March 2012 Newsletter

Mother Teresa Council 12202

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The 2011-2012 Executive Team

Fr. Andrij Wasylinko
Grand Knight
Bernie Lutes
Deputy Grand Knight
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby
Dale Hofer
Bert Niehaus
Gerry Glasser
Jack McLaughlin
Ben Allen
Trustee 1 year
Art Moeller
Trustee 2 year
Juan Ferrigno
Trustee 3 year
Maurice Bouchard
Inside Guard
Anton Schnieder
Outside Guard
Bill Walker
Ben Loewen
Program Director
Church Director
Juan Ferrigno
Community Director
Art Moeller
Council Director
Gerry Glasser
Family Director
Joe Bukoswky
Youth Director
Angelo Sabaddin
Pro-Life Director
Clayton Bzdel
Membership Director
Steve Malerby
Recruitment 1
Dale Hofer
Recruitment 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 - 2nd Tuesday of the month, March 13, 2012 - 7 pm OLOV Council Chambers lower parking lot

Next General Meeting - 4th Tuesday of the Month, March 27, 2012 - 7 pm OLOV Council Chambers lower parking lot.


Every Knight interested in the discussion of the decision to assist with the special funds request should attend.

Fraternal Knight Lunch - 2nd Thursday of the Month, March 08, 2012 - Noon to 1:30 pm at the Legion (behind Watkin Ford). Come join us!!!!

For those who may have given up alcohol for Lent, the Legion has alcohol free beer.

Major Degree - March 31, 2012

Kelowna, BC

Details to follow when available. If you are a first degree knight seriously consider participating in this important event.

Last Month's Question of the month:
What is the name of our longest serving Knight in our Council 12202 and how many years has he been in the Knights of Columbus?

Answer revealed at the general meeting on February 28, 2012 at OLOV. For those of you who were NOT there, the answer is Joe Monteyne who has been a Knight for 65 years.

Question of the month:
What is the name of our youngest Grand Knight. How old was he when he became Grand Knight of Council 12202?
March is our membership recruitment month. Do your part and invite a family to belong. Remember you only need to ask!


Grand Knight's Report

February 2012

As your Grand Knight I like to think we individually and as a Council push hard to do things right and never give up . But for this Lenten season I am suggesting to every Knight in our Council to maybe consider “Giving Up”.????? After you consider the areas that are covered in the list to the right YOU might also consider “giving up some of these”. I happened on this list while surfing the net on newsletters of Parishes within B.C. and this one from our Star of the Sea parish in White Rock spoke to me to look at things we sometime don’t consider and how it affects the people around us. We all need to consider caring more and thinking positive .

Please listen carefully to your yourself as you read through the list and if even a small part of you can say opps I think I might have done that to someone or thought about in that way…THEN……..what a great time to start on your list of what You gave up for Lent in 2012.

God Bless

Bernie Lutes

Your Grand Knight



Things to Give Up for Lent

• Give up complaining; focus on gratitude.

• Give up pessimism; become an optimist.

• Give up harsh judgments; use kindly thoughts.

• Give up worry, trust Divine Providence.

• Give up discouragement; be full of hope.

• Give up bitterness; turn to forgiveness.

• Give up hatred; return good for evil.

• Give up negativism; be positive.

• Give up anger; be more patient.

• Give up pettiness; become mature.

• Give up gloom; enjoy the beauty around you.

• Give up jealousy; pray for trust.

• Give up gossiping; control your tongue.

• Give up sin; turn to virtue.


Field Agent Knights of Columbus Insurance

Have you insured your most valuable asset?

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I would like to show you that Income Armor, an individual disability income insurance product from the Knights of Columbus, should be a key part of your overall financial plan and family’s protection.
If you become too sick or hurt to work, Income Armor provides monthly benefits to help you meet living expenses and maintain your standard of living. Your monthly benefits help you pay your mortgage ad other monthly bills, and help your savings and retirement assets remain intact.
In short, if you have a job and don’t have a way to protect that paycheck, you should seriously consider Income Armor today. I look forward to meeting with you.

Regards, Blaine Anhel, FIC Field Agent, Knights of Columbus Insurance
Cell: 250.804.8100 ----- Toll Free: 1(877)532-5632 ---- e-Mail: [email protected]



2011-2012 Charity Appeal Final Report

Knights of Columbus - Councils 4949 and 12202

I would like to thank everyone who helped with this year's Charity Appeal Campaign. Great job by all involved! Your assistance helped to raise funds that we will distribute within the community.

Highest sellers Hours donated Tickets Sold
Ralph Houslow - Council 4949
1,156 tickets sold
Council 4949 - 37 members
308.0 hours
Council 4949
Joe Ackerman - Council 12202
379 tickets sold
Council 12202 - 29 members
219.5 hours
Council 12202
527.5 hours

To see the list of winners go to:

Grand Knight Council 12202, Bernie Lutes presented a certificate of appreciation to individuals for their assistance with the 2011-2012 Charity Appeal.
Left to right: Bernie Lutes, Kelly Kedrosky (Village Green Mall), Gerry Glasser, Charity Appeal Chariman and Sal D'Agosto, Deputy Grand Knight Council 4949.
Left to right: Gerry Glasser, Bernie Lutes, Gerry Bowbell(Watkin Ford), and Sal D'Agosto.
Left to right: Bernie Lutes, Bradley Kirshner(Bannister Chevrolet), Gerry Glasser and Sal D'Agosto.




