News & Announcements



Please support the SCL Knights of Columbus with their annual Cash For Christmas Raffle. This year it is a 50/50 Raffle. The more that enter the bigger the prize!


What organizations do we support?

            We are still supporting community needs to the best of our ability, and those needs are greater than ever due to COVID-19. A few of our regular benefactors are: Special Olympics, Vincentian Mission Corps, SCL Food Pantry, Pro-Life causes, Coats for Kids, seminarians and/or postulates, SCL youth scholarships, and Youth Group, USO, Agape House and various other organizations.

  1. The address for Online Giving is the Knights will fill out your tickets for you
  2. Mail with check made out to the Knights of Columbus to Bill Schelinski at 600 Sessions Ave., St. Louis, MO 63126, ( the Knights will fill out your tickets as directed by you
  3. Turn checks in at the SCL Business/Rectory Office c/o Knights mailbox the Knights will fill out your tickets as directed by you,
  4. Mail your check to the Business/Rectory Office 9740 Sappington Rd, St. Louis MO 63128 c/o Knights of Columbus the Knights will fill out your tickets as directed by you
  5. Drop your checks c/o Knights of Columbus in the collection basket at Church, the Knights will fill out your tickets as directed by you
  6. Go to to get ticket copies

Drawing Date is December 20th

Knights Corner September 2020 submitted by Bill Schelinski


A BIG THANK YOU to Joe Hejlek Chairman of the Special Olympics raffle ticket sales and to all the Knights who helped Joe. The Council raised $ 4,179.54 for Special Olympics Missouri. It is a tough time for everyone and Special Olympics
is no different. Their donations in general are down like all charities in general, with increasing needs for the people Special Olympics serves. Raffle tickets are still available, Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Grand prize is a 2020 GMC
Canyon 4 X 4 truck, and 5 Finalists drawn receive $500.

Contact any Knight to get tickets. Last date to purchase tickets will be October 31st. Winners will be drawn in November and December.


The Knights annual Tootsie Roll drive will be virtual this year due to COVID – 19. The Tootsie Roll drive supports the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Please watch future bulletins and newsletters for
information on how to participate.




For more information please visit or
contact Michael Sternitzky 314-807-9438 to talk about the St. Catherine Knights of Columbus and the
volunteer efforts available.

August 2020 Knights Corner submitted by Bill Schelinski


Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary August 23, 2020

Knights of Columbus

We are a Catholic Family Fraternal Organization of men and their families.

Officers Business Meeting:
Second Tuesday of the Month
Virtual Council Membership Meeting:
Third Tuesday of the Month
Michael Sternitzky 314-807-9438

Charity is at the heart of our work and our faith — and it always has been. For the Knights of Columbus,
charity means supporting a virtually boundless variety of projects.
Our Council will be assisting the Special Olympics by selling raffle tickets at the Affton Schnucks by Grasso
Plaza, 10070 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123 August 29-30. Times are Friday: 4pm to 8pm. Sat. and
Sun.: 10am to 6pm. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Grand prize is a 2020 GMC Canyon 4 X 4 truck, and 5
finalists drawn receive $500. Please come and visit us to purchase tickets or contact any Knight to get tickets.
Last date to purchase tickets will be October 31st. Winners will be drawn in November and December.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society, which means we can provide financial security to
members and their families, especially in these times of employment uncertainty. Become a Knight to get
access to the insurance programs and an insurance checkup!

The Knights of Columbus has been helping young people obtain this freedom from student debt
since our founding. During the past year, the Supreme Council provided nearly $1 million in scholarships
to students attending colleges, universities, and seminaries. Learn more about what is offered
and how to apply.
Your local Council, St. Catherine Laboure Council 12323 has two $500 annual scholarships. Every
year we give $500 scholarships to the children or grandchildren (up to & including 16 years of age)
of a Council member. They can attend any school excluding free/public schools. The K of C member
must be in good standing.
For more information please visit or
contact Michael Sternitzky 314-807-9438 to talk about the St. Catherine Knights of Columbus and the
volunteer efforts available.


Worthy Officers,


I have been informed by Bob (Van Mierlo) that the Knights have been given permission to hold our Officers Meeting

in the Parish Rectory where we normally met( no more than 8 officers ) and we also the church basement ( holds 10).


Since COVID we haven't had any activities to report on, that couldn't be handled by email the Membership meetings 

and our council business meetings at the Arnold Council have all been cancelled.


Our meetings will go back to their regular schedules:

Officers Business Meeting:  2nd Tuesday of the Month in SCL Church basement.

Council Membership Meeting:  3rd Tuesday of the Month (Virtual Only with limited officers until SCL opens)

                                                    will be held in Rectory basement.


