July 2012 Newsletter

Mother Teresa Council 12202

Website is www.kofc12202.ca

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
BBQ Director
Steve Stenhouse
Wheel Chair Project Director
Don Wenger
Field Agent
Blaine Anhel

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


Calendar of Events

Executive Meeting - Monday July 09, 2012 - 7 pm

at Bernie Lute's residence

7099 Foothills Place

(This is NOT a "Weekend at Bernie's")

Fraternal Knight Lunch - 2nd Thursday of the Month, July 12, 2012 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Legion (behind Watkin Ford). Come join us!!!!

Children's Festival

July 22, 2012

after Mass to approx. 1:30

Uncle Chris the Clown

Cotton candy

Bounce Enclosure

Fish Pond - Face Painting

Hamburger, Hot Dog BBQ

A GREAT time for Children of all ages


Grand Knight Bernie Lutes Presented

Dale Hofer with a Picture of

Family of the Year 2011-2012

Grand Knight Bernie Lutes Presented

Gerry Glasser with a Picture of

Knight of the Year 2011-2012


Fifth Annual BC/Yukon State Council Golf Tournament

July 21, 2012

You are invited to the Fifth Annual BC & Yukon State Golf Tournament. Your State Executive will be present at this event and this event is hosted by by the BC & Yukon State Council and Councils 4949 and 12202. We hope to see you there.

To register contact:

Brother - Dale Hofer Phone: (250) 938-3253 - E-mail: [email protected] or

Michael Gernat - Phone: (250) 558-3498 - E-mail: [email protected]











District Director's Report

June 2012


From the desk of the District Deputy:

Greetings, Brother Knights,

Our 2011-2012 fraternal year is over and I would personally like to thank all the councils and your respective executives for your support over the past year. It was a tremendous learning experience for me and a huge eye opener. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to another year of working with you. Thank you for including my wife Dianne and me in your events throughout the year. It was a pleasure for both of us to meet as many of you as we did.

Secondly, I would like to congratulate and thank all the members who have been elected to their respective positions in their council executives for the 2012-2013 fraternal years. Taking on a role indicates a care and concern for t the well-being of the future of the Knights of Columbus in your area. I like what I am seeing so far as to some tremendous leadership forming in each council. The next step if you haven’t already is to put some goals forward and plan to execute towards completion.

Next month I will be hosting a district meeting. The date is yet to be confirmed. I ask all councils to have as many members at this meeting as you can. This will be a time for education, round table discussion, information gathering, and fraternalism. I hope to see many of you there.

Just as a quick note on the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation project, I gave all councils a goal in the hope of filling a complete container of 110 chairs for district 11. So far, the two councils that have taken it on, (Vernon and Coldstream), have attained or exceeded their goal. Armstrong, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke will be executing their projects in the next couple months and if things continue as we have been, filling a container should not be a problem. We are more than half way there. Thank You for taking this on.

Lastly, don’t let your council go stagnate over the summer months. Continue to have meetings to keep your momentum going through the summer. As you are aware, our constitution states that you need to have a business meeting at least once a month, every month of the year. If you don’t have a meeting until September some time, the year is almost ¼ completed and you are just starting.

Again, thank you for the past year and I look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

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

God Bless,

Dale Hofer

DD #11



Public Service Announcement

Strawberry Tea

"All Things Tea" Bake Sale

Saturday July 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM to 2 PM

Sacred Heart Church Hall, Lumby

Come, bring your wives, your friends, your neighbours!






Children's Festival Request for help from fellow Knights

Please note the request from Brother Joe Bukowsky to make this annual event another great success.

From: Joe Bukowsky [mailto:[email protected]]

Phone Home: (250) 545-8110 - Phone Cell: (250) 309-0301

Sent: May 29, 2012 11:03 AM

Subject: Help

Dear Brothers:

   Time to get crews together for our Children’s Festival! We will need at least 6 guys for set up at 09:00 on July 22nd.

  We should also have 2 people for each of the following stations: 1) popcorn, 2) cotton candy 3) fish pond (Lauren Bukowsky would like to do this if Sydney Hofer will partner ask Dale) 4) face painting (Amanda Bukowsky and confirm that Maytée Ferrigno is still willing).

   I like to have one person at most stations from 11:30 to 12:30 and next person from 12:30 to 1:30.

