Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


Knights of Columbus Council #5523

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Past Grand Knights   

† 1964 James W. DiMarco   

1965 Gerry Foliot   

1966 Joseph Boyd   

1967 James Webb   

† 1968 William Nigh   

1969 James S. Brenninger   

1970 Ronald Sullivan   

† 1971 Eric Warren   

1972 John A. Brands   

† 1973 Joseph Kennedy   

1975 Walter A. Genereux   

† 1976 Edmond S. Stokes   

1978 Peter Flint   

1979 Fred Jenkins   

1980 Kenneth R. Harris   

1982 Andy Livingstone   

1983 James McQuade   

1985 George McAuley   

1987 Leonard Abraham   

† 1989 James W DiMarco   

1990 John Lefebvre   

† 1991 Henry S. Lach   

1993 David T. James   

1995 Philip Lacroix   

1997 Joseph Mathews   

1999 Leonard Abraham   

2000 Michael McGinnis   

2002 Peter Preyde   

2004 David T. James   

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Council 5523

Defend the Faith! Oppose Secularism!

Join the “Keep Christ in Christmas”

Lawn Sign Campaign!

Did you know that despite protections in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, religious messages are routinely prohibited from public forums? Did you know that you can hang a Christmas banner in most communities as long as it promotes shopping?

But not if it promotes the “Christ” in Christmas? In Oakville the Knights of Columbus have attracted high profile media attention with their public “Keep Christ in Christmas” banner campaign. A major part of this effort are the “Keep Christ in Christmas” lawn signs displayed on private property. Private displays cannot be thwarted by secular interests, and these signs speak out for the over

70% of Canadians who are Christians. Support this cause! Promote a “Keep Christ in Christmas” lawn sign program in your Council and Christian congregations!

But due to ordering and delivery lead times, to be ready to keep Christ in Christmas this year, you must act now!

Fr. Michael J. McGivney, our founder. Our Founder
Fr. Michael J. McGivney

Prayer for his canonization

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.



Ten brothers standing in line. One disliked the Grand Knight and then there were nine.

Nine ambitious brothers offered to work late. One forgot the promise and then there were eight.

Eight creative brothers had ideas as good as heaven. One lost enthusiasm and then there were seven.

Seven loyal brothers got into a fix. They argued over programs and then there were six.

Six brothers remained with spirit and drive. One moved away and then there were five.

Five steadfast brothers wished there were more. One became indifferent and then there were four.

Four cheerful brothers who never disagreed – until one complained of meetings and then there were three.

Three eager brothers. What do they do? One got discouraged and then there were two.

Two lonely brothers, our rhyme is nearly done. One changed his golf game and then there was one.

One faithful brother – feeling rather blue – met with his school mate, then there were two.

Two earnest brothers each sponsored one friend, doubling their number – now there were four.

Four determined brothers just couldn’t wait – until each signed up another, then there were eight.

Eight excited brothers sponsored sixteen more. In another six verses there’ll be a thousand and twenty-four.



John Briers

Dispatch Editor

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