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Knights Corner's St. Catherine Laboure Bulletin October 13, 2019 submitted by Bill Schelinski

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When you see Knights in yellow vests you should smile. When these Knights are holding their bright cans and collecting donations around town, they are helping to recognize the dignity of every person. For every donation, each donor is offered a piece of candy by the Knight present, most commonly a Tootsie Roll. Because of these little gifts of appreciation, the “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities” is frequently referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive.” It is a popular and successful fundraiser conducted by Knights of Columbus councils.

Knights of Columbus Council 12323 St. Catherine Laboure has collected over $32,562 since 2014, (doesn’t include the October 2019 drive in progress). So the next time you see a Knight in a yellow vest asking for donations outside a grocery store, and you receive a Tootsie Roll, remember it’s more than a “Tootsie Roll Drive.” It’s a chance to provide people with
intellectual and physical disabilities more resources to live a happy life. Learn more about the Tootsie Roll drives across the country at https://www.kofc.org/en/news/releases/small-thanks-for-big-cause.html.

Fiscal Year 2020 Officer and Ladies Auxilliary Installation submitted by Bill Schelinski

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Grand Knight, Mike Strernitzky

Financial Secretary, Robert Van Mierlo

Deputy Grand Knight, Joe Hejlek

Chancellor, Richard Hejlek

Recorder, Max Saunders

Treasurer, Bill Schelinski

Advocate, Larry Merkel

Warden, Jerry Berra

Inside Guard, John Lauth

Outside Guard, Andy Budde

One Year Trustee, Jim Nelson (Former Grand Knight)

Two Year Trustee, Don Feltz

Three Year Trustee, John Fogarty (Former Grand Knight)

 

What are the Knights of Columbus Up To?

  • August 27th - SCL Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • September 15th - Return of Pancake Breakfast
  • September 28th & 29th Annual Feast of St. Vincent De Paul, Welcome Back to School and Knights Annual BBQ, MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • October 11,12,13 – Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
  • November 2nd – Pro-Life/Special Olympics Dinner
  • April 18th, 2020 - Cosmic Bingo

June 2019 Knights Corner in SCL Parish Bulletin submitted by Bill Schelinski

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Make sure to check out the Knights of Columbus Council 12323 in several places:

 

In PRINT, we appear in a monthly "Knights Corner" in the SCL parish Bulletin OR

 

Go to the SCL Parish website Quick Links https://sclparish.org/Resources/Sunday-Bulletin to view past bulletins

 

OR visit our website www.kofc12323.org

 

Did You Know…?
Eugene (Gene) F. Kranz, a Knights of Columbus member, was the NASA flight director for the first moonwalk 50 years ago on July 20, 1969? Gene also has a St. Louis connection where he attended flight school. “Throughout his career, Kranz…. has approached his life and work with the perspective of his Catholic faith…”
To learn more , and read the full article, visit http://www.kofc.org/en/columbia/detail/mission-from-above.html

"The Real 'Private Ryan' and the Chaplain Who Saved Him" Forward by Bill Schelinski

In case you didn't notice (like me, because I was too interested in the article about Gene Kranz) there is a powerful article in the March 2019 issue of Columbia magazine, "The Real 'Private Ryan' And The Chaplain Who Saved Him", "Paratroopers poured from the sky before dawn on June 6, 1944, hurtling through fog and flak to the French countryside below. It was D-Day; the Allied invasion of Normandy had begun. In a few hours, 200,000 troops would land by sea, and the mission of these airborne units was to prepare the way." and so begins the story of how two people that would become Knights of Columbus begins.  Click here in case you missed the story http://www.kofc.org/en/columbia/detail/the-real-private-ryan.html.

 

It reminds me that God is present and touches us in quiet ways, and sometimes in more obvious ways, like the teens who were lost at sea and prayed for recovery and saved by a boat named "Amen", https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/02/florida-teens-stranded-ocean-saved-boat-amen/3656640002/

 

We need to look and listen.

SCL Knights of Columbus Church Bulletin April 14th 2019 Bill Schelinski

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Congratulations to Luke, Sophia, Grace Camryn and George, the five finalists of the Knights of Columbus Essay Writing Contest!

 

The students were asked to write about their Confirmation saint answering the question, "What did you learn about this saint and how did this saint inspire you?"

 

Sophia's essay was selected and sent by our SCL Knights to the state competition.

Knights Corner Knights of Columbus Developmental Children's Medical Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital

The St. Catherine Laboure Knights of Columbus Council 12323 presented a $3,000 check to the Knights of Columbus Developmental Children's Medical Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

 

Grand Knight Jack Fogarty stated that the check was made possible as a result of the proceeds collected from their Tootsie Roll drive in October.  The drive was chaired by Council member Paul Violette.  Jack thanked all of the Council members for their help in collecting for this great cause.

