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First Maine State Council Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour

August 10, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Brother Knights,

The very first celebration of the feast of Blessed Michael McGivney will take place this Friday, August 13, 2021.  In honor of this momentous occasion, the Maine State Council is pleased to host a virtual Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour.    The event will be held via Zoom at 7 pm.  You are cordially invited to participate with us.  Your family and friends are welcome to participate in your Zoom session.

Zoom logins are limited by our account parameters.  Please RSVP to spike@brimmer.info  We will attempt to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate, and we will send out the Zoom meeting information no later than Friday morning.

Fraternally yours,

Brother Spike Brimmer
State Faith Director

PS We are looking for a few readers to participate in this event.  Please let me know by text message or voice call at 207-478-9620 if you would like to help in this capacity.  Please respond to this request for readers before 7 pm on Wednesday so I can prepare the material.  Thank you.

Vivat Jesus!

Spike Brimmer

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Life Activities

July 15, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Life Activities:
Andy Levesque attended the Maine State Annual Convention. He distributed baby packets, brochures, pamphlets, and other useful literature. The Knights are collecting money (to place in a line account) in order to support Mr. Levesque.

 

The Silver Rose program was well attended at the Maine State Convention on May 22nd at 6:30 am.  “The Silver Rose is a rosary-centered occasion for Knights, parishioners, and community members to pray for respect for life, for the spiritual renewal of each nation, and for the advancement of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

Maine Right to Life will be sending us this year’s raffle tickets. Let us know how many tickets your councils will need. We are in short supply this year. Order now supplies may run out.

 

Ultrasound Program

  • Three Pregnancy Support Centers in Aroostook Country are awaiting ultrasounds. It was recommended that the centers be blessed by a priest (this is also a great idea for all of our sites)
  • Funding needed (urgent!!!): Pat Bonney (from Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Augusta) needs funding. One council is working to fundraise in June, please join their efforts.

 

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First ever Men’s March against abortion in DC District of Columbia

July 15, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Maine Life Couple

Hundreds gather for first ever Men’s March against abortion in DC District of Columbia | June 15, 2021

The first ever national Men’s March, organized by Fr. Stephen Imbarrato and Catholic radio host Jim Havens, took place last Saturday, on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Men were dressed in suits while clerics wore their cassocks. A tweet showing Michael Hichborn, president of the faithfully Catholic Lepanto Institute, and his son praying the rosary together has been widely shared on social media.

Beginning at 11 a.m., the men gathered for prayer at Washington Surgi-Clinic, a late-term abortion facility. The abortionist at this clinic, Dr. Cesare Santangelo, was caught on tape in 2013 agreeing to deny medical care to a viable child who survives an abortion. The men then proceeded to march to the White House.

In a conversation with LifeSiteNews, event organizer Jim Havens warned young men who are considering taking their wives or girlfriends to an abortion clinic not to fall into the lie of abortion.”

“The truth is, this child is already here; this child is already infinitely valuable, as [are] you, as is that mom,” he continued. Tell her that you’re going to be there to support her, to support that child and step up as a man.”

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato counseled, “Every abortion wounds a woman, and a man is involved in every single abortion, so I think the abortion industry, the culture of death, wants to marginalize men and tell men, ‘It’s not any of your business.’”  

He compared the men of today to Adam, who blamed Eve after eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. “Men need to stand up, and stand up for women, try to protect women from being wounded and of course protect the most vulnerable, our babies,” he continued…..


Leviticus 18

21 “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.

28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you”.

29 “Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people”.

30 “Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.”

