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 We, the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus, the third oldest jurisdiction of our Order, welcome you to our award-winning website and are proud to boast of our continuing efforts of practicing our Order's principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Throughout our 270 councils in the state with the 41,000+ members and their families, we conduct numerous programs that directly benefit our Church, Council, Community, Family and Youth.

        This award-winning website is updated on a timely basis to provide you with both written and pictorial examples of how we in Massachusetts practice these principles every day to demonstrate that we are indeed, a Catholic, Family Oriented, Fraternal, Service Organization. Visit this site often and please forward any comments you might have so that we can continue to provide you with information you might want about our wonderful jurisdiction.

Vivat Jesus,

Russell A. Steinbach
State Deputy

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              2014 Coats For Kids

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Coats are in the office---Please pick them up!!

 

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              2014 State Charity Ball

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           State Board at 2014 Charity Dinner

 2014 State Charity Ball  Pictures - Click to View (Thanks to DD Don Rice)

 

 2014 State Charity Ball  Pictures - Click to View (Thanks to DD Rich Zopatti)

 

  If you want a copy of your picture--please send e-mail request to state.office@masskofc.org

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              2014 State Installation

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L.R: Ann Lesperance, State Warden Michael Lesperance, Millville; State Treasurer Robert Morrison, Milford;
Donna Steinbach, State Deputy Russell Steinbach of Dorchester; State Chaplain Bishop Robert Hennessey;
Associate State Chaplain Father Robert Bruso of St. Cecilia Parish in Leominster; State Secretary Paul 
O'Sullivan of Foxborough
& Susan; State Advocate Paul Flanagan & Kathy of Stoughton; Immediate Past
State Deputy Peter Healy of Fitchburg & Margaret .

 

 

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              2014 Summer Raffle Winners

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$2,500 William Ritchie Concord MA
$1,500 Michael Owen Mulhall Arlington MA
$1,000 Robert Karczewski Hyannis MA
$250 Albert McCallum Medford  MA
$250 Brian Sullivan Plymouth MA
$100 William L. Greene Braintree MA
$100 Ronald X Sullivan Northbridge MA
$100 Edward D. Quinn Peabody MA
$100 Daniel F. Sullivan Auburn MA
$100 Gary Skehan Fitchburg MA

 

 

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              2014 Supreme Convention Pictures

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Some of the Delegates to the 132nd Supreme Convention

L->R Back  FDD Shawn Gowen, FDD Don Cormier

Front  State Warden Mike & Ann Lesperance, DD Dan & Laurie Arsenault

         2014 Supreme Convention  Pictures - Click to View

 

       More 2014 Supreme Convention  Pictures - Click to View

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              2014 June GK/DD Conference

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         2014 State June GK/DD  Pictures - Click to View

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Interview with Former Supreme Director Newman Flanagan
by Former Supreme Treasurer Deacon Ken Ryan

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    Interview With Newman Flanagan --- Click to View

 

 

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              2014 Past State Officer's Dinner

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         2014 Past State Officer's Dinner (June 26) Pictures - Click to View

 

 

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              2014 International Free Throw Winner

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International Freethrow Winner Trevor Burns from Southboro Council

L->R State Deputy Russ Steinbach, Trevor Burns, GK Craig Riekarz from
Southboro, PGK Peter Healy, Trevor's Father Michael, Garrett, Kayla and Mother Jenn.

 

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              2014-2015 State Board Officers Elected

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State Deputy Russell Steinbach                          State Secretary Paul O'Sullivan

 

               

State Treasurer Robert Morrison                        State Advocate Paul Flanagan

   

State Warden Michael Lesperance  

 

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         2014 State Convention   Pictures - Click to View

 

           2014 More State Convention   Pictures - Click to View

 

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 2014-2015  Elected Delegates Supreme Convention

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DANIEL ARSENAULT, Greenfield   

Lt. Galvin  No. 133 Greenfield

  

DONALD J. CORMIER, Leominster  

Gardner Council No. 396

 

PATRICK T. CURLEY,  Andover      

Mother of Good Counsel Council No. 1078 Andover

 

 PAUL A. FLANAGAN, Stoughton 

San Salvador Council No. 200 Stoughton

 

SHAWN K. GOWEN, Auburn           

Auburn Council No. 4158

 

MICHAEL LESPERANCE, Millville                               

Millville Council No. 11020

 

ROBERT  W. MORRISON, SR., Milford 

Valencia Council No. 80

 

PAUL G. O’SULLIVAN, Foxboro                      

Foxboro/Sharon Council No. 6063

   

