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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our New State Chaplin on How to Stay Motivated

Fr. Theo is our New State Chaplin. Below is the HTML 5 audio player, if your browser supports it, or click on this dropbox link.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

One Member Per Council Per Month

I realize I'm making a lot of posts from this meeting. Won't be for long, I don't have much time left on the battery on the laptop.
Having said that, the most important message is One Member, Per Council, Per Month. If we did that, we'd be at 300% of our quota.
But, here's some interesting incentives from Oregon:
- Each member that recruits a new member this fraternal year, will be entered into a drawing for a weekend on the coast for 2.
- The top three recruiters in the state for the fraternal year, if you have at least 6 members, will receive a KofC jacket
- If we recruit 4 members (100% of our quota) by December 31, we will receive $100 back from the state for our council finances. This is enough to pay our per capita for 8 members, it would be very good.
- If we recruit 8 members (200% of our quota) by December 31, we will receive $200.

There is a distinct possibility Fr. Richard will reach 20 men at St. John Fisher, and if so, to keep a council at St. Clare's we need to recruit at least 6 men this fall at St. Clare's. I believe this is possible, but only if all of you talk up the Knights every chance you get. We will have the opportunity to recruit in the announcements after Mass in October.

Columbian Award and Food For Families Program

While with all the trouble, we didn't make star council this year (or indeed, succeed at recruiting at all) we did make our Columbian Award, having had activities in all seven major program areas. A huge part of that was 40 Cans for Lent and our new relationship with St. Vincent De Paul, for which we will once again receive a year sticker for our Food For Families Plaque. I'm going to talk to the president of SVDP about actually storing that plaque in the SVDP room. In honor of this, I will be proposing using a portion of the funds we receive from Supreme for this program for restocking the food bank at St. Clare's.

From the Grand Knight's training

Form 365 was mentioned. That's appointing program service personnel. As you all know, I'm bad at delegating. That is going to change this fraternal year- it is going to be a major change. Towards this change, I've appointed (yes, appointed, without talking to any of you) some of you to positions I feel you could succeed at being a leader of. Please review the list. If you have any questions, e-mail me. It is the challenge from your Grand Knight to succeed at these positions- but I will help as much as I can.

Next Year Service Program Personnel
Program PositionsName Member# Start Date
Program Director Paulsen, Kenneth A 2785010 07-01-2014
Church Director Seeber, Theodore M 4253418 07-01-2014
Vocations Chairman O'Phelan, Michael J 3020408 07-01-2014
Community Director Seeber, Theodore M 4253418 07-01-2014
Culture of Life Chairman Paulsen, Kenneth A 2785010 07-01-2014
Health Service O'Phelan, Michael J 3020408 07-01-2014
Council Director Morgan, James M 3126027 07-01-2014
Public Relations Seeber, Theodore M 4253418 07-01-2014
Family Director Gregoire, Marc R 2576125 07-01-2014
Youth Director Chau, Michael H 4336550 07-01-2014
Columbian Squires Seeber, Theodore M 4253418 07-01-2014
Membership Director Vuoche, Polinus N 4549982 07-01-2014
Recruitment Committee 1 Vuoche, Polinus N 4549982 07-01-2014
Recruitment Committee 2 Gregoire, Marc R 2576125 07-01-2014
Recruitment Committee 3 Seeber, Theodore M 4253418 07-01-2014
Retention Chairman Paulsen, Kenneth A 2785010 07-01-2014
Insurance Promotion Van Domelen, James L 447718 07-01-2014
Additional Appointments Name Member# Start Date
St. Elizabeth Hungary RT Chair Gregoire, Marc R 2576125 07-01-2014
St. John Fisher Roundtable Chair Trinchero Sr, Paul H 4481363 07-01-2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Do we have ANY volunteers for Coffee and Donuts on Sunday?

I am sorry- because of my illness and long hours at work, I've dropped the ball on this. I cannot be there on Sunday due to a state meeting, is there anybody who can make coffee Sunday morning? Please don't make me tell Pia we failed to find even the 6 volunteers for this, after we canceled the Breakfast!. 3 shifts available: 7am-8:30am Make coffee 9:30am-10:30am serve donuts 11:45 am-12:30pm serve donuts & cleanup.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kudos from Junque and Jewels

To John Clare Council and the Men's Basketball team: We are grateful for their help with the set-up and take-down for Junque and Jewels. We were impressed with their energy, speed, and organization. Theresa and Claire-Marie

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Christ in the Womb for Sunday, June 22

Baby Jesus in the womb

12 Weeks

Fine hair begins to grow on the upper lip, chin and brow so the face is prettier. Expressions may resemble those of the parents. The Baby swallows and responds to skin stimulation. The Baby is active, but mom may not feel anything yet.

Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014

The Word Made Flesh for Weekend of June 20-21, 2015

For many Christians of all denominations, 1 Corinthians Chapter 11 is an extremely important book about the proper conduct and appearance of the moral, modest, and chaste Christian. In it, hair is one of the most important features of the human body; it is given to us to protect our modesty. Our little girl that we are following in the womb, in this 12th week, is beginning to grow hair, on her upper lip, chin and brow- yes, even women have fine hair here at this stage, giving the face a more beautiful appearance. Baby's due date is still the Birthday of Our Lord, December 25, 2015.

From Nick Guenther- one last blast as District Deputy 3, a first post as District Deputy 4

I am pleased to announce that Dave Saunders will be for new District Deputy for the 2014-2015 Fraternal Year. Dave comes from Tigard Council 3591 and has held several office's and is very knowledgeable regarding Roberts Rules of Order. Please give Dave the same respect you all showed me and work hard for his as you did for me this year. Please also replace my email information with Dave Saunders email address which is Just a few last things as you schedule your Installation of Officers this July please let Dave Saunders know so he can be present to do the ceremony.

It has been both a pleasure and an honor working with all of you this past fraternal year and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Summer meeting in Keizer and the State Convention in Newport. This will also serve as my final District Deputy Report for District 3. Vivat Jesus and God Bless my friends.

If you have time Tuesday night for a trip to St. Joseph's in Salem:

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power.

I received a personal request from Fr. Pitstick and GK Eric Poynter from St. Joes to gather as many Brother Knights as possible. We need to get 30 to 40 Knights to attend a Holy Hour at St Joseph's in Salem this Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30pm. Pray with the church as we focus on the theme of this year's Fortnight, the freedom to serve.

This is an extreme honor to be asked to support the Fortnight for Freedom. We can DO many things, and we can HOPE for things to change, and we can BELIEVE in the teachings of the Holy Church - but without PRAYER, the chances for success are slim.

This is an urgent request from Fr Pitstick and myself and I would truly appreciate it if I receive an email from all who are able to attend, so I can get a accurate count. My email is

Also, please wear your Knights of Columbus shirts if you have one and we will gather in the Church beginning at about 6 PM. (And PLEASE sing very loudly when we do the patriotic hymns).

Vivat Jesus,

Nickolas Guenther


Knights of Columbus

District Deputy - District 4

From Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

Dear Brother Knights,

On June 21 – July 4, Catholics throughout the nation will commemorate the annual Fortnight for Freedom. This period of prayer, fasting, and advocacy will be a time for faithful Americans to respond to the many threats to religious liberty our country currently faces. This year’s theme is the “Freedom to Serve,” which highlights the good that Catholic apostolates do for the poor.

For information on this year’s fortnight and suggestions on what you can do on behalf of our religious liberties, we encourage you to visit As leaders in your parish communities, we encourage you to organize and participate in activities in cooperation with your priests and parish leadership. Individually, we ask you to offer special prayers and sacrifices on behalf of our precious First Amendment religious freedoms during the Fortnight.

The Knights of Columbus throughout the years has been steadfast in its defense of our First Amendment right to religious freedom. In union with our priests and bishops, we can continue this legacy through our enthusiastic support of the Fortnight for Freedom.

Carl A. Anderson

Supreme Knight

The most important vocation in the world

There is a vocation equal in power to a parish priest, with a smaller congregation. It is a post that only women can occupy; but in traditional Catholicism, it is the one vocation that is more powerful than the Pope himself, a vocation without which no human being would even exist. Do you understand the riddle yet? If not Click through to this cartoon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Volunteers needed- J&J sale cleanup

Based on how fast we put them out, I'm going to say 3pm-6pm on Sunday June 22 should be plenty of time for this job: Cleaning up and putting away tables. Please let me know if you can volunteer for this. , at . We will need a pickup truck to put tables away in the shed.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Knights of Columbus report record donations in 2013 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Knights of Columbus report record donations in 2013 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA): "New Haven, Conn., Jun 13, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus set new records in donations and volunteer hours in 2013, continuing its long-standing service programs and responding to several natural disasters.

“Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian disaster, the outpouring of charity by our members produces meaningful results, especially by helping to bring peace of mind to those who find themselves in incredibly difficult situations,” Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said June 12.

The order gave more than $170 million in donations and its members worked more than 70.5 million volunteer hours last year, the Knights of Columbus said, citing its annual survey."

'via Blog this'

Monday, June 16, 2014

Need volunteers for St. Clare's Coffee & Donuts

For June 29, in lieu of our breakfast, I am in need for volunteers for the following three shifts:

7am-8:30 am prep and make coffee

9:30 am to 10:30 am, first Mass

11:45 am-12:00 noon, second mass.

Ideally, families or two people per shift should do it.

New officers elected

Here is your list of officers for 2014-2015 fraternal year:
Grand Knight (Ted Seeber);
Deputy (Ken Paulsen);
Chancelor (Polinus Vuoche);
Recorder (Jim Van Domelen);
Treasurer (Mike Devlin);
Advocate (Mark Gregoire);
Warden (Michael Chau);
Inside Guard (Ivan Ward);
Outside Guard (Denny Codd);
3rd year-Trustee (Tom Owens) and 2nd-year Trustee (John Creegan).
1 year Trustee James Michael Morgan
Lecturer Mike O'Phelan
Financial Secretary Phil Jarvis

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reasons to be at our meeting on Monday, June 16, at 7:00pm

Meeting will be 7:00pm in the fireside room at St. Clare's. I'll have the door open by 6:30.

If you're not there- you might get elected to a job you don't want!

Here's the nominations from last meeting, with deletions from people who have notified me of withdrawals:

Grand Knight (Ted Seeber);
Deputy (Ken Paulsen);
Chancelor (Polinus Vuoche);
Recorder (Jim Van Domelen);
Treasurer (Mike Devlin);
Advocate (Mark Gregoire);
Warden (Michael Chau);
Inside Guard (Ivan Ward);
Outside Guard (Denny Codd);
3rd year-Trustee (Tom Owens) and 2nd-year Trustee (John Creegan).
Updated to reflect list voted on tonight.

New State Officers

From the insurance side, may I introduce our new Field Agent, Don Alloway. His e-mail address is His phone number is 541-554-5119.

Also, Dave Saunders of Council 3591 will be replacing Nick Guenther as our District Deputy.

Christ in the Womb for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, 2014

11 Weeks
The Baby now ‘practices’ breathing, since he will have to breathe air immediately after birth. The Baby urinates. His stomach muscles can now contract. Vocal chords and taste buds form. He can make complex facial expressions and even smile.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014

The Word Made Flesh for June 13-14, 2015.

Our Baby Girl is practicing breathing and smiling. But it seems fitting on this Feast of the Holy Trinity, and Father's Day in the United States, to turn our attention to her Father. Not just her biological father- who for these 11 weeks has been caring for, and starting this journey with his wife. But also God Our Father who Art In Heaven, as Jesus teaches in Matthew Chapter 6. The third person in any conception is the one who provides our soul to the mix- God the Father. Fathers are so important to the way we turn out- a Father is the first experience our little girl will have of God, a Father is the caring Daddy who will provide.

Baby's approximate due date, December 25, 2015.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Volunteers needed to set up St. Clare's Gym for Junque and Jewels

After talking with a few Knights at Mass this morning- I need at least three more volunteers for Friday Night, June 13 7-9pm. Might even go only 7-8 if I get 4 more guys. Likewise- if you help us 8am-noon on Saturday to get the tables set up, you'll have earned your 4 hours and a ticket to the Thursday, June 19 pre-sale. Get in good with the lady in your life, get her a ticket to the pre-sale. If you're seeing this on the nightly blog feed, reply and let me know if you're coming to either. I'd like a rough count. I have heard from Michael Chau and Mike Devlin, as well as a few who aren't able to make it.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Christ in the Womb June 8 2014

June 8 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following
Baby Jesus in the womb
10 Weeks
10 fingerprints begin to form. The fingernails start to develop. The eyelids now fuse together until month 7, protecting the delicate eyes. The number of connections between nerves and muscles has tripled since last week.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014
The Word Made Flesh June 6-7, 2015
Psalm 16 tells us that the path of our life is unique. Up until now, the baby girl we were following in the womb could have been anybody- but at 10 weeks, the nervous system is growing, and fingerprints, that modern unique identifier of every person on the planet, are beginning to form. She is a unique individual- never seen before on Earth, never to be repeated again. And as always, she shares her expected birthday with Our Lord, December 25, 2015.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Be at our next meeting!

