January 2022 – Monthly Award Winners: Dan LaChance (Knight), Family (Sullivans)

This Catholic gentleman is fairly new to our council. Like many of us, life has thrown its twists and turns which he has weathered. And like most of us, he wouldn’t probably have joined us except for the love and inspiration and encouragement of his wife.
Since he joined us in November, he has been actively involved in nearly every project. Burritos, parking direction for the Christmas eve mass, moving the nativity scene. He is one of the first to respond to nearly every request for help that I have sent out to the council.
He has quickly been willing to serve the parish and the knights, and it is by his example that will inspire other knights, new and old, to step forward in loving service. I am personally encouraged by this knight’s example and it gives me great pleasure to honor Dan LaChance as our knight of the month for January 2022!

This catholic family has been a strong presence in our parish, the knights, and the community for a long time. A knight since 1975, he and his family have contributed immensely, mostly behind the scenes, to our parish and our council. 33 years is a long time to give seemingly tireless and dedicated service. One of my recent discoveries concerns our burritos. Did you even stop to think about how everything magically appears on those early Sunday mornings? It takes a tremendous amount of organization and pre-planning. Even more, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that those 18 or 20 pitchers of egg mixture is prepared by hand, using scores of dozens of fresh eggs. Again, just like I mentioned earlier, we are all only as good as the blessing of our spouse.
For all the ministries this family is involved in we are blessed as a parish and a council to have them, and we can all learn by their example. I am pleased to acknowledge Greg and Pam Sullivan as our Family of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

A Very Merry Christmas Party!

A great time was had by all at our Christmas Party on 9 December! Thank you to all those who partook of the festivities last night. Many knights and ladies helped out with preparations, food, set up, clean up, etc. so thank you to everyone. Click on a pic to see the slide show.

A very Merry Christmas Party

A special Christmas Family prayer to all:
Lord God, from You every family in heaven and on earth takes
its name. Father, You are Love and Life. Through Your Son,
Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit,
fountain of divine charity, grant that every family on earth may
become for each successive generation a true shrine of life
and love.

Grant that Your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of
husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the
families in the world.

Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for
their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.

Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of
marriage, may prove mightier than all the weakness and trials
through which our families sometimes pass.

Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant
that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission
in the family and through the family. Through Christ our Lord,
who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen.

Pope John Paul II

Thanks to all for a Wonderful 25th Anniversary Celebration!

What a beautiful event! It was special to have our new Bishop join our council to celebrate our 25th anniversary at Our Lady of the Pines. There was certainly a spirit of fraternity on our special evening. We like to especially express our gratitude to Father Brad and all of the parish staff. There were so many positive comments shared amongst our brother knights. You have the heartfelt thanks for the extraordinary effort that you all showed at making our 25th anniversary celebration such an amazing success. Please see the smiling faces in the pictures below. They help visualize the extent of our appreciation.

The pre-event lineup 🙂

Our bishop can tell a joke!

The wonderful gathering

A night of fraternity and celebration

Council’s 25th Anniversary Mass and Celebration

You are cordially invited to attend a Special Mass honoring Blessed Father Michael Givney and celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Pines Knights of Columbus Council 11730.
Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church
Thursday, September 16th, 6:30 PM

We are blessed to have Bishop James Golka of the Diocese of Colorado Springs as the main celebrant.
Several Priests and State Officers will be in attendance.
Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and dinner will be served.
Parish Hall after mass. RSVPs are required.
Please RSVP to Cynthia at CynthiaS@OurLadyOfThePines.org or call 719-495-2351 x225.

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.

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.

State Membership Incentive – Chance to Win Steamboat Weekend Getaway