Corpus Christi Procession – June 7, 2015

DSC02497DSC02487DSC02489The men of the Knights of Columbus Councils of Fr. McCafferty and St. John the Evangelist led the fourth annual Corpus Christi procession, combining the parishes of St. Ignatius and St. John the Evangelist in a three mile prayerful display of the Eucharist. About 100 parishioners and friends joined the march which started at St. Ignatius with a prayer service. Father Jon Dalin, Chaplin, carried the Monstrance from St. Ignatius under a canopy which Knights from both councils carried on a rotating basis. The Knights were led by Bruce Wright, Fr. McCafferty’s Deputy Grand Knight and Kurt Schanbacher, Grand Knight of St. John’s Council.

Several parishioners provided water stops along the route, including PGK Frank and Mary Fazzalore. St. John’s pastor, Msgr. Joseph Prior also carried the Monstrance. Thre Procession ended at St. John’s church with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. After Benediction, refreshments were served at St. John’s.  Many thanks to Marianne Kloc who helped to organize the procession, to Sir Knight Steve Sanelli who led the Knights 4th degree honor guard at both churches and to the approximately 20 Knights who attended the procession.

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Knights and Families Enjoy Annual Picnic

A gathering of Knights and their families enjoyed perfect weather for the annual picnic on Saturday June 6 at the Lower Makefield Memorial Park.  In addition to terrific food and beverages the event featured activities for all ages, including a playground for the kids and a friendly horse shoe competition for the adults.  Special thanks to Brian Derby for planning the event and arranging for the facilities and to Chuck Dolan for his outstanding job as the grill master.  Finally, it should be noted that Brian Derby and Bruce Wright are the reigning council horse shoe champions and they look forward to defending their title at next year’s picnic!

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Blue Mass Celebrated at St. Ignatius

On Friday April 17th at 7pm a Blue Mass was celebrated at St. Ignatius of Antioch in Yardley to honor the work of First Responders including law enforcement officials, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel. Celebrant Msgr. Samuel E. Shoemaker  was assisted by Deacon Michael Cibenko  and the guest homilist was Rev. James A. Lyons , Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Representatives from numerous police, fire and EMS organizations were in attendance.

The term “Blue Mass” is a reference to the color of the uniforms worn by many of these professions and dates back to 1934. Particularly in the wake of the events on September 11, 2001, the Blue Mass is a way to recognize the sacrifice of police, firefighters and EMS personnel and to remember those who have given their lives in service to their communities. The Knights of Columbus has taken an active role in sponsoring Blue Masses in the communities in which it serves, to join with the community in expressing appreciation to these dedicated professionals for all their selfless work.

The mass was organized and sponsored by the Fr. McCafferty council of the Knights of Columbus whose efforts were led by Eric Miller, Moss Jacobson, Chuck Dolan, John Noto, Mike Cibenko and Anthony Liccione.


The mass was covered by the Bucks County Courier Times and that story and video is found here:



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Honoring Past Grand Knight Tom OBrien

On Sunday April 12, 2015 a large gathering of knights, families and clergy gathered to honor  Tom O’Brien in recognition of his 60 years as a Knight and specifically for his service as Grand Knight in the preceding year.  Fr. McCafferty council members were joined in the celebration by numerous members of Tom’s family. The event was organized and hosted by Dominic Licastro, and he along with fellow Knights Pat Joy, Eric Miller and Deacon Myron Moskowitz shared stories and recounted many of Tom’s accomplishments in his time with the Knights. Finally, District Deputy Ken Harkinson presented Tom with certificates of merit from both the State and Supreme offices.  Tom himself treated the group to memories with a touching poem he had written of his time with the group.




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Star Council Award

Our council has been notified by Supreme that it has achieved Star council status for the 2013-2014 council years. Star council is the highest distinction that a Knight’s council may achieve. The requirements include reaching quotas for new members, new insurance policies and growth in all six of the Order’s service program categories. This is only the third time in our council’s 22 year history that Star council has been achieved, the other coming in 1996/97 and 2004/05.

Congratulations to all Knights who participated in the many activities of our council during the year, led by Grand Knight Tom O’Brien, Insurance agent Joe Grayeske, Membership Chairman Pat Joy, Financial Seccretary Ron Lantzy and the first degree team of GK Tom O’Brien, “GK Eric Miller, Deputy GK Bryan Bedard, Insurance agent Joe Grayeske, PGK Pat Joy and John Noto. The first degree team held four first degrees during the year resulting in the addition of nine new members.

The six Service Program categories and examples of our council’s activity in that area are as follows:

  • Church service; Corpus Christi procession, adoration of the Blessed Mother Icon.
  • Community Service: Support of Aid for Friend’s food program, Prison ministry support, Lower Makefield Veterans Park support.
  • Pro-Life Activities: Support of Bucks County Women’s counseling center including organization of Parish diaper drive, attendance at annual “March for Life” in Washington D.C.
  • Youth Activities: Support of Parish youth ministry, support of Fr. McCafferty scholarships for St. Ignatius students, annual free throw contest.
  • Council Activities: Support of deacons and seminarians, “Keep Christ in Christmas” promotion, Annual Golf Outing and Dinner.

Family Activities: Yardley Christmas parade, annual Christmas party, Parish picnic support.

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New Members Welcomed

The Yardley Knights were pleased to recently welcome the following five new members to our council: Robert Danietta, Brad McCarthy, Frank Morrow, Richard May and Tom Shakley.  These new brothers were inducted at a first degree ceremony on February 26 in the St. Ignatius auditorium before a large contingent of council members.  The ceremony preceeded our monthly business meeting and the evening concluded with refreshments and camaraderie for the new and old Knights alike!

