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Newsletter April 2021



“You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14, 16)

Worthy Officers, Brothers and Sir Knights,

Welcome to Spring and the possibility of new life and new beginnings! I know many of you were unable to attend this year’s annual Catholic Men’s Conference, so I wanted to provide a few highlights. The tone for the conference was set by Bishop Coyne in his opening remarks, reflecting his timely advice on how best to experience Holy Week. I already shared those thoughts with you in my Happy Easter email message. The guest speaker at the conference was CPT Guy Gruters. CPT Gruters described in graphic detail the suffering he and fellow prisoners of war endured in 5 1//2 years as a captive of the North Vietnamese. In a very moving chronicle, he thankfully credited his survival to his faith, the courage of his fellow prisoners, and the loyalty of our nation. He never felt abandoned by his country, and especially credits the US bombing campaign in North Vietnam as a turning point in his captivity that set the conditions for their imminent release. The constancy of his companions, despite physical separation, in finding creative ways to communicate and even conduct prayer services also kept him going. Most importantly, his faith and his determination to live-out our national motto “In God We Trust” assured his triumph over what he suffered. Ultimately, in what was the most difficult act of his life, he achieved the Peace of Christ when he was able, with the urging and help of the Holy Spirit, to forgive his captors. After a small group discussion about the impact of CPT Gruters testimony we reconvened in the larger virtual Zoom meeting for comments by Msgr. John McDermott. Msgr. McDermott told the story of how influential his late father was in nurturing his call to the priesthood, and his maturity as a Catholic Man. “Lessons from My Father” provides the 4 lessons passed onto him and his siblings from his father: lessons universally applicable to every man. I summarize them here.

1.      Be present to the person or persons you are with. Be an attentive listener, without judgement.  (Passive attribute)

2.      Be available to people and loved ones in need of a companion. Active and enthusiastic involvement in their lives.  (Active attribute)

3.      Be a model, always, of a Christian gentleman. Set the example. (Passive attribute)

4.      Be a witness for Christ by faith in action; practice virtue, charity, compassion and respect-evangelize-share the love of God and Neighbor. (Active attribute)

Please continue to share our video There is a Place For You with prospects and pray for new members. Here is the link (If the link does not work, copy, and paste into your browser)


Blessings and Happy Easter Season!

Last Meeting – The last Council Business Meeting was held remotely on ZOOM 11 March at 1900. Meeting was called to order by Grand Knight Mike Bullock who also led the Council in a prayer. The last Officer Meeting was held in person at SJV and on ZOOM April 8 at 6:30 PM.


Treasurers Report – On 8 April, the checking account balance was $31,922.99.


Financial Secretary Report – There was one application for membership, Michael Gervia. At the officers meeting, Michael was voted into the council. The Financial Secretary also reported that the value of the council’s Morgan Stanley account was $482,922.25.


Financial Secretary also reported that dues are still coming in. So far, we collected $1,260.00.   


Deacon Joe Lane Our Assembly Color Corps provided an honor guard for Deacon Lane’s funeral.


Warnings – $500 for a camping theme gift package for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta Silent Super Auction


$400 to give to Fr. Dodson to distribute to seminarians at his discretion.


Keep Christ in Christmas – Two Keep Christ in Christmas posters have been received and presented to Jay Benson to be framed for display next season at St Jude and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes.


Mary Statue Dedication Thanks to the officers that helped to put the base back in place for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Statue on April 8. The statue was placed on the base today, April 14. Fr. Naples is planning an outdoor Mass on 1 May 2021 at 0930. The Rosary will precede the Mass at 0910.


Bylaws Update – Work continues on this project. Meeting to be scheduled for committee members. If you have ideas or feedback, let a committee member know-Ray Michaud, Mike Bullock, Charlie Brown, Dick Stevens, or Dave Martin, i.e., times for meetings, threshold for making payments without Council vote, etc.


