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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Advanced Degrees in Mt. Angel- with family activities!

For you men who have not yet achieved your Knighthood, or wish to once again observe the Formation and Knighthood Degrees, but have family obligations, here is your chance.

The Seminary Council at Mt. Angel Abbey is hosting Formation and Knighthood Degrees, on Saturday, October 28th.  A guided "Once in A Lifetime" library tour will be available for wives and children.  Registration at 1pm, library tour starts at 1:15pm.  Make a day of it and enjoy the many fine restaurants in Mt. Angel for Dinner.

It is recommended that if wives wish to also shop at the Abbey Gift Shop, that you arrive early, as there may not be time after the tour and the gift shop closes at 4pm.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Men's Conference Schedule

Friday, October 20, 5pm & Saturday, October 21, 6:30am:  We will be
offering a carpool from St. Clare's to the Archdiocese Holy League
Men's Conference.    The timing is designed to miss as little of the
conference as possible; to make the 6pm Welcoming on Friday and the
7:30am Mass offered by Bishop Peter Smith.  More information and
tickets can be found at

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Brother Daniel Salomon, GK----October 16 John-Clare Council Meeting Agenda

Dear Brother Knights,

This is the agenda for our monthly October 13 meeting at St. Clare's Catholic Church at 7pm.

Please also remember that there will be an officer's meeting at 6:30 pm before the meeting.

October 16 Council Meeting Agenda

6:30pm: Officer's Meeting
7:00pm: Meeting Officially Begins

Prayer, Pledge and Card Check (5min)

Remarks and Discussion from Brother Doug from Knights of Columbus Insurance (10 minutes)

Remarks from the Grand Knight (5 minutes)

The Lecturer (10 minutes)

Open Dialogue on Matthew Kelly's Rediscovering Jesus Questions (20 minutes)

Old Business: Breakfasts, Men's Conference, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mini-Pilgrimage Logistics, Brother Michael and Tom present a set of Vietnamese Embroidery Artwork for My Lam School, the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and Essay Contest kits (20 minutes) 

New Business: Outcome of officer's meeting (5 minutes)

The Good of the Order---Sick or in Distress (5 minutes)

Closing Prayers (5 minutes)

Looking forward! Thanks so much! May the peace of Christ be with you! 


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Monday, October 9, 2017

Brother Daniel Salomon, GK ---Rediscovering Jesus Question (please be prepared to discuss these questions at our next meeting)

Dear Brother Knights,

Father Don, one of our chaplains and parish priests of Saint Clare's Catholic Church when asked how we can help him would like us to focus more on spiritual development. 

Please read the Prologue, Opening Thoughts and Chapter 1 in Matthew Kelly's book Rediscovering Jesus--An Invitation before our next meeting and be prepared to think about, pray about and share your answers to the following questions in the meeting. Know that sharing is optional. Only share what you feel comfortable and moved to share at the time. I will facilitate the conversation as Grand Knight.

"Prologue: Are You Jesus?"

How much is the sheer busyness of your life preventing you from living the life God is calling you to life?

Feel free to also answer the question differently if you feel you are not busy enough and share how God might be calling you to become more involved and how exactly? 

Even feel free to share your testimony if you feel God has already found the right balance of prayer, family responsibilities, church, work (defined broadly) and solitude and leisure in your life? 

"Chapter 1: New Beginnings"

In what area of your life is God inviting you to experience a new beginning?

"Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you."

Matthew 7:7

Prayer: "Jesus, help me to believe that a new beginning is possible."

Looking forward! Thanks so much! May the peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Brother Daniel Salomon, GK---Our Next Meeting is Coming Up On Monday 16th (Officers Meeting Too) and Community Service Hours Due this Friday

Dear Brother Knights,

Our monthly meeting is coming up on Monday October 16th at 7pm at St. Clare Catholic Church (Fireside Lounge).

There will be an officers meeting at 6:30pm before the 7pm meeting.

I will be posted the agenda sometime this week.

Please send your community services hours to me via e-mail by this Friday October 13th to

Looking forward! Thanks so much! Happy Columbus Day! May the Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Brother Daniel Salomon, GK: Prayer Request from Saint Clare Catholic Church

Dear Brother Knights,

As you know, one of the outcomes when we asked Father Don for help is that we help Father Don when we pray for his parish.

Please keep Saint Clare Catholic Church in your prayers.

Please especially pray for our very own Rick LeFaivre who was ordained a deacon last Thursday and will be ordained a priest this coming June. After this priestly ordination he will study one more year in Rome and then be assigned to serve in a parish here in the diocese.

Please keep Rick in your prayers.

Please pray for Father Don as he is away at the annual Priest's Convocation.

By all means, also keep St. John Fisher in your prayers too and your priests and deacons.

Looking forward! Thanks so much! May the peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Happy Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4) from the Grand Knight

Brother Daniel Salomon, GK: Our Next Meeting and Community Service Hours

Dear Brother Knights,

Our next monthly council meeting will be on October 16th at 7pm in the Fireside Lounge at Saint Clare's Catholic Church.

I will need your community service hours via e-mail in the categories of  Youth, Family, Council, Church and Community by Friday October 13th.

Looking forward! Thanks so much! May the peace of Christ be with you!


Daniel Salomon, GK

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Breakfast was a huge success!

$508 net
$254 for the parish
$254 for the council.

Thank you to the guys who came up from St. Anthony's to volunteer and help out- Brian, Joe, Steve and Scott. 

Thank you also to Dave Hullinger for cooking for us!

