Knights of Columbus celebrate 100 years in San Pedro

Pictured at the recent centennial celebration for the Knights of Columbus Angels Gate Council 1740 are California State Deputy Timothy Carvalho (left, seated), Grand Knight Rueben Serrano and Past Grand Knight John Stammreich.

On May 10, 1914, the Knights of Columbus Angels Gate Council 1740 was established in San Pedro with 49 members and they immediately set to work assisting Father Patrick McGrath, pastor of Mary Star of the Sea Church, with fundraising efforts for much-needed parish projects and charitable endeavors.

Exactly 100 years later — on May 10, 2014 — nearly 200 council members and their guests celebrated the group’s centennial anniversary at the Dalmatian American Club of San Pedro (in a room overlooking Angels Gate, the name of the entrance to the Los Angeles Harbor), with honored guests Msgr. Joseph Brennan, representing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Knights of Columbus California State Deputy Timothy Carvalho.

After reaching a membership high of 350 in 1923, the number of council members eventually dwindled to 68 on the official roster — with only 18 active members — by 2009. With pastoral and lay leadership, however, the men of Mary Star of the Sea — including the late Sam Palmer and District Deputy John Perez — appointed a slate of dynamic new council officers headed by then-Grand Knight Nick Vilicich. Today the Angels Gate Council has more than 200 members, including many active young men.


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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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