What a Terrific Way to Celebrate the Fraternal Year

Knights and their families, parish clergy, and friends gathered at Brother Knight Tom Foos’s home to celebrate the end of the 2013-2014 fraternal year.  What a great way to enjoy good food, relax and socialize, and celebrate our council’s accomplishments and “of-the-year” awardees.  My wife and I personally found reward in getting to know two of our council’s new Knights and their spouses and children.  My children found joy in the desserts and pool.  I encourage more to attend next year and am grateful to the Foos’s for hosting this event.


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Council Recognized as ARC 2013 Gold Sponsor

The American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region has recognized Knights of Columbus Council 5776 as a Gold Sponsor in 2013.  This is in response to our council’s dedication to sponsoring 4-5 blood drives per year.  Council 5776 is one of 362 organizations in Central Ohio thusly recognized in 2013.

In November 2013, we hosted one of our most successful blood drives to date: 37 donations!  In February 2014, we had a strong 31 donations.  These are a major improvement over our meager 20 or fewer donations per drive in recent years.

Our success is thanks in equal parts to donors, Council 5776 Knights, the St. Paul Parish office staff, and the St. Paul Parish at large.  Thank you!

“The need is constant.  The gratification is instant.  Give blood every 56 days.”

Blood Drive Aug 24

St. Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 5776 are partnering with the American Red Cross to help ensure blood is on the shelves over Labor Day weekend. Our goal is to collect 25 pints. Every donor will be entered into a weekly drawing for OSU home football tickets.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today:

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2013

Time: 08:00am-01:00pm

Click here to make an appointment online: or go to and enter the sponsor code SaintPaulCC.

If you would like to volunteer time during the drive, need assistance making an appointment, or have any questions, then please contact Curtis Smith:


Phone: (614) 738-6502

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Large Tent Setup

The large tent will be setup on Friday night.  All who can help please meet at St Paul’s north parking lot BY 6:30.  We will setup at 4794 Wynwood Ct Columbus 43220 near the corner of Reed & Henderson.  Jeff Silleck will have some boys to help “drive it home”

Take down will be Sunday the 14th  (weather permitting)

2013 Council 5776 Of The Year Voting

The voting for our council’s Of The Year awards has concluded. The results have been tabulated and have been verified by the international accounting firm of Jackson, Lomano, & Minke. Thanks to all who participated in the voting.

Congratulations to our honorees:

  • Knight of the Year – Carl Haaser
  • Lady of the Year – Jill O’Connor
  • Clergy of the Year – Father Hinterschied
  • Volunteer of the Year – Dino Carfagna
  • Blue Coat of the Year – Joe Morbitzer (Westerville Chief of Police)
  • Youth of the Year – Meredith Lloyd
  • Family of the Year – Deacon Mickey Hawkins Family

Grand Knight’s Message – December 2012

Grand Knights Message – December 2012

Dear Brother Knights, Family Members, and Honored Clergy,

The Season of Advent is upon us once again, and is a time for us and our families to begin in earnest the preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s Birthday.

We participate in this liturgical preparation as a way of being keeping a lively faith, keeping the focus on Christmas as the birth of our Savior, keeping the more wordly practices in check. Advent is a time of preparation, anticipation in our vigil for the next few weeks. It is also an opportunity for us and our families to deepen our faith by renewing time-honored Advent traditions. By doing so, this will enable us, and our families, to truly celebrate Christmas in a deeper, more spiritual, sense.

One of these traditions is the Advent wreath. This is a great way to keep our own family’s countdown to Christmas, at home, every Sunday, following our parish. Light the candle, recite the reflection, and prayer before the evening’s grace before meals. We can deepen the sense of waiting and anticipation by fasting, alms giving, and charitable acts towards others, especially those in our family. Some families keep an empty crib for the Christ child, and set aside straw, or other suitable bedding. With each kind act toward another person during this season, some straw or bedding is placed in the crib. By the end of this time of preparation, it is hoped that there is ample straw for the baby Jesus’s bedding.

A great resource for Advent prayers can be found here: EWTN Advent Devotionals. I am hoping that, as Brother Knights, and spiritual heads of our household, that we take the time for some spiritual renewal during this Advent season.

