July 2019

Evans Family

I would like to recognize the Evans Family as the
July 2019 Family of the Month.
Jeannine and Bill Evans are very active in the community,
especially in support of Holy Family Catholic
Church. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary
this year and have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Jeannine is extremely involved as the Coordinator
for the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
recruiting, training, mentoring, scheduling, and managing
last-minute matters related to this important
ministry. She is also a member of the Circle of Caring,
a member of the Crafters, serves as the Liturgy
Coordinator, assists in collection counting on Sundays,
and has served as the Decorations Coordinator
for 20 years. Bill is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran,
supports scouting and partnered with Jeannine to
run a food booth at the Holy Family Fun Festival for
several years. They’ve attended Holy Family for 40
years, normally at the 10:30 am Mass.
Congratulations to the Evans Family—we are thankful
for their great example and their contributions to
our Parish and community.

June 2019

Ham Family

I would like to recognize the Ham Family as the June 2019 Family of the Month. Rob and Sara Ham are very active members and servants to the Holy Family Catholic Church. They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year. Many know the Ham Family as a fixture in their pew at the 10:30 Mass. Brother Rob is a member of the choir, a lector, and volunteers on Confirmation re-treats. Sara serves as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, as a lector, and has taught religious education for several years. She also substitute teaches at Holy Family Catholic School and is the Parent Teacher Organization Treasurer. The Hams have supported the Holy Family Fun Festival for several years. They have seven children, several of whom have attended or attend Holy Family Catholic School. They themselves have been involved in Parish activ-ities to include singing in the choir; participating in work camp; serving as lectors, ushers, and catechist aides; and participation in, and volunteering with, Summer Friendship. Several have also been in-volved in Scouting. We thank the Ham Family for their great example of a family who prays and serves together, for all their activities above, and any not listed, in support of our Parish community.

May 2019

Holy Family RE Team

The Family of the Month for May 2019 are the hardworking
catechists, assistant catechists, and staff of
the Holy Family Catholic Church Religious Education
(RE) program.
The RE team plays an important role by assisting
parents in the religious, moral, and spiritual formation
of their children. This support is essential in a
team effort that empowers the children of Holy Family
to grow in their love of God, develop personal relationships
with Jesus Christ, and gain a strong
foundation of knowledge of their faith while they develop
into citizens of character who are committed to
service to their community as Catholics.
Throughout the entire school year, over 80 incredible
people (helped by even more teen aides) gave of
their time every week to plan and prepare, review
materials, set up classrooms, and lead lessons on
Catholic teachings, practices, and traditions. A great
number of these volunteers have been doing this for
years. This year nearly 700 children participated in
the RE program.
This team’s work has been and always will continue
to be essential (and their ranks will always need replenishing).
Consider the several thousands of Catholics
who “grew up” in Holy Family Catholic Church,
many now with families of their own, as well as the
hundreds of children in our parish now. We thank
the RE team for all they have done this year as in
years past, prayerful for their success in the future.

April 2019

Velasquez Family

I would like to recognize the Velasquez Family as
the April 2019 Family of the Month.
Oscar and Dora Velasquez are very active members
and servants to the Holy Family Catholic Church

community. They celebrated their 28th wedding an-
niversary this year.

Oscar has served on the Pastoral Council for sever-
al years and serves as both an Extraordinary Minis-
ter of the Eucharist and an usher. He has been in-
strumental in several upgrade projects like painting

and bathroom renovations at Holy Family, and has
been a stalwart supporter in planning and putting on
special events like the St. Valentine’s Day Dinner,
New Year’s Eve party, and especially the annual
Holy Family Fun Festival.

Dora is also an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucha-
rist, and a member of both the Guadeloupe group

and prayer group. She has been active in fundrais-
ing, supporting events, and helping to run a booth

several years at the Fun Festival.
The Velasquez family attends and supports Holy
Family all the way from their homes in the Stafford

and Fredericksburg area. This includes three chil-
dren (Dina and husband Mauricio, Elisa, and Emily),

several who have volunteered with Summer Friend-
ship, as well as two grandchildren.

We thank the Velasquez Family for all their activities
above, and any not listed, in support of our Parish.

March 2019

Dionne Family

Dom and Mariana are active members of the Quantico Catholic Community. They will celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary in April, and they have 4 children (Gabriel 20, Daniela 17, Melina 16, and Andre 13).

Dom transferred to the council in 2013. He actively supports team 4 for bingo, helps with Christmas tree sales, sub sales, ethnic dinners and numerous other events. He recently served as Deputy Grand Knight.
Mariana is an active member of Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) at Quantico. This year she is helping with the planning and execution of the Regional Retreat.

Dom and Mariana are Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, substitute religious education teachers, manage the altar servers, and are members of the Catholic Advisory Council for the Catholic Community at the United States Marine Corps Base Quantico. Mariana is also part of the Linen Guild to make sure all the altar linens are properly cleaned and prepared for each Mass. Daniela and Melina are members of the church choir. Melina and Andre are both altar servers. Daniela and Melina are also assistant religious education instructors for the Catholic Community.

The Dionne family participates in the Adopt-a-Marine program for The Basic School (TBS) at Quantico. They help provide home cooked meals and brief relaxing escapes from the base when the training schedule allows Marines to take a pause from the rigorous training program.

Gabriel is enlisted in the US Army and is currently attending training to become a combat engineer at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Daniela is a senior and Melina is a sophomore at Forest Park High School. Andre is currently in 8th grade at Benton Middle School.

Congratulations to the Dionne family for being an exemplary family!

February 2019

Laney Family

For the month of February I want to recognize the
Laney Family for a lifetime of service. Ron and Angel
have been happily married for 54 years. They
have two sons Michael (47) and Richie (45). They
are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren,
the two living with them are Richie (16) and Samantha
(15), and the other two are Josh (20) and Justin
(15). Ron joined the United States Marine Corps and was
severely wounded in action during his second tour
during the Vietnam War. After his medical retirement
from the Marines, he attended college through a
Veterans Administration Program and successfully
completed his Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees. Upon
graduation he started working for the Department
of Justice as a Federal Parole Officer.
Ron retired from the Department of Justice after
serving for 35 years in the Office of Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention. Most of his career involved
training state and local law enforcement officials
on child abuse and missing children investigations.
Ron served as Associate Administrator of the
Child Protection Division which had the national responsibility
for major programs such as the Missing
Children’s Program, AMBER Alert Program, Internet
Crimes Against Children Program, National Child
Advocacy Centers Program, the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children, and other child protection
programs. He continues to help coordinate child protection
trainings at four national child protection conferences
each year throughout the country. Ron serves
on the American Professional Society on the Abuse
of Children Advisory Board and he helps facilitate an
annual missing children's roundtable for children and
families of missing children to help the siblings of a
missing child and victims of an abduction. Also on
the 200th year anniversary of the Juvenile Court as
sponsored by the National Juvenile and Family
Court Judges titled: Second Chances, he was recognized
as one of 25 success stories of Juvenile Court.
Ron has spent 40 plus years involved with veteran
organizations. He is a four time Past Post Commander
for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
#1503, and has served as the Commander for the
Military Order of the Purple Heart Semper Fi Chapter
# 1775 the last 21 years. Ron is also a Past State
Commander of the MOPH, and a member of the
American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and
the Marine Corps League.
The Laney Family support the Dale City Fourth of
July parade; Ron served as the Grand Marshal one
year. They attend and participate in ceremonies at
Quantico National Cemetery on Memorial and Veterans
Day. They help support VFW cookouts for the
Dale City community. The Laneys also assist with
the deliveries during the VFW Christmas Food Baskets
program for our community families. Ron and
Angel lead the VFW Christmas tree sales program.
Samantha volunteers to help with Easter, Halloween
and Christmas Children’s parties supported by VFW
Auxiliary. Angel and all the grandchildren help with
the VFW Buddy Poppy and MOPH Viola drives.

January 2019

Christmas Tree Sales Team

Family of the Month
Brothers, please join me in recognizing all of our Brother Knights who assisted with the Christmas tree sales this year as our Council Family of the Month. Their efforts and sacrifice of time away from their loved ones leading up to Christmas ensured that the council was able to a turn a profit in our tree sales this year. Only 1/6th of our membership helped with sales this year. Several of these Knights pulled more than one shift in an effort to sell all the trees we had on hand. The weather did not make it any easier; we had rainy days that hampered sales on two weekends where we traditionally do pretty good.

December 2018

Byram Family

The Family of the month for December is the Byram
Family. Greg and Catherine have been married for 5 years
and have two children. Hannah is 4 years old and
Connor is 2 years old. Greg is currently an Outside Guard for the Council. He also volunteers to help at our cookouts and tends
bar in the Council Home. Greg volunteered to head
up our Christmas tree sales for the council this year.
Catherine and Greg are both religious education instructors
at Holy Family and volunteer to help with
the Youth Ministry. Their family frequently assists
with the food pantry.

November 2018

Raimundi Family

I would like to recognize the Raimundi Family as our Council Family for November.

Ruben and Clara have been married for almost 7 years and are the proud parents of three children.
Kiara is 14 years old, Keison is 6 years old and Kaily is 5 years old.