I am going to combine next months Sept. 8 Officers Business Meeting and Membership Meeting  into one virtual broadcast with limited officers.

It will be held in the Rectory Basement since it has wifi.  

Paul Violette Chairman of T. R. (Tootsie Roll) Drive will be able to explain how virtual drive will work.   


Thank You.


Michael Sternitzky

JULY 2020 KNIGHT'S CORNER submitted by Bill Schelinski


Knights of Columbus Council 12323 Officer’s Meeting

Thursday July 9,2020 @ 7pm Arnold Knights of Columbus 6018

1623 Jeffco Blvd Arnold Mo 63010


Please arrive at the hall at 6:15pm so we can pray the ROSARY. The Rosary will begin at 6:30 pm.

Prayer for Corona Virus submitted by Bill Schelinski


Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be
patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to
our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.

Free Online Membership Special Limited Time Offer Ends Aug 5 2020

RE: Free Online Membership Special Limited Time Offer

My Brother Knights,


Knights of Columbus everywhere were thrilled to learn that our beloved founder will be beatified and officially declared Blessed later this year.


In recognition of this historic event, I am pleased to announce that the Supreme Council will be making a special membership offer in honor of our founder.


For a 2-week period commencing Wednesday, July 22 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 5th, new members are being offered FREE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP for their first year. The Supreme Council will pay the first-year dues for every man who joins online between now and August 5. Prospects simply need to visit and enter the code MCGIVNEY2020 to take advantage of this special offer.


Father McGivney was faced with a pandemic in the 1880s, as we are today. And in the face of that pandemic, he persevered in his efforts to evangelize those in his community, to form his parishioners in their Catholic faith, and to grow the Knights of Columbus. As his spiritual heirs, we can do nothing less.


Our pastors need the Knights of Columbus. Our fellow parishioners need the Knights of Columbus. Those impacted by COVID-19 need the Knights of Columbus. Just as holy founder surely would, let us resolve to Leave No Neighbor Behind, and to offer every Catholic man the opportunity to join the Order that he founded some 138 years ago.


Vivat Jesus!


Mark McMullen 
Senior Vice President
Membership and Marketing

CASH FOR CHRISTMAS submitted by Bill Schelinski


The Knights of Columbus are selling their Cash for Christmas Raf􀏐le Tickets.
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Early Bird Drawing for $500 will be held
November 17th at the Pancake Breakfast.

The Final Drawing will be held Sunday, December 15th at the Pancake Breakfast.
1st Prize—$1,250
2nd Prize—$500
3rd Prize—$250

You may purchase your tickets the following ways:

-Visit the Parish Business Of􀏐ice during normal business hours (M-F 9am-5pm),
-Raffle tickets will be sold in the Gathering Space after Mass the weekends of         December 7/8 and 14/15.
-Ask any Knights of Columbus member
-Contact Bill Schelinski: 314-821-2404 or /Jimmie Nelson: 314-843-0360

JUNE KNIGHT's CORNER submitted by Bill Schelinski


Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time June 21, 2020
Knights of Columbus We are a Catholic Family Fraternal Organization of men and their families.

Meetings are cancelled until further Notice

For more information please visit or
contact Michael Sternitzky 314-807-9438 to talk about the St. Catherine Knights of Columbus and the
volunteer efforts available.

"The Supreme Knight Sir Carl A. Anderson announced that the Knights of Columbus have donated
to charity $187 million in 2019/2020, donated 77 Million volunteer hours and has set up
$100 million in loans to the Dioceses in U.S. and Canada so they can stay viable during the
COVID-19 Crisis. The Knights have set a record for the number of members (over 2 million)
with 23,000 new members in May and June in 2020".

Knights Corner's St. Catherine Laboure Bulletin October 13, 2019 submitted by Bill Schelinski

CLICK HERE TO OPEN PDF FILE For Knights Corner October 13, 2019 submitted by Bill Schelinski

When you see Knights in yellow vests you should smile. When these Knights are holding their bright cans and collecting donations around town, they are helping to recognize the dignity of every person. For every donation, each donor is offered a piece of candy by the Knight present, most commonly a Tootsie Roll. Because of these little gifts of appreciation, the “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities” is frequently referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive.” It is a popular and successful fundraiser conducted by Knights of Columbus councils.

