November 2009 Mother Tersea Council 12202

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
Bernie Lutes 545-9564
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Chancellor
David Cleveland 938-5020
Recorder
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Treasurer
Ben Loewen 542-4342
Advocate
Clair Methot 542-2051
Warden
Myles Bukowsky 550-5795
Trustee 1 year
Juan Ferrigno 545-2065
Trustee 2 year
Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Trustee 3 year
Ron Gatzke 547-6022
Inside Guard
Anton Schnieder 549-1789
Outside Guard
Ben Allen 550-6111
Lecturer
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Chaplain
Fr. Andrij Wasylinko 549-1327

Field Agent
Blaine Anhel 1-250.804.8787

Calendar of Events

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

 

Program Director Bernie Lutes 250-545-9564
Church Director Jack McLaughlin 250-260-1933
Community Director David Sorokovsky 250-545-3352
Council Director Bert Niehaus 250-549-7437
Family Director Maurice Bouchard 250-549-2310
Youth Director Richard Landry 778-475-0818
Membership Director Steve Malerby 250-542-9579
Recruitment Jack McLaughlin 250-260-1933
Recruitment Dale Hofer 250-938-3253
Health Director Larry Drescher 250-545-0081
BBQ Director Myles Bukowsky 250-550-5795
Bingo Director Gerry Goudge 250-545-8986

Website is www.kofc12202.ca

Grand Knight's Report

Grand Knight Message from the November 24th, 2009 Meeting

Brothers,

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.

Dale Hofer

Grand Knight 12202

District Deputies Report:

Reverend Fathers, Worthy Grand Knights and Brothers:
I bring you greeting from Supreme and from our State Deputy Michael Yeo. I will be attending a meeting of the District Deputies in a few weeks in Surrey and will be called upon to give an account of my District. Councils have plenty of productive
programs to report, but we have only brought in 2 new members in the whole District since July 1st. We are going to lose more than that to the Lord before Christmas! Recruitment is an ongoing concern where each and every member of the Council has to be active. I have yet to see anyone offended by being told that they would make a good Knight of Columbus.
I would like to wish all of my Brother Knights a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Bruce Lines
DD # 11

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Family Keep Christ in Christmas Event

Sunday December 13th 3pm

OLOV

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.

 

 

Chaplain's Report

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.

 

 

Rememberance Day Celebrations on November 11th.

Thank you to all that came out on November 11th to take the time to remember those that have lost their lives for our freedom. Special Thank you to Bert Niehaus, Steve Malerby and Ron Gatzke who took the lead in Vernon, Coldstream and Lumby respectively.

February 12th Valentine's Dance

Our council is happy to announce our first ever Valentine's Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction at the Schubert Center. Building on the success of our St. Patrick's Day celebration, this should be better than ever. We are planning a first class GALA event for you and your Valentine. This evening will include a first class dinner, a silent auction similar to St. Pat's, and then dancing into the night to the music of the Kings. Tickets will be $25 and will be available the second week of December. Mark your calendars.

December Birthdays

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

Pro-Life Baby Crib

Brother Joel Allen and his wife Rita will once again be organizing a Pro-Life Baby Crib Hamper to be put in place right after Christmas. As was done last year, you bring anything a bady might need; things like sleepers, diapers, blankets, bottles, formula, etc, etc. These are placed in the crib and then given to our local Pro-Life at the end of January. Thank you Joel and Rita for doing this worthwhile cause again.

 

 

 

As told by Fr. Tony Ackerman....

at the 4th degree meeting November 22nd

 

A NUN WAS SITTING AT THE AIRPORT, WAITING FOR HER FLIGHT TO  CHICAGO .
 
SHE LOOKED OVER IN THE CORNER AND SAW ONE OF THOSE WEIGHT MACHINES THAT TELLS YOUR FORTUNE AND THOUGHT TO HERSELF, 'I'LL GIVE IT A TRY AND SEE WHAT IT TELLS ME.'
 
SHE WENT OVER TO THE MACHINE, STEPPED UP ON THE SCALE AND PUT HER NICKEL IN, OUT CAME A CARD THAT READ, 'YOU ARE A NUN, YOU WEIGH 128 LBS, AND YOU ARE GOING TO CHICAGO .'
 
THE NUN SAT BACK DOWN. SHE TOLD HERSELF THAT THE MACHINE PROBABLY GIVES THE SAME CARD TO EVERYONE. THE MORE SHE THOUGHT ABOUT IT THE MORE CURIOUS SHE GOT SO SHE DECIDED TO TRY IT AGAIN SHE WENT BACK TO THE MACHINE AND AGAIN PUT HER NICKEL IN, AND OUT CAME A CARD THAT READ:
 
'YOU ARE A NUN, YOU WEIGH 128 LBS, YOU ARE GOING TO CHICAGO AND YOU ARE GOING TO PLAY A FIDDLE.'
 
THE NUN SAYS TO HERSELF, 'I KNOW THAT IS WRONG, I HAVE NEVER PLAYED A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT EVEN ONCE IN MY LIFE.' SHE SAT BACK DOWN..
 
FROM OUT OF NOWHERE A COWBOY CAME OVER AND SAT DOWN, PUTTING HIS FIDDLE CASE ON THE SEAT BETWEEN THEM.
WITHOUT THINKING, SHE OPENED THE COWBOY'S CASE, TOOK OUT THE FIDDLE, AND STARTED PLAYING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.
 SURPRISED AT WHAT SHE HAD DONE, SHE LOOKED OVER AT THE MACHINE, THINKING,
 'THIS IS INCREDIBLE, I'VE GOT TO TRY THIS AGAIN.' 
 
BACK TO THE MACHINE SHE WENT, PUT IN ANOTHER NICKEL, AND ANOTHER CARD CAME OUT. IT READ, 'YOU ARE A NUN, YOU WEIGH 128 LBS , YOU ARE GOING TO CHICAGO AND YOU ARE GOING TO BREAK WIND.' NOW SHE KNOWS THE MACHINE IS WRONG ,AS SHE THOUGHT TO HERSELF, 'I'VE NEVER BROKEN WIND IN PUBLIC  A SINGLE TIME IN MY LIFE..' BUT GETTING DOWN OFF THE MACHINE SHE SLIPPED,AND AS SHE WAS STRAINING TO KEEP HERSELF FROM FALLING TO THE FLOOR, SHE BROKE WIND. 

ABSOLUTELY STUNNED, SHE SAT BACK DOWN AND LOOKED AT THE MACHINE. SHE SAID TO HERSELF, 'THIS IS TRULY REMARKABLE. I'VE GOT TO TRY  THIS AGAIN.'SHE WENT BACK TO THE MACHINE, PUT IN ANOTHER NICKEL AND ANOTHER CARD CAME OUT.

 IT READ, 'YOU ARE A NUN,  YOU WEIGH 128 LBS, YOU HAVE FIDDLED AND FARTED AROUND AND MISSED YOUR FLIGHT TO CHICAGO '..