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Building the Domestic Church Faith Formation Youth BBQ

02/22/2018


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

The Faith Formation Director-Tracy Guerrette contacted the Knights of Columbus to see if they would host a “End of the Year BBQ” for Pre-K through Grade 5 and their families. The Knights purchased hamburgers and hot dogs and all the condiments and the families brought in side dishes and drinks. The event was a huge success building bonds between families and our faith community. The Knights did a great job with the meal, keeping the hamburgers and hot dogs cooked and ready to go for all to enjoy. The school prepared some family games and the entire event was successful.

For the second Year in a row Pine Cone Council Knights made it happen in a BIG Way on this event, Great JOB!




Christmas Party

02/22/2018


Council: 106 - LEWISTON

Project Description:

A Christmas Celebration was planed for the members of Council 106. Invitations were designed and sent out with the council newsletter in October. Between October and the night of the event one of the members and his wife went out and purchase 13 $10 gifts to plan a game that was play after the meal for entertainment. They also came up with beautiful centerpieces of a glass with a candle inside and a hand made shade of Vellum paper with the nights of Columbus logo and a Rev. Louis J. Fortier Council 106 Christmas Party 2017 on it. It also had little felt green Christmas tree wrapped around the base of the glass. During the social hour the guest were greeted and enjoyed cheese and crackers and vegetable tray with dip. A cash bar was also served. Special guest invited were priest of Prince of Peace Parish and the two recipients of the Tootsie Roll Drive money we had collected. East quest was served a salad followed by a choice of fish, chicken or the four Italian delight dish. After dinner the guest enjoyed a variety of mini pastries. Then the fun began with pick the hearts. A board was set up with a deck of cards all flipped face down. Names were drawn and they had to come up and turn one of the card and hoping to get a heart card from an ace to the king. If the guest turned the 5 of hearts they received the gift of the gift table that had a 5 of hearts card on it and got to open it in front of everyone. The guest that did not get a heart card there names went into a drawing for all of the centerpieces that were on the tables. Everyone enjoyed the game and each other on a happy occasion. While the guest were leaving they were each given a gift of a duffle bag to enjoy while traveling. Instead of having a swap game guest were able to make a donation to the Coats for Kids fund or bring in new hats, scarves or mittens.




INSIDE STORM WINDOWS

02/22/2018


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

During the summer months, our Church in Houlton receives a number of youth from Massachusetts that volunteer their services. Our Church builds inside storm windows for poor and elderly members of our Cluster. These windows are wood frames with heat shrink plastic on both sides and weather stripping around the perimeter. They are easily installed within the frame of the window. Via the Church bulletin, solicitation is made for window sizes and directions are given for the measurements. They are easy to install, no climbing and are easily removed in the spring. They are completely re-useable. The inserts reduce drafts and cut heating costs for the families that receive them.
A brother Knight volunteered to deliver 12 of these inside storm windows to Island Falls and Sherman which are the western most towns in our cluster.




JULY 4TH WEEKEND

02/22/2018


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

Our biggest fund raiser for the year is the annual July 4th Celebration. The town host what is called Mid-night Madness. Our Council sets up a barbeque in the town square approximately 10 Am and close at about 10 PM. We set up everything around the grill, including our banner to announce who we are. later in the day, the faith Formation Group joined us with face painting and games for the kids. WE sell sweet sausage subs with toppings plus the traditional red hot dogs and chicken patty sandwiches. We also sell cold water. It is a day long event and we get to met everyone in town,, and of course we advertise the Knights.
In addition, on July 4th, the annual parade starts and stops at the Church parking lot. WE setup at the street corner next to the Chamber of Commerce that sponsors the parade. We setup the grill again and sell more as the only vendors at the site. At the end, the food is becoming free and we just feed the large families that wouldn’t normally afford to buy out for the kids. We finish with a special lunch for the workers with gourmet burgers and whatever else we can scrounge for dessert. For the parade, our Parish Priest joins us for the event. Deacon is one of the cooks. We all sit and relax at the end of another Madness event weekend.




