The Annual Catholic Charities Caritas Awards Dinner will be held on November 5th at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. The awards are given each year to persons or organizations in recognition of outstanding service and love for humanity. Proceeds from this event will benefit the 3 Catholic Charities Agencies in the Diocese of Paterson including: The Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD), Straight and Narrow, and Catholic Family and Community Services.
One of DPD's most dedicated supporters, will be honored at this event. The NJ State Knights of Columbus and the Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus who will receive the Catholic Charities Citation for Excellence at the Gala. .
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven Connecticuit, in 1882; the Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Throughout 2015, the Order gave over $180 million to charity and performed over 75 million man-hours of voluntary service. Their work here in the Paterson Diocese has been commended by the State, Supreme Council and beyond.
There are 64,000 members of the New Jersey State Knights of Columbus Council. Statewide programs are endless and have made an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. Their initiatives include Right to Life, support of our veterans both home and abroad, support of religious and civil rights issues, aide to Christians facing genocide in the Middle East, the Shoulder to Shoulder Program in support of law enforcement, disaster relief, support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s support for families and more.
"The Knights of Columbus in the Paterson Federation and beyond have been our most generous supporters throughout our 50 year history. During this time, they have raised nearly $3 million for our cause through their disability drives and other endeavors. In addition, they have donated thousands of volunteer hours and have stood by our values, stating that every life is a gift from God," said Scott Milliken, DPD Executive Director.
In addition to support of the Department for Persons with Disabilities, the Knights of Columbus in the Paterson Federation have been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those in need. "As State Deputy, I am so proud of the Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus. They give back to so many causes here in the Paterson Diocese including the Special Olympics, Right to Life, Seminarians, Catholic school students, disabled veterans and more. The Tank Pull held annually in Clifton and the Mass for the Unborn are some of the most successful and well-known events in the state. Each year, we host our annual Bishop’s Knight where each and every one of our 53 councils present Bishop Serratelli with a check to support his mission. Our "Keep Christ in Christmas" Billboard Program in unique to this Diocese and further affirms our beliefs. The good works of the Knights of Columbus are endless. I am so proud to represent the Paterson Federation and to receive the Caritas Citation for Excellence on their behalf," said Bruce DeMolli, State Deputy of the New Jersey Knights of Columbus and Member of Council #3885 in Little Falls.
"I am so grateful for the Knights of Columbus ongoing commitment to Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Paterson. Their involvement goes beyond financial contributions - as outstanding as they are - by encompassing the entire mission of serving God’s most vulnerable individuals. They see the face of Christ in those in need and selflessly give of themselves by volunteering their time. We are so blessed in our Diocese to have such an active and faith-filled service organization. May the stewardship of the Knights of Columbus be an example to us all", said Bishop Serratelli.
To support Catholic Charities and honor the Knights of Columbus please visit: www.catholicharities.org or contact Father Ed Lambro
or at 973-777-8818 ex 294. Ad space and tickets to the Caritas Gala are still available and will make a great difference in the lives of those in need.