Hopewell Council #7103
2010 Archive Page 

The Hopewell Council is co-located at St. Alphonsus in Hopewell Borough and St. George in Titusville, NJ.  Our council also includes St. Charles Borromeo in Montgomery Township, NJ.  Our Grand Knight for 2010-2011 is Bob Rushnak. You can contact the Knights by phone at 609-498-5568, or by email at webmaster@KofC7103.Org if you want more information or are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus. Click on About Us to learn more about the Council and its' various activities.
Upcoming Events / Sponsorships
Free Throw Championship                      Help Sponsor the Special Olympics Polar Plunge
Hopewell Elementary School                  Seaside Heights, New Jersey
January 9, 2011                                     February 26, 2011

     Lord, hold our troops in your loving hand.  Protect them as they protect us.  Bless them and their families for their selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.
    May this Christmas season be a celebration for family, friends and all our brother Knights.
    Finally, may the Reverend Father Michael J. McGivney, our founder, bless you with much happiness, good health and prosperity in the New Year.
     - Merry Christmas to all from the Knights of Columbus, Council 7103.
2010 Nativity Scene at the NJ State House
The Allentown and Trenton councils worked together to obtain permission to place the creche on state grounds.  On Saturday, December 11, 2010, Bishop David O'Connell was escorted by the Knights up State Street to the Nativity Scene.  The Bishop then blessed the scene and read his Christmas message.  Please click on the photo for more pictures from the Crece.
2010 Christmas Luncheon
Grand Knight Bob Rushnak honoring Tony Muscente as Knight of the Month at our Council's 2010 Christmas Luncheon held on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at Battibecco's in Ewing.  Click on the photo for more pictures from the luncheon.
Alzheimer Fund Raiser

            A new fund raising event was the Alzheimer’s Relief Fund coordinated by Brother Michael Zdanowski, who accepted the challenge of organizing this activity.  This is a Knight of Columbus State sponsored activity and one that is starting to receive a great deal of interest among local councils. The Knights collected donations in front of Shop Rite and Stop ‘n Shop Supermarkets all day Saturday, November 20, 2010. In addition, our Knights took positions outside of St. Alphonsus and St. George’s Churches after Saturday evening Mass, and after all Sundays Masses at both churches on the same weekend.

            The professionally made signs identified the Knights of Columbus as the sponsor of the activity, along with where the donations were going. In this case, money collected will go to caregiver relief, educational programs and nursing care for those affected with Alzheimer’s.  Our Knights wore aprons with the Knights of Columbus printed on the front and back of the apron along with the words Alzheimer’s Relief Fund. Everyone contributing a donation received a purple wrist band with the words, “Knights of Columbus” and “Alzheimer Awareness”. The two day collection brought many individuals who stopped to share a few thoughts about a loved one with Alzheimer’s or someone they knew with the illness.  Each person had a brief antidote to share, then became very quiet, and simply walked away with bowed head.

            Thanks to all the Knights and St. Alphonsus 8th Grade volunteers who helped make this program a huge success!

Grand Knight Bob Rushnak and PGK Michael Zdanowski.
Our 8th Grade volunteers from St. Alphonsus with Grand Knight Bob Rushnak.  We appreciate and thank you for your time and effort in this worthy cause.
Congratulations, Sir Knights!
Five Knights from Hopewell Council #7103 were among the 344 Knights from New Jersey that took part in the 4th Degree Exemplification Ceremony held on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.  Congratulations to our newest Sir Knights Marc Sicignano, Nick Toth, Ed Ogonoswki, Dave Macera, and Bill Kennedy.  Thanks to Grand Knight Bob Rushnak for his sponsorship and fellow Knights Michael Zdanowski and Tony Muscente for being present at the event.


A Knight in Venice?
Well, maybe more like a night in Hopewell Borough.  On Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Council hosted our annual Spaghetti Dinner at St. Alphonsus Church in Hopewell Borough.  Proceeds from the dinner and meatball sales enables our Council to continue in our mission to support the local communities in which we serve.  Click on the picture below for the slide show.  THANK YOU to all our guests and the Knights and volunteers who contributed their time and toil to make this event a successful one! 


