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The Knights of Columbus Metuchen Diocese Chapter raised funds for its fourth ultrasound machine for a pregnancy resource center. The machine was purchased through the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative.

Martin J. O'Connell Sr. Assembly in Blairstown created a memorial garden and walkway at St. Jude Church. Knights sold memorial bricks to raise $10,000 in support of the project. Members of the assembly, along with members of St. Jude Council 12430, installed the bricks and other landscaping.

Lyndhurst Council 2396 donated $1,000 each to Tom Cherry, Dragan Pusic and Ivan Perkovich, three seminarians who are currently studying for the priesthood.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Council 6247 in Pitman sold pretzels, soda, water and juice at the Pitman Craft Fair Sept. 15, with all proceeds going to LARC School, a school for children with intellectual disabilities, and the Deborah Hospital Foundation. Knights sold more than 1,400 pretzels, as well as "Keep Christ in Christmas" signs in advance of the Advent season.

Villa Marie Council 6342 in Absecon awarded scholarships to four area high school students.

A man and boy from the Sarnelli House orphanage in northeast Thailand stand with a cow that was donated to the facility by Father McGivney Council 6392 in Marlboro. Knight Roland Eckstein had visited the orphanage on two occasions, and the facility's director, Father Michael Shea, requested that the council help the orphanage become more self-sustaining. To that end, Knights have stocked the facility's fishponds and have provided pigs, ducks, chickens and cows to the orphanage, which houses approximately 160 children.

St. Pius X Council 7536 in Montville donated $5,000 to the family of Lance Cpl. Adrian Simone, who lost both of his legs to a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan. The council held a fundraiser dance at its parish that generated nearly $7,500. The balance of approximately $2,500 was donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Our Lady of the Pines Council 9852 in Whiting hosted its annual flapjack fundraiser at a local Applebee's Restaurant. Proceeds from the event will help pay for the construction of a monument honoring members of the armed forces.

Mary Immaculate Council 12769 in Secaucus hosted a Labor Day blood drive that collected 48 pints of blood.

South Plainfield Circle 5295 constructed a handicapped ramp for Richard Yurek, a member of South Plainfield Council 6203 who uses a wheelchair. Under the supervision of several Knights, 22 Squires undertook the project from inception to completion. Circle 5295 is no stranger to construction projects. The circle has built three wheelchairs and painted a number of houses.


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Msgr. Joseph L. Tierney Council 340 in Potsdam donated a bingo machine to the Lawrence Avenue Apartments, a housing facility for senior citizens. The machine replaces one that recently broke down. The council also hosted a two-week food drive, placing collection bins at several area businesses. Proceeds from the drive were donated to a local food pantry.

Father Joseph O'Connell Council 3481 in Oceanside aided the family of a fallen U.S. Marine by donating 10 large trays of hot food for a dinner in the Marine's honor.

Bishop Daniel J. Curley Council 3717 in Syracuse donated $5,000 to the Regis Center, a peaceful house of prayer founded by Father Regis Rodda in 2004. The Regis Center houses New Hope Family Services, which offers resources to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

St. Anastasia Council 5911 in Little Neck donated $1,000 to the Diocese of Brooklyn's Annual Catholic Appeal.

Our Lady of Fatima Council 14961 in Delanson hosted a back-to-school spaghetti dinner Sept. 8. Proceeds from the event were donated to charity.


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Archbishop James F. Wood Assembly in Warminster led Fourth Degree Knights from throughout the state in providing an honor guard for a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Adam J. Maida, archbishop emeritus of Detroit, and Mieczysław Mokrzycki, archbishop of Lviv, Ukraine, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown on the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Michael J. O'Connor, assistant supreme advocate and supreme director; Lawrence Sosnowich, special assistant to supreme knight; and Immediate Past State Deputy of Pennsylvania George R. Koch also represented the Knights of Columbus at the Mass.

St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Council 8921 in New Cumberland held its annual chicken barbecue Aug. 26. Knights served more than 500 chicken dinners, with all proceeds going to support local seminarians.

St. John Neumann Council 12532 in Lancaster hosted its annual pig and corn roast at St. John Neumann Church. Knights fed more than 500 people at the event, which raised more than $4,000 for a number of charitable causes.

St. Rose of Lima Council 13564 in Darlington hosted its annual golf tournament to benefit McGuire Memorial Home and other K of C charities. One-hundred-fifty golfers participated in the event. The council also sponsored a blood drive that netted 30 units of blood for the Red Cross.



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