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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Volunteer needed

If you are planning on going to St. Clare's for 10am Mass Christmas Day, contact Ted Seeber,  We need somebody to stick around for 15-20 minutes after Mass to promote Baby Bottle Change Drive and Keep Christ in Christmas sales.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Prayers Requested

Kevin Hagan requests prayers for his father Don, who was just taken to the hospital with breathing issues.
Update:  He's been released from the hospital.  Tests are pending

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Health and Welfare Report for December 19, 2015

The State Prayer Chairman Writes:

Dear Brothers

Sir Knight John Ortega of council 1684 The Dalles and past coucil 7292. passed away Nov 26thwas 83 years of ag, funeral with small Honor Guard was present at his families request on Dec 5that St Mary's Church in Hood River.  Please pray for the Repose of Sir John soul.

 Brother Ed Mosey's wife Anna, underwent some major surgery on December 15, 2015 .  Brother Mosey says it is a 6 hour procedure, and involves removing  a large tumor from her chest cavity.  She will be in the hospital for about 5 days.  Brother Ray Prom's sister, Lisa Carpenter, underwent a radical masectomy friday, December 11, 2015 along with removing 6 lymph nodes in her upper arm.  Her surgeon indicated that her cancer has spread, and that after her recovery she will have to undergo chemotherapy. Please keep both of these women of brother knights from Astoria Council in your prayers.

Sir Knight Andrew Robinson, Prayer Chairman , from Council 3302 & Assembly 1292, wife Mary Ann will undergo Surgery to replace her left knee on December 28, 2015. . Please keep Mary Ann in your prayers.

A forward from State Deputy Bob Kish.

Worthy State Deputies

Attached is a PDF of a newly-created prayer card. You're all familiar with the Order's program of outreach and assistance to Christians and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East. Those who are suffering need our material support, and to-date the Order has provided more than $4.4 million in direct assistance. They also need our prayers.

Members and others are encouraged to pray this prayer - composed by Archbishop Lori - regularly. As council chaplains conduct blessing services for Solidarity Crosses - more than 1100 councils have purchased crosses so far - this prayer can be part of those services.

I'll let you know as soon as the cards are printed. That communication will include information on how to order in quantity.
Meanwhile, please feel free to share this PDF with members and councils in your jurisdiction, post it to your state council web site and, for those who have yet to have your mid-year meeting, pray it at that meeting.

Vivat Jesus.

(See attached file: Christians Prayercard.pdf) Robert J. Ennis, FICF Director, Fraternal Operations & Programs

Prayer Chairman

Andrew F. Robinson,  jr.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Misericordes sicut Pater!

Misericordes sicut Pater!    Hymn

The Vatcian has chosen a hymn of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dives in Misericordia (30 November 1980) | John Paul II

This is Ted Seeber. I posted this to the wrong blog, but it's a good link for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Dives in Misericordia (30 November 1980) | John Paul II:

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Monthly Activity Reporting Try #2

Since some of you had problems with the Survey Monkey form, Right Click Here for a PDF version that e-mails the Grand Knight. Chrome uses especially need to download the form and use Acrobat to fill it in, the "Send to Ken" button only works in Acrobat, not in Chrome.

Our Knights of Columbus Meeting Night

Click through and comment on this post if you have any opinion. Right now, our next meeting will still be the third Thursday, January 21, 2016. Our December business meeting is canceled due to a conflict with St. Vincent De Paul at both parishes putting together food boxes for delivery Saturday, December 19. Ted Seeber urges you all to volunteer for this wonderful charity opportunity as you can.

Christmas Celebration

Thank you to all who participated in the K/C Christmas Celebration.  We had a good time, including a potluck meal, a brief presentation from the "Return" video series, awards and an after dinner movie; Muppet Christmas Carol.

I was especially honored to bestow a long overdue award to Ted Seeber as "Knight of the Year" for his years of service that included presenting awards to others without receiving one himself!  In addition, a second "Knight of the Year" award was announced for Marc Gregoire who unfortunately was not able to attend our meeting as he was in Seattle.
Phil and Donna Jarvis were awarded "Family of the Year" recognition for their active service in the functions of our council.

It was difficult to limit the number of awards to just two or even three with the level of service provided by the membership of our council.  Each of you deserves recognition for the contributions you've made.  Thank you for this productive year of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Ken Paulsen

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Keep Christ in Christmas Party Friday December 11, 2015

Don't forget the Keep Christ In Christmas Party on Friday December 11, 2015. Door will be open at 5pm, potluck will begin to assemble at 5:30, main presentation will start at 6:15. In addition, Ted Seeber is asking for volunteers. If you attend Mass at St. Clare's, please consider spending a few minutes after Mass in the Narthex selling Keep Christ in Christmas window decals, car magnets, and yard signs during the rest of Advent and this Christmas Season. Let Ted know which Mass you are attending at, so that he can arrange coverage. All money collected for this program is to be picked up after every Mass and turned in to Phil Jarvis.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Meeting, Christmas Party, Family Movie Night, all rolled into one!

Please Click through for an important announcement

Send pictures of your nativity set or advent wreath here!

And finally, the movie trailer:

Remember- Light the Lamp, not the Rat!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Breakfast Report from Captain Ted Seeber and Chairman Michael Chau

We did pretty well at the St. Clare's breakfast.  Phil, Michael Chau and Ted Seeber set up the dining room by 3pm on Saturday, except about half the forks were missing and all of the salt shakers were empty.  Ted found the forks and finished up on his own by 5pm Mass on Saturday.  Sunday, Ted brought salt, and Mike Morgan, Christopher Seeber, and Laura Bowers got everything ready.  By 8am, Ken Paulsen and his grandson Michael had showed up.  Phil and Donna Jarvis showed up and set up the money and got the dishwasher going.  Brandon showed up to help Mike Morgan crack eggs.  Paul Pompili, Marc Gregoire, Michael Chau and Tom Owens rounded out our team to get breakfast ready by 9:30.

