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2018-2019 Supreme Awards

August 12, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Congratulations to the 16 Councils that will be receiving the following awards:

STAR COUNCIL (Membership, Insurance & Faith in Action)

  • 2219 Westbrook
  • 2368 Greenville

McGIVNEY & FOUNDER’S (Membership & Insurance)

  • 1870 Caribou
  • 2851 Limestone

McGIVNEY & COLUMBIAN (Membership & Faith in Action)

  • 9782 Wells

COLUMBIAN (Faith in Action)

  • 114 Bangor
  • 1753 Fort Fairfield
  • 2392 Jackman
  • 7300 Winslow
  • 10019 Lewiston
  • 10020 North Windham
  • 10221 Gorham
  • 11257 Portland
  • 11376 Bridgton-Fryeburg
  • 12941 Biddeford
  • 15791 Falmouth

Awards should be received in late September/early October to state, and distributed/awarded one received.

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FRATERNAL LEADER TRAINING WEBINARS

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde
Find materials from previous webinars here

 

 

 Council Quick Start Webcast

Thursday – July 25, 2019 at 8:30 PM (EDT)

 

Whether you’re in your first K of C officer role, want to know what’s involved in the role of a council officer or simply looking for new ways to help welcome new members, join us for the 2019-2020 Council Quick Start Webcast scheduled for 8:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

 

This webcast will include critical tips to help you hit the ground running in the new fraternal year:

 

  • Proven recruitment strategies to welcome new members.
  • 5 most important things Grand Knights can do today.
  • Overview of Council Officer Duties.
  • Turning Faith in Action programs into recruiting opportunities.
  • Reaching out to retain members.
Fraternal Training Sessions are conducted live and then available on-demand afterwards.
This webinar is open to all, and especially all council, district, chapter, diocese, regional and state council officers. Please share so everyone has the opportunity to participate!!

 

See you on July 25!!

 

Fraternally yours,

 

Gary Nolan

 

Fraternal Mission Department
Knights of Columbus
203-752-4270

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July State Deputy Message

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

July State Deputy Message

July is the start of the new fraternal year and it is also the start of my second year as your State Deputy.  Although each day that passes will be one step closer to the end of my tenure, each day is also an opportunity to inspire and be inspired; to motivate and be motivated; and to engage and be engaged; of all the wondrous works of the Knight of Columbus through our Faith in Action Programs of Faith, Family, Community and Life.

We conducted our State Staff Summer Workshop in Bangor on 29 June and thanks again to Pine Cone Council 114 of Bangor for being such a gracious host with the use of the Church Hall and preparing a breakfast and lunch meal for the 30+ brother Knights in attendance.

It is unfortunate that some of our local councils will take the summer off, but many of you continue to meet, recruit, engage, and retain your members throughout the months of July and August.  It is imperative that we start out the new fraternal year in a positive manner.  We are a 365 day a year fraternal organization and in the case of this year, make that 366.

Each day and each event is an opportunity to recruit a new member.   Wear your “colors” and show how proud you are to be a Knight of Columbus.  Do so when attending Mass, a ballgame, a picnic, a social, etc.  These are opportunities to meet someone new or reunite with an old friend, strike up a conversation, and before you know it, someone is talking about how they can be a better man, a better Catholic, a better husband, a better father/grandfather, a better uncle.

This is a “God-Moment” where evangelization steps in.  It may be a “tap” on the shoulder, a handshake or a hug that sets the stage.  Either way, we as Knights of Columbus are there to serve our brothers (and sisters), not to be served.

If a Catholic gentleman asks about the Knights of Columbus, don’t whip out a Form 100.  Instead, ask them to check out the website:  www.kofc/joinus and they will discover a legacy of “Faith and Service” with Men who Lead, Men who Protect, Men who Serve, and Men who Defend.   This past year we recruited 20 new members via this online portal.

My wife Lois and I look forward to travelling again this year and we hope we have a chance to visit some new places and re-visit places we have already been; to meet new brothers and sisters in Christ and to rekindle the friendships.

