Sacred Heart Parish         Richmond, Texas           May 2000


Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but
underneath are ravenous wolves.  By their fruits you will know them.
Matthew 7:15-16

Dear Brothers & Families,

If you were convicted of being a Knights of Columbus member, would there be enough evidence to convict you?  What fruits are you leaving?  Are they good?  Are they visible and strong enough in number to be recognized?  I love the Knights of Columbus and what it stands for.  We are a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization. In the words of Pope John Paul II, " We are the right arm of the Church."  How could you not want to be active in such a wonderful ministry?

The trustees and myself will be putting together a slate of officers for election in June.  Please call me if you are willing to continue to serve in your present office, would like to step up to a different
position, or would like to be an officer for the first time.  The only requirement is that you must be a 3rd degree member in good standing.  As I've always said, "Your family should come first, then your job, and if there's any time left, consider giving a portion of it in support of your Knights of Columbus Council."

Continue to pray for the First Communicants.  Pray for safe travels for all that will be attending the Knights of Columbus State Convention in Corpus Christi May 5-7 and for the success of the convention.  Remember Mother's Day is May 14.  Say a prayer of thanksgiving that you were given life and for the continued good health of all Mothers.  They are indeed special people.

Live life to the fullest,

5 – 7
Tuesday, 9
Sunday, 14

Tuesday, 16

State Convention
Regular Meeting
Mother’s Day
BBQ, B Team
Officers’ and Directors’ Meeting
Tuesday, 13
Saturday, 17
Sunday, 18
Tuesday, 20
Regular Meeting and Elections
Father’s Day Bar B Que
Father’s Day Bar B Que
Officers’ and Directors’ Meeting

The Grand Knight, Mike Cutbirth, called meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.. Mike acknowledged the presence of Past Grand Knights. The Rainbow Room presented a  plaque for our donations during the Christmas Party.

The Financial Secretary reported that 38 members still have not paid their annual dues.  They will be contacted.

Mark Stryk, Trustee, reported that Fr. Howard has been notified about the Corporate Communions for the rest of the year.

Mike Spiech reported that the Life Teen will not participate in the basketball and volleyball games. He also spoke about the First Communicants and the response from the teachers.
Beginning May 21 the Life Teens will help presell brisket for Fathers Day.

Paul Metcalf reported that the shirt printer was not able to print the Council shirts.  He will return all monies received for them. Paul also mentioned that those writing to the First Communicants need to have the cards sent in before Easter and another before May 1. He also made a motion that the Council purchase a gift for each of the First Communicants. The motion was to purchase a gift for each child in the amount of $2.95.  It was seconded and passed.  Right now the teachers are purchasing a rosary from their own pockets. He also requested that the Council consider purchasing a rosary next year. John Healy thanked the Brother Knights for their aggressive participation in the First Communicant letter writing program.

Hugh Burton stated that there would be a Community Service Day on April 29 and asked for volunteers.  He also spoke about the Anti-Catholic themes that are currently being run on TV.

Comments on the BBQ pit: Cooks a little slower, but can cook enough at one time to really make it worth while.  Thanks to Gerald Migle for storing the pit at his home.

State Convention Delegates:  Tony Trevino and Dan Polczynski.
Life Teen Golf Tournament needs players.
Insurance Representative, Lynn Hanley, reported on his responsibilities and his availability when needed by the families of Knights.  He stated that there are a number of ways that he can help in time of need.

District Deputy reported that the Fraternal Year is almost over.  This Council needs 7 new Knights and 6 new insurance policies.  He also mentioned that the election of officers and the need for new members in the Council.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

All year we have been actively working at the service part of the Knights of Columbus.  We really need your help in getting the projects completed without undo work on a few members. This is a soapbox that I really don’t like to get on.  We need our brother Knights to volunteer and help with the programs.  It is not for our edification but for those in need.  We assisted Margie Barrett by cleaning her yard and assorted other things that had to be done. We had 7 brother Knights help.  We could have used 20!  Some of the work got done but a lot was left undone.  I understand that we all have things to do, but so do the ones that showed up and worked. This is just a small example of where a greater number of helpers would have made the job so much easier and faster.  Personally, I would like to have a sign up list by project completed before the new year.  The programs are then easily completed and if there are additional needs they can be addressed long before the event.
Thanks for all your help.  We need you.

I have been putting out the newsletter for two years.  I think it is time for me to retire from the job and give it to someone else who can bring in new and innovative ideas.  So, we are looking for someone to become newsletter editor beginning July 1.

