News & Announcements

Veterans Breakfast and Vietnam War Veteran Pins with Citations for 4 Knights


Today, SK Keith Werner attended the 4th Annual Navy Knight Veteran's Day Breakfast at Sterling High School, Somerdale, NJ with Grand Knight of Saint Jude Council 6551, SK John John Mclaughlin whose grandson is a member of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Knights. John brought Brother Knight Edward W. Edward Ottenthal and Sir Knight Michael P. Mooney. We all enjoyed the program particularly the moving presentation by Camden County Freeholder Melinda Kane who is a Gold Star Mother who lost her son in 2011. She and her Veteran Coordinator presented the Vietnam War Veteran Appreciation Pin to all those who have not previously received it along with Commemorative Citations from POTUS Obama and Trump. Attached are photos of the front of the pin and a Portable Document Format (PDF) file of the Trump citations. We four are proud veterans.  Photos of front and back of the pin and the two citations are on Keith Michael Werner FACEBOOK page.

Can Shake at Berlin Wal Mart 9/21 and 9/22/2019 Still Needs Volunteers

Can Shake Slots List

Let Grand Knight John know the shift you prefer and he’ll pencil you in on the attached list which will be updated frequently.  PDF file with link above last updated 17 September 2019. 23 SLOTS STILL OPEN.


We really need two BROTHER KNIGHTS at EACH ENTRANCE from 8 AM to 5:30 PM Saturday and Sunday.


Please, if you have not signed up for a time slot and you have even a few minutes, stop by and help out.

Bus Trip to the Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.

Information Sheet for Bus Trip

Bus Trip to the Museum of the Bible, Washington, D. C.

Date: September 28, 2019
Please arrive by 6:30 AM.

Bus leaves promptly at 7:00 AM.
Return Time is approximately 7:00 PM.
Place of Departure:

St. Anthony's Church

450 Pennington Ave

Waterford, NJ 08089

Fee for the bus trip: $80.00
Bus Trip includes: Round Trip Transportation via Academy Bus and Entrance into the Museum of the Bible
Meals are not included. However, there are two restaurants within the museum and several restaurants within walking distance of the museum.

Please make your restaurant reservations ahead of time by visiting the Museum of the Bible website.

Questions? - Contact: Herb Watson at 609-221-1678

Please fill out the form at the PDF link and mail the form and check by

August 1.2019 to:
Knights of Columbus

Shane's Castle Council #7463

Attn: Herb Watson
157 Oak Street

Waterford Works, NJ 08089

If you have a moment in your Summer Reading, SK Keith Werner has a copy of the book whose cover is in the photo at left.  This book tells the story of how the Museum of the Bible was created.  An amazing feat of accomplishment.

New Jersey Right To Life Car Raffle - Drawing 11-22-2019

NJ RTL Auto Raffle Flyer Printable

See poster at left.


Call SK Bill Harris for tickets.


If you want to advertise, you may print the flyer from the PDF link.

Discovery House - Day of Fellowship and Reflection 10/19/2019

Father Vic will celebrate Mass at 12:30 PM followed by BBQ.


Please RSVP with numbers of adults and children so we can make sure there is enough FOOD at the BBQ.


Plenty of time for a walk in the Garden of Reflection.




Saint Jude Council 6551 made a $250 donation to Discovery Ministries to reserve Discovery House for this event.



Benefit Dinner 10/26/2019 for National Life Center


St. Jude's Knights of Columbus Council #6551 invites you to our fall fundraiser to benefit the National Life Center in Woodbury. The event will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish Hall, 27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Road, Gibbsboro, NJ 08027, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 6 to 10 P.M. The event will be a sit-down dinner with a choice of NY strip steak, salmon or chicken Marsala. Entertainment will be provided by a Doo-Wop band.

Monsignor Marucci Informed Grand Knight Dominic Cotugno that Camden Diocese Has A Social Media Policy

CLICK HERE to open a PDF file

The Camden Diocese published Social Media Policy in 2013 and updated it in 2015.


The latest policy can be found at:


This policy is also available in the Portable Document Format (PDF) file attached.


There is a lot of great guidance in this document but it appears to be directed at DIOCESE / PARISH / SCHOOL social media sites and not necessarily FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION social media sites like the Knight of Columbus STATE, CHAPTER, ASSEMBLY, and COUNCIL social media sites.

Social Media Aids and Discussion on USE by MEMBERS - Part 1 OVERVIEW

CLICK HERE to open a PDF file


Please take the time to review the social media procedures that were developed by Sir Knights Tom Mullen and Keith Werner. It is an important document that shows how to utilize our Facebook page and our Council Website.


As you read it you will see how this will improve communications and publicity for our council.


Great Job—Tom and Keith!!



Dominic Cotugno, GK

Vivat Jesus


NOTE: The Portable Document Format (PDF) file link at the beginning of this ARTICLE contains the KofC Council 6551 Social Media Part 1 8-22-2018 - OVERVIEW and can be opened on any MEDIA DEVICE.  So you could open the file on your cell phone and access FACEBOOK or the WEB PAGES on your tablet, laptop. computer, etc. and see what you can do on KofC Council 6551 Social Media.