We ran out of eggs, sausage, and went through more than 25 lbs of pancake mix.  Ted Seeber ran out to the store in the middle to get a hundred more sausages and 10 dozen more eggs, and we ran out of sausages at the end and only had 2 gallon bags of eggs left, both of which went to our Grand Knight Daniel.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Breakfast Sunday, October 1 at St. Clare's

Still looking for a little more help!  Have some holes for 9:30am-10:30am- basically just handling the dining room during the rush.  E-mail if you can be there!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Results of SJF Breakfast, and St. Clare's Breakfast October 1

The SJF Breakfast was a success, raising $263 to be split 50/50
between Council 15485 and the SJF youth group.

Thank you all for volunteering!   Scott, Joe, Travis, Brian, and Steve
came up from St. Anthony's to help.

Due to having the help from St. Anthony's council, and the current
state of 15485's finances, we decided to be very aggressive with our
breakfast schedule.  I didn't realize how aggressive- September 24th
sounded like a long way from October 1st, but it's a week.

Our St. Clare's Breakfasts follow a different schedule.  There are
three shifts you can sign up for:
6pm-8pm Saturday Night Setup (Get your Mass obligation in at 5pm, then
join us, many hands make light work of initial setup so that we don't
have to do it Sunday morning!)

7am-10:30am Sunday morning- Ted will be opening up at 7am to start the
coffee process.  We will not be serving food until 9:30, so most
volunteers can show up at 8 for setup, or even go to 8:30 am Mass and
do the Judas Shuffle to let us know when the Eucharist is going on so
that we can have hot food for the rush.  And a rush it is, it is
during that 9:30-10:30 period that we will serve between 80-120

10:30am-2pm-  Come have breakfast first for working this shift, then
help with dishes and setup.  Mass is at 10:45, so we don't see the
Brunch rush until 11:45.  We only serve until 12:30, and we stop
cooking about 12:15 to start cleanup.  Always out of there by 2pm.

Please volunteer for whatever shift, or multiple shifts, make sense
for you.  I'll be there for all.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Minutes of Meeting Monday, September 18, 2017

Ted had a hard drive failure. This post will be edited and put out by 7pm on Thursday, September 21
GK opened the meeting with prayer, pledge, and card check.

 Officers Present: Our Lord Jesus Christ, Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, Treasurer, Warden, 1 year Trustee, 2 year Trustee

 Officers Excused: Recorder, 3 year trustee, Chancellor, Lecturer, Outside Guard , Inside Guard, Financial Secretary, Advocate

 7 brothers Present- no quorum.

Grand Knight's Remarks
At request of the chaplain, no more hand signals will be used during our meetings.  A Climate specialist will come in November to talk to us about the use of trees to mitigate carbon footprint.

Old Business

  • Breakfasts- SJF Breakfast this Sunday, September 24.  Mary Jane Weber will have the doors open for us by 8am.  Ken will post inventory and do shopping.  Ted will bring blueberries, butter, and some leftover sausages he's had since last breakfast.

    St. Clare's Breakfasts will be October 1 and November 5, and will have help from 3591.  Still need around 5 volunteers from our council though.
  • Need an Officer's meeting, will be scheduled for 6:30pm on October 16
  • Men's Conference October 20-21; will carpool leaving church parking lots at 5:30pm on Friday and 7am on Saturday.  Expect late nights.  We need a volunteer for St. Jorhn Fisher, Ted Seeber will organize St. Clare's .
New Business
  • Essay Contest kits will be delivered to Deacon Scott at SJF and Ms Sturges at St. Clare's
  • We will have a mini pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Saturday December 9th.  GK will research devotions.  
  • We will begin again with Rediscover Jesus book- Please read chapters 1-3 and think about the questions at the end of each chapter.  We will discuss at our next meeting
  • Brothers Michael and Tom presented a set of Vietnamese Embroidery Artwork for My Lam School.  3 are available at $90 each to go to this worthy cause.  Contact Tom Owens at
  • Brother Ken wishes help with the 100th anniversary of Fatima procession in Beaverton, starting at noon at the Post Office, marching to the lawn at the library.  Plan is to say all 4 mysteries of the Rosary.  SJF will hold a similar procession from SJF to the corner of 45th and Vermont, led by Brother Paul.
  • Brother Mike Devlin reported that the prayer cards and Fatima medals were a hit with the soccer kids at St. Clare Picnic.
Sick or in Distress
  • Bonnie Owens
  • Marie Damuguard
  • RIP Sally Quigley
  • Keven Schnibbner
  • Becky Griffo
  • Daniel's Parents, Voc Rehab situation, Wildfires, & Lola Cortez
Meeting was closed with a Hail Mary for all concerned

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Men's Conference is fast approaching

The 2017 Holy League Men's Conference for the Archdiocese of Portland is about a month away.  Get your tickets here  and join Council 15485 in carpools leaving from the St.Clare and St. John Fisher Church Parking Lot at 5:30pm on Friday, October 20, and 7am on Saturday, October 21

