News & Announcements

May 2019 BBQ Chicken Dinner

With a festive crowd at hand and barbecue chicken on the menu, this evening turned out to be a very successful charity affair.  Netting over $530, nearly 100 folks sat down and enjoyed boneless barbecue chicken, fresh corn on the cob, Grandma Hebert's homemade potato salad and sweet baked beans.  Along with so many compliments on the juicy seasoned chicken and Brother Dan's homemade potato salad, everyone left happy and looking forward to our next dinner.

 

Thank you to all the brothers who lended a hand in making this such a success for our charity.

 

If you'd like to see pictures of the event, click here.

April 2019 Greek Dinner

With a traditional Greek menu including lamb and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), community members came from near and far to enjoy another delicious meal hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council #9058.  The nice weather contributed to lighter than usual crowds which meant more delight and food for those that joined us.  Thank you to all the brothers who joined Chef Jim in providing a well nourished meal and spreading the joy of the Lord.  Vivat Jesus!

 

For a link to the event pictures, click here

April Business Meeting

The council welcomed back our worthy Grand Knight to lead the April 2nd business meeting.  Prior to the official meeting, parishioner Cheryl Follien shared her impassioned quest to have anti-abortion legislation passed so as to reverse the troubling trend of mainstreaming late term abortions.  Cheryl is spreading her mission to all that will listen and was looking to enlist the help of the Knights of Columbus, and others in her most worthy quest.  She can be contacted at lifeisprecious@comcast.net for more information.

 

After Cheryl finished sharing her message, the meeting was called to order by the Grand Knight.  After the roll call and approval of the previous month's meeting minutes, Membership Director Chuck introduced our new 3rd degree members, Brothers Patrick Caputo and Bobby DiMattia.  The Grand Knight followed with his report and noted the next monthly Planning Meeting was April 24th and all were invited.  The Grand Knight also shared the “Father McGivney Guild” which was a decree from Pope Benedict recognizing the heroism and virtue of Father McGivney in hopes of starting a path to his sainthood. More information on this can be found on Supreme’s website.  The GK closed his comments by informing the council of the “40 Days of Life” initiative that can be found in the weekly brief on the State’s website.

 

Brother John Keisling followed the Grand Knight’s report by recognizing Brother Steve Rizzo and his family as the council’s Family of the Month.

 

The meeting proceeded with the standing committees and officers providing updates to their programs. Some highlights included Brother Bobby DiMattia reporting on plans to extend the use of social media by linking in Twitter and Instagram feeds into the council’s Facebook page in hopes of recruiting more members.  Bobby also noted that there will be a membership drive during the weekend of April 27th where our newer members can discuss their positive experiences of being a member of our council to prospective candidates.  Additional upcoming events and activities discussed included:

 

  • the Living Rosary to be held on Monday, May 13th in conjunction with the parish’s 40th Anniversary
  • an upcoming “Baby Bottle Program” to be led by the Deputy Grand Knight Dan Beaule
  • the next Blood Drive on June 21st
  • the upcoming Golf Tournament tentatively scheduled on August 24th at the Apple Hill Golf Club
  • our annual Tootsie Roll drive tentatively scheduled for September 20th-22nd

(As usual, be sure to keep your eye on the council’s website for updates to any of our council’s events as well as opportunities to volunteer for these activities.)

 

District Deputy Dick Callopy then spoke bringing greetings from State Deputy Glenn Camley.  Dick discussed the importance of Seminarian support and thanked our council for our great recruitment efforts and reminded us the survival of our organization depended on it.  State Secretary Joe Kowalik also spoke to the council and thanked us for our impressive numbers and the number of activities our council participates in and sponsors.  Brother Joe also echoed Brother Dick’s comments around the importance of recruitment.

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Lecturer John Cuneo gave talk on the interesting facts regarding the good works and production by the Knights of Columbus across the world.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:31 and all attendees enjoyed fellowship and sandwiches. Meeting minutes from the February meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website.

 

Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

March Business Meeting

The Council’s last business meeting was held on March 4th and was once again led by our worthy Deputy Grand Knight Dan Beaule.  After the roll call and approval of the previous month’s meeting minutes, Membership Director Chuck Mack presented an application for a prospective Brother Knight that was approved by the council.  Brother Chuck also reminded the council that there was an upcoming 2nd and 3rd Degree exemplification on March 9th and he was hopeful that the many 1st Degree Knights in our council would take advantage of this opportunity to move up in our Knighthood ranks.  The Deputy Grand Knight followed with his report and reminded the council of the monthly planning meeting that takes place on the last Wednesday of every month which gives all brothers an opportunity to be part of our council’s planning process.  Brother Dan also mentioned the opportunity to join the bus trip to the Knights of Columbus Museum that is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th.  After reading several notes of thanks, the Deputy Grand Knight reflected on how our many works are being recognized and appreciated by so many.  Our council was thanked for:

 

  • the installation of a safety ramp
  • helping with the Veterans dinner
  • the support of the Food Pantry that we provide throughout the year
  • the support of many of the Youth Ministry events throughout the year
  • the monthly dinners as well as many of the other church functions

The meeting proceeded with the communication of the financial status of our council followed by standing committees and officers providing updates to their programs. There was discussion on some of our upcoming events:

 

  • the Saint Patrick’s Day dinner on March 9th
  • The Tootsie Roll Drive scheduled for Sept 20th, 21st and 22nd
  • the next blood drive on June 21st

After remembering those in the need of our prayers, Brother Joe Passanise filled the role of Lecturer and gave an impassioned reminder on why we all became Knights and how, as Knights, we must continue to push on to serve, lead and never quit our fellowship.  Joe also reminded the council to remain dedicated to our Knighthood’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:31 and all attendees enjoyed some light refreshments and fellowship. Meeting minutes from the March meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website.

Columbia Award given to St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 9058

At the NH State Council quarterly meeting held this past January 27th in Suncook, our council received the Columbia Award for 2018.  The award is given to councils who conduct at least four major programs in each of the Faith in Action categories.  Once the council qualifies, they need to submit a Columbia Award application by June 30th.

 

Congratulation to Grand Knight Tom Fahey for his extended efforts in leading our council to such a milestone.  A special thank you also goes out to all the Knights who give up countless hours volunteering and helping our brothers and sisters in need.  Your charity and kind heart is what makes this such a warm and welcome brotherhood.

 

Vivat Jesus!

February 2019 Surf & Turf Dinner

Prior to our scheduled dinner on Saturday, February 9th, the Food Pantry storage room was demolished which enlarged the basement room.  This gave us a bigger area in the serving part of the room.  It also meant we could reconfigure the flow and give more space where people congregated getting drinks, salad, etc.

 

In addition to a new room, we scrapped the original menu of pork and replaced it with a steak and shrimp, also known as Surf & Turf.  Giving our historical data, we planned for 100 but instead, received over 150.  It was one of the bigger crowds we've seen all year and even with thinning some portions, we still had to turn away about 20 at the end.

 

For those that were lucky enough to get food, the compliments were far and wide, stating the food was delicious and asking us to do this again.

 

Some data for the event:

 

  • Dining in fed - approx 120
  • Takeouts sold:  20
  • Turned away:  20 in dining hall
  • Weather:  Cold and breezy
  • Net profit:  $509

For pictures of the event, click here

February Business Meeting

The February business meeting was led by our worthy Deputy Grand Knight, Dan Beaule, who was filling in for the GK who was unable to make the meeting.  After the roll call and approval of the previous month's meeting minutes, Membership Director Chuck Mack gave an update on the upcoming degree exemplifications and urged the members to continue their progression to the third- and fourth-degree Knighthood.  The Deputy Grand Knight followed with the GK report and re-iterated the value the monthly Planning Meetings have been providing as it allows for detailed discussion for the many programs that our council supports.  All are invited to the Planning Meeting which takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. The DGK also conveyed the upcoming KofC sponsored events across the state as well at the events from the recent State Quarterly meeting where our council was presented with the Columbia Award!  The DGK concluded his report by presenting Nick Maselli with the Knight of the Month award followed by Brother John Keisling recognizing Jeff Steenson and his family as the council’s Family of the Month.

 

The meeting proceeded with the standing committees and officers providing updates to their programs. Some highlights included some upcoming changes to the how the monthly dinners will be handled as well as our next blood drive which is scheduled for February 22nd.   District Deputy Dick Collopy then addressed the council with greetings from the State Council as well as information around the scheduled bus trip to the KofC Museum on April 6th and the upcoming annual State Convention that will take place during the last weekend of April.

(As usual, be sure to keep your eye on the council’s website for updates to any of our council’s events as well as opportunities to volunteer for these activities.)

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Lecturer John Cuneo gave a most interesting talk on the position and guidelines of the Catholic Church in regard to cremation. Details from John’s talk can be found on the council website by clicking here. The meeting was adjourned at 8:31 and all attendees enjoyed fellowship and sandwiches. Meeting minutes from the February meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here. 

January 2019 Meatloaf Dinner

On Saturday, January 12th, instead of our usual Italian dinner, the council decided to mix it up and serve a homestyle meatloaf.  With fingers crossed and prayers silently whispered, to our delight, the meal was very well received and enjoyed by all.  From "this was the best meatloaf!" to "I am so glad you served my favorite", the choice will probably end up as a permanent staple on our menu.

 

A special thank you to Brother Tom DiBenedetto for bringing his secret recipe and cooking up a feast.  With Brothers Dan Hebert and Jim Molloy, the kitchen ran very efficiently and produced enough meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, carrots and gravy for everyone.

 

The kitchen cooked for 120 and we ended up serving around 110 with just enough left over for our fellow Knights to enjoy a meal for their hard efforts.