Knights of Columbus Council 12323 St. Catherine Laboure has collected over $32,562 since 2014, (doesn’t include the October 2019 drive in progress). So the next time you see a Knight in a yellow vest asking for donations outside a grocery store, and you receive a Tootsie Roll, remember it’s more than a “Tootsie Roll Drive.” It’s a chance to provide people with
intellectual and physical disabilities more resources to live a happy life. Learn more about the Tootsie Roll drives across the country at

Fiscal Year 2020 Officer and Ladies Auxilliary Installation submitted by Bill Schelinski

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF COPY of the August 2019 Knights Corner

Grand Knight, Mike Strernitzky

Financial Secretary, Robert Van Mierlo

Deputy Grand Knight, Joe Hejlek

Chancellor, Richard Hejlek

Recorder, Max Saunders

Treasurer, Bill Schelinski

Advocate, Larry Merkel

Warden, Jerry Berra

Inside Guard, John Lauth

Outside Guard, Andy Budde

One Year Trustee, Jim Nelson (Former Grand Knight)

Two Year Trustee, Don Feltz

Three Year Trustee, John Fogarty (Former Grand Knight)


What are the Knights of Columbus Up To?

  • August 27th - SCL Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • September 15th - Return of Pancake Breakfast
  • September 28th & 29th Annual Feast of St. Vincent De Paul, Welcome Back to School and Knights Annual BBQ, MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • October 11,12,13 – Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
  • November 2nd – Pro-Life/Special Olympics Dinner
  • April 18th, 2020 - Cosmic Bingo

Black Light Bingo Postponsed Until April 2021

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are going to postpone the Bingo event until approximately April 2021.   We had rescheduled it for July 25th, but this is a fluid situation and it has become clear, for various reasons, that a longer delay is both necessary and prudent.  I will work with the parish, state bingo commission and bingo company to establish a new date.


Thank you to all that have worked on this project. We were a long way into the planning and were well-positioned for a successful event. As a result of these efforts I feel confident we can kick-start this event and be successful at the appropriate time.


I will be in touch individually with all table purchasers and sponsors to address the return of payments that have been made. 



Steve Gilmore, Bingo Chair

June 2019 Knights Corner in SCL Parish Bulletin submitted by Bill Schelinski

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF Knights Corner June Bulletin 2019

Make sure to check out the Knights of Columbus Council 12323 in several places:


In PRINT, we appear in a monthly "Knights Corner" in the SCL parish Bulletin OR


Go to the SCL Parish website Quick Links to view past bulletins


OR visit our website


Did You Know…?
Eugene (Gene) F. Kranz, a Knights of Columbus member, was the NASA flight director for the first moonwalk 50 years ago on July 20, 1969? Gene also has a St. Louis connection where he attended flight school. “Throughout his career, Kranz…. has approached his life and work with the perspective of his Catholic faith…”
To learn more , and read the full article, visit

Brother Knights,

The Faith in Action committee has been working hard this year to win the Columbian Award for our council. We have one more requirement to complete, a Novena for Life.

This 9 day pro life Novena consists of a Novena Prayer and needs to include other people in our parish, at least part of the time.

We will start the Novena at the officers' meeting on Tuesday, May 14. We will then pray it after the Knights' rosary at the 8:15 Mass on Wednesday, May 15.

We will pray it at the pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 19, and after the parish Rosary for the Sick at Church before our meeting on Tuesday, May 21.

We will say the 9th and last Novena Prayer on Wednesday, May 22, after the Knights' rosary at the 8:15 Mass. Thus, we will have included other parishioners in our Novena 4 out of the 9 days.

We realize that we can't all be present for these Novena functions, but we can pray the Novena individually or with our families all of the nine days.

Bill Schelinski will send the Novena Prayer to all the members via email. Please print it out so you will have it with you when we pray it at these functions.

You can contact Bill or me via email with any questions you might have.

Jack Fogarty, Grand Knight

Customer Appreciation Day by the Daughters of St. Paul written by Dennis Daniels submitted by Bill Schelinski

