Knights of Columbus

 Council 11483
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
Port Charlotte, FL

Daily and Sunday Mass, Live from St Patricks, New York

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The Chrism Mass - recorded Monday

The Chrism Mass is a religious service held in Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Anglicanism. 

Holy Thursday is notable for being the day on which the Chrism Mass is celebrated in each diocese. The Chrism Mass is one of the most solemn and important liturgies of the liturgical year. Usually held in the diocesean cathedral, it is generally held on the morning of Holy Thursday, but may in some dioceses take place on another day during Holy Week. It is often the largest annual gathering of clergy and faithful held in most dioceses. In some dioceses, attendance is sufficiently significant that, due to limited seating, tickets are distributed to parishes. The Mass is a celebration of the institution of the priesthood with Jesus' words at the Last Supper, "Do this in memory of me." During the Mass, those present are called to renew their baptismal promises; priests/ministers and deacons also reaffirm their ministry by renewing the promises made at their ordination. 

The Mass takes its name from the blessing of the holy oils used in the sacraments throughout the year, which are then given to priests/ministers to take back to their parishes.[8] The Rite of Reception of the Oils by representatives of the diocesan parishes is a sign of each parish's unity with the Bishop and the diocesan Church. Whenever the holy oils are used, the ministry of the bishop who consecrated them is symbolically present. The oils distributed are meant to last all year, although extra oil is also blessed during the Mass and is kept at the cathedral as a reserve if a parish runs out.

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For  God  and  Country

Charity - Unity - Fraternity - Patriotism

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Knight Knews

Things You Need to Know Now
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BUSINESS MEETINGS - There will be a Call-In Business Meeting for all members on Monday April 6th beginning at 7p.  Please scroll down to the Council Business Meeting section below for more information

OFFICERS' MEETING -  Next Call-In Meeting  is planned forMonday, April 27th at 5p.  Call-In instructions are in the Business Meeting section below.  

Knightline Magazine now OnLine! 

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Columbia Magazine now OnLine!

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Golf Tournament Set - CANCELLED


Culture of Life Events - Please click on the Pages icon, upper right of this page and select Culture of Life page for more details on these coming events:

There are NO Charity-Unity-Fraternity Degrees scheduled until furhter notice.

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Seminarian Support - 2020   Scroll down to read the note from the Dioceses and read about the men you supported this year!

4th Degree Newsletter - Click Here to download - Contact Faithful
Admiral,  Dave Richardson, if you have other information you would like to see published - email or call (404) 944-9172.  For other 4th Degree information, contact Faithful Navigator Kellmis Fernandez:  email or call (941) 284-2388.  4th Degree Regalia - need to purchase?  Click HERE.

Ask These Old Knights - Scroll Down Past the Calendar to learn about this new program and how you can participate.

The Invocation - K of C State Council Publication of statewide Knight Knews!  I think they copied us!  Click HERE to see the latest endtion.

Special Prayers - Please keep the following Brothers and their family members in your Prayers as they seek peace and healing: Vic Caldara, our Veterans and those on Active Duty, George Evans, Alex Castro.

Everyday Heroes - Season 2 - Click HERE for links and more info.

Knights of Columbus, an Illustrated History,  is availabe now with pre-order 30% discount.  Click HERE, to find out more and to order.

I Still Believe - The Faith Movie of the Year featuring Gary Sinise.  Go to our Pages (top right corner), Click on Culture of Life and see info/links to marvelous movie coming to our local theaters.

Council Business Meetings

How to Call-In to Participate in Business Meetings, Officer or Council - Click HERE
Business Meeting Agenda - Click HERE
Resolution Document to State Convention - Click HERE
Business Meeting Minutes - Click HERE
Budget Proposal 2020-2021 Fraternal Year - Click Here
Father McGivney Prayer - Click HERE

Seminarians 2020

Lenten blessings to you!

