Open Door annual awards breakfast

Fred and Valerie Johnson of Manchester by the Sea honored by the Open Door Food Pantry and receive the Helen Muise Award for outstanding volunteer service to benefit Open Door activities

Julie LaFontaine, executive director of the Open Door presented the awards and said, “Nothing would get done without the dedicated volunteers and staff members who are committed to nourishing our neighbors on Cape Ann. Volunteers like Fred and Valerie Johnson show up every day and get the job done. The Gloucester Food Pantry and Open Door is indebted to them for their service.”

The Johnsons are parishioners of Sacred Heart Church, Manchester by the Sea. Nearly two years ago Fred, a Fourth Degree knight and financial secretary of Masconomo Council 1232 Knights of Columbus Manchester by the Sea, proposed the Council coordinate an ongoing food drive at both Sacred Heart and St John the Evangelist, Essex to benefit the Open Door Food Pantry. As the drive’s catalyst, Fred Johnson has been the weekly collector of food at both churches headed for the Gloucester food pantry weigh-in. From its inception to the close of the third quarter, 2019, parishioners of Sacred Heart and Saint John have contributed more than 2, 224 lbs. of food. Beyond that food drive, Fred and Valerie Johnson are involved in numerous Open Door Food Pantry endeavors to improve the quality of life on Cape Ann.

On behalf of Council 1232 Knights of Columbus, Grand Knight Jeff Mastendino congratulated the Johnsons for the well deserved recognition of their dedication to community volunteer service.

Open Door Food Pantry once again expresses its thanks for the generosity of Sacred Heart- Saint John’s parishioners in their contribution of non-perishable food items for the food drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus since the spring.

More than 591 pounds of food have been donated to date. That is most appreciated. Please keep giving and increase your donation if you are able. Summer is past; autumn is here. The harvest season is associated with plenty. For most this is a season of plenty. But for some of our neighbors on Cape Ann, this is a season of want. For those who are forced to stretch a dollar to its limits it is a time of hunger and need. Hunger does not take a holiday. The nutritional need for families is greater now than ever.

Remember to please help Open Door feed those who rely on the pantry for their “Daily Bread”. Fill our baskets to the brim with food desired by those who need it most. What kind of food? The kind of non-perishable items you would want–peanut butter, canned meats, fruits and vegetables, condiments, pasta, tuna, cereal, soups, cookies and crackers to name a few.

Because our giving is fast approaching the 1,000 pound threshold, our parishes will soon qualify for a cash reimbursement from the national headquarters of the Knights of Columbus as part of its Food for Families program to encourage future generosity. Thanks again for your giving spirit.

Please help pay it forward weekly. Drop food donations in the basket and your Knights will do the rest.

Thank you and God bless your caring.

Jeff Mastendino, Grand Knight

ALPHA begins at our parish this spring

The ALPHA Program will begin on Tuesday, February 25th at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We will begin with a dinner, watch a video and then break into small discussion groups. Our ALPHA program will run for 10 weeks.

Bring your appetite, your questions and ask anything about life, faith and God. Come join us.

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.”