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St. Catherine of Siena Assembly in Orange Park held a Blue Mass honoring police, fire and emergency medical personnel. The Mass was especially somber because a local police officer had been shot and killed during a drug raid three days earlier. Following Mass, all those in attendance were treated to a free breakfast prepared by Orange Park Council 7399.

Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin Assembly in Brandon donated 25 wheelchairs to the James A. Haley VA Hospital through the Global Wheelchair Mission. McLaughlin Assembly, along with Msgr. Charles L. Elslander Assembly in Sarasota, provided an honor guard for the presentation, which featured a talk by Cindy Schwarzkopf, the daughter of Gen. Herbert N. Schwarzkopf.

Msgr. John M. McCall Council 4892 in Largo donated $622 to ARC of Pinellas County and $934 to Morning Star School, which serves children with special needs. Both donations were funded through the council's annual drive for people with intellectual disabilities.

Martin Council 6241 in Stuart provides manpower and use of its facilities in assisting World War II veterans visit Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program. Knights serve breakfast at 5 a.m. for veterans taking part in the excursions and are present at each sendoff. The council also hosts fundraisers to support the program financially.

Milton Council 7027 held its annual "Smokin' in the Square" barbecue competition, which saw professional teams from all over the country converge on Pensacola to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. In addition to plenty of food, the event featured local vendors and artisans, as well as information booths for area organizations. Proceeds from the competition were donated to several charities, including Covenant Hospice and Manna, an organization that provides food to the needy.

Barney Gonyea Council 7109 in Safety Harbor hosted a clergy appreciation St. Patrick's Day dinner-dance for 285 guests, including eight priests and religious. Each clergy member received a personal gift from the Knights. The council also made a number of donations at the event, including $1,000 to the Kimberly Pregnancy Center and $2,000 worth of baby supplies. The council also hosted a pancake breakfast for 250 parishioners in honor of Founder's Day.

St. Michael the Archangel Council 8589 in Tampa provided support at the Mass of elevation in which its parish was named a minor basilica. Fourth Degree Knights from three area assemblies provided an honor guard for the Mass, which was celebrated by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Archbishop Emeritus John C. Favalora.

Members of Mother Cabrini Council 12155 and Father Patrick Farrell Assembly, both in Parrish, marched in the Parish Heritage Day Parade March 11.

Fray Escoba Council 12424 in Leisure City sponsored a visit by one of the Order's traveling icons of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Martin de Porres Church. Blessed Carlos M. Rodriguez Santiago Assembly provided an honor guard for the visit.

St. Paul the First Hermit Council 14222 in Summerfield held a drive that netted 33,766 diapers, 65,000 baby wipes and more than $2,100 for the Alpha Center for Women in Ocala.

St. Augustine of Hippo Council 15266 in Casselberry hosted a golf tournament that raised $3,700 for Mary's Place, a pregnancy resource center. The proceeds were presented at the council's first Lenten fish fry.

St. Thomas Aquinas Council 15357 in St. Cloud hosted a baby bottle drive that netted $7,400 for parishioners and the community. The funds were donated to the JMJ Life Center.


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St. Gianna Molla Assembly in Alpharetta held a chicken bake dinner to benefit the Catholic Chaplain Corps. The dinner netted $710, which was used to purchase 10 MP3 players through the Frontline Faith Project and to provide scholarships through the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

Father Robert Kennedy Council 9458 in Milledgeville removed the furniture and cabinets from the sanctuary at Sacred Heart Church in preparation for renovating the 138-year-old building. Once the room was vacated, contractors replaced the floor, while council member and carpenter Richard Dyke built new cabinets for the room. In a separate project, the council commissioned an artist to create a large rosary with glass-blown beads for display at the church. Dyke also constructed a custom case to display the rosary.

St. Anna's Council 14425 in Monroe sent Catholic materials — including rosaries, prayer books and Frontline Faith MP3 players — to Capt. Jason Cowles, a council member serving with the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Cowles hosts a prayer meeting each Sunday with personnel from several different countries.


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With assistance from the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, Jack Driscoll Council 8886 in Brevard raised $12,056 to purchase a new ultrasound machine for the Brevard Center for Women. The new machine will replaced an outdated unit.

Members of Bishop Charles P. Greco Council 9499 in Winston-Salem prepare to jump into a swimming pool full of cold water during the annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. For taking a dip, four Knights raised more than $1,200 for Special Olympics of Forsyth County.


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Members of Santo Domingo de Guzman Council 14383 in Yauco remove a pole from the garden at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, which is operated by the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima. Knights cleaned the garden in preparation for a special event there. The council also repaired the electrical system at Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.

Miembros del Consejo Santo Domingo de Guzmán, #14383, de Yauco sacan un tubo de metal del jardín del Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Fátima, operado por las Hermanas Dominicas de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima. Caballeros limpiaron el jardín en preparación para un evento especial. Además, el consejo hizo reparaciones al sistema eléctrico de la Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán.


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Richard Schreck of Msgr. George Lewis Assembly in Aiken grills hot dogs on an indoor cooker during a luncheon for veterans at Heroes Point, a long-term care and hospice ward at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. Knights from the assembly and from Msgr. George Lewis Smith Council 3684 adopted the ward, where they host parties and lunches for veterans and their families.


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Father James J. Scanlon Council 6936 in Highland Springs led the Stations of the Cross at St. John Church and St. Patrick Church each Friday during Lent. Knights followed the stations with special prayers for vocations, life and families. The council also removed a tree from the grounds of St. John Church following a severe storm.

St. John the Apostle Council 13467 in Virginia Beach participated in the spring 2012 40 Days for Life campaign by praying the rosary outside of an area Planned Parenthood facility.


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Marian Council 942 in Fairmont sponsored the annual Relay for Life Survivors Dinner for the 10th straight year. Eighteen Knights prepared and served the dinner to approximately 400 guests.

St. Vincent de Paul Council 12191 in Berkeley Springs donated $600 to the Gabriel Project of Morgan County, which provided support to families and single mothers who do not have the financial resources to support their new babies. Funds for the grant came from the council's pro-life baby bottle drive and from a matching donation.



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