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13th Annual March for Life, Victoria, B.C., May 12, 2022

March for Life, 2017

Approximately 500-700 people gathered on a cool, very wet spring day in Victoria, BC for the 13th Annual Western Canada "March for Life", the very first march since 2019 because of Covid-19. The event began at 12:00 noon at St. Andrew's Cathedral with a Mass presided by Bishop of Victoria, Gary Gordon and concelebrated by numerous priests. The marchers assembled at Centennial Square, and from there began their trek down Government St. at 1;45 pm with banners and hundreds of "We choose life" posters.  As in past years, the crowd included men, women and children from all walks of life and from many corners of our province. The march took about 30 minutes to reach the Legislature. Five excellent speakers addressed the crowds. Fr. Thomas Lynch, the President of Priests For Life Canada made it clear that the fight against abortions in Canada is far from over. He rallied the crowd by asking “How often have you been told shut up the debate’s over, lie down, it’s
done?” before pointing out that an abortion culture has taken over. Alex Schadenberg; Colleen, Angelina Ireland; and Jared White all in turn addressed the marchers. Each speaker, in his or her own way, exhorted the crowd to keep spreading the pro-life message, and encouraged them to continue the good fight, now more than ever before. Our very sincere ‘thank you’ to all the people from St.Peter’s who participated. Thank you one and all!

In pictures Bishop Gary Gordon and marchers of previous years.


Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity

On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, at 5:45 pm, right after the Saturday evening Mass, we conducted our first Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in St.Peter’s Church. We had three members taking their degrees for our council.  (In pictures, l to r) Bros. Dominic Petraroria and Steven Maughen, were new members who took out their on-line membership a few months ago, while Bro. Garnet Gautheir  continued his journey to Knighthood taking his 2nd & 3rd degrees.

D.G.K. Louis Curti invests the new Knights with the Rosary of Our Lady

Brother Knights congratulate the new Brothers

We thank the members of the Degree Team from Holy Trinity Council #9990 for putting on the Exemplification with such great dignity and inspiration. Thank you also to Fr. Harrison, all our brothers Knights, their families and friends for coming out and showing their support! We are now happy to welcome our new Brothers to our ranks and wish them many years of happy and fruitful service to and for our council. Welcome Bros. Dominic, Steven, and Garnet!

School Pancake Breakfast

Our School Pancake Breakfast Program

Over the last 20 years, our Council has prepared and served pancake breakfasts to 3-5 elementary schools annually, feeding at each event anywhere between 250-400 students, teachers, and some times even parents. During 2022 we served 5 schools. On Jan. 24, 2023, we were at Georgia Avenue School where thirteen of our brother Knights and a special friend, Gilles  Brouard,  came together and worked:  (l. to r. in picture) Barry Webb, Brian King, Greg Large, Lou Curti, Dominic Petraroia, Tony Bucar, Gilles Brouard, Randy Wilkes, Steven Maughan, Ed Campbell, Jim Cassino, Dan DePape, and (not pictured) Hans Fadum. They arrived as early as 7:00 in the morning to set up and get everything ready. The hot delicious pancakes and sausages were thoroughly enjoyed by all as was evident by the many happy and smiling faces, and above all, by the many children who returned multiple times for "second' helpings! 

What is Bro. Brian up to with fork & knife in his hands??

Is he really working or just feasting??

And those gloves and mask really will not work; we know exactly who is after those sausages -- right Bro. Steven?!

As always, this was a very gratifying experience for all the Brothers involved, especially with the realization and knowledge that at least on this one day, and indeed on every other pancake day, they make a real difference in the lives of theses children. With the grateful financial support of the provincial Gaming Commission, we hope to be able to continue this program for many years to come. Thank you very much Brothers!