Ruben is currently serving as our Council Warden, Captain of BINGO Team 2, and routinely volunteers to assist our degree teams. Most recently, he just managed the highly successful Hispanic Ethnic Dinner in October. Ruben also just assisted with the Council’s Art Auction. Ruben routinely supports numerous activities such as Dale City 4th of July Parade, Adopt-A-Highway, Holy Family Fall Festival, Kovar, Christmas tree sales, Breakfast with Santa and Mother's day breakfast.

Ruben and Clara are both Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Holy Family and take communion to the home bound of the parish. Ruben teaches religious education on Thursdays and is also the co-chair for the Journey with Jesus at Holy Family. Clara manages the Cake Walk for Holy Family during the Fall Festival and also bakes several desserts. The Raimundi family routinely supports the Holy Family Catholic Church food pantry. Ruben assists with the Holy Family Work Camp by providing tool safety training. He also supports the Diocese of Arlington annual Work Camp as a contractor.

Finally, the Raimundi’s also provide donations to a homeless shelter at least once a year.

I want to thank the Raimundi family for all they do to help our Council, Holy Family, Dale City and the Diocese of Arlington.

October 2018

Dunlop Family

I would like to recognize the Dunlop family as our Council Family of the Month for October.

Kevin and Laurie have been married for 29 years and are the proud parents two children. Gus is 19 years old, an Eagle Scout, and currently a sophomore in ROTC attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Annie is 17 years old and currently a senior at St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School.

Kevin is currently the Life Program Director and is a Bingo caller. Since joining our Council, Kevin has supported numerous events annually such as Christmas tree sales, Christmas card sales, KOVAR, and breakfasts. He also helps with beer sales, night guard, and cleanup for the annual Holy Family Fun Festival. He’s assisted in Adopt-A-Highway, the Art Auction, and sub sales a few times as well.

Kevin and Laurie are both Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Holy Family. Gus and Annie also serve as Ushers for the 10:30 Mass. Kevin served as the liaison between Holy Family, the Diocese, and the architect for the building expansion project. Kevin is also an Assistant Scout Master and the Summer Camp Coordinator for Troop 857 chartered by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He was also a youth sports coach for two years in Lake Ridge.

In support of our community, Laurie currently works at Holy Family Catholic School as the librarian. She chaired the Holy Family Fun Festival Committee two years in a row, continues to support that event, and planned several Parish dinners, dances, and parties. She served as a volunteer track coach for the Dale City Lightening for 3 years and earlier as the coach for Girls on the Run at Old Bridge Elementary. She is also a member of the Lake Ridge Chorale, a community choir that performs to support local charities.

I want to say thank you for all the activities above and all the things not listed that you and your family do to help our council, parish, and community.

September 2018

Council 7165 Family

Our Family of the Month for September 2018 is dedicated to all the members of John Paul I Council 7165, who throughout the fraternal year, selflessly give their time, talent and treasure, and energy to ensure all of our sponsored events are a success.

To those who support our bingo program, participate in sub sandwich preparation and sales at the Church, Christmas tree sales, KCIC sales, Teddy Bears for Police, Ladies Appreciation dinner, our ethnic night dinners, Mother’s Day Breakfast, Breakfast with Santa, the annual Art Auction, blood drive, 40 cans for Lent, birthday nights, summer cookouts, KOVAR, our various children’s programs, the Holy Family Fun Festival, and to those that volunteer as Eucharistic Ministers, lecturers and ushers at Holy Family and at the National Shrine; each of these events require someone to volunteer their time to chair, organize, advertise, and execute the event. In a vast number of these examples, that person is a brother knight, and in many cases his family is right there with him, lending their support by assisting in most every aspect of these events.

It’s because of our beliefs in our Catholic faith and our desire to provide support to our church and our community that allows and even compels many of our brother knights and their families to be the ones to get things done.

For this reason, the Family of the Month for September 2018, is that dedicated group of brother knights and their family members that make everything we do as a Council so special!

August 2018


The Family of the Month for August 2018 is the Williams Family.
Ray and Rene have been married for over 33 years. They are the proud parents of two adult sons, Marsallis is 25 years old and plays the saxophone and keyboards in a GoGo band, GoGo music is a unique subgenre associated with funk that is popular in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Jayvon is 19 years old and will attend Bridgewater College starting in September 2018.
Ray has been a knight for just over a year and has immersed himself in many activities and since joining John Paul I Council, Ray agreed to be the Church Committee Chairman and is serving as the Council Recorder this year. Ray served as the 2018 Activity Chairman for the 4th of July Parade and ...

July 2018


The Family of the Month for July 2018 is the Hummel Family. Corey and Denise are active members of the Quantico Catholic Community.

Corey and Denise just celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary and have 5 children. Corey joined the Knights just over a year ago after he retired from the
Air Force and went from 1st to 3rd degree in two months! He actively supports team 3 for Bingo.

Denise served as the secretary last year and will be the 1st Vice President for Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) at Quantico this upcoming year. She is also the Archdiocese for Military Services (AMS) Seminarian Sponsorship Liaison for the Military Council of Catholic Women (CWOC World Wide), this required her to work with seminarians that are co-sponsored by AMS with the hope that after ordination into the priesthood, they will be allowed to serve as chaplains in our military to support Catholics in every branch of the Armed Services by their bishops.

Denise also teaches Kindergarten for Religious Education in support of the Quantico Catholic Community. She is assisted by two of her daughters, Amanda and Laura.

June 2018


The Family of the Month for June 2018 is the Byram family. Greg and Catherine are active members of the Holy Family and John Paul I communities.

Greg and Catherine recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary… congratulations to both of them! They are the proud parents of two adorable children, Hannah is 4 years old and Connor is 17 months old. You can often hear Connor’s infectious giggle at church. Hannah seems to enjoy being the caring big sister.

Greg became a knight shortly after he and Catherine were married. He’s been active with the Holy Family Softball team for a few years. Over the past couple of years, Greg has become more active with the council, volunteering his time as a bartender in the lounge, as well as joining the team of brothers responsible for cooking at our Friday Night Cookouts. Most recently, Greg was elected to the position of Outside Guard for the upcoming fraternal year.

Catherine has probably one of the toughest jobs out there… she’s a stay-at-home Mom and housewife caring for Hannah and Connor and their niece, Ava. Catherine has served as a Catechist for six years at Holy Family teaching the 7th and 8th grade classes.

Please join me in congratulating Catherine and Greg on being selected as the council’s Family of the Month for June 2018!

May 2018


The Family of the Month for May 2018 is the Rouleau family. Bob and Anne are both active with Holy Family Church as well as with the council and KC Ladies Auxiliary, respectively.

Bob has been an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for a number of years and has helped train other Eucharistic Ministers. Anne serves as a Lector at Holy Family generally at the 7:30 Mass, as well as weekday Masses. Anne also serves on the Holy Family Parish Council. Anne is active in the KC Ladies and has previously served as Secretary and President. She has also helped run the side-walk café at Holy Family’s Festival for a number of years.

I think most people are aware that Bob is the focal point for and publisher of the Prayer Requests sent out to all of our Prayer Warriors… and many of us have benefited from those prayers!

Bob and Anne celebrated 52 years of marriage this past November, a true testament to the loving people that they are! During their marriage they’ve been blessed with 5 wonderful daughters; Barbara, Kathaleen, Lisa, Cynthia, and Amy; and in turn their daughters have blessed Anne and Bob with 9 grandchildren! And yes, that is the correct spelling of Kathaleen’s name… Bob explains that in his haste and excitement he made slight error when writing her name down for the birth certificate.

Bob serves on both the John Paul I Council Admissions Degree Team and the District’s Father Capodanno Formation Degree Team. He also serves as Chief Usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Bob is a Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator, and Former District Deputy. He currently serves as President of the John Paul I Charity Corporation.

In their free-time… Bob performs with 2 barbershop choirs, The Harmony Heritage Singers and The Bull Run Troubadours. Anne and Bob are also members of St Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Silver Foxes, where Anne serves as Secretary and Bob is the organizer for their Annual Christmas luncheon.

It gives me great pleasure to honor Anne and Bob Rouleau as the Family of the Month!

April 2018

Bingo Regulars

This month I’ve selected a very unique “family” as our Family of the Month. For the month of April 2018, I want to recognize a special group of brothers that for quite some time, have served as the heart of the council’s Bingo program.
I’d like to recognize brothers Walter Dick, PGK John Castro, Bob Scheller, PGK Mike Dvoroznak, PGK Ray Humenik, Jerome Alexander, Terry Kuszewski, PGK Joe Grabowski, Brian Crowley, PGK Jim Limbach, Bernie Bresnahan, and of course their ring leader, PGK Bill Gleichsner.
Our Bingo team captains do a great job in getting workers out every week in support of the program, but it’s this core of regulars that can always be
counted on: they work virtually every Monday night, as well as the double Bingo sessions on Memorial Day and Labor Day!! These brothers understand the importance of our Bingo program and the support it brings to our charity programs; and they
unfailingly support it! Please join me in congratulating our band of Bingo brothers for being selected the “Family” of the Month for April 2018!

March 2018


For the month of March 2018, I’ve selected Holy Family parishioners John and Jill Zurcher as the Family of the Month. John and Jill have lived in the Woodbridge area for over 25 years and have been members of Holy Family Church for about 18 years, having transferred from St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church around the same time Fr Gerry got to Holy Family.

