A Special Announcement

Tony Vella

As most of you may have heard by now, our Council has, for the second time this year, suffered another loss amongst our group. Brother Tony Vella departed from this life on June 27, 2015.

As Grand Knight, I had the chance to meet and speak with Brother Tony on many occasions during my tenure including the evening before his passing. For those who are not aware Brother Tony had a Great Uncle (St. George Preca) who was Canonized a Saint on June 3, 2007. One evening early this June, Brother Ray Smith and I sat down with Brother Tony to discuss his Nativity Project. As he spoke about his story and vision, I paused and asked, should I be so worthy to sit here with what I believe is yet another Saint! You see, God calls all of us to be Saints and worthy servants. Some may reach the glory of Canonization, yet there are those amongst us who just humbly carry out God’s will without ever being recognized. In my eyes these are the special ones. There are so many of our past and recently departed that fit in this category; I am truly grateful for having met and shared a small part of my life with each of them.

All Brother Tony asked of our Council was to consider taking on his vision with the Nativity Project. What was his vision? To sum it up from my perspective, it was to engage and evangelize communities by using education and art through the Nativity. Two days before Brother Tony passed, he shared with me his two concerns and worries. The first was his wife Connie. You see, he did not want her to worry about his well-being; it was, in fact, his concern for her own strength and health to get through God’s will. His second concern was the Nativity project. He feared that when he passed on, so too would the Nativity project die. What was inspiring to me was that at no point did he express concern for himself. You see, in some small way I believe he knew he was in good hands.

After sharing these worries with me, I took a moment to express to Brother Tony, firstly that we, his brother Knights, will, in fact, keep in touch with Connie. As with all our widows and widowers it is our duty to take care and be a support when needs arise, whatever that may entail. The second reassurance I gave him was that our Council will adopt the Nativity project and see it carry on and through time expand. His vision will play out as God wills it.

In closing, although Brother Tony’s passing was untimely and an initial shock for me, I pause to reflect on all our departed Brothers whom I have met through their illness. I think of Brother Don Doherty, Brother Mel Kealy and Brother Tim Culletin in particular. I can humbly and honestly say that spending time with each of them gave me a renewed strength and peace to carry on.

Brothers, as your Grand Knight, I am now asking that we take up the challenge of the Nativity Project. I am seeking a volunteer base and would ask that you contact me directly at 613-217-8220 or asnrje6@gmail.com to sign up for this worthy project. The work begins now!

Vivat Jesus,

Scott Arnold
Grand Knight

Remembering Brother Don Doherty




Unexpectedly after a brief illness at Kingston General Hospital, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Don passed into heaven. Beloved husband of 56 years to Betty. Devoted father and hero to his family: Dale (Allen) Schroeder, Darlene Doherty, Tracey Doherty (Chad) and loved grandfather of Taylor Dawn Doherty. Survived by his brother Peter Doherty and sister, Marlene McCormick (Gerry), and sisters-in-law Mary (late Robert) Doherty, Janet (late Dennis) Payne, Carmen (late David) Simpson and Joan (late Ray) Peetz. Predeceased by brother, Frank (late Jane) Doherty, and sister Ann Doherty. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.

Longtime and active Brother of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree.

Friends and family will gather at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd on Saturday, February 7th at12 noon. The Funeral Mass will follow at 1:00 p.m.

A private family interment service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Salvation Army- Rideau Heights “Bread of Life Program” or the Kingston Boys and Girls Club would be appreciated by his family.

Funeral Details

St. Paul the Apostle Church
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M 8G8
Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

St. Paul the Apostle Church
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M 8G8
Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

St. Paul the Apostle Church
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M 8G8
Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Argonauts VS. Tiger-Cats in October


The Archbishop James Vincent Cleary Assembly 857
would like us to know 
about  this special event!

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is hosting Knights of Columbus and
Ontario Special Olympians to their home game on Saturday, October 25th, 2014
against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre.

Assembly 857 has organised a road trip to this event.  Game tickets and return bus transportation from Kingston is available for $75.

Currently the bus is a 28 passenger with air-conditioning and washroom. If there is sufficient interest we can upgrade to a 56 passenger coach.  First come, first served!  Or consider sponsoring a seat for a Special Olympian to attend.

For more information please contact SK Pete Scott.


Remembering Brother Mel Kealey

Mel Kealey

Kealey, Melbourne Basil  “Mel”

Proud brother of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, St. Paul the Apostle Council #9652,
50 year member, and Sir Knight of the 4th degree, Archbishop James V. Cleary Assembly #0857.

Past Faithful Navigator

Passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in his 84th year. He is predeceased by his wife Rita (nee Jelley) in 2003. Loving father to Sharron (David) Long of Mississauga, Barb (Brian) Fleming of Kingston, Colleen (Tom) Buchanan of Kingston, Noreen Kealey of Kingston, Doreen Kealey of Ancaster and Richard (Lisa) Kealey of Barrie. Loving Grandfather and Papa of Daniel, Melissa, Mike (Jess), Jen, Jeff, Scott predeceased, Jessica, Rebecca, Chris, Sara, Ashley Jack, Aidan, Sarah & Daniel. Great-grandfather to Austin.

Son of the late Edwin Kealey & Mina Brennan of Venosta, Quebec. Brother of Clara (Michael predeceased), Hogan of Farrelton, Quebec and brother of Donald (predeceased) of Venosta, Quebec.

A special thank you to the Cancer Centre of Eastern Ontario. His nurses Lin James & Wendy Orr and Dr. Wendy McCullough and the staff of Paramed Kingston.

