Special to the Catholic Business Journal By Thomas Loarie May
28, 2013, (Danville, CA) Raymond Flynn, former Ambassador to the
Vatican, three-time Mayor of Boston and popular author, called for a new
Catholic political movement in the United States while speaking on a
five-city swing through northern California. Flynn says that Catholics
feel disrespected and believe powerful, secular special-interest groups and money have too much power and influence in American politics today.
Read the full story here.
Knights of Columbus Mobilize for
Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts
Following a devastating tornado in suburban Oklahoma City, Okla., the
Knights of Columbus has initiated local disaster response efforts to
help those affected.
The Knights of Columbus Oklahoma State Council has begun organizing
relief efforts in and around Moore, Okla., to assist those displaced or
otherwise negatively impacted by the storm. In addition, the Knights of
Columbus Supreme Council sent an initial donation of $10,000 in support
of the Oklahoma Knights’ response. Read the whole post here.
Knights of Columbus 6099 Holy Family council is proud to announce that two Notre Dame High School Scholarships were awarded this year, each to a student in the OLPH Eighth Grade Graduation Class. Congratulations to Margaret Coles, daughter of Brother Chris Coles, and James West, son of Brother Bill West were each awarded a scholarship in the amount of $4000.
The scholarships are merit-based, with factors relating to grades and involvement in church and community being considered. They are awarded to the children of Brother Knights who are members of Council 6099 in good standing. Thanks to all who contribute to the scholarship fund, so Council 6099 can continue to make Catholic education accessible to as many families as possible.
It's that time. New officers for the 2013-14 fraternal year will be elected at the June business meeting. Please consider these names, then show up to cast your vote.
If you're interested in pursuing one of the elected offices, please contact a member of the nominating committee. The committee members are Victor Williams, Clarence Bodnar, Ronnie Schleifer, Corky Evers and Wayne Collins.
The nominees are:
Chaplain: Fr. Bartholomew Okere
Grand Knight: John Vannucci
Deputy Grand Knight: Tom Smelas
Chaplain: Rick Powell
Warden: Craig Bodnar
Recorder: Steve Horton
Financial Secretary: Ron Schleifer
Treasurer: Earl Reike
Advocate: Ray Fox, Jr.
Lecturer: Jim Costello
Guards: Roland Lee, Mike Doyle, Jr., Chris Schleifer, Craig Romanauski
Trustees: Wayne Collins (3yr), Corky Evers (2yr), Victor Williams 1(yr)
Following the terrible blast at a fertilizer plant in the town of
West, Texas, the Knights of Columbus is accepting donations to help
those in need.
In addition, Knights of Columbus Council 2305 in West, Texas is
working with local groups and the authorities to assist with disaster
relief. The council is particularly well positioned to help since it
counts more than 500 members in a town of fewer than 3,000 people.
Donations to assist in relief efforts can be made to Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. online at www.kofc.org/texas
Read more here.
"We Must Build A Civilization of Love, Or There Will Be No Civilization At All"
Closing out a week that saw his appointment
as the lone North American on Pope Francis' eight-member "governing
council" suddenly eclipsed by the brutal horror of Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and its aftermath, following is the homily given by Cardinal Seán O'Malley
at a Mass for the victims – four dead, over 170 injured, and a
still-reeling region beyond – this morning in the Cathedral of the Holy
Cross.... Read the whole post here.
Sister Mary Anne Walsh of the U.S. Conference for Catholic Bishops gives us something to keep in mind as Ash Wednesday approaches: "The sacramentals feed that emotional side. Ash Wednesday does so especially. We can feel a little funny with ashes on our foreheads, but for Catholics, that’s how we mark the start of Lent. Ashes don’t say we’re holy. They say we’re sinners. They don’t say we’re perfect, only that we’re willing to try. They don’t say we’re models of religiosity, but they do say we belong. In today’s world of loners and isolates, that says a lot." Read the whole post here.
Lent is here, and that means KofC Friday Fish Fry is in effect starting February 15 and every Friday through March 8. Get Chef Steve's outstanding fried fish dinner and fixin's, plus other tasty entrees. All you can eat is $6/person. Buffet is open from 5:30-7pm. You can even go to Stations of the Cross at 5:30 and join us afterward!
All proceeds will benefit the OLPH Home and School Association and the council's SOS (Support Our Seminarians) Fund, which provides $3,600 funds each year to help defray living expenses for diocesan seminarians.
A post card from Seminarian Colin Blatchford over Christmas Holidays, who receives $100 in support monthly from our council:
"Thanks so much for the check this month. I drove home on it"
Catholic education and vocations go hand-in-hand, so please support these worthy causes!
Congratulations to our newest Brother Knights who recently took their First Degree. They are Roger Qualey, Bill Demers, Bill Bates, John Phillips and Terry West. If you see them around church, the hall or any of our other council functions, please make it a point to welcome them to our ranks!
So far this year, Holy Family Council has added 12 new members, and we're still working toward our goal. Membership happens because YOU take time to introduce someone you know to the benefits of becoming a Knight! Help the men you know live their Catholic Faith more fully by asking them to join the Order! Our next First Degree exemplification will be on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at 2pm.
Don Kohl, Center, with other charter members Ray Fox Sr., (left) and Mel Downs (right)
Don Kohl, PGK, and charter member of Holy Family Council 6099, passed away last Friday at the age of 93. Don helped found Council 6099 and served as Grand Knight during the 1972-73 fraternal year. The council's golf tournament for Catholic education is name after him and PGK John Knight. He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School class of 1937, and the University of Chattanooga. He was a veteran of World War II, fighting in the European Theater. He was a devout Catholic and Brother Knight who has lived the past quarter-century at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain. Click hereto read Don's obituary. See pictures from our 2008 Founders' Banquet.