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Brothers and Sisters: Spring is here. As I sit here writing this message and watching the snow fall, I am wondering whether Mother Nature got the memo. I would like to take this opportunity to wish from my family to yours a wonderful and Happy Easter.

On March 10th, there was the county wide free throw championship. I would like to thank all who came down to help and the support the winners from our Council. A special thanks to Rob Saracino and to Mike Hearney on an outstanding job that they did. 

On March 23rd, we- in conjunction with the Catholics for Freedom of Religion- prayed the Stations of the Cross. Thanks to all who came to the Church. It was truly an up-lifting experience. It has been many years since I was able to attend the Stations of the Cross, and found it to be a wonderful and spiritual prayer service.

On April 26th thru the 28th, Gayle and I will be attending the New York State Convention at Villa Roma. Last year we had a great time and were able to meet different Grand Knights from different Councils as well as our State Officers. I am grateful for the friendships that we all have developed. 

On April 29th, we will be hosting our 5th Sunday Mass and breakfast. We will be going to the 8am Mass in lieu of the 10 am Mass that we used to attend. Please come out and support our Council. We pray for our deceased members as well as the continuation of our Council. Also on this date is the Pasta Dinner for the Life Center at Our Lady of Grace. All the proceeds will go to the Life Center.

On June 30th, we will participate in the Church’s celebration of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We will have a booth and we are still trying to figure out what we will be selling. Steve Strigaro will be spear-heading this event. More information to follow.

I am still looking for someone to run the Chapter Charity Drive. No one has expressed interest in this. Please if you have the time, please see me. Also Alex Keller is looking for volunteers for the Giant Yard Sale. Please see either of us.

God bless our Country, our Troops, our Veterans, our Council and our Families.

Charlie Shami—Grand Knight.      Edit Text


Are you interested in becoming an Officer for the Council?  Have you thought about giving more of yourself and help lead your Council move forward?  Nominating Committee is ramping up to meet with interested members and present a slate of members looking to lead out Council?  Several Brother Knights have already submitted their letters of intent, but we need more Brothers to step forward.  All Third Degree members in good standing are eligible to apply for any position.  All Council positions are open even the Recorder position.  Long time Recorder, Steve Strigaro, has decided it is time to move and has submitted his letter of intent for a Chair Officer position.  Want to learn more about the various positions, contact either Bob Dobres or Mike Hearney.  Interviews will take place in late March, in addition to Council positions, there are 2 openings on the Home Association Board of Directors.  For additional information, contact Mike at 631 560-0451.


How about member Artie Clemens who help rescue his neighbor out of the burning building  - well done.

Thank you to all the Honorary Life Members who contributed to the Suffolk Chapter Raffle and added something extra for the Council,  a very nice addition.


The Council is sponsoring a "Giant Yard Sale" to raise funds for a new security system much needed by our Parish.  The Giant Sale is scheduled for August 18th.  Some Brother Knights have expressed their willingness to help, but many are needed to make this a successful and fun event.  If you would like to lend a helping hand and give back, please contact me and you'll be put on the e-mail list.  First meeting is in April, dates to be announced.  Thank you ,  your help is appreciated.

Alex Keller 631-226-3831

                                BUS TRIP TO SIGHT N SOUND

Bus trip to the new production of  "JESUS scheduled  for May 8th and May 9th.  Included in the trip is a stop at Kettle Village, Sight n Sound Theater for the presentation of JESUS, Hershey Farm Restaurant, stay overnight at the Wingate Hotel for fun & games.      May 9th, after breakfast leave for the American Music Theater for the showing of "Songs of the Silver Screen". then Lunch at the Shady Maple Restaurant and then return to Lindenhurst.  Cost is $285.00 p.p. for double occupancy and includes all gratuities.   Call Bob Dobres at 592-8697 for reservations.   There are only a few seats left.................................................


Chris Bolger, Ed Beyrer, Gerard Brauer, Jim Brida, 

Bill Casey, Jim Catalano, Tony Chironno, John Cicala

Bob Delauro, Bob Doyle, Andy Gargiulo, Ken Groth

Scott Hogan, Boydan Jendruczyk, Alex Keller, 

Angelo Lamorte, Joe Larsen, Mayor Mike Lavorata

Mike LoCasto, Jim Lynch, Danny Marmo, Joe McDonagh, 

Frank A. Odin, Anthony Pellarin, Vincent Petrillo, 

Brian Reilly, Robert Reilly, Richard Rossetti, Tom Rowan

Rob Saracino, Louis Scazzuso, Brian Smith, 

Don Thompson, Jim Triola, Dennis Walker, Arthur Walsh

Father Frank Zero, Stanley Zmijewski, Tom Zultkowski.


