October 2010 Mother Tersea Council 12202

Chaplain
Fr. Andrij Wasylinko 549-1327

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
Will Stanton 545-0515
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Chancellor
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Recorder
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Treasurer
Ben Loewen 542-4342
Advocate
Clair Methot 542-2051
Warden
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
Lecturer
Dave Sorokovsky 545-3352

Field Agent
Blaine Anhel 1-877-532-5632

Website is www.kofc12202.ca

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

Necrology Mass - November 18th, 7pm 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 October26th, 2010 Meeting

Brothers Welcome,

First of all, I would like to say that I think we had a successful membership blitz on Sunday. There is a possibility of 6 new members joining our council. If that's the case, then that could put us into Star Council territory again. Well done brothers.

Second, I believe we had another successful Oktoberfest. Brother Joe will give us the details a little later on. A huge thank you goes out to the Chair Joe Bukowsky for a job well done. 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.

Third, I am extremely pleased on how well the Charity Appeal is going. Thank you to Brother Gerry Glasser on all his efforts on heading up this endeavor. I will give a report on this, a little later on. Thank you to all who have had the opportunity sell some tickets.

Fourth, It has been mentioned to me by 2 different members of our council that there are not too many from our council that partake in Adoration. I am as guilty as anyone. If you can spend a little time with our Lord, Monday to Thursdays, I know your reward will come. Please give this some serious consideration.

Last, We received a letter from State with some great news. We earned Star status again this past year. This is a huge tribute to this council. Congratulations and Thank you for all your support throughout the year.

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:

From the Desk of the DD.

Fall is upon us with all of the colours of God’s paintbrush…I must say that it is beautiful to drive through the countryside and enjoy…along with fall comes Thanksgiving and we in District 11 have much to be thankful for….the fraternalism we share with one another as Brothers, the faith we share as catholic men, the enjoyment we have when we come together with our families, the great rewards we get as we do our charitable works….truly the Knights of Columbus is an organization that I give thanks for daily.

So I ask you…..how can we share this great organization with others?  It is simple, we just ask!  Everyone of us knows another catholic gentleman who has not yet joined our order and so is missing out on all of the great things I have mentioned.  October is not only a time of Thanksgiving, it is also the time to reach out and invite others to become a Brother.  October is Blitz month and I am certain that each and every Council has a plan in place to be effective in their recruitment.  We reviewed the successful plan of Council 4949 at our District meeting and I understand they are ready to put it into action once again.

I am looking forward to attending general meetings with all of the Councils in the District in the very near future.

On behalf of Deb and myself, I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you are at home with family and friends or travelling to be with loved ones, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

I give Thanks for all my Brothers

Fraternally,

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.


 

Knight of the Quarter (July - September)

Brother Myles Bukowsky was a busy boy for our council duing the summer months. He practically single handedly coordinated all our BBQ's throughout the summer. We had BBQ's at both Sacred Heart and OLOV, plus the ecumenical picnic at Polsen Park. This involves arranging for the transportation of the BBQ away from OLOV, estimating the amount of food for each occassion, picking up the food, arranging for volunteers to help at these events, doing the BBQ'ing and then clean up afterwards. Great Job Myles. Your efforts are truely recognized. Thank You.

Charity Appeal Report

As of October 26, 2010

Council                                                    .  12202              4949            Totals

Members who have worked selling tickets .......13              18                   31

Hours worked                                            ...63.5            77.5            141.0

% worked                                                   .... 45              55                100

Tickets sold                                              ... 1598          1322              2920

Total collected                                                                                $5,855.75

 

Brothers, thank you very much for all your efforts in selling ticketss. We are off to a fine start to our selling cycle.

 

Oktoberfest Celebration Thank You

Another fabulous event. Thank you to chairman Brother Joe Bukowsky and his team for another fun filled successful evening. The roughly 180 people ate good, socialized good, danced good, cheered good and left feeling good. Brother Joe's directors of Maurice Bouchard for Beverages, Myles Bukowsky for food, Clayton Bzdel on setup and decorations, and Steve Malerby on ticket sales had their respective teams finely tuned. There were many Knights and their families to be thanked, but I can't mention them all here. A special thank you to brother Franky Martens for donating a keg of beer for the event, and to brother Andrew Pfannschmidt for all his behind the scenes setup and take down work for the event. The date for next years event has already been set for October 15th. Mark your calendars.

October and November Birthdays

Bernie Lutes
October 7th
John Scott October 27th
Ron Gatzke
November 10th
Joe Lymburner November 23rd
John Zawyrucha
November 28th
Fr. Peyton November 28th
Peter Dooling
November 28th
 
 
   

 

Pro-Life Walk

The annual Vernon Pro-Life walk took place on October 3rd. Unfortunately there were not a lot of Knights from our council, but thank you to those that did for this extremely important cause.

Remembrance Day

On November 11th, please remember our veterans. Put on your blazer and be part of the ceremonies at the Multiplex, Coldstream, or Lumby. If you come to the Multiplex, please come to the lower (North) side of the building just before 10am, and march in with the Veterans, RCMP, Scouts, Fire Department, etc, etc. If you have not done this before, please come out.

 

Necrology Mass

On November 18th, at 7pm at OLOV, there will be a Necrology Mass, whereby we remember all the Knights from our council and 4949 St. James that passed away. Fr. Andrij and Fr. Richard will be leading us in this mass.

 

 

 

Something to ponder....

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being..

She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?'
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of course you may!' and she gave me a giant squeeze..

'Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?' I asked.
She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids...'

'No seriously,' I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
'I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!' she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom and experience with me..
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.


Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, 'I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.'
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets..'
At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago.
One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.