Friday, September 15, 2017

Congradulations to Dave Saunders

The Order wide October Church Drive has proven to be THE key to successful membership growth in Oregon. We focus on membership growth because each and every number represents one Knight who is making a positive impact in his parish and community. As Knights attract new members, they will help the Order become "the frontline of Catholic men who will strengthen and serve our Catholic Church."
It makes sense to look for new members in the place you're most likely to find them: your parish.
Every Council in your District is expected to plan and hold some form of Parish Recruitment Drive next month. If any Council in your District feels they cannot participate I need to know Why? This is important for you to understand so that we might provide the appropriate "fix" to their dilemma with their membership efforts.
As a reminder and for the new DD's I have attached the Drive Report you will use to report Parish Drive activity in October. I will distribute this again later in October.
Ask pastor's permission to hold a "Church Recruitment Drive Weekend" at the parish. * Contact your council's field agent to get his assistance. * Advertise the drive in the parish bulletin, making it clear that Knights will be available to talk to interested men and their families after all Masses on the given weekend. * Order your Church Recruitment Drive materials by submitting the form found at * Organize your members into teams. Make sure that at least one team is committed to covering each Mass. * Plan a First Degree Ceremonial within one week of the recruitment drive. If needed, use the First Degree Video Production available via Officers Online
NOTE: I mentioned advertising in the church bulletins. I really feel we should let the entire parish know that we are actively inviting Catholic men and their families to join with us. The parish needs to know it's 'Open Enrollment' next month and always.
NEXT STEP: Get this information to your councils (GK, FS and Membership teams) TODAY!
Congrats to DD #1 Dave Saunders. Holy Rosary Council #15605 is the first Oregon council to reach 100% of membership quota. Honorable mentions to DD #5 Bill Geary (Mac is 88%) and DD #7 Ken Anderson (Sweet Home is 75%)

Please know you are appreciated for all you do for so many. Always

Mike Woody
Oregon Membership Director
541-905-5009 cell

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Brother Daniel Salomon, GK---The Draft Agenda for our Monday September 18th Meeting

Dear Brother Knights,

This is the tentative agenda for our upcoming meeting at 7pm on September 18th at St. Clare Catholic Church in Fireside Lounge at the Parish Offices.

Opener for our Guests (2 min)
Call to Order, Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Roll Call of Officer (5 minutes)
Grand Knight Remarks: Dispensial of Hand Signals takes effect tonight but Grand Knight reserves the right to use the gravel and continue to use of titles to address each other, Father Don is fine with our implementation of the suggestions and Guest Speaker Proposal offered by Grand Knight (10 minutes)
Questions, Comments and Voting on Grand Knight's Remarks if necessary (10 minutes)
Approval of Minutes (5 minutes)
Lecturer (8 minutes)
Old Business: Reports (15 minutes)
New Business: Vote on date for Our Lady of Guadalupe Mini-Pilgrimage, Vote on Future, Time Frame and Format of Matthew Kelly discussion, Brother Tom and Michael Chow's fundraising and offer and vote, Brother Ken''s asking for help to put together a special Our Lady of Fatima public rosary and checking in about the Catholic Men's Retreat at Mt. Angel (25 minutes)
Good of the Order: (10 minutes)
Closing Prayer (5 minutes)
Optional for guests interesting in becoming Knights afterwards

Please feel free to email or call me about any questions or concerns about the agenda.

If I do not hear from any of you by Sunday night, I will plan to lead the meeting as planned above.

Thanks so much! Looking forward! May the Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon

Brother Daniel Salomon---Prayer Requests for My Sister's Pregnancy---For Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby

Dear Brother Knights,

My sister is pregnant with her third child and she recently suffered from some physical health problems. Please pray for the health of my sister and the health of her baby. Please also have Father McGivney pray for her.

Praises that my parents finally found a better living situation and please continue to pray for them as they have encountered some complications as they closed the deal. Please also have Saint Joseph pray for my parents.

Thank-you again for all your thoughts and prayers. Looking forward! May the Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Monday, September 11, 2017

FYI---Portland 40 Days of Life Events

40 Days for Life Opening Mass
with Bishop Peter Smith,
Fr. Lucas Laborde and many other priests!
Friday, September 15th
7pm at St. Patrick’s Church.
1623 NW 19th, Portland.
Please join us in prayer for this upcoming campaign for Life in our city. Bishop Peter is always an inspiring speaker on how to be a strong witness for Christ in our world.
Check out the Portland 40 Days for Life website for more information.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Prayer Requests and Updates from State

Dear Brothers

Past State Deputy, George Flake, had a stroke on August 21st. He is now in a Rehab Facility here in Redmond. He is doing better but will probably be there for a few more weeks. Prayers are requested that George recovery soon.

Brother and Sir Knight Robert Seymour, a long standing Knight of Council #1872 and Assembly 908, passed away.   Prayers are requested for the peaceful rest of his soul and support of the family.

Past State Deputy Jerry Brunelle died September 4, 2017 and his Funeral Service will be Sept. 22nd at Christ the King Church at 11709 SE Fuller Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222.  Rosary is at 10:30 and the Mass at 11:00.   A luncheon reception will follow.  An Honor Guard has been requested  and Sir Knight Tom Morgan of Assembly #2251 Milwaukie is the contact (phone 503-658-8709 or mobile 971-645-9188, email ). Honor Guard need to be there at least by 10:30.  PSD Jerry Brunelle was born in 1926 and joined the Knights of Columbus in 1956 in Christ the King Council #9257 and later in theMost Rev. William H Gross Assembly # 2251 in Milwaukie.  He was Oregon State Deputy 1985-1987 and Oregon District Master 1988-1992.

Andrew F. Robinson, Jr

Prayer Chairman

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Brother Daniel Salomon: Service Hour Due Dates for the Month of August

Dear Brother Knight,

Please send your service hours to me for the month of August via e-mail by September 14th. Please put them into the categories to the best of your ability: Church, Community, Council, Life, Family and Youth.

