Sacred Heart Council #12537

Independence Day Parade Flag Raising Ceremony 2024

White Rose Service May, 21 2024

Exemplification Ceremony Held for Nine New Brother Knights - May 8th, 2024

April 7, 2024 - New Hope Clinic Concert

March 26, 2024 - Knights in action at Special Olympics

March 17, 2024 - Knights Honor Guard prior to Confirmation of 6 parish youth

02/21/24 Council Knights Joe Reilly, John Mattel and Ryan Kiniry maneuver 82 year-old bell onto Sacred Heart.

01/28/24 Eagle Scout Ceremony - Parish High School Senior earns his Eagle. The Eagle represents an understanding of community and nation, and a deep respect for same

01/21/24 - Italian Night Dinner - Please see our photo gallery for more pictures of this great event. Thanks to the many Knights that made this event so successful.

01/16/24 - Several Knights visited Mike Morrison at his home to help him celebrate his 80th Birthday. Mike at one time coordinated a program to help Knights or family members in need of transportation get to medical appointments or to other places.

12/15/23 - The Lifetime Service Award went to Paul Robinson in recognition of his over 30 years of service to the Council, Parish, and the Community.

11/08/23 - Certificate of Appreciation from Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation

10-25-23 Youth Group Halloween Party

09-24-23 20th Anniversary Church Picnic

09/23/23-24th Annual Golf Tournament

07/21/23-Council served parish Vacation Bible School students breakfast and lunch during VBS

06/09/23-Church bell removal Brother knights removing bell from original church building for use on the new church portico. See glary for all project pictures.

06/09/23-Church bell removal Brother knights removing bell from original church building for use on the new church portico. See glary for all project pictures.

05/25/23-Lamb donation-Lamb director Kevin Holly presents check to Leann Cecil from Brunswick Interagency.

05/25/23-Lamb Donation-Lamb coordinator Kevin Holly presents donation to Pam Nardozzi from Exceptional Children.

06/16/23 - West Brunswick High School Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC) cadet and Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Ava Kesterson received $1,000 from the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly.

05/10/23 - GK Guy Holcomb present donations checks to local charities in the amount of $64,800.

04/07/23 - GK Guy Holcomb welcomes BCSO assistant chief Brian Chisolm.

04/02/23 - Benefit concert for the New Hope Clinic - Sponsored by Schiano Builders; Music provided by Mike's Garage Band. (See Gallery for more photos.)

03/28/23 - Our contingent of volunteers at the Brunswick County Special Olympics Field Day. See Gallery for more photos.

03/28/23 - Knight Ray Bolling receives award on behalf of the Knights for our participation in the Special Olympics. Ray coordinated our entire effort.

03/28/23 - Olympian Jessica Mangelli receives the Knight Dennis Matteotti Athlete of the Year Award from Dennis' widow, Miriam.

03/12/23 - PGK Paul Robinson and wife Dorothy. Our Council held a St. Patrick's Day Party in the Church social hall. See Gallery for all photos.

02/22/23 - We hosted a very successful fish fry on Ash Wednesday. See Gallery for all photos.

02/05/23 - Council Rookie of the Year Mike Dorner manning the dishwasher station at Italian Night.

02/05/23 - Chef Bill Mackey and GK Guy at Italian Night.

02/05/23 - Italian Night Dinner - See Gallery for all photos.

12/17/22 - Our participants in the annual Wreaths Across America event in Wilmington.

11/18/22 - Our Council's brick donation at the Christian Recovery Center in Brunswick County.

11/09/22 - GK Guy receives Star Council Award from State Advocate Joe McCarthy.

05/17/22 - Director Rob Kirwan with the 2022 scholarship winners - Christian Haagblom, Kathleen Callahan, Ford Disbrow,, Lexi Jones, Noah Harrell, and Emma Stone.

05/12/22 - GK Guy and Kevin Holly present contribution to Allyssa Koln of Brunswick County Special Olympics. Commissioner Mike Forte also attended. Proceeds were from our "Tootsie Roll" program.

05/11/22 - Awards night at our council, were we made gifts to various Brunswick County Charities, including New Hope Clinic, Power Walking Ministries, Hope Harbor Home, Interfaith Food Pantry, Providence Home, Mathews Ministry, Samara’s Village, and Waves 4 Kids.

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.

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.

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.

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 240 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


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.



Knights of Columbus 2024 Golf Tournament - September 25, 2024


The Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold its 25th Annual Charity Golf tournament at the Carolina National Golf Course in Bolivia, NC on Wednesday, September 25 2024. The tournament is a flighted scramble. The cost is $125 per person, which includes golf and cart, light breakfast, beverages, cookout after golf, and prizes for closest to the pin and flight winners. There will also be a multiple prize money raffle, a live auction, and a putting contest. In addition, there will be a boat trip raffle for a 2hr. ride for 10 people along the Intracoastal Waterway with drinks and hors d’Oeuvres included. The boat trip raffle tickets will cost $100 each, but only 100 tickets will be sold.

