Council News

Grand Knight Comments

Words from the Grand Knight

Worthy Brothers,

I hope this finds you and you’re families well.    Do you know your history on the Knights of Columbus?  The Knights have a long and storied history that started when our founder Blessed Michael McGivney began our fraternal society in 1882.  During WW1 the Knights provided rest and social services to Allied service man of all faiths.  These facilities became known as K of C Huts and provided religious services, supplies and recreation under the motto, “Everyone Welcome, Everything Free”. These K of C huts became very popular in the United States and Europe.  Everybody meant everybody.  Whatever your race or creed, you were welcome at K of C huts.  The Knights were praised by historians because unlike other social welfare organizations operating in the war, the Knights never drew the color line.  As a result of the Knights wartime work, which earned high praise from Pope Benedict XV, nearly 400,000 men joined the Knights between 1917 and 1923.  More history in our next newsletter.


Walk proud as a member of the Knights of Columbus my brothers.  We have and continue to change the world and our local community with the work we do.  God Bless you for everything you do.  We have a lot of activities going on in the council right now.  Please try to come to this month’s meeting and see where you can help.


Vivat Jesus,


Member Drive St. Mary's & St. John's

Membership Drive at St. Mary's and St. John's

There will be a membership drive at St. Mary's in Export after the 6pm Mass on Saturday March 11th and after the 9am Mass on Sunday March 12th. Current members are asked to assist in this drive.

There will be a membership drive at St. John's in Delmont after the 4pm Mass on Saturday March 11th and after the 11am Mass on Sunday March 12th. Current members are asked to assist in the drive.

Memorial Day Car Cruise



MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 29th, 2023 11:00 am - 4:00 pm rain or shine

Donation $10.

Special Interest, Antique, Classic, Muscle, Trucks, Military, Motorcycles Welcome

Organized by the Knights of Columbus Council 4226

Benifits PA Hero Walk*, Heinz VA Medical Center**

Clelian Heights***, Westmoreland County Veterans Food Bank****


Choice Auto Murrysville

Exchange Underwriters, Robert Heinle VP Sales

11:00 am to 1:oo pm, Registration, Dash Plaques and Goodie Bags to First 200.

1:00 pm Memorial Day Salute to Our Veterans

3:00 pm Trophies Awards

All Day D.J., Food, Refreshments, Chinese Auction, 50/50, Door Prizes




St. John the Baptist de LaSalle Church

497 Athena Drive

Delmont, PA 15626

For additional information contact Dennis @ 724-325-4235 or

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                                      ***                                                                             ****www.westmorelandfood




Recent Donations

Recent Charitable Donations

Our council has recently made donations to the following organizations

  1. Life Choices, Greensburg                          $     500.00

This donation was made possible from a positive balance in our Charity Fund. 

Financial Planning/Insurance Needs

A Message from Jose Pinero, our Field Agent!!!

In order for the council to get credit for the founder’s award, the council must have a minimum of seven eligible Catholic men registered and present. Our brother Knight Joe Jordan is an impeccable speaker. The event is virtual and can be watched from the comfort of one’s home! The below image is what the registration page looks like it is important to fill in the council field in order to receive credit.

Click on the link below for information to join in on a webinar "Purpose Driven Retirement Strategies" presented by Joe Jordan (Award-winning author, Financial Leader and brother Knight.

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity - Knights Volunteer Day

Brother Knights,

We worked on a home on the South Side Slopes. This was part of a program to help keep people in their homes. We did demolition to a bathroom and got started on setting a new tub. Pretty dusty work but we managed!



Anyone interested in helping at future events are asked to contact Jim Snitger for details. You can contact Jim at or at his cell phone at 412-334-4932.

Men's Conference

*** Note: There is still time to get in your reservation for this event!***

Men, what are you hungry for?  Come to THE WELL!  Are you thirsty for something more?

Come to THE WELL on March 25, 2023 at Christ our Shepherd Center 🗗 in Greensburg.

THE WELL  "Be Not Afraid" is excited to present keynote speaker Deacon Ralph Poyo, who will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and make your Catholicism a way of life.

We will also feature a host of breakout speakers who will inspire and ignite the Holy Spirit in your hearts and minds.

The 2023 Diocesan Men's Conference features dynamic speakers, Eucharistic adoration, the availability of the sacrament of reconciliation, lunch and Mass celebrated by Bishop Larry J. Kulick.



Please plan to join us and bring a friend or two. We especially encourage those who are seeking answers about how to live a Christ centered life, no matter where you are in that journey presently. Be Not Afraid.