I apologize for the late notice. Looking forward! May the Peace of Christ be with you!

Thank you for all your amazing volunteering in the church and in the greater human community!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Brother Daniel Salomon: An Unhealthy Air Advisory Is Still In Effect Today

Dear Brother Knights,

An unhealthy air advisory is still in effect today for the City of Portland. Everyone, especially children and senior citizens and those with special sensitivities like respiratory issues, need to limit being outside and limit heavy lifting and exertion today.

It did break-up last night and earlier this morning however and is expected to break-up again tomorrow.

It is also being advised to keep all windows closed, to not use wood burning stoves and fireplaces and to not run vacuum cleaners and to drink extra water.

Continue to do what you need to do to stay safe and healthy and protect yourself and your family!

Keep you posted! My thoughts and prayers remain with you during this time!

May the Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Brother Daniel Salomon: Our Next Local Council Meeting

Dear Brother Knights,

Our next monthly local council meeting will be September 18th at 7pm at St. Clare Catholic Church in the Fireside Room. Our regular meeting time and location. Looking forward! May the Peace of Christ be with you! Thanks so much!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Brother Daniel Salomon: How is everyone faring the air quality advisory in Greater Portland today?

Dear Brother Knights,

Currently the air quality in the Greater Portland is in the unhealthy range because of wildfires. An air quality advisory is in effect.

Meaning if you have a heart or lung condition or any other health sensitivity you should be especially careful to limit your time outside and limit heavy exertion outside. Everyone is being advised to be careful when outside and working and engaging in physical exercise outside.

It is predicted that the air quality advisory will be lifted later today and tomorrow.

Please contact me via email or phone if you want to talk about it with me, pray about it and let me know how you are doing?


Please keep this situation in your prayers. Please ask Father McGivney to pray for the wild fires and our air quality situation.

Most importantly, please stay safe and healthy today!

Please stay up to date for any additional air quality advisories!

It is possible to Google "air quality of Portland, Oregon." 

Please look out the window to assess the situation before going outside!

Please do what you need to do to take care of yourself and your family!

Make sure to buy a face mask if you have not done so already and make sure a face mask is in your emergency kit.

May be the peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK


3rd call for cooks for St. Clare Parish Picnic!

If you can be there at 8am, please lend your strength and back to pushing the grill into place.  Beyond that, it would be nice if we could have an extra grill master or two so that we can rotate out to eat with our families.  It'll be a fun day, with Mass outside at 10am, cooking, all sorts of fun for the kids.  Cleaning the grill will now start at 1pm on our schedule, in hopes of having Al all loaded up and out of there by 2:30pm.

Please let Ted Seeber know at or 503-318-1508 if you can come to help, that way I can stop making these appeals!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

Brother Knight,
Thanks to your generous support, the Knights of Columbus has raised more than $500,000 toward disaster relief in the Texas area. You can read more about our efforts here
But donating isn’t the only way you can help.
Listed below is a link to our latest tweet on the disaster, which we urge you to share on your personal and council accounts. We are also linking to a flyer that may be shared online or printed and distributed around your community.  
#HurricaneHarvey @ twitter
Sharing these links will cost no more than a few seconds of your time, but they can make all the difference in the life of another. 
Please spread the word as we keep Texas in our prayers.

Click here to donate to Texas Disaster Relief

2nd Call for Volunteers for St. Clare's picnic! September 10, 2017

So far I have verified:
- Mike Devlin will do the soccer challenge and help us with setup, he'll have his own teardown to do.
- Daniel Salomon and Christopher Seeber on the Lego Church project
- Ted and Michael Chau on Grill setup, but could use one more strong back to muscle the Magicater into place. 8:00am.
- Ted on Grill cooking- could use 1-2 more grill masters from 10am-1pm
- Ted and Michael Chau on cleanup- could use 1-2 more people at 2pm to help clean the grill and push it back into its home.

It is requested that only Knights in Good Standing work on the Majicater- Al Tabayoyon from 3591 will be on hand to train us on his baby.

Prayer Request for Aunt and Uncle Effected By Hurricane Harvey in Houston

Dear Brother Knights,

Please pray for my Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Hershey who are stuck in Houston in the middle of Hurricane Harvey. Please pray for their safety, health and housing situation. They are an elderly couple and Uncle Hershey was already struggling with serious health issues before Hurricane Harvey. Please ask Father Michael McGivney to pray for them and for all the victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey and for clean-up and rebuilding effort.  

Also, please continue to pray for my parents as they are still struggling to find a healthy living situation. Please also ask Father Michael McGivney to continue to pray for them.

Thanks so much! May the Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dear Brother Knights,
Like you, I have a devotion to Our Blessed Mother.  Currently we are in the period of time that is 100 years since Our Blessed Mother appeared in Fatima, Portugal.  She appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta starting on May 13, 1917 and on the 13th of the next 5 months culminating in "the miracle of the sun" witnessed by 70,000 people on October 13, 1917.  I have a good DVD movie telling the story of this fascinating event which is available for loan to any of you - but a similar YouTube version is available here:

This event has been approved as "worthy of belief" by the Church.  And the message of Fatima is just as important today as it was 100 years ago.   Maybe more so.

I have been asked to organize a "Public Square Rosary" on Saturday, October 14, 2017 to celebrate this anniversary. Within the next couple of weeks, I should have the details figured out and will pass them on.  I hope many of you will be able to join me.

