Sacred Heart Parish         Richmond, Texas           December 1999


"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him
Emmanuel," which means "God is with us."  Matthew 1:23

Dear Brothers and Family,

May the Holidays bring you closer to your God and to your loved ones.  May God
bless you and yours with a peaceful, blessed Christmas and a safe, healthy,
prosperous New Year.  Continue to keep our country, our youth, and our sick in
your prayers.

Live life to the fullest,

Monday, 6
Saturday, 11
Sunday, 12

Tuesday, 14
Saturday, 25
Friday, 31.

St. Nicholas Party 
Breakfast With Santa
Blood Drive, 
"B" Team BBQ
Christmas Party
"Merry Christmas"
New Year’s Eve Mass. 11:15 P.M.
Tuesday, 11
Tuesday, 18
Saturday, 22
Sunday, 23t
Sunday, 30
Regular Meeting
Officers’ and Directors’ Meeting
March for Life, Washington, DC
Free Throw Contest
Super Bowl BBQ
Tuesday, 8
Saturday, 12
Sunday, 13
Tuesday, 15
Regular Meeting
Ladies’ Night
"C" Team BBQ
Officers’ and Directors’ Meeting


LAST MEETING  (Reported by Program Director)

KC Meeting called to order by Grand Knight on November 9, 1999 at 7:35 p.m.

Minutes of previous meeting were approved as amended.

The Grand Knight Report:
A) State Council is raffling a football helmet signed by professional players for $20 a ticket.
B) The Council has been asked to provide a light breakfast following the New Year’s Eve Mass,
C) Once a month the flowers for the altar will be in memory of deceased members of the Council,
D) BBQ was moved to 11/14/99,
E) Dennis Barrett needed a blood transfusion,
F) December 12 is BBQ & Blood drive,
G) Christmas Party is planned for December 14.

Treasurer’s report was brought up to date.

Paul Metcalf inquired about the Vatican TV Christmas Eve Program.

Don Ries may need some help putting up an inner wall in the new storage building.

Ray Ireland reported on the "Say it with Roses Campaign" — The red rose is a beautiful living reminder of the preborn child.  It is the symbol of unity and offers immediate recognition concerning right-to-life work and the prolife movement.  As part of the March for Life each year on January 22 in Washington D.C. the red rose is used to help educate Washington officials.  Students deliver red roses to the President, Members of Congress and the Supreme Court.  A $3 donation helps with this campaign.  Ray has ordered one-page rose flyers for our use in making a donation to this important cause.

Remember the sick Dennis Barrett & Jodi Stavinoha

Discussion on the Super Bowl BBQ to assist the Life Teen members to acquire funds. We normally make  $1,000 profit. If the Life Teen members presell, collect money, and help deliver on Super Bowl Sunday, they would get all monies over $1,000.

Mark Chapman thanked the 4th degree for their participation at the Corporate Communion.  He also expressed his appreciation for the large turn out.

Huey Burton reported that himself; Mike Cutbirth and Mark Stryk completed the final painting of the Pregnancy Resource Center.

Remember the Food Drive and Turkey Bucks for St. John Fisher’s St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Bar B Que Pit Study: What is best for the Council?  Bubba Meyer stated that a number of Councils have gone to a portable pit rather than a brick pit.  More study is required.
Brother Knights,
Just look at the schedule of events for December.  We sure can use your help in getting these events to operate smoothly. Call Steve Nestlerode (281- 341-6223) or Mike Spiech (281-545-8536) if you can help.
The Blood Drive is December 12, 1999 we could use a couple volunteers from 8-10, 10-12, 12 –
Remember the Christmas party. Bring your family and enjoy the evening.  The Council will provide the meat.  A covered dish from each family will go a long way to everyone having enough to eat. Come out and have a good time with your brother Knights and their families.
Six  (that’s right, count them six!) brave Knights played softball with the Life Teen group on Sunday, November 14. In a defensive struggle, your brother Knights (Roland Garza, Don Hoeveler, Frank Knesek, Tony Langerud, Michael Spiech, and Greg Waleke) won the game in their final at bat, 30 to 29. We will be playing volleyball with the Life Teen group in March; please come out for an hour or two and enjoy a good time with your brother Knights.

Paul Metcalf is heading up the adopt a 1st Communicant (Spiritual Support) activity. His group (thanks to all those who volunteered to do phone contact work) may already have contacted you to request your spiritual support for at least one of our 1st communicants (85-90 total). This is an activity that every Knight can easily be part of even those who cannot make it to meetings but want to have some involvement. A great opportunity for all! Please be supportive of this most worthy activity.  (See note below concerning the activity.)

Thanks to Dick Oldmixon (and his wife Margaret), St. Nicholas visited various CCE classes during the week of December 5 (A simple prayer service was held and candy canes were given to our CCE youth).

