7th Annual St. Paul the Apostle Parish/Paul Cormier Memorial Blood Drive
Council: 114 - BANGOR
At the beginning of every program year, we Program Director, Directors, Grand Knight and brother officers plan activities, one of which is the St. Paul the Apostle Parish/Paul Cormier Memorial Blood Drive. This year was a very troubling start, s the Coronavirus Pandemic struck the World and Bangor, Maine was not left out. One of our Brothers contacted the virus as well. We mailed out our bi-mponthly newsletter promoting the blood dive, we had ARC build Posters along with Paul Cormier picture on them, these were hung in all six Parish Churches. Bulletin announcements went out and things were set; then the pandemic struck. Our churches were closed, we thought that we had canceled the blood drive due to the church closing, but the manage of the donor center just relocated the blood drive to the American Red Cross Donor Center at 900 Hammond Street, Bangor, Maine. We received an email the day before the event, stating that people have been pouring out to give blood, the director was ecstatic.
Here is an email from her the Monday after the blood drive:
The KOC memorial drive was a HUGE success! We pulled in 34 units, potentially saving 102 lives!! I can not thank you enough for your kindness and patience through this whole process. I sincerely hope we can work together again!
Continued health to you and your family, Mr. Forbes, and God bless you.
Donor Recruitment Associate
Northern New England Region
Food Donation to the Parish Food Pantry
Council: 11376 - BRIDGTON-FRYEBURG
The Council donated 50 lbs of Potatoes, 50 lbs of Cabbage and multiple pounds of carrots to the parish food pantry at St Joseph’s Church in Bridgton
At the time of the donations in mid March the impact the Covid 19 virus was not fully felt in Maine
However on the pantry distribution date, March 24th, it was strongly felt and with it the increased need for assistance
This donation coupled with supplies on hand and the delivery from the Good Shepard provided food for many families in the Greater Bridgton area during this time of crisis
Delivering Meals to Shut-Ins. 15791
Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH
One of our council brothers and his wife were asked to help in delivering meals to the shut-ins in our Parish Community between March 9 to March 23, 2020. One of our neighbors reached out to he and his wife and asked if they would like to donate some time in helping with food deliveries to area shut-ins-for a couple of weeks. As a Knights family they said yes, and jumped right in to help out. Its’ a Blessing to see the smiles on the faces of those people both young and old who they delivered food to this month. They were put on a stand-by list just in case they were needed to help sometime down the road. Blessings to all the men and women who volunteer to be part of this food distribution program within our community.
Simple Meals following the Stations of the Cross During Lent. 15791
Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH
Once again this Lenten season our council members prepared and served a Simple Meal following the Friday Stations of the Cross at Holy Martyr’s and Saint Gregory’s. Dates were February 28, 2020 and March 6, 2020. It was very unfortunate that this years Simple Meal and Stations of the Cross was shorten to only two Fridays because of the Coronavirus. Our council members and the parishioners who helped with these meals hope that next year’s will be successful with no cancellations. All who did attend the Simple Meals were very pleased, and look forward to the Simple Meal program once again during 2021. Thanks to all for a job well done.
Car repairs for Herald of Good News Priest
Council: 2524 - PRESQUE ISLE
Our parish has Priests from India serving here. I help by doing Car repairs. Tonight I replaced the battery in Father Steve’s car at cost with no labor charge.
Council: 8868 - LIMERICK
MY own council, # 8868 has had clining participation in all programs. We a;;l know how much that can effect a councial negitivly. I volunteered to compose a letter for members of the counctil, asking them to increase participation in our meetings and find a program they would like to work with.
Even participation in the various officer’s chair.
I addressed the envolopes and stuff each envolope with the letter, bought the postage $59.00 and mailed the letter in one day. When our councial begins meeting once more we will see how much effect the letter had.
NOVENA FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
Council: 11257 - PORTLAND
Our council 11257 in Portland contacted all our member knights and their families and sent them information to follow the example of Pope Francis and pray the Novena for Protection in time of Pandemic. The novena begins March 15th and ends March 23rd. Families were asked to pray the novena once a day for 9 days as a family.
Charity, Units and Fraternity Exemplification
Council: 13861 - SANFORD
The Knights of Columbus St. Thomas Council #13861 was the first council in the state of Maine to conduct the new exemplification ceremony. This new ceremony, known as the Charity, Unity and Fraternity ceremony was conducted at Holy Family Church in Sanford, Maine on Sunday, March 1st. Charity, Unity and Fraternity symbolize the three virtues of the Knights of Columbus Third Degree rank.
John Chandonnet presided over a ceremony in which eight new knights took their first, second and third degree to become full fledged knights. Other members of the degree team included: Frank Pease, Dan Rooney, Ray Sargent, Rene Robichaud, Dennis Guay and Grand Knight Terry Sylvanus. Fr. Bill Labbe, Pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish was the Ceremonial Chaplin.
District Deputy George Duranleau, Maine State Advocate Michael Giroux, Maine State Ceremonials Director Don Leeman and Springvale Council Grand Knight Bob Tyler were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
The eight candidates included: Josh Trivilino, Arnold Negron, Fred Daniels, Charles LaChapelle, Gary Pattenaude, and Jeffrey Russell from the St. Thomas Council; Jake Guillemette from the Springvale Council and Paul St.Amour from Lewiston.
Council Annual Food for Families Program. 15791
Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH
Twenty council brothers, family members, and Parish Office Staff participated in the 2020 Knights Food for Families Drive within the Parish of the Holy Eucharist during March. This year marks our third year of conducting this program in our parish. As in the past the Team worked very hard in collecting donations, from both out of and within the Worship sites. We are very pleased to announce that we raised $1,505.87 and collected 254.2 pounds of food for the pantries this year. We look forward once again during 2021 to once again participate in this most Worthy Program.
Knight of the Month for March 2020
Council: 13861 - SANFORD
Our worthy grand knight Terry Sylvanus approached me at Holy Family Church this past Sunday and asked me if I had anybody in mind for the Knight of the month for March. I told him that Ray Sargent had suggested someone. Terry also had a name in mind. I suggested that we save that individual for April.
The knight of the month for March joined our ranks two years ago. He promptly took his second and third degree. From there he took his fourth degree to become a Sir Knight. He worked with Ray Sargent as District Warden and became our Deputy Grand Knight last year. He is now our Grand Knight. As Grand Knight he has taken on ambitious projects, such as the Bell Fund which financed the new church bells at Holy Family Church and bean suppers to finance improvements to the Parish Hall kitchen. He played a key role in instituting and coordinating the Family of the Month. You’ll always see him lending a hand at the Lenten Haddock Suppers, the Childrens’ Christmas Party, Church Recruiting Drives and Degree Exemplifications. I only mentioned a few things he has accomplished. I don’t want to be up here all night. As a result of his leadership and direction, the St. Thomas Council has become a very active and vibrant council – one of the top councils in the state of Maine!
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