Notes from our Grand Knight

 

January 30, 2014

Greetings Brother Knights,

This is the website/blog that one of our brother knights, David Nicely is writing.

His wife and twin children are members of Saint Malachy Parish and are adopting a sibling group of four (2 boys & 2 girls) ages 9,8,6, & 4 from Poland.

Their goal is to try and raise enough funds to help with the airfare to get the four kids home and to cover in country lodging since they will be in Poland for six weeks.

Nicely Family Adoption Adventure

Please read about their adventure and pass it on to others. SPREAD THE WORD, share the link.


David Latka


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December 5, 2013

Greetings Brother Knights,

Life of a Grand Knight in 1 minute:

Early Spring 1973, southern Wisconsin, a Catholic family, a teacher and a registered nurse give birth to their 2nd baby boy, David James.

First four sacraments and grade school at Saint John Vianney, including the addition of the confirmation name, Peter.

High school achievements include advanced placement courses, national honor society and a swimming record that still stands to this day.

College at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, major in Civil Engineering with emphases in environmental and geotechnical with minors in French and mathematics, graduate December 1995.

Work at a small consulting firm in Minnesota, home parish, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

Off to Alaska to my cabin to study for the professional engineering examination, strayed from local Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic parishes.

2000, moved to Indianapolis, worked at Civil Engineering consulting firm on the north side, attended Saint Pius X parish.

2002, west side engineering firm, attended Saint Gabriel Parish, then Saint Malachy.

2008, Honaunau, Hawaii, St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church (the painted church) overlooking beautiful and historic Kealakekua Bay on the big island, celebrated the sacrament of marriage with non-catholic wife Amy, family and friends.

Talk with Gene Barnard and introduction to the Knights of Columbus.

2013, Grand Knight with two children Eva Rose, aged 24 months and Jacob Henry 9 months.

2014, March : Fourth Degree.


David Latka


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November 6, 2013

Greetings Brother Knights,

I'd like to pass on a note from one of our twin Gibault Envoys, Will Loberger:

David Latka


Help bring Christmas to Gibault!

By helping to fulfill the following kids Christmas wish list! We can all make Christmas at Gibault a wonderful memory that they will be able to cherish for years to come.

Please bring an Item to The Knights Christmas Party on Saturday December 14th 6:30pm at Noll Hall or drop off anytime in the Parish Office during business hours.

The Following items will make great gifts for the kids......


*** Special Gift drop off caravan to Gibault leaving on Tue 12/17 or Wed 12/18....Please join Maurice Nickels and Will Loberger (WilliamLoberger@AOL.com) to visit Gibault's campus and have lunch with the kids.

Thanks guys for doing this for us, it always feels good to give doesn't it.

Will

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September 1, 2013

Greetings Brother Knights,

I am honored to be your Grand Knight for the coming year. I look forward to the challenges of leading this wonderful council of more than 340 Catholic gentlemen. I would like to thank all the officers and directors for their continued commitment to the council. For those of you considering getting more involved, don't hesitate, there are open director and committee chair positions. Please ask!

I see the Knights of Columbus as a structured way to work together and give back to the church and the community, the blessed gifts of talent and time that God has given each of us to share with others.

If you're reading this and your family picture was in the 2010 St. Malachy Parish Directory, I've cross referenced the roster and directory, so I hope to recognize your face if I see you at mass or in the community or hopefully at a charity activity in the near future. I have not memorized the entire roster yet, so please bear with me, if I do not recall your name.

There are many amazing gentlemen in the council. Let's get to know each other and work together. I'm inspired by the power of God, when I see that the most senior Knight in the council (age 87+) is still one of the most active members. I pray for half of his spirit when I'm half his age (in a few years).

Thanks be to GOD!

David Latka

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February 27, 2013

 

Brother Knights,

 

Please be patient with me as I try to disseminate all of the information that is being brought to my attention.  We've got a lot going on and its Lent - so let's keep our focus on Jesus so that we can continue to become the men he wants us to be. 

 

Here are the items that need to be on your radar:

 

·        FISH FRY:  If you would be willing to put a sign in your yard about the fish fry please let me know.  Please remember to volunteer &/or bring your family this Friday!

·        PARISH MISSION:  Help needed with snacks for Parish Mission.  The Knights are providing snacks following the third night of the Parish Mission on Tuesday 3/12. We are planning for ~ 300 attendees and need lots of good snacks!   If you could help by dropping off some snacks, please contact Jeff Gaerke (JeffGaerke@Earthlink.net or 852-2069). Please be sure to look in the Bulletin for all details on the Parish Mission which will be occur from Sunday 3/10 through Wed 3/12.

·        PRAYER REQUESTS:  Michele Geis (wife of Brother Christopher Geis), Father Noah Casey (Archdiocesan priest)

·        40 DAYS FOR LIFE:  We need prayer warriors for various time slots on Tuesdays, click here for more info: www.40daysforlife.com/Indianapolis

·        JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Opening for a computer draftsman that can use Autocad to draft structural engineering projects. The position is part time now with the potential to become full time.  Questions or resumes can be sent to: rjsill80@aol.com.

·        FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Notre Dame Council #1477 offers 10 scholarships every year for high school students to attend ND Vision, a week-long vocational conference for hundreds of high schoolers across the country. More information about the program can be found here <HERE>. The JPII scholarship fully covers expenses for the week at Notre Dame, minus the cost of travelling there and back. Participants get to live in college dorms, eat 3 meals a day at the dining hall, listen to amazing speakers, and discuss their faith in small groups with other high schoolers.

·        MARY:  As discussed at our last meeting, here is an amazing video describing the events of the Blessed Mother's appearance to four girls in Garabandal, Spain (1961-65).  I highly recommend that you watch this:  YouTube_Garabandal

 

Please pray with your families each & every day!,

Tony Shriner, GK

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October 27, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

We need some volunteers next weekend for a couple of events so please read the list of events below & contact me if you can help.

 

For the first time in several months we are having a First Degree Ceremony (Nov 19th).  If there is anyone you know who is interested in joining the Knights please contact Membership Director, Chad Jasper: chad.jasper@kofc.org

 

Congratulations to the 2012 McGivney Cup Champions, Mark Kramer and Mark Meunier.  Closest to the pin was Mark Kramer and longest drive was Roger Manternach.  Thanks to Tom Albert for coordinating.

 

 

Here are events for your radar:   

·        40 Days for LIFE:  Sep 26 - Nov 4.  Please pray The Rosary everyday!  Contact me to pray The Rosary outside Planned Parenthood.

·        ALTAR SOCIETY BAZAAR SET-UP:  Friday, Nov 2nd @ 4pm and Saturday, Nov 3rd @ 3:30pm.  Need at least 4 men to help, only takes 15-20 minutes.

·        SOCCER CHALLENGE:  Sunday, Nov 4th - Regionals start @ 11:30am, State Finals start @ 2:30pm - Folks from all over the state of Indiana will be here for this and *we need volunteers* contact Randy Schmidt: rjsill80@aol.com

·        BUSINESS MEETING:  Monday, Nov 5th @ 7pm - HFR

·        Feed The Homeless:  Wednesday, Nov 7th - Meet at the Bell Tower on Green Street @ 4:30pm

·        KNIGHT NITE:  Monday, Nov 19th @ 7pm – HFR. Council social and guest speaker.  Bring a friend!

·        WEBSITE:  Full calendar & more at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Peace in Christ,

Tony Shriner, GK

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October 8, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

Two fun events coming in the next week.  This weekend is the annual Bonfire & Hayride @ The Manternach's.  Council will provide the meat & drinks... please bring a side dish and/or a dessert.  This coming Monday's Knight Nite will feature Ken Ogorek, Director of Catechesis for the Archdiocese.

 

Here are events for your radar:   

·        40 Days for LIFE:  Sep 26 - Nov 4  Contact me if you are man enough to pray the rosary outside Planned Parenthood

·        Feed The Homeless:  Wednesday, Oct 10th - Meet at the Bell Tower on Green Street @ 4:30pm

·        BONFIRE & HAYRIDE:  Saturday, Oct 13th @ Manternach's - starts after 5:30 Mass

·        KNIGHT NITE:  Monday, Oct 15th @ 7pm – HFR. Council social and guest speaker.  Bring a friend!

·        WEBSITE:  Full calendar & more at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Peace in Christ,

Tony Shriner, GK

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May 11, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

This Monday and Tuesday evening (5-6:15p) at the parking lot of the Green Street property, we need 2 men (each night) to volunteer with parking for the SMS school Green & White Gala.  Please contact Will Loberger if you can help out: williamloberger@aol.com

If you have or are aware of a reliable used car available for a budget of $1,000 - please contact Deacon Dan:  514-8502

On this Mother's Day, don't forget to honor the greatest mother in all of history; The Virgin Mary, our Blessed Mother.  Pray the rosary with your family and plead for her intercession!

 

Here are events for your radar:   

·        MOTHER's DAY BREAKFAST:  THIS Sunday, May 13th, 8am-Noon in Noll Hall.  We need volunteers as early as 7am.  Please contact me if interested.

·        TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE - Finale:  Weekend of June 2/3, we need many volunteers to assist after each Mass. mullen_j@sbcglobal.net 

·        13th ANNUAL COUNCIL GOLF OUTING:  Sunday, June 24th @ West Chase.  We need volunteers, sponsors & GOLFERS!

·        Job Opportunity:  Brother Kevin Hinkle has a part-time job opportunity for anyone with payroll, billing & bookkeeping experience:  khinkle105@aol.com

·        WEBSITE:  Full calendar & more at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Peace in Christ,

Tony Shriner, GK

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April 12, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

Happy Easter to everyone!  Jesus Christ is risen!  May our lives be a reflection of Jesus and his love for all humanity.  Our website has all the details about the Tootsie Roll Drive, 13th Annual Charity Golf Outing and much more - just scroll down on the main page.  The calendar is updated thru May so please check out our website and put your faith into action!

 

Here are events for your radar:   

·        TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE:  May 1-6, please see the dates, times and locations from previous email or visit our website: www.kofcmalachy.org 

·        HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:  April 14th project is canceled.  New date is June 2nd - details coming soon.

