Brother Knights

We begin with the Memorial Mass at St. Luke’s Parish on Thursday, November 9th celebrated with Bishop McGrattan. This Memorial, I thought, was very well attended and my deepest thanks to Sir Knight Frank Gerritsen and all the Fourth Degree Knights dressed in their finest regalia and representing all knights so well. This mass was expected to be special and it certainly was. Council 4878 was well represented by not only our Knights, but also our ladies and widows. Thank you to all who attended.

On the 11th of November we celebrated Remembrance Day Mass. Once again I express my thanks to Sir Knight Frank Gerritsen and all the Fourth Degree Knights who also attended in their finest regalia. My thanks to Father Henry Rosenbaum for celebrating this mass with such great respect for all those who were being remembered for the sacrifices they made on our behalf. Brother Dan Barth was again very instrumental in this mass taking place and the words he spoke and the presentations he prepared for us all reminded us why it is so important to continue honouring Remembrance Day. Thank you Brother Dan for your commitment to this very special day.

Our Lecture Night on Monday, November 20th, was on the topic of recycling regarding our church and how to implement it. Our Knights, ladies of the Catholic Women’s League and a number of other groups from our church listened to a very entertaining and informative talk from the City of Calgary’s spoke person, Laura Hamilton. She was prepared with a short video on little known facts regarding the disposal of our garbage, of which approximately 88% is classified as recycling or composting. We will follow up on this information with a plan to be announced in the near future. Thank you to our Lecturers, Brothers Issac Bernard and Dan Barth.

We are now approaching December’s council meeting on the 4th and our Christmas dinner, which will be on Monday the 18th. All Knights, wives and widows are invited. There will be more information on this in another page of this newsletter.

Our executive meeting will be this Sunday after the 11:00 AM mass. Please let me know if that is a problem for anyone.

As this is our last meeting before Christmas, Alida and I wish everyone a very merry and God filled Christmas and may 2018 be a year of health and wellness for us all. God Bless you All.

Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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Brother Knights, wives & widows,

Once again a very busy month started with St. Cecilia’s school and the collection of clothes for the needy. Brother Dan Barth and I helped to sort out clothes intended for distribution and all the Grade six students worked very hard to be ready for the pickup on Thursday the 12th of October. The music was deafening, however we persevered.

Brother Issac Bernard led the Rachel Rosary on Lectures Night with Brother Dan’s help and while there were only 17 in attendance the Rosary was held outside and was very beautiful. Snacks were enjoyed after the Rosary.

The Bishop’s Dinner was held on October 19th and all our tickets were used by Fr. Paul, Fr. Frank, Fr Henry, Dave and Alida Allen, Joe Novakowski, Issac Bernard and Tom Czarnomski. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed a very nice meal. My thanks to Council 4878 for providing the tickets for this dinner. There were 800 in attendance.

The next evening was the football game and there were seven volunteers due to the fact that we no longer participate in the hard liquor booth. Our income was less than usual, however, we all had a great time and a lot of laughs. Our tips were still very good and our next game is November 3rd. That will be the last regular season game and we will have one playoff game, which will be the Western Final. Thank you to all the knights who have helped out so far this season.

We said goodbye to Brother Bill Pankow on the October 19th and while he had not been involved in our activities due to his health, he was a very good Knight and an exceptional Grand Knight. Memories of his involvement in our council will be in our thoughts for a very long time.

We were fortunate to find some excellent office furniture due to Bel’s efforts and Brothers Dan Barth, Frank Gerritsen, Henry Feddema and I were able to get that furniture delivered to our church. We worked very hard and are very grateful for Bels’s help in securing this furniture for our church office renovations. Brothers Frank, Dan and Henry worked very diligently to dismantle the furniture in preparation for transporting. My thanks to all three Brothers.

We had our Stewardship Sunday on the 28th and 29th of October and received information on three prospective Knights. I will be contacting them and hopefully have them in for the first degree as soon as possible. Thank you to all the Knights who came out and helped with talking to all those we met who might be interested in joining the Knights.

I may have more to say at our next meeting on the 6th of November but just a reminder that the Memorial Mass is at St. Luke’s Parish on THURSDAY, November 9th to remember all the Knights who have passed away in the last year. Our attendance at this Mass is very important. Please remember this date. The mass will be at 7:00 PM. Thank you Brothers.

