April 2009 Mother Tersea Council 12202

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
John Johnston 275-0745
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Bernie Lutes 545-9564
Mike Abraniuk 545-1565
Myles Bukowsky 550-5795
Trustee 1 year
Clay Vernerey 545-0616
Trustee 2 year
Roy Wylie 558-4838
Trustee 3 year
Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Inside Guard
Ed Sylvestre 503-7623
Outside Guard
Richard Landry 275-0818
Clair Methot 542-2051
Fr. Andrij Wasyinko 549-1327

Calendar of Events

Executive Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7pm
General Meeting - 4th Tuesday of the Month, 7pm

Next General Meeting - May 26th - Columbus Court

Sacred Heart Yard Sale - May 9th - Lumby

First OLOV BBQ - May 10th

Ladies Appreciation Night - May 22nd - Parish Center

Major Degree - May 23rd - Salmon Arm

Sacred Heart Work Bee - May 30th - Lumby

St. Josaphat BBQ and Council Anniversary - June 7th

Children's Festival - June 14th - OLOV

Installation of Officers - June 19th 5pm - OLOV

Program Director John Johnston 275-0745
Church Director Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Community Director Gord Adams 260-1139
Council Director Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Family Director Maurice Bouchard 549-2310
Youth Director Richard Landry 275-0818
Membership Director Dale Hofer 938-3253
Recruitment Steve Malerby 542-9579
Recruitment Mike Abraniuk 545-1565
Health Director Larry Drescher 545-0081
BBQ Director Myles Bukowsky 550-5795

Grand Knight's Report

Grand Knights Message from the April 28th, 2009 General Meeting

Brother Knights,

What a month!!! I trust everyone had a very blessed and happy Easter. Lots of things went on or were planned this last month. There were two highlights. The first one on was on April 6th when Brother Steve and I sat down with the Brothers and Father Richard in Lumby. We created a Round Table with Ben Loewen volunteering to be the coordinator; thank you Ben. The meeting could not have gone better. There were 7 of us there and everyone contributed to the good of the evening. Many ideas were tossed around on how we can better help Father Richard and Sacred Heart.

The second highlight happened this past weekend in Vancouver at the Knights of Columbus Convention. Attending this re-affirmed to me why I became a Knight. It is great to be with other Grand Knights in the State as well as meet our State executive. What was even more exiting was bringing home some fabulous hardware. We won two awards. The first was the “Most Meritous Council” This is determined by timely submission of all reports, participation in activities, program submissions, quarterlies, recruitment, insurance, bulletins, and demonstration of catholicity. This is a huge honour. We also came in second place to the Most Active Council award.

The second award was the Church Program Service Award. More specifically our entry for “Keep Christ in Christmas” I would like to personally thank Brother Mike Abraniuk for first all discovering the Magnet, and then secondly for his passion in driving a superb marketing effort to “get the word out” across Canada. This is certainly the start of something big. Also with chatting with our State Program Director, he feels it has a real shot in winning the international event. I will have more details on the convention and what was discussed in Lumby in our Newsletter Bulletin.

Just as an update, there is a major degree on Saturday May 9th in Kelowna and Saturday May 23rd in Salmon Arm. If you are currently are a 1st degree, please mark this date on your calendar. I have heard back from a lot of you but there is still a few of 1st Degree Knights I have not heard from. If you are here tonight, let’s discuss it.

We have a busy May coming up with many activities which you’ll hear about later. Your help in helping to organize any of these will help to make them a huge success.

Thank you for your time. Until next month, live, laugh and be happy, all while doing God’s work.

Dale Hofer GK 12202

District Deputies Report:

District Deputy's Report
Brother Knights, we are having elections this month. This is your chance to let your name stand for election to a position on the council executive. It is said that the cream always rises to the top and it is a very rewarding feeling to work your way up to the position of Grand Knight over a period of years. The Grand Knight needs and deserves all the support he can get from the Council in order to coordinate all the programs necessary to be an effective Council. Be the best you can be.
Bruce Lines
DD # 11


Notice of Motion to Spend $1000

"Request committee to spend $1000 to State on Dan O'Hara's behalf regarding Keep Christ in Christmas Magnets."

Background: Dan O'Hara is Immediate Past State Deputy and assisted council 12202 a great deal in getting a good kick start to our marketing campaign.

Policy dictates we need to give 30 days notice to spend more than $500. This motion will be discussed and voted upon at the June 23rd general meeting.


Sacred Heart Yard Sale

Sacred Heart Lumby are having a yard sale fund raiser this Saturday the 9th from 10 am to 2pm. If you have any items for the sale, please let either Ron Gatzke @ 547-6022 in Lumby or Dale Hofer @ 938-3253 in Vernon know and they will be happy to pick them up from you. Please support this worthy cause. There will also be a BBQ to help raise more money. Please plan on attending.


