December 2012 Newsletter

Mother Teresa Council 12202


The 2012-2013 Executive Team

Fr. Andrzej Wasylinko
Grand Knight
Bernie Lutes
Deputy Grand Knight
Karl Schoenberger
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby
Clay Vernerey
Bert Niehaus
Gerry Glasser
Jack McLaughlin
Ben Allen
Trustee 1 year
Maurice Bouchard
Trustee 2 year
Juan Ferrigno
Trustee 3 year
Art Moeller
Inside Guard
Ron LaRose
Outside Guard
Bill Walker
Ben Loewen
Service Program Directors
Program Director
Karl Schoenberger
Church Director
Art Moeller
Community Director
Ben Allen
Council Director
Randy Piccini
Family Director
Joe Bukoswky
Youth Director
Angelo Sabaddin
Pro-Life Director
Will Stanton
Membership Director 1
Steve Malerby
Membership Director 2
Jack McLaughlin
Sick and Shut-in Director
Larry Drescher
Wheel Chair Project Director
Don Wenger
Field Agent
Blaine Anhel

Our Motto: In Service to one, In Service to all.


Calendar of Events

Next Executive Meeting - Monday December 10, 2012 - 7 pm

at OLOV Lower level

(Note this change is for December only)


December Fraternal Knight Lunch

2nd Thursday of the Month, December 13, 2012 - 12:00 to 1:30 pm at the Legion (behind Watkin Ford). Come join us!!!! this is NOT a business meeting, just Knights enjoying each other's company!


Advent Reconciliation Services

St James Tuesday - December 11 @ 7pm
St Joseph’s in Armstrong - December 13 @ 7pm


"Vision of Venerable Father Michael James McGivney"

Anyone who would like a copy of the above document can receive it by e-mailing the webmaster at: [email protected]


Have a Blessed Christmas!



Chaplain's Message

Dear Brother Knights,

I would like to begin my spiritual message by sharing a meditation written by one priest about the issue of proving God’s existence. He wrote: “When someone says, “Prove God to me and I will believe,” we ask, “What do you mean by proof? Do you mean logical proof? Is God a geometric theorem to be proved logically? Do you mean scientific proof? Is God a material substance we can place in a test tube and analyze? There are different kinds of proof for different things. As a scholar, author and Pastor, a certain George Buttrick said, “There is one kind of proof for potatoes, another for poems, another for persons, another for God.” The proof of God is to discover Him for yourself, not through logic or science, but by faith, by surrendering your life to Him, by prayer, by repentance, through the Bible, the Church and the Sacraments. These are the tools we use to discover God, who is Spirit and Truth. We use spiritual tools to discover spiritual truths. Faith in God is never irrational, never against reason; it is beyond reason; therefore beyond logic and beyond scientific demonstration. After all, if we could analyze God in a test tube and understand Him logically, He wouldn’t be God. We would be God. He would be less than we are. We would be greater.”

Dear friends, I saw this meditation as a very fitting summary for the Chaplains’ Seminar which I attended last month in Cache Creak. Thank you also for the opportunity to represent this great Council and for all the support in order to attend this very inspiring event. If I had to summarize in one sentence the message of the Seminar, it would be that we Knights of Columbus must manifest in our ministry God’s presence in our midst. We must prove to others that we are about God. As our main speaker, Fr. Grace pointed out, if God, faith, spirituality is absent in the life of the Knights of Columbus, we are just another charitable organization, and a club that does good work. However, in order to be sure that we are on the proper track, we have to go back to our roots. We have to always ask ourselves, “What was Fr. Michael McGivney’s purpose, the whole idea of Knights?” The answer is to support the local pastor and to grow in one’s faith. At the seminar, as far I could observe, in regards to the spiritual component, we are doing well at our monthly meetings in comparison with other Councils. However, the fulfillment of the State’s directives in themselves should not be our ultimate goal as Knights. Our constant growth in faith and relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ and its transforming grace in our life ought to be what we strive for.

