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July State Deputy Message

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Lois & I returned from New Haven, CT and the 5-day journey was just phenomenal. We got a chance to see my classmates and their wives from around the world. Although many incoming of the State Deputies had shared their stories as to how they got to be where they are now; one primary factor was always front and center, God put them on this journey as he did for me and we must “keep the faith” and believe we are on this journey for a reason.

Throughout this fraternal year, my monthly messages will include a message on St. Joseph, Patron of Fathers, like many of us are. As the State Deputy of Maine, you are a leader of brother Knights and their families; you make decisions based on the welfare of the “family”. That is to recruit new members into the family and to engage those members that have not kept in touch lately.

Summertime means reunions, BBQs, vacations, etc., the perfect time to reach out to those new brothers and reunite with our existing brothers. Don’t hold meeting during the summer?? No problem!! Later in this newsletter, we will outline how you can accomplish recruitment even in the summer.
Vivat Jesus!
~ Mark Bourgoin

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Hispanic/Ethnic Membership

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Did you know that we have Catholic Hispanics and Latinos living in Maine?  Did you know that we have Catholic Lebanese living in Maine?  Did you know that we have Catholic Africans living in Maine?

Maine, like many other states in the union has grown due to our brothers and sisters from other countries.  Many of them because they seeking asylum.  You may ask why asylum? They are seeking freedom from persecution from their home countries because they practice their Catholic faith.   Some of us can never imagine what that means, but we can certainly assist those that have to be welcomed in Maine.

At this very moment we have councils in Maine that are extending their hands to these families for various reasons and through their efforts may cause them to join our ranks as brother Knights.   Let do our part as well to extend our hands and reach out to those that seek our assistance.

 

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Monthly Challenge from the Supreme Chaplain

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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“The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’” (Gospel for July 22, Mk 6:30)

If we are honest, we know that we men are not that good at “coming away…to a deserted place” to “rest a while.” In fact we know that over 80 percent of us check our smart phone even before brushing our teeth in the morning, and spend time on it in the last hour before we go to sleep. Like the apostles, we focus on getting a lot done. But let’s imagine what would happen if we truly responded to the challenge of Jesus to “come away” to pray in solitude every morning, resting in His presence and holy Word. Jesus invites us to put first things first. Let’s take him at his word and make the changes we need to make.

Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori:

This month I challenge you to “come away” to a quiet place by praying at least five minutes a day, first thing in the morning before you check your electronic devices or turn on the TV. You will likely have stops and starts, but strive to be as consistent as possible. Secondly I challenge you to respond to Jesus’ invitation to “rest a while” by doing something truly restful on Sunday, the day of rest.

Gather to Discuss the Challenge

Following the challenge you and your brother Knights (and any interested parishioners) should gather to discuss your experiences.

Begin with a prayer of your choosing or use the following:

Make the Sign of the Cross

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit. We thank you for guiding our lives and pray that we may have the courage exemplified by Venerable Fr. McGivney to live our faith to the fullest through our council, our families and in society. May our words today give glory to your Sacred Heart and if we struggled this past month in living our faith, help us to never stop turning to you and always try again.

2. Re-read the Supreme Chaplain’s Monthly Challenge from the previous month

3. Invite the men to talk about what it was like to try and live last month’s challenge from the Supreme Chaplain.

  • Don’t worry about what order the men speak in
  • If there is silence in between men speaking, it’s ok
  • Try to make sure that when one man is speaking that the others are listening
  • If someone doesn’t want to speak that’s ok

4. The men are welcome to give (encouraging) comments to each other if they want

5. When finished, read Supreme Chaplain’s Monthly Challenge the for next month

6. End with this prayer -Ask the men if there is anything they would like the group to pray for

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for this time together with our brothers. We ask you to have mercy on all those people and intentions we prayed for. Give us the perseverance to live next month’s challenge and to remember that we are united with our brother Knights around the world in doing so.