I hope all is well with your families and the St. Max Council. I received your Council’s letters and checks for our seminarians, Mark Harris, Alejandro Roldan and James Gates. Please extend our gratitude to your Council for their support of these young me as they pursue their vocation through Christ. I will forward these checks to them at seminary. God be with you in all you do to build up our Church!      Suzanne Thompson,  Administrative Assistant,  Diocese of Venice Office of Vocations

James Gates - Click on Pic to read more    

    James is 18 years old and is one of eight siblings. He was born in Clearwater, Florida and his home parish is Ave Maria Parish in Ave Maria, Florida. He spent his early years in Michigan, and southern Florida where he lived in Ave Maria with his mother and Naples with his father and graduated from Naples High School  God has always been a strong presence in his life and so has James's Catholic faith. He realized he had a strong calling to the Priesthood beginning in the tenth grade.   


Alenadro Roldan - Click on Pic to read more

Alejandro was born in Medellin, Columbia. He has an undergraduate degree degree as a medical technician and master’s degree in Theology from Fundacion Universitaria Cervantina San Augustin in Bogota, Columbia. Prior to entering the seminary, he was studying to complete his graduate degree which he finished in August 2019. Alejandro is currently learning English and studying theology at St. John Vianney College Seminary. 

Mark Harris - Click on Pic to read more

Prior to entering the seminary, Mark graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Master of Arts in Teaching and taught elementary education for several years. He is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Punta Gorda, Florida where he was involved with their Faith Formation program and was a member of the Adult Ministry Team.  Mark will be starting Theology III studies at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. 


Exemplification of Charity, Unity & Fraternity - English

The New Exemplification  - explanation and ceremony.  Click on the Watch Now button below.  Once on the video page, click on the > to begin the video and see the introduction by Sir Carl Albert Anderson, current Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.  Please note that this is the first publication so there may be changes to this exemplification before the rollout is completed sometime in January. 

One of the most significant changes in the new Ceremony is that it is open to wives, family and friends.   The ceremonials, which were always asked to be kept to the membership, are now open and will be held in Church.  You are encourage to have them watch this video and participate in the feedback survey.

So after you watch the video, Supreme would appreciate your feedback.  Please click HERE to take the online survey.

Into The Breach

Why are you here? To know God. To love God. To serve God.
If you are a man, you are called to share the faith. You are called to live the faith.
Step into the breach this Lent to strive nobly and discover your role as a Catholic man in today’s world.
The Knights of Columbus has produced a 12-episode video series inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation Into the Breach written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix. 

Each episode features a man’s personal story and major Catholic figures such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Father Mike Schmitz, former NFL player Matt Birk, FOCUS founder Curtis Martin and others who break down and explore the virtues of Catholic masculinity.

All episodes will premiere on Ash Wednesday.  Click on the Watch Now button below to connect to the site and watch the Trailer now and the Episodes beginning on Feb 26th.

Pocket Tax Tables

Our Brother and Insurance Field Agent mentioned that he had the new Tax Tables and would pass along.  Click HERE  to see and download!!  Some very comprehensive information.  Good luck and thanks Alan! Kotlarski!

Brother Tom Henning is leading an effort to support our Brother Knights who are either permanently or temporarily incapacitated and need help with some simple home repair support. This will include the Knight’s spouse and the widows of our Knights. Often either from skill set limitations, age or health issues, a Brother Knight needs some help in some simple chores/repairs around the house. Fun!

These Old Knights will be a team of Brothers who can trim a bush, do some minor drywall repair like fixing a hole, change that light bulb that needs a ladder to reach, and on and on. There are those things that we just cannot, for our safety or for legal reasons, do. They will include any type of major electrical or plumbing that calls for a licensed and bonded professional. We’re not going up on roof tops! No lawn maintenance, i.e. we can’t be in the lawn care business, but we could trim a hedge or drag a palm frond to the curb. We could install grab bars and other handrails.

Each request will be sent to Tom for his and the team’s review. Can we do the job with the skill sets in the team? Does it require more skills or special licensing? The team may need to go out and review the job and let them know the costs. We expect the requester to pay for all the expenses. We are saving them on the labor side and the Council is not budgeting for these expenses.