You do not want to miss the election of new officers! Our next meeting is going to be very interesting, as the nominations keep getting shuffled by people letting me know what jobs they will or will not do!

Grand Knight (Ted Seeber);
Deputy (Ken Paulsen);
Chancelor (Polinus Vuoche);
Recorder (Jim Van Domelen);
Treasurer (Mike Devlin);
Advocate (Michael Chou, Mark Gregoire);
Warden (Michael Chou, Ivan Ward);
Inside Guard (vacant);
Outside Guard (Denny Codd & Polinus Vuoche);
3rd year-Trustee (Tom Owens, Paul Kowash) and 2nd-year Trustee (John Creegan).

Nominations and voting reopen at our meeting Monday, June 16 at 7:00pm. If you're not there, you might get nominated and elected in your absence- so be there. Even the positions that have only one name above, by the bylaws we must reopen nominations for. Not eligible for nomination- Phil Jarvis, FS (appointed), Mike O'Phelan, Lecturer (appointed) and James Michael Morgan (1 Year Trustee who will be running the process).

Breakfast Canceled

Due to a shortage of leadership for this important committee, the June 29 Breakfast has been canceled. I am seeking a reduced number of volunteers for Coffee and Donuts at St. Clare's for June 29, please e-mail GK Ted Seeber at about this.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Just to get the word out

I know many of you are involved in the Care Ministry at St. Clares. Please see the following message from Pia:
Hello Care Ministers:
Long-time parishioner Gladys Montavon passed away on June 2, 2014. Her funeral Mass will be on June 11, Wednesday at 11:00 am here at St. Clare. It would be wonderful if some of you, especially those who have visited her and brought her communion could come to the Funeral Mass. She does not have a lot of family here in Oregon and many of her siblings are older and cannot travel anymore. Maybe, we can show our support for a fellow parishioner by attending her funeral Mass.
There will be a reception after the Mass in the Parish Hall. We need a few volunteers who can help in the reception to set up, prepare coffee, tea and juice and/or bring cookies for dessert. The family will provide the sandwiches and salads.
Please let me know if you can help out in the reception.
Sheila Cullen, could you share this with the SIS group and find out how they can help with the reception and for bringing the cookies/
Thank you so much,


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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Social justice begins in the Womb

Came across this interesting article in aleteia and it reminded me of some of the discussions I've gotten into trying to promote the Knights of Columbus at St. Clare's.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Revised nominations list

Please keep Monday, June 16 free on your calendars- I want as many Knights at our next meeting as possible! The reason, of course, is elections.

Due to incidents that I will reveal at our meeting, I have a revised nominations list. All third degree Knights are eligible for office.

Grand Knight (Ted Seeber);
Deputy (Ken Paulsen);
Chancelor (John Creegan, Tom Owens, & Polinus Vuoche);
Recorder (Jim Van Domelen);
Treasurer (Mike Devlin);
Advocate (Michael Chou, Mark Gregoire, & Tom Owens);
Warden (Michael Chou, Ivan Ward);
Inside Guard (Brian Burby);
Outside Guard (Denny Codd & Polinus Vuoche);
3rd year-Trustee (Tom Owens, Paul Kowash) and 2nd-year Trustee (Brian Burby, John Creegan).

Nominations will reopen prior to voting, but as you can see, we need some help for our current leadership Consider running for any position you think might be fun, and come to the meeting so we will have a quorum for voting.

Breakfast Volunteers needed

Sunday, June 29th is our next breakfast at St. Clare's. We have an issue because this coincides with the State Grand Knight and Financial Secretary training, so we're asking for help from other councils in the district. We will need volunteers for 3pm-5pm on Saturday, June 28th for setup, 8am-12noon on Sunday for cooking and serving, and 12 noon-2pm Sunday for cleanup. We'd like to see 5 volunteers for Saturday, 15 during serving time on Sunday, and at least 5 for cleanup on Sunday, so we're looking for 25 volunteers to cover this. Non-Knights working are welcome- have your entire family sign up for a shift! The normal leaders of this committee have some health issues that they are dealing with, so please step up and take part. Respond to the normal digest e-mail address to volunteer. In other news, please pray for Jim and Judy Van Domelen, as they are going through surgeries right now. Also pray for Michael Chau, who will be having another outpatient process of some sort on his leg this week.