2010 - 2011 Columbian Year

September Blood Drive

Most Reverend Father Edgar M. deCunha, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark was in Secaucus on October 3rd to confirm 50 confirmation candidates at Immaculate Conception Church. Father Joseph Pietropinto, pastor, Father John Prada and Father Alan Guglielmo co-celebrated. Knights of Columbus Assembly 1543, Msgr Peter B. O'Connor, was his honor guard.


July Food Drive in Hoboken at Shoprite

Council 12769's newest member Luis Fenandez praying to the Blessed Mother after placing an arrangement at the base of the statue. Father John Prada, a member of council 12769, and Cathy Domitrowski, ICC Respect Life member, lead the group in praying the rosary.


On October 3, 2010 members of the Immaculate Conception Church Respect Life Society and the Mary Immaculate Council 12769 held a prayer service at the monument for the unborn followed by a Life Chain in front of the church. Twenty knights and respect life members prayed the rosary while holding up signs of other options instead of abortion for passing motorists.



Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 12769 here in Secaucus were busy at the library mini fair thru out the day. A number of men worked that day giving out child id kits to all the parents who passed the table and fingerprinting the children if requested. Here in the picture below Knight Angelo Andriani fingerprinting a young man for his kit. With Knights Gerard Marra and Jaime Arce giving out these kits during the week before the fair to the local preschools and to Hoboken Catholic Academy plus the men working this table the council gave out over 550 to protect our children.


According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and as many as 10 million family caregivers. On Saturday October 30th, hundreds of people descended onto Liberty State Park in Jersey City NJ to walk for a cure for Alzheimer's. This was the second year The Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter held the walk in the park and second year The Secaucus Knights of Columbus, Mary Immaculate Council 12769, participated by sending eighteen walkers and another handful of men and women to set up tables and chairs, hand out water and supplies and to help clean up after the event. The council raised over eighteen hundred dollars ($1933) for the cause.

In the picture are knights Lawrence Sannicandro and Michael Sollecito at Walmart.

On the weekend of Nov 5th, 6th and 7th The Secaucus Knights of Columbus, Mary Immaculate Council 12769, donned the white aprons to collect donations for Alzheimer's outside the Walmart and Green Farmers Market here in town. More than thirty men came out for an hour or two and the council raised close to seventeen hundred dollars ($1700) and that money will go to the Westpar Program and Project Lifesaver. In the left picture Knights Richard Steffans receiving a donation with Sir Knight Joseph Capozio. In this picture new member Robert Taylor with council donation go getter Michael Grecco.

Dedication on Memorial Walkway


Veterens Communion Breakfast, Nov. 14th - In the picture from left to right, Faithful navigator of 1543 Sir Knight Joseph DeMasi, District Deputy Vito Mazza, Eydie Shapiro, Major Rob Robison, Grand Knight of 12769 Sir Knight Paul Pinkman, Father John Prada, Sir Knight Salvatore Manente, PFN, and Stuart Kaufmann. Click for more pictures....


Grand Knight Paul Pinkman, Deputy Grand Knight Salvatore Manente and Past Grand Knight Neal McGarrity, worked off some of that turkey dinner on Friday morningby painting the Immaculate Conception Church sacristy.

Due to a rash of poor box break ins and a couple of items stolen from their home parish the members of Mary Immaculate Council 12769 went out and purchased a security system. The cost of the system was over two thousand six hundred dollars ($2600) so the council received help from Immaculate Conception Church, The Catholic Daughters, The Rosarian Society and The Holy Name Society to purchase the needed material and cameras. Once they purchased the cameras and materials members like Sir Knight Charles Schumacher (holding the ladder) and Pasquale Viggiano (on the ladder installing the wiring) installed the system.


Brothers Angelo, Joe B and Joe G recently took their annual Christmas trip to Hudson Cradle in Jersey .Hudson Cradle is a Group Home in Jersey City providing full, nurturing care to homeless infants with complex health, development, social and safety needs, classified by the Division of Youth and Family Services as medically fragile. Thanks to so many knights the guys brought up 14 $25 Shop Rite Gift cards, 5 packages of diapers, 3 baby wipes, 7 boxes of baking soda, 3 Clorox wipes, 3 gallons of white vinegar, 3 Lysol sprays, 2 quarts of Pine Sol, 2 liquid dishwasher detergent, 2 dish detergents, 1.5 cases of Similac, 1 case of hot chocolate, 1 case of flat disposable towels, 20 AAA, 20 AA and 4 9V batteries, 2 ear syringes, 2 nose aspirators, 2 packs of baby nipples, 2 boxes of baby food and several $5 Similac coupons.

Joe Gentile, case manager Nachelle Searvance and Joe Bussaco. Angelo in the center wiped out after unloading all the items with Joe G while Joe B supervised.


The council annual "Keep Christ in Christmas" book distribution and magnet sale went very well this year. Almost 90 "Keep Christ in Christmas" coloring books were given out to the first grade CCD classes at Immaculate Conception Church, St. Francis Church in Hoboken and Our Lady of Fatima Church in North Bergen. More than 80 second graders received an illustrated easy to read "Christ the Savior is Born". As per Brother Robert, who is the CCD coordinator at OLF, stated "the children were ecstatic to receive such a nice gift." As for the sale of the items at ICC, Our Lady of Victories and St Peter & Paul Churches the council continued it silent evangilization of the true meaning of Christmas...Christ. Many magnets were sold and hopefully people will see them on cars or doors and remember to say Merry Christma.The council donated $200 to St Francis, Our Lady of Victory and St Peter and Paul from the sales.


Family Christmas Party, click for more photos.