·        FIRST DEGREE CEREMONY:  This Monday, April 16th.  We still need 3 volunteers to read for the ceremony.  Please help!

·        4th DEGREE KNIGHTS:  This Sunday, Apr 15th - Adoration @ 2pm and Divine Mercy services @ 3pm.  Please email Paul: pzielinski@iquest.net

·        13th ANNUAL COUNCIL GOLF OUTING:  Sunday, June 24th @ West Chase.  We need volunteers, sponsors & GOLFERS!

·        WEBSITE:  Full calendar & more at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Alleluia!

Tony Shriner, GK

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March 29, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

This Friday is our last Lenten fish fry.  It would be great to see Noll Hall filled with Knights to celebrate God's blessing of giving us such a successful event this Lenten season.  Please come out and volunteer or bring the family and have dinner.  There will be a special treat for those brothers who volunteer and stay to clean up.

What are you doing to make this Holy Week a special one for you and your family?  God is calling each and every one of us to draw closer to him.  Please lead your family in prayer and the rosary.  Ask the Blessed Mother to intercede on your behalf and your family's behalf, to draw us closer to her son. 

 

Here are events for your radar:   

·        FISH FRY:  We need *volunteers* - it takes over 30 men to make this happen. *our biggest need is clean-up from 7-8:45pm*.  We also need soups and desserts - please email me if you can bring one.  Any surplus of fish or other items will be for sale on Friday evening at cost.

·        HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:  Project in Plainfield on April 14th, 8a-4p.  Council will provide lunch, more details coming soon.  Please email Will if you can volunteer:  williamloberger@aol.com

·        QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER:  We need a volunteer to coordinate the newsletter that goes out once a quarter.  please email me if you can assist.

·        EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  4th degree knights - please email BigCat if you can assist: worden301@sbcglobal.net

·        TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE:  Mark your calendars now: May 1-6.  More details coming soon.

·        WEBSITE:  Special thanks to Brother Rich Mroz for keeping our site updated - full calendar & more at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Prepare your hearts for Holy Week!

Tony Shriner, GK

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February 14, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

There are several events below that are in need of volunteers.  Please take the time to prayerfully consider what you can do to serve the council.   

·        KNIGHTS in the NARTHEX:  As part of the new ''year-round stewardship'' program that the parish is doing, the Knights will have a table in the Narthex at all masses THIS WEEKEND.  We need volunteers at EACH mass.  Please simply come into the Narthex after receiving The Eucharist and man the table so that we can speak with men about the K of C.  Please email me if you can assist.

·        INFORMATION & SOCIAL NIGHT:  As a follow-up to our table in the Narthex this weekend, our social meeting this Monday will be open to all men interested in the Knights.  Spread the word.  Brother Mark Meunier is making deer-meat chili and jerky!

·        Two Volunteers needed:  on Sunday, Feb 26th we need 2 men to help the ''confirmation boys'' at a parishioner’s house.  Only one man per shift is needed, the two shifts are 12-2:30 & 2:30-5.  Please email me if you can help.

·        LENTEN MEALS:  Each Friday during Lent @ Noll Hall.  **We have a new & improved menu**  If you are interested in bringing a crock pot of soup or desserts we need them.  We need more volunteers than normal due to the higher quality fish that we are using!....so please contact Bob Uhrick if you can assist.

·        WEBSITE:  Special thanks to Brother Rich Mroz for keeping our site updated - full calendar & more at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Prepare your hearts now for Lent!

Tony Shriner, GK

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January 25, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

We have a busy weekend ahead of us: Free Throw contest & Know-It-All on Saturday and a blood drive on Sunday.   

In two weeks we have another charity euchre tournament in Noll Hall.  Please spread the word - we need players & volunteers.  Also, we need sponsors to help off-set the costs of renting round tables.  Who can help with that?
 

Due to Super Bowl being here in Indy, Knight Bowl will be moved back to Sat, Feb 11th.

 

 

** If you are out of work and looking for gainful employment please email me ASAP and let me know what field you are in, experience, etc…

 

 

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

 

·        FREE THROW CONTEST:  THIS Saturday, January 28th, 12-2p.  If you have a son or daughter ages 10-14...BRING THEM!  We could still use a couple of more volunteers - contact Randy Schmidt:  rjsill80@aol.com

·        KNOW-IT-ALL:  Saturday night, January 28th - contact Mike Waters for more information:  331-9665

·        BLOOD DRIVE:  Sunday, January 29th, 10a-2pm - take 15 minutes & save a life! ...They have great snacks, too.

·        NEXT BUSINESS MEETING:  Monday, February 6th @ 7pm (HFR)

·        CHARITY EUCHRE TOURNEY:  Saturday, February 11th, 7-10:30  *open to ALL ages*

·        KNIGHT BOWL:  Saturday, February 11th - stay tuned for more details 

·        ALL-NIGHT BASKETBALL MARATHON:  February 3rd, sponsored by the SMS Athletic Committee - need volunteers and players!

·        WEBSITE:  Special thanks to Brother Rich Mroz for keeping our site updated - full calendar & more at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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January 6, 2012

 

Brother Knights,

 

Happy New Year!  Six months ago I began my journey as Grand Knight.  Here is my ‘‘State of the Council’’ address to all of you.   

First and foremost, our mission is (and always will be) to serve the Holy Trinity & the Holy Roman Catholic Church.  So I take my membership as a Knight very seriously and hope that you do, as well.  That being said, we also need to have fun and experience the immense joy that Christ gives us as his followers who serve him!  Just as any organization should do, we need to look at our strengths and weaknesses. 


 

Strengths:

·        We have God, The Father Almighty on our side (that's pretty much all we need!)

·        Over 350 members in our council

·        We are men who really want to make a difference in this world & are empowered by the Holy Spirit

·        Communication:  weekly email updates & quarterly newsletter

Weaknesses:

·        Same guys doing the same thing

·        Lack of involvement from all members of council

·        Plugging new (and current) members into active roles

 

In summary, it's time to GET INVOLVED!  When is the last time you made a meeting?  Trust me, I know that some of you just do not have the schedule to make meetings.  However, we only get around 25-30 guys at each meeting.  We can do better than that.  The Officers, Directors & I have purposely turned the ‘’3rd Monday of the month’’ meeting into an all evening social so that we can just hang out, eat and get to know each other.  This is OUR COUNCIL, let's make it the best it can be! 

Please give me your thoughts and opinions.  I want to hear from EVERYONE.  Yes, I said it... I want ALL members of the council to email or call me (802-1502) and tell me what your strengths and talents are and let's get you plugged in!  Here is just a sample of questions to consider:

·        Are you a handyman and good with making things or repairs?

·        Do you enjoy working with youth?

·        Are you good with numbers and financial items?

·        Do you like softball, basketball, soccer - other sports?

·        Do you consider yourself a leader?

·        Do you have a special desire or interest that God is calling you to? (e.g. Pro Life)

·        Are you good in sales or fundraising?

·        Are you interested in getting your 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree?

·        Are you good at organizing events?

·        What ideas do you have for fundraising or social events?

 

The bottom line is this:  We have a role for every single member.  If you do not attend a meeting or reach out to another council member, how are you going to get involved?  Please pray and ask God: ‘‘What do you want of me as a Knight of Columbus?’’  Please reach out to me &/or come to a meeting.  I promise to respond to you and help you get involved in whatever area(s) you are interested. 

 

In 2012, I am going to be a pro-active servant of The Lord...who is with me? 


Thank you!

 

 

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

 

·        FIRST FRIDAY ROSARY:  TONIGHT @ 6:30pm - Green Street chapel

·        PRO LIFE NEWS:  Please see the Pro Life section of our website!  Phenomenal info on human embryonic stem cell research & amazing quote at the end

·        ‘‘KNIGHT NITE’’:  Monday, January 16th @ 7pm (HFR).  All evening social, no business meeting...just food, fellowship & fun

·        YOUTH ACTIVITIES:  Free Throw Contest on January 28th, 12-2p.  We need volunteers!  contact Randy Schmidt:  rjsill80@aol.com

·        KNOW-IT-ALL:  Saturday night, January 28th - contact Mike Waters for more information:  331-9665

·        BLOOD DRIVE:  Sunday, January 29th, 10a-2pm - take 15 minutes & save a life!

·        ALL-NIGHT BASKETBALL MARATHON:  February 3rd, sponsored by the SMS Athletic Committee - need volunteers and players!

·        EUCHRE TOURNEY:  Saturday, February 11th, 7-?  Who's interested in playing or volunteering?

·        WEBSITE:  All this & MORE at www.kofcmalachy.org

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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December 19, 2011

 

Brother Knights,

 

Please pray for Brother Mike Worden's nephew (Matt) who suffered sever eye & head injuries.

 

It has been brought to my attention that Brother Charlie Testerman is in dire need of visitors where he lives at Eagle Valley.  Please, if you know Charlie, stop by and say hello...even if it’s just for a few minutes.  Contact me if you need any information about where he is staying.  Charlie was an integral part of our council for years and now it’s our turn to be there for him.

 

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

  • CAROLING:  We'll be singing Christmas carols at Eagle Valley on Monday, December 19th.  Meet at the Green Street parking lot @ 6:15pm

  • WEBSITE:  All this & MORE at www.kofcmalachy.org

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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December 7, 2011

 

Brother Knights,

 

Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It’s not just a holy day of obligation, it's a perfect opportunity to pray the rosary with your family & ask The Blessed Mother to intercede to The Father on our behalf!  If you need help understanding how to pray the rosary or even if you need rosaries, please let me know.  It took me awhile to understand and memorize but it’s one of the greatest things our family does together.

 

It’s taken over 2 years but we have finally completed the ultrasound machine project!  The ceremony will take place this Friday, Dec 9th @ 3pm.  Monsignor Schwarzkopf will bless the machine...look for a picture in The Criterion in the coming weeks.  All honor and the greatest glory to The Holy Trinity.  A special thanks to Brother Mike Nygra who placed dozens and dozens of calls and emails to see this to its fruition.