Our executive meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 6th of November.

Thank you Brothers and see you on November 6th. God Bless You All.

Dave Allen,
Grand Knight

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Brother Knights, wives & widows

This has been a busy month. On September 5th we had our installation of officers and the turnout for officers was excellent. District Deputy Michael Subasic took charge and as usual made us all feel very proud. Thank you Bro. Michael.

Our general meeting was the next day and it was a little longer in order to cover our summer months. Thank you all for your patience.

We said goodbye to Kevin and Heidi Lopresti, which turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon and now we try to carry on as usual. It’s not easy to lose a Brother Knight like Kevin, however we will pick up the slack and find five or six knights to replace him. We wish them every bit of good fortune and I am sure we will see them again. Thank you Kevin and Heidi.

Please keep Father Paul in your prayers and his exceptional friend whom he grew up with, Father Xavier. He passed away after a very serious stroke. Father Paul was with him in Vancouver when he died and is now on his way to India where Father Xavier will be put to rest. He was only 53 years old.

We have had two football games so far this month and a third one coming up on the September 29th. These games are our fundraiser and we need all the help and support we can get. These funds are also very lucrative for our council. Thank you to all who have been helping so far this year. We have only three games to go.

Brother Mike Driscoll continues to do a great job with our gift cards and will also have Charities Appeal tickets available for sale at the church after all Sunday masses. Any brothers who can help with the sale of tickets for this worthy cause, would be welcome to sit with Mike at any of the weekend masses. Tickets should be available at Monday’s general meeting. This will also be a great opportunity to sell Grey Cup tickets at the same time. Thank you Brothers.

On September 16th we celebrated our annual Lorne Dowling Bursary awards and were very fortunate to meet these young students who were so well deserving of their individual award. Our guest speaker was Dr. Peter Baltutis from St. Mary’s University. He spoke very well and as an assistant professor at the University his remarks were a very excellent indication of why he is where he is. Thank you again, Dr. Baltutis. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed this entertaining evening. My thanks to the ladies not just for their attendance but for all they do for us Knights.

On Monday Brother Henry Feddema will speak on a special event that happened this week and something that we can all be proud of. My special thanks to Brother Dan Barth who was such a great help to me this month and for the help he will be giving to our newest Lecturer, Brother Issac Bernard.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting on October 2nd.

Vivat Jesu
Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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Brother Knights

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is raring to go for this Columbian year, 2017-18.
Just to remind you of how busy we were this summer since our last meeting in June, here is a synopsis:
We have volunteered at six football games, on June 17th enjoyed our Grand Knights Ball at the Carriage House Hotel where we saw the attendance of knights, wives, widows and guests totalling eighty-five including fourteen widows. How wonderful it was to see so many attend. Thank you all for such great support of the K of C. You will note the award winners on another page.

June 11th we were very pleased to distribute fifty one rosaries to the First Communion children and enjoyed cake, hotdogs and ice cream after the Mass.

Brothers Henry, Dan and I looked after the West Side Coop at McMahon Stadium on June 11th and were rewarded with a fantastic afternoon of fun and of course the tips from that event.

Corpus Christie was on the 18th of June and as usual there was no shortage of Knights for the procession at the various stations around the church parking lot. This is a beautiful celebration and very important to Father Paul. Again we enjoyed hotdogs and ice cream in the main hall.

On the 23rd of June we were invited to Sacramental Recognition at St. Cecilia School and while I was unable to attend, we were well represented by Bro. Dan Barth, Bro. Mike Abday and Bro. Fred Bremner. Thank you Brothers. A Certificate of Appreciation is shown elsewhere.

On June 27th we attended the First Degree at St. Patrick’s Church where we joined in welcoming our newest Knights, Sebastian Correa and Ken Moan from St. Cecilia’s and Joel Chute our newest Seminarian who we will support while he is in Nebraska for his studies. Congratulations to our three newest Knights.

