Archive for October, 2014

Assembly 834 Veterans Christmas Party

Friday, October 24th, 2014

On December 17th Pope Pius XII Assembly will host a Christmas Party for area veterans. The event will be held at IC Ravenna Catholic Church hall; 409 West Main Street, Ravenna Ohio 44266. Vets will come from Wade Park in Cleveland, as well as in Kent and Ravenna. We welcome any Knight and their family to join us for this special evening. Bingo, food, gift bags and singing are just part of this wonderful evening. Dinner will begin at 6:00pm. . Please e-mail kofc3350@earthlink.net for more information or if you can help. UPDATE: 

We had around 100 vets last night. They had a great meal, entertainment and gifts. A fantastic turnout and a wonderful evening for our deserving vets. 

Marriage is…

Monday, October 20th, 2014

A New Affirmation on Marriage

Why do weddings still move us? We do not become emotional when business partners strike a deal. We shed no tears at a friendly handshake. We feel no such joy to hear of “casual” mating.

A wedding is different. Here stand a man and woman, entering together into a new life.

And yet it is more than this. They are about to enter the generations. Their union proclaims life: their parents and grandparents still live within them. Humankind lives within them. The cultures and creeds of the world live within them. They are there—in the blood. Those bearing witness know this truth. They too have been born from a union of man and woman.

See the grandmother who looks on, now frail. She was once that bride, and the memory of her own mother and father dwells within her still.

See the brother who welcomes guests—he will one day be that bridegroom, and he too will enter in a new way the long history into which he was born.

See their friends and neighbors. They are more essential than any might guess. For it is they who will help make this marriage flourish. Their investment will return to them, for marriage is a cup that runs over.

See the mother of the bridegroom, hugging her son amid smiles and tears. He was once a helpless baby whom she nursed at the breast. Now he stands tall above her, and his voice is deep, and his shoulders broad. She remembers his birth. He who was once her child will one day be a father.

See the father of the bride, holding her by the hand. He recalls when her mother bore her, and he envisions in her what is so hard to believe, the mother-to-be. She is the bearer of a future. She is irreplaceable.

See man and woman together. They are not just two people. He is for her, and she for him; it is inscribed in their bodies. Their union will bring life that binds and mingles families, encourages faith to flourish, and brings humankind and the world’s diverse cultures to flower again.

Both are eager to undertake their new responsibilities—their gift of self to the other—and think little about what is owed them. They know nothing yet of the difficulty of the years ahead, only of their desire to travel it together.

It is hard now to speak of such obvious and beautiful things, but they are there. All the witnesses know it. It is the music of man and of woman. Man with woman brings out the finest in him, directing his blood and his mind toward what makes life possible; and woman with man brings out the finest in her, directing her love and her care toward what makes life sweet.

Today, however, the homes that marriage makes are exposed to an army of distractions, and to the thief and the enemy who comes to steal and destroy. Weddings are rarer and children fewer. Where poverty erodes, marriage feels out of reach. Where war afflicts, families are crushed. Anywhere marriage recedes, we lose the transcendent and material goods that all human beings should enjoy.

And we too are at fault, for when marriages are exposed to the wind and the rain, we have paid little attention. When the needs of children succumb to the wishes of adults, we have often remained silent. Love is reduced to a consumer item, an airbrushed image, or a slogan to export. It will not work. We will not flourish.

For marriage is no mere symbol of achievement, but the very foundation—a base from which to build a family and from there a community. For on earth marriage binds us across the ages in the flesh, across families in the flesh, and across the fearful and wonderful divide of man and woman, in the flesh. This is not ours to alter. It is ours, however, to encourage and celebrate.

And so it is that we rejoice at weddings.

This we affirm.

Welcome Past Supreme Director John Wainscott

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Thank You Past Supreme Director John Wainscott for attended our spaghetti dinner on Sunday October 12th. We appreciate being able to converse and break bread with you.

Come to Cal’s Restaurant

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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K of C Fundraiser – Cal’s Restaurant
The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus is a hosting a charity
fundraiser through Cal’s Restaurant in Garrettsville next weekend:
Dec. 12, 13 & 14.

Cals Restaurant & Pizza Express
8301 Windham Street
Garrettsville, OH 44231
talk@calsfamilyrestaurant.com
(330) 527-2133

Passing of our Chaplain Rev. Fr. Andrew Kolitsos

Friday, October 10th, 2014

RIP, Chaplain Fr. Andrew

Father Andrew Kolitsos, 62, passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 7, 2014.

Father Andrew KolitsosHe was born Oct. 2, 1952, in Youngstown, to Constantine and Harriet (Mavrigian) Kolitsos.

Father Andrew Kolitsos studied at St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati. He went on to serve as a priest for nearly 20 years. He was Chaplain of Newton Falls Knights of Columbus Council # 3350.

Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife of 37 years, Kathleen (Julian) Kolitsos of Mineral Ridge; his mother, Harriet Kolitsos; his sons, Constantine (Katherine) Kolitsos of Alberta, Canada, Nicholas Kolitsos of Columbus, and Demetrios Kolitsos of Mineral Ridge; and his grandson, Andrew Kolitsos. He also leaves behind his brother, Socrates Kolitsos of Youngstown; and his sisters, Maria (Victor) Cecil of Niles, and Gloria (Timothy) Knotek of Bay Village.

Family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Basilica, National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, 2759 North Lipkey Road, North Jackson, OH 44451.

An Incense service will be held Friday at 8 p.m., following calling hours. Divine Liturgy will take place 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503, with the Most Rev. John Michael Botean, Bishop, officiating.

Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.