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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Running short on volunteers for Sunday Breakfast

If you can bring family to volunteer, that would be helpfull.  We still need dishwashers, and dining room staff.  Could also use more help, especially for 2nd shift!

email Ted Seeber @, or call 503-318-1508

Sunday, September 25, 2016

St. John Fisher Picnic

I just want to thank my brothers who worked hard at the St. John Fisher Picnic.  Our Grand Knight Deacon Scott Kolbet arrived early and took on the setup.  We also had PGK Scott Young from the St. Anthony's Tigard council who manned the Magicator grille along with brother Mike Devlin.  These two guys cranked out a LOT of burgers, hot dogs and Polish dogs.  Phil Jarvis, Paul Pompili, Ted Seeber, James Morgan and I manned the serving line.  We pushed a LOT of food in a short amount of time - thanks to some coordinated effort.  I'm impressed.  All in all, it was a huge success with hundreds of people served and a lot of fun for everyone.

Next event is a breakfast at St. Clare... stay tuned for more info....    

October Membership Drive Try #3

I am now combining my two attempts and editing severely, to hit the important points in the least amount of time.  The following I timed myself reading in less than 1:32.

Good evening/morning.
I am Ted Seeber.
My family and I have been members of St. Clare parish for 18 years.
Today I am speaking about the Knights of Columbus. On April 16, 2012, I pulled together 35 men from St. Clare's and St. John Fisher, and we charted Council 15485.  

We are asking every man over the age of 18 to seriously consider membership today.

We are parish based and parish attached.  We do breakfast three Sundays a year at each parish.   We volunteer for many other events.

We work beyond the immediate parish in the community, volunteering on projects that matter, such as the upcoming Advent Baby Bottle Change Drive for Mother and Child Education Center.

Membership in the Knights and volunteering with us now counts for school volunteering credit, in unity between the parish and the school. 

The Knights was founded on family. Our families participate with us Knights when we take on various projects and activities.  Men, ask your spouse today if volunteering together as a family would strengthen your parenting.

In conclusion, we will be available in the back of the church to talk after this mass, or there will be an information session this Sunday at 11:45, in the Parish Hall.
Come, give us a few minutes. Come talk to us, about joining us on this journey Onward and Upward Together.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Grotto Shrine Update and Dedication

St Clare Breakfast

We did quite well at the SJF picnic, now we start a month of Breakfasts and Membership.  Just a week from today, is the St. Clare's Breakfast.  Two great shifts to volunteer for- 7am-10:30am, 11:30 am-2pm.  Or work the full 7am-2pm Breakfast.  Time off to go to Mass at either 8:30 or 10:45, as long as you dance the Judas Shuffle to come back after communion to let us know that the Liturgy of the Eucharist is going on.

Some people I'm already counting on:
Mike O'Phelan on Eggs
Ken Paulsen on Pancakes and overseeing kitchen, 1st shift, Evan Crader on Pancakes and overseeing kitchen 2nd Shift
Paul Pomplini, Michael Chau, and Daniel Salomon on serving line
Phil Jarvis on Donations

As you can see, many more positions are needed to make this a success.  If you can volunteer more, let me know.  Email

Friday, September 23, 2016


The St. John Fisher Parish Picnic is this Sunday (9-25-2016) after the 11am outdoor mass.  Our council is again cooking the food (hamburgers and hot dogs) and serving the crowd.  We have 3 brothers signed up and need 8!  So please sign up and show up.  This should be very similar to the St. Clare Parish Picnic and the same picnics of last year.  But we need your help!
Wear your K/C shirts and / or name badge.  If you can show up early, or stay late (one or the other) there should be plenty to do.  The youth group will be waiting on individual tables and other groups are helping with other jobs - so this won't be exclusively a K/C event.  However, we need a good showing and besides, we happen to be experts at this sort of thing...
Ken - 3rd Yr. Trustee

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Be Challenged

Ted Seeber will talk about this conference in New Business.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

