Louisiana Disaster Relief

louisiana-flood-reliefSouthern Louisiana is being hit by what is called “the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy.”

Several people have died, with tens of thousands of others forced to leave their homes. More than 30,000 people have been rescued from the flooded areas, many seeking refuge in emergency shelters.

In response to the devastation, the Supreme Council has launched an online donation drive to assist with local relief operations. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to relief efforts.

The Knights of Columbus has a long tradition of providing disaster relief, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. Our communities, like the people of Southern Louisiana, need our time, our efforts and our financial assistance. We are going to do all that we can, working with the Louisiana State Council and local councils, to help those most in need as a result of the flooding.

Your support is urgently needed. Please DONATE TODAY to help those suffering such devastation.

We Need Volunteers for Operation LAMB

7-David Heckel 1There lots and lots of things for us to do in our parish to support our church and the needs of our community.  This is our ministry–helping others as Catholic men and families.

We need your help with Operation LAMB.  Volunteers are needed to serve as site captains for this year’s program and to pass out candy on drive days.  We also need help with selling excess Tootsie Rolls at the church just before Halloween.

Can you assist?  To volunteer, just signup on line.  We have a page on our website for you to use to let us know when and where you can help.  Just click here

Have questions, contact  Jim Heffernan or John Aluise.

Celebrating with our Parish Religious

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Good company and elegant dining to honor our parish religious.

Our annual Religious Appreciation Dinner is on September 16 at the University Club in Durham. This is a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation to those that give so much to us. It’s also a great social event for the Knights as we include our spouses and socialize with our extended family–The Knights of Columbus.

There is a place for you!

There is a place for you!

We will gather at 6:00 and plan to sit down to dinner at 6:30. The event will be held at the University Club – 3100 Tower Blvd #1700, Durham, NC 27707. Cost is $30 (tax and tip is included) per person and includes a elegant buffet dinner, a separate dessert buffet, iced tea and coffee. There will also be a cash bar.

Please make your reservation now by contacting Gene Keeling.  Click here to Send R.S.V.P.  Gene needs your R.S.V.P. by Friday, Sep 11th.

Supporting the Special Olympics

John Aluise coaches Bishop Burbidge

John Aluise coaches Bishop Burbidge

John Aluise was hard at work last month chairing the Bocce Tournament and arranging for teams/players for our tournament. There were ten Special Olympics athletes participating and they were joined by Bishop Burbidge.

This was the same day as our annual Parish Festival on June 20th,  The  council also assisted with food serving following the 5:15 mass.

The council Bocce Tournament is one of the Knights of Columbus’ fund raising projects for Operation LAMB, which donates all proceeds to local agencies who serve those with intellectual disabilities.

Patriotism and Catholic Heritage

KofC Color Guard 2013Our Fourth Degree Knights are gearing up for their annual trek to Caldwell in rural Durham County to lead their annual July 4th Parade.  It is an annual event that gives them the opportunity to demonstrate patriotism in Catholic gentlemen.

What are you doing on July 4th?  Why not join them for the parade and picnic that follows?  It all starts around 10 a.m. with picnic area setup and family gatherings. The parade begins to move at 10:45, but starts at 11 a.m. (but be in Caldwell by 10:30!)

There will be hot dogs and hamburgers for the Knights and their families.  You are asked to bring along a dish to share.  Can’t cook?  Stop by Bojangles for a bucket of chicken!  If you are broke or light on funds this week, go join them anyway.  They will  feed you and love to have you there with them.

Learn more about this event and get directions.  Click here

Bocce Tournament

We still need more teams/players for our Bocce Tournament on Saturday, during the Parish Festival.  The festival starts following 5:15 Mass (about 6:20 pm).  You can sign up as team of four, or as an individual.
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This tournament is one of the Knights of Columbus’ fund raising projects for Operation LAMB.  LAMB proceeds go to local agencies who serve those with intellectual disabilities.
We will have 10 Special Olympics athletes participating in the tournament.
We are asking for a $10 donation for each player.
Please let me know if you can participate in our fun fund raising event.   You can contact John Aluise by email or just show up at the game.  Email John

Books for Bertie County

Allan Books1The Knights received a request for support for books for Bertie County Glenmary Missioners.

The Catholic Daughters asked Fr. Mike Kerin from Bertie County
speak to them at Faith on Tap a couple of weeks ago.  He shared the needs of their Mission and the people they serve in the poorest county in NC.  The Catholic presence is less than 1% there, so his work is true  evangelization.

Bertie County is where they have discovered the actual “Lost Colony” site, and are not
publicizing it to keep the amateur archeologists out of the dig.  Oops, the word is out!  WRAL and local newspapers reported this story.  Learn more

We asked how we could help, and he asked for books for  school children for summer reading.  It just happened that St. Thomas More School’s used book sale was held recently and there were books left over when they cleaned up after the sale.

Ann Banes said, “We had a lot of books for the mission and needed help with a truck and some muscle to get them down there.  I talked with him on Thurs. and he said he would be in Raleigh this Friday.  If we can coordinate it, we may be able to have him direct us to the site where we can unload the books.”  The Knights responded and the books were delivered.

Allan Books2A special THANK YOU goes out to the Catholic Daughters for coordinating this effort and for Allan Gorry for transporting books and supplies to the children of Bertie County last Friday.  “Allan was so generous with his time and resources to make this possible. Please let the Knights of Columbus know how much we appreciate his assistance.” Karen Lewis

Well, Karen, we, too, appreciate Allan’s assistance and service,  But, we think that Allan would also want to thank the Catholic Daughters for their efforts and challenge to our council. We are here to help.

