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Parish and Related Organizations

Knights of Columbus


The "Knights of Columbus" is the largest laymen organization in the world.

Faith, Family and Fraternity make up the foundation upon which the Knights of Columbus stand. Their programs and projects make a big difference in the Auburn community.

FAITH: One of the primary goals of the Knights of Columbus is helping the Catholic Church to remain vigorous and undiminished. This Council is a major contributor to the support of both St. Joseph and St. Teresa.

FAMILY: The family is paramount to the knights of Columbus. Our programs and activities allow families to work and play together to benefit the church, community and one another.

FRATERNITY: Along with the good-fellowship that comes with being part of a fraternal organization, our members enjoy working together to assist people who have special needs within our community.

Auburn Council 6149 was established on May 20, 1969 by Frank Weigl who moved here in 1964 and was the past Grand Knight of Pasadena Council No. 1174, a former District Deputy and a Past Faithful Navigator of Cabrillo General Assembly. Our Council replaced the old Auburn Council No. 2276, which was instituted on May 15, 1921 and dissolved April 7, 1934.

While our council is known for its great breakfasts and dinners, there are many other activities in which the council is involved. Some of these activities are….


Each year the council keeps Christ in Christmas by making available religious Christmas cards to the parishes. Proceeds from this sale are used to support seminarians and finance activities for other religious programs.


In October of each year our council conducts a fund drive to raise monies to aid people with mental retardation. We hold blood drives each four months and have gathered up to 200 pints in a year.


We promote within our council "Knight of the Month", "Family of the Month", and "Family of the Year" programs, honoring knights and families who exemplify the values taught by our Church and our order. Each December we honor our deceased brothers with a memorial Mass and Communion.


We gather each third Thursday to enjoy a potluck meal and share in fellowship. We also have council activities such as breakfasts and dinners for the Knights and their families. Each year we have an end-of-the-summer Bar-B-Q, Past Grand Knights Banquet, Charter dinner and Christmas dinner. We also sponsor a weekly bingo game and a large amount of the proceeds are used toward our church debt reduction.


We sponsor a free throw contest and an essay contest and offer scholarships for youth in our local schools and the Placer County area. We also prepare and serve 120 to 140 Bar-B-Q hamburger lunches for the local high school students as a part of the "Auburn Teen Ministry Task Force Out Reach Program".

Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut.

For more information go to or contact: Joe Nicosia: 530-885-5359

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The Italian Catholic Federation is a 16,000 member organization founded in San Francisco in 1924, with 200 chapters nationwide. The Auburn Branch #342 at the Parish of St. Joseph / St. Teresa of Avila has 180 members and meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. Both men and women may join. Dues are modest and family memberships with children are encouraged.

Members are generally Italian in origin but the Federation has many non-Italian members who enjoy the fellowship and faith.

They are a Catholic organization which:

Receives Communion as a group;

Gives money and time to our Parish;

Supports the Parish school;

Visits rest homes and works with the elderly, the needy, and the developmentally disabled;

Supports Life Pregnancy Services with dollars and goods;

Supports our clergy and seminarians; and

Donate scholarships to high school graduates.

The Italian Catholic Federation also sponsors dinners, dances, trips, and festas because they believe social interaction is important for a healthy parish community.

For more information on the Italian Catholic federation, contact Robert Spadarotto at (530) 877-8024.

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St. Joseph’s Thrift Store, located behind St. Joseph’s Church at 1162 Lincoln Way was named and blessed by Father Anthony Traynor on opening day, October 10, 1987. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Six of the original crew of 15 workers are still working their daily shifts. Today, thirty volunteers (including one repairman) share responsibilities which vary from accepting donations and preparing articles for sale, to pricing items and merchandising them.

Although most purchases are for clothing (from infant to adult sizes), the store also offers home furnishings, kitchen supplies, children’s toys, etc. On occasion, the store donates items to the needy or the homeless.

Distribution of receipts is at the discretion of the Pastor.

Thrift Store Phone: 885-7404

For information: Evelyn Kalkowski, 885-6139

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We are part of 10 Societies organized from April, 1888 to April, 1960. The purposes, according to the Articles of Incorporation, are "to aid and assist, and care for the indigent poor within the Diocese of Sacramento of the Roman Catholic Church; and to aid in the support of indigent poor and abandoned children of and in said Diocese and to aid in the support of charitable institutions and to found new ones and Subordinate Societies in said Diocese when convenience or necessity may require, and to the end that said objects may be accomplished."

