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Saint Raphael Knights of Columbus Council 7563

By Mark Benitez, Texas Knight Reporter

Vol. 4, 2016-2017

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Saint Raphael Knights of Columbus Council 7563 had a stellar performance this 4th of July! It was a day filled with community activities while recognizing our nations' Independence Day. From our Worthy Grand Knight, Officers, Diocesan Deputy, members of our various committees, family, Parish community, and our pastoral team, we all came together to make it an outstanding, daylong celebration underlying our core values of Charity, Fraternity, Unity and Patriotism.

The Council committed and worked very hard to have 40 new American and service flags displayed throughout the Parish grounds. The new flags were purchased through our newly created Flag Memorial project. This project allowed the flags to be flown in honor of an individual, family or event. The flag committee setup flags each day on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. A corporate communion mass was held on July 3rd where our pastor, Father Tony Celino, recognized the project and the Knights presented a memorial plaque to the congregation.

On Independence Day, the Council joined five other Knights of Columbus Councils along with the Del Norte Lions Club, to march in the 44th Annual Fourth of July People’s Parade which drew hundreds of entries and thousands of spectators. The annual eastside community parade travels down Montwood and Yarbrough from its starting point at Hanks High School, then north to Album Avenue where it ends at Eastwood (Album) Park. Our float was decorated by Brother Knights and was exemplary among the entries.

While the parade was in action, Brother Knights, Catholic Daughters and Brother Knights representing other Councils across El Paso, put together the picnic area at the parade ending point at Album Park. A kitchen, serving and eating area were set up with all the decorations exemplifying our Patriotism! By the end of the parade, hamburgers, hot dogs, brisket, delicious side dishes, desserts including ice cold watermelon and drinks were ready. We were blessed as hundreds came to join our celebration to include family, friends, neighbors, and even our four-legged friends too!The Council would like to thank retired Msgr. Victor Kayrouz and Father Tony Celino for joining us and blessing our gathering and food.

It was an event befitting OF our BELIEFS and FAITH in GOD, FAMILY & COUNTRY. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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