Knights Family Dinners
The next Family Dinner is scheduled for
November 21, 2019, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
The cost has been increased to $9.00 for seniors and $11.00 for others. Reservations are required by calling Pat Wittek at 908-964-3989 by Monday before the third Thursday of month.
December 19, 2019
January 16, 2020
February 20, 2020
March 19, 2020
April 16, 2020
May 21, 2020
June 18, 2020
Dates are subject to change!
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Mass to Honor
The Union Council 4504 Union Knights of Columbus will be at Holy Spirit November 17th for 9:00 AM Mass. Annually we have celebrated this Mass to honor our Departed Members. Over the years we alternate between our two Parishes we are affiliated with. Next year our Mass is scheduled for St Michaels on November 8th 2020.
We will be having a breakfast following mass at our Council Home 1034 Jeanette Ave Union NJ. Those that wish to attend please email
If there are any Columbiettes who have a business, we could expand this feature to 'Sisters in Business'.
Columbian Club Bar
“Big G has volunteered to open the Columbian Club bar Thanksgiving evening. The bar will open at 6:00. Come out and stretch your legs after dinner. And keep Big G company!!”
Also starting November 11th, the bar will open at 4:00 instead of 3:00 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday will remain at 3:00.
Wedding Anniversary Celebrations
Council 4504 will recognize brothers and their wives who have celebrated, or will be celebrating, their 25th and 50th Wedding Anniversary this year. We will also make special presentations to the brothers and their wives who celebrate incremental five-year anniversaries after 25 years.
Any brother who would like to be recognized should contact Giftus John, PGK, or Grand Knight Mike Willemse as soon as is possible so that we may order the correct number of certificates.
Coat & Clothing Drive
After 6 years of running our Coat Drive, Alex Costa PGK is stepping down.
If you are interested in taking up the cause, please contact GK Dave Wozniak or Alex Costa PGK.
John Mc Evoy has been our champion of this noble cause for years. New Eyes provides a basic pair of single or lined bifocal lenses for individuals who have no other resources with which to obtain a basic pair eyeglasses.
Please, look for the donation box on our inside lounge.
A LIFELINE FOR
Steve Nagy PGK is spearheading this worthy cause. Through the generosity of 4504 we were able to donate 30 cell phones.
Each donated device allows Cell Phones for Soldiers to fulfill the mission of serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding.
These donations provide Minutes that Matter to troops overseas. Donations also help provide emergency financial assistance to veterans.
Due to the mobile phone recycling program, more than 15 million cell phones have been recycled since 2004, thus reducing the impact on landfills and our environment.
There is a donation box in our lounge. Thank you.
Charitable Raffles to Begin on
As 2019 begins, we are once again planning to offer Brother Knights of Union Council 4505 opportunities to participate in 3 raffles that will fund our charitable account through the year.
I would be remiss if I did not first thank all of those members and supporters of our Council who willingly return our mailings for each and every raffle. Your generosity and sense of charity are truly commendable, and make the role of running this raffle most gratifying.
Last year we collected a total of $6,890.00 and were able to award $3,445.00 in prizes for raffles that were drawn on Memorial Day in May, at the Council picnic in September, and at the Christmas dinner meeting in December. After deducting for the costs of mailing and licenses, we raised a total of $2,164.00 that was placed in our Charitable account. We were also fortunate enough to have winners of the smaller prizes donate the winnings back to the Charitable account, and to those who did so, I offer my sincere thanks.
In 2019, we are again planning to run 3 raffles to be called on the same occasions as last year; Memorial Day at 6:00 pm, the Council picnic on the Saturday after Labor Day (also at 6:00 pm), and at the Council Christmas Dinner on the second Monday of December. That raffle will be pulled at the conclusion of the dinner.
If you are interested in receiving tickets through the mail, please send me an email (Aschopfer@verizon.net) or call me at (908) 265-7895. Tickets are also available approximately one month prior to each drawing.
