Week of: October 19, 2020

SAVE THE DATES – October 20202020 2021 State Emblem

State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing October 17th  

Passing of Bishop Odore Gendron, Seventh Bishop of Manchester, October 16, 2020

On October 16, 2020, Bishop Emeritus Odore J. Gendron, Seventh Bishop of Manchester, was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments. At 99 years old, and having just entered his 100th year last month, Bishop Gendron was the oldest bishop in the United States. Bishop Gendron will lie in repose in the cathedral until 6:00 p.m., concluding with the Mass of Jesus Christ, High Priest. The faithful are welcome to pay their respects and attend the Wednesday evening Mass following COVID precautions. All funeral services will be available via livestream at www.stjosephcathedralnh.org. More details online.

  • NH State Council Fall Quarterly Meeting Virtual Webinar – Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday, the State Quarterly was conducted on GotoWebinar presenting updated information for councils. Presentations discussed positive actions councils can take moving forward in Membership Growth and for successful Programs during COVID-19. Guest speakers included Supreme Director Paul O’Sullivan and our Regional Growth Director Ken Latham. Announcements included:

  • The Beatification of Father Michael McGivney.
  • FY 2019-2020 Program Service Awards
  • FY 2019-2020 (2nd Half) Incentive Winners
  • SAVE THE DATE: 2021 NH State Convention
    • @ The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort

Details are in the October 19th Weekly Briefing and on the State Council Website @ NHknight.org

Fall Is upon us, “LEAVE(S)” No Neighbor Behind”

Vivat Jesus!

State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

BishopGendronOn October 16, 2020, Bishop Emeritus Odore J. Gendron, Seventh Bishop of Manchester, was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments. At 99 years old, and having just entered his 100th year last month, Bishop Gendron was the oldest bishop in the United States. Bishop Gendron had been receiving supporting care at Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for several years.

Odore J. Gendron was born on September 13, 1921 in Manchester, New Hampshire and was ordained a priest on May 31, 1947 by the Most Reverend Matthew F. Brady, D.D., Fifth Bishop of Manchester, at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.

Father Gendron studied at Saint Charles College, Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada and completed his ecclesiastical studies at Saint Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa, PQ, Canada. Father Gendron was assigned as associate pastor of Guardian Angel Parish in Berlin in June 1947 and then as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Lebanon in December 1952. In May 1960, Father Gendron was assigned as associate pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish in Nashua.

In April 1965, Bishop Ernest J. Primeau, D.D., S.T.D. appointed Father Gendron as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsfield. In 1966, he became Diocesan Vicar for Religious for the French-Speaking Communities of Women. In September 1967, Bishop Primeau appointed Father Gendron pastor of Saint Augustin Parish in Manchester where he served until February 1971 when he resigned the pastorate to become Diocesan Vicar for Religious full time. On December 22, 1970, Pope Paul VI named Father Gendron a Prelate of Honor with the title of Reverend Monsignor. In April 1972 he was named the first Episcopal Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Manchester. In January 1974 he became the first Episcopal Vicar for Clergy in the Diocese of Manchester. On December 12, 1974 he was appointed by Pope Paul IV as Bishop for the Diocese of Manchester. The Episcopal Ordination and Installation as Bishop took place on February 3, 1975.

Prior to his ordination as Bishop of Manchester, Bishop Gendron also served as Notary to the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal; Chairman of the Diocesan Personnel Board; founding member of the Pastoral Commission; Chaplain, Court of Our Lady of Lourdes of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Pittsfield; Diocesan Consultor; President, Diocesan Senate of Priests; ex officio Chairman of Diocesan Personnel Board; received the “Granite” Award from the Knights of Columbus; and received the “Defender of the Innocent” Award from the N.E. Christian Conference, Hampton. Bishop Gendron retired from ministry as bishop on June 12, 1990.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at noon, the Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Bishop Gendron will lie in repose in the cathedral until 6:00 p.m., concluding with the Mass of Jesus Christ, High Priest. On Thursday, October 22, 2020, Bishop Gendron will lie in repose from 8:00 a.m. till 9:45 a.m. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Joseph Cathedral, Manchester on October 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated after the Mass at The Cathedral Bishops’ Cemetery in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Due to current circumstances, attendance at the Funeral Mass will be limited to clergy, family, religious, and those closest to Bishop Gendron. The faithful are welcome to pay their respects and attend the Wednesday evening Mass following COVID precautions. All funeral services will be available via livestream at www.stjosephcathedralnh.org.


