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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Knights of Columbus Novena Night at St. John Fisher, Saturday, January 17

We are looking for volunteers, not sure how many yet, for 6pm-8pm on Saturday, January 17. Contact Deputy Grand Knight Ken Paulsen for details. Email or phone 503-245-6540. We are just beginning the planning stages for this event, it is part of a novena to kick off a capital campaign at St. John Fisher, and is an event of the St. John Fisher Roundtable.

Fwd: Free Throw Contest

Anybody want to run with this?
Sent: Mon, Dec 29, 2014 11:01 pm
Subject: Free Throw Contest

To All District Deputies and Brother Knights:
We recommend that local councils hold their Free Throw competitions sometime in January 2015; District Deputies should hold their district competitions sometime in February 2015; The state competition is scheduled at Marist High School in Eugene, OR, on 15 March 2015.  Sign in time is at 12:00/noon.
Please call or email me for answers to your Free Throw questions.
Vivat Jesus,
George E. Murphy
State Youth Director

Monday, December 29, 2014

Grand Knight Delegates Responsibility, Supreme Offers Rewards

I have proven over the last two years that I'm tapped out as far as recruiting goes. But that does not mean our members are. Especially the roundtables, I encourage you to recruit at your parishes. Make sure your member number is in the proposer box, and Supreme is offering rewards for recruitment! See below, click on graphic to be able to read the letter.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

3 year Trustee Tom Owens says, we want 100% response to the survey!

Please click through to this blog post. You can even answer on your phone. Aggregate Repsonses will be part of our meeting on January 19th, 2015

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Called to Protect- Start the New Year out with a gift for all the children you know

There will be a special training for Knights and their spouses and adult children in the Clare Room Saturday, January 3rd at 1pm.  Anybody volunteering for any of our volunteer opportunities this year needs to be registered with Armatus,  as we will be inviting families from our _Building the Domestic Church_ program to volunteer with the Knights.  Come learn how to protect the next generation, for as Knights we are all Called to Protect!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy 12 Days of Christmas

To the entire John Clare Council, enjoy the 12 days of Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Please Pray for our Deputy Grand Knight

Ken Paulsen goes in for surgery tomorrow on his sinuses.

2015 Dues

To attempt to save money on mailings, I'm copying my 2015 billing letter here with some slight changes. We will only send paper bills (as a FIRST mailing) to those who do not pay their dues by January 19, 2015; our next meeting.

From Ted Seeber, Grand Knight, 15485

To the members of John Clare Council 15485;

Standard Dues is $35. As you are likely aware, our council is very small indeed- we appreciate your membership whether you are very active or rarely active, whether you are an Associate, Insurance, Honorary Life, or Disabled member. Normally, I'd assure you that we have enough in the bank to cover our obligations to Supreme and State, and while that is still true this year, there have been some changes in November you need to be aware of.

On November 13, 2014, I was required to be at a meeting at St. Anthony’s in Tigard for the District, and the world shifted- or at least the mission of Knights in Oregon shifted. About three months before, I had received word of a new program from Supreme.

I looked at the book and promptly lost it. I did not think we had the manpower or the time to support this. Then came the meeting at St. Anthony’s. We were connected over Cisco Webinar to 30 other districts and councils around the state. At this meeting we heard from the State Chaplain, the State Deputy, Fr. Luis from Colorado, Archbishop Sample, and Bishop Liam Carey. And we were told we Knights will be in charge of promoting this program from Supreme, and the Archbishop was “ordering, begging, and pleading” for us to support this program.

The program consists of a book, free from Supreme + shipping, that gives parents a resource for home prayer. $103.51 was spent on shipping to get 300 copies of this book for our council, we are handing them out at St. Clare’s, St. John Fisher, and St. Elizabeth Hungary. It also consists of council activities and a Family Movie Night. For the Family Movie Night it is costing us $310 per parish for a copyright license.

St. Clare Friday Family Movie Night will be 2nd Fridays in the Parish Hall at St. Clare’s.

If you are not Disabled or Honorary Life, I urge you to pay your dues this year to help us build our cash flow back up. As usual however, you have three options. First is to pay your dues, using one of the following two methods:
-- Send check---John Clare Co (or K of C) 9260 SW 70th Ave, Portland, OR 97223
-- PayPal to Friend or Family
Second is to contact the Grand Knight, and plead your case- we’d rather have you as a member than let dues stand in your way, and we will never require dues from somebody who cannot pay.
Third is to hand write a note if you no longer wish to be associated with Knights of Columbus, and get it to Phil for processing.

Your prompt attention in this matter will be appreciated.

Ted Seeber
Grand Knight, Council 15485 – – 503-318-1508

Call for Resolutions for the State Convention

From our worthy State Advocate:
December 22, 2014
Worthy State Deputy, State Officers, Directors, Chairmen, Grand Knights & Council Officers,

REMINDER: The Call for Resolutions

The date is drawing near to submit your resolutions, for discussion and or enactment at the 2015 State Convention in Newport Oregon on April 24th to 26th. (Note State By-Laws Article 1, Sec. 13 & 14).
Resolutions sent from the councils need to be signed by either the Grand Knight or Trustee and the Financial Secretary with the imprinted Knights of Columbus Council Seal stamped on the original. The original copy needs to be sent to the State Advocate by January 24th, 2015. Copies of the original resolution also needs to be send to the State Deputy and State Secretary.
A Resolution Committee appointed by the State Deputy in December will review the resolutions on January 24th. Copies of the resolutions with the committee’s recommendations will be sent to all councils approximately 60 days prior to the State Convention. Delegates that will be attending the State Convention should be knowledgeable of the contents of the resolutions and be ready to discuss and or vote per your councils wishes.
If you have any questions regarding formation of a resolution please contact me by email or phone number listed below or reference a copy from the proceedings of the previous state convention.

Fraternally yours,
Ronald J. Boyce
Ron Boyce
Oregon State Advocate
PO Box 23093
Tigard, OR 97281
C: 503-730-1986
--------------------------- We have time to discuss at the next meeting and get something in. Your Grand Knight is an alternate on the Resolution Committee this year; would be a great year to get something inventive in like group health insurance for Knights, or some state reimbursement for _Building the Domestic Church_ expenses. We have time, our next council meeting is January 19th, and the deadline is January 24th.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Start out the New Year Right with Called to Protect

There will be a special training for Knights and their spouses and adult children in the Clare Room Saturday, January 3rd at 1pm.  Anybody volunteering for any of our volunteer opportunities this year needs to be registered with Armatus,  as we will be inviting families from our _Building the Domestic Church_ program to volunteer with the Knights.  Come learn how to protect the next generation, for as Knights we are all Called to Protect!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Twas the Knight Before Christmas

I hope you all enjoy this little poem and graphic sent along from the Arizona State Deputy.

Twas the Knight Before Christmas

Twas the Knight before Christmas, when all through the council chamber, Not a creature was stirring, not even a member.

The blank Form 100’s were stacked by the fin sec with care, In hopes that the membership chairman soon would be there.

The members were nestled all snug in their chairs, While visions of pancakes danced in their heads.

And the officers in their jewels, and I ready to wrap my gavel, Had just settled our brains for a long meeting of babble.

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the podium to see what was the matter.

Away to the door I flew like a flash,

Tore open the handle and ran with a dash.

The light on the floor of the long narrow hall Provided the vision of a man standing tall.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But the membership chairman, with our pillars and candidates in the rear.

The membership chairman, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be Brother Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now, Charity! Now, Unity! Now, Fraternity and Patriotism! On, Church! On, Service! On, Family and Catholicism!

To the front of the chamber! To a place near the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the chamber,

The prancing and sounds of each new prospective member. As I drew up my gavel, and was turning around,

Raising his hand Brother Nick waved with a bound.