On July 10th we held our Annual Stampede Breakfast, which was well attended and as usual, lived up to its reputation as one of the best breakfasts in the city. Thank you to everyone who came out and worked setting up tents and barbeques, tables and chairs, cooked all the delicious food and kept everyone laughing, smiling and having a good ole time. Thank you very much to Bro. Dan Barth as always for organizing the whole event. The “Walk in the Park” with Brian Thibeault from Nova Scotia, father of our church secretary Christine and Kristin Kosbey from Istanbul, Turkey brought on many cheers and the arrival of the fire engine and four firemen was an added feature of interest as many took time to visit with the firemen and have a tour of the engine.

I am looking forward to this Columbian Year as I am planning to focus on membership. Again I ask that my Brother Knights assist in this endeavour. Let us make this year a year to remember.

I would like to say thank you to all the brothers and wives who have helped over the summer with all the events I have mentioned and possibly some events I may have missed. Thank you to all.

Our first meeting is on Wednesday September 7th at 7:30 P.M. due to the long weekend and our first Executive meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. just before the regular meeting.

Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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Greetings Brother Knights

The month of May has been very busy with efforts by our nomination committee to fill our council executive with Brothers willing to step up and get involved in the daily and or monthly operations of our council. With that in mind, please consider allowing your name to be nominated for an executive position In our council. You will find it to be very rewarding.

This month brothers Leo Bunz, Kevin Lopresti and myself attended our schools to hand out diplomas for all the grade 5 students who participated in our annual coloring contest for Vocations and the real reward is the look on those kid’s faces as their name was called to receive their diploma. It is extremely rewarding. Thank you Leo and Kevin. WELL DONE.

Our lecture night was the Rachel Rosary which was said outside at the Rachel statue and for all those who were present it was a very moving experience. Thank you to all who joined us and for everyone’s participation.

Father Paul’s birthday was on the 31st of May and we all congratulate you on your 52nd. Cake and coffee was served after the Wednesday morning mass and Father came for breakfast at the A and W.

The 50TH ANNUAL GRAND KNIGHT’S BALL will be held on Saturday the 17th of June and I will have tickets available after the regular council meeting on Monday the 5th of June. The Ball will be held at the Carriage House Inn. I will also be at all the masses beginning on Saturday June 3rd. and you may purchase tickets at that time.

Tuesday JUNE 6TH IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FOOTBALL SEASON and all Brothers are encouraged to volunteer sometime during this season to enjoy the fun and fraternity of a few hours together living the good life.
I thank you all for your help during this Columbian year and I encourage you all again to step up for the council. We are still looking for a Grand Knight and a Deputy Grand Knight.

Alida and I wish you all a tremendous and fun filled summer. God Bless You All and see you at the GRAND KNIGHT’S BALL.

Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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Brother Knights,

I would first and foremost like to thank District Deputy Michael Subasic for stepping into the position of worthy recorder for our meeting in April. It was much appreciated. We are still looking for someone to take on the responsibility into the next Columbian year.

We did not have a Lecturer’s night this month as Easter weekend included our third Monday. In May we will be doing the Rosary outside at the Rachel statue as long as weather permits, otherwise it will be inside.

Our garage sale was held on the 22nd and 23rd of April and as usual the committee handling the set up and sale was exceptional in all that they did. Brother Kevin Lopresti will have a more complete report during our council meeting, however I must say thank you to all knights and ladies and parishioners who helped make this event successful. I was very pleased to see the fraternity that was enjoyed by all. More to follow.

Brother Lloyd Rose and I are headed down to Edmonton for the State convention and I will report on that at our monthly meeting. This year has almost come to an end and I urge all Brother Knights to consider positions on our executive and come forward to our nomination committee and give them your name as a nominee. Believe me when I tell you that it is extremely rewarding. You also have a host of brother knights who will be glad to help you through your first year and beyond.

Thank you Brother Knights and God Bless you all.

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Brother Knights, our month started out with the Stations of the Cross on Friday March 3, and my thanks to all the brothers who helped out as we were responsible for that evenings event. It went quite well.

On March 20th, our Lectures night began with the Holy Rosary in the church followed by a Lenten Retreat given by Father Paul. Since the whole Parish was invited to attend, I would say the retreat was not well attended, however, for those who did attend, we were treated to one of Father Paul’s wonderful homily type versions on how we should conduct ourselves during the Lenten season. Refreshments and dessert were served in the foyer after his talk. Once again, thank you to the Knights who helped out with the Holy Rosary and thank you so much to Father Paul Raj.