October membership drive, an alternate approach

Good evening/morning
I am Ted Seeber.
My family and I have been members of St. Clare parish for 18 years.
Today I am speaking about the Knights of Columbus. I have been a Knight for 9 years.
The Knights is a Fraternal organization for practical Catholic men, 18 years and older.   There are over 15,000 Councils worldwide.
A joint Knight of Columbus Council was chartered in 2012 for St. Clare and St. John-Fisher parishes.  So we are a new Council.
We are asking you men to seriously consider membership.
I wish to make only three points in the brief time I have here today.
First;  the Knights of Columbus is FAMILY,
Second, the Knights of Columbus is PARISH,
Third, the Knights of Columbus is COMMUNITY.
The Knights was founded on family.  Our priest founder, a Father McGivney, in 1882, saw wives, mothers, and children suffering when their husbands and fathers were killed or died prematurely from accident or disease.    In time, insurance programs have evolved for all family members.  But insurance is not a requirement of membership.
Our families participate with us Knights when we take on various projects and activities.  And working together on various projects can also be as much fun as you make it.

Membership happens only with family.  If you do not believe this, turn to your spouse now and say:  ”What would you say if I joined the knights?”  And where would this discussion go?  And what further would you each need to know about the Knights?
We are parish based and parish attached.  We support our pastors in whatever way we are able.  We support other parish organization as we can when asked.
To name a couple of our parish projects:  We do breakfast some Sundays at each parish.   We fired up the grill at the parish picnic.
Charity is a strong principle of the Knights so we donate to the parish St Vincent de Paul work as we can.
At our parish schools, the Knights have been sponsoring an annual Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. Winners for our Parish are announced in November.

Membership in the Knights and volunteering with us now counts for school volunteering credit.
We also work beyond the immediate parish with charitable dollar donations and work hours on various projects as we able.
A small example is the baby bottle drive for the Mother and Child Education Center.
In conclusion, we invite you to a gathering to explore with some of us members what the Knights are all about and to give us an opportunity to share our story.
This will be held Sunday noon, October 9th, in the Parish Hall.
Come, give us a few minutes. We will tell you about our founder and more.
For sure, there are several reasons to not this.  On the other hand ? ?

Thank you for your time, attention and patience

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pray for our dear friend Kevin Hagen and his father Donald

Kevin has had a few bad weeks- first his dog died, then a medication imbalance led to depression, then the day after he came home from the psychiatric clinic, his father Donald had a stroke and is in ICU at OHSU tonight.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

St. Clare's Picnic was a big success

Thank you to all who volunteered for this wonderful event.  All men over the age of 18 who were there, should inquire about becoming Knights of Columbus to support our parish!

From Kelli Terry:
Picnic Team - 
Wow!  Thank you so much for all the hard work today!  You all just just jumped in and were ready to help - kids and all!  I could not have done it without you all!  It was a great day, filled with the community and the heart of St Clare. I am so grateful. 

I know I have missed people here, so please forward to anyone else that you feel. 

Many thanks!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


Here's a few pictures of the event.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

St. Clare's picnic is tomorrow

Ted Seeber here.  Due to the incredible mess my house has become over the past few months, with all the work done in the kitchen and now the continuing mess due to the china cabinet falling off the wall (narrowly missing Christopher, just got by with a small cut on the head and a bruised shoulder), my BBQ tools are not easy to get to.  If anybody has a nice kit with tongs and spatula and you're volunteering anyway, please bring them.

Friday, September 9, 2016

St Clare Picnic Schedule and Map

From Kelli Terry:
My cell number is 503-939-5678 if anything comes up. Please bring your key card with you that day so you have access to kitchen/inside building. 

I have a map of the layout I will send next to give set up idea (not to scale but gives you an idea!)