 

 

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Precious Innocence

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Precious Innocence is a nonprofit organization within the state of Maine that is working to pass legislation (An Act to Provide Dignity for the Fetal Remains by Requiring Their Interment or Cremation; LD 1225). Sadly the Bill was defeated by a vote of 8-2. In order for this bill to pass in the future, it looks like we will need no less than two acres of land (per cemetery) donated to Precious Innocence in order to ensure we can provide 8’X4’ burial plots. In addition, details of each cemetery’s layout will need to be formulated and proposed. Senator Scott Cyrway is in the process of revising the bill so it can be reconsidered (to include the land and burial plot layouts). Please donate to this vital organization. Please contact Lee or Bobbie at 207-951-0537 or 207-943-3710 or contact Carla Caren, Aline Poulin, Judy Icenogle and Jan Raymond https://preciousinnocents.org/

Precious Innocents received their 2nd bi-annual donation from Faith Evangelical. The installment totaled $750.00 and was directed towards the operations of this valuable ministry.  Below is Pastor Brent’s response from Faith Evangelical:

“Thank you for this update and reaching out. I admit I have not been able to keep as close of an eye on this effort as I would like given our two year transition/COVID challenges. I assure you though, we are very much behind your ministry and appreciate the fight that you have so consistently and compassionately engaged in. What you do is critical in the movement and has such value.

Blessings to you and the whole team, Brent”

(Please consider donating to this important/vital ministry).

 

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2020-21 Ron Cote Award

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Ron Cote Award Winner

 

The 4th annual bowl a thon in support of the Shepherd’s Godparent Pregnancy center.

This event was cancelled due to COVID restrictions and it was decided to do a mailing to our Council’s membership instead.

The mailing highlighted a recently deceased benefactress, whose spouse was a Past Faithful Navigator, who requested in lieu of flowers at her funeral, that donations would be made to our council’s pro-life fund.

The Shepard’s Godparent Home, founded in 1922, is a crisis center located in our service area. The center houses young women who are pregnant and in need of services. These services include gaining independence, developing parenting skills and maturing in their faith while residing in the program’s apartments.

In total $10,000 was collected and $10,000 was presented to the Shepherd’s Godparent Home.

Bobbie and I would like to announce that this years Ron Cote award goes to Council 114-Bangor.

 

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Supreme 2020-2021 Faith in Action Award

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Supreme Award

Title: Turkey Dinner Delivery

The pandemic canceled our council’s widows’ banquet, so instead of them coming to us, we decided to go to them. In the spirit of Leave No Neighbor Behind, we decided not only our members’ widows, but all members of our parish facing the hardships of the pandemic. 6 members prepared and cooked 9 turkeys, with potatoes, stuffing and carrots. Ladies of the parish donated desserts. Dinners were placed in individual containers, and delivered to the community by 16 drivers. The meals were free, but many recipients donated money, not only covering the costs of the meal, but also a sizeable donation for home heating oil assistance. The Supreme Family Award goes to Saint Martin of Tours Council 680, Millinocket.

 

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2020-2021 Family Awards

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Outstanding Family Activity – “A” Division
Title: Food for Families
This year our council held two food drives to benefit our parish food pantry. On June 6th we collected 1,250 pounds of food and $200 in donations. On October 17th we collected 1,149 pounds and $350. The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Saint Martin of Tours Council 680, Millinocket.

Outstanding Family Activity – “A” Division
Title: Repair and Refresh Kids Play Ship
In 2007 a local Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout project was to build a kid’s play ship for the children and families of our local parish. Over the years there had been little time available for maintenance, and the structure had become quite weathered. COVID provided the perfect opportunity to make the necessary repairs. One Brother power-washed the ship and repaired several major items. A local Scout Troop applied stain donated by the council, and another Brother Knight applied sealant to the ship. It is now ready for families again! The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Pine Cone Council 114, Bangor.

Outstanding Family Activity – “B” Division
Title: Food for Families
20 council Brothers, family members and parish staff conducted our 3rd annual Knights of Columbus Food for Families Drive in our parish during March of 2020. Our council collected donations from our worship sites and community. We are happy to have raised over $1,500 and collected over 250 pounds of food for local pantries this year. We look forward to 2021! The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Holy Eucharist Council 15791, Falmouth.

