It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas L. Monahan of Boston, Massachusetts, who passed away on June 6, 2020, leaving to mourn family and friends. Light a candle in honor of Thomas L. Monahan.
When the Knights of Columbus Immaculate Parish Council 13966 was formed in 2005, the then pastor, Fr Richard Mehm, asked Tom to assume the roll of Grand Knight. He served in that position for the first two years. At the same time, he invited more men to join the council than all the rest of the members combined. He continued to do so through all 15 years since the council was chartered. He also returned as Grand Knight for 2014-2017.
As his greatest contribution, Tom established the first Saturday Fatima Rosary Hour. Every month he lead 20 to 40 parishioners in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. A priest would begin and end with Benediction, hearing confessions in between. Tom served in this role for many years before illness made it no longer possible. The practice continues in his honor.
He was predeceased by : his parents, William J. Monahan and Grace A. Monahan (Kelly). He is survived by : his wife Catherine M. Monahan (Simeone) of Malden; his daughters, Maryann Monahan of Malden and Patricia Monahan of Malden; and his friend John Young of North Reading.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent in Thomas’ name to the Food For The Poor Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, PO Box 979002, Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9977.
Council 13966 went totally virtual several months ago. We’ve met multiple times and conducted our audit all over Zoom. We have eight to ten in attendance, sometimes over the phone as well as on their computers.
On last Monday, we reinstated our second monthly meeting focused entirely on faith formation. So on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm, we will meet on Zoom to view the first “Into The Breach” 12 minute video and discuss it lead by Fr Sullivan. The plan is to watch and discuss a new video every third Wednesday. Our Grand Knight will send out the URL link via email shortly. Please join us.
With great regret, the August Fatima Rosary Hour will not be held. Two families will be saying final goodbyes to loved ones that morning at funeral masses. They must have priority on the parking lot.
At the same time, the Blessed Sacrament exposition will be presented on the second floor rectory balcony as before, starting at at noon. We are all welcome to pray privately before the Eucharist. If you come, please respect the mourners.
Dick (Richard L.) Loud passed away on July 7th. Beloved husband of Linda (Amicone) Loud. Stepfather of Gregory Deterding, Jr. and his wife Carrie of Saugus and Michael Deterding and his wife Amy of Medford. Grandfather of Taylor, Julia, Emily, Hailey, Brian and Max. Brother of David Loud, Sr. and his wife Diane of Medford. Uncle of David Loud, Jr. and his wife Julie of Ft. Myers. FL and Mark Loud of Medford. He is also survived by several other nieces and nephews.
Richard was raised and educated in Somerville. For many years he worked as Shipper and Receiver at the Carr Fastener Company in Cambridge. He also worked for the Ralph Pill Company prior to his retirement. Richard was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus for several years. In particular, as Chancellor, he organized the backpack drives.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 37501. www.stjude.org
Nine member Knights and our District Deputy met online on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 7pm. In attendance were Antoine Schettini, Jim Donahue, Mike Melendez, Pat Roberto, Kelly Jeun, Conrad Mitala, Zizhe Chen, Scott Littlejohn, Tim Meagher, and Peter Frontiera, our DD.
DD Frontiera hopes to head the state wide effort to establish a KofC license plate. He urges all Council Knights to seriously consider joining the effort. When the threshold of orders has passed, plates with the Knights’ coat-of-arms will be stamped.
Officer Installation will take place online on Zoom at a date to be determined.
The Audit for January to June 2020 is tentatively scheduled for August 10 at 2pm online on Zoom. Worthy Treasurer Melendez and Worthy Financial Secretary Donahue are preparing their records with the help of Worthy Deputy Grand Knight Littlejohn. All Trustees should plan to attend.
The drive-in Fatima Rosary Hour as led by Knights once again was well received. The prayers are now communal again. Further innovation is planned. In particular, the Worthy Grand Knight Schettini is considering buying a second small karaoke box to allow leading the responses.
Please plan to join us at the next meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020 online on Zoom. Keep your eyes open for the email invitation from the Grand Knight.
