Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism

The Kilmer Chronicles

                  January  2020 

    Joyce Kilmer Council 2483   

              Knights of Columbus                 

Hackettstown, NJ  

                 Chartered June 1923



On December 1, our Pope wrote an Apostolic Letter called, ‘Admirable Signum’ on the meaning and importance of the Nativity scene.  Setting up the Christmas crèche in our homes helps us to relive the history of what took place in Bethlehem,” Pope Francis wrote. It is very timely as we revitalize our diocese with our Bishop’s initiative in consecrating the Diocese of Metuchen to Our Lady of Guadalupe this month.


The Pope hopes that this tradition of setting up the Nativity scene in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares need to continue and grow. This brings out my fervent wish to you that the Knights can also put up a good size nativity scene and related decorations with a tree in your facility that proclaims the Gospel in itself.


Christmas Season extends through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Jan 12th). We feel the spirit and joy of Christmas in all these days of the season. Archbishop assures that, “to believe, to hope, to receive the divine gift is to have joy which endures through earth’s travails and into eternity.” May the New Year joy bring us God’s blessings on all our Knights and our ministry. May the Feast of Epiphany continue to inspire us to bear witness to God’s love to everyone! May the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus inspire us to grow in our holiness!


God bless you! Merry Christmas and a grace-filled New Year!


Fr. Antony

GRAND KNIGHT'S CORNER: Brothers, Welcome to 2020! We are getting off to a quick start. On January 13 we have our Free Throw Contest. We are doing it a little bit different this year. The contest is being held at the Middle School on Washington St. Any help you can give our first time co-chairs, Brian Willis and Matt Delillo would be appreciated.

Also, we would like some volunteers (like 6) to help in the Pantry at Assumption. We could take one Saturday or a Tuesday night per month. Only 2 brothers would be required each month. Therefore, you only need to go once per quarter.

Lastly, we need to come up with some fundraising ideas. Specialty dinners like the Beefsteak seem to be the easiest.

Looking forward to a great 2020!

Vivat Jesus!


JANUARY ROSARY GROUP: The Knights and the Rosary Altar society will meet on the January 2nd and 16th.  If the choir is practicing, we will meet in the Annex at  7:30PM. Family & friends cordially invited.


Please join me in congratulating the following brothers on attaining significant service milestones in January: 10 Years - William Baker, 35 Years - Shawn Burke.  Also in January Jay Sparkes became an Honorary member and Deacon Walter Pidgeon became an Honorary Life member of the Order


1/3  Joseph Keiser
1/19 George Mahrholz
1/25 James Bencivengo
1/3  Eric Tynan
1/19 Nicholas Bencivengo
1/25 Frank Bandereck
1/3  Theodore Warcholik
1/19 Robert Ryan
1/26 Richard Smiecinski
1/5  Joseph Moore
1/19 David Penczak
1/26 Jay Sparkes
1/7  Douglas Souls
1/21 Anthony Daly
1/27 Anthony Segarra
1/8  Frederick Miller
1/22 Edward Welsh
1/28 Thomas Cece
1/9  Michael Semler
1/23 Edward Caughey
1/29 Jeffrey Milton
1/11 Steven Yosh
1/23 Mark Wehrenberg
1/30 Walter Pidgeon
1/11 Shawn Burke
1/24 Thomas Smith
1/31 Andrew Ryan
1/12 Richard Dubord
1/24 Anthony Coccaro
1/31 Matthew Binnie

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL & HOUSE PARTY:  On December 12th about 35 of us got together and shared some food and fellowship. We look forward to doing it again, but not that fast.

ANNUAL FRATERNAL SURVEY: Please check the Council website for the link to the annual Fraternal Survey.  This is an important document as it attests to the efforts of the Knights of Columbus in helping those in need.  Please complete the worksheet and return to Financial Secretary Bob Piereth at or mail to 116 Ferris Place, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  The form can be found under Important Links.

SUPPORTING OUR GUARDSMAN: The National Guard group from the Hackettstown Armory that was deployed for an extended period of time to the Southern Part of Africa is home. Brother Gil Murphy spearheaded getting out about 20 care packages to them during their deployment.  We hope to end it up with a breakfast for them as soon as they are back at the Armory.  Many thanks to Gil and all those who supported this effort.

TOYS FOR TOTSAs always, the generosity of the Knights prevails and we had a very successful Toys for Tots drive.  Many thanks to all for the donation and those that helped put it together.

HAVE YOU ASKED SOMEONE JOIN US TODAY? :  NEW “Ask me about the Knights,” buttons have been made to help promote our Council. If you have not gotten one, please stop by the Hall to get yours. Better yet, come to our next monthly meeting! We all need to help in building our Council and hopefully wearing these buttons to Mass or other activities will prompt someone to ask how to join. Appreciate all your help!.  Steve Fantano - Membership Director at
FATHER MCGIVNEY GUILD: dedicated to keeping us informed of the progress of our Venerable founderBrothers should consider joining the guild.  There is no fee or dues of any kindSimply sign up at  and you will receive the quarterly newsletter.
HALL FOR RENTHaving a shower, birthday or a business meeting.  Do you know of anyone who is and needs a place?  The Columbus Club is available.  Contact Roger Hines 908-310-3354 for availability and rates.