February 2011 Mother Teresa Council 12202

Fr. Andrij Wasylinko 549-1327

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
Will Stanton 545-0515
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Ben Loewen 542-4342
Clair Methot 542-2051
Myles Bukowsky 550-5795
Trustee 1 year
Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Trustee 2 year
Ron Gatzke 547-6022
Trustee 3 year
Juan Ferrigno 545-2065
Inside Guard
Anton Schnieder 549-1789
Outside Guard
Ben Allen 550-6111
Dave Sorokovsky 545-3352

Field Agent
Blaine Anhel 1-877-532-5632

Website is www.kofc12202.ca

Calendar of Events

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

Mass for the Unborn - March 25th, 2011

Ladies Appreciation - May 6th, 2011

Major Degree - June 11th, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt - May 1st, 2011

Pro-Life Living Rosary - May 15th, 2011

Installation of Officers - June 5th, 2011

Children's Festival - June 12th, 2011

Program Director Will Stanton 250-545-0515
Church Director Juan Ferrigno 250-545-2065
Community Director Gerry Glasser 250-545-0577
Council Director Bernie Lutes 250-545-9564
Family Director Joe Bukoswky 250-545-8110
Youth Director Dale Hofer 250-938-3253
Pro-Life Director Clayton Bzdel 250-503-3069
Membership Director Steve Malerby 250-542-9579
Recruitment Jack McLaughlin 250-260-1933
Recruitment Dale Hofer 250-938-3253
Charity Appeal Chair Gerry Glasser 250-545-0577
BBQ Director Myles Bukowsky 250-550-5795
Bingo Director Gerry Goudge 250-545-8986


Grand Knight's Report

Grand Knight Message from the February 22nd, 2011 Meeting

Welcome Brothers,

            This month as I did the last two months, I would like to quote a section from "The Rediscovering Catholicism" book. This is taken from the chapter, "Leadership".

            I quote:.."I submit to you that leaders will never be more or less than their soldiers' evaluation of them. This is the true efficiency report. From most of your troops you can expect courage to match your courage, guts to match your guts, endurance to match your endurance, motivation to match your motivation, esprit to match your esprit, a desire for achievement to match your achievement. You can expect a love of God, a love of country, and a love of duty to match your own. They won't mind the heat, if you sweat with them, and they won't mind the cold if you shiver with them.

            You see, you don't accept the troops; they were first. They accept you. And when they do, you'll know. They won't beat drums, wave flags, or carry you off the drill field on their shoulders, but you'll know. You see your orders will appoint you to command. No orders, no letters, no insignia of rank can appoint you as a leader. Leadership is an intangible thing. Leadership is developed within yourselves; and you'll get stronger as you go....

            ...At different times, we are called to be leaders. Some as mothers and fathers, others as CEOs and presidents, and others yet, as priests and bishops. Whatever form of leadership we are called to, let us exercise it with one thing in mind. People don't fail because they want to fail. People fail because they don't know how to succeed.".........End Quote.

            Leadership, that is what we are looking for, for the next term. I said this last month, I know we are all busy, but as GK, you decide how active a council you want. We've had a busy few years, and maybe it's time for this council to "cool its jets" a bit until a new executive gets their feet wet and begin to feel confident and comfortable to blast forward again. This would be up to the new Grand Knight and executive. 

            What we are looking for immediately is a DGK, who would then ultimately take over the GK position in July. This person would be the ideal candidate to join me in Surrey for the convention at the end of April. Please give this some consideration.

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

Dale Hofer, Grand Knight 12202

District Deputies Report:

From the Desk of your District Deputy,

My Brother Knights,

From time to time, we all look back and say:  “What have I done?”    I know I do….Can you answer that you have given of your time in a productive manner?  Have you helped that individual that is less fortunate than you?  Have you visited the widow of an old friend or helped a group of young people?  Did you respond to the call from your Pastor? Have you given of yourself to your Council?  What is our Worthy DD talking about you are asking yourself…well I am just referring to our mandate as Brothers.  Are we doing our job within our community, in our parish?  Very soon, we will be submitting reports to our State Executive for the annual convention.  This year is especially exciting because we are celebrating the 100th year of Columbianism within the BC/Yukon jurisdiction and we here in District 11 are going to be fortunate enough to celebrate those 100 years, right in our own back yard.

