06/29/20 - Our Council is proud to announce that one of our own - Sir Knight Rick Autry - has been ordained as a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church. Rick is pictured here with Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama.

02/29/20 - The Special Olympics of Brunswick County hosted a Polar Plunge fund raiser on Oak Island. Our Council provided parking, registration and 50/50 support.

02/26/20 - We participated in Sacred Heart's Respect Life protest at Planned Parenthood in Wilmington.

01/18/20 - Our contingent at the annual Raleigh March for Life. That's Knight Rick Autry (in vestments) who served as Acolyte during the Mass.

01/08/20 - Frank Benedetti receives Knight of the Month from GK Bob.

01/08/20 - Knight Ted Stephens receives certificate of appreciation from Executive Director, Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity Carlo Montagano

12/21/19 - The four wise men of our Council providing some Church decorating muscle prior to Christmas.

12/14/19 - Our Council again participated in the annual Wreaths Across America remembrance.

12/08/19 - Pastor Fr. Thanh led our contingent of Christmas Carolers at the Sacred Heart Villas.

10/16/19 - Chief Master Sergeant, Retired Steven Lominac discussed his time as Chief Steward on Air Force 1. Pictured with Fr. Thanh and GK Bob.

10/06/19 - , Guy Holcomb, Chris Kain, Charlie Bruce, Mike Ditullo, Chet Michewicz and Ray Alonso (not shown) prepared a cookout for 30 Sacred Heart Villas residents and families.

07/20/19 - Our Assembly provided an honor guard for the Bishop's installation of our new pastor, Father Thanh Nguyen.

07/20/19 - Our Assembly provided an honor guard for the Bishop's installation of our new pastor, Father Thanh Nguyen.

06/19/19 - Our Assembly crew that served the Coast Guard a BBQ meal.

06/12/19 - GK Bob and Father Vic recognized EJ Deeter for her service to the parish.

05/14/19 - Our Council awarded $11,500 in academic scholarships to graduating seniors during the South Brunswick High School Senior Awards Night.

05/08/19 - Our Council awarded a record $43,000 to Brunswick County Charities, See story below.

05/04/19 - Joe Volpe (second from left) welcomes new Assembly members Rob Kirwan, Ed Washa, Matt Hanratty, Joe Corcoran, Duane Stuker, Ken Eldridge, Marty Greco, and Ed Baldzicki

04/10/19 - Ms. Carrie Ashley, Treasurer, and Ms. Wendy Jones, Founder of "Power Walking Ministries", accepting a $1,000 gift from GK Bob Trzeciak. Also pictured, our pastor Fr. Vic.

04/06/19 - Our crew that participated in the Southport Day of Service.

01/20/19 - North Carolina Knights of Columbus District Master SK Jack Murray presented the Star Assembly Award to Sacred Heart's Knights of Columbus Assembly #2826.

08/28/15 - Past Grand Knights (l to r) Dan Cundiff, Rich Chickillo, Tom Maher, Joe Kinzer, Don Meyer, Mike Samide and Jim Barkowski at a dinner to thank Mike and Jim for their service.

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Council Announcements

Who We Are
We as members of the Sacred Heart Council focus on developing programs that best serve the needs of our local community. All the good works are driven by our four core principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. We are a band of brothers, more than 225 strong, doing good in the service of God, our parish, and our neighbors. If interested in joining, or finding out more information, please contact Pat Naughton at pnaughton09@gmail.com.


Fourth Degree Corner

There are four degrees of membership in the Knights. The first three degrees represent the values of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.  The Fourth Degree is dedicated to the virtue of Patriotism, fostering that spirit in all members and the community at large. The Fourth Degree is the one most familiar to the public, identified by distinctive regalia and their participation in color corps and honor guards. They work tirelessly in their outreach to our nation's military - active, infirmed, or retired. The Fourth Degree is a position of prestige and something for which all Knights should strive.


Click Here to visit Sacred Heart's Fourth Degree page.



Respect Life Initiatives

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League will co-sponsor the 8th annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, calling on pro-life Americans to honor the gravesites of our aborted brothers and sisters. The Sacred Heart Respect Life Ministry will lead a Rosary Service at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 12th.  The service will be held at the Blessed Mother Statue for the Unborn.  Bring a lawn chair and join us as we pray for all aborted children.