Remember that there are twelve days of Christmas, from Christmas Day, until Epiphany, or the Feast of the Three Kings. By the time the twelfth day arrives, most of the secular world has forgotten Christmas, but we as Christians are still celebrating. Our Christmas tree is probably the last tree to be taken down in our neighborhood each year.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my Brother Knights for all that they do for this council. We had our first Sub-Sale for the fraternal year. There were 44 dozen subs made and three dozen of those donated to a charitable organization. The Sub-Sale went very well as we sold out before the 12:15 Sunday service. Thanks to PGK Carl Haaser for his work in coordinating all of this. Our First Degree Team participated in a few first degree exemplifications for our fellow knights, including one at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in honor of Bishop Campbell.

Looking ahead to the upcoming year, I would like to get the word out there to my fellow Knights, regarding the Annual March for Life, happening on Friday, January 25, 2013. Buses for Washington DC will leave Columbus on Thursday, January 24. Members of our council are planning to attend. I hope you will consider participating in this event as well, especially if you have never made this trip before. You will be amazed to see how many young people attend this event. Take this opportunity to stand up and be counted in defense of life. Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks.

Oremus Pro Inviciem,
Sebastian Mauricio

Grand Knight’s Message – November 2012

Grand Knights Message – November 2012

Dear Brother Knights, Family Members, and Honored Clergy,

In October, being Respect Life month, our council participated in the following Respect Life activities:

  • Monthly first Saturday abortion clinic rosary.
  • 40 Days for Life – the day for St Paul’s participation was at the same clinic and happened to fall on the first Saturday as well. Excellent turn-out by our parish as well as several council members taking the early hours of the morning. In the rain I might add.
  • A day of pro-life events on October 20:
    • Mass at St Patrick
    • Prayer at the Founder’s Abortion Clinic
    • Coffee & Donuts
    • Tour of the Women’s Care Center which ministers to crises pregnancies
    • STOP HHS Rally at City Hall

The Women’s Care Center is an awesome Catholic ministry that helps young women choose life, through education, preparation, nutrition, and providing for the mother and the baby’s basic needs. This center has an ultrasound machine and in that room are life-size, life-weight fetuses in development. Holding one of these models gives you a very good, life-like sense of the baby as it develops in the womb. The center also has a baby store, where women, through the earning of points by attending classes, are able to purchase brand new clothing, diapers, and other baby needs. This is a wonderful system that really enhances a young lady’s self-esteem.

October is also the month that we honor the most holy rosary. Many rosaries were said during the pro-life events as well as our council’s participation in Holy Rosary day at Christ the King church. Our Worthy Chaplain, Father Hinterschied, led one of the Glorious Mysteries.

This month we held our second breakfast of the fraternal year. Good turnout and many brothers assisted in cooking, serving, and clean up. Once again, thank you Brother Knights for all that you do for this council.

Looking forward to November, we will participate once again in an important event – the General Elections. We are admonished by our Pope, our Bishops, and our Supreme Knight to stay faithful to our Catholic roots in forming the proper conscience in making our selections. Remember that we are Catholics first, Americans second, and thirdly we identify with our chosen political party.

In his address to the European Union, on March 30, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said:
“As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable. Among these the following emerge clearly today:

  • Protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death;
  • Recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family – as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage – and its defence from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;
  • The protection of the right of parents to educate their children.

These principles are not truths of faith, even though they receive further light and confirmation from faith; they are inscribed in human nature itself and therefore they are common to all humanity. The Church’s action in promoting them is therefore not confessional in character, but is addressed to all people, prescinding from any religious affiliation they may have. On the contrary, such action is all the more necessary the more these principles are denied or misunderstood, because this constitutes an offence against the truth of the human person, a grave wound inflicted onto justice itself.”

Our Bishops remind us of the challenges that face us in our country today:
“The moral and human challenges outlined in the second half of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship remain pressing national issues. In particular, our Conference is focused on several current and fundamental problems, some involving opposition to intrinsic evils and others raising serious moral questions:

  • Continuing destruction of unborn children through abortion and other threats to the lives and dignity of others who are vulnerable, sick, or unwanted;
  • Renewed efforts to force Catholic ministries—in health care, education, and social services—to violate their consciences or stop serving those in need;
  • Intensifying efforts to redefine marriage and enact measures which undermine marriage as the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman and a fundamental moral and social institution essential to the common good;
  • An economic crisis which has devastated lives and livelihoods, increasing national and global unemployment, poverty, and hunger; increasing deficits and debt and the duty to respond in ways which protect those who are poor and vulnerable as well as future generations;
  • The failure to repair a broken immigration system with comprehensive measures that promote true respect for law, protect the human rights and dignity of immigrants and refugees, recognize their contributions to our nation, keep families together, and advance the common good;
  • Wars, terror, and violence which raise serious moral questions on the use of force and its human and moral costs in a dangerous world, particularly the absence of justice, security, and peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.”

and of our duty to participate in this election:
“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.”