Brothers: You and your family are in a position to effect major positive changes in the upcoming election on November 3rd. How?
First: You must vote!
Second- Your ballot should be in line with your beliefs as a Roman Catholic, especially when it comes to the sanctity of life!
Third- Your decisions must be made with forethought and you must pray for guidance!
Your heart and mind must work together. Sometimes, neither choice seems to be totally in line with your conscience. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life says that at times you will end up voting for an individual who will do as little as wrong as possible- the lesser of two evils. It is hoped you can support a candidate whose policies do not negate the principles of our faith. You should be electing individuals who do not deny objective truths and who oppose intrinsic evils, such as abortion and euthanasia. Remember the adage: There is no such thing as a “pro-choice Catholic!”

If you are looking for guidance, you can refer to the following links/web sites:
This is from the Diocese of Manchester Web Site. (Voting, Conscience, Faithful Citizenship)
https://www.kofc.org/en/public-policy/index.html ( Public policy from Supreme Web Site)
https://www.usccb.org/offices/justice-peace-human-development/forming-consciences-faithful-citizenship United States Catholic Conference of Bishops- Conscience Formation
https://dioceseofmarquette.org/elections In depth analysis of moral principles in voting
If you are looking for information about political parties and specific candidates you can refer to these
Web sites: Priests for Life and/or Focus on Family.
This information is not dictum; it is food for thought. The guides are to be used to help you form your conscience and to help you understand the relationship between your Catholicism and public issues.
Your being and your faith are sacred. When you exercise your citizenship in the voting booth do not belie your sanctity.







40DaysforLifeDespite the pandemic, there will be a 40 Days for Life Campaign in Manchester.  Please encourage your Councils to participate. Social distancing should be easy.  If your Council cannot attend physically, then set some time for members to pray at the council or at home-  A Virtual 40 Days for Life!

It all begins 09/23/20 at 6pm on Penacook St. with a kickoff prayer service, see attached flyer.



Gentlemen I participated in a very positive meeting with other Life Directors and Drew Dillingham, the Supreme Director.  We need to continue to pray, educate ourselves, and reach out to those in need.  Life is a gift from God and we must lead the way to cherish and protect it from the first moment of conception until natural death.

Supreme has many resources to help you plan your Life programs. If you can participate in the webinars.

As of the middle of August, Supreme had a record of only 23 Life Directors appointed in the state of New Hampshire.

Worthy G.K.- if you have not appointed a Life Director- please consider doing this as soon as possible. We need Brothers committed to the sanctity of life who have ideas to promote the culture of life and life programming. And if you have a Life Director and haven't reported it to Supreme, please take action.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.


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Degree Advancement Opportunity2020 2021 State Emblem

Date:  Friday November 27, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

The NH State Council’s Degree Team will be holding a virtual degree for the exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity on Friday, November 27th.  Grand Knights are requested to invite their new candidates and their family to participate in the upcoming exemplification.

The on-line exemplification offers the councils the perfect opportunity to advance all their members to full Knighthood.  The Grand Knights are requested to identify the members of their council who have not achieved full Knighthood and invite them to attend the State Council’s On-line Exemplification.

The council are to use the regular process for vetting new candidates.  The council’s Financial Secretary are to register new candidates, and candidates advancing to full Knighthood to assure the candidates making the degree are known by the councils.

Deadline for registrations is Wednesday, November 25th.

The link where the FS can register the candidates is: http://nhknight.org/index.php/en/home/online-exemplification-of-charity-unity-and-fraternity

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MadonnaThe 2020 KCIC program documents are now available on the NH State Council Web Site. There are *nine (9) KCIC documents available to provide you all of the information needed to begin your 2020 KCIC Program in your council.  

