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Texas State Council recruiting incentive

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Help the State of Texas recruit its 109,000th member

 

If the 109,000th member (as determined by Supreme) comes from our Council, the following incentives will be given:

$300 gift card to Diocese

$200 gift card to Council

New member receives a State KC shirt

 

Contact membership@kofc10861.org if you have questions, know a Catholic man to recruit or want to join our Council's recruiting efforts.

2020 Council Dues - Pay online HERE

Form 1728A

Council dues for 2020 will be $40.

Your Knights of Columbus dues are payable, regardless if you've moved and/or attending another Catholic Church. Remember to keep your First Degree Pledge to "always keep your KofC dues current." Therefore, if you are behind on your dues, pay what you can and/or let SK Norbert Grijalva know of your circumstances (which will be kept private and confidential).

 

Ways to pay:

 

1. By cash or check - Made out to KC Council 10861. Mail to our Financial Secretary, SK Norbert Grijalva or bring to January meeting.

 

2. By credit card through PayPay clicking the PAY NOW button below.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

1. Because PayPal charges the Council a transaction fee, we need to charge $41.50 if you pay your dues with a credit card.

2. You do not need a PayPal account to use this function.

 

Your Survey Form 1728A (Volunteer hours) is also due by Jan. 15, 2020

(a) If mailing, please complete and include the form with your check and return it to SK Norbert Grijalva

(b) To complete a digital form via the website, sign into the Members Only area and click on Record Your Volunteer Hours. Input information and submit.

NOTE: It is only necessary to submit your volunteer hours via one option. Please do not submit both paper and online.

 

If you have any further questions, please contact SK Norbert Grijalva at NGrijalva@aol.com

 

Virtual Social Hour

It has been too long that we were able to gather together in person for the benefit of the Council and subsequently the Church and it does not look like this will change in the near future. I am sure we all miss the fellowship of our Brother Knights. To help remedy a little of that feeling, please join us on Saturday August 22nd at 7:00 pm for a Zoom Social Hour. Each Knight is encouraged to bring his favorite beverage (either all-time or seasonal) and tell why it is your favorite and any story behind the choice. Alternatively, if you have a humorous or interesting Quarantine story, or want to share your funniest joke, please share! 

 

The Zoom meeting ID is 982 0824 0016 and the password is 765959.

 

Please join us for what will hopefully be a entertaining hour or two with our Brother Knights.

Charitable Donation

The Council delivered our donation to St. Ignatius Outreach this week. Ascención and her volunteers were very appreciative. Our donation will go towards helping those in need with bills.
The Outreach Department is working hard to help those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the NAM box outside the office. Donations are either brought to NAM or handed out through our Outreach Department. 

Donation needs include: nonperishable food (rice, beans, cereal, canned foods, peanut butter); shampoo, body wash, dish soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, feminine products and baby wipes and diapers.

 
 
PGK Rich Rogers presented our Council's  donation to Hope Center Houston to Gay Morris, president of the Board of Directors.
Although the Hope Center's inside dining area is closed, the center continues to serve the homeless a hot lunch and deliver mail between 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday on the front porch of the Center. It's greatest need at this time is monetary donations to purchase food in bulk for homeless guests. Visit their website at hopecenterhouston.org for more information.

Special Olympics donation

SK Mike Sykowski and his wife Pilly delivered a check from our Council to Rose Stewart, the regional director Special Olympics Region 6. Special Olympics is struggling during the pandemic since they can’t have athletes together.
Rose said the Knights of Columbus are always there to show a helping hand and respond with an open heart and manpower.

Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity online

You are invited to a 45 minute, online Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity hosted by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters. 

If you are a First Degree member, we invite you to participate in this online ceremony to complete your Second and Third Degrees.

If you are a Third or Fourth Degree member, you are also welcome to observe the new Exemplification ceremony.

Contact SK Robert Alcala at Membership@kofc10861.org for information on the next Virtual Exemplification.