Thank you and God Bless,   Mark Bourgoin

 

GOD MOMENTS FOR MEN

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. Jeremiah 17:7

I’ll believe it when I see it with my own eyes. If I must see it with my own eyes, then there is no believing involved. Trust consists of not having to see it with any eyes, but rather the feeling in the heart and mind that everything is going to be alright, even if there is no concrete evidence.

We’ve become a nation of “proof-wanters” for almost everything in our lives. New products must prove it can get the stain out. Juries must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Scientists must prove theories. We don’t seem to trust anyone or in much of anything anymore, much less trust in an all-powerful being.

Over 200 years ago, our founding fathers still trusted in things that cannot necessarily be seen.  It says so on our money. I look around and see so many wonderful things that can only be explained by God’s generosity and desire to take care of me. I trust Him. He’s done a good job so far.

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”                      ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Maine State Council Budget

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

 

 

Dear Grand Knight & Council Membership,

As you may be aware, the budget of the State Council is based on the Per Capita income of our billable members. Billable members are those that pay full or partial dues to their local councils and are not Honorary Life or Disabled. (Inactive Council members are also not counted in the billable member total.)

At the State Convention this past April, the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 Fraternal Year was approved at $48,450 which was based on 5,100 billable members. Even though we reached 70% of our new member intake goal last year, the number of suspensions, withdrawals and deaths exceeded the intake goal. Therefore, our billable members went down to 4,900 and our new budget for this year will now be $46,550 or $1,900 lower than expected.

To combat this, the State Council will be reviewing each activity we sponsor and/or donate monies; to determine if we can do so, reduce the amount to be expended, or not participate at all. It is unfortunate but must be done to keep the State Council solvent.

Also, each Council will need to double their efforts in recruiting new members and strive to retain the members you have in order keep your council alive and help keep the Maine State Council financially sound. Councils also need to increase their efforts in selling Cash Calendars as this greatly helps with the overall budget as well. Even with our best efforts, this will not be enough.

The State Per Capita has been at $9.50 per billable member for 12 years. Prior to that, it was at $7.00. Unless our membership drastically increases over the next 9 months, we will have no choice but submit a resolution at next year’s State Convention to look at increasing the Per Capita. It must be done.

With that said, on behalf of the Maine State Council, we apologize in advance if we are not able to assist in your fundraising efforts. We will do our best to review each request on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any questions or thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Vivat Jesus,

Mark R. Bourgoin
Mark Bourgoin
State Deputy

 

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Raffle Chair Report

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Raffle Chairman Report

 

 

It’s that time of year again, time to try to sell calendars. I want to thank everyone who sold calendars last year and congratulations to all of the winners. Last year we sold a little over 2000 calendars, Thank You! If you were at the State Convention you heard that the State Council needs your help by trying very hard to sell all of the calendars this year. I think with all of your help we can make this happen. This would make a difference of about $5000 to the State Budget. Send back to me all of the calendars and money so that I can keep track of all of the calendars and money. A good way to sell extra calendars is by setting up at a local business or at craft or Christmas Fairs at church or around town. Thanks for all that you do for the Knights and for all of the calendars that you are able sell. All sales are greatly appreciated.

Yours in Christ

Ron Darling

Raffle Chairman
207-723-5232

 

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Roundtable Coordinator Report

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Roundtable Coordinator Report

 

I want to thanks all of the councils that participated in the Parish Round Table Program last year, hopefully more councils will take part in this program. I hope all of the State Officers, District Deputies, and State Staff will help encourage all of your Grand Knights to fill out the forms. Everyone knows which Parishes have councils present and which Parishes need Knights help. Let’s all get together and get the Priests all of the help they need. Grand Knights, it takes about five minutes to fill out this form. When you fill out these forms please send one to Supreme, the State Deputy, and myself. Thank you very much for your help.

