Jerry’s New Year’s Day Pig Picking – That’s Barbecue!


Everybody chips in to get the job done. Here knights pull pig for charity.

The New Year is fast approaching and brother knight Jerry Pilarski is again hosting his annual New Year’s Day barbecue in the country.  The Pilarski’s have been doing this with family and friends for almost FIFTY years as their way to thank friends and join together for the new year.

If you know Jerry, you are invited.  If you don’t know Jerry, then it is time to learn about a wonderful person in our Knights of Columbus that has made it his personal mission to do something for others ALL THE TIME without expectation of something in return.

The Pig Picking Event is on January 1st. We gather at about 1:30 to 3 p.m. to be ready to serve and eat at 3:30 pm. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish or dessert to share. Beverages and pulled pig are provided with hush puppies.  We will gather for the blessing and eat at 3:30 p.m.

The barbecue is at the Orange Grove 4H Cattle Barn on Orange Grove Road at Dairyland Rd, just above the firehouse. Take NC 54 or Dairyland Rd from Carrboro to Orange Grove Road, then turn right.

The Promise of Christmas

I am reminded of a homily so very long ago given by one of our parish priests.  It was about 1993.  He told the story of his shopping experiences in Chapel Hill.  He marveled at the cute sayings, little mice, Santa, animals, bright red banners of “Happy Holidays,” and other seasonal decor.

But, he asked, “Where was Christ?”  Our Holy Day was fast becoming a “shopping and celebration” experience without Christ in the middle of our life.  We were more for us and were losing, or maybe even lost, the meaning of Christ’s Holy Day.  The day he was born was fast becoming forgotten.

Like the book, “Neverending Story,” where the world was disappearing because the inhabitants lost interest and their beliefs …and … their world of Fantasia is slowly being devoured by a force called “The Nothing,” Christ and Christianity is being overshadowed and even erased from our lives and culture.

But, at Christmas we are reminded that The Promise of Christmas is still with us and brings hope to the world, for we believe.

Luke  2:9-14

 9. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

birth-of-the-king-by-michael-dudash-552810 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

11 For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.

12  And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

13  And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”



Pancake Breakfast – Oct 9th

pancake-collageCalling all Knights to another monthly edition of “Let’s make a meal!” Come
on down and put some earnest effort behind our pledges of charity and good
eats for mankind.

Our Pancake Breakfast helps our council raise money for the parish and at the same time build a strong council.  Knights working together are also playing together.  If  you have not participated in a fish fry, pig pull, Oktoberfest, or pancake breakfast, you are missing an opportunity to work with others, learn more about your fellow knights, meet and greet  new parishioners, and all the while making life-long friends.  We are building our church community.

We need Knights to help staff the kitchen, serving line, and dining hall duties, and help with setup and teardown. If you can’t help, then at least support the breakfast by coming and eating, and bringing some family and friends along. The rest of us will be happy to serve you.

It’s real simple… if you are a Knight, you need to be there to contribute
to the success of this ongoing fundraiser for STM School and Church, and for
other charitable matters that we elect to help with throughout the year.
And if you cannot attend, at least say a prayer for a successful breakfast.

Of course, our Sunday pancake breakfasts are open to everyone and make a great opportunity for you to bring along family, a neighbor, or friends.  It is your chance to show them your church and share your faith with them.

Gene and Lisa Keeling will not be available on Sunday, so we have a critical
shortage in the kitchen to overcome. We may be one or two short in the
dining hall as well. Please make an extra effort to help, especially if you
can be there at 7 am in the kitchen.

Oktoberfest Was Fun For All

How do you know when an event is a resounding success?  From what you see, hear, and enjoy.  There was laughter everywhere, a little singing, more laughing, joking, sharing, and lots more laughing.  New friends were made, stories shared and our church family was bonding. We may have even rekindled interest in the knights from a relocating knight.

oktoberfest-crowdTom Stoffel said, “Congratulations Gene and Lisa for taking this event from zero to success in a mere 45 days!  And for winning the “best German attire” award.  And for


Bob Patterson greeted our guests and served as cashier.

pulling it off with Gene stranded in Dallas overnight Friday night.

For those that did not attend Oktoberfest on Saturday, you missed a great event.  We sold about 60 tickets in advance, so we planned for 100.  We lost count at 120!  In fact, we turned some people away because we ran out of food.

A special thanks goes to the Catholic Daughters and all of the knights that served food, beverages, and helped with our Oktoberfest.


Area Degrees scheduled

St. Matthew’s Council 13812 has set their schedule for 1st degrees.

