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Council collects food to support The St. Lucy Food Project!

Our Lady of the Rosary Council assisted in the food collection effort for The St. Lucy Food Project after all Masses on the weekend of July 29th and 30th. Brothers Matt Sykes and Chris Bosco are pictured here.

The St. Lucy Project is run by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and distributes food to reduce food insecurity throughout the 21 counties and 7 major cities of the Arlington Diocese. See for more information and to volunteer and donate! #KofCVa

The Council supports Holy Trinity's Summer Send Off!

The Council supported and participated in Holy Trinity's Summer Send Off on July 30th.

All of the parish's "new" high school graduates who are leaving home for military duty, college or work were invited to Our Lady's Hall for prayer and fellowship. The prayers of the Council as well as the Parish are with them all! #KofCVA

Growth Our Top Priority - A Letter from Supreme


Brother Knights: 


During the recent meeting of state deputies, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the primary importance of membership recruitment and provided updates on other Knights of Columbus initiatives. Click here to read more.


The state deputies also watched a video highlighting events of the 2016 Supreme Convention in Toronto. This video is available here. Please share this video on your council's website and Facebook Page so that your community can learn the extent of the Knights of Columbus' good works! 


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August 2016 Family of the Month

9/6/2016 - Ed and Kathy Schulze - Ed and Kathy have been very involved in the 4th degree since Ed’s Knighthood. Kathy is also on the Ladies Council of the 4th Degree. They both were a great help, and stayed late into the night working at the People’s Banquet in Woodbridge. Sarah and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their help with the dinner. We served 150 meals!

Please join me in congratulating our August Family of the Month for their contributions to the betterment of the Council and the Parish!

SK Jon Kennedy honored for his service to Council 12982

8/15/2016 - Grand Knight Earnie Gorham presented a plaque to the Council's retiring Financial Secretary, Jon Kennedy Monday night. As our 4th Grand Knight and long-time Financial Secretary, Jon has been the backbone of Our Lady of the Rosary Council and his leadership and guidance have been invaluable in our growth.

Thank you Worthy FS, for your dedication and service to this council! Vivat Jesus!

Catacomb time?

8/25/2015 - At Christmas 1969, Professor Joseph Ratzinger gave a radio talk with the provocative title, “What Will the Future Church Look Like?” (You can find it in Faith and the Future, published by Ignatius Press). One of the concluding paragraphs was destined to become perhaps the most quoted excerpt from Ratzinger’s extensive bibliography, when Professor Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI:

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GK and DGK deliver Coats for Kids to House of Mercy

7/8/2015 - Grand Knight Steven Stasiuk and Deputy Grand Knight Earnie Gorham collected coats from T Clay Wood and Haymarket Elementary Schools and delivered them to the House of Mercy today. Both schools were gracious enough to donate the coats from their respective Lost and Found. Thanks Worthy Sirs and thanks to the Principals at T Clay Wood and Haymarket!

A Reading of the Declaration of Independence

7/4/2015 - Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly sponsored a public reading of the Declaration of Independence to celebrate our Nation's 239th year of independence this morning. A large crowd came out in the rain to listen to the complete Declaration.


Thanks to Worthy Faithful Navigator Matt Carroll for the invitation, Worthy Past Faithful Navigator Thomas Harrington for doing an excellent reading and all our Brothers at Assembly 1678 for making it possible. Vivat Jesus!

Fortnight for Freedom 2015

6/20/15 - On June 21 – July 4, Catholics throughout the nation will commemorate the annual Fortnight for Freedom. This period of prayer, fasting, and advocacy will be a time for faithful Americans to respond to the many threats to religious liberty our country currently faces. This year’s theme is the “Freedom to Bear Witness,” highlighting how religious freedom enables Catholic institutions to bear witness to the Gospel in the public square.

To mark this celebration of our religious freedoms, I would encourage you to participate in the opening and closing Masses for the Fortnight. On Sunday, June 21 at 10:45 a.m., Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori will offer a special opening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, MD. A closing Mass will be held on Saturday, July 4 at 12:00pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC with Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Florida serving as homilist.

Additionally, we encourage you to visit for information on this year’s fortnight and suggestions on what you can do on behalf of our religious liberties. As leaders in your parish communities, consider organizing and participating in activities in cooperation with your priests and parish leadership. Individually, we ask you to offer special prayers and sacrifices on behalf of our precious First Amendment religious freedoms during the Fortnight.

