State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing - Week of: August 02nd, 2021

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Worthy Brother Knights,

Welcome to the month of August.  We are now in our second month of the fraternal year.  At this time, we should be busily working to help our parishes recover from COVID, getting our membership back into meetings and planning activities.  Have we been in to see our pastors and asked them what can we do for them?  Let’s start planning for October, so we can hold a membership drive to coincide with Columbus Day.  Double check your on-hand recruiting supplies and get what you need ordered.  This past Friday at the State Virtual Degree, three new members completed their degrees which brought our monthly total to 15.  Don’t forget to get your Semiannual Audits completed and sent  by the 15th of this month.  Please ensure that your District Deputy, PS Ed McCann and the State Deputy get a copy.  Finally, this week on the 3rd, 4th and 5th, is the Supreme Annual Convention which will be a virtual presentation and can viewed online at the Supreme website. 


Raymond A. Lemay Sr

State Deputy





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Brothers: Log on to and please sign the petition to Congress.   This is critical!

Taxpayer dollars should NOT pay for abortion. 

For 45 years, the Hyde amendment and similar laws have protected taxpayers from being forced to pay for elective abortion. 

The Hyde amendment has been signed into law every year since 1976, whether the Congress and the White House were led by Republicans or Democrats. The Hyde Amendment has saved nearly 2.5 million babies and mothers in difficult circumstances from the tragedy of abortion. An overwhelming majority of Americans, including low-income women and women of color who are most impacted by it, support the Hyde Amendment and laws that prevent government-funded abortion.  We urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to ensure that the Hyde Amendment and all similar life-saving appropriations riders remain in place during the 117th Congress and beyond.  

Do not force Americans to subsidize the taking of innocent life. Oppose any bill, including any appropriations bill, that expands taxpayer funding of abortion. 

Ron Di Stasio, State Life Director


Prayer Hour For The Canonization Of Blessed Michael McGivney

August 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

It was with great joy that we celebrated the Beatification of our beloved Founder, Blessed Michael McGivney. Holy Mother Church has confirmed what we have known from our own devotion: that Blessed Michael McGivney is a model of holiness whose life and ministry is an example for us all. His beatification is an invitation for all of us to better understand and live out the principles with which he founded the Knights of Columbus: charity, unity, and fraternity.

Join us for a Prayer Hour on the first Feast Day of Blessed Michael McGivney on August 13th, 7:00 pm.

While meditating on the example of Blessed Michael McGivney. Let his devotion to Our Lady inspire you to draw close to her Immaculate Heart, where we will encounter her son, Jesus Christ. Only in that encounter will we be able to meet the challenge that Father McGivney places before us: to live a life of heroic virtue according to the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.

BabyProLifeFetal Protection Act Now A Law

Governor Sununu has signed the ban on all abortion procedures at 24 weeks or later.  This was a courageous act on his part.  He has stood by his Christian principles!!

However, now he is being pressured by the pro-abortion forces to change his mind and welcome amendments that would strip the law of its efficacy!!

Please contact our governor and thank him for standing up for life and encourage him to stand firm.

EMAIL:  governorsununu [AT] nh [DOT] gov          PHONE:  603-271-2121

Thank You
Ron Di Stasio, State Life Director

Worthy Sirs and Catholic Gentlemen,

I hope this message finds you healthy in mind, spirit and body. So we continue to be hampered by the Corona Virus but not totally handcuffed like during the past year. Ceremonials have been redeveloped into an online format. We have developed our own online team which has successfully performed the combined ceremonial several times during the last fraternal year.

The New Hampshire virtual team is comprised of the following brothers: Father Aggie Jean, Richard McDermott, Tim Kingsley, Ron Barnovsky, Tony Noce, BobJones and Phil LeBlanc. We need to continue to add new members to this team so that we can ensure future degree work. If you are interested in being a part of this effort kindly give me a call or a text at (603)923-3765.

