News & Announcements

September Business Meeting

The September business meeting was another well attended and informative meeting as the council caught up on the busy upcoming months.  The Grand Knight reviewed the numerous events the council will be holding.  In addition to the Tootsie Roll drive in September, the GK informed the council that the upcoming events in October and November include:

  • October 12th – Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner
  • October 13th – Monthly Dinner
  • October 13th and 14th – the annual KofC 9058 Membership Drive
  • November 3rd – Veterans Dinner
  • November 10th – Monthly dinner

All these events as well as the December events can be found on our website – be sure to be on the lookout for the call for help as these events take place.

 

The Grand Knight also noted that next year is Saint Anne’s 40th anniversary.  Father Marc and Deacon Bill will be planning several events per month and will be looking for our council to partner up with the various committees and support any activities as needed – this will be sure to keep us busy next year!

 

The Grand Knight awarded Joe Tabbi Knight of Month and Family Director, Mike Korpak, recognized Chris Hurni and her daughter, Grace, as Family of the Month.

 

The rest of the meeting was rounded out by the standing committees and officers  providing updates to their programs followed by the remembering of those needing our prayers.  Our lecturer, Brother John Cuneo, gave an interesting talk on the lesser known aspects of the great Babe Ruth’s life and we were all most surprised to learn that the Babe was a brother Knight and very supportive of charitable causes.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:56 and all members enjoyed a time of fellowship and the less than small meal of Polish sausages and perogies. Meeting minutes from the September meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Two friends that grow up together take completely different paths

You 'graduated' high school in 2011. Your teenage years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate. Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football. Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football. Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage. You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best. They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s. College was not an option for him. On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter. You went to summer workouts. He went to basic training. You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans. Tutors attended to your every academic need. You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard. You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country. Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice. He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did. He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.

You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts. You hired an agent and waited for draft day. You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football. Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach. He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers. You will sleep at the Ritz. He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep. You will “make it rain” in the club. He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name. For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week. There are no adoring fans. There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest. He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV. When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television. While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.

To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys. We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you. We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right. But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I encourage all like minded Americans to boycott the NFL.

National boycott of the NFL for Sunday November 12th , Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.

Circuit court upholds ‘In God We Trust’ on currency

The phrase “In God We Trust” does not violate the Constitution, a circuit court of appeals ruled on Aug. 28.

The 3-0 decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota came in response to an action brought by a group of 29 atheists and supporters. They contended that the national motto “In God We Trust” appearing on currency was a violation of the First Amendment clause against the establishment of a state religion and a violation of their freedom of speech.

Tuesday’s decision upheld a lower court ruling from December 2016. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a similar decision upholding the constitutionality of the phrase in May 2018, in which the use of the motto on currency was not deemed to be compelled speech.

Circuit Judge Raymond Gruender said that putting “In God We Trust” on currency did not establish a religion, and that it “comports with early understandings of the Establishment Clause.” Further, Gruender said, the motto appearing on money also did not constitute compulsory religious practice and was therefore not a constitutional violation.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Michael Newdow, who represented the atheists and atheist groups, said in an email to Reuters that Tuesday’s decision was “utterly revolting.”  

In addition to attempting to remove “In God We Trust” from currency, Newdow has also litigated attempts to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. He was not successful in that effort.

“In God We Trust” was made the country’s national motto in 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law. The phrase had appeared on currency since 1864, and appeared on paper money about 100 years later.

September 2018 Polish Dinner

“Co za Kolacja!” Polish for “What a dinner!” It sure was. On Saturday evening, September 8th The Knights of Columbus Council #9058 held its annual Polish Dinner. Approximately 120 guests noshed on roasted Polish Kielbasa, stuffed pierogi, stuffed cabbage (called Gołąbki), mashed potato, fresh garden salad, rolls and butter, homemade cakes courtesy of Richard Botteron’s wife, coffee, tea and iced beverages. As our guests dined, they listened to Polish hits and Polka tunes. Our cash prize 50/50 was a whopping one hundred dollars! Free state auto inspections, Restaurant.com gift certificates, and future dinner tickets were also enjoyed by the lucky raffle ticket winners. Our guests raved about the food, service and ambience. Most all commented how the Oktoberfest is especially fun and are looking forward to the night next month. Mark your calendar for October 13th. See you there!

