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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.