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.

Gladys Del Carmen Jorgensen


Gladys del Carmen JorgensenThe passing of a Sir Knight is a very sad moment for the Assembly, but, somehow, the loss of one of our Ladies hits us even harder.

This past week we said, “Farewell” to Ken Jorgensen’s wonderful wife, Gladys.  She was a fine addition to our assembly family.  She was well known for her generosity, kindness, and helpfulness.  It was not usual for her to call to check up on another sir knight’s wife to see how they were doing, how were the kids, and more.  She even made almost daily calls to a member wife when she was away to the west coast caring for her elderly parent.

We join together to wish Ken Jorgensen and his family peace and comfort.

Gladys will be interred at a later date at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church Columbarium.

January Dinner – Jan 28th



January Social SetOn behalf of Faithful Navigator Jim Boyd, this is a reminder of Assembly 3005’s social dinner and meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

The social will start at 6 pm with a social hour and dinner at 7 pm. A brief meeting will be incorporated in the social as well. The January Social Dinner will replace our scheduled January Assembly Meeting.

We are having the social at the University Club in Durham.  This is an outstanding dinner buffet that includes prime rib.  Cost is $30 per person.  There is a cash bar.

All Assembly members and their spouses/significant others are welcome. The attire will be social regalia for Fourth Degree Sir Knights.

The Assembly extends an invitation to all third degree Knights in Councils 10910 and 3390 Durham and their spouses/significant others. This is an excellent opportunity for council knights to learn more about the Fourth Degree and our social activities.  Come and join us.  Your wife will be delighted you were thoughful enough to take her to a semi-formal Knights of Columbus dinner.  Attire for all third degree Knights is jacket and tie.

The Assembly looks forward to a wonderful turn out for this event.

On behalf of FN Jim Boyd and Assembly 3005 Officers, we send our best wishes for a continued blessed Christmas Season and a Very Happy New Year!

Wounded Warrior Project Results


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They'll be home for ChristmasWe have held an annual fund drive to send amputees home for Christmas.  These are men and women patients at Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune hospitals. This is a joint effort of the Knights of the Fourth Degree of the DeSoto Province and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (a 501c3 charity), which matches our collection.

How did we do?  Did we make a difference? The assembly received donations at both St. Thomas More and Holy Cross Churches.  Chapel Hill parishioners donated $1,700 and our knights at Holy Cross Church collected $1,100, for a total project collection of $2,800.

Past State Deputy Robert Singer shared this year’s results with us.  He said, “2014 has been the most successful year we have experienced, with a total donations, as of today of $92,537. This brings our total since we started in 2006 to over $600,000.

In August I was asked to come to the National Meeting of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. At that time I received a large plaque for having collected over $500,000, 1/2 million dollars.

I continue traveling to Florida each year as they are very generous, with so many of the Knights in Florida are retired Military Officers, with a very good pension.  I see an increase from nearly every Council or Assembly that donates to this fund.”

Bob Singer summed up his report with, “All of the Wounded Warriors have already been given their checks for their trip home. A very happy bunch of military personal.”

Like links in a chain and threads in a rope, we link and bond together to serve others.  That is the mission of our order and our duty as Catholic gentlemen.

We thank the parishes of St. Thomas More and Holy Cross churches for their generosity this year and pray that they will continue to support this very important program.

Learn more about this project, and/or Contact the project chairman to make a donation.

Patriotism and Fellowship


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe join the Fourth Degree to show our patriotism, but we gain camaraderie and fellowship.  We bond together as brothers.  How do we do that?  We gather to have fun and help each other.

One example is Sir Knight Jerry Pilarski.  There is no task that he will not take on.  The word “can’t” does not seem to be in his vocabulary.  This writer can remember many a meeting where Jerry would stand up and say, “…. then I’ll get it done.”

I think it has something to do with his airborne and army medic training. You can’t be a paratrooper with doubt on your mind.  You are jumping out of planes that were made by the low bidder, as was your parachute.  You are responding to a “Go!”-light and command that will take you into flight out of your control.  You are in God’s hands as the wind carries you out and gently guides you to the ground.  Where you land is often not as planned.

And, I can not think of any instance where a about a combat medic looked down on the trusting face of a helpless warrior and said, “…. I can’t ….”

Where there is life, there is hope.”  Jerry is forever young at 80+.

Jerry is our council pig cooker, Lamb champion, parish greeter, friend, pancake cooker, fish monger, and so much more.  He is helpful, caring, and consistent.  Every year for over 47 years he has gathered with family and friends to celebrate the New Year with a family-style pig picking.  Everyone brings a covered dish or a dessert.  Jerry and his family does the rest.

Why not join Jerry this year?  Turn off the television.  There is more to do than drink beer, eat chips and watch a game.  You can see the highlights later.  Head to Orange Grove Church Road and Jerry’s New Year’s Day pig picking.  Join other knights to share God’s blessings.  Learn more and get directions.

