Hello Brother Knights,
With the changes of the season going on, we are reminded that in the month of November it ushers in Thanksgiving. This is another time of reflection on what we currently possess and to give pause and thanks to our Heavenly Father, from all good things come from.
Pope Francis' Year for Mercy which begins in December, will include things no other past jubilee has had “missionaries of mercy,” and “holy doors” in every diocese for pilgrims to walk through. In past jubilees, only the four major basilicas in Rome opened their holy doors, which are normally sealed shut from the inside so that they cannot be opened. On December 13, 2015, Archbishop Blase Cupich will open the north door of Holy Name Cathedral, on State Street, and this will be designated as the Holy door for the Chicago Archdiocese. You are encouraged to take your family to Holy Name to experience the Year of Mercy during this Jubilee time.
Over the last three years, I’ve been involved with looking at our council roster and work on the retention committee. Why do I bring this up? This year the council has contacted over 90+ members that are in arrears of their dues. Through this process we’ve also discovered numerous members of the council that were still on the roster, which had been passed away for many years. This has not been an easy task, but it is a very necessary one to ensure that your council is being managed efficiently. If we can maintain our roster with those active members wishing to pay their dues, we can limit our per capita expenditures, in turn save the council money – and have the opportunity to plan other events. Stay tuned for our results in future reports.
While we’re attempting to remove old non-active members, we need to add new ones. With a membership of 391, we should make our council quota of 28 new members, but I haven’t signed too many form 100’s. In fact we’ve only had 2 new members to join the council. I need your help! Don’t forget our council challenge as an added incentive, the member that brings in the most new members at the end of this fraternal year, will receive a FREE council shirt. Contact our Worthy Insurance agent Tim Totos to also help us be a step closer to STAR council.
Your help is needed to continue the council’s support of our 2 seminarians Theo and Rubin. As the Seminarian fundraiser winds down, please consider purchasing a book or two for these men, who’ve answered the call to become a priest.
Our swim team’s coaches are being recertified very soon, and currently they are selling Raffle tickets to help defer this cost. If you are able to do so, please purchase a ticket or two to support and keep this team going!
Some upcoming events are the Memorial Mass which will take place on Friday, November 20th at 7p.m. in the Lakeside Hall. This mass will remember those Brother Knights that have earned their eternal reward and we, as a council will come together to honor them. Fr. David Krolczyk from St. James the Greater Parish, will be celebrating this mass with the council. I hope to see your attendance at the Mass.
Have you purchased your “Christmas with Rick tickets yet?” The council is trying something new on December 18th, with our Annual Adult Christmas party by sponsoring this all ages event which is open to the public. See the enclosed article for more information.
Brother Knights, don’t forget to RSVP your family, children, grandchildren nieces/nephews with PGK Dom Ramirez and our Recorder Mike Kabala for this year’s Breakfast with Santa to be held on Saturday December 19th. I hope to see you and your family there!
I urge my brothers to also never forget the Reason for the Season; it’s not about what you give or even get, but it’s the greatest Gift of All -- the Birth of Jesus the Son of God. We all have the responsibility to wish those around us a Merry Christmas and not be afraid in a society that continues to remove Christ from Christmas. From my family to yours, I hope the very best for you and your family during this holiday season. I also wish the very best to you in the upcoming New Year.
I hope to see some new faces at our next General meeting, if you need more information about that - please don't hesitate to contact me!
We still need your help and/or co-chairpersons for the following programs;
Prayerfully consider attending our next meeting and stay afterwards to learn more about these great programs. We need your help to run and have another successful program.
Please see take a look at our Crawler in the upper right of this webpage. You can get more information about the following events planned:Our next major degree exemplifications, for those wishing to join our council and the Knights will take place on:
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ANNUAL VOCATIONS RAFFLE
Brother Knights, it is once again time for our Vocations Raffle. By the time you read this you should have received your letter along with a raffle book in the mail. All proceeds from the Raffle will be used to help support our Seminarians and Priests. They need our help, so please sell or buy your Raffle book and return the STUBS WITH COVER INTACT as soon as possible to Ron Fisher at 3538 193rd Street Lansing IL 60438. Or use the return envelope I will provide to you in the future mailing.
In addition to the many Seminarians we have supported in the past, many who are now serving in the Priesthood, we continue to sponsor two seminarians who are now in their third year of study. For the next several months our two Seminarians Rubin Chaidez and Theo McManigal will be working as understudies to Priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago parishes. Please see our flier on Rubin and Theo on this website in the upper right corner of this page!!
My Brother Knights we can be proud of our past efforts but we must continue to support out Vocations raffle for the future Seminarians, Priests, and Religious. For every book we buy or sell our Council receives a total of $9.00 to support our local efforts. In addition, the State receives $6.00 to support the greater worldwide cause, totaling $15.00 of support.
Remember, if it were not for a former Seminarian Father Michael J. Mc Giveney, we the Knights of Columbus would not be the organization we are today.
Question? Contact Ronald P. Fisher Vocations Chairman at 708-895-5579.
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