Honest – it is not that difficult a job.  I spend about 8 hours a month :
· Sending reminders to contributors:  30 min.
· Gathering articles:  45 min.
· Cutting, pasting, and organizing:  60 min.
· Writing:  60 min.
· Proofing:  60 min.
· Deliver for printing:  30 min.
· Stapling:  45 min.
· Stamping:  45 min.
· Address labels:  45 min.
· Driving to post office: 30 min.

Hugh Burton keeps the database of address labels and birthdays/anniversaries and is very dependable about getting them to me on time.
Elliot Jones gets the copies made and is very dependable about getting them done on time.

This is an easy way to perform a useful function for the Council.  We will give the editor’s job on a "first come first serve" basis.  So call Ray Ireland (281) 238-0996 or Mike Cutbirth (281) 343-1417 immediately so you don’t miss out.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Tom Petrosewicz for allowing me (really my wife, Ingrid) to print the newsletter at his office for over a year and a half.  "Tom, thank you.  It was a real help."

The big day is coming for all our First Communicants the weekend of May 6 and 7.  I know you have helped to prepare them for this great occasion, and I hope you will be there to help celebrate with the 101 children who will receive Jesus for the first time.  In case you do not know when this will be for each child, it depends on their class.  Here is a listing:
Class A will receive at the  9:30 Mass on Sunday May 7
Class D will receive at the 11:15 Mass on Sunday May 7
Class E will receive at the  5:30 Mass on Saturday May 6
Class F will receive at the 11:15 Mass on Sunday May 7.

If you do not know which class your child is in, please phone your caller:
John 341-0777, Rick 342-7895, Leroy 342-5390, Paul 342-9096, or the CCE
Office 342-8371.

At the end of Mass, as well as your cards and the certificates that the parish will give each child, we, the Knights of Columbus, will also present each child with a memento.  It will then be very nice for each of you sponsors to greet and congratulate your child after the Mass at the reception.  May you all find this a joyous, rewarding and memorable occasion, and God bless you all for all your prayers.

PS. If you have not handed in your First Communion card by the time you read this, please hand one into the CCE office now.      Paul Metcalf

Thank you to all the Knights who sponsored a First Communion candidate. The program was very successful thanks to the efforts of Paul Metcalf and his helpers including Leroy Vacek and John Healy.
Brother Michael and Patty Bishop
Brother Francis and Cinda De Bons
Brother John and Brenda Gillespie
Brother Rick and Ann Hail
Brother Dennis and Anna Keyes
Brother Darrell and Martha Mitchell
Brother Larry and Linda Paukert 
Brother Mark and Debbie Stryk
Brother Durand and Joan Boser
Brother Vince and Danette Fennesy
Brother Joe and Janet Grillo
Brother Julius and Christine Johec
Brother James and Debbie Mensay
Brother Alois and Ann Muehr
Brother Ronald and Dianne Peschke
Carmen (Brother Moses) Baladez
Brother Charles Drees
Brother John Gillespie
Brother Larry Gremminger
Brother James Horsch
Brother David Kovar 
Vickie (Brother Tim) Moncure 
Brother Glen Nelson
Brother Ronald Peschke
Brother Philip Pieknik
Becky (Brother Lawrence) Stryk
Eve (Brother Patrick) Stryk
Brother Leonard Wetzel
Mary Ann (Brother Michael) Biesiada
Sheila (Brother Chris) Fucik
Brother John Girouard
Brother Gary Holtz
Brother Frank Knesek, Jr.
 Debbie (Brother James) Mensay
Brother Tyler Murrile 
Margaret (Brother Richard) Oldmixon
Brother Thomas Phalen
Brother Bobby Slavinski
 Brother Mark Stryk
Brother Robert Trachimowicz

Dennis Barrett
Jodie Stavinoha
Johnnie Sullivan
Ed Tusa

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.

. 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
Our bishops offer us this perspective as we prepare for national elections:  "As Americans, as Catholics and as pastors of our people, we write therefore today to call our fellow citizens back to our country’s founding principles, and most especially to renew our national respect for the rights of those who are unborn, weak, disabled and terminally ill.  Real freedom rests on the inviolability of every person as a child of God.  The inherent value of human life, at every stage and in every circumstance, is not a sectarian issue any more than the Declaration of Independence is a sectarian creed" (Living the Gospel of Life, November 1998,n.6).   Reprinted from Priest For Life Newsletter, May-June 2000, page 1.


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