Upcoming Degree Advancement Ceremonies



Please be aware of the upcoming opportunity to participate in 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies on Saturday August 23, 2014 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Candidates for the 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies should arrive at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., respectively, and should appear in coat and tie.

The degree ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, and will last approximately one hour each with a reception following the 3rd degree ceremony.

Please note that this is a great opportunity for current 1st degree Knights to advance to both the 2nd and 3rd degree in the Knights of Columbus in one morning.

Please also be aware that there is not another 3rd degree ceremony scheduled in the Richmond area until next June.

You are eligible for advancement in our Order.

As a Council, those of us who have already achieved this level recommend your taking these important steps toward full Knighthood.

As you witnessed in your 1st degree ceremony, there was a portion of that ceremony intended to portray a lasting impression on how you should view your life, and your stewardship.

You learned the first principle of a Knight, Charity, and we trust that you see that principle in action as you have been working with our Council.

During both the 2nd and 3rd degree ceremonies, you learn additional key principles of a Knight, put into perspective so that you will be left with a lasting impression of how it may apply to your life as a Catholic gentleman.

We encourage each of our members who are eligible to advance to the 2nd and/or 3rd degree to do so, as it places more of our Council on an equal footing with regard to our understanding of what it means to be a Knight.

Be aware, all Third Degree Knights will be eligible for the Fourth Degree in Richmond on Saturday, November 1, 2014

Opportunities like this do not come along very often.

Please join in with many of our Richmond Sir Knights on your spiritual journey to service and Knighthood!

Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

The Catholic News Agency – for the full article click the following Link:



.- The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries.

“The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Aug. 12.

“It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia – simply for their faith,” Anderson continued.

“It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with them in defense of the freedom of conscience, and provide them with whatever relief we can.”

In addition to an initial pledge of $500,000, the Catholic fraternal organization will match another $500,000 in donations from the public.

Militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or ISIS, have seized large areas of Iraqi territory. They took the country’s largest Christian city, Qaraqosh, on the night of Aug. 6, forcing tens of thousands to flee.

The militants have ordered Christians and other minorities to convert, pay a tax known as a jizya, or be killed.

Anderson cited Pope Francis’ request that the world pray and support those affected by the “terrible persecution.”

“We are asking our members, and all people of good will, to pray for those persecuted and support efforts to assist them by donating to this fund,” the head of the Knights of Columbus said.

Donations may be made through the webpage www.kofc.org/Iraq or via check or money orders sent to K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.

The Knights of Columbus said that 100 percent of all donations will be used for humanitarian assistance.

Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible.

There are more than 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus in councils worldwide. The fraternal order has responded to disasters including the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., typhoons in the Philippines, hurricanes and tornados in the U.S., floods in Mexico, and tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan.

The Knights of Columbus have historically supported oppressed Christians, such as during the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico in the 1920s. The Knights provided humanitarian assistance for victims of persecution and worked to raise international awareness about the situation there.

Last year, the Knights provided more than $170 million and 70 million hours to charitable causes.

Performing in Richmond; The United States Army Chorus (Washington, DC)

All performances in the series are free of charge. Parking available in the rear lot, entrance accessible from Allen Avenue or Lombardy Street. Overflow parking available at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Stuart Circle.











August Musicales 2014 Presents

The United States Army Chorus (Washington, DC)

Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 p.m.

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

1627 Monument Avenue • Richmond, VA • 359-2463


The Loss of CHARLES SERAFIM, Saturday, August 2, 2014



As some of you may know by now, Alan Serafim’s son, Chuck, passed on from this life a week ago Tuesday.  Chuck and his family lived in North Carolina and all services were held there. A celebration of Chuck’s life was held last Sunday.  Below you will find the obituary for Chuck Serafim.  Our Council is considering a donation to the suggested charities which we will announce later.


This weekend, I will have a sympathy card available in a convenient place in the church commons for you to sign when you attend masses.  I will send instructions and location in a follow-up email.  Alan typically attends Sunday 7:30 a.m. masses. If you are able to be at church after that mass, please share your thoughts with him.  Alanhas contributed much to our Council’s founding and development.  As a Past Grand Knight, we know Alan’s strong faith is sustaining him now.


Yours in Christ,

Dale Matanic



CHARLES SERAFIM, Saturday, August 2, 2014


SERAFIM, Charles Paul “Chuck,” age 48, of Banner Elk, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Chuck was born in Frankfurt, West Germany on June 27, 1966. He graduated from Douglas Southall Freeman High School in Richmond, Va. and received his B.S. Degree in Business from Wingate University in Monroe, N.C. He was the owner of High Country Hearth and Chimney. He enjoyed watching his two sons play soccer.


He is survived by his wife, Cameron; and his two sons, Faris and Finley. His mother, May Serafim and father, George Alan Serafim of Richmond, Va; a brother, Chris Serafim and wife, Christy, of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Kim Megenity and her husband, Adam, of Richmond,Va.; his brother-in-law, Knox Clark and his wife, Sarah, of New Orleans; his sisters-in-law, Courtney Wainscott and her husband, Grant, of Atlanta and Donna Clark of Sarasota, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Summer, Talon, London, Jagger, Madison, Braeden, Knoxy, Milly, Reedy, Amelia and Chase. Chuck has many, very special relatives in Richmond, Va.; and a dear cousin, Deb Cargo, from California.


A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of Nancy and Allen Clark, 170 Old Turnpike Rd., Banner Elk, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chuck Serafim Fund, c/o Highlands Union Bank, P.O. Box 2169, Banner Elk, N.C. 28604, and/or the Chuck Serafim Fund, c/o Robert L. Blevins, Wells Fargo Advisors, 1606 Eulid Ave., Bristol, Va. 24201. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory, Boone, N.C. is in charge of the arrangements.



I apologize for  the delayed inclusion of this information.