It was in 1882 that the state legislature in Connecticut officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The action came from the efforts of Father Michael McGivney, the associate pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven. 

With more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus still hold true to their principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

Now in 2015 we look to St. Mary’s Parish in Riverside to learn about the Bishop Kettler Council of the Knights of Columbus, which has been revived through the efforts of the church’s pastor, Father Thomas May. 

Father May was approached by a parishioner from his former parish, St. John Brebeuf in Niles where there had been an active council. The man told Father May that the Riverside parish at one time had a council. Through the efforts of parishioner Mel Tomeczko and other men of the parish, the council is growing in numbers and keeping true to the Knight principles. 

And on March 26, Father May will be recognized for his efforts in re-establishing the council when he will be one of four honorees at the Columbian Boosters 32nd Annual Honors Night at White Eagle Banquets in Niles.

Next on the calendar for the St. Mary’s council will be an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner on Saturday, March 14 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Center, 97 Herrick Road in Riverside. 

Along with not having to cook dinner, attendees can also enjoy music and try their luck in raffles. Pasta is provided by Capri Ristorante, so bring your appetite and mangia.  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Kids under 5 are free.

To learn more about the Bishop Ketteler Council, the banquet honoring Father Tom May or the pasta dinner go to visit online at or contact Mel Tomeczko at 708-442-2573.

Do I not always say that Landmark readers are the best and the smartest? Well, I do say it and this proves it. Last week’s column on local movie houses jarred some memories and when I wrote I did not know the name of a movie house in south Berwyn two readers came to the rescue. 

So thank you John Kissane and Joe Stejskal for remembering it was the Roxy Theater.  I wish I had a prize to give you two, but I am not Oprah, so I’ll send you a big thank you.

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