John and Jill have been married for over 46 years and their marriage has been blessed with 4 children; Rebecca, Laura and the twins; John Jr. and Katie. The Zurchers have also received the blessings of the next generation of their family with John Jr.’s children, 4-year old Aubree and 3-year old Ryan; and Katie’s 3-year old Emily and the newest edition, Jacob who was just born Feb 2nd!

John retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 1996 after faithfully serving our nation for 25 years. In addition to being at his side as his faithful wife and loving mother to their children, during most of John’s military assignments, Jill served as Director of a number of child development centers or worked as a school teacher. Following John’s retirement from the Army, he went to work for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked for 16 years, retiring in 2012. John and Jill’s hobbies include reading and travel, when they can. John also enjoys giving his best at a round of golf from time to time.

John and Jill both serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Holy Family and together they serve on the Adult Faith Formation, with John serving as the Coordinator for the “Journey with Jesus” program. The Zurchers also assist the money counting team. In addition, John is a member of the Circle of Caring, and he attends daily Mass, often serving as alter server and usher, as necessary. To quote John, he’s the “utility infielder at Holy Family”.

Please join me in congratulating the Zurchers for being selected the Family of the Month for March 2018!

February 2018


The Family of the Month for February 2018 is that of Brother Milton “Pete” Peterson. Pete and his bride Kelly, recently celebrated 48 years of marriage. Pete and Kelly were granted custody of their two grandsons, Jacob and Mark when “one was barely walking and one was barely crawling”; not long after, Pete and Kelly adopted Jacob and Mark.

Pete served honorably for 20 years in the US Army, serving in the Communications Intelligence and Personnel fields, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1988. Following that, Pete joined the civil service as a DoD civilian; serving in numerous capacities until his retirement in 2015. Pete is a 3rd Degree Knight having joined the Knights of Columbus in 1981.

While serving in the Army, Pete and Kelly first moved to Dale City and joined Holy Family Catholic Church in 1980. Pete served two military tours and one civilian tour in Korea, for a total of 22 years, but Pete and Kelly always returned to Holy Family.

Pete has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector and usher at Holy Family, as well as EMHC and Lector at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for approximately 15 years. He has also been actively involved in the Catholic Healing Ministry of the Diocese of Arlington for approximately 12 years, where he serves as a Prayer Minister. Kelly is an active member of the Korean Legion of Mary based in Reston. Their members number approximately 200 and regularly meet at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lake Ridge.

Mark is currently a Senior at Gar-Field High School, where he consistently earns a place on the Honor Roll. He is currently a 3rd Degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. Mark also performs in the choir at Holy Family Church. Jacob is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College, where he’s taking General Studies courses. He also serves as an usher at Holy Family and like his dad, is a 3rd Degree Knight, having joined John Paul I Council in 2017.

Please join me in congratulating the Petersons in being selected the Family of the Month for February 2018!

January 2018


I’d like to recognize the family of Brother Wayne Mattson as our Family of the Month for January. Since returning to the Dale City area this past year, Wayne and Amanda and family have picked up where they left off. Wayne and Amanda have always been actively involved in the church; Wayne by serving as a lector and singing in the choir; and Amanda is a flutist with the Holy Family choir, as well as singing with the choir. Both have served as religious education teachers and in validation classes.

Wayne and Amanda have 6 wonderful children who are also very active in the church Holy Family Church: Nathaniel, Joshua, Peter, Dominic, Jack and Lucia. All the children have or are currently active as altar servers, assisting in Vacation Bible School, as well as being active in religious education.
As a family they have helped or participated in the Holy Family Fun Festival, Friday cookouts, road cleanups, sub sales and assisting with our latest Art Auction. Wayne and Nate are both brother knights in John Paul I council.
Please join me in congratulating the Mattson’s in being selected the Family of the Month for January.

December 2017


Our Family of the Month for December is that of Brother Eugene Brown Jr. Gene and Joyce have been married 54 years! They are the proud parents of 4 adult children: Diane, Steve, Paul, and Cindy; and 11 grandchildren: Nick, Lacey, Noah, Lexi, Sophia, Connor, Sydney, Zach Paul, Claire, Jacob, and Collin. The Browns have been parishioners at Sacred Heart for approximately 8 years.

After successfully battling breast cancer, Joyce wanted to know that if anything were to happen to her, Gene would have somewhere to turn and to have something to do, so she wrote a letter to Santa asking that Gene join the Knights of Columbus. With that Gene joined our ranks in 2006. He has been a regular along the Dale City Independence Day Parade route serving as a Parade Marshal many of the years since joining the Knights.

Joyce joined the KC Ladies Auxiliary around the same time Gene joined the Knights and is active with many of the Ladies activities. She is a regular at the Ladies Bunco Night and can always be counted on the support the Ladies in their many activities. In addition, Joyce is a regular contributor to the council’s events.

Together Gene and Joyce have been the driving force behind a number of our children-related events for approximately 3 years now… namely the Easter Egg Hunt, the Children’s Halloween and Christmas Parties. And on the rare occasion they were unable to support it, their daughter Diane has stepped in to provide support!

Gene worked as a federal contractor until his retirement in 2000. Joyce was a housewife most of their marriage, but she had a couple of home based businesses for a number of years. Since then they have enjoyed their time supporting and participating in church and KC events, and enjoying the numerous activities their children and grandchildren are involved in.

Please join me in congratulating the Brown family on being selected the Family of the Month for December.

November 2017


The November Family of the Month is that of Brother Wilmer Munoz. Wilmer and his wife Jennifer Ann have been married since October 2001. They moved to the Woodbridge area from New York in Aug 2012. Wilmer became a Knight in 2005 and made his Knighthood (3rd) Degree in the spring of 2006. He is employed by ABC Supply Co. where he was a truck driver until recently, when he was promoted to inside sales. Jennifer has been a stay at home mom since August of 2017 and Wilmer states, as most house-wives will attest, that she is working harder now than when worked outside the home!

Wilmer serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Holy Family and has taught Religious Education classes for First Communicants since the 2013-14 class. He also serves as lecturer on occasion.

Wilmer and Jennifer have been blessed with a family of 4 boys; Alejandro 14, Parker 8, Ethan 5, and little Noah 14 – months old. Alejandro, or Alex, is a fresh-man at St John Paul the Great. His school work keeps him quite busy, but he does have time to participate on the wrestling team. Alex is also an alter server at Holy Family Church and has been an assistant RE teacher with his dad since the 2016-17 class. Parker and Ethan are both students at Holy Family Catholic School, Parker in 3rd grade and Ethan in kindergarten. Parker enjoys participating in soccer and track at school. Like his older brother, Parker is now an alter server. According to Wilmer, Ethan likes to watch TV and to ―just relax‖. And No-ah, as with most 14-month-old little boys… his job is to just be cute!

Please join me in congratulating the Munoz family in being selected the Family of the Month for November.

October 2017


The Family of the Month for October 2017 is the family of our Grand Knight Victor Rivera. Vic and Audrey have been married for a little over 23 years and their family includes 3 great children; Justin, Stephanie, and Jonathan.
Brother Vic has been a Knight since May 2003 and has filled virtually every Council Officer seat. As his busy schedule permits, Brother Vic enjoys playing softball on the Holy Family Knights Senior League team. Currently he is the Acting President of the Prince William Girl’s Fast Pitch Softball League.
Audrey is employed by Prince William County Schools at Freedom High School where she is a School Counsellor. She is also the Coach for Freedom High School’s Robotics Team.
Justin is a senior at the University of Mary Washington with a Computer Science major He also serves as a coach for the PWCS First Robotics High School Team, as well as coaching the Freedom H.S. Robotics Team and mentor for the Pennington Traditional School FIRST LEGO League Robotics. Justin has also been a Brother Knight since January of 2015.
Stephanie is currently a student at NOVA studying Public Health Exercise Science and Kinesiology.  She also plays softball for Holy Family and mentors the Charles J. Colgan Senior High School Robotics team.
Jonathan attends Colgan Senior High School where he is a sophomore.  He is on the Varsity Golf team and the School's Robotics team.  Jonathan is sponsoring a study abroad student from Spain who will be staying with the Rivera family for two weeks.
Justin, Stephanie, and Jonathan are all avid swimmers and until recently were members of the Dale City FROGS. The entire family takes part in supporting many of our Council’s functions, from donating blood at our annual Red Cross Blood Drive, to assisting with cooking at the Breakfast with Santa, to cooking for our recent Hispanic Ethnic Night dinner.
As a family, the Rivera’s make an annual clothing donation to BARN Community Housing, a secular non-profit that provides clean, safe housing for families in need of a helping hand.
Please help me in congratulating the Rivera Family for being selected Family of the Month for October 2017!

September 2017


The Family of the Month for September 2017 is the family of Brother Matt Hawkes.
Matt and Liz were united in marriage October 17th, 2015 and created their truly wonderful blended family, currently made up of Mary 16, Christopher 13, and Wynter 8… and Matt and Liz anxiously await the arrival of the newest member of this great family in March 2018!
Brother Matt has been a Knight since March 2006 and has been active for the past couple of years assisting with the Work Camp providing contractor assistance. He is active in softball and through the Holy Family Archangels softball team, he has recruited a number of younger Brother Knights into the Council. Matt most recently became a member of the House Committee where he actively supported this season’s cookout schedule. Along with Matt, the family also supported the cookouts… on a couple of occasions the “come and get your order” announcers were Liz and Wynter!
Liz recently completed her NCLEX certification fulfilling her dream of becoming an RN and is currently employed at “Let Mommy Sleep Newborn Care”, as a post-partum doula, providing physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth.
Mary has participated in Work Camp as one of the student volunteers. She will be attending Colgan Senior High School this fall as a junior. Christopher likes baseball and is into video games. Wynter likes ballet and tap dance, as well as gymnastics. Both Christopher and Wynter will be attending Holy Family Catholic School; Christopher in 8th grade and Wynter in 3rd.
The Hawkes are a fun loving family and they can always be counted on to be there for their friends and family. Please help me in congratulating the Hawkes Family for being selected Family of the Month for September 2017!

