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12th Annual Paul Cormier Memorial Blood Drive

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

There is an ongoing shortage of blood, to be used in medical emergencies and treatment. Bangor’s Council 114 has started sponsoring twice-yearly American Red Cross Blood Drives, at St Mary’s Catholic Church hall, 768 Ohio St, Bangor, ME 04401. The event has become a staple, in the parish, and multiple parishioners had asked for the date, in anticipation of donating. The parish office and Monseigneur Dubois are very supportive, and crucial to the blood drive’s success. The blood drive was announced in the St Paul the Apostle Parish Bulletin two and one weeks prior to the event, and Knights were at all 8 masses on the weekend prior to the 11/19/22 blood drive, seeking in-person sign-ups. Many parishioners also signed up on-line at redcrossblood.org.
Saturday morning, 11/19/22, started at 7:00 with Knights helping to set up for the blood drive. Knights helped with registration, escorting, food distribution, and clean-up throughout the drive… until the doors closed at 3:00 pm. Masking was not required (although several people did still use masks), but social distancing and infection control were emphasized, as part of Covid and Universal Precautions.
Enthusiasm for the life supporting role of the blood drive was evident throughout the day. Germaine Cormier, wife of our deceased Brother, Paul Cormier, in whose memory this blood drive is held, visited the drive again this year, and she brought in some tasty sweets.
Council 114’s blood drive hit a new record, with 46 units of blood, enough to save 92 lives. Our cumulative total is 395 units, which has the potential to save up to 790 lives! Our success was announced, and sincere thanks voiced, when the results were announced at the 07:00 and 08:30 masses at St Mary’s Church on 11/20/22!




12th Annual Paul Cormier Memorial Blood Drive

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

There is an ongoing shortage of blood, to be used in medical emergencies and treatment. Bangor’s Council 114 has started sponsoring twice-yearly American Red Cross Blood Drives, at St Mary’s Catholic Church hall, 768 Ohio St, Bangor, ME 04401. The event has become a staple, in the parish, and multiple parishioners had asked for the date, in anticipation of donating. The parish office and Monseigneur Dubois are very supportive, and crucial to the blood drive’s success. The blood drive was announced in the St Paul the Apostle Parish Bulletin two and one weeks prior to the event, and Knights were at all 8 masses on the weekend prior to the 11/19/22 blood drive, seeking in-person sign-ups. Many parishioners also signed up on-line at redcrossblood.org.
Saturday morning, 11/19/22, started at 7:00 with Knights helping to set up for the blood drive. Knights helped with registration, escorting, food distribution, and clean-up throughout the drive… until the doors closed at 3:00 pm. Masking was not required (although several people did still use masks), but social distancing and infection control were emphasized, as part of Covid and Universal Precautions.
Enthusiasm for the life supporting role of the blood drive was evident throughout the day. Germaine Cormier, wife of our deceased Brother, Paul Cormier, in whose memory this blood drive is held, visited the drive again this year, and she brought in some tasty sweets.
Council 114’s blood drive hit a new record, with 46 units of blood, enough to save 92 lives. Our cumulative total is 395 units, which has the potential to save up to 790 lives! Our success was announced, and sincere thanks voiced, when the results were announced at the 07:00 and 08:30 masses at St Mary’s Church on 11/20/22!




4th of July, Parade Float Project

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Preparation for this event starts three months earlier with the planning committee, and reserving a tractor-step-bed trailer from Hartt Transportation. The 4th of July Parade is organized by the Greater Bangor Area Kiwanis Clubs. We have participated in this event for several years, interrupted only by 2 covid years. We see this as our opportunity to demonstrate our Christian faith and patriotic respect for our country.
Preassembly for our float starts on July 3rd, where Hartt Transportation “drops” the step-bed trailer at St Matthews Catholic Church, in Hampden, and we Knights complete the pre-assembly of our float “pedestal”, which is a custom painted mural of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. This mural is 8 feet high, 16 feet long, and 8 feet wide! We also set up the perimeter poles and the rope railings.
On July 4th, Hartt Transportation picks up the trailer and brings it to the parade start location, on Acme Rd, in Brewer… where Knights completed final assembly, of chairs, sound system, mixing board, podium, song booklets, beverages/coolers, full perimeter patriotic bunting, 20 American flags, and electrical power from the tractor. Our group of 20 singers (including Knights, families, children, and choir members from St Mary’s and St Matthews Catholic Churches.) Our song leader and guitar playing musician is retired professional singer, Michael CoWallis! We sang multiple patriotic songs along the parade route, and REALLY pulled in some enthusiastic audience participation.
Once we arrive at the Judicial Center, in downtown Bangor, the singers come down off the float and are driven back to the Brewer starting point in a rented Cyr Bus. (Safety is a very high priority.)
Float disassembly occurs, back at St Matthew’s Church, in Hampden… and we all go home to celebrate the remainder of the 4th of July.
This particular project is one of our favorites, because we get to interact directly with the community. It is inspiring to see members of the audience singing the National Anthem, and other patriotic songs with us!
Masks were not required, and none of our group wore them. We were still very conscious of social distancing, and practiced this, as much as possible. Hygiene was also practiced.
Many thanks to our Knights and St Paul the Apostle Parish members! Many thanks to Hartt Transportation, and Cyr Bus!




