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For the very latest news in our Diocese and around the world, please visit this month’s edition of the Catholic Transcript Online, the Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut.



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2017 St. John Bosco Parish Picnic at Owenego

Left to right Neal Millane , Stephen Wilhelm, Jim Hayes
Mark Distasio helps set up a tent along with members of the St John Bosco CCD Program
Left to right Protais Tala, Stephen Montano, Liam Cotter and Sal Pannone

Annual Pro Life Plant Sale

Pictured (below) is the Eldorado Knights of Columbus Council #10 Annual Plant Sale Tent in front of St. Mary Church.


Annual Plant Sale at St Mary Church 2017

Archdiocese of Hartford Social Media

Follow the twitter account of Archbishop Leonard  Blair.

Or follow the Instagram account of the Archdiocese of Hartford.




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Vatican Social Media

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Follow Pope Francis’ popular Twitter Account @Ponifex.

Read all about the Vatican’s new emphasis on social media, in this 2016 USA Today article.



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Nat and Jack Farrell House

St. John Bosco Parishioner Ray Falkoff started a non-profit to provide shelter for homeless men in Branford.  Follow the links below to learn more  about his efforts and/or to support these noble efforts.

Attention Everyone Re: 18-35 Year Old Knights

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Supreme has several interesting links that every Council 10 member, regardless of age, should familiarize themselves with:

This is Supreme’s homepage for young adults. Note that this is every Knight between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.

This is Supreme’s Young Adult Chapters home page.  A young adult chapter is a joint venture between a state council, local councils (e.g. COUNCIL 10) and the Supreme Council office designed to respond to the unique needs of young adult members.  The most recent one is launching THIS MONTH (October, 2017) in St. Louis.

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USCCB Social Media Links

Click the icon above to visit the USCCB’s Social Media sites covering a multitude of topics on Facebook and Twitter.  Watch USCCB’s YouTube videos or visit their Instagram pictures as well.



Into the Breach

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Download “Into The Breach – An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men“, a PDF document that Supreme is asking all young Knights to read.  The following is part of a description from Supreme’s site:

“Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has challenged all college councils to facilitate a reading and discussion of Into the Breach on their campuses this school year. Meet with your chaplain to discuss the best way to implement the Into the Breach program. Different approaches will suit different councils. You might conduct an eight-week program, in which members weekly read a selection from Into the Breach and meet to discuss it and work toward spiritual goals. You might do an accelerated version of this, meeting a couple of times a week. Or, you might choose to hold a weekend retreat centered on Into the Breach.”

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#Knights Know Mercy

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Bishop Robert Barron on Grace and Frassati

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A 10 minute video narrative by Bishop Robert Barron on the “Invasion of Grace” (as in how Jesus got into Simon’s boat and began to give orders).  He asks, “how do we respond when Grace invades our life without asking our permission?  When Grace breaks in, what do I do?”

He also discusses how he came to learn about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati including pictures.

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2017 Annual Easter Egg Scramble


Annual Easter Egg Scramble 2017 at St Mary School
Back row left to right Fr. Matt, Sal Pannone, Mark Distasio, Jeff Klarman, Mark Peruzzi
Photo: Joe Byrne

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)…



2016 Take a Vet Fishing: Fish on the Line!

L to R: A participating veteran and Steve Schambach at Killam’s Point

Photo: Steven Montano

2016 Take a Vet Fishing At Killam’s Point

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

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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.

2018 Campaign for People With Intellectual Disabilities

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This annual event is held to benefit St. Mary School and The Sarah Foundation.  Council members accept donations at the doors to St. Mary Church and at Walmart typically.

If you would like to volunteer to help out on the 2018 Campaign, please contact Bro. Hank Bassi.

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.

December 3, 2017 Annual Christmas Party

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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.

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.

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 or

GK Joe Byrne at or 203-231-5643

Above: Neal Millane

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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.

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.


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).

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.


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.

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.

2017 Take a Vet Fishing

Hot dogs on the grill at Take a Vet Fishing earlier this year:

L to R:Mark Peruzzi  (yellow shirt) , Andy Perrone(blue shirt), Kevin Trudeau, Sal Pannone 

Photo: Joe Byrne

Sir Knights!

Sir Knights of Council 10 standing before the entrance to St. Mary Church:

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August 2017 Charitable Donation

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

Monastic Work!

Council 10 members working at the Monastery earlier this year:

Bottom Row L to R:Tom Martone ,Tom Fitzgerald, Bob Russell, ___,Al Paulsen,Stephen Wilhelm

Top Row: Matt Hally

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Columbiettes (for Women)

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Did you know?
“The Connecticut State Columbiettes is the representative of the 16 Columbiettes Auxiliaries located in the State of Connecticut.  We conduct service projects around the State for the betterment of all.  We also assist our Auxiliaries and Connecticut Knights of Columbus in their endeavors.  
We are working to expand our membership and the number of auxiliaries in Connecticut.  We’d be happy to help your Knights Council add a Columbiettes auxiliary!”


Strong Arm of the Church

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Supreme’s Policy on Politics and Religion

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Ever wonder where the line is drawn between politics and religion for a Knight? Here is the official social media policy from Supreme re: politics and religion online.


September, 2018 Ride Closer to Free


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.


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 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).

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Buy official Knights of Columbus branded clothing and accessories, including the golf bag (pictured below, $175), at


Follow Supreme on LinkedIn

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Follow the Knights of Columbus on LinkedIn at Supreme’s company page (click logo below):



4.30.17 New Fourth Degree Members St. Mary Church New Haven

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

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Supreme Social Media Feed

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Be sure to visit K of C’s Social Media Feed, mentioned below. Click on the prior link (above) or anywhere on the article itself (below) so see K of C’s latest news feed!















2016 Steak and Cigar Night

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, _____

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2016 Steak and Cigar Night

When you look up “Fraternity”, here’s what you should see: more enjoyment at the Steak & Cigar Night!

L to R: Stephen Montano, ____, _____, _____

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2016 Closer to Free

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

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We Invite You to Join

This is your “video invitation” to join Council 10 of the Knights of Columbus.

Hit the small PLAY button to begin.


If you are interested in becoming a Knight

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If you are interested in becoming a Knight, visit Join Us! to watch the video, download a short booklet (8 pages), and complete the request form today to have a Knight contact you!





Photo: Ed Kirk

8.5.17 Installation of Officers

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 


Annual Blood Drive

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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.

8.23.17 Steak ‘n Cigar Night

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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

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Parish Mobile App

Our Parish has developed an app for smart phones and tablets.  Our Council is signed up for this and we encourage everyone in our council to download the app. WGK Joe Byrne, WDGK Stephen Wilhelm and WR Andy Perrone are our ministry’s moderators for this program. If you have any questions please contact any of the following Brothers:

Get on our Email Address List

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8.14.17 The Move to Email Newsletters

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Many members of our council already access the internet and/or email every week. As we discussed at our August 14, 2017 meetings, we can save a substantial sum of money by only printing and mailing a small quantity of council newsletters to any remaining members who do not yet have access to our news online via a website visited from a public computer or via an email address.

This website contains an archive of business meeting minutes and newsletters so that any member with access to the web may view our newsletters, even members without email today.