It Takes a Knight….


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Did you every wonder what happens in the background to makes things happen in the Council and Assembly?  This writer has been working with lots and lots of knights since our Council was formed in the late 1990’s.  I take pictures and keep an ear alert for a story to share.  This is one of those stories–The Legacy of Jerry Pilarski.

Gene Keeling and Jerry Pilarski

We 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 would 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 combat medic looked out and down and then toward the trusting face of a helpless warrior and said, “…. I can’t ….”

Where there is life, there is hope.”  Jerry is forever young at 92!

Jerry has been our council’s 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 50 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.  Yes, that’s right, Jerry has been welcoming brother knights, friends, and family to a New Year’s Day pig pickin’ for a long, long time.

I remember well more than 25 years ago.  I was warming my favorite chair when the telephone rang.  “Hey, Lee!  It’s Jerry.  Where in the …. are you?  We are going to be eating soon and you ain’t here.”  It was my first invitation and Jerry took invites real seriously.  I gathered my family and we headed to the 4H Cattle Barn.  The Barn was packed and the parking lot was full.  We were treated as family at a family reunion.  In fact, it may have been the day that Jerry asked me to say grace the first time.  He introduced me as, “Preacher Lee.”  He still does.  We have not missed an event since–we are family.

Why not join Jerry this year?  Turn off your television, put up your phone.  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.  All Knights have a standing invitation. Join other knights to share God’s blessings and a plate of your family favorite dish.  Learn more and get directions.

“The Times They Are A Changin…”


Yes, sir.  The times are changing on us and probably faster than we want.  July 1st marked a new milestone for Knights of Columbus Assemblies.  We have said “goodbye” to our formal wear uniform, cap, and chapeau.

The traditional uniform that made us so recognizable has given way to a tailored blazer, embroidered patch and slacks.  Don’t worry, we are the same dedicated Fourth Degree Knights you have grown accustomed to.

Our masthead for the website still has a few pictures of us in our “traditional” uniform.  Our webmaster is a little behind schedule updating the pictures, but here is a picture of what we will be wearing for all Fourth Degree ceremonials. We think you will like our new look.

All Third Degree Knights are welcome to join our Assembly.  Contact us and let us know of your interest.  We’ll invite you to visit with us at a meeting or social event.  Get to know more about us and you are sure to join in the Knights of Columbus Patriotic Degree.


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.

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.


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 or 919-942-6244