Greetings my Brother Knights.

First of all I would like to thank all who came out to the Chapter Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Parish on November 5th to honour all the Brother Knights who passed away this year in the Calgary Chapter. Sadly we had to say farewell to three of our long time Brothers, namely Eric Keefe, Steve Sowinski, and Fr. Gregory Roetker.  Fr. Gregory was Pastor of St. Cecilia Parish from 1985 to 1990 and passed away in Germany. Brothers Steve and Eric were long standing members of our council and were well known within St Cecilia parish. The strengths they brought to our council will be truly missed.

Those who came out for Lector’s Night on the November 19th,as I did, I am sure were pleasantly surprised as I was to find that there was nothing planned. This has been rectified for December by having our Annual Christmas Party on December 17th, which will be held in St. Cecilia’s main parish hall. Come all and enjoy a night of festivity and friendship. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. Please bring a non perishable food item or items to be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. There will NOT be a gift exchange, but you are welcome to exchange good conversation and frivolity.

This year our annual poinsettia delivery to our beloved widows will be distributed on Saturday December 15th so please contact Brother Vital Morrissette if you would like to help out. I believe he still may need a few good helping hands.

For those who have not been able to make it to a meeting for a while, I would like to mention that there have been some changes made to the service program structure at the Supreme level. We now only have four categories, which are as follows: Faith, Community, Family, and Life. For those who are able to attend the general meetings, you will notice that this new format will be reflected in the minutes. Our program leaders must now be aware that their particular program may be under a different category or possibly could be changed completely. We will discuss this further at the general meeting. I am sure there will be questions and some confusion as we work towards a program format that works for us.

Armatus Presidium, safe environment training and background checks are now being enforced.  We are a little behind schedule with a few stragglers who still need to complete the program. There was a discussion about this at the last general meeting and I would like to clarify that at this time this training is only mandated for key officers within the council and needs to be completed for us to be deemed as a council compliant by Supreme. For those who would like to do the training you can do so through the Supreme website by clicking on the safe environment link on the top right. I am hoping that we can have this completed by the end of December.

That is it for now. As usual, I hope to see you at the general meeting as we always have much to discuss.  The meeting starts at 7:30 PM, which follows the executive meeting that is held at 6:30 PM on December 3rd 2018.

My wife Juliette and I wish all my Brother Knights Ladies & families a Holy and Peaceful Christmas.

God bless you and Vivat Jesus.

Andy Haynes

Grand Knight Council 4878

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As we venture into the month of November, I would like to touch briefly on events that occurred in the month past. On October 20th and 21st, we had our Knights Recruitment/Information Drive within the stewardship weekend at St Cecilia’s church. We had a great display table set up in the hall and it was wonderful to see so many Brother Knights wearing their blue jackets attending to questions and promoting our council and order.  A special thank you to all.

Also in the same week, October 19th by request of council, my wife Juliette and I with Fr. Paul Raj and Fr. Henry Rosenbaum attended the 19th Annual Bishop’s Dinner honouring our Calgary Bishop William T. McGrattan. The event was held at the Telus Convention Centre downtown and celebrated Catholic Education and Programs. The event was well attended and musical entertainment was provided by a number of school bands.

On the evening of October 22nd, Council 4878 showed it’s Service strength once again and on a moments notice hosted the monthly Calgary Chapter meeting, as the chosen host for the month was unable to.  A big thanks to Bro. Dan Barth and wife Elaine for preparing and catering a suburb  pre meeting dinner social. Thank you Bro. Frank Gerritsen for setup and cleanup  and Bro. Dave Masse for helping with serving.

Executive and general meetings will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 PM respectively on Monday, November 5th 2018. A reminder to all that on November 8th at 7:00 PM we have the memorial mass at Sacred Heart Church honouring our deceased brothers who died this past year. Please try to attend. As usual, hope to see you at the general meeting, as we have much to discuss.

God bless and Vivat Jesu

 

Andy Haynes

Grand Knight Council 4878

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Greetings my Brother Knights.

October is upon us and as the mercury drops, I can say with certainty that council 4878 is just warming up to what I believe will be an exciting year.

Our executive meeting will be held on October 1st at 6:30 pm followed by our general meeting at 7:30 pm. I encourage all members who are able to come out to the general meetings, as your input is valued and important to the decision making of our council moving forward.

