February 2013 Newsletter
Mother Teresa Council 12202
The 2012-2013 Executive Team
Our Motto: In Service to one, In Service to all.
Calendar of Events
Next Executive Meeting - Tuesday February 12, 2013 - 7 pm
at OLOV Lower level
February Fraternal Knight Lunch
2nd Thursday of the Month, February 14, 2013 - 12:00 to 1:30 pm at the Legion (behind Watkin Ford). Give your spouse a break this Valentine`s Day! Come join us for lunch! This is NOT a business meeting, just Knights enjoying each other's company!
From the desk of the District Deputy
I hope everyone had a very joyful and blessed Christmas, and are ready to hit 2013 running hard. Here we are at the end of January/early February and I hope your New Years resolutions are still intact.
The POWER OF ONE. How important could that very next new knight be that we bring into the order? One never knows. He could be a man that comes in and runs like there is no tomorrow… or maybe not.. How do you know? The future of our fraternity and church is in your hands.
Presently Supreme has two new incentives to help bring in new members. The first is that you will receive $9 credit on your July per capita assessment. This includes reinstatements and reactivations. This goes until June 30th. The second incentive is that the proposer will get double the VIP points. This goes from 500 to 1000, plus get a great looking medallion. The next Order wide Membership drive is scheduled for March 16-17th. Start planning now. Order all you documentation as these can take 8 weeks to arrive.
We have a major degree scheduled this year in Vernon on February 9th. Hopefully you will come out to support the candidates, and any 1st degrees will take the opportunity to become a full Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Now is also the time, if you haven't already is to start succession planning. Who is going to be the next executive in place? Your nomination committee should have their thinking caps on and approaching members to fill the seats of vacating members.
Grand Knights and Program Directors should also be reviewing the activities and projects complete this fraternal year and the ones yet to come. This is important if you want to earn the Columbian award. You will need 4 activities in the areas of Family, Church, Pro-Life, Youth, and Council. Is your plan in place?
Remember...when recruiting potential Knights…..
- Belief with Passion,
- Knowledge with Confidence, and a
- Winning, positive attitude – WORKS.
As you may or may not know, a district deputy can only be in office a total of 4 years in a life time. I am now into my second year and have decided that I would like to do my last two years sometime in the future. At this point I am sending out “feelers” to see if anyone is interested in being the next DD beginning in July. If so, please let me know at some point in time.
Please keep up all your great work. Your executive is doing great things. Please give them your support.
Live, laugh and be happy all while doing God’s work.
God Bless.Dale Hofer, DD #11
2012 Doll House Raffle
Winner of the 2012 Doll House Raffle was Sasha Trickey pictured right with Bert Niehaus and doll house builder, Joe Ackerman.
Thank you to all who participated. We raised $1341.75 to donate to local charitable organizations.
Knights of Columbus, January 2013
Glory be to Jesus Christ,
Dear Brother Knights,
As we gather here for the first time in the New Year 2013, I would like to wish you and your families many God’s blessings of good health, strong faith, joy, peace and happiness. May His loving care continue to guide you and protect you during our earthly journey to the Heavenly Kingdom. Also, I would like to thank you again for your Christmas gift and additional present to our family - the 2011 ‘Doll House’. It is truly appreciated and used!
Dear friends, the last time we gathered for our meeting, Christmas was the focus of the liturgical season. Although some of you may still have some Christmas decorations around, or you might be strongly following your New Year’s resolutions, as a Church we are slowly getting ready for the new season of Lent. In our Ukrainian Church last Sunday, we had the Parable of the publican & Pharisee which introduced us to the theme of repentance & humility and was one of the 4 Sundays which lead us to the Great Fast. Since the next time that we will meet in February will already be Lent in the Ukrainian Catholic Church, I would like to share a meditation written by Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris called “Lent: Springtime of the Soul”: (Fr. C. is an orthodox theologian, priest and author of spiritual books)
‘Soon the snow will melt in the northern climates. The grass will turn green. Chipmunks, toads, and frogs will awaken from their winter sleep. Tulips will bloom and the trees will be covered with buds. Earth will come alive. What is it that will cause the earth to come alive? Spring! Of course! But what is in spring that causes the earth to come alive? The greatest secret of spring is the sun! Spring is the in-between period when the earth is changing its position, turning north toward our great source of heat and light: the sun. Spring, then, is that time when our hemisphere simply moves into the position where the sun can bring new life.
It is significant that Lent in the northern climates happens to coincide with spring. I think there is a wonderful lesson for us in this happy coincidence. Lent should be for all of us a period of placing ourselves in the position where the best things can happen to us. That position for …Christians is the presence of Christ, where the Sun of His love and power can shine into our arid souls to bring about a real awakening, a real springtime of the soul.