Our City, State and Nation desperately need the blessing of God.  Perhaps it is best requested through these events where our efforts demonstrate our faith and devotion.  Please prayerfully consider participating in a public rosary on October 14 at noon.  I believe it will be at Pioneer Square, but am not sure yet. 
Bro. Ken Paulsen

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Prayer Request Update for Lola Cortez---Please pray for her privately every day and please add her name to the St. Clare Book of Intentions

People at St. Clare are now praying for Lola Cortez privately on a daily basis. Please pray for Lola privately on a daily basis and please add her name to the Book of Intentions if it has not already been added whenever you visit St. Clare's. Thanks so much!


Daniel Salomon

Daniel Salomon: Able to Help-out with the Picnic

Thank-you all for making arrangements for the picnic while I was away. Yes, I am able to help-out with clean-up and Chris on the day of the picnic. Looking forward! Thanks so much! Peace of Christ be with you!


Daniel Salomon

Daniel Salomon: Back from the Eclipse and Can be Reached Now

I am now back from the solar eclipse and my family vacation. I am now available to be reached by e-mail, phone, when I am at St. Clare's and to set-up in-person meeting. Looking forward! Thanks so much! Peace of Christ be with you!


Daniel Salomon

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mark the Date, September 10th is the St. Clare's Church Picnic

We need the following volunteers:

  • 3 people at 8:00am to unload and set up the Magicator grill.
  • 2 cooks from 11:00am to 1pm to cook
  • 1 person to be with Christopher on the Lego Church Project
  • 1 person for the Soccer Challenge
  • 3 people 1pm-3pm to clean the grill and get it reloaded
Al Tabyoyon will be delivering the grill.  Ted will bring the Propane and be one of the three for the whole time.  Mike Devlin is taking the soccer challenge (we have a variety of prizes to hand out).  So we really just need 2 more cooks/setup/cleanup and somebody to do the Lego Church Project with Christopher.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

On HR3391

As I am sure you are all aware, HR3391 has now been signed into law by Governor Kate Brown.  This 1.5% sales tax on health insurance is a cynical attack on our undocumented worker community, encouraging abortion and contraception in that community under the guise of free health care.  This new law violates several Federal statutes about using tax money to pay for abortion, and since the sales tax also affects health insurance from the Public Employees Benefits Board, will take about $25 million out of the education budget to help pay for it.

At St. Clare's the next two weekends, the Stop Taxpayer Funding for Aboriton petition will be available after all masses in the Parish Library.  There is a second petition also circulated by Oregon Right to Life, that specifically addresses the sales tax on health care issue.  As 1 Year Trustee, I urge all Knights to sign these petitions, to allow us to have the debate in Oregon on whether or not this is a reasonable use of public funds.

Ted Seeber

Agenda from our Grand Knight for Monday August 21, 2017

Ted Seeber to officiate due to Daniel being on vacation with his family for the eclipse.

1. Call To Order, Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Roll Call of Officers (5 minutes). 
2. Daniel's Conversation With Father Don with Questions and Open Discussion on Making the Meetings more Informal (20 minutes). 
3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting (5 minutes). 
4. Lecturer (5 minutes).
4. Old Business: Reports including Brother Phil's report from Lebanon, Upcoming Events, the Future of St. John Fisher Rosary of Life (20 minutes). 
5. New Business: Archbishop and Bishop's Call to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions comes to St. Clare's, Discuss Dates for Our Lady of Guadalupe Mini-Pilgrimage, Open Discussion about how to Read and Prepare for and Time Set Aside for Matthew Kelly  Discussion (20 minutes). 
6. Good of the Order (10 minutes). 
7. Closing Prayer (5 minutes). 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Request for Prayers

 Dear prayer warriors,
 Ben, the son of Eddie who used to cook at Saint Andre Bessette when the St. Francis group prepared meals there for the homeless,  has been missing for 9 days. Ben is 17 years old. Please pray for Ben's safety and rapid return home.  His father Eddie is highly distraught and requests your prayers.  Eddie lived at our home for two years when he was homeless and Ben frequently visited us. He is a fine boy.
Bonnie and Tom

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pray for Mary Smith from St. Clare's

From the SIS group:

Mary Smith had a fall yesterday. Her daughters got her to urgent care and they were able to give her 10 stitches above the left eye and found a broken bone in her left pinkie.  In a few days she will get a cast on her left arm.  (darn it--- she's also left handed.)  She would so appreciate kind and gentle prayers for speedy healing .  Blessings to all the SIS  group!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A letter from Brother Tom

August 5, 2017

Dear family and friends,

Here is a note to update you on our recent happenings. As many of you know, Bonnie and I planned to put our house up for sale in August. We moved from a 4 bedroom home where we lived for 44 years into a small 2 bedroom apartment on July 1st. Our new address is 12505 SW North Dakota St., Apt 808, Tigard, OR 97223.Our apartment is great and only 3 blocks away from the house we lived in. That has make our transition much easier but we are still packing and unpacking a few boxes etc. daily.
On Tuesday afternoon, July 14, Bonnie tripped and fell while walking around in our house. She had been working with a lady from NW Organizers in decluttering. She hit her foot against a box or the corner of the wall falling hard to the floor on her left side.We called 911 and they took her to the emergency room at St. Vincent’s hospital for examination and treatment. She has a broken vertebrae in her neck and patella in her left knee, a dislocated little finger on her left hand (she is left handed so that adds to the complication), and pain in her other knee. Doctors put her in a brace for her neck and knee and gave her pain medication. She stayed in the hospital until the Friday the 21st when she was transferred to Maryville Nursing and Convalescent Center in Beaverton. She got PT and OT there and was released to come back home to our apartment yesterday. She will need to keep both braces on for about another 5 weeks. Please keep us in your prayers.
Bonnie had me and a steady parade of visitors, nurses, therapists and doctors coming daily. The treatment at Maryville was outstanding and we were blessed to be able to have her get in there. I have also been blessed with the help of my nephew, Michael Chau, and friends who have been so kind as to provide some meals for me. With the 3+ days of over 100 degrees this week we were fortunate to get 2 air conditioners installed before she came back to our apartment.
If you wish you can contact Bonnie any day on her cell phone 503.789.7313. She would be happy to hear from you.
Thanks for your continued love and prayers.

