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Sunday, March 7, 2010

T-Shirts

A member of our parish that I've asked to be a Knight, but who has never gotten back to me, Mike Brown, owns a T-shirt printing shop. I think we should get some T-shirts printed up for our little roundtable, we could probably get them done pretty cheaply through Mike. Got any suggestions on what to put on them? Emblem of the Order, that sort of thing?
Comment below.
Update! We now have our council number. The T-shirts will be blue pocket T's, with the Emblem of the Order silkscreened on the back, and on the front, opposite the pocket: Your Name
John Clare Council #15485
Charter Member
Let me know if you want your name to appear different than it does on our charter.

Parish Priest

Jim Van Domelen turned me on to a great biography of our Founder, Blessed Fr. Michael J McGivney. Parish Priest was published a few years ago as the canonization process started for this young American pastor- who died all too soon at only 38. Jim made the suggestion that we get a few copies to have on hand, maybe for the Blitz informational meeting and to put in the adult library at the parish. The floor is open for comments.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

June Mass Announcement

KofC Membership Blitz Mass Announcement for St. Clare's.

On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their parish priest, Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

Blessed Father McGivney started the order because he was faced, over and over again, with prejudice against Catholicism and the breakup of families upon the loss of a job, illness, or death of the breadwinner.

Today, our Fathers in the Spirit are often taken for granted- left alone in their ministry. Today, in a culture that tells us fatherhood and men are unimportant and unnecessary, the Knights stand together in unity with our fellow fathers- both in the Holy Orders and in the Sacrament of Matrimony. Today, in a culture that tells us that some lives are worthless because of poverty, young parents, old age, or disability; the Knights stand in support of human life not only before birth, but from conception until natural death.

Here at St. Clare's- we have a strong group to emulate. Out of a small women's retreat a few years ago, the Sisters in the Spirit has not only continued the retreat, but now offers leadership in many of our parish ministries. While we men have had our twice-yearly mornings of reflection, we need to step up and do more.

Thus, the Knights of Columbus who are already in this parish and members of Tigard Council 3591, have started a roundtable to discuss how the Knights of Columbus can have more involvement in our parish- and encourage men to join in hopes of having our own council one day. You only have to be a “Practical Catholic Gentleman”- baptized in your Catholic Faith and over the age of 18.

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I'm keeping the above as my speech for the Informational meeting. Per Sue Unger's request, I'm rewriting the below to be read as a part of the standard Mass Announcements.


[Saturday night final paragraph]Tigard Knights of Columbus Council 3591 has started a Knight's Roundtable to help organize men to volunteer at St. Clare's. If you are a Practical Catholic Gentleman over the age of 18, members of the Tigard Council will be available after Mass at the entrances to talk to you about becoming a Knight.


[Sunday morning final paragraph.]Tigard Knights of Columbus Council 3591 has started a Knight's Roundtable to help organize men to volunteer at St. Clare's. Come join us after Mass for a pancake breakfast put on by members of the Tigard Council, a freewill donation is requested with all profits going to the Next Generation Capital Campaign. Members of the Tigard Council will be busing tables and serving coffee, and would like to talk to any Practical Catholic Gentlemen over the age of 18 about becoming a Knight.