District Deputy Report – April 2017

romeo1Dear Brothers,

Spring is definitely here, what snow?

First thing first, the MD Knights of Columbus March for Life has been rescheduled to Monday, April 3rd, at St. Mary’s Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester, Annapolis. Starts at 6:30 PM. The parking lot closes at 6 PM. Chick-fil-A will provide free food after the Mass.

Something new for me and for others I’m sure, I will be attending the April 1st Lenten pilgrimage at the St. John Paul II National Shrine. It is open to all, Knights, wives and families, etc.

Check your councils newsletters or websites to find out how your business meetings might have changed for Holy Week.

District 5 is holding an Admissions Degree on April 18 at Mother Seton Council In Lanham, MD. The meeting starts at 8 but get candidates there by 7:30 PM, please.

One last thing, but importantly, nominations for the 2017-18 Fraternal Year are made this month. Grand Knights, work with your group to get all spots filled.

Romeo Paternoster

MD Governor & Lieutenant Governor Visits


Today Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford joined us at the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass on March 12, 2017 to honor the founding African-American families of Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchellville, MD. Today our small church is more diverse, but we remain united in the Lord as a family in faith.

On the far left is Dr. Wilbert Wilson, author of THE POWER THAT NEVER CAME TO BE.  On the far right is Grand Knight Roy Cobo.  Fr. Joseph Jenkins, the pastor of Holy Family Church and chaplain of Fr. Michael C. Kidd Council is in the middle.


Fr. Kidd Council at Arc Bowling Bash


Fr. Michael C. Kidd Council members today participated in the Arc’s 18th Annual Bowling Bash (Sunday, March 5, 2017) at AMF College Park Lanes, 9021 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740. Event 1 was from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM. Proceeds went to The Arc’s Day Center Community Partnership initiative to ensure meaningful and joy-inspiring recreational opportunities for the centers’ participants. The Arc is the world’s largest grassroots organization committed to the welfare of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Prince George’s County is one of over 700 Arc chapters nationwide.

Proud of My Knights & Ladies!

roy7Our quarterly reports are completed.  We have mailed out the Family of the Year applicant and the Lecturer Program report. Everything in terms of service looks good. Too bad we still need a Newsletter Editor… maybe next year?  It is amazing all that we do and how intimately linked we are to Holy Family Catholic Church.  The Mabuhay have proven to be great friends as well.  Keep our own PGK Jimmy Cardano and Lady Judy Cardano in your prayers.  They left this past Monday to assist as dentists in the Mabuhay Dental and Medical Mission back in the Philippines.  Our Council is helping to sponsor the noble effort for others.  Many of our members are Filipinos and know how hard it can be at home.  We have not forgotten them.  Jimmy and Judy will also be visiting and giving gifts to our UNBOUND sponsored child.

Our Ladies are working hard on their three year-end reports.  We are still shy of membership quota but we have a few candidates in pocket.  As for insurance, word was given at the last Council meeting that we have been assigned a new Fraternal Benefits Agent.  Hopefully he will be more visible and engaged.  Pictured below is PGK Jimmy Cardano with his award from last year.


Make this another winning year… not for the sake of awards but for the good of our Order, our Church, our Families and our Community!

GK Roy Cobo

Our Auxiliary Looks Back Over the Year

While distinct from our local Knights of Columbus Council, the Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville are a true Auxiliary, involved with most everything the Knights are about.  Just as wives and mothers are at the center of Christian homes, we are the heart of Columbianism here at Holy Family Parish.  We are an ethnically diverse community, but we are united in our faith and values.  We care about one other and work closely with each other, our Knights, our Parish, and with other spouses and children in our Knights of Columbus family.  Together, we try to make a positive difference.  While it might sound old fashioned, we very much believe that behind most successful Knights there are loving and supportive women.


A Baby Shower & Prayers for the Sick – We are flooded with many conflicting feelings as we review our first year.  We began somewhat unsure of ourselves but determined to be there for each other and to help in the larger community.  One of our first activities was a surprise Baby Shower on July 11.  Our sisters Ngozi Ikeji, Pam Rozanski and Monette Roxas-Tharp worked closely to make the event happen.  The hall was reserved and BK Morgan Walubita, Yiliwaka’s husband was helping us to set things up.  Members bought items for the coming baby.  The food would be potluck.  We got the word out so that our 17 members would be in attendance.    God be praised, the Walubita family would have a healthy child!