The Mission of John the Baptist
10And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?” 11And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”12And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”…

School Bells Ringing

Knights Fraternal TrainingThe new  council year is fast approaching. Soon we will have the election of officers, installation and then we get to work rebuilding our council to serve the parish and assist the church. This year we have web-based training for officers and  even  general members who are interested in the functions and operations of the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus invites you to take part in a web training session for fraternal leaders. This session will be geared toward ALL fraternal leaders and the council encourages you to join in as you will benefit from this webinar. This webinar will discuss the importance of finishing the fraternal year on a high note and getting off to a quick start for the next fraternal year.  This town hall-type meeting will focus on:

  • Finishing the year strong by measuring success and planning
  • Ensuring a smooth changeover in council leadership and getting off to a quick start
  • Planning ahead and keeping on track for a successful fraternal year

Please SAVE THE DATE and PASS THE WORD!! This training session will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  ALL fraternal leaders whether finishing their term or newly elected or appointed are encouraged to attend.

Please click on the link below to register for this event:
http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=984302&s=1&k=245B53C1A085350AEBD1CFECEC6C8702

The Supreme Council encourages you to register for this webinar even if you cannot view the entire live webinar presentation. The webinar will recorded an available for on-demand viewing following the live event.

If you have questions regarding this event, please call Gary Nolan, Vice President for Fraternal Training and Ceremonials at 203-752-4347 or email gary.nolan@kofc.org.

We thank the Supreme Council and Gary R. Nolan, Vice President for Fraternal Training and Ceremonials, for making this  program available to Council 10910 and councils around the world.  It is yet another example of the support our national and state leaders give us and how they ensure that our councils and council officers have training available to them.

When Called By A Panther…

Words of inspiration from our council Trustees John Felten and Bill Lodge

“When Called by a Panther, Don’t Anther”

When Ogden Nash wrote these words nearly a century ago, he didn’t realize how prophetic they were in our age of robocalls and junk mail. Everybody in the world, it seems, feels entitled to some of our hard-earned cash.

National CathedralThere is another call we regularly receive, this one from God. It is simpler and more direct, and He doesn’t hassle us. When we take care of our family and children, when we do our job at work, when we participate in Parish activities, we are answering God’s call. The quid pro quo isn’t immediately obvious, but the rewards of taking care of our families, our jobs, and our Parish are tremendous, in this world and the next.

After, family, home, and Church, come the Knights of Columbus. The Knights do a LOT of work for our families and Parish and are indispensible members of our community. St. Thomas More would be a very different place without the work we do.

Right now, the Knights are in a bit of difficulty. It appears that the work associated with several top offices has scared a lot of potential talent away from these important jobs. Make no mistake, these posts are extremely important to our mission, and need to be filled. We are looking for a couple of generous souls who are willing to give their time and talent to helping make the Knights work for everybody.

“Dieu lo vult!” was the cry of the crusaders —“God wills it!” This is also true with the posts of Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight in our Council. Will you be the person who generously steps forward to do a VERY important job? The Knights will be grateful. The Parish will be grateful. And YOU will have the satisfaction of stepping up when you are needed.

Your Trustees, John Felten and Bill Lodge

2004 – 10910, A Council in Crisis

It was eleven years ago and in the Summer of 2003 that the State Deputy and many state officers joined the council for their monthly meeting.  It was a time when few council members wanted to assume the office of Grand Knight.

This Little Light of Mine...Council members sat on one side of the the room as State Commander David O’nofrio sat at the Grand Knight’s chair and reminded the council of its history, contributions to the state, and potential.  We had hosted many events, hosted a state mid-year meeting, and co-hosted a State Convention.  He reminded us of what we have done during our ten year council life. He then asked the question, “Will no sir knight stand up to take the leadership role of the council as Grand Knight?”

The council chamber was still.  This writer remembered well the thought of the bible verse,

  • Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:9

Many of the seasoned officers and past grand knights watched and listened for an answer from the members, yet the room remained still.  They knew that the solution must come from the members or junior officers.  If our council was to survive, we needed council participation.

It was now a question of our faith.  Our faith as Catholic gentlemen.  “Whom do we serve?  Is that not why we are Knights of Columbus?”  We are building church and serving our local priests and parish families.  If we did not continue our mission, what would be the impact on the parish and the community?

Then it happened.  A chair moved and one sir knight stood up and raised his voice.  He said that he knew little about leading a council, but with the help of other knights and past grand knights, he would give it a try. He would served as Council 10910 Grand Knight.  The voice was that of  Bill Jackson.

All in the chamber looked at him.  The State Deputy looked back at him standing there alone.  One solitary Sir Knight readied himself for the challenge.  Soon, other voices of support were heard.  “I’ll help you,” said one past grand knight.  Then another voice, and another.  The still room became alive with enthusiastic support and offers of help.

A lesson taught to all became our battle banner.  Many threads make a cord, many cords make a rope. There is strength in unity and sharing the load.  Together we are strong and all things are possible.

Thus began ten years of expansive council life.  Those then years are chronicled here on this web site.  You can read about them and reflect on the thousands of volunteer hours of knights before you who have built our council.  We have so much to be thankful for, to be proud of, and to pass on to the men of our church and parish.

We are once again at a cross roads.  Our council has many men with great talent and much to offer.  We ask that you reflect in prayer as knights of old.  Listen quietly and answer, “Here am I. Send me!”  You will not be alone.  He will guide you and give you strength.

Lee Heavlin, Past Grand Knight and Past Regional District Deputy – East
Follow Bill Jackson’s crusade by visiting  our 2004 web site archives.  Click here