“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.
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.
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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 www.cotsonline.org.
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rrOHg8c-Q4avXNqEylO0wg
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1taakMZJ1K0. Find all 12 videos at https://www.kofc.org/en/campaigns/into-the-breach.html
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.