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Knights of Columbus February 2019 Newsletter

Greetings Brother Knights,

Grand Knight’s Report

I hope everyone is faring well with the drastic changes in temperatures and all the recent snow!

The recommendation process for Sir Knight Bill Paar as the Council’s Medallion candidate / Knight of Year and for Family of the Year (Matthew Krippner Family is completed. Thank you to those that submitted recommendations for Bill Paar and the Krippner Family. And thank you to Tony Grant for helping to coordinate the process. Thank you to Sir Knight Brad Stiner for his awesome work on the Council’s History book. Winners of the Medallion award, Family of the Year and History Book results will be revealed at the KC State Convention in late April

Please welcome our 2 newest Knights that transferred into our Council: Stephen Zipp and Andrew McDonough.

Thank you to the follow families for leading the Marriage Prayer at the Masses during the weekend of Feb 9-10:
• Ryan and Christy Hartberg
• Mark and Diane Smith
• Ray and Terri Cobb
• Joe and Debbie Rufer

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.

I would like to share the following “Thank you’;s that the Council received from its works of service and donations:

  • Catholic Multicultural Center for a $300 donation
    • Donation will be used to support such as programs as the free meal program, education courses and culinary creations job training program
  • St. Coletta for a $327.45 donation
    • Donation will be used to continue to provide hundreds of individuals with a disability with vital services and give them the opportunity to live a life full of compassion, dignity and respect.

Thank you to Bill Cassell for coordinating the January 27 Charity Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and to all the volunteers that helped out with fundraiser event. Thought this fundraiser event, $626 was raised and will be donated to charity.

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.

Ten Tips for a Better Life in the New Year

Whether you stuck with you News Year’s resolutions on lapse on them, there are many simple and easy ways to improve your life in this New Year. Here a ten tips that will make your life happier and healthier this year:

  1. Smile more, even when you don’t feel like it
  2. Do something nice for someone every day
  3. Start and end your day by remembering that you have to be thankful for and thank God for it
  4. Protect your health – it’s your most cherished asset
  5. Save something for a rainy day; you’ll be glad you did when you need it
  6. Learn something new every day; knowledge is power
  7. Exercise every day, even if it’s only going for a short walk
  8. Cultivate your friendships and remember that friendships don’t grow in isolation
  9. Cultivate better relationships with your family
  10. Most importantly: Cultivate a good relationship with God; pray and read scripture daily

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

May God Bless you and your families!

Mark Rayha
Grand Knight


Knight of the Month – Vincent Mullen
Family of the Month – Ryan and Christy Hartberg
Certificates of Appreciation – Bill Cassel and the Pancake Breakfast Crew

Call for Prayers

Prayer requests include Richard Lyons, Lee Purdy, Howard & Sue Jamieson, Lucille Pernot, Pam Heyde, Paul Pur-cell, Ann Lease, Joe Amato, Paul & Kate Gallimore, Rich Wolk, Barbara Shunk, Tim Sutter, Martin Hellenbrand, Robin Gerdis. Also keep in your prayers all U.S. Military men and women, Catholic clergy, first responders, vic-tims of violence or natural disasters, and the elderly and unborn.

Happy birthday to Knights celebrating in February:

  • Bill Paar – February 01
  • Neil Geraths – February 11
  • Michael Johnson – February 19
  • Bill La Berge – February 23
  • James Bosch – February 25
  • Steve Rudolph – February 28

Program Director’s Report

Fellow Knights Happy February! I hope all are surviving the cold and the snow. Now into February our fraternal activities continue to move ahead.

KC 2019 membership dues- Clem is collecting dues and Membership Cards will be available after your dues payment. Please make every effort to submit your 2019 dues to Clem.
Dues Assessment 20.00
*Special Assessment – Culture of Life- 3.50
*Special Assessment – PKD- 3.65
* = Not Mandatory Total- 27.15

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 February 2nd, 2019. Please keep this on your calendar.
The web link is:
(You may have to hold down Ctrl while clicking to open in some email programs)

The Eucharistic Adoration was cancelled for February. Please sign up for 1 hour of prayer and meditation at the next Adoration.. The link is the following: Spread the word! The next Adoration is March1st and 2nd.
Raffle Tickets- To date 242 tickets have been sold. Please turn in your ticket sales to Bill La Berge as soon as possible.
Membership Drive- The next membership will be April 13th and 14th and there will be an Admission Degree on April 18th.
Tootsie Roll Drive- The Tootsie Roll Drive for April needs a chair person!! Please concider chairing this drive for those with intellectual disabilities!
The Family of the Year and Medallion Award have been submitted and recorded by the State Council
Coming Up Activities:
Bowling Tournament – March 16th and 17th?
Tootsie Roll Drive-April
State Convention- April 27th-28th

Respectfully Submitted,
Knight Tony Grant – Program Director