 

 

Please invite your family to watch the ceremony with you. While registration confirmations and reminders are sent to your email address, the links above can also be used join the ceremony, 15 minutes before start time.

 

There is also an on-demand exemplification that can be viewed at any time of the day or night, 24/7, at your convenience. The 30-minute on-demand ceremony will start immediately upon completing your registration. Register to attend the on-demand exemplification HERE.

Congrats Brother Knight Mitchell Schumann

Council 10861 would like to congratulate Brother Knight Mitchell Schumann for being accepted by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as a seminarian. Mitchell, our outgoing Advocate, is in the process of closing his law practice. Mitchell will begin his training at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas in August and eventually finish at St. Mary’s in Houston.

We invite Council members to pray for Mitchell and all seminarians and an increase to all vocations.

Prayers for our seminarians

The Council presented new seminarians Mitchell Schumann and Marlon Barao a gift on July 19 as they prepare to start studies this fall. Our Council is excited to support all seminarians, especially these four from our parish:

 

Mitch - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Marlon - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Jacob Smith - Priests of the Sacred Heart
Xander Schmitt - seminarian in Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Council Membership Team

Deputy Grand Knight SK Robert Alcala is looking for three men to join our Council Membership Team. Please contact Robert at 713-854-4410 or membership@kofc10861.org for more details.

Into the Breach videos

The K of C’s newest 12- episode video calls men to spiritual battle. It’s a wake-up call for Knights and for all men around the world.

 

The video series is available to stream online for free. Click below to watch.

Masculinity

The Church is facing a “man crisis.” Men are made for greatness. “Authentic masculinity” means to live for excellence. Mike Phelan explains how he discovered the nature of true masculinity and how to live it. WATCH

Brotherhood

Man was not meant to “go it alone,” but to be in communion with others. It is important to build close friendships with other men of faith. Master Sergeant Sompaul Vorapanich shares lessons on the importance of brotherhood. WATCH

Leadership

Men must become leaders through developing their character. True leadership seeks greatness and brings out greatness in others. Robert Yates discusses his service in the Air Force and highlights the importance of being servant leaders. WATCH 

Fatherhood

The presence and involvement of a loving father is critical in the development of a child. True fatherhood models itself on God the Father. Former MLB player Mike Sweeney shares how faith shapes his role as a father. WATCH 

Family

There is a “battle for the very soul of the family.” Men’s service to their families requires sacrifice. Greg and Julie Alexander explain how discovering the true nature of marriage transformed their relationship and their family. WATCH

Life

Human life is sacred. Men have a responsibility to protect society’s most vulnerable. Men’s participation in the pro-life movement is vital. John Morales shares his story of regret, healing and hope as a testimony to the importance of life. WATCH

Prayer

Prayer must be a priority in the life of a man. Eucharistic adoration, reading scripture and saying the rosary are central to prayer. Robert Feeney tells his story of the power of prayer on the battlefield in Vietnam and life in general. WATCH

Suffering

Suffering is a mystery which can bring us closer to God and help us grow in holiness. The answer to suffering is Jesus Christ. Frank Ramirez shares his story of responding to intense suffering by worshiping God. WATCH

Sacramental Life

Christ offers his grace through the sacraments. The Eucharist and Confession need to be central to every man’s life. Jared Zimmerer explores how his experience as a bodybuilder helps him understand aspects of the sacramental life. WATCH

Spiritual Warfare

The life of a believer is a spiritual battle. Men have multiple spiritual weapons in the fight against Satan, and the stakes are high. Don O’Mara recounts his experience with abuse and addiction and finding forgiveness and freedom in Christ. WATCH 

Evangelization

All Christians are called to be witnesses of their faith to others. To share the faith a man must know the faith. Ryan Young shares how his Eucharistic-centered camp for teenagers allows for an encounter with Christ. WATCH

