St. Patrick's Cathedral

Thunder Bay, Ontario

211 South Archibald Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1G4
Phone: (807) 622-5389 Fax: (807) 622-1529

The Knights of Columbus


Fort William Council 1447 & The Father Baxter General Assembly (4th Degree)



“Blessed Michael McGivney, Pray for us!”




    Newest Calendar of Parish Events (2024)




April 10, 2024
Three New Knights of Columbus Initiated

New Knights:
Leon Vaillant
(Council 8602); Ivan Colmenares and Vince Stilla (Council 1447)


Exemplification Team ( r.)
Deacon Derek West, Msgr. Pat Stilla, Mike Spivak (G.K. of Council 1447), Louis Romito, John Guthrie (G.K. of Council 8602), David Gibb, Bruce Sutton (D.D.), Jamie Matijasik and Gaetan Fournier.




Thursday April 25, 2024

$ 22.00 Pick Up pre-orders 4-6 pm

Four Pieces of delicious breaded

Pickerel, Home Fries, Coleslaw

*PRE ORDERS {Deadline Wednesday April 24}

 With Credit Card payment Call 807-623-3252

 (leave message we will call you back)

Thanks for your support!!

 Save the Dates –  Spaghetti & Meatballs Take Out

Thursdays  April 4 & 18, May 2 &16, June 13 & 27 > Pick up 2-5:30 p.m.

 … submitted by Louis Romito







Families need strong husbands and fathers, and the world needs courageous witnesses to Jesus Christ.  Through this new Program, ‘Cor’ (Heart), the Knights of Columbus seek men who are committed to serving Christ and willing to boldly live and share their faith, to be formed and empowered as disciples of the Lord.

This district wide Program is open to all Knights and any male friends they wish to invite. Our first ‘Cor’ meeting took place at the Columbus Centre on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 9:00 am., with gatherings
planned every 2 weeks.  If you would like to join our Program or if you need more information about it, please speak with Fr. Doug McClure or call Deacon Derek West (807-577-7467).





February 21, 2024


Each month, Fr. Doug McClure visits Roseview Manor on the City’s North Side to celebrate Mass for the residents in the facility’s  gathering space.  The space is usually filled with the grateful residents.

Father McClure is grateful to the Father Baxter Assembly of the Knights of Columbus for their gift of the memorial Chalice, which he regularly uses when he celebrates the Eucharist.




February 11, 2024


On behalf of the Parish Council and Knights of Columbus Council 1447 we would like to thank all the Brother Knights and Volunteers that worked both Saturday and Sunday to make the Pancake Breakfast a rousing success. We especially thank our own Parish Council Chair, Taran Campanotto, not only for her support and assistance, but also for the fantastic decorating she did, with the assistance of David Ronchi. Thank You also to all the Parishioners who attended the event. This could not have happened without You.

Peace and Blessings.
Linda and Derek West

…(Thanks to our photographer who wishes to remain anonymous)








January 28, 2024


Father McClure is the current Chaplain of our Fort William Council 1447.  Our best wishes to him and to Lesley on this first anniversary of his ordination.

Many thanks to the producer who wishes to remain anonymous.



F. W. COUNCIL 1447  ‘NIGHT CAP’ for January 2024



January 23, 2024


Many attended the Mass at St. Peter’s Church at 7 pm which was celebrated in memory of the Knights of Columbus of all six City Councils who died in 2022 and 2023.  Con-celebrating the Mass with Bishop Colli were Msgr. Stilla, Fr. Arockiam and Fr. Berchmans.  Assisting at the Mass were Deacon Michael McBride and Deacon Joey Terhljan.  The Father Baxter Assembly provided the Honour Guard and the Grand Knights of all the six Councils read the names of the deceased Knights.  Sir Knights Bill Vass and Larry Pankuch lit the memorial Candles as the names were read.







     Father Baxter Assembly: 2024 Winter Newsletter






December 29, 2023


Fort William Council 1447 of the Knights of Columbus donated $ 5,000. to our St. Pats Hat Roof Fund. Here, presenting the cheque to Deacon Derek West, Chair of the Roof Replacement Committee and Msgr. Pat Stilla, is Council 1447 Grand Knight, Mike Spivak.  The funds were raised at the ‘Superior Shores Gaming’ Bingos held recently.  A huge thanks to all who recently volunteered their time to work at the various Bingos and thanks to Josie Spivak for taking this photo.


December 2023
The Knights helping with Hogarth Riverview Manor Bingo


The Knights of Columbus hold a monthly bingo at Hogarth Riverview Manor for the residents. In December, Councils 1447 and 8602 also have a Christmas singalong after the bingo. During the singalong, that “Knight” from the North,  Santa George arrived at Hogarth and presented all the residents with a gift. A big thanks goes to David Gibbs for providing the music.



December 13, 2023
The Knights helping at Christmas Cheer




December 10, 2023
A Chalice from the Knights to Honour Fr. Doug


During the 10:30 am Mass the Sir Knights of the Fr. Baxter Assembly gifted Fr. Doug McClure with a beautiful Chalice.
Front (l to r): Sir Knight Bill Vass, Faithful Navigator of the Assembly, Fr. Doug and Sir Knight Larry Pankuch, Captain of the Guard.
Back row (l to r): Deacon Derek West, Sir Knight, Joe Salini, Sir Knight, Mike SpivakGrand Knight of K.C. Council 1447, Sir Knight, Brian Smith and Msgr. Pat Stilla.




