Last Updated: Tuesday - 01/04/2011
April 30, 2001
New Italian Council hopes to help parish
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON — The Knights of Columbus have spread into Edmonton's Italian Catholic community. A council of the Knights was recently started at St. Maria Goretti Parish, Edmonton's Italian Parish.
Nearly 50 men ranging from 30 to 80 have joined the group since Charles Shifano got the ball rolling last November.
Men quickly embraced the organization at St. Maria, according to Shifano, the council's grand knight.
"We started signing up people in November. "In three months I had 35 people, more than enough people to start a council." Thirty members are required to start a council.
"We started it because we Roman Catholics like to help people who need to be helped," Shifano said. "We like to assist wherever assistance is needed."
The new group will hold bingos, barbecue sales and other fundraising activities to help the needy in both the parish and the community. It also plans to give scholarships to students and to sponsor outdoor sport programs in the community "so the kids are away from the streets and protected."
"We are going to make a big difference in the parish because the Knights of Columbus are always ready to help the Church and the parishioners," Shifano said.
"If the church needs some remodelling or a new sound system, the Knights of Columbus will be there to provide financial assistance. If a lady's husband dies and she has no money for the burial, the Knights of Columbus will come to her assistance."
Shifano, a retired mines engineer and father of five and grandfather of 10, became a knight in the late 1960s in Thompson, Man. When he moved to Edmonton in 1985, he joined the Knights at St. Joseph's Basilica. He became a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish in 1990.
Last year the knights approached him to form a council in his parish and he was happy to oblige. His group received its charter March 30 and plans to reach 100 members in six months.
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