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Faith in Action Reports

15791 - FALMOUTH

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GatGathering petitions to defeat State funded abortions & End of life protection

11/12/2019


Council: 11376 - BRIDGTON-FRYEBURG

Project Description:

In an effort to defeat legislation in Maine already passed by the State House and Senate, six Knights traveled to Augusta on two separate occasions to meet with our Representatives to review these two ill-conceived bills. Our efforts to influence our Legislators failed and a Citizens Referendum was conceived by the Christian Civic League of Maine and supported throughout the State by various denominations, including some Catholic Churches and some K of C Councils. Our Council participated in this effort in an effort to collect the 60,000 signatures needed to force a public referendum.
Having started too late, we were unable to gather enough signatures before the filing deadline. This effort however gave us a great opportunity to brings these two issues forward and to discuss them with many voters in the State.




Veteran's Day Breakfast

11/12/2019


Council: 11747 - SCARBOROUGH

Project Description:

Brother Knights of our council sponsored a breakfast in honor of Veteran’s Day. This was held on Sunday Nov 10 in the parish hall, following our Masses. We had a traditional menu including pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee and juices. We had a nice croud, and received many compliments. Proceeds will benefit local charities.




Bean Supper

11/10/2019


Council: 13861 - SANFORD

Project Description:

The St. Thomas council held a Bean Supper inn support of our fund raising efforts to install a “New Bell system” for St. Therese Parish, Holy Family Church. The event was held November 9, 2018 at the St. Ignatius Cafeteria, Riverside Avenue, Sanford, Me.
Eleven St. Thomas Knights and nine support/family members cooked and served two types of baked beans, hot dogs, America Chop Suey, Cole slaw,
bread and butter, coffee and lemonade, and many assorted deserts. the event was well publicized and very well attended with a total profit
of $1181 which brought the Bells Funds (with many private donors) to $12,722.00 compared to our goal of $10,530.00.
We are happy to report the new bell system has been ordered.
LET THOSE BELLS RING




Special Non-Family of the Month Presentation. 15791

11/10/2019


Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH

Project Description:

Six council brothers participated in our Parish Non-Knight Family of the Month Presentation at Holy Martyr’s Church on Saturday November 8, 2019. With our council continuing to reach out to the Families of our Parish, this month was a very special presentation. This month one of our council Trustee’s and Fr. Phil Tracy presented a certificate of appreciation as part of the 4 PM Saturday Mass to Jack and Betty Mullin of Holy Martyr’s Church. Jack Mullin has been an active member of Holy Martyr’s Church since it was built 50 years ago. He jokingly told me during my interview with him that they built Holy Martyr’s Church around him. Jack and Betty have been involved with the Saint Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen in Portland for 9 years. Also they have been involved with the Cumberland and Falmouth Food Pantries for 15 years. Helping the needy with Food, Clothing and Back Packs for children is an on going project for them. Parishioners will bring in items for the Food and Clothing Pantries and Jack will spend time sorting them out and get them ready for the people to pick up and deliver them each week to the sites. Betty helps Jack from time to time with these programs. Jack has been a main stay in Holy Martyr’s by being the Head Usher for the 4PM Mass on Saturday. We are very pleased to have been allowed to recognize this couple and their dedication, to their Church and the Community. May the good LORD watch over and Bless this couple for many more years to come.




Support Our Pastor and Our Council Fall New Member Drive. 15791

11/10/2019


Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH

Project Description:

Fifteen council brothers including our council Chaplin participated in the 10:30 AM Mass at Holy Martyr’s Church on Sunday November 10, 2019. Today as part of our Fall New Member Drive a number of our council members participated in processing in Fr. Phil Tracy our Pastor and Council Chaplin. Leading the procession both at the beginning of Mass and the closing of Mass was, one of our Council Sir Knights Brother Frank Knight in his Fourth Degree Regalia. Behind Brother Frank was several council members who are Fourth Degree Members of Assembly 3215. As part of the Mass we had council brothers participate as the Priest serving Mass, as Gift Bearers, Extraordinary Ministers, and Collectors. Following Mass members of the council greeted men who were coming out of Mass and handed out the new “I Am A Knight” cards. During that process our Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight were able to get 2 catholic men to fill out Prospect Cards. These cards will be turned over to the Council Admission Team Director so he can contact them and take the next step in hopefully signing up two more candidates for either this month’s degree or next month’s degree. All who participated were very pleased with the end results. Fr. Phil was very supportive and stated he was very happy to have lead this New Member Drive today.




Tootsie Roll Fundraiser and Distribution of Funds

11/10/2019


Council: 11376 - BRIDGTON-FRYEBURG

Project Description:

Each Year our Council is very active in raising money at local businesses during the Columbus Day weekend for the Mentally Challenged
people in our area . The Morrison Center, Dodge House(NFI) and Opportunity Enterprises receive funding from this effort.
This year over $2100.00 was collected. As always, the donors are very generous and compliment the Knights as “We
Serve” our communities.




