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9553 Knights in Action


Induction of 2012 - 13 officers

The solemn induction of Council 9553 officers was held at St. Margaret Mary Church Oct. 16, 2012 officiated by DW Don Stacey and DD Bill Pelletier. The affair was attended by the officers close family and brother knights. “What we do, we do for the glory of God.”         Link to INDUCTION SLIDE SHOW here.

The event took place in The Macassa Soccer Complex at Upper Sherman Avenue

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Council 9553 Soccer Challenge
  May 29, 2012

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill – the penalty kick. The event took place in The Macassa Soccer Complex at Upper Sherman Avenue.

The winners are:

Age 14: Brent Dorin

Age 13: Mudazia Nathaniel

Age 12: Mohammed Less

Age 11: Ian Boyd Seminiuk

Age 10: Michael Terre

The colour Guards flanked by Fr. William Trusz on the left and Fr. Michael Downey on the right.


25th Anniversary of our council                                                  Apri7 17, 2012

Our Council celebrated our 25th Anniversary event in April 17, 2012. Members including most of the past grand knights and some of the original founding members, joined with special guests to celebrate 25 years of helping out in our community. This was a well-attended event with some food and good company where the past Grand Knights were awarded mementos for their services.

The affair was preceded by a celebratory mass complete with color guards from our council members. 

Link here to view the 25th ANNIVERSARY record of the event. The regular meeting ensued and nominations were taken for the next set of officers come June. The cake was a hit and Don Stacey wore a lot of it on his sleeves. 

We look forward to serving our community for the next 25 years!!!

From Left to Right: Pablo Fajardo, our newest member,GK Jim Hannam, DD Dan Lohin and DW Don Stacey

2nd Degree Exemplification 
March 19, 2012
The induction to the second degree netted the degree team moderated by DD Dan Lohin 16 new candidates one of which was for our council, Pablo Fajardo. Congratulation to our dedicated degree team for a job well done.



Basketball free Throw

Thanks to the participating schools Athletic Department for their support, and to the parents and students who made the Council Shoot-out another success. Everyone was a winner and we are looking forward to next year.

Thanks to all our Brother Knights for your continued support of this important youth activity, Link to SMM FREE THROW here.

From Left to Right: GK Jim Hannam, Patricia Gonzales, Cassandra Darby, Kevin Aguiar, Eryk Kokoski, D

Poster Winners                                                                       January 09, 2012                                                                The Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness local competition is under the authority of the grand knight. Posters must reflect either the theme of Alcohol Awareness and Abuse or Drug Awareness and Abuse. In keeping with the theme of giving young people the opportunity to develop their own solutions to the challenges they face, it’s important to involve young people in all phases of the judging process.


Seasonal Empty Bottle Drive 
December 08, 2011
GK Jim Hannam and DD Don Stacey presented a cheque to Denise Arkell of Neighbour to Neighbour from the proceeds of the empty bottle drive. Many thanks to those who helped in our cause.The N2N Centre provides emergency food once a month for an average of 1,000 families on Hamilton Mountain and surrounding areas who have exhausted their resources.


Rosary For RCIA
November 30, 2011
GK Jim Hannam, DD Mario Salvatore and Fr. Mike Downey presented a rosary to the RCIA organizers.The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.


Memorial Mass 
November 5, 2011 
 Hamilton Diocese South Zone Memorial Mass for Deceased 2011 Knights at St. Eugene’s Church. On the left DD Dan Lohin, DW Don Stacey, taking up the gifts and on the right GK Jim Hannam lighting the candle in memory of Br. John Sexton.


"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point." 

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3rd Degree Exemplification at 5860
October 30, 2011
Five candidates from our council went through the exemplification among thirty participants. The Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Upon reaching the Third Degree, a gentleman is considered a full member. The third degree is the highest degree a Knights of Columbus member can obtain. The fourth degree is a separate honor and is not higher than the third degree. A member must be a third degree Knight before becoming a fourth degree however.

