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30th Anniversary of the Reinhart Schroeder Council No. 9409

The Reinhart Schroeder Council Number 9409 of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Fatima in Biloxi celebrated their 30th anniversary at their monthly social meeting.

On October 12, 1986, the Reinhart Schroeder Council Number 9409 was chartered with a membership of 39 men.  This was 394 years after Christopher Columbus discovered the New World.  The council was named after Reinhart Schroeder who was dedicated to the ideals of the Knights of Columbus.  Reinnie died during the Third Degree Exemplication in Bassfield, Mississippi on January 28, 1979 of a heart attack.

The majority of the new council members transferred from Biloxi Council Number 1244.  Forest Taylor was elected the first Grand Knight.  Monsignor Francis Farrell, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Biloxi was the chaplain.  “We have had two members serve as district deputy and one served as the Mississippi State Deputy.  The council has been bestowed with many accolades from the state and supreme councils.  The most coveted, was having members winning the state ‘Family of the Year’ award three times.  Our council has grown over 35% over the last thirty years”, said Daniel Lechner.

“The brothers have come a long way in the past thirty years,” said Charles Brimmer, the current Grand Knight.  But, we still have a long way to go.  Our goal is to be one of the best councils in Mississippi.”

From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are men of faith and men of action.  In 2015, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 17th consecutive year.  Our charitable donations increased from 2014 by more than $1.5 million to a new total of $175,079,192. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2015, volunteering more than 73.5 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rose in 2015 by more than a million over the previous year’s total.  “We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith.”

Grand Knights:

Forest Taylor* (1986-88)

Stephen Farry* (1988-89)

Jack Cunningham* (1989-91)

Fred Spencer* (1991-92)

Daniel Lechner (1992-94)

Daniel Butler (1994-95)

Bobby Weldon* (1995-96)

Materno Yapit (1996-98)

William Entriken* (1998-2000)

Angelo Goundas (2000-02)

Richard Bevel (2002-04)

Roger Houle (2004-06)

Norman Cyr (2006-07)

Lonnie White (2007-10)

William Roberts (2010-12)

John Rickman (2012-13)

Daniel Lechner (2013-15)

Stephen Smith (2015-16)

Charles Brimmer (2016- present)


Grand Knights at the social:  Lonnie White, John Rickman, Roger Houle, Danny Lechner & Charles Brimmer



Message from our new Grand Knight

Brother Knights,

My name is Charles Brimmer, and I will be the Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus #9409 for the upcoming year.  I look forward to working with each of you throughout the year, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  I have been a Knight for 3 years.  I am the owner of Brimmer Turan Foundry & Machine and Gulfport Metals.  I have been married to my wife, Mandy, for a year.  I have two sons, Brody and Bradley, and a step-daughter, Sophia.  I am honored to hold the position of Grand Knight and hope to continue many KC traditions as well as institute new events and service projects, big and small.

Although I understand that attending monthly meetings is just not possible with our busy schedules, I do hope that you choose to participate in some of the many events that we sponsor.  I am working closely with the officers to implement new ideas that will cater to your individual interest, ideas, and strengths, as well as utilizing social media, email, and the website to keep you better updated on upcoming events and pertinent information.  In an effort to make this organization a success for the upcoming year, I have attached a questionnaire that I ask you to complete, which may take 10 minutes at the most.  I have compiled a few simple questions that I hope will give me a better idea of what we are doing that is good and also ways that we can improve.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time if you have a question or an idea that you would like to share. Please like the Facebook page  and check out the website  for updates.

Link to survey:

Yours in service,

Charles Brimmer, Grand Knight Elect

KC Life Insurance News

Milestone highlights K of C’s financial protection of Catholic families

The Knights of Columbus surpassed $100 billion of life insurance in force this week, marking an important milestone in the Catholic fraternal benefit society’s mission to protect the future of Catholic families.

This milestone was achieved despite continuing adverse conditions affecting the insurance industry.

Established in 1882 by a young Catholic priest, the organization — which offers its line of top-rated products exclusively to its members and their eligible family members — manages $21 billion in assets and ranks 939 on the 2015 Fortune 1000 list, placing it among the largest life insurers in North America.

“The $100 billion milestone is not simply a number,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “It highlights the fact that each year we are protecting the future of more Catholic families, continuing the mission of our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.”

The Knights of Columbus offers insurance to its members and their families through a network of more than 1,500 dedicated, professional agents in the United States and Canada — all of whom are members of the Knights of Columbus.