On March 23rd, the knights were invited to St. Williams School and Brothers Leo Bunz, Fred Bremner, Dan Barth and myself were treated to a very nice thank you from the teachers and students and a bit of a show was presented while awards were handed out to certain deserving children. The event lasted about 40 minutes and was very entertaining. We were presented with thank you cards written and drawn by the students and those cards are posted on the bulletin board in the knights chambers. We also received cards and letters from St. Matthews and Ecole St. Cecilia schools and those cards are posted on the knights bulletin board in the foyer of the church. This is the kind of response that encourages us to once again cook sausages and pancakes for those schools next year. Thank you again to all those who helped on Shrove Tuesday.

On March 27th, I attended our Chapter meeting at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish and we were all treated to a very nice Polish dinner and dessert. During the meeting we were reminded of the March for Life which will take place on Thursday May 11, in Edmonton and for those who would like to attend that march, there may be buses taking knights to Edmonton and back. I will keep you informed. The hike for Life will be on May 13th, and I will be doing that hike while representing Council 4878. There will be pledge forms in the foyer and anyone who would like to join me for this walk, please do. The Way of the Cross is coming up on Good Friday and we will need a number of Knights to help make this walk successful. I will have more on this at our council meeting on April 3rd. Good Friday is on the 14th, of April.

Brothers, our Easter Triduum is fast approaching and at this time Alida and I would like to wish all of you a very blessed Easter as we remember the unthinkable sacrifice Jesus made, for the sake of all mankind.

God Bless you all,
Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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Brother Knights, we had a rather short meeting in order to accommodate our annual cribbage tournament and therefore we had a wonderful dinner before the start of our monthly meeting. Ray Khuller and his wife prepared chili and all the fixins and about 20 of us were treated to an excellent meal including dessert. Thank you very much to Ray and Rosie. The cribbage tournament produced an A and B side winner. On the B side, Bro. Len Bochman was the winner and the real champion this year went to Bro. Danny Goshaluk. My thanks to Bro. Dave Masse for taking the reins for this tournament and making it all work. As usual we had the World Day of the Sick on the 12th of February and due to changes in dates And the lateness of those changes we were unable to provide a breakfast for the sick. Next year we will be sure to co-ordinate with Pastoral Care to make sure we have our usual breakfast.

We had one hockey game on Monday the 13th and my thanks go out to Brothers Mike Driscoll, Henry Feddema, Kevin Lopresti, Mike Abday and Lloyd Rose. We all had a great time amidst a 5 to 0 Loss to Arizona.

Monday Evening the 20th of Feb. we had our annual cribbage tournament where we invited players from all councils. Brother Mike Driscoll was the BIG winner and will be tough to beat next year. Yours truly won the 50/50 draw and great fraternity was had by all. My thanks to Bro. Dan Barth especially and Henry Feddema for opening and running the bar.

Our Chapter meeting was on Tuesday the 21st. Our Charities Appeal tickets need to be turned in to Bro. Mike Driscoll by March 4th. Also our annual hike for life is coming up on the 13th of May and I will be doing the hike and there will be more on this to follow.

On Thursday Feb. 23rd. a number of Knights and Priests were in attendance at Padre Night. Total attendance was 350 to 360 men. As usual Council 4878 was well represented and my thanks to Bro. Frank Gerritsen for reserving our tables for us. We expected 320 to attend so you can imagine the difficulty of holding 3 tables for ourselves. The evening was a total success and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal. Hopefully we can entice more members to attend next year. My deepest thanks to bro. Dan Barth once again for organizing the sorting of shirts and all that went with that including a wonderful breakfast that he and his wife Elaine prepared.

The 4th weekend at the church included the K of C dishing out cake for birthdays and anniversaries. I thank all the Brothers who helped distribute cake to all parishioners.

The installation of Bishop William T. McGrattan was held on the 27th of February and notable by the presence his wife and children at his side, District Deputy Michael Subasic was given the honour of representing the Laity of the Catholic church diocese. Wow! What an honour.

