November 2010 Mother Teresa Council 12202

Fr. Andrij Wasylinko 549-1327

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
Will Stanton 545-0515
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Ben Loewen 542-4342
Clair Methot 542-2051
Myles Bukowsky 550-5795
Trustee 1 year
Jack McLaughlin 545-2065
Trustee 2 year
Ron Gatzke 547-6022
Trustee 3 year
Juan Ferrigno 545-2065
Inside Guard
Anton Schnieder 549-1789
Outside Guard
Ben Allen 550-6111
Dave Sorokovsky 545-3352

Field Agent
Blaine Anhel 1-877-532-5632

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Calendar of Events

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

KCIC Family Event - December 12th - OLOV

Pro-Life Baby Basket - January 2011 - OLOV

Valentines Dinner/Dance - February 12th, 2011 Parish Center

Mass for the Unborn - March 25th, 2011

Ladies Appreciation - April 29th, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt - May 1st, 2011

Pro-Life Living Rosary - May 15th, 2011

Installation of Officers - June 5th, 2011

Children's Festival - June 12th, 2011

Program Director Will Stanton 250-545-0515
Church Director Juan Ferrigno 250-545-2065
Community Director Gerry Glasser 250-545-0577
Council Director Bernie Lutes 250-545-9564
Family Director Joe Bukoswky 250-545-8110
Youth Director Dale Hofer 250-938-3253
Pro-Life Director Clayton Bzdel 250-503-3069
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


Grand Knight's Report

Grand Knight Message from the November 23rd, 2010 Meeting

Welcome Brothers,

How about those Saskatchewan Roughriders? This year they won't loose by a penalty.

This month I would like to quote a section from "The Rediscovering Catholicism" book. This is taken from the chapter, "What are we celebrating?"

"I believe the best way to defend life is to celebrate life. I believe the best way to celebrate life is to live our life to the fullest. To embrace life with our arms wide open, to lay our lives enthusiastically at the services of humanity, to love deeply the people that cross our paths, and above all, to embrace our God. Life should never be wasted. Not one moment, because life is precious.

I believe the best way to defend the faith is to celebrate our faith. The best way to celebrate Catholicism is to live the faith more fully with each passing day, allowing it reach in to every corner of our lives. When Catholicism is the foundation of our family life, our social life, our intellectual life, our spiritual life, our community life, and our professional life, then we have established an integrated life - a life of integrity. That unity of life will speak more powerfully than any words can ever speak."

In a nutshell live life by example. I remember growing up as a kid, embarrassed when we prayed before a meal and I had friends over. Now, like my parents, we pray before every meal even when we have company for dinner; leading by example. I find it always amazing when my children's friends feel quite uncomfortable and uneasy while we pray. I do believe as what Matthew Kelly states above to live life and faith more fully each day, people will follow your lead.

If you haven't already bought one of these books, please do so. You will not regret it.

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:

My Brothers All,

It’s happening, here we are a month before Christmas and I have had to stop and give myself the reality check……its’ not about getting the lights up on the garage or trying to figure out what kind of gift to get my wife…..its about stopping and rejoicing in the reason we are celebrating this season.   It is about the fraternal friendships that we share with one another as Brother Knights  and more importantly about the good works that our Order does BECAUSE we celebrate the Birth of Christ and what that means to all of us.

I look around and see how fortunate I am.  I think of those men and women who are away from home because they are defending the right to worship   I think of all of those who are cold and hungry while I write in my daytimer yet another social event. I think of the little girl I watched on the Santa Claus parade who wished everyone a Happy Holidays. I think of the money that will be spent “buying” happiness.  I think of all of these things and I want to say, I’m sorry God…..  Thank you for the reality check.

I will be attending the semi-annual DD’s meeting in Surrey the first weekend in December.  It provides an opportunity for all of the DD’s to come together and share ideas and successes, as well as to find out the goals of the Jurisdiction for the next six months of our fraternal year.