Tom & Bonnie

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bishop Fulton Sheen- a humor filled look at marriage from 1956

From when marriage was about raising children:

From our Seminarian, a report on his Pastoral Year

Hey Ted,

Just a quick update on the rest of my Summer. I complete my CPE Summer training session at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma and St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way at the end of next week. My last overnight, on-call, as the only chaplain at the hospital was Thursday night, my last verbatim (review of a patient encounter) was Wednesday, and my last daily rotation in the hospital will be Tuesday.  Yeah for the end. It has been an intense Summer. Since I am not paid, I guess that you could say that my time was voluntary, though I have to be here for formation reasons. If you wanted to count it, I averaged 50-hours a week for the last 11-weeks.

I am taking some time off for vacation with the family starting Friday 11th, but have to swing through Portland before heading back to Rome on August 29. I plan to be at the first Mass at St. Clare’s August 26.  Father knows that I will be there and I plan to serve as acolyte at the Mass. Please let others know that I will be in attendance, and that I hope to see as many people as possible.

As stated above, I fly back to Rome on the 29th of August, Starting the first Monday of September, we have two weeks of training on Marriage prep and other how to officiate the Sacrament, then some other stuff. I will be on a silent retreat from the 17th to 23rd, and then preparing, God willing, for my ordination to the Diaconate at St Peter’s Basilica on the 28th of September. I am still waiting for my official letter from Archbishop Sample, but I was given a verbal call to orders earlier this Summer. Please ask the Knights to keep me in their prayers, and as I will have you all in mine during the retreat. I will email a link to a website with photos, as well as post some on facebook.

I have been given my Pastoral assignment for next year, which is to serve at the US Naval Support Base outside Naples Italy, which I did my third year of theology. I will be down there for a weekend every three to four weeks. This time I will be able to do more at Mass and will be proclaiming the Gospel and doing the homily at one of the weekend Masses during each visit. I don’t think that Deacons have house jobs, except maybe to give tours, but I won’t find out for sure till I return to Rome.

Archbishop has approved my studies at the Angelicum again, this time to get my STL (Sacred Theology License) in Spiritual Theology. This was far off my radar, as at first I thought to do Moral Theology, and as recently as last September planned to petition for Thomistic studies - as in Thomas Aquinas. My thought was a paper on Thomas’ notion of marriage, specifically, the spiritual nature of marriage. Late September, I read part of the book “On Love” by Bernard Clairvaux. This caused me to look at expanding my paper topic to look specifically at what makes a Catholic marriage a Catholic marriage - or what is the spiritual nature of marriage. This would allow me to incorporate Bernard’s writings, but moved me out of Thomistic studies. Spiritual Theology seems the best fit for the paper idea I have, and on reflection may prepare me to be a better priest, as I think one of the priests more important roles is to help people have a relationship with God and that is what spiritual theology is all about.

Please pass this information on to the Knights. I apologise that I only made the one meeting whilst on Pastoral year, but it was a busy year, and I was working to set up a Men’s group at STM. Father King hopes that maybe someday it will develop into a Knights group.

Your servant in Christ,

Rick LeFaivre

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Deadline to get Volunteer hours in for July is August 10

And Ted reprogrammed the form to go to our new GK:
Report your volunteer hours here

Or of course, just glance at the form and write an e-mail to GK Daniel Salomon

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Next Meeting Will Be On the 21st Of August

Dear Brother Knights,

The next meeting will be on August 21st at our regular 7pm time at Saint Clare's Catholic Church in Fireside.

Brother Ted Saber will be serving as acting Grand Knight for the night as I will be on family vacation. I am drafting the agenda however.

I will return to be master of ceremony in September.

Looking forward! Thanks so much! Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Praises from Brother Tom

Dear Brother Knights,

Brother Tom's wife will be returning from the hospital soon. Thanks for all your prayers.

Tom is especially grateful to the three brother knights who brought him means.

Brother Tom gave me permission to share this.

Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Volunteer Request: St. Clare Picnic September 10

We're in charge of cooking again this year for the St. Clare Picnic, so please get it on your calendars.  I'm assuming it will be similar to last year.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Good News About Grand Knight's Sister Rachel

Dear Brother Knights,

Thanks for your prayers for my sister and thanks be to God.

My sister's tumor is not only benign, we also just learned this last weekend that Rachel, my sister, is now pregnant.

Please pray for my sister and her child.

Please also ask Father Michael McGivney to pray for my sister and her child.

Looking forward! Thanks so much!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Blessing to you during the heat wave

Dear Brother Knights,

I pray that all of you find a nice cool spot to weather the impending heat wave this weak. Peace of Christ be with you.