  1. 2020 KCIC Christmas Card Program April 29 - Explains program in detail
  2. 2020 Keep Christ in Christmas (KCIC) Program Announcement
  3. 2020 KCIC Council Chairman Nomination Form MASTER
  4. 2020 KCIC NH State Council EMAIL Order Form MASTER (Word only, not pdf)
  5. 2020 KCIC Promotional Material Council Price List
  6. 2020 KCIC Retail Price Brochure
  7. 2019 KCIC NH Sales Figures
  8. 2019 KCIC NH Cumulative Sales Figures
  9. 2019 KCIC International Sales Figures

* NOTE: In order to read and download the nine (9) KCIC documents you must create an account with a password on the NH State Council web site - http://nhknight.org/index.php/en/

If you have difficulty creating an account or logging into the State Web Site, please contact the State Web Master’s DIRECTLY:

Greg Taillon: G [DOT] Taillon [AT] comcast [DOT] net   and/or Robert Jones: REJonesjr [AT] comcast [DOT] net 

  • Click on “Home" tab
  • Click on "KCIC Forms (Registered Users)" in drop down list
  • Click on "Keep Christ in Christmas”

Note: Please keep in mind that the 2020 KCIC Email Order form must always be emailed to me in MS Word and not a pdf.

Contact me if you still need assistance!


Dave Wilson

Knights of Columbus NH State Council KCIC Chairman
yeoldknight [AT] comcast [DOT] net

The NH Knights of Columbus is once again sponsoring a Student Respect Life

Essay Contest. The contest is open to any Jr-High (grades 6,7,8) and Sr-High (grades 9,10,11,12) student in NH. The NH Knights of Columbus will make up to six cash awards of $100. You do not have to be a member of the Knights or a Catholic.

The theme for this year’s contest is:

The world seems to offer fear and anxiety (e.g., COVID). Repeating the simple prayer, "Jesus, I trust in You", offers hope and peace. How do you explain this to someone experiencing fear (i.e., unplanned pregnancy, serious injury, etc.)? “                      

DEADLINE: Midnight, Dec 15, 2020

RULES: Essays may not be longer than 500 words; typed, and submitted as a PDF or Word Document and emailed to matu19 [AT] comcast [DOT] net.  Include student name, age, grade, school, parent name and address, phone, parish and email.

Students may obtain help & information, including from parents, teachers, friends, and  internet, but the essay itself must be their own work.

Further contest details may be obtained from KofC NH contest chairman John P. Matuszewski (603-434-4098) or KofC NH State Pro-Life Chairman Ron Distasio (603-595-7837).

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                For the first time in NH, we are offering a Fourth Degree Polo Shirt.

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Men Size: _________ Qty ____ $Amount ______

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Name: __________________________________

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Please Email me your order and make your check out to “District Master Glenn Camley”

Mail to: Edward A. McCann, PSD

               56 Brookside Drive

               Merrimack, NH 03054

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Hello Again Everyone,


As you may remember from previous years, I'm the chairman of the subject event, working for Ron Distasio, and together our 7 councils have been co-sponsoring the subject Day of Fasting, Rosary, and Benediction (this is our 24th year) for the sins of our nation against the Culture of Life. See attachments.

Request your support --pretty simple: --all materials are in the attachments. I hope we will continue to work together on this, by advertising in your Church Bulletins, and advocating at your monthly meetings, publishing in newsletters, and of course, attending (e.g., select hour of adoration, and at Benediction) hosted by St. Mark's, Londonderry,  on Jan 21,22, 2021 -- Thursday night 7pm start thru Friday 7pm Benediction....

PLEASE NOTE: This year, because of COVID, there will be no refreshments or gathering other than church Benediction.(If this changes will let you all know).

I have spoken to a few of you and will try to follow-up with the rest in the next few weeks Ron Distasio and various GKs have led a decade of the rosary at the Benediction in the past, and hope you'll be there to do so again this year. I'm pretty sure I don't have all the correct emails (have last year's directory),so please forward to the correct folks.....so they can get announcements out.

The attachments gives all the details, provides some flyers (the ones with the rose symbol) that can be posted on bulletin boards, sample bulletin announcement for advertising the activity, and blank adoration signup sheets for you to use-- note PREFER to have people call / email me directly..as I've said on the sheets.

Please discuss at your councils, advertise as soon as you can, get a signup sheet posted at meetings, and in the church in January, so folks can sign up for an hour of adoration overnight from Thursday, Jan 21 thru Friday, Jan 22, 2021. The host parish is St. Mark's Church, Londonderry, Council 10488. I'll periodically email/call in Jan to get names/time slots... but folks should email or call me directly is best.

Please look over the info, and I will try to follow-up, and we can discuss any questions

Thanks in advance for spreading the word, and participating in the event.

John P Matuszewski
Event Chairman
Council 6949, Londonderry

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