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Council Activities

Business meetings are held on the third Monday night of each month at the Parish Activities Center (Stone Chapel) of the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia. Rosary begins at 6:30, and the regular business meeting starts at 6:45.

Council social/organizational meetings are held on the first Monday night of each month, also at Church of the Incarnation's Stone Chapel, at 6:30.

Additional Council activities include recognition of outstanding youth in the council parishes. We also support the Courage Lion at UVA, Special Olympics, needy Seminarians (RSVP), and our parish clergy in various ways


At our October business meeting, our council voted to tentatively change the start time for our meetings to 6:30 with the intention of officially changing the times in our bylaws during our next business meeting.

There are two meetings held each month. They are on the first and third Mondays at the Church of the Incarnation's Stone Chapel. The meeting on the first Monday of the month is a social/organizational meeting. All Knights are welcome to both meetings.

Our next council business meeting will be held Monday night, December 15. The Rosary will be recited at 6:30 with the meeting starting at 6:45. Food and refreshments will be served after the meeting. This is YOUR council. Please make plans to attend our monthly meetings with the new, earlier start times. We invite all practicing Catholic men 18 years or older that want to help others and give back to their church and community to consider joining our council. To learn more about our organization, please contact Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann at jessebach7@gmail.com or 605-376-4234605-376-4234 or any other officer in our council


The Knights of Columbus Council 3670 Knight of the Month for December is Bill Ashe. Bill is our council's Recorder. He graciously stepped up for the position this summer to fill a void in our officer roster. He also serves as Community Director in his Service Program Personnel role. Bill joined the Knights in June of 2013 and is now a Second Degree Knight. He and his wife attend Church of the Incarnation, and Bill is on the Finance Council. He actively helps with pancake breakfasts as the pancake mixer, along with events at the Pavilion, collecting donations for KOVAR and Coats for Kids, and many other aspects of our council. He also led the effort to buy a new stove for Incarnation's Stone Chapel. We appreciate all he does for Council 3670. Congratulations Bill.


Remember, we have an ongoing membership drive. Have you asked someone to join our council recently? One new Knight per council per month is the goal. We beat it in 2013-14. Let us do it again. Talk to your friends, co-workers, and fellow parishioners. As you recruit new members, please remember to print your name clearly on the Form 100, so we have a contact should we be unable to reach the candidate. Also, please date the form. When you hand out information or talk to a potential Knight, please get their contact information and follow up with them. Please have them send their completed Form 100 to:

Knights of Columbus Council 3670 P. O. Box 7251 Charlottesville, VA 22906


Assessments have been mailed. Submit your $25 dues (additional $3.65 PKD suggested) at any meeting or via mail to the Financial Secretary at the address below.

Larry Hance
204 Cottonwood Drive
Barboursville, VA 22923-2741


3rd DEGREESaturday, December 6 from 11:00-1:00 in Warrenton

2ND DEGREES Monday night, December 8 from 7:30-9:00 in Manassas Tuesday night, December 9 from 7:30-9:00 in Alexandria

Saturday, December 13 from 11:00-1:00 in Fredericksburg

Thursday night, December 18 from 7:30-9:30 at Saint Isidore the Farmer in Orange

Monday night, December 22 from 8:00-10:00 at Saint Theresa School in Ashburn


Wednesday night, December 10 from 7:00-9:00 at Sacred Heart in Mineral

Saturday morning, December 13 from 9:00-10:30 in Fredericksburg

Monday night, December 15 from 7:30-9:30 at St. Isidore the Farmer in Orange

There are a number of Degrees throughout the state each month. If you're interested in attending any of these, contact Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann at jessebach7@gmail.com or 605-376-4234605-376-4234. For more information, and for the full degree schedule, log on to http://www.vakofc.org/ and click on Calendar.