August 2017


The Family of the Month for August 2017 is the family of Brother SK Dom Dionne. Since transferring to John Paul I Council, Dom and his family – wife Mariana, and their children, Gabriel, Daniela, Melina, and Andre, have been active within the Council and the church community. Dom and Mariana are involved with the Religious Education program at MCB Quantico. Although Dom and his family attend Mass at MCB Quantico; they actively support a number of activities sponsored at Holy Family Church, such as the Council’s previous Corporate Communion. Dom and his family have assisted with Sub Sales, helping with sandwich prep and sales. They have also participated in a number of our Adopt-A-Highway road cleanups. Dom and Mariana both participated in the 44th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC this past January. And most recently, Dom, with the assistance of his entire family – to include his mother-in-law, coordinated and oversaw the setup of refreshments at the Council’s Officer Installation. Dom is active as a Boy Scouts as Leader, and both Gabriel and Andre are scouts! Dom is also active with the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Gabriel recently joined his Dad as a Brother Knight, completing his Knighthood Degree in June. Gabriel’s paternal grandfather drove up from Fredericksburg to witness him receive his Knighthood Degree, but due to an unfortunate mishap in the parking lot of All Saints Church, Dad had to accompany Grandpa to the hospital to have a broken hand tended to.
The Dionne Family is truly a wonderful group of people and it’s an honor and a pleasure to have them as a part of the John Paul I Family! Please join me in congratulating the Dionne Family for being selected Family of the Month for August 2017!

July 2017


The Family of the Month for July 2017 is the Raimundi Family. Brother SK Ruben is new to our Order, having joined our ranks a barely a year ago and achieving his 4th Degree within a month of his 1st Degree! Ruben was also last years’ recipient of the Protacio Award. Ruben and his wife Clara and their children, Kiara, Keison, and Kaily have had to cope with Ruben being deployed to Afghanistan for several months during the past year. While deployed, Ruben provided assistance to a group of nuns running an orphanage in local area. He also participated in a Round Table support by the VA Council where a 2nd Degree Exemplification was held.
The Raimundi Family has supported the Council’s Adopt-a-Highway program on a number of occasions. They have also participated in several church functions and recently both Ruben and Clara were commissioned as Exception Ministers of Holy Communion where they will now provide a much needed service to Holy Family Church and to our home bound parishioners.
Please join me in congratulating the Raimundi family for being selected Family of the Month for July 2017

June 2017


Brother Stephen Macejka has been a Knight of Columbus for over 43 years. He is a Past Grand Knight of our Council, Former District Deputy in Virginia, member of the House Committee, President of the Charity Corporation and John Paul 1 Center/Home Manager since the building opened. In the past Steve has been selected as the Virginia Knight of the Year and, along with his wife Pat, was also selected as the Family of the Year for Virginia.

Brother Macejka has always been the go-to guy for this Council and Holy Family to get things done. Steve has been the home manager for more than 20 years. Through his leadership, management, and timeless efforts, the council meeting home has been expanded and well maintained, and events such as Friday Night Cookouts, Quarterly Birthday Celebrations, and the many other parties and events that are conducted at the home have always been well attended.

Thanks to his wife Pat’s support, Steve has had a very active and positive presence in our Council life. Their son Edward M. Macejka is also member of our Council. Brother Macejka and his wife are leaving Virginia for a well deserved retirement in Myrtle Beach, SC. They will be greatly missed.

Congratulations to the Macejka Family.

May 2017


Our Family of the month for May 2017 is the Fairbairn Family. Brother Ed has been a district nominator for the past two years, a PGK of JP1, and a member of the 1st and 2nd degree teams. He is also a bingo caller, our council webmaster, and has been the Mother's Day Breakfast Chairman for the last few years. Our newsletter would not get out on time if it were not for Ed’s oversight and management of everyone’s input/articles. Ed is always around to lend a hand for almost every event we have going on.

The Council’s yearly Art Auction would not have those special hors d’oeuvres without Ed and Mary. They have coordinated the food preparation and service since 2013. They work very hard to make sure the food presentation and taste is first class.

The entire family serves Holy Family parish. Ed and Mary are catechists for Confirmation preparation, Ed is a lector, Mary is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and their son Tom helps count the Mass offering one Sunday a month.

They also serve the Arlington Diocese Youth Ministry WorkCamp, where Ed serves as a troubleshooter, and Mary as a nurse.

Congratulations to the Fairbairn Family.

April 2017


This Month’s Family of the Month is the Brokamp family. WPGK Helmut Brokamp, along with his wife Runia and his daughter Aileen, are attached to the council, Church and community in many ways. Helmut attends all meetings and serves as a mentor to new officers. He is always willing to assist other brothers and families in need. He has served in all positions as an officer including Past Grand Knight, Trustee of the Council, Chairman of the council’s Charity Art Auction for 2 years, Bingo Team Captain, member of the Degree Exemplification Team, member of the officer nominating committee, and has chaired the officer nominating committee. He is continuously promoting the Knights of Columbus and is currently co-chairing the Hispanic Ethnic Dinner.

Runia and Aileen represent the Knights of Columbus with dignity in all causes and activities. They keep family and church as the cornerstone of their relationship. Runia is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and recently left for several months to attend to her ill father in Costa Rica who had a stroke. Aileen, a sophomore at James Madison University, continued with her studies during this period, and went down with her dad to be with her mom as time from school permitted. She was selected as the Council’s Young Woman of the Year 2014.
Congratulations to the Brokamp Family.

March 2017


This month’s Family of Month is the Santiago family.
Joe (aka Deacon Joe) and Damaris have been married for 25 years. They have two children: Jasmine (23) and Joey (20).

The Santiago family have been Holy Family parishioners since 1997 and both Jasmine and Joey attended Holy Family School. Before becoming a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Arlington in January 2011, Joe was a lector, catechist, and Eucharistic minister (along with Damaris). Upon ordination, Bishop Emeritus Loverde assigned Deacon Joe to his home parish of Holy Family, where he has served for six years and continues to serve the faithful of Holy Family, as well as assisting our priests. Deacon Joe admits that his wife Damaris is even more active in the parish. Damaris is the parish secretary and is the author of the Sunday bulletin, scheduler of Baptisms, planner of many of the activities at Holy Family (such as the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, the St. Patrick/St. Joseph Dinner, and other events), tracker of the Capital Campaign contributions, and performer of many other duties at Holy Family. Jasmine and Joey have also been active members by serving as catechists and/or catechist assistants, altar servers, and Confirmation retreat facilitators.

As a family, they have participated in the Family Fun festival, and in the past, hosted various Council events.

Congratulations to the Santiago Family.

February 2017


This month’s Family of Month is the Papp Family.

Toni and Dave Papp have been married for 28 years and have one son, Andrew. They have been members of Holy Family since 1991. Their involvement at Holy Family began when Toni drove a bus for Confirmation retreats and Summer Friendship field trips. While Andrew was in middle and high school, he regularly participated in all Youth Ministry events, RE classes and was an altar server. Toni volunteered as an RE catechist and in 1999 was hired as the full-time Director of Youth Ministry.

In the past 18 years, she has coordinated over 50 retreats for parish teens, adults and Holy Family School and staff, participated in 17 Work Camps, trained 72 Summer Friendship interns, found and trained volunteers, created the Harvest Bazaar and Craft Show, and worked with over 4,000 young people preparing for Confirmation. She and many adults and teens have experienced the Life is Very Good pro-life events and marched downtown in the March for Life. Toni has served on Diocesan Youth Advisory Boards, been an invited speaker at several diocesan events and other parishes. She has been part of every aspect of Work Camp from a parish crew leader to diocesan level Adult Formation Coordinator and most recently, the Logistics Coordinator, overseeing all WC home base volunteers. She’s been an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for 10 years and a lector for two. She’s helped with diocesan RALLY and BASH, participated in the Dale City July 4th Parade and Family Festival, and sat in the Holy Family Festival dunk-booth several times. Toni has traveled with young people to 5 World Youth Day pilgrimages all over the world. She works closely with the Director of Religious Education and staff to help young people fall in love with Jesus Christ.

As a family, the Papp family loves to travel, SCUBA and spend time on the Potomac River on their boat. Toni is a distance runner and her husband joins her on many of her shorter races. They have 4 beautiful nieces and 2 wonderful great-nieces and recently traveled with Dave’s 80 year old mother to Hawaii to fulfill her life-long dream of seeing the islands.

Congratulations to the Papp Family.

