May 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
Clay Vernerey
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
Service Program Directors
Program Director
Clay Vernerey
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, May 08, 2012 - 7 pm OLOV Council Chambers lower parking lot

Next General Meeting - 4th Tuesday of the Month, May 22, 2012 - 7 pm OLOV Council Chambers lower parking lot.

Fraternal Knight Lunch - 2nd Thursday of the Month, May 10, 2012 - 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Legion (behind Watkin Ford). Come join us!!!!

Prolife Rosary

at the grotto after Mass

Sunday May 27

This is a wonderful opportunity to recite the rosary and pray for the unborn.

Last Month's 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?

Answer revealed in last month's Newsletter was incorrect.

The correct answer (and the Error was mine) is 'Joe Bukowsky' and he was 45 years young at the time.

Question of the month:

In what year was Council 12202 formed and who was its founding Grand Knight?

Council 12202 was formed on July 1, 1998 and Bert Niehaus was the founding Grand Knight.




Grand Knight's Comments

April 2012

This past Sunday after mass Brother Clayton Bzdel was recognized as Knight of the Quarter for our Council and was thanked by your Grand Knight in front of the congregation for his untiring work as our Director of Pro Life and all the areas that he so quietly looks after and ensures our Council is focused on the reasons why we so fully support the Pro Life Society and what it stands for. Brother Clayton also has served this past 4 years as chairman of the St James School board and has given countless hours of his time and talent in directing this very important part of our Parish community life. We also recognized Brother Joe Bukowsky and his family as Family of the Quarter for their total family commitment to the music ministry at OLOV as well as Joe being Director of our Family program which you all witnessed a part of as the Children’s Easter egg hunt was held two weeks ago. Joe now has his sights set on the Children’s festival scheduled for June 24th. Much work goes on and the planning and assistance of Brother Knights is fully appreciated. Congratulations to Clayton and the Bukowsky family on being recognized for their hard work.

Since we last met we had the pleasure of seeing 5 of our Knights move up to the 3rd Degree on March 31st in Kelowna. What was even more pleasing was to see an additional 6 men from our Council accompany our candidates and make it a truly meaningful and special day for everyone who attended.

As your Grand Knight I continue to be amazed at the dedication and support many of you provide this Council and Father in the work of the Parish and the necessary part you play in the lives of our parishioners.

The meeting with Father Dale was an example of the fact our Parish Priest is very pleased with the support he receives from the Knights.  He sees us in every area of his pastoral charge and appreciates the many things we do.

Our Deputy Grand Knight Clay Vernerey is blind and so he has a talking watch. He is very prompt and on time for everything he does so Brother Bernie asked Clay to let us hear his watch….which he did. Then Bernie turned around to the clock behind him and took it off the wall and installed a new battery and set the time to exactly what was said on Clay’s watch. We should never be late again.

Brother Bernie then pulled out the tools he had used earlier in order to set a wall hangar and screw in place to hold the clock. The hammer, the awl, screwdriver, wall plug and screw were all there. As Grand Knight this simple example shows that in order to do one thing like hang a clock on the wall many tools are needed. The same is true for one project in the Knights it takes many people with different talent to make any project work and this Council is blessed with men who will step up and help make projects a reality and a success. Thank you




Our May General Meeting is much more than just another regular meeting. It is the Annual General meeting and Election of Officers. This year all positions for the Council have been filled as a well as many of the chairmen for the special events held throughout the year. A heartfelt Thanks to everyone who has accepted the opportunity to help our Council succeed. Currently only one event is without a chairman at this time……The Oktoberfest Annual Fundraiser for our Council……… We need each of you to please consider stepping up and volunteering to make this event happen again this year. There are a number of volunteers who have offered to help but it needs a leader. Without a chairman this event will not occur.

I would ask each of you to show your gratitude and support for all the Knights who are currently serving and the ones who will take office on July 1st by making a commitment to attend this General Meeting on Tuesday May 22, 2012 at OLOV lower parking lot entrance at What better way to show you care and support your Knights of Columbus Council #12202 than by being here and voting for the team that will lead your Council for the next 12 months. There is a saying that Actions speak louder than Words. By attending our meeting you are showing active support of your membership in the Knights. I hope we can see you on May 22nd, call a fellow Knight to accompany you!! To help you in locating their telephone numbers here is an updated membership listing for your personal files.



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Knight of the Quarter



Brother Clayton Bzdel was chosen as your Knight of the quarter for his continuing good service to our Knights of Columbus Council 12202 and parish Community. Clayton has been the chairman of St. James school board for the past three years and has helped steer the school through registration and financial challenges. He has been your Prolife Director for the Council over the past year and has actively participated in the March for Life and more recently, the candle vigil program for the unborn. Over the past years Clayton and his family have always been available for decorating the hall at our Council’s annual fundraisers. This year at the Rosary for Prolife the crosses that were made, constructed, and painted by Clayton and his team will be evident as they are displayed on the lawn in front of the church.

