COUNCIL 6451 NEWS 2019
The Official Publication of Saint Aloysius Knights of Columbus #6451, Hickory NC

2nd & 3rd Degree Formation Held In Boon, NC
Hill Country in Boone to take their Knighthood (3rd) Degree on Saturday November 23rd.
Four brothers from Council 6451 joined with knights from throughout
the region at St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone to take their Knighthood (3rd) Degree on
Saturday November 23rd. One of our brother knights also took his Formation (2nd) degree as well!

Grand Knight Eddie Williams and District Deputy Bob Hall from our council led the Formation (2nd) Degree with 12 candidates!

Knights who received their 3rd Degree were: Marco Antonio Hernandez, Victor Lopez- Marcos, Roy Nunez, and brother knight
Alejandro Martinez Gutierrez received his 2nd and 3rd Degree
on the same day.

(Report by Bob Hall, DD & Photograph by George Brown, PGK)

PGK, SK, George Brown Receives Founders' Award
for the Fraternal Year 2017-2019.
PGK,SK, George Brown Founders Award 2017-2018

Presenting the award is Tom Kotz, PGK, FDD Regional District Deputy

Knights from Council 6451 prepared and served a meal on Monday August 26th to the participants and leaders of the NETworX Catawba

NETworX Catawba Picture 1
the NETworX Catawba 2

NETworX Catawba is a ministry of Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry. ... Following the model of NETworX USA, NETworX Catawba is a discipleship of equals. By eating, working and being together, we build bridges over societal barriers like class, race, sex, gender, and age.

Knights in ActionKnights in Action September 2019
4th Degree Knights from St. Aloysius join with 4th Degree Knights from St. Francis of Assissi in Jefferson to provide an honor guard for the
8:00 AM Mass on Sunday August 18th to celebrate the anniversary of the church's new sanctuary .

Council # 6451 2019 - 2020 Fraternal Year Officer Induction Pictures

2nd Degree Formation Exemplification
Held at St. Aloysius on July 1st 2019

      A total of 34 Knights
received their Formation Degree

Council Candidates:
Jefferson Council 16839 - 2
Huntersville Council 12654 - 2
Statesville Council 7152 - 7
Newton Council 9746 - 6
Hickory / Taylorsville Council 6451-17

    The ceremony was also well attended by a number of observers from the various councils that were represented

Newest 2nd Degree Knights from our Council & Round Table

    (not listed in order as pictured)
Fr. Camilo, Fidel Bazaldua-Delgadello, Libardo Bustamante,
Roberto Guierrez-Cano, Jose Rodriguez, Pablo Miranda,
Paolo Martena, Mike Baker, Harold Bayes, Hector Suarez,
Erick Silva, Arturo Guerrero, Christian Flores Vite,
Francisco Olguin,Alfrado Hernandez, Ezequiel Ridriguez, and Marco Antonio Cervantes Hernandez

St. Aloysius Holds Annual Patriotic Rosary

Submitted by: Bobby SpeersColor Guard Patriotic RosarySt. Aloysius held their annual Patriotic Rosary on Tuesday, June 25th.  Joan Moran, a parishioner of St. Aloysius, has promoted this prayerful event for a number of years. 

The opening and closing prayers were led by Deacon Bill Schreiber.

The Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly 1713, who attend every year, were dressed in full regalia and processed into the Sanctuary with the American flag to post the colors.

Those in attendance prayed for the conversion of our country, for the leadership of our nation, for every state by name, and for every soul who resides in every state.

James Maxson (not pictured) led the choir and congregation in singing patriotic songs and hymns after each decade of the rosary.

This year the Knights of Columbus Patriotic Rosariesdonated Patriotic Rosaries for all those who attended. The rosaries were made by the Rosary Guild at St. Aloysius.

God Bless America!

Fr. Jose CamiloCardenas-Bonilla Awarded Knight of the Month for May 2019

Knight of the Month forMay 2019


2019 Special Olympics Catawba County North Carolina
Held May 3rd 2019
Honor Guard 4th Degree Knights
Our Council donates, through the LAMB program, to the Special Olympics and provides an Honor Guard for the opening ceremony. From left, Sir Knight Dave Tagye ; Grand Knight, Sir Knight Eddie Williams; LAMB Director, Sir Knight Steve Purcell, Sir Knight George Brown and Sir Knight Dick Angell.
Leading the Parade
Athletes Enter the field
Leading the Parade
Carrying of the Torch
Check Presentation
Carrying of the Olympic Torch
Check presentation
Knoghts ready to pass out the food
The Local Lions Club
Knights ready to hand out food to the Special Olympic Athletes. The local Lions Club did a great job in grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for all involved. Thanks you!

View More Pictures of the 2019 Catawba County Special Olympics
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Awards presented to Grand Knight SK Eddie Williams at the 2019 State Convention
Membership Award
Membership Plaque
Each membership goal is based on the Council membership quota set on July 1st of each Fraternal Year.
Fraternity Council
FFraternity Plaque
Fraternity​ is the third highest level of performance of key service programs for the Fraternal year of 2018-2019.
Website Award
Website Plaque
The Council Website Award, presented at the state convention, is given to three (3) Councils that maintain the best website during the Program Year. This is based on the website content and presentation.
March 29th Council Fish Fry and Founders Day Celebration


The prayer card of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney (the Founder of our Order) was available at the meal purchase table . A banner of Father McGivney was also displayed behind the serving line.

