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Grand Knight
SK John Reynolds

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Columbianism,

            The sale of the building has taken a large step forward with the signing of a $1,000,000 contract with a developer. Barring complications, the closing is expected to take place at the end of May 2014 with a moving date within 30 days after the closing. Temporary space for the council for the rest of 2014 has been secured in the basement of the convent building on South Wellwood Avenue, just south of the OLPH School. This temporary space will give us a place to hold meetings while we figure out what we want and can afford on a more permanent basis.

            Congratulations to our 50 year members who were honored at a special celebration on March 4, 2014. The honorees were; Thomas Belmont, Henry Skalkowski, Msgr. Daniel Hamilton, Joseph Archbold, Ronald Higgins, Rocco Morabito, Eugene Kraemer, Robert Dobres, Robert Rooney, Richard Parez and Anthony Manzolillo. Special thanks to PGK Bob Dobres for organizing the event and to PGK Bob Rooney for giving us a personal perspective on being Knight of Columbus for 50 years. In attendance were New York State Treasurer John Joseph, Suffolk Chapter Chairman Thomas Romano, Faithful Navigator Henry Tomlinson, District Deputies Phil Maniaci and Michael Hearney and our Chaplain, Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco. Also on hand were several elected officials including County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, Lindenhurst Mayor Thomas Brennan and Village Trustees Mike Lavorata and Joan Masterson along with Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane.

            Msgr. Joe hosted a historic first Parish Leadership Meeting recently in the school auditorium. In addition to the parishes four main leadership boards (Pastoral Staff, Pastoral Council, Finance Committee and Liturgy Committee) representatives from 51 parish ministries, organizations and societies were also invited. In all over 60 of us gathered to meet each other and to discus what we can do to build up a better sense of unity and cohesiveness in the parish as a whole. Just to highlight two of the organizations that could use some assistance, Bob Dobres (631-592-8697) needs volunteers to  make telephone calls for the Catholic Ministries Appeal. The Appeal is off to a good start, but more offerers need to be contacted. Maureen Russo (631-226-4182) of the Driving Ministry is looking for clients. She already has people willing to provide transportation for parishioners going to medical appointments, but she needs people to be driven. If you know of someone who needs transportation to get to their doctor’s appointments, have them call Maureen to get in touch with a parish volunteer.

            There is a lot going on in your council and OLPH Parish. God Bless you and your families as we finish out the Lenten season and head towards Easter on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

John Reynolds

Grand Knight

P.S. On a lighter note, Joe Minore is happy to report that rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated!

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