He addressed all of the council, introducing his guests,

And then led them all back out the door so we can do our best.

On the way out, a bundle of Form 100s he had flung to the financial secretary, And he looked like a Star Recruiter, all jolly and merry.

I opened the meeting and with a motion and second we voted them in, We decided to hold the degree that night, and welcome them like kin, Our founder will be proud of our council growing stronger,

And know that our council will survive for years longer!

I sprang to the chambers, to my team I gave a wrap, And away they all flew to bring new members back.

And they heard me exclaim, that a Star Council is in sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good Knight!"

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

Arizona State Deputy, Knights of Columbus

December 1, 2014

Annual Fraternal Survey

Please click through to this blog post, I'd love to see a survey response close to 50% this year. Plus- page two of the survey allows you to sound off for what you want to see from the Council in 2015.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fwd: Helping Fr Givney's Vision - Career Opportunity

I think, given what little I know about the job, that the words "financially secure" are very key.  But for a man who really wants to be of service to families in time of need, I can think of no greater lay vocation in the Church.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Subject: Helping Fr Givney's Vision - Career Opportunity

Dear Brother Knight,

Due to the success and growth of the Knights of Columbus Insurance program, our agency is looking to add additional fraternal insurance advisors.  This opportunity may or may not be suited for you, but I am interviewing for candidates in this area and referrals are always welcome.

The ideal candidate would be success oriented, financially secure, ambitious, ethical and a self-starter.  We offer a professional level income and full benefit package including non-contributory pension to the right man.  (Competitive commissions, performance incentives, professional training, Group Medical/Dental/Disability, 401K plan and more)

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic Fraternal organization in the world and no insurer in North America is more highly rated than the Knights of Columbus.  If you OR someone you know is interested in finding out more about this unique opportunity, please contact me at the numbers or email listed below. God Bless and Merry Christmas!

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Christ in the Womb Series Christmas Catch Up 2014

I have gotten busy this December, and since my 2015 "The Word Made Flesh" ended just before Advent, I thought I'd go ahead and post, as Paul Harvey would say, The Rest of the Story- the original set of 2014 by Mary and Nick Rigert. I'll be coming out with a single post of all The Word Made Flesh for 2015 blog and bulletin announcement posts after Christmas.

November 30 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following
Baby Jesus in the womb
37 Weeks
The maximum amount of amniotic fluid surrounds
Baby now. In the Weeks
to come,
Baby continues to grow. However, some amniotic fluid is reabsorbed by mother’s body. This decreases the amount of fluid around
Baby and the room in which he has to move. Mother may notice a difference of
Baby movements. For some mothers, it may seem like
Baby is not moving as much as he had been.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014
December 7 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following
Baby Jesus in the womb
38 Weeks

Baby weighs about 6¾ pounds and is around 21 inches. Many mothers don’t grow larger during the last several Weeks
of pregnancy, yet still feel very uncomfortable. Mother may not feel like eating much at this time, but it’s important to keep eating a healthy diet. Snacks are also important to keep mother’s energy levels up, nourish
Baby and help avoid heartburn.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014
December 14 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following
Baby Jesus in the womb
39 Weeks

Baby weighs a slightly more than 7 pounds, yet
Baby continues to gain weight even up to the last week or two.
Baby doesn’t have much room to move inside. At this point, his organ systems are developed and in place. The lungs are the last organs to mature.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014
December 21/25 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following
Baby Jesus in the womb
40 Weeks

Baby weighs about 7 ½ pounds. Total length is 21 ½ inches. There is little room for
Baby to move. Mother feels as big as she could ever be, and is more than ready to have
Baby The child triggers labor and birth occurs -- an average of 264 – 270 days after conception. We have followed
Baby’s development from conception to birth! Happy Birthday,
Baby Jesus!!! BIBLIOGRAPHY Curtis, Dr. Glade B., OB/GYN and Schuler Judith M.S. Your Pregnancy, Week by Week. Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA 02142. 2004. “Milestones of Early Life/How You Began Your Journey” (brochure). Heritage House, 919 S. Main St. Snowflake, AZ 85937. 2007. Each week we will show the
Baby Jesus’ development with Our Lady of Guadalupe’s picture in the same place in St. Cecilia’s parish Bulletin
. Parishioners may more understand the meaning of Our Lady’s visit to St. Juan Diego in 1531 and also become familiar with the placement within the Bulletin
of “
Baby Jesus in the womb
.” Bulletin
Insert: **********************************************************The Word was made Flesh . . . Following
Baby Jesus in the womb
THE WEEKLY ENTRY . . . . . . .
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014
. ************************************************************ We are going to keep it simple.
We are not going to talk about abortion ~ just leave it with “Jesus in the womb”.
We want to focus on God made Man.
We ordered holy cards and put them in the pews after each Mass.
We are being very careful to keep things tidy and easy for the parish priests and staff.
Father Pat and Nancy, our Office Manager, have been wonderful.
Holy Cards – 3 suggested options:
1. English - This is a bookmark that we ordered. We liked the Holy Family picture.
Unborn Prayer Card. 2. Our Lady of Guadalupe cards (English and Spanish) – I ordered Spanish from Arthur Maes of Denver, Colorado. He prints and distributes cards with a lovely full color image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the front, a brief description of the program and the short prayer composed by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on the reverse.
11142 Osage Street, Northglenn, CO 80234. Phone: 720-977-9150
Both men sent the cards express mail. They came in two days. They both took credit card numbers. Great to work with.
3. Make your own Our Lady of Guadalupe cards.
Guadalupe Card Template
Call/email Mary Rigert
St. Cecilia Catholic Church
Beaverton, Oregon 97007

Mary would LOVE to chat with you with ideas or suggestions!
Permission to use however you wish!!!
Have fun and may God bless us and our efforts!
Special thanks to our son, Nicholas Rigert, 214 Weeks
for the excellent editing job!!
Love, Mom

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Business Meeting Announcement

The Next Meeting will be Monday December 15th at 7pm. We are moving to the Clare Room due to ongoing Giving Tree wrapping.

Please come and save us the

Meeting Agenda
December 15, 2014
St. Clare Office Clare Room

  • 7:00pm Opening Prayer Our Father, Roll Call, Reading of Previous Minutes
  • 7:05pm Grand Knight’s Remarks
    • Pastoral Council
      • Hints for how to do Movie Nights better
      • Considering future fundraising opportunities
    • Building the Domestic Church, a new vision for Knights
      • CVLI cost and expanding to St. John Fisher
  • 7:15pm Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:20pm For the Good of the Order
  • 7:30pm Committees
    • Community
      • Call for volunteers for SVDP
    • Life
      • Baby Bottle report
    • Youth
      • Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest
        • Nobody interested
      • Lego Church
        • Was at the Christmas Party, all three children there interested
  • 7:50 pm New Business
    • CVLI License for St. John Fisher
  • 8:00 pm District Deputy/State Officers
  • 8:10pm Sick or in Distress – Hail Mary
  • 8:15pm Closing Prayer - Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

First _Building the Domestic Church_ movie night

We had a very light crowd for the 2014 Christmas Party- only 9 of us, including wives. Only 5 Knights showed up. But there was one man and his son who showed up at 7pm after Basketball practice while waiting for his daughter to have her basketball practice, so we showed the movie anyway- I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids.

Knight of the Year was James Michael Morgan, pictured. We got him a nice jacket, a pin, and as he's always bragging about being a Gourmet, a copy of _The Joy of Cooking_ by Julia Child.

