Knights of Columbus
Father Vincent S. Sikora Council, No. 7992
Meetings at Church of the Nativity
6400 Nativity Lane Burke, VA 22015

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The Brothers Gather for an Old Keene Mill Clean-Up

From the October 6, 2018 Knights' Council Meeting

The February 2018 Issue of
The Sikorian, the monthly newsletter
of the Nativity Knight's Chapter
is available online.

The Sikorian
A newsletter of the
Knights of Columbus

The Knights Conduct Their
2018 Blood Drive

The Knights Participate in the
2018 March for Life

Winner of the 2018 Soccer Challenge

January 2018 Council Awards

The Knights Serve on Christmas Traffic Control

The Knights Celebrate Christmas With The Burke Lake Gardens Residents

The Knights Honor Their Council Namesake (Fr. Sikora)

Br. Druitt Honored By Springfield Chamber

The Knights Hold Their 2017
Council Christmas Party


The Knights Host Their
2017 Breakfast with Santa

Council Awards for
November 2017

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Calling All Knights . . . .

Knights to Support Confirmation Receptions. Our Council been asked to support receptions for Confirmation on Saturday, February 24th. Bishop Burbage will host two ceremonies, each with a reception following the Mass. The first ceremony will be at 10:00 am and the second at 2:00 pm. We seek two groups of five volunteers each to support each reception with setup, support during the reception, and cleanup afterwards.

Sign up NOW at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-nativity3 Contact PGK Mike Litzelman at mlitzelm1@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

Here are the details:

  • For the morning group: Set up the FMC at 9:00 am. This will include setting the Council's blue backdrop for pictures; setting up at least five tables; and setting up some round tables if they are needed. Will also help bring out more cookies, water and OJ, if needed, as well as help clean up afterwards. We may need a few people to help channel the crowd to the Bishop, and then to guide them away from Bishop.
     
  • The second group of five, which would report at 1:00 pm, will help clean up after the first reception as needed, as well as re-stock the food and drinks. They would also help serve the food and drinks when the 2nd Group arrives after their Confirmation ceremony concludes, and help clean up when all is done. They, too, should help guide those receiving Confirmation to and away from the Bishop.

 Sign-Up Genius for those who are willing to assist a Brother Bob Doheny and his wife Joyce through the provision of meals. Charity is the first principle of our Order. We have been fortunate to have a core group of volunteers do so, but they need your help. Sign ups are posted at the following link:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-meals

From the Nativity Bulletin
  • Knights of Columbus Church Event, (WPGK Mike Litzelman). Father Sikora Council, 7992, will be conducting a Church Event visiting and touring the Mission of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, on Saturday, April 21st. We plan to tour the Monastery, Garden, Catacombs, Gift Shop, submit prayer requests, and have a bite to eat, as well as attend the 5:00pm Mass. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20017; Parking available, and also accessible from the CUA Metro Stop. Please email me if interested: mlitzelm1@hotmail.com
     
  • March newsletter inputs are due by Wednesday, 21 February. Early submissions are welcome….and encouraged! Contact Br. Jeremy Smith with any questions at Jeremy_d_smith@yahoo.com
     
  • Handy Knights. Know anyone that needs a hand with minor home repairs? If they are unable to perform basic maintenance tasks or small repairs in their home due to health or other factors, there is a ministry within the Knights of Columbus that may be able to assist, the "Handy Knights". You can reach handyknights at the following email: handyknightsofnativity@gmail.com to let us know what your needs are and provide a way to get to contact you. One of our Handy Knights will be in touch to assess the problem and hopefully provide a quick fix – no charge for help, donations accepted to help pay it forward to others. And, although this ministry is willing and able, it is not intended for jobs better suited for (or requiring) a certified professional or contractor. If we can't fix it, we will help you find someone who can.
     
