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Knights of Columbus December 2018 Newsletter

Greetings Brother Knights,

Grand Knight’s Report

At the KC Officer meeting, the KC Officers recommended that Sir Knight Bill Paar be nominated as the Council’s Medallion candidate and Knight Matt Kripper & Lady Vanessa Hensay Family be nominated as the Council’s Family of the Year candidate. Bill and Matt have both very humbly and graciously accepted their respective nominations. Additional information to be forthcoming on how to provide letters of recommendation for each nomination.

I would like to thank Ryan Zakrzewski for coordinating the KC Family Adoration Hour and all the volunteers who assisted with the KC Adoration Hour on December 7. Thank you (in advance) to Clem La Mere and Zielke who are graciously cooking the dinner for the Christmas Party and thank you to all the volunteers who are assisting with Christmas Social and Dinner activities! Thank you (in advance) to Father John for the KC Memorial Mass and to Brad Stiner for coordinating KC Memorial Mass activities!

Thank you to all the Knights and their families in our Council for all the work that you and your families do for both the Parish and the Community! If you know of a Knight or family to be recognized, please let me or one of the other Officers know.

Please see the upcoming calendar of events and the Program Director’s report for the list of Council activities and events. If there are activities and/or events that you would like to see our Council undertake, please contact me or Tony Grant.

Before I close out the Grand Knight’s Report, I would like to share a Spiritual Reflection with you that was published in the Tribune Democrat newspaper in my home town of Johnstown, PA. I will continue share Spiritual Reflections in future Grand Knight reports.


Always…always…always….always! Father, please help us to see clearly how we love. Teach us how to love well… Always. – I Corinthians 13:4-8

LOVE. It’s a topic that has been talked about, sung about, celebrated and bemoaned. Advertisers use it to try to sell products. People search for it. But what is love, real and true love? Unfortunately, man’s definition of love often does not reflect God’s definition of love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps not record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Mark Rayha
Grand Knight


Knight of the Month – Andy Zielke
Family of the Month – Clem and Karen La Mere
Certificates of Appreciation – Ron Lease

Call for Prayers

Let us pray for all of our fellow Knights and their families that are in need of our thoughts and prayers while they are facing difficult times in their lives, Knight Richard Lyons, Knight Lee Purdy, Cathy Purdy, Knight Bill Paar’s Wife, Beth, Knight Bill Paar’s, Brother-in-Law Paul Purcell, Pam Heyde, Ann Lease, Lucille Pernot, Paul and Kate Gallimore Family, Sue and Howard Jamieson, Shirley Macally, Rody Barcello, Military Personnel all around the world, First Responders, victims and families of violence and natural disasters, Elderly and the unborn. Recent passing of Bishop Morlino.

Happy birthday to Knights celebrating in December:

  • Eric Schuh – December 02
  • Howard Jamieson – December 11
  • Nicholas Runde – December 15
  • Thomas Fink – December 18
  • Mark Heyde – December 18
  • James Esser – December 23

Program Director’s Report

Fellow Knights Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This is a time for reverence and the Birth of our savior Jesus Christ. It is also a time when families get together to celebrate the season!

Christmas Party & Memorial Mass at St Andrews will be on Dec 20th starting at 5:30pm followed by a social hour at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00. The cost at the Christmas Social is $12/per person. Please contact Leo Warren if you plan to attend.
KC 2019 membership dues will be accepted by Clem and Membership Cards will be available at the Christmas Social

Hours- Please don’t forget to log in your hours, the link can be found below.
If clicking on the link does not work, just copy and paste it into your web browser.

BPNN Breakfast – Hats off to all the Knights who volunteered for the BPNN Community Meal on Saturday Dec1! The next Meal will be January 5th, 2019 Please keep this on your calendar.
The web link is:

Pancake Breakfast – The Pancake Breakfast held on October 28th was also very successful, raising $682.00 to be donated to persecuted Middle East Christians. Bill Cassel requested to round up to 700.00 which was published in the Parish Bulletin. Again, thanks to all who helped!

The Eucharistic Adoration is the first Friday and Saturday of every month. Please sign up for 1 hour of prayer and meditation. The link is the following: Spread the word! The next Adoration is January 4-5th.
New Knights of Columbus Shirts- Many thanks goes out to Clem LaMere! The new shirts are on order. We are also looking into arm bands with the KC Logo for events that can be worn over long sleeves.

Membership Dues for 2019 were sent via email. Please check your email spam folder if you did not receive your dues notice. Please submit your dues to Clem by the end of December
Dues Assessment 20.00
*Special Assessment – Culture of Life- 3.50
*Special Assessment – PKD- 3.65
Total- 27.15
* = Not Mandatory

KC Charity Raffle Ticket Sales – Charity Raffle Ticket Sales are underway. Please contact Bill La Berge if you need additional tickets or marketing materials to the promote charity raffle ticket sales.

Respectfully Submitted,
Knight Tony Grant – Program Director