Outstanding Family Activity – “B” Division
Title: Holy Hour Prayer Services
One of our priests proposed hosting Holy Hour Prayer Services during the summer of 2020, eventually settling on a monthly event. This program rotates through the worship sites in our parish each month. At least three Knights and their families from our council participate, along with others in our parish and other councils. This has brought us closer together spiritually as we deal with daily challenges of the pandemic. We will continue to work for continued success through the pandemic and beyond. The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Bishop Edward C. O’Leary Council 13181, Sabattus.

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2020-2021 Community Awards

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Outstanding Community Activity – “A” Division

Title: Pandemic Food Drive

Our local community food cupboards were in great need due to the COVID-19 pandemic and at the request of our parish food cupboard organizer, council Chaplain and Grand Knight, our council held a food drive on Saturday, May 2nd at all parish worship sites. Following all CDC guidelines, 22 Brother Knights and their families arrived to help place totes in which for donors to drive up and place their items. They then arranged the items in the containers for distribution. Local television news crews covered this great event, which raised over 1,200 pounds of food and $700 for local food pantries in four towns. The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Pine Cone Council 114, Bangor.

 

Outstanding Community Activity – “A” Division

Title: Virtual Claws for a Cause

Our annual lobster dinner, which raises $2,500 for the local food pantry, fell victim to the pandemic this year. As the need was even greater than ever, our council decided to hold a virtual event this year, to which our council kicked in an initial $1,000. Over the next several weeks we placed notices in the parish bulletin, and our local weekly paper was kind enough to cover the event. Almost immediately donations poured in from our council, parish, community and local businesses. The week before Thanksgiving, we presented a check for a record amount $4,350, covering the food pantry’s need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Monsignor William Cunneen Council 10020, North Windham.

 

Outstanding Community Activity – “B” Division

Title: Haddock Dinners

For the past 14 years, our council holds haddock dinners each Friday of Lent, raising about $6,000 a year. This is our main fundraiser. After we served three dinners in 2020, COVID-19 canceled the rest. Since the need continued, our Grand Knight and several Past Grand Knights decided to hold drive-through dinners the third Friday of each month from December to March. With March still to come, we have raised almost $6,500 to help our Brother Knights, seminarians, Special Olympics, and several other youth and community groups. Thanks to this dinner, we LEAVE NO NEIGHBOR BEHIND. The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Saint Anne Council 10221 Gorham

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Outstanding Community Activity – “B” Division

Title: Haddock Dinners

For the past 14 years, our council holds haddock dinners each Friday of Lent, raising about $6,000 a year. This is our main fundraiser. After we served three dinners in 2020, COVID-19 canceled the rest. Since the need continued, our Grand Knight and several Past Grand Knights decided to hold drive-through dinners the third Friday of each month from December to March. With March still to come, we have raised almost $6,500 to help our Brother Knights, seminarians, Special Olympics, and several other youth and community groups. Thanks to this dinner, we LEAVE NO NEIGHBOR BEHIND. The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Saint Anne Council 10221,

 

 

Supreme Award

Title: Game Meat for Food Pantry

One of our Brother Knights is a licensed butcher who along with his son, also a member of our council, provides services for local sportsmen and the Maine Warden Service. This year, they butchered an illegally harvested deer and young moose the Warden Service had brought in to hold as evidence. When the evidence was not requested by the court, the Warden Service decided to give the meat to our Brother Knight. He immediately donated the meat to our parish food pantry, which they enthusiastically accepted. He truly chose to Leave No Neighbor Behind. The Supreme Community Activity Award goes to Saint Martin of Tours Council 680, Millinocket.

 

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2020-21 Life Awards

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

Life Winner A-New program idea and a baked bean supper

One of our council members came up with a new concept to help promote life.  We formed a committee to discuss this exciting new idea. After thoughtful prayer and lots of brainstorming, our council came up with a logo, prayer cards and a pin. We even trade marked the logo!

In order to raise funds to make these items a reality we held a drive through baked bean supper. 150 hours with 10 knights and 2 wives we raised $1426.00 to kick start this program.