Ron Darling

Parish Round Table Coordinator

150 Medway Rod

Millinocket, Me  04462

 

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Memory Garden Gazebo Project

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Memory Garden Gazebo Project

 

First of all I would l like to sincerely thank all those councils and individual members who donated to the Memory Garden Gazebo Project.  Within just a few short months we have exceeded our goal of $20,000.00 and Sister Pat is beside herself over how the Knights of Columbus opened their hearts and most importantly their wallets.

 

The construction project has now begun and we look forward to the grand opening in a few months.  Many of you who were delegates at the last State Convention heard me speak about the project and after the meeting many of you picked up donation envelopes.  There is still plenty of time to have your council name and number installed on the donation plaque which will be installed in the health care center leading out to the memory garden.  I hope those of you who may still have that donation envelope will consider asking your council to donate, no matter how small; to this very exciting and valuable project for the health and welfare of our senior citizens who reside there.

 

If your council would like to make a donation you can send the check to me and I will forward it to Sister Pat.  All checks should be made payable to:  St. Andre Health Care Facility with the words ” Gazebo Donation” in the memo section. Thank you so much for your support

 

Mail it to: Phil Lizotte PSD, FM

14 Sarah Lane

Wells, ME  04090

 

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Membership Director

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Membership Director
Normand Bisson

This is my first message in the State News Letter as State Membership Director. Recently our Worthy State Deputy passed on the status of Membership Growth to all of the District Deputies, hopefully the information was passed to the respective councils, part of my job as State Membership Director is to keep you informed to our progress, therefore I am working closely with Greg White Online & College membership Director and General Agent, Dave Stewart Young Adult Director, PSD Dave Roy for Retention and Don Leeman State Ceremonial Director.
Here is the status for the end of the fraternal year 2018-19 we finished the fraternal year @ 75% growth throughout the State with only 30% of the councils participating , CAN YOU IMAGINE what we can do if all councils join in this endeavor? WITH THAT SAID, I am placing a challenge TO ALL MEMBERS from State Deputy to the NEWEST member of the 1st degree. My Goal is to raise the membership growth from 75% to 100% by the end of the Fraternal year..
Recently as State Ceremonial Director I was told “ Your like a dog with a bone”.
Well that’s because I take pride in what ever position I am in.
So I assure you that I will try my best to fulfill the goal.

Vivat Jesus

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Family Director Update

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Family Director
Wesley Tabb

Brother Knights, I hope this message finds you well and you and your families are having a wonderful summer. I want to thank you for all of your hard work during the previous Fraternal Year. Let’s keep up the good work.

The required program in the Family Category to be eligible for the Columbian Award is the Consecration to the Holy Family. To help families live out the joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori has composed a prayer through which families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. In this prayer, we ask for the aid or intercession of the perfect son Jesus Christ, Mary the perfect mother, and Joseph who is a model for every father. Councils will guide their parishes and community to understand and offer this important and impactful prayer. Preparing for the Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. It is choosing a way of life for your family. Through this consecration, each participant is consciously choosing to be a beacon of God’s love through his Church. For more information please go tohttp://www.kofc.org/en/programs/family/consecration-to-the-holy-family.html#/.

 

Wesley Tabb, Jr

Family Director
Maine State Council
Tadpole347@icloud.com

 

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Community Director Update

July 18, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Community Director—Anthony Alfiero

 

Congratulations on another great fraternal year!! WE DID IT!!! With your help we did over $100,000 in the Tootsie Roll Drive! Convention was awesome to find out what had happened!! Personally, I thought Faith in Action was Great!!!

 

Brothers Community Programs in Faith in Action consist of:

 

Required  Program***
Helping Hands

Featured Programs**
Coats for Kids
Global Wheelchair Mission
Habitat for Humanity

Suggested Programs*
Free Throw Championship
Catholic Citizen Essay Contest
Soccer Challenge

If your council does one featured, and one required, and 2 suggested in each program area be sure to fill out the SP-7.

