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

Oktoberfest – Sep 26

Oktoberfest Coming September 21stOktoberfest is all set for Friday, Sept 26, 2014.  It will be from 6 pm to 10 pm. The Catholic Daughters will join us again as co-participants.

Tom Stoffel has announced that the menu will be brats, chicken, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzel roll, and cake.  It also includes three adult beverages.  All this for the still low price for $25.  Children under 21 are just $15.

Good news for families this year.  We have added a new  family promotion package of $60 for parent/child under 21.  Sorry, this does not include extended families or children of legal drinking age.

The Little German Band is  also returning.  Their music is the highlight of the evening, except, of course, for the lederhosen and festive attire of some of our brother knights.

Take a look at last year’s event!

There is plenty of work for the knights as we pull this event together.  There is pre-planning, decorations, setup, ticket advance sales, serving tables, escort work, and more.  Contact Matt or Gene to volunteer!  You can contact them by clicking on their name:  Matt Raynor or Gene Keeling

Oktoberfest Ticket Sales will take place after masses on the following four weekends:

  • August 16/17
  • Sept 6/7 (sharing table with Operation LAMB)
  • Sept 13/14 (sharing table with Operation LAMB)
  • Sept 20/21

Chapel Hill Operation LAMB Coming Soon

LAMB Drive Coming Sep 26-28thOur council has been a steady and strong supporter of Operation LAMB for over 20 years. What is Operation LAMB?  It stands for Least Among My Brethren.The LAMB program was started in 1960, became a statewide program in 1974, and was formally established as a public, nonprofit, fully tax-deductible 501(c)3 charity in 1999, named the LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc. The sole purpose of the foundation is to raise funds and distribute them to accredited organizations and institutions throughout the state that assist people with intellectual disabilities.

The knights have raised over $21 million dollars since 1974 for North Carolinians. That money has been raised all without a single paid employee, thanks to the more than 15,000 Knights of Columbus statewide who, along with their family and friends, stand long hours
giving away Tootsie Rolls and asking for donations. Fully, 93% of the funds raised go directly to charity. The only major operational expenses are for the Tootsie Rolls, aprons and an outside accounting firm.

LAMB Project Jerry PilarskiKnights fan out over the area and throughout the state to pass out Tootsie Rolls. We never sell them, we just give them away with a warm welcome and a big smile. We are rewarded by the generous donations of shoppers.

Our council is conducting its annual Operation LAMB Tootsie Roll campaign on the weekend of October 10-12 to raise funds for people with Intellectual Disabilities in our community. The agencies who will receive LAMB funds include the Special Olympics, Special Education Programs in Chapel Hill, Orange and Chatham counties, ARC, Club Nova, Voices Together, OE Enterprises and Chatham Trades.

The Knights need volunteers from the parish. This is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners, especially our teenagers, to contribute to a very worthwhile community service project. It’s fun, easy and rewarding–you just need to wear a bright yellow vest, smile, give out Tootsie Rolls, and ask quietly for donations for a couple of hours in front of a supermarket in the area.  Ready to volunteer?  Contact John Aluise by email.  Just click here. 

For more information, download

  1. Operation Lamb Tri-fold Brochure 2014
  2. Operation Lamb Flyer CH 2014 Rev1

Joe Acciarito to be Honored

Joe Acciarito

Joe Acciarito

From the Chapel Hill Seymour Center comes: A Veteran’s Affair: Wall of Honor New Recipients and Reception

If you have not seen the center’s Wall of Honor designated to honor veteran participants of the Seymour Center and Central Orange Senior Center, stop by and check it out!

Sir Knight Joe Acciarito will be honored in June as the Wall of Honor is renewed with eight veterans from the Chapel Hill Community. Other June honorees are: Nicholas Terrell, Clyde D. Perry, Jeppie Foushee, Lewis Atwater, John Dossett, Walter Mack and Joan Shevlin.

The ceremony will be on June 30th at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Seymour Center.  There will be a small reception and a time for personal reflections.

Peter O'Grady

Peter O’Grady

The wall is not only a way expressing community gratitude to those who served our Country, it enables other participants and visitors who frequent the Center to appreciate and learn more about their peers. Current honorees on the wall are Russell Blackwell, Thomas Hackney, Wayne Hung, Richard Tofte, Johnnie Johnson, Charles Alston, Roy Henry Gore, and Sir Knight Peter O’Grady.

For more information, contact: Cydnee Sims at the Seymour Center.

September Ends With Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest in Chapel Hill is on Friday, September 27, 2013. You won’t find it anywhere in our town but right here at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

01-OktoberfestOktoberfest is a 16-day celebration in Germany that starts in late September.  Our postwar GI’s and early German immigrant families brought the celebration to America.  In Germany, millions of people attend.  You can avoid the crowds and join us for our Chapel Hill event with the Little German Band playing and dancing.  There is food, beer, wine, dancing and live entertainment.

Cost is $25 per adult and includes brats, chicken, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzel roll, cake and three adult beverages.  If you are under 21 or a child, it is just $15 for a lifelong memory of fund and German music.

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It’s a kid friendly event as Oktoberfest is a family celebration and festival.

Parish celebrations, festivals, and other community events have brought church members and their community together for many years.  It is a time to be thankful for the many blessings we have received and for us to share our faith with our community.

Download Oktoberfest Poster