  • St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance. Our traditional celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland will be held on Saturday, March 17 in the Fr. Martin Center. We invite all Knights and their ladies to be part of this fun-filled evening at a cost of $30 per ticket. The Dinner Dance has always been a great social for the entire Nativity Parish. If you have not attended before, this would be a great year to start since it is being held on St Patrick’s Day (when we all feel a bit Irish). We’ll have Irish Dancers and a DJ to provide music for listening and dancing.

    Many volunteers are always required to put on this special event (cooks, kitchen help, bartenders, bread cutters, setup and cleanup). On Friday, March 16 we will clean the kitchen (10:00), cook the corned beef, pare the vegetables (1:30), and set up the center (6:30). Saturday, March 17, we will trim the corned beef (9:00), cut the bread (1:30), and finish cooking the meal. Kitchen help is needed to serve the dinner and of course last, but not least, do dishes and clean up the kitchen. Let’s all be a part of a fun-filled evening of dining, dancing and entertainment. Gene McGrath will be soliciting volunteers through SignUpGenius and at the first meeting in March. For ticket reservations or to volunteer please contact Gene McGrath at 703-250-1281 or genemcgrath@verizon.net.
     
  • SPRING MEMBERSHIP DRIVE. Our Spring Membership Drive kicks off 10 March and consists of three related events: The first occurs the weekend of 10 – 11 March, where we will make a podium announcement about the Knights before each Mass and then have a table with information and Brother Knights in the Narthex after each Mass, and then have a table with information and Brother Knights in the Narthex after each Mass. Sign up now to support the Mass you usually attend:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-spring1

    The second is our Council Open House, to be hosted by WDGK John Landy concurrently with our 3 April business meeting. The third is our Spring Admission (1st Degree) Ceremony, which will be during our normal business meeting, 17 April.

Other Announcements

Sleeping bags needed. One of our parishioners, Manual Ponciano, has a daily ministry to the homeless and immigrant community. I give him clothes for the homeless, that ECHO provides from their excess. With the advent of cold weather, people are asking for sleeping bags. Many families have outgrown camping with their kids and probably no longer have use for the sleeping bags. Small tents also are needed so they they aren't sleeping in the open. If you can help, please contact Past Grand Knight Mike Muller mmuller7992@gmail.com

Scholarship Programs.

  • Frenchy Cyr Memorial Scholarships (Br. Dave Zivich). Once again, Nativity's Knights of Columbus Council 7992 will be awarding Cyr Memorial scholarships for Catholic secondary school tuition (grades 9-12). Scholarship application forms will be available in the later part of March. As a reminder entrants must be registered parishioners at Nativity, or a son, daughter, or grandchild of an active member of Council 7992. Questions, please contact Dave Zivich at davezivich@gmail.com or 703-440-8437
     
  • The Father Bader Scholarship Program honors the legacy of its namesake, the Reverend Michael J. Bader as a Brother Knight and late arrival to the priesthood in Virginia. The program awards monetary scholarships in two different categories as follows:

    (1) Brother Knight Financial Need Program. Brother Knights in good standing and their wives, or the widows of brother Knights, who resided in Virginia at time of death and were in good standing, can apply for a scholarship to assist them in their educational goals. The amount of the scholarship will be based on the dire financial need of the applicant. Scholarships under this category can be made by an applicant at any time during the fraternal year and the number of awards each year is at the discretion of the Virginia State Deputy and is governed by the available balance of the scholarship program fund account (s). The applications for this program are available on this site.

    (2) High School Graduate Program. Annual competition is among eligible graduating High School Seniors who are going on to higher education in the fall. This program is open to all children and grandchildren of Knights who are in good standing in a council in Virginia, or were in good standing at the time of death. Scholarship awards under this category will be based on the whole person and the financial status of the applicant. The application period opens annually on January 1st of each year and closes on March 31st. Applications will be accepted between 2018 Jan 01 and 2018 Mar 31. More information and the applications will be placed on the State Website. They have been attached to this communication as well. All applications need to be sent via U.S. Mail to Steve Payne, Scholarship Chairman 9932 Commonwealth Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22032. No e-mail applications will be accepted. Questions regarding the Father Bader scholarship program can be directed to Steve Payne at e-mail spayne9932@verizon.net or cell phone 703-489-8107.