 

For pictures of the event, click here

16th Annual Hampstead Open Golf Tournament

On Saturday, August 25th, our Council hosted it's 16th Annual Golf Tournament held at Apple Hill Golf Club in East Kingston, NH.  It was 81, low humidity and just beautiful, it definitely felt as though God blessed us with the perfect day.  Thirty nine golfers came to play a best ball scramble format where each foursome started off at a different hole.  This ensured all players would finish at the same time.  The fairways and greens were in top shape and were challenging to land on at times, while the bunkers and tall weeds ate up any ball that dared get near.  At around 6pm, we all sat down for a scrumptious catered meal of steak kabobs, grilled chicken, rice pilaf, salad and bread.  After our bellies were full, Brother Nick and Lew read off raffle tickets that were previously sold on some 80+ prizes.  Prizes ranged from golf putters and balls to tools and gift certificates.  With such a large number of giveaways, many golfers received more than one prize.

 

A special thanks to Brothers Nick Sarbanis, Lewis Hadley and Paul St Peter for setting up, registering people and putting together this event. 

 

For pictures of the event, click here

Saint Maximilian Kolbe Feast Day - August 14, 2018

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Many of you may know of St. Maximilian Kolbe as the martyr of Auschwitz, the Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar sent to the Nazi concentration camp for hiding 3,000 Polish and Jewish refugees in a shelter at his friary. During the nights in the concentration camp, he would go bunk to bunk saying, "I am a Catholic priest. Can I do anything for you?"

 

When a fellow prisoner attempted to escape, 10 men were chosen to be killed as retribution. Saint Maximilian volunteered to take the place of Franciszek Gajowniczek, a husband and father who had been chosen. Franciscek later recalled, "I could only thank him with my eyes. I was stunned and could hardly grasp what was going on. The immensity of it: I, the condemned, am to live and someone else willingly and voluntarily offers his life for me — a stranger. Is this some dream?"

 

Put into a starvation cell with the other nine men, Fr. Kolbe would kneel and lead psalms and canticles. He'd encourage them to forgive their persecutors. One of the SS guards even stated, "This priest is really a great man. We have never seen anyone like him."

 

Father McGivney's Birthday - August 12, 2018

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AUGUST IS A SPECIAL TIME TO REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THE ORDER’S FOUNDER AND TO PRAY FOR HIS INTERCESSION OF FATHER MICHAEL J. MCGIVNEY

 

Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, was born Aug. 12, 1852, and died Aug. 14, 1890, two days after his 38th birthday. The week in which these dates fall each year is Knights of Columbus Family Week, a time when councils are encouraged to schedule family events. But you can call upon Father McGivney’s intercession whenever family issues arise and invoke him by his titles: Apostle to the Young and Protector of Christian Family Life.

 

Father McGivney, whose cause for canonization remains open at the Vatican, was declared venerable in 2008. Knights and their families are urged to pray daily for his intercession in matters large and small, and to report any favors received. The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild investigates reports of possible miracles — extraordinary physical healings experienced after invoking Father McGivney’s aid. Inquiry into a reported miracle is a long and painstaking process, but we pray that one of these events will be accepted by the Vatican and open the way to his beatification. A second miracle would then be needed for canonization.

August 2018 Steak BBQ dinner

This was not one to miss!  The steak was rubbed with spices and barbecued, the potatoes were left whole and baked and the corn on the cob was boiled and moistened with butter.  Together with homemade sour dough bread, 110 patrons including takeouts savored every bite and enjoyed the evening.  It dawned on me as we were wrapping up that I forgot to take pictures, I'll write myself a note next time.  Thank you to all the Brother Knights who helped make this night a great success!!

Memorial Mass - August 12, 2018

On August 12th, St. Maximilian Kolbe Council held it's annual Memorial Mass to remember our past Brothers.  As with tradition, our Council, along with spouses, walked in and sat together as a sign of fraternity.  Father Marc gave a wonderful homily from the Gospel reading.  In the Gospel passage from John, which is part of the Bread of Life Discourses, Jesus introduces Eucharistic Theology. His bread is different from the common bread that we eat every day and will give us eternal life. We are invited to eat that bread each week at Mass as we receive the Eucharist. We are called to live as Eucharistic People by looking beyond our needs to the good of others and in that way, we will be nourished forever on Jesus’ bread - The Bread of Life