Baby Shower

Annual Baby Shower for local Pregnancy Centre

We host an Annual Baby Shower during the month of January. The program aims to raise funds and collect donations of various baby supplies and clothes for our local pregnancy centre. A baby crib is set up in St.Peter’s Church foyer and used to collect the donations.  In addition, envelops are made available for monetary contributions. All items are then presented to the Nanaimo Crossroads Pregnancy Centre, who sorts, stores, and distributes them. The Centre provides us with an estimate of the dollar value of the items donated. Year after year parishioners respond with great generosity! In the picture, Bros. Randy Wilkes and Brian King present the many donations of our 2023 campaign to the staff of the Centre.   They sorted the items and provided us an estimate value of an incredible $2,500 for them. In addition, $1,800 in cash was collected and presented on behalf or our Council from our very generous parishioners. We extend our very sincere thanks to all parishioners who contributed so generously year after year, and to Bro. Brian King for continuing to organize and manage the project so well. The Pregnancy Centre, on its part, is always extremely grateful for our contribution and continued support.

Fun Day at Park Ave. School

Fun Day at Park Avenue School, May 27, 2017

On May 27, 2017, seven of our brother Knights participated in the bi-annual Park Avenue Fun Day fund raiser. For about  6 hours, Bros.  Dan DePape, Greg Large, Tony Bucar, Joe Walker, Bob Nielsen, Jim Cassino and Hans Fadum worked along side a large number of parents and teachers providing various fun activities for the children. While Bro. Hans Fadum “punched” the tickets, the other six Knights were in charge of the hamburger and hot dog barbeques — and what a charge it was; they prepared well over 300 burgers and hot dogs! Well done, Brothers.. Thank you!  

For more pictures, please visit the “Gallery” page.

(Italic narrative taken from: Knights of Columbus, Charities, Coats for Kids web page, at

“When families struggle to clothe their children with warm coats in the winter, Knights of Columbus councils help meet this basic need with the Coats for Kids program. As part of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Coats for Kids allows councils across North America to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities.

Since the program’s launching in 2009, more than 310,000 coats have been distributed in 49 states and all 10 Canadian provinces. In winter 2016 alone, the Knights of Columbus distributed 78,576 coats in 1,600 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada, including events at military bases, in Native American communities, at inner-city neighborhoods and through partnerships with local police and fire departments...

[As for example,] in Connecticut 4,680 coats were distributed during the 2015-16 fraternal in 35 communities. At another Coats for Kids event, this time on the Monday prior to Super Bowl L, more than 270 students at Our Lady of the Visitation school in San Francisco received new coats. California Knights of Columbus and representatives from the Supreme Council headquarters joined Football Hall of Famers Anthony Muñoz (Cincinnati Bengals) and Dave Casper (Oakland Raiders), Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and his wife Linda, and several current NFL players and coaches to distribute the coats to the students at the Catholic grammar school...

These are just some of the thousands of activities that the Knights of Columbus members regularly conduct in their communities to help those in need…”

We are proud to add our council to that list. Through a very generous anonymous donation to our Council, we were able to purchase 12 boys and 12 girls coats for both Bayview and Park Avenue schools. In the top picture, our Worthy G.K. Greg Large presents the coats to Kevin Brand, principal, & Michelle Swecera,  Community School Coordinator, of Bayview School; and in the picture below, he presents the coats to R. Dhillon, principal of Park Avenue School.........

Coats for Kids, Nov. 2017 .......

Coats for Kids

and.......Coats for Kids, Dec. 2018

In December 2018, our council and brother council, Holy Trinity#9990, joined forces to purchase 48 more coats for the children of the Ahousaht First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. On Sunday December 16, G.K. Greg Large and Bro. Tony Bucar joined G.K. Aurel  Muego and Bro. Mick Brzoza of Holy Trinity Council loading four large boxes of coats into a truck and headed for Port Alberni to meet up with Sisters Janet Byron & Lilia Samaniego along with D.D. Glenn Wynans. As soon as the weather will again be safe for crossings from Tofino to Ahousaht, the Sisters will assist in the distribution of these coats. Ahousaht, also spelled Ahousat, is the principal settlement on Flores Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Accessible only by water or air, Ahousaht is a small community predominantly composed of First Nations people from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation.

In the picture, Bro. Tony Bucar (left) and G.K. Greg Large present the coats to the Sisters.

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