October 2013 Newsletter

Mother Teresa Council 12202

Website: www.kofc12202.ca

The 2013-2014 Executive Team

Fr. Andrzej Wasylinko
Grand Knight
Karl Schoenberger
Deputy Grand Knight
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby
Clay Vernerey
Bert Niehaus
Gerry Glasser
Jack McLaughlin
Ben Allen
Trustee 1 year
Juan Ferrigno
Trustee 2 year
Art Moeller
Trustee 3 year
Bernie Lutes
Inside Guard
Outside Guard
Henry Detourdonnet
Dale Hofer
Service Program Directors
Program Director
Church Director
Art Moeller
Community Director
Ben Allen
Council Director
Family Director
Youth Director
Pro-Life Director
Membership Director 1
Steve Malerby
Membership Director 2
Jack McLaughlin
Sick and Shut-in Director
Wheel Chair Project Director
Don Wenger
Field Agent
Blaine Anhel

Our Motto: In Service to one, In Service to all.


Calendar of Events

Next Executive Meeting - Tuesday

October 08, 2013 - 7 pm

at OLOV Lower level


Your worthy Grand Knight is requesting the presence of any Knights that have joined since 2008! If this is you, we would like to see you there.

Next General Meeting - Tuesday

October 22, 2013 - 7 pm

at OLOV Lower level


Have you considered coming out for about an hour and 15 minutes for lunch with brother Knights? Come join us for the

October Fraternal Knight Lunch

2nd Thursday of the Month, October 10, 2013 - 12:00 to 1:30 pm at the Army, Navy and Air Force (across from the entrance to Home Hardware on 46th Avenue).


Upcoming events
October 19, 2013
All Saints Party
October 31, 2013









Grand Knight's Message

September 2013


Thanks to the brother knights who helped with the b.b.q`s , meals on wheels, putting together the table and chairs for our “Mother Theresa meeting room”,  and   attending meetings this summer. As we go into October, we will need lots of brother knights to volunteer for our annual “Charity Appeal”, Oktoberfest, and All Saints Eve Childrens’ party.

I am also looking for ideas and help, how to best do a good membership drive.

Show you care about human life at “annual life chain”.

I will be away November 5th - 20th on vacation, will need a brother knight to look after our Council’s part of Charity Appeal, which I will be starting to do beginning of October. Please sigh up now if you can.

After almost two months, our Council’s involvement in “meals on wheels” should be finished for some time as I was told at the outset that each of the 24 organizations would be doing two weeks at a time.

And lastly thank-you so much to the brother knights that are helping make my job easier as your Grand Knight.



What we do with the funds we raise or acquire!
In the past six months the following funds have been provided to:
Be proud of the good work we do and the funds we provide. The next time you are asked to help on one of our fund raising projects it is much easier to say yes knowing the good work you are doing. Thank you!






Our Knights of Columbus Council 12202 presented two $800 scholarships to graduates of Coldstreams Kalamalka Secondary High School

Brother Gerry Glasser is seen here presenting Morgan Hillis with her Kof C Scholarship on June 14, 2013.

Bethany Monaghan is seen here being presented her Kof C scholarship by Gerry Glasser, Treasurer for Mother Teresa Council 12202 in Coldstream.


October Birthdays
Bernie Lutes
John Kohlen
Cliff Vico
John Scott


Our Grand Knight bringing smiles to the faces of brother Knights and their Families!
Knights of Columbus Mother Teresa Council 12202 , Coldstream Grand Knight, Karl Schoenberger and Financial Secretary, Steve Malerby present a cheque for $2,500.00 to Schubert Centre Manager, Jack Gareb on Tuesday August 6, 2013. Knights know that the Schubert Centre does much for seniors in the community and wanted to help them do even more.


Brother Maurice Bouchard is looking for four volunteers to work with him at the bar at the Oktoberfest. Shifts are usually about one hour long. Keep Brother Maurice smiling by volunteering today! Brother Randy Piccini is your Chef for the Oktoberfest and promises another excellent meal this year. He needs kitchen help for the preparation of the food on Friday evening, October 18th, and during the day on October 19th. Brother Ben Allen needs help decorating and setting up for Oktoberfest. He needs help on the morning of October 19th. We also need to take down the stage and tables after church on Sunday morning October 20th and would like to have a minimum of 8 volunteers to help.
Give Maurice a call at (250) 549-2310.

Please give Randy a call at (250) 558-5402.

Please give Ben a call at (250) 550-6111.




Chaplain's Message

September 2013

Dear Brother Knights,

The last few days have been marked with the Pope, the church and Christians making the news headlines. What I have in mind is the tragedies in Pakistan and Kenya, where in the first country suicide bombers killed people leaving a church and the second one, attackers on a Nairobi mall selected Christians from among hostages and killed them. Obviously, this reminds us about the painful reality that the Church and Christians have been persecuted from the time of its beginning.

The third headline was connected with last’s week’s reporting of Pope Frances’ interview. Probably most of us were surprised to hear that the Pope is asking us to change many of our activities and be less involved in pro-life, and be less vocal about the re-definition of marriage, etc. At least that is what we were hearing on the news.