 

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

  • CHRISTMAS PARTY:  THIS Saturday, December 10th @ 7pm (Noll Hall).  Set-up will begin @ 6pm.  Please bring a gift for the kids @ Gibault.
  • GIBAULT TRIP:  A group of us will be heading down to Terre Haute @ 10am on Thursday, Dec 15th to deliver the toys collected at the party and eat lunch with the kids.  If you are interested in joining us please contact me.
  • CAROLING:  We'll be singing Christmas carols at Eagle Valley on Monday, December 19th.  Meet at the Green Street parking lot @ 6:15pm
  • YOUTH DIRECTOR & GIBAULT ENVOY:  We need to fill these two positions ASAP!  Please contact me if you are interested.

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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November 23, 2011

 

Brother Knights,

 

Important updates to the info I previously sent about the Christmas Party.  Remember, it’s open to everyone... friends, family, gents interested in the Knights...etc.

 

COUNCIL CHRISTMAS PARTY:  Saturday, December 10th @ 7pm (Noll Hall)

  • Please RSVP so that we can get a headcount for catering!
  • In order to offset expenses - suggested donation of $7 for an individual, $20 per family (great deal for Jaeger's catering).  If you can donate more, we'll take it.  If you cannot afford it, don't worry about it.
  • Bring an unwrapped gift which we will be donating to the kids at GIBAULT.    (Suggestions from Gibault include but are not limited to:  Children’s books/Sports books, Remote control cars, Hot Wheels garages and other sets, DVD Movies (G, PG & PG-13), Scrapbooking supplies, Wii Games (Rated E or T), Craft supplies, Small hand held games, Children cartoon movies, Footballs, Basketballs, Fishing equipment (lures, rods, reels), Board games, Coloring books and crayons, Yo-yo's, Body lotions)
  • If you do not have time to get a gift, we will also be taking monetary donations for Gibault.
  • We need someone to volunteer and get the small gifts for the kids that Santa will be handing out.  Council will pay.
  • Set-up will begin @ 5:30p - please bring some easy-to-install decorations if you have them.

 


Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

  • 5pm Rosary prior to Mass on Saturday:  I may be out of town this weekend and need someone to fill-in for me and lead the rosary.  Please email me if you are able to lead it.  Brother Tom Walsh, thanks so much for leading it a couple of weeks ago!
  • FIRST FRIDAY ROSARY:  Friday, December 2nd @ 6:30pm - Green Street location.  JOIN US!
  • BUSINESS MEETING:  Monday, December 5th @ 7pm
  • GIBAULT:  Taking a trip to visit the facilities sometime during the week of Dec 12th so that we can give them our gifts.  Will advise once date is finalized.  
  • FAMILY of the MONTH:  Congratulations to the Zielinski's for being our November FOM.  Among the many things that they do, the Zielinski family have made several trips to Haiti for the medical missions and water purification project.  Thank you Zielinski's!  Stay tuned for December's FOM.

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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November 3, 2011

  

Brother Knights,

 

Advent and Christmastime, truly wonderful & beautiful seasons, are almost upon us.  I know its tough...but we must take time out of our day for personal prayer so that we can prepare our hearts for the time of year when we remember the coming of our Lord and Savior into this world.  Here is something to thing about when you pray:  Is there any greater gift that we have been given, than Christ Jesus?  Let's also pray the rosary everyday and ask The Blessed Mother to intercede for us & our family members - that we may be drawn closer to the fullness of Christ.  It's not easy to set aside time each and every day for prayer.  However, when we make this effort God will bless us and give us a joy unlike anything that this world can provide!

 

This Saturday is our 1st annual euchre tournament.  At this point I have hopefully pounded this into your sub-consciousness.  If you can volunteer please be at Noll Hall @ 5pm so that we can get everything set-up.  Don't forget to bring some cereal for Holy Family Shelter & a snack or side dish that we can put out on the food table.  FYI, we will have pizza, lots of drinks & snacks.  This should be a real fun evening so if you are free, come out and join us. 

 

We will have a regular business meeting this coming Monday, November 7th @ 7pm in the HFR. 


Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

 

  • 1st ANNUAL KOFC #12540 EUCHRE TOURNAMENT:  THIS Saturday, November 5th @ 7pm - Noll Hall.  Even if you have not registered you can just show up and play.  If you don't want to play then come hang out with your brother knights.   www.TurkeyTrump.com
  • HELP FOR SEMINARIANS:  We still need assistance with lodging and lunches for the seminarians coming up from St.Meinrad for the National Youth Conference In Indy in a couple of weeks.  Please contact me if you can help with either.  
  • SOCCER CHALLENGE:  Sunday November 6th - SMS Football Field.  We need volunteers!  Regional's start at noon, please arrive @ 11:45.  State competition starts at 2, arrive @ 1:45p.  
  • BLOOD DRIVE:  Sunday, November 20th 10a-2p.  Self-explanatory I guess...if you have never donated blood you should!

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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October 27, 2011

 

Brother Knights,

 

Congratulations to Brother Dave Latka (Worthy Chancellor) and his wife Amy on the birth of their baby girl, Eva Rose Latka on Monday!  Please keep them and all the newborns in your prayers. 

 

November 6th is the end of the '40 days for Life' campaign.  If you haven't gone out to the clinic to pray, you should.  On Tuesday, Allison & I took Joachim (6 weeks old) with us and it was such a beautiful thing having a baby right there.  I now realize that stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a stand for what is wrong isn't just something that God wants SOME people to do...He Wants us ALL to do it.

 

** We need help with the final preparation and planning of our "Turkey Trump" euchre tournament.  Please call or email me if you can assist:  802-1502 **


Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

 

  • EMPLOYMENT:  I have been approached by several men in the parish over the last few weeks about their need for a job.  If your company is hiring OR if you know of any company that is hiring, please let me know so that I can pass the word along to those in need.  Thanks!
  • ALTAR SOCIETY BAZAAR:  We need 2 men to volunteer 30 minutes of their time to help set up tables for the bazaar in Noll Hall on Friday, November 4th @ 5pm.  Please email or call me if you can join me to help.
  • Indiana Catholic Men's Conference:  October 29th - for more information click HERE.
  • 1st ANNUAL KOFC #12540 EUCHRE TOURNAMENT:  Saturday, November 5th @ 7pm - Noll Hall.  We need: players, volunteers, sponsors, donations. www.TurkeyTrump.com
  • SOCCER CHALLENGE:  Sunday November 6th - SMS Football Field.  We need volunteers!  Regional's start at noon, please arrive @ 11:45.  State competition starts at 2, arrive @ 1:45p. 

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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October 21, 2011

 

Brother Knights,

 

At all Masses this and next weekend there will be a pulpit announcement stating that members of the Knights will be in the narthex after Mass passing out flyers for the K of C Euchre Tournament.  Therefore, I need at least 3 or 4 knights after each Mass to hand out the flyers (which will be on the front table in the holy family room).  Hand them out to everyone, we have plenty.  If they say they aren't interested tell them to give it to a friend. 

Guys, this is our fundraiser.  Part of the proceeds will benefit SMS but we get to keep part of the profit, too.  We are 2 weeks away and need to see all men in the council step up to help out.  If we had just 150 people participate, that's $3,000 in entry fees.  That's not a difficult goal when you consider that all Knights in the council AND their spouses add up to over 600 people.  Please ask your friends and family to attend and ask just ONE business if they can be a $50 sponsor or make a donation (gift certificate) for our door prizes.  Thanks!

This past Monday's 'Knight Nite' was a great time.  I hope more of you can join us next month. 

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

 

  • 40 DAYS FOR LIFE:  St. Malachy has committed to providing parishioners to pray outside Planned Parenthood from 11a-3p on Tuesdays @ 86th & Georgetown.  Please visit the clinic during this time slot (or anytime) and pray for all of those involved.  If you have any questions or want someone to join you - call me:  802-1502
  • MEARS AUTO:  Please consider them for all your auto needs.  They give us 10% of all monies spent at their shop by members of the council so tell them you are a knight!  Our check for Q2 was $733.82!
  • Indiana Catholic Men's ConferenceOctober 29th - for more information click HERE
  • 1st ANNUAL KOFC #12540 EUCHRE TOURNAMENT:  Saturday, November 5th @ 7pm - Noll Hall.  We still need sponsors, volunteers & participants.  Have you registered yet?  www.TurkeyTrump.com
  • SOCCER CHALLENGE:  Sunday November 6th - SMS Football Field.  We need volunteers!  Regional's start at noon, please arrive @ 11:45.  State competition starts at 2, arrive @ 1:45p. 

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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October 12, 2011

 

Brother Knights,

Thankfully, I have been able to speak with a vast number of you over the last 3 months.  Not surprisingly, I hear very similar stories from most brothers:  ‘‘Tony...I have sort of faded away from the Knights due to: busy work schedules, family commitments, meetings are boring, difference of opinions with fellow brothers, it’s just not fun anymore...etc.’’  And you know what? - I can completely understand. 

Again, my goal is to guide the men of this council closer to The Holy Trinity & closer to The Blessed Mother.  However, I want to have fun & enjoy life while doing that!  I have purposely changed things up so that more of us can just hang out, get to know one another & build friendships.  If we can do that, I know that the rest of it will all come together. 

I love all of you as my brothers in Christ and I hope that we take advantage of the social events coming up that will undoubtedly be a great time for us to meet new brothers, re-connect with old friends, have fun & enjoy each others fellowship. 

Here's what we've got on tap:  

  • COUNCIL BONFIRE-HAYRIDE:  THIS Saturday, Oct 15th @ 630pm: Manternach Plantation in Brownsburg.  The council will provide brats, burgers, hot dogs, beer, pop, games, trivia & lots of fun.  Bring the whole family and bring a side dish.
  • ‘‘Knight Nite’’ ALL-EVENING SOCIAL:  Monday, Oct 17th, 7-9pm - Brief presentation from Gibault rep Zach Pies then an all-evening social.  NO BUSINESS MEETING...just food, fellowship & fun.  Oh, and one brother will walk away with a pretty snazzy prize!
  • 1st ANNUAL KOFC #12540 EUCHRE TOURNAMENT:  Saturday, November 5th @ 7pm - Noll Hall.  I have emailed an invitation to all Knights.  Please forward the email to all of your family & friends.  *If you did just one small thing for this event it would certainly lead to its success!*  What will you do?... Here's what we need:  sponsors, volunteers, donations for door prizes & participants.  Thank you.

