The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council 6203 held their annual Keystone Special Citizens Community Lunch at the Holy Savior Academy on March 11th. Every Month Father John Alvarado from Sacred Heart Church holds a special Mass for the Mentally Challenged residents from the Keystone Community as well as other residents from Middlesex County. This month’s theme was St Patrick’s Day.
The South Plainfield Knights have supported this Special Citizens lunch for over 30 years. Pizza, Pretzels, Dessert and drinks were served to the over 90 residents that attended.
Those who helped out this year were the following Knights – Grand Knight Joe McGeehan, Tom Pollock, Joe Rea, Steve Belanger, Tony Wargacki, Dan and Alexis Ratti, John DeAndrea, Lenny Kleczkowski, 4th Degree Color Corps members Joe Wilkowski and Phil Thomas and youth Squire members Jack Scrudato and Brandon Wizda.
Also the Knights have to thank to following women who help run this event each month for Sacred Heart Church: Kathy and Laurie Keenan who also donated all of the St Patrick’s gifts, Angela Mecurio and Eileen Sanchez,
This year the residents had a very special treat, the Star Essence Performing Arts Academy in conjunction with Shea Jennings School of Irish Dance from Edison preformed many traditional Irish dances. Led by their teacher Miss Meg Conry the following dancers performed: Julia Kelly, Sarah Lindeman, Marlena O’Brien, Adelaide Dutemple, Grace Emerson and Kailey Jones.
The Knights and Father John Alvarado would like to thank these young dancers for taking time to donate to this very worthy cause
Council #6203 Special Citizens Chairman
Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society at a time in the United States when Catholic immigrants were being forced to renounce their Faith in order to earn a livelihood for their families. Our mission as Knights of Columbus, is to keep Father McGivney's dream alive, to actively seek out Catholic men and invite them to be a part of our community of Christian family life through participation in our social and fraternal programs of service to our Church, community, and youth.
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