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Faith in Action Reports

15791 - FALMOUTH

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In Support of Maine Right To Life

03/01/2021


Council: 10020 - No. WINDHAM

Project Description:

On Mother’s Day weekend each year our Council has been involved since the inception with distribution of carnations in support of Maine Right To Life’s efforts to assist women who face an unplanned pregnancy. Because of the pandemic this year we were unable to provide the carnation distribution after Masses.

At our September 7, 2020 Business Meeting our Brothers recognized the impact that not having these valuable funds would have on Maine Right To Life. A motion was made by one of the Brothers in attendance to make a donation of $250.00 in lieu of the carnations.

All 16 Brothers in attendance voted unanimously to approve this donation from our Council funds. We made this donation in honor of the upcoming Beatification of Father Michael McGivney because of his inspiration that all life is sacred.




Support for Sky-Arch Hermitage

03/01/2021


Council: 10020 - No. WINDHAM

Project Description:

Our Council received a letter from Sister Emmanuel Bryant, the occupant of Sky-Arch Hermitage in Saint Albans, ME requesting our prayerful support. We have always held her in our prayers.

At our February 1, 2021 Business Meeting her letter was read to the 20 members in attendance on a Zoom meeting. After hearing her letter a Brother in our Council made a motion to provide Sister with financial assistance. The motion was for $250.00.

All 20 Brothers in attendance voted unanimously to provide this financial support to Sister Emmanuel. The funds were taken from our general funds available.

We voted to support this ministry in the spirit of Blessed Michael McGiveny who felt that the least among us should be lifted up and supported.




Turkey Dinner Delivery

03/01/2021


Council: 680 - MILLINOCKET

Project Description:

On February 18 Council 680 held a turkey dinner that was delivered to all the widows, widowers, shut-ins, disabled and the sick of our Parish. Since we were unable to provide our annual Widow’s banquet last year and it doesn’t look good that we will be able to do it again this year, we decided to go to them rather than them come to us. In keeping with the Leave No Neighbor Behind initiative encouraged by Supreme, we also decided to expand it to the members of our Parish who are finding it extra difficult to deal with this ongoing pandemic. On February 17th, 6 members of Council 680 met at the Parish Hall kitchen of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church to begin preparing the food for cooking and delivery the following day. Potatoes were peeled, carrots were prepared, and turkeys were seasoned. The next morning, 2 Knights returned to the kitchen to place 9 turkeys in roasters and begin the cooking process. Later that day, 6 Knights returned to the kitchen to cook the potatoes, carrots, and stuffing. Gravy and cranberry sauce were placed in individual serving containers. When ready the cooked turkey was removed from the carcasses and shredded. Potatoes were mashed and the carrots were buttered and seasoned. The cooked items were then placed in takeout containers for distribution. The ladies of the Parish had donated dessert items and these were also placed in individual serving containers. The containers were then placed in bags with the selected Parishioners name and address on each bag. A total of 16 drivers then delivered these meals to the Parishioners in the Millinocket, East Millinocket, and Medway areas. The meals were free of charge but many recipients wanted to make a donation for our efforts. The generosity not only covered the expenses of providing this meal but we were also able to make a sizable donation to a local oil company to provide heating oil assistance to those most in need.




40 Days for Life

02/28/2021


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

Please note that this is a duplicate. The original mistakenly had Benedicta as the Council vice Houlton.

This past Fall, 40 Days for Life was held for the first time. Two members of our Council participated in this effort through it’s running.