KofC Council 6551 Social Media Part 2 8-25-2018 - Web Page Left Side Menu – HOME, EVENT CALENDAR and PRAYER REQUESTS

CLICK HERE to open a PDF file


Please read the attached procedures which pertain to our website and how to use it effectively



Dominic Cotugno, GK


NOTE: The Portable Document Format (PDF) file link at the beginning of this ARTICLE contains the KofC Council 6551 Social Media Part 2 8-25-2018 - Web Page Left Side Menu – HOME, EVENT CALENDAR and PRAYER REQUESTS and can be opened on any MEDIA DEVICE.  So you could open the file on your cell phone and access the WEB PAGES on your tablet, laptop. computer, etc. and see what you can do on KofC Council 6551 Social Media.

St. Jude Council 6551 Historical Photos

Following are the "Pre-UKnight" Photo Gallery / Activity / Event Photo Page links for activities and events involving Brother Knights of Saint Jude Council 6551:


The NJ State E-Newsletter for May and the NJ State Free Throw Finals Report showed a 13 Year Old Winner Christina Katkocian attributed to Saint Jude Council 6551 but with Saint Simon Stock as her parish. Upon checking, we found that Ronald M. Katkocin was listed as a 1st Degree Brother Knight from 5 July 1995 in the Alpha List for Saint Jude Council 6551 from Supreme. We took the liberty to modify the spelling of Katkocin where either Katocian or Katkocian appeared in our rework of the orginal NJ State Free Throw Finals Report. Congratulations Christina

We then found some pictures of the 2014-03-29 Regional Free Throw Competition at Paul IV High School and captured them for viewing at 2014-03-29 Regional Free Throw Competition.

2014-1-26 Larry Anlage Award2014-1-11 Can Shake



Unveiled at this event was the new Ambo which contains a relic in honor of Pope, now Saint, John Paul II with some background and photos at this link.

Most of the additional activity and event photos beyond what is printed in the Winter / Spring 2013 issue of the Council Matters Newsletter are posted on Shutterfly and the links are printed in theWinter / Spring 2013 issue of the Council Matters Newsletter at the end of the articles for each event.

Some additional pictures of the 2013-5-18 Hoagie Sale came in after the Winter / Spring 2013 issue of the Council Matters Newsletter was published so the entire set of pictures is included at 2013-5-18 Hoagie Sale.

One activity or event, 2013-5-12 New Statues, had extra photos which could not be found prior to the publishing of the 

Winter / Spring 2013 issue of the Council Matters Newsletter. Some of these extra pictures are now available at 

2013-5-12 New Statues and more are available on the 

Shutterfly link.





Free Throw Competition

Rules from Supreme and Contestant Form



Tom Handza shown in the photo at left behind the Council 6551 competitors coordinated the 2019 event with PGK Joe Turt, SK Bob Marsh, SK Keith Werner, DGK John McLaughlin, PGK Dan Worstall, and DD58 Mike Costello to use the two Basketball Hoops in Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish Center Hall.for competitors to fill out their forms with copies of the birth certificate so we can get them in the right age group and then practice before competing in the Local or Council competition which started at 9:30 AM with movement into District Competition at 10:30 AM.


Winners of District Competition which included all of our Council 6551 Competitors will proceed to Regional and if they win there they will proceed to State Competition.


See and”


More photos are shown in the PHOTO & VIDEO GALLERIES.

Knights of Columbus, St Jude Council 6551

End of Year Report


Dominic Cotugno

Grand Knight


July 2018

As my first year as your Grand Knight comes to an end, I would like to reflect upon events and accomplishments. We have grown to 156 members and will qualify for Star council.

  • First I would like to thank all of my Brother Knights who stepped up each and every time there was some need for help. I have been blessed with great officers who always volunteer and assist without being asked. DGK McLaughlin goes above and beyond to always help when needed.
  • Of course the signature accomplishment of the council was the creation of a Memorial to the Unborn. Funds were raised, approvals secured and installation by Keating Landscapers. It is a monument to our council which will always be a reminder to the parish about the importance of life. Thank you to all who helped make this a reality, in particular DGK McLaughlin and Trustee Turt. Monsignor Marucci provide the inspiration and creativity
  • The council voted to actively participate in the Catholic Strong campaign.
  • Our council had its’ first Doo Wop dinner/show. It was both a financial and social success. The visibility of the council reached new heights.
  • We created a Facebook page that is widely read by both members and nonmembers alike
  • The council secured a storage room to house all of the council items which in the past were kept at the GK’s house. We were able to inventory all materials and store in a systematic and organized manner. This will enable us to avoid purchasing and repurchasing items we already have on hand.
  • We sponsored a symposium on Elder Law for the parish community. It was well attended and appreciated.
  • The annual pig roast was as popular as ever. We were able to sponsor 3 seminarians with the proceeds. Hats off to Brother Turt.
  • Our can shake helped special needs children; the hoagie sales provided needed funds to the Veterans Home in Vinland; our purse raffle helped the Samaritan House as well as the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • These activities when joined with our annual Breakfast with Santa, Baby bottle drive, Easter Egg Hunt and participation in Soup for Stations exhibited the length and breadth of our services.
  • We were able to resurrect the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest as well as the free throw competition. We also provided the first missals for all new communicants.
  • Coats for Kids, Adopting a Family for Thanksgiving indicate our commitment to those who need help.
  • Lastly our council provided the assistance needed to move furniture, etc. in the parish hall to make room for construction.