 

Thank you Brother Knights and your families for what we all have accomplished and the best is yet to come!! Brothers, the 2019-2020 Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities has started. That is, the Tootsie Roll Drive. Remember, if you would like to donate to Maine Special Olympics, please consider sponsoring a Maine Special Olympics Lobster Dip Team, When you fill out the Council portion of your Drive paperwork. We give 100% of money raised to Maine Special Olympics. Please help us brothers! We also need brothers to dip with us January 1 at the Brunswick Hotel in Old Orchard Beach

 

In closing, great job brothers all! All that is left is moving forward!

 

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Communications – Faith in Action Reporting

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Good afternoon Worthies

Some significant changes to the Faith in Action reporting tools occurred this weekend in preparation of the Changeover of the Fraternal Year. Interested SO and FIA Director might want to read in entirety where new information in within.
First, the old Surge Summary has been retired where we no longer have so many categories, and the Maine Judging Year has passed as well. It only served as confusion for some still being there.
It was replaced with the Maine Faith in Action report. This report is significant for the Faith in Action Director and respective Program Directors. This report reflects activity between the dated of March 1 and February 28/29 for the purposes of the Maine Judging/Awarding year.
The remaining reports were modified to constrain reporting between July1 and June 30 to keep them as accurate as possible. Those reports would be the Faith in Action Summary FIA by District Summary, Summary by Hours report, and the Hours by District report.
Active councils/districts may notice significant change in summary data. Maine State Council, being an early/quick adapter of the program,  our councils were reporting appropriately under the new Categories prior to July 1, 2018, and these unrestricted reports included those earlier entries. The reports are now restricted by the dates you see within the headers of those respective summaries.
A critical flaw in the Project Days calculation was discovered during this process. For an unknown reason record processing jumped from #21 to #1122 leaving all reports between those records excluded from Project Days calculations. Therefor the Project Days category gained an appreciable spike form approximately 360 days to 45,350 once corrected and date bound.
These changes prepare us for a quick changeover of the Program Year on July 1. Again, to address a couple of questions regarding reporting and the program year(s)., There is no need to pause reporting for these changes. The reports are managed by program logic rather than physically moving data. Therefor no need to hold back on FIA reporting during a changeover period.
However, now might be a good time for early notice that at some point after July 1, data older than 2018 should be purged to maintain performance and available space. If councils are in need of reports form the beginning of our digital reporting to 6/30/2018, the self help SurgeSearch, also known as Faith in Action Report Lookup, tool is available to search all submitted reports and download the PDF format.
So, to be totally geekish about it all, about 5700 lines of code later, we are ready for changeover July 1 without significant physical, or psychological distress or difficulty. Please feel free to reach out if there are further questions. And also remember – there is always the Faith in Action Blog page so see what all of the other councils are up to.
Vivat Jesus.

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State Deputy Message

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Today is 12 May, Mother’s Day and I wish to let my mother know that I truly am grateful for the life she gave me.  Lois and got to spend some time with her (Bern) and my Dad (Ron) a couple of weeks ago at the State Convention.  And even though the Convention can be an extremely busy time, especially for a State Deputy, my Mom (and Dad) very much understands those demands. However, we were still able to take the time to enjoy as a family.  We did so during meals, playing cards, or just relaxing and catching up on family matters.  Either way, that time is so precious.   Lois and I look forward to our time together again with my both of them in a few weeks along with other family members.  God bless all moms today and especially for those moms that have passed.

Vivat Jesus!

 

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Communications #imaknight

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

#imaknight

 

The stylized ancient Roman libra pondo, or “pound weight” was the origin of what we grew up more commonly using ,in a more recognizable form, for the infuriating and nearly unwinnable game of Tic Tac Toe. We were soon to find it used in other walks of life as a number sign, and several other uses.

 

To today’s ‘millennial’ it is known for nothing less than a hashtag, or for the digital savvy of other generations ,it is at least most commonly known as such.

 

The hashtag has become one of the most recognized and powerful search tools of the digital era. Many news sources refer to hashtags in news reports to link their viewers with further relevant online content. So what is the secret of the hashtag?

