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New 3rd Degree Knights

The Union Council 4504 wishes to congratulate the following Brothers who advance to the 3rd Degree.


Special thanks to our Membership Director Gerry Aponte guiding these candidates to their exemplification and to our New Degree Team.

Frederick Altenburg
Anthony W. Baiardi
Javier Gutierrez
Jason P. Hamilton
Gary Marshall
Angel Rengifo
Jeremy Rodriguez
Gene Tavera
Paul R. Vargas Sr.
Miguel Urbas
Junior St.Louis

Congratulation and continued blessings.

25/30 Year

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 Mike Willemse, PGK as soon as is possible so that we may order the correct number of certificates.

The Union Columbiette will host a Tricky Tray at the Council Hall on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Limited tickets are available please contact Diana Lupo at  908-577-6606.

Donations Accepted!

You can now request to be added or removed from the email list which is currently used to send the monthly Knight Digest along with important notifications from the Grand Knight.  Click here.

Wreaths Across America

The JFK Assembly will meet at 9:00 AM on Saturday December 12th to locate the 169 veterans grave and place flags in preparation for the December 19th ceremony. 42 Broad Street Elizabeth at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery  Please join us. Family and friends are all invited.

Baseball Trip Update


Any questions please contact Mike Peter at cell 908-759-3588 or email

As everyone knows the Met game we had scheduled for 2020 was postponed to 2021. Our new date will be June 26th against the Phillies.


As of right now we have 50 people signed up.  Those that are still interested please let me know.


I spoke to the Bus company on Monday August 24th and they have a bus that holds 36 people. The contact for the Mets was also emailed to me on August 24th and had stated that he has at least 25 more tickets for that game.


Please reply to Mike Peter with a deposit of 30 dollars as soon as possible so we can reserve the tickets and bus.  Whomever is interested please leave a deposit at Knights of Columbus on Jeanette Ave to Mike Peter's attention.

Any questions please contact Mike Peter at cell 908-759-3588 or email

The Columbiettes will be holding their annual children's Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31st, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. We will need some Brothers to arrive before and assist with set up and provide help when needed.

Please let Grand Knight Len Komar know if you will be able to help.

District Deputy Ring of Honor


Congratulations to SK Andrew Schopfer PGK, FDD, PFN, PCC, who was honored to be named to the District Deputy Ring of Honor for the past Colombian year by State Officers of the Newark Archdiocese. Congratulation Andy. Well Deserved.

Food Collection​


Council 4504 will hold a food collection for Sister Ann's Pantry on Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Brother Knights will be in the Tom Horning Meeting room to accept your donations. Donations will also be accepted at Council Meetings. Please contact Chuck Cababe for details. 



Due to the on-going social restrictions resulting from the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbian Club Board has decided to cancel the Motown Dinner Party. We will issue full refunds to all those who purchased tickets for the event. To obtain a refund we will require that you return the purchased tickets. Please contact Michael Harms at to arrange a meeting at the K night Hall (1034 Jeanette Avenue) to obtain your refund.


We look forward to re-scheduling the event sometime during the Summer of 2021.

Did you enjoy the food at our events?  The Family Picnic, the PGK Dinner. If you need food catered at your party/event, support our brothers and give them a call.


Cozy Corner Deli and Caterers

558 Rahway Ave



Steady Smoke BBQ



Time Savor Chef

personal chef service



Killa Seasoning 


Deceased Members Mass


Deceased members Mass will be November 8th at St. Michael's at 9 AM. Followed by a continental Breakfast at the council hall.

Please keep our recently deceased members and their families in your prayers.


William J. Morrison

George R. Boetsch

George Gaydos

Antonio "Pete" Genova

Joseph W. DiRoma

Anthony Cavallo

Albert P. Opacity

Harold W. Rapke

James A. Moran

Patrick J Scanlon III

Do you know a dedicated Knight at the Council, who supports the Church, Council, Clubs and events? Nominate him for Knight of Month.

Contact the Deputy Grand Knight Phillip Cababe, Swim Club President Alex Rivera, or Swim Club President Andrew Schopfer to submit a nomination.

Thank you.

4th Degree Exemplification


Sunday, November 22nd the Knights of Columbus First NJ Regiment will hold the 4th Degree Exemplification. Due to COVID restrictions and the large candidate 2021 class of 85 Brother Knights, the tradition banquet has been suspended. Through quite some planning, the JFK Assembly Faithful Navigator Tony Oliviero was able to receive permission to hold our candidates exemplification virtually in our Council Hall. The four candidates are from the Union and Hillside Councils. Candidates should arrive at 12:00 in preparation for the ceremony.


After the ceremony the Union Council will hold a “Friends Giving” Dinner in honor of our 4 candidates. Dinner will be a catered event and open to all Brother Knights in good standing. Tickets $20 each, $40 a couple. Casual Attire.


For additional information or Tickets will be on sales at the bar or see Mike Harms or Tony Oliviero FN. Attend and welcome our newest Sir Knights. Enjoy good food, great company and conversations.

