Our Lady of the Lakes - Council No. 6318
         10 Fair Street   Carmel, New York 10512 (845) 225-6318  

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Updated November 15, 2018

Lots of Christmas Festivities
at Our Council!
  • Crèche Setup
  • Wreath Sales
  • Family Fun
  • Kid's Christmas Party
  • Parade of Lights
  • Council Tree Lighting
  • Adults' Christmas Party
 There are multiple events over several days, so read it all!
Saturday, November 24th
We will be setting up the Nativity Scene at St. James -- including the newly reconstructed stable -- on Saturday, November 24th. We will need the usual tools and supplies (ladders, socket set / wrenches, staple guns, Tyvek for the roof, hay bales, baling wire, etc.). After we're done with the setup, we'll head back to the council to decorate it for Christmas. Instead of the usual lunch, this year the church is providing us with a light breakfast. Meet outside the rectory at 9 a.m. and dress for the cold weather!
Saturday, December 1st
Come down to the council on Saturday, December 1st, where we will be hosting Christmas festivities all day long! Start bright and early in the morning to buy beautiful, handmade Christmas wreaths in a great assortment of ribbons and decorations. These are sold by a local Boy Scouts of America troop to fund their youth programs. For only $20, they are an amazing bargain. Supplies are limited, so get there early to get yours while they last! (Best to get in your pre-order with PGK Rob Firriolo.) Look for the scouts in the front of our building starting at 9 a.m., and be advised they usually sell-out by mid-afternoon.
There will be a host of activities around town that day, including breakfast with Santa, story reading, craft fairs, hay rides with Santa, and the chowder tasting at Cornerstone Park. Click here for the full schedule from the Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association. At the Council, we'll be building our float for the Parade of Lights.
Then, we continue with a great recent tradition where the Council provides a free children's Christmas party with dinner starting at 4:00 p.m. Adults will enjoy a pot-luck dinner, so please bring a dish for the community table. Santa will be attending, so please bring a gift (value $20) for each child you bring, for Santa to distribute. RSVP to Anthony Falco at anthonyfalco17@gmail.com or (914) 907-4802.
Starting at 5:45 p.m., we will make our way over to the Paladin Center (former Guideposts) parking lot to line up for the Parade of Lights (steps off at 6:30), with our very own children's float.
All brother Knights, Ladies Auxiliary, family members and friends of the council are welcome to march behind our banner and with our float, and hand out thousands of the wildly popular glow necklaces to kids along the way.
The evening proceeds with caroling and the lighting of the trees along Lake Gleneida from 7:30 to 7:45. After that, come get warm back at our Lounge and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
Tuesday, December 4th
Once again we will join with KofC councils across America to "Light up for Christ" and light our council Christmas tree to signify the true light of the world.
Meet at our council at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th for light refreshments, caroling, and the tree lighting. Bring the family and your best singing voice!
Friday, December 14th
Yet another annual holiday tradition continues with our adult Christmas Party for members of our Council and Ladies Auxiliary on Friday, December 14th at 7 p.m., jointly hosted with Mother Cabrini Assembly. We'll have a complimentary, informal, but very tasty hot buffet dinner with a cash bar. (We hear that, due to popular demand, our Worthy Grand Knight will be making his famous deep fried turkeys again!)
All we ask is that each person bring a gift for the less fortunate in our community, to brighten their Christmas season by helping them put good meals on the table for their families.
This year we are once again collecting donations for the St. James the Apostle Church Food Pantry. The pantry is well stocked with canned goods and other non-perishables, but what they need is supermarket gift cards so families can buy perishable items like milk, meats, and frozen foods, which the pantry cannot stock. So, please bring $10, $20 or $25 ShopRite or Tops gift cards to our party, and we will present them to St. James on behalf of the Knights and our families.
At last year's Christmas party, we collected $1,430 in gift cards for the parish food pantry. Let's try to beat that record this year!
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Fourth Degree

The next Fourth Degree meeting of Mother Cabrini Assembly will be Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m. in our Council Hall. 

The annual Christmas Party hosted jointly with our council will be on Friday, December 14th, at 7 p.m. Please bring a supermarket gift card for the parish food pantry.

Information for Mothe Cabrini Assembly, including news and upcoming meeting dates, may be found on their website, here.