Council Web Page – Mostly due to the tireless efforts of our Treasurer, Rick Gravelin, who aspires to be our Webmaster, the Website Committee is pleased to report we are remarkably close to having a working site. At the officers meeting a proposal was discussed on expenditures for those Aps and add-ons (Plug-ins) that cost money but give us needed functionality. Two items, each under $100, were approved, but consideration of the initial and maintenance budget was tabled pending a demo of the protype to the Council members. This will happen at the next meeting on April 15th.


Knight of the Month -– Worthy Lecturer, Brother Bernie Prendergast


Family of the Month – Worthy Warden and Brother Jay Benson and his wife Alice.


Projects – Worthy DGK was asked at the last meeting how Fr. Tim’s patio looked this spring. This picture was taken today, 14 April and happy to report it looks great!





Msgr. Thomas Ball Golf Tournament – Teams are set for this event to take place on 15 May at West Bolton. PGK Brad is looking for one more player for the fourth team. Please contact Brad at 238.1257.


Super Bingo Committee – Work is progressing on this project. The Double Tree has reserved the room for next year’s Super Bingo on 24 April 2022. At least 10 local artisans have indicated that they would like to contribute their work to the Silent Auction. Donations from business are coming in as well. Letters have gone out to other Councils requesting outdoor themed packages. Burlington plans to add a Camp Stove with utensils to our theme package.


Scholarships – Worthy Advocate, Brother Tom Buzzell reports that there are three scholarships available to a son/daughter of a brother Knight in good standing. If anyone would like to apply, please contact Brother Tom.



Special Awards –At the officer meeting (concurrent with the State Council) Worthy Warden Jay Benson presented a District Deputy Medal to District 3 Deputy Bill Lacroix.




Next Business Meeting is Thursday April 15 at 7 PM at SJV and on ZOOM. Pizza to be served at 6 PM.


Meeting ID: 846 4758 2239

Passcode: 297697


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Memorial Mass for Msgr. Thomas Ball will be at Saint Joseph Cathedral on SAT April 17 at 0800 with Color Corp.


Dedication Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe Statue will be outdoors in front of Saint John Vianney Parish on 1 May 2021 at 0930. The Rosary will precede the Mass at 0910.


State K of C Convention – This year’s convention will again be held remotely 1 May on GO TO MEETING from 1-3 PM. The following Delegates and alternates were chosen in March. Delegates Dave Martin and Tom Gravelin. Alternates are Ray Michaud and Charles Brown.


35th Annual COTS Walk will be held virtually again on 2 May. More information at


Joe Jordan Webinar, Stress Free Retirement is being offered on ZOOM May 3rd at 7 PM. It counts as the second of two events for the Founder’s Award. Sign up at this link:


Super Auction for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, June 4-13, 2021.


Good of the Order Please pray for the following intentions, members ill or in distress and their families, Mike and Pam Audette, Joe Myers and Family, Jeffrey Claude Danis and family, Tom Westropp, Andrew Bolognani, PSD/PGK Don Sutton, Ray & Bev Newman, PGK Ray Miller, Stuart Fath, David Bullock, Fr. Hamilton, PGK Tom Gravelin, Ben & Yvonne Gravelin, Harold Ponto, Wally Rooney, PGK Bob Audette, Gerry Malavenda, Ed and Theresa Curtiss, all clergy and religious, victims and families of COVID-19, First Responders, and for new Members to join the Order.


Lecturer – Worthy Lecturer Bernie Prendergast has been sending birthday cards to inactive members. This month he will speak to us about St John De La Salle and sing the song, One Little Candle.


Into the Breach: Please continue to experience this video series on your own. The next video is “Prayer” and can be found at this link: . Find all 12 videos at


April Birthday Wishes to. Richard Labrecque, Michael O’Neill, Douglas Bouvier, Michael Donaghue, Patrick Leduc, Dan Smith, Renald Lussier, Robert Gaulin, Simeon Lewis, Doan Vu, Jeff Danis.                   


Last Rites: Please remember our Brothers or Family members gone to their final reward. May they rest in peace.

Last month we added Joan Danis, (Aunt of Jeffrey Claude Danis) and Deacon Joe Lane.


Vivat Jesus!