Clayton and his family are relocating to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan later this spring. They will be missed by our Parish and the Knights due to their strong commitment to being involved. We wish them all the best and God speed.





Family of the Quarter

Joe Bukowsky, his wife, Michelle, and children Myles, Amanda, and Lauren were chosen as Family of the quarter by your Knights of Columbus Council. They were chosen because of their continuing commitment to the music ministry of Our Lady of the Valley Church. In addition, Brother Joe is our Family Director and responsible for the children’s Easter egg hunt and planning for the June Children’s Festival.

It is extremely pleasing to see an entire family attend church regularly and give so freely of their time to Our Lady of the Valley. While Myles now works out of town, when he is home for the occasional weekend, you will find him at church with the family band doing his Christian duty.

101st Annual British Columbia & Yukon State Council Meeting

Grand Knight, Bernie Lutes and Treasurer, Gerry Glasser were Council 12202’s delegates at the 101st Convention which was held from April 27th to April 29th, 2012 in Richmond, BC. The theme of the Convention was “Listen to My Voice”, which is a paraphrase from John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

Both your Grand Knight and Treasurer attended Adoration Chapel during the wee hours of Saturday morning from 3:00 to 4:00 AM at Council 12202’s designated time for adoration. Mass on Saturday, April 28th was a Necrology Mass. The names of those Knights who died during the past year including that of our Brother Bud Belanger were read.

Friday evening was a casual evening with a Salute to the BC Lions who are the current Grey Cup Champions. Knights were encouraged to wear their favourite CFL colours.

The conference is a really good time to see and hear of how all other Councils in B.C are working and how we stack up in terms of accomplishments.

While our Council did not apply or receive any of the State awards we certainly have shown good work over the year and I am excited by having a new Deputy Grand Knight and Program Chairman who will see that applications in all of our service areas occur in 2013. I would say that Gerry & I left the conference better focussed in where we need to put our energy and focus.

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amoung others

Bishop Richard Gagnon

State Chaplain

Wil Wilmot

State Deputy

Bernie Lutes & Gerry Glasser

Friday Night CFL Night

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 now has the movie "Courageous" which was purchased by our Council on a licence basis for a 1 year period. Juan Ferrigno and Deloy Routley have decided they will be holding a movie week at Our Lady of the Valley. Full details will be provided at Mass as to times. Our plan is to have the movie in the Narthex and have early and late showings.

We have invited the Youth Group to provide popcorn and soft drinks on a 'donation basis'

This is a "DON'T MISS" movie to watch especially if you have teenage children who would benefit from seeing this.


Chaplain's Five

Knights of Columbus  - April 24, 2012

Christ is Risen! ............................................................. Indeed He is Risen!

Dear Brothers Knights,

In the 5th century, St. Augustine, one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church, wrote the following statement: “It is no great thing to believe that Christ died; for this is something that is also believed by pagans and Jews and by all the wicked: everyone believes that he died. The Christians’ faith is in Christ’s resurrection; this is what we hold to be a great thing – to believe that he rose.”

Dear Brothers, by way of strengthening her faithful in the conviction in Christ’s resurrection, during the Divine Liturgy for two consecutive Sundays after Easter, the Eastern Catholic Church continues to read various Resurrection stories. Additionally, for forty days, from Easter Sunday to the feast of the Ascension of our Lord, during each service we will sing a short, but theologically very meaningful tropar or verse:

“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling death by death, and to those in the tombs giving life.”

Beloved in Christ, the Easter message is that Christ is risen and he changed the nature of death. With His suffering, dying and death He gave to it a new meaning. Physical death is no longer the end of one’s existence, but the beginning of a new stage in our relationship with a loving and caring God. This wonderful mystery is for us to comprehend, to live it and to share it as good news with those who do not know Christ or do not fully believe in Him.

Dear friends, the issues of dying, death, faith and hope was the theme of my last few days as I took part in a Symposium on Euthanasia in Ottawa last week. Tonight I would like to briefly share with you brothers a few facts that I learned there.

First of all, why is euthanasia coming or why is it considered or supported by the public so strongly?

According to recent statistics, in Canada & USA, 60-80% support euthanasia; in Netherland and Belgium, it is even higher 80-90%.

There are a few reasons that contribute to the already favorable conditions to support this:


1. The loss of the Transcendent (the whole area of belief in God and the after-life) – only 2 out of 10 people go to church on Sunday; only for 40% is religion important (age 18-24 – 30%) age over 65 – 56%; believing in God – young people 65%, older 79%.

2. Taken as an issue of autonomy & choice – I want to have control when & how to die.

3. Fear of future suffering during or before physical death – people are not afraid of death itself, but of dying and the suffering connected with this.

4. Fear of losing dignity, becoming dependent and becoming a burden.

5. Lack of hope and understanding of suffering.

6. Social isolation and many other reasons.

Dear friends, the battle to legalize euthanasia in this country has just started and will not go away.