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               2014  Raffle Results

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$10,000.00 Nina Simon No Smithfield, RI 02896
$3,000.00 Janet Davis Holden, MA 015620
$2,000.00 Alexander R. Cordy W. Brookfield, MA 01585
$1,000.00 George Hamilton Woburn, MA 01801
$500.00 Terry Mattson Townsend, MA 01469
$500.00 Joe Comforti Auburn, MA 01501
$500.00 Bob Antonellis Newton, MA 02460
$500.00 Joan Ferreira Taunton, MA 02780
$500.00 Ethel Fryar Springfield MA 01118
$500.00 Odell Daniel Springfield, MA 01118
$500.00 Christopher Spanks Methuen, MA 01844
$500.00 Vance VonKahle Tewksbury, MA 01876
  Special Drawing  
$500.00 John Reed  
$300.00 Diane Couture Arlington MA
     

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         2014  Scholarship Winners - $1,000 Each

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         Anna Krah                Medfield        Council #5231

        Victoria Lambert       Lawrence       Council #67

        Eileen Marino           Winchester    Council #109

        Andrew McCormick  Needham        Council #1611

        Ryan Sarasin           Leomister        Council # 4875 

 

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         2014  Service Program Award Winners

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If your Council did a better Program---why didn't you file the paperwork.

Congratulations to this year's winners!!

 

SERVICE PROGRAM AWARDS – 2014

 

CHURCH

Awarded to the St Martha’s Council # 14027 in Plainville  -  Grand Knight – Mark Alegria

 

PROJECT MOSES – To place a monument of the 10 Commandments in public view, and to honor our former priest the late Father John Walsh, the driving force of the forming of our council.

 

According to their application this project was the idea of our late pastor, Father John Walsh.  He was inspired by the national not-profit organization, Project Moses, which was seen at the State Convention.  Five years ago when father Walsh passed away and went with God on October 22, 2008, we decided to honor him by setting out to fulfill his vision.  This project was a long labor of love for the person who was a driving force to form our council.  He had been a lifelong Knight and a great supporter of the Knights. He was our Spiritual Leader and our Friend.  He is missed every day.  This project was also used to help an Eagle Scout Candidate receive his Eagle Scout Badge. 

 

 

COMMUNITY

Awarded to the Easthampton Council # 1116 in Easthampton – Grand Knight – Frank W Furman III

 

BETHLEHEM HOUSE RENOVATION PROJECT – Bethlehem House is a non-profit organization located in Western Massachusetts which offers free pregnancy resources for men and women in crisis.  Due to rising rent prices BH could no longer stay at their former location.  A new location was found at the former Sacred Heart Rectory.  A request came into our council to ask the Knights to provide manpower to repair and make the rectory habitable by having the Knights plaster and paint the new location.

 

Their application said we immediately began mobilizing to help out Bethlehem House by holding an urgent meeting with our members and finding ways to get addition help.  We placed ads in the Parish Bulletin asking for anyone who could help in anyway, even just to push a paintbrush.  We started the project in early October with knights many of whom were retired and continued for weeks and week-ends and concluded the end of November.  Two full months of plastering, spackling, sanding and painting was done and the rugs were installed and then all the Knights turned into movers moving all the furnishings to the new DIGS 

 

 

COUNCIL

Awarded to the South Attleboro Council # 5786 – Grand Knight – Dean Patterson

 

"STAR WARS" BLOOD DRIVE -- The purpose of this activity was to continue a long legacy associated with the Knights holding blood donations, but to do it in the most non-traditional way to ensure families would attend, bring new life into our hall and potentially use it as a  mechanism to attract new future members.

 

According to their application, on June 22, the Council held its 3rd Annual Star Wars themed blood drive.   Star Wars is a bit timeless in nature and consequently we have generation of fathers, sons and even grandson’s attending our drives merely out of appreciation of the star wars related hobby.

 

Local Star Wars author Ryder Windham attends and gives a brief chat about the importance of donating blood as well as chats about his books, upcoming projects and anything and everything related to Star Wars.  Children just love this part of the program and ask a lot of questions.   Red Cross mentioned this year that it was one of the busiest drives they have seen in a long time.

 

I noted in their application that they had a membership table set up and did receive Form 100’s were generated.  Here is my question for you-----did those apps get you any new members????