The Knights of Columbus throughout the years has been steadfast in its defense of our First Amendment right to religious freedom. In union with our priests and bishops, we can continue this legacy through our enthusiastic support of the Fortnight for Freedom. 

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

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2015 Virginia State Soccer Challenge Runner-up Michael Blank

6/2/15 - At last night's Council Meeting GK Dean Overman also had the pleasure of presenting Michael Blank with his trophy for his 2nd place finish in the 2015 Virginia Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. Michael is pictured here with his father, Richard, and GK Overman. Congratulations Michael!

2015 KofC Virginia State Free Throw Champion Ponzi Yamul

6/2/15 - At last night's Council Meeting GK Dean Overman had the pleasure of presenting Ponzi Yamul with his trophy for being State Champion in the 2015 Virginia Knights of Columbus Basketball Championship. Ponzi is pictured here with his family and GK Overman. Congratulations Ponzi!

2015 KofC Youth Free Throw Championship - Jan 16th


//REPRINTED FROM: January 2015 issue of The Bishop Flaherty Patriot, the newsletter of Assembly #1678

1/5/2015 - Religious Freedom Day will be celebrated in Fredericksburg, VA on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at the Religious Freedom Monument on Washington Avenue. This is the day that Fredericksburg celebrates the writing of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. In this document the United States of America made probably its greatest contribution to government recognition of religious freedom. This year will mark the 238th anniversary of this important document.

There’s a large stone monument that sits in the median of Washington Avenue, near the intersection of Pitt Street, in Fredericksburg. The monument, erected by the city government in 1932, pays tribute to Thomas Jefferson, who in 1777 — along with George Mason, Edmund Pendleton, George Wythe and Thomas Ludwell Lee — drafted the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Jefferson introduced the statute in the General Assembly in 1779. After much wrangling and lobbying by James Madison, the law was passed in 1786. To quote from the Bill: “…all men shall be free to profess…their opinions in matters of religion and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities". The statute became the basis for the First Amendment’s religious freedom clauses to the U.S. Constitution. 

The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom was one of Thomas Jefferson’s three achievements that he was most proud of, the others being the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the University of Virginia. 

For 60 years, Knights of Columbus in the Fredericksburg area have paid quiet homage to the work of those five men who helped lay the foundation of religious liberty in the United States. In 1955, the Fredericksburg Knights of Columbus Council No. 4034 began laying a wreath of flowers annually at the monument to show their support and respect for the event that helped form the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In 1972, several Knights of Columbus councils in the area formed Rappahannock Assembly No. 1613, composed of fourth-degree Knights who are dedicated to fostering patriotism. 

The Rappahannock Assembly, along with other religious and secular organizations, began a Religious Freedom Day parade from the Fredericksburg train station to the Religious Freedom Monument. The parade has happened on the second Sunday of January ever since. It’s a mile walk that departs the Fredericksburg train station parking lot at 1:30 PM. The parade proceeds down Caroline Street, up Amelia Street and down Washington Avenue to the Religious Freedom Monument, arriving at the monument around 2:00 PM. There’s patriotic music, speeches by dignitaries and formal proclamations. The ceremony culminates with the laying of a wreath at the monument.



Schedule of Events 

12:45 PM Parade Participants Assemble at Fredericksburg Train Station 

1:15 PM Dignitaries Gather at University of Mary Washington Catholic Student Center 

1:30 PM Parade Begins 

1:40 PM Dignitaries Depart for Religious Freedom Monument 

1:50 PM Dignitaries Arrive at Religious Freedom Monument on Washington Avenue 

1:55 PM Parade Arrives at Religious Freedom Monument 

2:00 PM Ceremony Begins 

3:00 PM Reception at Mary Washington Catholic Student Center, 1614 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 for Knights of Columbus and Invited Guests 

4:00 PM Events Conclude

Thank you for helping with the Manger!

Thanks to Brother George Ocilka and all of the other Knights who came out last week to help get the Parish Manger assembled!

New podium for Council Chamber

Brother Roger Vandemeulebroecke presented Grand Knight Dean Overman with the new podium he constructed for the Council at the December 15th meeting with our Worthy Financial Secretary Jon Kennedy looking on.