Bishop's Appreciation Banquet Honoring Bishop John M. Smith
On Thursday, October 28, 2010, the Trenton Federation hosted their first Bishop's Appreciation night, honoring Bishop John M. Smith for his 14 years as Bishop of the Trenton Diocese. Over 350 Knights, their wives and Priests joined together at Doolan's Banquet Hall in Spring Lake to honor "the Good Shepherd".
Click on either of the two pictures from the banquet to view more photos.
Monsignor Jim (left), with Bishop Smith (second from right).
Seated (L to R) Millie Rushnak, Frank McGraw PGK,  Robert Reale PGK. Standing (L to R)  Rev. Father Alex Enriquez, Bob Rushnak GK, Ron Prykanowski FDD, and John Flanagan, Council 3756.
Congratulations, Father Alex!
We would like to congratulate Reverend Father Alex Enriquez on his Silver Jubilee Ordination to the Priesthood.  Father Alex is the pastor of St. Alphonsus in Hopewell Borough.  The ceremony was held on Sunday, October 24th at Our Lady of Good Counsel in West Trenton.  Click on Father Alex to view the slides from the ceremony.
Annual Shield Award
The 1st Annual Shield Award was held on Tuesday, October 19th at Sal DeForte's Ristorante in Ewing.  Hopewell Council #7103 takes great pride in recognizing a Police Officer, Fire Fighter, and EMT from Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, and Pennington Borough who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community.  Click on the photo below for full story.
Police Chief George Meyer and Police Office Christopher Kascik (both of Hopewell Township Police Department); Firefighter Captain Nick Gaudioso (Pennington Fire Dept.), EMT President and Crew Chief Daniel Boone, Chief of Emergency Services Matt Martin, Assistant Captain John Muccioli (all 3 from Pennington First Aid Squad), and Deputy Chief Jim DeForte (Pennington Fire Dept.).  Award winners names in bold.
Hopewell Harvest Fair
On October 2, 2010 the Hopewell Council ran two booths at the annual Hopewell Harvest Fair.  Click on the slide show below for photos from our Meatball and Games booths.
 Living the Faith

On Monday, September 13, 2010, Bob Rushnak (right), Grand Knight of Hopewell Council 7103 presented Michael Zdanowski with the Knight of the Month award.  The Knight of the Month Program recognizes an outstanding Council member for his exceptional contribution to church and community, and who exemplifies his “Faith” through his “Action”.



Click on the picture above for an account of Michael's inspiring story.  The Knights of Columbus are extremely proud of his dedication and hope his story will inspire others to greater efforts.

A Hard Day's Knight
On Saturday, August 21, 2010, several of our council members volunteered to rake leaves and clean picnic benches at the American Legion Hall in Hopewell Borough in order to prepare the site for the St. Alphonsus picnic scheduled for Sunday, August 29th.  Participating Knights included Joe Kianka, Michael Zdanowski, Joe Melillo, Ted Delbo, George Heffernan, and Bob Rushnak.  Click on George's picture to view the slide show.
  Leaf it to me.  George Heffernan preparing the grounds for the St. Alphonsus picnic.
A Knight on the Town
Past Grand Knight Joe Melillo and his wife Suzanne with Coadjutor Bishop O'Connell of Trenton, NJ. (July 2010).
Hopewell Council donates $1,000 to Special Olympics
On June 23, 2010, Hopewell Council #7103 presented a check to the NJ Special Olympics Fund for $1,000.  Making the presentation are Joe Melillo (Past Grand Knight of #7103), Jason Schubert (Director of Law Enforcement Sponsorship), Grand Knight Bob Rushnak, and Annemarie Lammerding (athlete).  This generous contribution was a result of our Council's annual golf outing held on May 26, 2010.
Fore-Tee Knights
Click on Knight Tony Muscente to view the slide show from the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament (May 2010).

Free Throw

Shield Award
St. Alphonsus Church, Hopewell, NJ
St. George Church,
Titusville, NJ
Knights of Columbus
World Day of Prayer for Peace