2019 Spring Cleaning

Neal Millane and Sal panone

CDR April and May 2020

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Brother Matt Pekar unpacks to go containers
Worthy Grand Knight Stephen Wilhelm masked up and ready to hand out meals
WGK Stephen hands a meal to a client of the Branford CDR
Brothers Joe Byrne and Matt Pekar dish up pulled pork to go

2020 January’s Family of The Month

January’s Family of the Month goes to the Smith Family. Presenting here is Father Glen, DGK Andy Perrone, Steve Schambach, Father Keefe and GK Stephen Wilhelm.

Exemplification 1,2,3rd Degree At the K of C Museum

Our newest member Michael Lipcan at the 1st Exemplification of 1,2,3rd Degree at the K of C Museum
Brother Michael Lipcan and GK Stephen Wilhelm

2020 Free Throw Championship

Our Council has brought back our annual Free Throw Championship. Thank you PGK Protais for organizing this event and to DGK Andy Perrone, PGK Mark Distasio, PGK Joe Byrne, PGK Matt Pekar, Brothers Kevin Trudeau, Marc van den Broeck for their assistance. We had a good showing of 13 participants and all winners in each age group moves onto District Championship!

December’s 2019 Family of The Month

Father Keefe, GK Stephen Wilhelm, and Family Director Steve Schambach presents Stella Maris Council 10’s December 2019 Family of The Month to Kevin Trudeau,his Wife Renee, their children, Mathew, Brendan, Samantha and Jacob.
The Trudeau Family also won the State Council’s December Family of The Month.

Abrahams Tent

Sal Pannone, Ron Lemieux And GK Stephen Wilhelm
Johm Meriano, Sal Pannone and
DGK Andy Perrone
Bob Russell, Ron Lemieux, PGK Stephen Montano and PGK Mark DiStasio

Annual Coat Drive

GK Stephen Wilhelm, Fred Acquavita and DGK Andy Perrone at Farnam House giving out the new coats that were purchased from funds raised at the Coat Drive.
PGK Stephen Montano, PGK Joe Byrne and PGK Matt Hally sorting out coats.
Brother Liam Cotter, DGK Andy Perrone and Brother John Pirtel sorting coats

Inaugeral Exemplication 1st,2nd and 3rd Degree

Our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson seen here addressing the 1st set of Candidates for the New Degree Ceremony at St Mary’s in New Haven where it all began. In attendance one of our newest Members Jason Giardiello and Grand Knight Stephen Wilhelm

Knight of The Year

PGK Joe Byrne and Sal Pannone received The Knight of The Year Award at our Annual Christmas Party at Amarante’s Sea Cliff. Congratulations!

Delta Church Drive Prize Presentation

GK Stephen Wilhelm and Father Keefe presents a $50 gift card to the Winner of the Delta Church Drive Raffle, Brother Marc van den Broeck.

Wreaths Across America Pancake Breakfast

Neal Millane and Matt Hally
DGK Andy Perrone PGK John Mooney
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PGK Matt Pekar

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.

Knights in Action! Columbus House Fish Fry 10/16/2019

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.

Columbus Day Parade 10/13/2019 New Banner Debut

Brothers Matt Pekar, Jeff Klarman, Stephen Montano, George Higgins, Stephen Wilhelm, Joe Byrne and Ron Shea

Parish Picnic 10/06/2019

Stella Marris Council 10 working together cooking for our Parish Picnic.