St. Jude Council interacts with all of the ministries in the parish. No matter what event happens in our parish, a Knight will be there. There is an event for everyone. Please consider helping in just one of the many activities in which we participate. Others will benefit as well as you yourself!!

Dominic Cotugno becomes Grand Knight

Dominic Cotugno receives congratulations on his election as Grand Knight from the Past Grand Knights present at the June 22nd 2017 meeting.

Father Michael Shirt - Amazing Story

The 12th Shirt, as Experienced by the Knights of Columbus
This is a true story as confirmed by witnesses as it happened here at St Andrews.

In February 2014, the KofC St. Jude Council based at St Andrews added 11 new members. and an order was placed for each member a personalized maroon golf shirt which carries the Knights of Columbus logo on the left side, and the new member’s 1st name on the right.

Once the order of new shirts were received, however, a total of 12 shirts were enclosed – all of them personalized. Thinking one of the shirts had to be a duplicate, the Grand Knight double-checked the order, and found the name on the 12th shirt didn’t match any of the names of the new members, or anyone else’s name in the chapter. In addition, the 1st name on the shirt was in two parts, and would not easily be matched up to a future new member.

The vendor for the shirt was then contacted to return the extra shirt so it could make its way to its rightful owner. But the vendor checked his records and said that despite the extra shirt, the order was correct, and the Knights were billed for 11 shirts. So, the Grand Knight placed the shirt in a closet, where it was eventually forgotten.

In January 2015, a new group joined the Knights. As before, the Grand Knight prepared a list of names for the next order of shirts. This time, however, the order would include a shirt that had two parts to the name. Knowing the name seemed very familiar to the name on the “extra” shirt that had arrived a year before, the Grand Knight immediately checked the closet, and found the shirt inside was an exact match.

In February 2015, at the first Knights meeting for new members, the Grand Knight told the story about the 12th shirt. He explained that he had contacted the vendor to return the shirt, but was refused. He related that the name on the shirt was unique, and would be hard to match with any new members. He said that as a result, the shirt sat in a closet for nearly a year. 

At the end of the story, the Grand Knight brought the shirt over to each of the members so they could read the name. He then walked over to Father Michael who joined the Knights when he came to St Andrews November 2014, and presented the shirt to him. The shirt was personalized “Fr. Michael.” The Grand Knight explained, “Since April of 2014, this shirt has been sitting in a closet without an owner. I had no idea how we would be able to find a match, given the unique name on it. In the end, though, we were able to match the shirt with its rightful owner. It seems that Fr. Michael is meant to be here at St. Andrews.”

9/11 First Responder Ceremony and Refreshments

Flyer for Printing


    St. Jude Council is providing and serving food after the 9/11 Ceremony at the Gibbsboro American Legion. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Legion by 5 PM. If you are interested in helping out, let me know. Below is 2018 poster.


John McLaughlin. GK

Vivat Jesus

Grand Knight Appeal for SEPTEMBER 2019 Activities

15% Flyer Printable

Summer is almost over and September is a busy month for us.
9/7. Officers installation after 4:30 PM Mass followed by Dinner in the Parish Center Hall.  Please sign up on the Web Page EVENTS CALENDAR.

9/11. Ceremony at Gibbsboro American Legion 6 PM with food served by our Council Members. Volunteers needed. Please sign up on the Web Page EVENTS CALENDAR.

9/12. Council meeting cancelled

9/12. Dinner at Texas Roadhouse from 4 to 10 PM with 15% of total food purchases donated to Saint Pope John Paul ll Assembly #3804. A good time to be had by Brother Knights and their guests. A Texas Roadhouse flyer is required. Call or text me for a flyer. 856 491-5870.

9/15. Sunday 8:30 AM Mass for current & deceased members.

9/21. Saturday Can Shake at Berlin WalMart 8:30 to 4:00. 1.5 hr shifts. Please sign up on the Web Page EVENTS CALENDAR.

9/22. Sunday Can Shake at Berlin WalMart 8:30 to 4:00. 1.5 hr shifts. Please sign up on the Web Page EVENTS CALENDAR.

9/26. Regular Council meeting

Football Mania Is In PROCESS

Get you tickets before 7 September 2019 as that is when they have to be registered for the 2019 Season.

Fundraising Night - 15% Donation from Texas Roadhouse for Dinner 9/12/2019

15% Flyer Printable

Due to Parish Activities the Saint Jude Council 6551 Meeting for Thursday, 9/12/2019, had to be cancelled.


There is a DINE TO DONATE FUNDRAISING NIGHT at Texas Roadhouse, 631 Cross Keys Road, Turnersville, NJ 08081 for those who bring the attached FLYER for 15% of FOOD cost.