Editor: Bob Dobres (631) 592-8697

Items for the Monthly Tidings must be in the hands of the Editor, Bob Dobres, by the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 
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APRIL 2018
03 1ST Council Meeting 8 pm Amer. Legion
10 Home Assoc.Meeting 8pm Amer. Legion
13 Suffolk Chapter Mtg St. Peters 8 pm
17 2nd Council Meeting 8 pm Amer. Legion
18 4th Degree Meeting OLMM 7 PM REPAST
21 District 11 Flapjack Fundraiser
Applebee's Lindenhurst 8 am - 10 am $10.00
26-28 New York State Convention
29 Chinese Auction/Pasta Dinner 1 - 5 pm
OL GRACE - Benefit Life Center of LI.



                      FOURTH DEGREE NEWS


Ourf Lady of Fatima Assembly are seeking members of the 4th degree to join the Honor/Color Corp.  This is a great honor to represent the K of C at functions.  Our practices are now scheduled on the 2nd Wednesdays of each month.  The next 3 months this practice will be held at the American Legion Hall on Herbert Avenue.

Call Tom Romano at 631 561-7052 for more details.

Many have asked who are the longest members of the Council, so here are the top ten:


NAME                  DEGREE DATE


Thomas P. Dolan               06-01-1949

Michael J. Sakolsky            07-01-1949

John W. Hosey                  12-01-1949

Frederick Kienle                 12-01-1949

Hugh Gilmore                    04-01-1950

Robert T. Finn                   09-01-1953

Charles W. Turner              04-01-1954

John D. McIntyre                05-01-1954

Robert J. Manley                11-01-1954


C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!



Graduates in 2018 should apply for applications:
Scholarships & Fia. Aid to incoming Freshmen to all Catholic High Schools.  College bound students in 2018 apply for $1000.00 Scholarship for school of choice.  Student loans also available for College students.  Call Bob Dobres 631 592-8697 for applications. 

Think you are too Old for Coverage? Maybe Not
You are never too young or too old to consider purchasing life insurance.  If you have a financial need for coverage, or will in the future, a permanent life insurance policy can be just the thing you need.
When you are young and presumably healthy, coverage will be very inexpensive when compared to purchasing the same policies when you older.
If you've put off purchasing coverage or you realize that you may need additional insurance, the Order may still be able to help you, even if other companies cannot, in fact, in 2012 the issue age of our permanent life insurance product was extended to age 80 and in 2014, the issue age of our term insurance was extended to age 70.  Naturally, your health and whether or not  you smoke, will be taken into consideration, so underwriting standards for risk and age apply.  But, the extensions are a great blessing for me and it could be for you too. Now I can help members that I couldn't help before.  Are you or one of your brother knights one of these members?  Whether you are 18 or 80, the Knights of Columbus has products will work for you and your family.  I look forward to discussing coverage with you.

Alex Keller FICF – 631-226-3831 –

                                  PRO LIFE NEWS

Day of the Unborn......SK Edward McKee Memorial Mass

Saturday, April 7th 12 NOON - Holy Family Church

17 Fordham Ave., Hicksville - Refreshments will follow.

Call Keith 516-633-1435.

Catholic League Communion Breakfast - Sunday, April 15th, Kellenberg H. S.  Uniondale.  $25 p.p., Mass at 9.30 am then big breakfast, must register call at

516-292-0854 Guest Speaker Fr. Charles Connor.

Chinese Auction/Pasta Dinner:  Sunday, April 29th

1 to 5 pm - Our Lady of Grace Hall in West Babylon

$15.00 per person,   Profits  benefit the Life Center of Long Island, 631 766-3388.


                 YANKEE'S BASEBALL GAME

The New York State Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Yankee Baseball Game on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 1.05 pm against the Oakland A's.   Tickets are priced at $50.00 each and $15.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to Catholic education in the Brooklyn,  New York and Rockville Centre Dioceses.  Also each ticket purchased thru the NYS Knights of Columbus will also receive a N. Y. Yankee baseball cap with the Knights of Columbus Logo on the Cap.  To make a reservation for this great game contact Mike Hearney 631 560-0451 or

email at