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Sunday, April 23, 2017


Thanks to all those who volunteered to serve breakfast at St. John Fisher this morning.

Deacon Scott opened the school kitchen early - followed by Ted delivering supplies from our storage closet and Ken bringing in the groceries.

Soon, youth group members joined us - William Weber with his father Rick (from the Tigard council) and other youth group members Kyle and Patrick.

Marc Gregoire, Phil Jarvis with his wife Donna, Mike Devlin, Paul Pompili, Michael Chau and Tom Owens pitched in with cooking, serving and cleaning.

Thanks to all who helped and all who ate.
From Ted and Phil- Gross was $256,  net $144.  Good job all!  Next breakfast in 2 weeks at St. Clare's.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

As mentioned by GK at the meeting- Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion in Oregon

Monday, April 17, 2017

Meeting Minutes for Monday April 17, 2017

Roll Call
 GK- Present
FS- Present
DGK- Present
Chan- present
Recorder- Excused
Treasurer- Present
Advocate- Present
Warden- Present
IG- Excused
OG- Absent
1 year trustee Present
2 year trustee Present
3 year trustee Absent

 10 Officer 11 Brothers

 Chaplain- thank you for the help with St. Clare's Easter Egg Hunt Previous Minutes Approved with minor corrections. (Spelling of April in third to last line)

 Grand Knight's Remarks: Had the distinct privilege over Easter serving with Archbishop Sample. From that, my take away was that the reason people don't understand the Mass, is because they don't understand the Church- and by extension, they don't understand Jesus Christ. The Knights are very much the hands and feet of the Boby of Christ. He is God incarnate in us, we want to be the Body of Christ for others. Encounter Christ, be changed- go out and preach what Christ Preaches.

 Treasurer's Report. $1696.41 start $1039.41 end $500 donation to Dan Mac $10 to Tim Crimmins $351.50 Oregon Council Per Capita $200 St Clare Breakfast Stipend

 Financial Secretary: Food for Families due Breakfast Check from October at SJF was lost. Will roll into next Breakfast Check. For the Good of the Order: Easter- Jesus Christ is Risen, He is Alive. Poem read in honor of Lectuerer's Father. Meagan O'Rourke "In Sync".

-Pancake Breakfasts April 23 SJF, May 7 St. Clare
-Divine Mercy Cards "Silent Recruitment Drive" April 22/23 both Parishes

 New Business 
-This Saturday; Archbishop Sample is coming to SJF to "Bless the Rose Festival", with all the Princesses.  Planting two Rose Bushes.
- Stop Funding Abortion Initiative Ballot Signature Gathering
-Maintenance Help- Jenny Holden- Mowing/fix-its
-Dan Mac appreciation and thank you
-Carnation Sales May 13-14 both parishes, Baby Bottle Drive at SJF
-Fr. McGivney Guild Newsletter mentioned.  Pray for Physical Aliments to help him become a Saint.

State Deputy Report
Columbian Award For Ken Paulsen
Oregon State KofC Charities Raffle is now online:
State Convention is spread out- you really will get to see the sights.  Old St. Francis Church, New St. Francis Church, Powell Butte

Next Meeting Scheduled for May 15, 7pm

Prayer Requests:  Daniel's Employment, Education.  Prayers for Daniel's Parents in a challenging housing situation.  Prayers for Bonnie and Bob Owens.

Queen of Heaven Rejoice Alleluia Final prayer

Meeting Adjouned 7:55pm

K/C Breakfast at St. John Fisher this Sunday 4-23

Hello Brother Knights!

We're planning a breakfast feast for next Sunday at St. John Fisher.  We'll have two shifts:

Set-Up Shift from 8am to 10:30am (includes serving after the 9am mass)

Clean-Up Shift from 10:20 - 1pm (includes serving after the 11am mass)

Sign up for one or both.  We can use lots of help although the youth group will also pitch in and help us.   It's always lots of fun - and a free meal for all who help!!!

In addition to the serving line staff (serving pancakes, sausages, eggs, fruit, beverages & condiments) we need pancake & egg chefs, table setup / cleanup / coffee & beverage mixologists / dishwashers & friendly faces. 