I am pleased with the recruitment results to date in District 11, but one thing that this season does provide us with is the coming together not only at mass, but for other seasonal occasions….look around you, do you see a catholic gentleman that is not a Brother.  Extend that hand of welcome and invitation!

On behalf of Deb and our family, I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  Be safe in your travels over the holiday season and remember, when you are greeted with a seasonal salutation, return that greeting with a MERRY CHRISTMAS and give thanks for the glorious gift of the Birth of our Saviour!

Merry Chritmas, Joyeux Noel

Michael Gernat DD #11



Chaplain's Report

Glory be to Jesus Christ,                                    November 23, 2010

Dear Brother Knights,

At our necrology mass last week I used an example of the saint of the day, Martyr Plato, who gave a wonderful witness to our Christian faith and the belief in eternal life. He said, when brought for a trial before his martyrdom: “There are two deaths: the temporal and eternal; and there are two lives: the one transitory and the other without end.” When surviving 18 days without food in prison he explained to his torturers: “You are satiated [sejshiejted]by food, but I by holy prayer; you rejoice in wine, but I in Christ, the true Vine.”

Dear friends, St. Plato’s witnesses to one of the crucial realities of our existence: the necessity of God’s presence in our life. At our last month’s sharing about our society’s understanding of death, I ended that “For many, religious faith has lost a prominent place, (or has no place at all) in their lives. Thus, there is not the underpinning support and certainty or some form of afterlife that religions traditionally offer.” But there are some factors now being present that force people to focus on the reality of death. They are the following:

1.We are undeniably becoming an older society;

2.While many diseases are now curable there are many that are not and our society has been shaken to its roots by the arrival of new, as yet incurable diseases, such as A.I.D.S., that are claiming the lives of a younger population.

3. We are increasingly aware of the economic issues involved in the provision of health care and are looking for more effective, economical ways of providing the same service.

4. Our society is diversifying and become more aware of different ways of dealing with death and dying than those with which we are familiar.

Now as these factors are more evident, dear Brothers, there are two ways that are most often advertised to deal with them: a. A call for a better palliative care or to legalize euthanasia. We as Christians have a moral responsibility to defend life and cannot support those ways which end life prematurely, for whatever reason. The Province of Quebec is making its headline for their push for euthanasia. Not surprisingly, the Church attendance is the lowest there in the country. St. Paul said that whether we live or die, we are Christ’s. Again, God must be present in all aspects of our life, especially in the aspect of the health system, which is crucial whether one lives or dies. Interestingly, last Friday, our Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter entitled: “Healthcare Cannot Divorce Itself From Moral Rules”. Just to quote a few sentences: "we are witnessing, on the one hand, a care for health which risks turning into pharmacological, medical and surgical consumerism, almost a cult of the body while, on the other hand, we see the difficulties millions of people face as they seek to obtain minimal subsistence and the medicines they need to cure themselves". The Pontiff continues: ‘the world of healthcare cannot divorce itself from moral rules, which must govern it in order to ensure it does not become inhuman. Justice is promoted when we welcome the life of others and take responsibility for them, answering their expectations because in them we see the face of the Son of God, Who became man for us. The divine image impressed in the features of our brothers and sisters is the basis of the exalted dignity of each individual and arouses in each of us the duty to respect, care and serve...Only by looking at the world with the gaze of the Creator, which is a gaze of love, will humanity learn to live on earth in peace and justice, equitably sharing the planet and its resources for the good of each man and woman. For this reason", the Pope concludes, "I would advocate the adoption of a model of development based on the centrality of the human person, on the promotion and sharing of the common good, on responsibility, on a realisation of our need for a changed lifestyle, and on prudence, the virtue which tells us what needs to be done today in view of what might happen tomorrow".

Dear Brother Knights, as you prepare for Advent, a time of preparation for Christ’s Nativity, let us remember, and share with others that Jesus is born to bring peace, good will, love, healing and unity in the world. Let us continue to welcome him. Let us keep Christ in Christmas. God bless you all.