We served 52 Breakfasts at the first mass.

At the second Mass, Mike Devlin showed up and thinking that we wouldn't get many people, we let Ken Paulsen and his grandson go, as well as Brandon.  Tom Owens and Mike Devlin took over at the Dishwasher, and Phil drove Donna home.  We also went down to just the six tables.

Boy, were we wrong.  We served an additional 42 people after the 10:45 Mass.  It was a scramble to set up placemats and get them silverware.  We ran out of eggs and we ran out of applesauce.  We made another two batches of pancakes.

Thank you to all who worked so hard- especially those who pulled multiple shifts.

We made $382- $191 to the council, $191 to St. Clare's

Friday, November 27, 2015

Keep Christ in Christmas to launch at Breakfast

A couple of surprise deliveries to Ted Seeber's house today means that Deacon Bill's dream will come true; we will have yard signs, car magnets, and window decals for Keep Christ in Christmas campaign for sale at the breakfast.  $15 for yard signs, $5 for car magnets or window decals.

Sunday Breakfast

Due to two people dropping out (illness and out of town) I'm making a final call- if you can help us at either the 8am-10:45am shift or the 11:30pm-2pm shift on Sunday, just show up.  Remember that these breakfasts earn money for our council to do good things.  Consider asking your families to come along!  Volunteering is a family affair!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

John Clare first in Division 4 for Family Points

At Deacon Bill's request, Ted Seeber was looking for information on the Keep Christ in Christmas Program (to be launched at our next meeting December 11), and he ran across the December State Newsletter in which our council is on track to win the Division 4 small council Family Award from State. Only two Reporting sessions left to go, so get those Family activities that you do in!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Help Them Return Lesson

As discussed at the meeting, Tom Owens and Ted Seeber have purchased access on our behalf to the Help them Return Master Series by Brandon Vogt. Ted Seeber has downloaded the videos, but at Brandon's request, we can only show the videos at meetings, we cannot distribute them. You can purchase your own set at

Friday, November 20, 2015

Monthly Activity Reporting

Ted Seeber created this survey for us to report our monthly activities. The trustees strongly urge every Knight to fill out this form monthly. This form will be reposted on the first of every month.
Create your own user feedback survey

2015 Fraternal Survey

Click through to the blog on this message, we would really like to see greater participation this year.  This is the Supreme Survey that keeps our 501c(8) status with the IRS- so it is very, very important that we get as many members as possible answering the questions.  You can answer right on the blog! Due date is January 15, 2016

Create your own user feedback survey

Save the Date, Next Meeting December 11, 2015

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Due to a conflict in our meeting space with SVDP/Giving Tree Project, and with the holidays coming up, our Christmas Party will be Friday, December 11, 2015 at 5:30pm.  This will replace our regular business meeting, but it won't be a regular meeting.  Invite your family, invite friends, all parishoners of both St. Clare's and St. John Fisher are welcome.

Show off your cooking skills!  Bring a favorite holiday dish or desert!   We're having a potluck.  For the kids, this will also be our family movie night, showing Muppet Christmas Carol.  We will have awards for Knight of the Year and Family of the Year.  And we will also be showing the first three video lessons from Brandon Vogt's RETURN.

The Giving Tree Project thanks the Knights for being flexible.

All Hands On Deck, Part III

Here comes the 2nd Breakfast in the same month at St. Clare's.  Click through to blog to see and volunteer.  Michael Chau would like you to volunteer for at least one of the following three shifts:

  • 2pm-5pm Saturday, November 28 - setup.  The more hands we have the faster it will go.
  • 8am-10:45am Sunday November 29- first shift cooking and breakfast.  Ted will be there at 7 to start coffee.
  • 11:45am-2pm Sunday November 29- second shift and cleanup.  We will serve until 12:30.  Once again, the more hands we have, the faster it will go.
Ted Seeber is keeping the list of volunteers, click here to volunteer by e-mail or call 503-318-1508

Congratulations to our Essay Contest winners

Click through to blog for pictures.

1st Place, Lizzie O - Decision Point and $50
2nd Place Kenzie G - Rediscover Jesus and $20
3rd Place Everett E - Rediscover Jesus and $20

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Personal Message....

Dear Brother Knights,

I remain impressed with the faith and charity I see in you.  With that in mind, I wish to share a personal experience that I hope you'll consider.  I believe that Our Blessed Mother is currently appearing to six people in Medjugorje (in former Yugoslavia).  Catholics are not obligated to believe in private revelation - including approved apparitions such as Lourdes and Fatima.  But I figure, if in fact, heaven has decided that Mary should communicate a message to us, then who am I to ignore it.

In 2010, the Vatican established a committee headed by Cardinal Ruini to study Medjugorje.  After about four years, and countless tests, interviews and medical studies, they forwarded their findings to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), headed by Cardinal Muller.  A "leak" of that study suggested by the "Vatican Insider" (publication) suggested their findings were positive.  You can read about that here:

The CDF committee has furthered their study of Medjugorje, and recently handed on their final report to Pope Francis, who has indicated he will make those findings known soon.  His decision is likely after the Feria Quarta meeting in February.  Part of the Medjugorje phenomenon involves instructions from heaven, that we should "pray, fast, convert our lives to follow Jesus" - things we Knights already believe.  But also, there are "secrets" of future events which are to be revealed just in advance - some which involve fairly bad things.  With this in mind, I think this personal message is appropriate for these men we call Knights. 

