News & Announcements

Paying Your Council Dues via U.S.Mail

Regular and Honorary Members:

On the website's home page, click on "MEMBERS ONLY" in the column on the left. Then, log in with your membership number and date of birth (MMDDYYYY). On the MEMBERS ONLY screen, scroll down and click on  "Access Financial Secretary's Report Library." On the next page, click on "Council Members Owing Dues for 2024"  to access the list of Regular and Honorary members who owe dues for 2024.

Please do not delay making your payment. Make checks payable to: Fr. Baker Council #2243Mail your dues payment to:

John Radwan

130 Main Street

West Seneca, NY 14224

 

Contact John (716-675-1804) with questions.

On November 28, representatives of Fr Baker Council #2243 of the KofC presented 71 new winter coats to staff of the Lackawanna School District for children in the District. Pictured above (left to right) are James Tojek and Terry McCann of Council #2243, Megan Bender, Julie Andreozzi, Nadia Nashir and Nadin Noman of the School District, John Radwan and Gene Mendrysa of Council #2243.

Fr. Baker Council 2243 donates coats to OLV Elementary School

On November 28, 2023, Fr. Baker Council #2243 of the Knights of Columbus, donated 24 winter jackets to needy students attending Our Lady of Victory Elementary School. Pictured holding two of the jackets are John Radwan (Financial Sec'y of Fr. Baker Council), and Mary Szlosek (OLV Principal). The “Coats for Kids” donation was funded with proceeds from the Council’s fundraising  events in 2023.

Upcoming Senior Knights Social Club monthly meeting

The Sr. Knights Social Club (of Fr. Baker Council #2243) is now on summer hiatus!  The next monthly meeting of the Senior Knights, will be on Thursday, September 5, 2024. It will be held at the Matthew Glab Post of the American Legion located at 1965 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna. Meeting begins at 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided following a short business meeting. Meeting fee is $10 (for lunch) and $6 (optional split club drawing). Two (free) drink tickets will be provided to each attendee!

All Fr. Baker Council members, age 55 and older, are invited to join the Fr. Baker Council's Sr. Knights Social Club!

Stop by, chat and laugh with members who you may not have seen in a while! 

Contact the Club treasurer, Otto Johnson (716-998-4433), if you have questions.

 

 

 

 

Monthly Council Meeting & Election of Officers - Wednesday, , June 12, 2024 at 7 PM

The next monthly meeting of Father Baker Council #2243 members will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at the Matthew Glab American Legion Post and will start at 7 PM sharp. All Fr. Baker Council members "in good standing" are invited to attend to hear the latest KofC and Council news, including our upcoming events. Also at this particular meeting will be the annual election of Council officers. Any Third or Fourth Degree member of Father Baker Council, in good standing, is eligible to run for office. The last call for nominations to the various offices will be held at this meeting.

The monthly general council meeting for all members is always on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM unless unforeseen circumstances prevent it from occurring or necessitates a change in date or location.

Please use the parking lot side entrance to enter the Post's hall.

 

 

 

Donation to Special Olympics NY

As a result of our successful meat raffle on November 4, our Council was once again able to donate $2,000 to Special Olympics NY.
 
Shown in the attached photo is “Dana”, a Special Olympian accepting a $2,000 check on behalf of Special Olympics NY, from John Radwan, Financial Sec'y of Father Baker Council 2243, on December 20, 2023.

"Building a Domestic Church" pamphlet kiosk donated to OLV Basilica

     

Fr. Baker Council #2243 has placed a pamphlet kiosk next to the entrance to the Basilica's gift shop. The pamphlets provide parishioners, visitors, and Council members with free "faith based" educational materials from the Knights of Columbus organization's "Building a Domestic Church" initiative. The goal of the Domestic Church initiative is to help strengthen the faith of our parish members and Catholics in general.  Fr. Baker Council #2243 will resupply the kiosk with the pamphlets, during the year. The pamphlets' topics cover a variety of subjects.

Council #2243 donates to Russell J. Salvatore Food Pantry in Lackawanna

On March 1, 2024, Don Thompson, Deputy Grand Knight of Fr. Baker Council #2243 along with John Radwan, Financial Secretary, presented a donation of $500 to Bill Larsen of the Russell J. Salvatore Food Pantry in Lackawanna.

The food pantry, located at 75 Caldwell Place (716-824-4760), distributes donated food and clothing to the needy and is maintained by Catholic Charities of Buffalo.