Please sign up... especially if you haven't served at a breakfast recently.  You'll find it's worth the time spent - especially considering this is Divine Mercy Sunday.    

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Two more Sunday Morning volunteers needed at St. Clare's

If you could either stay after 8:30am Mass for about 20 minutes on Easter Sunday, or come at 9:30 for 10:45 Mass on Easter Sunday, contact Ted Seeber, I have a really easy volunteer job for you- being a crossing guard behind the school for children wishing to participate in the Easter Egg hunt. Once the hunt is over and the kids are all down having coffee and donuts with their parents, the job is over.

A Blessed Triduum leading into Knights action

My Dear Brother Knights,
  A Blessed Triduum to you and your family.  May these holy days draw us closer to Christ and his Church, and inspire us to share the Good News with the world.

  We have our monthly Council meeting on Monday, April 17 at 7 pm at St. Clare.  I hope to see you all there.

  On the following Sunday (Divine Mercy), we are busy.  At both parishes we will be handing out Divine Mercy cards with an attached notice about the Knights.  We also are hosting a pancake breakfast at St. John Fisher.  If you are able to help, please contact me.

  As an added bonus, Jim Stahl, one of our brothers, is the prime minister of the Royal Rosarians.  He has arranged for Archbishop Sample to bless the Rose Festival at St. John Fisher Church on Saturday, April 22nd at 11 am.  It would be nice to have the Knights show up in support.

  God bless.

Deacon Scott

Saturday, April 1, 2017

An invitation to join Knights of Columbus

Welcome to our page for John Clare Council 15485, covering St. Clare's and St. John Fisher in Southwest Portland, OR. If you have come here from scanning the QR code on a response card, business card, or other attachment to the Divine Mercy Card you received at Mass, please watch the video and then email with your contact information to be invited to a family information meeting soon.

All male members of St. Clare or St. John Fisher over the age of 18 are eligible to join the Knights of Columbus! We save lives and we change lives. Come find out how!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Update on Easter Egg Hunt at St. Clare's

From Deacon Bill, a few changes to the ask for volunteers, nothing we can't handle.  Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are the two biggest needs.  Contact Ted Seeber,, if you can volunteer

There will be an issue because of the larger than usual crowd for Easter Liturgies - the both gates will be open on Freeman Street for additional parking. As a result I think we need to move the area for the hunt to the far end of the school yard. Also we would need a member of the Knights to regulate traffic so children will be safe crossing Freeman Street. Not a big issue but a safety issue none the less.  -- Ted says, I'd like 2 men for this duty, approximately 9:30am-10:30 am on Easter Sunday, for this

Last year Mary Pat said we placed out 1,000 eggs. We have the plastic eggs I am hoping for enough goodies to insert in the eggs. If not I will purchase by April 8th.

I will have 3 long tables set up in the parish hall on April 8th. The Knights will man the tables and recruit volunteers to help fill the eggs on Sunday April 9th between Masses.  -- Ted says I can do this, but would like one other volunteer.  Christopher can ask families to come join us.  9:30am-10:45 am, depending on number of volunteers, Palm Sunday

Ted has said that we will set up the various areas in the school yard with poles and tape which we have on Saturday April 8th before the Easter Vigil. 4 areas ages 0-3, 4-6. 7-9, and 10 and up. -- Ted Says More hands will make faster work, we will meet at 7:00pm to do this Holy Saturday

On Easter Sunday we will set up the eggs in the school yard starting at 7:45 am. The breakdown is ages 0-3 (200 eggs) 4-6 (300 eggs), 7-9 (300 eggs) 10 and up (200 eggs). This was the breakdown from last year and it worked out fine. Mary Part suggested that the person(s) who is overseeing the specific groups hold on to about 30 eggs so there are no unnecessary tears.
I am hoping to have maybe two volunteers to oversee each of the 4 groups.

Mass may run a little later than usual because of the crowd at Easter but I give you permission to leave after communion so we can be ready to go when Mass breaks.