I recently watched a video of Monsignor Amorth (a high ranking exorcist at the Vatican) and he had something insightful to say (1 minute, 19 second video):

I submit this for your consideration.  I visited Medjugorje several years ago, and am convinced it is authentic.  But of course, I will obey our Pope in whatever decision he renders.
Vivat Jesus!

In preparation for a new series

It has been decided by the Grand Knight and the Trustees that since so many of us struggle with the pain of a close loved one leaving the church, we will dedicate 10 minutes out of the next four meetings to watching a video and discussing a new series of videos and books by Brandon Vogt:  Return .  The link provided in this blog post is good until 11:59pm on Thursday Night, and allows you to download the four videos and three PDF e-books that are the core of the series.

The above, for free, is just a 4 part sampler.  You can also go here for the three for-pay options, all of which are cheaper if you grab them before Thursday midnight.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Meeting Agenda - Thursday Nov. 19 at 7pm.

Meeting Agenda for November 19, 2015

John Clare Council #15485
Meeting Agenda
November 19, 2015
St. Clare Fireside Room
         5:00pm  First Degree Training
         6:00pm  First Degree Ceremony

         7:00pm Essay Contest Winners & Awards

         7:15pm Call to Order
Warden’s Report,
Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance,
Roll Call of Officers,
Chaplain’s Message,
Reading of Minutes
         7:20pm  Grand Knight’s Remarks
     St. John Fisher Breakfast Success
     Upcoming events – St. Clare Breakfast
     brochures available
     Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine at the Grotto update
         7:20pm  Treasurer’s Report
         7:25pm  Financial Secretary’s Report
         7:30pm  For the Good of the Order
         7:40pm  Confirm Committees
     Life  (Mother’s Day flower, baby bottle drive, report on current events)
     Membership / Admission  (Prospects, Invitations, Stock vestibules)
     Family / Community  (Picnic, Breakfasts, Movie Night, Easter Egg hunt)
         7:45pm New Business
     November 29 Breakfast
     Activity Reports
     Church Drive
         7:50pm District Deputy/State Officers
         7:55pm Sick or in Distress – Decade of Rosary
         8:00pm Closing Prayer

First Degree Ceremony - This Thursday

We will be conducting a First Degree Ceremony for at least one new member (Paul Pompili) on Thursday at 6pm. 
A second candidate Scott Kneefel, has just secured a new job with CYO and is committed to attend a function this Thursday night.  He intends to be installed next month.

The following officers are necessary to conduct a First Degree Ceremony:
1 - GK - Ken Paulsen
2 - DGK - Jim Van Domelen filling in for Polinus who is unable to attend
3 - Chancellor - Mike O'Phelen
4 - FS - Phil Jarvis
5 - Warden - Michael Chau - assisted by Ted Seeber
6 - Inside Guard - Don Mey
7 - Sound Man - Ted Seeber

If any of you are unable to attend this ceremony, please let me know at once so that I can arrange a replacement.  However, I would encourage you to fulfill your role in this important event if at all possible. 
To those able, please meet in the Council Chambers one hour early - 5pm - so that we can rehearse our parts together.

All other officers and members are welcome to attend - and in fact, may be needed.

A few details:
I understand Ted has new member kits as well as all the props necessary for the ceremony.  He will also bring sound equipment / music.
I understand Phil has the Constitutional Roll.
We are encouraged to wear our jewels - and be appropriately dressed.
The Warden is responsible to set up the Council Chambers as shown on page 6.

I hope we will become very competent at performing the First Degree Ceremony.  Memorizing the text is encouraged - but perhaps too much for us at this time.  I will attempt to provide extra copies of the text so that it is available to the conferring officers.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

St. John Fisher Breakfast Debriefing

Hi All,
First off, I just want to say how proud I am, and humbled, to be among such a dedicated team of hard-working saints-in-the-making.  The "can-do" attitude was instrumental in throwing this successful breakfast.  I'm honored to be counted among you.  Thank you all.

Michael Chau
Mike Devlin
Marc Gregoire
Phil Jarvis & Wife Donna
Deacon Scott Kolbet
Don Mey
Mike Morgan
Tom Owens
Paul Pompili
Jim Stall

A special thanks to Phil's wife - who made and donated the place maps, assisted with the posters, brought flowers, and worked along side of us throughout the event. 

There were two members of the Men's Club - Colm Joyce and Ken Weston, whom I hope I can contact to thank personally.  In all the confusion, I'm not certain that I've included everyone in this list who made this breakfast work.  But again, the team worked like a well oiled machine.  A few rough spots, but it was a successful event.

Phil has all of the breakfast supplies / tools which he plans to sort and organize.  I think this will help for our next breakfast at St. Clare on Nov. 29 after the 8:30 and 10:45 masses.  I understand Phil will provide an inventory of supplies left over.
In addition, I have another 10 lb bag of pancake mix that didn't come out of my truck. 
There were 18 eggs left over from 20 dozen - they're in the fridge at St. J.F. 
I also left some frozen Brown & Serve sausages in the freezer at St. J.F.   I'll try to get these sausages to Phil tomorrow.
Marc - I left some Stainless Steel cream dispensers at St. J.F. - I'm not sure if they're ours or theirs, but I figure you would know.