Waving the Flag in Yanceyville


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Our degree is know as the “Patriotic Degree.”  It was started in 1900 shortly after patriotism was added to the principles of the Knights of Columbus.  About 1,100 knights joined together to form the the Fourth Degree in New York City.

We demonstrate the patriotism of catholic men by participating in, sponsoring, and hosting patriotic events.  We demonstrate to others our faith and heritage.  Some events are formal, but others are just plain fun.


Rain could not stop these veterans from the parade!

Sir Knight Lee Heavlin recently participated in a Caswell County Christmas Parade where area veterans joined Yanceyville veterans to lead the town’s annual Christmas Parade.  He took along his granddaughter, Leanna, for the event.  And, even though it rained that morning, the sun came out during their march.

Leanna Long (left) enjoying the parade

Leanna Long (left) enjoying the parade

Where you find knights, you will find family!  How about you?  Are you demonstrating your faith by participating in charitable, church, community and civic events?

St. Nicholas at St. Francis of Assisi Church


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1-Boyd St NicholasFaithful Navigator Jim Boyd traveled to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh recently to serve as Saint Nicholas at a special kids school breakfast at the Franciscan School.

It was their 15th Annual Advent Pancake Breakfast.  The tradition continued with a few surprises! They enjoyed a wonderful morning of fun and fellowship as we gathered to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. Delicious food, live music and caroling, crafts and even a story from St. Nicholas himself!  Jim was overjoyed with the opportunity to dress up for this special occasion.

Jim shared with us a picture.  He said, “Here is that picture of me as Saint Nicolas at the special kids school breakfast last Saturday morning…,” as he beamed with pride at the honor and privilege he had serving others at church.  Jim also serves in the St. Thomas More Church choir.

The Knights of the Fourth Degree are very patriotic and dress formally for church events.  We are there for Bishop Burbridge whenever he needs us for a special mass.

Our knights support special events at churches throughout the area. How about you?  Want to take your participation in the Knights of Columbus to a higher level?  Consider the Fourth Degree.  You’ll fit right in with other Third Degree Knights who were exemplified in October.  See any assembly member for details or email us.

Cathy Boyd


Jim and Cathy Boyd

Jim and Cathy Boyd

It is with great regret that we note the passing of the spouse of our Faithful Navigator, Jim Boyd. His lovely wife, Cathy Hooper Boyd, 68, of Chapel Hill, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at home after a lengthy illness.

Cathy Boyd was born January 12, 1946, to the late Walter and Marian Roth Hooper in Staten Island, NY, she has resided in North Carolina for over 40 years. Cathy was a travel agent for over 10 years.

A wake and viewing with the family present will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov 20th, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home located at 1113 West Main St., Durham. A vigil service will follow at 7 p.m. Cathy’s Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Chapel Hill. Donations may be made to the SPCA in Cathy’s memory. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com.

Veterans Day at our School

The St. Thomas More School is having a Veterans Day event on Tuesday.  Here is what is going on…

School Kids Veterans Day 2013Armed Forces personnel are invited to participate in and be honored at a ceremony at the school on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11th.
Veterans, servicemen, servicewomen, active duty personnel, ROTC students, current and former National Guard personnel are invited.
Guests are asked to arrive at the school between 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. on the 11th.  There will be a brief ceremony indoors followed by a flag raising ceremony outside (weather permitting), then coffee and light refreshments.  It should be over by 8:30 a.m., although a few teachers may be requesting some participants to visit their classrooms.
St. Thomas More School is located on Fordham Boulevard (NC 15-501) in Chapel Hill.  The school address is 920 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  Map

Serving Others is our Mission


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Watch for our wicker baskets and smiling Knights

Watch for our wicker baskets and smiling Knights

On Veterans Day weekend, we honor our veterans.  There is a special group of living veterans now in military hospitals.  They are  hospitalized amputees at nearby Camp Lejeune and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

These men and women are now undergoing treatment and rehabilitation for their war injuries and they will be there over the Christmas holiday period.  Most do not have funds to travel to their homes for the holidays.  Our mission is to help send them home to be with their families.

Knights at St. Thomas More Church will collect donations after each mass on Saturday, November 8th and Sunday, November 9th. Please be generous.

The Desoto Province Knights are from our churches in North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.  All donations are tax deductible.  Make your checks payable to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  Add a notation that the check is for the Wounded Warriors Amputee Project.  The Military Order of the Purple Heart will provide you with a card of thanks and receipt for your gift.

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

Postscript.  This project of the North Carolina Knights of Columbus was started by Robert “Bob” Singer, Past State Deputy, North Carolina Knights of Columbus.  You can read about what he did and how important it is.  Visit ABC 11 Eyewitness News for an Armed Forces Salute: Singer Family

For assistance in making a corporate, business or personal donation, contact Sir Knight Lee Heavlin, Project Chair.