Brothers Jeff Klarman and Hank Bassi
Brothers Andy Perrone and Neal Millane
Left to right, Brothers, Doug Eschrich, Hank Bassi, Al Paulsen, Andy Perrone, Jeff Klarman and Matt Halley
Left to right Brothers, Steve Schambach, Mark Eschrich, Neal Millane, Andy Perrone and in front at the grill Doug Eschrich

Memorial Day Parade 2019

L to R: Joe Byrne, Jack Barletta, Steve Wilhelm, Neil Millane, Stephen Montano, Jeff Klarman, Matt Pekar, Ron Lemieux, Protais Tala, Ron Shea and Nick Vamvakis

Take a Vet Fishing

Front  row L to R Robert Russell, Tony DePino,, Sal Pannone, Cliff Schexnayder, Liam Cotter, Nick Vamvakis. 2nd row L to R Steve Schambach,  Stephen Wilhelm. 3rd Row L to R Ed Jansen, Jeff Klarman, Tom Fitzgerald, Al Paulsen, Ray Falkoff, Andy Perrone, Ron Lamiux, Joe Byrne, John Mooney, Matt Hally

August 17th, 2019. Stella Maris Council 10 and Cornerstone join forces to help out on this event. Breakfast and lunch was served as the Veterans were enjoying their day fishing.

Stella Maris Council 10 sponsoring our Parish Seminarian Mitchell Kendrioski

L to R Father Glen, Mitchell Kendrioski, GK Stephen Wilhelm, DGK Andy Perrone             August 18th 2019

Installation of Officers

                     L to R Lecturer George Higgins, Trustee PGK Joe Byrne, GK Stephen Wilhelm, DGK Andy Perrone (June 29th 2019)

Council 10 Elected Positions for 2019-2021 are as follows:

Council 10’s Elected Officers for 2019-2021

  • Grand Knight Stephen Wilhelm
  • Deputy Grand Knight Andy Perrone
  • Financial Secretary Jeff Klarman
  • Treasurer Lance Ziaks
  • Recorder Ed Kirk
  • Chancellor Neal Millane
  • Advocate Tony DeCaprio
  • Warden Matt Hally
  • Outside Guard Bob Russell
  • Inside Guard Al Vignola

Council 10 Appointed Positions for 2019-2021 are as follows:

  • Chaplain Rev. Keefe
  • Membership Director John Rubsam
  • Program Chair Andy Perrone
  • Lecturer George Higgins
  • Faith Director Ron Lemieux
  • Family Director Steve Schambach
  • Community Director Joe Byrne
  • Life Director Mike Ferraro

See also our Officers page and our Contact Us page

Officer Elections

Category : Council 10

New officers have been elected for 2019-2021. Congratulations to those appointed and elected to office moving forward, and THANK YOU to outgoing officers and appointees. Please select “Officers” from the main menu to see our 2019-2021 officers and appointees.

Easter Egg Scramble 2019

PGK Mark Distasio explains the rules before the mad dash for candy. Although held inside because of rain it still did not disappoint!

Brother Sal (foreground yellow shirt)

Brother Matt hiding the candy

PGK Mark Distasio explains the rules before the mad dash for candy. Rain forced the event indoors but did not disappoint!

2019 Gaelic and Garlic Gala

Held at St. Therese Church on March 9, 2019

Christmas Party 2018

Awards night for the Knight of the Year Steve Schambach and recipients of the James T Reynolds award PGK Stephen Montano, GK Joe Byrne and Nelson Barnabucci

Nelson Barnabucci accepts his award

PGK Stephen Montano speaks after receiving The James T Reynolds Award
Grand Knight and James T Reynolds Award recipient Joe Byrne and wife Erin

Coat Drive 2018

Coat Drive 2018

Brothers John Mooney and Stephen Montano sort through bags of coats

2019 World Youth Day (Ages 16-35)

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Every two or three years, an international gathering is held to bring all the youth and young adults, especially adults in their 20’s and early 30’s (see below), together in one place with the Holy Father.  World Youth Day will take place in Panama City, Panama (January, 2019).

“World Youth Day USA (WYDUSA) is an umbrella term for the United States’ participation in World Youth Day, both abroad at the international events and stateside in the U.S., as well as to designate those who have participated on one of those WYD activities in the past (WYDUSA “alumni”)…

How old do I have to be to attend World Youth Day?

World Youth Day is a pilgrimage experience targeted to those ages 16 to 35.  We especially encourage young adults in their 20s and early 30s to attend the international World Youth Day events…

Below is the general events list that World Youth Day generally follows, accompanied by the announced 2019 dates.

