Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism

The Kilmer Chronicles

                   November  2019 

    Joyce Kilmer Council 2483   

              Knights of Columbus                 

Hackettstown, NJ  

                 Chartered June 1923

GRAND KNIGHT'S CORNER: It’s the end of October and the Hallmark channels are running their Christmas movies. As we all know, Halloween signifies the start of the holiday season. It’s that stress time of the year. But as we begin this time of year, I would like to talk about what we can do to relieve the stress.  

To be completely truthful, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.This all family with no gifts. Just family and friends. I make it appoint to attend Mass and give thanks for everything God has given me.

We all agree that this season is over-commercialized. So I would suggest we take a step back and think about what we can do. And how does Jesus enter the picture through the front door. Every year Jim Brady leads us in the Marines Toys for Tots drive. We have to buy gifts. Why not buy one for a child who needs one? You know you will feel good inside.  Another idea is to be more patient; have a good word for someone you may or may not know. Be more considerate of your family’s needs. Take time to re-establish some of our tenents – Service to Family, Church and Community. We can help our parishes’ setup of Christmas decorations or other programs.

Gentlemen – every Grand Knight before me and every GK after me will ask you to participate in one activity per year because many hands make light work. During this season listen to the call of our Savior and do something that matters in your family, in your community and for you Council to take the stress out even if it’s only for an hour.

Now to the business of the Council. On Thursday, November 14 we will venture to the city for a trip to the Intrepid Museum. Thanks to brother Tom Hoffman we have procured 20 Free passes. This is a great opportunity to bring our older brothers to see a little bit of our past. We will carpool to the city. As of now we have 8 brothers attending. If you would like to go and may have a hardship, please call me at 201-715-8021. We want you! To come.

We will have a 3rd degree ceremony on Friday, November 8th at 8PM. To you who are 2nd degree, please consider completing you journey to full knighthood. You can reach out to Steve Fantano at Steve will be very happy to get you prepared.

We will continue the Rosary on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in the Church even though the Rosary Society might curtail their involvement due to shorter daylight hours.

I look forward to seeing you this holiday season where we share a smile and brotherhood!

Vivat Jesus

Bob Marks

YEAR OF THE CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: Friday, November 15th, 6:00PM to 7:00PM at the Church of the Assumption.  There will be a Holy Hour and a Homily on the message of the month. This month's message is "Assumption - A Woman clothed with the Sun".  The Holy Hour celebrations will be held on the Friday closest to the 12th of the month for the remainder of 2019.  Let's get together and pray as a community. Food for the Soul.

NOVEMBER ROSARY GROUP: The Knights and the Rosary Altar society will meet on the November 7th and November 21st. If the choir is practicing, we will meet in the Annex at  7:30PM. Family & friends cordially invited.

HONORS & ANNIVERSARIES: Please join me in congratulating the following brothers on attaining significant service milestones in November:  10 Years -Matthew Binnie, Ruben Lopez, Andrew Ryan and Stanley Wantrobski, 20 Years - Kevin Byrne, and 50 Years - Joseph Clarke and Robert Mcdevitt.  Also in November Jose Dumenigo became an Honorary Life member of the Order.


11/1  Brendan Gross

11/14 James Drylie

11/26 Paul Greszczak

11/2  Gerald Tatarka

11/14 Thomas Delaney

11/26 Jose Dumenigo

11/5  Brett Stradtler

11/17 David Barilla

11/26 Joseph Rossi

11/5 Thomas M Shields

11/17 Travis McHugh

11/27 Robert Moore

11/9  Roger Taylor

11/19 Joseph Difiglia

11/27 Gary Poyer

11/9  Aaron Wilson

11/20 Harry Browne

11/29 Karl Strohmaier

11/10 Ruben Lopez

11/24 Diego Castelomendes

11/14 Edward Shellman

11/25 Frank Acosta

SUPPORTING OUR GUARDSMAN: The soldiers stationed at the armory on Willow Grove street have been deployed to the Horn of Africa  for an extended period of time.  Nothing can take the place of being home but we are trying to send a little home to them.  Gil Murphy has been collecting money and non-perishable items to send to the troops.  We have sent out two care boxes and will continue to do so through their deployment.  Upon their return, we will be hosting a breakfast.  If you can help in anyway with funding or materials please make the check payable to Gil Murphy and send it to Knights of Columbus Attn: Gil Murphy, 142 Liberty Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Reports on distribution will be in this bulletin. Thank you for your support..

TOYS FOR TOTS: It's that time again when we try to make Christmas a little more memorable to the underprivileged children.  You can help by dropping of a new, unwrapped toy at the hall.  You can also send a check, if you wish, made out to Toys for Tots and mail it to: Knights of Columbus

ATTN: Jim Brady, 142 Liberty Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  As always, we thank you for your support.

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 founder.  Brothers should consider joining the guild.  There is no fee or dues of any kind.  Simply sign up at  and you will receive the quarterly newsletter.
HALL FOR RENT:  Having a shower, birthday or a business meeting.  The Columbus Club is available.  Contact Roger Hines 908-310-3354 for availability and rates.