Welcome to the Ocean County Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. With 18 member Councils throughout the County, we represent over 4,000 brother Knights and their families.
Our Chapter meets at 8:00pm on the 2nd Monday of each month, we have a “traveling gavel” to enable the Chapter officers and the representatives from each Council to visit the other Councils throughout the County.
The Chapter serves as a clearing house for Councils to discuss their various programs; to offer support to member Councils; to coordinate various Degrees and events; and to serve as a forum for member Councils to discuss their particular needs.
The Councils in the Ocean County Chapter host a very diverse array of Programs throughout the year. Please check the Calendar area to see what events are upcoming.
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Prayers are requestd for the people on this list. Everyone on this list is in need of Prayers, either for medical or Spiritual reasons. Please include the people on this list when you make your intentions during prayer.
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From Our Chapter Chairman - Re: Columbus Day Parade
Worthy Brother Knights and Family:
With credit to Past Grand Knight Sir Knight John Pescatore (Council 3826) for his annual reminder, I will utilize his alert:
"Once again, as I do every year, I ask for your support. Not for myself, but for our patron Christopher Columbus. As you know, in 1882 the Knights of Columbus was born when the first members choose Christopher Columbus as our patron. In 1937 America honored our patron with a federal holiday.
Each year Columbus’s day of recognition is celebrated in Seaside Heights, with a Catholic Mass and a very large parade attended by thousands of proud Americans. Unfortunately the participation of the Knights of Columbus in this event has been disappointing, considering it is in honor of our patron. Also other organization, not committed to our goals or our faith, show their respect to our patron by attending in far greater numbers. This should be our finest hour, showing our support for God and Country in the name of Columbus, as well as to our commitment to our faith, as Catholic Gentlemen.
This year Columbus will be honored on Sunday Oct. 12th at 10:00 am, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 100 Grant Ave., Seaside Heights. Attending this mass will be “ I Canterini di Brolo “ a folk group from Italy, which has performed throughout Europe. This mass, with the addition of our Color Corp is a spectacular event. Please consider attending this mass with your family.
The parade then fallows at 1:00PM. I can only hope that... (our) members can march and show their respect for our patron. With thousands of spectators lining the streets we leave a lasting impression on those that view our support as a measure of our commitment. Keep in mind that Knights can bring family members to march with them in support of the Knights of Columbus.
Please consider showing your visible support for all the things we Knights stand for. I understand the frustration of some members who's spirit is willing, but are physically unable to march. Attending the mass with friends, family, or brother Knights could be an option. As for the rest of us, let us show that we are a force in number and commitment, inspiring others to respect and join us.
God Bless you and yours.
SK John Pescatore PGK
President Columbian Club 3826"
St. Monica Council 11529 - Rubber Duck Race
Come join St Monica Council 11529 for their 7th annual "Rubber Duck Race" on Saturday, October 11, at 11 a.m. in Pine Park, Lakewood.
Now you might be asking, "What is a Rubber Duck Race"? Well. it's exactly what it sounds like, rubber ducks racing down the river. A Rubber Duck Raffle ticket is bought, the ticket number matches the number on the bottom of a little rubber duck, the same kind your children play with in the bathtub. The ducks are placed in the Metedeconk River in Pine Park and they race down the river to the finish line. The first duck to cross the finish line wins the Grand Prize, a complete home entertainment system = large screen TV - BluRay DVD ans surround sound system, valued at $3,000. The winning duck also has a chance to win a 2014 Jee[ Wrangler 4X4.
The day is also filled with games for the kids, facew painting, music and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Over the last 6 years, the Rubber Duck Race has raised over $50,000, 100% of which goes to support the charities Council 11529 support. Please visit www.rubberduckrace.net for a current prize list, a list of sponsors, and information on how to purchase Rubber Duck Tickets.