June 11, 2010 , District 11 will be hosting a Major Degree in Vernon.  This is a very special time for our Brother Knights of the First Degree, as they will be fortunate to experience the Second and Third Degree at home, with their Brother Knights close at hand to support them.  Following the Degree exemplifications, which will be in honour of Bishop David Monroe, we will be hosting a banquet to celebrate not only the Major Degree but also 100 years of service by the Knights of Columbus in our province. A time when we can answer those questions that we ask ourselves!

I am asking that you mark the date on your calendar, not only to come out and support our Brothers but also to come out and celebrate.  We do our “good works” quietly and often without fanfare…so take out that calendar and write in June 11th for a Knight of Celebration.

March is also our membership blitz month.  This is a perfect time to invite other Catholic men to join you as a Brother and become a member.  Bro. David Elrick has done a very good job as Membership Director and I urge you to support him when he calls upon you for assistance for the next blitz.

I look forward to working with you all to promote our Fraternal Order and especially as we answer the call of our Pastors to do springtime work in our parishes….


Michael Gernat, DD#11


Chaplain's Report

+Glory be to Jesus Christ!                                           February, 22nd, 2011.

Dear Brother Knights,

Ten days ago, on Saturday, February 12th we had an opportunity to get together and to acknowledge one special saint, St. Valentine, at our Valentine Party. If we think about St. Valentine, to our mind comes relationship and love. These two things are so crucial to humanity’s journey with God. However, a day before that, our Church celebrated another component of God’s relationship with us – His healing ministry. On Friday, February 11th we had the 19th World Day of the Sick. In his message for this occasion, our Pontiff reminded us how crucial for one’s salvation is the way we treat the sick and the vulnerable. He said "the true measure of humanity is essentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer. This holds true both for the individual and for society. A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardly through 'com-passion' is a cruel and inhuman society".

Tonight I would like to return to my previous topic of sharing about palliative care ministry. This time I will address the very difficult topic of the process of dying. There is a theory which proposes stages through which a person passes through from the time of learning that his or her sickness is incurable, to the time of passing away. These stages need to be understood not as a clear progressive journey, but something more as a theory which provides a framework for understanding a set of events.


The individual, on being told or gradually realizing that they are terminally ill, cries out against fate. “Not me, it can’t be true!” There may be a search for another diagnosis, explanation, other doctors and tests. Families may do the same thing. It is important to realize that the denial is a buffer against the truth until people are ready to deal with it. The ability to deny can be sustained in the face of very strong evidence, but often the denial ebbs and flows depending on what is happening. A new treatment or apparent lessening of symptoms may strengthen denial.


When the denial can no longer be sustained the emotions become anger, rage, envy and resentment. “Why me?’’ Those who are well, (the rest of the world) are bitterly resented. Complaints about everything and everyone are not uncommon. The dying person is not easy to be with at this point. There may be blaming of others and self for supposed inadequacies that have led to the illness. This is a time when there is great risk that people who can be supportive will be driven away.


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When the anger subsides or cannot be sustained, the dying person may move into a period where they negotiate for time. “Just let me be pain free for tonight”, “let me live long enough to get past Christmas, see my first child/grandchild born, my daughter married.’’ Sometimes the individual promises something in return, a good deed, a donation, very good behaviour. The dying person is trying to regain control, negotiate extra time. This is a relatively short period. Sometimes the bargain runs out and another is attempted. Often the bargains are between God and the dying person. They may or may not be revealed to others.


When denial cannot be sustained, anger burns out and bargains do not work, the dying person falls into a situational depression where they begin to truly accept the losses that will come with dying and mourn them. The dying person is grieving the loss of the unfulfilled future.


If the dying person has been granted enough time and support to work through, (or back and forth in the other stages), the final stage of quiet acceptance will be reached. The individual is no longer angry, resentful, or depressed, they are expectant. He has found peace and his interest in events and those around him is almost non-existent. He does not want visitors or to talk. Often all that is required is a silent companion.                   

 Dear Brother Knights, to visit the sick is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy. When we come to those who are suffering, we did not come just as an individual, we come as Christ’s bearer. Let us never be afraid to be involved in that very special ministry. Let us pray that whatever is lacking in us to be Christ’s followers be granted to us. Amen.

