Grand Knight Update

November 9, 2023

Brother Knights,
I hope you are well and enjoying some uncharacteristically mild weather – and I hope you are also looking forward to celebrating Veterans Day Weekend!
I want to first say thanks to all of you who helped with this past weekend’s Tootsie Roll Collection and providing information to Catholic Men about the KofC and our Council. Our Brother John Collins and our GK (yours truly) have 3 prospects with whom we will follow-up; we also collected over $1800 after Masses for Camp Glow and Champions for the Challenged! Special thanks to Sydd Souza and Jim Piedrafita who donated their pop-up canopies for this event – those canopies seemed to both have embedded “people-magnets!”  It was a very rewarding weekend, indeed.
On Monday November 13th at 4pm, Father John will lead a “private” tour of the church construction site for the Men’s Club and for our Council. Anyone interested in participating in this private, 1-hour tour should email Brother Rick Murray with your interest in attending. First some, first served for reservations. Rick’s email address is
During next Thursday’s Council Membership Meeting in the tent, everyone will have the opportunity to add to the $210 we will be mailing to the Christopher Columbus Assembly as part of the Wreathes Across America Campaign (these wreathes will be placed on Veterans graves at the Baltimore National Cemetery). I will accept personal checks, Bank Checks, or cash following next Thursday’s meeting.
As always, there are quite a few items of importance also listed below as well – I encourage you to see what is occurring over the next very busy 2-3 weeks!



J. Gregory Jolissaint
Grand Knight
Resurrection Council
Mobile 757.969.0145

Upcoming Events of Importance (Please Mark Your Calendars)
Saturday November 11th, 2023, 5:30pm-9:00pm, 16th Annual Bull and Oyster Roast at the St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Parish Hall, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock, MD. Sponsored by the St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Knights of Columbus. Catered by Monaghan’s. $65 per person; 2 for $130/Savings; Table for 8 $480. For tickets, contact Ed Pelsinsky: (410) 313 8808 or, or Chris Timberlake: (443) 473-4816 or
Sunday November 12th, 9:30am, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia Mall. The Annual Howard County Veterans Day Parade; the parade will be promptly followed by the Annual Columbia Association and Howard County Veterans Foundation Veterans Day Ceremony at the Lakefront next to Whole Foods Grocery Store.
Sunday November 12th, 3pm. State Council Knights Memorial Mass at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City.
Monday November 13th, 6:30pm. Knights-led Rosary in the Resurrection Chapel, followed by Benediction led by Deacon Skip. Let Tom Shenk know if you would like to lead a decade of the rosary.

Tuesday November 14th, 2023 – Annual Knights of Columbus Memorial Mass and Clergy Appreciation Dinner, Bon Secours Chapel and Convention Center.  The Knights Memorial Mass will begin at 6:30pm in the Bon Secours Chapel (no ticket is required to attend the Mass), and the Dinner will begin promptly after the Mass). Anyone with questions about the Mass or the Dinner should reach out to Tom directly via his email or mobile phone at 410.303.5456.

Thursday November 16th, 7:30pm. Council Monthly Membership Meeting and Post-Meeting Fellowship in the Resurrection Tent.

Monday November 20th, 6:30pm. Knights-led Rosary in the Resurrection Chapel, followed by Benediction led by Deacon Skip. Let Tom Shenk know if you would like to lead a decade of the rosary.

Thursday November 23rd, All Day. Thanksgiving Day.

Sunday November 26th – 1st Sunday of Advent

Saturday December 2nd – Council Exemplification Ceremony in the Chapel, 6:15pm, immediately following the Vigil Mass (Tentative).

December 2nd or December 9th – set up the Creche between the Tent and the Pastoral Center.  Details TBA.

Tuesday December 12th – 1st Cut of the Keeping Christ in Christmas Posters.  Details TBA.

Thursday December 14th – final judging for the Keeping Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. Details TBA.

Sunday December 24th – we will be conducting Safe Parking Management for the 4pm and the 6pm Masses.

Friday January 26th – Council Fraternal Hockey Night. The University of MD Hockey Team will be playing the Rowan University Hockey Team at the Gardens Ice House Ice Rink.  This was such great fun last year that we are scheduling it to occur again!


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