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Monday, July 31, 2017

Please Continue To Pray For St. Clare Catholic Church's Lola Cortez

Dear Brother Knights,

Please pray for St. Clare parishioner Lola Cortez and her continued struggle with lung disease. She is calming down and receiving help but her doctors are telling her she only has three months to live. Please pray for a miraculous recovery if it be God's will and Lola to receive comfort, mercy, encouragement, help and peace during this time.

Please also pray to have Father McGivney pray for her.

Thanks so much!

Brother Daniel Salamon, GK

Please Pray For Supreme Convention

Dear Brother Knights, 

Please keep this Tuesday's Supreme Convention in your prayers. 

Looking forward! Thanks so much!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Prayer Request for Grand Knight's Sister

Dear Brother Knights,

Please pray for my sister Rachel, for her tumor to be benign. Thanks so much!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Prayer Request from Bonnie Owens

 Tom and I have moved. Our new address is 12505 SW North Dakota apartment #808  Tigard OR 97223– 3288. Our phone numbers and emails remain the same.
I took a very bad fall last Tuesday breaking several things and was admitted to St. Vincent's  hospital and I'm now at Maryville room 173. I do not yet know how long I have to be here.   If you have time I welcome visits.  Tom would appreciate a meal fixed for him as we are still involved in preparing our house for sell.  His number is 503-789-7313 but he's having problems with his phone so if you want to bring a meal to him you can contact me 503-705-6966 and I will let him know. 
Tom has been diagnosed with mild cognitive deficit and memory loss. Prayers for both of us are very welcome.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Message from DD Dave Saunders

As you may know, I was in the hospital the last 7 days but am home now. Very briefly, I had "massive blood clots in both lung." Also known as a pulmonary embolism. I can give more details if you want at meetings.

I am behind in my work so if if promised you something or I requested something, you may need to remind me again or I you to send it in.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Prayer Request for Sir Knight Dave Saunders who is in the critical care unit. Prayers also for his wife Mary. Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Dear Brothers

Sir Knight Dave Saunders is currently in the Kaiser's Sunnyside Hospital in the critical care unit.  Prayers are requested for Dave and his wife Mary.  Dave is District Deputy for District 1 and a member of the Tigard Council 3591 and Assembly 1292.

Prayer Chairman

Andrew F. Robinson, Jr.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Grand Knight Needs Service Hours by July 13th---Thank-you for your patience with the short notice

Dear Brother Knights,

I will need your service hours by July 13th for the month of June because I will be out of town and not have email access between July 14-16. The hours are due on July 15th.

You can email your service hours to me in your usual format at

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

I appreciate your patience with the short notice as I am learning my responsibilities as your new Grant Knight.

Looking forward! Thanks so much! Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Meeting July 17, 2017, 6:30pm Fireside Room St Clare's

John Clare Council #15485
Meeting Agenda
July 17, 2017
               St. Clare Fireside Room
·        6:30pm Installation of New Officers
·        7pm Opening, Roll Call of Members, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call of Officers, Reading of Previous Minutes and Voting on Previous Minutes
·        7:15pm Grant Knights Remarks: Grand Knight’s Vision
·        7:17pm Open Dialogue on Grand Knight’s Vision
·        7:30pm Call for All Reports
·        7:45pm For The Good of the Order from Lecturer
·        8pm New Business: Call for Reports on Upcoming Breakfasts, Rosary of Lives and Other Events and Charitable Giving, Vote on extra Spiritual Development time during Meetings and vote on reporting times and format for reporting monthly service hours and planning council participation in Knights of Columbus Family Week, August 7-13
·        8:20pm: Prayer Requests for the Sick or Distressed

·        8:30pm: Closing Prayer 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Prayer for Lola Cortez ---Have Father Michael McGivney Intercede On Her Behalf

Dear Brother Knights,

Please continue to pray for Lola Cortez.

Please also pray to get Father Michael McGivney in Heaven to pray for Lola Cortez and intercede on her behalf.

Thanks so much! Peace of Christ be with you!


Brother Daniel Salomon, GK

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Prayer Request

 Dear Brothers,

We need to pray for Lola Cortes who is a member of St. Clare Parish who has been struggling with a lung disease which has taken a turn for the worse.

Daniel Salomon, GK

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Congradulations to new officers

Most of our officer list stayed the same, but Monday Night we elected the following four new officers:
GK- Daniel Salomon
3 Year Trustee - Marc Gregoire (Ken and Ted move to 2-Year and 1-Year respectively)
Advocate- James Hatch
Inside Guard- Evan Crader

Congratulations to these, and we request everybody's presence at 6:30 on July 17 for the Officer Installation before our standard business meeting.

Junque and Jewels Tear Down

As usual, Sunday at the Junque and Jewels Sale is $5 shopping bag day- everything you can fit in a shopping bag for $5.  Bring the family, stay until 3pm, and then volunteer for cleanup- where you might even find an extra Jewel or 2 as you are moving tables after the cashboxes are closed.  We need lots of men to move tables, so bring your families and come if you can.

Men's Conference Tickets

Click here to get your tickets for the Men's Conference October 20-21 in Mt. Angel- $53.74 per person.  Our Council will be organizing carpools from St. Clare's and St. John Fisher.

Monday, June 12, 2017

From Theresa Duda- Junque and Jewels Announcement

Thanks for volunteering to help set up for J&J. We will start at 0800 on Saturday the 17th. We will be moving tables, putting up shelves and signage, and generally getting things ready to go. 