Lent should be for all of us a period of turning our souls toward the Source of Power and New Life through daily prayer, spiritual reading, the divine liturgy and participation in the sacraments.”
Dear Brother Knights, as we enter this New Year and this new liturgical season, may God continue to strengthen our spiritual life in this very special Year of Faith declared by our Pontiff Benedict XVI. Amen.
Fr. Andrzej Wasylinko
2013 Knights Bowling Event
Deputy Grand Knight presents
high score winner to Art Moeller
2013 Winning Team
L to R: Steve Malerby, Karl Schoenberger, Art Moeller, Jack McLaughlin and Fr. Andrzej
Way to go Brothers!
Achievement to overcome for next year.
I understand that you had fun Karl!
The Knights of Columbus Emblem
The Columbian coat of arms consists solely of straight lines and angles, symbolizing the determination, tenacity, firmness and courage that the Order's founders had to demonstrate in the face of difficulties to surmount, problems to solve to defend their faith and their rights in a milieu ill-suited to the growth of their Movement.
Figures and Symbols
The Columbian Coat of Arms contains three symbolic elements: the sword, the anchor and the battle axe, recalling the noble and illustrious deeds of the Order's founders.
The sword and the anchor, placed one over the other, form a sort of "X" or St Andrew's cross.
The sword symbolizes honor, distinction, bravery and courage.
The anchor, an instrument designed to hold a ship in place, represents that which attaches, stops, consolidates and stabilizes.
The battle axe, placed on the shield, symbolizes action taken to overcome obstacles or ambushes on the road to accomplishing one's objectives.
The bundle represents the solid grouping of people come together to realize a common ideal under the guidance of a recognized leader. It symbolizes teamwork, the strength inherent in unity and fraternity.
The helmet, placed on the upper part of the Coat of Arms represents rank or degree of nobility. On the coat of arms of a warrior it is the noblest and principal ornament.
The little white triangle, above the helmet and pointing upward, symbolizes the flame which lights and guides.
The blue (azure), represents the sky, that is, God who watches over the world. It is the symbol of hope, peace, and confidence.
The white (silver) is innocence, frankness and purity of intention.
The yellow (gold) denotes indestructible goods, the richness that comes with hard work.
The red symbolizes giving of one's self, courage, valor and heroism in the fight for one's faith, one's language and one's rights.
|Recipients of 2011-2012 Charity Appeal Funds|
From Left to Right: Kay Ramsey & another staff member as well as 4 members of Gym Dandy, Steve Malerby (K of C Council 12202), Marijon Schindel (Gateby Care Centre), Jack Gareb (Schubert Centre) and Mark Lopianowski (Vernon Prolife)
|Steve Malerby presents Lorie Schweb (Family Resource Centre) with a cheque|
|Council 12202 was able to donate over $2,300 to the above charities due to the time donated by members selling Charity Appeal tickets. Great work brothers!|
|The Funny Bone|
This information is for Catholics only. It must not be divulged to non-Catholics. The less they know about our rituals and top secret code words, the better off they are.
AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.
BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending Mass.
CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the Parish to lip-sync.
HOLY WATER: A liquid whose chemical formula is H2OLY. Created by boiling the HELL out of it.
HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key three octaves higher than that of the congregation's range.
RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at Mass often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.
INCENSE: Holy Smoke!
JESUITS: An order of priests known for their ability to find colleges with good basketball teams.
JONAH: The original 'Jaws' story.
JUSTICE: When kids have kids of their own.
KYRIE ELEISON: The only Greek words that most Catholics can recognize besides gyros and baklava.
MAGI: The most famous trio to attend a baby shower.
MANGER: Where Mary gave birth to Jesus because Joseph wasn't covered by an HMO. (The Bible's way of showing us that holiday travel has always been rough.)
PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.
PROCESSION: The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of altar servers, the celebrant, and late parishioners looking for seats.
RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.
RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.
TEN COMMANDMENTS: The most important Top Ten list not given by David Letterman.
USHERS: The only people in the parish who don't know the seating capacity of a pew.
Little known facts about the Catholic Church in Las Vegas:
There are more churches in Las Vegas than casinos. During Sunday services at the offertory, some worshippers contribute casino chips as opposed to cash. Some are sharing their winnings - some are hoping to win. Since they get chips from so many different casinos, and they are worth money, the Catholic churches are required to send all the chips into the diocese for sorting. Once sorted into the respective casino chips, one junior priest takes the chips and makes the rounds to the casinos turning chips into cash. And he, of course, is known as The Chip Monk.
Do you have an appropriate joke for this newsletter? Send it to the Gerry Glasser!