Thanks Roger!

Pancake Breakfast with Santa a big hit!

12/14/2014 - Our Lady of the Rosary Council held a Pancake Breakfast with Santa in Our Lady's Hall after the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses this morning. Attendance was awesome and lots of kids got to sit on Santa's (Worthy PGK Craig Radcliff's) lap. Thanks to Food Service Chairman Jim Hannon and his team of Merry Men who came out and cooked for the Parish this morning. Most of all, thanks to all of the parishioners who came out to enjoy Pancakes with Santa!

See the Pancake Breakfast with Santa photo gallery for more pictures from the festivities!

Council 12982 host for 2nd Degree

12/9/2014 - Council 12982 was the host Council for the 2nd Degree Exemplification held at George Brent Council 5332 in Manassas today. Part of being the host Council is preparing the meal for the evening. DGK Stasiuk, our Worthy Lecturer Jim Hannon and Brother Bob Schimoler worked hard in the kitchen for our new 2nd Degree Brothers.


The 2nd degree honoree was our Worthy Advocate and Youth Committee Chairman Craig Pascoe. He has served as the YCC the past two years and has overseen the Free Throw Competition, Essay Contests, and this year, the Soccer Challenge. He has also served as our liaison for the numerous scouting organizations at Holy Trinity which we charter, providing us with continuous updates on their activities.

Council's Thanksgiving Food Drive a Great Success!

11/23/2014 - Our Lady of the Rosary Council held its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive the two weekends prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, the 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd. Our truck was located in front of the Church before and after the 5:30pm masses each Saturday and all of the masses both Sundays.  Our Food Drive Chairmen Jim Hannon and Bob Schimoler estimate that approximately 3000lbs of food were donated to our drive this year by the parishioners of Holy Trinity. The food we collected was distributed to the Haymarket Food Pantry and the House of Mercy. Thanks to Jim and Bob and all the Brothers who came out and manned the truck this year. We’d like to send a very special thank you out to the parishioners of Holy Trinity who continue to generously support our food drive!



Chancellor serves in Assembly's Color Corps in 2014 Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade

11/08/2014 - Council 12982 Chancellor Earnie Gorham marched with the Bishop J Louis Flaherty Assembly Color Corps in the 6th Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade on Saturday morning. The Worthy Chancellor said, "Marching was so cool!". He credited Dick Fontana with calling the cadence out loud. He also said, "We had people cheering and even one 'Vivat Jesus!'" He was especially touched by the people who removed hats and saluted the flag as the Color Corps passed by.


Brother Knight Staff Sergeant Robert Bartlett of Operation Second Chance was the Parade's honoree. Many brothers will remember his recent stirring presentation to the Council about his conversion and experiences while serving in Iraq. For more information on Operation Second Chance see When you see our Worthy Chancellor, please remember to thank him for representing Council 12982!.


The Manassas Veterans Day Parade pays tribute to all veterans and active military for protecting our nation at home and overseas. It is the largest Veterans Day Parade in Northern Virginia and in the Washington DC area and includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations. For more information go to:


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DGK Stasiuk leads Fall Linton Hall Road Cleanup

11/8/2014 - Thanks to all of the Brothers of Council 12982 who came out this morning to help with the road clean up on Linton Hall Road between Holy Trinity and Kingsbrooke; and thanks to DGK Stasiuk for leading the charge once again. 

Council 12982 Participates in HOM's Campaign To End Hunger Event

10/18/2014 - Brothers from Council 12982 participated in the House of Mercy's Campaign To End Hunger event last Saturday. Thanks to Grand Knight Dean Overman for making the arrangements. They were very productive and everyone who came out had a great time!

The House of Mercy has packed over a million meals since beginning their meal packing program in 2010. The Campaign to End Hunger is the much anticipated event to combat hunger in our community and around the globe.  Food packed is shipped where needed most. If you would like to help the House of Mercy directly with this effort you can use this link to DONATE.

Help Support the Front Royal Pregnancy Center

/4/2014 - A Note from New Council Member Brother Joe Beres: I recently transferred to Our Lady of the Rosary Council. My son, Fr. Kevin Beres (a 4th Degree Knight), who is Parochial Vicar at St. John the Baptist in Front Royal, is doing a walk to support the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Front Royal. Please pass this on to our Brother Knights to see if any would like to support him and donate to this worthy cause. Please follow the link below to help!