Fall 2020 Forty Days for Life - The Sacred Heart Respect Life Ministry will pray one-hour each Tuesday-Wednesday beginning Sep 23rd and ending Nov 1st in Wilmington in the vicinity of the Planned Parenthood Facility.  We depart the church parking lot at 10:00 in time to support the 11:00 AM –Noon Vigil Hour.  Vigil Points of Contact:  Tue - Diane Polites 910.363.4852, Wed - Christine Volpe 609-744-5162.

Southport Knight Ordained as a Permanent Deacon

Our Council is proud to announce that one of our own - Sir Knight Rick Autry - has been ordained as a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church.  Congratulations to Rick and his wife Debi.


On June 29, 2020, Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama conferred the sacrament of holy orders to the diaconate for the first time since becoming bishop of Raleigh in 2017. And the class of 2020 is the first permanent diaconate ordination in the new cathedral, Holy Name of Jesus. The Mass was private for family and essential personnel but was streamed live and is available to watch on YouTube.


You can read the full story on the ordination that was published in the Diocese magazine by clicking here.  

2020 Golf Tournament Announced
The Sacred Heart Council has rescheduled its 2020 Annual Knights Golf Tournament at the Carolina National Golf course in Bolivia, NC to Wednesday, October 21st. This is a Flighted Scramble that includes golf and cart, breakfast, lunch, 50/50 raffle, and prizes for each Flight winner. Any COVID related gathering restrictions in place at that time will be adhered to.
The cost is $90 per person. All net proceeds will go to local charities. So come on out to play, have fun, and contribute to charities supporting Brunswick County residents. Please send an email to Dave Commyn at kofc12537golf@gmail.com for a registration form or more information.


Knights Gift Brunswick County Charities $40,000

The Sacred Heart Council of Southport, was able to gift various Brunswick County Charities $40,000 in the midst of the COVID 19 outbreak in April of this year.


Recipients included Brunswick Special Olympics, Brunswick County Exceptional Children Program, Communities in Schools, Brunswick Interagency Program, Providence Home, Interfaith Food Pantry, Hope Harbor Home, New Hope Clinic, Mathew’s Ministries, Power Walking Ministries, Waves for Kids, and Habitat for Humanity.


None of this would have been accomplished if not for overwhelming support offered through the merchants, agencies, companies and people of Brunswick County. The gifting was made possible through the Knights Annual Charity Golf Tournament, quarterly Italian and German Dinners, Operation LAMB Foundation (Least Among My Brothers) recognized as the Tootsie Roll Campaign and the “Garage Band” Concerts in the St. James community.


Historically covering a twenty year period, Sacred Heart Knights have gifted in excess of $463,000 to Brunswick County Charities.


Annual Golf Tournament a Success!

Our Council's 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday September 11, 2019 at the Carolina National Golf Course. Co-Chaired by Knights Bill Sample and Tom McAndrew, the event was an overwhelming success by all accounts. It was a complete sell-out, with 216 golfers taking part. In total, we were able to raise a record $28,000.


The Knights extend a special thanks to our Title Sponsor – Dr. Bill Rabon, and our Platinum Sponsors – Bella Cucina Restaurant, Carolina National Golf Course, and Golf Pro Barry Walters of St. James Plantation.


We are also truly thankful to the other local businesses and golf courses that made this event possible through their generous donations of cash, hole sponsorships, gifts, and gift certificates. Their involvement, both physically and financially, has made it possible again for the Knights of Columbus to continue to provide human and financial resources to the numerous worthy causes in Southport and throughout Brunswick County.  A complete thank you list (Click Here) will be posted in the State Port Pilot.


Knights Award $11,500 in Academic Scholarships

The Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council #12537 of Southport awarded $11,500 in academic scholarships to graduating seniors during the South Brunswick High School Senior Awards Night, May 14, 2019. The recipients were presented the awards in recognition of their total academic achievement, community involvement, financial need and participation in school activities at South Brunswick High School. This is the Knight's eleventh year in awarding scholarships at South Brunswick. The program is open to ALL seniors. Since inception, we have been able to award a total of $118,500. None of it would have been possible without the support of our friends and neighbors at the various Knight fundraisers. 



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5269 Dosher Cutoff SE
Southport, NC 28461 US

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