I believe we will be able to wrap the hunt up by 10:30 as families will gravitate to coffee and donuts.
We will need that person directing traffic to remain until all the children and families are out of the area.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Founder's Day announcement from The Father McGivney Guild

Dear Brother Knight,
On March 29, 1882, the Knights of Columbus received official recognition as a fraternal benefit society. Now, 135 years later, the Knights of Columbus remembers the lasting impact its founder, Venerable Father Michael McGivney, has made on countless men, women and children helped by the Order. 
Today, as we remember Father McGivney's legacy with Founder's Day celebrations throughout the world, we invite you to join the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild.
The intentions of guild members are included in weekly Masses, periodic special Masses and novenas. Members also receive a regular newsletter and more.
To join the guild, visit

Knights of Columbus • 1 Columbus Plaza • New Haven, CT 06510 • 203-752-4000
Stay connected with Knights of Columbus:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Give Pia a nap

I notice on the Adoration schedule, Pia and Gary are taking the second position from 11pm-4am.  They're sacrificing so that we can have 24 hours of Adoration at St. Clare's.  If it is at all possible in your schedule and your life, I urge you as a Knight to take an hour of watch with the Lord- and give them a break.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Request for volunteers- Adoration

If you are awake in the wee hours of the morning anyway, Pia at St. Clare's has specifically requested volunteers to help with our 24 hour adoration.  Spend an hour or two with the Lord between 11pm-8am.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Note from Tom Owens- requested donation for tomorrow night

If any of you have a used guitar or sleeping bag you are willing to donate to Dan Mac's family (whom we have helped recently) please bring it to the Monday evening meeting. Dan has 2 teenagers going on a youth retreat the following weekend at Lincoln City and they could use the sleeping bags.See you Monday evening at our monthly meeting.
Tom Owens

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A message every man needs to hear

The State Deputy and the representative from Supreme wants as many men as possible to watch this video (click through if you're reading this on e-mail):

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Excellent year to get state raffle tickets!

The following message from PSD Bob Kish indicates sales are low- what a year to buy tickets!  If sales are low, your chances of winning are much improved.  So go to the website- and let's get those sales numbers up.  Link below.
To date, our Charity Raffle ticket sales have been very low...overwhelming low!
Many of you told me how great an idea, "the electronic ticket sales would be", yet only a handful have actually gone online to purchase tickets. Not sure what everyone is waiting for? Only 7 weeks to the Convention Brothers.
I suspect that sales are down because many of our members still do not know about the new "on-line" method? It can’t get any need to write a check, no envelopes and no stamp! Just go to the Charities web-site and purchase as many tickets as you want with your credit card...YES...its that easy.
I have been counting on the State Officers, Directors, Chairman, District Deputies, Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries to get the word out to the Council Membership. IS THIS HAPPENING? The saddest news of all...ticket sales from any of the Officers I just listed are virtually nil! Come on Brothers!
I have attached the Raffle Flyer again, so you can post it and/or email it to your membership. Please don't wait until the April membership meeting to inform it now so they have time to react.
Please help us get the word our around the State...the Charities we support are counting on us Brothers.
God Bless And Thanks For All You Do,
Bob Kish
Oregon Knights of Columbus
Immediate Past State Deputy
Oregon State KofC Charities President
New Council Development Chairman

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Meeting March 20

Come help us decide how to spend a surprise anonymous donation!  Also, it's Lent, have you made your 40 Cans for Lent Donation to St Vincent De Paul?  Let's leave a pile of cans after the meeting in the SVDP chapter room!  All this and much, much more!  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00pm in the fireside room at St. Clare's

Time to report your February hours, Due March 15

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Request for prayers for the Repose of the Soul of mother of State Deputy

Dorothy Marie Schmitz, Mother of State Deputy Sid Thiel, was born on July 1, 1922, to Hubert and Mary Rezab Schmitz, the fourth of six children.  She died on March 3, 2017, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.  Prayer service will be at 7:00 at St. John's Catholic Church in New Rockford, ND, on ThursdayMarch 9th, preceded by Rosary at 6:30.  The funeral will be at 10:30 at St. John's Catholic Church in New Rockford, ND, on FridayMarch 10th.  Interment will be at the Union Cemetery in Mandan, ND, at 11:00 on SaturdayMarch 11th.  Prayers are requested for the repose of Dorothy's soul and for Sid & his family.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Catholic Date Night: Your Family Fully Alive!