January 2017


This month’s Family of Month is the Bowen Family.
Timothy and Judith Bowen (Tim & Judy) have been married for over 40 years. Their family includes 3 adult children: Ryan, Colin, and Kelly; plus 2 grandchildren:
Paige and Hunter.
As the result of an Air Force assignment to the Pentagon, Tim and Judy moved to Dale City and joined Holy Family Church in 1990. When their children were in
grammar school and middle school, Judy taught religious education.
For the past 16 years she has been a Holy Family Church preschool teacher. Tim has been a 3rd degree Knight for 5 years and a member of the council’s house committee for 2 years.
Tim is an active member in the council, participating in numerous council activities, most notably working the council summer barbeques, tending bar for the NFL Sunday Football games, and recently chairing the 2016 Knights of Columbus Adult Christmas Party. Tim is also an usher at the Sunday 10:30 Holy Family Mass.
Tim and Judy have volunteered at the Holy Family Fun Festival for the past several years. They initially worked in the German food booth but for the past 3 years they have been working in the Irish food booth. Judy makes soda bread for the Irish booth and the church’s Saint Patrick Day Dance. When needed, on nights Holy Family Church is responsible for dinners, Tim and Judy serve at the homeless shelter.
Congratulations to the Bowen Family.

December 2016


This month’s Family of Month is the Rote Family.

Bernard & Virginia Rote (Bernie & Ginny) have been married for 16 years. Their family includes 6 children: Beth, Kathy and Rob LeBlanc, ages 49, 48 and 45, and Ben, Helen and Stecy Rote, ages 47, 45 and 38. They have a “grand” total of 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Bernie and Ginny met while singing in the 9am choir, which they continue to participate in.
Bernie is a 3rd degree knight who assists with various charitable projects (KOVAR, Christmas tree sales, sub sales prep). They have been teaching RE for over 20 years.
Ginny volunteers in the Social Ministry Office once a week. They have been members of the Arlington Diocesan Choir since it was begun.
Three grandsons attend Holy Family School.

They have volunteered in the Dale City 4th of July Parade for many years and are part of the task force to oversee the Holy Family Capital Campaign to renovate the church building. Bernie and Ginny regularly volunteer at the Hilda Barg Center for meals, and provide meals to the teens at Pulse. They are also regular blood donors for the Red Cross.

Congratulations to the Rote Family.

November 2016


The Family of Month for November is the Bassett family. William (Bill) Bassett and Krista Bassett just celebrated their 21st marriage anniversary in August. They have 3 girls, Caitlin 9, Hannah 12 and Claire 15. Bill is on the finance committee at Sacred Heart, volunteers with St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School softball, is a PWGFS head coach in 10u, and is an assistant coach in 12u and 16u. Krista is a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart, and a regular volunteer at Aquinas, including having run the Race for Education fundraiser there in 2010, 2011, and 2015. They are also former (2013-2015) Chairs of the Academic Enrichment committee in the Aquinas PTO.
Caitlin is a 4th grade Honor Roll student at Aquinas. She has received the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, and Eucharist. She sings in the children's choir at Sacred Heart for Christmas and Easter Masses. Hannah is a 7th grade Honor Roll student at Aquinas, and has received the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, and Eucharist. She has been an altar server at Sacred Heart for 2 years, plays in the concert band (saxophone), and is on the softball team for Aquinas.
Claire, 15, has received the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, Eucharist, and confirmation. She is a lector at Sacred Heart. She attends St. John Paul the Great High School where she was on the Principal's honor roll for her freshman year, and is a member of the Mathematics Honor Society, Mass Choir, concert band (Clarinet), and played varsity softball last spring.
Congratulations to the Bassett Family.

October 2016


This month’s Family of Month is the entire John Paul I Council Bingo Team. I would like to recognize Team 1, Team 2, Team 3 and Team 4 for exemplifying what a family is. Whenever there is a shortage in coverage for Monday Bingo there is always a brother from another team willing to step in and help out. This could not have been more evident than during the Council’s Bermuda Cruise. While many members of the council and their families attended this event, Bingo coverage for Monday was never in doubt. So many brothers showed up to help that some had to be turned away. It is with the leadership of Bill Gleichsner, Helmut Brokamp, Bob Weiss, Dave Dewald and John Kelly that you have excelled and proven worthy of the Family of the Month honors for the Month of October.

Congratulations John Paul I Council Bingo Teams.

September 2016


The Family of the Month for August is the Carmen Rivera Family. Carmen Rivera has lived in our community for the past 15 years. During that time she has served as Director of Social Justice at Holy Family, where she oversaw 16 different ministries and the food pantry. Carmen served on the board of Literacy Volunteers of America, teaches “Preparation for Citizenship Interview” at St. Paul United Methodist Church, and acts as an advocate for the same. She coordinated and taught advanced E.S.L. along with her daughter Susan and her son-in-law Rick Uvenrricht, who is a Third Degree knight in our council.
Carmen has been vital in procuring ads and auction items for the knight’s art auction, of which Rick is the chairman for the second year in a row. She also volunteers annually for voters' registration, has prepared and served meals for the guests of the winter drop-in shelter, and is an active parishioner of Holy Family.

Congratulations to the Carmen Rivera Family!

August 2016


As Family of the Month for August, I would like to recognize the Mattson family. Wayne and Amanda are actively involved in the church, and have been for years. Wayne serves as a lector during the 10:30 Mass, sings in the the choir, and has assisted in numerous council activities. Amanda plays the flute in the choir, as well as singing with the choir. Both have served as religious education teachers and in validation classes.
Wayne and Amanda have 6 children who are also very active in the church: Nathaniel 20, Joshua 18, Peter 16, Dominic 14, Jack 12 and Lucia 8. All six children have participated in the church as altar servers, assisted in Vacation Bible School, and are active in religious education.
As a family they have helped or participated in the Fun Festival and Friday cookouts for the last couple of years. Wayne and Nathaniel are both members of our council.
Congratulations to the Mattson family!

July 2016

Council 7165 Family

The recognition of our first Family of the Month for this Fraternal year is dedicated to the all the of members of Council 7165 who have given of their time and energy to make all the events that this council does a success. To those who support bingo, participate in sub preparations, sub sales at the Church, Christmas tree sales, KCIC, Teddy Bears for Police, Ladies appreciation, Mothers day breakfast, Art auction, blood drive, 40 cans for Lent, birthday nights, summer cookouts, KOVAR, and ushers at Holy Family and the National Shrine, just to name a few. Each of these events requires someone to step up and volunteer to chair, organize, advertise, and execute the event. That someone is a brother knight and his family from within this very busy council. That brother knight’s family also lends support at these events by assisting in every facet of the planning, and by showing support by attending the events. It’s because of the beliefs of that brother knight, and his family, in the Catholic faith that allows them to support and to find the time necessary to help the Church, the Council, and those in need within our community. That's why we have selected all those who step-up every year as the Council’s Family of the Month for July 2016.

June 2016


Our Family of the Month for June is the Drabik family. Matt, Jennifer, Tess and Leah are an active, involved family in their support of the church and the knights. Matt is a catechist and usher at Holy Family, while his wife Jennifer volunteers her time by helping out at Holy Family School. Jennifer also has helped the knights in judging the school's annual Science Fair. The Drabik’s two daughters, Tess and Leah, attend school at Holy Family. Leah represented our district at the Knights State Free Throw Tournament.
Along with all of this activity, Matt and his family also volunteered to run KOVAR for the council. Matt arranged the store front and church collection dates, managed the sign up of volunteers, distributed the cans and Tootsie Rolls, and helped collect the money. For the pick up and drop off of the boxes of Tootsie Rolls, Matt was assisted by his daughters. (Matt leading the way, and his daughters carrying boxes behind him to the car.) Matt is already looking forward to next year's drive, and has some ideas for other fundraisers to support KOVAR.
Thanks to Matt’s and the family's efforts, KOVAR was a big success for the charity and the Council. Thank you Drabik family!

May 2016


It is my pleasure to recognize as Family of the Month for May, Walter and Barbara
Walter is a regular every Monday supporting the Bingo program. He arrives early to set up, then sells pull tabs, and has just the right attitude with the patrons to sell just a few more here and there. Barbara is member of the Ladies, and during the council picnics she brings a few desserts for everyone to enjoy before and after dinner – if you can wait that long. Walt and Barbara are supporters at almost every event the council holds and are always willing to lend to hand.

April 2016


Our Family of the Month for April is the Morano family. Joe has been a member of our Council for several years and supports a lot of the Council Activities throughout the year. Most recently he chaired the Council’s Free Throw Competition at Holy Family. This event is a big undertaking and Joe pulled it off without a hitch. His wife, Lorraine, currently works with our own Judi Peacott at Holy Family Catholic School, she is the Extended Day Assistant and also does the Pre-School "Lunch Bunch" program during the week. She's worked for the school in various capacities since she started as a Pre-School substitute in 2008. The Morono’s have two daughters, MaryBeth and Madeline. Both have attended Holy Family Catholic School 2007 when MaryBeth started Pre-School. MaryBeth is currently in 7th Grade, and Madeline is in 6th grade. Both girls are active at the school, playing volleyball, basketball and soccer. MaryBeth is currently preparing to make her confirmation next year, and has volunteered for the Knights' KCIC sales and Breakfast with Santa this year as part of her service hours. In addition to his volunteer activity as the Free Throw chair, Joe was also the Assistant Coach for the Holy Family Catholic School Lady Falcons JV Girls basketball team again this year, and he is on the Holy Family Enrollment Management Committee. It's clear to see why we selected the Morano family. They demonstrate a “passion of service” not only to our Church and our community, but to the family that is the Morano’s. Please join me in congratulating the Morano family as our Family of the Month for April.