2014 Installation of Officers
State Warden James Stoever installed the Officers of the Ocean County Chapter at Annunciation Council 3826, St. Mary's Church in Barnegat. The Installation ceremony was performed during Mass, offered by Msgr Ken Tuzeneu. After the ceremony, newly installed Chapter Chairman presented James Mlodgenski with his plaque as Past Chapter Chairman.
Pictures are available HERE
Passing of Rick Clary, PGK, PCC
It is with a heavy heart that the Ocean County Chapter announces the passing of Past Chapter Chairman Rick Clary, PGK 4969, after a 2 1/2 year struggle with cancer. Rick fought bravely right to the end. He was a gentle giant, a great friend and a wonderful man. He will be missed, the Knights lost a great man.
2014 Polar Bear Plunge
The 2014 NJKofC Polar Penguins took the Plunge for Special Olympics on Saturday, February 22. The Team raised over $21,000 this year, when New Jersey will host the annual National Special Olympics at various locations in the State.
The Plunge returned to Seaside Hts this year after being held in Asbury Park last year due to Superstorm Sandy. Once again, Council 8415, along with the Ocean County Chapter, provided team members with parking, a warm gathering place with a continental breakfast before the Plunge and a hot lunch after.
Please consider joining the team next year, when the Penguins will come out of hibernation to Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey. (We know, penguins don't hibernate)
Supreme Knight Announces New Marian Prayer Program
Continuing a decades-long tradition, the Knights of Columbus launched their fifteenth international prayer program this August.
The new program, dedicated to the Blessed Mother under her title of the Immaculate Conception, was announced by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson at the Organizational Meeting of State Deputies in New Haven, Conn., June 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Since 1979, more than 16 million faithful have participated in K of C-sponsored prayer services conducted through this program.
The new program is the second time the Immaculate Conception is used as the centerpiece for prayer services. The Immaculate Conception was also highlighted from 1981-1982, for the Order’s centennial celebration.
The Supreme Council prepared 300 framed images, copies of the Immaculate Conception painting that hangs in the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, in Québec City. This image was selected to coincide with the upcoming 350th anniversary of Notre-Dame de Québec parish, the first parish north of present-day Mexico. Each image was blessed by Pope Francis through the Apostolic Almoner of His Holiness, Archbishop Guido Pozzo.
The program was inaugurated during the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio. At the conclusion of Mass on Wednesday, August 7, State Deputies participated in a special commissioning ceremony.
The blessed Immaculate Conception images will travel Orderwide through local councils, which will organize prayer programs for their parishes and communities.
The Trenton Diocese Coordinator, John Gazis, FDD, recieved the Image on Friday, September 13 and delivered it to Burlington County, with prayer services to begin shortly thereafter. The Image will follow a simliar path as Our Lady of Guadalupe, starting in Burlington County, then proceeding to Mercer County, then Ocean County and finally Monmouth County, spending 2 weeks in a District. Each District Deputy should recieve the Image three times during the course of the program.
The schedule for the Icon is available on the Calendar.
Prayer for Traditional Marriage
Rev. Msgr Michael Mannion, Auxiliary State Chaplain, has composed a prayer in support of traditional 1 man - 1 woman marriage. Please pray this prayer and contact your elected officials expressing your concerns on this issue:
O Lord, Creator of life and lover of your children, We give you thanks that you have blessed us with the sacred gift and vision of marriage and the human family, through which children are supported and strengthened, nurtured and nourished, with the love of Father and mother, throughout human history.
We pray for the gift of your Spirit, O Lord, to enlighten the minds and hearts of our judges, legislators and officials, that together we may safeguard the dignity and rights of all your people with compassion as well as proclaim with conviction the bond of father and mother as uniquely sacred and worthy of protection.
We ask this with the intercession of Venerable Michael McGivney, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Brother. Amen
October Chapter Meeting
The October Chapter Meeting will be held on Monday,October 13, at Our Lady of the Pines Council 9852, 30 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting. The meeting begins at 8 p.m.
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