News & Announcements

Virtual 4th Degree Exemplification

News flash for the Council website. The Fourth Degree Exemplification will be held virtually (by a link), timeframe mid June.
The Second District, Fourth Degree, NJ is putting this Degree on since the formal Exemplifications have been cancelled due
to the Virus. Interested candidates will work with the Faithful Navigators, the Faithful Comptrollers, and the Financial Secretaries
to process the required Form 4s on line. The cost of the Degree will be $50.00, which covers processing, the lapel pin, the Baldric,
and the certificate.
The date and time will be posted as soon as the Exemplification is approved by the Supreme Master.
Contact Jim Bird at 973 786 6658 for more information.

Fourth Degree Exemplication

The Fourth Degree Exemplification has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 22, 2020, The location La Neve's in Haledon.. The cost of the degree is as follows:
                                                 Candidate:   $70.00
                                                 Cost for dinner guests:  $60.00
The Degree starts at 1:00 PM. Candidates must register between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. A valid Third Degree Card must be presented at Registration. The Dress Code is a black Tuxedo OR a dark suit, white shirt, and conventional tie.
Checks should be make out to the Dominick Calabrese Assembly. For more information, contact Jim Bird at:, or at: 973 476 4402

Father Philip-Michael Tangorra Biography

Fr. Philip-Michael Tangorra is a priest of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey and is currently serving Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Branchville, New Jersey as its Administrator. He was the co-founder and president of “Hands of Mary for Haiti,” an Association of the Christian Faithful aimed at helping, both materially and spiritually, the people of Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours parish in Fragneau-Ville, Haiti, following the devastating earthquake there in 2010. He served as the parochial vicar for the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Morristown, New Jersey, where he also served on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood House in Morristown. He recently rebuilt and created an award-winning Catholic Campus Ministry at William Paterson University, serving as its chaplain. He has also served as the Assistant Coordinator for Evangelization for the Diocese of Paterson. He is the author of Holiness and Living the Sacramental Life, a part of the "Living Faith Series" published by Emmaus Road. In “Holiness and Living…” Fr. Philip-Michael lays out the mystical and invisible realities that are present during the celebration of the sacraments, and explains how they can lead us to living ever more in-tune with God. He has a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Angelicum in Rome, and a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Brother Luke O'Connell of St. Paul's Abbey

Br. Luke Robert O’Connell OSB of St. Paul’s Abbey in Andover Township died on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in the Newton Medical Center after suffering for a long time with pancreatic cancer.

Brother Luke was born on February 8, 1946, in Englewood, NJ, as the only child of William and Lillian O’Connell and grew up in Ridgefield Park. He attended St. Francis of Assisi Parish grammar school and in 1960 entered the Benedictine Mission Seminary High School at St. Paul’s abbey. He completed high school, graduating from St. Meinrad Seminary High School, St. Meinrad, IN, in 1964. After a year at Don Bosco Seminary College, he entered St. Paul’s Abbey. He made his first profession on August 19, 1967, and took his solemn vow on June 9, 1972. He marked his golden jubilee of profession with a special ceremony at the abbey in 2017.

Early on, Br. Luke was assigned to the abbey development office known as the Pax Office. He began courses in business at Morris County Community College and then completed a degree in business from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. Upon returning to the abbey, he taught business and accounting at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta from 1975 to 1980. In 1980 he was named business manager of the abbey, holding that position for 24 years until 2004. In that capacity, he became known to many businesses, agencies and officials in the area.

During the summer months, Br. Luke worked at the abbey’s Camp St. Benedict on Stickles Pond Road until it closed in 1978. He was the camp director for the 1975 to 1977 seasons. He served as the abbey’s principal organist for 50 years and from 1980 to 1985 was the organist for the Sunday parish choir of St. Joseph’s Parish in Newton, remaining on call afterwards for funerals for many years. In 2003, he was awarded a certificate by the National Weather Service for 25 years of recording the weather at the Newton station kept at the abbey since the 70’s and sending it on a monthly basis. This service often required producing records for legal cases.

Br. Luke was a familiar face during the sale of trees at the abbey Christmas Tree Farm in December. He maintained the abbey’s donor list and processed regular mailings to them. As part of that, he also was the contact person for the abbey’s monk missionaries serving in Tanzania and South Africa, making a special trip to Tanzania in 2000. Br. Luke was one of three American members of St. Paul’s Abbey asked to assist the monks of Waegwan Abbey when they came to live at the monastery in Newton. Quiet, gentle and caring by nature, he was respected and appreciated by many for his way of handling situations and people. He bore his final illness humbly and without complaint.

Due to the coronavirus, the funeral Mass and burial in the abbey’s Christ the King Cemetery are limited to the monks of the abbey.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Abbey, PO Box 7, Newton, NJ 07860.



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  3. Choose the date that you are interested in signing up/volunteering
  4. Screen will appear that elaborates on the event and pertinent information
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  6. Follow the direction for either member/nonmember. Do not worry about filling out the number of hours for volunteering etc. The idea is to get your name to the Event Chairman to know you are interested.  If you are worried, call or email the Event Chairman, either by finding his information on the members list or in the narrative of the event. Once you have completed that and sent it you should receive a confirmation email that you are signed up.
  7. Hopefully, the Event Chairman will use this information to create a list of volunteers who will receive directed emails keeping them informed of the event.  That is, IF the Event Chairman provides it.
  8. If all else fails, contact the Event Chairman.

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How to Update Your Email/Other Information

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  4. Update the information and click on the SUBMIT YOUR CORRECTIONS.
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  2. Scroll down to Update Contact Information and click on it.
  3. Fill in the necessary information. Check the boxes that you are a Knight of Columbus and are updating Membership/Columbia information.
  4. Click Submit.  This will update the National database and save some work for the Financial Secretary.


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DPD Car Donations

Click HERE to donate your car

The Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) sponsors  a car donation program. If you wish to participate please follow the link below or call the phone number listed.

Donations are tax deductible and we will tow the cars for you.  Anyone interested can visit

This is an effortless way to help the underprivileged and disabled in the community.

 Thank you for your continued support!



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Newton, NJ 07860

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