March 2011 Mother Teresa Council 12202

Fr. Andrij Wasylinko 549-1327

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
Bernie Lutes 545-9564
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

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Calendar of Events

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

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

BBQ Season

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 March 22nd, 2011 Meeting

Welcome Brothers,

Thank you brother Bert for running the meeting in my absence.

Thank you brother Bernie for stepping in the DGK position. I believe this took a lot of pressure off me and the rest of the council.

This month is membership blitz month. We have a first degree on April 5th and hopefully we will have a few candidates to receive that honour. If you haven't already, please talk to a family about belonging to the Knights soon so they can attend the first degree in a couple weeks. We can then follow up with them and have them participate in the major degree happening right here in Vernon on June 11th. This past Sunday we had 4 men interested in becoming a knight, plus a Form 100 handed in for a transfer from 4949 and 1 to transfer from a Philippine council. This is all I was made aware of, maybe there were more, and maybe there will be some fall out in the coming weeks.

Remember also brothers that we will be holding our elections for the new term at our May meeting. If you are not an officer of our council and would consider it, or you are currently an officer and would like to continue on with your role or take on another, please let brother Jack or myself know and we can get you on the list. Thank you to those that have already came forward to take on a role and to those that said they can not for whatever reason continue on in their role next year. It gives us a good idea of what we are up against come May. Please give this some thought and prayer.

At the end of April Brother Bernie and myself will be attending the Convention in Surrey. Please pray for me that I will make it through the weekend with Bernie.  Just kidding.... It should be a special convention as it is the 100th Anniversary of the BC/Yukon Knights of Columbus.

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

District Deputies Report:

My Brothers All,

129 years ago Michael J. McGivney began what is the Greatest Catholic men’s organization in the world, when he founded the Knights of Columbus.  We celebrate Founders Day and we celebrate the fraternity that we all enjoy.  Because of Father McGivney and his vision, you and I are able to enjoy working side by side for the good of our Church, our Council, our Community and our Families.  Being a member of the Knights of Columbus is one of the most positive decisions I have ever made and I urge each and every one of you, right now, to take a moment and invite someone that you know to also experience what can be had as a Brother Knight.  Let’s make sure that we have done our job as Knights and have invited more men to join us.

Spring is definitely here and with spring we look toward new beginnings.  Let your new beginning be in the form of reconciliation. As we prepare for one of the most special celebrations of our Church, that being the resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ,  Father Dale is giving of his time so that there is extra time for confessions.  Check your bulletins and make a concentrated effort to attend during this Lenten season.  Confession is one of the greatest gifts our church gives us. Celebrate your new beginning!

Mark your calendar for June 11th.  Council 4949 will be hosting a Major Degree and along with the Major, we will have a Ladies Day Program, Mass and a Four Course Dinner.  The dinner is an opportunity for all members of District 8-11 to come together and celebrate the Centennial of the Knights of Columbus in the BC/Yukon jurisdiction.  We will be fortunate to have members of our State Executive in attendance at our celebration.  Tickets are $20 per person and are on sale at the Rectory and at Advance Fur Dressers.4311- 31 St.

As we progress through our Lenten season, don’t think of giving up, think of “giving”.  Exercise the Charity, Unity and Fraternity that we as Brothers stand for. 

On behalf of Deb and myself, I would like to wish all of you all the Joys of the Easter Season.  May the Risen Lord be your constant companion as we journey through this special time.


Michael Gernat



Chaplain's Report

Knights of Columbus – March 22nd, 2011

Dear Brother Knights,

The great theologian and 2nd century saint, Ireneus of Lyon wrote the following statement: “The glory of God is a person fully alive.” What he meant was that if we reach our spiritual potential, we reveal God’s presence on earth. A present day theologian and popular speaker, Matthew Kelly, put this same idea in the following way: “To be  Catholic means to be striving to live the Gospel, striving to become more like Jesus Christ... to become the-best-version-of-himself or herself.”