Make the Sign of the Cross

For more information see the Supreme Website here https://www.kofc.org/en/domestic-church/monthly-challenge/july-2018.html

NOTE: As a rule the State Deputy does not use any electronic device (computer, tablet or cellphone) for the purpose of playing games, to Facebook, etc. after 12 noon on a Sunday as to pause for “family” time. The only time that the cellphone is used is to check an occasional email or text for emergency purposes as necessary for the position.

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District Deputy Meeting

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Thanks again to the 40+ brother Knights (State Officers, Supreme Representative, District Deputies and State Staff) that attended the Summer Workshop.  This was held at St. John Church Hall in Bangor on Saturday, 30 June.   “Thank You” to Bangor Council 114 for hosting the event with meals and refreshments.

During the meeting, each of the DDs received a package of the new 2018-2019 State Pin (as shown above) to sell in their respective areas.  The pin sells for $3 each and proceeds go to the Faith in Action “Life” account.

Per Capita & Insurance

As stated to the District Deputies at the Summer Workshop, all assessments will be sent by email to the councils after 1 July.  State Secretary John Deetjen, Jr. will need to wait until the Supreme Council has posted the final standings from the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year.  Once the new membership roster has been posted, John will send out the assessments.

NEW PLAN: once the assessments are paid, John will send a receipt to the Council showing payment has been made.  This will hopefully eliminate any confusion.  Since the Supreme Councils sends a receipt, so will the Maine State Council.

 

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Cash Calendars

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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The 2019 Cash Calendars have been printed and were distributed at the District Deputy meeting on the 30th of June. Additional calendars will be sent to those that were not in attendance.

Chair Ron Darling asks each of you that received calendars to do the following:

  • Sell all tickets you receive, to the best of your ability
  • Return calendar stubs and any checks/money orders (written out to Maine State Council) to Ron as soon as possible. (See the State Directory for his address.)
  • Please do not wait until all calendars are sold before returning.
  • Any remaining calendars not sold by 01 Dec, please return to Ron so others that may want more can receive them in time.

INCENTIVE: If the total amount of calendars sold exceeds $20,000, the Top 5 councils that sold the most will receive a 10% return.

REMINDER: The income generated received from this vitally important project significantly assists the overall budget of the Maine State Council. Thank you for assisting us in this endeavor.

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Faith in Action Program Update

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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During the trip to New Haven, the Supreme Council updated the Faith in Action Program regarding “Youth”. Although they allow for a Youth Director on the State-level to assist the Community Director, there is no “Council-Level” Youth Director. Therefore, here in Maine, appointing a State Youth Director would mean that this brother Knight would not be able to conduct business at the State Convention like the other Directors would.

With being said, please see below for the State Faith in Action Program leaders:

Program Director:
Michael Foster of Gorham

Faith:
Robert Dumond of Lewiston

Family:
Wesley and Charlene Tabb of Houlton

Community:
Anthony Alfiero of Gorham

Life:
Frank & Jean Pease of Sanford

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Maine goes live with e-membership

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Although online membership rolled out to other jurisdictions in the past 2 years, Maine went “live” on Monday, 25 June.

As mentioned in the State Deputy message; although many councils do not meet in the summer does not mean we cannot recruit.  In fact, with this new Online Membership Program, candidates can join by simply clicking on a website specific for this purpose.   The link below is a 5 minute video that was shared at the District Deputy Summer Workshop outlining how this program works:

https://vimeo.com/spiritjuice/review/274971888/19989da66b

The State Officers and our new Online Membership Director, Gregory White, reviewed this video during a webinar on the overall program.   We believe this program can assist the councils in your recruitment efforts.   The website below is what our new candidates will see when they decide to join:

www.knights.net

Immediately upon opening the link, the following messages “jump off the page” which I am in hopes that this will greatly interest our new brother Knights:

Lead with Faith:  Knights are committed to daily prayer, weekly Mass, and building a community of faith. This is the Knights of Columbus difference, knowing that you are backed by a band of brothers in the quest to become better Catholic men. Your membership gives you access to faith-building materials that will help you draw closer to God and lead with faith.

