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.


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

Did You Ever Consider….?

One of the greatest benefits of being a Knight is that we get to work with some fabulous people.  It is not just the people in our council, but councils and assemblies throughout the state.  But, wait, the circle grows.

6-Pancake breakfast (7)With each encounter, with each event, we meet and greet others.  We get to touch them in many ways and in ways that we can never imagine.  Want to see it happen?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can.  Just stand at the curb in front of the church before mass.  Watch the interaction of people as a Knight reaches out to shake a hand and give a warm welcoming smile.  Then watch the Narthex.  It is seen there, too.  Watch little children stop and go back to hug Joe, Peter, or Jerry and other Knights.

After the mass it is repeated over and over again.  It happens at fish fries, pancake breakfasts, and special events or masses. Yes, we are touching lives every day and every where.  You, Brother Knight, are making an impression and influencing others.

This writer has thought about this often and I am not afraid to share our stories, your stories.  You and your brother Knights are part of the fabric that makes up and  is our Church.

Leanna LambToday, as I sat at the end of the church driveway waiting on a light, something told me to turn on NPR (National Public Radio).  It is then that I heard someone talking about a “Lollipop Moment.”  It made me think about our Knights passing out Tootsie Rolls for Operation Lamb.  Drew Dudley was sharing his thoughts on leadership and the impact we are making on others and, in most cases, not even knowing it.  Watch Drew’s story here.



Final Fish Fry Before Easter! – April 4

1-fish fryOur final Lenten Fish Fry & Bake is this Friday, April 4, serving 5 pm-8 pm in the Friends & Family Hall.

Please also help us promote this event. You can share this story on your Facebook page.  Send a link to your neighbors.

Don’t forget to share this information with your non-Catholic friends.  Everyone likes a fish fry!   We welcome the opportunity to open our doors to the community and to share with others our social events.  You may spark a renewal of faith and start a friend on a path that leads them back to their church, maybe our church.  Pope Benedict wrote:

  • “Help each other to live and to grow in the Christian faith so as to be valiant witnesses of the Lord. Be united, but not closed. Be humble, but not fearful. Be simple, but not naive. Be thoughtful, but not complicated. Enter into dialogue with others, but be yourselves.”   – Pope Benedict XVI, Genoa, Italy, May 18, 2008

Tom Stoffel has advertised for help.  “We need many hands for setting up, cooking, serving, selling tickets, busing tables, keeping refreshments filled, serving wine, and cleanup & tear down.  Especially cleanup!” he said.

Tom advised that the Knights and Catholic Daughters get started at 2:30 pm.  They could use many helpers to unload supplies, set up the kitchen, start preparing for cooking, and to set up the hall for dining.

Can’t help with prep and setup?  There is much left to be done and you can help cook. You just need your apron and a big smile.  Yes, it is hard work, but you’ll have fun, too.

From 5 – 8 pm, Knights are needed to serve, sell tickets, bus tables, and serve beverages.

Tom wanted you to know that he also needs needs help with cleanup and tear down for about an hour starting at 8 pm.

If you can help, please  email to Tom Stoffel at tstoffel@bellsouth.net, or call him at 919-360-3846.

October Events at Our Council

Are you keeping up with the many events and projects of the council?  We publish a calendar of events at our council meetings and provide copies of the minutes to you.  If you have missed a meeting or two, come on back and see what we are up to.

Here are some highlights of upcoming events

  • Pancake breakfast – October 14th.  Tom Stoffel and his team need your help setting up, serving, and cleaning up.
  • Year of the Faith begins on October 11th.  Learn more from the Vatican’s site.
  • Oktoberfest – October 26th in the Friends and Family Hall.  A family event.  Those interested in helping with the event should contact the Deputy Grand Knight.  Join other knights as we sell tickets after mass the weekend of October 13.14
  • Knights Special Olympics – November 18th, St. Thomas More Church School, 4-6 p.m.
  • Pulling Pig for the Poor – Date TBD.  Jerry Pilarski and crew will cook about 85 shoulders.  We get to pull the meat off the bone.  The first BBQ fundraiser for the Financial Assistance Ministry was on August 18 and 19.  We sold out in a day and the proceeds went to assist with the poor who seek help from our church.

As we enter the Christmas season, let’s renew our efforts to support the council.  There is much work to be done as we reach out to serve our community, our church, and our Lord.