 

For pictures of the event, click here

January Business Meeting

On January 7th the Council kicked off the New Year with a very well attended and efficiently run business meeting.  After the roll call and approval of the previous month's meeting minutes, Membership Director Chuck Mack introduced our newest brother, Bobby DiMattia, to our council. The Grand Knight then started with his report by thanking all those who remembered him in their prayers while he was in the hospital undergoing back surgery.  The GK continued by reporting to the council that the monthly planning meetings are showing their value as many new topics and ideas are discussed and then brought forward to the council for their quick resolution.  The GK closed with a discussion about our budget that had been mailed out to the members and the process on how it would be managed going forward.  He concluded his report by presenting Jim Carey with the Knight of the Month award followed by Brother John Keisling recognizing Chris Herron and his family as the council’s Family of the Month.

 

The meeting proceeded with the standing committees and officers providing updates to their programs. Some highlights of these reports included Brother Tom DiBenedetto letting the council know the results of the “Keep Christ In Christmas” poster contest as well as the successful Confirmation dinner held in December.  DGK Dan Beaule updated the council on the upcoming Saint Anne's 40th Anniversary activities where the council may be asked to provide assistance.  Other upcoming events that were discussed included:

 

  • the Free Throw contest on Sunday, February 17th,
  • the next council sponsored blood drive on Friday, February 22nd
  • a council social, currently scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd.

Be sure to keep your eye on the council’s website for updates to the above as well as opportunities to volunteer for these activities.

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Lecturer John Cuneo gave an interesting talk on the possible origins of the star followed by the Magi when they searched for Jesus. The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 and all attendees enjoyed fellowship and meatball and sausage subs. Meeting minutes from the January meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here. 

 

As a final note, during some of the discussions some members reported that they were not receiving emails from the council.  About four or five emails are sent to members each month which contain information on upcoming events, updates to the website, or requests for help.  If you are not getting any emails from the council, please reach out to the Dan Beaule at dbeaule1@gmail.com or John Keisling at jfkeisling@gmail.com so they can rectify the situation with Supreme, which is the ultimate source for email addresses.

Confirmation Dinner

On December 11th, our Council hosted it's 2nd Confirmation Dinner in recent months to a packed hall of 120.  A carb packed meal of ziti, sausage, meatballs and garlic bread was served.  The Youth Ministry provided scrumptious desserts of cake and cupcakes.

 

Thank you to November's Family of the Month recipient, Joan Virga for her help in making this a great success!!

December Business Meeting

The Council’s final business meeting of 2018 was held on December 3rd.  After the roll call and reading of minutes, our newest brothers, Patrick Caputo and Chris Herron, were introduced to our council and warmly received. The Grand Knight then followed with his report by first thanking all those who helped in the most successful Senior Dinner.  The GK then once again reminded the council of the monthly Planning Meetings which are focused on the short-term objectives of the council that continue to be a valuable tool and that all are welcome to attend; be sure to check the council website for the date and time of the next Planning Meeting.  The GK also noted that even though the year is quickly coming to an end, there were still three remaining meals to be covered:

 

- the monthly dinner on December 8th

- the Confirmation dinner on December 11th

- Santa’s Breakfast on December 16th

 

The Grand Knight concluded his report by presenting Dan Beaule with the Knight of the Month award followed by Brother John Keisling recognizing John Faro and his family as the council’s Family of the Month.

 

The meeting proceeded with the standing committees and officers providing updates to their programs. The council was also encouraged to participate in the Christmas card program for recovering soldiers at the Walter Reed Medical Center by sending an extra card or two to these soldiers.  The council was also reminded of the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity and that the form to be filled out is not the one that is currently on the website. The updated form will be emailed out and all members should enter their hours and either send it to the Worthy Financial Secretary via email or conventional mail.   The council was also then apprised of the upcoming Free Throw contest in February as well as the current “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest.   District Deputy Dick Collopy followed with updates from the State Council.  After remembering those needing our prayers, Lecturer John Cuneo gave a brief overview of Saint Joseph that contained may interesting aspects of his life.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 and all attendees enjoyed fellowship and a spread of turkey sandwiches. Meeting minutes from the December meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here.  More details on the above topics can also be found on the council’s website.

December 2018 Italian Feast Dinner

"Vieni, vieni tutti!" Come one, come all!, time for some delicious Italian inspired food.  This past Saturday, December 8th, a dozen Knights gathered to serve the community a mouth watering treat of pasta, sausage and garlic bread.  Some interesting facts about this meal:

 

  • 116 patron fed, up 20 from last year
  • 12 pounds of spaghetti were boiled
  • 116 manicottis served
  • 320 meatballs and 380 sausage pieces were cooked
  • 192 half slices of garlic bread were baked
  • 53 pounds of tomato sauce was slow cooked

Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time while easy listening music filled the background.

 

See pictures of the event here.

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Feast Day - December 12th

To read the complete story, click here...

 

An elder Mexican man makes his way to Mass in the early morning twilight of December 9, 1531. He is a peasant, a simple farmer and laborer, and he has no education. Born under Aztec rule, he is a convert to Catholicism, and each step he takes this morning is a step into history.

 

The morning quiet is broken by a strange music that he will later describe as the beautiful sound of birds. Diverting his path to investigate the sound, Juan Diego comes face to face with a radiant apparition of the Virgin Mary.

 

Juan Diego is 57 years old. He has just encountered the Virgin Mary on Tepeyac Hill, the site of a former Aztec Temple. His wife has died two years earlier, and he lives with his elder uncle, scratching his living from the earth as a humble peasant farmer. Why should this unlearned, man be chosen by Our Lady to carry a message to the Bishop? Perhaps because she would find none other as humble as Juan Diego.

 

Juan Diego is dazzled by the incredible beauty and miraculous nature of Our Lady's appearance. She appears as a native princess to him, and her words sound more beautiful than the sweetest music ever made.

 

Our Lady calms the startled traveler, and assures him of who she is. She instructs Juan Diego to visit his bishop and ask that a temple be built on the site of her appearance, so that she will have a place to hear petitions and to heal the suffering of the Mexican people. "Now go and put forth your best effort," Our Lady instructs.

 

Visibly shaken, Juan Diego approaches the Bishop who is initially very skeptical of his account. What did this peasant truly want? Does he merely seek attention? Notoriety? Money? Or is he possessed by demons? Has Juan Diego been tricked by the Devil?

 

The Bishop patiently listens to Juan Diego's accounts and dismisses him. The humble farmer has failed.

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast Day - December 8th

The Story of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

 

A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.

 

In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.”

 

It took a long time for this doctrine to develop. While many Fathers and Doctors of the Church considered Mary the greatest and holiest of the saints, they often had difficulty in seeing Mary as sinless—either at her conception or throughout her life. This is one of the Church teachings that arose more from the piety of the faithful than from the insights of brilliant theologians. Even such champions of Mary as Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas could not see theological justification for this teaching.

 

Two Franciscans, William of Ware and Blessed John Duns Scotus, helped develop the theology. They pointed out that Mary’s Immaculate Conception enhances Jesus’ redemptive work. Other members of the human race are cleansed from original sin after birth. In Mary, Jesus’ work was so powerful as to prevent original sin at the outset.

 

Reflection

 

In Luke 1:28 the angel Gabriel, speaking on God’s behalf, addresses Mary as “full of grace” or “highly favored”. In that context, this phrase means that Mary is receiving all the special divine help necessary for the task ahead. However, the Church grows in understanding with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit led the Church, especially non-theologians, to the insight that Mary had to be the most perfect work of God next to the Incarnation. Or rather, Mary’s intimate association with the Incarnation called for the special involvement of God in Mary’s whole life.

 

The logic of piety helped God’s people to believe that Mary was full of grace and free of sin from the first moment of her existence. Moreover, this great privilege of Mary is the highlight of all that God has done in Jesus. Rightly understood, the incomparable holiness of Mary shows forth the incomparable goodness of God.

 

A Reflection of the First Sunday of Advent

One of the phrases we find Jesus repeating over and over again is that simple, 'Do not be afraid!' I can understand why he says it so often, given that fear seems to be one of the emotions that stalks each of us at some time in our life. I don't need to elaborate as you will easily recognize your own fear and what it consists of, but to be afraid isn't anything to be ashamed of; it's a natural instinct, part of the DNA of human experience warning us to be careful.

 

More important though is what it is we are afraid of and why? The Church hasn't always been a good steward of those calming words of Jesus, for too often in the name of religion, a good fear of God, a healthy and positive respect for the unknown Holy One (something almost akin to wonder) has been translated into a negative force, an unhealthy fear, destructive, and punishing! You don't need to look far for examples of this kind, we see them daily alas in blogs and twitter, on remarks in Facebook, where those who should know better, write of threats of hell, and an angry vengeful God! Yes, we see these things used often by good people to put others in their place. I remember a friend of mine frequently saying: 'God is not mocked'-the implication being that something punishing was about to take place, and yet nothing did happen. And so it is, for those who are angry and vengeful, their threats that day, that week had little effect, the annoying people just lived on!

 

So why am I writing about fear? Because of Advent, because of what it suggests to us, not in terms of countdown to Christmas, but in that dramatic other countdown to the day of the coming of the Lord! Our readings are full of the ominous warnings about its happening, it will come when least expected, it will come unrecognized, although those with insight will know the signs, moon and stars falling, raging seas covering the earth and so on, but above all it seems to come at a time when people are confused, distressed and very afraid!

 

And yet, and yet, we must not let this vision of cosmic drama and apocalyptic gloom defeat the heart of our faith in God. Jesus has come, salvation has been given us, death has been conquered, sin is forgiven, and redemption is ours! We need to become not a fearful people, but those who like Jesus stand out as the calm voices of love: we should shout Julian of Norwich's famous words loudly, 'All shall be well' and keep on shouting 'don't to be afraid". If we pause and look beyond the tension of our scriptural readings, what we find is the fulfilment, not the destruction, of God's love in Jesus, his coming to take us with him to that Kingdom of rest, peace and love. Advent is that signpost: high in the purple sky amongst the stars of winter there above all things, it points and says: "This Way Is Home"!