December 8, 2023
“Keep Christ in Christmas”

We thank the Knights of Columbus for their annual reminder campaign to “Keep Christ in Christmas”.  Installing the sign on our Parish Grounds are (l to r), Fort William Council 1447 Grand Knight, Mike Spivak, Deacon Derek West and Fr Baxter Assembly Faithful Navigator, Sir Knight Bill Vass.


An very large number of Knights of Columbus of all four degrees joined more than 200 parishioners of the Cathedral and of other City  Parishes to bid a last farewell to Sir Knight Wayne at his Funeral Mass celebrated in the Cathedral on February 23rd.  It was clearly a visible sign of the respect and affection that all of us have for this Catholic gentleman and good friend to so many!

The Mass for Sir Knight Wayne Murphy from Council 1447 will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 9:00 am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 

The Mass for Sir Knight Wayne Murphy from Father Baxter Assembly will be celebrated on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 9:00 am, again at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 



A Myriad of Colours of Splendour

Many thanks to brother Knight, Sean, for highlighting the colourful beauty of our Cathedral on a sunny afternoon.


2022 Columbus Centre Newsletter



A very timely article sent to us by Bishop Fred Henry on:  January 28, 2022 …


Massive Crime or Massive Fraud?
by Tom Flanagan and Brian Giesbrecht

Did church leaders, the federal government, and the RCMP really conspire to keep 50 deaths hidden by destroying the documentary proof, and to prevent any investigation from happening?
The only way to know if graves actually exist is by excavation.
GIVEN THE RECENT announcement of unmarked graves at Williams Lake, B.C. it is imperative that the RCMP step in and secure the potential crime scene and conduct a thorough investigation that includes excavation.  Canada is either a country that has committed unspeakable crimes, or a gigantic fraud is being perpetrated. The country is suffering, and has a right to know.
The basic claim is this: Possible gravesites have been found at Williams Lake about two kilometres from the former site of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School. The only way to determine if graves actually exist is by excavation.
Williams Lake First Nations Chief Willie Sellars made the emotional announcement on January 25, 2020. He alleged that murder, rape and other heinous crimes — including priests throwing babies into incinerators — were committed at the school, and that the graves contain the bodies of the child homicide victims. But the allegations get even worse. It is alleged that church leaders, the federal government, and the RCMP conspired to keep the deaths hidden by destroying documents that proved the deaths, and prevented any investigation from happening.
The allegations could not be more serious. RCMP procedure is quite clear when a death and secret burial is alleged. They immediately secure the area and begin their investigation. Excavation is the obvious step that must be taken to determine if there are any graves that cannot be explained. If there are, then exhumation and forensic examination must be considered. If no suspicious graves are found, the investigation ends.  The first step is obviously for the RCMP to immediately become involved and secure the area
THE OTHER THING that must be done immediately is to release to the public Whitney Spears’ report. Other anthropologists must be able to examine the report. There is, quite simply, no reason why the report should not be released. Shocking allegations have been made, and the public deserves to see the evidence.
If there were 50 children who were somehow murdered or otherwise “disappeared” at the school, one would expect there to be 50 sets of frantic parents who would have made police reports, and complained in public that their children had gone missing. But we have searched news archives and other sources and found no such missing persons reports, or anything at all to indicate that 50 children disappeared.
The allegations at Williams Lake, if proven, will be the single biggest crime that has ever been committed in Canada. If the allegations are shown to be false, with no crimes committed, this will be the biggest wild goose chase in the country’s history.
A precedent must be set here. Crimes alleged to have been committed on Canadian soil must be investigated in the proper way by the proper authorities. The allegation is murder and mayhem. The principles of justice demand that the potential crime scene be secured, not left in the control of those alleging the crime.
SCEPTICISM IS FURTHER warranted because allegations of priests and nuns killing babies in horrible ways have a long history in North America.  The most famous example is The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk, which caused a sensation when published in 1836. Maria, a young woman from Montreal, claimed that she had lived in a convent where nuns were forced to have sex with priests and the resulting babies were strangled and thrown into a lime pit.
Maria’s book was widely read, but it was soon shown to be a hoax because basic facts in her story didn’t add up.  Nonetheless, such charges against Catholic nuns and priests have circulated ever since in the netherworld of public consciousness.  They are reminiscent of the blood libel, according to which Jewish elders kidnap and kill Christian babies.  The blood libel still feeds anti-Semitism in some parts of the world.
The immediate source of these anti-Catholic stories given currency in Kamloops and now in Williams Lake is unclear.  A book by former United Church minister Kevin Annett, Murder by Decree: The Crime of Genocide in Canada, may have something to do with it; Annett is known to have had contacts with First Nations people in Kamloops.
But knowing the immediate source of the stories is less important than understanding that they are ancient, vicious libels with a high potential for causing violence, as in the torching or vandalizing of 68 churches in Canada last summer.  These libels are so dangerous that reasonable people ought to demand some tangible proof before repeating them, as our mass media are unfortunately doing.

Tom Flanagan is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Brian Giesbrecht is a retired judge of the Manitoba Provincial Court.

This column is exclusive to THE DORCHESTER REVIEW.



“Jumping to conclusions without the facts in the Indigenous Residential School Question” … Report by Dr. Scott Hamilton, Anthropologist at Lakehead University: June 21 2021