News of the Assembly and all North Carolina Assemblies are found on-line at the kofcnc.org website under the “4th Degree” link. We highly recommend you take a look at the January 2020 edition and archived editions. There are lots of informative stories there.
This month’s edition has information on honor guard attire. We get questions about use of the old regalia. Sorry, but it is no longer authorized. Read the story for details.
One brother knight sent a note to the our blogmaster about regalia for a funeral. He was concerned that some Sir Knights might not have the new regalia and would not be able to honor the deceased. The answer is also provided in the regalia article, but in summary, if you do not have the 4th Degree Regalia (there is only one now, the new uniform, no exceptions), a Sir Knight should wear a dark suit or blazer to the funeral. The important thing for us is to ensure that we recognize the family’s loss and participate in the wake or funeral. Learn more
District Master Jack Murray visited our Assembly on January 22nd to present us with the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Civic Award. Bill Jackson received the award and beamed with pride as he accepted the award on behalf of all Sir Knights of the Assembly.
“The Civic Award is presented annually as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by Fourth Degree Assemblies. Assemblies conducting a minimum of four (4) different patriotic programs during the fraternal year are eligible for the Supreme council Civic Award.”
Jerry Pilarski has been a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, a charter member of both Council 10910 and Divine Mercy Assembly, 3005.
This month he was honored by Faithful Navigator Bill Jackson, during District Master Jack Murray’s visit, with a Lifetime Membership with the Fourth Degree.
We salute Jerry. He has served our council and Assembly with tenacity, dedication, and drive. Never for self, but for our church community.
Divine Mercy Assembly 3005 had a very successful Christmas Raffle to support local seminarians in the Raleigh Diocese. This year the Assembly selected Tyler Sparrow as the 2019 Award Recipient.
Seminarian education is funded by the diocese, but personal disposable income is at a premium. The Assembly’s cash award of $500 is sure to be a highlight during the Christmas holiday and Spring demister for Tyler.
The Knights of Columbus, through its local councils and assemblies, has been and continues to provide financial and service assistance to the many seminarians across our nation and foreign lands. In addition, the Knights of Columbus, headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, provides partial matching funds to promote support of seminarians.
To learn more about the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh’s seminarian program, click here.
We understand that the cost of this Italian-made suit is now $100 lower than the original shipments. We can’t guarantee the price, but you can learn more by visiting the uniform store.
Visit the Knights of Columbus Uniform store. Just click here
Writers and reporters filled newsrooms in every major city. Some had two, three or more newspapers. Some had multiple editions to fill. This was before news became 10-second soundbites of “information.” I think of that type of reporting as delivering the bones and not the meat.
The news was run from department to department, floor to floor, and back again. Here is a good explanation from the Herald Sun (Australia). “Reporters typed their stories on slips of butcher’s paper…then a copy boy ran the story into the neighbouring subs’ [sub-editor‘s] room, hence the cry of ‘copy’. Each slip of the story had about six carbon copies…stapled together and it was the job of the copy boy – or girl – to separate the original and run it to the subs, and then separate the carbons for distribution.”
Writers are made, not born. They learn from watching others and listening a lot. They get exposed to news around them and their library of knowledge steadily grows. There is a little bit of a reporter in all of us. They call us “storytellers.”
Assembly news, Council news and more happens everyday. Someone is sick, someone succeeds, someone is recognized, or someone has a project and needs help. Your Divine Mercy Assembly News and Newsletter is our website.
You, too, can tell your stories to others and publish them on the Council or Assembly website. I know you have the skill, I’ve heard many of you share your stories. Did you know that I can even teach you how to tell your story to your computer? Not only that, you can watch it become a document on your screen. Then, just save the file and send it in to the Copy Desk. What do you think? You can do it.
Put yourself in this picture. Get in front of the story. Take a few pictures on your smart phone. There is a Clark Kent in all of us. You’ll be proud of your work and you will create excitement in the Knights of Columbus that will benefit the local Council and our Order.
For those who love classic movies with heart, a message, and a memorable story… Do you remember Lillies of the Field with Sidney Poitier and Homer Smith saying… “I’m gonna build me a chapel…?” Sidney Poitier won an Oscar for this 1963 performance.
Meanwhile, up in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Antonio Guerrieri and his crew had been working on the Eden Hill Chapel of the Marian Fathers since 1950. Antonio was a master carver and furniture builder who had recent experience in restoring area churches when the Marian Fathers asked him to build them a chapel. Antonio reminded himself that “he had been raised and trained in a culture which taught that before a man died, he had to do something great for God.” A gift of thanksgiving?
Antonio was joined by his apprentice, Stanley Olender. Later Stanley Socha, a wood carver, and masons joined the team. They were going to build a chapel, the Chapel at Eden Hill.
The chapel took many years to complete and was finally finished. Construction started in 1950 and finished in 1960. A modest chapel of stucco in design was destined to be The Divine Mercy Chapel and a beautiful stone chapel and a national shrine–The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. at Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Stanley Socha left New England around 1995 and worked with building homes for the Habitat for Humanity. He moved to Chapel Hill to be closer to his daughter, Susanne Socha Jackson. That’s where the story comes full circle where the Chapel at Eden Hill becomes the Chapel of Divine Mercy and shortly thereafter we charter Divine Mercy Assembly 3005.
When our new church was dedicated about ten years ago, Stanley Socha, was once again challenged with creating something for it. The altar candle stands were his work. Stanley was recognized in a St. Thomas More Church stewardship profile in April 2012.
Our Faithful Navigator, Bill Jackson, is very proud to have shared in the life of his father-in-law through Susanne. We are all honored to have Stanley with us, too. His Divine Mercy Legacy–his gift of greatness to God–lives on with us at St. Thomas More Church.
Learn more about the building of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. Click here
Today Sir Knight Gene Drogos is awaiting the arrival of his lovely wife. He is in a rehabilitation center and is eager to return home, but can’t.
Here’s a link to a story about “A first kiss remembered.”
“On a cold November night in 1943, Eugene “Gene” Drogos and Evelyn “Louise” Hux danced to big band music on a blind date. They had no idea it would be their first date of many. … ”
Gene Drogos is a Council 10910 and Assembly 3005 Charter Member.