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Portage Co. Deanery Councils
|Knights of Columbus
|11845 St. Rt. 44|
|Mantua, OH 44255|
|1/4 mi. north of S.R. 44 & 82|
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights of Columbus is one of the oldest international Catholic brotherhood organizations. If you want to join this great organization of Catholic men, the Mantua chapter, with a nearby hall on St. Rt. 44, serves the St. Joseph community. The Mantua K of C’s sponsor a wide range of social and religious activities, including dances, Lenten pierogi dinners, pancake breakfasts, pilgrimages, and special Masses. In addition, they participate in activities sponsored by the Portage County Chapter Knights of Columbus which may include Toys for Tots, Special Populations Basketball Shooting Contest at Happy Day School, and Portage County MRDD Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. They also offer financial services and instruments, such as life insurance.
In the K of C you will find brother Knights working to fulfill the central mission of the Order:
striving in charitable works
serving the Church and unified in following its teachings
supporting brother Knights in their temporal and spiritual needs
acting for the good of their country
giving aid to widows, orphans, the sick and the poor
1st Monday (Social) and 3rd Monday (Business), 7:30 p.m.
Clean Up / Fix Up Evenings 2nd Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Fr. John Cassidy Assembly of the K of C 4th Degree:
Meetings held 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., Mantua K of C Hall
Club Room: Open to members (friends & family welcome) every Friday evening, 7-11 p.m.
Fr. Edward Stafford (Chaplain), Bill Custer (Grand Knight), Marv Litz (Deputy Grand Knight), Doug Szygenda (Financial Secretary), Stan Carlisle (Treasurer), Austin Anderson (Warden), Bill Bash (Advocate), Joe Casalicchio (Chancellor), Lon Safko (Recorder), Larry Parsons (1st Year Trustee), Dan Cozzens (2nd Year Trustee), Dale Zullo (3rd Year Trustee), Tim Rooth (Outside Guard), Ray Markward (Inside Guard)
“Keep the Kids Warm" Collection Drive
During November 2016, the Mantua Knights of Columbus will be conducting a "Keep the Kids Warm" winter gear collection drive. Helping area kids stay warm this year the Mantua K of C Council #3766 will be collecting hats, gloves and scarves for kids of all ages. New or slightly used winter coats are also being accepted. If you can help, please call Grand Knight Bill Custer at 440-343-4579 to make arrangements for a drop off at the Mantua K of C Hall located at 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. This drive is in conjunction with Portage County Catholic Charities. Each year the Knights and Catholic Charities help hundreds of local families keep warm during winter months. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
4C's Food & Toy Drive
At the beginning of December, Council #3766 delivered two pickup truck loads of non-perishable food to the 4’C's food pantry along with both truck cabs loaded with presents. Thank you's go out to Brothers Shaun Parsons, Larry Parsons, Vince Festa, Doug Szygenda, and Dan Baumbick for all their help and to all those who brought in the food to the Council.
Keep Christ In Christmas Poster Contest 2016
The PSR classes participated in our Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest. Thanks goes to our Chaplain, Father Ed Stafford, Peggy Haney (Director of Religious Education), and GK Bill Custer for helping choose the winners. Certificates were awarded on Sunday, December 18, after the Christmas Pageant at the Cookie Party.
Grand Knight Bill Custer with Class Winners:
Brady Ruffner (Gr. 4), Heidi Jessel (Gr. 2),
Molly Morrissey (Gr. 6)
Not Pictured: Anna Bove (Gr. 3), Emma Bass (Gr. 6)
Grand Prize Winner: Molly Morrissey (Gr. 6)
Founder's Night 2017
On Saturday, March 18, K of C Council #3766 honored the following people at their annual Founder's Night. Congratulations to all! Photos available in the April newsletter.
Mantua K of C to 2017 Sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship
Crestwood area boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through Local, District, Regional, State and possibly International competition levels.
The competition will be held at Crestwood Middle School at 6:30 p.m. on January 9, 2017. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old (as of January 1, 2017) are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Participants are required to furnish a copy of their birth certificate (not the original) as proof of age and written parental consent.
All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Entry forms are available at Crestwood Middle & Intermediate Schools, St. Joseph PSR Office or by contacting Robert Gross at 330-842-2737 or 330-995-3992.
