SERVICE TO THE CHURCH
Council: 1873 - HOULTON
We have Brother Knights that assist in the operation of the Church on a weekly basis. We have participants in the choir every Sunday. We serve as ushers and readers and communicants during Mass. Some of our members are instructors in the Faith Formation classes on Sundays. Four members count the collection every Monday morning and make the bank deposits in accordance with the Diocesan requirements. We serve in any other way that we can to enhance to Parish.
VISITING THE SICK
Council: 1873 - HOULTON
During the year we visit the sick and shut-in. Those that are Eucharistic Ministers bring Communion to those individuals n weekends and during the week. The sick and shut-ins are visited either at home , in the hospital or nursing homes or wherever they are located at the time.
Volunteer's St. Mary's Hosiptal
Council: 106 - LEWISTON
One of our Brother Knights volunteer in valet parking, this consists of greeting patients and visitors as they arrive at the hospital emergency enters and assisting with wheelchair if needed or direction to appointments. Complimentary parking is offered, in valet parking cars are parked and returned to entrance when patients and visitors are ready to depart the hospital.
One of our Brother Knights volunteers at the information decks three days per week were he greets and assist patients and visitors
As they arrive he may call the volunteer transportation department to assist patients as needed. One other Brother Knight volunteers in patient transportation department, all three of these volunteer positions are greatly appreciated by those in need of the service.
3rd Thursday Social/Pot Luck Game Night
Council: 114 - BANGOR
Each 3rd Thursday starts with Grace at 6 P.M. before the Meal is said. Afterward some announcements and then, the Pot Luck food line that attendees bring starts, and all set down for dinner together. Nice round tables of eight persons, great opportunity to share on what’s going on in each person’s life and family. The usual pot luck meal includes Lasagna, Jambalaya, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Tossed Salad, Macaroni Salad, Jell-O-Salads and for dessert cookies, brownies and ice cream. A big piece of the meal is the socializing/fellowship. The wives of the deceased Knights are always invited: approximately five attend each time, but sometimes they bring friends or family members, which really adds to the fellowship and game piece.
At 7 PM we gather to play a variety of games: Cribbage, Golf, 7 of Diamonds, until 8 PM. We all had a great time
The widows enjoy themselves, they really like participating with the Knights again.
A Simple Meal following The Stations of the Cross. 15791
Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH
Seven council brothers, their wives and other parishioners attended this year’s Stations of the Cross, and Simple Meal which was held at Saint Gregory’s Church and Hall starting on Friday February 16, 2018. As in years pass Fr. Peter of our Parish lead us in reciting the stations then joined us for a simple meal with the other parishioners. Doing something for Lent is very important for us as Catholic’s. Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, and the Stations of the Cross followed by a Simple Meal should be practiced by all Catholics. This year once again one of our council Brothers of Saint Gregory’s prepared the Simple Meals for those in attendance. Each one of the Worship sites have their own team of people who prepare and serve a Simple Meal following their Stations of the Cross service. We Love you and adore you Jesus!
Celebration of Life Ministry
Council: 2219 - WESTBROOK
In April 2017 the Maine Knights of Columbus held their annual Convention at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. The wife of our Maine State Deputy (Kay Gray) put on a class for jewelry making in which the wives were invited to attend. Each individual had an opportunity to make a bracelet and select a charm for their piece of jewelry. One of the charms offered was for Pro-Life (a circle with the Infant Feet), if purchased .80 cents of the proceeds that day would go to the State Pro-Life Ultrasound Machine Project, which purchase Ultra Sound Machines for the various Women’s Resource Centers. As chance would have it, or to put it more correctly (there is no such thing as coincidence), District Deputy #11 and his wife happened to have received a phone call from their granddaughter informing them she was pregnant and was struggling with her options should she choose to give life to this child as a single parent. Well God’s timing is perfect, the bracelet made that weekend was going to be sent to their granddaughter with a letter supporting her decision. The impact the bracelet had resulted in giving life to a beautiful baby girl in October. The bracelet was shown to their daughter who is currently a nurse at Maine Medical Barbara Bush Birthing Center, and immediately she thought of the Mothers Program at the hospital, what a wonderful gift this bracelet would be for the mothers, to help in the healing process in the loss of a child. After little discussion with the hospital staff, they asked if we could create a bracelet gender neutral. We designed two styles, one for mothers who experience the loss of a child, and one for mothers who chose to give life to their child, if so, they would like to start with 50 of the circle (feet charm with scripture), and 25 of the plain (feet charm).
The wife of District Deputy #11 Trudy Jones reached out to Carole Daniels the wife of the Grand Knight of Council #2219, and to Kay Gray the wife of State Deputy Norm Gray to design bracelets that would be appropriate for this project. With the development of the bracelets in process, funding would be necessary for this project to materialize it into a Major Pro-Life Event, so it was decided to present this project to the members of Council #2219 for startup financing. On June 12th 2017 this project was brought in front of Westbrook Council #2219 for discussion at the council meeting. The council approved $1,000.00 to fund this new Pro-Life Project, hence the “Celebration of Life Ministry” was started. Once the supplies were obtained a request for volunteers went out to all Council members, their wives, the Daughters of Isabella, St. Anne’s Sodality, and put in the church bulletin at St. Anthony’s Westbrook, plus the surrounding parishes in the area to help make these bracelets.
