Sacred Heart Parish         Richmond, Texas           January 2000


October 8th, 1918 - December 16th, 1999

Our KC Council 7445 lost one of its beloved members to cancer on Dec 16th, when God called Dennis Barrett to his eternal reward.

Dennis was a Knight since 1946 and a member of Council 7445 since 1987. He regularly attended the Tuesday night meetings until just recently when he became too ill to attend. Dennis was an excellent retired machinist and was the handyman of the Council and of the Parish. He could fix or build anything. He served the Council as an officer, serving as both inside and outside guard.

He participated in just about every event that the Council had. Most notably he and former Grand Knight Don Ries played a large roll in moving the old rectory to the Ft. Bend Womenís center and remodeling it. He could always be found selling our Bar BQ chickens after Mass. He was instrumental in putting up the KC booth for selling Sausage on the Stick at Christmas on Morton St. He attended retreats and all Corporate Communions.

He had been married to his wife Marjory since 1941. They have three children, one of whom also has been diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for him. He had a brother who was a priest and who died of cancer a few years ago.

Dennis will be greatly missed. Please pray for the repose of his soul. 

May God bless you and yours with a safe, healthy, prosperous, faith-filled New Year.

Dear Brothers,

      The clock struck midnight as we put the finishing touches on the "Millennium Breakfast."  No lights blinked, the toaster stayed on, the gas kept burning under the frying pans, and all was well at Sacred Heart.  As I sit here between football games I sense the spirit of Fr. McGivney urging us to finish the fraternal year in a blaze of well run, well-organized projects.

     Our neighbors in Rosenberg are hosting a major degree in late February.  What a GREAT opportunity for all of our 1st degree members to take the step to full knighthood so close to home.  Why don't we add 10 to 15 new members before then?  We'll schedule an information night this month and get the year 2000 started right.

     If getting more active in the Church or the Knights of Columbus was part of your New Year's resolutions, come out to the Family Life Center, Tuesday, January 11 at 7PM for fellowship and a great meal followed by the meeting starting about 7:30.

     The year 1999 ended on a down note of sorts as Brother Dennis Barrett went to his eternal reward on December 15.  Dennis will be sorely missed by all of us in the Knights as well as the parish.  Dennis was "Mr. Fix-It" and could always be counted on to tackle and solve any repair project that came up.

See you at the meeting,

Tuesday, 11
Tuesday, 18
Saturday, 22
Sunday, 23
Sunday, 30
Regular Meeting
Officersí and Directorsí Meeting
March for Life, Washington, DC
Free Throw Contest
Super Bowl BBQ
Tuesday, 8
Saturday, 12
Sunday, 13
Tuesday, 15
Regular Meeting
Ladiesí Night
"C" Team BBQ
Officersí and Directorsí Meeting

27TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE      "Say it With Roses" Campaign
Have you ever had a desire to go to Washington, D.C. and participate in the yearly "March for Life" commemorating the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade but didnít have the time or money?  Well, this is your opportunity to take part!! The "Say it With Roses" campaign in conjunction with the March for Life allows for your presence without physically being there.  For a $3.00 donation per rose message the prolife message for our preborn brothers and sisters is carried to the Washington officials you designate along with your name.  The money is tax deductible and helps with March expenses.  A flyer is attached.  It is requested that these be mailed by January 17, 2000.  For more information you may contact  (281-238-0996).

The Christmas Party was a great success.  There was plenty of delicious food, terrific entertainment, good fellowship and Santa Claus showed up for the children.  Special guest was Jane Clarke of the Rainbow Room who accepted the "gifts" furnished by the Knights.  She stated that we were the first organization to send a representative to visit their facility and that the supplies we furnished were much appreciated.  A lot of hard work went into this party.  Although it is difficult to recognize everyone personally, we do thank Steve Nestlerode for his leadership.