We have a schedule of virtual degrees which is posted on the State Council Website and is included in the official state calendar. Here is an advanced listing of virtual degrees:


Sept. 10, 11, 12, 2021

FESTIVAL HOURS for 2021· Friday 1-9• Saturday 10-9• Sunday 9-6

Are you looking for a new and exciting way to raise funds for your council? Do you want to have family and friends participate in fundraising? Bishop Brady Council #5093 from Hampton is in charge of staffing the admission gates for this event and are seeking PAID volunteers to assist. They will pay each Council $50.00 for each shift worked by a Knight, adult family member or friend.

For more information or to sign up, contact Grand Knight Jim McAden or Maryanne McAden atmjmcaden [AT] comcast [DOT] net


Brother we belong to the world's largest and one of the most bureaucratic Catholic mens organization around.  As such it takes a degree, ok, a lot of forms to fill-out and get filed.  Frankly, there is a terrible amount.  However, Supreme has done a lot toward putting forms and lists on-line to make the job a little more bearable.

"So what now" is likely your reaction.  Well, get your Form 365s filled out and submitted to Supreme and to your new State Deputy.  It is this required form that paves the way for everything else.  As the sayin' goes "Git er done!"

Kudos to the following Councils for already having met the essential obligation of every Council - the Youth Protection Program.  Remember that every Council GK, Program Director, Community Director, Faith Director and Life Director need to take this on-line training.  You can only take the training IF you have submitted your form 365 (dreaded Paperwork again) that has a valid INDIVIDUAL EMAIL address. Some will have to agree to a cursory so-called background check.  The background check is by no means comprehensive and is focused only on areas related to child abuse indicators.  The check-off box about financial information is merely to comply with some states disclosure laws and no credit check (an entirely different beast) is undertaken.

KCICpicThe 2021 Keep Christ in Christmas (KCIC) Program Announcement (06.28.21)

Worthy Brother Knights: I apologize for not having the 2021 Keep Christ in Christmas documents available earlier, but the pandemic had set back the national schedule. However, the 2021 program is now up and running.

One major change for this year is there will not be English KCIC assortment cases available. Only individual boxes of cards can be ordered. However, the Spanish assortment cases will continue to be available along with the individual boxes.

There are a limited supply of English style Christmas cards this season. Orders will be filled until items are Out-of-Stock. It is expected the current supply of ethnic style cards as well as "KCIC Christmas Activity" materials and products will be available to fill all requests. Councils are encouraged to order early. Adjustments needed on any requests will be followed up on as swiftly as possible.

New Hampshire State Council Men’s Retreat

Dear Reverend Chaplains,
Worthy Grand Knight,
Brothers All,

I am pleased to announce the return of the Knights of Columbus State of NH Annual Men’s Retreat September 17th – 19th at Camp Bernadette, on beautiful Lake Wentworth, Wolfeboro, NH.  It is my pleasure to invite you and all the members of your council to this retreat. We all know how we occasionally need our spiritual batteries recharged. Join us and Fr. John MacKenzie, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Joseph's Parish, who has graciously accepted the invitation to be the Spiritual Leader for the weekend.  Those of us who know Fr. “Mac” know that the weekend will be filled with many pearls of spiritual wisdom on how we, men, need to WALK IN TRUTH AND LOVE. There will be time for personal peaceful conversation with our Lord.

Worthy Council Raffle Ticket Chairmen,

I thank you and your Councils for your support of and hard work for the 2020 Charity Raffle under difficult circumstances. I greatly appreciate the innovativeness of some Councils in their sale of Raffle Tickets. 2021 looks to be another challenging year. I will have Raffle Tickets by the end of this week (2/6) for distribution to Councils. Feel free to e-mail me at kskomisarek [AT] comcast [DOT] net or call me at (603) 625-2134 to arrange pick-up, either at my work-at-home residence (1305 Hall Street, Manchester, NH) or somewhere between there and your Council location. The 2021 State Charity Raffle Funds Distribution Form will also be available by the end of this week.

Vivat Jesus!

Ken Komisarek, PGK, FDD, NH State Raffle Chairman

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