October 2009 Mother Tersea Council 12202
Calendar of Events
Executive Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7pm
Next General Meeting - November 24th - OLOV
Necrology Mass - November 18th - St. James - 7pm
Family Christmas Party - November 28th - Schubert Center - 6pm
KCIC Youth Event - December 17th - 7pm
First Degree - December 15th - Columbus Court - 7pm
Website is www.kofc12202.ca
Grand Knight's Report
Grand Knight Message from the October 27th, 2009 Meeting
Brothers, we have a busy evening tonight, but I have a few points I want to make.
First of all Oktoberfest was a great success by all accounts. I believe one of the reasons for the success was the amount of Knights involved in the project. A huge thank you goes out to the Chair David Sorokovsky for keeping the team on track. The directors, Maurice Bouchard for Beverages, Clayton Bzdel for decorations and setup, Myles Bukowsky for Food, and Steve Malerby for Sales all had their respective teams in fine order. Thank you very much for a job well done. I look forward to the detailed report to be given later.
Secondly we held a membership blitz over the last couple weeks. Two weeks ago we were focused on Sacred Heart and it appears we have one readmission from there. This past weekend we focused on OLOV. I’m not sure of the results there yet. I did not receive any cards at the end of mass, but maybe the potential candidates need to think on it. On the positive side, two of our Knights took Form 100’s for their sons. That’s always good news. More good news is if just half of you would bring a new family in to our order, we would make another Double Star year. I’m sure you all know someone that just needs to be asked. Please give that some thought.
Lastly, Brother Larry Drescher and I attained our 4th Degree on the 18th. After getting that, I encourage all 3rd degree members to go through it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very enlightening. Thank you to Sir Brother Steve Malerby for sponsoring us through this degree.
Thank you for attending this evening and I look forward to a very fulfilling year a head of us. 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:
Worthy Grand Knight and Brother Knights:
Family Christmas Party
November 28th, 6pm
Calling all Knight Families!!
We will be having a traditional turkey dinner. Cost is $15/person with 12 and under free.
Please call Bert Niehaus at 549-7437 or Dale Hofer at 938-3253 for tickets or more information.
Glory be to Jesus Christ,
Dear Brother Knights,
On the 1st Sunday of October, Oct. 4th, we had a very special event in our country – the National Life Chain. I would like to thank all of you who participated in this event and for expressing our belief in the sanctity of life. For those who were there, you may recall that at one point in the Life Chain, a group of 5 or six youth came to oppose our pro-life message. Among them was a young lady, maybe a university student with a sign on her chest: “My body, my womb, my life, my choice”. When I thought about this sign, it was a clear expression of humanity’s self-defining and rejection of what God revealed about us at creation. In Genesis, besides having the divine command to multiply and steward the earth, we were told that we were created in God’s image and likeness. Image, meaning that we have an intellect & will. Likeness, having the life of God, the life of the Holy Trinity. Additionally, to be created in God’s image and likeness was to love as God loves with self-sacrificial love. Also Adam and Eve had additional special gifts called “Preternatural gifts”. They included: 1. Impassability - cannot suffer like we suffer today. They could suffer only in a way of self-donation, self-giving, 2. Immortality – live forever’ 3. Integrity – the intellect informed the will and Adam could know a thing and act on it. He was disciplined.
When they fell, they lost the likeness, which is the life of the Trinity and the preternatural gifts. The intellect became darkened and the will weakened.
St. Paul would write in one of his letters, that the things I don’t want to do I do, and thing I should do I don’t do… Through baptism we receive the grace of the Lord, but we have to struggle with the battle of intellect and will. The Church calls this a state of concupiscence – tendency to do wrong. Today with the life of the Holy Trinity we still struggle with sin but can overcome it with prayer, devotion to the Lord, intimacy with the Lord through Sacraments. The young lady with her message expressed the humanistic or atheistic understanding of who a human being is, one definedby our reason alone. A few weeks ago the prefect for the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, referring to Pope Benedict XVI’s recent encyclical “Caritas en veritate” said, “Only faith and reason together will save man. Reason always needs to be purified by the faith and at the same time religion always needs to be purified by reason in order to show its authentic human face.”
Dear Brothers, we live in a society that unfortunately does not want to give too much credit and validity to faith and only glorifies reason. Thus it is our responsibility as Christians to bear constant witness to the faith known reality, which is God revealed truth about creation. This challenge and responsibility was well summarized by our Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI at his canonization message for five new saints. Since all of us are called to holiness, this message would apply to us as well. He said that: “A saint is one who doesn't put themselves at the center, but rather chooses to go against the grain and live according to the Gospel… Jesus invites his disciples to the total giving of their lives, without calculation or personal gain, with unfailing trust in God. "The saints welcome this demanding invitation and set about following the crucified and risen Christ with humble docility. Their perfection, in the logic of a faith that is humanly incomprehensible at times, consists in no longer placing themselves at the center, but choosing to go against the flow and live according to the Gospel." Dear Brothers, let us ask our Heavenly Father for the strength and courage to meet this challenge and be His present day true disciples, ones who bear witness to being created in God’s image and likeness. Thank you.
What a party!! For the first kick of the can for our council, did it go great or what!! We had nothing but rave reviews. A huge congratulations goes out to the team that put it together. First to the Chairman, David Sorokovsky who did a great job in focusing and keeping the team on track. For the first project he has lead since just becoming a Knight, this is incredible. To David's Team of Directors, Maurice Bouchard who led the beverages team, Myles Bukowsky for leading the food team, Clayton Bzdel for leading the decoration and setup team, and Steve Malerby for the leading the sales team; Congratulations to you all on a very sucessful event.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration 2010
Our council is in deperate need of someone chair this event. Our past chair (for the last 8 years) Steve Malerby will be away during the planning time of this event, so will not be able to repeat the task. If some one does come forward soon to run this event, we will have to take it off our calendar for this fiscal year. If you are interested, please let Dale know.
(P.S. Steve has all the planning notes from previous years.)