The Orlando VA Healthcare System is now offering COVID-19 vaccines, as supply allows, to the following.

• All Veterans (anyone who served in the military regardless of character of discharge)
• Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
• Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.
• Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

Pray the Blessed Michael McGivney Novena March 20-28

Knights, their families and others are encouraged to pray the Blessed Michael McGivney Novena from March 20 until March 28, concluding the day before the 139th anniversary of the founding of the Knights of Columbus. The novena includes daily reflections about the life and priestly virtues of the Order’s founder, Father Michael J. McGivney. Each day includes petitions invoking his intercession and concludes with the prayer for his canonization. Daily recorded videos of the novena will be posted on the Knights’ official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube accounts and can also be accessed on the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild website.
Photo of Blessed Michael McGivney

Sweetheart Charity Ball

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, Saint Joseph Council 7408 is holding their Sweetheart Charity Ball at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 6725 South Babcock Street in Malabar. This is just south of the overpass over I-95. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Dinner (Chicken, Ham, Sides, and Dessert) starts at 6:30. Music and dancing until 10. Entertainment by Joe Sapienza. For tickets, contact Ambre at the Saint Joseph parish office. Tickets will NOT be available at the door. For more information, call James Krempasky, 321-615-2805 or Terry Galvin, 321-508-5729. Donation $25 per person.

2021 Motorcycle Ride with Archbishop Wenski

This Sunday, February 7, 2021, our Faithful Navigator of Father John J. Martin Assembly 2865, Victor Cotto, along with many other Knights from around the state, will participate in the 2021 Motorcycle Ride with Archbishop Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami. This annual event in which 200-plus riders take part, with His Eminence in the lead, starts with Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 11691 NW 25 St., Doral, FL 33172 at 8:30 A.M. Kickstands up at 10:30. The ride ends at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay. Registration is $20, which includes 3 raffle tickets and 1 patch. Proceeds from the Ride are used to support St. Luke’s Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Miami, with a primary focus on substance abuse treatment. For more information, please visit Motorcycle Ride – Archdiocese of Miami ( All Knights are welcome to ride.

Memorial Mass

On January 17, 2021, Our Lady of Grace remembered Sir Knight James Ford at the 5 PM Mass. One week later, on January 24, Sir Knight Ron Gento was memorialized at the 9 AM Mass. Both men were valued and loved members of Council 13243 and Patriotic Assembly 2865.

First Meeting of 2021

The first general membership meeting of 2021 for Council 13243 is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5, at 7 PM. Several important topics will be talked about, including:

  • Heritage festival – hotdog /burger stand
  • Current headshot photo for council purposes, during renewal. Discussion on possible use and limitations
  • Mass for James Ford
  • Mass for Ron Gento
  • Updates on F.I.T. spaghetti dinner
  • Other new business

This will be an online Zoom meeting. Grand Knight Danny Alvarado will send the link and logon information in an email to all. If you’re not getting his emails, please check your spam (or junk) folder and mark as Not Spam.

F.I.T. Spaghetti Dinner December 2, 2020

On December 2, 2020 Council 13243 volunteered at the spaghetti dinner at F.I.T. Mark Stephenson and Dan Fisher participated in this month’s dinner and were assisted by a Melbourne Central Catholic senior and his mother. About 100 F.I.T. students were served, a number fewer than typical, due to students being home and doing remote learning.

F.I.T. Spaghetti Dinner

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 is the date of our next spaghetti dinner at the F.I.T. All Faith Center, located 3216 Engineering Street,  just west of Harris Village, located on the west side of the pond. For more information, please click here.

First In-Person Meeting of 2020

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020 our Council had its first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 shutdown began. The Council Officers met in the Servite Community Center for about an hour. Following the meeting, we sanitized the areas that we occupied. We look forward to having in-person membership meetings as soon as we are permitted.