Council #2243 donates to St Gianna Molla Pregnancy and Outreach Center in Lackawanna

On March 1, 2024, Fr. Baker Council #2243 of the Knights of Columbus presented a donation of $500.00 to the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, located at OLV Charities at 780 Ridge Road in Lackawanna. Pictured above (from left to right) are John Radwan, Financial Secretary of KofC Council #2243 and Sarah Lindstrom of the Outreach Center. 

The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center serves families and life by providing material, emotional and spiritual support to mothers, fathers and families in need during and after pregnancy. The Center accepts monetary donations, baby care items, infant care accessories and new (or gently used) clothing (newborn through 4T).

For more information, call 716-828-9654 or 716-842-2229.

Fr. Baker Council #2243 donates to St. Vincent de Paul Society

On February 22, 2024, Fr. Baker Council #2243 of the KofC donated $500 to the St Vincent de Paul Society's Our Lady of Victory Conference. This organization provides emergency assistance to the needy. Assistance is offered to families with temporary difficulties caused by lost employment, suspended welfare payments, etc. Assistance is in the form of groceries from a pantry maintained by the Society from contributions and/or purchases at reduced cost through the cooperation of local markets. Furniture and appliances are sometimes provided through the Diocesan Council of the SVDP store or donations. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is an extensive distribution of food parcels and certificates with some toys for the children.

 

Pictured for the check presentation, from left to right are Fr. Baker Council #2243's Deputy Grand Knight, Don Thompson, and Jim Hatem of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Columbian Award presented to Fr. Baker Council #2243 four years in a row!

For the fourth year in a row, Father Baker Council #2243 has received the KofC's Columbian Award!! It was presented to our Council by the Supreme Council in recognition of our charitable works of the KofC's "Faith in Action" programs during the 2022-2023 fraternal year.

Those programs included:

  • RSVP (financial support of a seminarian) - $500;
  • Food for Families (donation to the Russell J. Salvatore food pantry in Lackawanna) - $500;
  • Coats for Kids - distribution of 72 new winter coats to students at OLV Elementary School and the Lackawanna School District costing $1,152;
  • Special Olympics NY - $2,000 donation from the proceeds of our meat raffle on November 4, 2023;
  • Pregnancy Center Support/ ASAP (Aid and Support After Pregnancy) - $500 donation;
  • Catholic Men's Spiritual Reflection Conference - Councils are required to host or attend a Spiritual Reflection for the men of the council and the parish that is at least a day long and is attended by 10 men (Council cost $300);
  • Sponsoring the "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest at OLV Elementary School;
  • Resupplying the informational booklets in the "Building Domestic Church" kiosk at OLV Basilica ($150); 
  • Sponsoring a Lackawanna youth baseball team ($500 donation);
  • Sponsoring a KofC basketball free throw contest at OLV Elementary School for  youths 9-14 years of age ($50);
  • Helping Hands Program - donating $500 to the OLV Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society;
  • Ukraine Relief Fund - donation of $2,048.

Congratulations to our Council officers and rank & file members who assisted in achieving the Columbian Award for Father Baker Council 2243!

Fr. Baker named "Venerable" on January 14, 2011

In 1987, Father Baker's Cause for Canonization began when he was named a "Servant of God" by the Vatican. In 1998, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome recommended that his remains be moved into the basilica from nearby Holy Cross Cemetery. The next year, on March 10, his coffin was unearthed and re-interred in Our Lady of Victory Basilica.
 
On January 14, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named him "Venerable" Nelson Baker. Those connected to his cause remain in close contact with Vatican officials and believe that someday soon Father Baker will be named ''Blessed."

 

Father Baker's 60 years in the priesthood were spent sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick and giving hope to the destitute. His legacy lives on today as OLV Charities and OLV Human Services, which provide many of the same kinds of charitable services Father Baker began decades ago.

 

Click here to read "Father Baker's Story"

Support our social partner - the Matthew Glab Post

It is important to continue to support our Council's social partner, the Matthew Glab Post of the American Legion. The Council holds its fundraising events at the Post's hall. We are still fortunate to be able to hold our annual Memorial Mass for departed Council members there. And, we able to hold our monthly council meetings there as well!

 We encourage our members and friends to dine-in or to call the Post (716-825-3733) with takeout orders from their Wednesdays "Burgers & Wings" menu and Friday fish frys menu (cash only please).

Please support our social partner, the Matthew Glab Post!