 

Search engines are a great tool for finding what you are looking for, the most popular these days being Google. But even today to “Google” a topic, the results are peppered with commercialism and less relevant links.  Further the results are somewhat dependent on web developers’ key terms’ listed for Search Engine ‘Crawlers’ to search and index.

 

The hashtag puts search result results in the hands of the content creator. In short, in your hands. When pos ting on social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and speaking about your events and especially when discussing why you are a knight, try to always include in your post, most usually in the end,  #imaknight. (notice, there is a different from that and #iamaknknight—being Charlotte Christian School Knights)

 

As you become more familiar with the use of hashtags, you will likely venture into a whole new media experience. Take notice of the hashtags others might mix with #imaknight. But be careful, too many can reduce how effective they are.

 

Also, watch for how to use the @ (at) tag to  tag people or groups directly.

 

For more information see the link below.

https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-hashtags/
https://www.kofc.org/un/en/news/social-media-feed.html

#imaknight

#kofc #knightsinaction #faithinaction #faith #charity #catholic #knightsofcolumbus #heartofapriest #ChristiansatRisk

 

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Communications

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Communications

At some point, the idea that Faith in Action Reports for the prior Maine Judging Year were going to disappear or otherwise reset.

In reality, the Faith in Action report you see from maineknights is/will operate on the Supreme Fraternal Year of July 1 to June 30. The Maine Judging Year is a function of the Maine Faith in Action Director(s) where the online report is meant to be a tool for councils to complete their reporting to Supreme.

It is also lays the groundwork for other tools to be developed in support of Maine Councils and reporting.

A complicating factor in the reports is also the changeover from

The Surge with Service program with six categories to the Faith in Action program with four programs. As we pass July 1, 2019, a second report will more correctly reflect the Maine FIA Season to provide reporting tools for the Maine FIA Directors and Councils.

April/May have been busy months for all with Maine Convention preparations and all kinds of Lent/Easter/Spring activities. We won’t ignore the editor’s time was as limited as anyone else’s. We might also notice there was no February edition as well. Newsletter material has been sparse so the decision was to forgo these editions.

We might notice photos in this edition without description. While it is encouraging to see an increase in reporting, the absence of at least some limited text with photo submitted isn’t helpful in describing or reporting events.

 

 

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Program Manager, Life-Based Initiatives

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Dear Worthy State Deputy and State Life Director,

 

In the Supreme Knight’s Annual Report at the 136th Supreme Convention, he asked, “What greater legacy can a council leave than to save the life of a child?”

The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council is pleased to announce that it has entered into preferred pricing agreements with three ultrasound vendors: Neurologica, Philips, and Esaote. Given our volume of donated machines (1000+ in the past ten years), we were able to leverage our buying power to lock in guaranteed pricing for three different machines from each vendor, including a three-year maintenance contract, training, and free onboard shipping. We recommend that you select one of these vendors when you are ready to donate money for an ultrasound machine.

When working with your local pregnancy center to obtain the guaranteed pricing, please use the contact information listed on the attached document. Either the listed contact person will work with you and the pregnancy center directly, or they may connect you and the pregnancy center with a local representative. Furthermore, you can arrange a demonstration with Neurologica and Philips, or arrange to visit a nearby center that has an Esaote machine.

We recommend that the pregnancy center buys the machine directly from the vendor and that it takes title to the machine.

We hope that these preferred pricing agreements help to streamline and enhance our crucial mission of saving lives. To view an interactive map of the difference we have made, and to see the video celebrating 1,000 ultrasound machines placed since 2009, please visit www.kofc.org/ultrasound. For more information about the program, please visit www.kofc.org/ultrasound-program.

Fraternally,

Tyler Lomnitzer

Program Manager, Life-Based Initiatives

Fraternal Mission

 

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Retention Update

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

DAVID ROY, PSD
STATE RETENTION CHAIRMAN
1038 PORTLAND RD UNIT 10
SACO, ME 04072-9694
207-232-6809
djr7155@gmail.com

Greetings my brother knights,

It’s time of year where the Intend to Retain aspect of our order goes into full swing.