I do not have a lot of information to share this month as we are just starting to formulate plans for programs and initiatives for the year. I can, however, share one event that I am particularly excited about for October. On the weekend of October 20th and 21st, we will be holding a Knights Recruitment/Information Drive within the stewardship weekend at St Cecilia’s church. This is a great opportunity for us to share with our fellow parishioners and others what we do every day as Knights and why we are who we are. We will need enough Bro. Knights to cover three masses and will discuss the particulars at the October 1st executive meeting before bringing to council.

That’s all for now, see you all at the meeting.
God bless and Vivat Jesu

Vivat Jesu

Andy Haynes
Grand Knight Council 4878

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Welcome back from a well deserved rest. First, I would like to thank all of you for your dedication to the Knights of Columbus and our council. It is through the efforts and hard work of all of you that we as a council, community, Knights, and Christian gentlemen are able to support, protect and promote the values that we as knights have pledged to uphold. This Columbian year, I pose a challenge to us as a council to be mindful of our responsibilities so that we can better serve our community, church, families and God. We have been gifted with the tools and resources, so let’s go out and make a difference as individuals, for as knights, we never stand alone. As brothers world wide we stand united and spread God’s love by providing hope for those who feel hopeless, charity for those who are in need, and a voice for the silenced to name a few. I often reflect on the words of St Therese of Lisieux:

Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love. – Thérèse de Lisieux

Vivat Jesu

Andy Haynes
Grand Knight council 4878

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Brother Knights:

I am preparing my last Grand Knight’s report and my head is filled with emotional thoughts as I consider what I should say in this report and what I’m feeling as to all the different reports I’ve written over the last three years. I’m torn between writing a report stating the things we have done this last month or whether it’s necessary and of more importance to convey my real thoughts with regards to the last three years as your Grand Knight.

It has been an honour to lead this council and in doing so, I have seen how hard everyone has worked to hold on to the reputation that 4878 has developed since it’s beginning. I have never once felt that I was on my own or that there were any knights I couldn’t count on. I am very, very proud to be able to say I am a Past Grand Knight. I feel that way because all the Past Grand Knights of this council have been so helpful to me. My deepest appreciation and a huge thank you to all.

There is no doubt in my mind that as our new Grand Knight takes the gavel from my hand, I will feel an obligation to help him through his first year and I am committed to doing so as a Past Grand Knight. I have seen the importance of a Grand Knight as someone who says lets do this or lets do that and I see everyone is eager to follow whenever there is someone taking the reins. As our new Grand Knight takes the reins, he needs a Deputy Grand Knight who is willing to help him accomplish all the goals he has set simply by being there, supporting him and following to the end of the goal. It is also important for a Deputy Grand Knight to realize that there are plenty of other Knights willing to help him. The way this works is the beauty of a Knights of a Columbus Council.  This may be the best time for YOU to step up and be the Deputy Grand Knight for Council #4878 and in doing so, you will see why this council has achieved the level it operates at, and why Father Paul Raj is so proud to be our Chaplain. He relies on us for so many things and he knows he can count on us.

On Saturday, June 16th we will celebrate the 51st Grand Knights Ball and I encourage all Knights to attend this event if you can. A great time will be had and we will each have an opportunity to welcome our newest Grand Knight sometime through out the evening. I thank you all for the great support you have shown me in the last three years and I pray that God will bless you all abundantly. Thank you.

 

Dave Allen,

Grand Knight

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Brother Knights:

April is now past and we have some nice weather to enjoy.

We had our annual Garage Sale on April 21st and 22nd and fortunately we did have some very nice weather for that sale. The garage sale was a lot of fun because we had so many Brother Knights, wives and parishioners helping to make it a success. I can’t mention everyone’s name as I’m sure to miss someone so I will just say a huge thank you to all who helped make this work. A very special thank you to the committee who put this all together and those members are Jenny O’Dell, Vicki Baran and Frank Gerritsen. Their tireless efforts were crucial as we no longer have Kevin Lopresti and Leo Bunz to spearhead this event. Once again, thank you to all.

The 2018 State Convention held April 27th, 28th, and 29th has come and gone and I will tell you that the State Board did not change as all state members were re-elected.  To refresh your memory, they are Brothers Ron Schuster as State Deputy, Ferdie Mendita, State Secretary, Gaston Launiere, State Treasurer, John Onyskiw, State Advocate and Andy Shosalski as State Warden.

The Resolution to increase the per capita levy by $4.00 per member was carried and will be effective January 2019 for the 2018-2019 Columbian year.

The resolution regarding the Youth Protection Program was carried.

The resolution to adopt measures that would allow the membership of women over age 18 in the First Degree of the Knights of Columbus was opposed and not carried.

