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Congratulations and Thank You to Bruce Gaumond for being elected and agreeing to serve as the next Grand Knight of the George C. Shields Council # 420 effective July 1st, 2014.  Pictured here is the current Grand Knight Charlie Spath (left) handing Bruce Gaumond (middle) the official KofC gavel as witnessed by our District Deputy Frank Simpson (right). 

 
 
Every Memorial Day the Knights of Columbus assist in the special Parish Mass to pray for those deceased from our parish and especially those buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.   This Mass is held at the base of the Crucifixion Monument which was donated by the Knights of Columbus back in the 1950's to honor those from Mansfield who lost their lives during World War II.   The Knights also spend time the week prior to the Mass sprucing up the cemetery in preparation for this special Mass.

 
 
Group of Knights working in St. Mary's Cemetery on Wednesday sprucing it up for the Memorial Day Mass on Monday May 26, 2014.  A big THANK YOU to the Kasiski family (Bob, Eileen & Ryan) for purchasing and planting the flowers.

 
 
When you see "Sir" Jim DiCorpo be sure to congratulate him on being the newest member of the order of the Fourth Degree from our council.   In fact, Jim was the only individual from our Assembly 398 to be inducted.  Jim was part of the exemplification held on May 3rd who, along with Bishop Robert Hennessey,  was inducted into the order of the Fourth Degree.
 
 
The Knights of Columbus Council #420 College Scholarship was awarded to Andrea Vale of Bishop Feehan High School.  Congratulations Andrea.  She will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the Fall.
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS to Ria Thekkethala, Ryan Rispoli and Roman Baratta on winning the KofC District Free-Throw contest and then competing in the KofC South Regional Basketball Free-Throw Contest.   Both Ria & Roman came in second place and were awarded trophies.
 
 
Friday night, January 31, 2014 the Mansfield Council # 420 hosted the annual Basketball Free-Throw Contest in St. Mary's School Gym.   This event was free and open to all girls and boys from ages 10 to 14 years of age.
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Congratulations to all the girls and boys who participated in the Free-Throw Contest and good luck to all the council winners as they move on to the District Free-Throw contest to be held sometime in February, date and time TBD.

 
 
On Tuesday January 21 a number of parishioners from St. Mary's Parish including the Council's Chaplain Fr. Jay Mello and Grand Knight Charlie Spath traveled more than 13 hours by bus in the middle of a snow storm down to Washington, DC to attend the annual March for Life on Wednesday 1/22.   It was wonderful for us to see all the clergy, young children and other members of the Knights of Columbus who traveled great distances in some very tough road conditions to get to Washington DC and show their support for the Pro-Life movement in this country.  We know we are not alone.

Here are a few photos of us at the March for Life:
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On our way to the March.   Fr. Jason Brilhante, GK Charlie Spath and Chaplain Fr. Jay Mello are on the left of this photo.

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Getting ready for the March to begin......Fr. Jay Mello,  Fr. Jason Brilhante also of the Fall River Diocese and GK Charlie Spath cannot wait for things to get started.

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Fr. Jay Mello is ready to go....

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The March is finally underway and Fr. Jay is very happy that it is.  Here we go....

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The day after the march, Fr. Jay gave the homily at a special Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral in downtown Washington DC.  

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He along with Fr. Jason Brilhante and 4 other priests con-celebrated the Mass in honor of the Right to Life at Washington DC's beautiful Cathedral.  Fr. Jason (the newest ordained priest in the Fall River Diocese) was the main celebrant.   What a thrill for Fr. Jason and the whole congregation in the Cathedral.

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We were not alone.   Many others from Southern Massachusetts joined us on this pilgrimage to the Nation's Capital for this important March and at the Mass of celebration the following day.

 
 
While in Washington DC, GK Charlie Spath visited the National Shrine and visited the special tower and mural that the Knights of Columbus donated to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception back in 1959.   See below.....
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Plaque at the base of the "Knights Tower" acknowledging the Knights of Columbus for their generous gift back in 1959.

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The Incarnation Dome mural donated by the Knights of Columbus back in 1959.

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Fr. Michael McGivney's statue outside the Shrine at McGivney Hall on the campus of Catholic University where the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is located