September 2011 Mother Teresa Council 12202

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2011-2012 Executive

Fr. Andrij Wasylinko
Grand Knight
Bernie Lutes
Deputy Grand Knight
Randy Piccini
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby
Dale Hofer
Bert Niehaus
Gerry Glasser
Jack McLaughlin
Myles Bukowsky
Trustee 1 year
Art Moeller
Trustee 2 year
Juan Ferrigno
Trustee 3 year
Maurice Bouchard
Inside Guard
Anton Schnieder
Outside Guard
Ben Allen
Ben Loewen
Field Agent
Blaine Anhel
Program Director
Randy Piccini
Church Director
Juan Ferrigno
Community Director
Art Moeller
Council Director
Gerry Glasser
Family Director
Joe Bukoswky
Youth Director
Angelo Sabaddin
Pro-Life Director
Clayton Bzdel
Membership Director
Steve Malerby
Recruitment 1
Dale Hofer
Recruitment 2
Jack McLaughlin
Recruitment 3
Ben Loewen
Charity Appeal Chair
Gerry Glasser
BBQ Director
Myles Bukowsky
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Calendar of Events

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


October 15th

St. James Parish Centre


All Saints Party

(Children's Halloween Party - 3 to 12 yrs)

October 31st

from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

St. James Parish Centre

Remembrance Day Ceremonies November 11th

for both Coldstream and Vernon

Fraternal Pub Lunch - Date (in November) time and location to be announced.

October Birthdays

Bernie Lutes October 7th
Cliff Vico October 25th
John Scott October 27th



Grand Knight's Report

September 2011

My brother Knights when I joined the Knights in 1990 I never planned to become involved any more than to do my share to help around the church and be part of the community I was working and living in. When my wife Dianne and I moved to Vernon I felt that now I was retired I would have more time to devote to the Knights and found myself on the Executive almost as soon as I arrived as your treasurer.

Twenty one years after I first joined the brotherhood, here I am standing in front of you as your Grand Knight. Coincidentally, as I was a delegate to the State Convention for our Council this past May I took the opportunity to drop in to visit the Knight who sponsored me into the organization. I thanked him for getting me involved. During our visit he advised he and his wife are contemplating retirement in the Vernon area…..((I immediately thought)) one more new Knight for our Council. In recounting any of the past experiences I have to make sure the story is very accurate because one of the Knights who voted to allow me to join the Knightsis here in our Council tonight…….Brother Maurice Bouchard who has 24 years in the Knights as at this year.


I was trying to grasp the fact there are many hats your Grand Knight needs to wear and during the background reading I have done to get up to speed on the process, one recent membership recruitment survey stated that the one thing most respected and expected from a Knight besides the Service aspect and the help is “Honesty”. I look around here tonight and see the names on our membership roster and can tell you there is not a man on the list that doesn’t live up to the test of what the Knights are all about.


During my getting ready to take over the role of Grand Knight I am simply amazed at the amount of work and behind the scenes effort our past Grand Knight Dale Hofer has put into his role to make this Council one everyone can be proud of. I noted in his comments in September 2008 that he was amazed at the work his predecessor Joe Bukowsky had done before him. Joe stated the same of his successor. We as a council have been very fortunate to have had Bert Neihaus as our inaugural Grand Knight some 11 years ago and Steve Malerby as his successor. You guys all know that each of them are still very much involved and we are indebted to them for the level of commitment they show to this fraternal organization we call the Knights.

I was very pleased with the first executive meeting I called when 17 men attended a planning session to set in place over 40 events planned for our fraternal year that started on July 1st.

Without your team approach to having many hands make light work none of the accomplishments of the past would be possible so as I start in my quest to help this Council remain active and grow I want to thank everyone of you for stepping up to jobs that have been asked of you in the past and ones that will be asked of you going forward.

If I could suggest to you some of the things I would like us all to be aware of as we start into another busy year is that we respect the protocol of our organization as we move into our 100 and first year. The asking for membership cards by our outside guard is part of that. Rising to speak to the Grand Knight at our meeting and making the appropriate sign that is acknowledged by the Grand Knight is yet a another very important procedure I would ask we all demonstrate. Remember when a fellow Knight is speaking with permission from the Grand Knight by the sign of the cross if you wish to add a remark please wait until our Brother Knight is finished and then rise and make the sign to gain approval to speak from the

Grand Knight. At the May State Convention I watched it in full action for the entire weekend and was impressed at how well it moved the business part of the meeting forward.

I am honoured to be part of this great fraternal organization and hope I can help keep our Lady of the Valley Mother Teresa Council # 12202 a vibrant and fun Council to be part of. With your help and guidance from our Lord I am sure we can all enjoy the road ahead and the challenges life brings to us each day. We have a lot of varying activities that challenge our time and talents and I want to pledge my full support to every member that I will do my best to help make our Council worthy of the reputation it has earned in the past.

