Monthly Archives: March 2015

WHAT’S UP @ 6855 – March 30 to April 5

The Euthanasia Seminar last Thursday was very enlightening, and scary.  Alex Schadenberg and Dr. Margaret Cottle pointed out that “safeguards” as played out in countries like Belgium and the Netherlands effectively protect the doctors, not the patient.  We need to write our Member of Parliament to voice our objection and ask them to invoke the notwithstanding clause.  And pray!

Yesterday’s 4th Degree Exemplification was impressive with the sheer number of candidates and the well-orchestrated ceremony and banquet.  Congratulations to the new Sir Knights!  And kudos all around to Faithful Navigator (and 6855 PGK) Edgar Ursua, the Assembly 2485 Executive and their wives, and to the inaugural Fourth Degree Team, many of whom hail from our Council.

The call for volunteers for the State Convention this April 23 to 26 has gone out.  They need a lot of help setting up the banners on Wednesday April 22 starting at 6pm, and at the Registration Desk on:

Thursday April 23 from 8:30am to 1pm
Friday April 24 from 10:45am to 3:15pm
Saturday April 25 from 7:30am to 11:45am

If you can make yourselves available for the times above, please email me and I will submit your names.  It is a great opportunity to meet Knights from all over BC and Yukon.  Venue is the Sheraton Vancouver Airport on Westminster Highway.

This being Holy Week, we take a break from our bustles in order to prayerfully remember our Lord’s Passion and celebrate His glorious Resurrection.

I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Holy Week and joyous Easter!

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

March 30-31 Monday and Tuesday 7 to 9pm @ St. Paul Church
Confession

April 1 Wednesday 5pm @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Chrism Mass

April 2 Holy Thursday 7:30pm @ St. Paul Church
Mass of the Lord’s Supper

April 3 Good Friday 2pm and 5pm @ St. Paul Church
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

April 4 Holy Saturday 8:30pm @ St. Paul Church
Easter Vigil

COMING UP:

April 6 – Executive Meeting
April 8 – Marian Hour of Prayer @ Canadian Martyrs Church
April 11 – St. Monica Council Retreat with Sr. Josephine de Leon, OSA
April 13 – General Meeting + Election of Officers
April 14 – Family Rosary Night at Silva Residence RSVP 604-278-8031
April 15 – Marian Hour of Prayer @ St. Paul Church
April 16 – Fourth Degree General Meeting
April 17 – Dancercise
April 18 – Pancake Breakfast Setup
April 18/19 – Membership Blitz
April 19 – Pancake Breakfast and Blood Pressure Check

“The humble donkey, pressed into service, is a model of discipleship. Our purpose in life is not to draw attention to ourselves, to have a brilliant career, to aggrandize our egos; rather our purpose is to serve the Master’s need, to cooperate, as he sees fit, with his work.” — Fr. Robert Barron

Euthanasia Seminar

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Archbishop J. Michael Miller opens the seminar in prayer. We also prayed the Angelus at noon, and the Liturgy of the Hours after lunch. We need to pray, pray, pray to combat this evil.

We were happy to run into several St. Paul parishioners, our Assistant Pastor Fr. Nick and several former Assistant Pastors at today’s Euthanasia Seminar in the John Paul II Pastoral Centre. It was the first time for the presentation room to be open to the public.

The matters discussed were indeed alarming, but we know that Christ has already won the victory for us. All we have to do is claim it for our generation, in our space and time. We must!

More photos here

Euthanasia Seminar TODAY Friday March 27

Here’s info on how to get to the new John Paul II Pastoral Centre.
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March Madness Photos

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Knights vs Lifeteen Volleyball Challenge photos have been posted here.

More 40 Days for Life Photos

Cecilia Yuan sent us this link to more 40 Days for Life photos taken by Sammy Tong. Nice!

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WHAT’S UP @ 6855 – March 23 to 29

Champs again!  I should have been there to witness this.  As Bro. Tony Banting reports back, our 6855 team nearly swept the LifeTeens at last Sunday’s March Madness Volleyball Challenge.  We did have a secret weapon in the formidable Fr. Nick Meisl himself.  Thank goodness he’s a Knight!  Thanks to everyone who came out for this exciting… okay, maybe it was not as exciting if we so dominated the match… Congrats to Team 6855!

We open the week with our First Degree Exemplification.  Bring your candidates, folks.

And we close the week with the Fourth Degree Exemplification.  Our Faithful Navigator and PGK Bro. Edgar Ursua, along with the new Fourth Degree Exemplification team, has been diligently working toward this.

