News & Announcements
2020 Star Council Award
The St. Barbara Knights of Columbus received the Star Council Award for 2020. To be eligible to earn the Star Council Award, a council must qualify for the Father McGivney, Founder's, and Columbian Awards. Councils must conduct and report at least four major programs in each of the Service Program categories: Church, Community, Council, Family, Culture of Life, and Youth. Congratulations to 2020 Grand Knight Mark Pimentel for leading our council to this award. This award is not possible without the help of our St. Barbara parishioners, thank you everyone for your great support.
2020 Scholarship Winners
We are happy to introduce you to our 2020 scholarship winners. John Freeborn graduated from Gonzaga Prep and is attending Marquette University. John is majoring in Computer Engineering. Melissa Metschan graduated from Tahoma High School and is beginning her studies at Seattle Central Community College and will be working towards her degree in Dentistry.
Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund
The St. Barbara Knights are proud to announce this years scholarship winners. Karen Sullivan and Katrina Wagner each received a $1000 scholarship. Both young ladies will be pursuing degrees in Business. Karen is going to school at the University of Santa Clara and Katrina is be attending University of Gonzaga. Thanks to contributions from our parishioners, we are able to continue our Scholarship Program.
Students are asked to write an essay from a question that our scholarship committee decides on. Questions are all faith based. The scholarship committee evaluates the essays as well as other criteria and selects our winners. The scholarship committee is made up of three St. Barbara Knights and two St. Barbara parishioners.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, you or your guardians must be registered members of St. Barbara parish. Applications are usually posted around the beginning of February.
We hold one pancake breakfast a year to help with our scholarship fund, donations can also be made on line on our Home page.
2018 Church Donations
Knights Donation 2018
This August the St. Barbara Knights were again able to make a nice contribution to the church. We presented Fr. Dave with a check for $5000 to help with the cost of replacing the baptismal font. We were able to do this in thanks to all who attended our annual dinner/auction last spring. Our last pancake breakfast raised $1100, all of that was also given to the church to help defray costs of the new storage shed. The Knights would like to thank every parishioner who continues to support all our efforts. Blessings from your St. Barbara Knights.
Black Diamond Food Bank donation
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROGRAM
Thanks again to our parishioners the 2017-2018 Food for Families Program was a great success, we were even able to exceeded last years donations. Our total food donations came to 7617 pounds and we were also contributed $500 in cash. The program also included our very popular 40 Cans for Lent program which brought in over a ton of canned food.
Parishioners are asked to bring food donations to church and every week the Knights weigh the food and take it to the food bank. For every 1000 pounds of food, up to 5000 pounds, our council applies for and receives, $100 from Knights of Columbus Supreme. Our council then donates the $500 to the food bank. Once again we want to thank our parishioners for all their donations.
Knights Car Show/Picnic 2017
This summer the Knights held their annual Car Show/Picnic. We were blessed with beautiful weather for the event. Everyone seemed to have a good time with good food and good friends. Kids were able to sling shot water balloons at some of their favorite adults, while everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful antique vehicles. Once again a big thank you to Black Diamond community member, Joe Androsko, for providing Black Diamond's antique firetruck to this event and big thanks to all who brought their vehicles to show off.
This years event was extra special as we celebrated Fr. Dave Rogerson's 40th anniversary in the priesthood. We are very blessed to have him as our Pastor. As a thank you to Fr. Dave, the Knights along with the Circle of Joy, presented Fr. Dave with a gift certificate for an all expenses paid vacation to Ocean Shores.
Knights Coats for Kids Program
Coats for Kids
In September the St. Barbara Knights held our annual Coats for Kids pancake breakfast. Through generous donations from St. Barbara parishioners and a small donation from the Knights, we were able to buy 96 brand new coats. Our parishioners donated about $1200 for the cause. Our council then participated in the Knights of Columbus Black Friday Program and were lucky enough to qualify for another 96 coats that were given to us by Supreme. Our council works together with Enumclaw's Plateau Outreach Ministries (POM) to find the families that can most benefit from our program. (You can find POM in our Links of Interest page.) On Thursday, November 2nd, a few of the St. Barbara Knights along with their wives, our Pastor, Fr. Dave Rogerson and the great ladies at POM met and helped distribute some of the coats. This, as always, was a very rewarding experience. Just seeing the faces of the kids light up with huge smiles as they received a brand new coat, makes this program worth participating in. In the past two years, our council has donated close to 200 brand new coats to kids in our community. More photos are posted in our photo gallery.