On June 19th, 2017 the first class was held in the hall at St. Anthony’s Parish in Westbrook and has continued every month since then making bracelets and putting together kits for this project, with an average of 25-35 volunteers of men and women attending these classes. We begin with prayer for the mothers who are to receive these bracelets, then divide the volunteers into two groups, one group works on bracelets, while the other group puts together kits for making these bracelets. The volunteers can make approximately 50+ bracelets, and assemble 100 kits in about a two-hour time period. As time permits District Deputy #11, his wife, the Grand Knight of Westbrook Council #2219, and his wife will assemble bracelets in their home to keep the process going. By the end of June, the first 75 bracelets were produced, blessed by Father and distributed to Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine.
In August 2017 District Deputy #11 Greg Jones and his wife Trudy began contacting the Hospitals and the various Women’s Resource Centers throughout the State of Maine, faxing information and informing them about this ministry, and much to our surprise it was well received. We visited the various organizations and distributed these bracelet to all who requested them, traveling from as far south as Sandford, to as far north as Bangor, listening to all the wonderful stories and meeting so many beautiful people who were happy to receive these bracelets.
Since the ministry began this Council has received $4000.00 in donations from many individuals and organizations, which does not include other fundraising events that are ongoing. The overwhelming amount of support has allowed us to distribute over 700 bracelets to the various medical and women resource centers in the southern and central part of the state. Each charm for these bracelets cost us $3.00, with .80 cents of the proceeds (total to date of $560.00) going to the State Pro-Life Ultrasound Machine Project. We continue to received request from additional resource centers throughout the state to be part of this ministry.
We have received nothing but positive responses with regards to this ministry, and the results have proven to have a positive impact. We know this to be true, because in at least two case the women made a decision to give life to their child as a result of these bracelets. The Celebration of Life Ministry’s goal is to provide every hospital, and Women Resource Centers in Maine with these bracelets, to have on hand, and to be given freely to any Mother who has experienced the loss of an unborn child, or who chose to courageously give life to their child. These bracelets help aid in the healing process of these family, so that no mothers ever experiences this process alone, it is our motto “We Care”.
Please see attached letters, & Pictures.
Council: 10019 - LEWISTON
Knight members Josh Roy and Matt Viens worked on the both the Holy Family Council 10019 Website and emailed the council newsletter from July 1st, 2017 to January 31st, 2018. They would both work on the newsletter and upload it to the council website and email it to the council and the Prince of Peace Parish Center to be printed out and mailed to those in the council that receive it by mail. This was done to step up and help keep the website running on a monthly basis.
Elderly Couple Move
Council: 114 - BANGOR
A parishioner contacted the Knights to see if they could assist with moving an elderly couple form their senior assisted living apartment on 06/19/2017. Eight brother Knights and the couple Arlene and Wayne’s family helped. We converged on the apartment at 8AM, we made continuous trips down the very long hallway to the U-Haul Truck. A couple Knights and one daughter stayed in the truck packing things, ensuring a tight safe load was maintained. In less than three hours the apartmetn was emptied and the truck full. The Knights secured the lock on the u-haul and the family especially Wayne and Arlene could not thank us enough.
A great community service project for the Knights of Columbus.
Helping a family in need!
Family of the Month Program. 15791
Council: 15791 - FALMOUTH
Several Council Brothers have worked jointly with myself once again this year in recognition of a Council Brother and his Family for their dedication to their Family, Church, Community and Council. The selections were made within the Parish Cluster Churches and Private Homes. As part of each monthly Business Meeting the Knight and his Family are presented with a certificate of appreciation for their dedication. This program has been very rewarding, not only to us but also to the Families that were chosen. Since we have started this program in council 15791 some four years ago, we have had several Families selected as Family of the Month as part of the 100 drawn by Supreme each month. God is truly good.
French Choir From Paris France Concert
Council: 114 - BANGOR
A Frnch Youth Choir were asked to come to Maine and Sing for our Parish to which they accepted and the Parish community provided overnight accommodations for about fourty youth and their chaperones in their homes. A few Knights opened up their homes to the youth and had a great three nights being involved with them, doing an assortment of activities.
The Knight’s hosted their arrival to the Church, provided drinks and fruit and snacks to them, while the host families were connected with the youth that would be staying in their homes for the visit. On Concert night, the Knights provided an old fashion BBQ for them all as well as the host families. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs were grilled, potato salad made and cold slaw, and we had Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.
A great three days was had by all of the participants and the Parishioners enjoyed the singing of these amazing youth.
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