Advent Prayer - Lectio Divina

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to prepare the paths of your Only-begotten Son:
that we may worthily serve you
with hearts purified by His coming:
Who lives and reigns with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.

 

Amen.

Saint Francis Xavier - Feast Day - December 3rd

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St. Francis Xavier was a Navarrese-Basque Roman Catholic missionary born in the Kingdom of Navarre on April 7, 1506. His father was a privy counselor and finance minister to King John III of Navarre. He was the youngest in his family and resided in a castle which still partially stands today and is in the possession of the Jesuit order.

 

As the young Francis grew, he was surrounded by war. Navarre was the target of a campaign by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Castile, and the kingdom was eventually conquered.

 

When the war stopped and Francis came of age, he was sent to study at the University of Paris. While there he roomed with his friend, Peter Favre. The pair met and were heavily influenced by Ignatius of Loyola, who encouraged Francis to become a priest.

 

In 1530, Francis Xavier earned his master's degree, and went on to teach philosophy at the University of Paris.

 

On August 15, 1534, Francis Xavier along with Peter Favre, and several other friends, made vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The men planned to travel to the Holy Land to convert non-believers. Francis Xavier started his study of theology that same year and was ordained on June 24, 1537.

 

Pope Paul III approved the formation of their order in 1540, which became The Society of Jesus. The order is more popularly became known as the Jesuits.

The period of Advent

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

 

There are three meanings of 'coming' that Christians describe in Advent. The first, and most thought of, happened about 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us. The second can happen now as Jesus wants to come into our lives now. And the third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.

 

Advent Sunday can be from the 27th November (which it was in 2016) to the 3rd December (which it was in 2017)! Advent only starts on the 1st December when Christmas Day is on a Wednesday (which will happen in 2019)!

 

No one is really sure when Advent was first celebrated but it dates back to at least 567 when monks were ordered to fast during December leading up to Christmas.

 

Some people fast (don't eat anything) during advent to help them concentrate on preparing to celebrate Jesus's coming. In many Orthodox and Eastern Catholics Churches, Advent lasts for 40 days and starts on November 15th and is also called the Nativity Fast. (Advent also starts on November 15th in Celtic Christianity.)

 

Orthodox Christians often don't eat meat and dairy during Advent, and depending on the day, also olive oil, wine and fish. You can see what days mean now eating what foods on this calendar from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

 

In medieval and pre-medieval times, in parts of England, there was an early form of Nativity scenes called 'advent images' or a 'vessel cup'. They were a box, often with a glass lid that was covered with a white napkin, that contained two dolls representing Mary and the baby Jesus. The box was decorated with ribbons and flowers (and sometimes apples). They were carried around from door to door. It was thought to be very unlucky if you haven't seen a box before Christmas Eve! People paid the box carriers a halfpenny to see the box.

 

There are some Christmas Carols that are really Advent Carols! These include 'People Look East', 'Come, thou long expected Jesus', 'Lo! He comes, with clouds descending' and perhaps the most popular Advent song 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel!'.

Advent Calendar

There are many types of calendars used in different countries. The most common ones in the UK and USA are made of paper or card with 24 or 25 little windows on. A window is opened on every day in December and a Christmas picture is displayed underneath.

 

In the 19th Century, German protestant Christians counted down to Christmas by marking 24 chalk lines on a door and rubbing one off every day in December.

 

Paper calendars were first popular in Germany in the early 1900s, although people made their own ones from the 1850s. There's a debate about exactly where and when the first mass produced calendar was printed - but it was certainly in Germany in the early 1900s. During World War II, the production of Advent calendars stopped due to a shortage of cardboard.

 

When they were first made, scenes from the Christmas Story and other Christmas images were used, such as snowmen and robins, but now many calendars are made in the themes of toys, television programmes and sports clubs. Some of these types of calendar even have chocolate under each window, to make every day in December that little bit better! I used to like those when I was a little boy (and still do now!!!)! The first calendar with chocolate in it was made in 1958, although they only became really popular in the 1980s.

 

Some European countries such as Germany use a wreath of fir with 24 bags or boxes hanging from it. In each box or bag there is a little present for each day.

 

There are also now all different types of Advent Calendars used to sell and promote different products including chocolate, perfumes, alcohol and beauty products. You can even get advent calendars for your pets with dog or cat treats in them! The world's largest advent calendar was made in 2007 at the St Pancras Train Station in London, England. It was 71m tall and 23m wide and celebrated the refurbishment of the station. The most expensive advent calendar ever was made in 2010 by a jewellers in Belgium. It was made of 24 glass tubes each containing some diamonds and silver! It was worth about $3.3 million.

Advent Candles

A Wreath Advent Crown

 

There are two types of candle(s) that are used to count down to Christmas Day in Advent. The first looks like a normal candle, but has the days up to Christmas Day marked down the candle. On the first of December the candle is lit and burnt down to the first line on the candle. The same is done every day and then the rest of the candle is burnt on Christmas day. I use one of these candles to count down during Advent.

 

Lutheran Churches in Scandinavia used 24 little candles to count down through December from the 1700s.

 

An Advent Crown is another form of candles that are used to count down Advent. These are often used in Churches rather than in people's homes. The crown is often made up of a wreath of greenery and has four candles round the outside and one in the middle or in a separate place. Sometimes a more traditional candelabra is used to display the five candles.

 

Advent Candles

 

One candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, two are lit on the second Sunday and so on. Each candle has a different meaning in Christianity. Different churches have given them different meanings, but I was taught the following:

 

  • The first represents Isaiah and other prophets in the Bible that predicted the coming of Jesus.
  • The second represents the Bible.
  • The third represents Mary, the mother of Jesus.
  • The fourth represents John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, who told the people in Israel to get ready for Jesus' teaching.
  • The middle or separate candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Jesus, the light of the world. In Germany this fifth candle is known as the 'Heiligabend' and is lit on Christmas Eve.

In many churches, the color purple is used to signify the season of Advent. On the third Sunday, representing Mary, the color is sometimes changes to pink or rose.

November 2018 Business Meeting

The Council’s last business meeting was held on November 5th and the council was honored to have Brother Deacon Bill join us.  After the roll call and reading of minutes, Deacon Bill spoke of the effectiveness of the nametags that the Knights have been wearing in identifying the many Knights in the parish and how this led to name tags being created for the ushers and greeters of the parish. Deacon Bill also informed the council that the parish is finalizing plans for the 40th anniversary and how it will center around the spiritual, social and outreach aspects of our Parish Community and encouraged our Council to get involved.  The Grand Knight then followed with his report by first thanking all those involved in the most successful Veterans Appreciation Dinner.  The GK reminded the council that Planning Meetings which are focused on the short-term objectives of the council continue to be held with the next meeting being scheduled for November 28th and that all are invited to attend. The GK then spoke to a quick overview of the council’s budget which is  available in the “Member’s Section” of the council’s website. The Grand Knight concluded his report by presenting Joe Passanise with the Knight of the Month award followed by Brother John Keisling recognizing  Joan Virga and her family at the council’s Family of the Month.

 

The meeting proceeded with the standing committees and officers providing updates to their programs. The council was thrilled to have Membership Director Chuck Mack back as he notified the council there were four candidates that had submitted applications for admission to our council. The council was also made aware of the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity that is coming up and that each member would be receiving a worksheet to fill out with their volunteer hours which would then need to be returned to the Financial Secretary. Finally, the upcoming schedule was shared with the council with the highlights being:

- the monthly dinner on November 10th

- the Blood Drive on November 23rd

- the Seniors dinner on December 2nd

- the Confirmation dinner on December 11th

- Santa’s Breakfast on December 16th

As usual, details on these events can be found on the council’s website and volunteers to help at these events are always needed. After remembering those needing our prayers, Lecturer John Cuneo enlightened the council on the details surrounding the Advent Wreath.

 

The efficient and well-run meeting was adjourned at 8:34 and all attendees enjoyed fellowship and delicious meat loaf sandwiches. Meeting minutes from the November meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here.

November 2018 Roast Chicken Dinner

On the day before Veteran's Day, our Council hosted it's annual Roast Chicken Dinner.  The kitchen was led by Brothers Tom Di Bennedetto and Dan Hebert, two of the several great cooks our council has to offer.  Together with a dry rubbed chicken, they whipped up fluffy mashed potatoes, a corn, carrot and pea medley and a lick your fingers brown gravy.  Even though it was a light crowd only reaching 65 meals, everyone who came left wanting more.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped setup, cook and cleanup.  Without you, last night wouldn't have been possible!

 

See pictures here

Annual Coat Drive a Success!

During the weekend of October 27th, our council, along with the Girl Scout  Cadet and Senior Troop 23938, held our yearly Coat Drive. The Coat Drive was expanded this year to include adult coats as well as children's coats.  The drive was an amazing success as over 150 coats were collected!  Over 50 of the coats have already been distributed to families within our community and the remaining coats will be distributed to other outreach programs in New Hampshire.  Thanks to all those who contributed to this most worthwhile cause!  Pictures from the event can be found here.

2018 Veterans Appreciation Dinner

In April of 2018, GK Tom Fahey and DGK Dan Beaule went to the State Convention in Nashua.  It was during the Awards Ceremony we learned that another Council put on a Veterans Appreciation Dinner which was well received (and netted them a Council award for).  It was at that moment that the Deputy Grand Knight decided to begin the process of putting together a dinner for our own local veterans.

 

As I'm sure Brother Nick Sarbanis can attest to, creating an event from scratch takes a lot of effort and coordination.  From coming up with the meal, to decorating, advertising, obtaining raffle prizes, etc., many pieces come together to create a successful night.