What is retention?  According to Merriam-Webster it is the act of keeping someone or something; the recruitment and retention of good employees or in our case members.  Since I have been Retention Director, I have given you some ideas on how you can possibly retain your members, new and old alike.

When does retention begin?  IMMEDIATELY upon the recruitment of a new member.  If you wait until he stops paying his dues you are too late.  Get him involved right away, don’t wait for him to come to you.  You need to look at what is happening in your council.  If you haven’t seen someone for a while, call and ask how they are doing.  Tell them they were missed at the last meeting or function.

Another way is to have a retention committee, a team of members who are willing to make a couple of calls a month to the members of the council just to keep in touch, wish them a happy birthday, or anniversary of the day they joined the knights.  Find out who their family members are and how they are doing in school or in their new job, or to remind them of an upcoming event or meeting.  Call your older members as well. You don’t want them to feel like they’ve been forgotten or worse yet unwanted.

Sometimes the member or a member of his family will reach out to me after receiving a letter from me.  Why don’t they answer you?  That’s a good question that should be discussed in your council chambers.

As you can see there are many reasons to keep in touch with someone.  If you call regularly, it will be easier to call them to get them to help out at a function.

If you have any questions please do not be afraid to call or drop me an email.

 

Peace and God Bless.

PSD Dave Roy

 

 

 

 

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Life Report for Convention 2019

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Life Report for Convention 2019

 

With all the gains made in the Life arena in Washington this year we should realize today that Maine government is now caught up in a strangle hold with the culture of death.  We Catholics all know that Almighty God is in charge, but I am sure He expects us to use our voting privilege to further the cause of LIFE and not to vote just because my mother & father voted for a certain party, We need to make a conscious effort to find out where the candidates stand on the most important issue!  To help me better understand why the last election turned out the way it did I looked to the words of President James Garfield when giving his centennial address to Congress in 1876 where he issued the following warning:

 

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”…

 

His words are true for our federal government but also for our state & local government as well.  We are responsible for the character of our government because we elect these officials to represent us. Let’s take a look at the attacks on life in the first 3 months of 2019:

 

¨ •LD-37: An Act to allow the sale of nonprescription drugs through vending machines.  This bill is being brought forward this session.  If this bill were to pass it could allow the morning after pill to be dispensed from vending machines like potato chips.

¨ •Maine is now unleashing LD 820:  Demanding funding for elective abortions!  This bill would use Maine tax dollars to fund abortion services, as well as require that health insurance carriers provide coverage for abortion services.  Maine has never used our tax dollars to cover abortions!

¨ •Governor Janet Mill’s announcement about introducing a bill to gain access to abortion, LD 1261.  This bill would allow Nurse Practitioners to commit abortions and overturn long-standing Maine law requiring abortions to be performed by Doctors only.

¨ •And now we have LD 1313:  An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.

 

Before Catholics go into a voting booth should to know where candidates stand on the most important issue “LIFE”, and keep the words of Pope Saint John Paul II in mind.  “. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved, and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” (Evangelium Vitae).   Remember whether you’re a Democrat or Republican we need to remember if a candidate can’t make the right call on “LIFE” how can we expect them to make good judgements on other issues!

 

Ultrasound Initiative Update

Councils in Sanford, Springvale, Wells, Kennebunk & Biddeford held baby bottle drives & raised over $28,000 for an ultrasound unit for the ALPHA pregnancy resource center in Sanford.  Supreme matched ½ the cost of the machine which was $12,050 bringing the total raised to over $40,000.

 

The Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Augusta is the latest PRC in need of an ultrasound.  To date councils have raised about $2,500 but no one has used a baby bottle drive, which is the most effective way to raise money for a machine.  Councils please help Open Arms by conducting a baby bottle drive.