Coats for Kids - Spaghetti Supper and Distribution

11/09/2019


Council: 10019 - LEWISTON

Project Description:

On September 27th, our council sponsored a spaghetti & meatball supper fundraiser to purchase warm winter coats for local under privileged kids. The well advertised supper drew approximately 150 people for the meal. This year we had two generous donations, one from the Waterford Game Rod and Gun Club, the other was an anonymous donner. We thank them both for these very generous gifts. With all expenses covered we had a net profit of $1850.00.
With the funds secured we ordered six cases and donating seventy two coats to underprivileged boys and girls. With the Dominican Sisters of Sabattus, Loaves and Fishes organization and their representative Nicole Daigle, was assigned to locate families in need and contacted them to schedule time and date of pick-up. November 7th, was set for coat distribution.
In addition a small group of ladies from Holy Family Church, volunteered their expertise to knit 55 hats and 50 pairs of mittens, donated in addition to the coats. The 6 cases of 72 coats were unloaded at the convent by brother knights. Brothers Brian Labrecque, Robert Roberge, Matt Viens and Robert Dumond, also there was Julie Dumond and Norma Roberge helping to lend a helping hand.
The volunteer knights were eager to help fit each child with a properly fitting coat. What a delight to see these poor kids select a coat, hat, mittens of their choosing. Many of these kids no doubt receiving for the first time, new coats, not hand me downs. Their happy smiles were our reward.
Yes, there was enough for all, with leftovers kept for another day. We contacted members of the St. Dominic Academy, Key Club which is supporting 150 needy families for Christmas. They were very eager to take the remainder of the coats and hats to supplement their giving tree project. They will certainly put these coats to good use.
Our thanks for the Dominican Sisters and the Key Club in helping our council with this project. Truly this had been a wonderful community project with far reaching good will. Merry Christmas.




Referendums to Repeal Abortion & Assisted Suicide

11/08/2019


Council: 11376 - BRIDGTON-FRYEBURG

Project Description:

Over three weekends after Mass on August 10th &11th, August 17th & 18th and August 24th & 25th at St Joseph’s Church in Bridgton, members of Council 11376 and other parishioners, who had undergone training, gathered signatures on referendums for the repeal of the Maine laws that would allowed public funding of abortions and assisted suicide and presented the signed referendums to their respective town halls
This effort illustrates to not only the parish community but to the greater community that the parish members and the Knights of our council and the Knights of Columbus their overall support for repeal of these laws and the dignity of life




American Red Cross Blood Drive

11/06/2019


Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK

Project Description:

Council 2219 continues it’s long-term partnership with the American Red Cross by holding a blood drive in St. Anthony’s Parish Hall. Knights participated in scheduling the drive, coordinating with the Red Cross, clearing the furniture in the hall, helping to set up the room for the blood drive, providing staffing to assist during the blood drive and cleaning up and resetting the Parish Hall furniture.

The goal for this blood drive was to collect 20 donations of blood. The blood drive results were:
1. Collected 17 donations of blood which equates to 51 lives potentially saved which is huge.
2. 1 donor opted to donate Power Reds for 2 units collected.
3. 22 donors were registered at the event.
4. 5 donors were deferred and 1 donor was unable to complete their donation.

So far in 2019 Council 2219 has helped the Red Cross to collect 59 donations of blood.

Our next blood drive is confirmed for December20th.




Council Awards. 15791

11/06/2019


Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH

Project Description:

Twenty Four council members and one Parish Office Staff Member participated in our councils monthly Family and Knight Award presentation at Sacred Heart Rectory on Tuesday November 5, 2019. Its hard to believe that we have only one more month and 2019 will be closed. It has been a very busy 2019 for council 15791 and its’ supporters. With a change in our Parish Pastor our work continues. With this said this months Family and Knight selection was an easy one. The Knight of the Month is a Charter Member and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1980. He has served in two Council Officer seats and is currently our Financial Secretary. This brother knight is very active in many area’s to include the support of the Community and his Church. He fills in regularly as an Extraordinary Minister, Usher, and Server. He is also very active in the Fourth Degree Assembly, and the Honor Guard. Our council Family of the month is fairly new to our council, being a member of the council now for two years. He and his family have been members of our Parish since 1975. Since joining our council this family has been very active in support of their Community and their Parish. Currently this family is active on the Rose and Rosary Baptismal Team. Our council Brother also fills in as a Server, Extraordinary Minister, and is a member of the Parish Finance Team. We are very pleased to have two very dedicated and Faith filled brothers in our council and Parish. We have been Blessed by the hand of GOD for their membership with us, their time and their talent.




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