Donation to St, Joseph Church,Bridgton, ME

02/28/2021


Council: 11376 - BRIDGTON-FRYEBURG

Project Description:

Because of greatly reduced Offertory collections during the past year, our Council unanimously voted to donate $2,500.00 to St. Joseph Church in Bridgton, ME. This is a fitting tribute to our Patron Saint St. Joseph during the year as our Protector




February Family of the Month

02/28/2021


Council: 13861 - SANFORD

Project Description:

Family of the Month
February
The St. Thomas Council, Knights of Columbus, have chosen the Carpenter family for February family of the month. Shelly and Scott carpenter are the proud parents of Justin 32, and Jonathan 30, and two grandchildren, Michael 11 and Kylie 6 who are students at St. Thomas School. Justin and Jonathan are proud graduates of St. Thomas School.
Scott is employed full time at Corning in Kennebunk. Shelly is our Catechetical Leader. Both Shelly and Scott are Eucharistic Ministers and bring the Eucharist to the homebound as Covid-19 protocols permit. Both Shelly and Scott have taught Faith Formation ad volunteer as hospitality greeters. Scott is a 4th degree Knight with the Springvale council. Shelly is The Regent with The Daughters of Isabella.
Both Scott and Shelly are incredibly involved in the Faith Formation programs ad have served of The Catholic Youth Leadership Team for the diocese of Portland. They are heavily involved in The RCIA programs for youth and adults, Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion.
The Carpenters were also received The Companion of the Journey for Youth Ministry, for outstanding work in youth ministry and for helping youth on their faith journey.
Please join me in congratulating the Carpenter Family, our February Family of the Month.




Helping The Community of the Resurrection

02/28/2021


Council: 10020 - No. WINDHAM

Project Description:

Normally during the season of Lent, our Council conducts public haddock dinners to support various causes. In February the profits from our dinners go to assist the Sisters at the Community of the Resurrection.

Because of the pandemic we were unable to hold out monthly dinners, each of which is targeted to a specific cause.

The Community of the Resurrection is a group of Sister, organized under the Dominican Order, conducting a contemplative and apostolic ministry, Because of illness, the age of the sisters and the small number now involved they have been unable to conduct the activities they previously have done to be self sustaining.

At our February 1, 2021 Business Meeting all 16 Brothers present voted to approve unanimously a donation of $500.00 to the Community of the Resurrection.

Blessed Michael McGiveny saw to it that those in need did not go without, our Council seeking to following his spirit by making sure the good Sisters do not go without.




Virtual Claws for a Cause

02/28/2021


Council: 10020 - No. WINDHAM

Project Description:

For the last seven years our Council has conducted a lobster dinner, known as “Claws for a Cause” in support of our local food pantry. Each year we have been able to donate at least $2,500.00 from the proceeds of the dinner.

This year sadly because of the pandemic we were unable to hold our fundraising dinner yet the need at the food pantry is greater than ever. Our Council decided to hold a virtual “Claws for a Cause”. Over the course of several weekends were able to insert notices in our Parish bulletin. Our local weekly newspaper was kind enough to write an article about our efforts.

We set a goal of $2,500.00 and our Council voted to kick start the fundraising with a donation of $1,000.00.

Almost immediately donations started to appear in our mailbox at the Church. Donations ranged from $5.00 to $1,000.00 provided by individuals, Brother Knights, Parishioners and local businesses. We were humbled by the outpouring of support and the many kind notes that were included with the donations. Several Brothers worked to pick up the checks, log donations and get them to the bank.

The week before Thanksgiving we were able to present the food pantry with a check for $4350.00, the highest individual donation they have received. The overwhelming support from our Brother Knights, the Lake Region Community and businesses covered the entire cost of the need for Thanksgiving and Christmas for 2020.

Following in the spirit of Blessed Michael McGivney our Council was not deterred by the challenges in providing for others in need.




Beach Olympics Tollbooth

02/27/2021


Council: 12941 - BIDDEFORD

Project Description:

Beach Olympics Tollbooth

4 Knights of our council took part in this annual fund raiser in Old Orchard Beach to benefit Special Olympics Maine. They took shifts soliciting donations from motorists and other passersby in a “toll booth” in the middle of the street where those interested could throw a buck or a handful of change in a collection basket.




Blood Drive

02/27/2021


Council: 12941 - BIDDEFORD

Project Description:

Blood Drive at Most Holy Trinity Parish Hall

Brother Knights registered donors before and served drinks and snacks after blood donations. 2 were blood doors themselves. The Red Cross collected 20 pints of blood at the event.




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