I hope you all had a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Christmas, and I wish you a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year. Let us all pray that 2021 will be a better year than 2020.
On December 18th and 19th, we purchased and packed the non-perishable food items (12/18) and perishable food items (12/19) and assembled 160 Christmas Food Baskets. In addition, some of our members supported purchasing gifts for 10 families. My thanks to all those involved in picking up, transporting, packing and delivering these much needed supplies to families in our Community. This annual event truly shows what being a Knight of Columbus is all about. Special thanks to the Clifford family for coordinating this effort, PGK Angelo Massaro for providing the Routes, and Jeff Gawlowski for the use of the large truck to pick up food from Shop-Rite on Friday and Saturday mornings.
With the new year, we are implementing some of the new guidelines recommended by Supreme for Conducting Council Meetings. The changes recommended by Supreme are intended to shorten the meetings to an hour, and make them more enjoyable to the membership. Most of the items they recommended be cut, were already removed from our meetings some time ago, and our meetings are typically less than an hour. Therefore, the changes for us will be minor.
One recommendation we are not implementing is the elimination of reading of the minutes from the previous meeting. Supreme recommended that we share the minutes in advance (in a secure manner), and then just solicit corrections during the meeting. We had talked about implementing something like this a few years ago, and opted not to go that route for various reasons. We will continue to read the minutes during our meeting.
Other changes include reordering the flow of some of the reports. Reading of Receipts and Vouchers for example is now part of New Business. The call for Brothers sick or in distress has moved from Good of the Order, to Closing Prayer, where we will pray for their intentions. Finally, Supreme replaced the Closing Prayer with the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney. We will say that prayer, and then follow it with our traditional Hail Mary.
Upcoming feast days in January:
1/1 – Mary Mother of God (Solemnity)
1/6 – Epiphany (Solemnity)
1/10 – Baptism of the Lord
1/25 – Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
We are still in need of ideas for raising funds in a Socially Distant manner. If you have any ideas, please discuss with one of the Officers. Please keep an eye on our website and calendar for upcoming events.
Brothers, once again, I wish you and your Families a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year.
Mary Queen of the Knights, Pray for Us.
Blessed Michael McGivney, Pray for Us.
Bob Westrich, GK