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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