Nov 152014

Council 15693 achieved 300 percent of the goal in Membership.

Requirements are described in Surge … with Service program manual (#962) and the Grand Knight’s Handbook (#915).


Grand Knight Jordan Ruiz accepts the Triple Star Council Award plaque from District Deputy Rico Ches

Mar 242014

Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta
March 25, 2014

Date of Birth
March 21, 1953

Ordination to the Priesthood
September12, 1987

Episcopal Ordination
March 25, 2014

O Lord, it was through the message of an angel that
we learned of the Incarnation of Christ, your Son.
Pour your grace into our hearts, and by His Passion
and Cross bring us to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Cotta’s Homily, Solemn Evening Prayer, March 24, 2014, St. Clare, Roseville


Slideshow of Bishop Myron Cotta’s Ordination on March 25, 2014.
(Music featuring Bishop Cotta singing on his “Tribute” album.)

Mar 242014
BLAZON: Party per chevron inverted Azure and Or, in chief an ancient Greek amphora of the second, charged with the letters "SC;" in base a "M" between an 'T' and a "H" all of the first.

BLAZON: Party per chevron inverted Azure and Or, in chief an ancient Greek amphora of the second, charged with the letters “SC;” in base a “M” between an ‘I’ and a “H” all of the first.


The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, that is the central and most important part of the design and tells to whom the design belongs, the external ornamentation, that tells the owner’s position or rank, and a motto, placed upon a scroll.

For an auxiliary bishop, a fully empowered bishop but without territorial jurisdiction, the shield of his arms is composed completely by his personal design, in this case they are the arms of Bishop Myron J. Cotta.

The shield is divided into two main portions by an inverted chevron. Above the chevron, on a blue field, is a golden (yellow) ancient Greek amphora, an earthenware vessel used for the transport and storage of fluids, such as oil. This amphora is emblazoned with the letters “SC,” that form the classic abbreviation for the church’s sacred, holy oil known as “Sacred Chrism.” This composition is em­ployed because the Bishop’s first name, Myron, is the Greek word for chrism.

The line of division of the shield, the inverted chevron, is reminiscent of a carpenter’s square thus honoring the bishop’s second Baptismal patron, Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus and husband of Mary. The inverted chevron is also employed to represent the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Valley, of California where Bishop Cotta was born, received his Sacraments and lived most of his life.

Below the chevron, on a gold (yellow) field are three blue letters; an “I,” a “H” and a “M.” These stand for the Immaculate Heart of Mary to whom Bishop Cotta has very special devotion. Because there is no specific arrangement of this monogram for Mary, it is rendered here as would be on other pieces, where the more important name, like the surname, is enlarged and placed between the smaller initials, as for Christian or personal names.

For his motto, His Excellency, Bishop Cotta has chosen the phrase “GRACE AND MERCY,” for this sums up all that God’s relationship with His People is all about. To reflect the bishop’s heritage, as an Azorean, the motto is rendered in Portuguese.

The achievement is completed with the external ornaments that are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that extends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called a galero, with its six tassels, in three rows, on either side of the shield. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bish­op by instruction of the Holy See.

Deacon Paul J Sullivan

Sep 102013

At the September, 2013 General Meeting, a motion was informally entertained for the formation of a Council Chorus.

Warden Sean Tsui accepted appointment as coordinator for the Chorus.

Opening Ode

(Tune: O Tannenbaum/O Christmas Tree)

Sing ye his praises loud and long
And let the unenlightened know
In every echo of your song
The great deeds done, tho’ long ago
By Columbus of the valiant soul
Who first old Neptune has controlled
Despite of envy, intrigue, gold
In the dim past of long ago.

With vessels three, o’er stormy sea
He thrilled the world of long ago
While wisdom linked with destiny
In justice scales its weight did throw.

We are his heirs we wear his name
We boast his deeds we spread his fame.

Our order is the shining flame
That lights the gloom of long ago.

Closing Ode

(Tune: My Country ‘Tis Of Thee)

Now our evening’s work is done
Then let us ev’ry one
Join in a song
Long may our Order stand
Foremost in this free land
Ready with heart in hand
To right each wrong.

We have a mission great
True to our Church and State
Onward we move
We dry the mourner’s tear
The tired heart we cheer
Faith in our works appear,
Upheld by Love.

Aug 132013

Sir Knight (SK) Dick Cutting was the gentleman that spoke about the flag during the presentation. SK Bill Hancock and Council 15693 Advocate, SK Patrick Dolan were in color corps regalia for the presentation of the flag. The flag was donated by the flag committee from the Knights of Columbus: Bishop Manogue Assembly #50 (4th Degree) from here in Sacramento. The 4th Degree of our order is the patriotic degree which is the visible arm of our order to the public often due to us wearing regalia for events.


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