This Sunday is Food Bank Sunday, as well as Founder’s Day.  Let’s salute the founding spirit of our Order by being extra generous with our food donations for the Richmond Food Bank.  Easter is just around the corner.  Sharing our bounty this Sunday will ensure that everyone has an extra special meal to celebrate our Lord’s glorious Resurrection. Drop off items in the church foyer collection box as you go to Mass.

If anyone is interested in carpooling to the Euthanasia Seminar this Friday, do give me a call.

This Wednesday March 25th being the Feast of the Incarnation, let us join our other Council brothers at St. Monica Church for their Marian Hour of Prayer. Rosary precedes the Mass at 7pm followed by the Novena to Our Lady.

Have a blessed week!

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

March 23 Monday 7:15pm @ Parish Centre Room 1+2
First Degree Exemplification

March 23 Monday 7:30pm @ Canadian Martyrs Church
JC Golf Tournament Planning Meeting

March 25 Wednesday @ St. Monica Church
Marian Hour of Prayer

March 27 Friday 7:00pm @ Pope John Paul II Pastoral Centre
Euthanasia Seminar

March 28 Saturday 12:30pm @ St. Monica Church
Fourth Degree Exemplification; Banquet starts at 6:15pm after the 5pm Mass

March 29 Sunday @ St. Paul Church
Food Bank Sunday; Founder’s Day

COMING UP:

April 6 – Executive Meeting
April 7 – Knights Night:  A Family Affair
April 8 – Marian Hour of Prayer @ Canadian Martyrs Church
April 11 – St. Monica Council Retreat with Sr. Josephine de Leon, OSA (everyone welcome, $12 includes lunch)
April 13 – General Meeting + Election of Officers
April 14 – Family Rosary Night at Silva Residence RSVP 604-278-8031
April 15 – Marian Hour of Prayer @ St. Paul Church
April 16 – Fourth Degree General Meeting
April 17 – Dancercise
April 18 – Pancake Breakfast Setup
April 18/19 – Membership Blitz
April 19 – Pancake Breakfast and Blood Pressure Check

K of C Named as a World’s Most Ethical Company

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WHAT’S UP @ 6855 – March 15 to 22

Tomorrow evening is our Knights vs LifeTeen Volleyball Challenge.  We need lots of players and cheering fans to take on our younger and energetic opponents.  Players, please come as early as 7pm so we can sneak a little warmup and practice time.  And if you can, bring a snack or two to share with the LifeTeeners.  Good fun.

Our Council is co-sponsoring the Regional Training Seminar this Tuesday March 17 at St. Francis Xavier Church (438 Great Northern Way, Vancouver).  The topic is “How to Conduct a Successful Membership Drive” conducted by Supreme Membership and Program Consultant Brother Guy.  Executives are enjoined to attend this special training opportunity; here is the doodle link to register.  Please email me right away so we can carpool together to Vancouver.  I have room for 6 in my van.

And bring your kids to the Spring Break Basketball Clinic this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12-4pm so they can burn off that excess energy and not complain about being bored.  Calling all Brother Knights who are available to help out + have fun.

And as you go about all of the above and at the Pancake Breakfast tomorrow, invite a gentleman or two to join the Knights of Columbus.  Our next First Degree Exemplificationis coming up March 23.

One final call to all Third Degree Knights who would like to step up to the Fourth Degree.  Deadline for applying is March 21. Everyone is invited to join in the banquet celebration on March 28.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Email me for forms/tickets.

Finally, please keep in your prayers and extend your condolences to the family of the late Antonio Pimentel Sr., father of our Former Master, FDD and PGK Tony Pimentel.  The schedule of services are listed below.

Have a blessed week!

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

March 15 Sunday @ St. Paul Gym
Pancake Breakfast

March 15 Sunday 8pm @ St. Paul Gym
Knights vs LifeTeen Volleyball Challenge

March 16/17/18 12pm to 4pm @ St. Paul Gym
Spring Break Basketball Clinic for kids

March 17 7pm @ St. Francis Xavier Parish
Regional Training Seminar

March 18 6pm @ St. Paul Church
Vigil Prayers for the late Antonio Pimentel Sr.

March 19 10:00am TBC @ St. Paul Church
Funeral Mass for the late Antonio Pimentel Sr.

