Knights of Columbus Council 14178

District 38

5815 - 5th Avenue North • Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710

Cathedral of
St Jude the Apostle
Knights of Columbus
Council 14178

5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg FL 33710
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Officers Meeting
3rd Tuesday of the month
5:30 p.m.

Regular Council Meeting
3rd Tuesday of the month
6:30 p.m. (Dinner) 
7:00 p.m. (Meeting)

Old School Rm. 201


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A Message From Our Worthy Color Corps Commander

May, 8, 2018

Worthy Sirs,

This past Sunday Bishop Parkes consecrated the Diocese of St Petersburg to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! What a joyous day for the entire Diocese.

Your 4th Degree Honor Guard participated in this historic event. Representing Assembly#0159 were FN Wayne Reis, PFN Jim Hyland, GK Bob Bielicki, Mike Kelzer, and Shawn Smith. FN Peter Palmieri, and Jim Bellerino from Assembly #0163; CCC Jeff Nichols from Assembly#3195; CCC Chuck Chucri Assembly#3422; FN Jose Carerra, and Pablo Castilla Assembly#3402 all of whom displayed a very high level of professionalism during the ceremony. We are blessed to have such fine men in our Honor Guard.

Pax Vos Bis Cum,
John Shevenell 
Color Corps Commander 
Frank J Lewis Assembly#0159

Landon’s New Activity Chair

Our council’s 2018 Tootsie Roll Drive and Lenten Fund Raising had the goal to fund a new activity chair for this precious 8 year old, who suffers with Cerebral Palsy & Cystic Fibrosis.  The chair will make his home more accessible.  Here he is in his new chair!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to this fund raising event!    This is one of the many good works the Knights of Columbus does.   Join our council today and help us make a difference in our world!

Fr. Waters Reassignment

Beloved in Christ;

A NEW JOB FOR YOUR RECTOR: With a measure of sadness, I announce to you that Bishop Parkes has asked me to leave my post as Cathedral Rector effective July 1, 2018 and become the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese, while continuing my assignment in the same role for the Diocese of Venice. Thus I will work during the week in the two Pastoral Centers and be in-residence at St. John Vianney Parish on St. Petersburg Beach.

The Judicial Vicar, in the Bishop’s name, acts as chief-judge of the Diocesan Tribunal and also is principal advisor for the Bishop and members of his Pastoral Center Staff on canon law.  Daily duties mostly include working with petitions for annulments, but also deal with ensuring the correctness of canonical procedures, as well as studying and researching the canonical aspects of different works of the Diocesan Administration. Because of my work in Venice, there is a familiarity with what the job entails. My learning curve will call for coming to know the particular needs and priorities involved in my new tasks and adapting to the style and teamwork of a new group of colleagues who assist Bishop Parkes in his Apostolic Ministry and the work of the Pastoral Center.

July 2018 would have been the beginning of my tenth year as Cathedral Rector. We have accomplished so much together.  Of course, I had no plans to leave the job and so in our parish survey process identified the priorities we needed to work on in the years ahead.  However, by God’s providence these plans for the future must now be entrusted to your next Rector. As a priest, I have learned to trust the Bishop. Therefore, while it is hard to have to say goodbye; in my heart there is confidence that this new assignment is where God wants me to serve for the next season of priestly ministry. The new job brings exciting new challenges and the chance to work for the good of all the parishes in the Diocese. I am grateful that the Bishop has entrusted me with this important role in the Diocesan Curia.   

FATHER ARTHUR PROULX:  Bishop Parkes has appointed Father Arthur Proulx to be the new Rector of the Cathedral. Fr. Proulx has served as Diocesan Vocation Director, Pastor of the parishes of St. Joseph, St. Petersburg; St. Patrick, Largo; and Nativity, Brandon.  Most recently Father has been leading the Spiritual Direction Program at St. Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary. Father Proulx is a good and holy priest who will bring his many personal gifts to his service of parishioners. His joyfulness and humble simplicity in priestly life is exemplary for those of us who are his juniors in the priesthood.  I know he will be a wonderful and faithful spiritual leader of the Cathedral Church for the years to come. In the near future, Fr. Proulx will have the opportunity to write his own greetings to you.

Please pray for me and for Fr. Proulx as we attempt to make this a smooth transition and be faithful to our priestly calling to serve.

Let us thank God always and for everything: Fr Waters

Columbian & Founders Award 2016-2017

Columbian & Founders Award 2016-2017

The prestigious Columbian and Founders award was presented to Grand Knight Bob Bielicki by District Warden Jim Hyland at the council’s October 2017 monthly meeting. Accompanying the plaque is a letter of congratulations signed by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. Also appearing in the presentation photo is our new chaplain, Fr. Alex Padilla.

First Ever St. Jude’s Family Feud Game (August 2017)

First Ever St. Jude’s Family Feud Game (August 2017)

Family Feud August 2017

Hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 14178

Cathedral of St Jude the Apostle

Thank you to all our brother Knights who helped to make this such a successful event!   It was a lot of fun with lots of laughs and a good time had by all.  If you missed this event, you really missed out on a great time.  We plan to make this an annual event because it was such a blast for everyone.   

Assembly #0159 Laying Decks at Pinellas Hope July 2017

Assembly #0159 Laying Decks at Pinellas Hope July 2017

On July 15th, the members of Frank J Lewis Assembly 0159 responded to a callout from Sir Knight Kevin Greeno to help lay decks at Pinellas Hope. The decks gave a safe landing of pedestrian traffic between a collection of four cottages. The cottages have served the homeless by getting them out of tents and into a liveable facility. When I arrived, I helped Bill Condon with the wooden planks as he cut them to a specific length. Our newly elected Faithful Navigator Wayne Ries and Fr. Kevin Mackin of St. Raphaels were assisting Kevin Greeno with the manpower to get the job done. Color Corp Commander John Shevenell was supervising a power saw. Jose Carrera was from Holy Cross Assembly. Bob Bielicki and Mike Kelser brought their sons and grandsons to help with the labor. We laid the planks in a “staging” area before permanently fastening them. Kevin indicated there was supposed to be 26 more Hope Cottages by the end of 2017.


Thank you,
Vivat Jesus!
Sean Denny

KofC Council 2105 Financial Secretary
KofC Assembly 0159 Scribe
KofC State Curator

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The Fr. McGivney Prayer

frmcgivneyGod, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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