May this Advent season prepare you for Christmas.  If you haven’t started, it’s still not too late to prepare.

   First off, let us celebrate a most successful Saturday.  O’Boyle Knights helped prepare the St Vincent de Paul foodbank which gave food to over 70 families yesterday, gave away over 150 coats to children, donated extra coats to Sweaters & Sustenance, witnessed Brother Daniel Bergin daughter’s baptism, set up the afterparty for the baptism, gave the $1,258 raised through NatsMass cookouts to the Father Andy, and enjoyed pizza together afterwards.  Great job everyone!

  Now to upcoming events!


***O’Boyle Crashes Holy Rosary’s New Year’s Eve Party*** On New Year’s Eve, Holy Rosary parish in DC will have a 6pm vigil mass (it’s a Holy Day of Obligation!).  Following the mass, the parish will host a New Year’s Eve party with food, soft and hard drinks, a live band, and dancing. The $80 ticket for the event will help the parish cover the costs of the event. Let’s us know if you are coming and BE SURE TO BUY YOUR TICKET ONLINE FROM  PGK’s Patrick, his wife, iPGK Jack, and DGK James are going and would love to enjoy the night with you.


***Monthly Meeting*** Wednesday, January 8 at 7pm in St. Dominic’s basement.  Come join us and plan out activities, grow in the faith, and spend time with friends.


***March for Life Events*** March for Life is the major leagues for our council.  This year it is on Friday, January 24.  That means an evening set up will occur the day before for St. Peter’s and possible St. Joseph’s.  Additionally, there are discussions about a possible all night adoration.  And PGK Patrick will be hosting an overnight party of LivePD, board games, and food at his Navy Yard apartment for those who want an easy walk to the parishes in the morning.  The day of we will surge to help our parishes entertain and minister to tens of thousands of people.


***Top Hats, Chapeaus, and Berets Special Olympics Polar Plunge on February 1*** Let’s make our fourth polar plunge our best and represent the Knights of Columbus with GK Patrick Roehm wearing an old regalia chapeau and cape, iPGK Jack wearing the old school regalia top hat, and PGK Patrick Abbott wearing the new regalia’s beret.  If you join our team you have the option of wearing a top hat or beret.  We want all Catholics and friends to be on our team so consider joining and bringing your wife/girlfriend, friends, and co-workers with you!  One can join our team here ( or donate to our very own Father Bede’s page (


  We hope to see you soon at some of our events!  Also, please be sure to pay your dues ($31.20 at or, if you like to pay via $30 check we will be sending out notices and envelopes in the mail soon) and consider adding an extra $10 or $20 so we can surge our charity (any extra will be specially earmarked for charity)!  We do not spend dues money on dinners or “nice to have things.”  We spend it on charity, rosaries for new members, the required State Per Capita, and Supremes’ required Culture of Life per capita which advances pro-life causes.  Help us do good work in 2020!

  God bless and Vivat Jesus! 

The Knights are strongly pro-life and support those showing a loving gospel. Check out this map of ultrasounds purchased and donated by the Knights (and find the one we gave to Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center!).


   How to describe 2019? The charity of over $7,000 dollars donated to Coats for Kids, by NatsMass, and to our parishes’ renovation? The unity of prayer from our chaplain and programs such as the Advent Buddy? Or the fraternity of hanging out with each other at The Brig or looking out for a friend’s wife while he is deployed overseas? In truth, we spent our year doing all of these things, but they do not cover the complete work of O’Boyle Council. All of that was made possible by your generous contributions of time, talent, and treasure.  I want to thank you all for taking part in our council activities this past year.

   To those who were unable to join us, we would love to see you this coming year! Brother Knights are welcome at any event, and your families and friends are welcome at everything, except business meetings and degree ceremonies. If you cannot attend, we would love to stay in contact with you via Facebook, and also pray your prayer intentions, which can be placed via our council’s website.  

   O’Boyle Council is able to focus on our activities and avoid frequent fundraising because we keep council spending to a minimum. All of our events are possible because members like you pay dues. Dues for calendar year 2020 are $30 cash/check, or $31.20 via PayPal. ***Please also consider adding on an extra $10 or $20 donation to your payment. Anything extra will be specially marked for charity purposes only.***  

   You can pay online at   Or you can send a check to our financial secretary.   

   Additionally, please fill out the Fraternal Survey Form Online:   Thank you so much for all that you do for our parishes and our council. We are looking forward to a fantastic 2020 where our council can grow in charity, unity, and fraternity.   Vivat Jesus!

For the fourth year in a row we are going to do the Polar Plunge!  Come join us and invite all your friends!

Join FS Patrick and his wife at Holy Rosary's New Year's Eve Party! Mass starts at 6pm and the party afterwards. A full Italian buffet with drinks plus a night of dancing awaits. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased via the link. FS Patrick's family has gone for years and iPGK Jack had a great time last year too. Let's have a great night with our northern neighbor!
Good evening Brother Knights,
Let us be the first to wish you a Happy Advent! As we have mentioned, O'Boyle Council will engage in penitential practices in the Advent season, which begins tomorrow, December 1st. This would be a great exercise for us as part of spiritual growth and for reparations for the sins within the Church right now.
We recognize that everyone has busy schedules at this time of the year and is at different parts of their spiritual journeys. With this in mind, we can engage in some spiritual practices as a council together. Our recommendations include:
1. No meat on Fridays
2. Fast once per week
3. Attend a weekly Rosary group
4. Make a personal sacrifice (e.g. give up chocolate, coffee, soda)
We will also off Brother Knights the opportunity to "pair up" with another council member to engage in additional spiritual practices and devotions. You and your Advent Buddy could decide on what level you want to practice, and how you will support each other during this season. If you are interested, please contact DGK James Marafino.
Here are some other ideas for your and your Advent Buddy to foster a stronger spiritual life:
1. Daily spiritual reading
2. Daily Mass or more frequent Mass during the week
3. Liturgy of the Hours
4. Divine Mercy Chaplet
We hope this upcoming Advent season is fruitful and beneficial as we all prepare for the coming of Christ.
Vivat Jesus!

Good evening my Brothers,

Over the past several months, many of you and your families prayed for our brother Kevin Nolan and his wife Claudia, as she battled cancer. I am sorry to deliver the news that Claudia peacefully returned to our Lord yesterday. At the time of her passing, Kevin was holding her hand and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

I ask all of you to please keep Kevin and his two sons in your prayers during this extremely difficult time. Additionally, please pray for Claudia, and the safe journey of her soul to heaven. Finally, I ask that all of us be as available to support Kevin however you are able.

As Knights, we have an obligation to stand with our Brothers at all times. That means we can enjoy each other's company in our happiest moments, but also means we help raise each other up in moments like this. We often talk about charity, unity, and fraternity in our meetings and degree ceremonies. Claudia's passing will demonstrate to our council how those values are alive in our lives. Just as our forefather Knights were there for the families of their Brother, so too will we be there for Kevin and his family.

We will share information about the Memorial Mass as soon as it becomes available. Until then, please keep Brother Kevin and his family in your prayers in the coming days.


Patrick Roehm
Grand Knight, O'Boyle Council

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"Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life."

-Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

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