This new project is called I SURVIVED NINE and highlights the peril some unborn children are in.  With the monies earned this  program is off to a great start! We hope to get the I SURVIVED NINE important message out to the public.

Bobbie and I are pleased to announce the Division A winner this year is 10019-Lewiston.

Life Winner A—March around the Church

Because of the COVID pandemic restrictions, we could not attend the Rally in Washington or Augusta, so we took matters into our own hands!

With permission from our pastor, 20 Knights and 30 community members, walked around our church, many with posters. Some participants stayed in their cars to show their support. We gave out carnations to all who participated and placed 48 carnations at the memorial to unborn children. Our church bell rung 48 times to commemorate the years since abortion was legalized.

Bobbie and I are pleased to announce the Division A winner this year is 13861-Sanford.

 

Life Winner B—Right to Life-40 days for Life

60 people peacefully prayed in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic in our service area for forty days from September 26 through October 31, 2020. Five knights and 60 persons total participated in this event.

By praying in public we made people going to the clinic aware of other options to abortion. We hope that our public show of support for life and our prayers made a difference to the patients entering the clinic.

Bobbie and I are pleased to announce that the Division B winner this year is council 10221-Gorham

Life Winner B -Council and parish Novena for life

Because of COVID restrictions our council decided to hold the Novena for Life Rosary both online and privately in our homes

Ten council brothers and twenty family members committed to the nine days of prayers for the protection of life.

Members could sign up at our parish web site. The nine day prayers and mysteries were provided, as well as Rosaries to whom ever needed them

This prayerful time was a great success and we hope to hold this live next year.

Bobbie and I are pleased to announce that the Division B winner this year is Council 15791-Falmouth

 

Life Supreme Winner—The Annual Walk for Life

Our annual walk for life had to be changed this year because of COVID restrictions. Our council decided to host a virtual walk! We advertised through church bulletins, signage and word of mouth to encourage participants to have a virtual walk for life.

The turn out was more than we could have anticipated. Our council had participants across three towns in our service area,  walking separately or in groups.Our council collected money both from individuals and local businesses.

The total donations amounted to $7500, which was more than double last years donations. Of the $7500 collected, $6000 will go to the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center for their ultrasound operating expenses. $500 will go to the Ester Residence, which aids women recovering from addiction or who have been recently released from prison. $500 will go to the Courage Lives center, which aids survivors of sex trafficking. Finally, $500 will go to Vitea Society Maine to continue to distribute Pro-life messages on the internet and on TV.
Bobbie and I would like to announce that the Supreme Life winner this year is council 12941 Biddeford

 

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2020-21 Faith Awards

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

CATEGORY A WINNER #1 – FAITH

TITLE: Memorial Day Mass

We remember.  We celebrate.  We believe.  Each year, this parish remembers the community’s veterans with a Memorial Day Mass.  They honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect America’s freedoms.  The celebration takes place at the local cemetery, at a memorial altar built in 1936 by this council, which also maintains and repairs it as needed.  Council members variously attend, serve in the 4th Degree honor guard or visit veteran gravesites.  Christ the Divine Mercy Parish hosts the event, with the support of our winner, St. Martin of Tours Council #680 in Millinocket.

 

CATEGORY A WINNER #2 – FAITH

TITLE: Basilica Outdoor Nativity Scene

This council responded to a May 2020 request from its pastor to place a nativity scene in front of the church during the Christmas season.  To complement the great church building, members purchased life-size cutout nativity figures.  They secured the cutouts to form a weather-resistant display.  They designed, built and stained a stable, as well.  With the addition of lighting, our faith was proclaimed day and night, outside the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, part of Prince of Peace Parish, through the work of our winner, Rev. Louis J. Fortier Council #106 in Lewiston.

 

CATEGORY B WINNER #1 – FAITH

TITLE: Live Stream Masses

COVID-19 changed the way we participate in Mass, the focus of our Catholic worship.  Many churches started or enhanced the use of audiovisual technology.   This council stepped up its game for this church in its parish.  Knights and family members have been instrumental in keeping livestream masses going at this church, and the multi-camera work and high-quality audio has undoubtedly made a big difference for the church and the congregants of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Windham.  Congratulations to St. Anne’s Council #10221 in Gorham, our winning council, for helping make it happen.