In an effort to decrease our expenses, please be certain that the Council has your updated address so that your potential winning tickets are not returned to me by the Post Office as undeliverable. Unfortunately, this occurs far too frequently, and not only adds to our expenses, but also decreases the potential prizes available to all who do participate. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me to ensure that we do have your correct mailing address!
Please expect your first set of tickets to arrive the first week of May.
PGK and Charitable Raffle Chair
Novena for Life
One of the new criteria for our Columbian Award is a program called "Novena for Life." It’s a program where Brother Knights announce and hopefully attend our parishes' Novenas.
A novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition but sometimes as a prayer of thanksgiving. The nine days recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday.
We will be having a Prayer for Life at every Council meeting throughout the summer.
Holiday Bus Trip to NYC
"We are planning a Council Holiday bus trip to New York City. Set some aside to spend with Council 4504 families and see the Holiday sights. Click here for details."
If you're looking for other ways to thank soldiers, try AnySoldier.com, a site that allows soldiers to post their needs and wants and provide addresses. Browsing through the requests is fun; lots of good pictures and stories. It really gives you a sense of what these men and women are going through, and reminds you that many of thems are just regular kids who'd just like a Twinkie and a magazine now and then. I sent a couple lotion and pedicure sets to a pair of female Marines for Christmas who requested "anything girly!"
Phone cards for Hospitalized Vets
From Grand Knight Dick Rieger, Council 4969:
Want to help a good cause? There are hundreds of wounded soldiers and Marines that are in the hospital and won't be going home for Christmas. You can help by buying phone cards and sending them to the hospitals. Wal*Mart sells a 1 hour phone card for $4.72
Here are the address's for the Army and Navy hospitals.
Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave. NW
Rear Admiral Adam Robinson (MC) USN
8901 Wisconsin Ave.
These people have given so much, a phone card or two isn't much pay back but it will sure help.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant me
a steady hand and watchful eye,
that none be hurt as I pass by.
Thou givest life. I pray no act of mine
take away or mar that gift Divine.
Protect those, Lord, who travel with me
from highway dangers and all anxiety.
Teach me to use my car for others' needs
and never miss the beauty of Thy
world through excessive speed.
I pledge to drive with loving concern
to my every destination,
offering each travel hour to Thee
in a spirit of reparation.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
my auto Companion,
have mercy on me.
A Prayer of Thanks for Blessings Past and Present
Lord God, we gather around this table to humbly thank You for all that You have given us this past year – not just what is on this table, but who is sitting around this table. Thank you for life and laughter, for health and happiness, for relationships and memories. Thank you, too, for the lessons learned and the tears we’ve cried because of Your ability to grow us through them. Thank You for Your comfort and Your presence, in light of good days and bad. Thank You for what we have now, for what we had yesterday, and for what You will continue to give tomorrow. Let us never take that for granted, but to always be grateful for every good and perfect gift that comes from You. May we have hearts full of thanksgiving not only today but every day of our lives. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Amen. - Cindy McMenamin
Wreaths Across America 2019
Remember the Fallen, Honor those who Serve, Teach our children the value of Freedom.
The JFK Assembly welcomes all to participate in this year’s activities. Saturday December 7th at 8:30 AM , we will be meeting at 42 Broad Street in Elizabeth to locate and place Flags at our veterans’ graves. Saturday December 14th at 12 Noon the Wreath Across America Ceremony will begin. For donations to our location, please use this link.
"Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice."
Pres. George Bush
Exemplification of the
The First New Jersey District will hold an Exemplification of the Fourth Degree / Military Ball on Sunday November 17, 2019 at La Neve's Restaurant in Haldon, NJ.
Any current Knighthood (Third) Degree Brother Knight that as an interest in advancing to the Fourth Degree should contact Faithful Navigator Steve Nagy at or
Faithful Admiral Len Komar
at to express their interest and to learn more about our Order's Fourth Degree.