There is a growing need for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Spanish speaking Degree Teams in Virginia. There is a 1st Degree in Spanish on CD, but receiving this first lesson of our order by a qualified Degree Team in a language understood by the new Knights would provide a more meaningful event. The Virginia Ceremonials Chairman is working on forming teams that could be available throughout the State. If you speak Spanish and are interested in joining a Degree Team, please contact Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann at 605-376-4234605-376-4234 or jessebach7@gmail.com.


We are looking for someone who lives near Ruckersville who can help Brother Knight Ernie Sardi. With the weather getting better, he would like to attend the monthly meetings. It would be a call to see if he can travel and then pick him up. He is wheelchair bound. Please call 434-985-4180 if you can help.


Brothers, I am looking for one or more Brothers who attend the monthly business meeting who can give me a ride home after the meeting. I do not drive, and my wife brings me to the meeting, so all I need is a ride home. I live in downtown Charlottesville off Park Street, not far from the 250 Bypass. I have a wheelchair, which can be disassembled to fit in the trunk. If you attend the meetings and you can help out, please contact me at kelton_flinn@embarqmail.com or 434-296-6224. Thanks! Vivat Jesus! Kelton Flinn


Former Holy Comforter Pastor Father Dennis McAuliffe died November 17 at a hospice facility in New York due to complications resulting from his lung disorder. A memorial service will be held at Holy Comforter on Tuesday night, December 9 at 7:00. His obituary is online at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity- memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Rev.+Dennis-McAuliffe&lc=7319&pid=173206274&uuid=544a1c7a- d9cb-4eb0-aeb3-1680593a3ae1. Please pray for Father Dennis and his family.


Our council is in need of a new Treasurer. Bob Strassheim resigned his position as Treasurer for personal reasons at the beginning of November. We appreciate Bob's four months as our council's Treasurer along with his service as a council Trustee last Fraternal Year. If you're interested in more information about becoming our council's Treasurer, please email or call Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann at jessebach7@gmail.com or 605-376-4234. If you're interested in more information about becoming our council's Treasurer, please email or call Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann at jessebach7@gmail.com or 605-376-4234. If you are interested in nominating someone, please let Jesse know as well.

The main duties of the Treasurer are as follows: 1. Charged with handling council funds 2. Receives money from financial secretary and deposits it in the proper council accounts 3. Responsible for paying all council expenses, including assessments from the Supreme Council


For the fifth winter, our council will once again collect donations for Coats for Kids to purchase jackets for children in need in our area. Our council collected over $4,500 last winter to purchase 20 cases of coats (240 coats). We worked with Holy Comforter, Incarnation, and St. George to meet the needs of needy children in the churches and in the community. The cost per case of coats is $220, which includes shipping. The boys and girls coats are $18.33 a piece (including shipping) for brand new, high quality coats from a major manufacturer. More info is online at http://www.kofc.org/un/en/service/community/coats-for- kids/index.html. This year, St. Thomas Aquinas Justin Cunningham Council 11324 will also be collecting donations for Coats for Kids to assist our council's efforts. They�ll be working with an elementary school in Albemarle County to get coats to children in need. All checks need to be made out to “K of C Council 3670” with Coats for Kids in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to Knights of Columbus Council 3670, P.O. Box 7251, Charlottesville, VA 22906.


Our council will once again hold a Free Throw Contest at Charlottesville Catholic School on Friday, December 12 from 8:00-3:00. The students will shoot free throws during their gym classes. Students ages 9-14 will shoot 15 free throws. The boy and girl that make the most free throws in each age group will advance to district competition. More information is online at http://www.kofc.org/un/en/service/youth/freethrow/. The State Free Throw Competition will take place Saturday, February 21 at St. Gertrude's in Richmond.


For more information on the children's hospital program, check out www.couragelion.org.


