Brother Knights and families in Christ.
I hope you all had a very good thanksgiving, I know I did ! Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite holidays for many reasons. Family is the main focus of the occasion and what better reason to bring them all together is food. Everyone contributes at thanksgiving, some bring the pies, and some bring the side dishes.
The same is true with the Knights of Columbus everyone must contribute something. I am proud to say we have had many many hands in the making of our events and programs a success this year. Every event big or small takes a lot of planning. We have done a lot this year from our many Heaven's Helpers programs to our parish activities. Our pancake breakfasts help bring the parish together in friendly chat, creating a strong close knit parish that enjoys being together. All proceeds from our pancake breakfasts always go to a needy cause from hurricane victims to sister Molly's food program.
Outside of our many fund raisers we Knights of Columbus somehow always find time to get together and have fun ! I would like to take a moment to thank all of the individuals that helped make our programs a success this year. I am very proud of our council, one of the reasons we are so successful is we enjoy being together. If I took the time and ink to name all of the people involved in our programs you would cry for relief at the end ! You know who you are ! We are a very active council and what's amazing is it's not work. When people see our awards on the wall they say wow you guys really work hard here ! But it's truly not like that. I quickly reply NO that's how much we have fun together on the wall ! Whether we are moving furniture for father woody's new facility, or standing in front of King Soopers asking for donations for the intellectually handicapped. We always chat and exchange jokes and friendly conversation as we do whatever we do as proud Knights of Columbus.
My brother Knights, keep doing what you are doing for the community, if it's street road clean up or giving blood for bonfils blood center at our parish. Our feet may get tired but our heart grows stronger knowing we are doing something good. You are my un spoken hero's. Thanks for all you did, you do, and will do, this next year, you are great ! Never stop serving Jesus Christ in this world we live in. Please call me if you need additional information on any one of our programs or activities this next month and would like to be involved!
Grand Knight Matthew Rock
On November 4th, the knights (Joe Zibrick, Bill Poska, Pat Francalancia, Matt Rock, and Dan Murphy) participated in the rosary at Planned Parenthood lead by Archbishop Aquila to pray for an end to abortion. You can join these prolife advocates on the first Saturday of each month by joining us at St Joan’s at 8:30 AM to carpool to the Planned Parenthood building. For more information contact our prolife chairman Dan Murphy. Also, we are asking our council members to take time to pray a rosary Saturday morning December 2nd to ask Our Lady to help bring an end to abortion at this clinic and to direct the young ladies to Lighthouse at the other end of the street.
On October 29th, the Knights remembered those who have gone before us with the 5th Sunday rosary. In addition, the Knights presented Memorial certificates to Patty Lennox, the Mally family, and Brenda Bartoletti. You can be a part of this important prayer for the dead on December 30th our next 5th Sunday rosary.
On November 5th, a group of 24 Knights (Joe Zibrick, Hal Halley, Phil Kroeker, Terry Zrust, Jim Kautzman, Ray Malito, Ed Mally, John Mann, Pat Francalancia, Joe Starcevich, Matthew Rock, Jerry Burke, Bill Poska, Gary Tuka, Jim Windholz, Mike Mally, Kevin Colborg, Anthony Hermes, Chris Newton, Gary Lauricella, Kaleb Archer, Russell Ruybal, Kevin Vasina, and Dan Murphy) provided the parish, with 32 more knights, with a pancake breakfast. The Knights and crew combined for 100 hours of community service and a good feeling from helping the worthy cause of providing funds to support our pro-life ministries.
On November 12th. The Knights of Columbus (Matthew Rock, Mike Hartman, Pat Francalancia, Bill Poska, Ted Polito, Stu Schreiner, Kevin Vasina, Ed Mally, Kaleb Archer, and Dan Murphy) participated in the confirmation mass for the new forty nine confirmandi. The students have been going to classes for months to prepare themselves for this prestigious sacrament. During the training of this sacrament the students pray for the gifts from the Holy Spirit. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are knowledge, understanding, wisdom, courage, right judgement, reverence, and wonder & awe. The very reverend Randy Dollins did take the opportunity to briefly quiz the young students during the mass. It was refreshing to see how knowledgeable the young students were under pressure. These types of occasions help us realize that our church does have many young people growing in our catholic religion and what a bright future our faith has. May God bless them all!
When Gary Tuka raised his hand and said “How about selling salsa to parishioners to raise funds for the Houston Flood victims” little did he know that we would be doing it on a regular basis and would raise $500 for the flood victims each time we made salsa. Through his efforts and those of hard working individuals (Dave Weigand, Kevin Colborg, David Bender, Joey Tuka, Matt Rock, and Dan Murphy) we changed an idea into a successful reality.
Don’t let your ideas die, bring them up at a meeting and let’s get started making your idea our next success story.
For the 2017 Christmas season, our chairman, Pat Francalancia, sold 107 boxes of Christmas cards. He did it by enlisting help from the knights (Norm Conley and Richard Kedzierski) to carry on while he was out of pocket. He was talking to anyone who would get close at each opportunity making our cause the talk of the parish. Thank you to Pat for effort above and beyond the call of duty to champion our cause to the parish. His dedication to Keep Christ in Christmas is one of the reasons that we are so proud to be knights.
On November16th, the seniors held their annual thanksgiving dinner. The traditional Thanksgiving meal was prepared by Randy Gendill. The Knights were there to clean the dishes and the hall and with all of our pancake breakfast experience we were able to get the job done. A special thank you to the men who gave up their evening to make the night special for our seniors.
Heaven’s helpers are back on the streets, helping DHHA by hanging gutters. They (Jeff Isenhart and Richard Kedzierski) spent 5 hours hanging gutters on the shed built by an eagle scout.
Knight of the Month October, Jeff Isenhart