... and now for the rest of the story concerning the Customer Appreciation Day by the Daughters of St. Paul this past Saturday.
<  We collected $80.00 in 50/50 efforts and the Winner from the ticket pull was Ms. Mary Matthews.  She was contacted with news of the drawing results and without hesitation pushed her $40.00 winnings back to the Sisters.  Way to go, Mary.  :-)
<  Our donation (tip) jar on the edge of the food table to help the Daughters continue and advance their good works in our community yielded another $183.00 from well-wishers attending the event.
<  The glorious painting of Jesus that Pauline Books & Media provided in a raffle was won by none other than our brother knight, Jonathan Leljedal.  Good fortune for you and yours, Jonathan.  May you and your family enjoy this beautiful rendering of Jesus for many, many years to come!
As Brother Struckhoff noted in his email about the Customer Appreciation Day, the power of prayer prevailed and the Good Lord smiled on us with excellent weather for the event.  
Our event day began with some moisture in the air and a wet parking lot during our set-up in the early morning.  The clouds began to dissipate, the winds dried up the grounds and the sun rolled out to grace our event by the time we began serving patrons at 11 AM.  We served food until 2 PM and were soon out of there, with the last of the tear down efforts wrapping up around 3 PM.
Brother knights, I was pleased to see many of our volunteer knights also make the 5 PM Mass at SCLP as we all have so very much to be thankful for in realizing yet another successful annual event with the Sisters and attendees.  
With this said, our joint KOC and Pauline missions continue and are energized from the countless blessings of the day and the immeasurable value the Daughters of St. Paul and Pauline Books & Media (and our knights) provide our community. .. day in and day out in being of service to one and in service to all.
Once again, a special thanks to all directly and indirectly involved in turning this annual vision into yet another successful reality. .. especially my friends and brother knights - Jerry F., Jack S.,  Michael S.,  Joe P.,  Ray J., Allan B., Jack M., Jimmie N., Chuck S. and Rich H.  WE could not have done it without you and both the Daughters of St. Paul and the event attendees echo my gratitude and appreciation for you.
FYI.  We also achieved a first with this event. .. Sister Mary Joan (who comes to the Daughters of St. Paul and us from her home country of Italy and is in her 80s) is very restrictive with what she eats.  In fact, Sister Laura told me that Sister Mary Joan will not even eat Sister Laura's cooking - as each nun is expected to prepare a meal for the Sisters and Postulants at least once a week for all to share.  
Nevertheless, Sister Mary Joan had not only her usual order of a plain hamburger pattie on a hamburger bun, but then came back outside a short while later to partake in a second serving of the same order.  Will miracles never cease to happen for us, brother knights?
Some regulars and the faithful attended as we also drew in folks who have never been to this annual event before let alone experienced the Pauline community - grotto, chapel, store, mission, etc.  
A fun time was had by all, young and old, on perhaps the nicest weather day of the year in St. Louis and we look forward to another great experience this time next year in 2020.
Dennis Daniels

"The Real 'Private Ryan' and the Chaplain Who Saved Him" Forward by Bill Schelinski

In case you didn't notice (like me, because I was too interested in the article about Gene Kranz) there is a powerful article in the March 2019 issue of Columbia magazine, "The Real 'Private Ryan' And The Chaplain Who Saved Him", "Paratroopers poured from the sky before dawn on June 6, 1944, hurtling through fog and flak to the French countryside below. It was D-Day; the Allied invasion of Normandy had begun. In a few hours, 200,000 troops would land by sea, and the mission of these airborne units was to prepare the way." and so begins the story of how two people that would become Knights of Columbus begins.  Click here in case you missed the story


It reminds me that God is present and touches us in quiet ways, and sometimes in more obvious ways, like the teens who were lost at sea and prayed for recovery and saved by a boat named "Amen",


We need to look and listen.

Pauline Books & Media Customer Appreciation Saturday May 4th 2019 Bill Schelinski

Reminder - CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY (The Daughters of St. Paul and Pauline Books & Media)
When?  Saturday, May 4 from 11 AM until 2 PM (Food & Beverage Serving Period)
Where?  9804 Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63127 (Pauline Books & Media)
Wear your KOC apron and ball cap to the event and encourage others to also attend.  Consider sharing event details with an invitation to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, peers, etc.  ALL ARE WELCOME!
WE could definitely use some assistance with set-up and tear-down, as well as various odd jobs during the 3-hour window in serving patrons.  Volunteer Knights (and others) to assist in lightening the workload of all are needed and much appreciated as we fly our KOC council flag and are of service to one, of service to all for this special community event of gratitude.
We have tables, chairs, tents, banners and much, much more to set up in the front parking lot.
Set-up will begin at 8:30 AM and the PB&M Store opens at 10 AM.
Tear-down will begin around 2 PM and we are usually out of there well before 3 PM.
We ask all volunteers to use the parking areas to the east and west of the parking lot we will be using, as these businesses that border Pauline Books & Media have graciously offered their parking lot to the Daughters of St. Paul and in support of this event on Saturday.  Consequently, please park in these adjacent lots so as to provide parking for 
Patrons will be treated to a FREE LUNCH, courtesy of the Daughters of St. Paul.  Patrons can choose from a hamburger, a cheeseburger, bratwurst, hot dog or pulled pork sandwich.  Additionally, patrons can choose from a bag snack/chip product and their choice of a beverage (bottled water or soda pop).
The Daughters will also likely have a dessert item of some sort.
The store will have some special sales going on and this will be enhanced by a raffle too.
The forecast for weather is very good at this point in time as Friday, Saturday and Sunday are projected to be dry.  Rain or shine we will have the event that has become an annual tradition over the years. .. Happening on the second Saturday prior to Mother's Day each year.
Keep in mind with so many wonderful celebrations over the next 60 days you might find a great buy or two in their store to get you covered for baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings and more (not to forget Mother's Day).
If able to volunteer support, please give me a call at 314-337-1534 to let me know you will be attending.  WE look forward to seeing you even if it is just for a short visit as a volunteer, patron or combination thereof.
Check out the Events Calendar Page for Details
Thank You!
Dennis Daniels