Our Supreme Knight reminds us of our solidarity to our clergy, in particular to the Pope. Carl Anderson has laid a plan on our participation in the political process to be Faithful Citizens, and Faithful Knights, but most importantly how to participate in a manner that transcends partisanship (allow me to paraphrase):
The person that has an opposing view will, hopefully, someday be in heaven with you. Now is the time to make peace with him by engaging in civil discourse. Encourage dialogue in a manner that respects the other person.
There is no greater bonding mechanism between fellow men than when one helps another out in whatever situation that allows us the opportunity to give of ourselves for the good of others. This brings in the aspect of fraternal brotherhood that promotes national unity.
Commitment to the Church’s Social Teaching
Our faith’s social teaching has a very strong attraction, as it is based on love and truth, that crosses party lines. We continue to work on truly implementing Catholic Social Teaching in our environment today. One of the things we need to work on is to NOT COMPROMISE. It is not enough to choose between the lesser of two evils. Why are we allowing the political process to provide us choices that continue, in one form or another, to make us compromise our faith? We as Catholics, should be dictating to the candidates, that if they want our vote, it must follow the truth, the way of agape, and fidelity to what our faith teaches us.
Transform Politics
Executing the above three points, we have the capability the transform politics by making our voices heard and our choices have impact, while remaining faithful to church teaching. No political party can be successful by ignoring the Catholic vote, if we all vote consistently. As Catholics and as Americans, we have the responsibility to make this happen

Gentlemen, be informed, pray for guidance, and exercise your right to make your choice in this election.

Oremus Pro Inviciem,
Sebastian Mauricio

Grand Knight’s Message – October 2012

Grand Knights Message – October 2012

Dear Brother Knights, Family Members, and Honored Clergy,

September was once again a busy month for our council. We led or participated in the following events this month:

  • Sunday Breakfast – We had a more than average crowd and many of our brother knights assisted in serving and clean up (PGK Gary Koonce coordinating)
  • Bethesda Healing Ministry two-day conference for seminarians – Excellent conference for a very important aspect of priestly formation – how to counsel post-abortive women. Our council assisted in serving breakfast and provided parking lot security on Friday night. His excellency Bishop Campbell graced us with an inspiring dinner homily at the end of the day. Thanks to Rocky Lomano, Andrew Mauricio, and Dave Jones for their much appreciated assistance. The foundress of Bethesda Healing Ministry, Judy Schlueter, was very, very thankful for the assistance provided by the Knights.
  • Corn Roast – We were all treated to great beer brats served up by DGK Scott Muehlbauer.
  • Blood Drive (Worthy Advocate Tom Crotty coordinating)
  • 40 Days for Life Rally & Kickoff – A spirit-filled rally led by Ohio Right to Life Director Ruth Yorston. We are all gearing up for the upcoming fall campaign coordinated by our fellow council member State Pro-Life director Gary Anderson.

We also managed to assist a St Paul parishioner in a household move this past weekend – coordinated by Parishioners in Need chair Tom Foos.

Thank you Brother Knights for all that you do for this council.

This being the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, I wanted to reflect on this most powerful weapon given to us by our Blessed Mother and so readily available to us all. The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary is the first Sunday in October. This date is attributed to by early tradition to the defeat of the Albigensian heresy in 1213, or by others, to the defeat of the Turkish invading fleet in 1571. Which ever date one is inclined to acknowledge as the inception of this feast, it really does not matter. All we know is that through the Blessed Mother’s intercession, we are protected and kept safe – as long as we continue this devotion by frequent fervent prayer.

