About Our Council

Meeting Schedule & Location

Council Business Meeting Schedule

1st Wednesday of the month at JP1 Columbian Center

Council Program Meeting Schedule

2nd Wednesday of the month at JP1 Columbian Center

Council Business Meeting Schedule

3rd Wednesday of the month at JP1 Columbian Center

Meetings Location

John Paul I Colombian Center (not mailing address)
12965 Trentdale Dr
Woodbridge , VA 22193 US

Mailing Address

Knights of Columbus - John Paul I Council #7165
P.O. Box 1106
Woodbridge, VA 22195 US

In Support Of:

Holy Family Catholic Church
14160 Ferndale Road
Dale City, VA 22193 US
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COUNCIL INFORMATION

About Us

John Paul I is one of the most active councils in the state of Virginia.  We are a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization with over 350 members serving the Dale City, VA community since 1978.  

We support Holy Family Catholic Church. Some examples are:

  • Recently donated $5000, over 25% of the cost of a new Grand Piano for the nave
  • Donated equipment for a closed circuit TV system for the "cry room"
  • Conducting various construction projects, including an outdoor stage, a walkway to the former rectory, Mary’s garden, safety railings, and painting handicapped parking spaces
  • conducting projects to help the needy, including Thanksgiving turkey dinners, food and clothing drives, Lenten soup suppers, hosting homeless people for a week, and transporting an elderly parishioner to Mass each week
  • providing honor guards and ushers for confirmations, Christmas midnight masses, Holy Thursday liturgies, Easter vigils, parish festivals, and May processions
  • buying a Pilgrim Virgin statue, crucifixes for classrooms, altar servers robes, and kitchen utensils for the Activities Center
  • providing personnel for annual parish festivals, periodic grounds cleanups and Keep Christ in Christmas campaigns.

 

We support the Dale City. VA community  Our activities include:

  • participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program
  • sponsoring an annual Day of Remembrance for citizens who have died in automobile accidents involving alcohol or drugs
  • conducting blood drives
  • donating teddy bears to children in Potomac Hospital and distraught children encountered by the police
  • performing home repairs for the needy
  • delivering leftover vegetables from the farmers market to needy senior citizens
  • supporting the pro life movement by providing and stalling the assistance van at the annual March for Life and acting as marshals, financially supporting Birthright, AAA Women for Choice, the Northern Virginia Training Center, Gabriel Homes and Muriel Humphrey School, and collecting over $120, 000 for KOVAR
  • sponsoring drug abuse and organ donor programs
  • sponsoring and participating in the 4th of July, Benita Fitzgerald, Loyalty Day and Christmas parades
  • recognizing a community citizen of the year.

 

We support the youth of our community by

  • sponsoring Columbian Squires and Squire Roses Circles, teams in basketball, baseball, swimming, and soccer, and first aid and babysitting courses
  • conducting annual free throw contests, fishing tournaments and parties at Christmas, Halloween and Easter
  • financing graduation parties for 5 area highschools
  • providing school supplies for children of Bosnia- Herzegovina and Jamaica
  • supporting Special Olympics
  • providing athletic equipment to Aquinas School and the Holy Family youth group
  • recognizing an outstanding young man and young woman of the year.

 

We provide recognized leadership in our organization and the community as demonstrated by:

  •  winning 115 awards from the State and Supreme Councils, including a second place International Service Program Award for community service
  • donating thousands of dollars to a variety of organizations and individuals
  • serving in various capacities at the district and state levels
  • having seven members achieve the State Knight of the Year award
  • Having four families achieve the State Family of the Year award.

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History of John Paul I Council

The date of institution for John Paul I Council is December 16, 1978 and approved by the Supreme Advocate on October 9, 1979. The By-laws of John Paul I, Council 7165, Knights of Columbus were adopted April 5, 1979 by vote of the Council. There were 77 Charter members of the Council.

Past Grand Knights of the Council:

 

1978-79

Robert C. Viergutz

1979-80

Carl M. Wohletz, Sr.

1980-81

John P. "Pat" Slater

1981-82

Gary W. McCullough

1982-83

Al J. Bahr

1983-84

Bill Novitsky

1984-85

Robert T. Brever

1985-86

Stephen J. Macejka

1986-87

Terry Cooney

1987-88

John P. Castro

1988-89

Raymond J. Humenik

1989-90

Joseph P. Grabowski

1990-91

Stanley W. Fowler, Jr.

1991-92

Roy D. Best, Sr.

1992-93

F. James Limbach

1993-94

W. "Brooks" Corley, Jr.

1994-95

Lawrence A. Pemberton

1995-96

Rowland A. Babcock, Jr.