March Birthdays
Donald Wenger
Terry Dever
Maurice Sperling
Joseph Ackerman
Clayton Bzdel
Andrew Pfannschmidt
David Cleveland
Carl Dumont
Benjamin Allen
Roger Leflour
Gerald Goudge
Gerald Glasser
Maurice Bouchard
Herbert Dantzer



Chaplain's Report

Knights of Columbus  - February 2012

“The holy Fast has arrived; it denounces sin and defends repentance. It is the time of temperance. It brings salvation close to us, and makes us share the life of angels. O faithful, let us cry out with full voice: Lord, have mercy on us.”

Dear Brother Knights, these words from one of our last week’s services tells us about a special liturgical reality that we are now in – we entered the time of Lent. The faithful of the Catholic Church will fast for 40 days in order to prepare for the great feast of Christ’s resurrection. However, when one tries to count the days from Ash Wednesday to Pascha, it will be 46 days not 40. Well, in the counting in the Western Church, Sundays are not included as fasting days. In the Eastern Catholic Church it is even more complicated. We start our fast on Monday, two days before Ash Wednesday and continue to count for 40 days, Sundays included. Thus this year for example, Lent began on Monday, February 20 and will last for the next 40 days until Friday, March 30. But it is still 9 days before Easter. What follows is Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week, which is still fasting time, but separate from Lent.

Dear friends, regardless of the way in which we calculate our preparation for Easter, we all now are in the time of fasting. So, what is this fasting time about? Is it just about not having meat on certain days, or much more? The 4th century saint and the Doctor of the Church, John Chrysostom gives the following description for Lenten fasting:

“The honor of fasting does not lie in abstaining from food, but in withdrawing from sinful practices. Whoever limits his fasting only to abstain from foods is discrediting the fast. Are you fasting? Show me by your works! Do you ask ‘what kind of works’? If you see a poor man, show mercy to him! If you see an enemy, be reconciled with him! If you see a friend gaining honor, do not envy him!”

Dear brothers, from the teaching of this great saint, we can see that the essence of fasting is not so much about abstaining from certain foods, but from passions – the aim of fasting is to become more holy. Yet, if that is true, we are indeed asked not to eat meat or dairy products and the reason for that is, if we cannot master the basic drive – the desire to eat – it will be much harder to conquer our passions and weaknesses. Let us then ask our Lord, Jesus Christ, for the necessary strength to enter the arena of Lent with the necessary graces in order to purify our hearts for the time of Pascha.

Dear friends, for our monthly meditation from the Supreme Chaplain, Bishop William E. Lori, we have a reading about a very special person – our Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. This article was written in connection with the up-coming papal visit to the USA in April 15-20, 2008. In practically one page, Bishop Lori addressed a few essential facts concerning the head of the Catholic Church. I encourage you, brothers, to read this article carefully and remember the explanation given to such important questions as where does the Pope’s authority come from? What is his mission and role in the Church? How does he govern the Church? And many more. It is important for us to understand who the bishop of Rome, and successor of St. Peter is. Additionally, in the meditation you will learn that already by 2008, Pope Benedict has written more than 50 books and numerous articles, and delivered countless addresses. Personally, I will never forget his beautiful first encyclicl: “Deus Caritas Est – God is love”, which revealed to us Catholics and to the whole world, the deeply loving and pastoral heart of our Pontiff. Enjoy the article. Have a blessed Lent. Amen.


When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives.

Our Church Director, Brother Juan Ferrigno has ordered the movie "Courageous" and will be holding a movie night when the film is received in Vernon. Our plan is to have the movie in the Church and invite the whole parish. This expected to take place in late March or early April. This is a "DON'T MISS" movie to watch especially if you have teenage children who would benefit from seeing this.


The Funny Bone...


A group of friends from the local United Church wanted to get together on a regular basis, socialize, and play games. The lady of the house was to prepare the meal.

When it came time for Al and Janet to be the hosts, Janet wanted to outdo all the others. She decided to have mushroom-smothered steak. But mushrooms are expensive. She then told her husband, "No mushrooms. They are too high."

He said, "Why don't you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? There are plenty in the creek bed."

She said, "No, some wild mushrooms are poison."

He said, "Well, I see varmints eating them and they're OK." So Janet decided to give it a try. She picked a bunch, washed, sliced, and diced them for her smothered steak.

Then she went out on the back porch and gave Ol' Spot (the yard dog) a double handful. Ol' Spot ate every bite. All morning long, Janet watched Ol' Spot and the wild mushrooms didn't seem to affect him, so she decided to use them.

The meal was a great success, and Janet even hired a helper lady from town to help her serve. After everyone had finished, they relaxed, socialized, and played '42' and dominoes. About then, the helper lady came in and whispered in Janet's ear.

She said, "Mrs. Williams, Ol' Spot is dead."

Janet went into hysterics.

After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened.

The doctor said, "That's bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will call for an ambulance and I will be there as quickly as possible. We'll give everyone enemas and we will pump out everyone's stomach. Everything will be fine. Just keep them calm."

Soon they could hear the siren as the ambulance was coming down the road. The EMTs and the doctor had their suitcases, syringes, and a stomach pump. One by one, they took each person into the bathroom, gave them an enema, and pumped out their stomach.

After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, "I think everything will be fine now," and he left. They were all looking pretty weak sitting around the living room and about this time the helper lady came in and whispered to Janet, "You know, that fellow that run over Ol' Spot never even stopped."