We as Catholics need to be courageously engaged in this battle for life. The first step is to be educated on the issue because what we hear in the media is not the whole truth. For example, if it is true that 7 out of 10 Canadians support euthanasia, what is not mentioned is that also 7 out of 10 are concerned that it could be abused and that 4 to 1 Canadians are saying our priority should be palliative care, not mercy killing.

In 2007 there was an experiment among palliative care patients. They were asked if euthanasia should be legalized – 63% said yes. Then the next question was: If it was legalized now, would you ask for it today – only 5% said yes.

Dear friends, I will leave you with words from another 5th century saint, St. Gregory the Theologian who very eloquently expressed the issue of God’s great gift for us and its benefits. He wrote: “Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us. He assumed the worst, that He might give us the better. He became poor, that we – through His poverty – might be rich. He took upon Himself the form of a servant, that we might receive back our liberty. He came down, that we might be exalted. He was tempted, that we might conquer. He was dishonored, that He might glorify us. He died, that He might save us. He ascended, that He might draw to Himself us – who were lying low in the Fall of sin …” Amen.

Christ is Risen!


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

This is a new opportunity to provide the gift of mobility to those in the world who cannot afford it.

Wheelchair Sunday, May 13th


Recruitment with Knight Vision

A monthly newsletter intended to provide recruiting guidance and membership growth success.

Are we living up to what We have been called to be? Sometimes in our busy lives, we forget that there are certain things that as Catholic leaders, we have been called to be. One of the most important of these is being a positive example to our children and other Catholic families. In most parishes it is fair to say that the Knights of Columbus are the largest, organized group of men. This implies a certain responsibility not the least of which is that we lead our parishioners by our example, especially when it comes to supporting calls from our Priests and Church. And yet, there are times in the life of our Church when we are noticeably absent or small in numbers when we should be well represented. For example, as a council, are you attending Life Chains, pro-life marches, Stations of the Cross, the Marian Adoration services sponsored by our Order, Eucharistic Adoration, etc.?  These are all faith based acts that will show potential members that the Knights of Columbus truly are an Order of prayerful, spiritual men, but only if they see us participate to the fullest extent possible.  Make these events Council events, and encourage members to wear their blazers, crests, hats, name badges, whatever they need to show that the Knights of Columbus are there in force and that we not only talk the talk, but we walk the walk.  This is the example of living our faith that will help attract young families to our Order. We cannot assume we know what will interest younger members to join our Order. Make sure you don’t miss providing them with the opportunity to belong to the Knights of Columbus by our involvement within the Church. Young men are searching for opportunities to give back to the church and the community so when they see Brother Knights active around the parish, they may become interested in also contributing in a fruitful and fulfilling way, they just need to be asked.



Ladies Appreciation

On May 4th our Council again held a special evening of honouring our wives by holding our Ladies Appreciation night. With over 80 people in attendance including all three of our local priests the evening was a combination of a recognition of the roles our wives play in our lives to good humour and socializing. Special guests included our State Warden and his wife and the Grand Knight from Council 4949 & his wife. Brother Dale Hofer our Council Chancellor and also the District Deputy for our Area was the chairman for this event. He arranged the facility and the excellent meal arrangements along with the formal white invitations that invited all to attend. Job well done Brother Dale.


May Birthdays
Igo Pielecki 1 Dick Vest 16
Reinie Berndt


John Vanden Heuvel 17
Paul Allen 6 William Kovach 18
Kenneth Lehman 10 Fr. Andrzej Wasylinko 19
Fr. Ryszard Hanaczewski 12 Brian Malerby 23
Ignacy Pielecki 14 Henry Detourdonnet 30

The Funny Bone...

Sometimes we just need to smile. This will definitely help you smile.


Two Little Boys

After a hardy rainstorm filled all the potholes in the streets and alleys, a young mother watched her two little boys playing in the puddles through her kitchen window. The older of the two, a five year old lad, grabbed his sibling by the back of his head and shoved his face into the water hole.
As the boy recovered and stood laughing and dripping, the mother ran to the yard in a panic. 'Why on earth did you do that to your little brother?!' she asked as she shook the older boy in anger.
'We were just playing 'church' mommy,' he said. 'I was just baptizing the name of the Father, the Son and in...the hole-he-goes.'



Public Service Announcements

VJ Hospital Auxilary







Big Bike for Heart and Stroke Foundation

On May 9, 2012 several members of Councils 4949 and 12202 as well as several ladies from both parishes participated in the "Big Bike" ride to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. We managed to raise over $3,600 for the cause. Thank you to all who rode and to those who supported us by donating.




Advance Notice of Catholic Men's Conference in Vancouver

My hope is that we as a council might consider filling a seven passenger Van and attending this function or, in co-operation with the District Deputy, having the Schubert bus available for us to use. All interested Knights please contact your Council Church Director for next year, Arthur Moeller, to make him aware of your interest.