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May 2009

KNIGHT WATCH

May 2009 K NIGHT W ATCH Naperville Knights of Columbus Council #1369, 615 E. Ogden Ave.,

Naperville Knights of Columbus Council #1369, 615 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563 Napervillekofc.org

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Grand Knights Corner

By Terry Ross

Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

A lot has happened since our last Newsletter. We had a number of events surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. A fine time was had by those who showed up at the Hall after the parade for Corned Beef and cheer. We also had a nice turnout on Holy Saturday for the Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny. The Romeo Blanchette Assembly presented a check for $500.00 for Loaves and Fishes. Our Council, partially through your generosity at our last meeting, also will be donating $500.00 to Loaves and Fishes. We also collected a number of bags of canned food and household cleaning supplies which Loaves and Fishes desperately needs.

Grand Knights Corner

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The Crowning of Mary in Heaven

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Message from Fr. Milota

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Petitions

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Why March

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Culture of Life Fund

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Forth Degree News

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Memorial Day

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Knights Hold Record Setting Blood Drive

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Awards & Recognition

4

Ladies Auxiliary

4

Calendar of Events

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The next two business meetings are very important and I am asking that as many of you as possible try to attend them. At our next meeting on May 5 th , we will be presenting our slate of Officers for our next Fraternal year. And at the meeting on June 2 nd , we will be holding our annual election for officers for the next Fraternal year. If you are interested in becoming an Officer or Director, please contact myself or Al Knoeck.

Hope to see all of you at the next meeting on May 5 th .

Vivat Jesus,

The Crowning Of Mary In Heaven

Mary was taken up body and soul into Heaven: there is even room in God for the body. Heaven is no longer a very remote sphere unknown to us. We have a Mother in Heaven…. Heaven is open, Heaven has a heart…. Mary is taken up body and soul into the glory of Heaven, and with God and in God she is Queen of Heaven and earth. And is she really so remote from us? The contrary is true…. Being in God and with God, she is close to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with her motherly kindness and has been given to us,

Being in God and with God, she is close to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with her motherly kindness and has been given to us,

as the Lord said, precisely as a "mother" to whom we can turn at every moment. She always listens to us, she is always close to us, and being Mother of the Son, participates in the power of the Son and in his goodness. We can always entrust the whole of our lives to this Mother, who is not far from any one of us

.-–Pope Benedict XVI, Homily on August 15, 2005

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Message from Father Milota

Dear Brother Knights,

Watch Message from Father Milota Dear Brother Knights, May 3 r d is World Day of

May 3 rd is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pope Benedict wrote this: “On the occasion of the next World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life, which will be celebrated on 3 May 2009, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, I want to invite all the People of God to reflect on the theme: Faith in the divine initiative – the human response. The exhortation of Jesus to his disciples: “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38) has a constant resonance in the Church. Pray! The urgent call of the Lord stresses that prayer for vocations should be continuous and trusting. The Christian community can only really “have ever greater faith and hope in God’s providence” (Sacramentum caritatis, 28) if it is enlivened by prayer.

He goes on to describe the gift which God’s call is to the Church and the importance of prayer in the lives of all God’s people in fostering vocations and, especially, prayer before the Most Holy Eucharist. He also encourages us in our work in helping young men and women to answer their call and asks us not to be discouraged for it is a call from God. Please take some time this month or, on May 3 rd , to offer a prayer that more young people will answer the Lord’s call.

In Christ, Fr. Thomas Milota

will answer the Lord’s call. In Christ, Fr. Thomas Milota Please Pray For: As we go

Please Pray For:

As we go to the Lord and place these petitions before Him, let us do so with optimism, hope and faith.

Leon Denning

Fr. Andrew Wohmhoff

Marlene Bullock

Dorothy Kraut

Nick Herman

Deacon Ron Brown

Jean Neis’ Family

Richard Breier

Deacon Varshen

Ken Motto

Evelyn Snyder

Elizabeth Carlos

Al Rechenmacher

Evelyn Snyder Elizabeth Carlos Al Rechenmacher Why March? There’s a buzz going around that sounds like

Why March?

There’s a buzz going around that sounds like this “What’s going on with the K of C’s? They seem to be much more active than in the past.” Have you heard it? The reason for it is because we are reaching out into the community more than in the past. People see us standing on street corners during our Tootsie Roll drive. Hosting blood drives. We’re seen working at the Ribfest and Last Fling. SS Peter & Paul’s parishioners enjoy our breakfast with Santa, and see us recruiting at their Lenten fish fries. We are seen directing traffic for the Regional Special Olympic’s tryouts. They see our honor guard in church processing with the clergy on special feast days. And yes, they see us marching in Naperville’s St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day parades.