Family of the Year is Tom and Bonnie Owens, we got them a nice holiday centerpiece.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Busy weekend for the Knights

Or at least the start and the end of the weekend. I just realized I missed the bulletin announcement of the meeting. So here is what is happening this weekend for Knights of Columbus:
Friday, December 12, 6pm - our Christmas Party Potluck and First _Building the Domestic Church_ movie night kicks off at St. Clare's Parish hall. Bring a dish to share, a canned good for SVDP, and blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals for the kids! The Lego Church will be there for kids who get bored with the movie, and we'll be giving away Knight of the Year and Family of the Year, so be there.

Monday, December 15, 7pm: Council meeting. Agenda to follow in the next post on the blog, but highlights will be lessons learned from the first movie night, detailed description of how to get movie nights going in the roundtable parishes of St. John Fisher and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and an update on future fundraising plans. In addition, please save us a stamp and pick up your 2015 dues billing notice at the council meeting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fwd: Health & Welfare Report 10 December 2014

From: Andrew Robinson <>

Dear Brothers

Please pray for a successful surgery and quick recover for FS of Council 2439 Ron Bernt. He will be going to OHSU December 11th to have one of my vocal cords partially removed.  Apparently the two paralyzed vocal cords have restricted his airway to about 20-30 % of a normal airway and this is why it has been such a struggle for him to breathe.  By removing a portion of one vocal cord the doctor says he should improve 300%, it will still not be 100% of normal but a substantial improvement.  

Continue to pray for Audene Nored, wife of Stan Nored our State Special Olympics Chairman. She has been battling brain cancer very hard these last 5 years but is now at home and on Hospice the last couple weeks. 

Pray for Dick Paradis, long time FS from Corvallis 1785 and a past State Officer. After a successful heart valve replacement a few months ago and recovering nicely, it was recently discovered he has cancer as well. He's had a few chemo sessions but is now at home and just put on Hospice.   

PSD Paul Bousquet always need our prayer as well. Paul remains in Stoneybrook Assisted Living and "hanging in there".

Brother Eugene H. Russell passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2014 in Sublimity. Recitation of Rosary was on  Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 pm both at St. Boniface Cemetery in Sublimity. Please keep Eugene in your prayers.

The daughter of SK Jim Bonagofski (PGK Council 1594) passed away Sunday November 16.  Rachel Ann Bonagofski Scott was only 40 years old and a long battle with Crohn's disease.  Please pray for the repose of Rachel's soul, her daughter Rilee Mae, and for her family that will miss this sweet girl.

Sir Knight Gene Erhardt of Scappoose Council 3302 passed away Monday evening December 8.  His Funeral will be at 11:00 A.M  Saturday November 13, 2014 at St Wenceslaus Catholic church in Scappoose, Oregon.  The family has requested an Honor Guard and those wishing to participate should assemble at 10:30 A.M. Gene was an honorary life member and the brother of  past state deputy Frank "Tom" Erhardt (1995 - 1997).   Please keep Gene in your prayers.

Health & Welfare Chairman

Andrew F. Robinson,Jr. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Our Brother Knight asks for your help

As you all know, James Michael Morgan has been heading for a lung transplant over the last couple of years. Go to the blog and click on this link to help him out with medical expenses.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The root of the matter

In the Catholic Sentinel this week, Archbishop Sample begins trying to make up for 60 years of mixed catechesis on marriage and the family. This is the second of a series of article prompted by secular media reports of the synod and by the upcoming meeting in Philadelphia next fall, followed by part II of the Synod.

It is also, I am convinced, why he asked the Knights at this time to support Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive. Let us pray that our meager efforts to support that program bear much fruit for the next generation of Catholics.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Council Christmas Party and Movie Night!

Thanks to several generous donors, we have our movie license. And so:

Council Christmas Party, Friday, December 12, 2014
St Clare Parish Hall
6pm Potluck
6:15 Knight of the Year/Family of the Year awards
6:30pm Movie
Send Photos of your Family Nativity Scene to share before the movie to The Grand Knight

December’s Movie:
The Muppets Christmas Carol

Bring with you a dish to share for the potluck, blankets/pillows/favorite stuffed animals for your kids, and a canned good to donate for St. Vincent De Paul.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sunday, November 30 at St. Clare's

I believe we now have enough volunteers to pull this off, but the following is from Pia:
St. Clare Parish
Advent Community Recollection
First Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2014

Community Lunch
(12:30 pm – 1:15 pm)

Advent Prayer
Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sending forth of Children

Reading of Scriptures

Reflection from Dr. Christina Astorga
“How do we say, come Lord Jesus, come in our daily life?”
Isaiah 40:3-5, Mark 1:2-3

Parishioners’ Reflections

Faith Sharing
(Table Conversations)

Our Father
(Children are welcomed back)

Candle Lighting

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fwd: Dec. 3rd 1st Degree...

First Degree December 3 at Tigard.  From our worthy DD:

The more the merrier.  Contact Scott Young, Gary Stump or me if you have candidates.  Be sure to do your Admissions Committee and have them sign your Membership Roster prior to coming.  Also, You can save $6.50 if you bring your own rosary, pin and the booklet These Men They Call KnightsI


-----Original Message-----
From: Gary & Julie Stump <>
To: scottyoung7 <>; Ron Boyce <>; Dave Saunders <>
Sent: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 10:27 am
Subject: Dec. 3rd 1st Degree...

Hi All,    Would you please notify other Councils of our 1st Degree program on Dec. 3rd   beginning at 6:30PM at the St. Anthony's Community Center.  There is a $10 fee   for all of our Degree Programs, to cover the cost of the 1st Degree Kits.    This Degree Program will be conducted by our Council's AWESOME Degree Team,   headed by Tom Hays.    Thanks very much!    Gary Stump  Membership Director     Sent from Gary's iPhone 5S    

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Volunteer Request: St. Clare Advent Fair

As most of you know, we've traded our breakfast for a simple lunch at the Advent Fair.  We also have a few other duties to take care of.  Here are the volunteers I have so far, and the times they are working.
7am-8am Ted Seeber & Michael Chau to make coffee for coffee and donuts and help get the Parish Hall ready
8:00am- Shannon Seeber & Christopher Seeber to pick up Mike Morgan, Ted Seeber to pick up Eva, for Mass.
8:30am-9:30am Mass at St. Clare's
9:30am-10:45 am.  Ted Seeber to man Knight's table for the general fair.  Request one more volunteer for Knights Table.  Jean would like some volunteers to help with the Advent Wreath Table, bringing in fresh boughs, keeping things running. Two school families are doing coffee and donuts.
10:45am-12:30pm  Judy and Jim Van Domelen, chips, and grapes for lunch, and take in soup donations.  Ted to bring extra crock pots and warmers for soups, and check on coffee and tang. Three more school families to help
12:45-2pm Mike Devlin on dishes.
1pm-3pm  Michael Chau, Christopher Seeber, and Ted Seeber volunteer in Children's room during reflection.  Knights are in charge of Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest & Lego Church.

A tale of two synods - Catholic Sentinel - Portland, OR

As some of you know, your Grand Knight had a hard time dealing with the news from the Synod in October.  I'm not the only one, apparently.  This week, Archbishop Sample wrote a wonderful editorial on the subject, just for those of us who had fallen into fear over the news.  Click on the link below to read A Tale of Two Synods.

In particular, expect no changes with regard to the indissolubility of marriage, the moral wrongness of artificial contraception and sexual activity outside of marriage, and the nature of marriage as requiring the complementary of the sexes, i.e. as being always and forevermore between one man and one woman.

Read More at: A tale of two synods - Catholic Sentinel - Portland, OR

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Building the Domestic Church, Movie Night

At the meeting, the council voted to support the new program with $103.51 for books and $155 towards a movie showing license. They challenged me, your Grand Knight, to come up with donors for the rest. After just mentioning it in an online blog as an aside, I became persuaded to put up A Worthy, Worthy Cause on my private blog. I am pleased to announce that we are well on our way to getting the movie license, and if pledges come through from my facebook friends who have sent me messages, I will be ordering our movie showing license December 3rd.

