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Habitat for Humanity

  Through the ongoing efforts of  local Knights,  our council  continues to exemplify the Knights' spirit of community volunteerism by supporting  local  Habitat for Humanity projects.

  We will be organizing another outing soon.  If  you would like to participate in a cause that serves both our Church and our Community, please do not hesitate to join in. 

  Don't feel you can't contribute to this noteworthy endeavor because you never or rarely participate in K of C functions, or because you're not a professional tradesman.  -   Your involvement is both welcomed and wanted!!   Your Brother Knights will make you comfortable in helping the Knights help others.

  Phone Grand Knight JacK Laviolette
at 464-6009 to answer this calling for your services and sign up for our next Habitat for Humanity work outing!

You'll always have something more valvuable to give than Money

 






The following newstory was written by Dick Lindsay of the Berkshire Eagle and first published by the Berkshire Eagle on May 17th 2015.

Berkshire Eagle   www.BerkshireEagle.com

Blue Mass honors first responders in Pittsfield

By Dick Lindsay    rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com   @BE DLindsay on Twitter

PITTSFIELD >> Those dedicated to spiritual healing honored the police, fire and emergency medical technicians devoted to protecting the public's physical well being on Sunday evening.

Area priests, lead by Monsignor Michael Shershanovich, pastor of St. Joseph Church, gathered at the North Street house of worship to conduct a Blue Mass. The Catholic service attended by dozens of Berkshire County law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs paid tribute to public safety personnel active, retired and who died in the line of duty.

"Today we thank you for protecting us [and] giving so generously of yourselves, sometimes in very, very extreme situations," Shershanovich said during his homily.

As if on cue, a police siren outside the church briefly interrupted the sermon.

"I swear to God — I swear — that wasn't rehearsed," quipped Shershanovich.

The Knights of Columbus Monsignor Eugene F. Marshall Council 103, representing the city's four Catholic churches, hosted the Berkshires first Blue Mass since Most. Rev. Timothy McDonnell reinstated them in Western Massachusetts more than a decade ago. Shortly after being installed as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in 2004, he began celebrating a Blue Mass each year at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield. McDonnell retired last year, with his successor Most Rev. Mitchell Ronzanski continuing the annual tradition.

Blue Mass refers to the color of the Class A uniforms worn by police officers and firefighters dating back to a Roman Catholic Mass in 1934 celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Dade at St. Patrick's Church in Washington D.C. — more than 1,000 police and fire personnel were in attendance.

McDonnell, who hails from New York City, recalled the sacrifices made on Sept. 11, 2001 after terrorists deliberately crashed two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

"Police and fire [personnel] rushed in as people rushed out," he said.

The bishop emeritus for the Springfield Diocese spoke during the reception at the St. Joseph Parish Center, highlighted by the dedication of the "Missing Person Table." The small, round table, covered with a white cloth, was adorned with a single place setting, inverted wine glass, one red rose in a vase and white candle with a black ribbon.

The lone chair was tipped forward against the table, signifying the police, fire and EMTs who have fallen protecting the lives of others.

"The chair is empty for they are not here ... but forever in our hearts," said Massachusetts State Police Officer Andrew Canata.

Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn noted the timing of the Blue Mass as it followed the conclusion of National Police Week.

"Last week, five more law enforcement died in the line of duty across the county," Wynn said. "Men and women of public safety walk thin blue, red and white lines that separates them from chaos."

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233

...Read the full report on the Berkshire Eagle's website


 


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