 

This past Saturday, November 3rd, we hosted an appreciation dinner for 70 of our local veterans and their spouses.  The hall was decorated in a patriotic theme.  A POW/MIA table was setup for those soldiers that never made it home.

 

The crowd was served homemade personal recipes of meatloaf, mac and cheese and honey glazed cinnamon carrots.  The meal was designed to be comfort food, one which a soldier would feel most at home having.  Together with a homemade patriotic cake designed and baked by our Grand Knight, everyone had a wonderful night out.

 

Before the meal started, each patron received 3 tickets.  After everyone finished their meal, nearly 3 dozen prizes were called out and picked by winner's choice.

 

Thank you to all the veterans and their guests for making this a successful evening.  We hope to do this again next year.

 

You can see the photos of the event here.

2018 Tootsie Roll Drive

Campaign for People With Intellectual Disabilities

The Saint Maximilian Kolbe Council held our annual "Tootsie Roll Drive" the weekend of September 14-16, 2018.   Thirty four brothers each donated 2 or more hours of their time, and we raised just under $3,700.  Proceeds from the drive will benefit the Kimi Nichols Center, New Hampshire Special Olympics and Camp Fatima.  As in past years, we collected donations from the following locations:

 

  • Market Basket
  • Shaw's
  • Food Plus convenience store
  • a local Plaistow pharmacy
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Store-N-More

This year, we also added the Early Bird Cafe in Plaistow.  Many thanks to all these businesses for allowing us to use their locations.

Thank you to everyone who made this year's drive a success!  Pictures of the event can be seen here.

2018 Annual Recruitment Drive

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This past weekend, we hosted are annual recruitment drive at St. Anne's Parish.  During this time, we make a concerted effort to get new members for your council by highlighting the benefits of becoming a Knight.  Brother Joe spoke at each of the 4 Masses and after each Mass, brothers passed out membership info at the doors and the GK and DGK hosted a table of information setup in the basement hall.  Over 30 informational packets were created and at the end, just a few remained.  A current Knight from another council requested to be transferred, and two more men filled out applications on the spot to be considered.  With another 2 dozen information packets there, we expect to hear back from others as they consider joining our Council.  All in all, it was a very successful drive and we look forward to doing it again next year.

 

See pictures of the Masses here.

October 2018 Oktoberfeast dinner

Was für ein tolles Essen!!
Wir lieben das Schweinefleisch!!
Kann nicht auf nächsten Monat warten!!

 

What a great meal!!
We love the pork!!
Can't wait for next month!!

 

Another successful dinner was held at St. Anne's Parish this past Saturday, October 13th.  On the menu this month was savory pork roast, German potato salad, German red cabbage (known as kohl) and sauerkraut.  Together with the usual salad, rolls, dessert and drinks and everyone left stuffed and with a smile.

 

Thank you to everyone who came to support your St. Maximilian Kolbe Council.  You can see pictures of the dinner here.

October Business Meeting

The October business meeting was held on October 1st and the council was joined by Father Marc. After the roll call and reading of minutes, Father Marc addressed the council expressing his appreciation and thanks for all the work the council does in supporting the Parish as well as the community.  The Grand Knight then followed with his report and started by acknowledging all those involved in the successful Tootsie Roll Drive held in September.  The Grand Knight also reviewed the busy slate of activities the council will be supporting:

  • October 12th– Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner
  • October 13th – Monthly Dinner
  • October 13th and 14th – the annual KofC 9058 Membership Drive
  • October 27th and 28th – Adult and Children Coat Drive

The Grand Knight requested all brothers try to take part and volunteer for the many events to help spread the work out. All details around these activities can also be found on the council website. The Grand Knight concluded his report by presenting Lance Ribeiro with the Knight of the Month award and recognizing Mike Korpak and Family as the Family of the Month.

 

The meeting proceeded with the standing committees and officers providing updates to their programs. The council then welcomed District Deputy Dick Collopy who offered greetings and salutations from the State Deputy, Glen Camley.  Brother Dick updated the council on several activities occurring at the state level as well as the request for volunteers to become part of a Second Degree team that is being re-established by Bob Jones.  After remembering those needing our prayers, our lecturer, Brother John Cuneo, gave an inspiring overview of Christine Gallione’s article, “Defending the Church, 7 Reasons for Attending Weekly Mass”.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 and all members enjoyed a time of fellowship and a light meal. Meeting minutes from the October meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here.

7 Reasons to go to Weekly Mass

As Catholics, we know we’re supposed to go to Mass every week. While there are exceptions, such as when we’re faced with illnesses, family emergencies or unsafe roads, it’s often the more mundane excuses that can keep us from attending our churches on a weekly basis. Some of us like to sleep in and rest after a hectic week. Others like to engage in outdoor activities on the weekend. Some people think it’s too hot or too cold to leave the comforts of home on a Sunday morning.

 

These excuses can make going to Mass each week seem like a chore. But whatever our reasons are for not going to Mass, there are many more reasons to go. Here are just seven of them to consider.

 

1. Our souls receive nourishment.

 

Just before Mass ends, we receive the Eucharist. In it, we receive something infinitely greater than what we receive from a little extra sleep or a little more rest and relaxation. Those things are important too. But from the Eucharist, we receive miraculous nourishment for our souls that can’t be found in anything else.

 

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI said “Being nourished by Christ is the way not to be…indifferent to the fate of the brethren, but rather to enter into the same logic of love and of the gift of the sacrifice of the Cross; anyone who can kneel before the Eucharist, who receives the Body of the Lord, cannot but be attentive in the ordinary daily routine to situations unworthy of the human being; anyone who…can break his own bread with the hungry and share water with the thirsty, who can clothe the naked and visit the sick person and the prisoner (cf. Mt 25:34-36). This person will be able to see in every individual that same Lord who did not hesitate to give the whole of himself for us and for our salvation.”

 

2. Our minds are enriched.

 

In John 14:6, Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” In order to know Jesus better and in order to know and understand God’s will for us, we need to read or hear the Word of God through The Bible. While we can have the best intentions of reading a passage or two from The Bible each week, how often do we find the time to do so?

 

Each week at Mass, we hear a different reading from the New Testament, the Old Testament, the Gospel and Psalms. Our minds are enriched by the truth. Going regularly also keeps the Word of God fresh in our minds as we begin each week.

 

3. We receive insight into the Word of God.

 

Although it’s essential that we know God’s will for us through Scripture, it’s equally important that we understand the Word of God. Not only that, but it’s also crucial that we know how to apply this wisdom to our lives. While understanding is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we don’t all have the same degree of that gift bestowed upon us. Many of us hear the readings and don’t grasp how much they apply to our modern lives.

 

But the priest’s homily (sermon) should be filled with contemplative understanding of the readings. It can often help us to better relate to what Jesus teaches us. In May of 2014, Pope Francis spoke with a group of rectors and students of the pontifical colleges and residences of Rome. He said “The theology of the homily is somewhat sacramental. It is different than saying words about a topic. It’s something more. It implies prayer, it implies study, it implies knowing the people to whom you will speak, it implies closeness."

 

4. Our prayers are strengthened.

 

With everything going on in the world right now, there is no doubt that the world needs our prayers as much as at any other time in history. There’s no shortage of violence, poverty, prejudice, disasters and disrespect for human dignity. However, if we gather together to pray, as we do at each Mass, we can make a difference. It might not be obvious right away. But, somewhere in the world, those prayers will be answered in some way – whether it be food for the hungry, clean water for the impoverished or dignity and healing for the sick.

 

Our own personal prayers will also be strengthened. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."

 

5. We become part of a diverse community.

 

With prejudice still being a major problem in our world, it’s vital to find ways to combat it – for our own good and for the good of our society. Believe it or not, going to Mass each week is one way to fight many types of prejudice. Although there are some Catholic churches that are dedicated to serving a particular ethnic group, and they have Masses in the group’s native language, the majority of Catholic parishes serve diverse communities. At Mass, we stand shoulder to shoulder with people of different ethnicities, races, cultures and economic and educational backgrounds. We offer peace to one another. We pray together. We are united as brothers and sisters in Christ. If we experience this bond on a weekly basis, how can there be room for prejudice?

 

6. It allows us to give back.

 

In addition to uniting us, it gives us the chance to work together to help those in need in our communities and around the world. For instance, at the end of some Masses, the priest will announce a need for volunteers to assist a ministry. After other Masses, there will be students or volunteers holding charity fundraisers. Even when there’s a Mass in which neither happens, there will most likely be a notice in the weekly bulletin about an opportunity for parishioners to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate or those who just need a helping hand.

 

This reason may offer another benefit. Studies have shown that volunteering (with a sincere desire to help) may lower blood pressure and improve volunteers’ mental health as well.

 

7. It lets us express our gratitude.

 

Of all the reasons to go to Mass each week, this one is, by far, the best. No matter what sorrows, hardships and challenges we’ve faced in our personal lives and in our families, most of us have also experienced God’s blessings. As we know, all truly good things – and people – come from God. In addition to the abundance of personal blessings we’ve received, we also share, as brothers and sisters in Christ, in two of the most amazing gifts we can imagine – the gifts of hope and salvation. Jesus gave His life for us. Through humble prayer, praise and worship in word and in song, we thank God through our participation in the sacred Mass. To start our weeks by expressing our gratitude to God fuels our faith and lifts our spirits.

 

In Summary:

 

It’s not always easy to get out of bed and into church on a Sunday morning. The temptation to skip going to Mass is great. But it’s easy to see that the rewards of going each week are far greater. Even if we are still tempted to view going to Mass weekly as a chore, let’s think about what would happen if we stopped doing household chores every week. Do we want our spiritual lives to experience that kind of disorder and decay? It’s just one more reason to sleep in, go hiking or play sports on a Saturday, instead.

