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       •   25 N. Cass   •    Westmont, IL 60559   •    630-969-3738   •   

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Brother Knights,

Wishing you and yours all the Blessings of Christmas...

Major Degree at St. Joseph - Jan 18, 2014 - ALL KNIGHTS should look forward to advancing in our ranks. If you are only 1st degree, here is an opportunity close by to take the 2nd & 3rd degree together. Remember it is each Knight's Responsibility to recruit - with that in mind; This is also an opportunity for us to gather Candidates for the 1st Degree. They would be eligible to take the 2nd & 3rd degrees following. Contact our Membership Director, Brad, for more information and if you are interested. The 1st Degree starts at 1 PM and the 2nd & 3rd degrees follow that. BAlexander@SanchezDH.com

We will have 3 more poker events this year. The next event is on February 8th. You must be registered with the state in order to work at any of the poker events. If you have not contacted Rick Vath in the past to register please send him an email so he can coordinate the information that the state requires in order to work at a poker event. Please reach out to Rick before 12-31. Rick's email is rick_vath@yahoo.com.


From our Ladies Auxilary (please encourage your Ladies to join in the fun) Please mark your NEW Calendars for our BUNCO date: Friday, January 9th 2015 - Knights of Columbus Hall - 25N. Cass Ave Westmont, Il. 7:30 p.m. $6.00 to play Cash Prizes .... Cash Bar!

Please bring an appetizer to share.....Bring a Friend......Lots of FUN and Laughs are FREE! If you can help with our Peoples Resource Donations it is very much appreciated. Bring any non perishable items, toiletries, shampoos, kleenix etc. - See U there!

Jan.10 is our 4th Degree Christmas/New Year Celebration Party. Cost is being kept at $15 per person. There will be a cash bar. It will begin at 4:30 Mass at HT. We'll see about reserving an area. ~ All 4th degree members and those looking toward the 4th Degree are welcome, along with your Ladies. There will be an optional gift exchange (men bring one for another man; woman bring one for another woman $15 max.) It is VERY important that we know who is planning on joining us. Please RSVP to this email. Thank You - Dinner will be catered at our Hall, a wonderful dinner is planned with the 4th Degree Club funding the additional costs over the $15. Widows please respond you are our guests.

What if we decide that compassion is as important as a cup of coffee? How many times have you heard yourself or someone say, Iím okay once I have my cup of coffee in the morning? We come together and share warmth and connection over a cup of coffee or tea. A cup of coffee can be a daily ritual, a treat we give ourselves as we face our daily hopes, dreams, and challenges. Today, letís make compassion as important as a cup of coffee!

Holding On to Christmas

by Friar Jeremy Harrington, O.F.M.

This Christmas, I hope you are feeling the deep joy of Jesusí presence. I also pray that you allow that joy to stay with you for many days! For me, the place to start is the stable in Bethlehem. St. Ignatius of Loyola suggests imagining yourself as a participant in the story. Taking off my shoes itís a holy place I slip into the corner of the stable. Mary is shivering from the cold, but clutching Jesus close to keep him warm. Joseph is there, attentive to Maryís every need. This tiny baby, powerless, totally dependent on Mary and Joseph, is also God. God become humannot as an emperor or a scholarbut as a baby. From my corner of the stable, I can only be silent in amazement. St. Francis of Assisi wanted to experience the poverty and hardship that Mary and Joseph felt that first Christmas. He asked a friend to set up a manger with straw, an ox, and a donkey on the hillside at Greccio. The brothers and townsfolk came with torches to light the night. At the manger, they prayed before the image of the baby. Later, they adored his real, true presence at the Christ-Mass. Good Will to All

Christmas seems to pass so quickly. Gone for another year is the graced time of family love and togethernessthe spirit of good will. The Church extends the celebration for eight days. But when the poinsettia petals fall, Christmas trees come down and lights are stored away, it seems that Christmas is gone. If only we could hold on to Christmas! But what part of Christmas canít we continue to enjoy? Jesus is the heart of Christmas; he stays with us. With him and our faith community, we will share the Last Supper, the agony in the garden, his passion, death, and triumphant resurrection. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). Even though Christmas will be over in a couple of days, we can actively gift our loved ones. We continue to celebrate Christís presence and action in our world. We can express our Christmas spirit in being gracious to coworkers and to all who assist us. The homeless are still with us. Soup kitchens need our help. Our donations to the refugees from Syria and Iraq honor Mary and Joseph fleeing with their son to Egypt. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew, Pope Francis insists in The Joy of the Gospel. EmmanuelGod with us! We have the opportunity of joining with our high priest in giving thanks and praise at every Christ-Mass.


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Link to Community Events - Westmont Street Fair - Cruisin' Nights, Open Market & More


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630-810-9046 or 630-730-4156


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Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in 14,000 councils. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

Council Information
The Knights of Columbus St. John Council is located one half block north of the BN train tracks in Westmont at 25 N. Cass AVE. (630)969-3738. The incoming Grand Knight for 2014 is Sir Knight Al Repak. You can contact the Knights Hall by phone at 630-969-3738 or via the Contact Us button above on the left.

Council Meetings
Council Meetings are all held the KC Hall, 25 N. Cass AVE. in Westmont.
Council Member Meetings: 2nd Tues of each month, 7:30pm
Officers Meetings: 4th Weds of each month, 7:00p,

About Our Council
St. John Council was founded in 1953. It is named after St. John who was known to be the Apostle of Charity. The St. John Council works closely with the Holy Trinity (Westmont), and St. Mary of Gostyn (Downers Grove) Parishes providing funds for various projects with members being active participants in their parish. etc.

Our council holds and sponsors many fundraising events and activities throughout the year.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES include our annual picnic, breakfast with Santa, Memorial Day and Independence Day parades, and a Christmas party.

COUNCIL ACTIVITIES include Cruisin' Nights, Taste of Westmont, Sunday afternoon bingo, Fish Fry every Friday during Lent, and a Fall golf outing.

CHURCH ACTIVITIES include financial assistance to Holy Trinity (Westmont), St. Mary of Gostyn (Downers Grove), support of the R.E.A.C.H. program at Holy Trinity parish, and financial assistance to Newman Centers in Illinois.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES include support of youth baseball, youth football (scoreboard at WHS), and parish school athletics, Scholarships, and a youth free throw contest. Each year we also help sponsor SMG Spring Musical.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES include our annual Intellectual Disabilities Fund ('Tootsie Roll') Drive. and senior citizen luncheons.

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