Registration is $50
Full scholarships are available from the Francis Fund.

If you have any difficulties using the embedded registration, you can also register through Eventbrite's website 🗗.

Please note: you DO NOT need to print any tickets from your registration.  All registrants will appear on our master list at the registration table.


VA Volunteer Services (VAVS)

Worthy Brothers,

Special Request - Volunteers are needed to assist Vets getting to and from Mass at the facility chapel. If you are interested in helping please contact Lee Clark!

Please remember to donate any gently used, or new winter clothing. The VA is in great need of these items. Because this need goes beyond just that of our veterans some of the clothing is being donated by the VA to the Salvation Army to help the homeless in Pittsburgh who are not Veterans. Both men's and women's "winter" clothing are needed.

Thanks very much for your continued support and generous donations for VA Pittsburgh. 


Vivat Jesus,

Lee Clark, FDD

KofC VAVS Representative SWPA


Food Pantry


The Food Pantry is ONLY looking for car loaders every month to lift boxes into cars at the present time. The boxes weigh 40 -50 pounds. Groups are not helping at this time.

If you  would like to volunteer on the first Tuesday of the month around 5:30 pm please contact Dan Pilon at or leave a message on his answering service at (724) 325-4910. Thanks!

Tom Starn - Cereal Collection

This committee collects cereal boxes in memory of our dear brother Knight Tom Starn. Please keep up the great work on this ongoing project for our community. Boxes can be brought to the council meeting, any other meeting at the hall or contact Jim Snitger for pickup or delivery ( 412-334-4932).

Watch for the sales and you can buy multiple boxes for a great price!


Cereal Donations dropped off at the council hall meeting nights.

Thank you everyone for your very generous donations!!




Lee Clark is in need of volunteers to go to the VETs Center to play Bingo! If you would like to help, contact Lee at 412.627.5543 or for details. Watch for new dates to be announced soon.

Blood Drives

Blood Drives

Results from March 2023 Blood Drive

Goal Units = 24

Units Donated = 25

Goal Percentage = 104%

Our thanks to all who participated and donated to this drive!!

Remaining 2023 Blood Drives

5/2/2023     Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church     Host Newlonsburg Church

6/29/2023     Mother of Sorrows Church    Host KofC 4226

8/29/2023     Newlonsburg Prestyterian Church     Host Newlonsburg Church

10/26/2023     St. John Baptist de La Salle Church      Host KofC 4226

12/28/2023     Mother of Sorrows Church     Host KofC 4226

We are in desperate need of more help with all blood drives.  We just lost another of the old guard with the passing of Chuck Saller.  We limit the shift to two hours and the drive runs from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.  We can run the drive with two volunteers but that makes for a long day!  Ideally, we need six people for the drive.  The bigger the list of helpers, the fewer drives one person needs to work.


Please contact Mike Godfrey by phone at (724) 493-0765 or email at if you can help or have any questions.  This has been a wonderful program over years. We need your help to keep it going!


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Degree Schedule

1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Exemplifications

A degree team is being formed from our council. Interested members should contact either Don Granata at or Robert Heinle at Under Supreme's rules 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degrees are now combined into one new event. Current 1st and 2nd degree members need only witness this event to obtain their 3rd degree status.

4th Degree Exemplification

June 10, 2023 @ St. Luke's Parish in Erie, PA

A Fourth Degree Patriotic Degree Exemplification is scheduled for Saturday 6/10/23 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Erie, PA. The Exemplification will take place at 11 am - details for applying and registering can be found in the attachments (which include details for ad sponsorship and ladies lunch/banquet attendance).

Registration ...............................9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Exemplification.............................................11:00 a.m.
Ladies Brunch ...........................11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Banquet ...................................... 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mass……………………………….…………4:30 p.m.

Click on the link below for degree details and to reserve a spot for this Exemplification

Exemplification Announcement

Fee Schedule:

$70.00 Basic Candidate Fee, Banquet ticket is included for the candidate, Additional Banquet tickets are $45.00; Ladies program brunch $25.00/person.


September 9, 2023 @ Sacred Heart Parish in St. Marys, PA

Deacon Andrew Hamilton

Our Seminarian

Deacon Andrew Hamilton

Deacon Andrew Hamilton, you might not have known, is the Seminarian sponsored by our Council through the K of C RSVP Program for $500.00.  Councils in the Diocese sponsor all our Seminarians.  Andrew would be happy from you.  Here is his address: St Vincent Seminary, 300 Frasier Purchase Rd., Latrobe PA 15650.

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