Due to that, I'd like to announce at this time that our Christmas Party will be 6pm on Friday, December 12 at St. Clare's Parish Hall. Invite everybody from all three parishes. If you can get it into your bulletins, do so. Program will be:
6:00pm Potluck
6:15pm Grand Knight's Recap and Christmas Program
6:30pm Muppets Christmas Carol Movie
8:00pm Family public discussion about values in the movie.
8:30pm cleanup.

Because this is also our council Christmas potluck, we will not be selling concessions at this first movie. We will be asking people to bring something to eat, favorite pillows/blankets/stuffed animals for the kids (which of course, they will keep with them and use during the movie).

More plans to come- the book also recommends we hold a Posada, and I'm thinking about bringing that up with the Youth Group to partner with on Christmas Eve between noon and the Children's Mass at 4pm.

Trailer for the movie can be found On Youtube, or scan this clickable QR code with your phone:

Christ in the Womb November 23, 2014/The Word Made Flesh November 21-23

November 23 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb
36 Weeks
Baby weighs about 6 pounds measures 20 ¾ inches. Maturation of the lungs and respiratory system will enable Baby to breathe on his own outside of the mother. Only 4 to 5 Weeks until the due date!
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014

Editor's note: One of the challenges given to me in rewriting this was NOT to write another apocryphal Gospel. To that end, for the 2015 version, I am drawing on my own experience as a father. My son was born, with birth defects, 4 weeks early, at the 36th week. So this is ending just before Advent. I will continue posting the original 2014 version, but this is the last pregnancy post of the 2015 version. I may continue in the advent season as time allows- but it will be the story of the new family, for our baby girl has been born. Use the appropriate tags to search for the whole thing of either version.
The Word Made Flesh November 21-22, 2015

Exodus Chapter 21 includes secular laws used by the early Jews as they were setting up Israel. Sirach 38 tells us that the doctor is often the hand of God, and Psalm 71 tells us that we often go through hard things as a sign to others. The day of induction has come for our mother of our little girl. It's four weeks early- all of Advent, for her original due date was December 25, 2015, the Birthday of our Lord. Induction, sadly, does not go well- after 48 hours of labor, the baby still hasn't come. She's stuck in the birth canal, and a c-section is necessary. Calling for a surgeon, it's still two more hours before our child is born, but when she is, her parents don't care. Her father takes pictures to post online of her little cone head, just happy she's alive. She's 20 inches and 7 lbs. But due to not having that extra time in the womb, she has spina bifida occulta and due to losing oxygen on the way through the birth canal, she's got a scar in her brain, and will experience some disability. It doesn't matter. She was created by love, and born of love- and is a Child of God.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fwd: Health & Welfare Report 21 Nov 2014

> Dear Brothers
> Brother Don Gescher of Sublimity Council 2439 passed away Sunday, November 16. Vigil is Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8 pm and Mass of Christian Burial is Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11 am both at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Please pray for te repose of Don's soul.
> We have a request for Sir Knights to serve as pallbearers for the funeral of a Sir Knight Leonard Oswald Jr. from Mt Angel. The Rosary will be at 7pm, 11/20, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Mt. Angel. Mass Fri. at 11am, also at the church. Please help if you can!  Thank you and I am sure the family thanks you for your consideration!
> Prayers are requested for Gretna Kleespies, wife of former past DD12 John Kleespies. She will be going in for a tumor operation on her brain 24 November at 7:30am. She also has cancer on her liver which they will decide later. . She will be at Rouge Valley Hospital in Medford..
> Health & Welfare Chairman
> Andrew F. Robinson, Jr.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fwd: What's in the Official KofC online store?

From our DD:
Brother Knights,


Q: Ever wonder how to participate in the Knights of Columbus program?

A: Coats For Kids now easier than ever before!

In 2009, the Knights of Columbus launched the Coats For Kids initiative, designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates.  Since the program's inception, the Knights of Columbus in the United States and Canada has given away more than 200,000 coats to children in need.  Now, it's even easier for your council or assembly to participate in this wonderful program by going to Knights Gear.

These coats for charity can be purchased online at Knights Gear.  You can pay by credit card, or Council/Assembly Officers can charge by going to our online store through Officers Online.

Q: Ever wonder where that great Knights of Columbus merchandise comes from?

A: 2014 Christmas Collection and more now available at the official online store of the Knights of Columbus!

The 2014 Knights of Columbus Christmas Collection is now available in our online store!  Great new ornaments and Christmas-related items are available to keep the reason for the season top of mind.  Make sure to check out the handmade ornaments produced by an artist in Ohio.  They will make a great addition to your family's tree.

Order soon for delivery before Christmas!

Hundreds of Knights Gear items are available at the official online store of the Knights of Columbus.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Environmental Committee Requests coming

The environmental committee at St. Clares would like to invite the Knights to come help "where strong backs are needed" this Christmas. More information will be forthcoming as the time to decorate the church draws closer.

St. Francis Dining Hall Volunteer Request

The next opportunity for Knights to help with the St. Francis Dining Hall clean up and painting is this Saturday from 10 to 5 (or whenever time individuals can donate during those hours). Sue Unger will be organizing the clean up and painting of parts of the dining hall and could use all the help possible. Her phone number for further information is 503.349.7075. Lunch will be provided. If you have a favorite paint brush you can bring it otherwise she has the supplies and materials needed. This is a great opportunity for us Knights to serve the poorest of the poor in the Portland area. Please help if you can.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 winners of our council's first annual Essay Contest. First place goes to Clare Duda, Second Place to Anelia Draper, third place to Ally Baker. They each received a Pope Francis video, Clare received $50 cash prize, and their essays have been forwarded on to State. They also got this nice plaque for Mrs. Harmeyer's classroom at St. Clare's. Note that the plaque has 12 slots- so we are committed to doing this program for the next 12 years at least. Congratulate our contest winners if you see them at Mass!

Fwd: Health & Welfare Report Nov 17, 2014

> Dear Brothers
> Please pray for the health and comfort of Brother Dick Paradis (former FS of Corvallis 1785) who has an aggressive cancer. He saw the Oncologist on November 12th to chart a course of action. Operation is at this time is out of the question. Dick's many years as a very active Knight including Fin. Secretary and State Warden certainly merits our prayers!
> Sir knight Michael Appling  of Assemble 3239 Portland received a call from his son (stationed in Afghanistan)  on November 15 to tell him he was okay.  Turns out part of the Oregon Guard was in a firefight at one of the gates of their base.  He and 2 others were wounded.  Robert's and one other were fairly minor, a third is being flown to Germany for surgery then home to the States for recovery. Prayers are requested for the three wounded but most of all prayers are needed every day that our Oregon Guardsman will be safe and return home.
> Sir knight Applings has another request : 
> Secondly - the program we have going, the "We Love our Guard" program, trying to send a gift box to each of the approx. 1,000 Guardsmen deployed is quite frankly floundering. We're 2 weeks out from wanting to ship these off.  Takes about 2 weeks for them to get there.  I'm guesstimating we have enough items for maybe half the boxes, and much worse off right now with $$ donations to cover the shipping.
> The plan was for Oregon companies to help, with the exception of one, that has not materialized.  So I'm asking for help from every Knight in Oregon.  Please send a $16 donation to Assy. 3239 at St. Pius X in Portland (1280 NW Saltzman Rd., 97229).  And get the word out to your parishes and friends.
> This firefight really brought home to me how important the connection to someone back home is.  Gregg Harris worded it well in a news release - that it's not really the "goodies" we send, it is the knowing folks back home in Oregon are thinking about them, praying for them and want them back in safety.  This gift box program is a small way for us to provide a connection.
> Health & Welfare Chairman
> Andrew F. Robinson, Jr.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Knights of Columbus Meeting Monday, November 17

