Gilmary Council 3868

Charitable and Community Involvement

The Gilmary 4th Degree Class of 2015

Dave Stockhausen, Ed Moller, Frank Sporter, Mike Hines & Al Gusky.
A mass and memorial blessing service to honor Venerable Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, was held on Sunday, December 15th, 2013.  The memorial was established in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, at Allen Ave. and Climax Sts., Pittsburgh, PA 15210.  The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh, was the mass celebrant, and conducted the blessing of the memorial to Father McGivney.  Also, attending as con-celebrants were: Deacon Tom Krulikowski (the Bishop’s Assistant), Regional Vicar Very Reverend James Guay, Reverend Thomas Wilson (Pastor of St. John Vianney), and his assistant, Deacon Sam Toney.  There were many PA State and local Knights of Columbus officials present, including the PA State Deputy, Sir Knight Eric Johnson, and other State officals, Sir Knight Stan Glowaski, Sir Knight Joe Cummings, Sir Knight Frank Rozzo, and the Knights of Columbus Color Guard.  Council members made a strong showing at this Gilmary sponsored event.  A luncheon was held immediately afterwards in the St. John Vianney Parish dining hall.

Venerable Michael J. McGivney Memorial

This acrylic on canvas painting entitled “Memorial of Mercy” is an original rendition of St. Maria Faustina Kawalska’s “Divine Mercy Jesus”.  After co-leading Pittsburgh’s 2013 spring 40 Days for Life campaign, artist Nikki Bruni, (Carnegie Mellon university, BFA), was inspired to do a painting to memorialize the 2,470 lives lost to abortion at Pittsburgh’s Planned Parenthood in 2012.  In this image, each of the babies that were lost is represented by one square.  There are actually 2,484 (1-1/2”) squares that make up the image, becuase also represented on this canvas are the 14 lives that were saved from abortion because of the pro-life witness at this clinic during the 40 Days for Life campaigns and regular year-round prayer and sidewalk counseling.  Each square contains a small print of an image of a baby, which Nikki carved from linoleum blocks and stamped onto the canvas.  The 14 babies that were saved are represented by the metallic gold starts around Jesus’ head.

The Divine Mercy image was chosen for this work because of the great need our nation has of Jesus’ mercy…having killed more than 56 MILLION tiny Americans by abortion since it was legalized in 1973.  The Divine Mercy Jesus is especially comforting for those who have suffered the loss of a child or grandchild from abortion and now feel that they are unworthy of Jesus’ love and forgiveness!  In this image, Jesus is showing himself as the most merciful savior.  He is pointing to his heart, which was pierced for us..from which flows the blood and water which both cleanses AND justifies us!  His right hand is raised in a sign of blessing, and he is taking a step towards us.  As in the parable of the Prodigal Son, He does not wait for us to come to Him…but He runs to us…EAGER to forgive!

The Gilmary Knights Council 3868 sponsered the painting to be on display at St. John Vianney Parish on November 10th, 2013.  Reverend Tom Wilson (left) and Gilmary Grand Knight Bernie Komoroski (right) are shown posing with the artwork in the picture above.

Memorial of Mercy