 

After the homily, during the Prayers for the Faithful, Brothers Dan Beaule, Richard Botteron and Chuck Mack read off the names of our brothers that have fallen asleep.  They are:

 

Daniel L. Ahern Rev. Florent R. Bilodeau Robert B. Braun
Walter R. Budzyna Ronald Cambra Raymond E. DeMatteo
Joseph A. DeRosa Ronald Desantis Roland L. Driscoll
Joseph A. Grandmaison Lewis Hadley Sr William C. Hagen
Alfred E. Harris Charles E. Healy Thomas F. Hennessey
Joseph L. Knight Andrew L. LaRoche Frank Mahoney
Gino J. Mattozzi Edward B. McGrath John T. Oliver
Domenic F. Ragonese Joseph A. Sears Joseph M. Shank
Robert E. Shea William A. Spears Raymond E. Thibeault
Louis C. Thomas Frederick T. Tobin Robert E. Tobin
Raymond E. Walters John H. Woelflein Jr.  

 

 

For pictures of the Mass, click here

August Business Meeting

The August business meeting was a jam-packed information sharing meeting as there were many new faces in attendance and the Grand Knight had several updates to share with the council.  The GK reported to the council that Supreme has updated the service program for all councils. The program is now called “Faith in Action” and identifies four categories for all councils to focus on during the year.  The GK reviewed each of the new categories with those in attendance and announced the facilitators for each of the categories as follows:

 

  • Faith Activities – Tom Fahey
  • Community Activities – Nick Sarbanis
  • Familiy Activities – Tom Di Benedetto
  • Life Activities – Dan Beaule

The GK will be looking for these facilitators to ensure we continue to meet the high level of service to our community that the council has achieved in previous years.

 

The usual busy calendar of the council was reviewed with the near-term items being the upcoming Golf Tournament on August 25th, the Blood Drive on August 31st and the Tootsie Roll Drive during the September 14th weekend.  Other highlights of the meeting included Brother John Faro receiving the Knight of the Month award and Brother Joe Passanise and his family being recognized as Family of the Month.  The council’s new field agent, Solomon David Huss, introduced himself and his most interesting and inspiring background.  Solomon looks forward to meeting the members of our council.  District Deputy Dick Collopy was also present to give the council greetings and updates from the State Council.

 

Those in need of our prayers were then remembered and the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 followed by fellowship and a light meal.  Meeting minutes from the August meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here.

 

July 2018 Summer Feast Dinner

On July 14th, Council 9058 hosted its “Summer Feast Dinner” consisting of grilled Polish kielbasa with seasoned rice pilaf, butter sugar corn on the cob and corn peeled kernels for those guests who prefer it off the cob.  It was a light yet lively crowd of approximately 70 guests.  After dinner, fresh hot coffee, tea and a variety of cakes including freshly baked ones from our Brother Richard Botteron’s wife were enjoyed with a blend all night of fun summer tunes.

 

One lucky guest won the $70 cash prize as well as prizes of free state inspections, Restaurant.com gift certificates and complimentary dinners at our future events.  Conversation was lively and guests raved about the food as usual including the top notch service.  About 12 volunteers enjoyed setting up and breaking down, utilizing the freshly cleaned and organized dinner supply pantry.  Having cookware, tableware and cleaning supplies organized and easily found made the different stages of the event more efficient and better managed, leading to a very successful event..

 

Many are looking forward to the next dinner night on August 11th which will feature BBQ steak with sides.  What sides you ask?  You will have to go and find out for yourself.  As always we are also looking for volunteers.  See you there!

 

Please note, unfortunately pictures were not taking of the event but we promise to take pictures of the next dinner in August.

July Business Meeting

The July business meeting was another well attended meeting as the members gathered to witness the installation of the council’s new officers.  District Deputy Dick Collopy started off the meeting with the formal installation of each of the newly elected and appointed officers.  After the installation ceremony, GK Tom Fahey gave the first Grand Knight’s report of our fiscal year and called on all members of the council to continue to build on the great accomplishments of the past year.  The GK also reminded the council of the upcoming Golf Tournament on August 25th and that this is one of the largest fund raisers of the year.  Brother Nick Sarbanis will need help finding sponsors as well as help with setup and other activities during the tournament.   The GK completed his report by recognizing Brother Richard Botteron as Knight of the Month and Brother Dan Hebert and his family as the Family of the Month.