Babe Ruth, an unlikely Catholic, was a giant both in appetite and charity

"Catholicism" might not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Babe Ruth. With his copious drinking and womanizing, the baseball giant didn't exactly lead the life of a religious conservative. He was, however, a member of the Knights of Columbus and invested much time and money in charitable activities, especially those involving the sick and the orphaned. This year, the 100th anniversary of Ruth entering the big leagues, we should remember all facets of this complicated man.

 

Many have thought that Ruth was an orphan himself. He wasn't, but he did not have it easy either. Born on Feb. 6, 1895, in a grim part of south Baltimore known as "Pigtown," Ruth -- who was of both Catholic and Lutheran Germanic background -- was rather close-mouthed on the subject of his parents. His father was the proprietor of a small, sometimes violent saloon. His mother was often ill and died young. Ruth spent his early days tramping around Baltimore, chewing tobacco, and occasionally stopping by his father's establishment to sample the booze. It seemed like the classic turn-of-the-20th-century beginning to a wayward and delinquent life.

 

Leigh Montville's biography, The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, tells how Ruth, considered an incorrigible by age 7, was sent to live at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, run by Xaverian Brothers. Despite all of the religious instruction and the disciplined schedule, it was a tough school with many hardened kids, a number of whom went bad, and some downright rotten, such as alumnus Richard Whittemore, executed in 1927 for slaughtering a guard in prison, where he had been sent for leading a gang of thugs responsible for no less than nine murders. (The same year Whittemore was executed, Ruth, starring on a Yankee team that many consider the greatest of all time, was the focal point of a daunting lineup nicknamed "Murderers' Row.")

 

However, St. Mary's could also put an aimless miscreant on the right path. There, the young and unruly Ruth encountered Br. Matthias Boutlier, who would elicit his utmost respect and influence him for the better. Boutlier was a man of towering stature and enormous physical strength who could wallop a baseball for a mammoth distance.

 

Ruth, the future "Sultan of Swat," later said of his Herculean idol: "I think I was born as a hitter the first day I ever saw him hit a baseball." Boutlier ran the bases with a short, pigeon-toed stride and swung his bat with a sweeping, upward motion -- characteristics his little acolyte would later display as a professional.

 

Ruth followed the brother to such an extent that, at one point, he had spoken of becoming a priest, a vocation to which he was probably not well-suited. The athletic calling soon took hold, however. For a striving ballplayer, St. Mary's, which had its own league, was highly conducive to developing his talents. Ruth said he once played as many as 200 games in one year. Emerging as a standout, he was signed by his hometown Baltimore Orioles at age 19. Following a brief stint in the Minor Leagues, he signed with the Boston Red Sox, with whom he made his Major League debut on July 11, 1914.

 

In a span of months, Ruth went from living at an austere quasi-orphanage to hauling in big-league money. Montville's biography describes him in 1915 as "a kid let loose in the adult funhouse." The young athlete was newly married, and his affairs were legion. Arguably even more gluttonous was his nutritional intake: "He would eat six, eight, ten hot dogs at a time, wash them down with four, six, eight bottles of soda." To the amazement of teammates, Ruth would follow nights of corporeal indulgence by attending Mass in the morning. Truth was, amid all the debauchery, he never completely left St. Mary's, where he often resurfaced to donate money and participate in fundraising events. He especially did not forget Boutlier, for whom he eventually purchased a $5,000 Cadillac, only to replace it when the car was destroyed in a wreck.

 

In 1919, he joined the Pere Marquette Council 271 of the Knights of Columbus in South Boston. Soon after, he was infamously sold to the rival New York Yankees, with whom he became the greatest player of all time. Also legendary were his ongoing exploits involving alcohol, binge-eating, women and gambling, along with reckless driving and lavish spending.

 

It would have been easy, and perhaps appropriate, to be cynical about Ruth's Catholicism, were it not for his charity. Giving away a chunk of one's money has become an almost obligatory endeavor in recent years among prominent rich people. Such a phenomenon was not nearly as prevalent in Ruth's day. He was a star who gave to charity because he wanted to.

 

In 1927, the year he belted what was then a record 60 home runs, Ruth and his riches helped establish the American Legion Crippled Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Yankees held their spring training. Giving generously to others and spending recklessly on himself, he likely would have gone broke (like many star athletes these days) had he not come under the guidance of Christy Walsh, pro baseball's first agent, who ensured that Ruth would have a financially comfortable post-baseball lifestyle.

 

After 1932, Ruth's skills began to deteriorate, some of it due to aging, some of it due to his gluttony, which rendered him increasingly out of shape. Retiring from baseball in 1935, he coveted a managerial position but was unable to land any desirable spot. It was generally felt that Ruth was unable to manage himself, let alone a team of players.

 

So Ruth focused more on helping others. As World War II arrived, he teamed up with the Red Cross and made numerous trips to military hospitals. He also continued to visit countless sick children, long before it became in vogue for superstar athletes. Tellingly, sports journalist Bill Slocum said: "For every picture you see of the Babe in a hospital, he visits fifty without publicity."

 

In 1946, Ruth was visiting hospitals for a different reason: an inoperable cancerous tumor in his neck. A regimen of experimental treatment resulted in a dramatic recovery, but it would prove temporary. The sports icon died on Aug. 16, 1948, at the age of 53, leaving behind much of his money to the Babe Ruth Foundation, which focused on helping indigent children. A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, N.Y., where about 75,000 gathered outside: a fittingly massive crowd for one who truly was -- in his appetites, achievements and charity -- a giant.

September Business Meeting

The September business meeting was another well attended and informative meeting as the council caught up on the busy upcoming months.  The Grand Knight reviewed the numerous events the council will be holding.  In addition to the Tootsie Roll drive in September, the GK informed the council that the upcoming events in October and November include:

  • October 12th – Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner
  • October 13th – Monthly Dinner
  • October 13th and 14th – the annual KofC 9058 Membership Drive
  • November 3rd – Veterans Dinner
  • November 10th – Monthly dinner

All these events as well as the December events can be found on our website – be sure to be on the lookout for the call for help as these events take place.

 

The Grand Knight also noted that next year is Saint Anne’s 40th anniversary.  Father Marc and Deacon Bill will be planning several events per month and will be looking for our council to partner up with the various committees and support any activities as needed – this will be sure to keep us busy next year!

 

The Grand Knight awarded Joe Tabbi Knight of Month and Family Director, Mike Korpak, recognized Chris Hurni and her daughter, Grace, as Family of the Month.

 

The rest of the meeting was rounded out by the standing committees and officers  providing updates to their programs followed by the remembering of those needing our prayers.  Our lecturer, Brother John Cuneo, gave an interesting talk on the lesser known aspects of the great Babe Ruth’s life and we were all most surprised to learn that the Babe was a brother Knight and very supportive of charitable causes.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:56 and all members enjoyed a time of fellowship and the less than small meal of Polish sausages and perogies. Meeting minutes from the September meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Two friends that grow up together take completely different paths

You 'graduated' high school in 2011. Your teenage years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate. Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football. Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football. Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage. You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best. They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s. College was not an option for him. On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter. You went to summer workouts. He went to basic training. You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans. Tutors attended to your every academic need. You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard. You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country. Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice. He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did. He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.

You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts. You hired an agent and waited for draft day. You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football. Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach. He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers. You will sleep at the Ritz. He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep. You will “make it rain” in the club. He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name. For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week. There are no adoring fans. There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest. He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV. When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television. While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.

To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys. We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you. We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right. But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I encourage all like minded Americans to boycott the NFL.

National boycott of the NFL for Sunday November 12th , Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.

Circuit court upholds ‘In God We Trust’ on currency

The phrase “In God We Trust” does not violate the Constitution, a circuit court of appeals ruled on Aug. 28.

The 3-0 decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota came in response to an action brought by a group of 29 atheists and supporters. They contended that the national motto “In God We Trust” appearing on currency was a violation of the First Amendment clause against the establishment of a state religion and a violation of their freedom of speech.

Tuesday’s decision upheld a lower court ruling from December 2016. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a similar decision upholding the constitutionality of the phrase in May 2018, in which the use of the motto on currency was not deemed to be compelled speech.

Circuit Judge Raymond Gruender said that putting “In God We Trust” on currency did not establish a religion, and that it “comports with early understandings of the Establishment Clause.” Further, Gruender said, the motto appearing on money also did not constitute compulsory religious practice and was therefore not a constitutional violation.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Michael Newdow, who represented the atheists and atheist groups, said in an email to Reuters that Tuesday’s decision was “utterly revolting.”  

In addition to attempting to remove “In God We Trust” from currency, Newdow has also litigated attempts to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. He was not successful in that effort.

“In God We Trust” was made the country’s national motto in 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law. The phrase had appeared on currency since 1864, and appeared on paper money about 100 years later.

September 2018 Polish Dinner

“Co za Kolacja!” Polish for “What a dinner!” It sure was. On Saturday evening, September 8th The Knights of Columbus Council #9058 held its annual Polish Dinner. Approximately 120 guests noshed on roasted Polish Kielbasa, stuffed pierogi, stuffed cabbage (called Gołąbki), mashed potato, fresh garden salad, rolls and butter, homemade cakes courtesy of Richard Botteron’s wife, coffee, tea and iced beverages. As our guests dined, they listened to Polish hits and Polka tunes. Our cash prize 50/50 was a whopping one hundred dollars! Free state auto inspections, Restaurant.com gift certificates, and future dinner tickets were also enjoyed by the lucky raffle ticket winners. Our guests raved about the food, service and ambience. Most all commented how the Oktoberfest is especially fun and are looking forward to the night next month. Mark your calendar for October 13th. See you there!