  

I hope to see you at one or all of these events!

Tony Shriner, GK

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October 5, 2011

 

Brother Knights,

EVERY DAY IS A GIFT!  What are you doing with your gift?  Let us strive, in all things, to give all the honor and the greatest glory to The Holy Trinity! 

Apostolic administrator Bishop Christopher Coyne will be presiding at 5:30pm mass THIS SATURDAY, October 8th.  Father Joe has personally asked the Knights to be present.  As always, we will be praying the Rosary @ 5pm (just prior to mass).  Please join us for the rosary and mass.

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar. 

 

  • 40 DAYS FOR LIFE:  St. Malachy has committed to providing parishioners to pray outside Planned Parenthood from 11a-3p on Tuesdays @ 86th & Georgetown.  Please visit the clinic during this time slot (or anytime) and pray for all of those involved.  If you have any questions or want someone to join you - call me:  802-1502
  • PRO-LIFE NEWS:  See the Pro Life section of this website! - Excellent source of information & reading recommendation.
  • COUNCIL BONFIRE/HAYRIDE:  Saturday, Oct 15th @ 630pm: Manternach Plantation in Brownsburg.  There will be fire, food, games, trivia & lots of fun.  Bring the whole family and bring a side dish.  Contact me if you need directions.
  • "Knight Nite" ALL-EVENING SOCIAL:  Monday, Oct 17th, 7-9pm - Brief presentation from Gibault rep Zach Pies (4th Degree Knight) then all-evening social.  NO BUSINESS MEETING...just food & fun!
  • Indiana Catholic Men's ConferenceOctober 29th - for more information click HERE
  • 1st ANNUAL KOFC #12540 EUCHRE TOURNAMENT:  Saturday, November 5th @ 7pm - Noll Hall.  I will be sending an invitation to all Knights via email for this event.  Please forward the email to all of your family & friends.  We needs sponsors, volunteers & participants. 

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tony Shriner, GK

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September 27, 2011

 

 

Brother Knights,

 

Autumn is here and we have so many things happening!  Please take the time to peruse the events below & add them to your calendar.  The success of these events hinges on whether or not we have participation & involvement from brothers in our council. 

**  I realize now that it is a much more difficult task to create excitement within the council and motivate brothers to get involved.  I understand that if brothers do not attend meetings or events...a weekly email is not going to do the trick.  SOLUTION:  Let's get together, hang out, have fun and build relationships with one another.  We are going to change things up a bit and move to a different format.  1st Monday of each month = Business Meeting.  3rd Monday of each month = ‘‘Knight Nite’’.  

That's right, I said it.... ‘‘Knight Nite’’ - One evening each month where we can just hang out, get to know our fellow brothers better, eat, drink and be merry!  These evenings may include a presentation from some of the various programs which Maurice has lined up.  Regardless, it’s going to be a FUN time.  PLEASE JOIN US OCTOBER 17th!

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar:

 

  • 40 DAYS FOR LIFE:  Starts this Wednesday.  Our time slot is 11-3 on Tuesdays @ the abortion clinic located at 86th & Georgetown.  What can we do?...Visit the clinic and pray for all of those involved, voluntary acts of penance, pray Rosary everyday!
  • McGIVNEY CUP GOLF OUTING:  THIS Sunday, Oct 2nd @ Noon: Quail Creek in Pittsboro - 2 man scramble.  Contact Tom Albert to sign-up:  tmalbert@sbcglobal.net
  • SOCCER CHALLENGE:  THIS Sunday, Oct 2nd @ 2pm: SMS football field.  We still need volunteers so please contact Randy Schmidt:  rjsill80@aol.com 
  • MARY's WAY:  Thursday, Oct 6th @ 630pm: HFR - St Malachy women's "retreat."  We still need 5 brothers to volunteer, please contact me to assist. 
  • COUNCIL HAYRIDE:  Saturday, Oct 15th @ 630pm: Manternach Plantation in Brownsburg.  There will be fire, food, games, trivia & lots of fun.  Bring the whole family and bring a side dish.  Contact me if you need directions.
  • ‘‘Knight Nite’’ ALL-EVENING SOCIAL:  Monday, Oct 17th, 7-9pm - That's right, no business meeting, just a social - more details coming soon!
  • 1st ANNUAL KOFC #12540 EUCHRE TOURNAMENT:  Saturday, November 5th @ 7pm - Noll Hall.  *We need assistance in a variety of areas - please contact me!
  • KNOW IT ALL TRIVIA:  Mark your calendars now...Saturday, January 28th, 2012 - call Mike Waters for more information:  331-9665 

  

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Tony Shriner, GK

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September 13, 2011

 

 

My Fellow Knights,

 

Please pray for Brother Bob Haas, his wife Jenny and their baby as they will be inducing labor this Friday, Sep 16th.  Please also pray for Allison & Joachim Shriner (my newborn son).  He was born this morning and having some complications.

Please make note of these important events coming up:

 

  • COUNTRY FAIR PARKING:  *URGENT* We need 8-9 guys per shift.  Friday 9/16 & Saturday 9/17:  4-6:30p & 6:30-9p.  The Saturday shift is there we need the most help right now.  Contact Will to sign-up:  williamloberger@aol.com      
  • COUNTRY FAIR SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT:  In order to promote our council's 1st annual Euchre Tournament, we have some flyers to hand out to the general public during the Country Fair.  I should have the website finished in the next couple of days...see attachment.  Please email me if you can help me pass out these postcard-sized flyers to folks waiting in the long food lines, Noll Hall, the casino...etc.  
  • FIRST DEGREE CEREMONY:  At our next business meeting on Monday, September 19th we have a 1st degree.  I need one brother to handle a small role during the ceremony.  You CAN read the part.  Please contact me immediately.

 

All Honor and the greatest Glory to Our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Tony Shriner, GK

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August 30, 2011

 

 

Brother Knights,

 

What a great meeting on Wednesday night - THANK YOU, Father Joe.  

 

As you can see, our council has several activities during the coming weeks leading into & during Autumn.  Our council needs help NOW to insure success for our fundraisers and membership needs.  In my last email I asked for brothers to serve on either of the two committees pertaining to fundraising & membership.  I got ONE brother to respond.  That is unacceptable.  We have over 300 men in this council.  Where are you?

I do not care if I sound like a broken record...we need INVOLVEMENT!  Pure & simple.  I am stepping up my prayer-game and asking The Lord to put a burden on ALL of our hearts to be MEN of ACTION.  That feeling inside your heart... that's The Holy Spirit.  Do NOT ignore it!   *Please read Revelation 3:15-22 & let's make a promise to God today to never be lukewarm.  Praying the rosary everyday will help each of us be men of action.

 

Be a Man of 'Action' for Our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Action = Prayer & Involvement.

 

Here are the items/events that need to be on your radar. 
 

  • COUNTRY FAIR PARKING:  *URGENT* We need 8-9 guys per shift.  Friday 9/16 & Saturday 9/17:  4-6:30p & 6:30-9p.  This is OUR contribution to the parish, let's not let them down.  Contact Will or me to sign-up:  williamloberger@aol.com   
        
  • FIRST DEGREE CEREMONY:  At our next business meeting on Monday, September 19th we have a 1st degree.  I need one brother to handle a small role during the ceremony.  You CAN read the part.  Please contact me immediately.
  • SPECIAL OLYMPICS GOLF SCRAMBLE:  Sunday, September 18th - registration @ 11:30a, shotgun start @ 1pm - Quail Creek golf course in Pittsboro - ALL proceeds to benefit Hendricks County Special Olympics.  contact Tom Albert to sponsor or sign-up:  272-0694 or  avon@embroidme.com
  • McGIVNEY CUP GOLF OUTING:  Sunday, Sep 25th @ Quail Creek.  Since we did not have a golf outing this year, lets break out the clubs and have a great time.  Contact Tom Albert to sign-up:  tmalbert@sbcglobal.net
  • 1st ANNUAL KOFC #12540 EUCHRE TOURNAMENT:  Saturday, November 5th @ 7pm - Noll Hall.  This fundraiser can make the council a few thousand dollars IF we can get INVOLVEMENT!  Please contact me today to help.
  • SOCCER CHALLENGE:  Sunday, October 2nd @ 2pm - This is a great event for our youth.  ALL council youth should try this out!  You don't have to be Pele....   Contact Randy Schmidt to volunteer or sign-up your kid(s):  rjsill80@aol.com 
  • KNOW IT ALL TRIVIA:  mark your calendars now...Saturday, January 28th, 2012 - call Mike Waters for more information:  331-9665 
  • WEBSITE:  Check out the new Haiti video & keep up-to-date on all of our upcoming events:  www.kofcmalachy.org

 

 

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Tony Shriner, GK

 

July 23, 2011


Brothers,

We had a great meeting on Monday - thanks to all of you who attended! Here are the items & events that need to be on your radar:

  • BLOOD DRIVE:It's short notice but the Bloodmobiles will be at church THIS SUNDAY (July 24th) 10am-2pm because the Indiana Blood Center is in CRITICAL NEED.

  • INAUGURAL CAR SHOW:Saturday, July 30th is our council's car show. We need volunteers, giveaways/prizes...at the very least, bring the family out! Please contact me to assist. Spread the word! Right-click and select 'Save Target As' to DOWNLOAD the promotional Car Show Flyer!

  • GARDEN:Until harvest-time in Autumn, we need brothers and their families to pull weeds and take care of our amazing garden! Contact me if you have any questions: 317-802-1502

  • WEBSITE / JOB SEARCHING:Keep up-to-date on all of our upcoming events....AND...If you are looking for a job or know of a job that is posted at your company LET US KNOW! Our council website is the bee's knees!

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!


Tony Shriner
Grand Knight
tony.shriner@yahoo.com
317-802-1502
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




July 8, 2011


Brothers,

We have been hand-chosen by God to be His disciples here on earth. Make no mistake, as members of the Knights of Columbus God is calling us to be leaders in our environments (work, home, everywhere) - we must be living examples of Christ! We cannot expect The Holy Spirit to work through us UNLESS we are UNIFIED in PRAYER. Yes, God can do whatever He wants, whenever He wishes...but we should not wait for Him to work miraculously act in our lives. That being stated, we have a weekly opportunity to pray together.