We have a big night. I'll have the room open by 6pm, and light refreshments will be available by 6:30pm.
John Clare Council #15485 Meeting Agenda
November 17, 2014
St. Clare Fireside Room

  • 6:45PM Presentation of plaque to Essay Contest winners.
  • 7:00pm Opening Prayer Our Father, Roll Call, Reading of Previous Minutes
  • 7:05pm Grand Knight’s Remarks
  • 7:15pm Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:20pm For the Good of the Order
  • 7:30pm Committees
    • Community
      • Luncheon November 30
    • Youth
      • Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest
      • Lego Church
  • 7:50 pm New Business
  • 8:00 pm District Deputy/State Officers
  • 8:10pm Sick or in Distress – Hail Mary
  • 8:15pm Closing Prayer - Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fwd: Widows Mass and Dinner

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Scott Young <>
Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM
Subject: Widows Mass and Dinner

Brothers Knights,

One week from tonight Tigard Council 3591 will be hosting the widows from Districts 3 and 21, 5PM Vigil Mass followed by dinner.

As I mentioned earlier I need a head count of widows and Knights by Monday November 17th from each Council.  We don't want anyone to go hungry or to over purchase so please get your numbers into me by 8PM Monday

Vivat Jesus
Scott Young
Grand Knight
Our Lady of the Valley Council 3591
St Anthony Parish, Tigard, OR

Christ in the Womb November 16, 2014 / The Word Made Flesh November 14-15, 2015

November 16 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb
35 Weeks
Baby now weighs over 5 ½ pounds. Total length is 20 ¼ inches. Mother’s increasing size is due to the growth of Baby and placenta, as well as the increased amount of amniotic fluid. All these factors make estimating Baby’s weight more difficult. Emotional changes within mother are normal. Many changes are happening to mother’s body as Baby grows.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014


The Word Made Flesh, November 14-15, 2015
Our Baby girl is growing nicely, estimated at over 5 pounds, over 20 inches. But Mother isn't doing so well on bed rest, and her blood pressure keeps rising. Father is worried, and is waiting on mother hand and foot to try to keep her comfortable. Doctor's also worried- and so inducement has been scheduled, for November 23, 2015. She's not going to reach her due date, which was to be the Birthday of Our Lord, December 25, 2015.

Fwd: Knights of Columbus Fundraiser

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Agenda item for next meeting

Archbishop Sample has requested that State Deputy Bob Kish change the mission of the Knights of Columbus in Oregon. We are required to implement a new program from Supreme, _Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive_. I will be talking about this in my Grand Knight's remarks at the meeting on Monday, November 17 at 6:45pm. Come and also meet our Citizenship Essay Contest winners.
Some important notes from last night's meeting:
This program was used in 2013 in the Diocese of Colorado to great success. Archbishop Sample thinks it is a good fit for the Archdiocese of Oregon, and since it is a program from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, the good Archbishop has asked all Knights of Columbus in Oregon to make it our top priority.
For our council, the first few orders of business in implementing this program are:
  • Ordering books and materials, which has been accomplished. Supreme offers these materials for free, but we have to pay for shipping
  • Promoting the program at the St. Clare's Advent Faith Fair, and looking for opportunities to promote it at St. John Fisher and St. Elizabeth Hungary, while obtaining support from the pastors there

  • Obtaining our CVLI (Church movie copyright bank) license

  • Get as many Knights as possible to take the Called to Protect program in their respective parishes, as we will be working with children

  • Opening up our Christmas Party Potluck to all families from all three parishes, and adding a movie to entice families to come

As you can see, our second order of business leads right into supporting the Advent Faith Fair, which you'll hear about when we discuss the luncheon and activities we have been asked to support.
Here are some links to further information:

Http:// - Church movie license.
Supreme website on this program

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fwd: Tigard Council Breakfast November

> Brothers,
> Tigard council is  having  a breakfast next Sunday in St.. Francis Hall, the new community center at St. Anthony Church.  There is a free will offering with the proceeds going to St. Vincent's  for food. The serving hours are  7:30 to 10:30.  Come on over check us out.
> Dave Saunders, DD#3

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Christ in the Womb November 9 2014/ The Word Made Flesh November 7-8, 2015

November 9 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following
Baby Jesus in the womb
8 months Skin becomes pink and smooth.
Baby weighs almost 5 pounds and measures 19 ½ inches. The Baby is really getting cramped now. “Lightening” begins - the period in which the head of the Baby enters the birth canal. False labor is usually seen in late pregnancy. It seems to occur more often in women who have been pregnant before. It usually stops as quickly as it begins, and the Baby is never in danger.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014

The Word Made Flesh November 7-8, 2015
Our Mother is getting worried, she's been on bed rest 3 weeks for preclampsia. Baby is turning and entering the birth canal. A false labor episode causes quite the scare, but the child is never in danger. Her due date is still December 25, 2015

Next 2nd / 3rd degree

Will be at St. James in Molalla on December 6, 2014. Let me know if anybody is able to go.

Fwd: State Charities Stuffing


Brothers All,
This is a gentle reminder that the State Charities Stuffing is happening
November 15th, at St. Peter"s Catholic Church in Newberg.
We will be there with coffee at 8:00 and hope to have two tables of envelope stuffing in full swing by 9:00.
Lunch will also be brought in at noon.
this is an obvious lesson in numbers, 8,000 envelopes stuffed by many
goes much faster than with less.
Wives and family members are invited to help as well.
thank you in advance, pat.
Patrick L Rice-I.P.S.D.
KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS It's a Catholic way of Life

Friday, November 7, 2014

Building the Domestic Church

From the District Deputy:
Is your council ready for the webinar coming on Thursday night?
Each council should have a location set up to view the webinar and should have been in contact with each parish you serve to make sure the key people will be in attendance.
If you haven’t registered your location yet contact your District Deputy or State Secretary Sid Thiel,, to let him know where you will be. Please do so immediately. There are a limited number of connections available for the webinar.
Archbishop Sample has asked the Knights to take the lead in getting this program going. It is a direct response to Pope Francis’ call to bring the Church back in to our homes. You should be ordering a supply of the work book, “Building the Domestic Church”. They are available on They are featured prominently on the main page. There is no cost for the book, you pay only shipping costs. The idea is to put one of these books in every household in the parish so don’t hesitate to order a lot. You can order up to 300 at a time.
The program starts on December 1st so don’t delay and don’t miss the webinar!
Make sure you communicate with your parish priest, your council chaplain, and your director of religious education. All three people are vital to the program.

Now from me- Ken Paulsen and I will be going to the webinar at St. Anthony's. I've already talked with Pia and Jean about this, as well as Fr. Stobie.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Building your Domestic Church

Archbishop Sample has challenged the Knights of Columbus to support the Domestic Church Initiative from Supreme. Consider incorporating these monthly themes in your own family.

Fwd: Health & Welfare Report 5 Nov 2014

Dear Brothers

Sir Knight and Past Grand Knight of Council 1872 and State Chaplin Father  Joe Reinig passed away on October 24th in Bend.  His funeral will be on Nov. 6th at 11:00 AM at St Francis Church, Bend.    Vigil with Rosary will be on Wednesday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 pm in Bend.  Bishop Cary will be the main Celebrant with Bishop Vasa and priest from the Diocese Concelebrating. The 4th Degree Knights will have an Honor Guard.