SCL Knights of Columbus Church Bulletin April 14th 2019 Bill Schelinski

Click Here for a PDF File Version

Congratulations to Luke, Sophia, Grace Camryn and George, the five finalists of the Knights of Columbus Essay Writing Contest!


The students were asked to write about their Confirmation saint answering the question, "What did you learn about this saint and how did this saint inspire you?"


Sophia's essay was selected and sent by our SCL Knights to the state competition.

St. Catherine Laboure Knights of Columbus Launch Faith In Action By Bill Schelinski March 2019

March 4, 2019


It's all about Faith, Family, Community and Life:


Our Council 12323 got together to understand the new Faith In Action program detailed below from the website.  Grand Knight Jack Fogarty, Bill Schelinski, Lou Holtmann, and Paul Violette discussed the program requirements and found out we are well on our way to supporting Supreme's Faith In Action Initiative.  Each of them will act as a 'committee chairperson' to take ownership of their various area of Action, Faith, Family, and Life.  More on each of those areas will appear in future News & Announcements.




"In the opening lines of Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), His Holiness Pope Francis invites “Christians,everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” (3).


The Faith in action program model extends that same invitation to Knights of Columbus members and their families. it is a renewed personal invitation to live out the calling of their faith,the call to service of their neighbor and to answer the age-old question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (gn 4:9). Today, a man’s work can follow him home through his smartphone. At the same time, he is picking up a larger share of household responsibilities and striving to meet more intense demands of fatherhood as the pace of kids’ activities has accelerated. Despite this, many men are drawn to opportunities to be hands-on and to express their faith by working alongside peers in service to others.


They want to spend precious free time involved with their families while also building bonds of friendship and fraternity that will last a lifetime. As Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, “If we can’t meet young Catholic men where they are, they will go somewhere else. and in this era, it is too easy to go somewhere else when we need them to be home. Home in the Catholic Church, home in their parishes, and home with their families.”


As leaders and brother Knights who care about the long-term sustainability of the order, we are excited about men’s desire to serve and the opportunity to consistently adapt to meet the demand of a changing world and the needs of future members. We know that the chance to roll up our sleeves and demonstrate our faith through service is as powerful as it is rewarding. The calling is a fundamental part of the order’s history and genesis for our new program model, Faith in action.


This mission-driven platform is an excellent way to express our service program, as it speaks to our own efforts and to the interests of prospective Knights. The Faith in action model is a realization of the changing needs of men in the twenty-first century. it seeks to balance all of our key priorities with theirs — Faith,Family, Community and life — and present them in away that is clear to our leaders, members and prospective Knights.


The simplicity of Faith in action is that it fully integrates Building the Domestic Church programs as a foundational part of the model, limits the number of required programs to earn the Columbian award and,most importantly, allows councils to concentrate on implementing quality faith-filled family programs. our goal is for men to lead their family in service — not leave their family for service. The focus of this streamlined program is quality, not quantity."

Knights Corner Knights of Columbus Developmental Children's Medical Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital

The St. Catherine Laboure Knights of Columbus Council 12323 presented a $3,000 check to the Knights of Columbus Developmental Children's Medical Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.


Grand Knight Jack Fogarty stated that the check was made possible as a result of the proceeds collected from their Tootsie Roll drive in October.  The drive was chaired by Council member Paul Violette.  Jack thanked all of the Council members for their help in collecting for this great cause.


This is one of five of the Missouri State Council premier programs.  The State Council of the Knights of Columbus contributes over $180,000 a year to the Knights of Columbus Developmental Children's Medical Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.


The Knights are looking for new members at St. Catherine Laboure to help enrich and grow their efforts in helping the Community and aid in helping members become fulfilled in the support and understanding of the Catholic Faith.  To learn more about the Knight's mission and initiatives, please visit, or the Council website at  Please contact Rich Hejlek at 314-807-3602 or any member of the Council at St. Catherine Laboure to become involved in our Parish Council.