October 16, 2016
November 20, 2016
December 18, 2016
January 15, 2017
February 19, 2017
March 19, 2017
April 16, 2017
May 21, 2016
June 18, 2017
July 16, 2017
August 20, 2017

We are hoping Durham’s Council 3390 will also have a team ready soon to offer a 2nd Degree Ceremony. Durham needs our help with building their 2nd Degree team. Can you assist?

Catholic Men’s Conference – Oct 1st

The Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Men of the Carolinas  announced the 2016 Catholic Men’s Conference in Raleigh.

Father James Sichko, one of the appointed “Missionaries of Mercy” appointed by Pope Francis, will share his dynamic stories and help us become the “Men of Mercy” that we are called to be.

Please join us at Saint Michaels the Archangel in Cary on October 1st for this spectacular speaker.

We are the leaders of our families and we are called to be Holy and merciful. Come listen as Father Jim guides us to be better men, fathers, and leaders within our communities! Tickets are $20 in advance, with discounts for Knights of Columbus members, seniors, and students. Priests and Deacons register for free! Check-in begins at 8am with a complimentary continental breakfast. Event begins at 9am.

For further information, go to or contact Jeff Hoffman at 919-249-7707 email

Active Knights of Columbus members receive a $5.00 discount using the code KOC when registering online.

Please signup early, as no discounts will apply on the day of the event.


Help Needed for Sep 11th Breakfast

food prepCalling all Knights and Men’s Club members (and, of course) kind-hearted volunteers to another monthly edition of “Let’s make a meal!”

We need volunteers to help staff the kitchen, serving line, and dining hall duties, and help with setup and tear down. Your help will contribute to the success of this ongoing fundraiser for STM School and Church.

If you can’t help out, then we invited you to support the breakfast by coming and eating, and bringing some family and friends along.  We also invite you to chat with the working Knights, Catholic Daughters, and other helpers.  Ask questions about what they do and how they do it.  You will learn a lot and you may want to join them in one of their many projects.  After all, our church is a family.  We work, pray, and play together.

We will set up tables and chairs at 7:00 am Sunday morning.  Have questions?  Contact Tom Stoffel.  Just click here


Oktoberfest – October 1st

Oktoberfest 2014 (17)Oktoberfest is coming in just a few weeks.  It is set for Saturday, October 1, 2016. Where? It is in St. Thomas More Catholic Church’s huge Friends and Family Hall located next to our main church building.

We will hold our Oktoberfest from 6 p.m. (after 5:15 mass) to 9:30 p.m. with food, beer, wine, dancing, and family-style entertainment and music.

Your ticket includes brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzel roll, cake and non-alcoholic beverages. There is a Cash Bar for beer and wine.

This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  It is open to the public.

Learn more about this event by visiting our Oktoberfest page.

Religious Appreciation Dinner


As has become our tradition, we will be having our annual Knights of Columbus Religious Appreciation Dinner on September 14 at the University Club in Durham. Each year, this is a great social event, as well as an opportunity to show our appreciation for those that sacrifice so much for our catholic community.

We will gather at 6 and sit down to dinner at 6:30 pm. Dinner will be served buffet style. Cost is $30 per person and includes dinner, dessert, coffee, tea and iced-tea (tip included). There will be a cash bar.

DSC06365If you’ve never been to the University Club, this is a wonderful meal at a very good price. It is located in the 17th Floor Penthouse of University Place, Durham. Guests are welcome so bring along a friend or family member.

Gene Keeling will need your RSVP with number of people attending by Friday, September 9th. Payment will be by cash or check the evening of the event.  Email Gene Keeling

We’re Back… Pancake Breakfast

Pancake breakfastSummer is over and our pancake crew is forming.  Are you ready?  We’ll have our jumbo sausage links, scrambled eggs, and novelty pancakes to complement our traditional fluffy grilled pancakes.

The Knights of Columbus have continued the legacy of the St. Thomas More Church Men’s Club.  A legacy of building church through the active participation of our parish men.  You, too, can  participate as a helper.  You do not have to be a Knight,  However, many have started their quest as a knight through working with friends who are knights.  Come on by and  ask, “Can I help?”  We will gladly welcome you as a helper or as a candidate for the Knights.

Take a look at some of the background activities of our Catholic community in action, click here.

Our first breakfast for the season is this coming weekend, Sunday, September 11th.  We start to serve after the 7:30 mass and continues until 11:30.

Our monthly pancake breakfast is announced in the church bulletin.