Council Chaplain Father Joseph Mary Lukyamuzi gave our council permission to hang a number of Knights of Columbus pictures and council awards on some wall space in the basement of Holy Comforter. Kay Colo, the wife of one of the charter members of our council, Peter Colo, who is now deceased, gave Jim Morrisard some framed pictures of our council, including the council when it was formed in 1953 and a picture and write up of Father Louis A. Rowen. Thanks to Jim and Bob Strassheim for their help in coordinating this effort, and thanks to Joe Murray, Joe Ciaccio, and Larry Hance for their help in hanging the pictures on the wall that you see when you get to the bottom of the stairs when you enter the basement at Holy Comforter.


Our council held a pancake and sausage breakfast at Church of the Incarnation on Sunday, November 2. Our council donated $500 to PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry). We made $584 in breakfast purchases, along with sales of two Attractions books, three Belk Charity Sale tickets, and one t-shirt. Our council also collected $63.30 in Coats for Kids donations. Special thanks to Norm Balwinski for once again organizing this breakfast. Frank O�Donnell, Bill Phillips, Mike Cerruti, Larry Hance, Phil Carr, Chuck McCurdy, Bill Ashe, Jesse Boeckermann, and Bob Marinchick volunteered their time. Thanks to all who volunteered and/or attended the breakfast.


Our council had a special mass said in honor of the deceased members of our council on Saturday morning, November 22 at 8:00 at Holy Comforter. Council Chaplain Father Joseph Mary Lukyamuzi presided with a reception afterwards. Special thanks to Jim Morrisard for organizing the mass and serving at the mass. Chancellor Chuck McCurdy served as the lector, and Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann served as Eucharistic Minister and read the names of all the deceased members of our council. Lecturer Bill Phillips provided food and refreshments for the reception. Past Grand Knight Joe Ciaccio provided coffee and juice. Thanks to Brother Knights Kelton Flinn, Cliff Riso, and Joe Murray for attending as well.


Our council chaplain, Father Joseph Mary, began offering Mass in Crozet at The Field School on the second Sunday morning of each month at 10:30. The first mass was March 9. Organizers expected about 75 people, and more than 200 showed up. Since then, about 225 people are showing up for these special masses. Please tell fellow Catholics and Knights about this opportunity in Crozet.


Brother Knights who are Members of Holy Comforter Church, The purpose of the Chalice Program is to encourage families to pray and promote vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. The consecrated Chalice is a tangible reminder of this special intention for the Church. Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations. A vocation is a call from the Holy Spirit, a gift from God that is nurtured in prayer. When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Father those men and women whom He is calling to follow Him in a very special way. The Vocations Chalice Prayer Program at Holy Comforter is simple. Just sign up on the calendar that is on the credenza. You will be called the beginning of the week as a reminder. During Mass you will be called forward to receive the Chalice to take home for the week to offer prayers for vocations. Prayers will be included in the Chalice box to start you off. Bring the Chalice back the following week when it will be given to the next Parishioners. This is such a beautiful way to pray for priestly vocations. The Second Vatican Council instructs us that it is the job of the laity to pray for an increase in vocations. We are asking all of our parishioners to join together and pray for vocations. Each Sunday, a parishioner or parishioners, will take home a consecrated chalice and use it as a focal point while praying daily for an increase in religious vocations. In successive weeks, the chalice is passed to other parishioners. We all are well aware of the urgent need for an increase in religious vocations. This is an opportunity for our Knights of Columbus at Holy Comforter to spearhead the Resurrection Chalice Program for Vocations; and thus by our example, encourage other parishioners to join us in this effort. Details from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and- teachings/vocations/vocation-directors/chalice-program-info.cfm


