Book 2008 “IN GOD WE TRUST” December
CHRISTMAS is but a few days away as I prepare this edition of “the brief”. I am sure Advent, the season of anticipation and preparation has been busy for your family as it has been for mine. It has had its good times and times of reflection as some of our friends and friend’s family members have left to spend their First Christmas in the Presence of Christ and His beloved mother. This is certainly something to reflect on. Lady Jan and I extend to you and your families our very best wishes for a Blessed Christmas.
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER CORRECTION: Last month I mentioned assembly monthly news letters conveyed via the internet to save costs and expedite delivery. I referenced the good job done by the Bishop Fitzgerald Assembly and gave their website address for a look-see. The website address was in error. Sorry! The correction is as follows: www.kofcasm548.org
SPRING EXEMPLIFICATION: Most of the planning for the April 18th exemplification is in place. The Nicollet Assembly exemplification team has done a great job with the facilities, meal menus and events. The exemplification will be dignified and fun. Most of its success is in your hands. We need candidates to be exemplified and membership and ladies to attend for a successful exemplification. Please encourage the Candidates to bring their Lady to the exemplification and to attend the Ladies luncheon. A great program has been planned for them and they will be recognized and felt welcome. I know times are tough but with a little planning we can enjoy each other’s company while we welcome the new Sir Knights and their ladies. Exemplification packets will be mailed to the assembly leaders by early January. NOW is the time to make your room reservations at The Northland Inn. Telephone 763-536-8300, tell the receptionist you are with the Knights of Columbus and want to make a room reservation. Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!
DIST. MASTER’S KC CALENDAR:
Jan 5th – Renewal of Obligations – Bird Island Assembly
Jan 5th – Renewal of Obligations – Buffalo and Minneapolis Nicollet (By FM Phil Harter)
Jan 6th – Renewal of Obligations – Anoka/Fridley
Jan 8th – Renewal of Obligations – Mother Teresa – Dakota County
Jan 11th – Renewal of Obligations – Brainerd, Little Falls & St. Cloud
Jan 13th – Renewal of Obligations – St. Paul
Jan 15th – Renewal of Obligations – St. Peter, Mankato, Waseca, New Ulm
Jan 20th – Renewal of Obligations - Willmar
Jan 21st – Renewal of Obligations – Bloomington
Jan 22nd – Renewal of Obligations – New Prague & Shakopee
Jan 24th – Renewal of Obligations – Rochester/Winona
June 2, 2009 – Installation of Officers – Anoka Good Shepherd Assembly
June 8, 2009 – Installation of Officers – Minneapolis Nicollet Assembly
June 9, 2009 – Installation of Officers – Buffalo Christ the King Assembly
THE US ARMY 34TH INFANTRY DIVISION will deploy to Iraq soon. A Mass for the solders and their families is scheduled for January 10th at St. Joseph’s Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave. W, Rosemount, MN Archbishop John Nienstedt will be the celebrant. An honor guard will be held under the direction of Honor Guard Commander Conrad Adelman of Mother Theresa Assembly. Assembly time is 4:30 p.m. for the 5:00 p.m. Mass. You are invited to participate in the honor guard, extend your appreciation to the soldiers and their families and pray for their safe return.
HONOR GUARDS: Faithful Navigators, normally the assemblies in the Minnesota District have many requests for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Liturgy Honor Guards. Please confer with your Guard Commanders and Deputy Commanders and express the importance of their communication with the Mass celebrant or his representative before instructing the Honor Guard of their duties. The procedure is not always the same and there may be special requests of the clergy.
FRATERNAL SURVEY FORM NO. 1728: Faithful Comptrollers the completed form 1728 for the calendar year ending December 31, 2008 should be mailed to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Services, the Vice Supreme Master and the District Master by January 31, 2009. If by chance you don’t have the mailing addresses please let me know and I will get them for you. Your promptness will be very much appreciated.
DOME FUND: Many of the assemblies in the District have paid the requested contribution of $3 a member to the Dome Fund. Some assemblies are still working on it. Thanks to all of you that have given your support. A few assemblies have paid $1,000 or more and have inquired about the plaque promised by the Supreme Master. I may be wrong but think the plaques will be awarded after the campaign is completed June 30, 2009. This gives ample time for some assemblies in the District to catch up on their participation. I’m sure their will be some publicity when the drive is over.
FAITHFUL FRIARS: The question often arises regarding Ordained Deacons and can they serve as the Faithful Friar of an Assembly? The answer is no they cannot. They can however serve as the “Spiritual Advisor” of an assembly.
MEMBERSHIP: Faithful Navigators and Comptrollers the assembly membership goal this year is a net increase of 9%. I hope your assemblies have established recruitment teams and Sir Knights of your assemblies carry a Form 4 with them and have been instructed to talk “Fourth Degree Membership” when visiting with or meeting a Third Degree Brother.
VAVS EMAILS: Faithful Navigators in the months to come I will be forwarding to you emails pertaining to Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services that I have received from the Veterans Administration. They will pertain to many opportunities available for American Veterans including medical and financial opportunities. Please take the time to filter through them and bring the message to your assembly Sir Knights keeping in mind that not all the veterans are in there 70’s or older. For example I have a son that is a Veteran. He is not a KC and does not qualify to become one at this time but he does qualify for Veterans benefits. I am sure many of your assembly members are or have family or friends that are Veterans.
WHITE CHRISTMAS (gloves): I think most of you agree we will have a White Christmas in the Minnesota District, but will we have “white gloves” in the many Honor Guards we serve in on Christmas Eve and Day? Maybe this is a good time to take a look at our regalia. Have we taken the cape from the carrying case and hung it up to get the wrinkles out of it? Have we looked at our gloves? Are they white or gray? I’ll tell you what I do. When I get home following an honor guard I take my cape from the carrying case and hang it up. It is a reminder to take my gloves, put them on and wash my hands with my gloves on, than rinse them and hang them up to dry over the shower. If I don’t have the time to wash the gloves when I get home I place them on the top of the shower so that when I take my shower I also wash my gloves. Do what ever works for you but let’s have a “white glove Christmas”.
Again my best wishes to you and your family for a Very Blessed Christmas. May God bless you in your efforts to build His kingdom and may he continue to bless America. If I miss seeing you in an honor guard on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day then I look forward to seeing you all next year.