Buovo Di Benedetto passed away peacefully at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital on April 15, 2019. He was 90. Born and raised in Portici, Italy, near Naples, He was the son of the late Lorenzo and Carmela (Roscigno) Di Benedetto. As a young man he came to the United States with his family and lived in Boston’s North End before Settling in Malden. Buovo or “Bruno” as he was known to many, was a hard-working man. Before coming to the United States he owned and operated the Super Cinema in Siano, Italy for many years, a venue which is still fondly remembered by many people of that town. Here, Buovo enjoyed a long career in construction with Local 151 of Cambridge. Always trying to make a better life for his family, he worked extra jobs in the North End. He was an expert painter, worked at the famed Bay State Lobster Co., and assisted at the land mark bakeries of Mike’s and Modern Pastry. Throughout his life he was a well-known neighbor and a good friend to many, especially in the North End. One of seventeen children, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden. Buovo also enjoyed gardening and wine making, always happy to share the fruits of his labor. Amidst all his work and activity, staying close to his large extended family and many friends was deeply important to him. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
The beloved husband of the late Iolanda (Di Leva) Di Benedetto, he was the devoted father of Lorenzo Di Benedetto and his wife Maria Teresa of Wakefield, Dante Di Benedetto of Las, Vegas, Michael Di Benedetto and his wife Maria of Medford, Carmela Moscaritolo and her husband Mario of Somerville and Anna Bruzzese and her husband Robert of Melrose. He was a loving grandfather to Pablo, Isabella and Stefano. His last surviving sibling is Rocco Di Benedetto of Malden. He also leaves many nieces and nephews through-out the United States and Italy, especially Lorenzo and Geraldine.
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Please join us this Saturday, July 4, at noon to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. As before, we will park behind the rectory. If you do not have a car, you are welcome to bring a lawn chair and set up in front of the garages. Please maintain social distancing placing at least one parking space between you and the next car or a minimum of six feet between lawn chairs. Wear a mask should circumstances require you to pass closer to another person. Keep all car lanes free.
Fr Sullivan will start the prayers. Prayer sheets will be distributed. The lead will be broadcast using megaphone and speaker with the hopes that all may pray with one voice.
On Saturday, July 4, we will meet in the parking lot in our cars from noon to 1pm at the beginning of Eucharistic Adoration. Mike Melendez and Fr Sullivan have been brainstorming possibilities for making the hour more communal. At the least, we hope to have handouts with all the songs and prayers. Everyone should wear masks.
We might attempt to lead the prayers from a lawn chair in front of the cars. We may be able to use an inexpensive FM transmitter to broadcast to near by car radios. We’ve considered using a karaoke machine to amp the leader’s voice but are concerned about disturbing the neighbors. If you have ideas, please add them to the comments.
When: Saturday, July 4, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Immaculate Conception parking lot behind the rectory
The Council met via Zoom on Monday, June 22, at 7pm. For the foreseeable future all meetings will be on Zoom. A Knight can connect on line or call in at the number in the Grand Knight’s invitation.
The main order of business was the election. As every office had only one candidate, the meeting voted unanimously to elect the entire slate.
Deputy Grand Knight
Trustee 3 Year
Trustee 2 Year
Trustee 1 Year
Canollis at St Rocco’s Feast this year were raised. Scott Littlejohn had heard the feast would be cancelled. The next day, Mike Melendez called Joyce Mover, the Director. She confirmed that this would be the first St Rocco’s in 91 years to be cancelled.
With social distancing limiting projects, the Council decided to meet only on the first Monday of the month at 7pm on Zoom.
Next meeting: Monday, July 6, 7pm. Watch for the Grand Knight’s email invitation.
The Council met on June 1 on Zoom. Six members and our District Deputy took part. The DD ran nominations for officers, who will start serving on July 1. Only the Treasurer committed to run again. The good news, the technology works. We are looking into expanding our Zoom contract to allow people to phone in.
The Council needs your help, Brother Knights. We have scheduled a second Zoom meeting on next Monday, June 8. We will continue the nominations. More importantly, we will discuss the future of the Council.
If you can participate in this meeting, by computer or phone, please contact the Grand Knight, Antoine Schettini, or the Treasurer, Mike Melendez, who hosts the Zoom meetings.