 

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16th Annual Hampstead Open Golf Tournament

On Saturday, August 25th, our Council hosted it's 16th Annual Golf Tournament held at Apple Hill Golf Club in East Kingston, NH.  It was 81, low humidity and just beautiful, it definitely felt as though God blessed us with the perfect day.  Thirty nine golfers came to play a best ball scramble format where each foursome started off at a different hole.  This ensured all players would finish at the same time.  The fairways and greens were in top shape and were challenging to land on at times, while the bunkers and tall weeds ate up any ball that dared get near.  At around 6pm, we all sat down for a scrumptious catered meal of steak kabobs, grilled chicken, rice pilaf, salad and bread.  After our bellies were full, Brother Nick and Lew read off raffle tickets that were previously sold on some 80+ prizes.  Prizes ranged from golf putters and balls to tools and gift certificates.  With such a large number of giveaways, many golfers received more than one prize.

 

A special thanks to Brothers Nick Sarbanis, Lewis Hadley and Paul St Peter for setting up, registering people and putting together this event. 

 

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe Feast Day - August 14, 2018

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Many of you may know of St. Maximilian Kolbe as the martyr of Auschwitz, the Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar sent to the Nazi concentration camp for hiding 3,000 Polish and Jewish refugees in a shelter at his friary. During the nights in the concentration camp, he would go bunk to bunk saying, "I am a Catholic priest. Can I do anything for you?"

 

When a fellow prisoner attempted to escape, 10 men were chosen to be killed as retribution. Saint Maximilian volunteered to take the place of Franciszek Gajowniczek, a husband and father who had been chosen. Franciscek later recalled, "I could only thank him with my eyes. I was stunned and could hardly grasp what was going on. The immensity of it: I, the condemned, am to live and someone else willingly and voluntarily offers his life for me — a stranger. Is this some dream?"

 

Put into a starvation cell with the other nine men, Fr. Kolbe would kneel and lead psalms and canticles. He'd encourage them to forgive their persecutors. One of the SS guards even stated, "This priest is really a great man. We have never seen anyone like him."

 

Father McGivney's Birthday - August 12, 2018

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AUGUST IS A SPECIAL TIME TO REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THE ORDER’S FOUNDER AND TO PRAY FOR HIS INTERCESSION OF FATHER MICHAEL J. MCGIVNEY

 

Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, was born Aug. 12, 1852, and died Aug. 14, 1890, two days after his 38th birthday. The week in which these dates fall each year is Knights of Columbus Family Week, a time when councils are encouraged to schedule family events. But you can call upon Father McGivney’s intercession whenever family issues arise and invoke him by his titles: Apostle to the Young and Protector of Christian Family Life.

 

Father McGivney, whose cause for canonization remains open at the Vatican, was declared venerable in 2008. Knights and their families are urged to pray daily for his intercession in matters large and small, and to report any favors received. The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild investigates reports of possible miracles — extraordinary physical healings experienced after invoking Father McGivney’s aid. Inquiry into a reported miracle is a long and painstaking process, but we pray that one of these events will be accepted by the Vatican and open the way to his beatification. A second miracle would then be needed for canonization.

August 2018 Steak BBQ dinner

This was not one to miss!  The steak was rubbed with spices and barbecued, the potatoes were left whole and baked and the corn on the cob was boiled and moistened with butter.  Together with homemade sour dough bread, 110 patrons including takeouts savored every bite and enjoyed the evening.  It dawned on me as we were wrapping up that I forgot to take pictures, I'll write myself a note next time.  Thank you to all the Brother Knights who helped make this night a great success!!

Memorial Mass - August 12, 2018

On August 12th, St. Maximilian Kolbe Council held it's annual Memorial Mass to remember our past Brothers.  As with tradition, our Council, along with spouses, walked in and sat together as a sign of fraternity.  Father Marc gave a wonderful homily from the Gospel reading.  In the Gospel passage from John, which is part of the Bread of Life Discourses, Jesus introduces Eucharistic Theology. His bread is different from the common bread that we eat every day and will give us eternal life. We are invited to eat that bread each week at Mass as we receive the Eucharist. We are called to live as Eucharistic People by looking beyond our needs to the good of others and in that way, we will be nourished forever on Jesus’ bread - The Bread of Life

 

After the homily, during the Prayers for the Faithful, Brothers Dan Beaule, Richard Botteron and Chuck Mack read off the names of our brothers that have fallen asleep.  They are:

 

Daniel L. Ahern Rev. Florent R. Bilodeau Robert B. Braun
Walter R. Budzyna Ronald Cambra Raymond E. DeMatteo
Joseph A. DeRosa Ronald Desantis Roland L. Driscoll
Joseph A. Grandmaison Lewis Hadley Sr William C. Hagen
Alfred E. Harris Charles E. Healy Thomas F. Hennessey
Joseph L. Knight Andrew L. LaRoche Frank Mahoney
Gino J. Mattozzi Edward B. McGrath John T. Oliver
Domenic F. Ragonese Joseph A. Sears Joseph M. Shank
Robert E. Shea William A. Spears Raymond E. Thibeault
Louis C. Thomas Frederick T. Tobin Robert E. Tobin
Raymond E. Walters John H. Woelflein Jr.  

 

 

For pictures of the Mass, click here

August Business Meeting

The August business meeting was a jam-packed information sharing meeting as there were many new faces in attendance and the Grand Knight had several updates to share with the council.  The GK reported to the council that Supreme has updated the service program for all councils. The program is now called “Faith in Action” and identifies four categories for all councils to focus on during the year.  The GK reviewed each of the new categories with those in attendance and announced the facilitators for each of the categories as follows:

 

  • Faith Activities – Tom Fahey
  • Community Activities – Nick Sarbanis
  • Familiy Activities – Tom Di Benedetto
  • Life Activities – Dan Beaule

The GK will be looking for these facilitators to ensure we continue to meet the high level of service to our community that the council has achieved in previous years.

 

The usual busy calendar of the council was reviewed with the near-term items being the upcoming Golf Tournament on August 25th, the Blood Drive on August 31st and the Tootsie Roll Drive during the September 14th weekend.  Other highlights of the meeting included Brother John Faro receiving the Knight of the Month award and Brother Joe Passanise and his family being recognized as Family of the Month.  The council’s new field agent, Solomon David Huss, introduced himself and his most interesting and inspiring background.  Solomon looks forward to meeting the members of our council.  District Deputy Dick Collopy was also present to give the council greetings and updates from the State Council.

 

Those in need of our prayers were then remembered and the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 followed by fellowship and a light meal.  Meeting minutes from the August meeting can be found in the “Members” section of the council’s website and pictures from the meeting can be found here.

 

July 2018 Summer Feast Dinner

On July 14th, Council 9058 hosted its “Summer Feast Dinner” consisting of grilled Polish kielbasa with seasoned rice pilaf, butter sugar corn on the cob and corn peeled kernels for those guests who prefer it off the cob.  It was a light yet lively crowd of approximately 70 guests.  After dinner, fresh hot coffee, tea and a variety of cakes including freshly baked ones from our Brother Richard Botteron’s wife were enjoyed with a blend all night of fun summer tunes.

 

One lucky guest won the $70 cash prize as well as prizes of free state inspections, Restaurant.com gift certificates and complimentary dinners at our future events.  Conversation was lively and guests raved about the food as usual including the top notch service.  About 12 volunteers enjoyed setting up and breaking down, utilizing the freshly cleaned and organized dinner supply pantry.  Having cookware, tableware and cleaning supplies organized and easily found made the different stages of the event more efficient and better managed, leading to a very successful event..

 

Many are looking forward to the next dinner night on August 11th which will feature BBQ steak with sides.  What sides you ask?  You will have to go and find out for yourself.  As always we are also looking for volunteers.  See you there!

 

Please note, unfortunately pictures were not taking of the event but we promise to take pictures of the next dinner in August.

July Business Meeting

The July business meeting was another well attended meeting as the members gathered to witness the installation of the council’s new officers.  District Deputy Dick Collopy started off the meeting with the formal installation of each of the newly elected and appointed officers.  After the installation ceremony, GK Tom Fahey gave the first Grand Knight’s report of our fiscal year and called on all members of the council to continue to build on the great accomplishments of the past year.  The GK also reminded the council of the upcoming Golf Tournament on August 25th and that this is one of the largest fund raisers of the year.  Brother Nick Sarbanis will need help finding sponsors as well as help with setup and other activities during the tournament.   The GK completed his report by recognizing Brother Richard Botteron as Knight of the Month and Brother Dan Hebert and his family as the Family of the Month.

 

The rest of the meeting proceeded with the reports from the standing committees and discussions on upcoming events.  In the spirit of our council’s dedication to the principle of charity around the world, funds were then distributed to those in need of financial help.

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Brother John Cuneo presented a most interesting biographical synopsis of the life and work of Pope Pius XII The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 and was followed by fellowship and a light meal. Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Red Cross Blood Drive - June 8, 2018

On Friday, June 8th, our Council hosted another American Red Cross blood drive in hope of collecting more life saving blood. Our goal was to collect 47 units and I'm proud to say we surpassed that for a total of 52 units!! With a vast array of blood types, the blood collected will certainly be used to help save lives.

 

Here's the breakdown of blood collected:

 

Donors 51  
Deferrals 6  
     
Whole blood units 38  
Power Red units 14 (7 procedures gets 14 units)
     
Total blood 52  

In 2017 alone, our Council helped collect 197 units of blood which has helped nearly 600 patients.  Whether it be through life saving blood or life saving prayer, together we can make an impact in people's lives.  Thank you and God Bless to all the Knights who've helped make a difference.

 

June 2018 Italian Feast Dinner

When you think Italian, loads of pasta often come to mind.  The twisting of spaghetti on a fork dipped in tomato sauce makes you want to sing with delight!  Over 120 patrons and just a few takeouts enjoyed a night of Sinatra while chowing down on spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, garlic bread (butter and garlic in every bite), salad and dessert.  It was truly a special evening with our favorite community.

 

Join us on July 14th for grilled kielbasa and more in what we call our Summer Feast!!

 

For pictures of the event, click here.