Last month was indeed a busy one for our Council.  There were several individual efforts that made these events happen on schedule.  Did you attend one of these functions?  The dedication of these brother Knights is admirable.  You can help too by volunteering for a function.  They did, so can you.

There is the monthly Bar-B-Que, where we need a couple of extra Knights who will sell after each Mass.  Ladies Night in February requires waiters, cooks and decorating.

We need your talents and help.  Take an active part in our Council activities.  Donít know whom to call?  Call Andy Bockholt (281-341-8402).  There are places where you can help.

Our blood drive held on December 12 was very successful.  Donations included 30 units of whole blood and 10 units of aphresis.

Thanks to Mike McConnell for chairing the very successful Breakfast with Santa on December 9, 1999 and thanks to Paul Metcalf, Bubba Meyer, Tom Petrosewicz, Tony Trevino, Leroy Vacek, and any other Knights who helped with the activity.

Paul Metcalf continues to lead the adopt a 1st Communicant (Spiritual Support) activity. His group (thanks to the five who volunteered to do phone contact work) will be contacting you to request your spiritual support for at least one of our 1st communicants (85-90 total). A great opportunity for all Knights, even those who cannot make it to meetings but want to have some involvement. Please be supportive of this most worthy activity.

Upcoming events:
1. Free-throw contest - January 23, 2000 (1-3PM); John Gillespie will lead this activity while John Healey, Rick Bilski, and Greg Waleke have volunteered to help.
2. Lock-in for Junior High - has been moved to a new date, Friday Night/Saturday Morning, February 4 and 5. Jim Mensay is leading this activity and will need a few additional Knights to help with cooking and other duties; please volunteer your time if your schedule permits. Call either Jim (281-343-1557) or Mike Spiech (281-937-0257).
3. 4th/5th Grade Retreat (assist as needed) - A Friday night (7-11PM), no scheduled date. Greg Waleke has volunteered to lead this activity and will probably need a few additional brothers to help.
4. Volleyball with Life Teen - Sunday, March 12 at Sacred Heart. We need someone to coordinate this with Tony Langerud - Call Mike Spiech (281-937-0257).

5. Workday for the Elderly (assist elementary children in project) - tentative April 22. Hugh Burton and Mike Cutbirth have volunteered to help in this activity. I need a volunteer to work out details with Hugh and Virginia Ewald - Call Mike Spiech (281-937-0257).

If there is interest, Mike would like to try a basketball league/activity that would involve 3 person teams, made up of one Knight and two parish youth. Mike will bring this up at the next meeting but you can call him before that if want to participate.
· Hugh Burton (281-342-4302) for:
       Membership Lists, Telephone Lists,
Other Brothersí 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.

Dennis Barrett
Johnnie Sullivan
Ed Tusa
Brother Eric and Charlene Berlin
Brother Daniel and Bonnie Gerken 
Brother Harvey and Gloria Horelica
Brother Louis and Heidi Fredrickson
Brother Allen and Susan Hartmann
Brother Richard and Margaret Oldmixon
Darlene (Brother Robert) Bauhs 
Cindy (Brother Rick) Bilski
Brother John and Theodora Healey
Brother Julius Jochec 
Pauline (Brother Werner) Klesel
Brother Charles Mertz 
Brother Ray Pargac
Brother Thomas Petrosewicz 
Vicki (Brother Daniel) Polczynski 
Karen (Brother Bobby) Slavinski
Jean (Brother Greg) Waleke
Brother Alfred Becan
Marilyn (Brother Alvin) Brazda
Gloria (Brother Harvey) Horelica
Gail (Brother William) Keyser
Elvira (Brother Marvin) Kuhn
Brother Alois and Ann Muehr
Brother Frank Petras
Carla (Brother Gregg) Pitts
Brother Eduardo Rios
Wallie (Brother Tony) Trevino
 Lois (Brother Leonard) Wetzel

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, , of Council 7445.  Copies may be obtained on
request by writing to: Newsletter Editor, P.O. Box 688, Richmond, Texas 77406-0668.


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