“With each dollar of top-rated insurance in force that our professional agency force adds, additional, meaningful security is provided to the families whose livelihoods we protect,” the Supreme Knight said. To read a full interview with Supreme Knight Anderson on this milestone, please click here.

The $100 billion milestone caps a year in which the Knights of Columbus set a new record for insurance sales with $8 billion sold, earned the top rating of A++ Superior from AM Best for the 40th consecutive year, and was named a “World’s Most Ethical Company” for the second consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute®.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. The Knights set a new record for charitable giving in 2014 with donations of more than $173.5 million and 71.5 million hours of service to charitable causes.

In Need of Volunteers for upcoming Events

Brother Knights ,

We have several events Coming up , We need your help if your able to , here is some of info on  the Annual Spring Fest at Our Lady Of Fatima


Volunteers: If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the area you wish to work at the festival. Many people are needed. Write legibly. We will call you to confirm times.

Santa Shop:  We are in need of someone to chair this booth.  You would need to tag items, recruit people to help you and man the booth for the weekend.  Call Paula April if you are interested, 432-1878.

Silent Auction and Other Items: Check the information table in the vestibule for the items we need and bring them to the office during business hours.

Jewelry:  Our new store, the Jewelry Box, needs all kinds of good jewelry in working condition that will be sold for half price.  Gift boxes are always welcome to display these items.

Festival Yard Sale:  Now collecting items for the weekend of the festival.  We need lots of good items, no clothes please, furniture, dishes, kitchenware, children’s toys, bric-a-brac, etc. Call Carol Rigby at 435-5583 for times of drop off.

Drawdown Tickets and $2000 Raffle Tickets: Contact the office if you wish to purchase your drawdown ticket, Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM to

4 PM. There are extra $2000 raffle tickets on the information desk in the vestibule to pick up and fill out.

Used Books: We need an awful lot more books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please continue to fill the receptacles in the vestibule of the church.

Turtle Races: Have been saved! So we need medium sized box turtles – bring to pen next to small shed by rectory garage.

Plants: May be brought to the plant booth the day before the Festival. Also garden accessories accepted.  Call 388-3887 if you need a pick up scheduled.


4Th Degree Assembly Activities

Our 4th Degree Assembly # 557  Will be helping with running a Blood Drive at Edgewater Mall on the 25th of July  from 9am till 2 pm Which Falls on the Tax Break Day for Shopping at The Mall  ,The help is not Donating Blood but just helping with running it , but Please Feel Free to Donate , every drop Donated could Save a Life , encourage Friends and Family to come out and Support our Local Red Cross   If your able to help ,  please contact Tony Payne  by Email or phone at / 601-528-0249 and I will get you headed in the right direction


God Bless!!!!!



My name is Old Glory… Long may I wave, dear God, Long may I wave!

On November 21, 2014, the Knights of Columbus Assembly #557 with Council #9409 hosted a Flag Retirement Ceremony with the assistance of the Sailors from Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Keesler at the Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School.   The members of the military held this ceremony at the request of the Knights of Columbus for the school children in order to show them the proper way of disposing of unserviceable flags in a way that brings honor and glory to our National Flag.  As the Flag Detail slowly marched in the students heard the reading of Old Glory, followed by a brief history of our National Flag.  When the Flag Detail began to unfold the Ceremonial Flag for the last time, they listened to the meanings of each of the 13 folds, and that of the Red, White and Blue colors.  Once the Flag was unfolded and presented, all present recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Flag Detail turned to walk towards the fire and to retire the Flag.  Once it was placed into the flames, a bell tolled and the Sailors rendered a salute honoring her while remembering the 2,717,991 men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.  This process was completed for each Flag as it was placed into the flames.  Once the final flag was retired the D’Iberville Assembly #557 Honor Guard hoisted a new Flag to the top of the flagpole, rendered a salute and the ceremony was concluded with the following words:

Now I am just a memory, but if there is a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat; if you felt a shiver in your spine as you watched me burn, then I will be back the next time you need me and my colors will be fresh and bright and my edges won’t be ragged anymore. When I climb to the top of the flagpole, I’ll wave at you and remember the love and respect that you have showed me here today.”  So when you see me, stand straight, and salute or place your right hand over your heart…and I’ll salute you, waving back…and I’ll know that… YOU REMEMBERED!

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