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St. Bernadette Council 14317 in Harrington came to the aid of a council member and his wife who needed the roof on their house replaced in order to keep their homeowner's insurance. Knights offered to help a contractor replace the roof over two days, saving the couple a significant sum of money. The contractor also agreed to accept monthly payments instead of a lump sum.

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Cumberland Council 586 offers a program called "Casey's Helpers," which provides aid to K of C members and widows. Volunteers offer free labor on repairs and maintenance, with a specific focus on home safety. Most recently, Casey's Helpers transported and distributed 1,100 flowers to mothers following Mass on Mother's Day.

Westminster Council 1393 hosted its first-ever holy hour for vocations at St. John Westminster Church. The holy hour included a reflection by seminarian James Boric on his vocation and was followed by a council-sponsored spaghetti dinner. The council also held a history presentation in which a member of the council spoke about the history of St. John Westminster Parish and the Knights of Columbus.

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Blessed Mother Seton Council 5410 in Flanders hosted a fundraiser that netted more than $3,100 for Joey Johnson, a 2-year-old child with stage-four brain cancer.

South Plainfield Council 6203 hosted its annual fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities, raising more than $12,000 for organizations that work with people with special needs.

Hightstown Council 6284 and the pro-life group at St. Anthony of Padua Church co-sponsored their annual pro-life pasta dinner. The event featured a keynote address by State Deputy Daniel Rossi, who spoke about the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, as well as a raffle for two hand-knit baby blankets. The raffle and the dinner raised $2,000 for pro-life causes.

Tabernacle Council 8733 removed all of the furnishings from Church of the Holy Eucharist in preparation for the installation of new carpeting. Knights removed the church's seating, organ and altar, saving time and money on the installation. The council also prepared a Mother's Day breakfast at its parish to raise funds for the church and for charity. Finally, Knights hosted a roadside cleanup in town, removing litter and debris from the side of a street.

Mary Immaculate Council 12769 in Secaucus hosted a meatball contest to benefit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Nineteen cooks presented their meatballs for sampling by 150 attendees, receiving feedback on taste, texture and originality. The event raised more than $2,000 for Families of SMA. The council also raised $1,565 during its annual fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities and honored a young parishioner at St. Lawrence Church for her outreach to the poor.

Boys and girls from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and St. James the Greater Parish look on as Rob Frack of Msgr. James F. Gacquin Council 12974 in Layton starts a race between two Hot Wheels during a council-sponsored "Knight at the Races." Knights invited youngsters from the two parishes to race their toy cars in a single-elimination competition, providing cars for children who did not own any. The council also provided food for the families that attended the event, as well as prizes for the first-, second- and third-place winners.

When an Easter Sunday fire broke out in Jersey City that rendered several homes uninhabitable, members of the Our Lady of Victories Round Table stepped forward to help. The round table, which is sponsored by Mary Immaculate Council 12769 in Secaucus, asked for donations following Mass, collecting $605 for those affected by the fire.

The Our Lady of Fatima Round Table in North Bergen, sponsored by Mary Immaculate Council 12769 in Secaucus, hosted a pro-life baby bottle drive that netted $1,500 for Good Counsel Homes, a shelter for homeless pregnant women.

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Members of Archbishop John Hughes Council 481 in Brooklyn and their guests don protective armor and paintball guns during a council-sponsored paintball trip to the Skirmish Paintball Fields in Jim Thorpe, Pa. Since 2011, Knights have sponsored bus trips to the paintball arena, with proceeds from the trips donated to charity.

Members of Hampton Bays Council 7023 provided assistance to attendees at a Mass for people with special needs April 21 at St. Rosalie Church. The council also sold roses following Masses at St. Rosalie Church on Mother's Day, netting $1,225 for Birthright.

Our Lady of Fatima Council 14961 in Delanson hosted a spaghetti dinner May 4 that was attended by more than 100 people. Proceeds from the dinner were added to the council's charitable fund.

St. Joseph Council 15471 in Penfield donated unused food from a council event to House of Mercy, a homeless shelter in Rochester.

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Chester County Assembly provided an honor guard for a confirmation Mass at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Parkesburg. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia celebrated the Mass.

Father T.W. Rosenteel Assembly in Sharpsburg provided an honor guard for eucharistic adoration at St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Holy Thursday. Ten Sir Knights stood guard for 30-minutes intervals from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Helena Mueller, an eighth-grade student at Corpus Christi School in Chambersburg, crowns a statue of Mary during a May crowning Mass hosted by Chambersburg Council 1426. Knights purchased a new statue of Mary for the ceremony and participated in all aspects of the event, which had not been held at the parish for many years. Father F.C. Noel Assembly provided an honor guard.

Woodlawn Council 2161 in Aliquippa hosted a traditional Latin High Mass at St. Titus Church in honor of Blessed Karl of Austria. Following Mass, parishioners were able to venerate a relic of Blessed Karl and attend a conference on his life and his cause for canonization. Knights also donated $500 to The Emperor Karl League of Prayers for Peace Among Nations, which is promoting his sainthood cause.

On May 12, members of St. Patrick Cathedral Council 11008 in Harrisburg and their families took a daylong pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes near Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. Those in attendance participated in an outdoor stations of the cross and gathered to say the rosary near the place where St. Elizabeth Ann Seton taught her students.

Corpus Christi Council 12573 in Montdale hosted a pasta supper and basket raffle to benefit Mike Sheridan and Luigi Giordano, two council members who are seriously ill. Knights solicited the community for 47 baskets in which to raffle and served nearly 700 dinners at the event. The supper raised $7,000 to help both Knights with their medical expenses.

St. Rose of Lima Council 13564 in Darlington undertook two projects during Lent. Knights held a six-week-long food drive that netted 4,158 pounds of food for three local pantries. Council members also volunteered more than 200 hours at area soup kitchens.

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