South Akron Knights of Columbus

Council 3410

New Officers | Upcoming events | State campout | The FEST

Grand Knight’s Message

I hope you all enjoyed yourselves celebrating Independence Day. July brings the start of a new year for the Knights of Columbus. At our June meeting, we elected the officers for the new year. Please pray for our officers to successfully fulfill the duties of their positions.

Grand Knight: Steve Dort
Deputy Grand Knight: Mike Pribonic
Chancellor: Vince Gross
Recorder: Harry Vezzani
Treasurer: Jim Thomas
Lecturer: Shawn Needham
Advocate: Paul Adamson

Warden: Jerry Paridon
Inside Guard: John Withrow
Outside Guard: Richard Falkenstein
Trustee (3rd year): Tom Goodhart
Trustee (2nd year): Mike Morris
Trustee (1st year): Shawn Needham

At our June meeting we approved $1,800 in charitable requests. $500 went to the Embrace Clinic, which helps new parents. $500 went to help a seminarian at the Franciscan College with expenses towards their theology degree. $500 went to The Tyler Cetnaroski Memorial Golf outing that was held at the end of June. $300 went to the Kenmore Free Store as they continue to help the needy.

After our wonderful Cash Bonanza sales, South Akron Knights of Columbus Council gave back to our parishes for welcoming us to sell tickets after masses:

Visitation of Mary $300
St. Paul $300
Immaculate Conception $300
Queen of Heaven $200
St. John $100

In June, we had two great events, specifically the Rubber Ducks baseball game and our Luau monthly drawing dinner. A great time was had by all that attended. Missy counted over 75 people at dinner. I hope you all enjoyed the pulled pig sandwiches, luau pizza and all the wonderful side dishes and desserts. Thank you to the lounge for creating a special luau beverage for the night.

I am still looking for volunteers for our committees. The family committee is almost full, but the others can use some more folks. I will have the sign-up again with me at our council meeting and weekly Wednesday meetings in July. The July deadline for recommendations for family of the month is July 15. The chosen family will be announced at our August council meeting and shared with their parish.

It is time to start planning and working on our new member recruitment for this fall. Watch for opportunities to volunteer and details soon.

On Tuesdays this summer, we will have bocce ball at our court in back. Missy and I played a few weeks ago and had a great time. Bring your chairs, BYOB and come out for some fun.

I encourage everyone to come out on Wednesdays at the hall starting at 6 p.m. Sign the books for a chance to win the weekly/monthly drawings. Enjoy a hotdog and other delicious potluck items, plus socialization.

Please keep reading, as more information and events are listed later in the newsletter.

Be Good Everyone.
Steve Dort,
Grand Knight

Knights of Columbus State Campout

Do you like camping? The state is hosting a campout – see complete details on the K of C Ohio website. Tuesday, July 25 thru Sunday, July 30, 2023 at Mercer County Fairgrounds. Hotel information is also available if you want to just join during the day or do not have something to camp in. The deadline to register is the end of June.

Theology on the Rocks – Summer Schedule

July 17- Fr. Pat Schultz – “Approaching the Transgender Issue with Truth and Charity”

August 21– Bishop Edward C Malesic
Our Lady of the Cedars – 507 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd, Fairlawn Ohio 44333.

Typically, the cost is $15 for light appetizers. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the speaker starts at 7:30 p.m.


The FEST is on August 6 from Noon-10 p.m. A day of FAITH, FAMILY, & FUN for all ages, and it is FREE! It takes place at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, Ohio. There are live concerts, Mom’s station, Man Cave, Affordable Food, convenient parking, and a beautiful outdoor mass at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks to end the night.

Sick or distressed list

Please call the council and let us know of any members that are sick. We will read the list at the next meeting and keep them in our prayers.

July Birthdays

Due to technical difficulties with the state website, names will be listed next month along with August. We wish a happy birthday to our July celebrants!

Nine Nights of Prayer

The next round of Nine Nights of Prayer for the Diocese of Cleveland starts on Monday, August 7 through Tuesday, August 15 (The Feast of the Assumption). Pray the night prayer of the Church at any of the nine parishes of Cleveland that are participating. The closest one, for most of us this time, will be St. Joseph Parish in Cuyahoga Falls. If you have never been to the Shrine Church of Stanislaus and have time one night, it is beautiful. Doors open at all churches at 8 p.m. and prayer starts at 8:15 p.m. All the locations are:

Center for Pastoral Leadership 28700 Euclid Ave. Wickliffe
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1454 Lexington Ave. Lorain
St. Anthony Parish 1305 E. Erie Ave. Lorain
St. Bridget Parish 5620 Hauserman Rd. Parma
St. Jerome Parish 15000 Lake Shore Blvd. Cleveland
St. Joseph Parish 1761 Second St. Cuyahoga Falls
St. Peter Parish 132 North Wood St. Loudonville
St. Stanislaus Parish 3649 E. 65th St. Cleveland
St. Wendelin Parish 2281 Columbus Rd. Cleveland