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2019 St. Barbara Knights of Columbus Scholarship Packet

2019 Scholarship Packet PDF

St. Barbara High School seniors, here is your chance to apply for the 2019 St. Barbara Knights of Columbus Scholarship. Just download the PDF file and you can get started. All scholarship packets are to be post marked by April 5, 2019.

Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund

The St. Barbara Knights are proud to announce this years scholarship winners. Molly Metschan and Kenny Herbst each received a $1000 scholarship. Molly plans on going into nursing while Kenny will be going into engineering. Thanks to contributions from our parishioners, we have been able to grow our scholarships from $400 to the $1000 ones we now are able to give.

Students are asked to write an essay from a question that our scholarship committee decides on. Questions are all faith based. The scholarship committee evaluates the essays as well as other criteria and selects our winners. The scholarship committee is made up of three St. Barbara Knights and two St. Barbara parishioners.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, you or your guardians must be registered members of St. Barbara parish. Applications are usually posted around the beginning of February.

We hold one pancake breakfast a year to help with our scholarship fund, donations can also be made on line at our Home page.

2018 Summary

ST. BARBARA KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS #11736 FRATERNAL

YEAR 2017 - 2018 SUMMARY

The Knights fraternal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The following is a brief summary of our donations, programs and activities that we have sponsored in the 2017-2018 fraternal year.

Donations.

This year we donated $1760 for our Coats for Kids Program, this bought 8 cases of brand new coats, (96 coats). We also applied to Knights of Columbus Supreme for their Black Friday Program. We qualified for another 8 cases of coats, for a total of 192 coats which were then donated to needy kids in our community. We work together with Plateau Outreach Ministries to help implement this program. POM gets the word out to the community and finds the families that are in need for these coats. The Knights, together with Fr. Dave spend an evening or two helping the kids find just the right coat for them. Our Tootsie Roll Program raised $3,511.43. This money went to 3 charities that work with the disabled. Donations were made to Special Olympics, Northwest Center and Arc of King County. Our Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) assists seminarians with their journey to the priesthood. The seminarian we are supporting now is Deacon Carlos Orozco. Deacon Carlos is in his final year at Mundelein Seminery, he was ordained as a Deacon this past summer. The Knights were able to give Deacon Carlos a monetary donation of $1400. We then received another $200 from Supreme and were able to give that to Deacon Carlos, as well. We also had two of our Knights attend his ordination and presented him with a $100 Visa gift card. The Food for Families Program is a year round program where parishioners donate food to the Black Diamond Food Bank. Every week the Knights weigh the food and take it to the food bank. Part of this program is our very successful 40 Cans for Lent Program where parishioners bring in one can of food for every day in Lent. This past year we collected 7617 pounds of food. We were also able to make a $500 cash donation to the food bank thanks again to Supreme who gave us $100 for every 1000 pounds of food up to $500. The Knights also support the Pennies for Heaven program and make an annual contribution. This year we donated $204.40 to Pennies for Heaven. The St. Barbara Knights of Columbus Scholarship Program gave out two $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from our parish. This past year we were able to make a $5000 donation to St. Barbara Parish to help with projects around the church. We were also able to donate $300 to our Brother in Need Program. During the Christmas season we bought two cases of “Keep Christ in Christmas”Christmas cards and donated them to our parishioners, many gave a free will offering for these cards. We had several boxes of cards left over which we donated to POM to donate to members in the community. During the year we sponsor 3 Blood Drives. Bloodworks Northwest schedules our blood drives and the Knights are responsible for getting donors scheduled. This year St. Barbara parishioners donated just under 60 units of blood, this meant we were able to help 165 patients needing blood. For Mothers Day, we purchased carnations and handed them out to the ladies of our parish. For Fr. Dave’s 40th anniversary in the priesthood, we gave him $450 to use for a vacation. Fr. Dave just spent a few days in Victoria, BC with a good friend of his. For Easter, we purchase several hundred Easter eggs and have an Easter egg hunt for children on the church grounds. We also participated in the Knights “Building a Domestic Church” program. We purchased booklets that are available in the entry of the church. These booklets were so popular that we made a second purchase.

Events.