March 2016


Our Family of the month for March is Bob and Rose Marie Scheller. Bob is an active member of the Council and due to a vacancy with one of the trustees moving away Bob agreed to step in a fill this important role for the next 2 years. Bob is a also a regular at Bingo on Monday nights working the floor selling instants. During sub-sales Bob is always there to help with assembling the subs. Rose Marie is a member of the K.C Ladies and supports their bingo baked goods raffles, the mimosa breakfasts, bunko nights and the like. The Scheller’s are regulars at summer picnics and many, many of the other council events throughout the year and can always be counted on to lend a hand. It’s because of their support and others like them that this Council is successful.

February 2016

Families Marching for Life

February’s Family-of-the Month is dedicated to all
those families that were at the March For Life. This
was a peaceful demonstration that bears witness to
the truth concerning the legalization of abortion on
demand. Many thousands of students, adults,
teachers, Knights, clergy, nuns and others, many
traveling with church/youth groups from around the
country converged on Washington D.C to speak for
those whose voice has been silenced. Many still
attended in spite of the impending blizzard. This
event shows the strength of the Christian family and
shows the resolve to the masses to protest in order
overturn Roe V Wade no matter how long it takes.

January 2016


Art Peacott has been a member of our Council through the years and has served in numerous officer positions. He supports Holy Family as an usher, and volunteers at the Food Pantry and works helping feed the hungry at the winter drop-in shelter. Art is an integral member of the House Committee where he can be found every Friday during the the summer at the cookouts. He was chairman of the highly successful Council Christmas party, and we collected donations for over 300 of the Teddy Bears for use by Prince William County Police officers. Art has organized the council’s Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross for the past several years and has already set up the next drive for February 2016.

Judi works at Holy Family and is also the Director of the Preschool and Extended Day Program. Judi was also Citizen of the year this Past July and represented the Council in the Dale City 4th of July Parade. She serves on several Diocesan-level committees for the Office of Catholic Schools. She is also the coordinator for the drop-in shelter for Holy Family, and assisted running the first aid van at the March for Life.

You can always find Art and Judi attending or working together at the many functions of the Council. We are fortunate to have them as members of the Council supporting or leading our programs, for the church and the Knights. Congratulations to the Peacott family.

December 2015


Our Family of the month for December is Ed and Mary Fairbairn.

Ed is always around to lend a hand for almost every event we have going on. Ed helps out with sub sales with slicing of the meat, making subs and the selling them after mass. At the recent Holy Family Bazaar, Ed was helping KCIC by manning the card sales table. Not to mention that Ed is also part of the Degree team for our council and a PGK.

Ed and Mary jumped in a few years ago to help with hors d’oeuvres at the art auction. Last year they decided to raise the bar and came up with all sorts of treats that were very good. This year, they again raised the bar by creating some of the best tasting items that I doubt one could get from a restaurant. Ed and Mary spent a lot of time with trial and error to see what worked and it showed not only by taste but in the display of the food items as well.
No matter the event, Ed and Mary participate, help, lead events for the council.
So when you see Ed and Mary please congratulate them on being the FOM and for all they do to help make our council one of the best in Virginia.

November 2015


Our Family for the Month of November is Lupinetti family. Dan & Jennifer are regulars at council events from summer cookouts to the Holy Family Festival beer booth. Dan gets involved with council events by first being an inside guard this year and volunteered to coordinate the councils participation for running the beer & wine booth at the Holy Family Festival. He again stepped up and is coordinating this years Keep Christ in Christmas card sales in the coming weeks. Dan & Jennifer also have 2 children Emily, who is 4 and attends Holy Family pre-school and Danielle, 11 months who as Dan puts it is “learning life”. So you can see why Dan, Jennifer and the girls have been chosen as the Family of the Month.

October 2015


The Family of the Month for October is Juan and Maria Martinez. Juan and his wife are very active in the Church and the community. Juan is the the Lecturer for the 2015-2016 Fraternal year and responsible for providing suitable educational and entertaining programs under the Good of the Order at Council meetings. Maria is very active in the Legion of Mary, Hispanic group. She has many responsibilities as a vice President of the Curia, preparing administrative reports as well and visits door to door offering support and providing information to those that request it. Maria, also assists with visits to the elderly at a local nursing home. As a Grandmother she also helps with getting the children from school and to their sporting practices. Juan stays busy not only with Council activities but helps with coordinating meals for the shelter and interacts with Prince William County, Department of Social Services and assists with preparing fundraisers so that the community can keep the shelter open for those in need. When his schedule allows he tries to be involved in Parish activities and participates in the Holy Family Social Justice Committee and assists with the Holy Family Festival to name a few. In taking from the Pope’s call to walk with him I think you would agree that Juan and Maria Martinez “bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor’.

September 2015


The Family of the month for September is the Rodriquez Family. Oscar and Elia have been involved for many years in all aspects of Holy Family and the Knights. Oscar is a lector, Eucharistic Minister and teaches classes, courses relating to religious ceremonies for the Latino Community. Oscar is also active with the Council bingo program. Elia helps to take care of the parish priests and the Rectory. In the past Oscar and Elia have run the Spanish booth at the Festival. Oscar and Elia and their children continue to support church and are an example of what it means to be Faith In Action.
This family is deserving for being recognized as our Family of the Month.

August 2015

Families of John Paul I Council

The Knights of Columbus has declared the week of August 10th through the 16th as Family Celebration Week. In honor of this occasion, I am nominating the Families of all the Brothers in John Paul 1 Council as August’s Family(ies) of the Month. There are many qualities that make a Family great. One in particular that is emblematic of the Families of John Paul 1 is “Doing Things Together”. John Paul 1 Families pray together, worship together, work together, and have fun together.
Our “Prayer Warriors” are only an email away to offer prayers and comfort to Brothers and their Families who are sick or afflicted.
Knights and their Families comprise a large portion of the attendees at Sunday and Holy Day Masses at Holy Family Catholic Church. They also support the Church financially, serve on the Pastoral and Finance Councils, and are active as Priests, Deacons, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Religious Education Teachers, Food Pantry Helpers, Choir Members, Ushers, and Altar Servers. They provide major assistance for the Annual Parish Festival and are available for special events like Forty Hours Devotions.
The Council sponsors many activities throughout the fraternal year. These activities include our Family –oriented social activities and support for Seminarians, the Intellectually Challenged (KOVAR), and Community, Family, Youth and Pro-Life activities. Our Charity Corporation provides needed funds to many deserving individuals and organizations throughout the year. A portion of the costs for these activities is met through Council Fund Raisers and our Bingo Program. Many of our Brother Knights who volunteer to work these fundraisers are accompanied by their Families. They are present at Submarine set up and sales, KOVAR collections, and other activities.
Finally, our Families have fun together. Thanks to our House Committee and the support they receive from their Families, we have a wonderful venue where all of our Families have fun together. Our KC Ladies have a program of family-oriented activities that are enjoyed by all and provide the deserts for many of the Council activities throughout the year. There are activities all year round for everyone to enjoy. Cookouts, dinners, parties, picnics, Nationals games, and Football Sundays are but a few of the activities that make our Council a really fun place to be.o a big HOO RAH and THANK YOU to all of our Families who help to make John Paul 1 such a great Family organization.

July 2015


The Family of the Month for July is the Priests and Staff of Holy Family Catholic Church.
One of our missions as a Council is to provide support and assistance to our sponsoring Parish. Our efforts to do this have been successful over the years, in part, because of the cooperation and assistance of the folks that we are helping. Our Priests have provided outstanding leadership and the Staff has been forthcoming with the back-office support that we have needed to accomplish this important mission
The Priests and Parish Staff have also been instrumental in the successful accomplishment of many of the activities that are part and parcel of our major programs. The Staff cheerfully provides the space, the tables and the chairs, publicity and any other requirements to successfully accomplish our Sub Sales, KCIC, Art Auction, Corporate Communion, Mother's Day Program, and other activities during the Fraternal Year.
So it's been a two way street of cooperation over the years that has resulted in the great accomplishments realized by both the Church and the Council. For this reason, we have chosen Fathers Creedon, O'Hara and Diaz and all the Staff at Holy Family as our Family of the month. We salute you and look forward to continuing this great relationship in the future.

June 2015


The Szerszynski Family are Family of the Month for June. Bob is an active member of John Paul 1 Council. He held several Offices at the Council and served as Grand Knight during the 2011-2012 Fraternal Year. He moved on to become a District Warden and Deputy. While all of the above service is highly commendable, Bob’s true passion was best reflected by his advocacy for the safety and welfare of Unborn Children and their Mothers. He encouraged his Brother Knights to support this cause, made arrangements for transportation to and provided the trailer used by the Council for the Annual March for Life. Bob chaired a project that entailed encouraging Councils across the State of Virginia to purchase flags that were engraved with their Council identification and used as a sign of solidarity by the Virginia Councils participating in the March for Life. The proceeds generated by the project were used to finance state-wide activities in support of the Right for Life. Most recently, Bob has been selected to serve as Membership Chairman for the new State Deputy. Bob is a Lector at Holy Family Catholic Church and is a member of its Finance Council and Past Chairman of its Annual Family Fun Festival.
Bob’s Wife Eileen is active in the KC Ladies for John Paul 1 Council land the Ladies of Virginia at the State Deputy level. She is active at Holy Family Church helping with many events and serving as a Eucharistic Minister and happily volunteers wherever she is needed to support activities at the Church. She regularly accompanies Bob to the State activities required by his Office. Bob and Eileen have two Daughters, Jessica and Jennifer. Jennifer has been very active in the Youth Ministry.
Congratulations Bob and Eileen, you truly reflect the Family values cherished by the Knights of Columbus. Keep up the GOOD WORK!!!