Things learned:
1.    Better to have too much food than too little.  I was amazed that we went through 10 dozen eggs so quickly.  I had to run out to buy 10 dozen more.  But making people wait for eggs - or go without - was a huge mistake.  5 dozen eggs costs $10.  Our reputation is far more valuable that $10.
2.    We need two pans to cook eggs.  Eggs seem to cook slower than other items.  They were always the bottleneck.  Twice the production would probably keep up with demand.
3.    I bought an extra 6 lbs. of sausage as 15 lbs. was not enough.  (However, we had sausage left over.)
4.    I bought an extra 2 gallons of applesauce as 1.5 gallons was not enough.  (We had about 1/2 gallon left over.)
5.    I panicked on the pancake batter and bought one more 10 lb. bag, (40 lbs total) but we only used 20 lbs. and we now have 20 lbs. left over.

The total cost for the food and supplies was $240.22.  Phil Says that after expenses, our profit is $327.30 - which we'll split 50/50 with the parish - $163.65 for St. John Fisher and $163.65 for our Council!  Nice Job!!!

Seems to me, that at each event, we invest in some item that is not a consumable.  For example the egg pan, the batter pooper, and the warming tray.  This time, it was salt and pepper shakers.... rather a small addition to our inventory.  We were also donated some vinyl gloves by Phil and Polyethylene gloves, butter patties and stir sticks by Ken Weston.  But for those planning a future breakfast, anticipate some funds for hardware.

What  like about these breakfasts - irrespective of whether or not they're profitable - is that they help develop a sense of community in our parishes.  Not only that, but they also help develop a sense of camaraderie among the members of our Council.  I get to know each of you a bit better - and realize, that you're actually a really nice bunch of guys.   Thanks again for your generous hard work.  God Bless You.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Hi All K/C Brothers,
Tomorrow morning, we're serving breakfast after the 9am and 11am masses at St. John Fisher.  This is the last call for those of you who wish to help.  Actually - a lot of you have volunteered already and so I it appears we're pretty well staffed.  Still, I enjoy seeing you all - and I believe your presence makes a strong statement about the value of serving our Church.

Our next business meeting is next Thursday at 7pm.  More on that later...
But just prior to that meeting at 6pm, we'll have a 1st degree ceremony to install 1, 2 or 3 new members.  Again, it appears we have plenty of Knights to participate in the 1st degree ceremony - but if you have an interest in this, please show up at 5pm - as we're going to rehearse our parts prior to the actual ceremony at 6pm.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

ALL HANDS ON DECK (for Breakfast...)

This coming Sunday, Nov. 15, we'll be serving a fabulous breakfast after the 9am and 11am masses at ST. JOHN FISHER in the school cafeteria.  We're attempting to promote this with the hope of a successful event.

We'll have two shifts:
A)  8:30 am to 11 am - involves setting up, cooking, serving,  for the 9am mass crowd.
B)  11am  to 1pm +/-  - involves cooking, serving and clean-up after the 11am mass crowd.

Please sign up for one or both.

Those who have K/C t-shirts - please wear them.
Those who need a K/C t-shirt - (never got one, or yours wore out) - please let me know your size.  My intent is to order more shirts - but there will probably be a charge involved.  (I think it's $15.)  We probably won't have them within a week.

We already have several volunteers - but don't let this hold you back.  The more the merrier, and it's always fun.

Some job descriptions:
1.  Money handlers - Phil.  (Free will offering for this breakfast.)
2.  Pancake Cook
3.  Sausage Cook
4.  Egg Cook
5   Beaverages - Orange Juice, Decaf Coffee, Regular Coffee
6.  Dish washer
7.  Line Servers - three Brothers
8.  Floor Servers - one or two that ensure syrup and pancakes don't run dry / bus tables  



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Best Advent Ever - Year of Mercy

We all did Best Lent ever last year- Matthew Kelly's organization is now kicking off Best Advent Ever:  The year of Mercy.  This fits in extremely well with St. Clare's Parish Advent Theme:  Celebrating God's Mercy.

Best Advent Ever - Year of Mercy:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

How to gain "Points" with K/C activities

The e-mail had a bad link.  Ted updated for us.

The following link show the tally sheets for various activities that we're encouraged to perform.  Some of these things we do habitually, without expecting any recognition.  However, I hope you will make mention of these things for the benefit of our council.  I will report various activities on the 15th of the month for the prior month.

Oregon State Service Programs Page







Saturday, October 17, 2015

From the SIS e-mail

Janet Patella was moved to Crestview rehabilitation center lateThursday.  She is doing fine. 
     At this point she has no word on when she will return to Raleigh Hills Assisted Living, but she does expect to be back there before too long.  

Keep praying for her.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Meeting Notes 10-15-2015

GK- Present

9 members present

GK Report- Kudos to Ted for figuring out the reporting forms.  Breakfast on October 18th is canceled, but we will have two breakfasts in November.  One at SJF on November 22nd, One at St. Clare's on November 29.  Ted and Marc to help with breakfast.  Take some brochures!  St. Clare's Church Drive mentioned.  Next Church Drive in March at St. John Fisher.  Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine is in process.  If you are interested in that, they're still looking for volunteers.

Treasurer's Report.  Checking Account Statement is $1353.63, Bill paid $3.18 to Supreme.  40.09 Charity account.

FS Report:  Council Statement shows no bills, all have been paid.  Not sure who is needed for the disability renewal letter.  New policy voted on:  Council will provide new members with badge.

District Deputy Report - Directory available on State website.  3/8 councils are filling out the reports.  You're doing everything you should and doing well, except for membership.

Sick or in Distress- Fr. Thien, Jim Van Domelen, Janet Patella, Cathy Paulsen

For the Good of the Order - Worthy Lecturer- Feast of St. Theresa of Jesus (formerly of Avila) Doctor of the Church, John 14:1-7 Trust in God, Trust in Me.  I am the way, the truth and the life.
And a poem written by St. Theresa.  Christ has no body but yours.