SK John H Kuchler is in Medford's Rogue Regional Medical Center CCU for a life threatening condition.  There is some speculation but no confirmation as to what it might be. 
John was born 4/22/1923 and has been a Knight since 2/01/1963 (current Council 1594), a 4th Degree Knight since 9/01/1969 (current Assembly 905). Please keep John and his wife Francis in your prayers.

Health & Welfare Chairman

Andrew F. Robinson, jr.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Come to the prayer service for the Icon of the Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, November 4, at 6pm, come shake off your fears over the election, and pray with us for the patronage of Mary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Clare's.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Needed: Ushers for Icon Prayer Service

I'd like at least 4 volunteers for the Icon Prayer Service. At this point I'll be leading- I think that way we can do without the sound system. Prayer service is 6pm on Tuesday, November 4th at St. Clare's.

Christ in the Womb November 2, 2014 / The Word Made Flesh Feast of All Saints, October 31-November 1, 2015

November 2 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb
33 Weeks
Mother gains more weight as Baby continues to grow and develop. Mother may be gaining weight faster than at any other point during pregnancy. However, mother is not putting on most of this weight— Baby is! Baby is going through a period of increased growth and may be gaining as much as 8 ounces or more every week!
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014


The Word Made Flesh, October 31-November 1, 2015
This is the weekend of the Feast of All Saints, and our Baby Girl is 33 weeks along. There is noticeable weight gain for the mother- but it isn't really the mother gaining weight, it's the child growing! Psalm 127 tells us that children are a heritage from the Lord, but at this point in the pregnancy it is hard to remember that. With the weight gain, mother continues to be on bed rest for preclampsia. It helps to have father around to help out at this stage in the pregnancy- a man to start running errands and taking care of the house.

Baby's due date is still December 25, 2015.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fwd: Webinar on Building The Domestic Church

The District Deputy requests attendance for an important Webinar broadcast by Archbishop Sample.  Please RSVP to the Grand Knight if you plan on attending.


The broadcast of the program will be at 7:30 PM on November 13th.  It will be at St. Anthony's in St. Francis Hall.  All Grand Knights, Deputy GKs, Council Chaplains, or parish priests, Council officers and program Directors , and any one who is interested  is welcome.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We are currently without a Field Agent

For your insurance needs, contact the Kennedy Agency of the Knights of Columbus at 503-644-1952.

Icon of the Immaculate Conception is coming to St. Clare's

Our Council is blessed with a visit from Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Rosary Prayer service for the Queen of Disciples will be 6pm in the Church on Tuesday, November 4th, to be followed by a Bible Study on the Discipleship of Mark at 7pm in the Clare Room in the office.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Christ in the Womb October 26, 2014/The Word Made Flesh October 24-25, 2014

October 26 Bulletin The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb

32 Weeks
Baby weighs almost 4 pounds. Total length is nearly 19 inches. If mother is carrying twins, it is important to keep babies within mother to increase birth weights and to continue maturity of organ systems. The average length of pregnancy for twins is about 37 Weeks . For triplets, it is about 35 Weeks . Before ultrasound was available, diagnosing twins was much more difficult.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014


The Word Made Flesh October 24-25, 2014. >BR>
It's 32 weeks into the pregnancy of our baby girl. She's up to 4 pounds. Just like St. John in the first chapter of the gospel of Luke, she's leaping for joy. But there is an issue. Today, good pre-natal care watches the mother's vitals, and about this time in the pregnancy, many women get put on bed rest for fear of high blood pressure- also known as preclampsia. Just as a precaution, our little girl's mother has been put on bed rest. Her due date remains the same however, the birthday of Our Lord, December 25, 2015.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 20 Meeting Minutes

John Clare Council Meeting Minutes, 10-20-2014
Roll Call of Officers
Our Lord Jesus Christ – Present
Grand Knight Seeber, Theodore M Present
Financial Secretary Jarvis, Philip A Present
Deputy Grand Knight Paulsen, Kenneth A Present
Chancellor Vuoche, Polinus N Excused
Recorder Van Domelen, James L Excused
Treasurer Devlin, Michael Present
Advocate Gregoire, Marc R Excused
Warden Chau, Michael H Present
Inside Guard Ward, Ivan D Excused
Outside Guard Codd, Dennis M Excused
One Year Trustee Morgan, James M Present
Two Year Trustee Creegan, John T Absent
Three Year Trustee Owens, Thomas R Present
Lecturer O'Phelan, Michael J Present
8 Officers Present. 8 Members were present.
Meeting was opened with the Our Father and Pledge of Allegiance
The previous meeting's minutes were not available due to the Grand Knight forgetting to print them out. They are on the blog here
Grand Knight’s Report:
• Icon of the Immaculate Conception will be coming to St. Clare’s November 3-9, 2014. Prayer service will be November 4, 2014, 6:00pm-7:30pm. In keeping with Pia’s adult education calendar, Mary as the Queen of Disciples will be stressed. We have prayer books and prayer cards. Icon will be at St. Clare's November 3rd-9th
• Liturgical Workshop is on Saturday, October 25, 9am-12pm. If we were going to display the Eucharistic Miracles, we would need to keep the gym warm, we would need more time for advertising, and we'd need a team of men to put down and take up the floor covering. We would only be able to open for 4 hours, between noon-4pm. This seemed too much work for such a short time, so the vote was no-go for now, Ted Seeber to bring this up again to the Pastoral council for a date in the future.
• Nobody showed up to the Open house on Wednesday October 15, so there was no 1st Degree held tonight. Phil and I conducted a technology review, and the new methodology looks promising.
Treasurer’s Report
• Checking $1395.06
• Unity: $543.60
• Charity: $40.00
• One voucher paid to Supreme $32.63, one to St. Vincent De Paul for $500, one to St. Clare's for $50. Financial Secretary Report:
New Bill from Supreme indicated 35 members and $32.53 owing for supplies. Voucher has been issued, and as we heard from Treasurer above, paid.

Worthy Lecturer Michael O'Phelan gave a talk on the Lilies of the Field Gospel, stressing that the only thing we can really control is the present.

Community Committees (heads of committees are absent, so Grand Knight gave a report):
• Next KofC Sunday Breakfast will be November 30, pastoral council wishes for us to bring back the Baby Bottle Drive at this time for Advent.
• Liturgy workshop October 25, 9am-noon. Liturgical and music ministers are asked to attend. Please RSVP to Pia Youth Committee
18 Essays were turned in for the contest, judges have copies
New Business
• Tom Owens asked for volunteers for St. Francis Dining Hall, you can go to that link for more information.
No State Officers were present
Sick or in Distress:
For Kevin Hagan. For the repose of the soul of Mike O'Phelan's sister-in-law. For Bonnie Owens. For all the victims of the Ebola virus
Meeting was Adjourned at 8:00pm with the a Hail Mary for all the people mentioned Sick or in Distress
Meeting notes submitted by James Michael Morgan.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fwd: Help needed

As discussed last night, the next time will conflict with the Liturgy Workshop at St. Clare's, but the two times after that are excellent volunteer opportunities

Hi Ted
I know that the Knights have been generous in helping the poor and homeless in our community. The St. Francis Dining Hall provides a free drop in center and 2 meals a day for those in need. I met with Sue Unger, director of the St. Francis Dining Hall, this morning and she shared that she would really appreciate some volunteers from the Knights of Columbus to help with painting, cleanup etc. from 10 to 3 on Saturday Oct 25th. She and other staff will be there to help supervise the needed tasks. Volunteers should wear old clothes and not bring backpacks or other items that could be stolen. Lunch will be provided. The Dining Hall is in the basement of the church located at 1131 SE Oak, Portland, OR 97214. Please ask those men who will volunteer for that day to let me know by email by Oct. 23.
For those interested in helping but unavailable on Oct 25th. the next two clean-up dates are scheduled for Nov. 22 and Jan. 17. Please put these dates on your calendar now.
Thanks much.
Tom Owens
12450 SW Summercrest Dr.
Tigard, OR 97223

