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Founded in March of 2001, the St. Mary's Parish Knights of Columbus Council, Our Lady of Knock Council #12882, is a Catholic men's fraternal organization open to men 18 years of age and older.

The Council, which consists of nearly 100 members, was formed to support St. Mary's Parish and the Minooka/Channahon community by rendering financial aid to members and their families, providing mutual aid and assistance to sick, disabled and needy members and their families, and ensuring social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The Council also provides opportunities for Catholic men to deepen their faith, support and protect their families, become involved in St. Mary's Parish, support the local community, and enjoy the fellowship of other Catholic men.

Some of the examples of activities the Council sponsors are as follows:

  - Intellectual Disabilities / Tootsie Roll Drive in September
  - Quarterly Community Blood Drives
  - Parish French Toast Breakfast on the Fourth Sunday of even months throughout the year
  - Community Youth Free Throw Contest
  - Parish Euchre Nights to provide financial assistance for the Parish Scholarship Council
  - Bean Bag Tournament at the Minooka Summerfest
  - Council Family social outings such as Family Bowling Event, Family Picnic, etc.


The Knights of Columbus are proud to announce it received its 4000th blood donation at its Jan 28th drive at St Ann's Parish Hall. The Knights have been sponsoring drives since 2002 for Heartland Blood Centers. Pictured from left is Ron Yungk from St Anns KC's, Sharon Kimes from Morris, the 4000th Donor, and John Bukowski from St Mary's KC's. Ron and John are blood drive coordinators for their respective councils. In addition 102 units were collected as we shoot for 5000.
For more information about the Our Lady of Knock Council of the Knights of Columbus here at St. Mary's or membership, please contact the following:

Chaplain – Rev. Tuan Van Nguyen

                                            Grand Knight – Dan Klepec                                         

                                   Deputy Grand Knight – Sean Mackin                              

                                               Warden – Keith Weinstock                                           

                                           Outside Guard – Roger Dause                                      

                                First year Trustee – Rich McDermott                            

                              Third year Trustee – Jason Chiapello                           

Recorder – Jack Reid

Chancellor – Jeff Wunderlich

Advocate – Jeremy Resar

Inside Guard – Bill Stafford

Second year Trustee – Chris Munsell

Financial Secretary – Jim Chiapello

                                              Treasurer – Ryan Ritter       

Euchre is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in the parish center after the 5:00 p.m. Mass.                                       


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