 

This is one of five of the Missouri State Council premier programs.  The State Council of the Knights of Columbus contributes over $180,000 a year to the Knights of Columbus Developmental Children's Medical Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

 

The Knights are looking for new members at St. Catherine Laboure to help enrich and grow their efforts in helping the Community and aid in helping members become fulfilled in the support and understanding of the Catholic Faith.  To learn more about the Knight's mission and initiatives, please visit www.kofc.org, or the Council website at www.kofc12323.org  Please contact Rich Hejlek at 314-807-3602 or any member of the Council at St. Catherine Laboure to become involved in our Parish Council.

St. Catherine Laboure Knights of Columbus Launch Faith In Action By Bill Schelinski March 2019

March 4, 2019

 

It's all about Faith, Family, Community and Life:

 

Our Council 12323 got together to understand the new Faith In Action program detailed below from the kofc.org website.  Grand Knight Jack Fogarty, Bill Schelinski, Lou Holtmann, and Paul Violette discussed the program requirements and found out we are well on our way to supporting Supreme's Faith In Action Initiative.  Each of them will act as a 'committee chairperson' to take ownership of their various area of Action, Faith, Family, and Life.  More on each of those areas will appear in future News & Announcements.

 

 

Source: kofc.org

"In the opening lines of Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), His Holiness Pope Francis invites “Christians,everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” (3).

 

The Faith in action program model extends that same invitation to Knights of Columbus members and their families. it is a renewed personal invitation to live out the calling of their faith,the call to service of their neighbor and to answer the age-old question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (gn 4:9). Today, a man’s work can follow him home through his smartphone. At the same time, he is picking up a larger share of household responsibilities and striving to meet more intense demands of fatherhood as the pace of kids’ activities has accelerated. Despite this, many men are drawn to opportunities to be hands-on and to express their faith by working alongside peers in service to others.

 

They want to spend precious free time involved with their families while also building bonds of friendship and fraternity that will last a lifetime. As Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, “If we can’t meet young Catholic men where they are, they will go somewhere else. and in this era, it is too easy to go somewhere else when we need them to be home. Home in the Catholic Church, home in their parishes, and home with their families.”

 

As leaders and brother Knights who care about the long-term sustainability of the order, we are excited about men’s desire to serve and the opportunity to consistently adapt to meet the demand of a changing world and the needs of future members. We know that the chance to roll up our sleeves and demonstrate our faith through service is as powerful as it is rewarding. The calling is a fundamental part of the order’s history and genesis for our new program model, Faith in action.

 

This mission-driven platform is an excellent way to express our service program, as it speaks to our own efforts and to the interests of prospective Knights. The Faith in action model is a realization of the changing needs of men in the twenty-first century. it seeks to balance all of our key priorities with theirs — Faith,Family, Community and life — and present them in away that is clear to our leaders, members and prospective Knights.

 

The simplicity of Faith in action is that it fully integrates Building the Domestic Church programs as a foundational part of the model, limits the number of required programs to earn the Columbian award and,most importantly, allows councils to concentrate on implementing quality faith-filled family programs. our goal is for men to lead their family in service — not leave their family for service. The focus of this streamlined program is quality, not quantity."

Customer Appreciation Day by the Daughters of St. Paul written by Dennis Daniels submitted by Bill Schelinski

. .. and now for the rest of the story concerning the Customer Appreciation Day by the Daughters of St. Paul this past Saturday.
 
<  We collected $80.00 in 50/50 efforts and the Winner from the ticket pull was Ms. Mary Matthews.  She was contacted with news of the drawing results and without hesitation pushed her $40.00 winnings back to the Sisters.  Way to go, Mary.  :-)
 
<  Our donation (tip) jar on the edge of the food table to help the Daughters continue and advance their good works in our community yielded another $183.00 from well-wishers attending the event.
 
<  The glorious painting of Jesus that Pauline Books & Media provided in a raffle was won by none other than our brother knight, Jonathan Leljedal.  Good fortune for you and yours, Jonathan.  May you and your family enjoy this beautiful rendering of Jesus for many, many years to come!
 
As Brother Struckhoff noted in his email about the Customer Appreciation Day, the power of prayer prevailed and the Good Lord smiled on us with excellent weather for the event.  
 
Our event day began with some moisture in the air and a wet parking lot during our set-up in the early morning.  The clouds began to dissipate, the winds dried up the grounds and the sun rolled out to grace our event by the time we began serving patrons at 11 AM.  We served food until 2 PM and were soon out of there, with the last of the tear down efforts wrapping up around 3 PM.
 
Brother knights, I was pleased to see many of our volunteer knights also make the 5 PM Mass at SCLP as we all have so very much to be thankful for in realizing yet another successful annual event with the Sisters and attendees.  
 
With this said, our joint KOC and Pauline missions continue and are energized from the countless blessings of the day and the immeasurable value the Daughters of St. Paul and Pauline Books & Media (and our knights) provide our community. .. day in and day out in being of service to one and in service to all.
 
