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Monday, November 16, 2015

Veterans Day Parade

Here are pictures of our entry of a Color Guard and the Fire Engine in this year's Phoenix Veteran's Day Parade.  We were approached by numerous people asking if they could have their pictures taken with us.

We had 8 Sir Knights in regalia and another three in the fire Truck.  We marched the 2.5 miles in formation, led by our Color Guard carrying the American Flag.  We were joined by the Worthy Vice Supreme Master of the J.R. Redding Province, Mike Kingman and our Worthy District Master Robert Holsinger.

Special thanks to S/K George Florentine who brings his fire truck to the parades we march in. It makes such a grand statement displaying our name and emblem.

And I just found out we won an award for our category!

Vivat Jesus!

Michael Paz
District Marshal - Central
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
(602) 790-1789
I Will Choose Christ
I Will Choose Love
I Choose To Serve

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Black Friday SVdP Dining Hall

Brother Knights and families,
It’s that time again!  The weather is cooling down and the leaves on the trees are beginning to turn brown, red, and yellow.  As the cool temperatures arrive our thoughts are turning to the holiday season of Thanksgiving.  I would like to invite you and your family to help us serve and feed the hungry and needy on Friday, November 27, 2015 at the St. Vincent de Paul Family Dining Room, 420 West Watkins Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85003.  We will need 20-30 volunteers for this event.  We will be helping out in the areas of: Food preparation, setting up tables, serving meals, waiting on tables, and clean up. 
Since the number of volunteers needed this year is less than last year, we suggest that you sign up as soon possible.
Here are the basic details of the events of the day:
1. Kitchen -
Duties: Help in prep and other duties needed in the kitchen.     
Time: 3:00 - 6:30 pm            
Number People Needed: 10       
2. Dining Room -
Duties: Table prep, serving, clean-up,                     
Time:4:00 - 6:30 pm            
Number People Needed:20
Please note, our Volunteer I.D. Number: 151008
Attachment #1:  It gives detail information regarding the day, requirements of clothing, shoes, age limits and parking.
Attachment #2:  Release Form of Liability.  Please note: if you volunteered last year or for July 3, 2015, it is not necessary for you to complete this form.
Attachment #3:  St. Vincent de Paul Center Driving Map.
We were told that St. Vincent de Paul is in need of clothing and other items for families in need this holiday season as well.  Councils... This is a great way for you and members to help out and partly fulfill your requirement(s) toward next year’s Columbian and Star Council Awards.  So when you come bring some clothing or toy(s) with you!  There will be a place to leave your donated items at SVdP.
What a great way to fulfill that requirement(s) and feel better afterward, because you will have helped some needy family this holiday season.
Please complete the following:
Name(s): _________________,
Total Volunteering _____
Kitchen: _________,
Serving/Dining Area: _______,
Kitchen: ________
Will you be bringing Clothing or Toy(s) with you: Yes____, No_____?
Please complete the above and return to me via email as soon as possible.  I will let you know what area(s) you will be assigned to beginning November 18, 2015.
I like to be the first to thank you in helping the Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul help those in need this holiday season.  We need your support and enthusiasm in order for this to be a success. Please volunteer!!
Vivat Jesus!
Chet Yancy
Knights of Columbus
Arizona State Council
State Program Director
(480) 218-0893 (h)
(602) 309-1246 (c)

Monday, November 09, 2015

Shake Rattle & Roll was a Huge Success!



I would like to thank each of the Knights on Bikes, Knight Riders, and fellow Knights (without bikes) who joined us for this weekend’s Shake Rattle & Roll charity ride!  This year’s ride raise $25k in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease!  More details on the final number and presentation of the check later…


Vivat Jesus!