 

 

 

 

 

CULTURE OF LIFE

Awarded to the Holy Family Council # 15197 in South Deerfield – Grand Knight – Deacon Ted Tudryn

 

MONUMENT OF THE UNBORN – As you can see from the number, 15197, this is a new council.  As the first bequest from our Chaplain, our first council project was to collect funds for a Monument for the Unborn.  We began to raise funds by putting on church dinners, selling roses after Mass during October and soliciting outright donation from parishioners.  It took us only 18 months to raise             $ 3,800.00.   Knights dug and poured the foundation and then a beautiful tear drop shaped African Black Marble monument with Our Lady of Guadalupe etched in the Stone was put in place.   On Mother’s Day last year, after Mass, with the Fourth Degree Honor Guard leading the procession, our Chaplain Father Phillippe blessed the monument in front of Holy Family church.  Father mentioned how he has wanted a monument for some time. 

 

 

FAMILY

Awarded to the Lt. John J. Galvin Council # 133 in Greenfield – Grand Knight – Jason Semaske

 

SPAGHETTI BENEFIT DINNER - To raise money for the DeLabruere family, a knight family, in need of financial assistance.  This dinner was an ordinary spaghetti dinner with an extraordinary outlook.  As a result of a horrific automobile accident, John lost his sight.  Many surgeries later and no positive results, John is totally blind.  John, along with his wife Deborah and their three children were awarded a check that totaling $ 3,800.00 to help defray the mounting bills.  Lt. John J. Galvin Council in Greenfield hosted the dinner at Holy Trinity Church and the dinner was prepared by professional chef Lonny Ricketts, a member of neighboring Turner Falls Council # 737.  Over 180 local parishioners turned out in support of this family.  As is quoted in the local newspaper article John said “Now that I am blind, I can see more than I ever did before –spiritually, mentally and physically.”

 

 

YOUTH

Awarded to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Council # 11080 in West Brookfield – Grand Knight – Wallace Connor, Jr.

 

VALLEY VIEW SCHOOL - To Provide support, aid and a sense of community to the victims of the Valley View School fire of October 25, 2013.

During the early evening darkness of October 25, 2013, Valley View School in North Brookfied, MA suffered a devastating fire where the dining room, Kitchen, recreation rooms and dormitory were destroyed.  This left many boys between the ages of 11 and 17 without anything, no clothes, no possessions.  Our grand knight immediately responded by arranging for donations of clothing and toiletries from our two churches and contacting members of our council who rallied to prepare a lunch for the boys and staff on Sunday afternoon.  Our council members transported grills, coolers, tables, chairs and food to the school and cooked while the wives and members of our parish ladies group prepared salads, hot dishes and desserts.  Many knights came together for the sole purpose of serving their neighbor in the time of great need.

On Monday, we came together to prepare a supper meal for the boys and the school staff.  Clothing and other items collected from our two churches was also transported to the school for the boys.  In early November a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings was prepared for the boys and staff of the school along with the first responders from the different towns that responded and assisted in the mutual aid of fighting the fire, EMS personnel that were on scene, members of the North Brookfield Emergency Management Group and supporters form different walks of life.    About 110 folks gathered in thanksgiving that there were no serious injuries sustained by firefighters and other first responders or the students and the staff.  Stories were exchanged by the various groups present of their actions and reactions of the fire at Valley View School and the days since.  Most touching was when the young students stood up and addressed the group present with their sincere gratefulness for all that was done for them.  These students were called boys earlier in the evening, but left as young men that have reacted by sticking together and supporting each other through it all.  A very moving and wonderful gathering.

 

 

 

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                   2014 Lantern Award

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2014 Lantern Award Recipient Doctor (LTC) David King with
State Deputy Peter Healy and Cardinal Sean O'Malley

 

        2014 Lantern Award Pictures - Click to View

        2014 Lantern Award Video - Click to View

   

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                   2014 State Free Throw Competitors

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State Deputy Peter Healy with State Board members and Chairmen addresses


competitors at State Free Throw Contest

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                   2014 Region Free Throw Winners

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                 South Region Free Throw Winners

       North Region Free Throw Winners

 Boston Region Free Throw Winners

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                   Global Wheelchair Mission

  

 

Global Wheelchair Mission - Reverend Richard DeVeer Parochial
Vicar of St Francis Xavier Parish in South Weymouth and Former
Associate State Chaplain with patient at St Boniface's Haiti Hospital
where Fr. DeVeer's St Boniface Haiti Charity services.  Fr. DeVeer
sent a picture he took of his last visit to show the Knights of Columbus
Wheelchairs that had been sent to Haiti!!

 

 

                Sticker on each wheelchair!!

 

Donations accepted at State Office for Wheelchairs!!