Once again, a special thanks to all directly and indirectly involved in turning this annual vision into yet another successful reality. .. especially my friends and brother knights - Jerry F., Jack S.,  Michael S.,  Joe P.,  Ray J., Allan B., Jack M., Jimmie N., Chuck S. and Rich H.  WE could not have done it without you and both the Daughters of St. Paul and the event attendees echo my gratitude and appreciation for you.
 
FYI.  We also achieved a first with this event. .. Sister Mary Joan (who comes to the Daughters of St. Paul and us from her home country of Italy and is in her 80s) is very restrictive with what she eats.  In fact, Sister Laura told me that Sister Mary Joan will not even eat Sister Laura's cooking - as each nun is expected to prepare a meal for the Sisters and Postulants at least once a week for all to share.  
 
Nevertheless, Sister Mary Joan had not only her usual order of a plain hamburger pattie on a hamburger bun, but then came back outside a short while later to partake in a second serving of the same order.  Will miracles never cease to happen for us, brother knights?
 
Some regulars and the faithful attended as we also drew in folks who have never been to this annual event before let alone experienced the Pauline community - grotto, chapel, store, mission, etc.  
 
A fun time was had by all, young and old, on perhaps the nicest weather day of the year in St. Louis and we look forward to another great experience this time next year in 2020.
 
Respectfully,
 
Dennis Daniels
 
 

Brother Knights,

The Faith in Action committee has been working hard this year to win the Columbian Award for our council. We have one more requirement to complete, a Novena for Life.

This 9 day pro life Novena consists of a Novena Prayer and needs to include other people in our parish, at least part of the time.

We will start the Novena at the officers' meeting on Tuesday, May 14. We will then pray it after the Knights' rosary at the 8:15 Mass on Wednesday, May 15.

We will pray it at the pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 19, and after the parish Rosary for the Sick at Church before our meeting on Tuesday, May 21.

We will say the 9th and last Novena Prayer on Wednesday, May 22, after the Knights' rosary at the 8:15 Mass. Thus, we will have included other parishioners in our Novena 4 out of the 9 days.

We realize that we can't all be present for these Novena functions, but we can pray the Novena individually or with our families all of the nine days.

Bill Schelinski will send the Novena Prayer to all the members via email. Please print it out so you will have it with you when we pray it at these functions.

You can contact Bill or me via email with any questions you might have.


Jack Fogarty, Grand Knight

Pauline Books & Media Customer Appreciation Saturday May 4th 2019 Bill Schelinski

Reminder - CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY (The Daughters of St. Paul and Pauline Books & Media)
 
When?  Saturday, May 4 from 11 AM until 2 PM (Food & Beverage Serving Period)
 
Where?  9804 Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63127 (Pauline Books & Media)
 
Wear your KOC apron and ball cap to the event and encourage others to also attend.  Consider sharing event details with an invitation to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, peers, etc.  ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
WE could definitely use some assistance with set-up and tear-down, as well as various odd jobs during the 3-hour window in serving patrons.  Volunteer Knights (and others) to assist in lightening the workload of all are needed and much appreciated as we fly our KOC council flag and are of service to one, of service to all for this special community event of gratitude.
 
We have tables, chairs, tents, banners and much, much more to set up in the front parking lot.
 
Set-up will begin at 8:30 AM and the PB&M Store opens at 10 AM.
 
Tear-down will begin around 2 PM and we are usually out of there well before 3 PM.
 
We ask all volunteers to use the parking areas to the east and west of the parking lot we will be using, as these businesses that border Pauline Books & Media have graciously offered their parking lot to the Daughters of St. Paul and in support of this event on Saturday.  Consequently, please park in these adjacent lots so as to provide parking for 
 
Patrons will be treated to a FREE LUNCH, courtesy of the Daughters of St. Paul.  Patrons can choose from a hamburger, a cheeseburger, bratwurst, hot dog or pulled pork sandwich.  Additionally, patrons can choose from a bag snack/chip product and their choice of a beverage (bottled water or soda pop).
 
The Daughters will also likely have a dessert item of some sort.
 
The store will have some special sales going on and this will be enhanced by a raffle too.
 
The forecast for weather is very good at this point in time as Friday, Saturday and Sunday are projected to be dry.  Rain or shine we will have the event that has become an annual tradition over the years. .. Happening on the second Saturday prior to Mother's Day each year.
 
Keep in mind with so many wonderful celebrations over the next 60 days you might find a great buy or two in their store to get you covered for baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings and more (not to forget Mother's Day).
 
If able to volunteer support, please give me a call at 314-337-1534 to let me know you will be attending.  WE look forward to seeing you even if it is just for a short visit as a volunteer, patron or combination thereof.
 
Check out the Events Calendar Page for Details
 
Thank You!
 
Respectfully,
 
Dennis Daniels