 

 

Christopher Columbus - our Order's namesake

Honoring our Namesake - CLICK HERE
 

 For much of U.S. history, Columbus has symbolized civic unity and the hope of building an inclusive society. Now, when scores of statues of Christopher Columbus have been vandalized or removed around the United States, it is important to remember why those statues were erected. Click HERE to read more

 

Columbus rediscovered Columbus’ virtues — including dazzling bravery and ingenuous charm — balanced his vices. He was sympathetic toward cultures other than his own, including those of Native Americans. Click HERE to read more

 

Five myths about Columbus - Claims about Columbus need to be tempered by a sober look at the historical record. Click HERE to read more

 

Lessons of history - A member of the Osage Nation and past state deputy of New Mexico, Supreme Director Patrick T. Mason explains that righting wrongs against Native Americans must start with a just appraisal of the past. Click HERE to read more

 

 

Two Saints for Niagara?

Click HERE to read the story
 

Fr. Baker Council Members & Friends,

Attached is an article about two priests who attended the former Our Lady of Angels Seminary at Niagara University at the same time (1871-1872). They were the Venerable Fr. Nelson Baker, our council's namesake and Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. The article highlights their journeys to the priesthood and the histories that they created afterward.

ONLINE FIRST/SECOND/THIRD DEGREE COMBINATION CEREMONY

 

Fellow Council #2243 Members and Candidates for Membership:

We are pleased to invite you to the online ceremony of both "admission" and "advancement."
These ceremonies, known as "exemplifications", are normally done in person. However, because of current social distancing precautions due to the pandemic, we now offer these ceremonies online.
To participate in the ceremony IMMEDIATELY, use the “On Demand” link below and the 30 minute ceremony will start upon completion of your registration information. After the 30-minute ceremony, you will be a Third Degree Knight of Columbus!

On Demand link:

On Demand

 

Interested candidates can now join the Knights of Columbus any time of the day or night, 24/7, at their convenience. And, current First and Second Degree council members can take the next step in attaining the Third Degree! Once you reach the registration page, you should use the “On Demand” link. The 30-minute ceremony will start upon completion of your registration. 

The procedure to follow is very simple:
  • Register for the exemplification of your choice by clicking on the On Demand link above;
  • Remember to register as a member of Council 2243;
  • Your families are also welcome to observe the ceremony; 
  • Anyone having a problem with registering should contact Council #2243 Financial Secretary, John Radwan (716-675-1804) for assistance.
  • Council officers are welcome to register for the event as observers.
 
 

Donate to the Ukraine Support Fund NOW

Fellow Council #2243 Members & Friends,

 

By now, we are all aware of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the refugee crisis that it has created. The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council has committed $1.5 million for immediate distribution to support Ukrainian refugees, including Ukrainian Knights and their families. We will be working with our councils in Poland as well as the Latin and Greek Catholic Churches in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance.

Knights of Columbus Charities has launched the Ukraine Solidarity Fund for this purpose, and the Supreme Council will match all funds up to $500,000. To date, KofC members and friends have donated $11,573,436!  Please prayerfully consider contributing to this effort.

 

Fr. Baker Council #2243 along with its members and friends have donated $4,050 to the Ukraine Solidarity Fund thus far!!

 

Fr. Baker Council #2243 invites all of its members and friends to join the Council in donating to the Ukraine Solidarity Fund by going to https://www.kofc.org/secure/en/donate/ukraine.html

God Bless You for your caring support and generosity! Thank You!

Give a Pint, Save a Life Blood Drive

Give a Pint, Save a Life!

Action Steps

  1. Identify and schedule appointments for existing blood drives using the Red Cross Mobile App or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org in the United States (and www.redcross.ca in Canada). If you are a ConnectLife (formerly UNYTS) blood donor, schedule an appointment to donate at one of their local blood centers by visiting https://www.connectlife.org/donate-blood or by calling 716-529-4300.
  2. Spread the word to eligible family members, friends, Brother Knights and parishioners to schedule an appointment and donate blood as soon as possible.
  3. Fr. Baker Council members should notify Financial Sec'y. John Radwan at jr0410@aol.com (or 716-675-1804) after making each of their blood donations during the year so that the Council can record the number of donors for 2023.                                                                     Donate and save a life!

 

K of C insurance

Fellow Council Members,

 For all of your K of C insurance needs or questions, please call brother, Mike Gruszewski at 716-579-4312. Mike is our council's insurance agent. Mike's email address is: Michael.Gruszewski@KOFC.ORG.

If Mike is unavailable, contact this area's general K of C insurance agent, John P. Hoolick at (570) 654-3390. His email address is JOHN.HOOLICK@KOFC.ORG.

To view upcoming Degree dates and ceremony locations, K of C events in Western New York, and WNY Chapter meetings, hold the ctrl key and click on: https://r716.us/W/Index.html