  • Every Saturday evening at 5pm (just prior to the 5:30p mass) and every Sunday morning at 7:30am (just prior to 8am mass), Father Joe has graciously allowed the Knights to lead the rosary. Simply put, we have had horrible turnout from Knights at both of these times! God is giving us the opportunity to show St. Malachy Parish who we are and what we stand for. Please, let's not squander this opportunity. The Blessed Mother pleads to The Father on our behalf and she calls us to pray the rosary EVERYDAY.

*Join me at 5pm on Saturday OR join Mike Nygra at 7:30am on Sunday to pray the rosary TOGETHER*

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!


Tony Shriner
Grand Knight
tony.shriner@yahoo.com
317-802-1502
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




June 23, 2011


Brother Knights,

I am honored and blessed to serve our Lord Jesus Christ as the next Grand Knight of our council. As your Grand Knight, there is but one primary hope & prayer in which I labor: to bring the men of this council closer to The Holy Trinity & the Blessed Mother. His response to my prayers has been straightforward. ''Change & Challenge'' – those are the two words that God has given to me. Therefore, I ask each of you to please pray that Christ will open your hearts & minds to accept the changes and challenges which will undoubtedly occur within our council during the coming months.

Here are three goals with which I will focus on immediately:


   1. Improve Communications

  • Newsletter – after a 2 year hiatus, we will resume the quarterly newsletter
  • Weekly Emails – concise descriptions of upcoming events, dates & times
  • Updating our roster so that all Brothers receive both forms of communication

   2. Increase Attendance at Business Meetings
  • Meetings will start promptly @ 7pm and will last between 30-45 minutes
  • ''Incentives'' for attendance (come to a meeting and see what I mean)
  • Meetings will be informative & entertaining

   3. Increase Overall Participation at Events
  • I challenge each Brother to fulfill a minimum of 3 hours of service to the council each month

Let us recall the words that Christ beckoned to his disciples: ''the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.'' We have been chosen by God to be men of prayer & men of action. Please make a concerted effort to attend at least one meeting per month in order to be an active part of our council.

Thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,


Tony Shriner
Grand Knight
tony.shriner@yahoo.com
317-802-1502
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




June 17, 2011


Brother Knights,

At our next meeting we will be having our election of new Officers for the next year. If there is anyone interested in running for the any of the current positions please let me at or before the start of the next meeting.

Also, if anyone has a good used car, but really wanted to find someone who could get some use out it, then introduce yourself to the seminarian we have staying at St. Malachy this summer. He had car trouble on his way up to St. Malachy and has a loaner until he can find something else.

The Council Garden has started. This is an activity which runs all summer long and you can work in the garden when it fits your schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Dale Ternet or Jim Murphy.

Attention Teens: The Indiana Right to Life is looking for youth to help out with their “Sunday Night Right to Life Run.” They need volunteers to help with water stations and snacks. If you and/or your teenagers are willing to help, Please contact Mary @ 582-1526 RTLI office or 796-7260 cell.




Upcoming Events

Jun 20

7:00PM

Meeting and Social

Jul 1

6:30pm

First Friday Rosary at Old Church Belltower

Jul 4

9:00am

Independence Day Parade - March with Float of Special Olympians

Jul 4

5:00pm

Fireworks Parking at Old Church




First Friday Rosary - This is a monthly event where Knights and families meet at the old church and pray the rosary. We are praying the Rosary to end abortion. It only takes about a half hour and it is a great way to start the weekend. If poor weather, we normally use the Chapel at the old Church.

Independence Day Parade - If you are interested in being in the Parade with the kids from Hendricks County Special Olympics please contact Paul Zielinski.

Fireworks Parking - With the lost of the Golf Outing this year, we will need to be sure we cover the parking for the fireworks. This generally brings in a decent amount. If you are able to help cover the lot even for a couple of hours, please contact Will Loberger.


God Bless!

Bob Unrick
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




March 18, 2011


Brother Knights,

Brothers,

We will need Deserts this Friday for the Fish Fry. Brothers, please bring a dessert with you or just drop it off.

It’s time for the second Fish Fry of the season. We had a steady pace last Friday, but could use more customers. Our Gross was almost $1,500. We had a couple of Fish Fry’s last year which Grossed close to $2,500.

Guys just a thought, I had one of the wives thank us for doing the cooking, so she won’t need to.

For the Ministry Fair this weekend, the council will have a table in the Holy Family Room. Please stop by, or better yet, bring by a possible new member. I would encourage everyone to wear one of their KofC pins to Mass this weekend.

Coming up in May, St. Malachy will be host to ''4000 Crosses'' (May 7 to May 19). I have already volunteered the council to help with this event. We were also asked to arrive early to assist will laying out and marking to help speed up the process. I was told it took 100 people over 3 hours to set them all up, at one of the other Parishes. We will need to call on our numbers to complete the task. Watch for more information to follow.




Upcoming Events

Mar 18

5:00PM

Fish Fry - Noll Hall

Mar 19-20

Masses

Ministry Fair - HFR after all Masses

Mar 20

1:00PM - 6:30PM

Eucharistic Adoration

Mar 21

7:00PM

Meeting and Social

Mar 25

5:00PM

Fish Fry - Noll Hall

Mar 27

1:00PM - 6:30PM

Eucharistic Adoration




First Friday Rosary - This is a monthly event where Knights and families meet at the old church and pray the rosary. We are praying the Rosary to end abortion. It only takes about a half hour and it is a great way to start the weekend. If poor weather, we normally use the Chapel at the old Church.

Fish Fry - This is an annual event which is held Fridays in Lent. It is a great opportunity for families to get together for dinner with other families in the Parish as well as the community. The Fish Fry is open to the public. If you can not help with the dinner, please come and enjoy, bring a neighbor or friends. Menu to include: Baked Fish; Fried Fish, Fried Cat Fish Strips, Fried Shrimp, Baked Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Apple Sauce, Clam Chowder, Cheese Pizza, Drinks and Deserts. Please contact Bob Uhrick if you can volunteer to work, we normally will need about 25 to 30 volunteers to work the event. bobuhrick@yahoo.com H 994-5247 Cell 506-8356

Eucharistic Adoration - This is also an annual event for the Lenten season. On Sundays during Lent, at the close of Noon Mass, Eucharist Adoration starts and goes until the close at 6:00 PM. Fourth Degree members of our council will stand guard during the entire event. In the 5 hour period there will also be the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary will also be said. This would be a time I would encourage every member to come and spend some quite prayer time in Church. I find it very relaxing to meditate and pray. A chance to take an hour and focus on what is important, without the big crowd of the Sunday Masses or the rush of work and family. As ''Brother Lazarus'' says ''LENT ROCKS!'' Please contact Mike Worden if you can volunteer for a few hours. worden301@sbcglobal.net


God Bless!

Bob Unrick
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




October 1, 2010


Brother Knights,

Brothers, please continue to keep Charlie Testerman and his wife in your prayers. Charlie is getting physical therapy at Brownsburg Meadows.

There are also a few events which are going on this weekend. Our council is having our annual Soccer Challenge on Saturday at 2:00. Randy Schmidt will be running this activity again this year. A big thank you to Randy. We will also be hosting the State Finals. If you are available on Saturday afternoon, please let Randy know. Also, this is just a skills contest, which is open to any kids in the parish. Each child will take shots on an open goal. Different areas of the goal will be scored at different values. Highest score wins. Winners will advance to the regional contest. Randy can be reached at 892-3194 or rjsill80@aol.com.

The other event is not a Knights event but, it is for a family of the Parish, and a number of their extended family are members of the council. There will be a fund raiser for Eric Green on Saturday Oct. 2 at West Chase golf course. There will be NO golf, just a German Fest. Event runs from 6:00 to 10:00. Ticket prices are $50.00 per person. If you have any questions or need tickets, please contact Matt Hinkle at 858-5188 or mhinkle@chwlaw.com.

40 Days for Life is under way. The time slot for St Malachy is Tuesdays 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, but you can attend anytime. This is a Peaceful and Prayerful event which takes place in front of the Planned Parenthood at 86th and Georgetown. If you have any question please contact Jackie Williams at 892-4154.

Last year we skipped hosting the Parish New Years Eve party. It is time to put together a planning committee. If any of you or your wives would be interested in being part of the planning committee, please contact myself or Tony Shriner at 745-0930 or tony.shriner@att.net I would like to see the ticket prices come in around $50.00 per couple, instead of the $50.00 person as it was in the first two years. We need to start planning.


Upcoming Events

Oct 1

6:30PM

First Friday Rosary at Bell Tower or Chapel at old Church

Oct 2

2:00PM

Soccer Challenge - Shamrock Field (old church football field)

Oct 2

6:00PM

German Fest - Dinner Party fund raiser for Eric Green

Oct 16

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Men’s Conference - Indy Convention Center

Oct 23

6:30PM

Annual Bonfire and Hayride - Roger Manternach House

Oct 31

8:00AM

Pancake Breakfast - Noll Hall (joint event with BB Rotary)

Oct 31

7:00PM

Halloween Party - Noll Hall

Dec 11

7:00PM

Family Christmas Party - Noll Hall




First Friday Rosary - This is a monthly event where Knights and families meet at the old church and pray the rosary. We are praying the Rosary to end abortion. It only takes about a half hour and it is a great way to start the weekend. If poor weather, we normally use the Chapel at the old Church.

Bonfire / Hayride - This is an annual event which is great fun for the whole family. The council provides Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and drinks. We just ask that each family brings a side and/or deserted. Rogers’s house is at 9895 N. Co. Rd. 750 E, just off SR267, near Brownsburg fire station number 2. Questions or directions contact Roger at 852-9114.

