Remembering Joe Matarazzo, FDD

Joe Matarazzo, FDD, PFN was called home to the Lord on Monday, December 5 at the age of 81.  Joe was a Past Grand Knight of St. John, Council 1345, Dumont/Bergenfield.  He was a long standing member of the Knighthood (formerly Third) Degree Team and gave a lot of his time to the Order.

Joe will be waked at Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Avenue, Dumont on Wednesday, December 7 from 7 to 9 PM and on Thursday, December 8 from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday, December 9, at 9:30 AM at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, 120 Monroe Avenue, Cresskill.  Entombment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.
The family has requested a Prayer Service and the 4th Degree Color Guard.  The Council and the 4th Degree will hold their Wake Prayer Service on Wednesday evening at 8 PM.  If you wish to participate in the council's wake prayer service, please arrive by 7:45 PM so that the Brothers can enter as a group.

Keep Christ in Christmas Program

(Forwarded by State Secretary Bob Hatler on behalf of PGK Pete Kudless, Keep Christ in Christmas Chairman)
(The forms can be found on the Forms page of the website.)
Brothers All,

As summer winds down, it's time to start planning the 2016 Keep Christ In Christmas (KCIC) evangelization program.

If your contact info has changed from last year at all, or another Brother Knight in your Council will be my contact this fraternal year for the KCIC program, please fill out the attached Contact Form now and return to me so I can update my program files, and we can communicate with each other in the future by whatever means works best.

Attached is an electronic copy of the 2016 KCIC Council order form for your use

To place an order please make a copy of this form for each order you are sending in to me, fill it out completely (including both sides of the form; include shipping costs where they apply, etc.) and mail it to me with a check made out to Knights of Columbus for the total amount. For practical reasons (I am a one man committee) there is a limit of a maximum of one order/Council/week).

The lessons learned from the 2015 KCIC Program indicated that planning is the key to a successful 2016 KCIC Program. I urge you to decide in the next few weeks if, how when and where you are going to execute the KCIC Program for your Council, Parish ( including multiple churches within many parishes), town, etc., so that you can send your first order to me soon...

Orders will be accepted until November 21 based on our 2015 experiences. The delays and complications created by the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the congestion that resulted in the delivery business sector after Thanksgiving (UPS/FedEx/USPS, etc...) caused shipment delays, lost shipments and lost checks. With some reasonable planning, now, we all can avoid spending Advent going through that again..... THANK YOU for listening.

FYI I, am already received several orders, so I encourage you to order early. If you are interested in purchasing the Assortment case (either English or Spanish) please note the price discount that applies if you have the order and check in my hands no later than September 25 as noted on the Council Order form.

Since there was such a large amount of interest in this year's KCIC program at the May State convention and the June GK meeting,
I've handed out many of the 2016 color public pricing brochures. If you did not receive one, I have attached a scanned copy and/or you can go online at www.ChristisCHRISTmas.com to view all ...

Third Degree Update

Third Degree dates as of August 22:

Friday, October 14, 2016:  Hosted by Sacred Heart, Council 2842, Rochelle Park.  Host District Deputy was Vince deLehry.  The honoree is the council's 75th Anniversary.  22 Brothers and 1 priest took their Knighthood Degree at Bergen's first Knighthood Degree of the year.
Friday, January 20, 2017:  Hosted by Queen of Peace, Council 3679, Closter.  Host District Deputy is Vince deLehry.  The honoree is Anthony Lupardi.


A Special Request from Vito, Neal, and Our Brothers from Secaucus

Vito says, "A roof with holes is NOT HOLY! Let's remember some good nuns in our lives and show some kind of support. Can someone DONATE a roof?

Neal McGarrity and our Brothers from Secaucus are asking for support for the nuns in Fairview.  Their roof is leaking and the brothers are trying to help the nuns get a new roof so they don't have to move out and leave the area.  The goal is to raise $9,000.00
The link:  https://www.gofundme.com/2cgp3v8c

PSD Tony Zally Update

From Bob Hatler, State Secretary:
Last week PSD Herb Meyer received a phone message that PSD Tony Zally was going into the hospital.  Tony never indicated why and it has taken the last two weeks trying to find out the situation.  After many calls and requests the email I received from Jim Meng who received word from Bob Wizeman spells out the situation.  He had surgery and currently is in rehab center.

The rehab facility, Care One is located at 221 County Road, Cresskill, NJ 07626.  It looks like he'll be there for a few weeks.  Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.

The e-mail from Bob Wizeman:
I finally reached Tony's brother Bill, and got the latest news.  Tony is fine, although he did have hip surgery.  He is recovering at Care One in Cresskill, and he will be there at least another two weeks. He told his brother he is anxious to get back to Sunrise, as there food is good (pretty funny since he complained about it when he was there).  I tried to reach him in his room, but he was away and there is no answering machine.  The number is (201) 567-9310.  I will be way in MA, for a little bit and will try to stop by when I get back.  Bill thought he was in room 24.

New Meeting Minutes Archive Page

A new page has been added which allows you to access the past five (5) years of Federation meeting minutes.  To access the page, hover your mouse over the "Meetings" link and you'll see a drop-down that says "Meeting Archives".  Click on Meeting Archives and you'll see the past five years of minutes.

New Degree Certificates Now Available

Is your council is trying to order the new Admission, Formation, or Knighthood Degree Certificates (Item Numbers 268, 269, and 270)?
As of August 19, they are NOW AVAILABLE at the Supreme Council Supply Department.
Dave Torebka, FDD, FS 2842

12th Annual Pride In Our Priests Dinner

Dateline:  July 7, 2016, Paramus, NJ. . . . .
The ink just dried on the contact for the 12th Annual Pride In Our Priests dinner scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Details will be posted by Don Ulisse, FDD after January 1, 2017.

Start planning now......you now know the date.....start talking it up among the religious of your parishes.  Their schedules fill up fast!  Don't wait until the last minute to get your councils and assemblies involved.  Bergen has always had the largest contingent of the four counties in the Archdiocese - let's keep it that way!

Degree Dates for 2016-2017

The schedule of degrees and dates has been set for 2016-2017 and have been posted to the Degrees page.