Brother Knight’s:

I trust you had a spiritual Lenten preparation renewing your faith and the opportunity to celebrate Easter with family and friends. This is indeed becoming a most eventful and inspirational Columbian year, beginning with the Year of Faith motivating us to professing, celebrating, living and praying our faith through our various programs and involvement in the community. As requested by Supreme, our Chaplain Fr. Frank Feldmann and I have reported at least one of our programs for each of the above areas and our council will be receiving an image of the Holy Family as an acknowledgement.

A few weeks ago we received great news with the choice of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as the church’s 266th Pope, Francis. Our Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson advises that as a result the Roman Catholic Church is most likely to emphasize on helping the poor, which we as Knights can relate to, as Charity is our first principle.

By the time you read this report, our council will have participated in the Way of the Cross Procession from St Mary’s, that promises to be the largest yet, marking the anniversary of the Alberta Diocese. I’d like to thank Brothers Frank Gerritsen, Henry Feddema, Leo Bunz and Tom Czarnomski for volunteering their time to ensure an organized and safe venue for those professing their faith. Jana Drapal’s coordination of the event and program made it a touching experience. She was most appreciative of all the Councils amongst all that participated.

At our recent Chapter meeting we were reminded by Brother Jeff Desrochers, son of our late Past Grand Knight Larry Desrochers, that in connection with the World Youth Day, The One Rock Festival will be held on July 26, 27 and 28 at Mount St Francis Retreat Centre in Cochrane. Please visit this website for further information on how we can volunteer, participate or contribute to this fabulous family event.

The K of C Vocations Poster Contest got off to a great start and finish as this initiative was efficiently coordinated by our Brother Leo Bunz with the participation of 47 students from St Mathew and St William Schools. As selected by Brothers Henry Feddema, Dave Masse., Leo Bunz and myself, the names of one grade 5 student winner from each school and their posters are being forwarded to Alberta state. Come to the next General Meeting to have a peek at the winning posters.

We will have to try again for a Pro-Serve meeting sometime in April so we’ll be ready with additional volunteers for the summer’s Stampeder’s game season. Please come forward and join the group already working the booths.

The Council and I extend our thank our Deputy Grand Knight Frank Gerritsen, for his enthusiastic and commendable facilitation of last month’s general meeting in my absence. Way to go Frank! Glad you enjoyed the experience.

Please continue to keep in mind our Brothers who need our prayers and visits.

Vivat Jesus!
Kevin Lopresti, G.K.