Remembrance Day Celebrations

This year as we did last year, we had presence at three different locations, Vernom, Coldstream and Lumby. At Vernon and Coldstream, we also had the addition of the 4th degree honour guard. Hopefully next year we can do that at Lumby as well. The participation from all accounts was tremendous at all three locations. With military action at the forefront of media every day or so, we can't help but feel the need to paricipate in these memorials. I believe also that more and more people present also have a connection of a person that has been killed in action recently. Thank you to all that attended, and especially Bert Niehaus who gets everyone organized at the Vernon event. Pictured below is the laying of the wreath in Coldstream. Thank you to Mary Malerby for this picture.

Necrology Mass

Our annual Necrology Mass was held on November 18th, and co-sponsored with Council 4949. This was probably the biggest turnout that I have ever seen. Thank you to Fr. Richard and Fr. Andrij for concelebrating to very important mass. Also thank you to Juan Ferrigno from our council for co-organizing this and to all who helped out and attended that evening. Someday our names will be on that list as well.

Charity Appeal Report

As of November 23rd, 2010

Council                                                    .  12202              4949            Totals

% worked                                                   .... 43              57                100

Tickets sold                                              ... 2525         ....2535              5060

Total collected                                                                                $10,030.40


Eucharistic Miracle Display

On Saturday November 13th and Sunday November 14th, at the Parish Centre, we all had the opportunity to view and read about Eucharistic Miracles that have happened over the last 2 thousand years. I hope everyone took the time to take advantage of this while it was in our area. I found it extremely interesting. Thank you to all the helped out in the security aspect of the event as well as the take down and packing up of the displays. There is a book available that has these miracles and many more published in it. I have some information on ordering the book if you wish to get one.

St. Josaphat

Our Advent mission is Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Brian Kelty from Victoria will the our geust speaker. God bless you.

Keep Christ in Christmas Family Event

This years annual event will take place on Sunday December 12th, 2pm at OLOV. As usual this event is geared to display the true meaning of Christmas. Bring out the kids, Santa will be there to pay homage to the new born Christ.

December Birthdays

Stan Mielniczuk
December 5th
Mike Mulholland December 6th
Blaise MacNeil
December 12th
Angelo Sabbadin December 15th
Brandt Robbenhaar
December 29th
Gord Adams December 29th

Vocation Live-in

On the weekend of November 5-7th, our council sponsored 4 youth for the Christ the King Seminary Vocation Live-in. At the conclusion of it, they all said they enjoyed but never in their lives prayer so much. Some were even considering going again. The four boys were Jonah Toporchuk, Gareth Frisby, Joel Pfannschmidt, and Lucas Hofer. Thank you to Brother Joe Bukowsky for putting this together. Here they are pictured below. L-R, Lucas, Gareth, Joel and Jonah.


The Funny Bone ....

Catholic Wisdom

98-year-old Mother Superior from Ireland was dying.

The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. They tried giving her some warm milk to drink but she refused it.

One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen and remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.

Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.

"Mother," the nuns asked with earnest, "please give us some wisdom before you die."

She raised herself up in bed and said, "Don't sell that cow."

The Pirate.....

  A pirate walked into a bar, and the bartender said, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible."  "What do you mean?" said the pirate, "I feel fine."   "What about the wooden leg? You didn't have that before."   "Well," said the pirate, "We were in a battle, and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I'm fine now."   The bartender replied, "Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?"   The pirate explained, "We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook but I'm fine, really."   "What about that eye patch?"   "Oh," said the pirate, "One day we were at sea, and a flock of birds flew over. I looked up, and one of them shit in my eye."   "You're kidding," said the bartender. "You couldn't lose an eye just from bird shit."   "It was my first day with the hook."

Nagging Wife

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation in Jerusalem . While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her buried here in the Holy Land for $150 or we can have her shipped back home for $5000. The husband thought about it and told the undertaker he would have her shipped back home. The undertaker asked him, "why would you spend $5000 to have her shipped home when you could have a beautiful burial here, and it would only cost $150????" The husband replied, "Long ago, a man died here, was buried here, and three days later, rose from the dead. I Just cant take that chance!"