As we head into March, many, if not all of us, are ready for old man winter to loosen his grip on the weather and let spring begin. Spring is a time for renewal as we watch mother nature start to bring the outdoors back into full color. We, too, start off with our Lenten preparations as it leads us to the Glory of Easter Sunday.
Here are some of the remarks that I wrote in last months Newsletter hoping to get folks thinking about the Lenten Season. This time of year everyone thinks of giving up their favorite food, beverage, or snack, as a sacrifice to prepare for Easter. Preparing for Easter is not just making these regular sacrifices. There are many other things one can do to prepare for Easter - assist at an Elderly Bingo, help at our weekly bingo, visit a sick Brother Knight, friend or family member, do something nice for another person, put down that smart cell phone or give up that social media application to spend more time with your family, or say a rosary with your family once a week during Lent. Making a sacrifice does not have to be a painful event in ones life; the gift of time to someone or something can be rather rewarding and even fulfilling. “Try it, you’ll like it.”
As a reminder, the Council will be hosting three fish fry’s this Lenten Season. PGK Bob Gregory has graciously offered to chair these for us. I am sure he can use a hand with different tasks, and I am most confident PGK Gregory will have a splendid meal for all in attendance. See the flyer in the Newsletter or on the website for additional information. Thank you again PGK Gregory for taking on this event for the Council.
The Council will also host its annual Last Supper Presentation on Palm Sunday, Saturday, April 12th following 5:30pm Mass at All Saints Church. I look forward to welcoming back the cast as the rehearsals will be starting soon. This presentation can be just what you need to start off Holy Week.
Membership: The Council will be hosting a Membership Drive on March 22nd and 23rd after all of the English Masses at All Saints. We can use everyone’s help in handing out contact cards and Knights literature after each of the Masses. Our Membership Chairmen would love nothing more than to schedule you in to support at your particular Mass. It’s never to late to invite a Catholic male, age 18 or older, in communion with the Catholic Church, to join us. The Membership Committee needs your help in identifying good, qualified candidates. Membership is everyone’s responsibility. The Membership Committee is willing to take your leads and follow up with your perspective candidate. Share with others what you have enjoyed as being a Knight; don’t keep it to yourself.
Dues reminder: Membership dues for 2014 are due into the Financial Secretary. If you are a Brother Knight that has been hit by a hardship or out of work for an extended period of time, let us know. Notify the Financial Secretary and let us work with you to keep your membership in force.
The Ladies Appreciation Dinner in February was a huge success. Brother Carlos Sousa did a great job hosting this event and a wonderful time was had by all! The band Mojo was terrific and the food was excellent! The Ladies as always provided delicious hors d’oeuvres and lovely decorations. Thank you to everyone who helped with the setup, clean up, cooking and bartending!
Our Council Bingo program is the main source of funding for all of our programs, free events, and charitable works. If you are already on a Bingo team, Thank you for your support! If you have not yet had the opportunity to help out with this excellent program please consider volunteering a few hours each month. If you would like more information on how to get involved please contact me.
The Six-Point Meeting will be March 11th at 7:30PM downstairs in the Hall. If you are chairing an event in April, May or June please plan to attend so that we can all make sure you have the help and support that you need to make your event a huge success.
The following events are scheduled for March.
This Past Grand Knight has been taking care of one of our Council's annual programs for over twenty years. He can be found after every Mass from late November through Christmas, reminding all of us attending Mass to "Keep Christ in Christmas" by selling the religious themed Christmas cards as part of the Knights Keep Christ in Christmas campaign.
Peter's dedication to this campaign over the years has made it easy for all Grand Knights by managing the program with little to no added support. It is with great pleasure I name this Past Grand Knight, Peter O'Hanlon, the Knight of the Month for November.
This family has been taking care of the Council's annual Healing Mass and Senior's Thanksgiving Luncheon for the past few years.
Their dedication as a family to this annual program has been impressive. Matt has coached his children's youth activities with All Saints CYO, Manassas Baseball and Seton School. Mary is our Squire Roses Chief Counselor.
Their dedication to Family, and being involved with the youth development within our community is why I have chosen the Matt and Mary Lewandowski Family as the Family of the Month for November.