Thanks. Fraternally in Christ,

Joe Beres

Vivat Jesus.

A Deadly Vaccine: 3 Reasons Catholics Leave the Church

8/6/2014 - “So,” I started, a bit nervously. This was our first real conversation about the faith. “Are there any particular books of the Bible you’d like to learn more about?”

He hesitated for a brief moment, then – with a pensive look – replied, “Actually, I was hoping you could just tell me all about Christianity. How did it begin? What does it mean today?”

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Meant for each other: Knights of Columbus sponsors new guide dog for U.S. Army veteran

8/2/2014 - After Bob Rinzel’s yellow lab William died in April, life became more difficult. The dog was not only a trusty companion, but also a second set of eyes for the 77-year-old U.S. Army veteran.

Knights of of Columbus was ready to sponsor him through Southeastern Guide Dogs' Paws for Patriots program. The guide dog school in Palmetto had previously matched Rinzell with William, and before him, another guide dog.

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VA Bishops Statement on Court's Flawed Marriage Decision

7/28/2014 - Statement by Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo On decision striking down Virginia's marriage amendment

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a District Court's decision that struck down Virginia's constitutional marriage amendment. This action reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the intrinsic nature of marriage and is an injustice to Virginia voters. #KofCVa Read More at:

"That Man Is You!" Men's Program is coming to Holy Trinity this September!

7/25/2014 - That Man is You! is an interactive, multimedia men’s program focused upon the development of authentic male leadership. Over the course of three years, That Man is You! successively considers men in their relationship to God, to their spouse and to their children... Read More and see what Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had to say about the program at:

For additional information or to register for online go to:
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Bishop Flaherty Assembly - INFORMATION NIGHT on August 23rd


7/23/2014 - Curious about the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus? Want to learn what it is, what we do, and why it is important? All 3rd Degree Knights and their wives are invited to an INFORMATION NIGHT to be held at the George Brent Council home on Saturday, August 23rd at 6:30pm. Please RSVP to Joe Arseneault at: if you plan on attending. Feel free to download the attached announcement PDF.

The Council's New Room has a name!

7/12/2014 - We'd like to thank Brother Earnie Gorham for getting the room name stencil installed above the doors of the newly christened "Father McGivney Hall" this afternoon. The brothers of Council 12982 are glad to be meeting in our nearly completed new room to start the new Fraternal Year! Thanks Brother Gorham!

America’s Steady March Toward a Culture of Life

The rise in young supporters and legislative victories signals a growing pro-life consensus

7/1/2014 - As I looked out upon the tens of thousands of youthful, enthusiastic faces during the 41st March for Life rally this past January in Washington, D.C., I could not help but feel a tremendous sense of hope. The sheer number of March for Life participants who travel from every corner of the United States in the middle of winter demonstrates that the tide is turning toward a culture of life.

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Cub Scout Pack 91 Refurbishes Council's Christmas Tree Shed

6/28/2014 - Many thanks to Brothers Jeff Hunter and Earnie Gorham for coordinating the efforts of Cub Scout Pack 91 to clean and paint the Council's Christmas Tree Shed! And a great big "Thank You" to all the boys and parents who came out to help. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Honoring Marriage

On the blustery, snowy, Saturday of February 15th, 2014, (St. Valentine's weekend) close to 100 married couples including many from surrounding parishes in Centreville, Manassas, Burke, Alexandria, Warrenton, Oakton, Reston, Haymarket, and Stafford, gathered in Gainesville, VA, to renew their wedding vows at Holy Trinity’s 5th Annual Mass for Wedding Vows Renewal. Fr Thomas Vander Woude, Pastor of Holy Trinity, and Fr John O’Donohue, Pastor of Holy Spirit in Annandale, VA, concelebrated the Mass. There were two generations renewing their wedding vows from the O’Donohue family; Dan and Rani O’Donohue (married 30 years), parishioners of Holy Trinity, and Daniel and Mary O’Donohue (married 55 years), parishioners of Queen of the Apostles, Alexandria, Va. Dan and Rani O’Donohue wanted to renew their wedding vows to extend stability and security to their children as Dan prepared to be deploy for an extended time to Afghanistan that evening.

