Good afternoon Worthies
Good afternoon Worthies
Please extend a “thank you” to all the councils that submitted almost 1,000 Faith in Action project reports for this past Fraternal Year. Per the www.maineknights.net website, 12,990 knights participated in the various programs with 80,286 hours of volunteer time being donated by brother Knights and 101,424 total hours of charitable man-hours donated over 342 project days.
As of March 1st any Faith in Action project report that gets submitted now will be for the new fraternal year. As a reminder, our reporting period for Award Judging purposes runs from 1 March to 28 February each year (unless it’s a leap year). Also, “thank you” to the 23 councils that have met the Maine State Council deadline for Safe Environment Compliance. For Supreme purposes, compliance must be met by 1 May 2019 (correction from last email verified by Supreme Faith in Action Director Scott Read) in order to be eligible for the Columbian Award by completing the SP-7 Form.
For those councils that participated in the programs listed below, again thank you very much for the attention in getting these submitted:
¨ For Family of the Year, we have received four submissions.
¨ For Chaplain of the Year, we have also received three submissions.
¨ For the Charity Fund, we have received 12 submissions.
All of the Faith in Action reports and the three categories listed above will all be reviewed in some manner next weekend to determine who will be the recipients of the awards. This can be a very daunting task and I commend all those that are in the review and voting process for their time, integrity and commitment.
Message from St Joseph
King David was the only man named in Scripture as a “man after God’s own heart”. It is also safe to say that St. Joseph was a man after God’s own heart. He was ingle-minded and whole-heated in his desire to follow and do God’s will no matter the consequence. Consider what the Holy Spirit reveals to us about St. Joseph in the Scriptures. On four different occasions, God’s will was revealed to Joseph by means of an angel, and in each instance, Joseph responded with complete obedience. These are evidenced in Matthew 1:24-25; Matthew 2:13-14; Matthew 2:19-21 and Matthew 2:22-23.
St. Joseph intently listened to the voice of God and acted upon it from the time he awoke. Each day, we can hear St. Joseph emphatically resound, “Yes!” to the Lord’s call and will. In the heart of Joseph was the desire to adore the heart of God and as a result, his deepest desires were satisfied.
Heavenly Father, give me the grace and desire to become a man after your own heart. Help me to follow your will and trust in your goodness. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.
I usually write my State Deputy message first and then add the St. Joseph message second. However, for February it’s reversed. Why? Because the message on St. Joseph touches my heart (no pun intended). As brother Knights, we show our love for God and our Lord Jesus Christ by serving others. It is also a wonderful time to show our love by giving blood as your “sacrifice” may actually be someone else’s “gift” for life.
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with the month of February and this is an awesome opportunity for us to show our love and appreciation to our wives, mothers, girlfriends, daughters, etc. Whether you show your love with flowers, chocolate, an evening out with dinner or an evening in, with friends and family or without, spending that quality time with your loved one is what is most important.
Always be mindful that when we “serve”, we are giving the best we that we can to those that need us for whatever reason. For me, that is my wife Lois, my parents, my family, my friends and neighbors, my brother Knights and their families, and most importantly, my God and Jesus Christ. Vivat Jesus!
Congratulations on raising $101,370 for this years Tootsie roll drive or formally called Campaign for the intellectual disabilities program!! Great Job! Also as Maine Knights of Columbus Lobster Dip team we Raised $17,054 as a group!! We have one dip to do Polar dip, May 5, 2019 to help Aroostook County Special Olympics!!! Blood drives going well, And The Maine State Kofc free throw Championship is March 9th at 9 am at Old
Town High School. If any brothers could lend a hand we could appreciate it. Also following event is Judging Weekend at Black Bear Motel.
Brothers Faith in Action is upon us and let us Take our Faith and help all!!
January State Deputy’s Message
The past several weeks have been quite exciting and breathtaking. Our families got together at Christmas and what a joyful opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although I was raised Catholic by totally awesome parents, being a Knight of Columbus has allowed me to grow more spiritually in my faith and in turn made me a better son, brother, husband, dad, granddad and uncle.
Then, the State Staff of the Maine State Council got together for their midyear meeting. Again, it was a joy for the “extended family” to get together and start out the 2019 New Year with fellowship and friendship. We had brother knights and their wives attend the weekend event that had never attended before. The introduction of “new life” in the State Council along with our current brother Knights is what will sustain us for years to come.
And speaking of “new life”, the Hands around the Capitol event brought out a number of Knights that had not witnessed this experience before. Moms, Dads, adolescents, children, Christians of all ages, and from all points of Maine, that came out in spirit to weather the cold. Thank you to all that manned the booths, distributed paraphernalia, served coffee and hot tea, promoted “life” in all its stages, the speakers and to our own Bishop Robert P. Deeley for celebrating a Mass of “life” and assisting with the pep rally. Then the “march” was on to the Capitol and watching the bell being struck 46 times and after each ring, a rose was laid at its base. It is a true “witness” to our faith.
Lois and I look forward to the coming months and we will continue to travel as much as we can to unite and reunite with each of you. In this 2019 New Year, let us always remember that “new life” is what will sustain our families, our local councils and the Maine State Council. May the “new” birth of Jesus Christ energize us as we start of the second half of this fraternal year.
Vivat Jesus, Mark Bourgoin, State Deputy
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