Three of the four parishes in a cluster of area Roman Catholic churches, St. Joseph, Barron, St. Peter, Cameron and St. Boniface, Chetek, are merging their Knights of Columbus councils into a single organization.

At the same time, the combined group has announced it will host monthly pancake breakfasts on the third Sunday of each month at St. Peter’s, Cameron.

The merger was announced last week by Jim Jorgensen, treasurer of the Chetek council.

“Our Council is in the process of merging with the Barron/Cameron Council,” Jorgensen wrote in an email to area newspapers.

“The merged councils will be headquartered out of St. Peter’s in Cameron and most of our activities will be held there,” he added.

The monthly pancake breakfasts will begin Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, and will continue on each third Sunday of the month through April 2020, barring any holidays that may fall on the same weekend, Jorgensen said.

“Generally we host this as a benefit for someone within the communities that we serve whose needs have been called to our attention, regardless of their faith affiliation,” he added.

The last time there was a K of C breakfast, the proceeds were donated to the Smith Family, who is taking care of Jayme Closs, he added. The Smiths are members of the parish cluster, Jorgensen said.

“We do sometimes need to use the money to fund our council activities, however most of the time it benefits a community member,” he said. “Generally we are able to give the recipient a check for $400-$500.”