Council Meeting. The Next council meeting is Tuesday, 20 February January. Rosary starts at 7:15pm and the meeting will start at 7:30.

Council Advancement Opportunities.

The following are nearby opportunities to advance in the degrees of our Order:

* 1st Degree (Admission): Weds, 28 Feb 8:00 pm, Council 6153, St Bernadette School, Springfield
* 2nd Degree (Formation): Tues, 20 Feb 9:00 pm, Council 11922, Holy Spirit School, Annandale
* 2nd Degree (Formation): Tues, 8 May 7:30 pm, Council 7992, Nativity
* 3rd Degree (Exemplification): Sat, 24 Feb Time TBD, Council 15256, Ashburn
* 3rd Degree (Knigthhood): Sun, 11 Mar Time TBD Council 2473, Arlington
* 4th Degree (Ceremonial): Sat, Apr 21, 9 am, Charlottesville

Do you want to make a difference as a Catholic Gentleman? Then join the Knights of Columbus! Please contact DGK John Landy at navyy8@yahoo.com
if you are interested or know someone who is. I
f you'd like to participate in these ceremonies so that we can coordinate with the host Councils.

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ESTATE PLANNING 101. All parishioners: Fr Sikora Council Knights of Columbus field agent, Thom Harrington, and Seidl Law Offices, PC are sponsoring an Estate, Tax, Business, and Retirement Planning Workshop presented by Attorney James P. Seidl and his associate, Sonia Rustici, JD. Each workshop will be held in the new Manassas insurance office at 9705 Liberia Ave, Suite 252, in Manassas. Couples and individuals are cordially welcomed. Jim Seidl is an experienced estate planning attorney, who for the past twenty-four years has prepared estate and business plans for 1900 clients, including over 600 brother Knights and their families. He is a Fourth Degree Knight and Past Grand Knight. Mr. Seidl will provide a most interesting and informative guide for Estate Planning. Handout materials and slide copies for attendees will be available to facilitate understanding the numerous elements for effectively planning for you and your family’s future. The presenter for this workshop is Sonia Rustici, JD an associate of Jim Seidl. Space is limited, so RSVP soonest to: MayerOfficeMail@kofc.org or call 703-810-3200 (Ext 1). Thursday, February 22, 7:00-9:00 PM Wednesday, March 21, 1:30-3:30 PM

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men's family, fraternal, and service organization, founded to help members remain steadfast in their faith, to promote closer ties of fraternity among members, and to provide for the widows and children of deceased members. Over the last century it has become an organization of over 1.8 million members in the United States and several other countries. The Knights at Nativity belong to the Father Vincent Sikora Council, No. 7992, established in 1982. The Council has over 400 members and is very active. We sponsor activities for:

  • Church (Coffee Social Ministry, March for Life, Ushers, Nativity School Tuition grants)

  • Community (Special Olympics, KOVAR, Food for Others, Red Cross Blood Drives, assistance to Burke Lake Gardens)

  • Youth (Boy Scouts, Youth Work Camp, Soccer & Basketball Challenge)

  • And other numerous parish & community support activities.

The Council meetings are held in the Parish Hall at the Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke, VA 22015 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month. We start our meeting the Rosary at 7:15pm followed by the Business Meeting at 7:30pm. Do you want to make a difference as a Catholic Gentleman? Then join the Knights of Columbus!

The Father Sikora Council of the Knights of Columbus has depended often on the few to provide a greater service to the many. Stepping up to assume a level of responsibility for the operation of the Council is not a task to be taken lightly. At the same time, we have quite an honor role of those who have endeavored to serve selflessly. We'd like to share that Honor Roll with you.