 

The rest of the meeting proceeded with the reports from the standing committees and discussions on upcoming events.  In the spirit of our council’s dedication to the principle of charity around the world, funds were then distributed to those in need of financial help.

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Brother John Cuneo presented a most interesting biographical synopsis of the life and work of Pope Pius XII The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 and was followed by fellowship and a light meal. Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Red Cross Blood Drive - June 8, 2018

On Friday, June 8th, our Council hosted another American Red Cross blood drive in hope of collecting more life saving blood. Our goal was to collect 47 units and I'm proud to say we surpassed that for a total of 52 units!! With a vast array of blood types, the blood collected will certainly be used to help save lives.

 

Here's the breakdown of blood collected:

 

Donors 51  
Deferrals 6  
     
Whole blood units 38  
Power Red units 14 (7 procedures gets 14 units)
     
Total blood 52  

In 2017 alone, our Council helped collect 197 units of blood which has helped nearly 600 patients.  Whether it be through life saving blood or life saving prayer, together we can make an impact in people's lives.  Thank you and God Bless to all the Knights who've helped make a difference.

 

June 2018 Italian Feast Dinner

When you think Italian, loads of pasta often come to mind.  The twisting of spaghetti on a fork dipped in tomato sauce makes you want to sing with delight!  Over 120 patrons and just a few takeouts enjoyed a night of Sinatra while chowing down on spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, garlic bread (butter and garlic in every bite), salad and dessert.  It was truly a special evening with our favorite community.

 

Join us on July 14th for grilled kielbasa and more in what we call our Summer Feast!!

 

For pictures of the event, click here.

2018 Scholarship winners

On June 10th, our Council presented three scholarships to much deserving winners at the 9:30am Mass at Saint Anne's.  The Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight had the pleasure to present the following:

 

St. Maximilian Kolbe Award Scholarship

Award given to an individual enrolled in a Catholic College or University in an undergraduate or graduate program

Award amount:  $1,000

Winner:  Matthew Fabrizio

  • Starts Salve Regina University in the Fall
  • Alter server
  • Volunteers at the Soup Kitchen

Joseph L. Knight Memorial Scholarship

Award given to an individual in an undergraduate or graduate program with a major or minor in Music

Award amount:  $1,000

Winner:  Annie Steenson

  • Attends Indiana University
  • Member of Saint Anne's Music Ministry
  • Active in Saint Anne's Youth Ministry

Grand Knight's Memorial Scholarship

Award given to an individual enrolled in a Catholic College or University in an undergraduate or graduate program

Award amount:  $1,000

Winner:  Nicholas Richard

  • Attends Saint Anselm College with a major in Biology
  • Active in Saint Anne's Youth Ministry
  • Volunteers at the Soup Kitchen
  • Volunteers for multiple Parish activities

Congratulations to all the winners.  Please check out photos of the event here.

 

June 2018 Business Meeting

The June business meeting was another well attended meeting as 23 Knights gathered to cast ballots for the election of our council’s officers for the upcoming fiscal year.  After the Grand Knight’s report was given by GK Tom Fahey, our brother, John Cuneo was recognized as Knight of the Month and brother Peter Hess and his family were recognized as the Knight’s Family of the Month. The council also welcomed the latest member of our council - Brother Jim McMahan.  Welcome Brother Jim!

 

During the meeting the council was reminded of the upcoming packed weekend of events that included the Blood Drive, the Lakes Race as well as the monthly dinner and the need for volunteers for all these events.  The summer activities continue after the weekend with the July and August monthly dinners as well as the Golf Outing that is scheduled for August 25th  After the reports from the standing committees were given, the council held the election of officers with the following results:

 

Grand Knight – Tom Fahey

Deputy Grand Knight – Dan Beaule

Chancellor – John Faro

Treasurer – John Cussen

Financial Secretary – Nick Maselli (Appointed by Supreme)

Advocate – Chris Kowalski

Warden – Jim Passanisi

Recorder – Joe Passanise

Inside Guard – Joe Tabbi

Outside Guard – Jean Morin

Trustee 3 Year – John Keisling

Trustee 2 Year – Tom Battaglia

Trustee 1 Year – Carl Orio

Chaplain – Fr. Marc Gagne (Appointed by the Grand Knight)

Lecturer – John Cuneo (Appointed by the Grand Knight)

 

Congratulations to our newly elected and appointed officers!