The St. Barbara Knights also sponsored many events throughout the year. Our picnic/car show continues to be a very popular event in the middle of August. In October we help out The Circle of Joy with setting up the hall for their annual bazaar. On the day of the bazaar we help the vendors unload their vehicles and bring their items into the hall. We also help the vendors at the end of the day. This is vey much appreciated by the vendors. During the Christmas party, we took photos of kids, young and old, with St. Nickolas. We also volunteer to take photos for 1st Communion. In April, we volunteer as servers for the annual Circle of Joy tea. Every year we sponsor several “Garden Parties” where we clean up the church grounds. In July, we get together with the St. John’s Knights and sponsor a day at Cheney stadium for a Rainiers baseball game. This year we had over 80 people from both parishes attend. On the 4th Sunday of every month, we lead the rosary between the 8am mass and the 10am mass. Our 4th degree Knights also provide the Color Corps for the Confirmation mass as well as for funerals of Knights who have passed away. The Color Corps is also an integral part of the Memorial Day mass at St. Patrick’s cemetery in Kent. The Color Corps also marched in the Enumclaw 4th of July parade. Every year we have 4 pancake breakfasts. These breakfasts are very popular among the parishioners. Donations from these breakfasts go to our Coats for Kids Program, RSVP, Scholarship fund and to support the church. In the early spring, we have our popular dinner/auction. This dinner has helped us the last few years in being able to make the large donations to our church.

2018 Church Donations

Knights Donation 2018

 

This August the St. Barbara Knights were again able to make a nice contribution to the church. We presented Fr. Dave with a check for $5000 to help with the cost of replacing the baptismal font. We were able to do this in thanks to all who attended our annual dinner/auction last spring. Our last pancake breakfast raised $1100, all of that was also given to the church to help defray costs of the new storage shed. The Knights would like to thank every parishioner who continues to support all our efforts. Blessings from your St. Barbara Knights.

Black Diamond Food Bank donation

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROGRAM

Thanks again to our parishioners the 2017-2018 Food for Families Program was a great success,  we were even able to exceeded last years donations. Our total food donations came to 7617 pounds and we were also contributed $500 in cash. The program also included our very popular 40 Cans for Lent program which brought in over a ton of canned food.

Parishioners are asked to bring food donations to church and every week the Knights weigh the food and take it to the food bank. For every 1000 pounds of food, up to 5000 pounds, our council applies for and receives, $100 from Knights of Columbus Supreme. Our council then donates the $500 to the food bank. Once again we want to thank our parishioners for all their donations.

Knights Car Show/Picnic 2017

Car Show/Picnic

This summer the Knights held their annual Car Show/Picnic. We were blessed with beautiful weather for the event. Everyone seemed to have a good time with good food and good friends. Kids were able to sling shot water balloons at some of their favorite adults, while everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful antique vehicles. Once again a big thank you to Black Diamond community member, Joe Androsko, for providing Black Diamond's antique firetruck to this event and big thanks to all who brought their vehicles to show off.

 

This years event was extra special as we celebrated Fr. Dave Rogerson's 40th anniversary in the priesthood. We are very blessed to have him as our Pastor. As a thank you to Fr. Dave, the Knights along with the Circle of Joy, presented Fr. Dave with a gift certificate for an all expenses paid vacation to Ocean Shores.

Knights Coats for Kids Program

Coats for Kids

 

In September the St. Barbara Knights held our annual Coats for Kids pancake breakfast. Through generous donations from St. Barbara parishioners and a small donation from the Knights, we were able to buy 96 brand new coats. Our parishioners donated about $1200 for the cause. Our council then participated in the Knights of Columbus Black Friday Program and were lucky enough to qualify for another 96 coats that were given to us by Supreme. Our council works together with Enumclaw's Plateau Outreach Ministries (POM) to find the families that can most benefit from our program. (You can find POM in our Links of Interest page.) On Thursday, November 2nd, a few of the St. Barbara Knights along with their wives, our Pastor, Fr. Dave Rogerson and the great ladies at POM met and helped distribute some of the coats. This, as always, was a very rewarding experience. Just seeing the faces of the kids light up with huge smiles as they received a brand new coat, makes this program worth participating in. In the past two years, our council has donated close to 200 brand new coats to kids in our community. More photos are posted in our photo gallery.

Knights Tootsie Roll Program

2017 Tootsie Roll Campaign

For the third year in a row the St. Barbara Knights were helping charities that work with the disabled. We do this through our Tootsie Roll Program. Thanks to the Enumclaw QFC and Renton Sam's Club we are able to pass out tootsie rolls in front of their stores. The Knights picked two weekends in early October to hand out tootsie rolls. In return, customers could make a monetary donation. 100% of all the proceeds go to three different charities that the St. Barbara Knights have decided to support. The charities are Special Olympics, Northwest Center and Arc of King County. All three charities help people with intellectual disabilities. (To find out more about these great charities, you can go to our Links of Interest section.) This year we were joined by ladies from Northwest Center at our Renton Sam's Club location. They were a great help and an excellent source of information when people asked what these groups do. This year we were able to raise a little over $3500 for our charities. All councils that are involved with this program give 20% of their donations to Columbus Charities Fund. The fund then gives all that is collected through this program to Special Olympics. Since the program's inception, in 2011, the Knights of Columbus have raised over $530,000 that have benefitted over 55 organizations, with over $200,000 going to support Special Olympics. 