On a personal level, the praying of the rosary and the many graces that have come forth from the Lord to our family, have been many, some small, others quite profound. Our Lady has led us to a closer communion with God (through various life changing experiences – a story for another time), helped us through many of life’s difficult moments, and has most definitely tied our family closer together. However, I will be the first to tell you, that even though this devotion is quite simple to execute, keeping up a constant, daily devotion to this practice is a learned experience. Yes, saying many decades of the rosary is not easy. As with anything physical, spiritual fortitude takes practice and dedication. Many years ago, as we were being led to pray the rosary as a family, we started small. We made it an effort to simply say one decade. Just one. That’s how we started. Today, at the start of any road trip, or time at home, praying one mystery, or more, is second nature. We don’t even think about it; it’s like saying grace before and after meals. It is part of the spiritual life at our home. I would encourage all my brother knights, if you are not already doing so, to make this a practice in your domestic church. Start small, and then move on to longer prayers at a later time. Encourage your family to participate in opportunities to pray the rosary as a community. Remember your first degree ceremony when you were given the rosary.

This coming month, we will have those opportunities available to us. October 6 will be the our regular First Saturday recitation of three mysteries at the Samuelson abortion clinic on Cleveland Ave. This day, by the way, is the one year anniversary of our council praying the rosary at this clinic. This day also coincides with the St Paul Day for the 40 Days For Life fall campaign. You may sign up for other prayer times anytime during this day – contact Gary Anderson to sign up for a time slot. The next day, Sunday, October 7 at Christ the King parish, Family Rosary Day is being celebrated by Bishop Campbell.

Then, on October 20, we are planning a day of Pro-Life events: mass at St Patrick’s, rosary at the Founders abortion clinic, tour of the Women’s Care Center, and the Stop HHS Rally at City Hall. Watch our calendar on the web site for more details.

I encourage your participation, as a family, in this great devotion to our Blessed Mother. You and our family will most assuredly be blessed.

Oremus Pro Inviciem,
(Let Us Continue To Pray For One Another)
Sebastian Mauricio

Grand Knight’s Message – September 2012

Dear Brother Knights, Family Members, and Honored Clergy,

Summer is beginning to slip by and we are beginning to see shorter days as we close out August and begin once again another school year. I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable summer. This August has been busy for our council and I would like to thank all of those that have participated in the following events: 1) RCIA Sponsorship, 2) Flying Horse Farms Rendezvous, and 3) our annual Parish Picnic.

We have at least four of our brothers sponsoring RCIA candidates/catechumens – this is a terrific response from our council. Please keep the people participating in the RCIA program as well as our fellow knights in prayer as they start on this journey to help those coming home to the Church.

The Flying Horse Farms Rendezvous was a successful event, held at the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany. There were over 100 cars in this show, including PGK Bruce Jackson’s car which won a People’s Choice Award. Congratulations Bruce! Our council, along with the New Albany knights, assisted in the cooking and serving of food for the car crowd. Thanks to the leadership of Russ Ballard, this event was well-coordinated.

During our Parish Picnic, we had a little rain, but it did not dampen our spirits as we fired up the grill polish off additional brats/burgers, and beer after the downpour subsided. No sense in letting all that good food go to waste. Thank you to Tom Foos for organizing the activities of our council volunteers and thank you to all that participated in the setup, food preparation, food cooking, and clean up. Excellent job guys!

I hope some of you have had a chance to view some of the video from the 130th Annual Supreme Knights Convention. It was very interesting to hear our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson speak at this event and to review all the great accomplishments that our organization has done over this past year. That is a lot of projects, man hours, and contribution monies provided to our local church communities by the Knights, not only in the United States, but in the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, and other countries. It was great to watch the opening mass and hear the Prayer of the Faithful said in four different languages, including a prayer for Blessed Father Michael J McGivney’s cannonization proclaimed in Tagalog. It was also the first time for me to see the beginning of the annual banquet with all the flags from the different states and countries processing in as the festivities started. Our organization is truly catholic, mirroring the church we represent and supports.

Our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson once again re-iterated the importance of working towards the repeal of the HHS Mandate and Our Supreme Chaplin Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, reminded us to keep up the faith and to stay connected to the current events as we continue to work to overturn this unjust law. Archbishop Lori has suggested us to continue to be engaged by implementing the text program as described in the USCCB web site – Text the word “Freedom” to 377377 from your cell phone.

The HHS Mandate is an important issue, without a doubt, as the inability for us to have this repealed will have grave consequences in other freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights. Upon closer examination of Obamacare, it is obvious that our rights will be circumvented and ignored when it is actually implemented. (More on this later). We can certainly continue to keep prayer and fasting in our faith regiment, and continue to press our elected officials for action such as an inclusion of conscience provisions in laws being considered for passage in Congress.

