Serving the Saint John Bosco Parish of Branford, Connecticut
November 3rd Squire Matt Hally organized a Pancake Breakfast to help fund his Eagle Scout Project “Wreaths Across America”. Council 10 pitching in to help him reach his goal.
Left to Right Brothers Andy Perrone, George Higgins, Stephen Montano, Stephen Wilhelm, John Kunde, Sal Pannone and Liam Cotter. Over 55 meals were served to the homeless at Columbus House in New Haven.
Council 10 Elected Positions for 2019-2021 are as follows:
Council 10’s Elected Officers for 2019-2021
Council 10 Appointed Positions for 2019-2021 are as follows:
We will repeat our Foxwoods Casino trip on November 10, 2018. If you are interested contact Mark DiStasio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-415-5029.
We almost completely filled our 2017 bus trip to Foxwoods Casino on Saturday November 11, 2017. The bus departed from Branford High School at 5 pm, and departed the casino for the ride home at 11 pm.
Tickets were $40 per person and included a $10 bet credit and a $10 meal credit or a free buffet ($28 value).
Support the Yale-New Haven Health’s Smilow Cancer Hospital’s Ride Closer to Free charity bike ride! Either RIDE (like our Council members below did) or do the next best thing: DONATE to those Council 10 members who will ride.
The Parish Bulletin will run information regarding St. John Bosco’s annual parish picnic, usually held at Owenego Inn Beach and Tennis Club every September.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact the parish office.
August 9 2018 Steak and Cigar @ St Mary Church Hall 6 pm to whenever. BYOB. Menu is salad, baked potato, steak and cheesecake. Dinner only $35. Preorder a cigar and dinner $45.
For tickets contact Bro John Mooney email@example.com or
GK Joe Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-231-5643
Above: Neal Millane
July 9 – 19, 2018 Pilgrimage to Italy will visit Venice, Padua, Florence, Assisi, and Vatican City with a Papal Audience. Cost is $3399 from New York and the trip will be hosted by Fr. Glen. For details, contact Fr. Glen.
Our Annual Blood Drive aims to help the American Red Cross to collect more than 50 pints of blood (limit: 1 pint apiece) from parish members.
Our 2017 Blood Drive took place on July 13th in the Parish Hall at St. Mary Church.
Steven teaches CCD.
He is the chief squire counselor. Our squire council now has 16 members.
Brother Steven also went to Appalachia this year with the youth of our parish to help rebuild some homes.
Also a main contributor to Take a Vet Fishing. With both the K of C and Branford Yacht Club.
Brother Steven has been instrumental with keeping our youth involved in our parish.
Our goal is to net $1000 in our annual Pro-Life Event to benefit St. Gianna Pregnancy Center in New Haven in May of 2018.
L to R: Rev. Glen, Joe Byrne, Stephen Montano, ___, ____, ____, Rev. Keefe
In 2017, over two weekends (5/13-14 and 5/20-21) we grossed $1722.50 in gross sales. If you are interested in helping out at next year’s plant sale, please contact PGK Stephen Montano or WGK Joe Byrne.
The 2017 Home Front Project was conducted on 5/7 at 8:30 am on the project site.
If you would like to help out at the 2018 event, please contact Bro. Frank Carrano.
Mark your calendars for our 1st Annual event on Saturday, March 31st 2018 at St. Therese Church. And with our new St. John Bosco Parish, it’ll be bigger and better than ever!
Thanks to the Brother Knights who made the 2017 event such a success: Fr. Keefe, Fr. Matt, Joe Byrne, Liam Cotter, Matt Halley, Jim Hayes, Jeff Klarman, Sal Pannone and Mark Peruzzi.
To help out on the 2018 event as it gets closer, contact Mark DiStasio.
Abraham’s Tent is held for one week every year in February. In 2018 it will take place from 2/12 through 2/19.
Organized by the late Bro. John Wilkinson and his wife, Tammy, our Council provided dinner on Friday 2/17/17 this past year. Thanks to Jim Hayes, Jeff Klarman, Bill Cash, Sal Pannone, John Pirtel, Andy Perrone, Bob Lamb, and Stephen Wilhelm who helped out at the 2017 event.
If you are interested in helping out in 2018, please contact Norma Cash (Bill’s wife).
The St. John Bosco Cornerstone Men’s Retreat will be held for 26 hours starting Friday night 2/2/18 and ending Saturday 2/3/18 leading up to the Super Bowl.
Anyone interested in participating as this event nears should contact the parish office for more information.
There is no cost to attend, but donations are welcomed.
On January 5, 2018 we will once again sponsor an altar server appreciation night from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The 2017 party was enjoyed by both Squires and Altar Servers alike, and both groups will be invited again this year.
For more information contact the parish office.
If you would like to volunteer to help out on the 2018 Campaign, please contact Bro. Hank Bassi.