Through the Knights of Columbus Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP), councils, assemblies and Squires circles �adopt� one or more seminarians or postulants and provide them with financial assistance and moral support. RSVP money is used by seminarians and those in religious formation for tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses. Knights provide more than financial support, though. Members write letters to students, sponsor dinners for them, invite them to join the Order and, most importantly, pray for vocations. Last year, financial help from 2,628 councils, assemblies and circles to future priests, sisters and brothers, exceeded $3 million. Since 1981 the Order has provided more than $52.9 million in aid through RSVP, helping more than 85,900 men and women follow their vocations. Qualifying councils and assemblies receive a $100 refund for every $500 donated, up to a limit of $2,000 donated to an individual. DESCRIPTION FROM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WEBSITE AT http://www.kofc.org/un/en/vocations/r svp/


Fathers for Good is an initiative for men by the Knights of Columbus. Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad to be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this website is for you. There is a role only a father can fill and gifts only a father can give. In a culture that often does not favor fatherhood or masculine virtue, we wish to highlight the unique contributions of men, husbands and fathers. The world would be lacking without them. We also welcome wives who want to support their husbands in becoming the best. See more at http://www.fathersforgood.org/en/index.html


Our council is selling Attractions Books, which has coupons for many local restaurants, car care, sports stores, and other activities. The cost is $25 (with $10 going to our council) and will garner you thousands in potential local deals. Do not buy them elsewhere - support your council! They make great gifts! https://www.attractionsbook.com/store/view/highlight/p/1015/Charlottesville  Red Knights of Columbus t-shirts are also available for $12 each or two for $20, available in XL. A total of three Knights of Columbus BBQ aprons are also available: yellow, natural, and white. First come, first served for $22 each. (http://www.cafepress.com/ +knights_of_columbus_bbq_apron,179214278). Contact Financial Secretary Larry Hance at 434-962-7492434-962-7492 or hance331@embarqmail.com if you are interested in purchasing a shirt and/or to help raise awareness of our place in the community.


UVA is paying $120 for people to participate in this memory study at the Cognitive Aging Laboratory (http://faculty.virginia.edu/cogage/participate/). Call 434-982-6320 if you are interested. There are three two-hour sessions, and you can set your own schedule. Larry Hance, Bob Strassheim, and Jesse Boeckermann have participated and pledged the proceeds to the council. Please consider doing the same.


If you have upgraded your American flag for Memorial/Flag Day/4th of July, the American Legion post in Keswick handles proper disposal of old flags. More information is online at http://alp74.avenue.org/. Feel free to bring any old flags to our council meetings. Larry Hance will see that that they are taken care of.


Adopt - A - Highway http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/prog-aah-terms.asp


