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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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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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Summer Meeting Schedule/Notes

August 11, 2017 by Dan LaLonde

 

 

I invite you to attend one of the three upcoming summer meetings. You will get first-hand knowledge of programs and training offered throughout the state and the Order. Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, and District Deputies are expected to attend at least one meeting. Other members and officers are encouraged to attend a meeting. The more who hear the message, the better it is for your council, the district and the state.

The summer meetings will be held: June 24th in York;
July 22nd in Fort Fairfield; and
July 23rd in Belfast.

Details will be provided to you once you have indicated which meeting you plan to attend. For planning purposes, please provide information to the Executive Secretary Raymond Sargent. You can send your response no later than June 8th by mail (116 Farview Drive, Sanford 04073), by e-mail (rascmw@gmail.com), or by phone ((207) 324-7589 or (207) 651-6636).

 

2017 Summer Workshop Belfast

2017 Summer Workshop Fort Fairfield

2017 Summer Workshop York

 

 

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