before the Maryland General Assembly, the U.S. Congress, and the public wherever possible, and to engage Maryland Catholics in doing the same.

They have a site on Facebook and are on Twitter, for the younger generation.

MCC sponsors Lobby Night, an opportunity for us to meet our elected officials to present our ideals on the bills being passed. I attended last winter's session and it was a long and emotional evening. I would urge everyone to participate at least every few years, if not annually.

The second site I like is, run by a group of lay Catholics who support the Church teachings. They rally support on Congressional Bills through the internet, telephoning, or through the mail.

They also have Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I will do my best during the new year, to keep my fellow brothers and families up-to-date on issues of importance to our Faith, and how to take an informed response to them.

S/K Paul Simon,
Faithful Purser

Faithful Comptroller's Note
S/K Tom Young
Our end of the year reports for 2008 - 2009 were compiled and submitted on time. We currently have 192 members. Of those 128 are current. 35 are honorary life. And we have 1 disabled member. 28 members are in arrears. That's my report.
S/K Tom Young,
Faithful Comptroller #383

Faithful Trustees Report
As charged by the Master during the Installation of Assembly Officers, the Faithful Trustees (3 year, 2 year, and 1 year) are commissioned to monitor the financial affairs of the Assembly and ensure their application is in line with the desires of the Assembly. The Trustees are required to conduct an annual audit of the Assembly financial reports and report findings to the members as well as the Master of the District. Faithful performance of the Trustees' duties will contribute to the sound and healthy financial condition of the Assembly.

Arnie Rausch, PGK, PFN
Trustee 2 year

Faithful Scribe's Report

S/K Mark Manak
Faithful Scribe duties consist of taking Minutes at each official meeting of the Council, ensure accuracy of information recorded, and assist in disemination of information.

Mark Manak, Faithful Scribe

Inner & Outer Sentinel Message
S/K Bill Brilvitch
The Sentinels are responsible for the safekeeping of the organization's deeds, records, and secrets. We maintain vigilance to ensure those who participate in the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree are true to the order and its ideas. We, as all fellow Sir Knights, encourage Patriotism in all the endeavours of our Chapter.

Bill Brilvitch
Outer Sentinel


Monday, May 25, 2009

May-June 2009 Dispatch Articles

Master's Log for May 2009

A few weeks have passed since the conclusion of the Exemplification of the Fourth Degree. Lady Nancy and I have to publicly here say "thank you" again to all 12 assemblies for their great support in helping us bring to the Order new Sir Knights and their ladies. I am so proud to report that the final count is in and we exemplified on March 7, 2009 six (6) candidates. Of that number, four (4) were priests to include the honoree, Bishop Barry Knestout, one (1) Deacon and a lay person. We are so thankful to the members of the Council 9302 St. Mary’s of the Assumption Council and Assembly # 3047, Fr. John T. Dewan Assembly for their outstanding support in providing the meal for lunch for all those exemplified and those that assisted in making the day go so smoothly. A second Exemplification honoring Archbishop Martin D. Holley was scheduled on March 22, 2009 at the University of Maryland College Center where I am so pleased to report that we had a total of 149 candidates that were exemplified. Of that number, three (3) were priests and the remainder comprising of qualified third degree Knights to include Deacons and Seminarians. As of this date we can report that we have a total of 155 new Sir Knights exemplified in the Fourth Degree of our Order. We are expecting to have more Knights to be exemplified in the Maryland District on April 26, 2009. Thank you all again for all you do.

We were involved during April to bring in spring – A new Beginning. This included a time for prayer and reflection, a time for renewal and a second chance. This brought us to Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter. To top it off, winter ended and spring officially began. In the Pope’s Easter message, he stated “The proclamation of the Lord’s Resurrection lightens up the dark regions of the world in which we live. I am referring particularly to materialism and nihilism, to a vision of the world that is unable to move beyond what is scientifically verifiable, and retreats cheerlessly into a sense of emptiness which is thought to be the definitive destiny of human life. It is a fact that if Christ had not risen; the “emptiness” would be set to prevail. If we take away Christ and his resurrection, there is no escape for man, and every one of his hopes remains an illusion.” During the month of May I am asking that you continue to pray and realize the gift that Christ made for us so there isn’t emptiness in our lives. I am also asking each of you to look at all of your programs and ensure that they are working to grow the Assembly and the Order.

Please take a look at your inner self to see where I am in my life and how can I make a difference in my family, my Church, my community and in the Council and Assembly. With April we began the fourth quarter of the Columbian Year. I am asking you to include in your time a plan to continue to implement programs. Institute a plan that will answer the question “How can I, a Sir Knight of the Fourth Degree, do more for God, Country, and The Order? How can I bring new Knights into our Councils?"

