Holy Trinity

St. Peter

Mary Star of the Sea

Angels Gate Council 1740

102 Years of Service

o 870 West 8th Street

o San Pedro, CA 90731


o 310-832-4537


Membership Meetings 7:00 PM, First Tuesday each month (dinner may follow)
and Officers' Meetings 7:00 PM, third Tuesday each month

KofC Meeting Room located in basement, Mary Star School Auditorium, 870 W 8th St. San Pedro, CA 90731

December 1, 2016

Merry Christmas Brother Knights!

It is a truly Merry Christmas. As we prepare for the season of Advent, I would like to take this time to reflect what we as brothers have offered in the name of Jesus Christ, our New Born King.

In the past calendar year, led by our Sir Knight and Past Grand Knight, Danny Eslava (2015-2016), we were able to hold First Friday Rosaries at both Holy Trinity and Mary Star Parishes; along with our Fifth Sunday Rosaries at all 3 parishes including St. Peter's. We have been able to hold our Admission Degrees (Installments) for new members. Many of our brothers, then, took the steps to complete their Second, Third and Fourth Degrees within a year's time. What an accomplishment our brothers have taken on. Congratulations!

Angels Gate Council members worked very hard to produce successful Dinner fundraisers that supported Scholarship programs - our annual "The Hooley" held around St. Patrick's Day and our first annual "Noche de Fiesta" which was at the end of June. Both of these events help support our scholarship programs for the local students who attend San Pedro's Catholic Schools. We couldn't have been successful if it were not the help of the Daughters of Isabella, Columbian Squires, Squire Roses and the students from the confirmation classes.

Not to mention our brothers, squires and the roses spent their time volunteering in the 69th Annual Mary Star Fiesta. Everyone participated had a helping hand to supporting the Mary Star of the Sea Parish. Many of our volunteers cooked food, baked desserts, managed game/food booths, sold ride tickets, or ran the Bingo room, just to name a few examples. Whatever was needed a brother knight, a sister, a squire or a squire rose was there to support the fiesta.

As the Grand Knight for the 2016-2017 year, I am grateful for the members who are leading the way to support the parishes. I want to give a special thanks to all our members who organize competitions, essay contests, Pro-life Events, Family nights, summer camps, pancake breakfasts, sell coffee and donuts, organize and coordinate parish groups. I can't forget those who serve as a lecturer, a Eucharistic Minister, a musician, a singer, parish leader/advisor to the pastor, parents who help at the elementary or high schools, or those who serve the poor, tend the sick or give donations. All of these wonderful gifts our councils and their families give they give with their hearts filled with compassion and love. Thank you, Brothers!

Advent is truly beautiful when we appreciate the little gifts in life that we are given. In this time of social media and commercialization, let's try and focus what God has given us in return for the work we do for him. I challenge every brother to spend some quiet time to acknowledge and give thanks to God for all the blessings you are given. Peace to all!

- Mark Rollice, Your humble servant & Grand Knight (2016-2017)

Some of following events for this year are being highlighted:

  • Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest (December)
  • Intellectual Disabilities - Tootsie Roll Drive - (November/December)
  • Admission Degree Ceremony (December 10th, Saturday)
  • Past Grand Knights Recognition Dinner (January)
  • One Life Los Angeles Walk (January 21st, Saturday)
  • Youth Poster - Substance Abuse Poster Competition (January)
  • The Hooley (March)
  • Daughters of Isabella Dinner (April)
  • Noche de Fiesta (June)
  • 70th Annual Mary Star Fiesta (July)

MARY STAR HIGH SCHOOL: From the MS Sunday Bulletin January 5, 2014: "Many thanks go to the Knights of Columbus who have generously reduced the interest rate of the High School's eight million dollar loan."

ONE OF THE FIRST councils to be organized in Southern California in 1914, Angels Gate Council has been in continuous service to church and community ever since. During its long history the council has preserved the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, although more so at some times than others. Today our council is a thriving, vibrant one, with many activities for our members' participation in all three San Pedro parishes. In 2012 Columbian Squires Circle 824 under Council Sponsorship was reactivated (www.sites.google.com/site/circle874)

IT IS THE MISSION of this website to be a timely informational source for its members. It is kept up to date, and we solicit information from the membership.

COUNCIL BY-LAWS: The new by-laws were ratified by the Supreme Council in 2013 and may be read by CLICKING HERE. It takes a 2/3 vote to amend them subject to approval of the Supreme Council.

OUR GRAND KNIGHT for the Columbian Year 2016-2017 is Mark Rollice, who was born November 1, 1968 at Fort Riley Military Hospital in Junction City, Kansas. He attended St. Vincent's Elementary School and graduated from Daniel Murphy Catholic High School in 1986. He then attended the University of Portland, which is presided over by the Holy Cross Congregation in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1990 with a BA in Education. He returned to Los Angeles and attended CSUDH receiving his Masters Degree in Multicultural Education in 1995.

Mark has had the privilege to serve in the public school education system for over 25 years since graduating from Portland. He has worked in two public school districts and is currently working for the Lynwood Unified School District. He has had the opportunity to work for both the elementary and middle schools during his tenure in LUSD. He currently is in his second year as the Assistant Principal of Firebaugh HS.
Mark married Magally Alejandra Rodriguez Rollice on September 21, 1991 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hawthorne, California. He is the proud father of his only son, Martin Rollice (22). Martin attended and graduated from both Mary Star Elementary and High Schools and is currently attending UCI majoring in Public Health Policy.

Mark has been called to his vocation as a volunteer for the Catholic Church since high school with a variety of roles and responsibilities. For mass he has sung in choirs, read as a lector, and served as an usher. Mark has served as a leader for every parish he has been a member. He has coached for baseball and basketball teams; he has helped organized retreats and was a team leader for Life Nights. He currently sits on the Finance Committee and the Mary Star Fiesta Executive Committee. Mark is proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus since 2012 as a 4th Degree serving the San Pedro Community.

OUR DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT for the Columbian Year 2016-2017 is Eugene Wahl. He describes his entry into our council as follows: "Growing up in West Los Angeles, I attended St. Timothy's School and later attended Daniel Murphy High. The first time I can remember experiencing San Pedro was on a family outing to Ports O' Call when I was twelve years old and thought to myself, "This would be a nice place to live one day". Finally in 2003 I made the move. So here I am living the dream in San Pedro. I was attending Mary Star in 2008 when the then Pastor, John Provenza, began talking about the Knights of Columbus and all the good they did. At that time Angels Gate Council 1740 was overdue for a resurgence and upon joining in 2009 I was quickly appointed to be the council's financial secretary, a position I held until 2013. The Knights of Columbus has allowed me the opportunity to give back to the church and community, which is the reason I would recommend this fraternal organization to all Catholic men of faith."

OUR CHAPLAIN is Rev. Freddie Chua. Rev. Chua is in charge of the Catholic Maritime Ministry at Mary Star of the Sea Church.

You may read a detailed description of our council's history by clicking 1740 History and see a list of the past Grand Knights by clicking 1740 Past Grand Knights


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Last Updated 03/23/17