1996-97

Robert A. Rouleau

1997-98

Robert P. Williams

1998-99

John P. Kelly

1999-00

Thomas J. Katrinak

2000-01

Thomas A. Breidenbach

2001-02

William E. Gleichsner

2002-03

Robert W. Weiss

2003-04

Gray S. Gagnon

2004-05

Joseph K. Graham

2005-06

Joseph J. Anderson

2006-07

John R. Brinkheide

2007-08

Jerry D. Ingerick

2008-09

John J. Dubelko

2009-10

Glenn F. Epler

2010-11

Robert J. Szerszynski

2011-12

Helmut E. Brokamp

2012-13

Edward J. Fairbairn

2013-14

Michael Wissel

2014-15

Lou Byers, Jr.

2015-16

Michael Dvoroznak

MmThe date of institution for John Paul I Council is December 16, 1978 and approved by the Supreme Advocate on October 9, 1979. The By-laws of John Paul I, Council 7165, Knights of Columbus were adopted April 5, 1979 by vote of the Council. There were 77 Charter members of the Council.

Past Grand Knights of the Council:

1978-79

Robert C. Viergutz

1979-80

Carl M. Wohletz, Sr.

1980-81

John P. "Pat" Slater

1981-82

Gary W. McCullough

1982-83

Al J. Bahr

1983-84

Bill Novitsky

1984-85

Robert T. Brever

1985-86

Stephen J. Macejka

1986-87

Terry Cooney

1987-88

John P. Castro

1988-89

Raymond J. Humenik

1989-90

Joseph P. Grabowski

1990-91

Stanley W. Fowler, Jr.

1991-92

Roy D. Best, Sr.

1992-93

F. James Limbach

1993-94

W. "Brooks" Corley, Jr.

1994-95

Lawrence A. Pemberton

1995-96

Rowland A. Babcock, Jr.

1996-97

Robert A. Rouleau

1997-98

Robert P. Williams

1998-99

John P. Kelly

1999-00

Thomas J. Katrinak

2000-01

Thomas A. Breidenbach

2001-02

William E. Gleichsner

2002-03

Robert W. Weiss

2003-04

Gray S. Gagnon

2004-05

Joseph K. Graham

2005-06

Joseph J. Anderson

2006-07

John R. Brinkheide

1978-79

Robert C. Viergutz

1979-80

Carl M. Wohletz, Sr.

1980-81

John P. "Pat" Slater

1981-82

Gary W. McCullough

1982-83

Al J. Bahr

1983-84

Bill Novitsky

1984-85

Robert T. Brever

1985-86

Stephen J. Macejka

1986-87

Terry Cooney

1987-88

John P. Castro

1988-89

Raymond J. Humenik

1989-90

Joseph P. Grabowski

1990-91

Stanley W. Fowler, Jr.

1991-92

Roy D. Best, Sr.

1992-93

F. James Limbach

1993-94

W. "Brooks" Corley, Jr.

1994-95

Lawrence A. Pemberton

1995-96

Rowland A. Babcock, Jr.

1996-97

Robert A. Rouleau

1997-98

Robert P. Williams

1998-99

John P. Kelly

1999-00

Thomas J. Katrinak

2000-01

Thomas A. Breidenbach

2001-02

William E. Gleichsner

2002-03

Robert W. Weiss

2003-04

Gray S. Gagnon

2004-05

Joseph K. Graham

2005-06

Joseph J. Anderson

2006-07

John R. Brinkheide

2007-08

Jerry D. Ingerick

2008-09

John J. Dubelko

2009-10

Glenn F. Epler

2010-11

Robert J. Szerszynski

2011-12

Helmut E. Brokamp

2012-13

Edward J. Fairbairn

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Mission and Vision Statement

Knights of Columbus

John Paul I Council No. 7165

Mission and Vision Statement

Mission

To serve the Church and the community through our Order’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

Vision Statement

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by helping support Holy Family Catholic Church, including their food pantry, by volunteering at community events (e.g., 4th of July Parade, Highway Cleanup, etc.), supporting the intellectually disabled both spiritually and materially and also mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That does not mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community. We are also united with our Priests and Bishops in nurturing and defending our faith.

Fraternity – The Order’s top-rated insurance program provides affordable life insurance, annuities, etc., to help provide for the welfare of all Brother Knights and their families in times of need. The Council provides spiritual, physical, and material assistance to Brothers and their families in need. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it is in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst their greatest citizens.

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KC Ladies

Who are the K. C. Ladies?

What do the K. C. Ladies do for John Paul I Council?