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."

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Memorial Mass for Deceased Knights of 9553     October 28, 2011                                                                                                           Although the Knights of Columbus is rightly known for tending to the material needs of others, offering Mass for the deceased is also fulfilling the theme of the Supreme Convention, I Am My Brother’s Keeper, said Supreme Chaplain Bishop William Lori.

 A mass was celebrated to pay homage to our brothers that have gone before us. All the celebrants, from the priest Fr. Michael Downey who just received his third degree earlier this year, were members of the Order. 

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself"

Don Stacey is 80
October 22, 2011
A surprise cocktail reception was held at the Legion Hall to commemorate Don's 80th birthday arranged by his wife Beverly, their children and grandchildren. 

The kids had a ball, the slideshow of his younger years with her daughters narration enlightened us of the workaholic and family oriented Don. "Happy birthday Don.".Vivat Jesus, 

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"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today"



efund Abortion Rally

October 22, 2011
Hundreds of people attended the Rally at Queen`s Park on Saturday, October 22, 2011, calling on Premier Dalton McGuinty and his government to defund abortions. Among them were pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish Fr. Bill Trusz with our 3 brothers from Hamilton Council 9553 GK Jim Hannam Br. Paul Moralis and Br. Gregory Wilson. 

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."

2nd Degree Exemplification at SMM 
October 17, 2011
Featured here are the successful candidates that have gone through the 2nd degree exemplification orchestrated by the 2nd Degree Team of St. Margaret Mary Council with the assistance of the district deputy. Once they advance to this second stage on their journey into our Order, they understand that “united” efforts are much more effective, and that these ties aid us in accomplishing the aims and goals of the Knights of Columbus.The second degree is key to retention. Vivat Jesus, 
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Statue of the Holy Family 
October 16, 2011
 The statue of the Holy Family, blessed on the feast of our patron saint, Saint Margaret Mary, Sunday, October 16, 2011 with the presence of the Knights of Columbus and the CWL members. Benches are provided to encourage meditation by the Holy Family.

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"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."

Car Raffle Appreciation Award 
October 13, 2011
Br. Don Benassi, Car Raffle Chairman and GK Jim Hannam presented an award of appreciation to Mr. Nino Gallo, Fortino's store manager for allowing us to sell tickets at their Mall Road Supermarket. 

This coming serries of sales we will need your assistance once again to take a shft at all designated locations. It is very important that we sel all tickets if we are to continue with our charitable works.Vivat Jesus, 

"Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing."


Spaghetti Dinner at St. Margaret Mary Gym 
October 2, 2011
This affair was a success from the get go with a generous serving of spaghetti, coffee and yummy deserts of your choice. Everyone was serenaded with guitar and accordion duet as they dined. Click HERE to view slideshow.

Brother knights were well represented and many thanks to those who helped set up the tables and stored them after.


"Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society."

Rose Right to Life Campaign 

October 1 & 2 , 2011

The annual Rose Sunday feature a new more intimate way of vending for a noble cause. The bins and with the KofC sash enable us to be more personal and interactive with the parishioners hence probably an increase in their generosity. The Churches, Sacred Heart, Blessed Sacrament and St. Margaret Mary were the premises involved and the total sales was 508 Roses. Many thanks to Rose Sunday Chairman Br. Mario Salvatore for his dedication and to the Knights Bruce Coughlan, Jim Hannam, Gary St.Germain Herb Dixon Don Benassi, Frank Russell, Vince Colonna Tony Del Fiacco Gregory Watson Don & Bev Stacey, Paul Stacey, Dr. Harry Andry, Hernando Lopez Bob Chwalyk, Eric Fobler, John Capostagno, Mario Salvatore Don Goulet, Gary Gallant and Garry Thomas who helped accomplish this endeavour.

Bro. Gary Gallant

Bro. Garry Thomas

Bro. Don Gaulet

"He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good."

