Chaplain's Message
In an essay in Commonweal Magazine [October 5, 2018], Nancy Fitzgerald writes of being part of a pilgrimage to the holy well of the sixth-century monk Saint Colman, across the rugged Burren mountains in the west of Ireland. 
Before beginning their trek to the site, their guide instructed the half-dozen pilgrims to “choose a stone with sharp edges” to take with them on the climb. As they trudged across the slabs of limestone and shale, the guide said, “Slide your hand in your pocket; finger your jagged stone while you think of the jagged stone in your life. Consider the thing that irritates you, confounds you, frustrates you, holds you back. And while you’re doing that, as you walk across the Burren, pay attention to everything. Watch and listen.”
As she walked, the stone Nancy thumbed in her pocket became “my daughter-in-law, once beloved, now caught up in a swirling maelstrom of a marriage that ended but still seems to linger on. It was the years of misunderstandings, and the tears shed for Katy, the little girl the marriage produced. It was fear and dread over what would become of the child, and frustration over my inability to do something about it. It was long nights of anxiety. It was sorrow for my first-born son; my heart was aching for his broken heart.”
Nancy and her fellow pilgrims, all carrying their own stones, trudged on. They finally came to the well of Saint Colman and the cave where the monk lived and the stone altar where the saint prayed and offered Mass. At the gurgling pool of cold, clear water, the guide said, “Take your stone. Take your worries and your fears and your anxieties and cast them into the well.” And Nancy and her traveling companions plopped their stones in the pool and blessed themselves with the water. She remembers: 
“Long before Patrick ever set foot in Ireland, the pagan Celts believed their island was a thin place, a holy place, where the veil between heaven and earth, time and eternity, disappears. It seemed to disappear that gray morning, as we headed back, silent and unburdened. My pocket was empty. The stone was gone, and my worries disappeared, too, at least for a while. I prayed prayers of gratitude. I prayed for my ex-daughter-in-law, and for my son, and for their child. I prayed for healing. I think we all prayed for healing — washed in the waters of Colman mac Duagh’s holy well.”
At a well in Ireland, an American pilgrim faces her sadness and anxiety over her broken family and finds the grace to move on in peace. At another well in another place two thousand years before, a Samaritan woman (from our gospel on the Third Sunday of Lent) finds the grace to pull her own life together. Christ is present to both women: Christ accompanies Nancy Fitzgerald in the prayer she offers while trekking up the rocky, barren Burren; Christ is the stranger who gently nudges the Samaritan woman to see her life with new hope and peace. The grace to start over is ours if we’re humble enough to confront our limitations and culpability and wise enough to realize God’s constant presence and invitation to return to him.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and I hope you are having a good Lent!
Grand Knight's Report

SK Matthew Warehime

Many Catholics have heard of Lent, but do all know what it really means? According to Merriam-Webster, Lent means "the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting."

Between Ash Wednesday and Easter,  Catholics observe a 40-day period known as Lent.  Popularly regarded as a period of fasting, there are many ways to make the Lenten period meaningful. What is Lent and why should one take part? Does every participant follow a strict Lenten plan of rigid self-denial?

Lent is meant to be a time of repentance. That’s not a feeling of shame, but an awareness that sin separates us from God and of what it cost Him to be reunited with us. Shame has its place, but feeling shame over sin is not the same thing as repentance from sin,because our tempter can take our obedience to God and turn it into a source of pride. 

Greater intimacy with God is the reward of sacrifice. His love and one’s salvation are not reliant on denying oneself chocolate or beer. this is just one way that we try to sacrifice as Jesus and his disciples did many times while they were worshiping the one true God. These 40 days are set aside to praise and worship the Lord; to read the Bible more, and to pray more often. Catholics who observe Lent and spend more time praying and meditating on the lord's good words and think about the gift that Jesus gave us by sacrificing himself for our sins, can experience a deeper intimacy with the Lord our God.

So I ask all of you my brothers to take some time to sit down talk to God and think about what you want to do to become a better person and Catholic. Remember, God is always listening; he doesn't answer in words, but in signs and opportunities.

Vivat Jesus!

Faith Program

On Friday, March 6 we will have a Lenten Fish Fry.  This meal will follow a First Friday Prayer Service led by Deacon Seith from Sacred Heart.  The menu will include fish ,fries, and a salad.  No dessert will be served.  The cost is $6 per person.  We hope to see everyone there.

Family Program

Into the Breach - Trailer

Lent provides an annual opportunity to renew our commitment to sacrifice, prayer, and giving.  As part of this challenge we, as Knights, must "Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil." (Ephesians:6).   In the February issue of Columbia Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori speaks to this verse and elaborates, "The armor we must rely on is not our own but the victory of Christ and the grace of the Spirit".