Sacred Heart Work Bee

On Saturday May 30th, Sacred Heart Lumby is having a work bee. Various projects are on the list to be completed. The funds for this will be derived from the Yard Sale mentioned above. If you can help even in a small way, please let either Ben Loewen @250-542-4342 or Dale Hofer @938-3253 know. There will be a BBQ along with other food to feed the Work Bee party. Thank You.

Chaplain's Message

April, 2009 Christ is Risen! Truly is Risen!

Dear Brother Knights,

I hope you all had a joyful and healthy celebration of this glorious feast of Pascha – Christ’s Resurrection. Through the paschal mystery, Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, we received the greatest gift - eternal life. This is the Good News, news that should never leave our hearts and should be shared with others. But it is first and foremost very joyful news and the words from the Easter homily of St. John Chrystostom express it well: “If any be a devout lover of God, let him partake with gladness from this fair and radiant feast. If any be a faithful servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy his reward… You who have fasted and you who have not fasted, rejoice today. The table is fully laden: let all enjoy it… let no one lament his poverty; for the universal Kingdom is revealed. Let none bewail his transgressions; for the light of forgiveness has risen from the tomb. Let none fear death; for the death of the Savior has set us free. He has destroyed death by undergoing death. He has despoiled hell by descending into hell… Christ is risen and the demons are fallen.”

Yes, the news of Christ’s resurrection is the joyful reality. However, I would like to talk about another joyful reality that is connected with the ministry of the Brother Knights – that being your support for the youth. Again, my thanks for your willingness to help host our Eparchial youth next month, but your ministry goes beyond that. To help our young people to learn about Christ, or see Christ in this world is such a crucial thing. It is not only about the future of the structural Church. It is about the salvation of so many souls. For those who read Maclean’s magazine, you may have noticed that recently there have been a few articles pertaining to youth. One of these write-ups dealt with youth and their beliefs. In this article the sad story was revealed that Islam and atheism are on the rise while Christianity fades. Just to give a few numbers: in 1984 50% of Canadian youth identified themselves as Roman Catholic, while in 2008 it was 32%. In comparison, youth professing other faiths (Islam, Buddhism, Hindus, etc.) 3% in 1984, as compared to 16% last year. However, what is really challenging is the number of young people who said that they have no faith at all. This figure jumped from 12% in 1984 to 32% in 2008. As the author of the article concludes: “It is a huge shift, and it may be a worrying one. While it’s true that today’s teens seem to be more responsible and mature than previous generations, the survey still finds that teens who belong to an organized religion – including Christianity, Islam and other faiths – tend to put high values on trust, honesty and concern for others. Religion has long been a ‘source of stability’, he says, not to mention a moral compass of sorts. For instance, 95% of young people who ‘definitely’ believe in God or a higher power also think this entity ‘expects us to be good to each other’, while only 3% of atheists agree. Then the article ends with a final comment: “As the percentage of religious teens falls, Bibby [the University of Lethbridge sociologist who headed the mentioned Project Teen] wonders just how that will affect our ethics and behavior. “We may well find Canadian society doesn’t need to believe in God to hold onto our values. But right now, it appears to be a source, he says. “The question is, do we have any functional alternatives in place?”

Dear brothers Knights, although this article ends with a rhetorical question, we have a definite answer to it. This answer comes from our Savior who said in John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Dear friends, let us continue our tireless work and support for our people. May God bless us all in our efforts to bring as many of them as possible to the truth that Christ is Risen and that He is our Savior whom we must follow on our earthly journey.

And the final note: a message about the annual remembrance of the Victims of Abortion that will take place in Vernon on Thursday, May 14 at noon. The location is: Cenotaph downtown Vernon, between 30th & 31st Street. Please, plan to attend and support this very special celebration.

May God bless you all and may you continue to joyfully celebrate this Easter season.

Father Andrij.


Anchors Away!

Attention All Recruiters! We’re already well on our way to a record number of new members invited in to Knights of Columbus Council 12202 for the 2008-09 Fraternal Year. As an added bonus to make this year one for the record books, should Council 12202 reach a Net Gain of 20 new members for the 2008-09 Fraternal Year, each new member and their proposer will have their name entered into a draw for an Alaskan Cruise for 2.

We all know that every Catholic man should be afforded the opportunity to join our ranks. With a little effort, this trip could be yours. Happy Recruiting!

