Dear Brothers and Sisters in Columbianism,
As we cope with the toughest winter
to hit the Long Island area in many years, we
should remember that we’re only half way through snow season. Traditionally the
heavy snow months around here are February and March. Here’s hoping the
groundhog was wrong!
Regarding the sale of the building,
we have some news to report. Several new potential buyers have come forward in
the past month and a contract is being finalized with the buyer with the best
offer. While the price is
not as high as the offer that we thought we had, this potential buyer seems to have
the money. As we all know in real estate, there are many ups and downs in
working towards a closing and this negotiation is no exception. For now,
As we move to the close of our
Columbian Year, we need to support our traditional activities and not get
distracted as we resolve the uncertainties of the real estate situation. We do
have a commitment from our Pastor and Chaplain, Msgr. Joe, to help us with our
housing situation in any way he can. The Council will continue although the
venue may change, as it has changed several times during our 110 year history.
In the meantime we have the St. Patrick’s Day Dance coming up on Saturday,
March 15, the Albany Prayer Rally on Wednesday, March 19 and 5th
Sunday on March 30 starting at the 9:30 AM Mass at OLPH Church. Please support
these and all our Council and Home Association events as we stay united in
brotherhood and charity. More details are inside.
In closing I’d like to pass along
some thoughts that our State Deputy, Carmine Musumeci, shared with the Suffolk
Chapter recently. Sometimes we take our membership in the Knights of Columbus
for granted, but here in Suffolk
County the Order is
especially strong. There are more Knights in the Suffolk Chapter than in 36 of
the States of the Union! As we look to expand
the order and keep it strong for the generations to follow us, we need to work
as true partners with our parishes and churches.
Towards that end, if any of you
would like to become more active and participate more fully in the Mass at Our
Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Msgr. Joe is looking for more ushers, lectors
(readers) and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. If you think you might
be interested in any of these positions please make Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco or
myself aware of your interest.
God Bless you and your families as
we prepare to enter the Lenten Season, which starts on March 5, 2014 this year,