Family and friends will be received at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – 435 Davis Drive (Taylor Kidd Blvd. & Centennial Drive) on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Church 1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. Rite of committal prayers will take place at a later date. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to St. Paul the Apostle Church in Mel’s memory.

It’s a Girl!

Congratulations to Nadia and Mike Gundert
on the birth of their daughter Ella Grace!

Ella Grace Gundert

Ella Grace was born on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

We wish the best for this little one, her parents and her siblings!


First Degree, Sun 22nd June

Brother Knights, I ask that each of you consider coming out to our First Degree this coming Sunday, June 22 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish Hall with a 2pm start (sharp).

As my second term as your Grand Knight begins, I have laid out a Vision platform which I intend to share with our membership on our July 8th General Meeting. As a part of that Vision, I am encouraging each of us to remind ourselves why we joined the Knights of Columbus. A good start would be to witness the first degree this Sunday. Often we all need refreshers to motivate and encourage new ideas and energy.

If you can take 2 hours out of your busy schedules this Sunday afternoon to witness and support our new Candidates, I assure you it will be time worthwhile. For you, our Council and most importantly your family.

I thank each of you for your support and look forward to an awesome and exciting year.

Vivat Jesus,

Scott Arnold
Grand Knight
Council 9652

Brother Tim Culleton

Tim Culleton

Timothy Joseph “Tim” Culleton

Passed away at home, surrounded by family on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Rose Marie Culleton (née Verschelden). Father of Ilena Marie McDonald (Fraser), and William Timothy Joseph Culleton (Wendy Bouwma). Predeceased by his parents Dolly and T.J. Culleton.

Visitation at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME – Township Chapel, 435 Davis Drive (Taylor-Kidd Blvd. at Centennial Dr.) on Sunday, February 9th from 6 – 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., on Monday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. Interment of Ashes in St. Columba’s Cemetery, Pembroke in the spring. As expressions of sympathy, donations by cheque to Partners in Mission Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.

 In memory of Tim, please do something kind for ten people.

 Funeral Details

Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – Township Chapel
435 Davis Drive, Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M 8L9
Sun, 9 Feb 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Funeral Mass
St. Paul the Apostle Church
1111 Taylor Kidd. Blvd. , Kingston, ON, CANADA, K7M   8G8
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:00 AM

The Nativity Exhibition

Brothers, help is required in three key areas to show our support for the Nativity Exhibition:

Location: St. Paul the Apostle Parish Hall

1. Set up required for Monday Nov 18 at 3:00 pm

Includes removal of  4 round tables and all chairs between rooms A,B & C, and
setting up 4 rectangular wooden tables in each room – 12 in total.
Room set up floor plan will be available.

2. Wednesday Nov 20 10:30 am Archbishop O’Brien will be blessing
the Nativity Exhibits. 

John XXIII catholic school students and staff will also arrive at 10:30 am that same morning followed by the school mass at 11:00 a.m..

The editor of the Catholic Register is sending a freelance photo journalist to interview about the Nativity Project and the exhibition.

It would be very nice if brother knights and their families could visit for this occasion or at any other opportunity throughout the week.

3. Tear down on Saturday Nov 23 at 4:30 pm.

Return the rectangular wooden tables to storage.
Return the round tables and chairs removed for set up back to their rooms.


Please confirm your ability to assist with
Grand Knight Scott Arnold  613-217-8220 or 

Brother Tony Vella   613-634-4456

CCO Summit on October 4th

A Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) Summit is being held this Friday at
St. James Chapel at 7:00 pm. The night will consist of Eucharistic adoration, accompanied by songs of praise, and preceded by a talk about St. Francis given by Fr. de Souza.

The Knights of your Council and members of your parish are certainly welcome and even encouraged to attend. It would be a great way for your friends to become acquainted with the work and the students of the chaplaincy at Queen’s! I think that you will also find it very encouraging that many young people ardently desire to spend time in prayer and in the Lord’s presence.

We will also have a Mass at 5:00 pm in St. James Chapel to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis.

I wish to remind everyone of the presentation from Father Ray this past Month with his wish to invite the Knights out to events like this. This is a great opportunity for evangelization integrating young adults with an older generation as well. Hope to see you there!

Vivat Jesus
GK Scott Arnold

Brother Don Halladay

With sadness we report the passing of another Brother Knight.
Here is the announcement below of the death of Brother Don Halladay. 

Donald Roy Halladay

HALLADAY, Donald Roy –
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Archbishop J.V. Cleary Assembly 857
Suddenly at home on Monday, September 9th, 2013.
Beloved husband of Maria “Inday” Halladay.
Cherished father of Mark (Erin), Judy (Jason), Christian (Rhea), and Julian (J.J.).
Loving grandfather of Jacob, Kaydin, Micah, Jasmine, and expected Baby Halladay.
Predeceased by his parents Roy and Kathleen Halladay, as well as by his siblings
Edna, and Buster.
Don will be fondly remembered by his extended family and many friends.
He will be missed by his fellow Knights of Columbus, as well as by the
volunteers at the Military Family Resource Centre – Victoria, B.C.
Visitation at the GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOME – Township Chapel ,
435 Davis Drive (Taylor-Kidd Blvd. at Centennial Dr.)
on Thursday, September 12th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church,
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., on Friday, September 13th at 11 a.m. followed by cremation.
Interment of Ashes at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens, Glenburnie at a later date.
As expressions of sympathy, donations by cheque to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation
would be appreciated by the family.
Sharing Memories online condolences at www.gftompkinstownship.ca