November 2008 Mother Tersea Council 12202

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
John Johnston 275-0745
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Bernie Lutes 545-9564
Mike Abraniuk 545-1565
Myles Bukowsky 550-5795
Trustee 1 year
Clay Vernerey 545-0616
Trustee 2 year
Roy Wylie 558-4838
Trustee 3 year
Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Inside Guard
Ed Sylvestre 503-7623
Outside Guard
Richard Landry 275-0818
Clair Methot 542-2051
Fr. Andrij Wasyinko 549-1327

Calendar of Events

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

Next General Meeting will be on January 26th, 2009

Keep Christ in Christmas - December 14th 3pm OLOV

Ladies Appreciation Night - May 8th, 2009 - Location TBA

Children's Festival - Early June - OLOV


Program Director John Johnston 275-0745
Church Director Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Community Director Gord Adams 260-1139
Council Director Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Family Director Maurice Bouchard 549-2310
Youth Director Richard Landry 275-0818
Membership Director Dale Hofer 938-3253
Recruitment Steve Malerby 542-9579
Recruitment Mike Abraniuk 545-1565
Health Director Larry Drescher 545-0081
BBQ Director Myles Bukowsky 550-5795


Grand Knight's Report

(from November 25th General Meeting)

Brother Nights, we’re back again. We had a pretty good turnout tonight at the Necrology Mass. The list of deceased is getting pretty long. Fortunately over the last year we have not lost anyone from 12202. Let’s pray we have the same fortune of the coming year. Thank you to Brother Jack for putting this together tonight.

Last week we had 3 new knights go through the first degree ceremony; Andrew Pfannschmidt, Ben Lowen, and Phil Allen. It was a great ceremony and the 4949 team did an outstanding job. Our net new membership has grown by eight over the last couple months. Keep up the great work brothers in growing our fraternity.

Last Saturday night was the St. James Pub Night and Silent Auction. I’d like to thank Gord Adams, Brian Monaghan, Jack McLaughlin, Bernie Lutes, and Maurice Bouchard (our quarterback) for their outstanding efforts in running the bar. The feedback from the school was very positive.

For our January meeting I have asked Amery Schultz do a presentation on the new insurance offerings. There have many changes and from what I understand, all for the better.

Just as a note, we will not have a December general meeting due to the Christmas season hustle and bustle. Our next general meeting will be on January 26th, 2009

That’s all for tonight. I ‘d like to keep it short as the ladies are upstairs drinking all the wine.

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:

Brother Knights, I am always pleased to see the fraternity that is shown among our Brother Knights. Whether at a funeral or a social function, you can not find a nicer bunch of guys to be around. Everyone is always so caring and
sharing and willing to help out where needed that it makes me proud to be a Catholic and a Knight of Columbus. I would like to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Vivat Jesus
Bruce Lines
DD # 11


Does anyone know who this man is?

He was recently seen at the St. James Pub Night bee-bopping to the likes of the Holly's and Shania Twain. Rumour has it that it was our very own Father Martin, but this is yet to be confirmed. If it was, this is a talent that the author of this writing has never seen before.


Roy Wylie earns Certificate of Appreciation

Brother Roy Wylie has organized our Bingo volunteers for the past two years. This involves a great deal of commitment and dedication to the event. He even went as far as filling in for brothers that had to cancel at the last minute or did not show up for what ever reason. It has come to the time where he is handing over the reins to brother Ed Sylvestre. The 12202 membership would like to thank you Roy for your outstanding efforts over the last couple years. A certificate of appreciation was presented to him at the Fraternity Night on November 28th.

Chaplain's Message

Dear friends, as we now prepare for the Messiah’s coming into our lives, I would like to take this opportunity to talk briefly about the Phylipian fast or Advent.

On November 15, the Ukrainian Catholic Church begins what is referred to as the Philip’s Fast. The Feast of Saint Philip the Apostle is celebrated in the Byzantine Tradition on November 14th,. So, on the evening of November 14th the Eastern Church begins a forty-day period of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord on December 25th. Advent – This is term used by the Roman Catholic Church to describe the preparation period for Christ's Birth. It comes from the Latin “adventus” and means "coming".

We do not know precisely at what date the celebration of Advent was introduced into the Church. Documents establish that the Church in Rome, the Latin Tradition, began to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord within the first century of Christ’s death and resurrection, while the celebration was introduced in the Christian East around 400 AD. Additionally, we know that towards the end of the 4th century, the Nativity of Christ was celebrated by some on December 25th and by others on January 6th.

The council of Saragossa, in Spain, decided in 380AD that from December 17th till Epiphany, no one could absent himself from services. In Gaul, in the 6th century, a sort of Lent was observed from November 11th till Christmas. Advent was celebrated in Rome under Pope St. Gregory the Great towards the end of the 6th century. It seems to have come into the practice of the Church of the Byzantine rite much later. In the ninth century, the Greeks fasted from November 15th until Christmas, but nothing in the liturgical life of those forty days implied any sort of preparation for the feast of the Nativity. Present day Byzantine custom seems to have become established in the 17th century. The Roman Catholic Church now begins Advent on the nearest Sunday to the feast of St. Andrew, November 30the, and their Advent comprises four Sundays, in comparison to 6 in the Byzantine Church.

Why bother with a Fast before Christmas? First of all, any fasting without prayer and almsgiving is really just a diet! So, when we speak about the Phillip’s Fast or Advent, the faithful of the Church are encouraged to abstain from foods or recreational activities (parties, TV, movies etc.) and to make a special effort towards spiritual renewal through prayer, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and of course participating in acts of charity. God bless you all.


November 28th Fraternity Night

What an awesome night this turned out to be. There were more families with children then have been for a few years, and they all appeared to having a great time. The kids were challenged with a crossword game for a reward of a candy bar for each completed puzzle. The adults also had their memories tested in a trivia game. It appeared there are some pretty good memories. At least 3 people remembered Choo Choo bars. The highlight had to be the Zirka dancers however. There costumes and chirography were second to none. Everyone was treated to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Wine on the tables was provided by the Schubert Centre, whom did an outstanding job in treating us to a fine night. Thank you to all that attended.

Knight Fence Crew Works Magic!

Knights Bernie Lutes, Jack McLaughlin, Ed Sylvestre, Dave Cleveland, and of course our Father Andrij did some modifications to St. Josaphat's front gate. On Saturday the 29th, these gents added some fencing to the front gate to help discourage animals from entering the church property. Thank you to these men for their efforts. The only thing reported they were not to keen on was the weather. It was a bit chilly.

Keep Christ in Christmas Family Event

As a reminder, we are having our second annual Keep Christ in Christmas event at OLOV on the 14th of this month at 3pm. This will entail a few Christmas songs, crafts, stations in the church whereby we learn more about our faith, plus a good possibility that Santa will appear. Don't miss this great family faith event. It was a huge hit last year, so let's keep this tradition alive.

Father Martin's Birthday

Last Sunday we celebrated Father Martin's birthday with a cake. It appeared to be a huge hit as the Narthex was as full as I've ever seen it after mass. Thank you to Myles Bukowsky for running with this. The cakes were fabulous. Happy belated birthday Father Martin!

Website up and running

Well everyone, our new website is up and getting more populated everyday. Please have a look. The address is . Most of the links are up and running. If not, they will be shortly. If you have any suggestions for the site, please let Dale Hofer know. You will also notice photos of members I was able to get to stand still for a minute. If you haven't had your picture taken, you will be soon.