November 2009 Mother Tersea Council 12202
Calendar of Events
Executive Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7pm
Next General Meeting - January 26th - OLOV
(No December General Meeting)
Family Christmas Party - November 28th - Schubert Center - 6pm
St. James Pub Night - December 5th 6:30pm
KCIC Youth Event - December 13th - 3pm
First Degree - December 15th - Columbus Court - 7pm
Family Photo Entry Deadline - January 31st
Valentine's Dinner/Dance - February 12th - Schubert
Website is www.kofc12202.ca
Grand Knight's Report
Grand Knight Message from the November 24th, 2009 Meeting
We have a 1st degree coming up on December 15th. We had 2 new candidates read in tonight and one last month. I should be receiving another Form 100 on Sunday, so that will give us 4 for the 15th. It would be nice to get a couple more.
There are 2 major degrees coming to our area in this spring, so any 1st degree members, please mark one of these dates on your calendar; April 10th in Kelowna, and May 15th in Kamloops.
As many of you know, there is a new CWL starting up at OLOV. These are exciting times. On December 3rd, they are having a meeting after a 6:30 pm mass. We are tending to tea and coffee for the meeting. With this new CWL, I believe this gives us an opportunity to work with them in growing our church and faith through awareness in more fund raising and charity work. If you have an opportunity to lend some support to this new group, please do so.
This Sunday is the beginning of Advent. This is a time of anticipation and prayer for the birth of our Saviour. During this time, remember what Christmas is really all about. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the commercial world all around us. Keep Christ in your minds and hearts during this festive season.
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.
Grand Knight 12202
District Deputies Report:
Reverend Fathers, Worthy Grand Knights and Brothers:
Family Keep Christ in Christmas Event
Sunday December 13th 3pm
This is an annual event in which we focus on the true meaning of Christmas. We also tie Santa into Christmas in a very special way. Please come out to share the experience. It's just not for kids. As Brother Jack McLaughlin said so perfectly at our general meeting last Tuesday, "A lot of work goes into each and every event, and brother knights need to respect that and partake in these events". You don't have to organize the event, just show up to appreciate it. Brother Joe Bukowsky is the chair for this event, please come out to partake in the experience.
Dear Brother Knights,
There is a story of a person who once saw a beautiful rose growing in the weed-filled yard of an abandoned house. The house had been vacant for some time. When he tried to pull the rose out of the ground, he found that its roots extended more than 9 feet across the property line and ended up in the well-tended garden of a next-door neighbour. That beautiful rose was able to grow and flourish in the midst of weeds because its root system was connected to a source from which it received constant nourishment and moisture.
D. Elton Trueblood, a noted 20th century theologian said once, “The terrible danger of our time consists in the fact that ours is a cut-flower civilization. Beautiful as cut flowers may be ... they will eventually die because they are severed from their sustaining roots. We are trying to maintain the dignity of the individual apart from deep faith that every person is made in God’s image and is therefore precious in God’s eyes.”
Dear Brothers, maybe some of you heard on the news recently about attempts to cut our Christian roots in various parts of the world. One of the headlines of this month was the ruling of the European Court, which in response to a complaint by an Italian secularist campaigner, said that the display of crucifixes violated the religious rights of pupils. As a result the crucifixes from public places in Italy must be removed. Another recent example of cutting our Christian roots is a bill presented by the Labour government in England, called the “Equality Bill”, which in essence is a restriction on the expression of any Christian symbols at Christmas time.
The Equality Bill combines all previous equality legislation in the U.K., and includes a range of new provisions. As this bill is debated, Monsignor Andrew Summersgill, general secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, in a letter to MPs wrote, ""Under existing legislation, we have seen the development of a risk-averse culture with outcomes as ridiculous as reports of a local authority instructing tenants to take down Christmas lights in case they might offend Muslim neighbours, or of authorities removing the word Christmas out of cultural sensitivity to everyone except Christians. The Christian Institute, Britain's leading Christian political lobby group, has listed incidents where public displays of Christianity at Christmas have already come under attack. Councils around Britain are removing all references to the name "Christmas" from their 2009 events. Birmingham City Council has changed the name of this year's light-switching-on event to the generic "Winterval."
Dear Brother Knights, I am very proud to be a part of the Council, which took upon itself such a wonderful and praiseworthy idea of spreading the message of keeping Christ in Christmas. Just yesterday, it was a joy for me on my way from Kelowna to follow a car with our magnet on its bumper. Maybe some of you listened to the song by “Go Fish” that I forwarded to our Great Knight. The message there is the same – Keep Christ in Christmas. However, as the singer stated, some people do not want that because it intimidates. And rightly so, since Christ came to intimidate us. He disturbs us by what He is. We can compare ourselves to other people and feel that we are good and often even much better than they are. But when we compare ourselves to Jesus, we see how far we have fallen short of what God created us to be. Jesus disturbs us by showing us what we may become. When we stand in His presence, our first word will be, “I am not like Him,” but our second will be, “But I can be like Him by God’s grace. I ought to be like Him. I want to be like Him.”
Jesus disturbs us by the call of human need. We cannot be in the presence of Jesus and be at rest, at peace, as long as there are people suffering. He disturbs us about the injustices of our social order, about world peace, world hunger, about the hatred and the sin in our lives. He makes us restless about these evils that we may give ourselves to the changing of them.
Dear Brothers Knights, why does Jesus disturb us? Only for one reason: to heal us. He is the Divine Disturber in order that He may become the Divine Healer. Just as a physician will break a crooked bone in order to set it straight, God may break a wrong spirit in order to give us a chance to possess the right spirit – the Holy Spirit. Dear friends, continue to be connected to our Christian roots. Keep Christ in Christmas; keep Christ in your hearts.
Please wish these merry men a very happy birthday.
>>>>>Stan Mielniczuk..........December 5th. >>>>>>>>Mike Mulholland........December 6th
>>>>>Angelo Sabbadin........ December 15th>>>>>>>>Gord Adams............. December 29th