Halloween Party - Rain or not, cold or hot, the easy Trick or Treating will be in Noll Hall on Halloween. We will have movies, games and pizza for kids of all ages. And for the adults that who still wants to get dressed up, this is your chance. n the last few years we have had a number of families come as a group in costume. If time permits, we might go and Treat or Treat at Father Joe’s. (Fair Warning)

Christmas – Beef and Boards - A group will be going to the Christmas show at Beef and Boards. The show is “White Christmas” and will be November 20th, doors open at 6:00 PM. Steve has some tickets reserved for the show, but to save those tickets please contact Steve Sauer at 272-4801 catsauer@att.net. Tickets are $53.00 for adults and $46.00 for children. Steve will need payment by October 4th. If you are planning to go, please let Steve know soon, as these shows sell out quickly.


God Bless!

Bob Unrick
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




Jul 23, 2010


Brother Knights,

I hope every one is having a good summer and enjoying their vacations.

There are a number of thing we having going on in the up coming months.

For those of you who where not at the last couple of meetings, I have a few things I want to mention.

The council will be funding a Devine Mercy artwork to be hung in the North Narthex. It will be one large piece of the Divine Mercy and two smaller pieces. This was at the request of Father Joe, and we are waiting his input on some of customizing of one of the smaller pieces. It will take about 6 weeks for these paintings to be made. Updates to follow as to when they will be delivered.

From the fourth or July parking fund raiser we, once again, donated 10% of the proceeds back to the Lion’s Club to help offset the cost of the fireworks.

Please stop by and donate blood the weekend. You can still make a reservation, or just walk up. (Reservations will take priority over the walk ups.) Reservations can still be made on the Indiana Blood Center web site, www.donorpoint.org Also, by making a donation, you will not only be saving a life, but you will also be entered in a drawing for a free 1 week vacation donated by RCI. Details are on the Indiana Blood Center web site.

We will have a special guest at the beginning of our next meeting. Heather Danda will tell us a little bit about herself and the order in which she is joining.

Officer Installation will be on July 27 following the 6:00 PM Mass. Anyone and everyone are welcome to come and observe.

Also, if anyone is interested in being one of our activity directors, please contact me, we still have a couple of openings, or a couple of guys which would be pleased to give someone else the opportunity to serve the council.


Upcoming Events

Jul 25

10:00AM - 2:00PM

Blood Drive at Church

Jul 27

6:30PM

Officer Installation in Church after 6:00PM Mass

Aug 6

6:30PM

First Friday Rosary at Bell Tower or Chapel at old Church

Aug 9

6:30PM

Annual Seminarians' Cookout at Noll Hall and Shamrock Field

Aug 14

6:30PM

Annual Family Pitch-In at Noll Hall and Shamrock Field



First Friday Rosary - This is a monthly event where Knights and families meet at the old church and pray the rosary. We are praying the Rosary to end abortion. It only takes about a half hour and it is a great way to start the weekend. If poor weather, we normally use the Chapel at the old Church.

Seminarian Cookout - This has become an annual event which the Seminarians look forward to each year. This event takes place during a retreat for the seminarians, prior to them returning to school for the year. It makes for a great break for them, and an opportunity for the Knights to show their support. The entire family is envied to come. The main course and drinks will be provided by the council, so please bring a side or a desert to share. For information or to RSVP, please contact Mike Worden or Tony Shriner tony.shriner@att.net.

Annual Family Pitch-In / Cookout - This award winning event is great time for the council to get back together prior to the start of school. There will be events for the kids, but there are also games for the adults to play. It is fun for all ages. Friends and Family of any Knight are welcome to attend. This is also a good opportunity to introduce possible candidates to other members of the council. The council will be providing Hamburgers & Hotdogs and drinks. Please bring a side and/or desert to share. For Information and to RSVP, please contact Kevin Coleman or Tony Shriner tony.shriner@att.net.

Christmas – Beef and Boards - A group will be going to the Christmas show at Beef and Boards. The show is “White Christmas” and will be November 20th, doors open at 6:00 PM. Steve has some tickets reserved for the show, but to save those tickets please contact Steve Sauer at 272-4801 catsauer@att.net. Tickets are $53.00 for adults and $46.00 for children. Steve will need payment by October 4th. If you are planning to go, please let Steve know soon, as these shows sell out quickly.


God Bless!

Bob Uhrick
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




March 1, 2009

Worthy Brother Knights,

Our forty day journey of prayer, self-denial, and charity has begun. Our Lord Jesus Christ wants to mold our hearts so that we become as He is, more devout, temperate, and generous. Prayer, penance, and almsgiving will lead us to a greater likeness of Jesus Christ. Lent is a time of conversion for us, a time to turn back to God, to nourish ourselves spiritually and as Jesus said, on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

During Lent there are numerous opportunities for us to make this a reality. Every Sunday we can participate in Eucharistic Adoration from the conclusion of noon Mass until evening prayer at 6pm. To pray in the presence of the exposed Eucharist is a wonderfully spiritual experience. The Rosary will be prayed at 2:30pm and the Stations of the Cross at 4:30pm.The Stations will also be prayed every Friday at 6:30pm.

It is good for us to remember that Lent should be more than a time of fasting from food! Let us also fast from judging others, from anger, from hostility, from worry and from gossip. Let us focus on love, forgiveness, humility, patience, and charity. Lent prepares our hearts and our souls not only for Easter but for eternal life.

Gene Barnard
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




An Introduction to Deacons

July 25, 2008

Brother Knights,

As we just experienced the ordination and first Mass of Rev. Mr. Dan Collier, I thought it an appropriate time to educate ourselves on the role of Deacons in our Church.

The role of what is called the ‘permanent’ deaconate is all too often misunderstood. A Deacon is ordained to the first rank of Sacred Orders, not to the priesthood. He is no longer a layman, but a member of the clergy.

The Catholic Church restored this sacred order as a permanent way of serving the Church (and not just a transitional order for men on the way to priesthood) well over 40 years ago.

Today we still distinguish between ‘transitional’ and ‘permanent’ deacons. However, this distinction does not create two ranks of deacons, but clarifies the direction in which the deacon is headed. The ‘transitional’ deacon is simply on his way to priestly ordination.

It is important to note that although the ’permanent’ deaconate has been opened to married men of mature age it is also open to and encouraged as a permanent rank of orders for celibate men.

The decision for marriage or celibacy is to be made before ordination to the order of deacon. If a married deacon loses his wife, he pledges to remain celibate. In fact, he could then consider a further call to priesthood if God so moved him.

In addition to this important witness, the deacon is distinct in his secular vocation. Often engaged in works of social justice or charity, he is a clergyman in the midst of the secular world. He goes from the altar to the world in a prophetic way, bringing Christ to those for whom He gave His life.

Customs have developed which reflect the deacon's role as distinct from both priest and lay minister. For instance, proper liturgical dress for a deacon is an alb, a cincture, a diaconal stole and a dalmatic. He is authorized to wear a cope at baptisms, weddings, or while presiding over the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Just as we call a priest ‘Father’, and should not presume to call him by his first name, a permanent deacon, like a transitional deacon, should be called ‘Deacon’. In formal writing a deacon often uses the title ‘Reverend Mr.’, reflecting in a unique way both his clerical and secular role.

All of us - whether bishops, priests, deacons, the lay faithful, or the consecrated religious - are a part of the one mission of the one Church. Each of us, though all equal in the sight of God, play vitally important, but different roles in the Body of Christ.

Let us pray for each other that we may all remain faithful to our individual vocations. Let us pray that all deacons - this order of clergy set aside for Word, service and Sacrament - will flourish in this New Millennium of the Church.

Gene Barnard
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




Installation Address

June 24, 2008

Brothers,

The Knights of Columbus have been called “the strong right arm of the Catholic Church”. That’s quite an endorsement! But who is the heart of the Church? Our priests! We sometimes forget that our priests are human, they are going to make mistakes, or have opinions that we don’t agree with. But we must remember to always respect them and support them. How many times have we spoken ill of our priests or stood by while someone else did and said nothing? Our support of our priests should not be contingent on whether we agree with them or not. It should be 100%, all the time. Fr. Dan, you have 100% support of your Brother Knights. We are in service to you and to this parish. Whatever you ask of your Brother Knights, it will be done.

This is a very exciting time to be a member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner at St. Malachy Parish. Our founder Fr. McGivney was declared Venerable by the Vatican. We are days away from the permanent deaconate ordination of our Brother Knight Dan Collier, one year away from the ordination to the priesthood of our seminarian Sean Danda, and a few months away from the dedication of our new beloved St. Malachy home this November. I cannot think of any place I would rather be or anyone else I would rather share these things with than my Brother Knights and my parish family.

I have always considered it an honor to wear the emblem of the order and to stand beside you as brother Knights. The love that I have for this council is not heightened by a particular title or role that I may carry. I consider myself a servant of this council and I am proud to serve it in any way that is asked of me. I ask for your patience as I learn the role of Grand Knight, for your forgiveness when I make mistakes, and as always I ask for your prayers.

Gene Barnard
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




May We All Become Lumberjacks!

May 2008

Brothers,

A couple years ago I chaperoned my daughters and several St. Malachy youth at a retreat down in Columbus Indiana. The retreat ended with a concert from a band named Ceili Rain, a very good Christian band that plays Irish themed music. During the concert, there was a Ceili Rain song titled "That’s all the Lumber" that I really liked. The song is about a guy (let’s call him Fred) who dies and meets up with St. Peter. Fred is all fired up to see the beautiful house waiting for him up in heaven. St. Peter walks him down the road to his home in heaven, and they start by passing beautiful mansions. As they continue to walk, the houses keep getting smaller and smaller. Eventually St. Peter stops in front of Fred’s house, a little two room shack.

Fred wasn’t too happy about his eternal accommodations. St. Peter went on to explain that when you do good deeds, you send up lumber for your heavily home. Unfortunately Fred didn’t provide the builder (God) with much material to work with in building his house – thus the shack.

As the song goes on, Fred asks St. Peter if he can go back to earth to start over. If given a second chance, he would love God, be good to his wife, and be a very giving person. In doing this, he would send up a big ole pile of lumber for his mansion.

Now to be honest – I’m not sure about the truth to the lyrics of the song. First of all, my wife says that she wouldn’t want a big mansion (a lot less to clean in a little shack!), and with the Vatican going "green" – I have to think that they are using something other than lumber up in heaven these days (I subscribed to the "Houses made of Marshmallows" theory as a kid)? However there is a good message behind the song - it is good to Love God, to treat people well, and to be a giving person - and the earlier we understand and do this, the better.