KOVAR – YOUR CHARITY NEEDS YOU The collections for KOVAR are on a downward slide. Collections have gone from $480,000 two years ago to $466,000 a year ago to $402,000 the past year. There are two main reasons for this decline: 1. More charities are requesting donations. 2. Fewer businesses are permitting us to collect donations on their property. Both of these reasons have impacted greatly our ability to collect the money needed to support Virginians with intellectual disabilities. KOVAR distributes 100% of the monies collected in grants and loans to organizations serving people with intellectual disabilities. Administrative expenses are paid from interest on funds awaiting disbursement. The needs of Virginians with intellectual disabilities are significant. The following is a small sampling of the grants awarded by KOVAR within the past year: $50,000 to Special Olympics Virginia; $20,000 to Canterbury Group Home to replace windows and flooring; $16,930 to Community Living Alternative to replace furniture in several group homes. KOVAR held a board meeting October 11. At that meeting the following grants were approved: $19, 980 to replace outdated furnishings at Rappahannock Adult Activities Inc. (RAAI) locations. RAAI is headquartered in Fredericksburg. Currently, they are serving 169 individuals, ages 18-75, with intellectual disabilities in seven centers. The centers provide training in or reinforcement of functional skills as well as training related to health, safety, personal care, daily living activities and use of community resources. The centers also monitor health, nutrition, physical condition and safety of their clients. $10,119 was approved to supplement the purchase of a mini bus for Alleghany Highlands Community Services (AHCS) located in Covington. The bus will be used to transport individuals with intellectual disabilities to and from AHCS' Life Skills Center, Day Support Programs, and to community outings and activities. The bus will also be utilized for transportation to medical appointments. Under KOVAR guidelines, it will fund up to 20% of a vehicle's purchase price with the other 80% coming from other sources. In addition to KOVAR’s annual fundraiser in April, the KOVAR Board has suggested Knights consider giving an annual donation of $52.00 which amounts to a dollar a week. That would mean approximately $1.4 million dollars for the great organizations that help people with intellectual disabilities. If $52 is not doable for you, any amount you can afford is greatly appreciated. The funds collected will be added to the Council’s fundraising for the year. To contribute in this manner, please make your check payable to K of C Council 3670 and indicate in the memo section of the check KOVAR fundraising. Another idea for your consideration is to solicit corporate donations from local businesses and/or from council member business owners. This has worked successfully for some of our councils. Your prayers and financial support are greatly appreciated. You can give through your workplace. If you are a Federal Employee, you can give through the Combined Federal Campaign. The number to use is 42569. If you are a State Employee, you can give through the Virginia Combined Campaign. The number is 735. If your employer participates through United Way, the number is 8838. With any of these your council will get credit if you provide documentation of the contribution to KOVAR your council will get credit.  You can mail the documentation to: KOVAR 16933 Four Seasons Drive Dumfries, VA 22025-3619 Another way to help KOVAR raise money to support the needs of Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities is through Amazon Smile. How does it work? Sign into smile.amazon.com. Select KOVAR Corporation, Dumfries, VA as your charity of choice. Once this is done, KOVAR will receive .5% from Amazon on all your purchases. Thereafter, every time you shop on Amazon, sign into the smile.amazon.com portal. This will take you to your Amazon homepage where KOVAR Corporation as the charity of choice will appear above your name. If you wish, you can add the Amazon Smile quick link when you register. Encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up as well. Thank you for you for supporting KOVAR.

Ed Seroskie KOVAR Board Director


The KOVAR (Knights of Virginia Assisting Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities) Vehicle Donation Program is a free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation benefiting KOVAR Corporation. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation.

Don't donate your car or truck to some charity you have never heard of. Our trusted service makes sure your vehicle is properly handled so you get your tax deduction and your charity, KOVAR Corporation, gets the benefit of your donation. Visit http://www.v-dac.com/org/? id=237337216 for more information.


Special thanks to Deacon Bob Griffin from Richmond and Patty Gazewood from Charlottesville Catholic School for attending July�s organizational/social meeting. They talked about the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit Program. It is part of an effort the Bishop is spearheading to raise money for tuition assistance for Catholic school students. It�s an exciting opportunity for donors to make a gift to the McMahon Parater Foundation and receive a significant Virginia tax credit, while helping to support scholarships for low income children to attend Charlottesville Catholic, or other Catholic schools in the diocese. Deacon Griffin is the Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Henrico where he has served since 2003. Prior to his retirement in 2003, he was a partner in the Richmond CPA firm of Mitchell, Wiggins & Company, where he worked for 35 years. His education includes a BS in Accounting and an MS in Taxation. He has a Power Point with details summarizing the program and some handouts. If you�d like electronic copies of the information, please contact Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann. For more information about the program, please contact Patty.

Patty Gazewood Development, Charlottesville Catholic School 1205 Pen Park Road, Charlottesville, VA  22911 Phone: 434-964-0400434-964-0400, ext. 311 Fax: 434-964-1373


Fall volunteer needs are online at http://www.cvillehabitat.org/volunteer-needs. Incarnation Build Day is Saturday, December 13 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila at Church of the Incarnation at sheilah@incarnationparish.org and 434-973-4381. No construction experience is necessary, since all training is provided on site. They need people to photograph the event and provide lunch. The sign-up sheets are in the Narthex, so sign up to help build safe and decent homes for families in need. Also, if you are a regular contributor to Habitat for Humanity, donʼt forget to note Incarnation in the memo line of your check. This allocation allows us to see how big of an impact our church is having in creating safe and decent homes. Habitat is still able to use the full amount of your donation, but our parish will also get recognition.


