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Here at Knights of Columbus, Council 4044, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision-making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high-quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact on all of our pursuits.


My Brother Knights, 

Hopefully, all is well, and you are all safe. We started our weekly bingo this past month. The attendance has not been as high as pre-pandemic, but these first couple of weeks have been encouraging. Most of you know how important the bingo funds are for the Council and our charitable works. I wish to thank all the volunteers that have put so much into making our bingo a success. 

The Council was shut down for bingo and fundraising efforts for 17 months, our funds have been depleted, and we need everyone’s help to save our Council. If anyone has an idea for a fundraiser, please contact any officer and let them know. Officers will discuss its viability. 

There will be an article in this newsletter about a Halloween party function. Please consider attending with your family, your grandchildren, friends, etc.… 

We will be discussing a date for a “Remembrance Mass” for all of those brothers we have lost since the COVID pandemic began. You’ll see it in next month’s newsletter. 

The date for an Installation of Officers is also being planned for next month’s newsletter. 

There will be no charity ball “West” this year at the 4044 or a charity ball “East.” Instead, only one charity ball will take place in Leominster on Saturday, October 23rd. For those interested, it will be limited to the first 200 people. 

If Elaine has not contacted you yet for Tootsie Rolls and you’re interested, contact her at (413) 533-3620. Thank you. 

I am sure our insurance agent will have more on this, but please save the date of November 3rd at 7 PM for a benefits night with Speaker Van Mueller. 

VIVAT JESU! Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight 


Tootsie Roll Time is fast approaching! Remember, it will be TWO years since we had a Drive due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Drive will take place October 8, 9, 10, and 11. I am just reminding you that I will need lots of help to make this Drive a success! 

This year, I will only have it ONE weekend, and I hope to fill all the two-hour slots. Would you please think about it and call me with the day and time you can spare? My home phone number is 413-533-3620, and my cell phone number is 413-530-9594. If you call me, I will not have to bother you two or three times to get an answer to the time you can spare. If all capable members gave two hours, I would have no problems filling the spots.


Remember, the kids need your help! 

Elaine Bogart, Drive Coordinator 

Greetings, Brother Knights of Council #4044.

Your Council will host a live virtual regular monthly

Council meeting on Monday, October 18th, 2021, at 7:00 PM

using "ZOOM"


Some of you may have used this online tool in the past. If so, please skip to the log-on name and password below.


For those of you that have not yet used the "ZOOM" tool, we are outlining step by step instructions that will help you:


Go to

Click "join meeting."

in the box labeled "meeting ID," use code 95530464803

The next screen will prompt to open "zoom meetings" (you may need to download ZOOM once prompted)

Once you've completed that step, you will be prompted to enter Meeting code 971361...then click join the meeting.

Once you are into the meeting, click "use computer audio," and you should be all set!


If you have any questions, reach out to Eric Oulette at



We look forward to seeing all Council #4044 Members on Monday, October 18th at 7 PM!


Vivat Jesus,


Matthew Cooke

Grand Knight

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2021 Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

Deadline Extended to October 15th

All Catholic students in public, private, and parochial schools grades 8-12 are invited to participate in the

2021 Knights of Columbus

Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. 


Students are encouraged to write a 500 to 750-word essay on the theme of:

Describe everyday obstacles that you may have experienced or witnessed others experiencing while living a life of authentic faith. Explain how you have overcome these obstacles and how, by doing so, it has helped your faith to continue to grow.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” - James 1:2-4


The contest will be hosted by Fairview Council 4044.  All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the contest.  Participants are required to furnish written parental consent.  $50 prizes will be awarded for the top essays for each of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, and winners will be entered into the State and Supreme Council level competition. 

The entry form can be downloaded here:

Completed applications and essays are due October 15th and can be sent to:

K of C Council 4044

1599 Memorial Drive

Chicopee, MA  01020

or dropped off in the Members Lounge. 

For additional information, please contact event chairman Daniel Mashia at (413) 626-7257.


Daniel Mashia, D.D., P.G.K.

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They're coming back

Aquanett has been booked for Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Tickets will be available soon. Please keep checking for updated information


That's right! Plans for the Knights of Columbus Council 4044's New Year's Eve Dinner Dance are in the works!


CDC guidelines will be in place to assure you have a safe and fun evening. We missed ringing in the New Year with you last year and look forward to saying, " GOODBYE " to 2021.


So save the date for Friday, December 31, 2021, and watch for details in the November newsletter.


We welcome suggestions, new ideas and need volunteers to continue this event! 

Remember this is a fundraiser, and due to Covid, the Council could not have fundraised last year.


So, let's all pitch in and make this a successful fundraiser for Council 4044, allowing the Council to continue its charitable donations to the needy in our community. 

Don Darcy 


Paige Simard, the Daughter of member Timothy Simard, received the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph F Maguire Award. 

Abigail Lafond, the Daughter of member Scott Lafond, received the Council 4044 Past Grand Knight’s Award. 

Alyssa Mercier, the Daughter, and Granddaughter of Deceased members Pierre and Gerald Mercier, received her scholarship in memory of our members who have passed away this past year. 

Edward Leblanc, Scholarship Committee 


As of May 29th, all restrictions were lifted regarding Covid. Gloves and masks are voluntary for those who desire to wear them. We are going to set up 100 tables with four seats per table. This will allow for 400 players, and if they wish to move their seats closer because they are with a group, it will be their choice. Last year, we averaged approximately 330 players per week, and more chairs can be brought out if necessary. This will allow more space between the rows of tables for the volunteers and players. 

I have contacted over thirty volunteers, and only a few said they would not be returning. All were due to medical conditions such as hip or knee replacements. Otherwise, everyone has said yes to returning to Bingo. The first scheduled 

Bingo is set for Thursday, September 9th. 

The Snack Bar will be very limited until we see what our crowd averages. The snack bar will have prepackaged items such as assorted chips, soda, and water. Nothing will be prepared in the Kitchen at this time. 

Kevin Godek, Member in Charge 


The Member’s Lounge is open on Thursdays from 3-10 pm, Fridays from 3-10 pm, Saturdays from noon-10 pm, and Sundays for football. We will continue this schedule until business picks up. Be patient with us! We have all come this far and need to be safe for ALL of our volunteers, members, and the public we serve. The lounge and kitchen are also available for any special occasion.


Contact Matt Cooke for bookings. 

Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight