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June 2024


Basketball Free Throw   Bishop’s Burse   C&B Books   Calendar   Coats for Kids   Color Corps   Columbiettes   Day of Caring   Essay Contest   Fourth Degree   Keep Christ in Christmas   Lottery Calendar   Pro‑Life   RSVP   Scholarships   Soccer Challenge   Veterans   Vocations   Wheelchairs


NY State Pilgrimage

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine


 October 19, 2024


The NY State Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine will on Saturday, October 19, 2024.  The Mass at 11:30 AM will be followed by a Rosary Walk and Benediction.  Food and refreshments will be provided after the Benediction.   (Color Corps requested.  Color Corps should arrive by 10:45 AM.)



Fourth Degree.  An Exemplification of the 4th Degree took place on April 13th in Hamburg, NY. (KofC Hall Council #2220) honoring Charlie Esposito, PSD. 


Color Corps.  Every second Thursday of the month from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Father Justin Council. Just bring your beret, sword, social baldric and white gloves. All interested 4 the Degree members are welcome to attend.  All Faithful Navigators and Color Corps Commanders should attend and encourage other Brother Knights to attend as well.


Pro-Life.  The annual St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center Benefit Banquet was held April 25, 2024.


Day of Caring.  The Special Olympics Golf Tournament will be held again at Rizzo’s at Rothland Golf Course in Akron on Saturday, August 17, 2024. The date will be on us before you know it and it’s very helpful to the committee for early submissions. We are in desperate need of donated prizes. Gently used golf items or any useful prizes, such as: beer, liquor, sport clothing, sport equipment, or anything useful are appreciated.

Click on the following for the application and Individual Patron Ad sheet.


Veterans.  The Trinity assembly held a Flag retirement Ceremony on April 27, 2024. They retired 459 flags, 12 of those were from veterans or families of veterans that have passed. Out of those 12, 8 were never unfolded. Those 8 were donated to the WNY veteran cemetery. They will be flown near the entrance of the cemetery.

June 7th- Food will be taken to the VA Hospital in Buffalo for a day of visiting the patients on the 9th floor. Anyone can come to visit these patients that rarely get any visitors. Arrive at 10:45, lunch is at 11:30. There are 20 patients and 8 staff on that floor. Any questions, contact Lew Herman


Lottery Calendar.  694 Lottery calendars for 2024 have been sold so far.


Wheelchairs.  This initiative provides aid to those who lack the freedom of mobility in our communities and around the world. Whether councils are presenting wheelchairs to local veterans and neighbors in need or donating funds to benefit those abroad, mobility brings with it independence and dignity. Obtained at discounted prices, these wheelchairs change the lives of their recipients. We are always in need of wheelchairs at $150.00 each.


Vocations.  Click here for a list of current seminarians.


Scholarships.  All applications for Scholarships and Grants must be postmarked no later than April 1, at the New York State Council Offices for consideration. The applications are available on the NYS website at www.newyorkknights.com. Enter “Scholarships & Grants” in the search bar, and the printable files will appear. This includes instructions for Scholarships, Grants and Matching Funds. Current eighth graders entering Parochial High Schools are eligible.


Basketball Free Throw Competition.  The turnout this year was encouraging. After limited participation following the pandemic, we made great strides this past year. Let’s keep the ball rolling! Councils: Start making plans for the 2025 competition. Financial Secretaries: Order your kits early/now would be fine. FT Committee people: Take the online Safe Environment Program now to be covered.


Soccer Challenge Contest.  This is a fall event. Details will be available in the near future.  Be sure and take the online Safe Environment Program now to be covered.


Take Note: Anyone running any youth competitions or events need certification by taking the online “Safe Environment Program”/Supreme website. It only takes 45 minutes to complete, and the certification is good for two years.  The training is available here.


Coats for Kids.  100 cases were sold this year. They were ordered from Burlington Coat Factory. Now is the time to prepare for this program


Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.  The only submissions for the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest were for the 8th grade division. The essay sent to the State was that of Kadi J. from East Aurora submitted by Christ the King Council 12829. Essay  information is available at kofc.org > What We Do > Programs > Community > Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest


Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest.  Because of the close scores, there were two posters submitted for each of the three divisions for the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest.

 Grade K-2 Juniper M. from Smethport, PA and Carter M. from Bradford, PA. Both were submitted by Olean Council 338.

 Grade 3-5 Rachel H. from Lockport and Cora H. from Amherst. Both submitted by St. Mary’s of Swormville Council 17530.

 Grade 6-8 Luisa P. from East Aurora submitted by Christ the King Council 12829 and Avril A. from Akron also submitted by Council 17530.

Poster information is available at kofc.org > What We Do > Programs > Family > Keep Christ in Christmas.


Columbiettes.  Information on the Columbiettes can be obtained by contacting Steven Szumigala <steven.szumigala@gmail.com>.


Bishop’s Burse.  The Bishop’s Burse will be held at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant on June 17, 2024: cocktails at 6:00 PM, dinner at 7:00 PM, with the evening's program afterward.  The cost is $38.00.  Please contact John Sowinski for tickets.  The best way to reach him is by text message at 716-570-7427.


C&B Books.  Thanks to each of you who have picked up their C & B ticket books, and are out there selling them.  Tickets will be available any time, including the monthly Chapter Meeting. This year we would like to see every book distributed. If your council has not already committed to selling books, please consider participating this year.  It's all for charity, and your council can earn money to give money to their favorite charities.  Your council will earn $6.00 for every book sold.  That's $600.00 for 100 books sold, or $60.00 for 10 books sold.  Bonuses will add even more revenue to your council treasury. If you need tickets, please let me know as soon as you can.  Please note that the first drawing is the "Quick Start" on July 21st.  Please send as many checks and ticket stubs as possible (10 days before the drawing is suggested) so they will be processed and ready for the drawing.  Click for more information:

 2024 Tickets and Processing Procedures

 2024 Bonus Program

 2024 Prize Structure

 2024 Color Poster

If you have any questions or concerns or need assistance, please contact Gregory Traves <GregoryTKofC@gmail.com>.






10:45 AM Arrive

11:30 AM Serve Lunch

Serve Lunch to Veterans

VA Medical Center 9th Floor

3495 Bailey Avenue

Buffalo, NY  14215



6:00 PM Cocktails

7:00 PM Dinner

Bishop’s Burse

Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant

3785 South Park Avenue
Blasdell, NY 14219



6:00 PM Doors open
6:30 PM Meal

WNY Chapter Meeting

Our Lady of Peace

10950 Main Street

Clarence, NY 14031



C&B Quick Start Drawing

Villa Roma Resort

Callicoon, NY



WNY Chapter Meeting




Special Olympics

Golf Tournament

  Rizzo’s at Rothland Golf Course



5:00 PM – 9:00 PM


F.D.D. Picnic

Madonna Council

755 Erie Avenue

North Tonawanda, NY 14120



WNY Chapter Meeting




C&B Early Bird Drawing

Our Lady of the Island Council

Massapequa Park, NY



11:30 AM Mass

10:45 Color Corps

NYS Pilgrimage

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

1023 Swann Rd

Lewiston, NY 14174




C&B Drawing

Villa Roma Resort

Callicoon, NY


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