Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism

The Kilmer Chronicles

                     April 2019 

    Joyce Kilmer Council 2483   

              Knights of Columbus                 

Hackettstown, NJ  

                 Chartered June 1923

FROM THE CHAPLAIN'S DESK: Dear Brother Knights!

We are somewhat in the middle of the Season of Lent. Its a great time to reflect as to how we have spent our Lenten days so far in association with prayer, fasting and alms-giving (the disciplines of Lent) and at the same time planning on how we want to spend the rest of the days of Lent both personally as well as communally as brother knights.


The preacher who came for the day of recollection on last Saturday spoke much about the forgotten aspect of Lent. Lent is not only the season where we practice the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and alms-giving, but also reflecting, practicing and witnessing our Baptismal Promises as Lent was originally aimed at preparing the Catechumens for the sacraments.


I thank our brother-knights who have been and continue to be the back-bone of life of the parish for so long. Your vocation as knights is a source of inspiration for many. I have witnessed a lot of good will for community and church from you. Continue to delve deeply into the mystery of God’s unconditional love by reading the Gospel passages that are given to us in Lent. We have read the story of the Prodigal Son. Encourage each other to take Lent to a one-step higher level of personalizing it to inspire your brother-knights.

    Brother Knight Antony

“SHAKE THE CAN”: Brothers, The weekend of our fund drive for the Developmentally Disabled Children is April 26, 27, and 28. It is our annual signature event in raising funds and demonstrating to our community in a very public way, the first pillar of our organization: CHARITY. All of our locations in Hackettstown are on board: we just need to commit a few hours of our time and do what we do best…. help others. To volunteer, the sign up board is already in place at the hall. Or you can call Bob Carlson, 908-229-9951 or John Takacs, 908- 852-3322.

BEEF STEAK DINNER 05/11/19: Set your calendars for Saturday, May 11th. We will be hosting a Beefsteak Dinner. We will be using Nightingale Beefsteak Company from Clifton. Our goal is to have 75-100 diners. The cost is $40/person prior to April 26th. After that the cost goes up to $45/person. This fundraiser will benefit our charitable endeavors and provide monies for youth scholarships. If you have been to a Beefsteak then you know how much fun it can be. If not, check it out!! For more information, contact DGK Bob Marks at 908-850-6175.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: Another big event of the weekend  if 05/11-12 deals with the yearlong celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe which Bishop Checchio has proclaimed for the Diocese of Metuchen. We will have in Church of the Assumption for the entire weekend the Icon image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There are only 4 of these images in the world. Along with this is a 1 hour adoration to Our Lady.There will be more news on both events shortly. Vivat Jesus! Bob Marks, DGK

HONORS & ANNIVERSARIES:  Please join me in congratulating the following brothers on attaining significant service milestones in April:  5 Years - Raymond Pollack, 10 Years - Diego Castelomendes and Timothy Petre, 20 Years - Richard Barry, Anthony Coccaro, Stephen Clark, Michael Tynan, and Theodore Warcholik and 40 Years - Stephen Gandley and Francis Whalen



4/2  John Michalko

4/10 Arthur Zeiss

4/23 Angelo Restaino

4/4  Anthony Moore

4/11 Gregory Castillo

4/24 Robert Giordano

4/4  Marco Oviedo-Nunez

4/13 Charles Shipley

4/24 Paul Hollman

4/5  William Burke

4/14 Joseph Anello

4/29 Frank Yacobowsky

4/7  Timothy Petre

4/14 Edward O’Melia

4/30 Michael Halpin

4/7  Eric Formichella

4/22 Michael Curcio

4/9  Harry Lobby

4/22 Timothy Blake


2019 Spring 50/50 Raffle - Need membership support in selling and purchasing raffle tickets for our council's big fund raiser. Tickets are available at our meetings, our events, in the large envelope behind the bar at the hall or contact Joe Moore at 908 894-3131 call or text.  Drawing Thursday, June 6th, Social meeting at 9:30PM at the hall. $5 per ticket, need not be present  to win.  Proceeds Benefit Joyce Kilmer Council 2483. Thanks for your support

YEAR OF THE CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: Friday, April 12, 6:00PM to 7:00PM at the Church of the Assumption.  There will be Stations of the Cross and a Homily on the message of the month. This month's message "The Visitation". 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.

FATHER'S DAY SOFTBALL TOURNEY: One again, our council will sponsor the annual 1 pitch tournament on June 15th in Hackettstown. Got a team, sign up and compete!  Go some time, come on down and help out. More information to follow.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER:  This year's dinner was a huge success.  Many thanks to all for attending.  It was a record breaker.  Our special thanks to everyone who prepared the feast and the many other brothers who helped out with this event.  See you next year!!

SPRING GOLF OUTING: Spring Golf  Outing at Minebrook Golf Course on 05/18/19.  Includes 18 hold of golf, cart, contests, prizes.  Roast Beef Luncheon immediately following at the Columbus Club Hall.  Contact Roger Hines 908-310-3554.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING SCHEDULE:  Our meetings in April will be held on  April 4 (THU) and April 18 (THU) at 8:0PM.  Join us at 7:30PM for the rosary.

HONORING ALTAR SERVERS: On Sunday March 31, the council held a brunch at St Theodore's to honor the Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and the Choir.  Thanks to Rocco & Christine DeLellis, Andy Seger, Bob Piereth, Joe Moore, Karl Strohmaier, Bob Marks, Ed Shellman & Joe McLoughlin.  Fr Damien had a great time & thanked the Council for their 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.

April 20 , 2019
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