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Dr. Les Ruppersberger

Dr. Les Ruppersberger, President-Elect, CMA

Les Ruppersberger

Brother Knight, Dr. Les Ruppersberger has been selected as the President-Elect of the Catholic Medical Association of the U.S. He will be installed as the incoming President at the annual convention October 1-3, 2015  in Philadelphia and assume his new post on January 1st, 2016.

The Catholic Medical Association is a physician-led community of healthcare professionals that informs, organizes, and inspires its members in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.

Here at St. Ignatius, Dr. Les is the head of the Respect Life committee, serves on the Adult Faith Formation committee  and was instrumental in helping establish the Buck’s County pro-life women’s counseling center in Bristol and another in Philadelphia, both of which our Knights council have financially supported. Dr. Les and his wife Betty host a Catholic radio program on local Catholic radio and present courses in Natural Family planning to Marriage Prep  couples throughout the archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Dr. Les’ medical practice is limited to Natural Family Planning.

Our Brother Knights of Fr. McCafferty council are very proud of Dr. Ruppersberger’s achievement in the U.S. Catholic Medical Association.



Dr. Les’ Bio is as follows:


President-elect CMA 2015
Lester A. Ruppersberger, DO, FACOOG(Dist)

Langhorne, PA

Dr. Ruppersberger graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (both located in Philadelphia, PA). He did his post graduate training at Allentown Osteopathic Hospital (Allentown, PA) and Parkview Hospital (Philadelphia, PA). He has been with the Center for Women’s Health, since its formation in 1995, and in practice since 1979. Dr. Ruppersberger is an attending physician at Capital Health System in Hopewell, NJ and at Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. Dr. Ruppersberger is also a family life medical advisor and a certified instructor of natural family planning for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been married to his wife, Betty, for 44 years, and has two sons and ten grandchildren.



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Blue Mass – Honoring All First Responders

Blue Mass – Honoring All First Responders (Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS) of Yardley, Lower Makefield and surrounding communities.

All Faiths, Agencies, Departments and supporters are welcome! To RSVP or for more information, please email:

Friday April 17, 2014 at 7pm

St Ignatius of Antioch roman Catholic Church

999 Reading Ave

Yardley, PA 19067



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Annual Christmas Party

Our council Christmas Party was held on December 14th with nearly 60 members and their families in attendance.  The potluck dinner featured a main course of turkeys supplied by Chuck Dolan and ham supplied by Dominic Licastro.  The abundant side dishes were delicious and the dessert table was overflowing with holiday treats.  A great time was had by all and it was a perfect kick-off to the Christmas season.  The party also featured the recognition of Anthony Liccione as the council’s Knight of the year, and John and Dawn Noto and their sons Chris and Joe as the council’s family of the year.  A special thank you goes out to Melinda Wright for hosting this year’s event!





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2014 Knights of Columbus Golf Classic

This year’s 10th annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Classic was held on Monday, September 29th at Northampton Valley Country Club. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, golfers, diners and committee members, we enjoyed another very successful outing, raising over $52,000 for our charity funds.

For the tenth year in a row, our council joined forces with our brothers of St. John the Evangelist Council to host the Golf Classic. Over one hundred golfers gathered for lunch and at 1:00 PM Monsignor Prior, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish offered a blessing for our golfers and our four military guests led us in the pledge of allegiance. The golfers then teed off at the beautiful links of Northampton Valley.  The course was in excellent condition and the scramble format plus numerous “mulligans” gave every foursome a chance to shoot par golf. After a great afternoon on the course the golfers were joined by another 30 Knights, wives and guests for a delicious buffet dinner of beef, chicken and pasta prepared and served by the Northampton catering staff.

Deacon Mike Cibenko led us in prayer before the meal. Tom Rossi of St. John’s was the MC and he started the festivities by inviting all of us to join in the silent auction, the Chinese auction and the 50-50 drawing. The silent auction prizes included dinner for eight at Bonefish Grill, vacation condos in Ocean City and New Orleans, six rounds of golf at area golf courses, Sixers basketball and Flyers hockey tickets, and jewelry. The 55 inch flat screen TV raffle was won by Kevin Zola and seven other winners walked off with baskets of cheer.

The Chinese auction of over 20 items included numerous gift certificates at local restaurants.

The 50/50 drawing winner was Jack Breslin, the Jackpot hole drawing winner was Steve Foxx and the foursome led by PGK Domenic Licastro took first prize for the lowest score. At the end of the evening the golfers, wives and guests agreed that the annual golf classic was a most enjoyable afternoon and evening of fun, food and fellowship.

Once again, we were blessed with many generous sponsors who made this charitable event a great success. This year, we are grateful to have The Charitable Exchange contribute $30,000. Many thanks to, Jim McCaffrey and McCaffrey’s supermarkets and The Heritage Financial Group for their platinum ($2500.) sponsorship.  Our other major sponsors at the gold ($1000.) level include Dan and Thelma Pisano of St. Ignatius Aid for friends, Joe and Gloria Coyne of Health Web Solutions, Tom Parsons of W & W auto body, the Biggs family, Benefit Watch of Yardley, Bruce and Melinda Wright, John Noto, Christian Dale, PGK Darryl Puzan of IPA, MFP Realty of Allentown, and the Tallman Family. Over 110 individuals and businesses supported the golf classic. This year’s net profit will be divided evenly between our two councils and will fund the important charitable work of our brotherhood.

The golf committee, co-chaired by Len Kuchera of St. John’s and GK Bryan Bedard, included PGK Domenic Licastro , PGK Pat Joy, Anthony Liccione, Bryan Cromarty  of our council and six members of St. John’s council. A total of twenty-two members and wives volunteered their time on the day of the outing.

Please save this date: September 28th, 2015, for the 11th annual Knights golf classic at Northampton. See you there!!!!


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