At a recent Board of Governors meeting, the Board of Catholic Extension decided to discontinue the approved mission diocese status of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). This means that the AMS will no longer benefit from the distributions of the Chicago-based charity. Over $1.7 million has been donated to the AMS through Catholic Extension since 2006. Most of the funding benefitted seminary formation for future Catholic chaplains. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, made the following statement. “I am very grateful for the past generosity of Catholic Extension to the global Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. After assuming responsibility for the AMS, I remember my first meeting with Cardinal George at Mundelein Seminary. As President of the USCCB, he was amazed that the AMS received no government funding. He continued to be generous to the AMS with both funds and priests. I confess that I will miss seeing Extension calendars in military chapels and the AMS co-sponsored seminarian program will immediately sense the absence of Extension generosity. Given that 17% of those ordained to the priesthood in the USA in 2018 have some military connection, I hope that past Extension donors might decide to contribute directly to the AMS in the future.” To make a donation, visit milarch.org/donate.
I share with you the news of the appointment of the next Master of the 1st NJ District and I congratulate and offer my best wishes to Sir Knight Paul Pinkman on his appointment as the new District Master.
Please join with me in congratulating Paul and working with him to advance the mission and goals of the 4th Degree of our Order.
Russell D. Petrocelli, Master 1st NJ District
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Worthy Sir Knights: The Supreme Convention concluded with a morning meeting Friday. After review of candidates placed in nomination, I am pleased to announce the following appointments made by Supreme Master Dennis Stoddard for New Jersey District Masters: NJ 1 Paul Pinkman (new appointment) NJ 2 Christopher Tomasello (reappointment) Appointment letters are enroute to the above Sir Knights. I extend my thanks to retiring District Master Russell Petrocelli and extend my congratulations to DM Tomasello on his reappointment and to new DM Pinkman. Vivat Jesus!
Andrew E. Lipenta, PSD, VSM
St. Isaac Jogues Province Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus
The Federation is eager to support its Grand Knights in every way possible. As a start, the Federation will be conducting a half-day training session for newly-elected and returning Grand Knights on Saturday, August 18th at Queen of Peace, Council 3428, 194 River Road, North Arlington. "Coffee and" will be available at 8:30 AM with the training, presented by Bergen County's resident educator, Russ Petrocelli, MFD, at 9 AM. (Be on time - the Principal doesn't take too kindly to tardy students!)
It is the Federation's intention to provide hands-on training, e.g., How to Run a Meeting, Forms, Reports, etc., which will hopefully enable you to conduct your own council meetings more effectively. We will informally address your questions and concerns, and attempt to impart the information you need to make you successful.
Please feel free to bring your Deputy Grand Knight, or any other council officer who you feel would benefit from such training. We especially invite returning Grand Knights, who can readily advise new Grand Knights as to those issues of particular importance. Bring your questions, your handbook, and your forms booklet. The Federation needs to know if you plan to attend or not! Please RSVP by AUGUST 10th to Federation President Steve Hutnik at email@example.com with the names and titles of those who will be attending. You may also RSVP by telephone to Steve at 201/592-1332.
Because our golf outing is on September 14th this year, we need every council who intends to sponsor a hole or send golfers, or send members to the dinner afterwards, to address this at their June meeting. It cannot wait until the summer, as many councils take at least one meeting off during the summer. PLEASE TALK ABOUT THE OUTING AT YOUR JUNE MEETING AND DISTRIBUTE THE FORMS TO ALL THE MEMBERS ON YOUR EMAIL LIST.
This is our 30th anniversary outing and we are hoping to make it one or our best and most profitable. Please remember that the proceeds of this outing help the federation do good works on your behalf, (including but not limited to the Veterans home in Paramus, State Scholarship fund, feeding the homeless, (several different groups have received funds from the Federation in the last three years), and many other projects that come up during the year from the member councils of the Federation).
Again, we hope to see many of you at the outing or at the dinner afterwards,......right now we are planning to go to Dumont for the dinner after the outing, but that is up in the air. The dinner is after the golf and last year we ate around 6pm, with doors opening at 5:30. I would expect that once we have made final arrangements for the site of the dinner, (we already have the caterer), we will update all who wish to attend. Remember, you don't have to golf to enjoy the event and the food.
So, please help us out and spread the word. Vote on sending us a hole sponsor, (we know you will want to send the check after the start of the fraternal year, so you can spread your donations out, (assuming you supported the outing this year). Just send the sponsorship form in......I'll track you down for the money after July 1.
Thank you in advance for helping us make the 30th anniversary golf outing a great success for the Federation. (NB. The golf outing is the major fund-raiser for the federation, all other activities planned by the federation to engender camaraderie amongst the members from across the county, are break even or only turn a nominal profit....without the outing none of the charity work done on your behalf by the Federation would be possible.)
Charlie Vice Chairman, Bergen Federation Golf Outing
Call me with questions on my cell phone 201-954-4664...... Forms:
As discussed at the April Federation meeting, Bob Tringali, Past Grand Knight of Our Ladies of Victory, Council 14483, Harrington Park, brought up a situation with St. John Church, Newark.
PGK Tringali is familiar with the situation as the Brothers of the council have been feeding the homeless at their soup kitchen four times per year for the past five years. During this time, the Pastor has never asked the council for any financial assistance.
The Situation: St. John is the oldest parish in the Archdiocese and is having a major problem with a wall separating. The engineering study alone is over $13,000. Any council willing to help pay for this is welcome. So far, Council 14483 has donated $1000. The address for donations is: St. John, 22 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ 07102.
In the notes area of your check state “Wall Repair”.
At the April 5th meeting, it was announced that going forward, there would be a page on the Federation website where councils can post their council events. You'll see "Council Events" on the right side of the menu bar.
Some basic rules:
Degrees will continue to be posted on the Degrees page. They will not be added to the Council Events page.
If your council has a color or black and white flyer, please send it to the webmaster as either a PDF file or JPG/JPEG file.
Remember the "Who, What, Where, When, How Much, and Why" of the event - your council may know what you are doing, but the rest of the county may not.
IMPORTANT: Remember that while the Federation website may be for the councils in Bergen County, the Internet is worldwide - meaning that whatever you ask to be posted must conform to Supreme and New Jersey State Council standards and practices.
At the January meeting, I gave an update on the website. Part of my update was that I was looking at ways to automatically notify the Brothers of new postings to the Federation website. This is the first part of what I presented that night.
You may have noticed that off to the right of where these posts appear is a section where you can register to receive updates to the Federation website via e-mail. Updates are usually posts that appear in this section of the website or events that are posted to the calendar. By subscribing to the updates, you receive e-mails as soon as items are posted to the website.
Simply enter your name and e-mail address and click Subscribe. You will receive an e-mail from "Bergen Federation Knights of Columbus" with the subject "Bergen Federation Knights of Columbus - Please confirm your subscription". When you open the e-mail there will be a sentence stating that the website received an e-mail from your e-mail address and asks you to confirm it by "clicking here". When you do so, you will receive a message thanking you and that you have been successfully subscribed as well as a welcome e-mail. In case you don't see the e-mail, check your spam filter as well as your spam folder in your e-mail system.
As new posts are added to the website, subscribers will receive an e-mail with the words "New Post Published" in the subject line along with the post title. Once you open the e-mail, there will be a link that you can click on which will open the post in your browser.