Together we can do anything we set our minds to…….so God’s speed to you and let’s get started. October is membership recruitment month. I am asking each Knight here to take one form 100 tonight and consider asking a fellow parishioner to join us during October. Our goal for the next 30 days is 4 new members. Later in this meeting we will vote on one new person so we have already attained 25% of our goal…….make a call or drop in for a coffee and ask any good catholic man to join. When Jack McLaughlin asked this family man to join us I queried him as to why he had never joined in another parish or here. He said no one had asked him…A simple conclusion…….it’s up to us to make the initial invitation.

Recruitment with Knight Vision

“HOW MUCH IS YOUR WORD WORTH?” In studies done with various groups of people, whether they belong to a union, private industry or otherwise, there is a quality above all that people look for in a leader. It is not sound judgment, friendliness, consistency or fairness. The one quality that people appreciate more than any other is honesty. Honesty in certain given situations makes the unbearable, bearable. It makes bad news easier to bear. It imparts trust, loyalty and dedication in the leader who provides his people with continuous and consistent truthfulness. Each of us needs to examine our own conscience and determine for ourselves whether or not another would judge us as being “honest”. Are we honest in our dealings with our family? Are we honest in the way we deal with our Brother Knights? Are we honest about our relationship with God, with our Church and with our Charity? Will honesty be our legacy? I am not by any stretch implying that I am any different or above any other man, but only I can stand in front of a mirror at the end of the day and examine my conscience as to the type of man I have been on this particular day. As Christians, we are fortunate to have the greatest role model the world has ever seen to help us be honest people. And in His son Jesus Christ, we have been even more fortunate to live in an age of truly great and truthful people such as Blessed Mother Teresa, and Blessed John Paul II. We also proudly belong to an order that allows us to follow in the footsteps of an exemplary man, the Venerable Fr McGivney. Support our priests and bishops. Pray vigorously and be involved in activities that will encourage abundant vocations to the priesthood. Continue to show true and truthful leadership by offering yourselves in the service of your neighbor and your Church. Be Your Brother’s Keeper as you were called to be!




Chaplain's Report

Knights of Columbus  - September 2011

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

It is my pleasure to welcome you all after a summer break. I hope that these last couple of months was a time that brought you more physical and spiritual strength. My special greetings to the new executive, as well as a petition to God for His blessings for you as you take upon yourself this extra responsibility.

The month of September is a special month that brings a beginning in many areas of life. Children and students begin their school year. Farmers and gardeners begin their harvest. The time of summer and vacation is over and the season of fall enters. In our Eastern Catholic Church, September 1st is also the beginning of the new liturgical year. If I am correct, this takes place in the Roman Catholic Church at the beginning of Advent.

I would like to briefly mention how two feasts at the beginning of our liturgical year set the spiritual tone for the remainder of the year. On September 8th we celebrated our first major feast, that of the Nativity of the Mother of God, as does the Roman Catholic Church. Among the many spiritual messages that the feast offers to us is that of humanity’s cooperation with God’s plan. The elderly couple prays for the gift of a child and promises that if He hears their plea, they will offer this child back to Him. The following week, on September 14th we had a very unique feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. This feast presents for us a reminder of God’s love for us, and also the instrument itself on which this love was clearly proven. The cross is venerated and mentioned in our services for two weeks. It reminds us of Christ’s victory and our necessity to face the unavoidable reality of crosses in our lives as Christ’s followers.

Cooperation with God and a focus on Christ and His redemptive acts should be the guiding principles of our Christian life. Dear Brother Knights, it is very important to have these principles in mind for our organization of Knights of Columbus, an organization of Christian men and families. Without these principles of cooperating with God’s plan for us and having Jesus in our minds and hearts as we minister in so many ways, we could easily become just another charitable organization or even a social club.

But our mission is much greater than running charitable events and raising funds. Although it is important to do this, our most important thing should be to remind our society about God’s existence and His rule in this world. The way we work, pray, run various activities should motivate and resemble the reality that we are God’s children. How to do this was so wonderfully presented in the life of our Council’s patron, Blessed Mother Teresa whose feast day is also in this month of September, on the 5th.

When Mother Teresa saw poor people suffering and dying in the streets of Calcutta, she was so moved that on her own, she dragged dying bodies into a deserted temple, which she cleaned up. “Every human being at least deserves to have somebody loving them while they are dying, “ she said.

Here is a wonderful example of loving care and also openness to God’s plan. There is a story from Mother’s Teresa life. One day a visitor arrived at their mission home. The place was filled. There were narrow corridors, low ceilings and dim lights, but everything smelled clean and sweet. One of the nurses told the visitor, “An interesting thing is happening. We accept only those who are dying of a terminal disease. But the amazing thing is that when they come here and feel the love of Christ, they are filled with hope and many of them stop dying. In fact, we’re thinking of changing our name to “Home for the Living”! When many of them come here and feel the love of Christ, they are filled with hope.”       

