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Federation Meeting Notice

There will be a virtual meeting of the Bergen Federation on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30 PM.  This meeting is open to Federation Delegates and Third Degree members.  Details on how to log into the meeting will be posted next week.
The meeting will be a closeout of Federation business for the Fraternal Year and the election of officers.
Thank you.

Domenic L. Cafarella, FDD

Domenic L. Cafarella, 79, Emerson, New Jersey died Wednesday, May 13th at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood from COVID-related complications. He was married to Marcella Capone Cafarella and they celebrated 51 years of marriage in October. Born in Jersey City on March 29, 1941, he was the son of the late Domenic L. and Rose M. Cafarella. He was a graduate of Northern Valley Regional High School Class of 1959 and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also served in the Army National Guard. Growing up in Union City, NJ, he spent many summers in Cranberry Lake, where he had numerous friends. Domenic was a salesman for Glen Gery Brick, until his retirement. He was a member of Our Lady of Victories Church, Harrington Park, NJ. He was also a past member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5819 for many years having served as Treasurer, Grand Knight, as well as District Deputy and a member of the 4th Degree. Domenic was a kind and gentle man. He treated everyone with dignity and kindness – no matter who they were. He was well liked by all. Domenic enjoyed every kind of music from opera and classical to big bands and rock and roll. In addition to his wife, Domenic is survived by his son Domenic and wife, Nicole, and grandchildren Nicholas and Gianna, Scranton, PA. His sister, Vivian Cafarella and partner, Nancy Leach of Brewster, MA. He was the brother in law of Tom and Mimma Amato, Tina and the late Joseph Amato, both of Emerson, NJ, as well as Gaetano and Vera Capone, Jackson, NJ. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A graveside service was held at Westwood Cemetery. A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be held in the future when restrictions lift.

Schedule of Supreme Webinars Presenting Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity

Supreme Council has published an updated schedule of webinars presenting the Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity
English:  Every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 PM ET and 10 PM ET.  Click on the link to register candidates, First Degree or Second Degree Members advancing to Third Degree, Third or Fourth Degree members who just want to watch.

Tuesday, June 2 at 7 PM ET

Tuesday, June 2 at 10 PM ET

Thursday, June 4 at 7 PM ET

Thursday, June 4 at 10 PM ET

Tuesday, June 9 at 7 PM ET

Tuesday, June 9 at 10 PM ET

Thursday, June 11 at 7 PM ET

Thursday, June 11 at 10 PM ET

Tuesday, June 16 at 7 PM ET

Tuesday, June 16 at 10 PM ET

Thursday, June 18 at 7 PM ET

Thursday, June 18 at 10 PM ET

Tuesday, June 23 at 7 PM ET

Tuesday, June 23 at 10 PM ET

Thursday, June 25 at 7 PM ET

Thursday, June 25 at 10 PM ET

Spanish:  Todos los miércoles a las 9 PM ETHaga clic en el enlace para registrar candidatos, miembros de primer grado o de segundo grado que avanzan a miembros de tercer grado, tercer o cuarto grado que solo quieren ver.

Wednesday, June 3 at 9 PM ET

Wednesday, June 10 at 9 PM ET

Wednesday, June 17 at 9 PM ET


Bergen County Livestream Masses

Looking for Mass online?  Click the link below for a list of livestream Masses from parishes across Bergen County.

Sacred Heart Council 2842 Launches GoFundMe Page

Sacred Heart Council 2842, Rochelle Park launched a GoFundMe page to support and show our gratitude to ALL Emergency Response personnel during this crisis.  The money raised will go back into the community in the form of much needed meals and supplies to those on the FRONT LINES purchased through LOCAL businesses.

The link to the council's GoFundMe page:  CLICK HERE

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.


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

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

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