Welcome from the OLP Knights of Columbus

Welcome to the website for the Knights of Columbus Council #11730.
All are welcomed to be a part of a fraternity that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others. Come and experience the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men (18+ years) desiring to make our community and parish a better place while enhancing your faith. Come and see what we are all about.
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First Fraternal Year Meeting – Soliciting Ideas

It would be great if you would consider these questions and come to Thursday’s general meeting with your ideas.
1. Ideas on how to increase our membership? Some ideas so far include:
a. Recruit men that are involved in TMIY
b. Adding a sign on the knight’s kiosk in the foyer with a “Interested in the Knights” “forms are found here”,
c. Getting more exposure in the parish by announcing some of our activities ahead of time and inviting the parish men to join us.
d. Periodic pulpit talks by the GK to explain some of our activities to the parish? Fr. Brad has already approved presenting our check to the youth ministry at the end of mass in a few weeks which will give us a chance to explain to the parish that all the delicious burritos that they buy go back to helping the parish.
2. How can we make our membership meetings more interesting/fun or other ways to increase attendance? Some ideas presented so far include:
a. Coordinating with the youth ministry teams and getting the older youth involved in some of our activities like burritos, fish fry/soup dinner, etc. (This will require safe environment training from everyone that is involved however).
b. Offer more social time at meetings. (Making meetings more concise so it will allow for more social time after the meeting with snacks, drinks etc.)
c. Adding a guest speaker to our meetings on a unique topic of interest such as, grilling/cooking/smoking meat, knight’s benefits (not just insurance but financial planning etc.),
3. Do we want to create an exemplification team?
4. Starting a Monthly zoom rosary with another council?
5. Would it be helpful to receive a Monthly letter to the council members from GK?
6. We would like to add a business directory to the council web site.
7. Finalize a date for a September evening anniversary dinner. September 9th or 10th are our target dates depending on which is available for the facility. Will be starting with a mass in honor of Fr. McGivney and the invite list will include state officers and our new Bishop, Bishop Golka.
8. Father Brad’s priorities: several projects are still in need around the parish. These include:
a. continued pine needle cleanup and some mitigation in the treed areas around the church. Trips to the slash will be needed as well.
b. Some of the memorial pavers are ready to be installed.
c. Lenten Friday evening events (fish fry or simple soup and bread dinner) are also approved.
9. Summer picnic is scheduled for August 1st and we need to plan to prepare food for the event (hamburgers/hot dogs) that will be supplied by the church.
10. Fr Brad has also agreed to allow us to have a Pig roast on a separate date and we would like to target September or October.
11. We would also like to bring back our Taco nights on Saturday after the 4:30pm mass.
12. Burritos are scheduled for Sunday July 25th, but we need more volunteers to help in preparation early Sunday morning? We have also tentatively scheduled August 29th for burritos as well.
We also will have a couple of ‘old business’ items to discuss at the meeting as well. Rod McNeil will update us on the information concerning the new Chesterton Academy at St Gabriel’s. We need to officially approve the May 2021 meeting minutes. And finally, we need someone in the council to prayerfully consider stepping up to fill our Worthy Recorder position. If you have interest in helping the council, please reach out to me or any of the officers and let us know.

Congrats to Knight of the Month: Kerry White Family of the Month: Mark and Jill Russell

Knight of the Month: Kerry White: Brother Kerry has continued to serve our parish and our council in many ways during his membership in our parish. He is currently serving as a lector for the church. He’s done many duties for the Knights, including Grand Knight. Just recently, Kerry led a team of Knights to install about 250 flags on the church grounds to commemorate the many fallen heroes for the Memorial Day weekend.
Godspeed with your new parish. They will be lucky to have both of you as parishioners, Kerry and Rebecca.

Family of the Month: Mark and Jill Russell: This couple has been serving the parish and the Knights and the Ladies ever since they came to the parish. They’ve participated with their grandchildren in the youth programs. When it became apparent that churches needed to make their environments safer, Mark stepped up and led the Life Safety Team. Jill also led the Ladies Aux., and as a couple they led past fish fries. Mark participated in a few council positions as an officer, and most recently guided our council to a deal with the church to improve our facilities. Thank you, Mark and Jill, for all you do. I’m sure you will do great things in your new parish.

Congratulations to the New Officers!

Below are the results of the elections. Still looking for a recorder.

Grand Knight: Joe Graff
Advocate: Greg Sullivan
Dep GK: Mack McGuire
Warden: Charlie Walker
Chancellor: Pierre Gaudreault
Inside Guard: Zavier Morales
Recorder: —–
Inside Guard: Rod Balak
Treasurer: Jack Perroni
FS: Victor Villhard
Outside Guard: Gary Munda
Trustee (3 Yr.): Steve Reed
Trustee (2 Yr.): Rod McNeill
Trustee (1 Yr.): John O’Rourke

Father Paul Wicker – Rest in Peace!

Brother Knights,
I regret to inform you that Fr. Paul Wicker passed to the Lord this morning at about 7 a.m. Many in the Diocese knew Fr. Paul and he was beloved by all. Please say a prayer and keep in tune for the Funeral Mass announcement.

Knight of the Month – Gary Munda

This month our council is recognizing Worthy Guard Gary Munda. Gary works as a hospitality minister at Saturday 4:30 Masses. In doing this he promotes the Knights and our council by wearing our council long sleeved green shirt. Gary is very cordial to all who enter the church building, making a good impression for himself, our council, and the Knights of Columbus. Gary also readily helps and is highly visible when serving with the OLP Life Safety Team and performing Sacristan duties.

State Membership Incentive – Chance to Win Steamboat Weekend Getaway

STATE COUNCIL AND WHEATON AGENCY ANNOUNCE NEW MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT INITIATIVE COLORADO WEEKEND GETAWAY CONTEST

CURRENT MEMBERS WHO GIVE THEIR FIELD AGENTS REFERRALS OF MEN TO JOIN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN A 2 NIGHT STAY IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS COLORADO!

COMPLIMENTS OF YOUR K OF C INSURANCE AGENCY & COLORADO STATE COUNCIL. CONTEST ENDS JUNE 15TH

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: Trip Contest

Knight of the Month – Joe Graff

Joe Graff. Our Deputy Grand Knight produced and hosted four Into the Breach Retreats, during the months of November, January, February and March. These retreats, sponsored by the Knight’s of Columbus, offered men both spiritual and practical guidance to be leaders of faith in their families and communities.