Dear friends, here in Vernon we live in different circumstances than Blessed Mother Teresa in Calcutta. We do not see poor people dying on the streets. But unfortunately, they are many people here who are dying spiritually. One way that this death is brought upon humanity is through abortion. Maybe some all of you received an e-mail from Brother Clayton with the urgent request of prayer to prevent a 19 year old girl from undergoing this tragedy. Also this coming Sunday, we will have the Annual Life Chain – a manifestation of an opposition to this very sinful and tragic act of abortion.

Dear Brother Knights, again, my prayers are for you and your families as we continue our new year of living the catholic faith and ministry to others. May we be open to God’s plan to us. Let us cooperate with this plan. As we do so, let us keep before us Jesus Christ and His Cross from which come blessing and spiritual strength. God bless you all.

Father Dale's Birthday Barbeque

On August 28th our Council 12202, Council 4949 and both Our Lady of the Valley and Saint James CWL members participated in an after-Mass birthday and barbeque celebration. This was held to acknowledge Father Dale's milestone birthday ............. His 50th.





District Deputy Report

September Newsletter

From the desk of the District Deputy:

Greetings, Brother Knights,

I hope everyone had a very relaxing and restful summer. Now its time to get this fraternal year kicked off. September is here and I have a feeling there has not been a lot of K of C activity over the summer. The time is here to get the "stoked" for the new fraternal year. To get the ball rolling, October is membership blitz month. This typically brings lots of new excitement as new members join our order. If your council has been hosting many events, new members should be lining up to "sign on the dotted line" to be a part of what they see. Brothers, to me, this is the key to having a growing and vibrant council. Activities, Activities., Activities. The more you have happening, the more families want to be a part of what you are doing. Be front and center of your parish community.

On a personal note, my wife Dianne and I are extremely happy and proud to be a part of your community. May you have a very successful year, an exciting up coming membership blitz and a lot of fun and rewards throughout the year.

God Bless,

Dale Hofer

DD #11




Brother Ben Loewen

Ben provided a two-part for the "Good of the Order" presentation by firstly giving us a very personal perspective on being a chaperone with our youth at the World Conference in Madrid, Spain. He covered the groups experience at staying with families who spoke no English and them no Spanish and being made to feel very welcome. Ben stated "It was hard to comprehend standing amongst over one million people at an event. He was proud and moved to have been part of the pilgrimage our youth experienced over the summer. He shared a number of pictures with us and presented the council with a certificate of appreciation for our spiritual and financial support.

Brother Ben then gave a brief overview of his plans to enter Madonna House in Ontario and how this calling came about. He leaves early October to spend six months experiencing his faith and sharing his talents. He went on to say the decision to leave his current job and follow his heart was not an easy one.

Our Council has been blessed to have had such a young Knight so focused on developing our youth program at Our Lady of the Valley while being on the executive as our Council Treasurer. Everyone in attendance gave him a hearty round of applause and wished him Godspeed and good fortune.





This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It is always a fun event to attend. Please do your part and attend, help in the set-up, take-down and help us obtain silent auction items. Two weeks to go. Can we count on you and your spouse to be there? If you cannot attend, consider buying two tickets and donating them to us so we may invite widows of Knights, clergy and other special guests.




Brother Jack McLaughlin

Brother Jack McLaughlin, during our meeting, was presented with his Honourary life membership card confirming his active involvement over many years in the Knights of Columbus. Presenting the award was our Grand Knight, Bernie Lutes, District Deputy, Dale Hofer, and our special guest, State Warden, Michael Gernat.

Jack, a former Grand Knight, provided a history of his numerous councils he has been involved with throughout Canada. We are proud to have such a long-standing member still very active in our Council.


The Funny Bone...

There were two Catholic boys, Timothy Murphy and Antonio Secola, whose lives paralleled each other in amazing ways. In the same year Timothy was born in Ireland, Antonio was born in Italy.

Faithfully they attended parochial school from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. They took their vows to enter the priesthood early in college, and upon graduation, became priests.

Their careers had come to amaze the world, but it was generally acknowledged that Antonio Secola was just a wee cut above Timothy Murphy in all respects.

Their rise through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop and finally Cardinal was swift to say the least, and the Catholic world knew that when the present Pope died, it would be one of the two who would become the next Pope.

In time the Pope did die, and the College of Cardinals went to work. In less time than anyone had expected, white smoke rose from the chimney and the world waited to see whom they had chosen.

The world, Catholic, Protestant and secular, was surprised to learn that Timothy Murphy had been elected Pope!

Antonio Secola was beyond surprise. He was devastated, because even with all of Timothy's gifts, Antonio knew he was just a bit better qualified.

With gall that shocked the Cardinals, Antonio Secola asked for a private session with them in which he candidly asked, "Why Timothy?"

After a long silence, an old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered man and rose to reply. "We knew you were the better of the two, but we just could not bear the thought of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church being called POPE SE-COLA!