Knights Share Christmas Spirit

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Santa Claus was a welcome guest at the McCloskey #4565 Council of the Knights of Columbus’ Christmas party.

At their annual Christmas parties, two Rockland councils of the Knights of Columbus — Triune Council #2052 in Pearl River and  John Cardinal McCloskey 4565 in West Nyack —  continued their holiday tradition of presenting prolife and other charities with donations to support their good works.

Triune donations

At the Triune Council #2052 Christmas Party: Augustine Paul (accepting donation for the Fr. J.B.M. Upper Primary School), Peg Beirne (Rockland Catholic Coalition). Joe Quattrocchi (Good Counsel Homes), Liz O’Brien (Rockland Right to Life), Karin Lancellotti (Birthright), Cathy McGovern (COPS Barn), Kevin McGovern, Grand Knight, Dee DeFelice, Financial Secretary, Joe Jacob (Little Servants of Divine Providence), and John Rio (Salesian Missions) and Past Grand Knight. Photo by Frank Traina

The Triune party was was held at Toner Hall at St. Margaret’s Church in Pearl River on Dec. 14

Among the local prolife groups receiving gifts from the Knights were the Rockland Right to Life Committee, Birthright of Rockland,  Good Counsel Homes in Spring Valley, and the Sisters of Life.

Other charities honored were: the Rockland County Catholic Coalition, St. Margaret’s and St. Anthony’s churches,  COPS Barn (provides therapeutic horseback riding for special needs children),  Fisher House Foundation (provides nearby free or low-cost housing for families of military personnel receiving hospital treatment), the Little Servants of Divine Providence (serves the disabled, homeless, and needy in Kerala, India), and the Salesian Missions.

A new recipient this year was the Fr. J.B.M. Upper Primary School in Kothamangalam, Kerala, in India. The school was founded by Fr. John Berchmans, a Carmelite priest, for the poor people of the village. The school serves about 700 students, the children of agricultural workers and day laborers. The donation will be put towards the construction of two classrooms, a library, and a language lab.

At the McCloskey party, held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack on Dec. 22, donations were also presented to the prolife groups, the Sisters of Life, Good Counsel Homes, Birthright, and the Rockland Right to Life Committee.

Presentations were also made to Camp Venture, which offers family-like care and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities; Jawonio, which also provides services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges and chronic medical special needs; St. Francis Church; and two seminarians studying for the priesthood who will be ordained in May 2016, Tom Colucci of St. Francis of Assisi parish and Christian Amad of St. Gregory Barbarigo in Garnerville.

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Maya Zaiewski of New Hempstead, an eighth grader at St. Anthony’s School and poster contest winner, with her dad, Mariusz.

A special feature of the evening was the announcement of the Knights’ annual “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest. The winners —  David Brown (age 5 to 7 category), Jeffrey Guneratne (11-14), and Maya Zaiewski (11-14) — all received $50 prizes.

Reverend Robert F. McKeon, the pastor of St. Francis Church, welcomed the guests as the evening began and offered grace. And Santa Claus later made an appearance with a big sack of presents for the children.

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