Dear friends, this coming Thursday, we will have an opportunity to share our faith and the reality of God’s presence in our life by praying for our deceased Brother Knights at the Necrology Divine Liturgy. Let us plan to be part of this Spiritual Work of Mercy. Now we can continue to prepare for this special celebration by looking at the Divine Liturgy booklet and learning the Parts of the Divine Liturgy & prayer service for the deceased.

Fr. Andrzej Wasylinko

From the desk of the District Deputy

November 2012

Greetings, Brother Knights, Councils of District 11,

A new year is here us with Advent upon us. As I said last month, this is an exciting and magical time of the year. Yes, we are celebrating the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ, but I always feel that an added benefit of this season is that it brings families and friends closer. I always look forward to this season when we can enjoy quality time with those that are closest to us. I’m sure this is all part of God’s plan. This Christmas season have fun together, pray together, and build that wonderful relationship with God, family and friends.

From my Dianne and me, we wish you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and that all your prayers in this season of Advent are answered. If you are travelling this season, may all your travels be safe, and may our Lord bring you home in good health, (and with not too many extra pounds around the waistline.)

Remember to live, laugh and be happy, all while doing God’s work.

God Bless,

Dale Hofer

DD #11



Field Agent Knights of Columbus Insurance

Four parts of retirement: Phase four

Okay, if you’ve been following along in my articles, you’ve read about the first phases that lead to retirement. Protection and accumulation of savings are the first time, followed by de-accumulation of those funds while making them last.

The final phase is care. At some point, at some age (hopefully a very advanced age), you will need to slow down. You will no longer be able to care for yourself. At that point, you will need to have assets available to provide much needed care, either at home or in a care facility.

As you probably know, the cost of care continues to rise. I cannot quote you a number here (I could give you specific details in a face-to-face meeting), but the nationwide average grows by leaps and bounds. How do you plan to cover these costs? Government programs might not be available, or might require you to spend down your assets leaving your family with little.

The best way to handle the cost of care in the future is to plan ahead today. The Knights of Columbus offers long-term care insurance that can cover at home or facility care costs. And our product is backed by the financial strength of the Order. It has many benefits and our premiums are competitive with any other company.

The Knights of Columbus – the organization you trust – is in a position to help you with every phase. Life insurance, disability insurance, guaranteed retirement plans that turn into guaranteed income streams when you retire, and long term care. There is no reason to go elsewhere as you prepare for the four phases!

Contact me today to schedule a meeting.


Blaine Anhel, FIC
Field Agent, Knights of Columbus Insurance
Cell: 250.804.8100

2012 Doll House Raffle

If you have your tickets ready to turn in, please bring them (along with the money) to Mass on Sunday or get them to Steve Malerby or Gerry Glasser as soon as possible. We will be contacting all brothers whose tickets have not been returned by December 10th. Having your tickets returned by the 10th will make that task just that much easier.


Here are a couple of interesting links (for those who have internet access!


It's called Christmas:

Say Merry Christmas:




December Birthdays
Hank Bronswyk 2
Bruce Carey 4
Ryszard Hanaczewski 5
Blaise Mac Neil 12
Angelo Sabbadin 15
Gordon Adams 29
Brandt Robbenhaar 29
Steven  Stenhouse 31

January Birthdays

Donald Wenger
Ignacy Pielecki
Anton Schneider
John Piovesan
Vincent Edwards
Frank Firth
Benjamin Loewen
Stanley Kopp
Mark Foster















The Funny Bone


I don't care who you are, this is funny!

There were four CHURCHES in a small town:

The Presbyterian Church,
The Baptist Church,
The Methodist Church,
The Catholic Church

Each church was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, the PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn't interfere with God's divine will.

In the BAPTIST CHURCH the squirrels had taken up habitation in the Baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the Baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week.

The METHODIST CHURCH got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God's creation. So, they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

The CATHOLIC CHURCH came up with most effective solution. They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church.
Now they only see them on Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter.


Do you have an appropriate joke for this newsletter? Send it to the Gerry Glasser!