Saturday, September 26th two Brother Knights assisted over 100 volunteers from Union County and Kean University distributing food and fresh produce to 1,381 households who drove through the Kean University parking lot.


Pictured are insurance Field Agent Tom Brennan and Color Corps Commander, Ray Gora. 

Council 4504 helping the community . Many thanks to SK Raymond Gora for obtaining a generous food donation from Union County. Thanks to SK Steve Nagy for transporting it in his truck to St. Michael for Sister Ann's Food Pantry.  Brother Knight Michael Eggr received the donation this morning who will delivery to senior citizens. GK Len Komar assisting.

Oktoberfest 2020


We had our First German Oktoberfest recently. Thanks to Frank Santangelo for supplying us with authentic German Bier and Tasty German Spirits Berenjager and Echte Krotesbere (Thank you Joe Harbison) from our distributors. Also thank you to Frank and Greg Henn for preparing the hearty authentic German food that was supplied to us from the Union Pork Store and Get Stuffed by the graciousness of Kathy and Deena. The bartender for the evening Marisol and brother Knight Mark was our DJ who entertained us with his selection of German Music mixed in with entertaining soft music for the evening was terrific. Thanks to Robert Pynckels who maintained the fire pit in the mild rain.


Most sincere thanks to ALL who attended and made this a well-received evening even with COVID restrictions. Due to the positive response, we will make this an annual event. 

Swim Club News

At a recent Swim Club Board meeting in mid-October, the group engaged in serious discussions regarding the planning for the summer of 2021. As a result we are asking past, present and future swim club members for their input as to the use of the pool next year.

1) If the current restrictions imposed by the State of New Jersey for the past summer are lifted, would you be willing to become a member of the Pool?

2) If the current restrictions (temperature checks, required pre-paid reservations, closing at required intervals for cleaning and sanitizing, bring your own chairs) are maintained, would you be willing to become a member of the Pool?

3) If we were to work out a similar agreement for use of the Pool with Union Township as we had this past summer would you endorse such a plan, and be willing to use the pool as a member of the Knights or the Columbiettes?

Responses can be emailed to the Columbian Swim Club of Union.

It was also noted that we will likely need at least 2 Certified Pool Operators to open the pool for next year. Any interested applicants should also email to the Swim Club address. Similarly, anyone interested in becoming a Life Guard for next year should also send a note so that we can complete our planning for next year.

Finally, it has been an extreme pleasure to have served as the Swim Club president for the past two seasons. While there have been numerous challenges along the way, I have learned to appreciate the generosity of your members, and the commitments that have been made to me during my tenure. Thank you to all!


At the recent Swim Club meeting in October, I advised the group that I had received an offer on my house in Union, and anticipate that I will be moving to Delaware before the end of this year.

As I prepare to depart, I did want to share some of my thoughts on what the Knights of Columbus, and in particular the Union Council has meant to me for the past 19 years.

When I first moved to Union from Elizabeth in early 2000, I knew no one, and had only decided to buy a house because my 15 year old son urged me to do so. Fortunately, my new home was close to the Council, and 2 of my neighbors were members who soon invited me to spend an afternoon at the Tiki Bar. After that initial visit, I was hooked and soon afterward completed my form 100, making my first degree in the summer of 2001.


After every first degree, we always hear the officers advise the new members that they should become active, and that membership rewards those who do so. I did take that advice to heart, and can tell you that it is certainly true.

At one of my first meetings, there was a litany of activities, and I remember telling myself that I couldn’t imagine standing on a street corner asking for donations, or going to a local grocery store asking shoppers to assist with our food drives. However, I quickly overcame that reluctance and soon came to understand that sharing my time with Brother Knights on charitable efforts was more rewarding than anything I had ever done before.

Over the next 19 years being a Knight has clearly helped me to become a better Catholic, and enabled me to share a host of experiences, both positive and negative, with Brother Knights and their families. By joining the Union Council, I had found an organization that not only welcomed me, but encouraged me to share of myself in ways that I had never anticipated. When I first visited, I had never envisioned becoming a Grand Knight (let alone serving 2 terms), or taking on any of the different roles that have held.

While I am proud to have been an active Knight, I recognize that any contributions I have made pale in comparison to the efforts of so many members who came before me. In fact, it is the unique history of our Council that has continually driven me to participate and work to keep it alive and thriving. From the time that members put up their homes as collateral to create the tremendous facility we now share, members have continually given of themselves to run events, build a unique community, and to work with our parishes in sharing our common bond as Catholics. I see the pictures of the Past Grand Knights, and read the names of our deceased members, and am truly grateful that their efforts paved the way for all of us who now have travel cards for Union Council 4504.

Although my life is now taking me in a new direction, I will be eternally grateful to our Council for enabling me to grow and to share of myself. While I will be several hours away in distance, my heart will never be far from 1034 Jeanette Avenue.

Vivat Jesus!

Andy Schopfer, PGK

1034 Jeanette Avenue        Union, New Jersey 07083         (908) 686-4504