Grand Knight's Report

SK Chris Keplinger

This month I would like to speak a bit about gratitude and hope. I am particularly grateful for the outpouring of support for the ongoing planning and support of our community. Brothers are checking in on brothers by phone all this month. Additionally, Deacon Jack with the help of Jack Carey and the 4th Degree partnered with the council to put on TWO Recitations of the Rosary this month. Y.O.R.K. is meeting again and our calendar for the rest of the year is looking great. If this were not enough, multiple members have reached out to launch new programs which are advertised in this month's Accolade. An attitude of gratitude is easy when you have a brother by your side!

I also urge everyone to remain hopeful. There remains some uncertainty with COVID-19 and the cooler weather, continued racial tension, and the upcoming election. None of these things can be permitted to steal that joy and hope the Lord brings. The thermometer might read 23 so we need to provide coats to the homeless. We must reject those messages that spread hate. If it's our friends, the newspaper, or the television. Our church cannot be divided by our own bias when it comes to skin color, ethnicity, or any other baseless differentiator. We are ALL different and if we cannot respect and protect those things that make us unique then we cannot serve God as he demands us. Finally, on election day, weigh all of the issues, pray considerably, and vote. Regardless of the outcome, we all have a great amount of work to do so that we hear on that last day "well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:23).

Vivat Jesus!

Council Meetings

Our next officers meeting is on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 PM. All members are welcome, but all program chairmen and council officers are expected to attend. The meeting will only be offered in-person so please provide a report with a representative if you are unable to make it. We will be discussing October and November programming.

The next membership meeting is on October 22 and will begin at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be in-person and virtual. The Grand Knight will announce the charities to receive the proceeds from the closure of the Charity Fund and present the updated by-laws for a vote. We will also report on all committees as usual. Following the meeting we will have an exemplification of the new degree for a number of prospects. This is our first time presenting this LIVE so I encourage anyone who is able to attend. Due to technical limitations we will not broadcast the exemplification.

Council By-Laws Revision

At the Membership Meeting held on September 24, 2020 a motion was made to revise the by-laws to meet the new format expected through the Supreme Council. The proposed by-laws are available HERE. While not explicitly stated, the only practical change is that meetings will now begin at 7 PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. The revision will be voted upon at our membership meeting on October 22, 2020. If adopted these changes will be submitted to Supreme for approval. The change in time will go in effect for our November meetings.

Building & CWC Meeting

The next Building Association & CWC meeting will be on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7 PM. We will continue to review the state of the building and finances regarding re-opening.  For the remainder of the fraternal year meetings will be held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 PM.

APPLE Fundraiser

NewFruitMarkets and Sacred Heart Council are teaming up again to offer another fruit fundraiser.  The process is very simple and 30% of the sales go directly to the council. Our goal is to reach 100 orders!

#1 Order apples by October 22nd.

#2 Tentative pick up at Boswell Hall: Saturday, October 24th between 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

The link to order will be emailed very soon.

Housebound and need your order delivered? If you live in the Bowie area, please contact me at and I will arrange a time to drop your order off on October 24th.

Neumann News

St. John Neumann Assembly #1763

The St. John Neumann Assembly will meet on Thursday, October 15 at 7 PM.  Please note the change in time. For anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the 4th degree, please contact me or our Faithful Admiral Bill Sapero. 
All members of the assembly are welcomed. Following the meeting, we will team up with the council for the Silver Rose program (see details below).

Mike Mitchell FN, DGK

Faith Program
Recitation of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Are you looking to God for the grace to build-up your faith more concretely in your life?  Are you feeling called to pray the rosary more frequently, especially during these difficult and challenges times?  Are you asking…How?

The Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator, Chris Keplinger and Mike Mitchell, and their officers of the Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council #2577, invite you, our brother Knights and your family and friends, to join together for the recitation of the Holy Rosary.

This outdoor event will be held on Saturday, October 3rd and 17th 2020, from 2 PM to 3 PM, at the Boswell Hall parking lot, 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie, MD. 

If this addresses the “whisper” you’ve been hearing… then you are warmly invited to contact Chris Keplinger and Mike Mitchell to make a reservation in advance of the event, to reserve your spot.

Chris Keplinger
Mike Mitchell

We look forward to seeing you, and praying the rosary together!

Life Program

Our Lady of Guadalupe did so much for her people in Mexico that, in 1960, the Columbian Squires, a youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, wanted to give something back to her.

The group of young men in Knights of Columbus Council 2312 in Monterrey, Mexico, came up with the idea of running a rose to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico. The rose was chosen to commemorate Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses. 

Sacred Heart council will have the Silver Rose on October 15. We will have a program at Boswell Hall starting at 7:30 following the 4th Degree Assembly meeting. All members and their families are welcome to attend. 

Gabriel Network Support

For the first time in the 20-year history of the Sacred Heart Council’s Golf Tournament to benefit the Gabriel Network, the tournament had to be canceled due to the risks from the coronavirus. We hope to bring the event back next June if all goes well.

While the coronavirus may have stopped the tournament this year, the need to provide housing and Angel Friend support for local pregnant mothers and their children goes on. Gabriel Network’s Bowie Maternity Home needs your help to maintain their operations in this challenging time. This tournament raised $10,000 to $15,000 annually to support that Home, and we are asking people to give what you might have given if we held a golf tournament this year.