In all it was a very good convention, well organized and on time.  The hospitality and fraternity among the brothers was great to see and offered us time to get to know many of the Brother Knights throughout Alberta. I encourage you, my Council Brothers to take the opportunity of attending the State Conventions and see how the organization works on a larger scale.

Brother Knights, it is that time of the year when we as a Council will be having elections.  We have to decide on what roll we are ready to take on to be active.  Many of you will be asked to let your name stand for election on the executive in Council 4878 and we count on you to say YES.  Brother Andy Haynes is stepping forward and will be the Grand Knight beginning July 1st. 2018. The executive will consist of those brothers who are willing to assist Brother Andy. I plan on doing whatever I can do to help our Grand Knight have a successful year and I hope you will all do the same. Please feel free to discuss the possibility with me or with Brother Andy if you have any questions.

Thank you Brothers and God Bless you All.

Dave Allen,

Grand Knight

 

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Brother Knights:

Just a short message this month as our council meeting was delayed a week and the lecturer’s night was the mini retreat hosted by the CWL. As always, I thank all the Brother Knights who have been involved in the activities going on at the church.

On Saturday, March 24th we had a Major exemplification and I am pleased to congratulate Brother Val Ressureccion as he participated in both degree. We look forward to his participation at our monthly meetings. Thank you of course to Bro. Dan Barth and his wife Elaine as usual, for their help as they are always there to make sure that things go smoothly. Thank you also to Bro. Len White who just makes the paper work come out right. Thank you all.

We held Stations of the Cross on Friday and I thank the many Knights who came out to help with that procession. It began at 10:00 a.m. on Friday the 30th. We had a prediction of snow so instead we made plans to have the procession indoor which worked out very well.

Note that our Executive meeting will be at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 2nd followed by our Council meeting at 7:30 PM.

Anything more will be brought up during my Grand Knight’s report. Thank you Brothers.

My wife Alida and I wish all of you a very wonderful Easter weekend.

Dave Allen ,
Grand Knight

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February was as hectic as I anticipated and I am very grateful for all the Knights {and ladies} who jumped in to help make this month workout so well.

We started off with our usual council meeting followed by our Annual Cribbage Tournament, which was a lot of fun.  This year we had a surprise winner. My humility prevents me from discussing the champion’s play, however there is no surprise that Bro. Dan Barth and Bro Danny Goshaluk were among the top three. Ten players were involved and hopefully we will have 20 next year.

Padre Night on February 8th was a very nice evening with Father Henry and Father Frank attending. Father Paul returned late that evening and although I was to pick him up, I am not quite sure what happened as I went to the airport to retrieve him and did not find him. Thankfully Brother Dan was also there and Father Paul returned safe and sound. Thank you Dan.

The Anointing of the Sick was on Sunday the 11th and we indeed had a continental breakfast after the 11:00 mass.  It would appear that everyone enjoyed that breakfast and I again must say thank you to all the Knights and ladies who stepped up to provide for the sick of our parish. Thank you all.

Tuesday, February 13th was Shrove Tuesday and once again all our favourite cooks and drivers showed up in force to make this event another one of our fun things to do. Our deepest thanks go out to the Blue Flame Kitchen from ATCO where Bro.  Frank Gerritsen’s son, John Paul is a chef and they were very happy to cook and deliver all of our sausages to go with the pancakes, which were provided for lunch to the three schools. Thanks again to Brother Dan and his crew for another successful Shrove Tuesday.

As in past, we have the Stations of the Cross every Friday evening during Lent The Knights lead the stations on February 16th and I thank every Knight who was able to be there to help or just to be there on this very important evening. This will culminate with the Way of the Cross on Good Friday when all parishioners will be invited to participate in the outdoor procession at St. Cecilia along with the Knights and all other organizations in the church. Thank you again Brother Knights.

Our meeting for March will be on the 12th due to the Lenten Retreat, which Father Paul  had arranged for the 5th of March.  This retreat was attended by over 100 parishioners both Monday and Tuesday and Father Julian Studden from St. Albert the Great Parish was the speaker. Father talked about the Word of God on the Monday night with regard to the 3 pillars of Lent, fasting, prayer and sharing. On the Tuesday he spoke on the importance of communion in our lives. It was a wonderful retreat and enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Lastly, Father Paul will be unable to attend our meeting on the Monday, March 12th as he has been asked to do a Lenten retreat in Edmonton on this coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. ” Father Paul, when you are reading this bulletin, please know that you will be in our prayers while you are away and that we will say a special prayer at our Council meeting that your Lenten retreat will go especially well. ”

Thank you again all Knights and ladies for all you have done during this very busy month of February. God Bless you All.