Please remember in your prayers Past State Deputy J. Kemp Cook, who returned home to the Lord. SK Cook, a very musically inclined Knight, was dedicated to God, Country, Family, and the Order. He was the Director of the AWD District Choir for many years and was Choir Director Emeritus prior to his home going. To this end and in his honor, I am pleased to announce that beginning May 1, 2009 the Fourth Degree District Choir will thereafter be known as the SK Joseph Kemp Cook District Choir. I am sure he is in heaven looking down on us praying and singing for us with his heavenly prayer. May he and all our fallen Sir Knights rest in peace!

I shall close by saying thank you for all you are doing to promote the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. Remember to pray that the Pope’s message of Hope continues to grow and bear fruit in this troubled world. Remember also, that May is Mary’s month. Please pray the Rosary as often as you can with your family, friends and your brother Knights. In all of your prayer, please always remember Pope Benedict XVI.

Let’s make sure we keep “Building our Communities through Service, Charity, Unity and Fraternity.” Also know we are One Nation Under God, but it does come at a price. God Bless America and God Bless you and your families!


Special Message from the Worthy Master

Worthy Sir Knights:

We are all aware that our District Marshal has had a tremendous loss in
his family. As such I am going to */cancel /*he Master’s Cup to relieve
him of some of the pressures he is going through. He wanted to try to do
the event; however, I felt it would be just too great a task to do
something that he truly loves and does with passion.
I do plan to ask him to plan to reschedule it so we can continue this
tradition we started last year. I know this may be something that some
of the Color Corps would like to do right now, but giving this
additional time, I think this will allow you all more time to polish
your Corps. I will expect, when we reschedule, to see every Corps
involved and entered.
Thank you so much brothers. Remember to keep Brother John and his family
in your prayers.
Vivat Jesus!

Charles H. Smallwood, PGK, PFN


Faithful Captain's Reports

Memorial Mass For Br. Richard Winfrey

Very recently, we were sadden by the news that Br. Richard Winfrey, father of S/K John Winfrey, PGK, PFN, FDD, District Marshal and father-in-law of Lady Gloria was called home by our God and left our world. We also know that the Winfrey family traveled back to Arkansas for the Mass and subsequent burial.

To this end, our Assembly—Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly—will be having a Memorial Mass on Monday, June 15, 2009, starting at 7:30 P.M. at our Meeting Room at PG Council 2809. All Sir Knights, Ladies and children are invited to attend. Sir Knights and their Ladies of our Assembly express their deepest sympathy to the members of the Winfrey family. May God bless them. The “Collection” will be donated to the Winfrey family.

You are asked to bring a Dessert so that “Light Refreshments” can be served after this Memorial Mass.

The Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly’s Honor Guard will participate in this Memorial Mass. Report time for the Sir Knights of the Honor Guard is 7:00 P.M. Dress Code: White Jackets with swords.

Vivat Jesus!
S/K John Landicho
PGK, Faithful Captain

Faithful Navigator's Appreciation Pot Luck
Our Faithful Navigator, S/K Don Kutzera, Sr., PGK, FN will be leaving his Office as of June 30, 2009. He will be our Faithful Admiral for the next Fraternal Year. During this Fraternal Year he has successfully led our Assembly. Sir Knights of our Assembly responded to his requests to do certain tasks during this Fraternal Year and our Ladies have graciously supported these efforts.

S/K Don Kutzera desires to recognize these efforts. Therefore, the next meeting will be the Faithful Navigator’s Appreciation Casual Dinner (Pot Luck).

Details as follow:

When: Monday, June 1, 2009
Where: PG Council 2809, 9450 Cherry Hill Rd.
Who: Sir Knights, their ladies and children
(Ladies and children are most welcomed)
Time: Starts at 6:30 P.M.

Please bring your favorite dish (as you did at our last successful Pot Luck dinner). Suggestions:

Meat Balls
Fruit Dishes
(Any food items would be most appreciated)

Our Assembly will be furnishing coffee, tea, soft drinks and water. Thank you for your continuing goodwill and generosity. Faithful Captain, S/K John Landicho, PGK

Faithful Admiral's Report

We would like to welcome the following new Sir Knights who were exemplified at the 2009 Fourth Degree Exemplification:

Mark Marak
James “Greg” Jolissaint
William "Bill" Brilvitch
Joseph Roper
Kevin Igoe
Richard Warner
Robert Baumgardner
Donatus "Don" Egbufoama
Charles Eze
Sebastian Epah
Martin Batip
Jose Ramos

Welcome to Curley Assembly! We invite you to get involved in the activities of the Assembly as soon as possible, be it in Color Corps, or some other capacity.

