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


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During the recent meeting of state deputies, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the primary importance of membership recruitment and provided updates on other Knights of Columbus initiatives. Click here to read more. The state deputies also watched a video highlighting events of the 2016 Supreme Convention in Toronto. This video is available here. 

The Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign

The Knights Hold Their 2016 Italian Dinner Dance

The Father Sikora Council Conducts Its Annual Flag
Retirement Ceremony

A Mass of Remembrance will be held for all who have died over the past year: Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

The November 2016 issue of the latest newsletter from the Father Vincent S. Sikora Council of the Knights of Columbus is now available on this site.

Family of the Month for November 2016: Brother Ralph Rodriquez-Caraballo, his wife Reyna, and their son Antonio.

Knight of the Month for November 2016: Brother Thomas Harrington who recently hosted a Fraternal Benefits Night for interested members of the Council and the Parish.

Knightline, the monthly resource for local K of C leaders, is designed to help grand knights and other officers plan council events and activities, meet quarterly goals for the fraternal year and read about Orderwide news. This month’s issue is now available online

Upcoming Events

Burke Lake Garden Christmas Party, Thurs., December 8.

Father Sikora Council Rosary and Lunch, Sat. Dec. 10.

Breakfast with Santa, Sat. Dec. 17

Council Christmas Party, Dec. 20


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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 Role with you.

Father Vincent S. Sikora 

Father Sikora was similar Father Michael J. McGivney (the founder of the Knights of Columbus) in that both were simple parish priests. Father Sikora was born in 1925 in Arnold Pa. and served 3 years in the Army during WWII. He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Richmond in 1954. His first parish assignment was at a church in Newport News. Then he became an associate pastor at St Michael’s Parish in Annandale. He quickly became known at the school and church for his great energy and boundless enthusiasm and good humor. He was initiated into the first degree at St Michael’s in 1956. He was assigned the founding pastor of St Ambrose in 1966. He started all parish programs and the construction of church and school; and in 1968 he was able to pen a congratulatory letter to his parishioners on the dedication of their new church and school. In 1969 he was made pastor of St Mary’s parish in Fredericksburg. He spent almost 10 yrs at St Mary’s parish. A new church was built under his leadership. In addition to his duties as pastor, he was active in campus ministry at Mary Washington College, in the parish KofC council and honored by the VFW as Man of the Year for his outstanding community service and church leadership.

After 10years of parish assignments in the Charleston S.C. diocese, he returned to Northern Va. as associate pastor at our parish in 1988, and became chaplain of our council. During a time of rapid growth of the parish, he impressed parish families with his willingness to give his time and help wherever possible with sincerity and good humor. It was said that he radiated the love and joy of God to everyone he touched. He was called to God in 1989.                                                       

These “statistics” say a lot but can’t convey the personal impact Father Sikora had on the lives of people he touched. Possibly a better way to convey the real personality of Father Sikora is this quote from the editor of the council newsletter, Marshal Nolan, in Jan 1990:

“Some (priests) have led us to Christ by teaching; some are role models of infinite patience; some are saintly examples of life in a worldly world; some have heard our confession and helped us resolve important personal problems; some have passed us grace in the sacraments; some have built churches. The list would go on if I wanted to be fair to all priests. In 35 yrs in the priesthood, Father Sikora has done these and more. Parish priests don’t automatically get nominated for sainthood but they leave everyone with something. Any who die are solely missed by more than just family, they are missed by the parish ‘family’“. On 20 Mar 1990, Nativity Council #7992 officially petitioned Supreme Council for a change in name to the Father Vincent S. Sikora Council.

          Annual rosary at Father Sikora’s Gravesite - Saturday Dec 10th           

Each year on or near the anniversary of his death (12/16/89), brother knights visit the gravesite of our founder, Father Vincent S. Sikora, and pray the rosary. We will meet at the Nativity parking lot at 9:30AM (after the 9AM Mass) and carpool/caravan to the Columbia Gardens cemetery in Arlington. We will be outside so dress appropriately. All are encouraged to turn out to honor this very holy priest and to obtain his intercession for our needs. As is our tradition, after visiting the gravesite we will gather at a local restaurant for food and fellowship. Please email if you plan to attend mmuller7992@gmail.com

 

About the Father Vincent S. Sikora Council of the Knights of Columbus

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.