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I would like to thank you for remembering your Sunday contributions and tithes.  If you are able you can put your envelopes through the mail slot of the rectory or donations that can be made by credit card or PayPal.  When you make your donation it will say it has gone to the school campaign.  It is the account we are using during this emergency situation.  We will be updating it.  All donations will go to the parish. Check the button that says "Share your mailing address with St. Athanasius School Campaign" so we can acknowledge your donation. Thank you and God Bless you for remembering the parish.

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A Word about Saint Athanasius’ Junior Branch of the Knights of Peter Claver Council #342

 

The Junior Knights of Peter Claver is a National Catholic youth group for young men between the ages of 7-18. They are organized using the same structure of the Senior Division. Interested youth must have made their First Holy Communion. Our purpose is to encourage leadership and brotherhood while we render service to God and His Holy Church.

 

As one of the only congregations in the Pennsylvania area with a Junior Knights Branch, our young men have been avital part of our parish for more than 15 years. Our young men have developed a unique brotherhood while learning and practicing Christian service to both Saint Athanasius and Saint Benedict Churches. Our young men have benefited from mentorship from our adult Senior Knights, our Clergy, and each other.

 

The Junior Knights have been a gateway for our young men to serve the Parish in many ways by serving as Ushers, Altar Servers, and Parish School Assistants. They are responsible for assisting our Pastor in keeping our grounds and church as the beautiful and sacred place that we are blessed to enjoy. The Junior Knights especially shine during our Easter and Christmas seasons participating in many areas of the liturgy. It has become a tradition during our annual Christmas Bazaar that they even convince their friends Spiderman, Captain America, and Black Panther to attend and entertain the children.

 

Our group is known for placing an emphasis on promoting continuing education. We have offered numerous Career Day programs enlightening our youth group to many educational and occupational options. I am proud to say that every Junior Knight has taken advantage of continued learning at a college or university. They are celebrated annually during a special mass for their academic achievements. During this Mass, they receive gifts from our Senior Council and Ladies Auxiliary to assist in continued studies. Our group has sent representatives to our National Youth Convention in Indiana, our entire group was blessed to also travel to Orlando, Florida all expenses paid to attend our National Convention and visit Universal Studios Theme Park.

 

From a personal perspective as Junior Knight Commander, it has been my honor to serve as the adult leader of this group, it has been a blessing to watch these young people grow from boys to amazing young Christian men. I’ve watched them support each other forming a special bond, knowing that their brother is always there to uplift and be depended on. I have been blessed to see the fruit of their caring and attentive parent’s labor.

 

While the Junior Knights are currently taking a Covid19 influenced break, I encourage any interested youth to consider joining our Branch of Junior Knights when we restart shortly.

 

 

I also suggest that any adult male who wants to serve his parish too consider our noble order of Knights of Peter Claver. Also, you may want to consider joining our Senior Council on our annual trip to the Rehoboth Jazz Festival benefitting our Junior Knights. More to come …

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

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