March 19 7:30pm @ St. Joseph the Worker Parish Centre
Fourth Degree General Meeting

 
COMING UP:

March 21 – Deadline to Apply for March 28 Fourth Degree Exemplification
March 23 – First Degree Exemplification; JC Golf Tournament Planning Meeting
March 25 – Marian Hour of Prayer @ St. Monica Church
March 27 – Euthanasia Seminar @ Pope John Paul II Pastoral Centre
March 28 – Fourth Degree Exemplification and Banquet
April 11 – St. Monica Council Retreat, all welcome $12 per person includes lunch
Starts with Mass at 9:30am and ends at 3pm
Retreat Master: Sr. Josephine de Leon, OSA,
St. Joseph, Squamish from Squamish BC
Email GK Rick de Guzman rick_mel@telus.net

WHAT’S UP @ 6855 – March 9 to 15

God sent us this beautiful day, and we have made it even more beautiful by our prayerful presence at the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil.  This being the midway point in the campaign, the occasion was graced by praise songs from Kathleen Dunn and an inspirational speech from Stephanie Gray followed by a few words and blessing from Archbishop Miller himself.  Listen to the end of Stephanie’s talk here.  Some photos have been posted on the website here.  More to follow as people send in their photos (keep them coming).  Thank you to everyone who participated in prayer and spirit.

We’ve been challenged by the LifeTeen-ers to a Volleyball Match this Sunday, March 15 after the 6:30pm Mass. Brother Knights.  Let’s show up and demonstrate that it’s all about experience, technique and having a good time!   We need some fans to cheer, too…

Pancake Breakfast coming up folks.  All hands on deck please, for setup and on the day of, thank you.  BP takers, too.

And Monday night is our one and only… General Meeting for the month.  Your presence and your input are what makes this Council unique and activated, so please be there.

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

March 9 Monday 8pm @ Room 1+2
General Meeting

March 10 Tuesday 8pm @ Nezil Residence RSVP 604-448-0868
Rosary Night

March 14 Saturday 10am @ St. Paul Gym
Pancake Breakfast Setup

March 15 Sunday @ St. Paul Gym
Pancake Breakfast; Blood Pressure Check

March 15 Sunday 8pm @ St. Paul Gym
Knights vs LifeTeen Volleyball Challenge

COMING UP:

March 17 – Regional Training Seminar @ St. Francis Xavier Parish
March 19 – Fourth Degree General Meeting
March 23 – First Degree Exemplification
March 25 – Marian Hour of Prayer @ St. Monica Church
March 27 – Euthanasia Seminar @ Pope John Paul II Pastoral Centre
March 28 – Fourth Degree Exemplification and Banquet

“The authentic dwelling place of God, the sanctuary that replaces the corrupt sanctuaries of religion is the temple of his crucified and risen body. Jesus himself is the place where God dwells, and we, in the measure that we are grafted on to him, are temples of the Holy Spirit.” – Fr. Robert Barron.

Thanks to you, my son is alive!

Definitely not Vancouver, BC.  This is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Definitely not Vancouver, BC. This is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life Campaign Director writes:

You may never know how God used you to save a baby from abortion … but occasionally He will show you!

When we report the number of babies saved during 40 Days for Life vigils, we always add the phrase “that we know of.”  There are many women who change their minds and leave the abortion centers or simply keep driving and never go in for their appointment.

Occasionally, though, 40 Days for Life volunteers find out much later that a life was spared. A young woman will approach them with a small child, a big smile … and a huge “thank you!”

It’s a beautiful occurrence and one that makes it all worth it. Here’s one of those stories …

When a young mom in her early 20s who lives in the surrounding neighborhood came down the street carrying her son on her hip, one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers greeted her as she was passing.

She responded with “Hello!” and then added, “Thanks for what you do,” as she continued to walk by.  Then suddenly, she stopped, turned and said, “Thanks to you my son is alive.” 

During Lancaster’s fourth 40 Days for Life campaign in the fall of 2013, she came to Planned Parenthood determined to sign up for an abortion, which she was convinced she wanted and needed. When she saw the volunteers praying outside the building, she avoided them and went inside. After completing all the required paperwork and “counseling,” there was nothing left to do but watch a short video.

“She went into a room, sat down alone and started the DVD,” said Bob, the local leader in Lancaster. “But she couldn’t get those who were praying out of her mind. Suddenly, she realized that they were right … ending the life of her unborn baby would be a tragic mistake.”

She stopped the DVD, got up, left the building … and never looked back.  Her son is now a healthy one-year-old and is deeply loved.

“From those considering an abortion, to those suffering with the pain and brokenness of an abortion, to those simply driving past a vigil,” Bob said, “we simply don’t know how many hearts and lives are touched by 40 Days for Life campaigns … in Lancaster and across our nation.”