Each couple entering the Church was presented with a gift of a red carnation and an audio CD containing a presentation by Greg and Julie Alexander ( on marriage. These gifts were generously donated by Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Rosary Council # 12982. The angelic voices of the Holy Trinity Home School Choir, Spiritus, provided the beautiful singing which greatly enhanced the worship. Before the closing hymn, Fr Vander Woude, asked the couples to stand as he recognized how many years each couple has been married; the range for those in attendance was from 3 years to 56 years of marriage. For many couples, it was their first time attending a wedding vows renewal Mass. For others, this event has become an annual participation to celebrate the sacrament of marriage.

Blessed Pope John Paul the Great consistently taught, marriage is the fundamental cell of society. How healthy a civilization will be is directly tied into the status of marriage and family life. With both the legal and cultural changes to the meaning of marriage over the past 50 years, the well being of America - and the world - has been seriously jeopardized. What a wonderful way to edify the beauty and sacredness of the Sacrament of Marriage by having so many couples attending this glorious Wedding Vows Renewal Mass to publicly recommit themselves to God, and each other their marriage vows.

For more information on how to offer a Mass for Wedding Vows Renewal at your parish, please contact Melvin and Lynda Frank at

Brother Kevin Gimlett attends his 2nd Degree Exemplification

2/17/2014 - Chancellor Steve Stasiuk had the pleasure of accompanying Brother Kevin Gimlett to his 2nd Degree Exemplification on February 11th at George Brent Council. He'd like to extend a big "Thank You" to our Brothers for their support.

Brother Tim Judge attends his 3rd Degree Exemplification

2/17/2014 - It was the pleasure of Chancellor Steve Stasiuk to acompany Brother Tim Judge to Council 15256 in Ashburn for his 3rd Degree Excempification. Let's congratulate Brother Judge when you see him.

In the attached picture, left to right are, Brother Tim Judge (Holy Trinity Youth Coordinator); Steve Stasiuk, Chancellor, Council 12982; and District Deputy Steve Munchak.

Council presents donation to A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound

2/3/2014 - Grand Knight Craig Pryor presented the Council's donation to A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound's Director Angela Clark before our February 3rd Council Meeting to further their work helping women with crisis pregnancies to choose life. We are proud to be able to help A Best Choice continue their work!

Congratulations to Ship 100, the 2013 NCAC Sea Scout Outstanding Ship of the Year

1/11/14 - A Note from Skipper Skiles:

Normally - the correct order is to get "NEW Ship of the Year." But I've never known our kids to do anything normal. Or as we like to say - "Anything worth doing is worth over doing."

So I am pleased to report that the 2013 NCAC Sea Scout Outstanding Ship of the Year goes to Ship 100, SSS Dominion.

Because we have the best kids you could ask for.

Special thanks to our Chartering Organization, the Knights of Columbus, and Holy Trinity Catholic Church - who were all crazy enough to agree to do this with us.

Two Council Brothers Installed for the Bishop Flaherty Assembly 1678

9/7/13 - SK Steve Stasiuk, left, Chancellor of Council 12982 and SK Rick Ring, right, Past Grand Knight of Council 12982, were installed on Saturday, September 7th, as Officers of Bishop Flaherty Assembly 1678 in Manassas for the 2013-2014 Fraternal Year. Steve is this year's Faithful Outer Sentinel and Rick is serving as the Assembly's Faithful Scribe. Good Luck Gentlemen and thanks for representing the Council. 

Make sure to congratulate Brothers Stasiuk and Ring when you seen them!

From Afghanistan to Arlington Heights, Catholic priest finds perspective

September 01, 2013 | By Rex W. Huppke

Please don't let him die.

That's not much of a prayer, I suppose, but it's what I said to God five years ago as I sat in a pew at St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church in Little Village and watched the Rev. Matt Foley sworn in to the U.S. Army.

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Father Michael McGivney’s Cause for Canonization Advances

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is investigating a possible miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

8/28/2013 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The cause for sainthood for Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in Connecticut who founded the Knights of Columbus, has taken another official step forward.

A Father's Sacrifice

5/24/2012 - Three and a half years ago, I was called to an emergency room to console a family that had lost its dad. I also anointed the injured son whom the father had died to save. Priests are often called to the hospitals, but this visit was different...