CATEGORY B WINNER #2 – FAITH

TITLE: Drive-in Masses

Mass is a public event, but COVID-19 has kept people secluded in private spaces.  The priest of one church called upon his knights to help with an outside-the-box solution.  The outdoor church deck was transformed into an altar so Masses could be presented to participants in their private vehicles in the parking lot.  Audio came via an FM transmitter.  Knights also helped with logistics.  Through this effort, parishioners were able to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Gorham at St. Anne’s church, with the active help of St. Anne’s Council # 10221, Gorham.

 

 

Supreme Award – Faith

TITLE: Seminarians -24th Annual H.O. Bouchard Memorial
Golf Tournament Fundraiser

The chairman of the council’s annual golf tournament in August was determined to provide seminarian support, despite COVID-19.  Safety planning was extensive, with extra precautions all around.  As contributors and golfers saw this tremendous safety effort, enthusiasm grew.  The business community donated, and several brothers contributed individually.  Golfers were eager!  $10,000 was raised through the event.  Proceeds went to eight different seminarians, the diocesan vocations effort and other council charities.  Take that, COVID-19!  You met your match with Pine Cone Council #114, the winner of this year’s Supreme Award in the faith category.

 

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FAITH – YEAR-END REVIEW MAY 2021

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

 

Dear Brother Knights and Family Members:

God Made me to know, to love Him and to serve Him in this life and to be happy with Him in forever the next.  This fundamental truth was laid out in the very first section of the Baltimore Catechism that I was taught in my first Sunday School class.  I initially saw this as but another “rule” that I needed to follow because that’s what good Catholics do.  “Follow the commandments, do what God wants, because God is in charge.”  This is a good starting place, but it is just the first step in the development of a much deeper faith that God calls us to embrace.

Through a growing and faithful union with the Almighty, we learn the interconnectedness of faith, hope, love and forgiveness.  This reality remains at the core of who we are as persons, as Catholics and as members of the Knights of Columbus family.

I recall the words of former Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, “..membership in the Knights of Columbus is not primarily an invitation to do something.  It is an invitation to be someone.”  We are people of faith.  Living and sharing that faith is at the core of who we are.

It has been my joy to see this faith grow and manifest itself through our great order here in the state of Maine this past year.  All of us in some ways have been hidden away because of COVID-19, but knights and their families have demonstrated new ways to keep their light of faith illuminated and to let it shine for the world to see.

Mass attendance was limited; Knights checked in parishioners and sanitized pews.  Masses went virtual; Knights provided technical assistance.  Outside the box thinking included live drive-in Masses, with congregants in the church lot seeing the sacrifice of the Mass unfold on the church balcony while hearing the sound on their car radios.  Knights helped organize drive-through confessions.  One council worked within all COVID restrictions and still managed to pull off a major fundraising event for vocations.  Another council established a creative outdoor nativity display which beautifully communicated our faith for the community at large.  Knights welcomed new members with combined live and virtual exemplifications.  Prayer services were organized virtually when it was not possible to meet physically to offer petitions.  Council meetings were held both live and virtually, so our important work could continue.

It was not easy and sometimes it did not work out as well as planned.  But we Knights of Columbus persevered.  We are living up to our pledge:  Leave No Neighbor Behind.

I am enormously proud of how members of our organization have lived our faith and communicated it to others during this difficult year.  I thank the state deputy for allowing me the privilege of serving as your faith program director and thus to understand more fully how membership in the Knights of Columbus helps us fulfill our lives as children of God.  I salute every member of our order for stepping up in a particularly difficult time as we continue our journey of faith together.

Vivat Jesus!