Protect your Family:  As a Catholic man, you have a responsibility to protect and provide for your loved ones. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, you have access to exclusive resources to help you do just that. Our top-quality financial products, backed by our ethical and Catholic business practices, can help you secure your family’s future and give you peace of mind.

Serve Others:  You seek to give something of yourself in service. The Knights of Columbus unites us in charity so that each effort and donation counts for the greater good. While charity begins in your home, through the worldwide network of Knights, your reach extends to those in need around the globe, from earthquake victims, to AIDS orphans, to ISIS victims in the Middle East.

Defend your Values: Defend life. Defend religious liberty. Defend truth. As a Catholic man, you want to stand up for your values and support what’s right. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, you receive the tools you need to stay informed, take action, and support efforts on important issues. Join more than 1.9 million Knights to defend your values

 

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2018 Catholic Men’s Retreat

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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“Strengthened with power through His Spirit” is the theme for the 7th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference and the Maine State Council Knights of Columbus are co-sponsoring the event.  It is scheduled for Saturday 13 Oct 2018 at the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Faith Director Bob Dumond has been working diligently with the Core Team led by Father Dan Greenleaf and his brother Ken Greenleaf for the past couple of months.   Special $30 rate for teens & young adults age 16 – 22 and $50 for those ages 23 or older. Cost includes lunch.

To register for the event either online or to print a form and mail in, please click on the link below to the Diocese of Portland website:

https://portlanddiocese.org/mensconf

The Diocese of Portland invites all Catholic men ages 16 and older to the 7th annual Maine Catholic Men’s Conference which will feature a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley and presentations by Father Nathan March, pastor of Holy Savior Parish in Rumford; Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a dynamic Catholic evangelist, radio host, and bestselling author; and Dr. William Martel, a member of Good Shepherd Parish in Saco, who was a Protestant theologian before becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

 

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Trip to Supreme HQ and Divine Mercy Shrine

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Bus Trip to Supreme HQ and Divine Mercy Shrine

“SAVE THE DATE” for this special bus trip that is scheduled for 8 & 9 Sep 2018. Cost of the trip is $350 per couple or double occupancy or $250 for single occupancy. See below for the itinerary.

 
SATURDAY – 8 SEP
Depart Cyr Bus Station in Old Town at 3:30 am
Pick up riders in Augusta and Portland, if applicable
Arrive at St. Christopher in York at 7 am for a full breakfast
Arrive at Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters for lunch and a tour
Arrive at St. Mary Church (birthplace of the Knights of Columbus) for a private tour
Arrive at the Hampton Inn to unpack and relax before dinner
Arrive at the Knights of Columbus Museum for a private tour and a catered dinner
Return to the hotel to relax and hospitality

SUNDAY – 9 SEP
Depart the hotel for the National Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA
Tour Gift Shop and grounds before and after Mass
Attend the 10:30 am Mass
Enjoy a picnic lunch
Board the bus for the return home. Arrive in York late afternoon and arrive in Old Town mid-evening.

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Council Officer Duties and Responsibilities Training.

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Each council officer, whether elected or appointed, becomes a fraternal leader. A council can only be successful by working as a team. A team or council can accomplish far more than individuals acting alone. Thus it only makes sense for everyone to fully understand the duties of each officer. Every council officer or member will benefit from participating in this webinar.

Thursday – July 26, 2018 at 8:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Saving Time

Register and Attend – Council Officer Training – Duties and Responsibilities

In this webinar we will help you

· Understand the various roles and administrative responsibilities of council officers
· Incorporate teamwork into committee operation
· Build a “fraternal” calendar that works

Fraternal Training Sessions are conducted live and then available on-demand at a time and place convenient to individual members.

Thank you, and thanks to your council, for what has been done to help those in need! Register and Attend our convenient online training. This webinar is open to all, and especially all council, district, chapter, diocese, regional and state council officers. Please share so everyone has the opportunity to participate!!

Fraternally yours,
Fraternal Mission

Fraternal Mission Department
Knights of Columbus
Call: 203-752-4270

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