The Market Square is a popular gathering place in Krakow, Poland

  • Tuesday, January 22: World Youth Day Opening Mass
  • Wednesday, January 23 through Friday, January 25 each morning:  Morning Catechesis and Mass in different languages and locations around Panama; (catechesis is given and mass is celebrated by cardinals and bishops from around the world)
  • Wednesday, January 23, through Friday, January 25: Youth Festival (concerts, talks, exhibits, and music at select locations around Panama)
  • Thursday, January 24:Papal Welcome Ceremony, location still TBD
  • Friday, January 25: Way of the Cross {Via Crucis}, location still TBD
  • Saturday, January 26: Evening Candlelight Vigil with Pope Francis, location still TBD
  • Sunday, January 27: Morning Papal Mass, followed by the Angelus, location still TBD
  • Preceding the central WYD activities, “Days in the Dioceses” will take place in dioceses around the entire country of Panama”

For more information, click the icon of WYDUSA (above)…

Source: http://www.usccb.org/about/world-youth-day/faqs.cfm


November 10, 2018 Foxwoods Casino

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We will repeat our Foxwoods Casino trip on November 10, 2018.  If you are interested contact Mark DiStasio at mmdistasio@sbcglobal.net 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).

September, 2018 Ride Closer to Free

Source: http://www.rideclosertofree.org/

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.

Also see the Flash Mob Commercial for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Health.


September 2018 Parish Picnic

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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.

Source: http://www.owenego.com/owenego2017/

Mass at Holy Land USA, Waterbury, CT August 11, 2018 in honor of Fr. McGivney

The Cross that sits high above Waterbury. The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney’s birthplace 

Grand Knight Joe Byrne with his son Andrew at the base of the cross
Grand Knight Joe Byrne and his son Andrew at the base of the cross

Brother Knights Ron Shea, Matt Pekar, Joe Byrne and Protais Tala after Mass at Holy Land USA

Past Grand Knight  Matt Pekar with his Daughter Alicia enjoying the music before Mass

Steak and Cigar Dinner August 9, 2018

Brother Knights Neal Millane (yellow shirt) and DGK Stephen Wilhelm (blue shirt) enjoy the evening

Brother Knights Sal Pannone (yellow shirt) and Andy Perrone ( dark blue shirt) enjoy some conversation

Community Dining Room July 22, 2018

Standing left to right Protais Tala, Tom Fitzgerald, Sal Pannone, Bob Russell, Mark Hally, John Toste, Joe Byrne, Hank Bassi, Andrew Debenedictus, John Schmid
Kneeling Liam Cotter and Joe Genua

Liam Cotter and Joe Genua grill up some burgers

Protais and Sal prep vegetables for the next days meal

John Toste (foreground) and Tom Fitzgerald plate the meals to be served

Squires Andrew and Mark get ready to do the dishes


August 9 2018 Council 10 Steak and Cigar Night

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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 jjmooneycpa@gmail.com or

GK Joe Byrne at joebyrne48@snet.net or 203-231-5643

Above: Neal Millane

Photo: ____________

July, 2018 Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Glen Dmytryszyn

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.

July, 2018 Annual K of C Blood Drive

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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.

Source: http://www.redcross.org/local/connecticut

Community Dining Room 6/24/18

Left to right Spencer Mariotti, Tom Fitzgerald, Andrew Byrne, Stephen Montano, Bob Russell,Hank Bassi, Liam Cotter, Jack Barletta, Joe Genua, Sal Pannone and Joe Byrne

Joe Genua doing the dishes

Bob Russel prepping vegetables

Bob, Sal and Jack getting it done

Hank Bassi suiting up

Hank Bassi and Stephen Montano

Spencer, Andrew , Sal and Jack working hard

Future Knights Andrew and Spencer provide table service to the clients of the Community Dining Room as Jack Barletta does the dishes

June, 2018 Knight of the Year Award Winner Steve Schambach

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Congratulations Steve!