Naperville loves a parade! People come out by the thousands to watch their kids in band, cheerleader, Scout, football, and Indian Guide uniforms, marching bands, antique cars, politicians, floats, and marching units including Naperville’s Knights of Columbus. The Knights have as their core values charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. How better can we demonstrate our patriotism than by marching down the center of the street for all to see proudly bearing the colors of our nation, state, church, and order? Right behind the Sir Knights in their multi-colored regalia are the 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd degree Knights and their families waving to the crowds and handing out our trademark Tootsie Rolls to the kids. And, as we are saluting the dignitaries on the reviewing stand we are being televised on our local TV network, and the announcer is saying kind things about our organization.

We march to sell the size and vitality of our order to the community. We want to demonstrate to Naperville that the Knights are an active, involved, patriotic, family organization made up of young and old. We want to sell ourselves as being as much a part of the fabric of our community as the V.F.W. or any of the other fraternal organizations in town. Since we have started providing an honor guard to their Irish Mass and marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the West Suburban Irish think the world of us. Making a good parade showing aids our recruiting efforts.

That’s why we march. Now, why don’t you join us? Marching is a lot of fun! Hearing the crowds react as we pass by can give you a real adrenaline rush. We need as many of you as possible to join us to accomplish our goals spelled out above. Put your inhabitations aside and answer the invitation to participate in the Memorial Day parade. It will be fun, and you will definitely be helping the Naperville’s Knights of Columbus.

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Culture of Life Fund

MEMORANDUM

FROM:

Donald R. Kehoe, Supreme Secretary

Last August, the delegates to the Annual Supreme Council Meeting reaffirmed the Order’s longstanding commitment to the Church’s teaching on life and marriage by unanimously approving Resolution 302, which established the Culture of Life Fund and a special assessment of $3.00 per member. I was anticipated that this und would support a broad range of initiatives that advance the Culture of Life. I am happy to report that the Fund has done just that. Two programs, one to assist men and women with the traumatic after effects of abortion and divorce and one to help men be better fathers have been introduced. To date the response to these initiatives has far surpassed our expectations.

In addition, our financial support last fall was vital to the passage of constitutional amendments protecting the sanctity of marriages in California, Florida and Arizona. Today, 30 states have such amendments. In January, we implemented our new initiative helping state councils provide pregnancy centers with ultrasound machines. The Supreme Council partnered with local Knights to put this life saving technology in the hands of pregnancy centers in both Iowa and Florida. On a national level, the Board of Directors recently voted to provide financial support to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for a newly formed Task Force whose purpose is to promote the Church’s teaching on marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The Knights of Columbus has always been deeply committed to promoting racial equality and defending religious liberty as a basic civil right. In the United States today, the abortion lobby had indicated a desire to move the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) through Congress. This radical piece of legislation would not only expand abortion “rights,” but also force medical personnel, morally opposed to abortion, to violate their consciences and participate in abortions. In Canada, the Parliament has witnessed the introductions of a private member’s bill that would legalize euthanasia across the country. On these and a host of other issues affecting the Culture of Life, the Knights of Columbus must be ready to educate the public about the need to Support policies and legislations that protect human life from conception to natural death.

Please remember that the contributions to the Fund from councils or individual members remain in the country of origin and will only be used for projects in that country.

origin and will only be used for projects in that country. Gentleman, let’s not forget that

Gentleman, let’s not forget that special women or women in our life. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10 th .

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By Jim Snyder

DegreeDegreeDegreeDegree NewsNewsNewsNews By Jim Snyder "Thank You" to the following Sir Knights for their

"Thank You" to the following Sir Knights for their participation in our most recent Honor Guard events:

April 9, 2009 - Holy Thursday Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Parish:

Bill Beckwith, Ed Graham, Darrell Hutton, Al Knoeck, Thomas McKinley, Kevin Neis, Tom Rehak and Bill Reid.

April 19, 2009 - Divine Mercy Sunday, Chaplet of Divine Mercy at Saints Peter and Paul Parish: Bill Beckwith, Alan Francis (Saint Raphael Council), Darrell Hutton, John Gallagher, Thomas McKinley and Tom Rehak.

All those interested in being Exemplified into the Fourth Degree, i.e., the "Visible Arm" of our Order, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Snyder, Fourth Degree Captain.