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Brother Joe Passanisi gave a most compelling talk on what is means to be a Catholic.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 and all enjoyed the ensuing fellowship and meatball sandwiches.  Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Confirmation at Saint Anne's 2018

On the feast of Corpus Christi June 3rd the parish of Saint Anne's celebrated the confirmation of 72 young men and women. It was truly a blessed day with the amount of youth being confirmed into the church and having the Holy Spirit bring the glory of God into there lives.

 

Bishop Libasci spoke so much truth on how great of an impact the holy spirit in ones life can have and even on the world. Reminding us of St Catherine of Siena, Bishop Libasci mentioned on how she was even able to bring the papacy back to Rome after seventy years in France and convincing the pope into adding the feast of Corpus Christi to our Catholic calendar.

 

God has plans for us that go far beyond our expectations and when we trust in him we see that materialize before our eyes and the greatness he puts in us.

 

See pictures of the event here.

Confirmation Dinner 2018

With nearly 120 attending the dinner, the Knights of Columbus Council 9058 prepared a scrumptous pasta meal with all the fixings for the students and their sponsors.  Included in this delicious feast was ziti, sauce, meatballs, sausages, salad and garlic bread.  The Youth Ministry had also donated delicious cupcakes that were to die for.  With coffee, tea, lemonade and plain ol' water available, there were full bellies everywhere.

 

We wish the youth of our parish the very best as they continue their lifelong journey with Christ.  See pictures of the dinner here.

A special Knight is knighted

At this past Chicken Barbecue Dinner, Brother Tom Di Benedetto brought his son, Matthew to give us all a hand.  Between setting up tables, divvying up salad with precision, preparing the desserts and helping with takeouts, our honorary Knight Matthew went the extra mile to make sure our guests were comfortable.  As a special thanks, Brother Nick officially knighted him into the council's dinner crew.  We look forward to seeing our brother in June.

 

To see photos of the Knighting, click here.

May 2018 Chicken Barbecue Dinner

Yee Haw!!  Saturday was a day that everyone was as happy as a dead pig in sunshine!  In other words, pretty darn happy!!  Chowing down on huge chicken thighs, melt in your mouth corn on the cob and never ending potato sald and we had people coming back for seconds.  Joined by 104 in house and 13 taking it home, there was plenty of food to go around.  With next month's Italian Feast of pasta, italian sausage, garlic bread and more, we are sure to get repeat customers.

 

For photos of the event, click here

May 7th Business Meeting

The May business meeting had another fine turnout as 23 Knights gathered to insure the continued good works of our council. After the Grand Knight’s report was given by GK Tom, our brother, Chuck Mack was recognized as Knight of the month and brother Jean Morin and his family were recognized as the Knight’s Family of the Month. The council also welcomed the latest member of our council - Brother Rich Botteron.  Welcome Brother Rich!

 

Our packed summer months’ activities were planned during the meeting as the council will be hosting three meals as well as the Hampstead Lakes Race during the month of June!  Be sure to consult the minutes from the May meeting to catch up on the many activities that will be taking place!  During the meeting the Trustees also provided the Grand Knight a slate of officer nominations for our upcoming elections during our June business meeting.  The following brothers were nominated along with the respective positions:

 

Grand Knight – Tom Fahey

Deputy Grand Knight – Dan Beaule

Chancellor – John Faro

Treasurer – John Cussen

Financial Secretary – Nick Maselli

Advocate – Chris Kowalski

Warden – Jim Passanisi

Recorder – Joe Passanise

Inside Guard – Joe Tabbi

Outside Guard – Jean Morin

Chaplain – Fr. Marc Gagne

Trustee 3 Year – Tom Battaglia

Trustee 2 Year – Carl Orio

Trustee 1 Year – Chuck Mack

 

(Note: Nominations will remain open until the elections during the June meeting.  If anyone is interested in nominating himself or another brother, please be sure to reach out to any council officer.)