Vivat Jesus!

Rick Askins, PGK, PFN, FDD

Faithful Trustee's Report

Hi all,
Our officers for the FY2010 fraternal year are:

Faithful Navigator S/K John Landicho
Faithful Captain S/K Marcos Alvarez
Faithful Pilot S/K Gary Patishnock
Faithful Admiral S/K Donald P. Kutzera, PFN
Faithful Comptroller S/K Thomas Young
Faithful Purser S/K Paul Simon
Faithful Outer Sentinel S/K Bill Brilvitch
Faithful Inner Sentinel S/K Chris Emilife
Faithful Scribe S/K Mark Manak
Faithful Trustee 3 Year S/K J. Richard Askins, PFN
Faithful Trustee 2 Year S/K Arnie Rausch, PFN
Faithful Trustee 1 Year S/K Bill McMahon, PFN
For the Biennial Meeting:

Delegate S/K Rick Askins, PFN
Delegate S/K Donald P. Kutzera, PFN
1st Alternate S/K Jim Brown, DD, PFN
2nd Alternate S/K Bill Turpin
3rd Alternate S/K Tom Lank, PFN

Bill McMahon, FDD, PGK, PFN
Please remember to pray your Rosary, and may God bless


Provincial Marshal's Message

Dress for ADW and Provincial Events

Worthy Marshals, and dear Brothers,
Just as a follow up, please remind your members we will be strictly adhering to the uniform standards published in the new drill manual, and memo from the SM. This means 2 lapel pins will be worn. One flag pin, and one 4th Degree pin (113); also the mini jewels should be centered over the jacket pocket. Lastly, no Past Chapter President jewel may be worn.
We have plenty of time to make sure the word is out, and our members can get the appropriate pins. If you have any question, please feel free to give me a call.

SK John Winfrey (FDD,PGK,PFN)
Provincial Marshal
Calvert Province
District Marshal
Archdiocese of Washington District


Faithful Color Corps Commander's Report

Sir Knights, please make every effort to participate in as many events as your family's calendar permits. Also, kindly RSVP during the week prior to the event if possible, of your plan to
attend .

The Master has Postponed (indefinitely) the "Master's Cup" competition originally scheduled for Memorial weekend Saturday because of the death of Marshall Winfrey's Dad!


June Calendar of Events to be supported by Assembly Color Corps:

REPORT 8:00 AM – - Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
For DeMatha HS Graduation
White Jackets – NO SWORD.

REPORT 9:15 AM -- For City of Savage Parade

REPORT 11:00 AM – Annunciation Church, 3810 Mass. Ave. NW Wash.
Apostle Church, 2665 Woodley Rd. NW, APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE.

REPORT 7:00 PM PRINCE GEORGE’S #2809 Council Chambers
Families are encouraged to attend. The collection will be donated to the Winfrey Family.

Devotions at 10:00 AM.
12:15 PM for procession, Rosary and Devotion to Our Lady of Antipolo.
2:00 PM Mass

July Calendar of Events needing Assembly Color Corps Support:

Staging area – Montgomery and 6th Sts, Laurel.

REPORT 8:30 AM PG Council # 2809 Mary’s Grotto (indoors if rain)
For July 4th Weekend Mass followed by Breakfast (nominal charge)

For PG Council #2809 Mass and Installation of Officers.
Telephone or email your family’s attendance to the reception at PG # 2809
To Commander or “Mother General”
WHITE JACKET, (SWORD for installation only)

WHITE JACKET, SWORD (use in installation only)

For Noon Mass / Installation of Archbishop Curley Assembly Officers
Telephone or email your family’s attendance to the reception at PG # 2809
To Commander or “Mother General”
WHITE JACKET, SWORD (use in installation only)

Fraternally yours,
SK Tom Lank


List of Sick and Deceased:

SK J. Kemp Cook, PGK, PSD
Richard Winfrey, St. Hugh Council # 10885, Father of SK John Winfrey

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Message from Faithful Captain for April 6, 2009 Assembly Meeting

Brother Sir Knights,

1. As you know, the Fourth Degree Exemplification will take place on March 22, 2009.
2. It is the practice of our Assembly to host a potluck for the new members, ladies and their family members--this is scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2009 starting at 6:30 P.M.
3. It will take place at the Meeting Room (downstairs) at PG Council 2809.
4. So please bring your favorite dish to share with all those present.
5. Our Assembly will do the set-up work.
6. As time passes, I will provide more detailed information.

Vivat Jesu
Fraternally, PGK John and Faithful Captain