Dear friends, as you may notice, I am referring to Matthew Kelly and his book, “Rediscover Catholicism.” Our Grand Knight, Brother Dale, encouraged us all a few times to read this book and he also expressed his enthusiasm about the spiritual message there. After getting the book and reading it, I totally agree with him, and add my own voice to his message: “If you did not get the book yet, please do so and read it.”

“To become the-best-version-of-himself or herself” is not only a message that is presented to the faithful of the Catholic faith. A contemporary Orthodox theologian, Fr. Anthony Conaris, described the danger of not reaching one’s potential in the following way:

“We are a nation that worships the “average”. We hear the word constantly: income averaging, the Dow Jones average, batting average, industrial average, the average American, the average husband, the average wife, the average child, etc. Averages are dangerous as was discovered by the statistician who started to wade across a river whose average depth was two feet. He drowned in water twelve feet deep! A story is told of what would happen if the quartermaster selected twelve thousand men, measured the size of their shoes, and discovered that the average size shoe was nine. If the army proceeded to order the average shoe size – nine – the infantry would never be able to march!”

Joseph Wood Krutch (krootch) an American writer, critic, and naturalist,

 said once, “Instead of demanding only that the common man may be given an opportunity to become as uncommon as possible, we make his commonness a virtue, and even in the case of candidates for high office, we sometimes praise them for being nearly indistinguishable from the average man on the street.” We have made a virtue of the average. It has replaced the Bible and almost every other norm. What is average has come to mean what is normal; what is not average - abnormal. So we spend millions of dollars each year on the Gallup Poll because we need to find out what the average person thinks and does. The average has become our false god. When Jesus calls us “light” and “salt”, He has in mind above average people.”

Dear Brother Knights, let us make an extra effort especially during this Lenten time and work hard to improve our own sometimes average performance as Christians. Through our ascetical work, prayer, fasting and charity works, let us become like Jesus Christ. Let us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. Amen.

God Bless

Fr. Andrij



Ladies Appreciation Night

On Friday May 6th, our council will hold its 3rd annual Ladies Appreciation Night. This will be the best so far. This year the children will be invited to show their appreciation for their mothers. Please mark your calendars for this event, keep an eye out for your invitiation in the mail. Unlike public/fundraising events we do, this will be priced at cost, so the whole family will be able to attend. We typically have a very high percentage of our membership attend this evening, so come out and meet your fellow member families.

100th Anniversary Celebration!

June 11th - Banquet to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Knights of Columbus in BC/Yukon Jurisdiction.  Four Course Dinner at Schubert Centre . $20.00 per person. Tickets available at St. James Rectory and Advance Fur Dressers. 4311- 31St.  Phone Michael at 250-542-7200 for 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.

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.

Do you know of anyone needing an Electric Scooter?

The Brother Joe Bukowsky family are donating an electric scooter to 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.

April Birthdays

Bruce Carey
April 12th
Dale Hofer
April 13th
Les Schnieder
April 16th
Franky Martens
April 16th
Jack McLaughlin
April 18th
Gerry Zanussi
April 22nd
Robert Began
April 22nd
Larry Drescher
April 26th
Myles Bukowsky
April 26th
Art Moeller
April 28th
Bud Belanger
April 29th
Richard Landry
April 29th


The Funny Bone ....

A six year old goes to the hospital with her grandmother to visit her Grandpa.
When they get to the hospital, she runs ahead of her Grandma and bursts into her Grandpa's room.
"Grandpa, Grandpa," she says excitedly, "As soon as Grandma comes into the room, make a noise like a frog!"
"What?" said her Grandpa.
"Make a noise like a frog - because Grandma said that as soon as you croak, we’re all going to Disneyland !”


Indian Water-Bearer with Cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But, the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts."

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day as we walk back, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house".

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life!

Blessings to all my crackpot friends