 

Respectfully,

Frank & Jean Pease

LIFE Directors

 

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State Deputy Message

March 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

March State Deputy Message

March 6th marked the start of the Lenten Season.  I am reminded of the message that was given to us at Ash Wednesday Mass that correlates directly with being a Knight of Columbus: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

If we truly are “In Service to One, In Service to All” then we should be praying for everyone all the time, not just during Lent.  I know that my brother Knights and their families pray regularly.

Fasting is also a wonderful way to think about those that are less fortunate than us “all the time”.  So many of our brothers and sisters in Christ barely have enough food to eat on a daily basis; fasting is a way for us to possibly better understand their needs.

Almsgiving is more than just weekly tithing at Mass.  Like Scripture tells us:  “the left hand does not need to know what the right hand is doing” which means that even though we tithe each week, we also need to reach out to those that do not have much or hardly anything at all.  And it is not our way to tell everyone that we did that.

The Corporal Works of Mercy tells us to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and imprisoned and to bury the dead.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy tells us to instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish the sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, comfort the afflicted and pray for the living and the dead.

During this Lenten Season and every season of the year, let us do more for those in distress; financially, spiritually, physically, etc.   Let us give more of ourselves by doing good works, and let us fast (to sacrifice those things that we take for granted).

As St. Francis of Assisi writes:  Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.  Vivat Jesus!

 

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International Wheelchair Day

March 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Brother Knights,

 

March 1st is International Wheelchair Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for councils to help raise funds for those with a mobility impairment and to answer the prayers of millions of people worldwide who are currently living their lives without a wheelchair. A wheelchair allows children to attend school and adults the opportunity to provide for their families.

 

The wheelchairs cost $150 each to sponsor, and the funds can be combined with other councils in your district to deliver a container of 110 or 280 wheelchairs. If councils work together as a district to fund a container of wheelchairs, all councils involved will receive two credits in the Community section of the Columbian Award. In order to receive any credit in the Community section of the Columbian Award, council must submit their Global Wheelchair Report form #10071 to fraternalmission@kofc.org.

 

The most efficient way to raise funds for the Wheelchair Program is to host a Wheelchair Sunday fundraiser in your local parish with the permission of your local pastor. For more information on how your council can host a “Wheelchair Sunday” visit American Wheelchair Mission’s website at www.amwheelchair.org and the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation at www.cdnwheelchair.org.

 

Donations can be sent to the Wheelchair Mission in the US: American Wheelchair Mission, 2600 E. Seltice Way #A172, Post Falls, ID 83854 and in Canada: Canadian Wheelchair Foundation, P.O. Box75038, RPO White Rock, Surrey, BC V4A 0B1.

 

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Faith in Action

March 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Please extend a “thank you” to all the councils that submitted almost 1,000 Faith in Action project reports for this past Fraternal Year.  Per the www.maineknights.net website, 12,990 knights participated in the various programs with 80,286 hours of volunteer time being donated by brother Knights and 101,424 total hours of charitable man-hours donated over 342 project days.

 

As of March 1st any Faith in Action project report that gets submitted now will be for the new fraternal year.   As a reminder, our reporting period for Award Judging purposes runs from 1 March to 28 February each year (unless it’s a leap year).   Also, “thank you” to the 23 councils that have met the Maine State Council deadline for Safe Environment Compliance.  For Supreme purposes, compliance must be met by 1 May 2019 (correction from last email verified by Supreme Faith in Action Director Scott Read) in order to be eligible for the Columbian Award by completing the SP-7 Form.

 

For those councils that participated in the programs listed below, again thank you very much for the attention in getting these submitted:

 

¨ For Family of the Year, we have received four submissions.

 

¨ For Chaplain of the Year, we have also received three submissions.

 

¨ For the Charity Fund, we have received 12 submissions.

 

All of the Faith in Action reports and the three categories listed above will all be reviewed in some manner next weekend to determine who will be the recipients of the awards.  This can be a very daunting task and I commend all those that are in the review and voting process for their time, integrity and commitment.

 

God Bless,

 

Mark Bourgoin

State Deputy

 

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