Lastly we had almost 20 knights and wives at St. Cecilias to cook pancakes and sausages for the 3 schools in our area. St. Williams, St Matthews and Ecole St. Cecilias. Thank you so much for your help especially to Mike Abday and Vital Morrissette on sausages, Leo Bunz, Kevin Lopresti, Len White and Asido Romell on pancakes and Frank Gerritsen and Hank Kouewenberg for Deliveries. A veryhuge thank you to Dan Barth for putting all of this together. We had a number of ladies also involved and as always we can do nothing without them.God Bless you All.

God Bless you all,

Dave Allen

Grand Knight

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Brother Knights

This month has been a month of meetings starting with our own meeting on the 9th. of January. On the 16th. we had our lectures night and sadly only 12 knights and wives attended that event due mostly to other events happening on the same evening. I expect the 20th of February to be well represented as we are having our annual cribbage tournament that evening.

On the 23rd. of January Council 4878 hosted our monthly Chapter meeting which was extremely well attended. My thanks to Bro. Dan and Elaine Barth for preparing such a delicious stew for the event complete with cake and ice cream. Brothers Dave Masse, Len White, Danny Goshaluk and Kevin Lopresti also helped to make this evening a success. Thank you all.

Our next meeting is on the 6th of February and will begin at 6:30 in the evening beginning with a hot meal provided by Brother Ray Khuller. We will see how this works and perhaps consider eating before the meeting more often.

I have received 16 tickets for Padre Night and am hopeful that we will use them all as this may be the last official talk by Bishop Frederic Henry. The tickets are $45.00 and are available now and at our council meeting on the 6th. A phone call to me will secure you a ticket. Padre Night is on the 23rd. of February and the address is printed on the tickets.

A reminder that the installation of our new Bishop will be on the 27th. of February and you will need a ticket for that event and the tickets will be available on line or through the office of the Diocese.

Thank you for all your help in January and I look forward to seeing you all on the 6th.

Our executive meeting will be held Sunday the 5th of February after the 11:00 Mass.

God Bless you all,
Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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Greetings Brother Knights

As we now enter into the year 2017 it is my pleasure to thank all the Brothers and Wives for all their help during 2016.

I am especially thankful for all the help I received with our Christmas Dinner on the 19th. I first would like to thank Vital and Freida and Freda Abday for cooking turkeys and taking so much stress off of yours truly. I know I will probably miss a few names although I do know who was all there. Ken and Sharron Dorscher who not only provided two beautiful hams but also came in and cooked them. Vicki Baran and Jenny and Jim O’Dell who always do such a terrific job of preparing the auditorium and decorating as well. Kevin Lopresti who came in and carved the turkeys and hams and everyone else who came in at sometime during the day and helped out. I also am very sorry that Dan and Elaine Barth were unable to attend, however, Elaine did call me and gave me a list of things we needed and the procedures that she has used in all the years she has spear headed the kitchen duties for our Christmas dinner, thank you Elaine.

My thanks to Kevin Lopresti, Dave Masse and Jim O’Dell who provided door prizes of their own created wines, and to Henry Feddema for handling our bar services. Thank you to Ray Khuller for the wine selection for the crate of wines which we draw for each year.

Congratulations to Kevin Lopresti who won said crate, the proceeds from this draw go to Pennies for Heaven and of course this crate will be returned for next Christmas full of delicious wines selected by our own connoisseur of wines Kevin Lopresti. THANK YOU EVERYONE.
Congratulations to Father Paul Raj on celebrating his 24th. year as a priest and on behalf of all the knights, wives and widows, of Council 4878 we wish you a very happy new year and a safe and most enjoyable holiday as you leave on the 9th of January to travel back to India.
This year St. Cecilia Church decorations have the church looking as nice as it has ever looked and we can thank Dan Barth and Frank Gerritsen and their crew for the reason it looks so nice.

We worked a Hockey Game at the Saddledome on the 31st. of December and those working the game were Dave Masse, Mike Abday, Henry Feddema, Mike Driscoll and Dave Allen. Thank you brothers for coming forward.

January 5th. begins a new era for our office as we said goodbye to Maureen Barton after 52 years and we say hello to our new office secretary CHRISTINE THIBEAULT, next time you are in the parish office, Please say hello and welcome her to the St. Cecilia’s family.

I wish everyone involved with the Knights of Columbus Council 4878 and especially the knights, wives and widows a very special 2017 and may God bless you all abundantly this coming year.

Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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