Grand Knights January 2016 message

Grand Knight Newsletter

Monsignor Nolan B. McKevitt Knights of Columbus Council 689

January 6, 2016

“We Can Really Do A Lot Even When We Each Do ‘Just A Little’”

Image for Grand Knight's MessageIt is my experience the arrival of Christmas is much slower than is its departure. Children and grandchildren make the day special, and I feel both sad and glad to see them leave as evening harkens on the 25th. Jesus fills a more prominent role for me in this season than years gone by; but much room remains for improvement in my relationship with Him. Unfortunately, I sense hollowness when I see how unimportant He is to so many in our neighborhood and community.

Our Council made positive contributions to the Christmas season. Our efforts commenced with the 5th Sunday Rosary on the first day of advent, November 29th, and was followed by coats for kids, helping decorate churches, ministries, parish wine tasting party, caroling, gift baskets for shut-ins, financial contributions, Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest, attending mass, sweatshirts for youth in need, and others. However, we must press for greater inclusion of Jesus at Christmas; and next year do so with additional and more creative means.

Those attending meetings in this fraternal year had the opportunity to play “Draw and Quarter the Grand Knight” which was a fund raiser to boost our contribution to the Seminarian Endowment Fund. The game netted $200 for the Fund, $36 to Worthy Advocate Vick who was game winner, and $12 to the Council. This money was generated through raffle ticket sales at the meeting, and the Grand Knight matching income from the game.

CARE CLINIC SPAGHETTI DINNER: the fund raiser for the Care Clinic will be held at St. Peter Cathedral on the evening of January 16th. Do you like Casa Calabria spaghetti…join us and enjoy. Tickets are $8/adult, two for $15, and a family (includes two adults) for $25.

Pray the Rosary, following 10:30 mass at St. Michael and St. Peter, on the 5th Sunday of January, that is January 29th. The final 5th Sunday of the fraternal year is May 29th. It was Pope John Paul II who added the “mysteries of light” as a fourth set of mysteries when praying the rosary which he also proclaimed to be an outstanding means to contemplate a vision and mysteries of the Jesus Christ. Plan to join other parishioners in this prayer service.

Do you know our Council has a variety of activities and programs in motion? You can hop on and enjoy or pitch in and help…either way your Brother Knights would greatly appreciate your involvement. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Winners of Keeping Christ in Christmas poster contest will be announced today at a pizza party for all entrants and their families at St. Michael meeting hall (5-7 PM)
  • Care Clinic Spaghetti Dinner…January 16th (tickets available after mass at St. Michael and St. Peter)
  • Pray the Rosary…January 29th after 10:30 AM mass at St. Michael and St. Peter
  • February…Softball in the Dome (shag home runs and watch some talented men and women ball players). Contact Chuck Crotty for details and scheduling
  • Monthly nursing home visits…bring your wife, neighbor, son, daughter or friend
  • Breakfast at St. Peter following morning masses to benefit seminarians (look for dates in bulletins) to be held February, March, and April
  • Traveling Icon of Holy Family…March 16-22, (plans are now being formulated)
  • Tentative Plans
    • Family Potluck in May with trivia, prizes, and KofC insurance program information
    • June, family work bee at Holy Cross Cemetery followed by cook out on the grill

Every practical Catholic man deserves an invitation to join the Knights of Columbus, the organization which Pope John Paul II called “The Strong Right Arm of the Catholic Church.” Do you know a brother, father, son, grandson, relative, neighbor, or friend who may not have been given the fruits of this right? Have you recruited that one member who will replace you when you move on to greener pastures?

Our parish, our community, our nation, and our world has never witnessed a greater need for good men to join together, arm in arm, working with our Lord for the greater good of humanity. Speaking on behalf of the officers and Brother Knights of Nolan B. McKevitt Council 689, I can say we need more good men to keep our organization vital and vibrant.

 

Vivat Jesus!

Andy Wasilewski

Grand Knight

Monsignor Nolan B. McKevitt Council 689

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