The Cornerstone

Christ is the only sure foundation of a man’s life. We are to know, love and serve God, so we can be with him forever. Actor Clarence Gilyard Jr. shares his testimony of straying from God’s plan and how God led him to enter the Catholic Church. WATCH

Upcoming Exemplifications

I am pleased to inform you that the Supreme Council will be hosting TWO MORE Exemplifications of Charity, Unity and Fraternity this month. These two exemplification will be held on Special Feast Days of the Church, and will be in addition to the On-Demand exemplifications, which continue to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

The schedule of virtual exemplifications is as follows, with registration links below:

We are confident that joining the Order on these special days on the Liturgical calendar will be meaningful for prospects and for online members looking to join our council. I encourage you to share this information with other good Catholic men, like yourself, and personally invite them to register for one of these events.  As you reach out to these men, be sure to direct their attention to Columbia magazine, encouraging them to learn more about the good works of the Order and the benefits of brotherhood. A PDF of the entire September issue as well as links to separate articles — is now online.

 

The Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity gives us a wonderful opportunity to help men join our council virtually. Let’s take advantage of that opportunity. Our council needs new members to allow us to continue our work of service to our parish and community, and prospects need the Knights of Columbus to help them become better husbands and fathers…and more fully formed Catholics.

 

With the Beatification of our beloved founder only eight weeks away, now is the hour of the Knights of Columbus!

 

If you have a brother, friend or prospect, please send their names and contact information to me, at the email below.  I will reach out to them, to ensure they know the procedures to attend these events.

 

Vivat Jesus!

SK Robert Alcala, PFN

Membership Director

membership@kofc10861.org

Council 10861

St. Ignatius Council

Brisket sale fundraiser

As a fundraiser for our Council, we will be selling full briskets (roughly 10 pounds) for $75. Briskets will be smoked by our Pitmasters and available for pickup and payment on Saturday, Sept. 12. Pickup will be at Meyer Park (South Lot) from Noon-3pm.

 

Orders must be received by Thursday, Aug 27.

Reserve your brisket here --> https://forms.gle/zJuUGHkXvpGb3mWn8

Congrats Mark Deaton

Our very own SK Mark Deaton was named the Top Insurance Agent in Texas during the 2019 State Convention. Congrats Mark and thank you for your service to our Council.

The Ordeal of Chaplain Kapaun

Learn more about Fr. Emil Kapaun and his path to sainthood.

 

Fr. Kapaun (April 20, 1916-May 23, 1951) was a priest and Army captain who served as a chaplain during World War II and the Korean War. He was captured and died in a prisoner of war camp.

In 1993, Pope John Paull II declared him a Servant of God.

In 2013, Kapaun posthumously recieved the Medal of Honor for his actions in Korea.

 

A video about Kapaun is posted in our Video section or can be found here: https://vimeo.com/193766916

New Council Emails

We have created some new emails to go with our new Council website.

 

GrandKnight@kofc10861.org Email GK Mike Raspet or DGK Robert Alcala with Council questions

 

Membership@kofc10861.org Email Membership Director DGK Robert Alcala and his team with new membership or First Degree questions

 

PrayerList@kofc10861.org Email prayer requests to be added to our website and emails

 

FinancialSec@kofc10861.org Email Financial Secretary Norbert Grijalva with questions on membership status or dues

 

Webmaster@kofc10861.org Email webmaster to update contact info or with questions on the website

 

 

We will be able to pass these emails on to the next set of Officers and Directors each year. The emails will remain the same - and easy to remember - even if O&D members change each fraternal year.

How to Track Volunteer Hours

Council members can track their annual volunteer hours - which are recorded at the end of the year and sent to Supreme - through our new website.

 

Under the MEMBERS ONLY page, see Record Your Volunteer Hours and Visits. Click the button below and enter your hours in various categories.

You can also set a monthly goal.

 

The Financial Secretary, Grand Knight and Webmaster will be able to track these online records.

Knights of Columbus License Plate

Get your Knights of Columbus License Plate and help support retired and infirmed priests! $22 of the $30 cost goes to charity. Click here to order 

Update your Profile and Picture on Council 10861’s website

Click here for instructions with pictures.