   We will also need 5 or 6 for cleanup.

   All else is in place and I thank you in advance for your help with the organizing.

   Please confirm the following:

   1) Steve Malerby will get tent and popcorn machine to OLOV

   2) Dale and Dianne Hofer will get supplies for fish pond and face painting

   3) Bernie Ramis has a crew and is prepared to feed 225





Chaplain's Five

Knights of Columbus  - June 26, 2012

Knights of Columbus, June 2012

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Dear Brother Knights, the most recent meditation from our Supreme Chaplain, Bishop Lori, addressed a very important topic – “The Fall”. This is also a very relevant topic in our society these days. Just 11 days ago, our BC Supreme Court made a decision that will affect us all – it allowed Mrs. Gloria Taylor to request assisted suicide and also gave one year for the government to change the law in order  to make it accessible to others. Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to listen to the “Cross-Country Check up”, CBC radio program on this very timely issue of euthanasia. It is clear that there are only two separate sides to this issue - those in favour and those who object. In the case of those who support euthanasia, it is seen as a help, an option, to bring an end to suffering before death, but also it is an issue of autonomy – I will decide when the end of my life comes, etc. For me as a Christian, when I listened to all the arguments of this group, I saw it as lack of understanding of our human nature. But also it was for me again a confirmation that if you do not believe in God or have a lukewarm faith, it is very easy to think the same way. If there is no eternal life and death is the final end, what is the meaning to any suffering at the end of life? If the human body and life itself are at our disposal, who else, but I have the right to decide when and how I will end my earthly journey?

Dear friends, the issue of euthanasia is hard to debate if we reject the existence of eternal life and also the reality of sin and evil. If there is no God to Whom we have to turn to for direction and understanding of our existence, then yes, the human person is in charge of his or her life and death.

However, we know that God exists, that He created us and gives us clear direction on how to live our lives, and most importantly, it is up to Him to end this life.

Bishop Lori in his meditation gives us a good explanation about human nature which should help us to understand the dangers of euthanasia.

One of the most common points for the euthanasia proponents is the statement that there will be guidelines preventing abuse and that only those very sick people who are dying and are in a pain which can not be treated otherwise, should have access to assisted suicide.

However, we know by way of cases from the Netherlands and Belgium that initial strong guidelines protecting the vulnerable from abuse have been watered down and often ignored. We as Christians can be certain about the weakness of this argument for another reason – we believe in the human Fall and its consequences. Bishop Lori gives the following explanation: “In creating the universe and beings that share in his own freedom, God takes the risk of love. He has endowed both angels and human beings with freedom because he willed into creation a world where love is possible. Love means the lover freely chooses the beloved and vice-versa. It also means that the lover can love someone or something else in place of the beloved. Adam and Eve, who are our representatives at the day- break of human history, chose to replicate the sin of the fallen angels. They chose be “like God” on their own terms — that is to say, the masters of their own lives and destiny apart from God. This was the original sin. It was a monumentally poor choice with lasting consequences; lasting not because God is vindictive, but because human beings all share a common history.”

Dear brothers, we live in the redeemed, but still fallen world. As the consequence of the Fall, we have a weakness, a tendency to sin. Human suffering and death are the consequences of sin and evil. Only by accepting this reality and turning to Christ our Savior, we can see more properly the issue of suffering and death. Unfortunately, as our Supreme Chaplain points out, “Many today would claim it is out of touch to explain the existence of evil on the basis of an ancient biblical story. Ruling out biblical wisdom in favor of science, they prefer to explain sin “as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, a mistake, or the necessary consequence of an inadequate social structure” (CCC, 387). To be sure, these factors help to explain a lot about human behavior — but they do not answer the question of where sin and evil originate. As the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it, “This reality of sin can be understood clearly only in the light of divine revelation and above all in the man and the rest of creation. Yet, in his cleverness, Satan gradually seduced our first parents to doubt God’s friendship and to replace it with something else.”

Dear friends, I invite you again to take time and read Bishop Lori’s meditation on your own, and as well the article by Mr. Will Johnston on the BC Court decision about the assisted suicide. I am sure that during this coming year we will be asked to make a stand on this issue. We need to be ready to respond to it according to God’s will and Church teaching. Amen.


MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012 -  “The wrong decision on assisted suicide.’

