|Grand Knights Message
Karl Emigholz, Grand Knight
Henry Stolzenthaler Council No. 1675
Knights of Columbus
100 Kreischer Street
Staten Island, NY 10307
"In Service to One, In Service to All"
Dear Brother Knights, Sister Columbiettes, Families and Friends,
Winter is here. The best remedy for the cold weather is to come down to our council and enjoy
the warmth of fraternity and friendship with your fellow Knights and Sister Columbiettes. Our
council is bustling with Christmas activities and recruitment drives. At our most recent degree we
installed another 8 new members! This was a direct result of our membership drive at Holy Child
and brother Knights bringing friends and family members to join. The increase in membership is
evident in the increased number of people at our events. We hope to keep this momentum going
throughout the fraternal year.
Before we delve into December and January, we would be remiss to not reflect on our most
recent past activities. Many thanks to the Benoit Family and all their volunteers for the wonderful
Halloween Children’s Party. Special thanks to brother, Sebastian Serpico of Advance Landscaping
for donating the 50 pumpkins for the children’s pumpkin patch. The children had a great time
decorating them. On October 31st, we had our second annual Dorothy Day Feed the Needy.
Thanks to all the volunteers, especially my wife Debbie who cooked the delicious turkey dinner
that we served. There were many families there who enjoyed the hot meal, took home some
leftovers and were able to find warm coats for all their family members.
Thank you to the members and their families who attended our West Point Trip on November
14th. It was one of the most patriotic experiences of my life. The pageantry and display of
American pride was overwhelming. We hope that next year more members will join us. Thanks
to my son Karl Jr, who manned the grill at our tailgate. A great time was had by all who attended.
The following morning on November 15th we had our Jacket Pride Mass at the 930am Mass at
Holy Child following the Mass we all had breakfast together at Drumgoole Council. As we enjoyed
fellowship with our council and a neighboring council, we also helped support their fundraiser for
Seton Foundation. Special thanks to Bill Carney and all the volunteers who handed out coats at
St. Edwards’s food pantry on November 21st - what a great feeling it was to see our good works
and simple deeds bring such joy and warmth to our neighbors. Our Annual Thanksgiving Mass
was held at St. Joseph’s on Thanksgiving morning where we remembered our brother Knights
and sister Columbiettes that we lost during this past year; following the Mass, we had a prayer
service at the grave of Henry Stolzenthaler.
As I write this we are preparing for our Christmas tree lighting on December 1st. It is always a
wonderful night with our sister Columbiettes and brother councils as together we light our
Christmas trees! After our meeting on December 17th we will be sharing a Christmas dinner of
fresh ham. On December 19th we have our children’s party at 10 am followed that evening at
8pm with our adult party. Bring the children and grandchildren in the morning and then come back
and join us for an evening of celebration, entertainment and the always delicious cooking of PGK
Ed Newborn. The following day Santa and his elves will be bringing cheer and presents to
children at RUMC hospital on Bard Ave. It is a wonderful experience to see the joy and excitement
on a child’s face as Santa visits them.
January begins with our Jacket Pride Mass at 9:30am on 10th at St. John Neumann; we hope
you will join us as we display our pride and unity as Knights. January 16th at 7:30 is our annual
Nite at the Races, always a council favorite and a fun night of fellowship. January 17th is the Right
to Life Mass at 10:15 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We will have a first degree on January 21st prior
to our regularly scheduled meeting; why not bring a friend to Stolzenthaler so they can be part of
our wonderful council. On Friday, January 22 we will have another council favorite – Steak Night!
We hope you will join us! Polish Night will be on Saturday, January 30th, always a great night of
delicious polish cuisine and lively music!
In closing, the officers and I would like to wish you and your families a Blessed and Holy
Christmas and Healthy and Happy New Year. We look forward to continue to serve you in 2016!
God Bless you and your families for all that you do and all that you are!
Karl Emigholz, Grand Knight