The Knights of Columbus published a new video series Into the Breach, which provides the challenge that many Catholics are desperate for.  The series speaks to prayer, brotherhood, family, and faith.  To provide a meaningful experience with this content, the council will be hosting viewing opportunities of each video at Boswell Hall.  Members and friends are welcome. The videos are only 12-15 minutes in length and hopefully by watching these encounters together we will become better men, fathers, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. A brief reflection will follow each viewing. A schedule will be distributed by email and on the website.  We hope every member will consider this opportunity.

Community Program

St. Patrick's Day 2020 - Celebrate 3 Days Early

Where: Boswell Hall

When: Saturday, March 14 2020

Food service starts at 2 PM and runs through 7 PM.  This year's St. Patrick's Day celebration we are once again joining with the Ancient Order of Hibernians to celebrate Irish culture and the life of St. Patrick. In addition to an excellent meal, there will be Irish music in between two performances of Irish dancing.

Platters are $10 each (family max $40) and include a Reuben sandwich, sauteed cabbage, and potato leek soup.  For $2, a dessert of bread pudding with optional bourbon sauce will also be available.  Water and sodas are included. Irish coffee and other items from the bar are extra. For more information, call Matt Warehime at 301-352-7082.  All are welcome to attend!

Soup & Bread

Where: Seton Parish, Fr. Connelly Parish Center

When: 6:30 PM Friday, March 27 2020

On March 27, the council is providing the meal for one of the Lenten 'Soup & Bread' events at Seton Parish. We need help providing 4 soups and many loaves of sliced bread.  We also require a bit of manpower to help setup the serving tables and re-fill these areas.  Food service starts at 6:30 PM.  Members may come to the assist in preparing meatless soups, make soup at home and bring it with them, and donate bread to this great program.  Please notify Matt Warehime at 301-352-7082 if you plan on bringing a soup so we can properly plan.

Life Program

We are currently looking at running a program to support a local pregnancy center as part of our Lenten program.  More details will be available soon.

Bingo Update

Bingo needs your help!  Bingo Supports the charitable works done by the Council.  This year, we gave each Church supporting the Council a gift, and we continue to support great charities like the Gabriel Network and Wreaths Across America.  This support is made possible by the money we bring in through Bingo.  Three weeks this month we did not have enough people to sell signups, sell paper, and keep the tables clean.  We need more people to help with Bingo, or we may have to discontinue the program due to lack of participation from the membership.  Without your help we may have to give up this source of revenue.

If you are interested in helping, even if you can only give a couple hours a month, please contact Joe Massimini, or Steve Dobrosielski,  so we can set you up with a team or a week to help.  The jobs are easy.  Most require a little walking.  We are happy to take help from a Knight, or the spouse of a Knight, or the grown children of Knights.

If you would like to help at Bingo, the schedule for February is as follows:

March 3: Team 4, Kevin Carroll

March 10: Team 1, Bill Cartney

March 17: Team 2, Jack O’Malley

March 24: Team 3, Mike Mitchell

March 31: Team 4, Kevin Carroll

April 7: Team 1, Bill Cartney

If you want to help, just show up on a Tuesday evening.  Or if you would rather contact someone, you can reach me at 240-997-0402 or

Neumann News

St. John Neumann Assembly #1763

This month's meeting will take place on March 19, 2020 and begin promptly at 7:30 PM.  All members of the assembly are welcomed.

Bill Sapero FN, PGK

Sick and Memorial

If you know of a Brother Knight who has recently deceased, please email Don Tallmadge at  Please email all other prayer intentions for members and relatives to  Prayer intentions will remain on this list and website for a period of one month.

List of Council Officers 2019-2020

Grand Knight:  Matthew Warehime  443-506-9877

Deputy Grand Knight:  Christopher Keplinger  301-466-6917

Chaplain:  Rev. Father Paul Sparklin  401-721-5770

Associate Chaplain:  Rev. Deacon David Barnes  443-292-8400

Chancellor:  Michael Mitchell  293-628-1291

Warden:  Lee (Buddy) Dumais  240-687-6920

Financial Secretary:  Don Tallmadge  301-218-4623

Recorder:  Joe Massimini  301-464-4656

Treasurer:  Bob Heverly

Advocate:  Jim Simpson  202-360-7960

Lecturer:  Rob Van Rite  301-805-0091

Inside Guard:  Calvin Blake Jr.  240-770-7704

Outside Guard:  Ray DeVous  301-641-8054

Outside Guard:  Jonathan Tallmadge  301-218-4623

Trustee, First Year:  Romeo Paternoster  301-509-0236

Trustee, Second Year:  Ralph Bonuchelli  301-464-3630

Trustee, Third Year:  Bill Sapero  410-721-9163

Sacred Heart Council #2577 of the Knights of Columbus was established on June 21, 1925. The Accolade is the official monthly publication. Please send all correspondence to the Grand Knight @ Boswell Hall, 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie, MD 20715. 

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