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2020-2021 Family Awards

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Outstanding Family Activity – “A” Division
Title: Food for Families
This year our council held two food drives to benefit our parish food pantry. On June 6th we collected 1,250 pounds of food and $200 in donations. On October 17th we collected 1,149 pounds and $350. The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Saint Martin of Tours Council 680, Millinocket.

Outstanding Family Activity – “A” Division
Title: Repair and Refresh Kids Play Ship
In 2007 a local Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout project was to build a kid’s play ship for the children and families of our local parish. Over the years there had been little time available for maintenance, and the structure had become quite weathered. COVID provided the perfect opportunity to make the necessary repairs. One Brother power-washed the ship and repaired several major items. A local Scout Troop applied stain donated by the council, and another Brother Knight applied sealant to the ship. It is now ready for families again! The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Pine Cone Council 114, Bangor.

Outstanding Family Activity – “B” Division
Title: Food for Families
20 council Brothers, family members and parish staff conducted our 3rd annual Knights of Columbus Food for Families Drive in our parish during March of 2020. Our council collected donations from our worship sites and community. We are happy to have raised over $1,500 and collected over 250 pounds of food for local pantries this year. We look forward to 2021! The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Holy Eucharist Council 15791, Falmouth.

Outstanding Family Activity – “B” Division
Title: Holy Hour Prayer Services
One of our priests proposed hosting Holy Hour Prayer Services during the summer of 2020, eventually settling on a monthly event. This program rotates through the worship sites in our parish each month. At least three Knights and their families from our council participate, along with others in our parish and other councils. This has brought us closer together spiritually as we deal with daily challenges of the pandemic. We will continue to work for continued success through the pandemic and beyond. The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Bishop Edward C. O’Leary Council 13181, Sabattus.

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Family Director Update

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Family Director
Wesley Tabb

Brother Knights, I hope this message finds you well and you and your families are having a wonderful summer. I want to thank you for all of your hard work during the previous Fraternal Year. Let’s keep up the good work.

The required program in the Family Category to be eligible for the Columbian Award is the Consecration to the Holy Family. To help families live out the joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori has composed a prayer through which families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. In this prayer, we ask for the aid or intercession of the perfect son Jesus Christ, Mary the perfect mother, and Joseph who is a model for every father. Councils will guide their parishes and community to understand and offer this important and impactful prayer. Preparing for the Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. It is choosing a way of life for your family. Through this consecration, each participant is consciously choosing to be a beacon of God’s love through his Church. For more information please go to


Wesley Tabb, Jr

Family Director
Maine State Council


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World Marriage Day

January 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

February 10, 2019, is World Marriage Day, a celebration of Christian marriage that honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family.  World Marriage Day salutes the faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy that are part of daily living for husbands and wives and their generous love that gives rise to new life.

“Love One Another” is the theme of every World Marriage Day. The World Marriage Day symbol shows a husband and wife as candle-like figures, a reminder that married love enlightens the world. The couple is joined by a heart to show that it is the power of love that fosters unity within the couple.

World Marriage Day got its start in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1981, when St. Valentine’s Day was proclaimed “We Believe in Marriage Day.”  The day was so successful that it was adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, which helped it to spread across the United States and the world. In 1983, the name was changed to “World Marriage Day,” and the date was established as the second Sunday in February.  In 1993, Pope Saint John Paul II, imparted his apostolic blessing on the day.


Celebrations in the Diocese of Portland

  • Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate a World Marriage Day Mass at St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue in Augusta, on Sunday, February 10, at 10 a.m.
  • St. John Vianney Parish will celebrate World Marriage Day with its 4th annual Married Couples Night Out on Friday, February 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fort Kent. [More Details]
  • The Parish of the Precious Blood is sponsoring a World Marriage Day Dinner on Friday, February 8, at the Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center. [More Details]
  • St. Mary of the Visitation Parish in Houlton will host a World Marriage Day Dinner on Saturday, February 9. [More Details]


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Family Director Update

November 3, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

“The family as domestic church is central to the work of the new evangelization and to the future sustainability of our parishes.”  Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

Saint John Paul II exhorted us to pray the Rosary for peace and for the family. “A similar need for commitment and prayer arises in relation to another critical contemporary issue: the family, the primary cell of society, increasingly menaced by forces of disintegration on both the ideological and practical planes, so as to make us fear for the future of this fundamental and indispensable institution and, with it, for the future of society as a whole. “

The above quotes are from Building the Domestic Church, A Scriptural Rosary for the Family. More information on the Rosary for the Family can be found at the following link. Praying the rosary as a family is a great way to bring your family closer together and strengthen your family bonds. For more information on the Family from Building the Domestic Church please go to the Family Library located here

Another way that we as Knights of Columbus can help strengthen families is through the Family of the Month Program. The Family of the Month Program stimulates and supports the development of strong and vibrant families. Each month, the council Family of the Month committee selects one parish family that models Christian family values and visibly lives them every day. Once a year, each participating council also selects one of the previous twelve Family of the Month winners to represent the council/parish as the potential international Family of the Year. The Knights of Columbus Family of the Year is chosen by the Supreme Council and recognized each year at the annual Supreme Convention.

To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Remember to retain copies for your council records. By the 15th day of the month following recognition, complete and submit the Family of the Month Report Form(#10668). For example, the Report Form for the September Family of the Month should be submitted by October 15.

More information and resources on the Family of the Month Program can be found here


My wife Charlene and I look forward to working with all of the councils in the State of Maine to promote a stronger family.


Respectfully Submitted,


Wesley and Charlene Tabb

Family Director/Couple

Maine State Council


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Soccer Challenge 2017

October 15, 2017 by Dan LaLonde

District 2 Soccer Challenge was held in Fort Fairfield, Maine on October 14th, 2017. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

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Maine scores TWO families of the month

September 25, 2017 by Dan LaLonde

Congratulations to the families of Matt Walsh and Robert Weiland. Two Maine families chosen as Supreme Families of the Month for August 2017. These families are from Council 114 Bangor and Council 15791 Falmouth respectively. The full list by state can be seen here.

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