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CHOOSE LIFE MAINE APPEAL TO KNIGHTS’ UNITY. [edited]
I joined the Knights of Columbus at St. Boniface Church in Anaheim, CA twenty years ago within months after I converted to the faith from being an atheist for the previous 23 years. I now appeal to the Maine Knights of Columbus, every Knight, every Grand Knight, and every member of the State Council and Staff to support Choose Life Maine (CLM) today, to place a prepaid order for the license plate, if you have not already. CLM is in DANGER OF SHUTTING DOWN for lack of pro-life support.
I co-founded CLM with another brother Knight and in 2012 we started taking orders. The last time the Maine State Council actively supported CLM was with State Deputy Ray Sargent. Support has waned ever since. A handful of Knights, including our current SD have placed orders. Thank you.
If you do not know CLM wants to put a pro-life license plate on the road to spread a pro-life message and RAISE MONEY for every one of Maine’s Pregnancy Resource Centers EVERY YEAR. This year many of those centers experienced financial problems as they could not hold their annual banquet fundraisers and fundraising walks because of the virus. If they cannot afford to open their doors, they cannot use the ultra sound machines.
Here is an example of the fundraising potential of specialty license plates, the State returns $10 per annual registration to the specialty license plate’s sponsor or designated charity. In 2019 the Lobster Specialty Plate had more than 36,000 registrations. That approximates more than $360,000 for a state run Lobster Research, Education and Development Board. They had similar numbers in previous years. Just how smart are these lobsters? Source: https://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/stats/Reg19.pdf What could Knights do for our pregnancy centers just by registering their vehicle?
Our current authorization with the state expires soon, December 31, 2020 and unless the Bureau of Motor Vehicles authorizes us an extension CLM will be aborted. CLM currently has between 600 & 700 prepaid orders and we need an additional 1,300 plus. I have never given up on CLM. Today’s Gospel message was from Luke 18:1-8. Listen to EWTN Fr. John Paul’s homily for today on YouTube. His homily motivated me to write this post.
I am reminded of the Knights of Columbus principal of UNITY. On a K of C website it reads with unity a Knight “can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.”
Relying on the principal of unity, I appeal to every single Knight including every member of the State Council and Staff to lead our Knights by example and place a prepaid order for the proposed CLM license plate. I ask every District Deputy to convey this appeal with every Grand Knight and for every Grand Knight to every member of their council. DO NOT WAIT or it could be too late. I ask all of my Brother Knights to rise above Facebook’s community standards and support CLM today.
YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO LOSE BY PLACING A PREPAID ORDER AS YOUR MONEY IS ALWAYS REFUNDABLE UP TO THE TIME A FORMAL APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
I hope I can count on the Maine Knights to live out their principals and place a prepaid order for the proposed CLM license plate. I am personally giving up my “Support Our Troops” plate in support of Choose Life Maine, unwanted babies and the crisis pregnancy centers. Without life there are no troops.
An order form may be downloaded from our website (www.MeChoose-Life.org). The link to the download is at http://www.mechoose-life.org/content/file/Application%202019%20rev1.pdf
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or by telephone at either
(cell) 207-272-6883 .
If you call please leave a message if I do not pick up. I am praying for a lot of calls.
Father Michael McGivney pray for us.
Are you planning for your family’s financial future and want to work with people that share your Catholic values? If so, please join us for a very informative evening Virtual Meeting focusing on your area. Local industry experts will be discussing topics such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, final expenses, elder issues, charitable bequests, probate, and your family’s financial planning. Representatives from the Knights of Columbus will be on hand to field questions about the Order and their insurance products. The Knights of Columbus has received a Superior rating by A.M. Best for more than 40 consecutive years (as of January 2019, rated A+ Superior).
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Wednesday, May 20:
Bangor (114), Belfast (3942), Bucksport (5756), Old Town (2537), Lincoln (5524), Millinocket (680), Benedicta (1859), Houlton (1873), and Calais (149)
Wednesday, May 27:
Pittsfield (4861), Skowhegan (2089), Fairfield (11303), Dover-Foxcroft (3172), Dexter (2625), Greenville (2368), and Jackman (2392)
Wednesday, June 3:
Grand Isle (8414), Van Buren (1635), Limestone (2851), Ft. Fairfield (1753), Caribou (1870), and Presque Isle (2524)
Thursday, June 4:
Portland (101, 11257, 14246), South Portland (2344), Scarborough (11747 and 8144)
Wednesday, June 10:
York (11940), Wells (9782), S. Berwick (10259), Sanford (13861), Springvale (2755), Kennebunk (12033)
Thursday, June 11:
Norway (5515), Bridgton (11376), Windham (10020), Gorham (10221), Westbrook (2219), and Limerick (8868)
Wednesday, June 17:
Rumford (2091), Jay (320), Farmington (2465), Lewiston (106, 10019, 12652), Auburn (8742), Lisbon (2358), Sabattus (13181)
Wednesday, June 24:
Bath (249), Augusta (334), Gardiner (1299), Waterville (13486), N. Whitefield (1423), Rockland (136), Newcastle (10897), Boothbay Harbor (10356)
Congratulations to the 16 Councils that will be receiving the following awards:
STAR COUNCIL (Membership, Insurance & Faith in Action)
McGIVNEY & FOUNDER’S (Membership & Insurance)
McGIVNEY & COLUMBIAN (Membership & Faith in Action)
COLUMBIAN (Faith in Action)
Awards should be received in late September/early October to state, and distributed/awarded one received.