2018 Scholarship winners

On June 10th, our Council presented three scholarships to much deserving winners at the 9:30am Mass at Saint Anne's.  The Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight had the pleasure to present the following:

 

St. Maximilian Kolbe Award Scholarship

Award given to an individual enrolled in a Catholic College or University in an undergraduate or graduate program

Award amount:  $1,000

Winner:  Matthew Fabrizio

  • Starts Salve Regina University in the Fall
  • Alter server
  • Volunteers at the Soup Kitchen

Joseph L. Knight Memorial Scholarship

Award given to an individual in an undergraduate or graduate program with a major or minor in Music

Award amount:  $1,000

Winner:  Annie Steenson

  • Attends Indiana University
  • Member of Saint Anne's Music Ministry
  • Active in Saint Anne's Youth Ministry

Grand Knight's Memorial Scholarship

Award given to an individual enrolled in a Catholic College or University in an undergraduate or graduate program

Award amount:  $1,000

Winner:  Nicholas Richard

  • Attends Saint Anselm College with a major in Biology
  • Active in Saint Anne's Youth Ministry
  • Volunteers at the Soup Kitchen
  • Volunteers for multiple Parish activities

Congratulations to all the winners.  Please check out photos of the event here.

 

June 2018 Business Meeting

The June business meeting was another well attended meeting as 23 Knights gathered to cast ballots for the election of our council’s officers for the upcoming fiscal year.  After the Grand Knight’s report was given by GK Tom Fahey, our brother, John Cuneo was recognized as Knight of the Month and brother Peter Hess and his family were recognized as the Knight’s Family of the Month. The council also welcomed the latest member of our council - Brother Jim McMahan.  Welcome Brother Jim!

 

During the meeting the council was reminded of the upcoming packed weekend of events that included the Blood Drive, the Lakes Race as well as the monthly dinner and the need for volunteers for all these events.  The summer activities continue after the weekend with the July and August monthly dinners as well as the Golf Outing that is scheduled for August 25th  After the reports from the standing committees were given, the council held the election of officers with the following results:

 

Grand Knight – Tom Fahey

Deputy Grand Knight – Dan Beaule

Chancellor – John Faro

Treasurer – John Cussen

Financial Secretary – Nick Maselli (Appointed by Supreme)

Advocate – Chris Kowalski

Warden – Jim Passanisi

Recorder – Joe Passanise

Inside Guard – Joe Tabbi

Outside Guard – Jean Morin

Trustee 3 Year – John Keisling

Trustee 2 Year – Tom Battaglia

Trustee 1 Year – Carl Orio

Chaplain – Fr. Marc Gagne (Appointed by the Grand Knight)

Lecturer – John Cuneo (Appointed by the Grand Knight)

 

Congratulations to our newly elected and appointed officers!

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Brother Joe Passanisi gave a most compelling talk on what is means to be a Catholic.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 and all enjoyed the ensuing fellowship and meatball sandwiches.  Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Confirmation at Saint Anne's 2018

On the feast of Corpus Christi June 3rd the parish of Saint Anne's celebrated the confirmation of 72 young men and women. It was truly a blessed day with the amount of youth being confirmed into the church and having the Holy Spirit bring the glory of God into there lives.

 

Bishop Libasci spoke so much truth on how great of an impact the holy spirit in ones life can have and even on the world. Reminding us of St Catherine of Siena, Bishop Libasci mentioned on how she was even able to bring the papacy back to Rome after seventy years in France and convincing the pope into adding the feast of Corpus Christi to our Catholic calendar.

 

God has plans for us that go far beyond our expectations and when we trust in him we see that materialize before our eyes and the greatness he puts in us.

 

See pictures of the event here.

Confirmation Dinner 2018

With nearly 120 attending the dinner, the Knights of Columbus Council 9058 prepared a scrumptous pasta meal with all the fixings for the students and their sponsors.  Included in this delicious feast was ziti, sauce, meatballs, sausages, salad and garlic bread.  The Youth Ministry had also donated delicious cupcakes that were to die for.  With coffee, tea, lemonade and plain ol' water available, there were full bellies everywhere.

 

We wish the youth of our parish the very best as they continue their lifelong journey with Christ.  See pictures of the dinner here.

A special Knight is knighted

At this past Chicken Barbecue Dinner, Brother Tom Di Benedetto brought his son, Matthew to give us all a hand.  Between setting up tables, divvying up salad with precision, preparing the desserts and helping with takeouts, our honorary Knight Matthew went the extra mile to make sure our guests were comfortable.  As a special thanks, Brother Nick officially knighted him into the council's dinner crew.  We look forward to seeing our brother in June.

 

To see photos of the Knighting, click here.

May 2018 Chicken Barbecue Dinner

Yee Haw!!  Saturday was a day that everyone was as happy as a dead pig in sunshine!  In other words, pretty darn happy!!  Chowing down on huge chicken thighs, melt in your mouth corn on the cob and never ending potato sald and we had people coming back for seconds.  Joined by 104 in house and 13 taking it home, there was plenty of food to go around.  With next month's Italian Feast of pasta, italian sausage, garlic bread and more, we are sure to get repeat customers.

 

For photos of the event, click here

May 7th Business Meeting

The May business meeting had another fine turnout as 23 Knights gathered to insure the continued good works of our council. After the Grand Knight’s report was given by GK Tom, our brother, Chuck Mack was recognized as Knight of the month and brother Jean Morin and his family were recognized as the Knight’s Family of the Month. The council also welcomed the latest member of our council - Brother Rich Botteron.  Welcome Brother Rich!

 

Our packed summer months’ activities were planned during the meeting as the council will be hosting three meals as well as the Hampstead Lakes Race during the month of June!  Be sure to consult the minutes from the May meeting to catch up on the many activities that will be taking place!  During the meeting the Trustees also provided the Grand Knight a slate of officer nominations for our upcoming elections during our June business meeting.  The following brothers were nominated along with the respective positions:

 

Grand Knight – Tom Fahey

Deputy Grand Knight – Dan Beaule

Chancellor – John Faro

Treasurer – John Cussen

Financial Secretary – Nick Maselli

Advocate – Chris Kowalski

Warden – Jim Passanisi

Recorder – Joe Passanise

Inside Guard – Joe Tabbi

Outside Guard – Jean Morin

Chaplain – Fr. Marc Gagne

Trustee 3 Year – Tom Battaglia

Trustee 2 Year – Carl Orio

Trustee 1 Year – Chuck Mack

 

(Note: Nominations will remain open until the elections during the June meeting.  If anyone is interested in nominating himself or another brother, please be sure to reach out to any council officer.)

 

After remembering those in need of our prayers, Brother Joe Passanisi gave a most interesting talk on the life of Padre Pio.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 and all enjoyed the ensuing fellowship and sandwiches.  Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

April 2018 Greek Dinner

"ó, ti mia megáli vradiá" in Greek which means "What a great evening" is the experience had by all last night at Saint Anne's annual Greek dinner. The "amaki" (lamb), "dolmathakia" (grape leaves), "psites patates" (roasted potatoes) and "prásino kaséri fasolión" (green bean caserole) was enjoyed by nearly 170 people, including 42 on the go. More than 190 individual grape leaves were sold separately giving us a total of over $1,300 dollars ($640 net).

 

Thank you to all the Knights who helped out in the kitchen and setup and putting up with the many challenges including running out of gas in the stove at the most inopportune time. Cleanup took extra long because we also ran out of hot water which took an extra 45 minutes to replenish. The last brothers didn't finish up till 8:30pm making for a very long day.

 

A special congratulations also goes out to Tom Bounakes, Tom Di Benedetto, George Gedraitis and Paul Fitzgerald for becoming 3rd degree full Knights at yesterday's exemplification ceremony in Tilton, NH.

 

See pictures of the dinner here.

April 2nd Business Meeting

Turnout for this month’s business meeting was excellent as 22 Knights gathered to recognize their brothers while charting the direction of the council for the upcoming months.  Brothers Joe and Tom were recognized as Knights of the Month while Brother Bill was awarded Family of the Month.  A special service recognition award was also presented to Bill as the council wished him well as he relocates to Florida.  The council voted on several charitable donations including a special $1000 contribution to the church in supporting the purchase of a new ceremonial crucifix.  The council also ensured that we will have proper staffing for the world renowned Greek dinner coming up on Saturday, April 14th and all were notified that nominations are underway for our upcoming election of council officers during our June business meeting.  The efficiently run meeting was adjourned at 8:45 and was followed by the sharing of fellowship and food.

Pictures from the meeting can be found here.

Chrism Mass 2018

At the Chrism Mass -- which is usually the largest annual gathering of clergy and faithful most dioceses have -- the priests renew the promises they made at their ordination. The Mass takes its name from the most eminent of the three holy oils which the bishop commissions for his local church's use over the following year.

While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and the Oil of the Catechumens, which is imposed on those preparing for baptism, are simply "blessed," the Sacred Chrism is "consecrated," and all the priests present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of consecration.

The Chrism is used at the ordination of priests and bishops, baptisms, confirmations, the consecration of altars and the blessing of churches, where the walls are smeared with it in the shape of the sign of the cross.

As part of the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the oil, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who encounter it of the "odor of sanctity" to which those people and things who are marked with it, and by extension all of us, are called to strive for.

See photos of the Mass here.

Easter Cantata

The annual Cantata was presented on Palm Sunday weekend at two different locations. On Saturday, March 24th, the performance was held at Holy Trinity Church in Somersworth and on Sunday, March 25th, it was held at St. Anne’s Church in Hampstead. The story of Jesus was presented through both a narrative and song. The choir was made up of over 75 members including children choirs from over 15 churches of many different Christian faith, backgrounds and communities. They were accompanied by an orchestra of 15 members made up of brass, woodwind, strings and piano.