We started with high expectations and a desire for excellence. Although only a few months old, we won two second places at the May Convention.  Now we would have a whole year to work!

Our Second Installation – The Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville had their second Installation of Officers following that of the Knights at Fr. Michael C. Kidd Council on Sunday, July 10, 2016 after the 12 Noon Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchellville, MD. 150 plus people were in attendance.  It was conducted by Josie Boisvert (Co-Chair for the MD State Ladies Auxiliary Program) with assistance from Kathy Salvemini (wife of State Warden Tony Salvemini).  The incoming officers were as follows: Geneva Murry (President), Marietta Cobo (VP), Maribel Akinola (Secretary) and Ngozi Ikeji (Treasurer).  Kathy presented the newly installed officers with colored ribbons and medals.  Fr. Joseph Jenkins, the Council Chaplain offered the prayers.  The Bishop Walsh Color Corps lent solemnity to the prior Mass and event.  We were honored by the presence of many dignitaries:  MD State Secretary Dale Trott, District Deputy Romeo Paternoster (5) and his wife Sharon, District Warden George Riddle and his wife Carissa, Gil Boisvert, PGK and his wife Josie and Edward Padgett, PGK and his wife Pat (another Auxiliary Co-Chair).  The reception following the Installation was lavish with Filipino foods, roasted pig, music and ethnic dancing.  Donations from the Ladies and other family members covered half of the costs (over a thousand dollars).  We were particularly appreciative of the donation of wine from Lady Monette Roxas-Tharp.  Marietta Cobo (VP) presented flowers to the female dignitaries.


Assorted Cooperative Programs – While we have our own programs, we are involved with most everything the men do, from planning to execution.  The hall kitchen always has the wives and mothers of Knights preparing and serving food and drink.  At every step along the way, we have had a part to play in the success of our Knights and Council.  We are proud of our men and we support them.  Activities include the Sunday Fish Fry, the Trunk or Treat Halloween activity, Lunch with Santa (our Lady Pam prints all the photos!), the parish Christmas Outreach to the Poor, the Rosary Initiative and the annual Simbang Gabi nativity play, Mass and reception (organized by Lady Monette).  Of course, we are not just work and no play.  We had a wonderful Spring Dinner Dance, too.

Involved with Sports Programs – Our Ladies are also involved with sporting activities, including those operated by the District.  At the recent District 5/2 Basketball Free-Throw, our Council had 16 Council Knights involved.  Less known was that we had 6 of our Auxiliary members:  Wilma Bandong, Judy Cardano, Marietta Cobo, Ellie Foronda, Alicia Roxas and Pam Rozanski.  Later we were joined by lady Maribel Akinola.  Other wives of Knights were present and we hope they will join our number!  We similarly assisted at the District 5/2 Soccer Challenge, helping with registration, giving out shirts and organizing the children.  We were also present at our own Fr. Michael C. Kidd Memorial Golf Tournament, both volunteering and playing.  Here we were joined by Ladies Monette Roxas-Tharp and Stacy Alexander.  We assisted with preparation, recruitment of players, getting sponsors, setting up, registration, giving away goodie bags, selling raffles and mulligan tickets and presenting awards.  You name it, we did it!


Bringing Joy at Christmas – We have been involved with so many things, it is hard to do anything more than make a list.  Ladies Judy Cardano and Marietta Cobo could speak about their singing Christmas carols at Larkin Chase Nursing Home (December 17).  December 19 we held a potluck Christmas party for our Ladies and their Knights.  As always there was lots of singing.

Culture of Life & Community Service – Our Ladies volunteered under our sister Pam and Lady Ellie to help in hosting 104 students from Indiana in the Parish Hall who came to Washington for the annual March for Life.  It is amazing how much young people can eat!  Earlier in the Year, some of our members had joined the Knights in the Walk/Run for Life and the Spike for Life volleyball tournament.  We raised over $600 for the local crisis pregnancy center.  Our Ladies also participate in the annual ARC Bowling Bash.  We respect the dignity of life and the value of all persons.

Dinner Fundraisers – We collected clothes and other needed items for the House of Ruth, a halfway house for battered women.  We also ran a fundraiser with Carrabba’s Italian Grill.  A percentage went to the cause.  Similarly, we again did a dinner fundraiser with Texas Road House, raising funds for the Prince George’s County Special Olympics Swim Team.


Our next project will be a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Holy Family on Feb. 28, 2017.