2019 Winter Coat Drive

The Masconomo Council 1232 Knights of Columbus, Manchester-by-the-Sea asks parishioners of Sacred Heart, Manchester- by the Sea and St. John, Essex, as well as all residents of Cape Ann, to donate new and slightly used coats, jackets, windbreakers and foul weather gear for men, women and children of all ages to be given to those in need through Catholic Charities.

Tootsie Roll Drive

Masconomo Council 1232 Knights of Columbus Annual Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities Set for Columbus Day Weekend October 11th through October 14th.

On Friday October 15th Through Monday October 14th brother knights of Masconomo Council 1232 Knights of Columbus will spread throughout Manchester by-the Sea for the Order’s Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities commonly known as “the Tootsie Roll Drive”. Tootsie Rolls will be exchanged in thanks for cash donations placed in canisters held by Knights.

Between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 noon, Knights will solicit donations at convenient locations throughout the downtown including Crosby’s Market, Cape Ann Savings Bank, U.S. Post Office, Dunkin Donuts and Santander Bank among others.

Grand Knight Jeff Mastendino noted, “Since 1970 the “Tootsie Roll drive” has collected and the Knights of Columbus has nationally distributed millions of dollars in support of people with intellectual disabilities. Most of these funds have been focused toward children and Special Olympics. The cause touches all communities; the need grows enormously. Year after year Manchester residents and shoppers from throughout the area have dug deep into their pockets and given generously to this cause. Locally a portion of those funds collected have purchased specialized software, prosthetics and assistance required by area children to improve their sight, hearing and mobility. We thank contributors in advance of the drive and wish them an enjoyable fall.”

Mastendino also said knights will have tickets ($25 each) available for those who wish to support Council 1232’s annual fundraising raffle featuring 35 prizes including Patriots tickets, cash and a host of gift certificates from area businesses and restaurants.

Drive for Sox to benefit Boston area homeless shelters

The Masconomo Council of the Knights of Columbus is running a “Drive for Sox” from now until the Red Sox begin Spring Training in late February.  Look for the bins in the back of Sacred Heart Church and St. John the Baptist Church labelled “Sock Drive”.  We accept donations of all kinds of socks, but they need to be new and clean!

95d823b3c9c0914bb556313854d15b93It may sound like a small thing, but clean socks are a big deal for those struggling with homelessness or health problems.  Your donation will go toward Fr. John Capuci’s “Sock Ministry”.  Fr. John is a friend of Fr. Paul’s.  He started his Sock Ministry in New Orleans, and now that Fr. John has moved to Burlington, MA, he has continued his Sock Ministry to benefit Boston area homeless shelters.

As the cold weather bears down on us, please do your part and donate a few (or more!) pairs of socks to the bins in the back of the church before the end of February.  Thanks for your help!

Fall Fund Raiser


Last weekend Masconomo Council 1232 Manchester by-the Sea Knights of Columbus successfully concluded its annual fall fundraiser. That signature Council program supports a wide range of charitable activities of which Council 1232 can be justifiably proud.

The generosity of parishioners from Sacred Heart, Manchester by- the Sea and St John’s, Essex, as well as that of well-wishers from throughout Cape Ann and beyond enabled the Council to extend and strengthen our charitable outreach.

Our fundraising success is attributable both to the support of the raffle by Cape Ann residents and to the generosity of Cape Ann restaurants and businesses that have supported the raffle with goods and services since its inception. This giving program would not exist without the loyal support of our contributing businesses. We are grateful for their continued support.

We are indebted to the following area businesses for their commitment to the community and Masconomo Council 1232:
Sullco; Cape Ann Savings, Patriots Tickets, MAC, Stonybrook Water, Allen’s Pharmacy, Standley’s garage, Nor’East frameworks, Crosby’s, Cape Ann Savings, Roy Moore Lobster, Cala’s, Windward Grille, 7 Central, Allie’s Beach Street Café, Shea’s, Manchester Hardware, Nor’East Cleaners, Chapman’s, Prides Crossing Confectioners, Lobsta Land, Village Restaurant, Bravo, Harrigan’s, Bass Rocks, The Liquor Locker, Superfine, Causeway Restaurant, Depot Dinner in Beverly

Masconomo Council 1232 Knights of Columbus salutes the commitment to community demonstrated repeatedly by these contributing companies and all who purchased our raffle tickets. They have our wholehearted thanks. They are an essential ingredient in our success toward supporting area charities.

Tootsie Roll Drive

The council raised $453.70 this past week for the “Tootsie Roll drive” which has nationally distributed millions of dollars in support of people with intellectual disabilities. Most of these funds have been focused toward children and Special Olympics. The cause touches all communities; the need grows enormously. Year after year Manchester residents and shoppers from throughout the area have dug deep into their pockets and given generously to this cause. Locally a portion of those funds collected have purchased specialized software, prosthetics and assistance required by area children. We thank contributors in advance of the drive and them an enjoyable fall.”

2018 Food Drive

Baskets will be located at both Sacred Heart and St. John’s church for food collection. Food donations will be collected and delivered to The Open Door Pantry for those in need on Cape Ann.

Drive for Sox to benefit Boston area homeless shelters

The Masconomo Council of the Knights of Columbus is running a “Drive for Sox” from now until the Red Sox begin Spring Training in late February. Look for the bins in the back of Sacred Heart Church and St. John the Baptist Church labelled “Sock Drive”. We accept donations of all kinds of socks, but they need to be new and clean!

It may sound like a small thing, but clean socks are a big deal for those struggling with homelessness or health problems. Your donation will go toward Fr. John Capuci’s “Sock Ministry”. Fr. John is a friend of Fr. Paul’s. He started his Sock Ministry in New Orleans, and now that Fr. John has moved to Burlington, MA, he has continued his Sock Ministry to benefit Boston area homeless shelters.

As the cold weather bears down on us, please do your part and donate a few (or more!) pairs of socks to the bins in the back of the church before the end of February. Thanks for your help!