News & Announcements

St. Mary's Pavilion dedicated to Former Pastor Father George B. Reid.

12 noon on October 22, 2016 - To kick off the annual St. Mary's Ham and Turkey Dinner, pastor Father Kevin O'Reilly assembled the volunteers and announced the dedication of the pavilion to former pastor Father George  Reid.  Father Reid had served as Pastor at St. Mary's for over 30 years continuously and was well known in both the Washington and Baltimore Archdiocese.  He had once served as a Navy Chaplain and always had a fondness for the military, police, firemen, and para-medics.  Across from the Pavilion Father Reid had an outdoor altar dedicated to all of those serving to protect our country and keep our community safe and the patron saint for each of those services can be found on one of the four corners supporting the roof over the altar.

Father Reid's picture and a modest plaque recording the dedication to him, can be found on the western interior wall of the pavilion.


Pictured here around Father Reid's picture, are Father Kevin, long time parishioner Gertrude White (who has worshiped and worked with at least the past 6 pastors of St. Mary's), and Council 6901 Grand Knight David Horton.

Council presents $500 to the Poolesville Military Support Group

On April 26, Mr. Carl Hobbs made a presentation to council members about the Poolesville Military Support Group, a non-profit community organization that supports military members, veterans, and their families through local activities and fundraising.


 An article in The Yellow Ribbon Fund newsletter reported:

 One day Teresa Brimm was recovering at Walter Reed. The next, she was astride the Harley of a new friend. It all started when a chartered wheelchair-accessible bus took Teresa, her fellow injured service members, and their families out into the Maryland countryside. Destination: Poolesville’s annual riverside picnic in their honor, hosted by the Poolesville Military Support Group. Most Americans don’t personally know an injured veteran, so events like this help build bridges between the military and civilian communities. Those connections are especially important when injured veterans and their families return to their hometowns and begin rebuilding their lives.


 Carl talked in detail about the annual White's Ferry Event, which this year, will be held on June 25th.  He encouraged members and their families to come out and have fun supporting this event. He was pleased to receive a $500.00 donation from the Knights of Columbus to help with PMSG's upcoming annual outing at White's Ferry. The event, which features great food and a barbeque picnic, entertainment, and fishing; hosts convalescing military personnel from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a relaxing day of fun and fellowship. The event is also a fundraiser to help benefit two important nonprofit programs dear to the heart of those who serve this nation in the military: the Fisher House and the Yellow Ribbon Fund.


L to R: Maryland State Secretary, GK David Horton, Carl Hobbs, Brother Tim Flynn, Chan. Frank Austin, and DGK Steve Waechter.

Council Seminarian advanced to Transitional Deacon

Some time ago, SK Benjamin A. Garcia, was adopted by Council 6901 under the Knights of Columbus Seminarian Support Program.  The council has been sending Benjamin encouragement in the form of correspondence, prayers , and financial assistance while he studied for the Deaconate.


On June 11, 2016, Benjamin was ordained Transitional Deacon at St. Mathew’s Cathedral in Washington, DC by Cardinal Archbishop Donald Wuerl of the Washington Archdiocese.


Please pray for Deacon Garcia as he continues his studies toward the priesthood.

Shady Grove Pregnancy Center gets a boost from Our Lady of Fatima Council

Council 6901 has been helping SGPC for some time now, providing funds and materials that they can use in their mission to help expectant mothers choose life.  Recently GK Steve Waechter presented a check to SGPC Reps to help purchase equipment for their kitchen where they prepare and serve food to these mothers, many of whom are in serious financial need.


A letter we received recently read as follows:

Dear Frank and Fellow Knights,
How Blessed are we to be so cared for by Council 6901 and St Mary's Sodality. 
Thank you for organizing meals for each of the classes, and preparing and delivering the meals to us each week. 
For some of our participants the class dinner is the only meal they eat all day. We are so grateful to be able to provide 
them with a homemade meal prepared with love especially for them. Not only do participants appreciate  the meals but also enjoy 
the family style service and conversation that take place when we all share a meal together. 
Our refrigerator is being delivered this week and hopefully the toaster oven too. 
We are so excited to have it all set up in time for your first meal delivery.  
Thank you for your dedication to The Shady Grove Pregnancy Canter and the Pregnancy Program. 
Blessings to You and Yours Most Sincerely,
Kathleen Carter


Schaefer Children's Scholarship Fund

Tom Schaefer and Family


My Brothers, we recently lost a special member of our Order to ALS, Brother Knight Tom Schaefer.

In spite of having combated this terrible disease for several years, a challenge that occupied most of his time and energy, Tom still wanted to be a Knight of Columbus.  Thanks to the efforts of our Field Agent Patrick McAleer, Tom received a special 1st Degree at his home in August of 2016.


Sadly his loss is most felt by his wife Ursula and three young children.  Efforts are underway to help build a scholarship fund for Tom's sons and daughter.  Attached (click on Tom Schaefer and Family) is the information needed for those who want to help set up this fund.


We ask for your prayers, calling on the Holy Spirit for strength and healing as the Schaefer family deals with the loss of Brother Knight and member of Our Lady of Fatima Council 6901, Brother Tom Schaefer.

Pro-Life News from the Maryland State Council

The Latest Issue

With the release of the series of videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing the barbarity of the
abortion business and the harvesting and selling of baby parts by Planned Parenthood, there is a growing
national awakening to the inhumanity of abortion.

An increasing number of states have and are eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood, many in Congress are working to discontinue the annual $500,000,000 in federal funding it receives, and Congress is holding investigative hearings.

Believers in pro-life views are taking public action, staging protests and bearing prayerful witness in communities across the country and the world to stop abortion.

Read about happenings across the country and here in Maryland - and the role the Knights of Columbus are taking on to oppose abortion.


Click above for the Latest Issue

Council 6901 Spring Fling

Worthy Brothers,


The Spring Fling at Sugarloaf Mountain scheduled for Saturday May 13 has been CANCELLED due to weather.


Rescheduling of this event is being considered.


Thank you for your understanding.


Vivat Jesus,


SK David B. Horton

Grand Knight, Our Lady of Fatima Council #6901

Cell 301-471-7073

Mass of St. Michael for Law Enforcement hosted by Council 6901 Roundtable in Darnestown.

Father Fecteau, pastor of Our Lady of the Visitation parish in Darnestown, offers a special mass annually, called the Mass of St. Michael, to the various law enforcement agencies in the area.  This year it was held on September 27 and Council 6901 helped make the day a success.  Several Brother Knights worked in the kitchen and parish hall to prepare a brunch for all of the mass attendees.  Others served as ushers during the mass.


See pictures of the event in the photo gallery.