Our annual Christmas Party will be held at Amarantes in New Haven on December 3 from 4 to 8 pm. Please bring baby food to donate to the food pantry and also a also a Secret Santa grab bag gift (approximately $10) to be raffled off in support of our pro life raffle.
Bro. Jim Hayes is running a raffle. The drawing will be held at the 2017 Christmas Party. See more information here. 12/3.
Source: Amarantes from Digital Video Productions on Vimeo.
Council #10 will sponsor an open-to-the-public bus trip to Foxwoods Casino on Saturday November 10, 2018.
We first went on 11/11/17 (see above), and on that night the bus departed the Branford High School Parking Lot at 5 pm, and the ride home began at 11 pm. Tickets were $40 per person and included a $10 bet credit and a $10 meal credit or a free buffet (a $28 value!).
Thank you to everyone who supported our council with a fun night out for all – lucky and unlucky!
Here is our link to the 2018 event: http://branfordkofc.org/event/2018-foxwoods-casino. If you are interested in buying tickets or in helping to sell tickets, please contact Br. Mark DiStasio at email@example.com.
2017 Fish Fry
Andy Perrone, Stephen Wilhelm, Stephen
Montano and Liam Cotter (left to right)
fry up some delicious fish.
Photo by Joe Byrne
The finished product.
Photo by Catherine DiTuri
Development Director, Columbus House Inc.
Bill Cash and Stephen Montano
Photo by Joe Byrne
Liam Cotter, Andy Perrone and Stephen
Montano (left to right)
Photo by Joe Byrne
Andy Perrone, Stephen Montano, Stephen
Wilhelm and Liam Cotter (left to right)
Photo by Catherine DiTuri,
Development Director, Columbus House Inc.
Congratulations to Bro. Mike Ferraro and Rev. Robert Landback (shown above) who received the Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Medal for their work and commitment to pro-life on Sunday October 8, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated the annual archdiocesan Respect Life Mass.
For more information see: http://www.prolifeministry.org/news/17-10-08_respectlifemass.html
Image Sources (top): https://content.parishesonline.com/bulletins/03/0017/20171015B.pdf (bottom): http://www.prolifeministry.org/news/17-10-08_respectlifemass.html
Bro. Jim Hayes is running a $10/ticket raffle. The four prizes are pictured below. The drawing will be held at our Christmas Party in December. Click on any picture below to see more information about that product. Which one will you win?
Buy your tickets at our next meeting!
Apple iPad Pro (worth $649)
Amazon Gift Card (for $300)
Le Petit Cafe Gift Card (for $150), an award-winning restaurant on the Branford town green…
Stop & Shop Gift Card (for $100)
L to R: Ed Kirk, John Wilkinson,Stephen Montano, Jack Barletta, Liam Cotter, Mike Ferraro, Andy Perrone, Protais Tala, John Mooney, Stephen Wilhelm,Nick Vamvakis,Joe Byrne,Gary Buteau, Alan Brown
Photo: Stephen Montano
A charitable donation was made in August to St. Gianna Center in New Haven, CT:
L to R: Rev. Glen, Joe Byrne, Stephen Montano, a representative from St. Gianna Center on both sides of Mike Ferraro, and Rev. Keefe
Photo: Andy Perrone
The three fellows at the lower right of this picture are new Sir Knights from Council 10. Thank you to the Council 10 members (also pictured below, but, admittedly a bit harder to find) who came out to support them on this great day!
Far Right (L to R): Stephen Schambach, Ed Kirk, Neal Millane
Council 10 members pull out all the stops on Steak & Cigar Night. Below they are shown giving a traditional Weber grill all it can handle!
Pictured Above: Neal Millane
Pictured Below: ____(far left), Stephen Montano, _____
You were expecting to see Council 10 members below “feeling the burn” after a long bike ride, but all we see below is a feeling the joy! Is that the endorphins? Or is this the “before” picture?
L to R: Stephen Montano, Anthony Paecht, Stephen Wilhelm
The Installation of Officers was held on Saturday, August 5 after the 5 pm mass at St. Mary Church and dinner followed in the Parish Hall starting at 6 pm.
L to R: John Mooney, Al Vignola, Bob Russell, Andy Perrone, Stephen Montano, Neal Millane, Stephen Wilhelm, Matt Hally, Joe Byrne, Tony DeCaprio, Jeff Klarman, Rev. Keefe, Rev. Glen, Marc Ritchie
Council 10’s Annual Blood Drive was held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the Parish Hall. Thanks to the 14 Brothers who volunteered for registration and making and/or serving sandwiches.
The Red Cross goal was 55 pints and we achieved 50. There were 58 donors. Unfortunately, some were unable to donate. It was the first time we ever had to ring the bell for a donor who had trouble after their donation. Fortunately there was no serious problem and the Red Cross staff handled the matter very capably.
The annual Steak ‘n Cigar Night of Council 10 was held Wednesday August 23. You didn’t have to smoke cigars or even like steak to come and have a good time. Menu was rib eye steak, baked potato, salad, and cheese cake for dessert.
Above: Neal Millane