January 2010 Mother Tersea Council 12202
Calendar of Events
Executive Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7pm
Next General Meeting - February 23rd - OLOV
Family Photo Entry Deadline - February 14th
Valentine's Dinner/Dance - February 12th - Schubert
4th Degree - March 20th - Kelowna
Mass for the Unborn - March 25th - St. James 7pm
Major Degree - April 10/Kelowna, May 15/Kamloops
Ladies Appreciation Night - May 14th - Parish Center
Website is www.kofc12202.ca
Grand Knight's Report
Grand Knight Message from the January 26th, 2010 Meeting
Welcome back. I trust everyone had a very Merry Christmas and your Year is what you were hoping for so far. As we haven’t had a general meeting for two months, I’ll make this quick. First of all we had a very successful 1st degree on December 15th with 6 new candidates added to our little family. Congratulations to Blaise MacNeil, Brandt Robbenhaar, Paul Allen, Carlos Ferrigno, Gerry Glasser, and Justin Loewen. There are 2 major degrees coming to our area in this spring, so any 1st degree members, please mark one of these dates on your calendar; April 10th in Kelowna, and May 15th in Kamloops. Hopefully these six candidates and any others will take advantage of the proximity of this degree. Two Sundays ago we were presented with our Double Star award. As our District Deputy stated, this is only presented to the top 3% of the councils in the Knights of Columbus. You should all be very proud of it as you are all a part of it. Thank you all for your efforts in making this happen.
Now to get serious. As most of you know, Brother Bernie is heavily involved in Scouts Canada, and he feels he can’t contribute as he’d like to, presently as Deputy GK and eventually Grand Knight. At this point we are in desperate need of a new DGK. Some one that could take the reigns as GK early as July or as late as a year from July. My term is technically up at the end of June, but can be extended for another year if necessary. I have asked many of you to come forward to take on the position. You either said that you just weren’t ready, had no time or weren’t a public speaker to be a GK. Let me tell you where I was at. I got my first degree in May 2005, Third degree October 2005, and DGK July 2006; a little over a year from joining to DGK. I had zero time as well, wasn’t ready, but was honoured to be asked. As for public speaking, you don’t have to. Just delegate that part to your DGK or any other executive member. I wasn’t ready either but took on the challenge. We have grown substantially over the last couple years and that even makes the job easier as most whom have joined are asking to help out. I will spend as much time as you need to get up to speed. Over the last couple years, all reports (and there aren’t many) have been moved to computer with templates to follow, so the hard part is done. My preference is that someone take over asap as DGK with the intent to be GK in July. Worst case, GK a year from July. Brothers this is an incredibly rewarding role. One you won’t forget and one that you’ll want to do again. Please give this some thought and prayer, and thank you for your 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.
District Deputies Report:
District Deputies Report:
Valentine's Dinner/Dance &
Friday February 12th
If you haven'g got your tickets yet, please get them quickly. We typcially sell out for these kind of events. Tickets are $25. Doors are open at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm and dance to follow by the very popular couple, "The Kings". Brothers, this will be one of our largest fundraisers of the year. Please attend. Tickets are sold after every mass at OLOV. They can also be purchased at the school, the rectory, and De Vine Vintners. Still can't get them, then call either:
Steve @ 542-9579 or
Dear Brother Knights,
Glory be to Jesus Christ! January, 26th, 2010
Dear Brother Knights, I hope all of you had healthy, joyful and peaceful Christmas celebrations. As the greatest gift of this season which all of us have received is the child Jesus, on behalf of my family, I would like to express our gratitude for your generous Christmas gift to us. Since our last meeting we also entered the New Year 2010, and some of you may have made very worthy New Year’s resolutions to improve your personal physical and spiritual well being and are still hopefully keeping them. May God bless your efforts.
Dear friends, spiritually and liturgically in our Churches the Christmas & Theophany seasons with their message of God’s Incarnation have ended, and now we begin a season, which presents to us the Gospel of pardon and salvation. In a few weeks we will start the 40 day fast, which following scriptural tradition, will be our special test of putting one’s full trust in God. As we enter this special time, let us ponder upon our personal relationship with God, which is the essence of our journey here on earth. We need to remember that one cannot really know a person unless one is willing to spend sufficient time with him. Unfortunately our value system has became so confused that we are easily willing to spend 10 or 20 years learning a vocation or profession and not five minutes a day to know God. So many people will go through life acquainted with almost everything except God. The result of this is described by Frank Sheed, one of the greatest Catholic apologists on the 20th century, who wrote: “Not knowing God he (modern man) does not know what he is; equally he does not know what he is here for, where he is supposed to be going, how to get there. He is on a journey, but does not know his destination, has neither map of the road, nor the rules of the road. Lacking this indispensible knowledge, men occupy themselves with other matters, beer, or women or rare stamps or science. One man, for instance, is a great authority on butterflies. Upon his subject he will talk endlessly and with an admirable enthusiasm. But interrupt his discourse on butterflies to ask him what he knows about himself and where he is suppose to be going and how: he will answer that these are religious questions, and that he has no time for them, being so deeply engaged with his butterflies. The thing is farcical, but terrifying. One can make no sense of a man who gives so much attention to butterflies that he has none left for his own meaning.”
Dear brothers, at the beginning of this New Year and approaching the time of Lent, let us make an extra effort to have the proper amount of time in order to know God better, to have a personal relationship with Him. As one saint has said, anyone can study and talk about God, but not everyone knows God. Let us become more acquainted with our Savior through prayer, fasting, works of charity, reading Scriptures and participating in the liturgical life of the Church. For us Knights there is one more very special source where we should look for strengthening our relationship with God – the Magazine Columbia. Again I encourage all of you to read it, especially the last issue which dealt with abortion and the many ways the Knights of Columbus support the culture of life. I would like to end with a quote from one of the articles, called “Saving lives through love”, which presents how important the most simple work is, for example helping to renovate a house for a community and making a difference in the lives of women who struggle with the tragic and painful reality of abortion. The author of the article, besides mentioning the countless acts of charity, in the following way presented the difference the Knights made: “The Knights’ presence is an affirmation for the women that there are men who support their decision to choose life for their babies. Likewise, the author said that, while the moms’ interaction with the Knights is usually brief, the fact that there are men who treat them with dignity in language and action makes a difference.” As you probably remember, in two days time, on January 28th we will mark the 22nd anniversary of that tragic day in the history of our country – the legalization of abortion by the Supreme Court of Canada. Let us all keep our country and the unborn in our prayers. God bless you all.
Belated January Birthdays
Up Coming Degrees
Brothers, we have a number of degrees coming up and right at our doorstep. First of all if you know of any other gentlemen that you think would want to join the Knights of Columbus, there is a 1st degree that will be held in Salmon Arm on Tuesday February 16th. Please discuss this with a new candidate and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate in asking any of the executive for their help.
Secondly, there are Major (2nd & 3rd) degrees in Kelowna on April 10th and in Kamloops on May 15th. If you are interested, again, please chat with any of the executive to find out more details. For any of you interested in taking on an executive position in the future, you will need to be a 3rd degree at that time.
Lastly, there is a 4th degree in Kelowna on March 20th. You need to be a 3rd degree member and a Knight for at least 6 months.
Please give all of these some consideration, in whatever aspect you can.
Sacred Heart CWL St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Lumby Sacred Heart CWL have set March 13 for their St. Patricks Day parish dinner and silent auction as a fundraiser. All are welcome to come, and anyone that wishes to donate to their silent auction would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Rosa Loewen for more information.