There’s Work To Be Done

It’s July and we have already passed the July 4th Holiday and all of the family excitement.  However, our Catholic Family needs our attention.

The new “council year” starts with our July 17th meeting.  You are  encouraged to attend, especially if you do not attend on a regular basis.  We often talk about “the ten percent.”  That’s the ten percent of any group that can be counted on to make the group work.  But, just imagine if we could get 25% or 50% of our members to step up and make things possible for members of our parish.

What’s needed?  Well there are over 100 ministries in our parish.  There are also  outside services agencies (non-Catholic community groups that we support) depended upon their Catholic neighbors.  This includes Porch and the IFC…among others.

Why not attend our council meeting tonight and see your friends and neighbors at work.  They will be happy to see you and look forward to working with you on a parish or Knights of Columbus program or project.

Oh, I forgot… We have new officers.  They are the core of our Council.  Many have served before and some have served as a Grand Knight or Faithful Navigator.  You might think that they would take a break.  Nope.  Most will keep on giving because it is what needs to be done.  But, I digress.  I promised a list of Council Officers.  Just click on this link or select  “Officers” in the banner above:

See you tonight.

Joe Acciarito

p.s.  If you are looking for information about the Knights of Columbus, you are welcome to call one of us.  In fact, why not give a call to Joe Acciarito at 919-428-3620. Joe is quite active in our Council and has served in our Membership Committee.  He’s one of the smiling faces that are our “greeters” at the 9:15 Sunday mass.

Bishop Burbidge Tries Hand at Bocce

Bishop Burbidge BocceBrother John Aluise, Council 10910, St. Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill, provides instruction on the game of Bocce to Bishop Burbidge, formerly the Bishop of the Raleigh Diocese, who was attending the St. Thomas More Church’s 75th anniversary at the annual parish festival.

Council 10910 conducts a Bocce game, including participants from the Special Olympics, to raise funds during the festival to add to its Operation LAMB Tootsie Roll campaign.

Special Knights Meeting – Sep 10

As you are aware, with the departure of the Keeling family and the nonavailability of Tom Stoffel, the Knights of Columbus is unable to sponsor a Pancake Breakfast on September 10.   However, we will have an important planning meeting in lieu of our breakfast immediately following the 9:15 Mass on Sept 10.  We will discuss the current and future functions of the Council.

We believe this would be a great opportunity for prospective members to learn about the Knights and to share ideas and suggestions.   We are particularly interested in getting this message out to the parish Hispanic community.

We urge Council 10910 members and those considering membership in the Knights of Columbus to attend and help shape the future of the Council.    Coffee and donuts will be served.


Member Training

Knights RecruitingYou may have felt lost when council members talk about recruiting, membership, and council growth.  It sounds like we are just about membership and recruiting new members and that is not entirely correct.

We are about family and helping our church growth through coordinated actions in support of our parish priests.  Our church has experienced rapid growth during the last ten years and it is only beginning.  We are a vibrant church and welcome families every month.  In addition, we are expanding our facilities, ministries, child care, and support of our neighbors and the elderly and home-bound through Meals on Wheels.  We are now working on the acquisition of Aldersgate United Methodist Church to form St. Thomas More Church South Campus.

But, it takes people–men of the parish–to provide the experience, support and services needed.  We also need to renew our officer pool of Third Degree Knights.  We grow our own and that means we need to gain new members.  How can you help?  You can attend Membership Training hosted by Supreme and it is all on-line as a webinar.  Best of all, it is a night time webinar presented at 8 p.m. on August 30th.

Join Fraternal Mission presenters for a training webinar identifying the best ways to recruit new members for our council and get them engaged in charitable activity.

The one-hour webinar will provide a detailed look at the how, what and why of recruiting new members.  We will explore:

  • Recruitment Skills Training
  • Best Practices in running effective Church Recruitment Drives
  • Setting goals and Earning the Star Council Award

Register today.  You will fill out a brief form and then access a link to test your portal and Flash player.  All webinars are recorded and available on demand.

Can you hear your inner voice calling you to service?

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.


Supporting the Special Olympics

John Aluise coaches Bishop Burbidge

John Aluise coaches Bishop Burbidge

John Aluise was hard at work last month chairing the Bocce Tournament and arranging for teams/players for our tournament. There were ten Special Olympics athletes participating and they were joined by Bishop Burbidge.