Spike Brimmer
Faith Program Director
spike@brimmer.info
207-478-9620

 

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REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR FAITH DIRECTOR

July 14, 2021 by Dan LaLonde

 

Conventions don’t just happen.  They require a lot of planning behind the scenes, both before and during the event.  I extend my personal appreciation to the organizers of the recent Maine State Council Annual Convention for their outstanding work to create a meaningful, safe and rewarding experience for all who attended, either in person or virtually.  Thank you.

I would like to call out two specific convention events.  On Saturday morning, life program directors Lee and Bobble Malvin hosted a Silver Rose Prayer Service.  On Sunday morning, it was my honor to host a Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour.  Each of these events provided members with the opportunity to offer petitions and to share our faith.  Events such as these remind us of what sets our fraternity apart from others.  We are Catholics who band together with our families and our faith communities to better serve God and our neighbors.  I am sure Lee and Bobbie would welcome any inquiries about the Silver Rose Service.  If you have any questions about the Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour, please contact me directly for information.

In the 40 or so minutes that comprised the Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour, attendees found solidarity, peace, hope and food for thought.  The prayer hour booklet, available from Supreme or free for download, makes it easy to organize and run this event.  If your council has not hosted this service, I strongly encourage you to do so.  I am happy to support you.

We await the arrival of summer 2021 with new optimism.  Close to home, COVID-19 appears to be retreating, thanks to efforts on multiple fronts.  This is not true, however, in many parts of the world where COVID is rampant.  Viruses are very adaptive and we all must remain vigilant.  God gave us free will to make our own decisions, but he also gave us brains which He expects us to use as we make those decisions.  We will be held accountable for the choices we make.

People of good will can look at the same facts and arrive at different conclusions about how to act.  I pray that we will all follow God’s command to love our neighbors, even when they make choices with which we do not agree.

We are all God’s children.  We turn to Him, our Light and our Salvation, to see us through this time and into eternity.

Vivat Jesus!

Spike Brimmer
Faith Program Director
spike@brimmer.info
207-478-9620

 

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2018-2019 Supreme Awards

August 12, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Congratulations to the 16 Councils that will be receiving the following awards:

STAR COUNCIL (Membership, Insurance & Faith in Action)

  • 2219 Westbrook
  • 2368 Greenville

McGIVNEY & FOUNDER’S (Membership & Insurance)

  • 1870 Caribou
  • 2851 Limestone

McGIVNEY & COLUMBIAN (Membership & Faith in Action)

  • 9782 Wells

COLUMBIAN (Faith in Action)

  • 114 Bangor
  • 1753 Fort Fairfield
  • 2392 Jackman
  • 7300 Winslow
  • 10019 Lewiston
  • 10020 North Windham
  • 10221 Gorham
  • 11257 Portland
  • 11376 Bridgton-Fryeburg
  • 12941 Biddeford
  • 15791 Falmouth

Awards should be received in late September/early October to state, and distributed/awarded one received.

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FRATERNAL LEADER TRAINING WEBINARS

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde
Find materials from previous webinars here

 

 

 Council Quick Start Webcast

Thursday – July 25, 2019 at 8:30 PM (EDT)

 

Whether you’re in your first K of C officer role, want to know what’s involved in the role of a council officer or simply looking for new ways to help welcome new members, join us for the 2019-2020 Council Quick Start Webcast scheduled for 8:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

 

This webcast will include critical tips to help you hit the ground running in the new fraternal year:

 

  • Proven recruitment strategies to welcome new members.
  • 5 most important things Grand Knights can do today.
  • Overview of Council Officer Duties.
  • Turning Faith in Action programs into recruiting opportunities.
  • Reaching out to retain members.
Fraternal Training Sessions are conducted live and then available on-demand afterwards.
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!!

 

See you on July 25!!

 

Fraternally yours,

 

Gary Nolan

 

Fraternal Mission Department
Knights of Columbus
203-752-4270

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July State Deputy Message

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

July State Deputy Message

July is the start of the new fraternal year and it is also the start of my second year as your State Deputy.  Although each day that passes will be one step closer to the end of my tenure, each day is also an opportunity to inspire and be inspired; to motivate and be motivated; and to engage and be engaged; of all the wondrous works of the Knight of Columbus through our Faith in Action Programs of Faith, Family, Community and Life.