Still time to register!  I just received word that childcare WILL be available at this Archdiocese-supported event:
We are happy to announce that Limited Childcare is available.  If you are interested and have a child 18months - 12 years old who you would like to drop off, please email Betsy at with your child(s) name, DOB, and any other important information.  Forms will need to be filled out the day of at check in.
Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity to strengthen your marriage.  Registration online here: 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Message from Mike Higgins

I've received very little interest in the group thus far.  I'd had hoped for at least 6 members to start.  It may be premature to arrange for a first meeting before the 1st Sunday of Lent, this coming Sunday.  I'd like your reaction to whether we should start meeting now.  If not, I can keep advertising in the bulletin and see if we attract more interest.

When we meet I'd like to focus on the Sunday readings.  I was thinking such a group would make a good Lenten practice but we needn't rush into this.

Once we get started I was imagining we'd meet monthly.  I didn't advertise a time and place in the St Clare bulletin because I wanted to decide upon a mutually agreeable time.  

If you are interested in proceeding at this time, let me know (  We could proceed with only 4 of us.  If everyone is interested, I'll suggest times using NeedToMeet.  We can meet at St Clare.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Holy League Men's Conference will be in Mt. Angel next October

The 2017 2nd Annual Holy League Catholic Men's Conference is back! 
Theme: 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima vs. 100 years of Communism, 300 years of Freemasonary and 500 years of the Protestant Revolt. 
What to expect: Holy Mass, Spiritual talks, Confessions, Adoration, Rosary and Marian Consecration! 
Our Speakers: Fr. William Casey of the Fathers of Mercy Doug Barry of EWTN, and BATTLEREADYSTRONG Ministries Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers!... 
Fr. William Casey will celebrate mass for us Friday night. Our Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith will be our main celebrant for Saturday morning mass. October 20-21, Friday evening from 6:30pm to 9:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. $50 per person w/ Breakfast and lunch provided.
 Email James Thurman for more info 
Festhalle address:
 500 S Wilco Hwy 214, 
Mount Angel, OR 97362

Or click here to purchase tickets!

This is the event that Ted Seeber went to in December.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Break in at Mother and Child Education Center

A break-in occurred over the holiday weekend at Mother & Child. Two windows were broken - 1 completely shattered -  and an interior door sawed through. If you were in the area and noticed any suspicious activity or have any information on this please call the police department immediately, as a police report has been filed. Two laptop computers were also stolen: Toshiba & HP Elite 8452. The police have been notified of these items as well.

As an organization that works to empower parents and families, this is a violation to our staff and to the families we serve. Please know, while we are closed today, we are here.  If you have an emergency need please call. We ask NO IN-KIND DONATIONS are made TODAY, FEB 21.  Mother & Child is will continue to provide support to and offer a safe space to all who are parenting.

To all who volunteer with us, and to all who give monetarily helping to keep our doors open and services at no cost - thank you.  

If you would like to make a donation in any amount to help cover
the replacement cost of 2 windows, 1 door, and 2 computers

please click the link below in the signature
Thanks for doing life with us, and working to see families supported.

Mother & Child Staff / 503-249-5801
1515 NE 41 Ave Portland, OR 97232

RIP Gert Welsh

from SIS:
Michael Lytle, Gert Welsh's nephew, just called to say that Gert died in her sleep last night.  May she rest in peace; may perpetual light shine upon her. 
   Funeral arrangements are pending but it will probably be later in March--at St. Clare's, which we all know Gert would have wanted. She loved our parish.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

January Volunteer Hours Due February 14!

Please Report your volunteer hours for January- we realize these will have been severely curtailed by Snowpacalypse!

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Yeah, I get to sleep in on Saturday

Timing of the Degrees in Sherwood has changed- and so have our plans.  Noon for 1st, 1pm for 2nd, 2pm for 3rd, puts us out at about 5pm.  Place has also changed- the Old Knights of Columbus Hall on Oregon St (found address by using Google Earth, but this is close enough.  It's the brown building next to the old church that is now rented out to Protestants):
15677 Oregon St
Sherwood, OR 97140

Carpool from St. Clare's will be leaving at 11:00am.  I would still like e-mails if you plan to either watch or get your 2nd and 3rd.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Degrees in Sherwood, Saturday, February 11, 8:30am at St. Francis's

Since my push didn't get us any new Charitable Degree recruits, I will meet anybody who wishes to carpool at St. Clare's at 8:00am, and we will go directly to St. Francis's to observe the 1st Degree.  Please note that to observe degrees, as well as sign up to get 2nd and 3rd if you have not done so, you will need your current paid-up membership card.