All net proceeds will go to Brunswick County Charities serving needy Brunswick County residents. Help us to continue supporting these local charities that make a difference in our community. The tournament fills up fast so please register by emailing John Lawrence ( or Kirk Kloeppel (


Knights of Columbus Council 12537 awards $25,000 in scholarships

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Council 12537 has awarded $25,000 in scholarships for 2023.   


The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Council is proud to announce that it has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to six South Brunswick High School seniors, one West Brunswick High School senior, and a former SBHS student attending the University of Miami.  The deserving South recipients were recognized by Scholarship Director Rob Kirwan at the SBHS Awards Night on May 17, 2023.


Over the past fourteen years, the Sacred Heart Council has awarded $163,000 in scholarships to Brunswick County residents. Scholarships and other Council charitable gifting is only made possible by the support of our local community, and for that we are extremely grateful


 Please follow this link for further details.  


Knights of Columbus Council 12537 announces charitable giving for 2023

The Knights of Columbus Council 12537 has announced their charitable giving for 2023.  The charities selected are all from Brunswick County, NC and support the local community.  The council provided over $ 64,800 in direct funding to 15 charities. Please follow this link for further details.  Also check out all the photos in the Gallery section.


Unique church bell finds a new home at Sacred Heart

An 82 year old bell in former Sacred Heart church donated by parishioner's Mimi and Tom Gregory.  The restored bell will be installed in Sacred Heart's portico to be completed by Spring 2024.   The removal from the old church was completed by 5 Knights of Columbus from Council 12537.  To read the full article in the State Port Pilot by Bob Liepa please follow this link.  Also check out all the photos in the Gallery section.


Assembly Awards 2023 Scholarship

Our Council’s Fourth Degree Assembly is proud to announce that it has awarded its $1,000 JROTC scholarship to Cadet Ava Kesterson.  Cadet Kesterson is a 2023 graduating senior at West Brunswick High School who has excelled in academics, JROTC activities, sports and community service. Academically she posted a final 4.39 GPA, ranking 8th in her senior class of 331. She will be attending NC State with the goal of attaining a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and receiving a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Her proud parents are Julie and David Kesterson.


The Assembly at Sacred Heart Church in Southport is dedicated to the virtue of patriotism with its outreach to the military, including active, retired and those hospitalized or in nursing care.


Father Stephen Imbarrato Speaks about Personhood at the March for Life Wilmington

Father Stephen Imbarrato has been active in pro-life ministry for many years. While attending Holy Apostles Seminary, Father helped start a crisis pregnancy center across the street from an abortion business. He explains, “…being across from the abortion mill showed me how important it is to have ministries of life directly across from the gates of death.” Ordained in May of 2005 for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Father Stephen learned of a small adoration chapel located directly across from a Planned Parenthood facility in Albuquerque. Using the chapel as a focal point and prompted by the Holy Spirit to rejuvenate Project Life–which was dedicated to prayer vigils and sidewalk counseling in front of Planned Parenthood.


See the discussion Click Here


2022 Golf Tournament a Success!

Chairperson Dave Commyn thanked all for participation in the tournament, whether sponsor collection, volunteering, or by playing. There was 188 golfers (a sellout), the final amount raised was $23,000. Nine hundred dollars has already been given to the Christian Recovery Center (the yield from the putting contest. New chairpersons for the 2023 tournament will be Kirk Kloeppel and John Lawrence,


The Truth about Abortion and Women's Health

The USCCB has promulgated a new, one-page resource, “The Truth About Abortion and Women’s Health”,  dispelling the many myths currently circulating which claim abortion restrictions will limit women’s access to healthcare.  They hope this resource will help you to combat these lies about pro-life legislation during Respect Life Month and a heated election cycle.


Council Awards 2022 Scholarships

Our Council is proud to announce that it has awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to South Brunswick High School seniors, and for the first time, a former SBHS student pursuing graduate studies.. The deserving recipients were Kathleen Callahan, Ford Disbrow, Christian Haagblom, Noah Harrell, Grace Helwig, Lexi Jones, Christina Mahon and Emma Stone. (see photo in slide show). The presentations to the seniors was made by Director Rob Kirwan at the SBHS Awards Night on May 17, 2022.


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.  

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2nd Wednesday of the month at Sacred Heart Church

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1st Thursday of the month at Sacred Heart Church

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5269 Dosher Cutoff SE
Southport, NC 28461 US

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