Are there other avenues of action? I will close this month’s message with a couple of items for your consideration. Firstly, for Obamacare implementation, each state will need to create a health care exchange. Four governors have already expressed their refusal to set up this exchange.

Another, a more powerful mechanism, being actively discussed in constitutional circles, is nullification. Our country is a Constitutional Republic and the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the law land, was ratified by the states on the premise that they have the right to not participate in any federal law that it considers unconstitutional. This idea of nullification is not new, it is the 10th Amendment of the Constitution in action. For example, states have already taken steps to nullify the NDDA (National Defense Detainment Act). Another example is in Texas – it is now a felony for any TSA agent to grope you at the airport. Two dozen states nullified the Real ID Act of 2005. More than a dozen states have successfully defied the federal government over medical marijuana. Other nullification initiatives involving cap and trade and the Second Amendment have appeared. Regarding Obamacare, six states have begun nullification procedures. In Ohio, the voters have previously voted against Obamacare. Governor Kasich, what are you waiting for?

These are just a couple of ideas to think and pray about. If this is the first time you have heard about the above two items, perhaps it is time to begin reading more about true American History, what the Constitution is all about and how it is supposed function. Watch for reading recommendations and future articles regarding our constitution in our council’s upcoming communications.

Vivat Jesus!
Sebastian Mauricio

Grand Knight’s Message – August 2012

Religious Liberty – Fortnight of Freedom


Dear Brother Knights, Family Members, and Honored Clergy,

The Fortnight of Freedom – the program initiated by our bishops to assist us in reminding ourselves and others all throughout the United States about the importance of preserving the fundamental right of religious freedom – has come to pass, however our struggle continues for the protection of this important right.

Encouragement From Our Church Leaders

The preservation of liberty can only be accomplished by constant vigilance and steadfast action when these rights are threatened. Here are remarks made by our church leaders in the context of the Fortnight of Freedom:

“Religious freedom includes the freedom of the individuals to act in accord with their faith but also the freedom of church institutions to act in according with their teachings and to serve as a buffer between the power of the state and the freedom of the individual conscience. If we fail to defend the fights of individuals, the freedom of institutions will be at risk and if we fail to defend the fights of our institutions, individual liberty will be at risk.” – Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain – Most Reverend William E. Lori – Archbishop of Baltimore (Homily opening Mass Fortnight of Freedom.)

“God’s words in today’s first reading are a caution we ignore at our own expense. ‘Son of man’, God says to Ezekiel and to all of us, ‘I have appointed you as a sentinel. If I say to the wicked, ‘you will surely die’ – and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them… I will hold you responsible for their blood.’ …. We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness. Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment. Today. Now.” – Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M Cap Archbishop of Philadelphia (Homily closing Mass Fortnight of Freedom.)

“Freedom is not only a fight, but a summons to personal responsibility… it is a challenge held out to each generation, and it must constantly be won over for the cause.” – Pope Benedict XVI (from his message to Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl – Archbishop of Washington DC on the occasion of the closing ceremonies of the Fortnight of Freedom.)

The “War On Women”

There are several misrepresentations being circulated about by the mainstream media regarding the church’s stance on the HHS Mandate. One of this is the so called War On Women. During a Fortnight Of Freedom Forum held in Boston, Massachusetts, Angela Franks, PhD Theological Institute For The New Evangelization made this comment:

“One of the myths perpetuated by this HHS Mandate is that this is a War On Women. Somehow the church is anti-women for opposing this mandate. It offends me as a woman that Nancy Pelosi, the President, Kathleen Sebelius, the so called National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood claim to speak for women and assume that we all agree to the bizarre proposition that free contraception and abortion equals women’s equality.”

A great initiative in response to this is the web site Here tens of thousands of women have added their voice to say that these groups do not speak for them. I would encourage a visit to this site by the lady in your household. This web site also provides straightforward, non-partisan talking points to assist in the discussion of this specific aspect in the public square.

I would like to encourage all my brother knights to continue our efforts and to action indicated above. Future generations of our children and grand-children will be looking to us to provide them with an environment that continues to promote this important liberty. Please visit our Religious Freedom resource page for more information.

Vivat Jesus!
Sebastian Mauricio

(Topic for Next Month: What’s Next If This Battle Is Lost?)

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