Please e-mail me if you wish to carpool so that I have a count.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

K/C Breakfast BIG success!

Hell-o Brother Knights,

I'm happy to report that we NETTED $390.25 which I believe is a new world record (for our council).  I'd like to credit the egg cooker (yours truly) for this feat, but in fact I think it was Ted's blueberries that deserve the largest share of the credit.  We always have a lot of fun at these events - the camaraderie is great - but we were shorthanded this time.  Still, we pulled it off - and this big take, with so few helpers means we each may have surpassed minimum wage!  HA!

So thanks to Don Mey, Ted Seeber and son, James Michael Morgan, (not sure which name he's using today but his $800 apron said "Mike"),  Paul Pompili, Mike Devlin, John , Daniel Solomon, John Creegan, Phil Jarvis, and three very nice ladies from the parish:  Laura Bowers, Lynnette Howes, and Kevi (don't know her last name), and also last night Michael Chau and Jim Van Domelon and his wife Judy, and I'm sure I've forgotten somebody.  (Stirring eggs does that to a brain...)


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Breakfast tomorrow!

All hands on deck.  We're a bit short for 8:30am Mass, so if you can get to St. Clare's for first shift, or better yet volunteer for the whole day, we'd appreciate it.

While snow is in the forecast, it looks like it won't arrive until afternoon, so the breakfast will occur.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Join us for pro-life rosary at First Saturday Adoration

First Saturday Adoration is on again at St. Clare's, missed last month due to snow.  February 4th,1pm-4pm in the West Transept of the Church.  Pro-life Rosary will be offered by our council at 3pm, Benediction will be offered by Deacon Bill at 3:45pm.  Come join us visiting with Our Lord, then stick around and help set up for the breakfast!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Still need to hear from volunteers for the Breakfast

Still need to hear from volunteers for the Breakfast.  Ted's heard from some of you, but not all.  We especially need help with the 7am-10:30am shift; this is where we expect to serve most of the Breakfasts, as it is a Children's Choir day.

If you're willing to do the Judas Shuffle to give us a head's up for communion, you can even attend Mass, during either shift (we have plenty of men who work both shifts to handle the quiet period).

E-mail Ted Seeber

Update on Robert Van Domelen

Our brother Knight, Robert Van Domelen of Hillsboro Council 1634, Past State Warden (1974-1975) and brother of our own Jim, had reduced circulation in his legs over the weekend, and went to OHSU.  While waiting to be admitted, a clot broke loose and he had a stroke.  He's at OHSU for now, and will eventually go to a rehab center in Woodburn.  He turns 75 on February 7.  Please pray for the Van Domelen family and for Robert's recovery.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Prayer Request from Judy Van Domelen

I am asking for prayers for my brother in law.  He was admitted to OHSU January 9 with blood clots in both legs.  He had a stroke later in the evening while waiting for surgery.  He is in ICU, they are trying to get him stable enough to go to a rehab and then eventually  surgery for the clots in his legs.  I am asking all you prayer warriors to offer up healing prayers for my brother in law.  
Thank you,
Judy Van Domelen

9 Days for Life, Day 9, USCCB

January 29, 2017
For God’s peace to fill the hearts of all who travel upon the path of adoption.


Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be


The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us to “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that all who are involved in the adoption process would be filled with the hope of Christ and “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7). We also remember that we too can cling fast to this anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15). May our loving Father envelop each of us in his love today and open our eyes in faith that we may see and rejoice in his love. 
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
One Step Further 

Maya*, who placed her child for adoption, gives nine suggestions for offering ongoing support in “Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption.” In “An Adoption Love Story,” Jenny* shares her and her husband’s story of adopting their son, Andrew. Read about some of the challenges, concerns, and joys on their journey in this article. (supplemental reference information)
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Did You Know?
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Hope after Abortion