Tootsie Roll Drive

It’s more than a Tootsie Roll!

Each year on Columbus Day Weekend, Knights across the county are visible handing out Tootsie Rolls.  This program is actually known as the “Fund Drive for Children with Intellectual Disabilities” and all funds raised are distributed to agencies who provide day care, respite care, and other support services to families with children with developmental disabilities.  Last year, the Knights in Massachusetts raised and distributed more than a quarter million dollars to more than 25 agencies in eastern Massachusetts.  We are blessed to see some of those funds go directly to an important agency in our own back yard – Special Olympics – which has its state headquarters in Marlboro.

If you aren’t able to find us outside churches, stores and public places this weekend, you can donate here.

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Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life
“Seeing God in All Things”

Worcester Area 30 Week Retreat
Begins September 26, 2023

An information night will be held at St.Peter’s Church, 929 Main Street in Worcester, on August 8th at 6:30 pm.

A Zoom version of the information session will be held on August 17th at 7 pm. To attend this session, please send an email to and request a link.

Information and an application form for the retreat is available on the website:


First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center
Ultrasound Machine Dedicated 

First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center celebrated with a dedication ceremony on May 4, 2023 to thank all the donors and participants who helped make their dream come true:  the installation and dedication of an Ultrasound Machine to provide expecting mothers with diagnostic assistance in addition to the other support services they offer.  Fr. Steven Clemence was on hand to bless the machine and pray for its successful utilization in helping expecting mothers make their best informed choices.  

Council #81 was instrumental in raising funds for First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center to purchase the Ultrasound Machine for their center in Marlborough, with matching funds from the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus.   In fact, Council #81 raised almost double our fundraising goal, and used the excess to fund site renovations including a dedicated bathroom for the Ultrasound suite.   Council #81 continues to partner with First Concern to provide support services to new mothers.


Family credits healing to Blessed McGivney

Joe and Megan Hermosillo pose with their family at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md. When Joe was near death from Covid-19, the family prayed for the intercession of Mother Seton and Blessed Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. Joe made a full recovery, and they credit these two giants of the American Catholic Church.
Click here to read the full story in the Boston Pilot.


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Superbowl Square Pool:

Congratulations to our 2023 Winners! 

Thanks to all who played the Council #81 Super Bowl Square Pool.  Here are our winners:

  $10 Pool $25 Pool
Q1 Larry Demeo Mike Bleecker
Q2 John Butler Matt Cederholm
Q3 Miltons Paul Piazza
Q4 Kathy OhEigeartaigh John Dedecko

View $10 Pool Live Grid

View$25 Pool Live Grid

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Click here for the annual Council #81 Super Bowl Square Pool Page.