Councils Awards Night 
June 21, 2011
The year-end get together was will attended. This celebrated a successful year, a welcome to the new sets of council officers and new members to the fraternity order and rewarding those that contributed to the success of the Fraternal year. 

The winners of the school contests were also honoured with trophies and certificates of recognition. Overall it was a fun night. The slideshow will confirm the jubilation experienced by all. The meal contributed to the success of the evening as well.

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"Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors."

The Proficiency and Religious Study Award
June 20, 2011
Graduation is here once again which means its recognition time for students with exceptional achievements attained during the school year. The yearly Knights of Columbus Proficiency and Religious Study Awards were given to Alexander Blakeley of St. Margaret Mary School presented by the Grand Knight Jim Hannam and Aaron Alarcon of Blessed Kateri School presented by Fr. Mike Downey, DD Mario Salvatore and Bro. Bruce Coughlan of St. Margaret Mary Council 9553.

L to R: Fr. Downey, DD Mario, Aaron Alarcon & Bro Bruce

Alexander Blakeley with plaque award

Alexander Blakeley with cash award

"He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches."

Jim with CUP for events winner

Victor Mattachini Memorial Cup

June18, 2011
The challenge was staged at Southern Pines Golf Club as in previous years. The foursome from 1454 won the cup for their Council this year, unfortunately our Council could not come up with at least 4 golfers to challenge for position of the coveted cup.


"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

Memorial Mass for Fr. Ronal Fleuvil of Haiti and Holy Hour
June 06, 2011

In union with our brothers and sisters of St. Gabriel parish in Haiti we mourn the sudden death of Father Ronal Fleurvil, their young pastor. We will have a special Memorial Mass here on Monday, June 6th, at 7:00pm in order to thank God for the extraordinary service that Father Ronal gave to God, to his church, and to his country.  
"May songs of the angels welcome you, and guide you along your way."

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Bruce, Don,Harry, Mike & Garry led the rosary

Holy Hour with the Knights

Our Annual Pentecost Novena in union with St. Gabriel Parish in Haiti and Holy Family Parish in St. Petersburg, Florida was hosted by the Knight highlighted by Holy Hours of Prayer. 

It is especially important to pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti in this time of bereavement and uncertainty. The Holy Hours may help us to do just that.

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

2nd Degree exemplification
May 05, 2011

The 2nd Degree Team

From left to right front rowBr. Donald Stacey, Br. Rick Abanado, Br. Robert Chwalyk, Br. Elio Berardi, Br Ben Suva, Br.Hernando Lopez, Br. Ambrosio Fajardo, Br. Romulo Anastasio.
From left to right back row Br.Mario Salvatore, Br. Mike Cusick,Br.Jim Hannam, Br.Chris Cupido.

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DD, DW, GK and The Candidates

Eight successful candidates went through the second degree exemplification this May held at St. Margaret Mary Parish. District Deputy Mario Salvatore, Grand Knight Jim Hannam, District Warden Don Stacey and some members of the council were witnesses to the occasion. 

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."

Brother Knights performing their duties during a Rainstorm

Dear Knights of Columbus,
June 4, 2011

Wow! Talk about dedication and superb service! You did an amazing job directing traffic and welcoming people in to the church for the Anointing of the Sick Mass on Saturday June 4 . “That was quite a storm" I have enclosed a picture and it looks like it was taken late at night.

Thank you for the outstanding job you did.

Thank you, too, for the very generous donation of $200 to offset the cost of the boutonnières which were given to all those who had requested the Sacrament of the Sick at that mass.

We are so blessed to have such an active and generous K of C Council at this parish.

God bless you for all the good works you do in this community

Marilyn Sturtevant

"The man of upright life is obeyed before he speaks"

Fr. Mike Downey

3rd Degree exemplification
March 25, 2011
Fr. Michael Downey and three other successful candidates went through the third degree exemplification this March. District Deputy Mario Salvatore and Grand Knight Jim Hannam were witnesses to  the ocassion as well as a host of other knights and the families of the candidates. 

