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A Message from General Agent Charlie Miraglia, FICF, GSA

Posted with permission of Brother Miraglia.

We are Knights

Most of you know me as your Knights of Columbus General Agent, who supervises the Field Agents who serve the councils in Bergen, Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties, but before that I'm a Brother Knight and as such I wanted to send you a quick note that reflects the posture of the Knights of Columbus and my own commitment to serve you and your family in these unprecedented times.

As a framework, I want to employ the five pillars that Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has pointed to as characteristics found in men who, in time of crisis, not only survive but lead.

First, we remain rooted in the truth of the faith. We pray for one another, for the sick and the dying, and for the Church and world. In this we remain true to Fr. McGivney's vision of protecting families within the sure tracks of the Catholic faith.

Second, the Knights can be counted on to step into the breach. When disasters strike, the Knights are there with prayer and work, supporting first responders, providing shelter and assistance to those affected.  This time is no different. Working together, we remain united and strong. 

Third, a Knight stays at his post. I understand that you have concerns about health, finances, job security, savings, retirement, and these have only increased in these days. I am here to help allay those concerns and to answer any questions you may have.

Fourth, we are ready to suffer for the good. It has fallen to us agents and our Supreme Council leadership to roll up our sleeves and get to work so we can remain effective as we work remotely and maintain social distance. To that end, we are employing new technology that allows us to meet "virtually," using a secure video conferencing software. It allows us to see each other, and to share a screen that features forms and other graphics.

Finally, a Knight maintains humble confidence. My commitment to you, our members and families, remains steady and is built not primarily on my qualifications but on the strength of our Order, which has grown and strengthened over more than 135 years. Our Order is strong and our guarantees remain in place.

As always, my agents and I stand ready to help.  If you or anyone you know need assistance of any kind during these trying times, please feel free to contact me at 888-632-2257 or by replying to this email. 



Archdiocesan Parish Support Initiative

Cardinal Tobin has launched an initiative to help parishes communities struggling to meet critical needs during the COVID-10 crisis.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Archdiocesan Parishes Support Program.  All funds will support parish communities struggling to pay their employees, conduct outreach programs, and cover church utility bills during this crisis.


John Wolf, Jr.


It is with regret that we announce the passing of John Wolf, Jr. We all knew him as "Wolfie" or "DJ Wolfie".
Earlier this morning, March 22, John passed at the age of 74.
John was married to Joyce and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding Anniversary this coming September.  They were parishioners of St. Stephen's Church, Kearny.  He also leaves behind his beloved dog, King Brutus.

John worked for New Jersey Transit prior to his retirement.

A Brother Knight for 29 years, first with Lyndhurst Council 2396, Lyndhurst, and recently with Queen of Peace Council 3428, North Arlington.  He was a Fourth Degree Knight for 27 years, serving as Faithful Navigator of Santa Maria Assembly 0663, Wallington from 1995-1996 and recently as a Sir Knight of Monsignor Peter B. O'Connor Assembly 1543, North Arlington.  John also served as Chairman of the Bergen Chapter from 1999-2001 and also served as the Death Benefit Chairman.

He enjoyed coming to functions, conventions, collecting memorabilia, and autographs from famous people as well as playing music from all musical genres at many venues, especially summer concerts.

One of John's favorite things was to present a $100.00 gift card to the first baby born on Columbus Day at Clara Maas Hospital.  He took great pride and joy in doing this.

At the present time, there will be no church service and funeral arrangements were incomplete.  This information will be updated when available.

Mass cards, sympathy cards, and other notes you may want to send to Joyce can be mailed to 77 Pavonia Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032.

Included below is the last Friday Morning Club Jokes that John sent on January 10, 2020.

Rest in peace, John and thank you for touching all our lives!


Good Morning Y’all:

Today it will be cloudy but not cold getting between 46/50.  Saturday, rainy, breezy and unseasonably mild getting between 62-65.
Sunday, there will be early clouds then sunshine for the afternoon getting between 51/59.


Joyce Wolf,  John Wolf, Jr. (DJ Wolfie), Our Cousin Barbara Anne Pohl, Our Cousin Olga Pohl, Cousin Celeste Honor Grassby, Cousin John Souza, Cousin Greta Souza, Cousin Fran Bittner, Cindy Miraglia, Diane Sonnenberg, Bob Dondero, Former Master Joe Olivo, Linda Olivo, Edward Grzyb, Beverly Laks, Rita Rosinski, Edward Curtin, John Tarnalecki, Joan Tarnalecki, Judith Torres, Florence (Zamorski), Marie Petrocelli, Tina Vazquez and our Armed Forces serving throughout the World and here in the United States


Don’t forget to start your Sunday afternoon every week by listening to WSOU POLKA PARTY 89.5 on your radio from Seton Hall University from 12 noon till 2:00 p.m.  If you have a birthday, anniversary or a special occasion that you would like announced call 973-761-9768 between 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. only.

Note: Now you can listen to the Polka Party every Sunday on the Internet.  Go to WWW.WSOU.Net/, then click on: “listen now”.  Don’t forget to turn on your speakers.


Acupuncture is a jab well done.

One day refrigerators will take their revenge.  They will burst into your bedroom
in the middle of the night, switch the light on, stare at you for a few minutes and
then leave.

A Man And Fish
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and he is going to spend a fortune on gear he will only
use twice a year.


