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15791 - FALMOUTH

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Eric Mahl Presentation

07/30/2018


Council: 11376 - BRIDGTON-FRYEBURG

Project Description:

Eric Mahl, a former NFL football player was invited to speak at our church by one of our parishoners (St. Joseph’s, 225 South High Street, Bridgton, ME 04009) on July 28, 2018. Eric is currently serving as part of the formation team of the Marian Missionaries of the Divine Mercy near Stockbridge, MA.

Eric spoke to us for approximately one hour explaining his incredible faith journey. He left the fame and fortune of professional sports (giving away all his money and possessions) and lived for 3 years as a hermit in the dessert of southwest Texas tending sheep and studying the bible. After his dessert experience he intentionally lived as a homeless person on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio getting to know himself and his “BROTHERS”
THROUGH GOD’S EYES AND WITH GODS HELP.

His message was simply: The importance of the LOVE OF GOD, RIGHT NOW! He loves us now NOW no matter what!!

He shares himself and his gifts with his “brothers” in life everyday, appreciates and sees how Jesus manifests himself in all aspects of life and in people of all backgrounds, religious and viewpoints and wants us to know this for ourselves.

Our council offered a light complimentary dinner after mass on Saturday prior to Eric’s presentation. Eric was joined by his wife Christie and his adorable daughter Faustina.

I found his presentation very inspirational.




Swim for a Cause. Peaks To Portland Swim To Benefit Children 15791

07/29/2018


Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH

Project Description:

Recently our Council Treasurer Joe McDonnell was asked if he would be interested in participating in this year’s 2.4 mile swim on July 28 in support of the YMCA youth programs. After some thought he decided to step up and take on the challenge once again. Yesterday despite the long distance and cold water, with Brendan my son leading the way in his kayak as my coach, my goal was to finish in 1 1/2 hours! Our day started at 5 AM as we headed out to East End Beach in Portland. Once we got to the parking area my son Brendan put his kayak in the water and paddled out to Peaks Island. Once I saw him off I then walked to the ferry terminal got on the ferry which was taking the swimmers out to Peaks Island. Once all the swimmers were gathered we had a preparation meeting with the Staff and Safety people. This preparation meeting took about 30 minutes. Once this was over all the swimmers were paired off in groups of 100 per group, and then we were instructed to enter the water for warm-up. There was a total of 389 swimmers who took part in the event. I myself was placed in the fifth wave and started my swim around 9:20 AM, and our destination was East End Beach. Once the swim was finished we were all given towels and time to warm up before the award presentations took place. This day the YMCA Staff presented awards to the 3 winners in each age group. I unfortunately was not one of the lucky winners , but I enjoyed the event very much in support of the Youth Program. Before departing at approximately Noon I enjoyed some refreshments and socialized with some of the other swimmers and my son.
In the end I completed the 2.4 mile swim in chilly Casco Bay from Peaks Island to East End Beach in Portland in 1 1/2 hours. In participating in this event, I was able to raise $752.00 for children’s programs at the YMCA of Southern Maine. This gives me a total of $1,837.00 collected during the last two years. In addition this has been a worthy cause, since my wife’s dad Alfredo still swims at the Freeport YMCA branch several times a week, This gave me the EXTRA incentive once again this year in supporting the YMCA Youth Programs in whatever way I can. At the beginning, as well as in the end, I was very pleased that my Lord had given me the strength to complete this swim in 1 1/2 hours, and I am also pleased and thankful to those who came forward in support with their pledges, especially my Brother Knights of Council 15791 for this worthy cause. As Brothers in the Knights of Columbus we are challenged daily with requests for help, donations, prayers, etc. I enjoyed this Family time with my son and all the other swimmers from the surrounding communities very much.




Clam Festival to benefit Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth. 2018 15791

07/28/2018


Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH

Project Description:

Fifteen council brothers,wives, and members of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist. As a council we once again this year participated and chaired the Yarmouth Clam Festival during July 19 threw the 21. Several Council Brother splint the shift duties during the above dates. This year we also had 4 wives who volunteered to help with the Food Circle details. The jobs which our council brothers participated in the year was picking up and cleaning up the grills for the festival, the clean-up and return of the grills after the festival, Chair and Vic-Chair of the event, Shift Managers, Parking Lot Manager and parking team, and most importantly the runners between the Food Circle, Church and the local stores. All in all this was a very well organized event, and at the end of the 3 days the total hours put in by all our council members was 157 hours. In addition, the council members wives spent 33 additional hours. Because of being rained out on Sunday our hours put in were somewhat less than 2017. The gross for the weekend was $5,000.00. Our Parish priest and financial manager were very pleased with the results. The funds raised from this event will go toward the operation of this Worship site. Even with being rained out on Sunday, this year’s festival was a success. All the council brothers and wives involved, enjoyed working this event very much. Even though we were all exhausted at the end of the weekend, the fellowship was great, and thanks to our Lord, all this was made possible, along with our Pastors support once again this July.