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Newsletter March 2021

The Knight Life

St. John Vianney Council 7525

Monthly Newsletter September, 2019

Council website: — Grand Knight’s Contact info: Email: 802-881-7681

Upcoming Events & Important Dates:

When What

September 12th Council Meeting. Dinner at

6:00pm. Meeting at 7:00 pm

September 10th Mens Night at St. Judes

September 26thh Formation Degree at St. Albans

Council. at 7:00 pm

September 19th Officers Installation Ceremony.

September 28th Right to Life Dinner

September 29th 4th Degree Exemplification at SJV.

Special Announcements:

Anchor Award Ceremony is October 4th at The Delta Marriott

Hotel. The event starts at 5:30 pm. All Council members are

highly encouraged to attend. See last page for invitation.

Last Meeting Minutes: After a nice dinner, the meeting

discussed the Parish picnic being on the lighter side for

attendance. Fr. Steven extends his thanks to the council for

helping with setup and teardown. Discussed a membership

committee and training. Rick Gravelin gave a report on the

Right to Life dinner planning. 4th degree elections were

discussed. Can no longer use the regalia. New uniform must

be used for official gatherings. Worthy Trustee Ted Barrett

presented the 2019-2020 programs. New requirements have

been established. Did not discuss the proposed budget for

2019-2020. The council motioned and passed the motion to

send all the monies from the Intellectual Disabilities fund raiser

to Camp O’ Hagen. The fund raised $2581.00. This will be well

received by the State Council. Announce the new date for

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta being April 19th 2020 at the Double Tree.

Prayer for Priests is going to be Saturday, 10/26 at 9:00 am.

Discussed having a District council meal to help raise funds for

the Ultrasound machine. Women at the picnic suggested the

Knights install a changing board for diaper changing in the

woman’s restroom. K of C Granite Pledge to be moved soon.

Site is TBD. The following warnings were motioned and


• $700.00 for Right to Life Dinner

• $300.00 for 4th Degree Exemplification Dinner

• $500.00 for the Anchor Award Ceremony.

Worthy Chaplin: Fr. Steven Marchand: No report

Ins. Agent Dave, No report

Worthy Financial Secretary report:

Dues are still coming in. No new Admissions. We only took in

$1640.00 in membership dues against an expected $3,600.00.

This is not a good sign for the council. The membership

dues are needed to keep the council going. Please send in

your dues.

Worthy Treasurer Report:

The account is currently at $6,000.00. $47,000 in the restricted


Worthy Trustee Report: Ted Barrett

The 2019-2020 Programs have been identified in each of the

four categories: Faith, Community. Life and Family. The

council must do a required program in each category to meet

the requirements for the Columbian Award. We have planned

the programs to meet this requirement.

Grand Knight Report: Tom Gravelin

We are currently planning for the Anchor Award. Finalizing the

room and meal details. A team is helping with the planning.

The Right to Life dinner is in it’s planning phase. We still need

people to help with setup/food prep, and clean-up. Please

contact me to help out. Brother Rick Gravelin is chairing this


The council is hosting the 4th degree exemplification on

September 29th. We will need Knights to help setup,serve food

and drinks as well as clean up.

The council has won the Columbian award for 2018-2019

year! Congratulations to all for a fine year for giving.

An officers Installation is planned for September 19th at Saint

John Vianney for 6:00 pm. I am expecting all officers and

council members to attend. This installation will be for the

three councils in our district. I am in need of Knights to plan for

snacks after the ceremony.

4th Degree News: Rick Gravelin has agreed to be the Faithful

Navigator. Ali Nasab is stepping down. This leaves an opening

for Faithful Trustee.

The 4th Degree Exemplification will be at Saint John Vianney

Parish on September 29th. Contact Rick Gravelin if you want to

help with the planning. Color Guards are needed. You have to

have the new uniform.

Old Business:

• Plan for a Family event this spring.

• New Computer and software for the council.

• Form a Membership committee.

• Phone and Internet for Office.