I would guess that the majority of you, like me, joined the Knights of Columbus to improve yourself in some manner (to send up a little lumber). We are very blessed to have a wide variety of activities to get involved with in our council that can help with this. There are ways to strengthen your faith, ways to help the people around you, and many ways to give of your time and talent. If you want to get involved – but aren’t sure about taking that first step, please start by attending a couple meetings to understand what opportunities are out there. As you do this, if what you are looking for is missing – please suggest and help drive new activities. With 280 + members, I’m guessing that there will be several other men that are looking for the same thing. By doing this, we as a council and as individuals will continue to grow – who knows maybe we can help each other become lumberjacks!

God Bless,

Jeff Gaerke
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




The K of C Transformation

July 2007

Brothers, there's kind of a transformation that you go through when you join and are active in the Knights of Columbus - I'll share what happened to me, but I believe that this same general experience has occurred with the majority of our active members.

  • I joined our council in January of 2000 shortly after we moved to Brownsburg. As a new member in the council and a new member at St. Malachy - I was a little intimidated at first. I headed downstairs after that first meeting for sandwiches and refreshments among all of these guys that I didn't know from Adam.

  • During the subsequent meetings, sign up sheets start to come around for various activities - I felt a little pressure to sign up for something because I noticed that the two guys setting next to me signed up on each of the last three clipboards that came around. So I decide to take the plunge and sign up. Before long I'm wearing a vest and holding a can passing out Tootsie Rolls to folks in front of Kroger. It feels a little strange at first. What is a grown man doing standing in a goofy vest with a collection bucket handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations?

  • Then it happens. A group like Special Olympics comes in to one of our meetings to thank the council for our contribution and support. During the emotional presentation from the athletes, I look around and see all of the teary eyed men standing around me, and then I start to understand the importance of those Tootsie Roll donations. I walk home a little taller that night, because I'm proud to be part of this event and part of this organization. I share this with my wife and kids and pretty soon they start to get interested in what the K of C is all about.

  • Over time I bond with the men at the meetings and I get to know them well. I pray a decade of the Rosary with them each meeting, and if feels great to pray for their family and friends that may need special prayers. During the meetings, I also become educated about important issues in the Catholic Church - such as Pro-Life, and my conviction about my faith grows stronger.

  • I now find myself looking forward to the meetings - because I will help in planning events that make a difference, I will discuss items that are important to me, and I will be getting together with friends. When the activity signup clipboard comes around, I no longer feel pressured to sign up for events. I sign up because I want to, I know that I will enjoy working along with my Brother Knights, and I know that the work that we do WILL make a difference.

  • I start to look for ways to involve my family in the council activities - before long my kids are helping out in a car wash, my wife and kids are completely embarrassing themselves with me while doing a hillbilly skit for our priests at our annual Christmas party, were canoeing with other families, Christmas caroling, planting a garden to support the needy, and now as a family we are proud and excited each year to wear those goofy vests and distribute Tootsie Rolls.

When we as a council are able to make transformations like this happen for our members and their families within our parish community, we are in line with the intentions of our founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney 125 years ago. I am extremely honored to serve as your Grand Knight for the upcoming year - thank you for giving me this opportunity.

Jeff Gaerke
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




The Best of Times

July 2007

I was listening to Fr John Corapi recently on Catholic Radio (89.1 FM) and he talked about how the power of his priesthood didn't come from himself, rather from all the help he had in formation and all the many people who prayed and suffered to give to him. It is similar with the GK position in the KofC. We accomplish so much because of the prayers and work of so many people in this group and I know the success of the last 2 years reflects that as much as it does my leadership. I thank God for the opportunity to get the Experience of a Lifetime.

Sir Isaac Newton said "If I have seen so far, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of Giants." Of course, I wouldn't even be writing this if it was not for the vision and efforts of Fr. Michael J. McGivney. However, I really want to thank all the Past GKs & Officers and Directors of #12540 who preceded me and laid the groundwork for us to build upon, so that each future leadership team doesn't have to begin everything from scratch. We continue to improve the community and to help more people every year because of the work you guys did years ago and the experiences that you have shared. I thank you all.

I cannot possibly thank all the people individually who had significance to me over the past 2 years and longer, because there are too many and I'm already losing your attention. Please don't feel that you didn't matter to me if I don't mention your name here, but I need to do a few. Like thanking Bryon Meunier for those 8 simple words: "Have you ever thought about joining the Knights?" It scares me to think about how vacant my life would be if he hadn't asked. And thanking my late-night email buddy ("Worthy Webmaster" if there was such a title) Rich Mroz, whose unique and humorous way of putting things kept me from being discouraged and gave me a file of a few classic emails to look back on when I needed a smile. (My favorite is still the concern he expressed over his new GK when he found the headline "Big Cat Blamed for Pig Kill Near Bloomington!") Then there's FS Bill Barnes, whose wife started to get jealous about how much we talked to each other. We learned about the position together and I really appreciate all the time, the questions, and the jokes. And, of course, I have to thank my partner and DGK Jeff Gaerke, whose work ethic and dedication to family have not gone unnoticed. Even though I had a couple of years to prepare for it, Jeff helped me to be a better Grand Knight by continuing to ask the "why" questions. "Why do we do that..." and "why don't we try..." questions forced me to really examine our beliefs and practices as a Council and mine as an individual, too. Thanks to each of you guys and the many, many that I don't have room to mention.

I've got to cut this off, but not before I remind you that Abraham Lincoln once said, "My father taught me to work; he didn't teach me to like it!" In this KofC Council, you learn how to do both.

Thanks for putting your trust in me, and never take for granted that you belong to the best Catholic, Fraternal, Service and Family organization in the world!

PGK Mike (BigCat) Worden
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




The Traditions Live On!

September 2006

I hope you had an enjoyable summer and were able to accomplish whatever goals you (or someone else) set for yourself. If you did some traveling, I hope you were able to visit a different Parish and didn't miss the chance to participate in Mass with a different community. (No, going to Noon instead of 9:00 at St. M doesn't count!) Although the architecture may look different and the people may talk a little funny, it's always a great feeling to rediscover your "home" while on the road.

Though I'm not a world-traveler, I have been to Mass in big churches in California and DC, beautiful structures in Virginia and Atlanta, historical buildings in Wisconsin and Chicago, and little country churches in Tennessee and French Lick. There was even that one we visited while camping that was so small that the Communion line had to exit the side door and walk outside the building to the main entrance in order to get back to the pews. No matter how different they appear, isn't it great that you know the responses and can immediately participate and fit in?

The traditions of the Mass link you to the Body of Christ no matter where you are. Even in a foreign location where you don't speak the language (and I don't mean Kentucky), you can follow the cadence and know by the gestures exactly what is happening and you are still bound together with the congregation and with God.

The end of Summer also signals a time for changes in our schedules, but you can count on many things remaining the same in your local KofC. We will ALWAYS provide service to the church and to the community and we will strive to be knowledgeable and active in our faith. Throughout this newsletter [mailed to your homes in early September] you can see reports on some of the annual events we recently held, but don't forget that we have many more opportunities to get involved. There are a multitude of ways to help out the Parish at Country Fare, and our monthly KofC Pancake Breakfasts begin in October. Even if you can't work these events, bring your families and friends and spend money to help worthy causes. Of course we continue to hold some traditional events like the Steak Fry, the bonfire/hayride, the Christmas party, Know-it-All, Knight Bowl, the Tootsie Roll Drive and the Lenten fish-frys, but we are also seeing new events like the summer Turkey Run outing and a Habitat for Humanity day (among others).

There's something for everyone in this Council, and it's a great privilege to be a member of this group and a part of the team. We recently received notice that we were awarded Supreme's Star Council Award (for the 7th consecutive time). I can't say whether it will be another award-winning year as far as the State or Supreme is concerned, but I know I'm looking forward to another year of continued growth in membership, service, spirituality, and fun!

Mike (BigCat) Worden
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org




Independence Day, Dependence, and Event Notes

July 6, 2006

Effective immediately, please use this address (worden301@sbcglobal.net) for all KofC communications instead of the k12.in.us one. The other email will be down for 10 days and spotty after that, so I will NOT get your messages if you use it. Thanks!

In case you think I'm tardy with an Independence Day message, remember that the first newspaper didn't publicize the Declaration of Independence text until July 6th and it was August before all the signatures were finalized. In fact, on July 4th, only 9 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of the document (2 said no, 1 was undecided, and 1 abstained). I suppose even the best of ideas can be hard to accept in the beginning.

I have always found it interesting how a declaration of IN-dependence for a group so quickly caused the individual members of that group to DE-pend upon each other in the battles. These patriots all gained strength through the reliance on their brotherhood and in their common goals.

Like we see in the KofC, the sum of our efforts can be much greater than our individual work, and volunteering side-by-side makes the experience richer. I hope you continue to appreciate and enjoy the blessings of liberty that we owe in part to that group of men who were willing to take a stand and work together to back it up.

Mike (BigCat) Worden
Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council 12540
Knights of Columbus
website: www.kofcmalachy.org
calendar: http://kofc.binaryfire.net




Labor Day and Event Notes

September 2005

This weekend we salute the American Worker--the men and women who build and maintain our planes, trains, cars, & roads for better transportation; those fire, police, & military personnel who protect us and put our safety ahead of their own; the construction workers, whose efforts have produced better housing and some of the sturdiest and most beautiful buildings in the world; the farmers, whose ingenuity and determination provide food to us and other countries as well; those who teach on the job or in classrooms to ensure the future of business and of the country; those in manufacturing or transportation who continue to supply us with equipment, fuel, clothing, entertainment items, and more; those who work in finance to help maintain and improve businesses, government, & individuals; those medical & health workers whose efforts and research have improved our quality of life; those who have retired from these and the many other important jobs that are too numerous to mention here. In short, we salute those workers who have developed this country and who continue to make it the Greatest Nation on Earth! Take time to thank God for these individuals and that you live where and when you do.