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Brother Joe Passanisi gave a most interesting talk on the life of Padre Pio.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 and all enjoyed the ensuing fellowship and sandwiches.  Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

April 2018 Greek Dinner

"ó, ti mia megáli vradiá" in Greek which means "What a great evening" is the experience had by all last night at Saint Anne's annual Greek dinner. The "amaki" (lamb), "dolmathakia" (grape leaves), "psites patates" (roasted potatoes) and "prásino kaséri fasolión" (green bean caserole) was enjoyed by nearly 170 people, including 42 on the go. More than 190 individual grape leaves were sold separately giving us a total of over $1,300 dollars ($640 net).

 

Thank you to all the Knights who helped out in the kitchen and setup and putting up with the many challenges including running out of gas in the stove at the most inopportune time. Cleanup took extra long because we also ran out of hot water which took an extra 45 minutes to replenish. The last brothers didn't finish up till 8:30pm making for a very long day.

 

A special congratulations also goes out to Tom Bounakes, Tom Di Benedetto, George Gedraitis and Paul Fitzgerald for becoming 3rd degree full Knights at yesterday's exemplification ceremony in Tilton, NH.

 

See pictures of the dinner here.

April 2nd Business Meeting

Turnout for this month’s business meeting was excellent as 22 Knights gathered to recognize their brothers while charting the direction of the council for the upcoming months.  Brothers Joe and Tom were recognized as Knights of the Month while Brother Bill was awarded Family of the Month.  A special service recognition award was also presented to Bill as the council wished him well as he relocates to Florida.  The council voted on several charitable donations including a special $1000 contribution to the church in supporting the purchase of a new ceremonial crucifix.  The council also ensured that we will have proper staffing for the world renowned Greek dinner coming up on Saturday, April 14th and all were notified that nominations are underway for our upcoming election of council officers during our June business meeting.  The efficiently run meeting was adjourned at 8:45 and was followed by the sharing of fellowship and food.

Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Chrism Mass 2018

At the Chrism Mass -- which is usually the largest annual gathering of clergy and faithful most dioceses have -- the priests renew the promises they made at their ordination. The Mass takes its name from the most eminent of the three holy oils which the bishop commissions for his local church's use over the following year.

While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and the Oil of the Catechumens, which is imposed on those preparing for baptism, are simply "blessed," the Sacred Chrism is "consecrated," and all the priests present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of consecration.

The Chrism is used at the ordination of priests and bishops, baptisms, confirmations, the consecration of altars and the blessing of churches, where the walls are smeared with it in the shape of the sign of the cross.

As part of the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the oil, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who encounter it of the "odor of sanctity" to which those people and things who are marked with it, and by extension all of us, are called to strive for.

See photos of the Mass here.

Easter Cantata

The annual Cantata was presented on Palm Sunday weekend at two different locations. On Saturday, March 24th, the performance was held at Holy Trinity Church in Somersworth and on Sunday, March 25th, it was held at St. Anne’s Church in Hampstead. The story of Jesus was presented through both a narrative and song. The choir was made up of over 75 members including children choirs from over 15 churches of many different Christian faith, backgrounds and communities. They were accompanied by an orchestra of 15 members made up of brass, woodwind, strings and piano.

It was evident that much work and practice went into this performance as the show was enriching and absolutely stunning. From harmonies to solos, the talent was on full display. A full six week commitment to the program contributed to the success that was enjoyed by a receptive audience.

Following the performance, an informal reception was held with mostly homemade refreshments provided by cast members. Members of the Knights of Columbus assisted with the setup and cleanup of this event.

 

See photos of the event here

Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018

This past Palm Sunday was a spiritual moving one as it should be. It started off with the Gospel reading and the blessing of the palms. As a church we came together and read through the passion of our Savior Jesus Christ. Deacon Bill than did an outstanding job with his sermon. As holy week begins he didn't hold any punches asking us where will we be. As our Lenten journey comes to a close, its important to remember what our sacrifices were about and how did we grow in a closer relation with our Lord.

 

To see pictures of this special day, go here.

March St Patty's Day Dinner

On March 10th, St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 9058 hosted their always packed St. Patrick's Day dinner at St. Anne's Hall.  Along with 153 eat-in patrons and 40 takeouts, diners chowed down on a traditional Irish dinner.  For a small $7 dollar donation, guests enjoyed tender corned beef, melt in your mouth cabbage, hearty potatoes, butter dripped carrots and Irish soda bread, baked by our very own Brother Jim Molloy.  Followed by cakes and cupcakes for dessert, we made sure no guest left hungry.