May 2015


Matt has been a member of Council 7165 for 5 years and takes an active role in the council and parish. The Drabik’s attend many of the summer cookouts and other council events throughout the year. Matt has also donated his time as a teacher of religious education at Holy Family. Matt has been and continues to be out KOVAR chairman. Through his efforts we have secured some prime locations to solicit funds for this important endeavor.
The Matt and Jennifer have two daughters, Maria-Teresa and Leah that attend Holy Family Catholic School.
Congratulations to the Drabiks for being our May Family of the Month.

April 2015


The Henderson Family – Keith and Ann are April’s Family of the Month. Keith serves as Chairman of the Church Committee. In this capacity, Keith and the members of his Committee ensure that coordination is accomplished for the many Council activities that involve Holy Family Church or the use of the Church facilities. In addition Keith is very involved with numerous other Council activities to include Sub Sales, Holy Family Fun Festival Support, Keep Christ in Christmas Card sales, KOVAR, Corporate Communion preparation and implementation, and Christmas Tree Sales. Keith participates at all the Program Meetings, providing helpful input to discussions and helping with anything that needs attention. Keith is also a member of Holy Family’s Finance Council.
Ann is a member of the KC Ladies and participates in all their activities that benefit numerous local charities and provide support for the Council and many of its activities. She assists Holy Family with its annual Christmas Trees from Around the World Display, in particular the Irish and KC Ladies Christmas Trees.
Keith and Ann Work As a Team to gain maximum benefit from all the activities they perform that support the Council and the Church. They truly reflect the importance that the Knight’s place on Family.
Congratulations Keith and Ann keep up the GOOD WORK!!!

March 2015


The Gagnon Family – Gray, Sandy and Karen – are Family of the Month for March 2015. To say that Gray has been an active member of the Council would be an understatement. Actually, Gray is the model of what an active Knight should be. He has been a Knight and an active member of John Paul 1 since 1997. His actions over that period are indicative of the esteem he has for the Knight’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. He has held several offices, chaired and participated in many activities, and has continued to be a Leader and a trusted mentor to many new Knights whose aim has been to maximize the benefits of their membership in the Knights and John Paul 1 Council.
All of the above about Gray is impressive but what makes all of it even more special is the extent that Gray’s Family has participated with him in everything he does for the Council. They, along with Gray, make it all happen. Sandy and Karen are not only fixtures, but active participants at just about every Council and House function or activity. They are there for the set-up, operation, and clean-up activities associated with all of the fraternal activities enjoyed by all. Gray and Sandy regularly attend Sunday Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church lending credence to that old saying “The Family that prays together stays together”.
Congratulations Gray, Sandy, and Karen. Your participation, as a Family, in Council activities over the years has made the Council a great place to be for all of us.

February 2015


Brother Joe Morano is a very active member of the Council. Joe has chaired Sub Sales and he created the spreadsheet that we use to calculate the amount if inputs to plan our sales which has helped to make the sales more profitable. Joe is also a regular at bingo and has served as Chairman of our Youth Committee. Joe conducted the recent Free Throw contest and has done so for the past several years. In fact at this Free Throw competition his daughter Madeline was a winner for her age group and will now represent the Council at the State competition. Joe and Lorraine have 2 daughters, Marybeth and Madeline. We are truly grateful to have the Morano family as part of our Council and for all the hard work that Joe put into making the Free Throw competition a success. We are pleased to the Morano family as our February Family of the Month.

January 2015


Bill and his Family, Judy, Melanie, and Chris have been active in the Council and Holy Family Catholic Church for many years. Judy is an active member of the K.C. Ladies.
Bill is a 3rd Degree Knight and has been an active member of John Paul 1 for about 8 years. He and his Family regularly participate with Sub Sale preparations and Bill is always available to sell Subs after the Masses he attends. Bill is the go to guy for any event requiring the presence of Santa Claus. He volunteers his time to play Santa at Breakfast with Santa at Holy Family and the Children’s Christmas Party at the Council Home. Judy is always by his side to help whenever needed. Bill and his Family are regulars at the Summer Cookouts and are great at making people, especially new members and their Families, feel welcome. Bill has a great singing voice which he regularly uses to keep the Karaoke Party after the Birthday Dinners lively. Both Bill and Judy support the Art Auction, the KOVAR activity, and other Council activities when they can.
So a big HURRAH to Bill and his Family - Judy, Melanie and Chris - for all they do for the Council. Keep up the good work.

December 2014


The Lupinetti Family – Dan, Jennifer, Emily and their newborn daughter Danielle Lynn – are December’s Family of the Month. Dan is an Officer (Outside Guard) and a very active Member of John Paul 1 Council. He is a member of the Church Committee and is a leader and regular participant in activities that require coordination with and implementation at Holy Family Catholic Church. Dan was Chairman of the Beer Booth at Holy Family’s International Festival and participated in set up of the Festival infrastructure. He recently served as Chairman of the Council’s first Sub Sale of the new fraternal year. Also, he and his Family have regularly answered the call to participate in the preparation activities for previous Sub Sales. Dan has volunteered to be the new Chair of the Keep Christ in Christmas activity and has been a Bartender at the Annual Art Auction fundraisers. .

Jennifer is an 8th. Grade Math/Algebra Teacher at Beville Middle School in Dale City. She supports the Council through her attendance at many of our Family-oriented activities and by just letting Dan be available for all the good work he does for the Council. The entire Lupinetti Family are regulars at the Council’s Summer Cookouts.

Everyone is looking forward to meeting Danielle Lynn at next year’s cookouts. Congratulations Dan to you and your beautiful Family and keep up the GOOD WORK!!!

November 2014


Brother Keith and Arlene Kaminsky are the Family of the Month for November 2014. Keith and Arlene are fairly new to the Council but have not hesitated in becoming involved. When asked Keith agreed to be nominated and elected as the Recorder for the 2014-2015 Fraternal year. He was also the Council’s Chairman for the Dale City 4th of July Parade. He assisted with the Holy Family Festival (setup/breakdown, beer tent, trash/cleanup). He has assisted when asked to fill-in for the Degree team a number of times. Keith is also an Usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and is a Exceptional Minister of Holy Communion at Holy Family. His wife Arlene assisted at the Festival working at the Irish booth, she has also volunteered for the Bereavement Committee at Holy Family, not to mention very supportive of Keith and his efforts with the Council and Holy Family. Keith is retired for U. S. Army and he and Arlene have 3 children, Amy, Valerie and Danny and 3 grandchildren, Logan 8, Tristan 5 and Abbey 3. Please join me in congratulating Keith and Arlene as the Family of the Month.

October 2014


The October Family of the Month is the family of Brother Tom Jones. Tom and his wife Let have been running the American Booth for the Holy Family Festival for many years, along with their children, Maggie, Sam, Erin and Bridgette. Let also serves on the Festival Committee. Tom and Sam have been active members of the Boy Scouts and Sam has just complete his Eagle Scout work at Holy Family. Sam is also an Altar Server. Maggie, Sam and Erin have all been active members of the Holy Family Youth program. The Jones Family are very involved as a family and can often be seen at the 7:30 Mass on Sunday Morning. Tom and Let provide a great example of their Catholic faith to their children and to the parish by their involvement in the many activities at the parish. Please join me in congratulating them as Family of the Month.

September 2014


Glenn and Sharon Epler are longtime members of Holy Family Parish where they have both served as Eucharistic Ministers. Glenn is a Past Grand Knight of John Paul 1 Council , a Past District Warden and Currently serves as the Chairman of the Charity Corporation Board. Glenn has always been a regular at bingo. Sharon and Glenn can always been counted on to support many of the council fund raisers and events. As a member of the House Committee Glenn is a manager in the lounge and is one of the chefs that barbecue the delicious steaks, chicken and ribs at our Summer Cook outs. Even though the Epler’s have recently moved to Warrenton they remain very active in supporting the Councils activities and fundraisers. We are very pleased to honor Glenn and Sharon as our September Family of the Month.

August 2014


Bob and Rose Marie Scheller have been very active supporters over the years for practically all of the activities of John Paul 1 Council and the K.C. Ladies. Members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, they participate in many of its activities and organizations. Married for over 50 years, they are proud parents of 3 and grandparents of 5.

Bob has been an active member of the Knights for 16 years and also a 4th Degree Knight of Father Edward L. Richardson Assembly. Bob has been very active in the Charity Corporation, having been recently reelected to a new three-year term to the Board of Directors. He is always one to first step forward when the call goes out for volunteers to support the Council’s activities (business, religious, and social). Name the activity and Bob is a familiar face doing what he can to make the activity a success. Bob is one of a few “BIG” supporters of the Council’s Bingo program. In addition to his assigned night, Bob can be found selling “pull tabs” on other Monday Night Bingos on a regular basis. Bob regularly helps making subs for all four Council sub sales providing substantial donations to Holy Family’s Food Pantry. Bob also works the Art Auction, sells Christmas trees, and both he and Rose Marie can be found passing out Tootsie Rolls to the community to collect funds for KOVAR.