- Life, Ted reported Baby Bottles will be available at St. Clare's for Advent again.
- Membership
- Community
- Essay Contest - St. Clare's have been turned in, GK has them on USB Stick, Ted has originals.  Judges will be Deacon Scott, Ted Seeber, Tom Owens,
- Church drive - 40 brochures handed out, several fathers thanked Ted for his talk

Closing Prayer- full Decade of the Rosary 7:58

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Meeting Agenda for October 15

John Clare Council #15485
Meeting Agenda
October 15, 2015
St. Clare Fireside Room

     6:30pm  Council room open / setup

     7:00pm             Call to Order,
Warden’s Report,
Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance,
Roll Call of Officers,
Chaplain’s Message,
Reading of Minutes
     7:10pm  Grand Knight’s Remarks
     Picnic Success
     Upcoming events
     brochures available
     Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine at the Grotto update
   Activity Reports
     7:15pm  Treasurer’s Report
     7:20pm  Financial Secretary’s Report
     7:20pm  For the Good of the Order
     7:30pm  Confirm Committees
     Life  (Mother’s Day flower, baby bottle drive, report on current events)
     Membership / Admission  (Prospects, Invitations, Stock vestibules)
     Family / Community  (Picnic, Breakfasts, Movie Night, Easter Egg hunt)
     7:30pm  Confirm Committees
     Essay Contest

     Church Drive
     7:40pm New Business
     November 29 Breakfast
     Advent Parish Year of Mercy retreat
     7:45pm District Deputy/State Officers
     7:50pm Sick or in Distress – Decade of Rosary
     8:00pm Closing Prayer

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities this weekend

Ted still needs people for the Church membership drive!  Ideally, we want three Knights at the doors at the end of Mass, handing out literature and promoting coming back for the movie Sunday Afternoon.  Sill needed:

5pm Mass Saturday Night- 1 volunteer
8:30am Mass Sunday Morning - 1 volunteer
10:45am Mass Sunday Morning - 2 volunteers

Be sure to take part in this Columbus Day Weekend Church Drive!  It will be the only one we get at St. Clare's.  We hope do do one again for Founder's Day weekend at St. John Fisher in March.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Please Pray for Fr. Kim of Mount Angel Abbey

He's been returned from the hospital with nothing more they can do, and has slipped into a coma.   Tom Owens knows this holy priest well.  May he die a good death.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Guadalupe Shrine at the Grotto update

Here's the latest on the Grotto Shrine project....
PS - I'm not sure if the images can be posted here.

All my brother Knights.

Planned work party for Our lady of Guadalupe, all are welcomed

Please pass the word  to your councils that if there is any one that would like to help out. We really could use the help. The more volunteer labor we can get, the less we need to raise.
We are having 2 work parties coming up that I really could use some help.

Oct 3 & Oct 10 (this Saturday and next) I need to move 12 yards of grave to the shrine site to fill in the foundation / walk ways.  Also need to remove some dirt around the shrine to get ready for the walk ways that will be going in very soon.
Bring shovels and wheel barrels if you have them.

I have attached some picture of the shrine as of Sept 28, 2015 to keep you in the loop.  
Also attached direction to get to the parking area for the guys that would like to volunteer
Any questions let me know.
God Bless
Doug Klein
Cell 503-703-1622








KBVM Sharathon - phone banks...

Here's an opportunity to help KBVM if you're so inclined....

Blessings Friends – I wanted to extend an invitation for you to consider volunteering at our Fall Sharathon Pledge Drive next week.  We are looking for some folks to help us answer the phones during the drive during these shifts – could you and some of your co-workers come over and spend a shift with us?   If so please contact Deborah Kovach-Leon at 503-285-5200 or email her at with the date and time you can volunteer.  **PS: we do provide a wonderful meal while you work!

Our Needs are:
Monday October 5th:  1 volunteer from 7-9 am; 1 volunteer from 1-4 pm; 4 volunteers from 4-7 pm
Tuesday October 6th:  1 volunteer from 7-9 am; 2 volunteers from 1-4 pm; 1 volunteer from 4-7 pm
Wednesday October 7th:  4 volunteers from 7-9 am; 1 volunteer from spot 9 am-12 noon; 1 volunteer from 1-4 pm
Thursday October 8th:  1 volunteer from 7-9 am

Thanks for considering – we appreciate all you do to serve the ministry at Mater Dei Radio!

See you at Rosary Bowl NW!

Dina Marie Hale, program director
Mater Dei Radio
88.3 FM KBVM & 94.9 FM & 100.5 FM KMME
PO Box 5888; Portland, OR 97228
Physical Address/Shipping Address:
5000 N Willamette Blvd
MSC 11
Portland, Oregon 97203

Office: 503-285-5200 ext. 305
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Sunday, September 27, 2015


This Morning after mass, Deacon Scott told me that the men's club is no longer hosting breakfasts at St. J.F. and that we may offer pancake breakfasts.  He confirmed this with the following email:

Hi Ken,
  As I said, we have permission for the pancake breakfasts.  I would love to see the Knights have 3 breakfasts a year (fall, spring and summer).

Merrit Holub (school principal) said it is fine to use the cafeteria.  She wanted to be aware of the following dates:
  • Oct 25th (Halloween Carnival the night before)
  • Nov 8th (Auction is night before)
  • Nov 29th (Thanksgiving weekend)
  • Jan 17th (MLK Day is the next day so I would worry about turn out)
  • Jan 31st (Men's Club Bingo the night before and Kindergarten Round Up that day)

I would suggest either Oct. 17, Nov. 1 or Nov. 15 for the fall.