Togus Family BBQ

07/28/2018


Council: 334 - AUGUSTA

Project Description:

“The Church is not the Clergy; the Church is not the Mass; the Church is not the building; the Church is the Family!” These words were spoken by Fr. Jacob George, Catholic Chaplain at VAC, Togus, as he gave the blessing at the start of a Family BBQ, held at his apartment. He welcomed about 50 guests, most of whom were Knights and their families, who regularly attend Mass at the Veteran’s Hospital. Fr. Jacob cooked Indian-spiced chicken drumsticks, hotdogs, and burgers, while the guests brought the sides and desserts. Everyone, of all ages, enjoyed his hospitality and each other’s company. Father Jacob stated that he plans on making this event an annual family event for this stand-alone Parish in Maine of the Archdiocese of the Military Services. He thanked the Knights of Columbus for their significant contributions in several of the ministries at Togus, and for their help in organizing this event. Representatives from all Councils in the District were in attendance




Fr. Mike's Send off

07/24/2018


Council: 10221 - GORHAM

Project Description:

Our Parish decided to see Fr. Mike off with a wonder celebration and thank you. A committee of parishioners and Knights decided to have an out-door cookout send off after the 11 o’clock mass. The council contributed hot dogs and hamburgers which were cooked by a contingent of Knights. Our parish committees provided salads, drinks and desserts. We lost count after 135 were served. To complete service we needed to make extra trips to the store to pick up more food and propane. Our send off was emceed by a brother Knight and included Irish Step Dancers, one of Fr. Mikes favorites. It was a great time had by all.




Moving Fr. Mike

07/24/2018


Council: 10221 - GORHAM

Project Description:

Our parish Parochial Vicar was in need of help moving his possessions to his new location in Augusta. Father Mike arranged for help to meet us in Augusta, we were glad to see our brother Knights. 6 brothers helped load the truck and SUV in short order followed by the hour’s long trip to Augusta. We promptly unloaded thanking our brothers for their help. We all made it home by 10pm. Fr. Mike was happy to have his possessions at his new assignment.




Mulch Project

07/24/2018


Council: 10221 - GORHAM

Project Description:

Our parish garden committee requested help with spreading mulch in the gardens outside the church. Four brothers banded together and completed the project in about 2 hours. The brothers enjoyed the time together and gardens looked great.




Fifth Annual Tootsie Roll Campaign 2017. 15791

07/23/2018


Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH

Project Description:

This year 27 council brothers,17 wives and children, and 2 Parish Office staff helped us in preparing and conducting our Fifth Annual Tootsie Roll Campaign for the Intellectually Disabled. Our collections this year were conducted as in the pass at all worship sites and the Yarmouth Clam Festival, during the weekend of July 20,21 and 22, 2018. We are very pleased with the generosity of all this year, as we report that we collected $ 2,180.01. This is $628.35 more than we collected during 2017. The total revenue taken in during the last five years amounts to $8,197.68. Instead of dealing with rain or very warm temperatures we delt with beautiful Summer weather in Maine. We were fortunate that all who needed to be working in the sun kept hydrated and there were no problems. This year we also had several additional wives and children who helped us with the campaign, and all enjoyed themselves very much. This year we have taken in a record number of donations thanks in part to the generosity of all who donated. This is by far a most worthy cause for us as Knights of Columbus. I salute all the other volunteers who worked on this event. It is truly an honor to know how hard all worked to get the results we did to support the Intellectually Disabled. The amount you raised will go a long way to help the Disabled person. We appreciated all the hands of help, and the cool drinks. Job WELL done. Fr. Michael J. McGivney would have been proud to see the knights of this council, and their family members, hard at work in support of the Intellectually Disabled. With the Lords help this weekend was possible, and a total success. Praise Be To GOD.




Supporting Our Sowers of the Word Fraturnity. 15791

07/23/2018


Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH

Project Description:

Myself and my wife participated in a special meeting for our Fraternity at our Spiritual Advisors home on Sunday July 22, 2018. The reason our Sowers of the Word fraternity officers gathered today was to examine our financial books, and prepare for the up-coming election of new council officers, which will be happening on Sunday August 5, 2018. As Treasurer and Secretary of our fraternal group it is important for us to have our books in order, and to also be present for this preparation meeting. As a Knight of Columbus and Secular Franciscans both my wife and I have been very Blessed with both these Faith filled groups, as part of our everyday lives. Being a follower of Fr. Michael J. McGivney and Saint Francis of Assisi has enriched both our lives, and our Faith. With the Lords help, we pray each day to be able to continue our involvement, and Spiritual uplifting time with both of these groups of Faith filled Brothers and Sisters.




Supporting GOD's Family

07/22/2018


Council: 1870 - CARIBOU

Project Description:

Fred V. Brescia Council #1870 Caribou, Me Donated a complete Lunch and assisted in the gathering of the Family and Friends. Three Brother Knights from start to finish did ( 9 ) hours of assistance. This Lunch occurred right after the Funeral in the Parish Center. This was deeply appreciated by the Family. This luncheon consisted of three trays of five different finger sandwiches, chips, fruit, and watermelon along with coffee, ice tea and ice water. This entire luncheon cost $200.00 including food donated Brother Knight and Family. What an awesome feeling to know we are doing the work of Fr. McGivney supporting our GOD, Church, Brother Knights and their Families.




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