4th of July, Parade Float Project

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Preparation for this event starts three months earlier with the planning committee, and reserving a tractor-step-bed trailer from Hartt Transportation. The 4th of July Parade is organized by the Greater Bangor Area Kiwanis Clubs. We have participated in this event for several years, interrupted only by 2 covid years. We see this as our opportunity to demonstrate our Christian faith and patriotic respect for our country.
Preassembly for our float starts on July 3rd, where Hartt Transportation “drops” the step-bed trailer at St Matthews Catholic Church, in Hampden, and we Knights complete the pre-assembly of our float “pedestal”, which is a custom painted mural of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. This mural is 8 feet high, 16 feet long, and 8 feet wide! We also set up the perimeter poles and the rope railings.
On July 4th, Hartt Transportation picks up the trailer and brings it to the parade start location, on Acme Rd, in Brewer… where Knights completed final assembly, of chairs, sound system, mixing board, podium, song booklets, beverages/coolers, full perimeter patriotic bunting, 20 American flags, and electrical power from the tractor. Our group of 20 singers (including Knights, families, children, and choir members from St Mary’s and St Matthews Catholic Churches.) Our song leader and guitar playing musician is retired professional singer, Michael CoWallis! We sang multiple patriotic songs along the parade route, and REALLY pulled in some enthusiastic audience participation.
Once we arrive at the Judicial Center, in downtown Bangor, the singers come down off the float and are driven back to the Brewer starting point in a rented Cyr Bus. (Safety is a very high priority.)
Float disassembly occurs, back at St Matthew’s Church, in Hampden… and we all go home to celebrate the remainder of the 4th of July.
This particular project is one of our favorites, because we get to interact directly with the community. It is inspiring to see members of the audience singing the National Anthem, and other patriotic songs with us!
Masks were not required, and none of our group wore them. We were still very conscious of social distancing, and practiced this, as much as possible. Hygiene was also practiced.
Many thanks to our Knights and St Paul the Apostle Parish members! Many thanks to Hartt Transportation, and Cyr Bus!




Faith Formation Pancake Breakfast

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Julie Sanclemente, Parish Faith Formation Coordinator for Pre-K to Grade 5, asked the Knights of Columbus to help with their Faith Formation Retreat for First Year Youth Ministry, on January 21, 2023. The Knights prepared the pancake breakfast, at St Joseph Catholic Church, which is where the Faith Formation (and Knights of Columbus) offices are located. 5 Knights contributed, including Jeff Schaller, Rey Dubois, Walter Shannon, Deacon Luis Sanclemente, and Monseigneur Andrew Dubois. Deacon Luis and Monseigneur Andrew were component presenters in the Youth Retreat, as were 7 other Faith Formation Staff from St Paul the Apostle Parish. Approximate attendance was 50 youth, 30 parents, 6 Knights and wife, and 7 Faith Formation staff.
The event had been announced by Julie Sanclemente in the bulletin, at Faith Formation Classes, and on posters on the entry doors of the 6 parish churches. Many thank-you’s were shared at the event, and in the parish bulletin , on the following weekend. Everyone enjoyed the orange juice, coffee, pancakes, hot emerald syrup, and blueberries!
Masking was not required, but a few people with cold symptoms did wear masks. Close attention was paid to distancing and hygiene. All food servers wore gloves. 4 of the 5 Knights were certified in Protecting God’s Children, and many parents were in attendance. (Note that the Knights were only involved in meal prep, serving, and clean-up.)