Ready to help, but not sure how to find the time or money? We have a great volunteer job for you! We are seeking volunteers to spend 20 minutes per evening on the phone on behalf of the Pregnancy Centers. Your gift of 20 minutes an evening from home, done whenever you like, would be a tremendous blessing to the ministry. Contact Kate at a href="mailto:kate@virginiapregnancy.org" target="_blank">kate@virginiapregnancy.org or 434-979- 4516 for details! Thank you for supporting LIFE! These are warm-lead calls asking our supporters to underwrite the costs of producing our Fall Fundraisers. It enables 100% of the monies raised at the fall events to go to client services, so it's very important! We provide each volunteer caller with a list of warm leads (these are our supporters, so they already love the ministry) and a full script to make it nice and easy! Let me know if you're interested!


Incarnation is seeking parish food ministry members to help pick up bread/pastries from a bakery and donations from Trader Joe�s, helping prepare the bags of food, assisting with Sunday distribution, and more. Please contact Tom tcross48@hotmail.com for more information. If you have an over-bountiful garden, bring any excess to our council meetings at Incarnation. The parish has a table to share/trade surplus vegetables, fruits, and plants. Thanks for your help and donations.


Please visit >http://www.vablood.org/ to donate at other times or call Virginia Blood Services at 434-977- 8956434-977-8956.


Please check your pantries for items that participate in the Boxtops for Education program. Simply tear off boxtops from a host of products and bring them to our council meeting or to your parish. Each boxtop is worth ten cents each and that can quickly add up if everyone participates. All boxtops will benefit Charlottesville Catholic School. Also, look for special "double boxtop" offers from the same brands and retailers (Walmart, etc.) during back to school season. More info: www.boxtops4education.com/products/participating-products.


We've had a few suggestions involving future Social Meetings for our council. Currently, the Social Meetings are held the first Monday night of each month at Church of the Incarnation�s Stone Chapel. It�s been suggested to hold future social meetings at Holy Comforter and St. George. One suggestion is reaching out to Tom O�Brien, one of UVA�s assistant football coaches. O�Brien coached at UVA with George Welch, and his family was active at Church of the Incarnation. Past Grand Knight Joe Ciaccio has also contacted Cursillo to have a representative come to one of our social meetings to give a presentation about their organization. Financial Secretary Larry Hance suggested have someone from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes speak. If you have any ideas for speakers for speakers, activities, or things we can do with our Social Meetings, please contact Grand Knight Jesse Boeckermann at 605-376-4234605-376-4234 or jessebach7@gmail.com.

Any input for a theater outing can be proffered there or at the Council's organizational and business meetings held on the first and third Monday of each month, respectively.


You can now order all kinds of Knights of Columbus gear online. Get name brands like Adidas, Nike, Cutter & Buck, and Columbia. You can even get new gear personalized with our council or assembly info. Log on to https://www.knightsgear.com/. Knightsgear is your premier source for K of C products, from books and videos to council supplies to apparel that can be worn at leisure or when working for church and community with your Brother Knights. Recently added items include K of C caps; a DVD about our founder, Father Michael McGivney; as well as a documentary on the life of Pope Francis; St. John Paul II prayer cards; and more.


Michael Cumiskey December 15

Robert Schwagerl December 15

David Peterson December 16

Dave Lauler December 21

Phil Sterbling December 21

Rev. Robert Keeler December 27


Our council's new insurance field agent is Steve Larson. He�s available to do solid insurance reviews of council member's insurance policies and talk about the different Knights of Columbus insurance programs that are available. Steve looks forward to working with you for many years to come. You can reach Steve by phone at 434-326-3535434-326-3535 and by email at stephen.larson@kofc.org.



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