God Bless,

Father Andrij.

March Birthdays

Don Wenger
March 1st
Maurice Sperling
March 7th
Clayton Bzdel
March 7th
Dave Cleveland
March 7th
Ben Allen
March 9th
Gerry Goudge
March 11th
Mike Abraniuk
March 11th
Maurice Bouchard
March 13th
Joe Ackerman
March 17th
Andrew Pfannschmidt
March 17th
Carl Dumont
March 18th
Roger Leflour
March 19th
Gerry Glasser
March 26th

Valentine's Event a Success

On February 12th, we held a very different style event. It was a dinner theatre style event with entertainment scattered throughout the dinner. Thank you to brother Randy Picini for chairing this event. We had approximately 110 people attend the event who appeared to and from a lot of comment, really enjoyed the evening. The format of the night was extremely positive. Thank you's also to Brother Clayton Bzdel on the wonderful decorating and table setup; Brother Gord Higginson for setup and manning the bar for the evening; Brother Bernie Lutes for taking on the Master of Ceremonies role and organizing the raffles; Brother Randy Piccini for heading up kitchen duties; and for the World Youth Day candidates for assisting in the kitchen and serving the food. There were many other Knights that had a hand in organizing and assisting in the event. Thank you for all your help.

The Rosary

As most of you know, our council is leading the Rosary at OLOV on the 4th Sunday of the month. What we need is brothers to lead some (or all) of the rosary on these Sundays. Please be at the church prior to 10am on these Sundays to take this on. We have been doing this since November and the congregation attendance and participation has gone up substantially, but it would be nice of some more people took on the leadership role. Thank You.

Youth Viper Day

Last Sunday the 20th, we hosted 26 youth and a few parents to a Viper Game precluded by pizza and pop. The Youth included Altar servers from OLOV and St. James as well the Youth group from our area. Thank you to Brother Joe Bukowsky for assisting in putting this together. Also thank you to Brother Sal from 4949 for organizing the servers from 4949, Lisa Moore for the Servers at OLOV and Dianne Hofer for the Youth Group.

Funeral Altar Servers

Brother Bert Niehaus has been taking on the server duties assisting Fr. Dale at OLOV for funerals. As he sometimes has other commitments, he is asking for others that he can call on for assistance. Brother Larry Drescher, Brother Gerry Glasser, Brother Jack McLaughlin and Brother Dale Hofer have come forward so far. If you are interested in helping, please contact Brother Bert for more information.

Greeting at OLOV

Brother Art Moeller who is also a member of the OLOV Parish Council. He has suggested that the Knights take one Sunday a month to assist the Greeting Group welcome parishioners to the Church. He will be arranging a list of Knights to take on this role. Please give him your full cooperation.

Do you know of anyone needing an Electric Scooter?

The Brother Joe Bukowsky family are donating an electric scooter for anyone financially not able to afford one. So if know of someone that is elderly or physically disabled that requires the scooter, please contact brother Joe for more details.


The Funny Bone ....

A minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis he said, 'If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river.'

With even greater emphasis he said, 'And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river.'

And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he Said, 'And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river.'

Sermon complete, he sat down.

The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing, 'For our closing song,
Let us sing Hymn #365, 'Shall We Gather at the River.'


A father was approached by  his small son who told him proudly, "I know what  the Bible means!"
His father smiled and  replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?
The son replied, "I do  know!"
"Okay," said his father. "What does the  Bible mean?"
"That's easy, Daddy..." the young  boy replied excitedly," It stands for 'Basic  Information Before Leaving Earth.'

A minister parked  his car in a no-parking zone in a large city  because he was short of time and couldn't find a  space with a meter.
Then he put a note under  the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled  the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll  miss my appointment. Forgive us our  trespasses."
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I  don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."

Just a tap on the shoulder...
> A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate window.
For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then, the shaking driver said "are you OK? I'm so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me..."
The badly shaken passenger apologized to the driver and said "I didn't realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle someone so badly." The driver replied, "No, no, I'm the one who is sorry, it's entirely my fault, today is my very first day driving a cab. I've been driving a hearse for 25 years."