June 2009 Mother Tersea Council 12202
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
Bernie Lutes 545-9564
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Clair Methot 542-2051
Myles Bukowsky 550-5795
Trustee 1 year
Trustee 2 year
Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Trustee 3 year
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Fr. Andrij Wasyinko 549-1327
Calendar of Events
Executive Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7pm
Next General Meeting - September 22nd - OLOV
Sacred Heart Parish Picnic - August 23rd
Council Anniversary - St. Josaphat- Sept 6th, 2009 10am
McGivney Cup - Golf Challenge Sept 26th - Highlands Golf
Octoberfest - Parish Center - October 3rd
Website is www.kofc12202.ca
Grand Knight's Report
Grand Knights Message from the June 23rd, 2009 Meeting
This is the last general meeting of the fraternal as well as the last here in this room. Next September we will be holding our meetings at OLOV. There are many people I would like to thank for all their help this past year. First of all we had a huge team effort from a lot of new and experienced knights. That is what made it such a successful year. There was participation coming from all angles. The past executive deserves a great thank you for all their participation at the exec meeting, the general meeting and then for activities outside the chambers. Thank you. The five program directors drove the programs to excellence. Thank You for your teams of Chairmen that directed the projects at the local level. As I said earlier it was a team effort, but at this time I would like to recognize a few people who made a real difference this past year. The first one goes to a young gentlemen and new knight that came out in his first year with ‘guns a blazing’. He was extremely active in recruitment, took a leadership role in our new round table, helped in all events in Lumby, plus helped in many here in Vernon. It gives me great pleasure to present Ben Loewen the Certificate of Appreciation. Congratulations Ben. Ben has also qualified for the Shining Armor award, but it will be presented at a later time as the award has not yet arrived. The next award goes to another new knight who put in a tremendous amount of time in the Sacred Heart Yard Sale. There was no time too early or too late for him to accept, categorize, and then help sell articles at the sale. Ron Gatzke receives the Certificate of Appreciation as well. Congratulations Ron. This next Certificate of Appreciation goes to a knight that had a very busy last quarter. He was instrumental in the success of the Ladies Appreciation Night as well as the Children’s Festival. It gives me great pride to present this award to Maurice Bouchard. This last Certificate of Appreciation goes to a husband and wife team. During most of April and early May we were scrambling to get the word out about our KCIC magnets. The idea was to get as many packages as we could, out to the State Conventions so that all the Grand Knights in attendance could take one back to their respective councils. We owe Jack and Irene McLaughlin a huge Thank you for all their work in making phone calls to the convention staff, putting the packages together, and then following up with phone calls. The orders have been rolling in ever since the conventions. So far since May we have sent out approximately 9000 magnets. Thank you and congratulations Jack and Irene. The last award tonight is for the Knight of the Quarter. There are a number of knights that I could have given this to, so it was a tough decision. This reasonably new knight worked non stop all quarter with one project or another. The one we are most familiar with is the Ladies Appreciation Night. This knight led the way from the planning of the event to mopping up the washrooms the next morning. He did a beautiful job at putting the invitations together, soliciting responses, decorating tables, doing the dishes and on and on. A huge congratulation goes out to Richard Landry. Two more awards will be given out in church either this Sunday or the next. I just have to make sure these people are in church that Sunday and not attending somewhere else. These two awards are for Family of the Year and Knight of the Year. The last thing I want to say is that I honestly can’t wait the get rolling for next year. This past year was a great learning experience, and I need to take what I learnt and put it to good use. The new executive and the yet to be named program directors will be the key to the success of the next year. All I can say is to hang on for one heck of a ride. Thank you for your time. Until next month, live, laugh and be happy, all while doing God’s work.
Dale Hofer GK 12202
District Deputies Report:
We are the strong right arm of the church, and have been chosen to serve and support our Bishops and our Priests. Our reward for a job well done will come later. Congratulations on your achievements this year so far and remember there is still until June 30th to recruit another member or two.
How is Roy Wylie??.......