See you soon,

Mike "Big Cat" Worden
Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus
St. Malachy Council #12540



Experience of a Lifetime

August 2005

I’m glad that Supreme decided to stick with that phrase for another year, because it completely reflects how I feel about my association with this organization. I’ve always given time to my church and community, but it was done with a feeling of isolation – like it was my own private cross to bear. My efforts in the church were beginning to feel like work and like they were insignificant. I was introduced to the KofC in my late 30’s and found that this group provided what I had been missing for many years. I discovered a group of men of ALL ages who work hard and pray hard (& play hard!), and I began to feel more connected. The lessons from the 1st Degree about Charity enabled me to change my attitude about how to prioritize my time and my faith. Abraham Lincoln said, ”My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it.” Now I feel that the time I spend at service events must not be work because I have such a good time while I’m doing it.

As valuable as the lesson from the 1st degree is, I have found that it is only a glimpse of what the Knights of Columbus organization is really about – both locally and internationally. Much more understanding was gained as I took my Major Degrees. I find with the strength of Unity, the support of Fraternity, and the pride of Patriotism, I have really gained so much more from this group of men than I could ever hope to give to them. I encourage each of you to find out (or re-learn) all you can by attending the Major exemplifications on October 9th.

I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead the St. Malachy KofC through the coming year. I have plans to see our membership numbers continue to grow by 10% and by 5% in insurance/investment members this year, while doubling (at least) the number of men who really actively participate in the council. The outstanding group of Officers & Directors (see pg 3) has already begun working to find ways to invigorate the membership through a variety of events for individuals, couples, children and families. Yes, we will still conduct Business at our meetings, but look for more opportunities to learn about your faith, each other, and the history and goals of the order, along with just plain fun. We are a Catholic, Fraternal, Family & Service Organization, and I hope you are as proud as I am to be a member of this group. Belonging to the Knights of Columbus really is “the Experience of a Lifetime.”

Mike "Big Cat" Worden
Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus
St. Malachy Council #12540



Independence Declared AND Earned

July 2005

Brothers,

As you make and discuss plans for cookouts, parades, visiting with friends, traveling, camping, boating, etc. for this big holiday weekend, I hope you will also remember to think about WHY you have so many options on how to spend extra day off. We celebrate July 4th as "Independence Day", but in reality there is a huge difference between declaring independence and earning independence (just ask a teenager). In the case of this country earning it took FIVE more years of battle, effort, and many lives before the surrender at Yorktown. This weekend, remember to fly your flag proudly and make sure you take time to thank God for providing us with many freedoms and the people (past and present) willing to work so we can enjoy them.

Mike "Big Cat" Worden
Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus
St. Malachy Council #12540



St. Malachy 8th Grade Graduation Award

May 30, 2002

It is indeed a pleasure to represent the Knights of Columbus here tonight. On behalf of my brother Knights and our families, I would like to congratulate all of our 8th graders on their graduation from St. Malachy Parish School.

This is the 3rd year the St. Malachy Knights of Columbus will award a $500 Catholic Leadership Scholarship to a graduate who will continue their education at a Catholic High School.

Last fall when I was walking through Cardinal Ritter High School, I noticed a poster on a door of one of the classrooms, it read:

Leaders are followers
  • of what is true
  • of what is fair
  • and what is right.

During your time here you have been exposed to many wonderful examples of leaders.

Your parents have demonstrated their leadership in many ways. One important way has been through their belief in the value of Catholic education. They recognized by completing your education here you would be prepared to move on to high school as leaders - and would not require the time some may feel is needed to be “socialized” into a new environment. This is the truth!

Mrs. McClain, the faculty, staff and many volunteers are leaders who have given of themselves and their time. They have made many sacrifices to give you an education second to none. They have taught you, nurtured you, comforted you, coached you and challenged you to grow. You have been given more opportunities and encouragement here than you could get anyplace else - to learn, to compete and to become the best that your generation has to offer scholastically, socially and athletically. That’s fair for all students!

Our good priests, Father Dan and Father Russ have ministered to you in many different ways. They have been your spiritual leaders here. The spiritual aspect of your education here is what truly makes you different from those who are not graduates of St. Malachy. Fr. Dan and Fr. Russ have given you guidance along your faith journey and shown their love and support for you. Never forget that they are strengthened by your love and support for them too! Our spirituality doesn’t make us right, it teaches us what is right!

On September the 11th, the Knights of Columbus instituted the KofC Heroes Fund. This fund was designated to assist the families of police officers, firefighters and emergency workers who lost their loved ones in the tragic events of that day.

You also felt a need to help and planned an activity to raise money throughout the school. When you heard about the KofC Heroes Fund, your leadership decided to join our council in making a donation. I am pleased to let you know that your donation made it there and is a part of more than $1.3 Million that has already been paid out by the KofC to assist these families.

You have already demonstrated your leadership in many ways. You have exemplified the principles of the Knights of Columbus:

  • Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism

You have all been appropriately prepared to be leaders in our community. We need you to take what you have learned here - and become leaders in our community - followers of what is true, what is fair, and what is right!

Now, it is my honor to present the Knights of Columbus - Catholic Leadership Award - to the individual among you, who will join previous recipients Ryan McManus and Zach Koontz - - - Congratulations, Patrick Rodgers!

Ted Frankowski
Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus
St. Malachy Council #12540
Brownsburg, IN



Request for Prayer and Support

April 15, 2002

Brother Knights,

I would like to begin today by relaying to you a story that had been brought to my attention recently. This occurred on Easter Sunday as the pastor of a parish was beginning his Easter sermon. The priest invited all the little children to come forward and sit on the steps near the Altar.

One little girl really stood out among the children as she bounced toward the steps in a very pretty and fancy dress. As the priest had been known to do during school Masses, he began his sermon by asking the children some questions.

As the little girl with the fancy dress was sitting down, Father leaned over and said, "That is a very pretty dress. Is that your Easter dress?" The little girl replied, directly into Father's clip-on microphone, "Yes, and my mom says it's a real b**** to iron!"

If only that were the most embarrassing thing that we had to deal with these days!

When I addressed you the very first time as Grand Knight back in July during the installation of officers, I commented on Fr. Dan's remarks during his sermon at Mass the previous Sunday of the trend on TV and in society toward eliminating the weakest link. As Knights, we look to our members as individual fibers, that united together, form a strong unbreakable cable. I reminded you - "... that is exactly what we need to be."

I am reminding you of that again today!

Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has referred to the Knights of Columbus as the "strong right arm of the Church."

  • We must continue to take this responsibility seriously.
  • We will defend our faith!
  • We will promote vocations!
  • We must and will support our priests and seminarians!

Unity in support of priests and seminarians is once again imperative upon us and our families. By supporting our priests we will continue to defend our faith and promote vocations as well.

I assume that many of you have been asked your opinion on the scandal in the Catholic Church today.

I have been. Most recently a friend who is not Catholic said to me, "I am only asking you this because it's been all over the news. What's your opinion on this mess with the priests? Don't you think that the celibacy thing is a big part of this problem?"

Boy was I glad that I attended the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Tuesday during Holy Week! Archbishop Beuchlein challenged the media present at that liturgy to tell the whole story . . . that 98% of pedophiles were married men. He also asked those attending the service to think back to some point in time when they, or someone they knew, were in need and found strength, courage and comfort from a priest. Within seconds, I was in tears.

Now I ask you to do the same - think back to some point in time when you, or someone you know, were helped by a priest.

Right now, maybe more than ever, they need our support. We will be there for them!

With regard to my friend:

  • I told him that, yes, what has happened is a very sad and horrible thing.
  • I told him that 98% of pedophiles are married men. (I have since been made aware of various studies that support this with percentages consistently over 90%.)
  • I told him that the Catholic Church, like all faiths, is subjected to the same human frailties.
  • I also told him that anyone who commits a crime against a child deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law while those who have been wrongly accused should be exonerated . . . "with liberty and justice for all."

Now at a loss for words, my friend turned to a beautiful framed portrait on my desk and asked, "Who's that?" I told him, with tears suddenly welling up in my eyes, "That is Fr. Stanley Milewski, a dear friend and an incredibly holy and pious Catholic priest! In addition to being the major influence on the formation of my faith, he was a major influence in the development of my character. He passed away from us and into the arms of our Lord on February 15th."

Brother Knights, pray for all of those who have been affected by the events that we are hearing so much about. Pray for the victims, their families, those who committed these acts, those who hindered swift justice (whether by accepting payments or transferring the problem), those who may be wrongly accused, those who now must carry the burden of embarrassment that others have placed on them and those who continue to serve us as priests. Pray for an increase in vocations and pray that young men considering the priesthood be given the strength, courage and comfort to follow their call.

Yours in Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism and Support of the Priesthood,

Ted Frankowski
Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus
St. Malachy Council #12540
Brownsburg, IN



Pancake Breakfast - Heroes Fund - School Gift

October 30, 2001

Worthy Brother Knights:

I have just been advised of a contribution that will be made in conjunction with our Sunday, November 4 pancake breakfast to benefit the Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund.

Janet Clements, St. Malachy School librarian and Student Council moderator, has informed me that the Student Council will contribute the money that they are raising, with the help of all St. Malachy School students, to be joined with the proceeds from our breakfast.

The students are currently guessing the number of seeds in a pumpkin to win things like casual day passes and other small, but often appreciated, classroom "perks."

Mrs. Clements estimates that this contribution should be in the range of $100-$200!

The students had been expressing a desire to contribute to the relief efforts of the September 11 attack and planned this contest. They were then trying to determine where to send their contribution when they noticed our bulletin insert advertising our upcoming breakfast.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Mrs. Clements, the St. Malachy Student Council and all of the students at St. Malachy School for their generosity in assisting all of the families of firefighters, police officers and emergency workers who have lost their loved ones. The Knights of Columbus Heroes Fund will provide each family with $3,000 to help them with immediate funds in order to attempt to maintain some order in their lives.

I would also like to invite Mrs. Clements and the Student Council Officers to attend our meeting on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Family Room so that we might be able to personally thank them for their thoughtful contribution.

Sincerely,

Ted Frankowski, Grand Knight
St. Malachy Council #12540



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