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.

Cornerstone member.

Brother Steven has been instrumental with keeping our youth involved in our parish.

Memorial Day Parade 2018

Left to Right Hank Bassi, Jeff Klarman, Bob Malek, Neal Millane, Jack Bartletta, Ron Shea, John Mooney, Ron Lemieux,Stephen Wilhelm, Protais Tala 

Photo by: Joe Byrne

Pro Life Plant Sale May 2018

Brothers John Mooney(left) and Ed Farley(right) putting the plants out for sale under our tent

Left to right. Brothers John Mooney, Stephen Montano and Ed Farley working hard

Brothers John Mooney and Stephen Montano load a truck with flowers at Country Farms in Nortford

May, 2018 K of C Annual Plant Sale

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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

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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.

May, 2018 Home Front Project

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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.

Spring Cleanup at St. Mary April 21, 2018


Matt Hally focuses on work

Mark Hally, Liam Cotter, Bob Russell and Bob Malek

Welcome back Cotter! Liam Cotter back from Florida.

Working hard! Liam, Bob and Bob

Left to right Liam Cotter, Bob Russell and Bob Malek


Spring Cleaning April, 14 2018 @ St. Mary Church

Al Vignola rakes up.
Photo by Joe Byrne

Left to right. Mark Hally, Kevin Trudeau and Joe Genua

Ethan Schambach shows his landscaping skills
Photo by Joe Byrne

Steve Schambach

Sal Pannone
Photo by Joe Byrne

The squires help out

St. John Bosco Easter Egg Scramble March, 31 2018

More than 40 kids line up to race for the candy at St. Therese Church

March 31, 2018 23rd Annual Easter Egg Scramble & Raffle

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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.

2018 St. Patrick/St. Joseph Gaelic and Garlic Gala

Monsignor Walker gives an Irish blessing before dinner

Neal Millane and Joe Byrne get the corned beef and cabbage ready
Photo by Mark Hally

The Rock of Cashel Irish Band enjoy a beverage between sets
Photo by Mark Hally

The Klarman family shows their Irish spirit
Photo by Mark Hally

3 Irish Tenors(left to right) John Mooney, Steve Schambach and Joe Byrne
Photo by Mark Hally

When Irish eyes are smilin’
Photo by Mark Hally

Father Glen and Joe Byrne
Photo by Mark Hally

The Lenihan School Of Irish Dance
Photo by Mark Hally

Irish spirit!
Photo by Mark Hally

Sal Pannone and Neal Millane prepare dinnner
Photo by Mark Hally

The Lenihan School Of Irish Dance
Photo by Mark Hally


Gaelic and Garlic Gala March 10, 2018

Category : Council 10

Join us March 10, at 6 pm St. Therese Parish Hall.

Tickets will be sold after Mass on March 3 & 4 or contact John Mooney jjmooneycpa@gmail.com or Joe Byrne joebyrne48@snet.net


St. Patrick and St. Joseph Gaelic and Garlic Dinner March, 10 2018

Dinner will include corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, pasta and zeppolles for dessert.

Entertainment will include Irish Dancing and live Irish music by Rock of Cashel.

Tickets will be sold after all Masses. Prices are $25 for adults, $8 for child, and $60 per family.

For more info contact John Mooney jjmooneycpa@gmail.com or Joe Byrne joebyrne48@snet.net

Abraham’s Tent 2018

Brother Knights (left to right) Sal Pannone, Stephen Montano, Stephen Wilhelm and Jeff Klarman serve pizza at St. Mary Church Hall to the residents of Abraham’s Tent.

February 12 – 19, 2018 Abraham’s Tent

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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).

February 2-3, 2018 Cornerstone Men’s Retreat

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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.

Coat Drive December 16 & 17 2017

Brother Knights from Eldorado Council 10 load a truck with bags of coats donated from our annual coat drive.

January 5, 2018 Altar Server Appreciation Night

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.