Ken Jorgensen Funeral Mass

Ken JorgensenIt is with regret that we share the news that Sir Knight Ken Jorgensen has passed away.  Ken has not been doing well for some time, but his loss was still a surprise to his fellow Knights.

Ken’s visitation and funeral schedule are for a visitation at 2pm on Thursday, May 17th, with a Funeral Mass immediately following at 2:30pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

The family has requested an Assembly Honor Guard.  Sir Knights should arrive about 1:30 pm to serve as greeters and not later than 1:45 to participate in the honor guard.  Uniform is Social Regalia.

Ken was very proud of his service and membership in the Knights of Columbus and all that the Knights do.  He has asked for interment in his Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Regalia.

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Gathering for Divine Mercy Sunday

cropped-kathleen-webers-hylaOur Assembly is honored to be able to support the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday at the Catholic Community of St. Thomas More Church.  This year we enjoyed a near doubling of attendees as the celebration is gaining attention and attendees.

We thank Fr. Labosky for his support of this very important celebration.  Learn more.

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Ron Patterson, Jim Boyd, and Stephen McGregor are wearing the new Fourth Degree regalia.  The new regalia is replacing the familiar tuxedo and cape.  It will be our new standard uniform during the Summer of 2019.

St. Paul, Apostle of Christ

Paul ApostleThe movie has been released in time for Easter 2018.  I ventured out for the first viewing at AMC Theaters Southpoint.  It was 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon.

The film was preceded with a message from the Knights of Columbus, and that got my attention and interest.

“The Knights of Columbus is proud to invite you to support the nationwide theatrical release of Paul, Apostle of Christ, March 23, 2018.

Produced by Catholic ministry ODB Films and starring acclaimed actors Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner, this movie dynamically and truthfully illustrates the beginnings of Christian persecution under the Roman Empire.

St. Paul’s story is one of conversion, forgiveness and perseverance in the face of extreme intolerance, not unlike that faced by many Christians today. This dramatic retelling of his life can move the hearts of both believers and nonbelievers.

The film, dedicated to the persecuted Christians of today, is an opportunity to spread awareness of their plight among your friends, family and community.”

Christianity is being tested in our nation, as it has been tested for many centuries.  I urge you to take time to visit a theater screening the film.  Take your family.  You will be moved and it is my hope that you will be inspired to spread His Word, His Love, and His message.

I was very moved as I was reminded of St. Paul’s story as Saul of Tarsus, his teachings, his 30 year journey, and his imprisonment.  The first century of Christianity was not an easy journey for Christians.  And, in some places in our world, it has not changed. I encourage you to see the movie, read the Acts of the Apostles, and share your experience with a fellow Knight, as you prepare for Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Here is the movie trailer.

Independence Day Parade – Caldwell

Assembly Caldwell 2012 (6)As the Patriotic Degree, our Knights participate in local and area patriotic events.  Our next event is the Caldwell Community Independence Day Parade on July 4th.

Caldwell is a very small rural community near Rougemont.  We will join the Durham Assembly for the parade that forms at the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Station 10:15 a.m. and starts at 11 a.m. at NC Hwy 57 at Guess Road.

Our group  leads the parade and, therefore, is first to finish.  We then gather along the roadway by the community center to watch the nearly one hour parade come by.

There are lots of floats, horses, trucks, cars, antique vehicles, farm equipment, bicycles, lots of kids and tossed candy.

Our members and their families are invited to join local veterans for a light picnic.  Please bring something to share.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, and cold water is provided by the members of Chapel Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9100.

Assembly Gatherings

chris-cushingOur members gather each quarter to enjoy a formal dinner with our spouses and friends.  This past month we joined with the Durham Assembly for dinner and had a great time.

Knights of the Fourth Degree are the foundation of the Knights.  Why?  Each member is committed to service to the community, our parish, and our faith.  And, above all, our families.  You will find us behind the scenes ensuring each council event is a success.  Consider joining us.

Membership is open to all area Knights of Columbus of the Third Degree.

Take a look at us at play where we break break with our fellow Knights and area Religious.  Click here

Veterans Day at STM School

stm-veterans-day-2013-5Our church school is holding a Veterans Day recognition event, “Honoring Men and Women of Service Day” Monday, November 14th. The school asks that all veterans join in and asks that you would spread the following invitation to our special day with the students. Here is the event invitation and details.

