HAPPENINGS and EVENTS
Notice is hereby given to the scheduling of the Biennial Meeting of the Virginia District. The District Assembly meeting will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022. The venue for this meeting will be at the Saints Peter and Paul Church, 4309 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra, Virginia 22963. Doors for Registration will open at 8:30 AM. We will then convene the Biennial Meeting in the Church Hall at 9:30 AM.
Marian Assembly #2331 had the honor of participating in the Wreaths Across America tradition at Arlington National Cemetery on December 18, 2021. Check out the photos provided. We add a special thanks to two young Boy Scouts from Troop 995 who joined us and their Scout Master Dan for his support in coordination.
Potomac Assembly #2204 had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on December 4, 2021. The Faithful Navigator, Faithful Outer Sentinel and the Color Corps Commander, presented the wreath. It was a poignant moment, especially as we saluted the Tomb while in the distance, the bugler sounded Taps.
Sir Knights from Marian Assembly 2331 just completed construction and delivery of an ADA compliant picnic table to the Fort Belvoir USO and Warrior Center to serve the needs of Soldiers and Wounded Warriors. Sir Knights Mark Price, Frank Guest, Pat Franco, Faithful Navigator Don Howell, and Frank Dobrydney worked together for 3 hours over 2 days to complete construction and deliver to the USO. Tara Bathurst, the Warrior and Family Center Operations Supervisor thanked us and welcomed the new picnic table. Marian Assembly will continue to work through Tara and with the USO to deliver another picnic table to the USO at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Spring 2022.
The Fathers Cilinski Assembly 3568, in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS), hosted a Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield Clean-Up Event on Thursday, October 21st, at 10:00am. The intent of the event was to clean all the interpretive signs (approximately 54) within the battlefield due to weathering from the elements. The Assembly promoted Patriotism through the preservation of our nation’s history. Ten volunteers participated to include Brother Knights and Family Members. Twenty-Eight volunteer hours were reported to the NPS to include planning efforts and “day-of” execution. The NPS Staff expressed their gratitude to the Knights of Columbus for coordinating this event and look forward to working together on other projects in the future. Additionally, attached is a “Before and After” photo of one of the interpretive signs and a picture of my kids lending a hand.
The Archdiocese of Washington District will cover the Mass, but anyone else is invited to join in. I would like to encourage all Sir Knights to plan on attending this event. Those with Official Regalia Dress are encourage to participate by being part of the color corps. The celebration on Columbus Day is a Provincial Event, so get all that can to turn out for this. Marshals show at 9:00 AM. All Color Corps at 9:30 AM. Thanks! Stay safe and well!
Fraternally and Patriotically
Micheal W. Thumm
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Vice Supreme Master, Calvert Province
Thank you to the Marian Assembly color corps for their professional and well executed support to Father Rich Miserendino for this morning’s Mass at St Bernadette Church; and thank you brother Knights who attended Mass with Mary Beth and me.
Marian Assembly 2331
The Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 7 September 2021, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, D.C. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, will be the main celebrant. This annual Mass is celebrated in memory of Father Capodanno, killed in Vietnam on 4 September 1967, as he aided embattled Marines. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church officially proclaimed him a Servant of God and thus formally initiated his Cause for Canonization. The Father Vincent Capodanno Guild is the only official organization established to promote the cause for canonization of Father Capodanno.
For more information, visit www.CapodannoGuild.org
. All are invited to attend the Memorial Mass on the 54th anniversary of his death. There will be open seating, so please plan to arrive early. Military members are encouraged to wear uniform of the day, and business attire is appropriate for civilians.
MARCH 19, 2021 – March for peace and unity in Charlottesville
DECEMBER 19, 2020 – Wreath Laying Ceremony at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, Portsmouth, VA. Saint Paul’s Fourth Degree Assembly 1166 sponsored a Wreaths Across America (WAA), https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
, wreath laying ceremony honoring deceased Veterans—many who were members of Saint Paul’s Council 418 and Assembly 1166. The first-ever event was coordinated specifically to honor Veterans laid to rest in a local Catholic cemetery along with the numerous Veterans at local and national cemeteries across the country on Saturday, 19 December. This event is believed to be the only one held at a Catholic cemetery in Virginia. The Portsmouth-Chesapeake Cluster Parishes Vicar, Rev. Daniel Molochko was present to bless the wreaths and lead the attendees in prayer along with the Virginia District Fourth Degree Master, Stephen P. Raschke, Sr. who also delivered words of praise for all Veterans—deceased, living, and present; along with the patriotic mission of the Sir Knight members trusted in the Fourth Degree. A U.S. Army Sergeant-musician from the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band (Fort Eustis) was present to render “Taps.” Seven ceremonial wreaths were displayed representing the USA, USMC, USN, USAF, USCG, US Merchant Marine Service, and POW-MIAs; twenty sponsored wreaths were laid at Veteran’s grave sites. Assembly 1166 intends to publicly announce and grow the ceremony in coming years; so that, all Veteran’s laid to rest there will have a wreath presented to them and their name said out loud.
On Sunday, December 6th, Potomac Assembly 2204 provided an honor guard at the 11:30 Mass in the Basilica of St. Mary in honor of the Bishops’ 4th anniversary of his installation as the Bishop of Arlington. The Knights presented him with a picture as a reminder of this wonderful day. It was also the third anniversary of St. Mary’s receiving notification that it would become a Minor Basilica, one of the eighty-nine in the United States.
A great and very moving wreath laying ceremony on November 14th by the 2204 Assembly and the Color Guard in honor of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. Many thanks to FN Larry Clark for putting this together, Sir Ed Stance for leading the Color Guard and special shout-out to Brandon Eubank for playing taps ………as well as, John James Daly’s reflection on veterans, Deacon Andrew readings and prayers, …………and not to be outdone, Nate Murray’s special Veteran’s Day presentation honoring Buck Coates’ military service.