John Wolf, Jr. - Arrangements

The following is from Brother Bill Mackey, Grand Knight of Queen of Peace Council 3428, North Arlington -

The arrangements for Brother John Wolf, Jr. are private due to the Corona virus and New Jersey Executive Order 107.  According to John's wife, Joyce, and the Thiele-Reid Funeral Home Director, Mr. Steven Thiele, there will be no viewing, no Funeral Mass, and no graveside farewell and service.  Joyce, and John's brother Frank, will see John at the funeral home on Thursday for their personal good-byes.  John's casket will then be taken by the funeral home to Holy Cross Cemetery (which is closed to the public) where the cemetery staff will take possession of John and inter him in the family plot.  Sadly, this is how it is now in today's world.  Joyce told me that she will plan a memorial service for John and she'd like to do it on September 20 which would have been their 40th Wedding Anniversary.  When things get back to normal and the plans are finalized, I'll keep you all informed.  I've included John's obituary from the Thiele-Reid website (see link below).   If anyone wishes to send Joyce a Mass card and/or their personal condolences, Joyce's address is 77 Pavonia Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032-2230.    

         May God keep our Brother John in his eternal light and peace.

The link to John's obituary from the Thiele-Reed Funeral Home:  CLICK HERE

State Deputy's Messages to New Jersey

Brothers of Bergen,

Please refer to the links below for messages from State Deputy Vince Tavormina regarding direction from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and his message regarding the 2020 New Jersey State Convention.  Please feel free to pass the links to your Brother Knights.

State Deputy's Letter - March 17 2020
State Deputy's Letter Regarding 2020 New Jersey State Convention

Events Cancelled Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please note the following events have been cancelled or postponed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19):

March 14:  St. Ann Council 2853 Irish Night.  Will be rescheduled for a later date.
March 14:  St. Anthony Council 11585 Corned Beef Dinner.
March 21:  Archdiocesan Free Throw Contest at Paramus Catholic - POSTPONED to a later date.
March 28:  St. Michael Council 2861 Fish Fry.
March 30:  Bergen Federation Meeting and Bishop's Night.
March 30:  Queen of Peace, Council 3428, Admission Degree.
April 7:  Sacred Heart, Council 2842 - Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.
April 14:  St. Thomas More, Council 2188 - Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.
April 19:  Exemplification of the Fourth Degree - POSTPONED until November 20, 2020.
April 25-26:  Carmel Council 8982 Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser for St. John Parish, Leonia - CANCELLED
May 6:  Archdiocesan Pride in Our Priests Dinner - POSTPONED - to Fall 2020.
May 15-16:  New Jersey State Convention, Wildwood - CANCELLED - ONLY AS AN ON-SITE EVENT.  The State Council is making arrangements to conduct the proceedings online - details to come.
Summer 2020:  2020 NJ Special Olympics Summer Games - CANCELLED
Summer 2020:  The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics - POSTPONED
All visits to the Paramus Veterans Home - suspended for at least 30 days.

If your council has an event that is being cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus, please advise the Webmaster so it can be noted here.  Thank you!

This post will be updated as necessary.

Last Update:  March 24 at 9:00 PM

Supreme Knight's Letter Regarding COVID-19

On March 11, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson sent out a letter to all Fraternal Leaders regarding how we, the Knights, should handle meetings and functions during this time.

Archdiocese Issues Guidance Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On Monday, March 2, Cardinal Tobin, issued guidelines as a “precaution” in case there is a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 virus in the United States.

Click here for the guidelines as listed on the Archdiocesan website.

Reminder Regarding Website Postings


Just some reminders regarding policies and procedures for submitting postings for the website.

Events that are sponsored by the Bergen Federation, First New Jersey District Fourth Degree, New Jersey State Council, Supreme Council, or the Archdiocese of Newark appear on the Home page.
Events that are Council/Assembly sponsored appear on the Council Events page.
All items to be posted must go through the Federation President, who will review the material to be posted.  If approved, he will forward the information to me for posting.
Ideally, please submit your material AT LEAST 3 WEEKS before the date of your event.  This will give the Federation President time to review the material and forward it to me.  In addition, your posting will have ample time to be on the website to be viewed by others who can respond to your events.
Postings are removed automatically after the event.

Want to be notified of events and news?  If you aren't receiving notifications about events and news and would like to, enter your name and e-mail address in the Federation Updates section of the home page and click Submit.
Lastly, and this is very important - If you are posting an event that involves bingo, raffle, tricky tray,  et al, you will need to provide the your New Jersey Legalized Games of Change Control Commission Registration ID number and Raffle License number on your flyer.  Since the Internet is public domain, you want to make sure your event is in compliance with New Jersey state regulations.  Also, NEVER, EVER post material the mentions games of chance and alcohol - the combination is not permitted under state regulations!!!  If you have questions regarding this last point, please feel free to ask me.

Thank you.

Dave Torebka, FDD, FS 2842
Federation Webmaster

Supreme Council Announces Changes to Degrees

On January 15th, Supreme Council communicated to the Board of Directors, State Deputies, State Officers, State Membership Directors, State Program Directors, State Ceremonial Chairmen, State Chaplains, District Deputies, Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Council Chaplains, and Council Membership Directors changes to the Admission, Formation, and Knighthood Degrees.  It is presumed that the effective date of these changes will be July 1, 2020.

For further information, please go to the Degrees page and click on the link for the frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding this new degree.

Former District Deputy Jackets

If you are a Former District Deputy who has served Bergen County in the past and did not receive a Jacket from the Federation, you now have an opportunity to purchase one.  It is a three-season Jacket in red and blue with the emblem of the order and your name embroidered on the front.
Please CLICK HERE for the order form.

Council Events

Just a reminder that Council Events can be viewed under the Council Events page.
Thank you.

New Website Page Added

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.

New Website Feature: Subscribe to Receive Federation Updates

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me webmaster@bergenfederationkofc.org


Dave Torebka, FDD, FS 2842
Webmaster, Bergen Federation