For more information on our order visit the following websites:

Naperville Council: www.napervillekofc.org

Bishop Blanchette Assembly: www.blanchetteassembly.org

Dr Thomas A. Dooley Assembly: www.drdooleyassembly.org

Illinois State Council:

Jim Snyder Fourth Degree Captain H: 630-357-2387

jim5k_99@yahoo.com

www.illinoisknights.org

H: 630-357-2387 jim5k_99@yahoo.com www.illinoisknights.org Memorial Day Much more than a three-day weekend, Memorial

Memorial Day

Much more than a three-day weekend, Memorial Day holiday is meant to reflect on the true meaning of the day, to honor America's fallen heroes and be thankful to them for their sacrifice and their profound patriotism. Memorial Day is also the time to think of and pray for the families, widows and orphans of our war dead. Memorial Day seeks to stir the patriotic feelings of every American citizen and remind them that they owe their freedom and liberty to the finest of young men and women who laid down their lives for them.

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Knights Host Record Setting Blood Drive On Saturday, March 28, council 1369 hosted a blood

Knights Host Record Setting Blood Drive

On Saturday, March 28, council 1369 hosted a blood drive at SS Peter & Paul for Heartland Blood Center. Heartland set an ambitious goal of 116 units for the event. Last September 1369 established its previous record of 99 units. At this drive 112 units were

collected at the event, and another 7 were collected at

Heartland’s center, for a total of 119 units!

drives hosted by 1369 at this time of year for the last five years have shown steady increases:

Results for

03/30/05

37

Units

04/05/06

53

Units

03/28/07

67

Units

03/29/08

77

Units

03/28/09

119 Units

Drive chairman, Darrell Hutton, attributes this success to a number of factors. First, our previous donor pool is getting much larger due to both 1369 and 14171’s recent very successful blood drives. Our phone callers have more previous donors to solicit donations from. Second, the after Mass sign-up at all Masses one weekend, and the Friday night fish fry sign-up together generated many new donors. When our next drive comes up in September, we won’t have the fish fries to draw from, but we will certainly do the after Mass sign- up again. And finally, this drive got much more publicity than past drives. More posters were hung throughout SSPP’s church and school campus, and lecturers called parishioner’s attention to the drive from the pulpit three consecutive weekends before the drive.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the drive. The list of names has become too long to mention everyone, but you know who you are. The next drive will be at St. Raphael’s Saturday, June 6, and then we get to do it all over again September 26 th .

then we get to do it all over again September 26 t h . Call our

Call our Council Agent Peter Serafin

847-290-9316

A total of 37 Knights, an undetermined number of spouses, and SSPP’s parish nurse all contributed to the success of the drive either as donors or workers. Nineteen Knights showed up as donors. Thirteen Knights, and one spouse, made telephone calls. Three Knights stuffed Mass bulletins with fliers. Eleven Knights and a number of spouses solicited sign-ups after Masses. Two Knights were responsible for all of the publicity the drive got in the Mass bulletins. And, two Knights, the parish nurse, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary worked the event. So, it was definitely a team effort.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the drive. The list of names has become too long to mention everyone, but you know who you are. The next drive will be at St. Raphael’s Saturday, June 6, and then we get to do it all over again September 26 th .

then we get to do it all over again September 26 t h . Awards &

Awards & Recognition

Knight of the Month

Darrell Hutton

Knight of the Month

The Neis Family

Ladies Auxiliary-

We always welcome new members. The Ladies Auxiliary meets at the Council Hall, 615 East Ogden Ave. in Naperville on the second Tuesday of the month. For more information call Phyllis Guasta at 630-357-6061 or Maureen Beckwith at

630-333-3266.

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Calendar of Events 2009

May

05

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Business Meeting

10

Sunday

Mother’s Day

12

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

24

Sunday

12:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Mass and Procession – Saints Peter & Paul

25

Monday

Memorial Day Parade

 

June

TBA

Sunday

Knights Memorial Mass – TBA

02

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Business Meeting – Election of Officers

TBA

Saturday

Blood Drive – St. Raphael’s

09

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

14

Sunday

Flag Day

16

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

KayCee Club Meeting

21

Sunday

Father’s Day

28

Sunday

11:00 a.m.

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Mass

 

JULY

04

Saturday

Independence Day

05

Sunday

4:15 – 10:15 p.m.

RibFest Beer Tent

07

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Business Meeting

TBA

Saturday

6:00 p.m.

Installation of Officers – Saints Peter & Paul Ministry Center

14

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

21

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Officers and Directors Planning Meeting

 

AUGUST

04

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Business Meeting

11

Tuesday

7:30 p.m.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

AUGUST 04 Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Business Meeting 11 Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

Naperville Knights of Columbus Council #1369 615 E. Ogden Naperville, IL 60564

Naperville Knights of Columbus Council #1369 615 E. Ogden Naperville, IL 60564