It was evident that much work and practice went into this performance as the show was enriching and absolutely stunning. From harmonies to solos, the talent was on full display. A full six week commitment to the program contributed to the success that was enjoyed by a receptive audience.

Following the performance, an informal reception was held with mostly homemade refreshments provided by cast members. Members of the Knights of Columbus assisted with the setup and cleanup of this event.

 

See photos of the event here

Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018

This past Palm Sunday was a spiritual moving one as it should be. It started off with the Gospel reading and the blessing of the palms. As a church we came together and read through the passion of our Savior Jesus Christ. Deacon Bill than did an outstanding job with his sermon. As holy week begins he didn't hold any punches asking us where will we be. As our Lenten journey comes to a close, its important to remember what our sacrifices were about and how did we grow in a closer relation with our Lord.

 

To see pictures of this special day, go here.

March St Patty's Day Dinner

On March 10th, St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 9058 hosted their always packed St. Patrick's Day dinner at St. Anne's Hall.  Along with 153 eat-in patrons and 40 takeouts, diners chowed down on a traditional Irish dinner.  For a small $7 dollar donation, guests enjoyed tender corned beef, melt in your mouth cabbage, hearty potatoes, butter dripped carrots and Irish soda bread, baked by our very own Brother Jim Molloy.  Followed by cakes and cupcakes for dessert, we made sure no guest left hungry.

 

After everyone filled their bellies, the real treat began. Irish dancers from the Murray Academy of Irish Dance in Exeter came and put on a show for the 7th year in a row. Dancers ranging in age from six to mid teens delighted us with both soft and hard shoe routines. It was truly an amazing and fun filled evening.

 

Please make sure and check out the pictures in the Photo Gallery here.

Red Cross Blood Drive - February

On Friday, February 23, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm the Red Cross held their quarterly blood drive in the parish center of Saint Anne Parish in Hampstead, NH. There was a outstanding outcome of forty seven individuals who graciously gave their time and blood to help save lives and make a difference. The volunteers that helped this charitable event were John Cussen, Jim Molloy, Pat Sabia and Thomas Bounakes. It was evident the Holy Spirit was present at this event and moving the hearts of the community into action. 

Knights of Columbus Founders Day - March 29, 2018

On Founder's Day this March 29th, we celebrate the anniversary of the Knights of Columbus.

 

As we celebrate the legacy of Venerable Michael McGivney and the contributions of our brother Knights since 1882, we also prepare for an even greater future as we live out the vision of our founder.

 

The anniversary of the realization of Father McGivney’s dream is a cause for celebration.

 

Councils throughout the Order are urged to observe this day – among their own members and with the community at large – as a reminder of what the Knights of Columbus has accomplished in the past years, the ideals of the Order, and their own local achievements.

 

More info can be found here and here

First Annual New Year's Council Celebration

On Saturday, February 17, the Council held their First Annual New Year’s Council Celebration, the first of many gatherings to come.  A total of 20 Knights with their spouses came out on this snowy evening for hor d’oeuvres, drinks and dancing.  Delicious finger food was provided along with beer, wine and soda to wash it down.  Music provided by our Council Lecturer, Joe Passanise set the ambiance with even a few brave souls partaking in some karaoke.  Around 10pm, the event started to wind down as the snowflakes continued to fall.

 

Thank you to all the Knights who attended and made this a truly special evening.  A special thank you goes to Mike Korpak, our Family Activities Director for putting together this event and taking care of all the arrangements.

 

Check out the photos here

February Roast Pork Dinner

On February 10th, 2017 the Knights of Columbus, council #9058 held its Monthly Charity Dinner.  This month was our succulent roast pork dinner.  Slow cooked roast pork was accompanied by a mixed vegetable medley and mashed potato, fresh garden salad and fresh baked bread with butter rounded out the dinner.  Coffee, tea and cakes highlighted the delicious desserts.  70 eat in guests and 20 take-out raved about the food and service.  Many are gearing up for the BIG Irish Dinner on March 10th, commemorating St. Patrick's Day.  Last year we were treated to traditional Irish dancing.  Hope to see all there.

January Italian Feast Dinner

"Mangia Mangia!" On January 13th, our popular Italian feast night was the talk of the town. 110 guests and 25 take-outs enjoyed the dinner hailed as the best of the year.  Manicotti, spaghetti, meatballs, sausages, fresh salad, garlic bread and our favorite Italian music set the evening for quite a "bella sera". The 50/50 winner pocketed a cool 84 dollars and of course the two state inspections and two $25 restaurant.com gift certificates offered nice consolation prizes. Of all the folks this correspondent spoke to, a good time was had by all. They enjoyed our food, service and ambience. There were many new faces and assurances were made that they did not want to miss our next event. Arriverdici!  Please make sure to check out the event's pictures in the Photo Gallery.

Creche Move - December 2, 2017

On December 2nd, ten Knights met at Saint Anne's Parish parking lot at 11am to relocate the creche from the back of the church and set it up near the front entrance.  Thankfully, the wheels added to the structure a couple years ago made transporting the creche a breeze, with the only manual lifting occuring while fixing it on top of blocks in it's final location.  The creche floor was then filled with hay and the manger statues of Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus and the rest were gently arranged.  The manger will remain till after the holy day at which time, Knights will break it down and store it away till next year.

 

November Roasted Chicken Dinner

On the 11th of November, The Knights of Columbus Council #9058 hosted its November dinner. On the mashed potato, fresh garden salad and rolls. For dessert a sweet colorful plethora of gold, marble and chocolate cakes and fresh hot coffee…. Yum. Approximately 100 people enjoyed the savory meal, with around thirty of those as take-out. Our prizes for the lucky diners included a $50 dollar cash prize for the 50/50. We raffled off two state auto inspections and two $25 gift certificates for restaurant.com. A good time was had by all. Our guests raved about the food, music and service. Many are gearing up for what many anticipate to be the biggest dinner of the year, Italian night. We are looking to serve spaghetti and meatballs, manicotti, fresh antipasti, garlic bread and dessert. Mangia mangia!!! Arrividerci!!

Chicken Soup for the Family

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Brothers, opening our eyes, we can see that the family is in serious crisis. This being the case, as followers of Christ and defenders of the Domestic Church—the family—let us launch a concerted effort to save our children, save our grandchildren, by the means of saving our families. Pessimism, cynicism, and skepticism must not reign in our hearts, but rather confidence and hope that we can help construct a better world by striving for better, more holy families.

Dealing with Failure

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Men do not like to fail. We find much of our identity in our ability to not be a failure. Yet, if we are honest, our spiritual lives are often characterized by the very thing we dread—failure. Our resolutions and our aspirations simply do not align with reality. Habitual sins plague us and enslave us, leading to shame, confessions that are numbingly identical, discouragement bordering on despair, self-loathing, and worse still, doubt—a terrible, nagging doubt that maybe the sacraments don’t really “work.” Exacerbating the painfulness of this cycle of failure is the fact that the world puts a premium on success, on winning. There are few labels more humiliating for a man than “loser.” No one wants to be a loser. We all want to win at whatever we put our minds to, and we secretly harbor contempt for those who fail. That is, until we fail ourselves.

Here are 10 Very Interesting Facts About the Catholic Church You Probably Didn't Know!

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  1. Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world! With a population around 500 people and a little over one crime per day, the Vatican crime rate is above 100 percent, per capita. Although the fact is shocking it should be remembered that the Vatican is about one square mile in size, and has nearly 20 million visitors annually. Most of the crimes are pickpockets, purse snatching and other petty offenses done by outsiders.

Installation of 2017-2018 Council Officers

During our October business meeting, our council's 2017-2018 officers were formally installed in a ceremony performed by District Deputy Dick Collopy.  Congratulations to our new officers!  More pictures can be found in the photo gallery section of the website.

September Polish dinner

”Co za kolacja”! This is the sentiment from any polish person in their right mind. (Insert joke here) Translated to English this means, “what a supper”. Truly it was. The line wound up the stairs to the cathedral. 158 eat in and 36 take out guests delighted in Kielbasa, polish mashed potato, stuffed pierogi, fresh greens salad with rolls and butter. The ambience rounded out by lively Polish ditties these meals are becoming something very special as comments are positive and encouraging. Comments like “I can’t wait for next month” or “I need to get the schedule, what else is coming up?” For the gentleman who pocketed a cool “c – note”, he made a tidy profit on his five dollar 50/50 investment. My view from the door is a great one because smiles and conversation dominates the room. People chewing and swaying to the music and mingling with their faith family. As the cash box grows we all eat knowing a greater cause other than our appetites is at work. Men taking weeks to organize prepare and work to build our community and help bring together our congregation and serve the Lord with our lives the best we can. This is at the heart of what the Knights of Columbus does. In the words of many of our guests, I cannot wait for the next one. See you there.

 

Proverbs 17:17

Congratulations to our Brother Deacon Terry Sullivan!

 After over 4 years of study and prayer, our fellow Brother Terry Sullivan was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Manchester on September 9th.  Although Terry has been assigned to Saint Joseph’s in Epping, he will remain in our thoughts and prayers as he embarks on his ministry as a Permanent Deacon.  To insure Terry remembers his brother Knights from Council 9058, we presented him with a dalmatic with the Knights of Columbus emblem during his reception.  Best of Luck, Terry!

2017 Golf Tournament

Finally, after a two week delay do to rain, the Hampstead Council completed a successful golf tournament on August 19, 2017. The weather was beautiful with sunshine all afternoon. Thirty eight golfers competed for top prize and their names engraved on the permanent trophy on display in the church.

 

As usual a huge collection of very nice gifts of merchandise and gift certificates were available to the winners of the tournament and followed by raffle winners.

 

Chicken Connection provided a meal that was both delicious and plentiful. All who were able to participate enjoyed another great outing and hopefully will be looking forward to next year.

 

Congratulations to our winning team!

Thank you to all players, sponsors and volunteers!

 

 

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