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"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm"

Lucas Ferracuti

Presentation of Students Awards
March 21, 2011

District Deputy Mario Salvatore, Grand Knight Jim Hannam and Br. Feliciano Marpa visited St. Margaret Mary School on Monday, March 21, 2011 and presented Lucas Ferracuti, winner of the District Basketball Free-throw, with the certificate.  

They also presented medals to Patricia Gonzales and Emma Tillotson, winners of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse poster contest for the District. Patricia and Emma  were also presented with plaques as winners of the Regional competition.
Patricia Gonzales
Emma Tillotson

"As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others."

Selling Tickets for Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast at the Gym 
March 6, 2011
The project was a success, a very good showing of support and the service was great. Car raffle Tickets were also sold as well as a 50/50 draw and recruiting for new members to our council was also in effect. Thanks for your support and also to Jose Bochsler for some of the pictures. Vivat Jesus. 

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Pancake Breakfast @ Gym

"There isn't a person anywhere who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can." 

February 27, 2011 Colour Guard @ St. Margaret Mary 

We had a good turnout for colour guard at St. Margaret Mary Parish commemorating the Communion Breakfast for Bishop John Farrell Assembly Council 3027 at 5860 Hall in Upper James.



"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"

Registration of Participants

District 8 level Basketball Free throw February 12,2011
The participants here are composed of winners from their free throw trials at the Council level. the successful candidates will move on to the Regional and to the State or Provincial level with awards available for all participants composed of certificates, Badges, Medals and trophies. Good luck. Link to Slideshow below.

Dist. 8 Free Throw at Bishop Ryan

Warming up to the occasion

"You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world."

Checking Results

the participants

Basketball Free Throw Jan. 15, 2011                                                               

The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or province levels. From there, some make it to t he international level for championship competition in their group. Link to view slideshow HERE

Remember, your good health is in your own hands, look after it.

January 2011 Meeting at The Hearth Room 

The January 18th meeting started off with the presentation by Rob Goodfellow from the Special Olympics Foundation. He let us know how the athletes through our generosity has helped enrich the life of one more individual with an intellectual disability. The benefits they receive from sport programs include increase in self confidence and social skills,  sports and competitive skills as well as improved balance, co-ordination and body control. Click on picture to view pictures taken on the event including a couple of awards presented that evening. 



Wealth is only meaningful if you can enjoy while you are still alive and kicking.

Emma Tillotson Age 12-14 Division

Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest Winners 
Thanks to everyone from St. Mary Margaret School who participated in the program for promoting awareness of the negative effects that alcohol and drug abuse may have on society.

Patricia Gonzales Age 8-11 Division

What you do for yourself dies with you but what you do for others lives on.

The Car Raffle Sales Is Underway Again.                    

Council 9553 had their ticket sales this year in Limeridge Mall. The shifts for the week was filled with volunteers lured with free Timmy coffee and raffle for free coffee cards. We do not have varied locations as before so we encourage members to help fill the void by selling booklets. It is VERY important that we sell all allocated tickets if we are to continue with our charitable works. Contact Don Benassi @ or call him at 905 389-1954. Thanks for your help.

Dr. Harry Andry & Jim Hannam

'Life isn't about how to survive the storm, But how to dance in the rain.'

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The Recruiters: GK Jim Hannam, Bob Chwalyk and Don Stacey
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits

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True love is an  acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.


With SMM Students @ Sherwood Bowling Centre March 3. 2010
This annual event sponsored by the council is Bowling with the students of St. Margaret Mary School at Sherwood Lanes supported by 15 local businesses. Fun as had by all. A good turnout of Brother knights, some with their spouses made the day go smooth and enjoyable. Worth repeating next year. Click on picture to view slideshow of the event. 