I have to admit that I was surprised when I first heard that news and, although I was sure that our Pontiff is certainly asking for a more pastoral approach by the Church towards those who are marginalized for various reasons, I was surprised that this came in such a way.

Well, I did some more reading and realized that what we had heard on the news was taken out of context. Yes, we are asked to have a new approach, a very pastoral one towards evangelization, but that doesn’t mean that, for example the pro-life issue should be abandoned. Additionally, by reading the last issue of “Columbia” magazine I realized that our Pope has been preparing us for this interview for some time already. In the Article by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson called  “The Creativity of Love”, we read that Pope Francis was meditating deeply on how to reach people who are in great need of God. Brother Anderson writes that during his visit to Brazil, our Pontiff said the following words to the Bishops in his July 27 address, “Dear brothers, the results of our pastoral work do not depend on a wealth of resources, but on the creativity of love... We have to face the difficult mystery of those people who leave the Church. Perhaps the Church appeared too weak, perhaps too distant from their needs, perhaps too poor to respond to their concerns, perhaps too cold, perhaps too caught up with itself, perhaps a prisoner of its own rigid formulas, perhaps the world seems to have made the Church a relic of its past, unfit for new questions; perhaps the Church could speak to people in their infancy, but not to those come of age.”

Having these words in mind, it makes it easy to understand Pope Francis’ description of the Church as a “field hospital” with the injured in need of Christ’s love and mercy.

“I see the Church as a field hospital after battle.It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds. ... And you have to start from the ground up,… We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. .. The Church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules ” stated the Pope in the interview.

As we could expect, the Holy Father’s critique or mentioning of “small-minded rules” has appeared in news headlines, leading some activists who oppose Church teaching to celebrate what they saw as a break from the pontificates of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. I was quite surprised that on Sunday’s CBC news they invited a retired priest whose priestly faculties had been taken away because of his open advocacy of female priesthood to be the one to talk about this interview and what the Pope is trying to achieve in the Church.

I wish they had invited our Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop Lori who explained that the culture wars have created a distorted public image of an “issue-based” Church that appears to lack a coherent and holistic vision of human existence and added “I don’t think the Holy Father is saying we should back away from these things. But he is saying we don’t come at this as cultural warriors. We are not the talking heads on television,” Archbishop Lori told, “We are servants of the Gospels, stewards of the mysteries… “The first overarching task is to help people believe in God, in the Trinity of Persons. We receive this love from God through the Holy Spirit, and it changes our lives,” he said. “Once we are so transformed, we obey the [Ten] Commandments, and when we listen to the Church’s wisdom on social issues, our response is one of love and gratitude.”

Archbishop Lori emphasized the continuity of Pope Francis with his papal predecessor. “He is not saying anything different from Pope Benedict, who said that our faith is fundamentally a Yes, whose first encyclical was entitled, ‘God Is Love,’” he noted. “Through his pastoral style, he is trying to give us new eyes to see and new ears to hear.”

Dear brother Knights, last Friday I had an opportunity to participate in well done State Executive Seminar in Kelowna. Among many things that inspired me was a video presentation with an interview with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. The priest who interviewed him during Pope Frances’ visit to Brazil for WYD, stated that the new evangelization that Pope Francis is encouraging us to take upon ourselves as Christians, the Brother Knights are already doing. And I truly agree with this statement. The Pope’s recent interview correctly indicates that the Church, when involved in spiritual combat with current social issues (abortion, re-definition of marriage, etc.) could be caught in that and become disconnected with people. As I listened to the presentation by our State Deputy, Br. Ed Shewchak, I saw clearly, that when the Knights run our various programs, for example “Coats for Children”, “The Wheelchair delivery”, “Pancake Breakfast for the Poor” (my own names for this program), they truly go directly to those who need them – the poor, the needy, the abandoned – without asking about their religion, their stand on moral issues or what kind of life they are living. With these ministries, we as Brother Knights and as part of the Church, become the field hospital that takes care of the wounds of people. We are already practicing what Pope Francis is calling every Catholic to do. Let us be grateful for this wonderful opportunity to bring God’s love to the world through our unique services. Let us never waver in our faith, in our love for God and others. Let us also invite more men and families to belong to this wonderful Order of Catholic Men so that even more healing can be administered in our present wounded world. Amen.




Our 2013 parish family Barbeques were again extremely well received. Thank you to the many Knights and their families who volunteered on this project.

The Funny Bone

A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?" All the women raised their hands.
Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some women answered today, some yesterday, some couldn't remember.
The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones and to read aloud the text message responses.
Here are some of the replies:
1. Who is this?
2. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick?
3. I love you too.
4. What now? Did you crash the car again?
5. I don't understand what you mean?
6. What did you do now?
7. ?!?
8. Don't beat around the bush, just tell me how much you need?
9. Am I dreaming?
10. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone might get hurt.
11. I thought we agreed you would not drink during the day.
12. Your mother is coming to stay, isn't she??

Do you have an appropriate joke for this newsletter? Send it to Gerry Glasser!