The following article by Will Johnston, Chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - BC was published in the national post. The article is titled: The wrong decision on assisted suicide.

On June 15, the British Columbia Supreme Court rendered a controversial judgment in the case of Carter vs. Canada, one that purports to create constitutional immunity for those who provide assistance to those seeking to kill themselves — a judgment that stands at odds with the Supreme Court of Canada’s Rodriguez ruling in 1993. The only saving grace is that doctors will not be scribbling lethal prescriptions any day soon: Current law will stand for at least a year (the sole exception being the plaintiff in this case, 64-year-old ALS patient Gloria Taylor). Let us hope that a higher court restores sanity to the issue before this 12-month period expires.

Justice Lynn Smith determined that the ban against assisted suicide serves to discriminate against the disabled — and therefore runs afoul of the equality provisions in section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — because it prevents disabled people from getting the help they may need to kill themselves. But the Charter is meant to defend us against violations perpetrated by the state, not abet self-inflicted injuries or death.

Fighting suicide is a national policy. Suicide is strongly discouraged by all manner of health professionals, and some suicidal people are, by law, forcibly hospitalized for assessment and treatment. Yet, in the Carter decision, much is made of the idea that, since suicide is not actually illegal, it is unfair that the disabled who are unable to kill themselves are deprived of the help they need in doing so. Having measles is not against the law either, but most would call it an odd leap of logic to suggest that catching measles should be a constitutional right and that people too disabled to get themselves off to a measles epidemic must be given physician-assisted infection.

In Carter, the judge adopts what my experience tells me is a delusion: That a bright enough line can be drawn between those with identifiable physical ailments who want to die — candidates for “acceptable” assisted suicide — and those who are just depressed or psychotic.

Many of those who reject capital punishment on the chance that one innocent person might be executed have noticed that even the intense scrutiny of a murder trial can fail to get the facts right. Yet when it comes to assisted suicide and euthanasia, the Carter judgment claims that the risks associated with killing someone in an “unacceptable” state of depression or psychosis can be adequately managed.

The reality is that, in liberal foreign jurisdictions admired as models in the Carter decision, literally thousands of assisted suicides happen without the documented consent of those killed. Rules are ignored or become empty rituals. The Carter judgment appears to either misinterpret these deaths, or wave them off as acceptable collateral damage in the pursuit of personal choice and autonomy.

Most Canadians are easily confused by the distinction between refusing or withdrawing medical therapy, and intentional killing of the patient; and Carter contributes to this confusion. For instance, in one paragraph, a false parallel is drawn between a criminal failure to act, which leads to harm, and the doctor’s act of stepping aside when therapy is futile or refused. Common sense tells us that the disease kills the patient, not the doctor who was trying to help, and who is forbidden by law from imposing help when it is not wanted.

Overall, the Carter judgment provides 395 pages of reasons to justify a reckless social experiment that would be difficult to reverse, while dismissing the warnings that all is not well in the places that already have implemented such policies. Based on my 31 years of front-line medical experience, I urge Canadians to be very skeptical about going down this road.



Don Wenger was the chairman of the wheelchair foundation drive for our parish held during May.

$150.00 would deliver a wheelchair to someone in need of Hope, Mobility, Freedom and Independence. Donor forms can still be obtained from Don Wenger or any of the Council Executives.

Fund Raising update.

We have raised enough funds to buy 22 wheelchairs to date.

We have decided to hold the Wheelchair drive open a little longerto try to meet our goal of 23 wheelchairs and to allow those who may still want to donate to do so.



July Birthdays
Maurice Sperling
Joseph Monteyne
Roger Savoie
Herbert Niehaus
Joseph Bukowsky
Phillip Allen
Ben Moore
Joel Allen
Karl Schoenberger
Juan Ferrigno
Joshua Verhage
August Birthdays
Randall Piccini
Joseph Deuling
John Arsenault
Ken Wright


The Funny Bone...

Bought or Made


Six year old Annie returns home from school and says she had her first family planning lesson at school.

Her mother, very interested, asks; "How did it go?"

"I died of shame!" she answers. "Sam from over the road, says that the stork brings babies. Sally next door said you can buy babies at the orphanage. Pete in my class says you can buy babies at the hospital."

Her mother answers laughingly, "But that’s no reason to be ashamed."

"No, but I can't tell them that we were so poor that you and daddy had to make me yourselves!"