So how do we get started and how can you participate? As Tom Henning has volunteered to be the organizer/contact/gatekeeper, you need to have his contact information:

(864) 238-5101, cell/txt   LEAVE Message if you call      email:   

Next, you need to sign-up. Below, you'll be able to "click to download" a sign-up form.  These forms will be compiled into a master list that will help Tom organize the Brothers and their skill sets. Be as thorough as possible. Fill that in and email to Tom.  If you need to, call him to discuss.

Next, review the attached “requester” forms that will be used to send in the request to have some type of work done, typically with two Knights on the job. This form not only tracks the project but the estimated budget.

There is also a form that you would take to the job site to keep notes on the project and expenses. Your feedback to Tom on these forms is welcome too.

Tom looks forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. He'll be compiling the list of volunteers and then coordinate a kick-off meeting to further talk about the services and answer other questions.

Volunteer Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Project Site Notes Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Project Request Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Indemnification Form - Click Here to Download and Print


Who are the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to join...

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

If interested in receiving more information please Email our Chancellor, Brother Gregg Marrapodi at: or cal (941) 628-8490.  You can also click HERE for an online link.

Fourth Degree

Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. If interested in becoming a 4th Degree Knight, speak with the Grand Knight or Chancellor of Council 11483.


Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.  We currently do not have a squires program at our council. If you are interested in the Squires program do not hesitate to contacts us and we will connect you to a local council that has the program.

We are council 11483 located at St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, FL 
Interested in becoming a Member?  Contact Gregg Marrapodi, our Chancellor.  
(941) 628-8490

A Brief History of Our Council

For God and Country

It all started in the fall of 1994 when Charles Maloney, who at that time was District Deputy and Rich Oliva, the District Warden asked Louis Nagy for help to start a council at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish.Our Rector Fr. Bob Mattingly gave the OK to proceed and by January 20, 1995 we had the over 40 members required by Supreme to start a Council and so Council 11483 was founded.One of our First events was a Spanish American dance held on September 16,1995. George Ponzio & Henry Libergall were the chief-cooks and music was provided by the Spanish American Society of Pt. Charlotte and a great time was had by all.Later that same month we sponsored a parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.On November 20, 1995 a lighted Christmas Holy Family Centerpiece valued at $ 325.00 was donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea for our first fund raiser. Art Croteau won a 50-dollar gift certificate for selling 190 tickets. Stan Brokaw and Ted Rivera both sold over 100 tickets each.On January 22, 1996 we held our first spaghetti dinner. Adults were served for $ 2.50 and children were admitted free of charge. Jim LaBee was our chief-cook and with his help we bought the stove for the kitchen which was used many times at future dinners.On February 19,1996 we held our first social dance and the music was provided by John Del Genio.On March 14, 1996 Father Bob conducted a service for members to renew their marriage vows and a certificate was given. Twenty-two couples were present representing 839 years of marriage and 92 children.Our first Tootsie Roll drive was held that March of 1996 and handled by Bob Mungovan, Jim LaBee and Roger King. We raised and donated $ 1,000.00 to A.R.C.On April 14, 1996 we hosted a pasta dinner at a cost of 4 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for children.On May 23, 1996 we received a Certificate of Appreciation for sponsoring Girl Scout Troop #177. Leaders were Dorothy King & Beatrice Briggs.We held our first Golf Outing on June 29,1996. Our chairman and golf-lunch, beverages and prizes.We also painted the inside of the Church building in August of 1996. The building included the parish hall, classrooms and offices.On November 3, 1996 we held our second parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.We sponsored our second fund-raiser in December of 1996, raffling off another nativity scene donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea.We had our first Valentine Day celebration with a pasta and meatball dinner held on February 13,1997.The celebration continued for St. Patrick's Day when we sponsored our first Corn Beef dinner on March 17,1997.This and many other events has contributed to the building of our council, organization, and parish. We continue this work today and have fun doing it every time. 


1441 Spear St. 
Port Charlotte, FL


Contact: Gregg Marrapodi, Chancellor 
Phone: (941) 628-8490