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Working Together to Help Our Families, Communities and Church

Welcome to the web site for the Knights of Columbus St John Paul II of the Poconos, Council #4159. This new council was formed in 2016 by the merger of two existing councils necessitated by the wider consolidation of Catholic Parishes. Thus the former Saint Bernadette's Council #12447 and Pocono Mountain Council #4159 have combined to form one new council, St John Paul II of the Poconos, Council #4159. It is hoped that this merger will attract new members, new ideas, and a new energy to live our Catholic Christian lives here in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennysylvania.


Golf tournament

Our Council is hosting its 2nd annual Golf Tournament at Buck Hill Falls Golf Club on May 20, 2018. Come play as a single (we will pair you up), arrange your own foursome, or just come for the after golf feast. Local businesses are encouraged to gain vivibility for you organization by sponsoring a hole. More information and a sign up sheet can be found HERE.

Nite at the races

Our Council will once again partner with the VFW Hall to conduct a Nite at the Races and Bonnett Contest. Good food and lots of fun... again! This year's big event will be conducted in conjunction with the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, on June 9, 2018. Sponsor a race, buy and name your own horse, come to the races and wager and dine. This is always a fun event.

Council Christmas Party

Our annual Council Christmas Party and Awards Banquet was held on Thursday, December 14th at the Fork's Restaurant. Bill Musa received the coveted Knight of the Year Award. To see the festivities and the awards click HERE.

Burnley workshop christmas party

Friday, December 1st at 11:30 am - Our council sponsored a Christmas Party for the clients of the Burnley Workshop, followed by a banquet where our ARC fundraising checks were handed out to the ARC, the Burnley Workshop and the Special Olympics. To see pictures and vicariously experience all the fun click HERE.


MHT Parish Social

On the second Sunday of every month our Council sponsors an MHT Parish Social after Mass, with coffee, donuts and bagels. Helpers are needed before and after Mass for setup and cleanup.

Annual Calendar

St. John Paul II of the Poconos, Knights of Columbus Council #4159 is busy thoughout the year. We have activities for kids and families, for our church, for our community, and for those less fortunate. CLICK HERE to see our plan for the year that you can memorize, or download it as a pdf file you can print and post on the frig.

About Us

Some Nuts & Bolts

How To Join the Knights of Columbus
If you are a Catholic gentleman in good standing with the Catholic Church and would like join other faithful men in actions of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, then please contact any member of the Knights and express your interest. The easiest time to do this is at the monthly MHT Parish socials that our Council sponsors after Mass on the second Sunday of every month.


Bill Musa
2017 Knight of the Year - St. John Paul II of the Poconos Council #4159



Who We Support

Our council supports our Church, our Families and our Community.

  • The Catholic Parishes of Most Holy Trinity and St. Nicholas
  • The ARC of Pennsylvania, the Burnley Workshop and the Special Olympics
  • Msgr. McHugh School
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • The Barrett-Paradise Friendly Library
  • Many, many more organizations and worthwhile causes

Our Officers

  • Grand Knight: Steve Barry
    The Grand Knight (GK) is the top ranking officer of the Council. He oversees all Council's activities. His duties include presiding over meetings, countersigning orders and checks, reading vouchers and notices.
  • Deputy Grand Knight: Bill Musa
    The Deputy Grand Knight (DGK) is second ranking officer of the Council. He presides in the absence of the Grand Knight.
  • Chaplain:
    The Chaplain provides spirtual guidance and direction to the Council. The Chaplain is selected by the Grand Knight, Deputry Grand Knight and the three Trustees on an annual basis in accordance with the rules of the Bishop of Scranton.
  • Assistant Chaplain:
    The Assistant Chaplain assists the Chaplain and shall perform the duties of Chaplain in his absence.
  • Financial Secretary: William Jones
    The Financial Secretary handles financial transaction record keeping. This includes issuing and collecting bills, issuing membership cards, etc. The Financial Secretary is appointed by the Supreme Knight.
  • Treasurer: William Barry
    The Treasurer is responsible for the funds of the Council as is elected by the members of the Council. His duties include such functions as maintaining bank accounts and issuing checks based on receipts turned in by the Financial Secretary.
  • Chancellor: Bernie Pasquale
    The Chancellor is the third highest ranking officer. The Chancellor shall assist the GK and DGK in the performance of their duties and shall take charge during the incapacity of both. He shall exercise a special interest in new members and members who are sick or in distress.
  • Recorder: Michael Foran
    The Recorder keeps the minutes of meetings and the historical records for the Council. In the absence of the Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, and Chancellor the Recorder will run the meeting. He is responsible for the correspondence of the Council.
  • Advocate: Rich John
    The Advocate is the Chief Legal Officer for the Council as is elected by the members of the Council.
  • Warden: Alex Tasselmyer
    The Warden assures that all members at meetings possess the current membership card. He is custodian of all Council property except funds and is in charge of properly setting up the Council Chamber. He directs the activities of the Inside and Outside Guards.
  • Guards: Anthony Auotto and Dennis Dikowski
    The Guards are in charge of security at the meetings and are to assist the Warden as needed.
  • Trustees: 2. Michael Yasenchock, 1. Brick Quinn
    There are up to three Trustees in each Council, titled as 1 Year Trustee, 2 Year Trustee, and 3 Year Trustee. They oversee the financial transactions of the Council, review all bills and financial reports and audit the Council's financial records semi-annually.

Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn't mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order's top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it's in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

Contact Us

contact information


Knights of Columbus

St. John Paul II
of the Poconos   

Council #4159

Box 673

Mt. Pocono, PA 18344



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