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Prayer Request

Our Lecturer Mike O'Phelan's sister-in-law just passed away after a 4 day battle with end stage pulmonary disease. Prayers are requested for Mike and his brother John.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Christ in the Womb October 19, 2014/The Word Made Flesh October 17-18, 2015

October 19 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb
31 Weeks
Mother’s body produces as much as 50% more blood and body fluids during pregnancy to meet Baby’s needs. Enlarging Baby pushes on mother’s pelvic veins, and blood flow in the lower part of her body is partially blocked. This pushes fluid into her legs and feet, causing swelling. Mother may be a bit (or very) uncomfortable, but Baby is being fed and kept warm.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014


The Word Made Flesh for October 17-18, 2015
Our little girl is growing, pushing on veins, causing Mommy's feet to swell. But this is normal for this stage of the pregnancy. John Chapter 16 tells us that like the pain of the Apostles losing Christ, the pain of pregnancy will soon be replaced with the joy of a new soul in the world. Baby's due date is still December 25, 2015.

Meeting Monday, October 20

I would appreciate the Deputy Grand Knight and Financial Secretary to be there at 6pm. Please let me know if you have any Candidates desirous of entry into the 1st Degree, otherwise the 1st Degree is canceled and I'll just do a technical review with the DGK and FS.

John Clare Council #15485 Meeting Agenda
October 20, 2014
St. Clare Fireside Room

● 7:00pm Opening Prayer Our Father, Roll Call, Reading of Previous Minutes
● 7:05pm Grand Knight’s Remarks
○ Pastoral Council
■ Icon
■ Liturgical Workshop
● Eucharistic Miracles Display Go/Nogo
○ What happened to the Membership Drive?
● 7:10pm Treasurer’s Report
● 7:15pm For the Good of the Order
● 7:25pm Committees
○ Community
■ Breakfast November 30
■ Liturgy Workshop
● Youth
○ Essay Contest Progress
● 7:40 pm New Business
● 7:50 pm District Deputy/State Officers
● 8:00pm Sick or in Distress – Hail Mary
● 8:10pm Closing Prayer - Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fwd: Health & Welfare Report 16 October 2014

> Dear Brothers
> long time KC brother and Christ the King parishioner Bob McQuiggin passed away October 13th  Bob had just turned 94 years old on 10/01.  Failing in health in recent years, Bob had been living at Mary's Woods in Lake Oswego.  Bob took his First Degree with the KCs in 1959, and completed 55 years of continuous KC membership this year.  A funeral service is scheduled for this Friday at 11am at Mary's Woods.  I suggest you contact the facility to confirm that information, if interested.
> The Son of Doug Christiansen of Tigard Council 3591 passed away on October 4, 2014while in Texas.  US Army Sgt Sean Christiansen was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.
> His Funeral is Mass will be at St Anthony's at 11:30 AM this Friday October 17th followed by burial at St Anthony's Cemetery with a reception to follow at Francis Hall.
> Please keep Doug and Marita Christiansen in your prayers.
> Sir
>  Knight Edward H Bolf passed away this past week.  Ed's Funeral Mass was on Thursday, October 16th at St Edward Church in Keizer.  The Rosary was held at 10:00 AM followed by the Mass at 10:30 AM. 
>  Sir Knight Ed was an Honorary Life Member of our Assembly and of St Edward Council.  Please keep Ed and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
> Brother Knight William "Bill" Osborne of council # 7246 in Newport to suffered a massive heart attack last week.  He is recovering but has a long road ahead and can use the prayers
> of all of his brother knights right now.
> Health & Welfare Chairman
> Andrew F. Robinson, Jr.

Liturgy Workshop

Dear Ministry Volunteers:

On Saturday, October 25, Fr. Steve and the Liturgy Commission would like to invite you to a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the liturgy and be able to have your questions answered regarding the what, why and how of Liturgy. We invite you to the Liturgy Workshop entitled: “The Hour that Never Passes”. It will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A light breakfast will be served from 8:30 am.

This workshop is the culmination of our adult faith formation series on the Mass which has been going on for several weeks through the bulletin inserts on the Parts of the Mass.

In this Workshop too, Fr. Steve will take us to the church and walk us through the Mass so that we can understand the connections of each part of the Mass but also the proper disposition and actions needed to welcome and promote the Mystery into which we enter in the Eucharist.

What songs do we sing? Who prays during the Eucharistic Prayer? How do we proclaim the Word? What does Prayer of the Faithful mean? How do our gestures and positions signify the unity that the Lord asks us to have? Why and how do I need to hold the cup reverently? What do the silent moments mean in the Mass?

These are just some questions that this workshop may answer for you so that when we gather again for the Liturgy, we are able to participate with full consciousness, intentionally and actively.

We strongly recommend that you take some time to learn more about the source and summit of our Catholic life.

Here is a little testimonial from Tim Crimmins, Pastoral Council co-liaison for Liturgy Commission and Chair of St. Vincent de Paul:

“The liturgy workshop in 2013 was very valuable to me as a Catholic. I had always taken part in the Eucharistic prayer as an observer, listening but not following. After attending the workshop, I felt like I was a participant in this vital part of our Catholic mass. I encourage everyone to attend in 2014.”

For logistical purposes (materials and refreshments) please register by responding to this email or send an email to Pia.


Pia de Leon
Pastoral Associate
St. Clare Catholic Church
503-244-1037, ext 103

A win and a loss

The open house was not a success, the only people to come were my family and the 8th Grade Language Arts teacher from St. Clare's, so no recruits, and unless I hear about recruits, instead of a first degree I'll want to do a technical review of the 1st degree with Ken and Phil. If we do get a candidate, I would request that the sponsor take on the role of Chancellor in the degree.

But on the plus side- we have 18 Essay Contest Entries! Essays will be scanned in and e-mailed to judges, save for the judge who requested paper, and I'll give them to him Sunday. From what I have read so far, I'm excited about the quality of essays we have received.

Next contest is coming- Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. We'll discuss that at the meeting, but I'd like to make it wide open, not just St. Clare's school but also St. John Fisher School, the RE kids, children at St. Elizabeth Hungary, and anybody else you can think of. Officially open for ages 5 to 14.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Watch this video

This is a bit of advertisement, but I was recently asked, what is our vision as a Council? This video is my vision as well as Matthew Kelly's. I want to see a church, not a museum, when my son is grown and my grandchildren are baptised. And I think, this vision, is possible. We are still very much in the early stages- but I'd like to see us buy books for Christmas 2016 for all three of our parishes. It will take fundraising. it will take more recruiting. It will take us becoming Dynamic, effective Catholic Men. I will be showing this video at the next meeting after the 1st Degree. If possible, I will show this video at our Open House on Wednesday Night.

Continuing Columbus Day Activities

Open House- 6 to 8 pm, St. Clare's Parish Hall

1st Degree 6pm October 20th GK, Chan, DGK, Warden, and Financial Secretary are required.

General Meeting 7pm October 20th.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christ in the Womb October 12, 2014/ The Word Made Flesh October 10-11, 2015

October 12 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb
7 months
Baby weighs about 3 pounds.
Baby is usually quite active during pregnancy. Still have 10 Weeks
to go and mother’s body feels like it’s running out of room as
Baby grows under mother’s ribs. Still, along with increased amniotic fluid,
Baby continues to get larger.

Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014


The Word Made Flesh for October 10-11, 2015.