If you aren't into heavy lifting, that's OK. Rest assured we have all sorts of jobs.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

St. Clare Junque and Jewels Sale Coming

We are off the hook for putting down the floor, but they would like help setting up the tables, Saturday June 17, 9 am.  We have a family who owns a large horse trailer this year willing to haul tables, so it should be a quick and enjoyable setup with only one load of tables coming down from the storage garage.

Also teardown, Sunday June 25th at 3pm.

Remember, each person who volunteers at least 4 hours setting up this event, or signs up to volunteer for a total of 4 hours, will get a ticket to the infamous volunteer's pre-sale on Thursday, June 22nd.

Finally, our meeting is coming up Monday, June 19th.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

a prayer request and a correction

First of all pray for Michael Chau, who recently had emergency surgery to remove his appendix.   Second, I had the wrong person.  Please e-mail Daniel Salomon ,, to volunteer for Saturday's Pentecost saetup at St Clare.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Upcoming events at St. Clare's

Can you believe it is already Pentecost?  Once again, Pia and BJ are arranging a neat party at St. Clare's.  But it will take volunteers on deck to make it happen.  The Knights are on task for setup after 5pm Mass and teardown Sunday after the ethnic sauce dinner.  Please volunteer if you are able.

Also happening, is the June First Saturday Adoration, featuring the Knights at 3pm for a Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a pro-life Rosary.  Ted will lead this one, but due to family commitments cannot lead it in July.  Come experience this prayer for life at St. Clare's, and consider leading it July 1st if you are able.  Benediction will be after the Rosary led by Deacon Bill at 3;45pm.

Contact Ted Seeber ( or Michael Chau ( to volunteer for either of these events.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Meeting minutes for Monday, May 15 2017

7:00 pm Call to Order
Warden’s Report
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance

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

 7 Officer 7 Brothers

Chaplain’s Message - Really appreciated the blueberry pancakes and the flower sale, and all the Knights do for the parish. Two requests: Help with setup and teardown of Pentecost celebration the evening of June 3 and the afternoon of June 4, help with setup and teardown of Junque and Jewels Friday June 16, Saturday Morning June 17, Sunday afternoon June 25. Ted Seeber CANNOT chair any of these events, due to his parent's upcoming 50th wedding anniversary, and so we are asking for volunteers.

Reading of Minutes

7:15 Grand Knight’s Remarks - We competed with ourselves over the past month. Next year, we should move breakfasts to avoid other events. When we have Christ working through us, it feels right, it feels good, we know it is right. Mary's fiat was right- when we serve as Knights and when we do it right, it shines brightly to the rest of the world. Thanks from Joanne for Phil stepping up to serve. When we are all working at the breakfast- it feels right. When we are one with the church, we know we are doing right and it feels right. Let the Lord keep working through us.
7:20 Treasurer’s Report
  • $1375 at 1st of Month- Includes Breakfast for St. John Fisher.
  • Now down to $873. Lots of outstanding checks.
  • Breakfast proceeds for St. Clare $473
7:25 Financial Secretary’s Report
  • 32 members - time to send letter of intent to retain for Dennis and Aerton.
  • St. Clare Breakfast - net $327, Stipend $164
7:30 For the Good of the Order
7:35 Updates
State Conference
  • Jim gave us a handout about the Conference.
  • Marriage for Life Decal can be ordered from
  • Daniel gave report:  I feel stronger as a Catholic Man.  Felt like when I was in Israel visiting the Knights Templar building.  Revival is really happening- going back to true Christianity.  Some disconnect between to the Magisterium and the Laity- impressed by the number of young Knights there.   Bridge the gaps between Knights of Columbus and Men's Groups.  Lake Oswego does spiritual stuff and retreat once a year.  Families and reaching out to men at the margins.  College Knights from UP, OSU, and UofO made a big showing.  Next year's convention will be at Boulder Falls Conference Center in Lebanon.  Holy League Men's Conference in Mt Angel this year, October 20-21, 2017; featuring Bishop Smith, Fr. Bill Casey, Doug Barry, Deacon Harrold Burke Silvers.  Sign up at   .    If we find a way to donate $500 to the RSVP program for vocations (to a seminarian) we can get $100 back from Supreme for our council.
  • State Deputy Sid Thiel is resigning.  New State Deputy Francis Mohr, Ron Boyce moving up to State Secretary, Steve Steele moving up to Treasurer, Michael Rooke moving up to Advocate, New Warden Radel
  • State Summer Meeting will be July 21-23, at the Boulder Falls Conference Center in Lebanon, we need 2 Knights to go from our council, who's up for it?
Pancake Breakfast
  • For next year, avoid Divine Mercy Sunday and Easter so we don't tire ourselves out.
Divine Mercy Cards
  • Competing with ourselves a bit, not much response
Carnation Sales
  • Need more Knights to do this. Had to depend on non-Knights at St. Clare's.
  • Gross $670, cost of flowers $263, for a $407 check headed for Mother & Child
Stop funding abortion initiative
7:50 New Business

Book study - Rediscover Jesus. A truly safe place to share. Our value of Fraternity is to be remembered in discussing such topics. Some ideas were put forth- starting at the next meeting, read one chapter a week. Contact Deacon Scott or Ted Seeber for a copy if you don't have one.

Choosing New Officers- Daniel directed to make this part of the next month's

8:05 Sick or in Distress - Ken Paulsen, Joanne, Bonnie Owens, Daniel's Job situation at Hoyt Arboretum, new vocational councilor, and for Daniel's Parents. Jean from St. John Fisher going in for heart surgery. And for another parishoner from SJF.

8:10 Closing Prayer

Next meeting June 19th