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Faith in Action Reports

15791 - FALMOUTH

In Service to One, In Service to All
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Coats for Kids

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

For the sixth consecutive year, a volunteer group of Knights, their wives, and friends sort and bag coats for the statewide Coats for Kids campaign. About one dozen men and women show up on Tuesdays and Fridays for 2-hour stints getting coats ready to wash, bagging washed coats, and eliminating unusable or unwashable (leather, fur, wool, etc).




Construction of Heavy Duty Shelving

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

As with any shared use building, space to store “stuff” is always at a premium. Our council constructed a mezzanine level in the janitorial room several years ago. In the interim, at least five groups began to store their belongings there. It became almost impossible to move around. Last year our council built two large shelving units (72” wide x 24” deep x 72” high) for the local Family Promise group. These shelves were so popular that we decided to build three more to be shared by the Boy Scouts, Family Promise and our Council. The total cost for the new shelves of $275 was born totally by the council. You guessed it … we still need another shelf!




First Degree Exemplification (Aug, Sept, Oct)

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

Our First Degree Team has been dwindling over the past five years due to retirements, transfers, and participants moving away. A “Call to Duty” successfully invigorated six new members, allowing the team to have both a main performer and a capable back-up in place. A practice session fully qualified three of the Brothers, and the other three have become qualified recently.

Two actual first degree ceremonials brought in five new Brother Knights. Of particular note is that nearly a dozen third degree members have attended the recent ceremonies, thus practicing the principals of unity and fraternity.

We held First Degree Exemplification on August, 12, September 30 and October 21, 2018.




Installation of Officers, Dinner

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

Our annual installation of Council Officers was held on September 24, 2018 at our Parish Hall. After completion of the Installation everyone in the hall enjoyed a delicious dinner, dessert and camaraderie with fellow Knights and their families.




Knight's and Family Dinner with Westbrook Police Chief

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

Each month, on the fourth Monday evening, the Knight’s hold a dinner for fellow Knights, their families and invited guests. At each of these events we typically have a guest speaker and this month’s speaker was Chief Janine Roberts of the Westbrook Police Department. In addition to leading the Department the Chief also leads the Community Policing Center located on Brown Street in Westbrook which is very close to St. Anthony’s and our parish is very supportive of the community policing center which assists residents in the neighborhood with various needs related to daily living as well as issues which need to involve the police. Chief Roberts gave an outstanding presentation which brought a better understanding of how our Knights can be of more service to our local police. This dinner was a potluck with 2 of our Knight’s preparing a main dish and soup for all attendees and all the other attendees brought appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. We had 5 Knights who helped with the setup of the Parish Hall for the Dinner along with the clean up and resetting of the hall after the dinner.




Knights Christmas Fair Breakfast

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

Each year as a part of the St. Anthony’s Christmas Fair Weekend, the Knights prepare a fundraising breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, plain and blueberry pancakes, french toast, home fires, baked beans, corn beef hash, juices, coffee and tea. The breakfast is available for parishioners as well as community members who attend the fair. Several Knights participate in preparing, cooking, serving and clean up related to this breakfast. This year’s breakfast had an unexpected challenge when the power to the building went out just as the Sunday Mass had ended and parishioners were finding their way to the parish hall for the breakfast. Many still attended even though some of the food was not as hot as we would have liked due, attendees were dedicated to making the event a success.




Knights Family Summer Cookout

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

The Annual Knights and Families Summer Cookout was held on August 27, 2018 at the home of one of our generous Brother Knights. There was much planning involved to ensure the purchase and cooking of the various food items which this year included lobster, chicken, hamburgers and Hot Dogs, sodas and waters all provided by the Knights and each family attending the event brought a side dish or dessert. Several Knights were involved in the set up and tear down of the various tents, chairs and tables for the event. The event was again well attended and a very nice end of the Summer event which also include kids games and lots of conversation as everyone enjoyed sitting in their lawn chairs and talking and eating at the various picnic tables set up for the event.




Ministry Fair

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

Our parish held a Ministry Fair in 2017, and it was considered quite successful. A Ministry Fair is simply an opportunity for all organizations, committees, and groups to “show their stuff”, communicate about their purpose and achievements, and to potentially enlist members. Tables for various ministries encircled the hall while attendees visited and learned. Our Council participated and was one of the more informative tables.

Many thought we should repeat last year’s event, so a 2018 Ministry Fair was scheduled for the weekend of October 6-7. Five Brother Knights were involved in setting up the hall, which meant removing all round tables, stacking 160 chairs, and placing rectangular tables as directed by the various ministries. Again, the council table was well displayed and manned. The same crew broke down the tables after the event and returned the hall to its previous state. It was lots of work by lots of Knights!




Pipe Organ Rededication Concert

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

Our church was totally renovated over an 8-year period ending in 2013. One piece of work that was not completed was reconnecting our pipe organ. The major reason for not doing so was that we had not musician who could or would play it. Over the last five years, many parishioners expressed interest in reactivating it. When a new music director offered to play during mass if the organ were reconnected, that provided the impetus to proceed.

A committee was formed to plan an event, which would not only include a concert but also a reception for patrons. Two Knights printed, sold and distributed all the tickets and also sold all the advertisements for a souvenir program. One particular Knight and his wife donated $10,000, which was 85% of the funds needed for the reactivation. Another Knight purchased corsages for major contributors and performers. The program featured Chris Pelonzi, Music Director at the Cathedral, along with soprano Emelia Bailey, violinist Ethan Ho, and oboe player Lori Arsenault. All attendees of both the concert and the reception felt treated to a truly special afternoon.




St. Anthony's Christmas Fair

11/09/2018


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

A major fundraiser for St. Anthony’s Parish is the Annual Christmas Fair which routinely raises over $20,000 to help offset parish operating expenses. It takes many people to plan, coordinate and execute a weekend long fair and many of those individuals are Knights who meet throughout the year to lead and execute various components of the fair (Book/Puzzle/Movie Sales, an extensive White Elephant Sale, Auctions, Money Handling and other Activities throughout the weekend including helping out in the kitchen as needed). The Knights and their wives are active in participating in this annual event and many Knights and their families attend throughout the weekend which helps to build our parish community.




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