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          2014 March For Life In Washington DC

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State Treasurer Paul O'Sullivan (Under Green K of C Defend Life Sign at lower Right)
and Past State Deputy Mike Baldner attended 2014 March For Life in Washington with
Seminarians from Blessed John XXIII Seminary.

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          2013 Wreaths Across America

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State Deputy Peter Healy Addresses the many attendees at 2013 Wreaths Across
America Ceremony at Bourne Cemetery December 14th in a snow storm.

 

2013 Wreaths Across America  Pictures from Dec. 14th

          (Click on Red & Wait for Photo Cycle to Begin)

 

                   

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FOR NEXT YEAR'S WREATH ACROSS AMERICA DAY.  GREAT SPONSOR
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR COMPANY.  CALL STATE OFFICE 781 551-0628.
SEE THIS EXCITING PROGRAM PICTURES BELOW - YOU CAN BE PART OF IT!!

 

SEE "KNIGHTS NEWS" 2010 & 2011 WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA PICTURES

       

             2012 State Wreaths Across America Project  Pictures - from FDD Rich Zopatti

 

                2012 State Wreaths Across America Project  Pictures - from Exec Sec Dick Guerriero

 

               2012 State Wreaths Across America Project  Pictures - from DD Lew Corcoran

 

 

 

 

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          Coats For Kids In Office

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2013 State Soccer Finals

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State Soccer Chairman District Deputy Michael Lesperance talks to competitors
prior to finals.   L-> R  State Youth Director Mike Kirkpatrick, State Program
Director Barry Bell and State Soccer Chairman Mike Lesperance.

 

State Advocate Bob Morrison talks to competitors prior to finals.   

 

 

2013 Soccer Winners with Knights

 

 9 yr old girl - Samantha McFee from Spencer

 9 yr old boy - William Townshend from Wakefield

10 yr old girl - Lily Modica from Whitinsville  

10 yr old boy - Caleb Ribeiro from Sterling

11 yr old girl - Emily Rio from E. Brookfield

11 yr old boy - Christian Holmberg from Spencer

12 yr old girl - Jacqueline Puda from Whitinsville

12 yr old boy - Mitchell Tebo from Millbury

13 yr old girl - Emily Whittaker-Smith from Northbridge

13 yr old boy - Liam Merlin from Reading

14 yr old boy - Christopher Jennings from Wakefield

14 yr old girl - NO contestants

 

 

2013 State Soccer Finals  Pictures from Nov. 16th

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2013 State Charity Ball

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           2013 State Charity Ball  Pictures from Oct. 19th

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2013 Silver Rose Pictures

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2013 Silver Rose Pictures

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2013 State Installation

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The Massachusetts State Council Board of State Officers were installed on September 8th at
St Anthony of Padua Parish in Fitchburg.

 

Installed was State Chaplain Bishop Robert Hennessey (Auxiliary Bishop of Boston), Associate
State Chaplain Father Robert Bruso (Pastor of St Anthony of Padua Parish in Fitchburg, State
Deputy Peter Healy of Fitchburg, State Secretary Russell Steinbach of Dorchester, State Treasurer
Paul O’Sullivan of Foxboro, State Advocate Robert Morrison of Milford and State Warden Paul
Flanagan of Stoughton.

 

 

Picture from Là R : Immediate Past State Deputy Michael  and Kathy Baldner of Hyde Park, State Treasurer Paul and Susan
O’Sullivan of Foxboro, State Deputy Peter and Margaret Healy of Fitchburg, State Chaplain Bishop Robert Hennessey (Auxiliary
Bishop of Boston), Associate State Chaplain Father Robert Bruso (Pastor of St Anthony of Padua Parish in Fitchburg, State
Secretary Russell and Donna Steinbach of Dorchester, State Advocate Robert and Ginny Morrison of Milford and State Warden
Paul and Kathy Flanagan of Stoughton.

 

2013 State Installation Pictures

       (Click on Red & Wait for Photo Cycle to Begin)

 

 

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Massachusetts State Council Perpetual Memorial . . . . Remembering Our Loved Ones . . . . Click For Details .

 

 

  

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More than $167 million and 70 million hours
               donated to charity in 2012

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The Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for charitable donations and service hours in 2012.

The results of the K of C's Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, indicate
that record amounts of money and hours - more than $167.5 million and 70 million hours - were donated to
charitable causes.

The Knights financial contribution for the year grew by more than $9.4 million to $167,549,817. Contributions
increased for the 13th consecutive year.

