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Knights of Columbus April 2019 Newsletter

Greetings Brother Knights,

Grand Knight’s Report

Please congratulate Sir Knight Bill Paar
1. For achieving a Honorary Life Membership with the Knights of Columbus!
2. For receiving the Medallion Award! Bill will formally receive the Medallion Award during the KC State Convention on Saturday, April 27. As information, the Medallion award is the highest individual award that a Knight can receive in the State of Wisconsin for his distinguished service to the Knights, the Church and the Community.

Thank you to all who submitted recommendation letters on Bill’s behalf for the award.

Thank you to all the Knights who have assisted with the March 22 Parish Supper Soup and April 6 BPNN Community meal.

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.

There’s GOOD NEWS!

The apostle Paul was disturbed by the way some of the people in Galatia were begin led astray. He wrote, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all.” (Galatians 1:6,7)

The gospel (Good News) Paul is speaking of refers to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus invites us into a personal relationship with Himself as a result of this act. The shedding of His blood on the cross paid the penalty for our sins … once and for all. There is nothing we can add to this sacrifice that will make it any more worthy. Throughout the ages mankind has perverted this gospel by believing that we can make ourselves good enough, give enough money, do enough good works or follow enough rules and regulations to earn our way to heaven. Too often the very heart of the gospel is missed. “For it is by the grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

May God Bless you and your families!

Mark Rayha
Grand Knight


Knight of the Month – Leo Warren
Family of the Month – Mark & Diane smith
Certificates of Appreciation – Knights who assisted with the Parish March 22 Soup Supper

Call for Prayers

Prayer requests include Richard Lyons, Lee Purdy, Howard & Sue Jamieson, Lucille Pernot, Pam Heyde, Paul Pur-cell, Ann Lease, Joe Amato, Rich Wolk, Barbara Shunk, Tim Sutter, Robin Gerdis, Bob Shunk Jr, Lynn Mullen, Joan Nowack, Mary Acker, Fr. Timmerland. Also keep in your prayers all U.S. Military men and women, Catholic clergy, first responders, victims of violence or natural disasters, and the elderly and unborn.

Happy birthday to Knights celebrating in April:

  • Brad Stiner – April 10
  • Christopher Pauly – April 17
  • Jon Pepper – April 25
  • James Tormey – April 25

Program Director’s Report

Fellow Knights
Membership Dues: Clem LaMere is still collecting 2019 KC dues. Currently there are 5 members outstanding. May 15th is the cutoff before the loss of membership.
Adoration: I pray you all are doing well this Lenten season. A number of Knights have taken the opportunity this Lent to commit to the monthly Eucharistic Adoration on April 5th and 6th. The next Adorations will be May 3rd -4th, and Jun 7th- 8th 2019. Sign up links were sent to members. The shifts are 1 hour (see the sign up link)
BPNN Breakfast: Thanks to all who volunteered for the BPNN first Saturday April 6th Breakfast!! The next breakfast will be on May 4th. Please sign up by going to the following link of notify me if you want me to signup up.

Soup Supper: Thanks to all the Knights who volunteered by hosting a soup supper dinner on Friday, March 22nd. after the Stations of the Cross. It was a great way for the Parish to get together during lent.
The Membership Drive and 1st Degree Ceremony has been cancelled due to Holy Thursday devotions. We will have a short KC Meeting Holy Thursday.
Tootsie Roll Drive: Volunteers are needed to coordinate this effort on May 3rd-5th. Please give some prayerful consideration to stepping up and helping lead this important effort. This is one of the largest fund raisers our Council undertakes! Below is the link to sign up for our ID Tootsie Roll Drive that will run May 3-4-5. We are waiting for Walgreens to confirm that we can use their facility but there’s plenty of space at Millers and Culvers. Please give some time to help out those who really can use our help. Thanks, Bill and Robert

Raffle Tickets: Our raffle ticket sale is still in full force. Special thanks to Bill LaBerge who needs assistance as he continues to coordinate this effort. He was also coordinating a table at Mass April 6th and 7th. Please volunteer to help Bill after the masses. Again don’t wait till the last minute to complete your sales. Tickets need to be returned to Bill by the April meeting so that they can get them turned in by the deadline.
4th Degree: There will be a 4th Degree Exemplification on May 18 in Richland Center Tony Grant and Gene Purcell will take the 4th Degree. Other Knights are welcome to join us for the 4th Degree.
Coming Up: Brat Fest (May 24, 25, & 26th), Blue Mass (May 9th St Bernard’s 6:30), Silver Rose Aug. 9th. Aug 10th Mallards game.
Respectfully Submitted,
Knight Tony Grant – Program Director