Murphy Home Christmas Party

02/22/2018


Council: 106 - LEWISTON

Project Description:

A Christmas Party was organized for the Murphy Home residents of our area. 200 tickets are distributed by the activities direction of Murphy Homes to the residents wanting to attend. Two couples go out and purchase all of the food and also all of the gifts that will be given out the day of the event. This year on the Saturday before two members prepared 16 pounds of mac and cheese to serve the next day. It was all made and put into warmers so that we could just warm everything up the next day. On that Sunday members went and set up tables and chairs and food line tables. A group of members and wives and family members went to the hall of the church on Sunday morning and started to make 600 finger rolls, coffee punch and chocolate chip cookies. The residents started coming in at about 11 am and enjoyed a social hour with some of the other residents and caretakers. At noon a member of another council was asked to give thanks as he was with us to see what we were doing as he had heard all about it from other people. Dinner was served by the wives and members from noon to 1pm. During this time a DJ was hired to play soft music while everyone was eating and after the meal all enjoyed music to dance to until the arrival of Santa played by our Deputy Grand Knight. Santa sat in a big chair and started to give out a gift to each resident and small children attending with them and children of members. Each resident received a beautiful black duffle bag with a special place to put sneakers. Most of them were saying I have a new bag to go to Special Olympics. After Santa left and said his good buys they all continued to dance for another hour. While they were dancing we cleaned up and wrapped the extra food and good it to a homeless shelter to feed others in need.




PREGNANCY CARE CENTERS OF AROOSTOOK

02/22/2018


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

A member of our Council is a medical doctor. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook. Their function is obvious by the name, they aim to provide health care for pregnant women. The Board of Directors meet monthly to handle issues associated with the facility. Our Doctor is one of our biggest supporters of the Right to Life effort for the Council as well as our Church.




SOUTHERN AROOSTOOK AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

02/22/2018


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

A member of our Council volunteers at the local agricultural museum. Tasks include setting up and changing the museums road sign. The grass is mowed every seven to ten days depending on the weather. Miscellaneous maintenance items are incurred with the buildings and grounds. The member is also responsible for the computer systems, the alarm system as well as phone. The member is also involved with setting up a new display that is to include a computer based video interface that will accompany the new display for the museum. WE are also working to enable wireless video display inside the meeting rooms to enable presentations by different users of the facility via our wi-fi system.




BREAKFAST FOR CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

02/21/2018


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

The Council prepared the breakfast for the children that made their First Communion and Confirmation and their families. This is so they can gather as a group and have breakfast with the Bishop. Donations help defray the cost of the breakfast. Any profits from donations, that money is held in escrow for the Faith Formation activities.




CELEBRATION OF MARRAGE DINNER

02/21/2018


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

Council 1873 hosts a yearly Celebration of Marriage Dinner just before Valentine’s Day. This year the dinner occurred on Feb 10th. The menu for the dinner was steak and lobster. The menu choice was either steak, lobster or both, with dessert. We served a petite, boneless rib eye steak or 5 oz. lobster tails. Menu also contained mashed potato’s, broccoli and rice pilaf, with clarified butter for the lobster. We had one couple that were vegans and we prepared a vegan meal for them. Dessert is traditionally strawberry shortcake. The charge is $20 per person as we have some singles that do attend.
To encourage attendance this year, we provided a sitting service for the parents. We had a movie night for the participants children. Pizza was provided along with drinks for the kids. This was provided at no additional charge for the event. This looks to become a regular feature as it was so popular. The older children from the Faith Formation Group of the Parish assisted with serving the food. This allowed them to earn service time for their individual projects.

This is not considered to be a profit maker for the Council. This is intended to be a nice dinner out for couples in an area where better dinning is harder to obtain. If we break even we are excited




GIFT CARDS

02/21/2018


Council: 1873 - HOULTON

Project Description:

The Council provides gift cards to Wal Mart for parents of new born children that are Baptized in the Church. We had run out of our initial batch of five cards and re-procured an additional five. The gift cards are a “Thank You” for choosing life, helping in a small way.




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