This is an outstanding event with hundreds of kids gathering  to watch the formal raising of their flag to commemorate Veterans Day.  See photos from an earlier event.

St. Thomas More Catholic School wants to meet and honor those who have served our country through the military, past or present. The morning of Monday, November 14th, using the program that is the same as in years past:

  • guests arrive before the drop-off line gets too busy before 7:30, received with coffee and refreshments
  • as the children and teachers gather in the school hall by 8 am, the school will introduce everyone to the school community and we will enjoy some patriotic music from school children
  • everyone will then proceed outside for a flag ceremony and a blessing for military service
  • interested guests can visit our classrooms where children want to hear about what serving the country is all about.
  • The whole morning lasts until 9:30 am, or 10 am for those spending extra time with classrooms.

You may RSVP by  contacting Beth Ferrel at bferrel@stmcsnc.org or 919-942-6244

Everyone is Invited – Divine Mercy Sunday

We are very proud of our Divine Mercy Sunday program at St. Thomas More Parish.  We have been hosting a parish mass since 2000 and we have watched our small gathering grow in attendance each year.

This is a very special event that welcomes all to return to Christ and his mercy.  If you have been away from the practice of your Catholic faith, and if you would like to come back into the, one, true Catholic Church, then this is the most perfect opportunity for you. Learn more about Divine Mercy Sunday

If you have never attended a Divine Mercy Sunday service, make 2016 the beginning of a personal and, hopefully, family tradition.

Join with us as we invite you share in this local joyous bilingual celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.  It is the first Sunday after Easter, Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 4 p.m.   

St. Thomas More Catholic Church is located at 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC  27514.

 

July 4th in Caldwell, NC

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1-KofC Color Guard 2013-2Our Assembly has been celebrating July 4th in Caldwell, NC, for well over ten years.

We were asked to provide a color guard to replace a veterans’ group that disbanded.  We have been there ever since.

Caldwell is a small rural community located at NC Highway 57 at Guess Road in Durham County.  It is just a short distance to St. Matthews Catholic Church.

You are encouraged to show your patriotic spirit by joining in the festivities and parade.  The Knights gather at the Caldwell Volunteer Fire House on Guess Road between 10 and 10:15 a.m. for formation.  We are at the very front and form a Knights’ Color Guard that follows a color guard from The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Chapel Hill Post 9100.  Many of our assembly members are also members of the VFW.

The parade starts moving at about 10:45 am and proceeds to the intersection of NC 57 and Guess Road.  It stops and waits for the parade start at 11 a.m.  Directions

Strange things happen at 11 a.m.  First, the first car to reach the intersection is stopped.  The driver is escorted from their car and is made the Caldwell Parade Grand Marshal.  The Caldwell Air Force (a biplane) flies over the parade and the National Anthem is played to start the parade. Our very own Gil Montoya was caught one year, but he enjoyed the honor as a Grand Marshal.

There are marching groups, manure spreaders, cowboys on horseback, floats, scooters, bicycles, motor bikes, antique cars, bands, fire trucks, and antique cars.

The parade continues for about one mile and ends at the Caldwell Community Center.  The Knights break off (as we lead the parade) and join their family at the community center park. Msgr. William O’Brien, Assembly 3365, from St. Matthews Church will be hosting an “after the parade lunch” for the Knights and their families in the park next the to community center.  The VFW is providing hot dogs and the Durham Assembly is providing hamburgers and lots of cold water.  You are asked to bring a dish to share. It can be  fruit, a salad, a favorite family dish, or whatever you are inclined to share.

Be sure to bring your family and especially grandchildren.  The Caldwell parade is Americana and country living at its best.

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The Knights of the Fourth Degree are known for their primary purpose; to promote and demonstrate patriotism in the Catholic Community.  Our pride in self as Catholic men and gentlemen is demonstrated by our community service and participation in patriotic programs, events, and support of veterans. We hope that you will join us.

Parade participation is open to all Chapel Hill and Durham Council Knights and their families.  This is a good opportunity to spend time with Fourth Degree Knights in a social-patriotic-community event.

Dress for Assembly members is Assembly golf shirts, shorts or slacks.