God bless.

I think this is a great opportunity for us.  - Both for fundraising and recruiting - as well as strengthening our presence at St. J.F.  We currently are planning a breakfast at St. Clare for Nov. 29.  I'd prefer to avoid the Nov. 1 date as it is the day after Halloween and kids want to get home to their candy - or are too full to eat pancakes.  October 18 is two days after our next business meeting - and that could work.  Nov. 15 could work but it's only 2 weeks ahead of our St. Clare breakfast.  (Is that enough of a break?)  Please let me know your preferences / thoughts.  I believe that if this is properly promoted, we can make it successful.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Faith Cafe'

Deacon Scott Kolbet has been a long standing proponent of serving at the Faith Cafe.  Periodically, he organizes a team to serve a meal ... the next event will be Sunday Oct. 18 and then later, Sunday Dec. 6.  Spiritually rewarding as a Corporal Work of Mercy.

People normally serve in 2-3 hour shifts between 2 and 7 pm.  It would be great to have a K/C presence at these events, and also, wives and children can help.  (Great example of charity for the kids.)  There's food prep.,  cooking, serving, cleaning.  Please contact Deacon Scott for more information...

Do you want to visit Mexico City / Our Lady of Guadalupe?

For any one that is interested in take the Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe this Dec please let me or Father Theo know ASAP. 

Also this pilgrimage is for any one that wants to go. So please share it will all knights and any one in your parishes.
God Bless 
Doug Klein

-----Original Message-----
From: Fr. Theodore Lange [] 
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 8:39 AM
To: Klein, Doug
Subject: Letter 


Good morning. the ground breaking will be here in soon! Such a grace. Thank you and everyone for working on this project of Love for Our Lady. 

Could you send the enclosed letter* to those interested in the Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe? This will be a wonderful pilgrimage under the gaze of Our Lady. 

The sooner I get the deposit the better as there is a time crunch to secure airfare. We still do not know the final price but will continue to work hard to find safe, clean and affordable places. Two Hearts Enterprises has organized many pilgrimages so it will be a good price. What a gift to spend the Christmas Octave with Our Lady and each other on pilgrimage!

Vivat Iesus,
Fr. Theo
*If interested, please contact me ( and I'll forward this letter - which I can't attach to this blog.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at the Grotto

Oregon KofC   

Update on Our lady of Guadalupe Shrine  project for the month of Aug.
Please share the info below with all brother knights in your councils any other councils I might have missed.
Please try to make the  ground break event at The Grotto Sept 20. Also please bring you spouses
Note the onsite elevator will be free for all knights and their Spouses as well

God Bless,
Doug Klein  
Any questions
Call 503-703-1622 or email me back

Bullet points
1) The current funds received to date 8/31/2015 are $2,870.00. With a projected $5,500 that should be coming in shortly.
2) Other donation items to report. Brother knights, Jeff Peterson & Scott Peterson who own Westside Masonry, Inc, in Tigard Oregon are donating all the Concrete blocks to build the shrine and their labor to get the blocks installed as well as the concrete pads / walk ways. (God Bless Brother knights, Jeff Peterson & Scott Peterson)
3) Another donation item to report, Brother Knight Brain Moran ( St Therese Council 7828) who owns Troutdale Sand & Gravel will be donating all the concrete and delivering cost in support of building the shrine.  (God Bless Brother Knight Brain Moran)
4) Donated labor for the shrine,  We have 10 knights from 6 councils that have carpentry experience that volunteered their time to build the roof of the shrine. ( Thanks lord for this brother knights  
5) We have purchased the needed bench that will be in front of the main entry to the shrine. Should be on site Oct 15
6) The Grotto  funding bucket is 100% up and working: special donation section to donate via a credit card. Co-sponsored by Knights of Columbus
To donate, go to    or make a check out to “The Grotto — Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine project and mail it to P.O. Box 20008, Portland, OR 97294-0008.

The shrine planned building schedule

Sept 20, (Sunday) Our Lady Grounding breaking
Sept 21~ 23, 300+ Shrine blocks will be deliver to The Grotto to a defined location give to us by Father Jack / Tom ( this can happen earlier up to Jeff and Scott)
Sept 25, (Friday) Remove all the dirt where the mission church foundation will be placed (Dirt will be moved to the other side of the path about 20 feet down going west) (need 30 to 40 knights to help, Please volunteer if you can)
Sept 25 (Friday) Level out the footing and get the site ready for concrete pouring on Saturday.
Sept 25, (Friday) Relocate 300 block from delivered location to shrine site.
Sept 26, (Saturday) concrete trunk will deliver what is needed to pour the wall footings.
Sept 28~Oct 8, Westside masonry from Beaverton will build the shrine outer walls. Donated
Oct 19~ 23, 10 or so carpenters that are knights will build the wooden roof. Need to pull funds for the needed wood items. Labor free    
Oct 26~27 the installation of stucco siding will be done by a local contractor.  Need to pull funds for this to be completed.
Nov 2~6 the installation the terracotta roof will be done by a local contractor.  Need to pull funds for this to be completed.
Nov 9~ 11, If weather permitting, we are planning on pouring the walk ways and the mission church floor. All concrete and labor donated.
Still need to raise more funds to support the building of the mosaic pictures (working on it)

Thanks again for all your support
Doug Klein

Tom Karl /  Tim Grady
Can you  please get the bullet items out and get the word out on the dates below.