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
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.
Parish Round Table Coordinator
150 Medway Rod
Millinocket, Me 04462
Brothers, Hope your summer is going well! Congratulations on another great year.
As you may know, the FIA Programs in the “FAITH” category are:
◊ Building the Domestic Church ◊ Kiosk
◊ Holy Hour
◊ Into the Breach
◊ Marian Prayer
◊ Sacramental Gifts
◊ Spiritual Reflection
This month I will report on our RSVP program. Maine Knights of Columbus supported our seminarians to a tune of $16,500. This represented the support from 18 Councils and 4 Assemblies. With around 65 Councils and 39 Assemblies in the State of Maine you can see that our total support can be much greater. I know that some councils can’t afford to give $500 support to a seminarian. But you don’t have to give $500. You can do less and it’s okay. Send them birthday cards. Pray for them. Do whatever you can. Our seminarians are our future priests.
I will be updating this coming academic year’s Seminarian Poster as soon as the information is available.
Fr. Greg Dube is the new Vicar for Seminarians this year. I look forward to working with Fr. Dube on the Vocations Council.
For information on all the FIA Faith programs and more on the RSVP program go to: https://www.kofc.org/un/en/programs/faith/index.html
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.
Operation Wheelchair Coordinator
|July 2019||2020 January|
|7-Jul||Lewiston # 12652||1-Jan||Gardiner # 1299|
|14-Jul||Millinocket # 680||5-Jan||Winslow #7300|
|21-Jul||S. Berwick # 10259||12-Jan||Lewiston #10019|
|28-Jul||Ellsworth # 1036||19-Jan||Waterville #13486|
|26-Jan||Portland # 14246|
|August 2019||2020 February|
|4-Aug||Biddeford # 12941||9-Feb||Scarborough # 11747|
|11-Aug||Dover-Foxcroft # 3172||16-Feb||Boothbay 10356|
|18-Aug||Falmouth # 15791||23-Feb||Falmouth # 15791|
|25-Aug||Portland # 101|
|September 2019||2020 March|
|1-Sep||1-Mar||Westbrook # 2219|
|8-Sep||Gorham # 10221||8-Mar||Sabattus #13181|
|15-Sep||Scarborough # 8144||15-Mar||N.Windham # 10020|
|22-Sep||State Council Officers||22-Mar||Norway # 5515|
|29-Sep||Lisbon # 2358||29-Mar||York # 11940|
|October 2019||2020 April|
|6-Oct||Dexter # 2625||5-Apr||Jay # 320|
|13-Oct||Old Town # 2537||12-Apr||Springvale # 2755|
|20-Oct||Wells #9782||19-Apr||Bath # 249|
|27-Oct||Rumsford # 2091||26-Apr||Pittsfield # 4861|
|November 2019||2020 May|
|3-Nov||Bucksport # 5756||3-May||Portland #11257|
|10-Nov||State 4th Degree||10-May||Bangor # 114|
|17-Nov||Old Orchard Beach #2266||17-May||Brunswick #1947|
|24-Nov||Newcastle #10897||24-May||Skowhegan #2089|
|December 2019||June 2020|
|1-Dec||Belfast # 3942||7-Jun||Fairfield # 11303|
|8-Dec||Rockland #136||14-Jun||South Portland #2344|
|15-Dec||Lewiston # 106||21-Jun||Lincoln # 5524|
|22-Dec||Auburn #8472||28-Jun||Sanford #13861|
|25-Dec||Augusta # 334|
(updates will occur to this post, check back periodically)
Maine State Council had it’s Semiannual District Deputy Organizational meeting at St Johns Church in Bangor.
Below are materials shared with those in attendance, minutes of the meeting, and other resulting pertinent materials; followed by a phot0 gallery of the event.
Good afternoon Worthies
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