Knights of Columbus

 Council 11483
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
Port Charlotte, FL

Advent  - Week 2, History

“As the journey of Advent continues, as we prepare to celebrate the nativity of Christ, John the Baptist's call to conversion sounds out in our communities. It is a pressing invitation to open our hearts and to welcome the Son of God Who comes among us to make divine judgement manifest. The Father, writes St. John the Evangelist, does not judge anyone, but has entrusted the power of judgement to the Son, because He is the Son of man.

“And it is today, in the present, that we decide our future destiny. It is with our concrete everyday behavior in this life that we determine our eternal fate. At the end of our days on earth, at the moment of death, we will be evaluated on the basis of our likeness or otherwise to the Baby Who is about to be born in the poor grotto of Bethlehem, because He is the measure God has given humanity.

“Through the Gospel John the Baptist continues to speak down the centuries to each generation. His hard clear words bring health to us, the men and women of this day in which even the experience and perception of Christmas often, unfortunately, reflects materialist attitudes. The 'voice' of the great prophet asks us to prepare the way for the coming Lord in the deserts of today, internal and external deserts, thirsting for the water of life which is Christ.” — Benedict XVI

Click Here for link to a very good history of Advent.

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Finally catching up with Jake Maurer to award and congratulate him on Knight of the Month for Sept, 2018.  Thanks for all your time and strength!  
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Mark King (L) is congratulated by Faithful Navigator Dave Richardson on attaining his 4th Degree.  Congratulations Sir Knight Mark King!
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Christmas Decorations - Please be at St Max this Thursday, Dec 13th at 9a to help put up the Christmas decorations.  Remember, many hands make light the work.  

Christmas Lights Trolly Tour - Join the 4th Degree Assembly for a tour of the lights of Charlotte County!!!  Click HERE to download the flyer and sign up today.  Ony 26 seats available for this wonderful tour and great fund raisers.  

Pancake Breakfast - Our next breakfast is Sunday, MAY 5th!  

4th Degree -  

The November 4th Degree Newsletter is now published.  Click HERE  to download it.  Contact Faithful Navigator Dave Richardson for more information. Email  or call (404) 944-9172.

1st and 2nd Degree Dates for 2018-2019

The dates for these degrees have been established.  Click HERE to download the date plan or scroll down to the calendar below to find the dates in any given month or location. Next 1st Degree at St Max is December 19th.


RAFFLE 2018-219 

The new raffle has started and tickets are available NOW with specail discounted prices for a short period of time.  Contact Brother Al Heyman, (908) 625-4940, to get your tickets today!

Special Prayers -
Please continue to keep your Brothers and their families in your prayers, especially Bud Levier, Joe Karpach, Deborah Manna, Henry Liebergall, Victor Caldara, Larry Byersmith, Mike Trombetta.

4th Degree St Jude Assembly Charity Golf Tournament - January 26th, Riverwood Golf and Country Club

The objective of the St Jude charity golf outing is to raise funds in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation and for the Assembly to provide support to veterans and veterans activities in Charlotte County and nationally. Click HERE for all the info.

Annual Survey of Fraternal Activities

The Grand Knight must submit to Supreme in January, an audit of all the activities and hours associated with them, contributed by all the Brothers. From Tootsie Roll to Eucharistic Ministry, he needs your help in documenting this info. As such, please click here, to download a form that you should fill out and turn in ASAP. Any activity where you donated your time to church, community, other charities, etc, belongs on this list. Any questions, please contact Bob Wright to review. 941.875.1964


Who are the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to join...

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

If interested in receiving more information please Email our Chancellor, Brother Ted McDermott at: or call (941) 979-6428

Fourth Degree

Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. If interested in becoming a 4th Degree Knight, speak with the Grand Knight or Chancellor of Council 11483.


Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.  We currently do not have a squires program at our council. If you are interested in the Squires program do not hesitate to contacts us and we will connect you to a local council that has the program.

We are council 11483 located at St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, FL 
Interested in becoming a Member?  Contact Gregg Marrapodi, our Chancellor.  
(941) 628-8490

A Brief History of Our Council


It all started in the fall of 1994 when Charles Maloney, who at that time was District Deputy and Rich Oliva, the District Warden asked Louis Nagy for help to start a council at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish.Our Rector Fr. Bob Mattingly gave the OK to proceed and by January 20, 1995 we had the over 40 members required by Supreme to start a Council and so Council 11483 was founded.One of our First events was a Spanish American dance held on September 16,1995. George Ponzio & Henry Libergall were the chief-cooks and music was provided by the Spanish American Society of Pt. Charlotte and a great time was had by all.Later that same month we sponsored a parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.On November 20, 1995 a lighted Christmas Holy Family Centerpiece valued at $ 325.00 was donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea for our first fund raiser. Art Croteau won a 50-dollar gift certificate for selling 190 tickets. Stan Brokaw and Ted Rivera both sold over 100 tickets each.On January 22, 1996 we held our first spaghetti dinner. Adults were served for $ 2.50 and children were admitted free of charge. Jim LaBee was our chief-cook and with his help we bought the stove for the kitchen which was used many times at future dinners.On February 19,1996 we held our first social dance and the music was provided by John Del Genio.On March 14, 1996 Father Bob conducted a service for members to renew their marriage vows and a certificate was given. Twenty-two couples were present representing 839 years of marriage and 92 children.Our first Tootsie Roll drive was held that March of 1996 and handled by Bob Mungovan, Jim LaBee and Roger King. We raised and donated $ 1,000.00 to A.R.C.On April 14, 1996 we hosted a pasta dinner at a cost of 4 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for children.On May 23, 1996 we received a Certificate of Appreciation for sponsoring Girl Scout Troop #177. Leaders were Dorothy King & Beatrice Briggs.We held our first Golf Outing on June 29,1996. Our chairman and golf-lunch, beverages and prizes.We also painted the inside of the Church building in August of 1996. The building included the parish hall, classrooms and offices.On November 3, 1996 we held our second parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.We sponsored our second fund-raiser in December of 1996, raffling off another nativity scene donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea.We had our first Valentine Day celebration with a pasta and meatball dinner held on February 13,1997.The celebration continued for St. Patrick's Day when we sponsored our first Corn Beef dinner on March 17,1997.This and many other events has contributed to the building of our council, organization, and parish. We continue this work today and have fun doing it every time. 

Our Council Officers

John Funk 

Phone: (614) 395-3141

Bob Wright 
Financial Secretary

Phone: 941.875.1964

Ted Mcdermott
Deputy Grand Knight

Phone: (941) 979-6428.

Bob Fogler

Phone: (513) 675-8194

Gregg Marrapodi

Phone: (941) 628-8490

Ben Rivera

Phone: (941) 268-3965

Dave Andrews

Phone: (816) 582-3181

Roger Chavez

Phone: (941) 661-0588

Julio Oliveira 

Phone: (941) 764-6197

John Oliva

Phone: (917) 975-0778

Joseph  LaRezza

Phone: (941) 224-7386

Al Heyman

Phone: (908) 625-4940

Larry Koby

Phone: (765) 524-0974 

Monsignor Rollin Darbouze 

Phone: (941) 625-1418


1441 Spear St. 
Port Charlotte, FL


Contact: Gregg Marrapodi, Chancellor 
Phone: (941) 628-8490