Item 1) Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine ground breaking at The Grotto   (Address: 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97220)

State of Oregon Knights of Columbus event and  shrine ground-breaking.
Council 3179 sponsoring a free BBQ / potluck with support from council 7828/13700.
Servite Father Jack Topper, rector of The Grotto, will be giving a special prayer to all the Oregon Knights that are able to make it and a special prayer over the ground the shrine will be built on.
“Fr. Theo agree to assist with Father Jack with the ground breaking ceremony on Sept 20”
Oregon State officers will be there and will say few words at the picnic?  
Outdoor mass at the grotto will start at 12:00~1:00
The Shrine ceremony will start in the upper garden on, September 20th at 1:45pm.
BBQ will start at 2:15 in the upper Servite special picnic area west of the monastery

Sept 20 is The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and The Grotto’s 91st Anniversary with Mass at Noon in The Grotto Plaza lower level.
All Knights are encouraged to attend the outdoor Mass. Then all Knights will proceed to the event in the Upper Gardens for the BBQ and ground breaking.

Any questions please let me know
Vivat Jesus
Doug Klein
3179 Grand Knight


Wheelchair Ministry

Several years ago, our parent council 3591 had a wheelchair ministry.  When Ted was still Roundtable Chairman for St. Clare's, he helped Mila Maskell get a wheelchair for her father.  That wheelchair is no longer needed- but neither does 3591 have their wheelchair ministry anymore.

This is a very easy to do activity that can help us win our Columbian Award and Star Council.  It goes towards those points that GK Ken was talking about at the meeting.  However, it is also something that requires some storage space.  For now, only the storage space of one folded up wheelchair, but the ministry could grow.

Is anybody willing to take this on?  Mila has a wheelchair to return to kick you off!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Meeting Notes 9/21/2015

John Clare Council #15485
 Meeting Minutes September 21, 2015

 St. Clare Fireside Room

7:00pm Call to Order,
Warden’s Report,
Prayer ; Pledge of Allegiance,
Roll Call of Officers,
Chaplain’s Message,
 of Minutes

  1. Officers here:  Chaplain, present.  Grand Knight, Present.  Deputy Grand Knight Present. Chancellor Present, Financial Secretary Excused, Recorder excused, Treasurer Present. Lecturer Present, Advocate Excused, Warden Presne, Inside Guard Excused, Three year present, two year trustee present, One year Excused. Outside Guard Present.
  2. 9 brothers present, 9 officers present
  3. Chaplain's message- Rosary. spending time with our Lord Jesus Christ. We are intercessors like Mary, in Charity, Prayer, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.  We are challenged to bring Christ into the world.
7:10pm Grand Knight’s Remarks

  1. Picnic Success-  Wonderful turnout, 400 served at St. Clares, 250 served at SJF.  We worked well together.  
  2. Upcoming events - November 29 Breakfast.  
  3. brochures available- Take some to keep in the glove compartment of your car- to keep
  4. Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine at the Grotto update - Call for volunteers will be on the blog
  5. Activity Reports- Please Report to the GK any activity you do- it all counts in the new activity system with the State Council
7:15pm Treasurer’s Report - $260+ in, $500 out to Guadalupe Project.  $1356.81 in checking, Unity $541, Charity $40
7:20pm Financial Secretary’s Report- 19 associate 12 insurance $3.18 for supplies.  Dues dismissed for 7 members and membership cards were sent.  Form 185 report, Form 365 Received.  Audit form Received.  Nametags.
7:20pm For the Good of the Order

  1. Lecturer- Feast day of St. Matthew.  Call to sinners.  We are all called to Follow, despite our Doubt.
7:30pmConfirm Committees
Life(Mother’s Day flower, baby bottle drive, report on current events)

  1. Advent Baby Bottle Drive at St. Clare's- Ted to get in touch with M&C to reserve bottles.
Membership / Admission(Prospects, Invitations, Stock vestibules)

  1. October 10-11 Church Drive St. Clare's
Family / Community(Picnic, Breakfasts, Movie Night, Easter Egg hunt)

  1. Next Movie UP!  Focus on multigenerational.  Millie Dover asked to give a talk about marriage a few minutes into the movie, after the death of the character of Elle, which is part of Carl's backstory.  Information on joining Knights will be available, with a concentration on family.
7:40pm New Business
November 29 Breakfast

  1. Michael Chau - chairman.  Ken shopping.  Ted will provide documentation for previous years.   
Essay Contest

  1. Deacon Scott and Ted- three winners from each school.  Motion for Plaque passed.  Motion for $50 prize for each winner. 

  • Inserted:  Moving Knights meeting to third Thursdays to encourage Royal Rosarian members to call.  Motion to move meeting to 7pm on 3rd Thursday  Motion passed.  Next Meeting will be October 15th, 7pm, place to be determined.

Church Drive

  1. October 11-12, need 3 volunteers for each Mass at St. Clare's.  email to volunteer.  

  • Offer to help Fr. Stobie- get more members, get our name in the bulletin more often.  Get ourselves on both church websites.  More visibility for the Knights.
  • St. John Fischer helps at the Faith Cafe in Beaverton.  October 18th and December 6th.  

Advent Men's Year of Mercy retreat

  1. Forgiveness and Reconciliation.  Have other groups involved through the Pastoral Council.  Reading ahead on Forgiveness.  A homily on Forgiveness and Mercy that weekend by Deacon Bill.  Will come up with a structure for next meeting on October 15th 

  • Tom Owens and Michael Chau Pulmonary Hypertension Group with James Michael Morgan, volunteer work this Friday
  • Transplant House as well- all good for Activity Points.  
7:45pm District Deputy/State Officers

  1. DD Dave Saunders- We have two districts, District 3 is doing great.  Been a real interesting time with District 1.  Kudos to District 3.    Membership.  Twilight Zone adventure.  2008 Odessey.   Took it in Friday for an oil change, container of cleaner had spilled- all of the floorboard rusting away.  Less than 58,000 miles.  Ended up with a new car.  
  2. Polinus Vuoche has been admitted to PSU
7:50pm Sick or in Distress – Our Father & Hail Mary

  1. Phil Jarvis
  2. 3 friends of Brother James Morgan.  
  3. DD Dave Saunders
8:09pm closing prayer

Sunday, September 20, 2015

St. John Fisher Picnic

Everything really worked out well at the St. John Fisher Picnic!