 

After everyone filled their bellies, the real treat began. Irish dancers from the Murray Academy of Irish Dance in Exeter came and put on a show for the 7th year in a row. Dancers ranging in age from six to mid teens delighted us with both soft and hard shoe routines. It was truly an amazing and fun filled evening.

 

Please make sure and check out the pictures in the Photo Gallery here.

Red Cross Blood Drive - February

On Friday, February 23, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm the Red Cross held their quarterly blood drive in the parish center of Saint Anne Parish in Hampstead, NH. There was a outstanding outcome of forty seven individuals who graciously gave their time and blood to help save lives and make a difference. The volunteers that helped this charitable event were John Cussen, Jim Molloy, Pat Sabia and Thomas Bounakes. It was evident the Holy Spirit was present at this event and moving the hearts of the community into action. 

Knights of Columbus Founders Day - March 29, 2018

On Founder's Day this March 29th, we celebrate the anniversary of the Knights of Columbus.

 

As we celebrate the legacy of Venerable Michael McGivney and the contributions of our brother Knights since 1882, we also prepare for an even greater future as we live out the vision of our founder.

 

The anniversary of the realization of Father McGivney’s dream is a cause for celebration.

 

Councils throughout the Order are urged to observe this day – among their own members and with the community at large – as a reminder of what the Knights of Columbus has accomplished in the past years, the ideals of the Order, and their own local achievements.

 

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First Annual New Year's Council Celebration

On Saturday, February 17, the Council held their First Annual New Year’s Council Celebration, the first of many gatherings to come.  A total of 20 Knights with their spouses came out on this snowy evening for hor d’oeuvres, drinks and dancing.  Delicious finger food was provided along with beer, wine and soda to wash it down.  Music provided by our Council Lecturer, Joe Passanise set the ambiance with even a few brave souls partaking in some karaoke.  Around 10pm, the event started to wind down as the snowflakes continued to fall.

 

Thank you to all the Knights who attended and made this a truly special evening.  A special thank you goes to Mike Korpak, our Family Activities Director for putting together this event and taking care of all the arrangements.

 

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February Roast Pork Dinner

On February 10th, 2017 the Knights of Columbus, council #9058 held its Monthly Charity Dinner.  This month was our succulent roast pork dinner.  Slow cooked roast pork was accompanied by a mixed vegetable medley and mashed potato, fresh garden salad and fresh baked bread with butter rounded out the dinner.  Coffee, tea and cakes highlighted the delicious desserts.  70 eat in guests and 20 take-out raved about the food and service.  Many are gearing up for the BIG Irish Dinner on March 10th, commemorating St. Patrick's Day.  Last year we were treated to traditional Irish dancing.  Hope to see all there.

January Italian Feast Dinner

"Mangia Mangia!" On January 13th, our popular Italian feast night was the talk of the town. 110 guests and 25 take-outs enjoyed the dinner hailed as the best of the year.  Manicotti, spaghetti, meatballs, sausages, fresh salad, garlic bread and our favorite Italian music set the evening for quite a "bella sera". The 50/50 winner pocketed a cool 84 dollars and of course the two state inspections and two $25 restaurant.com gift certificates offered nice consolation prizes. Of all the folks this correspondent spoke to, a good time was had by all. They enjoyed our food, service and ambience. There were many new faces and assurances were made that they did not want to miss our next event. Arriverdici!  Please make sure to check out the event's pictures in the Photo Gallery.

Creche Move - December 2, 2017

On December 2nd, ten Knights met at Saint Anne's Parish parking lot at 11am to relocate the creche from the back of the church and set it up near the front entrance.  Thankfully, the wheels added to the structure a couple years ago made transporting the creche a breeze, with the only manual lifting occuring while fixing it on top of blocks in it's final location.  The creche floor was then filled with hay and the manger statues of Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus and the rest were gently arranged.  The manger will remain till after the holy day at which time, Knights will break it down and store it away till next year.

 

November Roasted Chicken Dinner

On the 11th of November, The Knights of Columbus Council #9058 hosted its November dinner. On the mashed potato, fresh garden salad and rolls. For dessert a sweet colorful plethora of gold, marble and chocolate cakes and fresh hot coffee…. Yum. Approximately 100 people enjoyed the savory meal, with around thirty of those as take-out. Our prizes for the lucky diners included a $50 dollar cash prize for the 50/50. We raffled off two state auto inspections and two $25 gift certificates for restaurant.com. A good time was had by all. Our guests raved about the food, music and service. Many are gearing up for what many anticipate to be the biggest dinner of the year, Italian night. We are looking to serve spaghetti and meatballs, manicotti, fresh antipasti, garlic bread and dessert. Mangia mangia!!! Arrividerci!!

