2013 Soccer Challenge



Goal! Boys and girls age 10-14 can prove their soccer skills in our fast, fun penalty-kick competition. As in previous years, we are partnering with Bloomington Athletic Association and Richfield Soccer to offer two convenient locations:

Sunday, August 25 (Click Here for Photos)
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Donaldson Park
W. 75th St. and Humboldt Ave. S., Richfield
Tuesday, September 3
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave. S., Bloomington
Wednesday, September 4
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave. S., Bloomington

Download and print the participant form, (Download Spanish version) get your parent’s signature, and bring it to the competition. You do not have to register with BAA, RSA or any soccer club to compete. It’s fast, free, and fun… can you outscore your friends?

Details: The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic of soccer skills – the penalty kick. Each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line. The goal is divided into five scoring zones. The upper corners are 20 points, the lower corners 10, and the center is 5 points.


Eligibility: Boys and girls who are between the ages of 10 and 14 on September 1, 2013. The Soccer Challenge is offered in multiple locations, but each participant may only compete once. A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required.

Preparation: Participants may wear cleats or street shoes, and may take three practice kicks. A competition soccer ball is provided.

Judging: By members of the Bloomington Knights of Columbus. Judges’ decisions are final.

Winners: Each participant receives a personalized certificate. The top-scoring boy and girl of each age (10, 11, 12, 13, 14) receive a limited-edition soccer ball and advance to district playoffs 9 am – noon September 14 at Gene Kelly Playfield (104th & Nicollet). State finals are September 28 in Coon Rapids; champions receive a trophy and are published in Columbia magazine.


Marian Council makes worldwide impact

Bloomington, MN – The Marian Council 3827 of Bloomington, MN organized an event called “Networking for a Cause”, where a group of people got together to go and help feed the hungry at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) who are a non-profit Christian based organization headquartered in Coon Rapids, MN. FMSC are dedicated to feeding God’s children in 70 countries around the world. During the evening the 51 brother knights and their families, were able to pack 7,992 meals, into 37 boxes, and feed 22 kids in Kenya for an entire year. All this was done with the hands, feet, and love of the 51 people that showed up to hand pack and box meals specifically made for the under nourished children of Kenya. Marian Council 3827 program chair Jason Touw said “We based the idea of the event around the fact that one of our main pillars of the Knights of Columbus is charity, what better way to give than feed the hungry of our world, just like Jesus did with the loaves and fishes in the bible.” The event was done in two parts, part one 17 of the attendees joined each other at the Knights of Columbus hall in Bloomington for an all you can eat fish fry and fellowship. Part two everyone re-assembled at Feed My Starving Children to help feed the hungry children. “We plan to host this event on a regular basis perhaps once every other month to start, but eventually, I would like to see us hosting it on a more regular basis” Touw stated.

The Marian Council 3827 also has listed on their calendar their next visit to Feed My Starving Children on Friday September 20th, 2013. If you are interested in learning more about the Marian Council or the Knights of Columbus please visit www.kofcbloomington.com.

Below are a few photos taken during the event on Friday July 19th, 2013.

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Bloomington Knights to host Volunteer / Networking Event

Bloomington, MN – The Knights of Columbus Marian Council announced today a two-part event dubbed “Networking for a Cause” on Friday, July 19. Families are invited to dinner at Marian Hall (1114 W. American Blvd., Bloomington) at 5pm for a fish fry. At 7:40pm, they will reassemble at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Chanhassen to pack food for the hungry.

The activities are social and intended to connect newer Knights, their families, and the community. All are welcome, though the minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5. To register click here or contact Marian Council Program Chair Jason A. Touw with any questions. Once you sign up if you plan to eat at the hall please let me know. I will then ensure that the hall is aware of how many are coming but can only do so if you let me know.

Never heard of Feed My Starving Children? They are a Christian non-profit organization that has been around for 26 years with six locations in Minnesota, Illinois, and Arizona. They appealed for volunteers June 29 on Kare 11 Saturday. Watch a short video:


Feed My Starving Children Location;

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New Officers Installed

June 25, 2013 – Bloomington, MN. The Marian Council 3827 hosted the installation of officers ceremony this evening for their council, the ladies auxiliary and a few local councils. During this special ceremony the council welcomed one of the youngest members ever to be elected as a Grand Knight.

Below are a few photos taken at the event by our Brother Knight Jason A. Touw. If you wish to download a picture simply click on the thumbnail and then right mouse click and save image as. 

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Corpus Christi 2013

June 2, 2013 – The Bloomington Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3827 participated in a Corpus Christi procession at St Bonaventure following the 10am mass. This procession went through the grounds of the parish and completed with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. In addition, to this procession there was also a Multilingual procession hosted by the Archdiocese of St Paul Minneapolis which took the faithful through the streets of St Paul.

The Corpus Christi procession in St Paul begun at the bottom of Cathedral Hill at the Little Sister of the Poor and continued for about 1 mile along West 7th Street to the Cathedral. The procession included +/- 500 faithful Catholics signing traditional hymns in English, Spanish and Latin. The faithful gathered for this procession also said a complete Divine Mercy Chaplet prior to arriving at the Cathedral. Once inside the Cathedral, Bishop Piché processed the Eucharistic Lord to the Altar. The faithful now gathered inside the Cathedral participated in adoration and listened to a reading from the day’s Gospel Luke 9:11b-17 which talked about the feeding of 5,000. During his homily Bishop Piché said we made a difference in the lives of many people today whether they were smiling at us as the Eucharist and procession walked passed them or where mad with us for delaying their daily lives with closing of West 7th street, 35E exit ramps, Kellog Blvd, Summit Ave. and John Ireland Blvd. Piché also thanked the many present, as well as those that come as a tradition to the procession and challenged all present to please encourage all their family, friends and neighbors to come out next year and join the Corpus Christi Procession which will take place at the Basilica of St Mary.

Photos taken during the two Processions today

Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Marian Council Knights helping lead Corpus Christi Procession at St Bonaventure
Photo Credit: Jason A. Touw
Our brothers in St Paul standing guard at a stop along route to the Cathedral.
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Knights of Columbus lead St Paul Corpus Christi Procession
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt
Photo Credit: Nicole Casebolt