Upcoming events:
1. Breakfast With Santa - December 11; Mike McConnell will chair this activity while Paul Metcalf, Bubba, and Leroy Vacek have volunteered to help. Duties include cooking pancakes and sausage and clean up.
2. Free-throw contest - January 23, 2000; John Gillespie will lead this activity while John Healey, Rick Bilski, and Greg Waleke have volunteered to help.
3. Lock-in for Junior High - Friday Night/Saturday Morning, January 14-15. Jim Mensay will lead this activity but will need a few additional Knights to help with cooking and other duties; please volunteer your time if your schedule permits.
4. 4th/5th Grade Retreat (Assist as Needed) - A Friday night in February (7-11PM) Greg Waleke has volunteered to lead this activity and will probably need a few additional brothers to help.
5. Volleyball with Life Teen - Sunday, March 12 at Sacred Heart. Someone is needed to coordinate this with Tony Langerud – Call Mike Spiech (281-545-8536.
6. Workday for the Elderly (Assist Elementary Children in Project) - tentative April 22 Hugh Burton and Mike Cutbirth have volunteered to help in this activity. Need a volunteer to work out details with Hugh and Virginia Ewald - Call Mike Spiech (281-545-8536.

This has been an ambitious schedule of events and their success does depend upon your involvement. If you haven’t helped with any event yet, please search your heart and see where your time and talents can be best used.

Sacred Heart’s First Communion ceremony will be in early May 2000.  The Knights of Columbus have been asked to sponsor these children.  There could be as many as 100.  This is one of the largest projects we have taken on.  However, it is a very important.  We will be offering our prayers for these children which will mean a lot to them as they prepare for this Sacrament.  To match a Knight to a child a few of us have volunteered to phone all of you and request that you sponsor a child.  With all of us participating, we can make this a huge success. .

See flyer in this newsletter concerning the Christmas Party.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to socialize, enjoy a good meal, listen to beautiful music and help a deserving organization.

Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…Luke 2:10

· Hugh Burton (281-342-4302) for:
Membership Lists, Telephone Lists,
Other Brothers’ addresses and phone numbers,
Changes of your address, phone numbers - home and work, employment, children, sports, and corrections for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

· Tom Petrosewicz (281-341-1553) for your name tags.

Johnnie Sullivan
Ed Tusa
Brother Charles and Jane Mertz
Brother David and Sharon Sheets
Brother Jay and Mary Lisa Thorseth
Gerardo and Pamelyn Saldana
Brother Allen and Gail Syrinek
Leroy and Charlotte Vacek
Brother Joseph Aikins 
Joan (Brother Durand) Boser 
Brother Paul Council
Bertha (Brother Norris) Frank
Sandra (Brother Jerrel) Hartfiel 
Anna (Brother Dennis) Keyes 
Rebecca (Brother Michael) McConnell
Brother Tim Moncure
Brother Mike and Virginia Pastor
Mary Lisa (Brother Jay) Thorseth
Patricia (Brother Andy) Bockholt
Brother Mark Chapman
Alma (Brother Steve) Falcon
Brother Louis Fredrickson
Brother Allen Hartmann
Kathleen (Brother David) Kovar
Brother John Michalek
Sandy (Brother Anthony) Novak
Carol (Brother Thomas) Pawelek

To allow adequate time for the newsletter to be word processed, proofread, copied, folded, stapled, addressed and mailed before the regular monthly meeting, input is needed 10 days before the meeting date.

This newsletter is printed for internal use of the Knights of Columbus by
The Newsletter Editor, Ray Ireland, of Council 7445.  Copies may be obtained on
request by writing to: Newsletter Editor, P.O. Box 688, Richmond, Texas 77406-0668.

"Had it not been for the work of some very hungry mice one cold Christmas Eve long ago, the world’s most widely sung carol, Silent Night, might never have been written.  In the town of Oberstdorf, Bavaria, on Christmas Eve, 1818, Franz Gruber, the organist at Saint Nicholas Church discovered that mice had eaten away at the bellows of the organ and ruined it.  He had to find a way to have music on Christmas Day, so he suggested to Joseph Mohr, the Vicar of the church, that perhaps a new song could be written that would carry them through this emergency.  Accordingly, Mohr wrote some verses beginning with words, Stille Nacht, while Gruber hastily composed a melody.  Within a few hours they sang their new song at Christmas Midnight Mass to the entire congregation, accompanied only by a guitar."
(Christmas In Germany, World Book Encyclopedia, Inc.)

"A Tenth Century legend holds that when Christ was born, all the forest animals
began to talk and, despite the darkness and deep snow, every tree blossomed
and bore fruit.  All the trees paid homage to the newborn King, with the
embarrassed exception of a  tiny fir tree from the North who was so insignificant
in stature and appearance that the  other trees tried to hide her.  She had just
about mustered a deep-green blush when  the Lord intervened – stars fell from
Heaven, lighted on the fir’s branches and illuminated them like a sparkling
diamond necklace.   Another German fir tree legend is that a poor forester
welcomed a strange child into his cottage one snowy Christmas Eve,
feeding him and putting him up for the night.   Next morning the befriended
youngster,  who was actually the Christ Child, caused a small, glittering fir
tree to grow beside  the forester’s door.  The happy host took it inside to
become the first Christmas Tree."
 (Christmas In Germany, World Book Encyclopedia, Inc.)


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