Do the K. C. Ladies do anything for our community?

Are the K. C. Ladies a valuable asset to John Paul I Council?

What do the K. C. Ladies expect from me when I become a member?

 

Over the years, I have been asked many questions about the K. C. Ladies.  These five most asked questions and responses, explain what and who are the K. C. Ladies. 

 

Who are the K. C. Ladies?  As a Charter Member of the K. C. Ladies since 1982, we started the K. C. Ladies because we wanted to help our Council and at the same time help ourselves by meeting new friends and enjoying social activities.  The K. C. Ladies By-Laws state we are a “service organization whose sole purpose is to supplement and foster the activities, purposes and functions of the Knights of Columbus John Paul I Council.”

 

What do the K. C. Ladies do for John Paul I Council?  At Open Meetings, the K. C. Ladies are asked to furnish the refreshments.  When the Council has their KOVAR drive, the K. C. Ladies are giving tootsie rolls out in all kinds of weather and volunteering our time as money counters.  The K. C. Ladies and the Council have donated Thanksgiving Food Baskets to the Christian Concerns and Outreach program at the Church.  Over the years, the K. C. Ladies have provided Halloween Treat Sacks and Santa Treat Sacks for the Council’s Children parties.  One major fundraiser the Council holds is the Annual Art Auction.  Since its beginning, the K. C. Ladies have been active in soliciting ads, door prizes, and silent auction items, preparing and serving food and participating as presenters of the Art.  We have donated many items to our Council Home, such as the coffee thermos serving containers, flatware, furniture, and curtains in the TV Room.  Did you attend an Installation Ceremony and take notice of the Council Robes?  When you attend Breakfast with Santa or a Children’s Halloween Party did you notice the decorations?  Did you attend Father’s Day Breakfast and Donuts for Dad?  Did you enjoy the Breakfast after the 25th Anniversary Weekend?  The K. C. Ladies provided all these items and more.  We have also supported the Squire Roses over the years

 

Do the K. C. Ladies do anything for our Community?

Over the years we have made and provided materials for Baptismal Bibs.  We have donated food for the Food Pantry.  Monetary donations have been made to the American Red Cross, Hospice of Northern Virginia, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, ACTS, Birthright, Benedictine Sisters Monastery, Holy Family Catholic School, Aquinas Library, BEBRF, Holy Family Nurse Program, Parent Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, SPRED, Holy Family Liturgy Committee, Phone Cards for our wounded military Troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Special Olympics, Holy Family Youth Group Work Camp, Flatware for the Rectory, and Life Issue Committee. 

 

Throughout the years, the K. C. Ladies have given thousands of dollars in monetary support and endless hours supporting our Council and Community activities. 

 

Are the K. C. Ladies an asset to John Paul I Council? 

The saying goes, “behind every good man is a good woman.”  If you attend a Knights State Convention, you will see first hand the Councils that give the most and earn the most recognition, are the Councils that have a strong and supportive Ladies Auxiliary.  Several years our Council received the best Scrapbook Award thanks to the K. C. Ladies talents.

 

What do the K. C. Ladies expect from me when I become a member?  Be active and come to a meeting.  We have nine meetings a year, some with speakers and activities.  If you can’t come to all nine meetings pick the ones you are most interested in.  Bake for the Bingo Cake Raffle, our major fundraiser.  Without the funds from this fundraiser we would not be able to do all we do.  Just donating a baked good several times during September through May helps more than you know.  The Bingo Players don’t take you for granted.  They look forward to our items.  Many will purchase tickets when they know their favorite baker provided baked goods.  Many have asked for recipes.  Many have special requests (especially Monkey Bread).  We ask that you help sell the baked goods at Bingo once in awhile.  We have four teams and we need two ladies per team that can sell the raffle tickets.  Come to our social functions and have fun.  We try to have three social functions at the Council Home for social activities.  We also try to have outings i.e. winery tour, museum tours etc.  Nancy McDowell is our current Program Field Director and she welcomes your ideas for outings. 

 

The next time you see a K. C. Lady ask her how you can join the K. C. Ladies and help make a difference in our Council.  We need new members and new ideas for the future.  Join us.  We welcome you.  Our membership dues are $10 a year with an option of $3.65 for a Penny-Knight-Day program to support religious vocations.  You can join anytime.  Our social functions are adults only with spouses unless otherwise advertised. 

 

Our meetings are the first Tuesday of each month (Sep thru May) at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Home.  Information on this meeting and upcoming activities for the year are advertised in the Council Newsletter.

 

Patti Ann Gleichsner

Publicity

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