Brothers, Roy Wylie is not well. I visited him Sunday afternoon and realized immediately that would be the last time I would see him alive. One of my toughest things to deal with in life is death. I never know what to say or do. That was the case with my visit with our dear Brother Roy. His son Andy was there visiting when I arrived. Brother Roy appeared to be sleeping but at the same time he appeared to be awake with his eyes closed. His son Andy says that he rarely opens his eyes any more, and his days on this earth are drastically reduced. Brother Roy is and will be one of my favorite men of all time; gentle, sincere, caring, and loving. In my opinion he will hit "green lights" until he is in the presence of our Lord. Please keep Brother Roy in your prayers. Brother Dale
Dear brother Knights, three weeks ago we celebrated the very important feast of Pentecost, the day when the Apostles and other Christians received the gift of the Holy Spirit. With this gift, they received the courage, strength and wisdom to follow Christ, as Jesus had promised them before His passion. Each one of us had a personal Pentecost on the day of our Confirmation. Thus, we too, became equipped with the necessary courage, strength and wisdom for acknowledging and confessing Christ’s name before the world.
Over the last few weeks, I had the privilege to be present at a few events though which some of the members of this council were seen to be fulfilling their call of spreading the good news. The first of these events was hosting the BBQ for our Eparchial youth; then was the BBQ for our Ecumenical Picnic and finally, in the last few days, installing a fence at St. Josaphat’s parish. Well, someone may ask, how did these events contribute to the spreading of the Good News or professing Christ’s name in the world? To try to answer this question, I will share one incident that took place at my Christology class at St. Paul’s University. One of the students asked the professor, why do we have so many dogmas, teachings and ways to talk about Christ? Why don’t all the Churches agree on just a few statements? The professor smiled and answered: “You may view these dogmas as a challenge, or something confusing, or just as one piece of a mosaic. But all these pieces together make a beautiful picture of Christ, something that on its own would be hard to produce.”
I thought about this incident when we were installing the fence. There were brothers present who had various gifts. God blessed each one of us with something special, and this helps us to make a living. That is certainly one reason, but we also have these gifts in order to share them with others when volunteering and helping freely. Without the presence of people with a variety of gifts, it would have been a much greater challenge to install that fence if, for example, we had had only persons with carpentry skills, in which case, many unforseen difficulties could not have been fixed. Additionally, with sharing these gifts, others were enriched and deeper friendships were developed.
Each one of us Christians is a Christ bearer – a small piece of the big mosaic of the Body of Christ – His image. If we work together when sharing the gift of who we are and with what we were blessed, the good news of God’s presence among us will continue to be spread. Blessed Mother Teresa insisted that she was just an instrument, a tiny pencil, which God was using to write a love letter to the world. Our God needs many such tiny pencils today to write His love letter to the world. One nun, Sr. Cyprian, defined what it means to serve God in the following way: “it is not what we do for God; serving God is what we let God do through us. God is seeking to carry out His mission on earth in us, through us, and with us. He needs each one of us.”
May God continue to bless you with strength and courage to profess His name to the world, and your willingness to share the gift of self to others. I wish you all a blessed and healthy summer and once again thank you for your support for our parish. Father Andrij.
Knight of the Year Award - Brother Bernie Lutes
As with Family of the Year, we also have a Knight of the Year Award. This too was extremely tough to choose as the amount of involvement by some of our knights is mind boggling.
Throughout the year he has been one of my greatest confidants. I have bounced many an idea off this Knight and he was always has great advice. You’ve probably all heard the phrase “Always a bridesmaid and never a bride”, well that example fits this knight.
He has not won Knight of the Quarter this year, but I’ve always contemplated him. Someone else always beat him out. He is one of the council’s biggest “cheerleaders”, He has incredible energy and goes non-stop.
He jumps in to volunteer to help out and quite frankly leads by example. Most recently he has volunteered to be the new chairman of our Keep Christ in Christmas Magnet program. This is no cake walk. Again it gives me great pleasure to award our Knight of the Year Award to Bernie Lutes.
Council 12202 Anniversary Mass and Celebration
We will be celebrating our 12th Anniversary on Sunday September 6th at the 10am Divine Mercy Celebration at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Church. For those that are not sure, this mass does fulfil your Sunday obligation. Hopefully we can get as many out as we can. If you have any questions, please call Jack McLaughlin at 260-1933.
Sacred Heart Parish Picnic August 23rd, 2009
Father Richard is inviting all Knights and their families to join the parish for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and food. More details to follow.
First Annual McGivney Cup
18 Hole Match Play Tournament
Council 4949 vs 12202
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Highlands Golf Course
Putting Contests,Youth Match Play
Spouses and Families Welcome
Golf and Dinner $29 - Dinner Only $17
Call Dale @ 938-3253