You can give by sending a check made out to “Gabriel Network” to P.O. Box 2116, Bowie, MD 20718 with “Golf Tournament” in the memo line. Or you can donate online at

This gift is 100% tax deductible. We hope we can count on you to keep this essential Home open and thriving!

Racism is a LIFE Issue

Steve Dobrosielski

The Rev. John Stowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, offers some food for thought to consider. He stresses that we should be aware that “the pro-life movement got its start among peace activists who saw their opposition to abortion as a natural extension of opposition to all forms of violence.” He states that,

“At one time, priests and nuns stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Dr. King and marched for civil rights. Bishops advocated for world peace and economic inclusion.

Respect for the sanctity of human life included the promotion of all that is necessary for all humanity to flourish. While the church’s opposition to abortion has been steadfast, it has become a stand-alone issue for many and has become disconnected from other issues of human dignity.”

Pope Francis has given us a great definition of what pro-life means. He basically tells us we to be pro-life we cannot "support the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border, support exposing people at the border to COVID-19 because of the facilities that they’re in, deny people who have need (of) adequate health care access to health care, or keep people from getting the housing or the education that they need.”

In November 2018, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued their first pastoral letter on racism since 1979.

This letter speaks of the kind of racism that has worked itself into the fabric of our nation. It describes the unspeakable sins from the slave trade in which the Church was itself complicit as well as the sins of national policies that deprived Native Americans of their lands and livelihood. The pastoral letter describes racism as a life issue; that perspective needs to become part of our educational curriculum. Everyone must grapple with this history and ask themselves how they are going to live differently.

Here also the bishops’ letter helps point the way:

“Our individual efforts to encounter, grow, and witness, to change our hearts about racism must also find their way into our families. We urge each person to consider the dignity of others in the face of jokes, conversations, and complaints motivated by racial prejudice. We can provide experiences for children that expose them to different cultures and peoples.

These experiences can be found in the church’s dialogue with other religious traditions and the fact that our own congregations span across categories of race, nationality and immigration status. The church’s service to migrants and refugees can also help form these values in the next generation.”

Sacred Heart Classic - Golf Tournament

We are excited to announce the first (maybe annual) Sacred Heart Golf Classic. The event will be held Friday, October 23, 2020. Food will be catered by Adams Ribs. Entry Fee $100. 4 Person Best Ball Format, Skill Contest Prizes, 50/50 Drawings, and Mulligans for sale. Bowie Golf Course - 8 AM Sign in - 9 AM Start. All proceeds will support council activities.


Family Program
Y.O.R.K. is Back!

After a long hiatus, the "young/old/retired Knights" are meeting on Thursday mornings in the Knights Room at 10:30 AM. If you have never been to this weekly fraternal event, please contact Bud Dumais,, for more information

We have completed 8 weeks of our 12-week video study and everyone involved has been quite engaged. Members and family/friends are welcome. Each week I will send out the video link and the questions that we will discuss. The remainder of the schedule is listed below:

October  6 - Sacramental Life

October 13 - Spiritual Warfare

October 20 - Evangelization

November 10 - The Cornerstone

Into the Breach - Trailer

Children's Halloween Parade

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be able to have our children's party in the same format as year's past. For the safety of families we are planning to have an outdoor (socially-distanced) parade with individual candy bag distribution. The event will conclude with prayer. The tentative date is October 31, 2020 at 11 AM.

Community Program
Bowie Food Pantry Support

On Sunday, October 4, we cleaned out the cupboards a the hall.  We were able to donate quite a bit of supplies to the pantry as they were in urgent need.  Thank you to all of those members who did the same.

Box of Joy

 The Box of Joy Program is now well under way. This is a program that is being advertised all around the state. The collection week is from November 7th to November 15th. Keep your eyes for an email with more details.

Blood Drive

Sacred Heart Council supports the Red Cross monthly by hosting a blood drive in the meeting room at Boswell Hall. Click Here for the October flyer. The upcoming dates are below:

October 7, 1:00 - 7:00 PM

November 9, 2:30 - 7:30 PM

Charity Fund Distribution

Over the past few months the council has agreed to close it's Charity Fund. As a result, all of the remaining funds must be distributed to registered 501(c)3. The Grand Knight has selected the following charities to distribute all funds equally:

Bowie Food Pantry

Bowie/Crofton Pregnancy Clinic

Little Sisters of the Poor

Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará

Bingo Update

The Bingo program has been postponed until January 2021 for the health and safety of our patrons and volunteers. The program is being completely renovated. We are currently in the planning phase and more information will be distributed in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Joe Massimini at .

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 the website for a period of one month.

List of Council Officers 2020-2021

Grand Knight:  Christopher Keplinger  301-466-6917

Deputy Grand Knight:  Michael Mitchell  293-628-1291

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

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

Chancellor:  Lee (Bud) Dumais  240-687-6920

Warden:  Jonathan Collum

Financial Secretary:  Don Tallmadge  301-218-4623

Recorder:  Joe Massimini  301-464-4656

Treasurer:  Bob Heverly

Advocate:  George Riddle  410-972-5285

Lecturer:  Naciem Yousif  240-476-1159

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:  Ralph Bonuchelli  301-464-3630

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

Trustee, Third Year:  Matthew Warehime  443-506-9877

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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