We conducted our State Staff Summer Workshop in Bangor on 29 June and thanks again to Pine Cone Council 114 of Bangor for being such a gracious host with the use of the Church Hall and preparing a breakfast and lunch meal for the 30+ brother Knights in attendance.

It is unfortunate that some of our local councils will take the summer off, but many of you continue to meet, recruit, engage, and retain your members throughout the months of July and August.  It is imperative that we start out the new fraternal year in a positive manner.  We are a 365 day a year fraternal organization and in the case of this year, make that 366.

Each day and each event is an opportunity to recruit a new member.   Wear your “colors” and show how proud you are to be a Knight of Columbus.  Do so when attending Mass, a ballgame, a picnic, a social, etc.  These are opportunities to meet someone new or reunite with an old friend, strike up a conversation, and before you know it, someone is talking about how they can be a better man, a better Catholic, a better husband, a better father/grandfather, a better uncle.

This is a “God-Moment” where evangelization steps in.  It may be a “tap” on the shoulder, a handshake or a hug that sets the stage.  Either way, we as Knights of Columbus are there to serve our brothers (and sisters), not to be served.

If a Catholic gentleman asks about the Knights of Columbus, don’t whip out a Form 100.  Instead, ask them to check out the website:  www.kofc/joinus and they will discover a legacy of “Faith and Service” with Men who Lead, Men who Protect, Men who Serve, and Men who Defend.   This past year we recruited 20 new members via this online portal.

My wife Lois and I look forward to travelling again this year and we hope we have a chance to visit some new places and re-visit places we have already been; to meet new brothers and sisters in Christ and to rekindle the friendships.

Thank you and God Bless,   Mark Bourgoin

 

GOD MOMENTS FOR MEN

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. Jeremiah 17:7

I’ll believe it when I see it with my own eyes. If I must see it with my own eyes, then there is no believing involved. Trust consists of not having to see it with any eyes, but rather the feeling in the heart and mind that everything is going to be alright, even if there is no concrete evidence.

We’ve become a nation of “proof-wanters” for almost everything in our lives. New products must prove it can get the stain out. Juries must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Scientists must prove theories. We don’t seem to trust anyone or in much of anything anymore, much less trust in an all-powerful being.

Over 200 years ago, our founding fathers still trusted in things that cannot necessarily be seen.  It says so on our money. I look around and see so many wonderful things that can only be explained by God’s generosity and desire to take care of me. I trust Him. He’s done a good job so far.

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”                      ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Maine State Council Budget

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

 

 

Dear Grand Knight & Council Membership,

As you may be aware, the budget of the State Council is based on the Per Capita income of our billable members. Billable members are those that pay full or partial dues to their local councils and are not Honorary Life or Disabled. (Inactive Council members are also not counted in the billable member total.)

At the State Convention this past April, the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 Fraternal Year was approved at $48,450 which was based on 5,100 billable members. Even though we reached 70% of our new member intake goal last year, the number of suspensions, withdrawals and deaths exceeded the intake goal. Therefore, our billable members went down to 4,900 and our new budget for this year will now be $46,550 or $1,900 lower than expected.

To combat this, the State Council will be reviewing each activity we sponsor and/or donate monies; to determine if we can do so, reduce the amount to be expended, or not participate at all. It is unfortunate but must be done to keep the State Council solvent.

Also, each Council will need to double their efforts in recruiting new members and strive to retain the members you have in order keep your council alive and help keep the Maine State Council financially sound. Councils also need to increase their efforts in selling Cash Calendars as this greatly helps with the overall budget as well. Even with our best efforts, this will not be enough.

The State Per Capita has been at $9.50 per billable member for 12 years. Prior to that, it was at $7.00. Unless our membership drastically increases over the next 9 months, we will have no choice but submit a resolution at next year’s State Convention to look at increasing the Per Capita. It must be done.