Special Thanks to Phil Jarvis who attended meetings and organized our council's participation in this event.  GK Scott Young from the Tigard council brought their magic grill - which kept up with the endless line while members of our council spooned out burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, polish dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, vegitables, water melon - there were cookies and cakes too!

Council attendees included:

Mike Devlin
Marc Gregoire
Deacon Scott Kolbet
Ken Paulsen
Ted Seeber
Jim Stahl
Polinus Vuoche 

Again, I was impressed with the dedication in serving others from these men they call Knights.

On my part, it was apparent to me that when you give people food, they automatically like you.  Seems to me to be a small price to pay in order to be everyone's friend.  Sadly, brother Phil Jarvis was too sick to attend the picnic today - especially sad considering all the effort he spent preparing the event.  Get well soon Phil.

Tomorrow night we'll be meeting at 7pm (6:30 for officers).  One topic I'd like to add to the agenda... That our regular meeting schedule be moved from the third Monday of each month to the third Tuesday of each month in order to accommodate two brothers who can't attend on Mondays.  I'd appreciate every member to vote on this - even if they can't attend tomorrow night.  (Our District Deputy may require a different meeting time. - So this may not be the final option.) 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meeting Agenda for September 21

John Clare Council #15485
Meeting Agenda
September 21, 2015
St. Clare Fireside Room

     6:00pm  Council room open / setup
     6:30pm  Officer’s Meeting

     7:00pm             Call to Order,
Warden’s Report,
Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance,
Roll Call of Officers,
Chaplain’s Message,
Reading of Minutes
     7:10pm  Grand Knight’s Remarks
     Picnic Success
     Upcoming events
     brochures available
     Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine at the Grotto update
   Activity Reports
     7:15pm  Treasurer’s Report
     7:20pm  Financial Secretary’s Report
     7:20pm  For the Good of the Order
     7:30pm  Confirm Committees
     Life  (Mother’s Day flower, baby bottle drive, report on current events)
     Membership / Admission  (Prospects, Invitations, Stock vestibules)
     Family / Community  (Picnic, Breakfasts, Movie Night, Easter Egg hunt)
     7:40pm New Business
     November 29 Breakfast
     Essay Contest
     Church Drive
     Advent Men's Year of Mercy retreat
     7:45pm District Deputy/State Officers
     7:50pm Sick or in Distress – Decade of Rosary
     8:00pm Closing Prayer

Monday, September 14, 2015

St. Clare Parish Picnic

It was great to see the turnout of several hundred people for the St. Clare Parish Picnic.

PGK Ted Seeber organized the several K/C Brothers who provided exceptional service, helping to make the event a huge success.

Brother Ted, together with Brothers Michael Chau, Mike Devlin, Don Mey, Mike Morgan, Tom Owens, Polinus Vuoche and I,  manned the grills and helped food service - cooking over 350 burgers / cheeseburgers and hundreds of hotdogs at a pace that kept the guests happy.  We received several compliments and "Thanks" from many of those served.  I was proud of the organization and teamwork that reminded me of a well oiled machine.  Thank you Ted for your well thought out preparation and organization.

I did not attend the second shift - involving the showing of the movie "Mulan" for the September Movie night.  But I hope Ted will post his report here.

Ted's Report:  Few families stayed for the movie.  We started out with 9 kids watching, including Christopher, but many of the girls had their own family honor to attend to in the form of CYO Volleyball practice, so just as the movie got to the battle scenes, As this was part of the day's activities at St. Clare's, we did not take up a collection this time.

I am hopeful that our work at the St. John Fisher Picnic next weekend will be just as productive - albeit in a slightly different capacity - as we'll be more involved in the serving end and not the cooking activities.  Brother Phil Jarvis is heading up that effort.  You may contact him at 971-227-6409 to volunteer your help.

Thanks and God Bless, 
Ken Paulsen GK     

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Volunteers needed for St. Clare's Picnic- Sunday, September 13, 2015

With Fr. Stobie off on Sabbatical, there has been a reversal in the decision of how we are to cook.  We are going to BBQ after all, with personal grills.  The parish will provide the food and reimburse for fuel, we just need to cook it!

Thus, calling all Knights with BBQs to lend.  And a change in schedule for what Ted needs for volunteers.  Please send e-mail to Ted Seeber to volunteer.

7am-10am Setup.  As many hands on deck as we can get, and this is BBQ delivery time.  We also need some wood for leveling, as it appears we'll be in the area behind the new gate by the rectory.

10am- Mass.  Everybody goes to Mass, Fr. Tim Bushy will be preaching, we think (have not gotten final coverage schedule from Archdiocese yet)

11am- kids and those who sign up off on the 5k fun run, Knights, start cooking.  I'd like at least 4-5 Knights for this.  We are doing hamburgers (preformed costco) and hot dogs.  Chips and drinks will also be served.

12noon-3pm, picnic.  We will continue serving for at least the first two hours of this.

3pm-5pm  Building the Domestic Church Movie "Mulan" - giving the younger school parents a place to drop the kids off and volunteer for picnic clean up.  Load up BBQs at this time also.  Would like an additional 4-5 volunteers for this time.