Congratulations to the following 2017 Mantua Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition Winners. All of these winners have advanced to the next level of competition in February. Good luck!:
Age 10-Brady Ruffner
Age 11-Charlie Schweickert
Age 12-Auden Gutglucek
Age 13-Mason Daniels
Age 14-Colin Vizy
Mark your calendars for two nights of entertainment fun in 2017. Reverse Raffles will be held May 6 & October 7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 11845 S.R. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket Price includes Dinner with Soup & Salad, Steak, Baked Potato, Vegetables, Rolls & Butter, Beverages & Dessert. There'll be an Open Bar, Musical Entertainment & Dancing, a chance at $1,000.00 Grand Prize along with other games of chance! Package Ticket Price: $120.00/couple or $100.00/single. Individual Event Ticket Price: $65/couple or $55/single. Tickets are available by contacting Terry Kulka (330-813-0236).
K of C Thankgsigivng Dinner For Seniors 2016
We wanted to send out a big thank you to all those who helped for the 33rd Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner; to those who helped prepare food, decorate, and the many hands who helped on the day of the dinner. The dinner was completed with pumpkin pies made by Jake's Market and music provided by C.C. DJ & Karaoke. The guests enjoyed an Elvis impersonator and all received a gift certificate from Jimmy D's Lil Store. The dinner was a great success and we couldn't have done it without the financial support provided by the Women's Auxiliary, Emerick’s Machine Shop, Ken's Auto Body, United Tech Support Services, and other donors and donations for door prizes by Haylett’s BP, American Apple Group (Applebee's), and Wild Republic. Thanks again for everyone's hard work and we look forward to doing it again next year. — Ed, Donny, and Cathy
Women's Auxiliary of
Mantua Council #3766
The Women's Auxiliary is the ladies "arm" of the Knights of Columbus. We are a charitable organization of Catholic women founded on Unity, Friendship and Charity. Members encourage each other's total development and foster growth of every aspect of life - spiritual, social and charitable - adding up to a more fulfilling life! Click on the link above to view their official prayer, "Prayer to Our Lady of America".
The group is open to ALL Catholic women, age 16 and over -
NOT JUST THE WIVES OF KNIGHTS.
An invitation is extended to all wives, daughters and friends
of the Knights of Columbus to join this group of the Mantua K of C.
Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall (upstairs) at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women's Auxiliary, please contact Jay D'Aurelio at 330-569-8156.
Women's Auxiliary Officers:
President ~ Cathy Sherbondy, Vice President ~ Luci Curtin, Treasurer ~ Faith Szygenda, Secretary ~ Marilyn Romanello
Spring Fashion Show
Hey Ladies! Please join the Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus for food, fashions, and fun at their Spring Fashion Show Sunday, April 30, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wine, appetizers, luncheon, music, vendors, raffle baskets & fashions from Dress Barn & Maurice’s—What more could you ask for! Tickets are $15.00 a person and available from any Women's Auxiliary member.
A Beautiful Live Nativity
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus wishes to thank everyone who made this year’s Live Nativity such a nice addition to our Advent/Christmas celebration.
From those who organized it and set everything up to all of our participants to everyone who came out and supported it you are appreciated. A total of $407.26 was donated towards our church repair fund and a trunk load of items were delivered to the 4C’s food cupboard.
Raffle at the Ox Roast Fair
Be sure to take a chance on the 2016 raffle for the Women's Auxiliary! We will be raffling off three theme baskets per day this year at approximately 8:00 p.m. each evening of the Fair. Each is worth at least $100.00. Take a chance on your favorite baskets:
Tickets will be sold for $10 for a sheet of 24 chances. Proceeds go towards furnishing their "Christmas Family" with food and gifts for the entire family. Contact any Women's Auxiliary member for answers to your questions or to purchase tickets! GOOD LUCK!
The Women's Auxiliary and the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 joining together to
pray the Rosary on Monday, May 2, 2016. What a nice turnout for praying to Our Lady.
Women's Auxiliary Offering Scholarship
The Mantua K of C Women's Auxiliary #3766 is sponsoring a $500.00 scholarship for a Catholic female that is graduating in 2016 and planning on attending either a 2 or 4 year college. Please encourage anyone you know in the area to apply. You can obtain the application on the K of C page of our website or from Annette Carlisle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline date is January 30, 2016.
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Fr. Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the K of C 4th Degree - serving St. Joseph (Mantua), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Aurora), St. Patrick (Kent), St. Joan of Arc (Streetsboro)