All posts by Robert (Mike) Melendez

July Zoom Meeting

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Officer Installation will take place online on Zoom at a date to be determined.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 (Bruno) Di Benedetto

Requiescet in Pace

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.

My apologies for late posting. If anyone has a good photo of Bruno, please forward it to melendez@alum.mit.edu.

Fatima Rosary Hour

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.

Fatima Rosary Hour

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

Election Results

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.

Grand Knight Antoine Schettini
Deputy Grand Knight Scott Littlejohn
Treasurer Mike Melendez
Advocate Tim Meagher
Recorder John Goudey
Chancellor Charles Bosselman
Warden Frank Farrell
Outside Guard William Holbrook
Inside Guard vacant
Trustee 3 Year Conrad Mitala
Trustee 2 Year Lima Durval
Trustee 1 Year Ziche Chen

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.

A Second Zoom Meeting

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.

GK Antoine Schettini 617-800-5909 ferlabo@comcast.net
Mike Melendez 781-475-6397 melendez@alum.mit.edu

Francis G. Shea

Requiescet in Pace

Tempus Fugit Memento Mori

April 29, 2020: Francis G. Shea, age 91, left this life. Beloved husband of the late Theresa Ann (Nugent) Shea. Devoted father of Theresa Lee and her husband, David, Frank Shea and Patrick Shea. Loving grandfather of Thomas and Michelle. President of IC 60 Club. Proud BC High Graduated. Retired manager of New England Telephone Company and Korean War Army Veteran. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, funeral services will be private. Interment, Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

Francis was a charter member of Immaculate Conception Council 13966 and a full time participant in our activities.

John Farrell, Sr.

Requiescet in Pace

John Farrell, Sr
Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori

John C. Farrell Sr. Of Medford, 77, died peacefully on April 13, 2020, due to complications resulting from COVID-19. Beloved husband of the late Roseann D. (Scharaffa) Farrell. Devoted father of John C. Farrell, Jr. and his wife Maria Bari Farrel of Malden, Debra Hession and her husband Steve of Londonderry, NH. Lovingly blessed grandfather of Stephen, Jr. and Michael Hession, and Francesco Farrell. Caring brother of Margaret MacDonald and her husband Bill, James Farrell and his wife Linda, and the late Sylvia Barbati, Paul, Peter and Herbert Farrell. Also lovingly survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

John was a charter member of Immaculate Conception Council 13966. He cooked for many of our breakfasts and played trumpet for our opening and closing odes. He served in many of our offices, including Deputy Grand Knight. He will be deeply missed.

Funeral Service will be private and a Memorial Mass for John will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John’s name to
St. Joseph Church, 118 High Street, Medford, MA 02155
or online
http://www.medfordcollaborative.org/online-giving.html,
or to the COVID-19 research and funding for the team of John Farrell
https://give4cdcf.org/cdcf2020/42162.

To leave a message of condolence visit www.dellorusso.net Dello Russo Family Funeral Homes