The number of volunteer service hours also rose by nearly 64,000 hours from the 2011 total to 70,113,207 hours.
At an average value of $22.14 per service hour as estimated by Independent Sector, the value of the Knights' service
hours last year exceeded $1.55 billion.

Cumulative figures show that during the past decade the Knights of Columbus has donated $1.475 billion to charity
and provided more than 673 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives.

Notable beneficiaries during the past year included Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, victims of natural disasters,
local food banks, the economically disadvantaged and physically and intellectually disabled persons. Scholarships and
educational support, as well as a variety of church and community projects were also prominent among the many
initiatives sponsored by local K of C councils.

The survey found that there were more than 420,000 K of C blood donations during 2012. The Knights of Columbus
was among the first groups to recruit blood donors, with formal efforts dating back to 1937.

"Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle," said Supreme
Knight Carl Anderson. "With so many people enduring great hardship, the Knights of Columbus is happy to help
provide solutions to real people's problems through this great outpouring of charity by our members over the past year."

 

  

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     2012  Verizon Volunteer and Matching Gift Program

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******Special Thanks to Verizon Employees:

 

James Pieroni       from Robert Grannan Council #109 in Arlington

Daniel Fitzpatrick from Readville Council #2980

Kevin Holland      from Plymouth Council #1190

 

for their donation and time matched by VERIZON for the Charitable Foundation.

 

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Are you a Verizon Employee or Retiree??  If so, please think of the Massachusetts
State Council Charitable Foundation.  Verizon matches dollar for dollar donations
and also pays for your VOLUNTEER hours working for the Knights of Columbus
(All time devoted to Knights of Columbus is Volunteered and can be reimbursed by Verizon.)

 

Verizon Volunteers Program

To participate in the Verizon Volunteers Program:

  1. Volunteer with an eligible charitable organization or educational institution.
  2. Log your volunteer hours –via the volunteer journal - on the Verizon Foundation website.
  3. Submit an online grant request once you’ve reached 50 volunteer hours.  After submitting your matching gift request send the
    system generated gift confirmation instructions to the benefiting organization or educational institution so they can verify receipt of your donation..

Rules

 

 

Matching Gift Program

U.S employees and retirees can have their donations to eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations, U.S. public and private schools and U.S.
accredited colleges and universities matched by the Verizon Foundation as follows:

Matching Gifts: 1:1 match up to $1,000 per year, per donor

Matching Gifts – Higher Education:  1:1 match up to $5,000 per year, per donor

To request a matching gift:

  1. Donate to an eligible charitable organization or educational institution.
  2. Register your donation on the Verizon Foundation website.
  3. After submitting your matching gift request send the system generated gift confirmation instructions to the benefiting organization
    or educational institution so they can verify receipt of your donation.

                    

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE JURISDICTION OF MASSACHUSETTS
 

 

 

  Newest Edition  Discoverer July 2013

   

      
 

Supreme Council Culture of Life Assessment

 

  Form 990 Important Information
     K of C ICON Schedule
  FORMS SECTION

   STATE FORMS LOG 2014-2015 - Forms as of 12/02/14

 

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Massachusetts Knights of Columbus
Perpetual Memorial Wall

Hosted by the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus State Website

This page is intended to support the Massachusetts State Perpetual Memorial Society.
 This program enables you to remember your living and deceased family members and/or
 Council/Assembly brothers. The cost is $50 per member and the benefits include:

  • At least 100 masses said annually for the members
  • Each new member or their family will receive an Enrollment Certificate
  • Each member's name is displayed on a plaque/scroll which will be displayed at the State Convention each year.
  • Each member's name will be included in the Society Membership Roll which will be published.

The money is deposited in the Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Fund.
Contact the State Executive Secretary for additional information

 

 

 

           

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS

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Knights in Action

  Reports printed in Columbia Magazine from local Massachusetts Councils of the Knights of Columbus on their charitable and fraternal activities. This listing is updated regularly.

 

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We Need Your Email Address

 

                                   Please help up keep our records updated

In an effort to improve communications to and from the State Office, we are continuing to compile an e-mail address list for the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. With this list, time sensitive correspondence can be distributed quickly. We would ask that the Councils and/or Grand Knights with e-mail addresses, please forward them to the State Office (Be sure to include name, Council number and present title).

      State Office E-Mail is:  State.Office@masskofc.org

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                                                                    Fr. Michael J. McGivney

 

 Support the Knights of Columbus cause for Father McGivney.
Visit this website www.fathermcgivney.org
for more information. 

Father Michael J. McGivney

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