|Honoring Our Fallen Knights|
We will always remember the contributions to our Council, Assembly, Parish, and community of Sir Knight Jim Ashley; Sir Knight Ray Curry; Sir Knight William Herbert; Sir Knight Joseph Janus; Sir Knight Bud Osmun; Sir Knight Father Raymond Rossi; Brother Knight Rodger Bresnahan; Brother Knight Danny Celestin; Brother Knight Jim Elder; and Brother Knight Dick Palinko. May these men reap the final reward of all the good they sowed while on this earth.
Each fallen Knight was represented with a carnation added to a bouquet by members of the Assembly 2316 Honor Guard. Each Knight's name was read by our worthy Grand Knight, Tom Donnelly. Music was provided by Buddy Dixon, Maureen Morgan, Diane Patterson, Lynne Border, and Steve Fetcko.
After the Mass, an amazing meal was provided by Johanna and her staff. It was a night that we will always remember, and for me, the highlight of the Fraternal year.
|Saint Pope John Paul II|
"Let the Messiah, the King of Israel come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." (Mark 15.32)
But he did not accept that challenge. The fact that he stayed on the Cross until the end, the fact that on the Cross he could say, as do all who suffer,
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15.34)
If the agony on the Cross had not happened, the truth that God is Love would have been unfounded. Yes! God is Love and precisely for this he gave his Son, to reveal himself completely as Love. Christ is the One who "loved...to the end." (John 13.1) "To the end" means to the last breath.
|New Beginnings Pregnancy Center|
Attending the Ribbon Cutting from Council 10208 were Past Grand Knights Dave Johnston and Bob Honzik as well as Jim Dyar and Jim Goodson, Pro-Life Director. Kim Puska, Director at New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center states that she and her staff and volunteers are very excited, knowing that this Ultrasound will result in saving many babies from abortion. Bob Honzik stated that he could feel their excitement while he was there. Also attending the Ribbon Cutting were Dr. Livers, Medical Diorector at New Beginnings, many of the Center’s volunteers and staff and a few of the contractors who helped make this all possible with the volunteer hours and materials.
Council 10208 and Assembly 2316 of Hot Springs Village raised over $30,500 during the event and presented Bishop Taylor with two checks at the conclusion of the dinner.
Be sure to view the Seminarian Endowment Dinner video production by Renee Steinpreis.
The Prince of Apostles and first Pope - St. Peter
This is a great document and the earliest Catechism
Of the Catholic Church. It predates the Gospels and
is believed to be written between 50-70 AD
Syria, Christians, and Pluralism in the Middle EastBy Most. Rev. Jean Clément Jeanbart & Carl Anderson
The Christians of Syria—along with those in other troubled areas of the Middle East—have been forgotten. Because many have stayed in their homes or have become urban refugees outside of the UN camp system, they fall through the cracks, getting little aid and even less international attention.
Their situation is dire, and whether they will be able to survive at all depends on the events of the next several months. If Christianity—adhered to by 10 percent of Syria’s population before the war—disappears, so will any hope of pluralism. If ISIS’ theocratic intolerance takes hold, Christians will face an impossible choice: flee, or face death: physical, or spiritual in the form of forced conversion.
The security implications of this for the world should be self-evident. A Syria without Christians, the historical mediators in that country, will make Syria less safe, the region less safe, and the world less safe. It is time for the international community to take action, not only to ensure that genocide survivors in Syria get the aid they need, but also to make sure that when the dust settles, they have the same rights as every other Syrian, that they have equal protection under the law and are not reduced to some second class status.
Worthy Grand Knight Gary Wolfer was on hand to receive awards, on behalf of the Council, for Council Activity, Church Activity, and the CPID program. There was a special gasp when it was revealed that Council 10208 averaged $135 per man for the CPID program. Quite astounding, considering the second closest was less than half of that.
Dub and Gerri Green were on hand as they were presented a special achievement award for their many years of work with the Arkansas Special Olympics. Of special note was when worthy State Deputy Adrian Dominguez read a letter from the CEO of Special Olympics saying "the games would not be where they are now without the support and hard work of Dub and Gerri". Very high praise, but I think we can all agree much deserving.
The wonderful weekend concluded with a special Mass honoring all of our deceased Brother Knights, with all of their names being read by their Councils Grand Knights, or District Deputies.
|Special Award Ceremony|
Everyone on this Council should be very proud of this special award, and it should serve as a catalyst moving forward, in the recruitment of new members. Everyone wants to be a part of something special, and the leaders and members of Council 10208 have definitely built something special. Congratulations to all who have worked so very hard.
|First Degree Exemplification|
There were about 30 Brother Knights on hand to witness their transformation from ordinary parishoners to new Knights of Columbus Brothers.
As always, the Exemplification Team of Tom Yerina, Bill Patterson, Gerald Krawczynski, Mike Frantz, Bill Janser, Buddy Dixon, and Mike Kerwin did an amazing job.
Let us all welcome these Brothers into our fold with open arms, congratulate them on beginning their journey, and help them to spread the love of Christ to those in need. We are truly blessed to have these men as part of our team!