Membership in the Knights is Now Open

Brother Knights of Council 10910, Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters is offering a limited one year membership opportunity for new members to join the Knights of Columbus. Please see the attached message for details:

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME MEMBERSHIP PROMOTIONAL OFFER:

For a 2-week period commencing Wednesday, July 22 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 5th, new members are being offered FREE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP for their first year. The Supreme Council will pay the first-year dues for every man who joins online between now and August 5. Prospects simply need to visit kofc.org/joinus and enter the code MCGIVNEY2020 to take advantage of this special offer. This is a $25 offer to join.  It just does not get better than this!

Help the men of the Catholic Community of Saint Thomas More join Chapel Hill Knights in service to our church, parish, and community.  We are called to serve.  It is our mission.

Father McGivney was faced with a pandemic in the 1880s, as we are today. And in the face of that pandemic, he persevered in his efforts to evangelize those in his community, to form his parishioners in their Catholic faith, and to grow the Knights of Columbus. As his spiritual heirs, we can do nothing less.

Our pastors need the Knights of Columbus. Our fellow parishioners need the Knights of Columbus. Those impacted by COVID-19 need the Knights of Columbus. Just as our holy founder surely would, let us resolve to Leave No Neighbor Behind, and to offer every Catholic man the opportunity to join the Order that he founded some 138 years ago.

Council 10910 would like to take advantage of this offer and is offering a drawing for a $50 gift card to those Knights that sign up a new member. Each Knight who signs up a new member during this promotion will receive a ticket for the drawing to be held on August 6, 2020.

If candidates wish to find out more about the Knights or the Council please have them contact:

William Jackson at GK10910koc@gmail.com or

James Davisson at FS10910koc@gmail.com

Celebrating with our Parish Religious

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Good company and elegant dining to honor our parish religious.

Our annual Religious Appreciation Dinner is on September 16 at the University Club in Durham. This is a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation to those that give so much to us. It’s also a great social event for the Knights as we include our spouses and socialize with our extended family–The Knights of Columbus.

There is a place for you!

There is a place for you!

We will gather at 6:00 and plan to sit down to dinner at 6:30. The event will be held at the University Club – 3100 Tower Blvd #1700, Durham, NC 27707. Cost is $30 (tax and tip is included) per person and includes a elegant buffet dinner, a separate dessert buffet, iced tea and coffee. There will also be a cash bar.

Please make your reservation now by contacting Gene Keeling.  Click here to Send R.S.V.P.  Gene needs your R.S.V.P. by Friday, Sep 11th.

Books for Bertie County

Allan Books1The Knights received a request for support for books for Bertie County Glenmary Missioners.

The Catholic Daughters asked Fr. Mike Kerin from Bertie County
speak to them at Faith on Tap a couple of weeks ago.  He shared the needs of their Mission and the people they serve in the poorest county in NC.  The Catholic presence is less than 1% there, so his work is true  evangelization.

Bertie County is where they have discovered the actual “Lost Colony” site, and are not
publicizing it to keep the amateur archeologists out of the dig.  Oops, the word is out!  WRAL and local newspapers reported this story.  Learn more

We asked how we could help, and he asked for books for  school children for summer reading.  It just happened that St. Thomas More School’s used book sale was held recently and there were books left over when they cleaned up after the sale.

Ann Banes said, “We had a lot of books for the mission and needed help with a truck and some muscle to get them down there.  I talked with him on Thurs. and he said he would be in Raleigh this Friday.  If we can coordinate it, we may be able to have him direct us to the site where we can unload the books.”  The Knights responded and the books were delivered.

Allan Books2A special THANK YOU goes out to the Catholic Daughters for coordinating this effort and for Allan Gorry for transporting books and supplies to the children of Bertie County last Friday.  “Allan was so generous with his time and resources to make this possible. Please let the Knights of Columbus know how much we appreciate his assistance.” Karen Lewis

Well, Karen, we, too, appreciate Allan’s assistance and service,  But, we think that Allan would also want to thank the Catholic Daughters for their efforts and challenge to our council. We are here to help.

The Mission of John the Baptist
10And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?” 11And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”12And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”…

Dual Degree Held

National CathedralLots and lots of local knights joined together from Durham, Burlington, and Chapel Hill to hold First and Second Degree ceremonials at St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill.

Eight candidates for council memberships received their First Degree.  All conferees, joined by four other brother knights, then proceeded to their Second Degree ceremonial. The chamber was filled to capacity and all felt that the degree teams did an outstanding job.  They spoke from the heart with sincerity and pride in our Order. The degree teams were both from Burlington, NC, and Pius X Council 3498 of Blessed Sacrament Church.

The Second Degree Ceremonial was dedicated to Sir Knight Jerry Pilarski in recognition of his unselfish dedication to the church, his parish, and the Knights of Columbus.  Grand Knight Matt Raynor commented, “When the Knights are doing something, Jerry, is found there.”  Jerry has prepared many meals and pig pickings for the Council and prepares all of the pork that is sold to support parish programs to aid the homeless and poor seeking assistance at our door.

The Knights of Columbus members progress through three ceremonials in their quest for full knighthood in their fraternal order.  The Knights of Columbus were formed in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut. He was faced with a parish of many immigrants who worked in local factories and silver smelting plants.  Still many others were without work due to bigotry and shunning by non-Catholics.  Many died premature deaths, leaving widows and orphans to face a life of poverty.  Some parish members were also tempted to join non-Catholic fraternal groups in hopes of gaining employment and acceptance.

Fr. McGivney’s dream was to form a core group of the faithful for the mutual benefit of the church and to provide for widows and orphans.  That small group of men grew into what we now know as the Knights of Columbus.