8a-10  - set up.
Rob Terry (canopy)
Sangster Family
Sean Brady (canopy)
Ray Nilke (canopy 2x)
Greg Hermann (XL canopy)
Duda (canopy)
Shick family (canopy)
    Bryan Mullen
Ted (canopy)

8a-10a- Knights of Columbus set up grills / and cook during picnic
Ted Seeber (canopy)
Evan Crader
Ken Paulson /Daniel Salomon(Legos)
Mike Morgan
Don Mey 

COOK HELP 11:30-1:30/2
Rob Terry
Stu Worrell
Scott Groshong
Bryan Mullen

Set up includes:  tables, chairs, pop up canopies, bins for trash, canned food donations, bbq area. Should be about 8 canopies to set up (one large that takes 4 people).  15 6 ft tables and 10 rounds (from parish hall) and about 100 chairs  Tables and chairs will need to moved from parish hall,  up elevator out school doors to yard.  There is a roll cart/hand truck to do this.)  set out trash cans, bins for canned food.  Easel for foam board moved to pavement. 2 tables by gym for Dragon dash sign in. 

EVENT (food line)  
Alicia Brady
Kim Thornburg
Marsha Webber (cake)
Mclean family (11-1)
Cosper  (11-1)
    Eisner family
    Mary Pat Farley (cake)
Worrell (games)

Some are going to Mass, some are doing the DD, so work around when you are available:  Bring out the water/beverage jugs, cups. plates, burgers/dogs, condiments from kitchen,  All food will be in the kitchen. Burgers in freezer, rest in fridge. Individual bags of chips set out, and serving utensils for donated desserts.  Refill/stock all items and move cooked meats to food line. Desserts might be dropped off before Mass (parish hall or outside).  Moving desserts out to lawn, cutting/serving cake refilling beverage jugs,  help with games.  

2- 4:  Clean up
    Rhonda Broadfoot
    Colleen K
    Coralynn A.

Clean up/Tear down.  Tables and chairs back to storage in parish hall, canopies down and packed up.  Dishes cleaned, all trash to dumpsters, canned foods moved to storage,  food put away, etc.  Any frozen unopened food goes back to school.  Anything cooked/opened must be removed , home to your families or donated. 

Thank you all for helping!  Let me know if you have any questions!  Looking forward to Sunday!  



Thursday, September 8, 2016

August Hours

Dear Brother Knights,
  Please remember to submit your hours to me.  You can use the form that Ted has set up or email a list of what you have done, ideally sorted under the columns of Community, Life, Youth, Church/Vocations, Council and Family.

  May God bless you.

Deacon Scott

Ted's Recruitment Speech for St. Clare's October 8-9

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Reverend Father Don,

A few weeks ago, we has our parish picnic.  Every man over the age of 18 there, should be a Knight of Columbus, and here's why.

 Archbishop Sample told us last spring here at St. Clare's at Confirmation, that it will be much harder for our young Catholics to stay Catholic, than it was for the generation who memorized the Baltimore Catechism.

Your Knights of Columbus council knows this well; we have many men who have raised our families, only to find that some children are no longer Catholic.  We are offering the Return Video Class to older members of our parish as a way to learn how to talk to family members who have left the faith; but we must do more.

As Knights, we are Christian Soldiers, moving Onward and Upward Together, toward our God.  (hold up rosary) My sword is prayer, the Rosary of Mary, the Rosary of Charity.  Through my prayer, I become more aware of the needs around me, I become more generous in charity.  (Guesture to the left, at the Crucifix) My shield is the Cross of Christ, for which I am pledged to be a new Simon of Cyrene.  In Unity we Knights help each other carry our Cross.  (guesture at the Altar) On this table, less than 15 minutes ago, we celebrated the third sign of Formation for the Knights, the Holy Eucharist, through which all men and women become brothers and sisters in Christ and exemplify the virtue of Fraternity.

It is well known that when a man acts as a fully involved and informed Catholic father around the children that he encounters, the children are more likely to stay Catholic.  When Families volunteer together, they teach children to be more charitable. Whether your vocation is single, married, or the Holy Orders, having some formation and companionship as a Father will help the children around you.  A fully informed Catholic Father is one who uses Charity, Unity, and Fraternity to help the people he loves get to Heaven, for Heaven would not be Heaven for him without those people there!

Charity, Unity, Fraternity, these are the virtues of a fully formed Knight of Columbus.  Come join us on Sunday at noon for a family lunch, with sandwiches and chips and soda.  We will have the Lego Church Building project out for the kids, at one end of the room will be showing McGivney the Musical, a play about the last time our country was so divided against Catholicism, and we will have men there to talk to you about joining the Knights of Columbus for the children in your life. Membership in Council 15485 now counts for St. Clare School Volunteer hours.
Thank you.