Knights Tootsie Roll Program
2017 Tootsie Roll Campaign
For the third year in a row the St. Barbara Knights were helping charities that work with the disabled. We do this through our Tootsie Roll Program. Thanks to the Enumclaw QFC and Renton Sam's Club we are able to pass out tootsie rolls in front of their stores. The Knights picked two weekends in early October to hand out tootsie rolls. In return, customers could make a monetary donation. 100% of all the proceeds go to three different charities that the St. Barbara Knights have decided to support. The charities are Special Olympics, Northwest Center and Arc of King County. All three charities help people with intellectual disabilities. (To find out more about these great charities, you can go to our Links of Interest section.) This year we were joined by ladies from Northwest Center at our Renton Sam's Club location. They were a great help and an excellent source of information when people asked what these groups do. This year we were able to raise a little over $3500 for our charities. All councils that are involved with this program give 20% of their donations to Columbus Charities Fund. The fund then gives all that is collected through this program to Special Olympics. Since the program's inception, in 2011, the Knights of Columbus have raised over $530,000 that have benefitted over 55 organizations, with over $200,000 going to support Special Olympics.
Refund Support Vocations Program
For the last several years the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved in the Knights RSVProgram. Through this program a council gets assigned a seminarian that they then help financialy as the seminarian makes their journey to priesthood. This year we were assigned a new seminarian, as our first one, Fr. Colin Parrish, was ordained into the priesthood this past June.
We are happy to introduce our new seminarian, Carlos Orozco. Carlos sent us the following information as an introduction.
Message from Assembly Faithful Navigator
ASSEMBLY 3414 NEWSLETTER ARTICLE
I had the pleasure of presenting the Sir Knight of the Month Award to Darren on 9 April at the Assembly meeting. Darren has been doing a tremendous job as Color Corps Commander attending the many functions in the District that require our presence. Great work Darren.
Ed Rogers is truly a Knight’s Knight who has dedicated the last 271⁄2 years of his life to serving our Order. Ed has held many leadership positions over the years to include Grand Knight, District Deputy, Faithful Navigator and District Marshal,
and has held several of these very demanding positions more than once. This commitment continues as he has been involved in many of the Assembly projects throughout this fraternal year.
This year he has been a major contributor to the key programs the Assembly is involved in. This includes volunteering at Tahoma National Cemetery as well as the ReStores for the Habitat for Humanity program. Ed spearheaded the project to help fund the proposed Maple Valley Veteran’s Memorial resulting in a $1000 contribution from the Assembly. Ed also has worked with some of the other Sir Knights at the Washington Soldier’s home in Orting.
For all of these contributions Ed has been submitted to our District Master as our candidate for District Sir Knight of the year. Thanks Ed for your undying devotion to duty.
On 4/13 the Assembly held our first annual 3rd Degree Appreciation Dinner at the St. John the Baptist church hall. The menu included some killer lasagna along with great garlic bread and a delicious Caesar salad. And what a great turn-out we had. Those present had the pleasure of hearing The Rock Pops which is a great little band putting out all kinds of great 60s and 70s pop music. Lots of dancing and great camaraderie was had by all. Doug Johnson is a member of this band but could not be present for the occasion as he was in the intensive care unit at the Seattle VA Hospital. Please keep Doug in your prayers.
The underlying purpose of the event was to recruit new members to the 4thDegree and we finished the night with 3 very likely candidates. I urge both councils to take advantage of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degrees that will be held at St. John the Baptist on 5/10, 6/2, and 6/9 respectfully.
I look forward to seeing y’all at our next (5/14) meeting.
In His name,
David Foley, FN 3414