Sunday, November 08, 2015

Special Olympics Schedule

Special Olympics Arizona Fall Schedule

Mountain Area Fall Events

 November 21, 2015 
Prescott Area Bowling Tournament 
Antelope Lanes Prescott Valley 
9am – 3pm 
December 4, 2015 
Flagstaff Elementary/Middle School Bowling Tournament 
Starlite Lanes, Flagstaff 
10am – 12pm 
December 6, 2015 
Flagstaff Adult Bowling Tournament 
Starlite Lanes Flagstaff 
10am – 12pm 
December 7, 2015 
Flagstaff High School Bowling Tournament 
Starlite Lanes, Flagstaff 
10am – 12pm 
December 12, 2015 
Verde Valley Bowling Tournament 
Cliff Castle Casino Verde Valley 
9am – 12pm 

River Area Events/Competitions

River Area Basketball and Cheer Tournament
River Valley High School
2250 Laguna Mohave Valley, AZ

2015 Regional Floor Hockey Tournament
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

State Basketball and Cheer Competition
4068 E. Pecos Rd. Gilbert, AZ
2076 S. Higley Rd. Gilbert, AZ

Spread The Word To End The Word Spirit Week
Lake Havasu High School
Events going on all week!

Young Athletes Day
Ronald Reagan Elementary Yuma, AZ

River Area Track and Field Games
Thunderbolt Middle School
Lake Havasu High School
Northern River Area Leadership Council Fun Ride


Young Athletes Day
Little Eagles Day Care
1475 Gordon Dr. Kingman, AZ
Torch Run Begins!
Centennial Park
Kingman, AZ


Bullhead City Torch Run
Davis Dam-Community Park
Bullhead City, AZ

Lake Havasu Torch Run
Home Depot to Bill Williams River Bridge

Parker Torch Run
Blue Water Casino


State Track and Field

Northern River Area Equestrian Competition
Healing Hooves Ranch

River Area Swim Meet
8am-3pm Bullhead City Pool
2255 Trane Rd. Bullhead City, AZ 86442

Area Golf Tournament

Softball Area Game
Kingman Centennial Park

Bocce Area Tournament
Lake Havasu Bocce Courts

State Fall Games
Location: TBD

River Area Bowling Tournament
Riverside Lanes

Sunday, November 01, 2015

State Deputy Message - November 2015

November 1, 2015


The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Catholic Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who have no hope ... For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven ... and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.

The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them" and that "it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven. Excerpted from Liturgical Meditations, The Sisters of St. Dominic. www.catholicculture.org

We are very excited to announce that the Arizona State Council will be conducting workshops throughout the state in November 2015, with the theme of, ”Find Us Ready to Welcome Our Brothers: Our Pathway to Fraternity”. These meetings will be centrally based on how to host a First Degree, Admissions Degree, and the proper way to conduct a council business meeting. All Brother Knights are invited to attend a workshop. They are designed to help you to conduct the First Degree, Admissions Degree ceremony, a council business meeting, and earn the Star Council Award, plus answer your questions on the requirements to earn the award. The same agenda and material will be discussed at each of the workshops. You only need to attend one workshop. We look forward to seeing many Brother Knights at these important workshops.

  • Monday November 9: East Valley (Council 3121 in Chandler) 7:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday November 10: West Valley (Council 3855 in Glendale) 7:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday November 11: Tucson (Council 1200 in Tucson) 7:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Thursday November 12: North Valley (Council 12449, St. Patrick’s in Scottsdale) 7:00 to 9:00 PM

The Arizona Knights of Columbus 2015-2016 fraternal year’s theme is “Find Us Ready Lord”. This year’s theme deals with the Destiny of Man and how we prepare ourselves for our final reward and attain the joys of heaven. We can prepare with Service, Prayer, Charity, Unity, Fraternity, & Patriotism.  We need to build our Order stronger so together we can work to combat the evil lurking in our world today. Please pray the Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel at the end of every meeting and gathering. Satan is destroying our society and Church while working on every family, man, woman, and child to not follow the teachings of our Catholic Church. We must keep our councils and assemblies strong to fight this battle and defend everything we know as good. Please pray that St. Michael will protect us and our Lord will guide us so we will remain victorious and continue to build our Church with service and faith.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy

Arizona State Council