Psalm 139 tells us that our bodies are wonderfully made, that it is God knitting us together in the womb. Our little girl is 7 months along now, growing so large that she's beginning to outgrow her mother's womb- but she still has 10 weeks to go. Her due date is the Birthday of Our Lord, December 25, 2015

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SVDP needs help

From Tim Crimmins:

Jeanne Donaldson has announced her retirement from St. Clare SVDP. She will be staying with us through the end of the year. I want to start by thanking Jeanne for all that she has done for the community. Jeanne has many roles within our organization and she leaves big shoes to fill. I’ve attached a list of Jeanne’s jobs and I want to ask everyone to take a hard look at them and identify areas where you may be able to help out. There are lots of opportunities for people who are not able to be on call but who still want to help out. The critical areas of need are food purchasing roles which need to be filled ASAP. It would also be great if someone could apprentice under Jean as the turkey/ham coordinator this Christmas. Please let me know where you are able to help out.

Jobs to fill, beginning now or in January 2015: (can be filled by different individuals)

From Jeanne:

1. Purchase fridge food (weekly): Check the fridge for eggs, margarine, apples, potatoes, frozen OJ. (Hot dogs or ground turkey “chubs” can also be purchased there if you feel they are needed). Restock at Winco. You can get a check from the treasurer, buy a Winco gift card and use it, replace as needed. Save grocery receipts to submit to treasurer monthly.

2. Purchase at Grocers Outlet: As needed (monthly?), buy 2 kinds of rice, beans in bags, canned fruits and veggies. Same reimbursement process as above, and save purchase receipts.

3.Maintain on­call schedule: Copy the new on­call schedule onto a monthly calendar every 2 months (names on the appropriate dates). Email to our volunteers. Put a Master list of the same into the St Clare SVDP box.

4. On ­call: someone to fill my day on the calendar beginning in January.

Please contact Jeanne directly at

#Synod14 – In Which Justice & Mercy Try Dating for a Bit

I was going to put this link on my personal blog, but I think we at St. Clare's, St. John Fisher, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary are struggling with the balance between Mercy and Justice right now.  Or at least I know that I am, as Grand Knight of our little Council.

#Synod14 – In Which Justice & Mercy Try Dating for a Bit:

Mercy never comes in the form of a lie.  Mercy brings the truth, the whole tragic, hopeful, glorious truth.  It’s not mercy to tell you that your sins aren’t sins.  It’s mercy to tell you that yes, your sins are killing you and taking others down in the process, but look: There is hope.  Divine hope.  Eternal hope.  You don’t have to be a slave to this. You don’t have to be condemned.

Divine justice doesn’t seek condemnation, it seeks reparation: How can I make whole what has been broken? How can I save this one who is so very close to being eternally lost?

Forgiveness starts with repentance and truth.  The Forgiveness of Christ is the process by which Divine Justice and Divine Mercy meet.  Let us, as Knights, committed to the Holy Virtue of Charity, be generous with our forgiveness and use it to diffuse the anger that comes from being too just or too merciful.

Volunteers needed for Columbus Day Weekend Membership Drive

I still need two volunteers to help out at the Saturday Night 5pm Mass, for the membership drive. Also, if you have time Wednesday, October 15 to help with our open house 6pm-8pm, please let me know.

GK Ted Seeber

Prayer Request

Our former Advocate, John DeZell, has experienced new health problems that are reducing his mobility. Our Chancellor Polinus Vuoche is working at the assisted living center that John is at, and requests prayers for him.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fwd: The McMinnville 2nd & 3rd degree

If you do not mind traveling to McMinnville and have a candidate.  Otherwise our council will hold a First Degree on October 20th.
> Ron
>  Please make a correction to your email. Please have all councils contact us ASAP if they want to participate in a first degree. Please ask them to arrive by 8:30 so we can begin the exemplification at 9am sharp.
> Thanks;
> Bill
> ________________________________
> From: "Ron Boyce" <>
> To:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, "Morris, Duane" <>,,,,,, "a docati" <>,,,,,,,
> Cc: "MOHR, FRANCIS" <>, "rice, patrick" <>, "Kish, Robert" <>,, "gabe kennedy" <>,,
> Sent: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 3:36:10 PM
> Subject: Fwd: The McMinnville 2nd & 3rd degree
> There will be a First Degree @ McMinnville on Oct 11th @ 9:45am. Please contact Bill if any of your councils have a candidate.
> Vivat Jesus,
> Ron Boyce
> Knights of Columbus
> Oregon State Advocate & Membership Director
> PO Box 23093
> Tigard, OR 97281
> Cell #503-730-1986
> One Member, Per Council, Per Month
> -----Original Message-----
> From: willchar642 <>
> To: Ron Boyce <>
> Sent: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 2:50 pm
> Subject: Re: The McMinnville 2nd & 3rd degree
> Ron;
>    As I understand the event, know one has requested a 1st prior to the 2nd & 3rd. Therefore, registration will begin at 9:45 and Tom H. plans to start at 10:30. If you or any council has a 1st. degree candidate and you are requesting that exemplification for Saturday, please let me know and we will make it happen.
> Vivat Jesus;
> Bill 
> ________________________________
> From: "Ron Boyce" <>
> To:
> Cc:
> Sent: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:57:25 AM
> Subject: The McMinnville 2nd & 3rd degree
> Is there going to be a 1st degree this Saturday?  If yes what time will it start?  When does the 2nd degree start?
> Vivat Jesus,
> Ron Boyce
> Knights of Columbus
> Oregon State Advocate & Membership Director
> PO Box 23093
> Tigard, OR 97281
> Cell #503-730-1986
> One Member, Per Council, Per Month

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Christ in the Womb October 5, 2014/The Word Made Flesh October 3-4, 2015

October 5 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb
29 Weeks
Baby weighs about 2 ¼ pounds. Crown-to-rump length is almost 10 ½ inches. Total Baby length is 16 ½ inches. A couple of interesting factors about birth weight have been identified: Boys weigh more than girls. Birth weight of an infant increases with additional pregnancies or number of babies delivered. These are general statements and don’t apply to everyone, but they consistently reflect birth trends. The average Baby’s birth weight at full term is 7 to 7 ½ pounds.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014


Psalm 127 tells us that children are a blessing. Our little girl is up to about 2¼ pounds. She's growing fast- but not as fast as Our Lord did at this stage; already the differences between boys and girls are beginning by 29 weeks; boy babies grow faster in the womb. Her due date is the Birthday of Our Lord, December 25, 2015

Sunday, September 28, 2014

An invitation from Council 12983 in Vancouver, WA.

Brothers, Parishioners and Catholic Friends,
You're invited to the parish annual spaghetti dinner. Tickets may be purchased online at
Please forward to your council and any interested parishioners.
Vivat Jesus,
Jim Parks
Grand Knight - Council 12983
Knights of Columbus
St John the Evangelist Parish
8701 NE 119th Street
Vancouver, WA 98662

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Christ in the Womb September 28, 2014----The Word Made Flesh September 26-27,. 2015

September 28 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the Womb 28 weeks
Crown-to-rump length is close to 10 inches. Brain tissue increases. Eyebrows and eyelashes are present. Hair on the baby’s head is growing longer. The body is becoming plumper and rounder. He is beginning to fill out a little due to increasing fat under the skin. Before this time, the baby had a thin appearance. Baby has increased its weight more than 10 times in 11 weeks. Baby is growing rapidly. Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014

The Word Made Flesh September 26-27, 2015.

Psalm 127 tells us what a blessing children are to the righteous man, and how blessed must our little girl's father be feeling by now, 28 weeks into the pregnancy! She's now close to 10 inches, gaining weight daily, and in an emergency, would be delivered as a premie now. But her real due date is still three months in the future- the Birthday of Our Lord December 25, 2015.