Rose Marie has served as chair for many K.C. Ladies activities in support of the Council. When not chairing activities, Rose Marie is one of the first Ladies to volunteer her time and talent to support activities chaired by other Ladies. She is a mentor and a model to the other Ladies, especially newer members, of what is expected of the K.C. Ladies in support of the Knights. Rose Marie is a Master Baker and famous for providing delicious cakes and other deserts for the raffle at Bingo and many Council activities. If you want a piece of a Rose Marie’s cake you better get it quick because it won’t last long.

Bob and Rose Marie demonstrate the principle of charity by providing food to Holy Family’s activity that provides food on a regular basis to the Prince William County Drop-In Homeless Shelter.

Bob and Rose Marie can usually be found watching the ballgames and playing cards at the Council Home. The Council is very fortunate to have the services, support, and friendship of the Scheller Family. Congratulations Bob and Rosemarie

July 2014


Art & Judi Peacott are long time members of John Paul I Council. Through the years Art has served in numerous officer positions. He supports Holy Family as an usher, and volunteers at the Food Pantry and works helping feed the hungry at the winter drop-in shelter. Art plays on the Council’s over 50 softball team and he is also an integral member of the House Committee where he can be found every Friday night at the cookouts.
Art has been the lead for many of the Council’s events including providing the food for the annual Art Auction, the council’s largest fundraiser of the year. Chairman of the Council Christmas party, where Teddy Bears for use by Prince William County Police officers are presented. Art has organized the council’s Blood Drives in conjunction with the American Red Cross for the past several years.
Not to be outdone Judi has helped with the Blood Drive, she is also a lector at Holy Family Parish and is the Director of the Preschool and Extended Day Program at Holy Family Catholic School. She serves on Diocesan-level committees for the Office of Catholic Schools. She is also the coordinator for the drop-in shelter for Holy Family, and assists running the first aid van at the March for Life.
You can always find Art and Judi attending or putting together many functions for the Council. We are fortunate to have families like these who do so much in support of our programs, for the church, the Knights, and the community. Congratulations to the Peacott family.

June 2014

Columbian Squires - John D. Venti Circle 3603

My selection for the June Family of the Month is a little different this month. I have selected the Columbian Squires, John D. Venti Circle #3086 as the June Family of the Month. This group of young men has worked incredibly hard over the last few years to support the Knights and their functions.
For the last several years, they have run the Kids Halloween, Christmas party and Easter Egg Hunt. They have also run Breakfast with Santa as well as the Art Auction pancake breakfast. They have supported the knights by acting as servers at the Art auction and several of the dinners and assisting with Food Delivery for The Thanksgiving food drives, and have served the Homeless at the Hilda Barg Center.
This group of young men really step out of their selves to help others, and form a cohesive family based on faith, service and fraternity.
Please join me in congratulating our Squires on being our June Family of the month.

May 2014


Please join me in Congratulating the McLean family as our Family of the month for May.
Brother Bob is very active at Holy Family teaching Religious Education to the High School students at Pulse. He also is a key participant in the annual Confirmation Retreats. Beth helps by cooking for the retreats, is a Cantor and involved with the Holy Family Choir and also teaches Religious Education.. She has also led the American Heritage Girls. Bobby is a Squire, an Eagle Scout and plays guitar for the youth choir. Maggie is an American Heritage Girl.
Congratulations to the McLeans.

April 2014


The family of the month for April is the Rouleau family. Bob and Ann have been very active in the church for many years now. Bob ia past Grand Knight and former District Deputy. Bob has served on several degree teams. Bob is also Chief Usher for his team at the National Shrine. Bob has been a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family and a volunteer for the Holy Family Festival. One of the very important jobs that Bob performs within the council is maintaining the prayer list for the council, which includes all members of our council, church and anyone that needs our prayers to get them through tough times. Finally Bob volunteers to help out at bingo on a regular basis.

Ann has been very active in the KC Ladies and has served as President and Secretary. Ann has been a Religious Education Teacher for Holy Family Church and has run the side-walk café at Holy Family’s Festival for many years.
We are very happy to select Bob and Ann for Family of the Month for April 2013.

March 2014


This month’s Family of the Month is one of the newest famlies, Greg and Catherine Byram. Greg and
Catherine were married last year and Greg became a brother knight as well. On top of that the Byrams are expecting their first child this month. Greg is active in our Council as Youth Committee Chair and advisor for the Squires. Greg and Catherine are active at Holy Family Parish as Catechists and helping out with Youth Ministry and Confirmation Retreats.
Congratulations to the Byram Family!

February 2014


February’s Family of the Month is the Ingerick Family. SK Jerry, his wife Anna Marie and their son SK Peter are active members of the council and Holy Family. PKG Jerry has also served as financial secretary and is instrumental in assisting with many of the Council’s programs. In addition he is a Eucharistic Minister and helps with many Parish events. Anna Marie is involved with the KC Ladies, and Peter Ingerick has served as the Chairman of the Community Committee for the last several years and has successfully managed the Highway Cleanup program. Both Jerry and Peter assist with Usher duty at the Basilica on a regular basis. Jerry is very involved with the annual art auction and runs the ham sales for the 4th degree! Please joining me in thanking the Ingericks for all they do to support our council and parish.

January 2014


PGK John Castro and his wife are very active in our council. John is a former District Deputy and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Charity Corporation. John is a Bingo team captain and when his team is not working, he also sells the instants at Bingo every Monday. John, who recently got a hole in one, has a special seat reserved for him every Sunday during NFL season watching the Buffalo Bills. John is also on the Board for Beat the Odds. Joyce is an active member of the KC Ladies. Both assist in different ways with the annual Holy Family Fun Festival and we step up to help whenever they are called upon.
Please join me in congratulating John and Joyce Castro as January’s Family of the Month.

December 2013


Mike has been a member of the council since 2000 and has been a regular support of the bingo program, and many other council activities. For the last three years Mike has served in the very demanding position of Financial Secretary.
While Mary is a retired school teacher she does continue to teach part time. She and Mike have been teaching Religious Education which they have done for over 30 years.
Mike and Mary have served in several positions on the Parish Councils. They also prepared and served Irish food at the Holy Family Church Festival last fall and decorated an Irish themed Christmas tree or the
Church the last two Decembers.
Attendees of daily Mass, Mike also serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
The Dvoroznaks have two Daughters, Mary Catherine, and Elizabeth Ann. They have Two grandchildren Emma and Brendan, who they spend much
time with. The parish and council are truly blessed with the Dvoroznak family.
Congratulations Mike and Mary.

November 2013


The Family of the Month for November is the Rodriquez Family! Oscar and Elia are extremely involved in all aspects of Holy Family and the Knights. Oscar is a lector, Eucharistic Minister and teaches the Baptismal preparation course for the Latino community. He is also active in our Bingo Program! Elia helps to take care of our parish priests and the Rectory. This year they ran one of the Spanish Booths for Festival helping contribute to the overall success of the Festival. Their oldest daughter Myra can be often be seen helping out around the parish, or keeping an eye on her younger sisters! Their sons, Oscar and Cesar are altar servers and very involved with the Squires. Oscar is currently the Chief Squire. This is a family well deserving of the honor of being our Family of the Month.

October 2013


October’s Family of the Month is the Lupo Family. Brother Mike Lupo and his wife Matty along with their children Kevin, Alex, Daniel, Tirzah and Veronica work tirelessly for Holy Family and it’s Social Outreach program. Matty is the Director of Social Ministry and is involved with the VA Catholic Conference, the Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities. Mike is an avid supporter of Matty’s efforts often by taking care of the house and kids so she has the time for all her involvement. Her son’s Kevin and Alex help with the food pantry and assisting clients with moving and other activities. Kevin and Alex also attended the latest World Youth Day in Rio.
All are active in the pro-life movement and work tirelessly for Social Justice and have assisted Father Creedon with his affordable housing initiatives.
Please join us in congratulating Mike and Maddy for all that they do for the parish.

September 2013


September’s Family of the Month is the Brokamp family. PKG Knight Helmut Brokamp, his wife Runia, and their daughter Aileen are a close knit family who exemplify the very definition of Family of the Month. SK Helmut currently serves the council as a trustee. He and Runia are both Eucharistic Ministers. Runia is the Pastoral Council vice-chair for Holy Family as well as the Schoenstatt Movement Coordinator and Vice President for the DC/MD/VA area. Aileen is involved in the Girl Scouts and is currently working on her Gold Award. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Despite their busy schedules you will usually find them together at Mass and supporting many of the Knights functions. Their love and respect for each other shines through in everything they do!

Please join me in congratulating them on being the Septembe Family of the month!

August 2013


Greg and Catherine Byram

Our Family of the Month for August is new in every sense of the word. Greg is a new Knight, they were married in May and now they have received the news that their family will be complete in March of 2014 with the arrival of their first child! Although they are a new family they have a fantastic start! Greg and Catherine are very active at Holy Family and have been Religious Education teachers. They have worked with RCIA and the Summer Friendship program. Catherine was also Summer Friendship director. Always on the go Greg has stepped up to take over the Columbian Squires and already is coming up with good ideas for projects and fundraisers for them.
Please congratulate them on being the August Family of the month!