With that said, on behalf of the Maine State Council, we apologize in advance if we are not able to assist in your fundraising efforts. We will do our best to review each request on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any questions or thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Vivat Jesus,

Mark R. Bourgoin
Mark Bourgoin
State Deputy

 

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Raffle Chair Report

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Raffle Chairman Report

 

 

It’s that time of year again, time to try to sell calendars. I want to thank everyone who sold calendars last year and congratulations to all of the winners. Last year we sold a little over 2000 calendars, Thank You! If you were at the State Convention you heard that the State Council needs your help by trying very hard to sell all of the calendars this year. I think with all of your help we can make this happen. This would make a difference of about $5000 to the State Budget. Send back to me all of the calendars and money so that I can keep track of all of the calendars and money. A good way to sell extra calendars is by setting up at a local business or at craft or Christmas Fairs at church or around town. Thanks for all that you do for the Knights and for all of the calendars that you are able sell. All sales are greatly appreciated.

Yours in Christ

Ron Darling

Raffle Chairman
207-723-5232

 

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Roundtable Coordinator Report

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Roundtable Coordinator Report

 

I want to thanks all of the councils that participated in the Parish Round Table Program last year, hopefully more councils will take part in this program. I hope all of the State Officers, District Deputies, and State Staff will help encourage all of your Grand Knights to fill out the forms. Everyone knows which Parishes have councils present and which Parishes need Knights help. Let’s all get together and get the Priests all of the help they need. Grand Knights, it takes about five minutes to fill out this form. When you fill out these forms please send one to Supreme, the State Deputy, and myself. Thank you very much for your help.

Ron Darling

Parish Round Table Coordinator

150 Medway Rod

Millinocket, Me  04462

 

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Memory Garden Gazebo Project

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Memory Garden Gazebo Project

 

First of all I would l like to sincerely thank all those councils and individual members who donated to the Memory Garden Gazebo Project.  Within just a few short months we have exceeded our goal of $20,000.00 and Sister Pat is beside herself over how the Knights of Columbus opened their hearts and most importantly their wallets.

 

The construction project has now begun and we look forward to the grand opening in a few months.  Many of you who were delegates at the last State Convention heard me speak about the project and after the meeting many of you picked up donation envelopes.  There is still plenty of time to have your council name and number installed on the donation plaque which will be installed in the health care center leading out to the memory garden.  I hope those of you who may still have that donation envelope will consider asking your council to donate, no matter how small; to this very exciting and valuable project for the health and welfare of our senior citizens who reside there.

 

If your council would like to make a donation you can send the check to me and I will forward it to Sister Pat.  All checks should be made payable to:  St. Andre Health Care Facility with the words ” Gazebo Donation” in the memo section. Thank you so much for your support

 

Mail it to: Phil Lizotte PSD, FM

14 Sarah Lane

Wells, ME  04090

 

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Membership Director

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Membership Director
Normand Bisson

This is my first message in the State News Letter as State Membership Director. Recently our Worthy State Deputy passed on the status of Membership Growth to all of the District Deputies, hopefully the information was passed to the respective councils, part of my job as State Membership Director is to keep you informed to our progress, therefore I am working closely with Greg White Online & College membership Director and General Agent, Dave Stewart Young Adult Director, PSD Dave Roy for Retention and Don Leeman State Ceremonial Director.
Here is the status for the end of the fraternal year 2018-19 we finished the fraternal year @ 75% growth throughout the State with only 30% of the councils participating , CAN YOU IMAGINE what we can do if all councils join in this endeavor? WITH THAT SAID, I am placing a challenge TO ALL MEMBERS from State Deputy to the NEWEST member of the 1st degree. My Goal is to raise the membership growth from 75% to 100% by the end of the Fraternal year..
Recently as State Ceremonial Director I was told “ Your like a dog with a bone”.
Well that’s because I take pride in what ever position I am in.
So I assure you that I will try my best to fulfill the goal.

Vivat Jesus

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