The Knight Life

St. John Vianney Council 7525

Monthly Newsletter September, 2019

Council website: — Grand Knight’s Contact info: Email: 802-881-7681


Knight of the Month: Rick Gravelin

Family of the Month: Ray and xxx Michaud

New Business:

• Anchor Award Planning, October 5th.

• Right to Life Dinner September 28th

• 4th degree Exemplification September 29th.

• Changing Table in Woman’s restroom.

• Approve the budget for 2019-2020.

Contact our Insurance Agent:

Dave Giuliani regarding K of C benefits and Ins. He can

help with Long Term care, Annuities & Retirement, as well as

Ins. Phone:802-272-6009

Recruiting: A Membership team will be created with the goal

to do recruiting in the three parishes. Core Members will be the

Trustees and Deputy Grand Knight. Steve Savoy is the

Membership Chairman and will be forming the committee.

Ed Nuttle will be visiting the council at the September Council

meeting on September 12th at 7:00 pm. He will be giving

training on the new membership program.

2019 – 2020 Membership DUES: Please pay your dues to

help the council to achieve its’ goals and programs for our

community. Send dues to Charles Brown, 93 Randy Lane,

Burlington, Vt. 05408. Remember these dues; go for the

Columbia Magazine, Supreme & State Per Capita and the

remainder to our expenses and charities. PLEASE SEND



• Vermont Catholic Charities: $200.00

NEXT MEETING: September 12th at 7:00pm

The meal will start at 6:00 pm. Meeting will start at 7:00 pm.

I would like to see new members come to the meeting so

we can get to know you.

I recently learned about a Brother Knight who does not attend

the meetings and he is a steward of the church. I would love to

see more members like him attending the meetings to share.

GOOD OF THE ORDER: Please keep the following in your

prayers: Joe Lane, Yvonne Gravelin, Rick Gravelin, Jackie

Labrecque, Fr. Hamilton, Ray & Beverly Newman, Frank &

Camilla Myers, Paul Pouliot, Jeff Danis, Ray Rogers, PSD Don

Sutton, Harold Ponto, All Veterans. As always please pray for

the safety of our men and women in uniform.

Call me personally if you have a question, or ideas

Vivat Jesus, Tom Gravelin, Grand Knight

The Knight Life

St. John Vianney Council 7525

Monthly Newsletter January 2019

Council website: — Grand Knight’s Contact info: Email: 802-881-7681

Vermont State Council Knights of Columbus

2019 Anchor Award

Worthy Brother Knights:

You are cordially invited to attend a formal dinner to honor the recipient of the 2019 Anchor Award, the highest award

bestowed by the Vermont Knights of Columbus. This year’s recipient is well known in our fraternal family and

community. His commitment to community, church and council makes him truly worthy of this recognition.

Sir Knight Patrick Leduc

Attendance for this event is expected to be high so your prompt RSVP is appreciated. No later than September 15, would

be greatly appreciated. Kindly complete page 2 of this invitation and send to the name/address given with payment.

Attire for this event is tux or dark suit for the men and elegantly glamorous for the ladies. Social Baldrics as well as mini

jewels are encouraged.

Date: October 4, 2019

Place: Delta Conference Center (formerly Trader Duke’s), So. Burlington, VT. Conference center is on Williston Road

(take Exit 14E off I-89). There is plenty of parking in the back of the facility

Time: 6:30pm (cocktails) 7:00pm (dinner)

Dinner will be buffet style with several options and include dessert and coffee.

A cash bar will also be available.


Tom Gravelin, GK

St. John Vianney Council 7525

So. Burlington, VT.

The Knight Life

St. John Vianney Council 7525

Monthly Newsletter January 2019

Council website: — Grand Knight’s Contact info: Email: 802-881-7681

Anchor Award – October 4, 2019 Cocktail 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm.

RSVP by September 15, 2019

$35.00 per person

Name of Person(s)

Address: ________________________________________________



email or Phone to contact if questions:_________________________

Number of persons: _______@ $35.00

Total Amount: __________

Make check payable to: K of C Council 7525

Mail to:

Ray Michaud, PGK, PFN

10 Deborah Dr.

South Burlington, Vt. 05403