Dave Allen , Grand Knight

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While January was a relatively quiet month for us Knights, February will be anything but quiet. For that reason I have decided to focus my report on what is happening in February.

The month will start with our executive meeting on Monday the 5th of February at 6:30 p.m. followed by our meeting at 7:30 p.m. My plan is to move our meeting along quickly to allow time for our annual cribbage tournament so that we can determine this year’s champion.

Thursday evening February 8th is the Padre Night event and anyone wanting to go would need to get tickets from Bro. Dan Barth, if he has any left.

Sunday the 11th of February will be the anointing of the sick and the Knights will provide a continental breakfast after the 11:00 AM mass. Bro. Dan Barth will need help with this and we need to be there for him. Please come to Mass ready to assist.

Tuesday, February 13th is Shrove Tuesday and once again we will be preparing pancakes and sausages for our three schools, namely St. William, St. Matthew and St. Cecilia Ecole. This breakfast will require a lot of help and support and anyone who can help with the preparations will be very appreciated. I am sure Bro. Dan Barth will let us know just what he needs for these breakfasts to work.

On Friday, February 16th Father Paul will begin the Stations of the Cross followed by Mass. The Knights of Columbus have been asked to lead the stations that evening and I look forward to as many Knights as possible to come and take part as well as lend a hand with the procession.

Brother Dan Barth will let us know about Lectures Night, which once again falls on the Family Day holiday.

Brothers, as you can see we have a very busy February. Remember that Ash Wednesday is on the 14th of February which begins the season of Lent and is also Valentine’s Day.

God bless you all during this season of Lent and please open your hearts to the needs of the Knights to help us accomplish our goals.

Dave Allen
Grand Knight

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This has certainly been a very busy December and illustrates why the Knights, like other groups in our church are so important to St. Cecilia’s Parish. There are not too many things going on in our church that don’t have a Knight involved. This particular December Brother Dan Barth has been very busy with all the goings on in our church.

We had a very enjoyable Christmas dinner where Brother Dan and Elaine Barth took responsibility for the turkey dinner and the setting up of the auditorium for said dinner. There were a number of Knights and wives who helped bring it all together and I am very grateful to you all. A special thank you to Sharron Dorscher for providing the ham and to all the ladies who made our dinner so delicious with the variety of food they brought.

We also took this opportunity to say congratulations to our chaplain, Father Paul Raj. He began his 25th year as a priest on the 19th of December and what better place for that to happen but at St. Cecilia’s Parish. At this time I will remind you that Father Paul will leave for India on the 7th of January for one month and his itinerary would suggest that while this is his yearly holiday, relaxing will be the last thing he will be thinking of during this vacation. I am sure we all wish Father Paul a very wonderful 2018 and at least the odd day of relaxation. Father Paul will return on the 8th of February.

Once again our church was and is looking very “Christmasy” and for that I thank everyone who helped with the decorations and setting up of the trees and lights and nativity scenes. Thank you Brother Dan for organizing all the work involved and thank you again to all who participated. It really does look beautiful. Brother Dan will let us know when it is time to take it all down for another year.

This year we have a new light set up in the loft just behind the main crucifix. This light reflects the seasons of the Liturgical Year, be it Christmas, Advent, Lent, Easter or any other time of the year. There is an adjustment period in order to perfect what was done and hopefully it will improve as time goes by. Thank you again to Brother Dan Barth and all who helped with this project.

For those of you who wonder how the renovations in the church office are coming, Brother Dan Barth could keep us informed and probably will. There have been a good number of people involved in this renovation and Brother Frank Gerritsen is another knight to along with Brother Henry Feddema for whom we can and should be very grateful.

There is a large number of parishioners who have been involved in making December a very special time for St. Cecilia’s church and certainly the Knights of Columbus can be very proud of what we accomplish at our parish and our involvement with the plans Father Paul has for this parish.

Once again we distributed poinsettias to our lovely widows and we also took time to visit with some Knights and their wives. Brother Vital Morrissette could be likened to the battery advertised on T.V. that just keeps going and going and going. If that rabbit ever dies, Brother Vital could be a T.V. star.

The C.W.L. put on a very delicious Christmas dinner in the hall and once again we men were invited to partake. I think everyone had a great time and already look forward to next year.

God Bless you ALL for your support and as Grand Knight of our council, I along with my wife Alida wish you all the best in 2018 and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Fraternally,
Dave Allen
Grand Knight
P.S. Our next General meeting is at 7:30 PM on the 8th of January and our Executive meeting will be on the same date beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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