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 Knights Observe 40 Days for Life

The Determined, if not Diligent, Dozen Clean Up Old Keene Mill Road

The Knights Pray the Illuminated Rosary

The Council Welcomes Its Newest Knights

The Knights Honor the Family of Br. Russell Smith as
"Family of the Month"

T he Knights Help The Parish Celebrate Its Fall Festival

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Calling All Knights . . . .

Breakfast with Santa. The Knights will host Breakfast with Santa on December 2nd from 8am-12:30 pm. All parishioners are welcome. We need volunteers to help with this event. Please sign up.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-breakfast
 

 Donut Sunday. The Father Sikora Council of the Knights of Columbus will be hosting the parish's Donut Sunday on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event after each of the masses. We need volunteers to help set up for the 7:30 Mass, to keep donuts & coffee tables stocked after each Mass, and to simply be present and mingle to discuss the Knights of Columbus with potential candidates. Please sign up now to support the Mass you normally attend:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-donut

  Annual Christmas Party, 10 December. Please join us for our Annual Council Christmas Party on Sunday, 10 December, 5 pm, at Paradiso Restaurant, 6124 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA. Cost is $35 per couple for a super Italian Dinner buffet. We will also have a gift exchange for interested participants. Simply bring a small gift of approximately $10 in value. I hope you come! Rsvp at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-frsikora2

 Fr. Sikora Mass & Rosary. You have been invited by the Worthy Grand Knight to attend the "Fr Sikora Mass, Rosary, and GK Lunch, Saturday morning, 16 Dec." The event will kick off by attending Mass at 9 am. After Mass, we will drive to Fr. Sikora's grave in Arlington and pray a Rosary for him. We will conclude with lunch at a local restaurant. For planning purposes, please RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-frsikora1

 Sign-Up Genius for those who are willing to assist a Brother Bob Doheny and his wife Joyce through the provision of meals. http: //www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4baead229-doheny

From the Nativity Bulletin

  • Virginia KofC District 14 and Fr Sikora Council will host a Formation (2nd) Degree Exemplification Ceremony on Thursday, 30 November, at the Church of the Nativity / Nativity School in Burke, VA. Report time for candidates is 7:00 pm at the Nativity School Entrance. The ceremony will be conducted in the Nativity School Cafeteria and will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. Candidates must present a valid 1st Degree Membership Card or they will not be allowed to participate.
     
  • Nativity Displays. For the 3rd year, the Knights of Columbus are offering Nativity yard displays for the holiday season. Our Knights build and paint these 4’ x 4’ displays with a message of your choosing (up to 26 letters) on the bottom. If you are interested in purchasing one for $50, please contact Brother Knight Bob Colella at robert.colella.86@gmail.com. We have a limited number available so please order soon!

    IF YOU ARE A 1ST DEGREE KNIGHT AND WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-formation

    IF YOU ARE A 2ND DEGREE KNIGHT OR HIGHER AND CAN ASSIST, WE NEED 8 VOLUNTEERS FOR NON-SPEAKING ROLES ON THE DEGREE TEAM. SIGN UP HERE: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bafab23a3f85-formation1

    The Fr Sikora point of contact for the ceremony is DGK John Landy at navyy8@yahoo.com.
     
  • December newsletter inputs Are due by Tuesday, 28 November. Early submissions are welcome….and encouraged! Contact Br. Jeremy Smith with any questions at Jeremy_d_smith@yahoo.com
     
  • Council Christmas Party - Fr Sikora Council invites all Knights and their wives to its annual Christmas Party on Sunday, 10 Dec, at 5 pm. The event will be at Paradiso Restaurant in Springfield and feature buffet dinner and feature a small gift exchange. Email to Council will follow with sign up and price information. Members can also rsvp directly to GK Carlos Perez at gk7992@outlook.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.

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. 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. Next council meeting is Tuesday, November 21. 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:

  • 2nd Degree (Formation): Thursday, 30 November, 7:30 p.m., Church of Nativity. This is a great opportunity for our new 1 st Degree Knights to achieve 2nd Degree membership in their journey to full Knighthood. This event is one of the few 2nd Degree Ceremonies hosted by our Council here at the Church of Nativity
  • 3rd Degree (Exemplification): Sat, 27 Jan, Time TBD, Fairfax Council 6292
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. If you'd like to participate in these ceremonies so that we can coordinate with the host Councils.

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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.

ESTATE PLANNING 101 FRATERNAL BENEFITS NIGHT

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM your Knights of Columbus field agent, Thom Harrington, and Seidl Law Offices, PC are sponsoring an Estate, Tax, Business, and Retirement Planning Workshop. The workshop will be held at 9705 Liberia Ave, Suite 252, in Manassas. Because seating is limited please RSVP. Email Thomas.Harrington@kofc.org or call 703-810-3200 to RSVP.