RSVP

Refund Support Vocations Program

For the last several years the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved in the Knights RSVProgram. Through this program a council gets assigned a seminarian that they then help financialy as the seminarian makes their journey to priesthood. This year we were assigned a new seminarian, as our first one, Fr. Colin Parrish, was ordained into the priesthood this past June.

We are happy to introduce our new seminarian, Carlos Orozco. Carlos sent us the following information as an introduction.

 "A bit about myself: I was born in Mexico and moved to Seattle at the age of eight. After high school I started taking classes at the local community college with the intent to transfer to a four-year university and major in biology and work doing research and teaching. Shortly after starting college I went through a period of atheism but providentially found myself at a Holy Thursday mass. During this mass, when I saw the priest take off his chasuble to begin the washing of the feet, something happened in me and all the doubt and sadness I felt from not believing in God became an awareness of the certainty of God’s existence and love. Not only did I receive the gift of faith, but I had this inner desire, an unexplainable need, to replace that priest I was looking at on the altar. I had an encounter with Jesus that night that completely changed my life. 
I was 18 when I had that moment of grace, and wanted to get some life experience and buy a car first before entering seminary which I finally did at 24. I did three years of college seminary at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon, then transferred here to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago for theological studies. I am now in my 6th year of seminary formation. This fall I started my studies as a 3rd Year Theology student, meaning that, in God’s grace, by the end of this school year I will be ordained a transitional deacon. This past summer I did a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA. It was a beautiful experience of learning from people in their suffering. I have been able to have various formative experiences like these which are made possible thanks to the prayers and financial support from all of you. It allows me to focus on growing in my spiritual, academic, pastoral and human dimensions without having to worry so much about finances. 
A few novelty facts about me: I love the creative. I like to draw and take photographs both of nature and some more directly religious inspired themes. I am on a mission to visit all 58 national parks within the U.S. In the last few years I’ve visited 22, mostly on my drives between Seattle and Chicago. If any of you have Instagram, I post my hike photos @eyeofcarlos, and my seminary life, art, and creative photos in @mindofcarlos. Aside from art and hiking, my other hobby is fish keeping. I am limited now as a seminarian but have kept fish for many years and really enjoy doing elaborate natural fish tanks. 
I look forward to hearing from you, and know that you also count with my prayers for all of you and your families." 
In Christ,
Carlos Orozco
 
At our November pancake breakfast we received $1200 in donations from our generous parishioners, Carlos will be receiving the full amount. We will also be able to send Carlos an extra $200 as Supreme gives us $100 for every $500 we are able to contribute to Carlos.

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Message from Assembly Faithful Navigator

ASSEMBLY 3414 NEWSLETTER ARTICLE

 

APRIL, 2018

 

I had the pleasure of presenting the Sir Knight of the Month Award to Darren on 9 April at the Assembly meeting. Darren has been doing a tremendous job as Color Corps Commander attending the many functions in the District that require our presence. Great work Darren. 

Ed Rogers is truly a Knight’s Knight who has dedicated the last 271⁄2 years of his life to serving our Order. Ed has held many leadership positions over the years to include Grand Knight, District Deputy, Faithful Navigator and District Marshal,

and has held several of these very demanding positions more than once. This commitment continues as he has been involved in many of the Assembly projects throughout this fraternal year.
This year he has been a major contributor to the key programs the Assembly is involved in. This includes volunteering at Tahoma National Cemetery as well as the ReStores for the Habitat for Humanity program. Ed spearheaded the project to help fund the proposed Maple Valley Veteran’s Memorial resulting in a $1000 contribution from the Assembly. Ed also has worked with some of the other Sir Knights at the Washington Soldier’s home in Orting.

For all of these contributions Ed has been submitted to our District Master as our candidate for District Sir Knight of the year. Thanks Ed for your undying devotion to duty.
On 4/13 the Assembly held our first annual 3rd Degree Appreciation Dinner at the St. John the Baptist church hall. The menu included some killer lasagna along with great garlic bread and a delicious Caesar salad. And what a great turn-out we had. Those present had the pleasure of hearing The Rock Pops which is a great little band putting out all kinds of great 60s and 70s pop music. Lots of dancing and great camaraderie was had by all. Doug Johnson is a member of this band but could not be present for the occasion as he was in the intensive care unit at the Seattle VA Hospital. Please keep Doug in your prayers.

The underlying purpose of the event was to recruit new members to the 4thDegree and we finished the night with 3 very likely candidates. I urge both councils to take advantage of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degrees that will be held at St. John the Baptist on 5/10, 6/2, and 6/9 respectfully.

I look forward to seeing y’all at our next (5/14) meeting.

In His name,
David Foley, FN 3414