Our new website – supported by UKnight – has a password-protected Members Only page with our Council’s roster. You can go there to update your contact information and add a picture to your profile.

The following instructions show how to update that information.

 

1. From our Council’s homepage click on the MEMBERS ONLY button in the left column.

2. Log into the Members Only page by using your KOC membership number and your birthdate.

3. Click Access Council Members List. This opens our Council roster.

4. Find your entry in the Members list. Click the UPDATE button under your entry.

5. To add or change your photo:

     Click Choose File and select a photo from your computer. Click Open.

     Click UPLOAD YOUR NEW PHOTO                                             

6. To update or change contact information:

     Scroll down to the box that reads PLEASE CORRECT THIS INFORMATION.

     Fill in or update contact information.

     Click SUBMIT YOUR CORRECTIONS. These corrections will be updated on the website and will be sent to our Council’s      Financial Secretary to be fixed in his records for Supreme.

7. Click RETURN TO THE UPDATED MEMBERS LIST to return to the Council roster.

How to Volunteer for an Event

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Council Events listed in our EVENTS CALENDAR include volunteer signups if volunteers are needed. You can sign up to volunteer for the event by: 

 

1. Click EVENTS CALENDAR in left column.

2. Click on an event in calendar. This opens a description of the event with details, time and location. If an event has a volunteer signup, there will be a CLICK TO SIGNUP button

NOTE: You can also send an email to the event chairman if you have questions.

3. When you hit CLICK TO SIGNUP it opens a SIGN-UP ROSTER page.

4. Enter your KOC member number and the number of hours you wish to work. You can also add people (family members) joining you. Click SIGN UP when finished

NOTE: Members of the public (non-Council members) can also volunteer for these events by filling out the For Others in the Community boxes. 

5. A review of your information is shown. Click COMPLETE THIS SIGN-UP to register.

6. You will receive an email after signing up to confirm. You will also be on the event roster so the event chairman can send reminders or updates before the event.

 

When you return to the EVENTS CALENDAR page, there will be a button at the top that says CLICK HERE to see events for which you have already signed up.

Our Principles

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

 

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

 

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

 

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

 

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - WHY JOIN

WHY YOU SHOULD BECOME A KNIGHT

In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith and to provide for Catholic families in times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.

Guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity members of the Knights of Columbus work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. We are a growing organization - more than 1.9 million members - and for over 130 years have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows and orphans in our local communities.

Joining your local council of the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our portfolio of top-rated insurance products to financially protect your family. Councils conduct many programs that support your parish and community including:

      • Various prayer and Eucharistic adoration programs
      • Participating in the Coats for Kids and Food for Families programs
      • Encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life

By joining your local council does not mean that you need to sacrifice quality time with your family. By volunteering an hour here or an hour there - with your family - can make an enormous difference in your life and in the lives of others.

If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and your familial relationships, growing in your faith, and gaining exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for you and your family, then consider joining the Knights of Columbus council associated with your parish.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Columbia Magazine - Free subscription to the Order’s award-winning magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families

Knights of Columbus rosary - Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the Admission Degree to each new member

Daily Mass of Remembrance at St. Mary’s Church - Mass for deceased members and their wives at the birthplace of the Order

Insurance - Access to a portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care and annuity products exclusive for members and their families

Family Fraternal Benefit - For eligible families: a) pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) offers guaranteed-issue insurance - up to $5,000 - to any child under age 18

Orphan Benefit - $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit - Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost

Widow Benefits - a) continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) may purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance or annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.

Scholarships - Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children

Leadership Development - Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organizational skills, etc.

Fourth Degree - Eligibility to join the Patriotic Degree

Honorary Life Membership - At age 70 with 25 years of membership

Membership Card - Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in member’s council and also in over 15,000 councils throughout the world

Activities - participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by your council