Be ye fishers of men -- you catch them & He'll clean them.

The Recruiters: Bruce Coughlan & Bob Chwalyk
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits


Man's way leads to a hopeless end -- God's way leads to an endless hope.


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Basketball Free Throw Jan. 12, 2008
The councils basketball free throw was held in St. Margaret Mary School gym. This activity encourages the youth to participate in a competitive manner in the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. Also the Knights of Columbus receive community exposure in supporting extra-curricular activities with the youth of the area. An opportunity to recruit new members for the youth programs and for the council.




In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma—but never let him be the period.


Parking Details
There is a contingency of knights ready to assist the parish parking during peak seasons eg. Easter Mass, Christmas, New Years etc. We also use this venue to earn charitable money from parking whenever the PGA tour comes to town.
The picture on the left was taken during the 40th anniversary memorial mass of St. Margaret Mary Parish.

Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.


125th anniversary of the Knights of Columbus
March 29th is the founders day.The Council celebrated the anniversary of its foundation with the Blessing of the pictures received from the Supreme Council by Father Philippe Jean-Pierre and Deacon Stephen Crowley. The celebratory mass with Honor Guards spearheaded the affairs and culminated with the awarding of the knights. This took place in the Hearth Room of St. Margaret Mary Parish.

The church is prayer-conditioned.

Thanks to Brother Knights and their wives, priests and parishioners of St. Margaret Mary Parish for making Rose Sunday (September 29/30) a success! The total amount raised was $880.11. Three cheques of $293.377 each went to The Hamilton Right to Life, Alliance for Life and St. Martin's Manor.

Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.

Keep Christ in Christmas
In a time when all things religious are being discouraged and swept away, it’s refreshing to know that the Order established the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign to remind people that Christmas is above all a holy day celebrating the birth of Christ.
Keeping Christ in Christmas is keeping the very heart and meaning of the Christmas celebration alive. To celebrate the birth of the Son of God, the Supreme Council offers the some suggestions you can use to help in keeping Christ in Christmas.


Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

This years draw at Fortino's Mall Road branch.

1) Oct. 17th to Dec. 9th FORTINO'S Mall Road 7 days a week. Times: 11-2 & 2-5pm
2) Nov. 3 Bazaar St. M.M. School Gym 5-6 pm.
3) Nov. 10th & 11th FORTINO'S Fiesta Mall - Dwayne.
4) Nov. 17th & 18th FORTINO'S @ Hwy.53 and Hwy.20. Times 10:00 7o 2:00pm. ( Steve & Nick) we may also do 3:00 - 5:00 pm Shift.
5) Dec. 9th DRAW DAY @ FORTINO's 65 Mall Road 4:00PM.

When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.

The Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest
The program, established as it is goes on every year The teachers in the schools runs the poster contest in conjunction with the other awareness programs that they are asked to because it gets the community involved with the schools. The program blends with other anti drug and alcohol programs schools may be involved with. The posters were picked up week of Jan. 08,2007, with judging to take place week of Jan. 22-26. The poster contest is for all children aged 8 to 14 years old. The contest is run on five different levels; the council level, the district level, the diocesan level, the state level and finally at an international level. There are two age divisions, ages 8 to 11 and ages 12 to 14, and there are two competition categories, Alcohol Abuse and Awareness, and Drug Abuse and Awareness.

Never give the devil a ride – he will always want to drive.

Council 9553 at the beginning of this year was in Limeridge Mal, Mountain Plaza Mall. And the Barn Store at Gage and Fennell. This coming series of sales we need to hear from you to take a shift at all of the above locations again. It is VERY important that we sell all 3500 tickets if we are to continue with our charitable works.

We need volunteers to help out with the ticket sales at all of these locations.
December 15th & 16th @ Food Basics at Upper Gage & Mohawk.
February 19-25 , 2008 @ Limeridge Mall.


Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.

Exercise daily -- walk with the Lord.
When God ordains, He sustains.