This was the same day as our annual Parish Festival on June 20th,  The  council also assisted with food serving following the 5:15 mass.

The council Bocce Tournament is one of the Knights of Columbus’ fund raising projects for Operation LAMB, which donates all proceeds to local agencies who serve those with intellectual disabilities.

St. Thomas More School Honors Veterans

The St. Thomas More School is having a Veterans Day event on Tuesday.  Here is what is going on…

School Kids Veterans Day 2013Armed Forces personnel are invited to participate in and be honored at a ceremony at the school on Veteran’s Day,Tuesday, November 11th.
Veterans, servicemen, servicewomen, active duty personnel, ROTC students, current and former National Guard personnel are invited.
Guests are asked to arrive at the school between 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. on the 11th.  There will be a brief ceremony indoors followed by a flag raising ceremony outside (weather permitting), then coffee and light refreshments.  It should be over by 8:30 a.m., although a few teachers may be requesting some participants to visit their classrooms.
St. Thomas More School is located on Fordham Boulevard (NC 15-501) in Chapel Hill.  The school address is 920 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  Map
Let’s give the children our support!  Wear your service identification, military cap or jacket, or anything else you may have to show you served.  Maybe you will be invited to “show and tell” in a classroom.  It is our opportunity to show who we are as Knights of Columbus.

Oktoberfest Fun

Oktoberfest 2014 (17)Our 2014 Oktoberfest was fun for all.  Great music from the Little German Band and lots of dancing.

We watched German folk dancing and listened to many a tune, then it was audience participation time.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the chance to get up and dance or join in a procession around the room and dance floor.  Were you there?

A special thanks to the many hands that joined in to decorate, prepare the food, and serve.  Have ideas to make next year’s event even better?  Share your ideas and volunteer to be part of the organizational team for Oktoberfest 2015.

Pancake Breakfast Back on Target

pancakes 091414Tom Stoffel reported that our pancake breakfast today was a great success. Lots to do, many joined in.

Tom said, “Sincere thanks to the Knights who stepped up to help us pull off a successful Pancake Breakfast today! PGK Bill Jackson, newer Knight Ed Van Duinen and Knight-in-transfer Matt Miller were there at 7 am and took it the distance today, racking up about 6 hours of heaven credits apiece! They all helped out with a number of different tasks, from kitchen to serving to mess hall to cleaning. Brother Matt also proved his prowess on the griddle, serving up some of the softest, no-knife-required pancakes we’ve had. Brother William Boyd helped with a lot of the dirty work, coming all the way from Pittsboro to keep clean plates, forks, and cups ready for use. And Brother Newton Grant cooked up a storm to cover for the big hole left by Matt Raynor’s absence.”

Tom was also very complimentary with others, too. “Much thanks as well to Lisa and Ariana Keeling, who helped with kitchen setup, cooking, and cleanup. And thank God for that, because our regular helper Peggy was missing today too.” and

“Thanks to the usual Knights, Men’s Club and CDA regulars too – Brendan, Dario, Gene K, Gene H, Gene D, David D, Charlotte, Bob, Chuck, Will, Margaret, Seth, Terry, O’Neil, and whomever I may have missed (it’s always dangerous to try to name everyone). We were missing a lot of regulars today, but a lot of people stepped up to help us pull it off.

Special thanks as well to Elizabeth Fixler, who helped us clean up and tear down the hall, and set up for a very large TYM evening session, as we often do. If you see her, please thank her. Even better, visit her religious items store in downtown Chapel Hill – 108 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 918-4090. She could use our support too.” Tom wrote.

It takes a lot of people to make a breakfast, dinner, or Oktoberfest possible. These events are “bonding” events in that new long-lasting friendships are forged. How about you? Are you ready to jump in and make our next breakfast an even better success?

Priest Appreciation Dinner – Oct 1

Our priests and deacons work hard all year through.  Now is our time to show the Knights of Columbus and our council appreciate them.  We will honor them with a formal dinner at DSC06365the University Club Durham on October 1st.

Put that date on your calendar now and dust off your Sunday suit or Knights Regalia.  We are going Uptown for a great dinner.

New to Priest Appreciation Night?  Take a look at what we did at an earlier Priest Appreciation Dinner.  Learn more