Both English and Spanish versions of the prayer card were available.

Always a well attended event!

See more pictures on the 2019 Fish Fry Photo Page (A new page or tab will open.)

LAMB Foundation Presented Checks to Two Local Organizations

Conover City SchoolsConover School LAMB Ckeck Presentation 3-27-2019

Shown, from left, #6451 Brother Knight Steve Purcell Council Advocate and NC Western Chairman of the LAMB Foundation; Dr. Phyllis Pegram School Principal; Hope Laird Conover School Teacher; Brother Knight LAMB volunteer Jim Kearney; center front, Lizzie Ambroccio, 9th Grade Student.

The gift to the Conover School supports Special Olympics and a variety of special needs projects .

CVCC Foundation and ABE ProgramCVCC Check Presentation 2019

Shown, from left, are #6451 Brother Knights Steve Painchaud, Richard Painchaud and Steve Purcell Council Advocate and NC Western Chairman of the LAMB Foundation. Accepting the gift, from the left, are Dr. Keith Mackie, Vice President of Instruction; Chanell Butler Morello, Executive Director; Vickie Vinson, CVCC's ABE Coordinator and Mary Beth Wilson, Foundation Assistant.

The gift from LAMB is to support the Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Foundation's Adult Basic Education (ABE) program of instruction designed for adults who function below the high school level. Instruction is offered in reading, writing, math, oral and written communication, and technology, according to the North Carolina Adult Education Standards.

Council #6451 to Celebrate Founders Day

On March 29th Council #6451 will be celebrating Founders Day at the Friday Lenten Fish Fry by handing out prayer cards of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney (the Founder of our Order). A banner of Father McGivney will also be displayed behind the serving line.

Both English and Spanish versions of the prayer card will be available.

Founder’s Day is celebrated annually on March 29, the day when the Connecticut legislature approved the charter of the Knights of Columbus in 1882.

Text of Prayer:

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Worthy Sir Knight Ralph Houser receiving the Honor of 4th Degree Certificate from Grand Knight SK Eddie Williams.
Mason Burr, Receiving his 1st Degree Certificate from Grand Knight SK Eddie Williams.

Come One and All to Our Friday Lenten Fish Fry!

Held in Holy Family Hall
5pm to 8pm

Friday March 8th
Friday March 15th
Friday March 22nd

Friday March 29th
Friday April 5th
Friday April 12th

Brother Knights:

This is by far our biggest fund raiser of the year and we need
Sign-Up today for your spot on one of our Fish Fry Teams


Brother Knight Freddie Joe Lilley, age 73, of Wilkesboro, formally of Deep Gap, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019.  He is survived by his fiancee, Betty Little, of Deep Gap, two step-daughters, two half-sisters, one half-brother and his pet dog Max.
Freddie was a 3rd degree Knight and joined our council in 2015.
Freddie could always be found behind the last pew at the 11:00 Mass in his motorized wheelchair.  His nephew, Randy, was not far away with cup of coffee and a doughnut from Holy Family Hall.  Their dog Max was in the Freddie’s specially configured van during Mass.
  Freddie moved to the Boone area last year after Randy passed away suddenly.  Please pray for Freddie and his family.  We will arrange a memorial Mass for him.


IN MEMORIAM brother Knight George W. Sharman

Our beloved brother Knight George W. Sharman, 87, passed away on Tuesday January 29, 2019, at his home in Taylorsville surrounded by his family. He was a long time member of Saint Aloysius Catholic Church and of our Knights of Columbus Council 6451. George was a very active member of our council.  He was our past LAMB Director. He and his son were also responsible for creating the Nativity Scene that we display during the Christmas holidays. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Aloysius Catholic Church on Friday February 1st @ 1:30 PM., with Father James Collins officiating. A 4th Degree Honor Guard has been requested by the family. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park.

Our Newest Caballeros de Colon

January 2019

Our Newest  Caballeros de Colon

From Left to Right: SK Eddie Williams, Grand Knight; Francisco Olguin, Juan Flores Vite,
Jose Castillo-Lare, Gorgonio Mejia-Trejo, Filibetto Martine, and Erick Silva

For all those who wish to join with us in attending the March
for Life this Friday, we will meet in the lower parking lot at
St. Aloysius @ 10:00 AM to car pool to Charlotte.
December Knight of the Month, Dec. 2018

Ralph Houser (foreground) is presented the Knight of the Month Award
for December 2018 by Grand Knight, SK Eddie K Williams

Christmas Nativity 2018 Installed
Rich Painchaud and Marc Swinnen swinging a hammer!
L to R . Joe Palermo, Steven Painchaud, George Brown, Rich Painchaud, Paul Quistorff, John Major with Erwin Velasco and Bob Smith kneeling. Selfie with Bob Hall and Erwin Velasco with Rich Painchaud and George Brown.


Memorial Mass for Sir Knights Tony

Memorial Mass December 16th @ 11:00 AM at St. Aloysius Church

Fruit from our council's sales will arrives on the 8th of December and we will be
distributing the fruit after all of the week-end Masses to those who have placed orders.

New 2nd Degree Knights from Formation Degree Exemplification held on November 5th

New 3rd Degree Knights from Knighthood Degree Exemplification held November 17th

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