Chicken Soup for the Family

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Brothers, opening our eyes, we can see that the family is in serious crisis. This being the case, as followers of Christ and defenders of the Domestic Church—the family—let us launch a concerted effort to save our children, save our grandchildren, by the means of saving our families. Pessimism, cynicism, and skepticism must not reign in our hearts, but rather confidence and hope that we can help construct a better world by striving for better, more holy families.

Dealing with Failure

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Men do not like to fail. We find much of our identity in our ability to not be a failure. Yet, if we are honest, our spiritual lives are often characterized by the very thing we dread—failure. Our resolutions and our aspirations simply do not align with reality. Habitual sins plague us and enslave us, leading to shame, confessions that are numbingly identical, discouragement bordering on despair, self-loathing, and worse still, doubt—a terrible, nagging doubt that maybe the sacraments don’t really “work.” Exacerbating the painfulness of this cycle of failure is the fact that the world puts a premium on success, on winning. There are few labels more humiliating for a man than “loser.” No one wants to be a loser. We all want to win at whatever we put our minds to, and we secretly harbor contempt for those who fail. That is, until we fail ourselves.

Here are 10 Very Interesting Facts About the Catholic Church You Probably Didn't Know!

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  1. Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world! With a population around 500 people and a little over one crime per day, the Vatican crime rate is above 100 percent, per capita. Although the fact is shocking it should be remembered that the Vatican is about one square mile in size, and has nearly 20 million visitors annually. Most of the crimes are pickpockets, purse snatching and other petty offenses done by outsiders.

Installation of 2017-2018 Council Officers

During our October business meeting, our council's 2017-2018 officers were formally installed in a ceremony performed by District Deputy Dick Collopy.  Congratulations to our new officers!  More pictures can be found in the photo gallery section of the website.

September Polish dinner

”Co za kolacja”! This is the sentiment from any polish person in their right mind. (Insert joke here) Translated to English this means, “what a supper”. Truly it was. The line wound up the stairs to the cathedral. 158 eat in and 36 take out guests delighted in Kielbasa, polish mashed potato, stuffed pierogi, fresh greens salad with rolls and butter. The ambience rounded out by lively Polish ditties these meals are becoming something very special as comments are positive and encouraging. Comments like “I can’t wait for next month” or “I need to get the schedule, what else is coming up?” For the gentleman who pocketed a cool “c – note”, he made a tidy profit on his five dollar 50/50 investment. My view from the door is a great one because smiles and conversation dominates the room. People chewing and swaying to the music and mingling with their faith family. As the cash box grows we all eat knowing a greater cause other than our appetites is at work. Men taking weeks to organize prepare and work to build our community and help bring together our congregation and serve the Lord with our lives the best we can. This is at the heart of what the Knights of Columbus does. In the words of many of our guests, I cannot wait for the next one. See you there.

 

Proverbs 17:17

Congratulations to our Brother Deacon Terry Sullivan!

 After over 4 years of study and prayer, our fellow Brother Terry Sullivan was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Manchester on September 9th.  Although Terry has been assigned to Saint Joseph’s in Epping, he will remain in our thoughts and prayers as he embarks on his ministry as a Permanent Deacon.  To insure Terry remembers his brother Knights from Council 9058, we presented him with a dalmatic with the Knights of Columbus emblem during his reception.  Best of Luck, Terry!

2017 Golf Tournament

Finally, after a two week delay do to rain, the Hampstead Council completed a successful golf tournament on August 19, 2017. The weather was beautiful with sunshine all afternoon. Thirty eight golfers competed for top prize and their names engraved on the permanent trophy on display in the church.

 

As usual a huge collection of very nice gifts of merchandise and gift certificates were available to the winners of the tournament and followed by raffle winners.

 

Chicken Connection provided a meal that was both delicious and plentiful. All who were able to participate enjoyed another great outing and hopefully will be looking forward to next year.

 

Congratulations to our winning team!

Thank you to all players, sponsors and volunteers!

 

 

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