Contest Eligibility Requirements

  • New members must receive first degree during 2008-09 Fraternal Year.
  • Membership must be in good standing July 1, 2009 to qualify  (Registered at Supreme)
  • New members and proposers will receive one entry to draw. Proposers with multiple proposed candidates will receive a 50% entry credit for each proposal beyond the first candidate.
  • A new member who also proposes another new member this fraternal year will receive two full entries to the draw.
  • Transfers and re-admissions of less than 2 years are ineligible for the total of 20 members needed.

Contest Generously furnished by:

Amery Schultz,FIC Knights of Columbus Fraternal Advisor

1-866-375-5632  or  [email protected]

Council 12202 brings home Awards from State Convention

On the weekend of April 24-26th, Our Grand Knight Dale Hofer and his family attended the State Convention in Surrey. On the first evening, during the Opening Ceremonies, various awards were given out, two of which were presented to our council. The first one, top picture was for the "Most Meritous Council". As stated in the Grand Knight report, this is determined by timely submission of all reports, participation in activities, program submissions, quarterlies, recruitment, insurance, bulletins, and demonstration of catholicity. This is a huge honour. Presenting the award to our Grand Knight is the State Deputy Dan O'Hara whom is dressed as if he was part of the Arabian Knights. (It was theme night)

The second award shown in the bottom picture was for the Church Program Service Award. More specifically our entry for “Keep Christ in Christmas” I would like to personally thank Brother Mike Abraniuk for first all discovering the Magnet, and then secondly for his passion in driving a superb marketing effort to “get the word out” across Canada. This award is presented to the council whom best demonstrates an all around best "Church" oriented project. In this case we have a silent evangelization of Keeping Christ in Christmas with a magnet stuck to the back of a vehicle. This again is a huge honour.


Sunday Night Bingo

Brothers, as you know, we supply one Knight every Sunday night to support our Bingo initiative. As of recently, I am receiving many calls that either one of you is either late or has not shown up. This is an important fund raiser for us. Please be there promptly at 6pm. If for some reason you can not make it, please call your our Bingo Director Ed Sylvestre @ 275-4929. Thank You.

Dale Hofer

More Email Addresses out there!!

To send out this newsletter via Canada Post costs time and money. If you have an email address and are receiving this newsletter via Canada Post, and wouldn't mind receiving it electronically, please let Dale Hofer know what your email address is.

Calling all 1st Degree Knights!!

On May 23rd, Salmon Arm Council is hosting a Major (2nd/3rd) Degree. This opportunity does not come along often. As a matter of fact, it will only come once this year to our district and that is on May 23rd. Please take advantage of it.

Why would you like to persue your 2nd and 3rd Degree????

Continuing Process of Spirtual Growth

Learning Process - Learning the values of the Knights of Columbus

Achieve a more Fulfilling Feeling

Get more value from the Brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus

The Schedule is as follows:

12:00 to 1:00pm: Registration 1:00 to 4:00pm: Major Degree

4:30 to 5:30pm: Mass 5:30 to 7:30pm: Cocktails and Dinner

Ladies Program from 1-4pm at no cost to the ladies.

This degree is put on for the benefit of the candidates and their families. To emphasize the special significance of the event, all candidates and their families are ENCOURAGED to attend the Mass and Dinner.


Insurance Requirements

Brothers, we have had a fabulous fraternal year so far. We have qualified for Double Star award in everything but insurance. If you are a new knight or even a veteran knight that has never had KofC insurance before, now is the time to enroll. You can do as little as $100 for RSP, RIF or TFSA. Please call Amery Schultz our Insurance Agent @ 1-866-375-5632 ASAP to make this happen. Time is running out to get these registered for this fraternal year.




Ladies Appreciation Night


Brothers, On Friday May 22nd, we are holding a Ladies Appreciation Night in the Parish Center. If you haven't already, you will be receiving a personal invitation in the mail. Brothers Richard Landry and Maurice Bouchard have been busily making preparations for this most worthwhile event. As it states on the invitation, please RSVP to this event. We want to get as many of our knights out as possible. Also, this is not just a "couples thing" either. All single knights are welcome as well. We will be celebrating our ladies in general.

Ladies.... If you are reading this and your husband (knight) does not want to attend, please feel free to attend without him. (I'm working on the guilt complex). If you need a ride, please let Dale Hofer know @938-3253.

This event will surround a very elegant dinner. For smaller children who require baby sitting, one of the classrooms will be reserved to allow the ladies to be completely "spoiled" without distractions of little ones. Baby sitting service will be provided.

If any of you knights can help out in any way that evening, please let Richard @ (778)475-0818 or Maurice @250-549-2310 know.

Thank you in advance for attendance to this event. More details will be in your invitation.