March Knight of the Month
Council: 13861 - SANFORD
Knight of the Month
Our Knight of the Month has been with the Knights of Columbus for three years.
In the short time he has been with our council he has made significant contributions including his work with the Leave No Neighbor Behind initiative, breaking down call list and ensuring all Brother Knights are called at least once a year. He also took the initiative to send all Brothers Christmas cards this past year. As our Deputy Grand Knight, he has always supported our Grand Knight in many ways.
He has volunteered in the kitchen for our Haddock Dinners and this year he has stepped up, taking over the responsibilities for the planning, organizing, and directing our dinners. The success of our most recent dinner is a testament to Ricks’ leadership skills as we adjusted to a “carry out” dinner. He spent numerous hours researching pricing and sources to ensure a profitable event. The result was a profit of $715.16 which far exceeded our expectations.
Please join me in congratulating Rick Southwick, a Knight of Action.
American Flags placed at the graves of Veterans at Evergreen Cemetery
Council: 11257 - PORTLAND
Four brother knights of council 11257, led by PGK Jim Pizzo, placed American Flags at the gravesites of Veterans in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. The flags are supplied by Portland Public Parks. There were approximately 500 flags utilized. This is a task that the council has participated in for many years. The cemetery is located across from St. Joseph’s Church in Portland which is home for council 11257 since 1994.
KC Flags at the gravesites of deceased member and pray service
Council: 11257 - PORTLAND
Past Grand Knight Jim Pizzo visited the gravesites of our deceased members and placed a KC Council flag at each site. There are 23 deceased members and 18 sites were visited. A message was sent to all our brother knights to take time out of their daily routine and do a pray of remembrance members and their families.
Church grounds spring clean up
Council: 101 - PORTLAND
Four members of our council worked for about 2 hours each with eleven other parishioners to clean up the grounds at Our Lady of Hopes St. Pius X church during a Saturday morning in early June.
Lasagna Take Out Dinner for Our Lady of Hope Parish
Council: 101 - PORTLAND
The Knights of Columbus Councils 101 and 11257 did a Lasagna Dinner for the parish community on May 1st 2021. The dinners were prepared and delivered to patrons in the parking lot of St. Pius church. There were 114 dinners distributed at a cost of $15 each for a total of $1710 donated to the parish. Take out dinners have been utilized during the pandemic to raise much needed funds for the parish. All costs were donated by the Knights. Time spent on this activity included preparing the meal on April 30th then packaging and handing out the meals on May 1st.
Helping Neighbors in need
Council: 2089 - SKOWHEGAN
On May 21st a Brother Knight from our Council took it upon himself to mow the front lawn of a neighbor’s home. The elderly neighbor is incapable of mowing her lawn due to ill health and bad eyesight. In about a half hour her 18″ grass was mowed and remaining grass/weeds removed with a weed wacker. This was done at no cost to the Council and, I believe, unnoticed by the homeowner who will be very surprised when she comes out of the house.
Honoring the Silver Rose at St.Joseph Church in Bridgton
Council: 11376 - BRIDGTON-FRYEBURG
Our Council and Parish were fortunate to sponsor the Silver Rose Program. A Special ceremony was conducted to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe by our Pastor Fr. Ed Clifford and Assistant Fr. Arokia Prebu. A Rosary was lead by some of the Knights present and special prayers were said. Our District Deputy Tom Nigro was present and gave a brief history of the Silver Rose and Juan Diego. Many Parishioners stated that although they were aware of Our Lady of Guadalupe they had never heard of the Silver Rose program travelling through Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A.
American Needs Fatima
Council: 10019 - LEWISTON
Holy Family Council 10019, held a public rally in honor of Our Lady of Fatima in front of Holy Family Church. The gathering people prayed the Joyful mysteries of the Holy Rosary to our Blessed Mother. This rally was part of America Needs Fatima rallies being held around the United States. Over 21,000 locations held these events which began at noon, on Saturday. We had good participation from the public considering that we needed to follow Covid19 protocols at this outside rally. With local traffic rushing by on the very busy Sabattus St. the event started promptly at noon, proceeded smothly until it’s conclusion.
Five brother knights responded to the call and were joined by twenty parishners, collectively praying and responding to the Holy Rosary. For an hour in light breeze and warm sun, praying the Rosary for America. The mood of the participants was joyful and respectiful as they prayed. After the rosary they joined their voices by singing Marian hymns and reciting the Litany of. All praise be to the Lord God Almighty, rejoice and be glad. Amen
Support Daughter and Grandchildren In Their Request For Help. 15791
Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH
One of our council members, and past council officer, responded to a special request, from his daughter on 10 May 2021. As a father, and knight of Columbus, you never know when and where the next request will be coming from. On 10 May 2021, my Son-In-Law was at work and he was found collapsed on the ground by a fellow co-worker. The co-worker attempted CPR but with no success. The next day upon arriving at the airport in Texas, we was greeted by one of our Granddaughter’s and I, my wife, and daughter were transported to our younger daughter’s home. The following day a member who was the base Major in charge of several military Chaplin’s met to discuss the plans for the viewing of the body, and the Memorial Mass. During the Viewing I was one of the Greeters at the Funeral Home and was also part of the group that set-up the Funeral Parlor for the evening viewing. The next day I joined a number of military officers including a One Star General, Two Major’s, One Coronial, and Six Captains, who were all Army and Air Force Chaplains and who worked with my Son-In-Law. Once again, I helped with seating of the people, and did a Bible Reading in Memory of my Son-In-Law. At the conclusion of the service an American Flag which was flown over the White House just a few days before was presented to my daughter by the Air Force Coronial, also presented this day to his Wife was a Certificate of Promotion from a First Lt. to Captain. His promotion was approved three days before his passing, but he had no idea of this promotion because they were going to have a special formation and present it to him as part of their Memorial Day Program. How fitting it was to have the One Star General and his NCO Aid, make the presentation to his Wife and Children. Following the closing of the Memorial Mass I along with my older daughter helped in the clean-up of the area. I will miss him very much. We had many good times together, and many memories were made. A Priest once told me in his Homily that your Birth Year tells us when you were born, then the Dash tells us what you achieved in Life, then the Date of your Death tells us when you died. The dash between these two dates is Very Special, and shows what we achieved, and shows your Love for your Family and GOD. My Son-In -Law is now in GOD’s hands, may his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
Silver Rose Program
Council: 2851 - LIMESTONE
For the 1st time ever, Aroostook County received the opportunity to host a Silver Rose Program and Limestone 2851 is the only Council in the County to conduct the prayer service. Due to international issues in receiving the rose from Nova Scotia, a second rose was shipped from South Carolina just in case the 1st one did not arrive in time. However, bot arrived on 30 April 2021. Therefore, a prayer service was held after the 11 AM Mass on 2 May with 40 attendees. That Silver Rose was then transferred to District 3 in Houlton (IPSD/DD Mark Bourgoin drove to Houlton to transfer the Silver Rose, 60 miles). The second rose did not come with a base, therefore the IPSD/DD built a base and his wife Lois created a drape to cover the base and for the rose to fit snugly into the base. We then conducted the Prayer Service again after the 11 AM Mass on Mother’s Day (9 May) with another 40 attendees. That rose was then packaged with the new base and drape and shipped by FEDEX to Michigan for their State Convention on 11 May 2021.
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