On Saturday 1/30/16 at 6:30pm the KofC Council #420 held its annual Basketball Free Throw Contest. After we completed our contest we hosted the KofC District Basketball Free Throw Contest which included the KofC councils from North Attleboro and South Attleboro as well. Congratulations to all those that participated and congratulations to the winners. Two children of one our Brothers won both the council and District events and move on to the Regional Free Throw contest. Those participants were Patrick and Emily Heavey.
On Saturday January 9, 2016 the KofC hosted a Blood Donation Drive in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital. We had 58 willing individuals offer to donate. During the preliminary screening process 12 folks were not able to donate for a variety of reasons. Hence, we were able to draw 46 pints of blood to be added to the Mass General Hospital Blood Bank for future use. Thank you to all that were kind enough to donate !
On Sunday 12/6 we held a wreath laying and blessing ceremony at St. Mary's Cemetery. Deacon Gary Porter performed the ceremony for us. As well, we placed a separate wreath on our namesake George C. Shields' grave as well as that of our recently departed brother Gregg Laskoski.
This year our KofC council decided to sell pies for Thanksgiving to feed those who are less fortunate and to supply pies for Thanksgiving Dinners. Brian Healy did a fabulous job spearheading this effort for our council. We sold well over 100 pies and 50% of them were asked to be donated to North Cottage, a substance abuse recovery facility in Norton, MA, for their Thanksgiving Table. These freshly-baked pies are provided by White's Bakery & Cafe.
On Sunday 11/15/15 in Dudley, MA the Massachusetts State KofC held their Annual State Soccer Shootout Finals. Three participants for our Mansfield KofC Council # 420 were winners. They were:
12 yr old girls 2nd Place - Ria Thekkethala 14 yr old girls 2nd Place - Theresa Riley 14 yr old boys 1st Place - Matt Zawaski
On Monday 11/2 our Brother, Gregg Laskoski, lost his long battle with Pancreatic Cancer and passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. Even as he fought this difficult courageous battle Gregg still made time to assist our KofC Council 420 with a number of different charitable activities and events. For that we will be eternally thankful and are fortunate to have known Gregg. He certainly provided us a great example to follow. You can find out more about Gregg at this link to the National Geographic article, please share it.
May Almighty God welcome Gregg into his warm embrace in Heaven. His obituary is displayed below:
Gregg T. Laskoski, age 38 of Norton, formerly of Ledyard, CT passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, November 2, 2015.
He was the beloved husband of Loren E. (Millard) Laskoski, to whom he was wed for the past eight years. The couple recently renewed their wedding vows on October 3, 2015 at Mission Church in Boston.
Born in Westerly, Rhode Island on June 24, 1977, he was the loving son of Thomas T. and JoAnn (Aiello) Laskoski of Ledyard, Connecticut.
Gregg grew up and was educated in Ledyard. He was a 1995 graduate of Ledyard High School, where he played on the soccer team and served as a co-captain. He continued his studies, graduating from the University of Connecticut.
Gregg had worked as an Archaeologist at the Public Archaeology Laboratory in Pawtucket. He recently received his teacher’s certification from Bridgewater State University and was eagerly looking forward to a career as a middle school history teacher.
Gregg’s greatest passion in life was his family, especially being a devoted father to his daughter. He had made his home in Norton for the past six years, and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Mansfield and a member of the George C. Shields Council 420 Knights of Columbus.
He was an avid disc golfer and enjoyed hiking with his family and dog “Roxy”, their favorite local destination being Borderland State Park in Easton.
Gregg also loved traveling and trips to the beach. He was avid New England sports fan, enjoyed visiting different baseball stadiums, and would be considered by those who knew him as a knowledgeable “history buff”.
In addition to his beloved wife and loving parents, he is survived by his cherished daughter Evelyn E. Laskoski. He was the devoted brother of Jennifer A. Osborne and her husband Steven of Foxboro. He was the dear son in law of Everett and Elizabeth Millard of Bridgewater. He was the devoted brother in law of Peter Millard of Weymouth and Gregory Millard and his wife Christina of Austin, Texas. He was the loving uncle of Troy, Morgan and Kiley Osborne, and Trevor and Jake Millard. He is also survived by his devoted aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, Gregg’s family has requested that donations in his memory be made to Evelyn E. Laskoski Trust Fund, care of North Easton Savings Bank, 25 West Main St., Norton, MA 02766
To send Gregg’s family a message of condolence, please visit www.shermanjackson.com
On Sunday October 25, 2015 the Installation of KofC Officers for the Fraternal Year 2015-2016 was held at St. Mary's Church at 6pm. Fr. Michael McManus served as our Chaplain and our District Deputy, Frank Simpson, conducted the ceremony along with District Deputy, Ed Butler.
Thank you to all of those that joined us this year on 7/30 for our 9th Annual Knight Out Cookout & Movie event. Well over 100 parishioners attended the event and a wonderful time was had by all. Two movies were shown simultaneously, "The Lego Movie" and "God's Not Dead". The funds raised go to our Mansfield KofC Scholarship Fund.
Above are some photos from the event. In both photos "Sous Chef" Cameron Symonds can be seen with his hat on. In the left photo Joe Cerretani and a wet Bob Brennan (yes it did rain during the event) can bee seen helping Cameron. In the photo on the right Chairman Bob Kasiski can be seen posing with Chef Cameron while Joe Cerretani can be seen in the background keeping a close eye on the burgers cooking on the grill.
At 11am this morning Fr. Jack Schrader was ordained a Priest at The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. Fr Jack was the Seminarian our council sponsored over the past 5 years. Our KofC council and St. Mary's Parish was well represented. Below are some photos of the event......please click on the first photo to see larger versions of the photos with captions below.
Photos from Father Jack Schrader's First Mass at Corpus Christi Church in East Sandwich at 3pm on 7/12/15.