Bishop McNamara Chapter Installation


The Bishop McNamara Chapter Installation was held at St. Joseph Church in Largo, MD on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The main celebrant was Bishop Roy Campbell. The Mass was at 12 Noon with the Installation following. Above at the reception are pictured Vernon Hawkins Jr., the new President, and the Chapter Chaplain Fr. Joseph Jenkins.

Congratulations to all the new officers!


Lady Monette as Mrs. Philippines International


Lady Monette Roxas-Tharp, the current Treasurer of our Auxiliary, the Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville, competed as Mrs. Philippines International in Mrs. International 2017 on August 12, 2017 in Charleston, WV.

We hoped that she had fun but such contests are highly subjective and are no real measure of either beauty or of the character of persons.  As our pastor and chaplain tells us, the one crown that should most matter is the one that will be given to us by Christ when we finish the race of life in this world.  While she did not win the pageant, she is regarded as a winner by all those who know and love her.  Besides a striking physical beauty, Monette possess an abiding Christian faith, a high moral character, a profound loyalty to family and friends, and a generous charity to others.

HAMU by Victor Palmos of Palmos Make-up

Photography by Manny Lopez and Mylene Manawis Lopez

Dave Thomas Passes Away, Knight & Parishioner

Dave Thomas, a parishioner of Holy Family Parish and a long-time Knight of Columbus, passed away today. Keep him and his family in prayer. Dave delighted in jokes and magic! Rest in Peace.

  • Vigil at Beal Funeral Home on Sunday, July 16 from 1 PM to 4 PM
  • Funeral at Holy Family Church, Mitchellville on Monday, July 17 at 11 AM



On Sunday, July 9, 2017 of Glenn Dale, MD, formerly of Johnstown, PA. Beloved husband of Mary Jane Harbrant Thomas (married 54 years); loving father of Michael D. Thomas and his wife Susan McGuirk Thomas. Dear brother of the late Mary Jane Thomas. Devoted grandfather of Justin and Kendra Thomas. Also survived by many cousins four brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and many dear friends. Family will receive friends at the family-owned BEALL FUNERAL HOME, 6512 NW Crain Hwy. (Rte. 3 South), Bowie, MD on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 1 to 4 PM. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, July 17, 2017, 11 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 12010 Woodmore Road, Mitchellville, MD. Interment private.

1984840_profile_picHe passed away at Hospice of the Chesapeake, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 5, 1937 in Johnstown, PA, son of Kenneth and Rose (Coco) Thomas. Preceded in death by his loving parents and sister, Mary Jane Thomas.

A member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchellville, MD, Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council, and charter member of three Knights of Columbus councils in MD, and the Bowie Magic Club.

Dave will be remembered as a caring, loving, faithful, and thoughtful son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved to entertain, do magic for children and at convalescent homes, and organize and MC local events.

Interment at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, New Baltimore, PA will be scheduled at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to For the Kids, Inc., a charity founded by Dave’s son, Mike, to benefit local children with serious medical issues. Donations may be sent to For the Kids, Inc., 1119 MD Route 3 North, #210, Gambrills, MD 21054.

DD Report: Upcoming Installations


Knights of Columbus

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year… the New Fraternal year that is!

We begin, as always, with the Installations of Council officers.

Fr. Michael C. Kidd’s Installation will be held on Sunday, July 9, at Holy Family Parish (Woodmore Road), following 12 Noon Mass.  The rehearsal will be on Friday, July 7 at 7:00 PM. There will also be an Auxiliary Installation (Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville) following that of the Council.

Sacred Heart’s Installation will be held on Saturday, July 8, at Sacred Heart Parish, following the 4:30 PM Mass. The rehearsal will be on Thursday, 6 at TBA. There will also be an Auxiliary Installation following that of the Council.

Fr. Peter C. Boyle’s Installation will be held on Sunday, July 16, at Ascension Church, following 12:00 Noon Mass. The rehearsal will be on Saturday, July 15, after the 4:00 PM Mass.


A reception will be held after each installation.

As far as Mother Seton Council, no dates have yet been set.

On July 24, there will be a State Membership and Program Seminar at Sacred Heart Council from 7:30-10:00 PM. This is where the new guys AND old guys, get to learn about the programs offered by the state. A lot of paperwork will be given out to all the members involved in running the different Council programs. Please try to attend and learn what you can.

On July 27, Sacred Heart Council starts off the 2017-2018 fraternal year with an Admissions Degree. Please get those Form 100s signed, and turned in, as soon as possible.

As a district, we did very good this past fraternal year. Let’s do it again, brothers.

Until next month,

Knights Attend Blue Crab Baseball Game!


Our Grand Knight Roy Cobo and his wife Marietta attended a June 2017 game down in Waldorf, MD.


The Blue Crabs lost but a fun time was had by all.  Above left we see SK Mike Davenport from Fletcher Council and the Bishop Walsh Assembly.

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Above from left to right, we see new Bishop McNamara Chapter President Vernon Hawkins, Lady Marietta Cobo and PSD Steve Adamczyk.