Thursday, May 28, 2015

June 2015 Bulletin: Year In Review and Council Social!

Lead article from the June 2015 bulletin, online now.

Can you believe it? The fraternal year is over already!

With that, the State Convention was just held and we were lucky enough to take home some hardware. I wasn’t able to make it this year but Deputy Grand Knight Joe Vanhoorik represented us well. We took home 3rd Place for Outstanding Council Activity for the spaghetti fundraiser we held for Ivan. Even better than winning an award, Ivan was able to get the van he needed! Our Council won 2nd Place for Outstanding Youth Activity in recognition of all your hard work and commitment for the Christmas tree lot. Last but not least we won 3rd Place for Outstanding Church Activity for the rectory project. I have to admit that with all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that went into the Rectory, I thought 3rd was a little low. But then I drive by the rectory and see the Priests walking to their new home with smiles on their faces I think that is what it was all about, not an award. That project was probably one of the biggest projects undertaken in the State if not the Nation. The rectory team did an outstanding job of keeping the building on schedule and on budget. Many hours went into putting together a commemorative book which was sent to State. The book documented the rectory need and its building. Also, watch the Columbia magazine in the future, for there may be an article on this project in the upcoming months. This council amazes me with all our programs and accomplishments over the years. Nothing is impossible because of you, our members, by bringing your ideas and perseverance and seeing them through completion.

On another note my time has Grand Knight is almost over as the fraternal year comes to an end. I’m sure you are all excited to get rid of me and all my quirks! I just want to tell you all from the bottom of my heart I truly have enjoyed the last couple of years as Grand Knight. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about the Council along the way. I want to thank all of the officers for their hard work and dedication, with many of them doing double duties. I was proud to serve you guys and look forward to what is next on this journey. Thank you all for the help along the way.

God Bless.
Jim Wiegers
Grand Knight

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You and your spouse are invited to the
Knights of Columbus Council 4174 Awards Banquet and Social
 Wednesday, June 10, at St. Albert’s Parish Center

Come and enjoy some social time starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with awards to follow. Please join us! Please RSVP to council4174@gmail.com.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Sign Up Now to Help with Albertville Friendly City Days, June 12-14

Greetings Knights!

The AFCD beer tent event is almost here, and we still have shifts available to fill. Please sign up to serve beer and visit with fellow Knights of Columbus. I am not absolutely sure, but I believe the Venerable Father Michael McGivney himself would have signed up for at least two shifts.

Shifts are Friday, June 12, 7-10 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, June 13, 1 to 4 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, June 14/15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

 Attention! New this year, we are in need of your energetic older kids (or younger, focused kids) who can shag softballs at the softball tournament next door sponsored by the KofC. Your kids would shag foul balls, erratic throwing errors, home-runs, etc., during the games. 

Please go to the online signup page and add your kids in the comments line for ball shagging duty. Any questions or to have me enter your name for a shift, call or email me and leave your shift preferences, along with your name and phone number. See you there and God bless! 

Your Chancellor,
Gary Frandsen

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May 2015 Bulletin: Catholic
Prayer and Devotions

Lead article from the May 2015 bulletin, online now. Reprinted from the KC Supreme website.

The human heart is drawn to the divine.  Many people have a sincere longing for holiness and that is why they spend time in contemplation.

We are encouraged to cultivate a profound inner life, contact with Jesus Christ that is both personal and constant.  The Fathers of the Church have consistently said that without true friendship with Jesus, it is impossible for a Christian to fulfill the mission of the Lord.

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may help focus our attention on the nature of prayer.  Here is a sampling of what you will find:

What is Prayer?
Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from him in accord with his will.

It is always the gift of God who comes to encounter man.  Christian prayer is the personal and living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is infinitely good, with his Son Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit who dwells in their hearts.

How Does Jesus Teach Us to Pray?
Jesus teaches us to pray not only with the Our Father but also when he prays.  In this way he teaches us, in addition to the content, the dispositions necessary for every true prayer: purity of heart that seeks the Kingdom and forgives one’s enemies, bold and filial faith that goes beyond what we feel and understand, and watchfulness that protects the disciple from temptation.

Why is Our Prayer Efficacious?
Our prayer is efficacious because it is united in faith with the prayer of Jesus.  In him Christian prayer becomes a communion of love with the Father.  In this way we can present our petitions to God and be heard: “Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full” (Jn 16:24).

God Bless,
Jim 

For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ. 
-- Philippians 1:20