Faith Formation Pancake Breakfast

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Julie Sanclemente, Parish Faith Formation Coordinator for Pre-K to Grade 5, asked the Knights of Columbus to help with their Faith Formation Retreat for First Year Youth Ministry, on January 21, 2023. The Knights prepared the pancake breakfast, at St Joseph Catholic Church, which is where the Faith Formation (and Knights of Columbus) offices are located. 5 Knights contributed, including Jeff Schaller, Rey Dubois, Walter Shannon, Deacon Luis Sanclemente, and Monseigneur Andrew Dubois. Deacon Luis and Monseigneur Andrew were component presenters in the Youth Retreat, as were 7 other Faith Formation Staff from St Paul the Apostle Parish. Approximate attendance was 50 youth, 30 parents, 6 Knights and wife, and 7 Faith Formation staff.
The event had been announced by Julie Sanclemente in the bulletin, at Faith Formation Classes, and on posters on the entry doors of the 6 parish churches. Many thank-you’s were shared at the event, and in the parish bulletin , on the following weekend. Everyone enjoyed the orange juice, coffee, pancakes, hot emerald syrup, and blueberries!
Masking was not required, but a few people with cold symptoms did wear masks. Close attention was paid to distancing and hygiene. All food servers wore gloves. 4 of the 5 Knights were certified in Protecting God’s Children, and many parents were in attendance. (Note that the Knights were only involved in meal prep, serving, and clean-up.)




Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Council 114 has participated in the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest for several years, with the exception of 2 Covid-years. In prior years, we have distributed contest registration forms to the three Christian Schools in Bangor (Bangor Christian School, Penobscot Christian School, and All Saints Catholic School). This year, we only distributed 110 forms at All Saints School. We will be working, next year, on reigniting the student participation, in all three schools, now that Covid restrictions are eased.
We have received two contest entries, and both were WINNERS! Both entries were passed on to Anthony Alfiero, at the Winter Meeting, in Orono.
Our contest winners were announced at All Saints School, and in the St Paul the Apostle parish bulletin.




Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Council 114 has participated in the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest for several years, with the exception of 2 Covid-years. In prior years, we have distributed contest registration forms to the three Christian Schools in Bangor (Bangor Christian School, Penobscot Christian School, and All Saints Catholic School). This year, we only distributed 110 forms at All Saints School. We will be working, next year, on reigniting the student participation, in all three schools, now that Covid restrictions are eased.
We have received two contest entries, and both were WINNERS! Both entries were passed on to Anthony Alfiero, at the Winter Meeting, in Orono.
Our contest winners were announced at All Saints School, and in the St Paul the Apostle parish bulletin.




Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Council 114 has offered the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship program for several years, except not for the last two Covid years. 2023 is a “rebuilding” year. 110 entry forms were brought to All Saints’ Catholic School, and 5 students participated. It will likely take a few years to bolster participation up to pre-covid levels. We plan on bringing entry forms to Bangor Christian School and Penobscot Christian School next year (as we have in prior years) , to try to foster comradery amongst the three Christian Schools.
Competition was enthusiastic, with all participants and parents cheering! The event was held in the gym at the St John’s School Campus. 4 out of the 5 participants will be advancing on to the State Competition, in March, at Old Town High School. All 5 participants received Certificates and Trophies!
There were donuts, coffee, and water available for everyone. Masking was not required, and no one chose to wear a mask. Social distancing and hygiene were emphasized. Two of the supervising Knights were Protecting God’s Children certified. All the participating children had parents present.
The winners were announced in the All Saints’ School Principal’s Bulletin and will be announced in the upcoming St Paul the Apostle Parish church bulletin. A picture and event announcements will also be placed in our Council 114 Newsletter. Thank-you to All Saints’ School, Principal Matthew Houghton, and Monseigneur Dubois for supporting this event!




Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

01/31/2023


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

Council 114 has offered the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship program for several years, except not for the last two Covid years. 2023 is a “rebuilding” year. 110 entry forms were brought to All Saints’ Catholic School, and 5 students participated. It will likely take a few years to bolster participation up to pre-covid levels. We plan on bringing entry forms to Bangor Christian School and Penobscot Christian School next year (as we have in prior years) , to try to foster comradery amongst the three Christian Schools.
Competition was enthusiastic, with all participants and parents cheering! The event was held in the gym at the St John’s School Campus. 4 out of the 5 participants will be advancing on to the State Competition, in March, at Old Town High School. All 5 participants received Certificates and Trophies!
There were donuts, coffee, and water available for everyone. Masking was not required, and no one chose to wear a mask. Social distancing and hygiene were emphasized. Two of the supervising Knights were Protecting God’s Children certified. All the participating children had parents present.
The winners were announced in the All Saints’ School Principal’s Bulletin and will be announced in the upcoming St Paul the Apostle Parish church bulletin. A picture and event announcements will also be placed in our Council 114 Newsletter. Thank-you to All Saints’ School, Principal Matthew Houghton, and Monseigneur Dubois for supporting this event!




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