Our Society #6 was organized October 7, 1924. Other Societies are: Sacramento, Marysville, Chico, Colusa, Grass Valley, Roseville, Gridley, Citrus Heights and Oroville. In each location the needs may be somewhat different or more urgent, but each Society works from September to June; and our uefforts are reported on during a Grand Council in May; and we gain insight and support from our sharing of these exchanges. Our Society #6 meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September to June in the Fireside Room at St. Joseph Hall on Atwood Road, next to St. Teresa Church. We socialize with "bag" lunches before our meeting, which starts at 1:00 pm.

Our charities include diapers and layettes to Salvation Army, helping with utilities and food for needy families, cash vouchers for transients who come to the parish office, and serving at funerals. Our service charities include helping with Bingo at Hilltop Convalescent Hospital, assisting in the Auburn Area Christmas Basket Program, assisting in the parish office, the Convent gift shop, Pink Ladies at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, the K. of C. Tootsie Roll Drive and the Blood Drive. We answer the call to give rides, send cards, and make handmade gifts, quilts, afghans, etc. Our funds are obtained from our card parties, Bridge group, parish breakfasts, and with donations from the Knights of Columbus and the Italian Catholic Federation, along with small member donations. We operate somewhat like the Knights, in as much as we do have some potlucks and "Dutch treat" lunches interspersed throughout the year to keep the camaraderie going. If there are any questions about our small group of approximately 35 members, please call our President, Alice Bothello. Like the Knights, however, not all our members are active, and we feel proud that last month we had 19 members, 2 guests and 1 visitor at our meeting. Alice Bothello’s telephone number is (530) 885-2216. She will welcome any new members into our Society.


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Bible Study Discussion
– deepen the experience of God’s revelation in and through the Holy Word, following the readings from Sunday Mass; every Sunday 9:45am & Mon. 9:00am fireplace room, parish hall, St. Teresa Church; for more information: Deacon Richard Cadenasso, ph. 530-889-1872

Catholic Ladies Relief Society
– provide direct needs assistance to families, as well as retirement home visitations, volunteer service at Sutter Faith Hospital, and other gifts of time as needed; second Thursdays of the month, 11:30am; fireplace room, St. Teresa Church; for more information: Helen Voges, ph. 530-823-7308

Catholic Ministry of Mothers
– provide a loving environment within mothers, learn more about the Catholic faith, deepening the vital vocation of motherhood and cultivating a deeper spirituality; first and third Tuesday of the month, 9:15am; youth room and fireplace room, St. Teresa Church; for more information: Dana Stuck, ph. 530-878-7113 and Linda Massick, ph. 530-637-4003

Church Art & Environment Committee
– with training, prayer, and labor, parishioners prepare our churches for worship, accenting the beauty and richness of our faith; meets seasonally as needed; for more information: Anna Manzinali, ph. 530-885-3927

Ladies Relief Society– Prayer Chain
– receive prayers for the sick, dying, and serious need, for which over a score your fellow parishioners will include your prayer request for thirty days; for more information, prayer request: Marguerite Bailey, ph. 530-823-1054; Elaine Bettcher, ph. 530-878-2630; Kathleen Shurter, ph. 530-823-0242; and Ann Turinsky, ph. 530-887-1974

Lady of Fatima Visitation
– have the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in your home with your commitment to pray the rosary daily during the visitation. “The family that prays together stays together.” Please call Ted Fregosi, ph. 530-889-9401

Legion Of Mary
– with door- to- door visitations, convalescent hospital ministry, pro-life advocacy, and prayer, evangelize our faith to and for all; every Wednesday, 1:30pm; large conference room, St. Joseph Church; for more information: Mary Lou Chavez, ph. 530-367-2075 and Ted Fregosi, ph. 530-889-9401

Magnify the Lord
– through a charismatic prayer form, singing Scripture reading, and intercessory prayer, deepen the lives of all participants; every Monday, 6:30pm; at 240 Ferguson Rd., Auburn; for more information: Clara Rossitto, ph. 530-885-9667 and Bonnie Vrooman, ph. 885-1335

Pro-Life Ministry
– advocate, catechize, and pray for, an appreciation for the sanctity of human life, from the moment of our conception unto our natural death; second Tuesday of every month, 7pm; fireplace room, parish hall, St. Teresa Church; for more information: Penny Gowring, ph. 530-885-9055

Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites
– developing the charisms and spirituality of the founders of the Carmelite Order, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, including an appreciation of God’s love, generosity, and fraternal charity; first Sunday of every month, 12:30pm; large conference room, St. Joseph Church; for more information: Constance Snider, ph. 530-671-3998

Totus Totus
– by praying the Holy Rosary, nurture the local church by prayers of petition and fellowship; every Wednesday, 7pm; home of Bill & Carole Gilsdorf for more information: ph, 530-823-1126

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