Suggestions?  Use the comment box below.  I will keep editing this for at least the next two months before I start practicing it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Additional volunteer opportunity: Thirsting for a Cure

Sir Knight James Michael Morgan, member of our council, has asked me to post the following opportunity from the Pulmonary Hypertension Group that he's a part of:

We need help for the annual Thirsting for a Cure Auction on Friday, September 30th.

We are finalizing the details and will be emailing again as we get closer to the event.  Please spread the word that we are looking for more volunteers.  Anyone interested can sign up at

For those that plan to work just 1 shift and stay for the entire event, please go to and purchase a Volunteer ticket.

Thank you,
Beth Barnes

The Auction will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 - Doors open at 5 Northwest Portland at The Castaway - 1900 NW 18th Avenue - Portland, OR 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Schedule for St. Clare's Picnic Volunteers

All hands on deck, anybody who can volunteer!  St. Clare's Picnic is September 11th, 2016!  It promises to be a fun day, with a very compressed schedule, so to pull it off, people need to be on time.

8:00 AM- Setup.  Need Knights to help, initially setting up the Soccer Challenge with Mike Devlin, and the Lego Church project with Ken Paulsen, Daniel Salomon, and Christopher Seeber.  We will also need to help setup camping pavilions, seating, and tables.
9:00 AM- Jose Orozco from St. Anthony's 3591 will be coming from St. Anthony's with the grill.  We will need 5-6 men to help unload and setup the grill
10:00 AM- anybody going to One Mass, One Family:  Onward and Upward Together Mass should be in the church for Mass.  Special events at Mass will include a moment of silence for 9-11-2001, celebration of Fr. Don Guttman's 25th Aniversary of his Ordination, and a special surprise for Pia and Deacon Bill.
11:00 AM- or whenever Mass ends- Knights and Parents who are cooking are to congregate at the grill to start cooking.  Everybody else- off on the Dragon Dash 3k/5k fun walk/run.
11:30 AM- start serving food.
2:00 PM- shut off grill, cool down, cleanup, and load.  Volunteer for other cleanup duties as needed.
3:00 PM- Jose Orozco from St. Anthony's 3591 returns to St. Anthony's 

Please Express Your Appreciation to Pia and Deacon Bill

Fr. Don is going to ask the congregation at the 9/11 "One Mass" to express its appreciation to Pia and Deacon Bill for their extraordinary efforts to provide vibrant Liturgies and many other services during the ten months St. Clare was without a Pastor.
Mila Maskell and I felt the Eucharistic Ministers and the Liturgy and Environment Committees should personally express their appreciation to Pia and Deacon Bill by writing a note to them in the Windows of St. Clare book that Sheila Cullen produced which Fr. Don will give to Pia and Deacon Bill at the "One Mass".
Please try to stop by the St. Clare office next week when it is open on Tuesday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, with a closure from12:30 to 1:30, and add your note to the two books that Laurie will have in an envelope. We believe Pia and Deacon Bill will cherish these books with the notes from us for the rest of their lives even though they already have an original.
Mila Maskell and John Kowalczyk

Friday, September 2, 2016

September and October events

Dear Brother Knights,
  We have a lot on our plates these next two months.

Sept. 11 - St. Clare parish picnic - we're cooking and running a soccer "tournament"

Sept. 19 - monthly council meeting - 7 pm at St. Clare

Sept. 25 - St. John Fisher picnic - we're cooking and (hopefully) running a soccer "tournament"

Oct. 2 - St. Clare pancake breakfast

Oct. 8/9 - Recruitment weekend at both parishes (hopefully)

Oct. 17 - monthly council meeting - 7 pm at St. Clare

Oct. 23 - St. John Fisher pancake breakfast

Also hoping to have a holy hour of Eucharistic Adoration/Benediction with a rosary for life in early October at St. John Fisher - hoping Oct. 4, 7-8 pm - will check with Fr. Richard when he returns.

Lots to do, great ways to show our parishes who we are.

God bless.

Deacon Scott