"Pasta for Priests" Fund Raiser for Seminarians
Council: 13181 - SABATTUS
Brother Knight Norm Provencher represented our Council at the “Pasta for Priests” fund raiser at the Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. This event was initiated by Father Nadeau in an effort to raise money for our seminarians. Brother Knight Robert Michaud and Norm Provencher attended planning meetings. Robert assisted our District by printing promotional information to be distributed to all the Councils and Brother Norm participated in the cooking and clean up of the supper.
40 Days for Life during Lent
Council: 114 - BANGOR
Brother Gerry Thibodeau in very supportive of protecting the unborn child, he works diligently on the Maine Right to Life Committee, as well as the 40 Days of Prayer here in Bangor.
For the purposes of this surge report, just wanted to highlight his involvement with the Knights in Augusta, where he has been traveling back and forth form Brewer to participate in Prayer during their:
On 40 Days for Life in Augusta (lent)
I am doing 2 hours each week, praying the rosary etc. traveling to Augusta and back each time.
In addition, Gerry is the council Newletter editor, where in each bi-weekly newsletter he publishes an article concerning Culture of Life.
One Brother making a difference one Prayer at a time.
All Saints Catholic School End of Youth Summit BBQ
Council: 114 - BANGOR
One again the Religion Education Director Tracy Guerrette reached out to the Knights of Columbus to put on an after Summit BBQ. The families provided side dishes and dessert and the Knights prepared the BBQ and provided the servers and clean-up crew. The youth and parents played games and field event throughout the afternoon. Everyone was a in a great mood, and were ready to eat once the meal began. Fr. Murray did a Blessing and all got in line for a great prepared meal.
All and all a fantastic event filled with wonderful moments.
Thanks Knights, a job very well Done!
Baby Bottle Drive
Council: 12941 - BIDDEFORD
In the spring of 2017, the council held a successful baby bottle drive to fundraise for a worthy Culture of Life cause. Starting before Easter a couple of Brother Knights and a key helper went over the council’s baby bottle supply held over from the year before. They inspected and cleaned those on hand and ordered 10 dozen more new. Th bottles were labelled and tagged to explain our intent. By Mothers’ Day we has over 600 bottles ready to distribute. At the same time the council added weekly notes in the parish church bulletin to alert parishioners to what we were doing and advise them as to our fundraising purpose.
Beginning on Mother’s Day and for two weeks after, several Brother Knights and helpers passed out the baby bottles that parishioners could fill with change at home. They also had available envelopes for those who preferred to make folding money or checks. There was a solid response for the drive and nearly all the bottles were distributed.
On Fathers’ Day and for the two weeks following, the same helpers collected bottles filled wiwth donations before and after Mass in conjunction with short church bulletin reminders to bring bottles back to church. Most bottles were returned by then but they continued to be dropped off by ones and twos all summer. The council ended up taking in over $7500. Finally proceeds were donated to Alpha Pregnancy Center in Portland to put toward the cost of upgrading their website for better outreach to those in need of their services.
Council: 13181 - SABATTUS
Brother Knight James Ingalls gave blood at a blood drive in August of 2017. James is a regular blood donor and does so to support life in our community.
Council: 10221 - GORHAM
St. Anne’s Council joined with the American Red Cross to hold its first of three drives for 2018. We collected 23 units of blood.
Blue Mass - Honoring First Responders
Council: 114 - BANGOR
St. Paul the Apostle Parish hosted a Blue Mass on September 10th, 2017, Bishop Deely was the Celebrant and Homilist, Monsignor Dubosi was Master of Ceremonies. Five Deacons attended the mass, as well as several Priest.
Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Poliquin, Bangor City Mayor Baldalcci and other dignitaries joined in the Public Safety Community Blue Mass.
Well over 100 blue uniforms, that being: firefighters, law enforcement, Forestry, Wardens, and other public safety persons attended.
The mass was full and their were Honor Guards from each service department marching into mass carrying the colors and posted them prior to mass.
The Pine COne COuncil 114, Knights of COlumbus prepared and hosted an after Mass reception for all to participate in.
Great tribute to so many wonderful human beings.
Celebration of Life Bracelet Making Session
Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK
On February 27, 2018, Council 2219, held another Celebration of Life Ministry Bracelet making session, from 6pm to 8pm. Request for volunteers was advertised in the Sebago Lake Region Parishes Bulletin. A total of 26 volunteers, from various parishes in cluster 23, along with three parishioners from St Maximillian in Scarborough, ME. Also attending were 7 Brother Knights from Council 2219. Five people were involved in making kits which consisted of counting all items needed to make the bracelets. One hundred kits were put together within the 2 hr. session. The remaining volunteers were set up in another area and made the bracelets and upon completion each were placed in a gift bag ready for distribution. A total of 40 bracelets were made at this session.
Charities Raffle for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East
Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH
Brothers of Council 15791, parishioners, and sponsors of the community helped our council within the Parish of the Holy Eucharist sell tickets within our council, parish and community. This ticket sale happened between February 8, 2018 through February 27, 2018. Our District Deputy Ray DiDonato; in conjunction with Knights of Columbus Council 101, Portland, Maine were selling Annual Charities Raffle tickets to raise money for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. They had only 200 tickets to sell at a cost of $100.00 each. First prize was $5000.00, second prize was $1500.00 and third prize was $1000.00.
As of the writing of this report we have sold 10 tickets for a total of $1,000.00 which will be turned over to our District Deputy Ray DiDonato. If each Council within District 13 sells their tickets, a large donation will be made on behalf of District 13 to support the Christians in the Middle East. Knights in ACTION not only as a Council but as a District. Thank you Grand Knight Mike Crowley and all the donors for donating to this most Worthy Cause.
Cub Scout Blue & Gold
Council: 2358 - LISBON FALLS
The Pack 109 Cub Scouts of Lisbon Falls, ME held a Blue and Gold Banquet at Holy Trinity Church. The event was a banquet dinner with a full meal, dessert, an awards ceremony, as well as entertainment which was a birthday celebrating the Cub Scout Community Birthday. Each of the scouts received a birthday present pertaining to a scouting use, such as a flashlight, etc. This is a community celebration of the Cub Scout program. This is an event held annually that celebrates the birthday of Scouting in the world. This event showcases how hard our scouts work each year to earn their rank badges. A great way to share the community spirit!
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