2017-01-04 / Features

The Spirit Of Giving Is Alive In Astoria

BY LISA MILLS


Knights of Columbus Squires Chief Gunnar Mills, along with his brother Squires, presented Monsignor Fernando Ferrarese with two checks: $1,000 to support charitable works of the parish, and a $500 check for Immaculate Conception School, money the boys raised during Advent. Knights of Columbus Squires Chief Gunnar Mills, along with his brother Squires, presented Monsignor Fernando Ferrarese with two checks: $1,000 to support charitable works of the parish, and a $500 check for Immaculate Conception School, money the boys raised during Advent. Immaculate Conception Parish in Astoria received a wonderful Christmas present from the young members of its Knights of Columbus Squire Circle 4411. On December 24, 2016, Chief Squire Gunnar Mills, along with his brother Squires, presented Monsignor Fernando Ferrarese with two checks: $1,000 to support charitable works of the parish, and a $500 check for Immaculate Conception School. The money was raised by the Squires by their selling Christmas wreaths and raffle tickets to the community throughout the Advent season.

This act of kindness is one of many examples that Immaculate Conception Squire Circle has performed for the Astoria community during 2016. They organized and participated in a clothing drive, benefiting St. Vincent de Paul. The boys also organized and served dinner at the Immaculate Conception homeless shelter for men during the Thanksgiving holiday. During the Christmas season, the boys organized a toy drive to benefit the children of St. Margaret Mary’s parish of Astoria. Needless to say, they are a group of focused, kind and faith-driven boys.

The Columbian Squires is an international youth fraternity run by the Knights of Columbus for Catholic boys between the ages of 10 and 18. It has been described as a youth group, a social club, a cultural and civic improvement association, a management training course, a civil rights organization and a spiritual development program all rolled into one. “The Squires is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after the young Christ.” The young men of Squire Circle 4411 work hard to continue the tradition of service in Astoria and warmly welcome new members to its circle.

Knights of Columbus Squires Chief Gunnar Mills, along with his brother Squires, presented Monsignor Fernando Ferrarese with two checks: $1,000 to support charitable works of the parish, and a $500 check for Immaculate Conception School, money the boys raised during Advent.

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