November Message

In my first quarter as your Grand Knight, I have become overjoyed with my witness to each of you, our members. So often when a need comes forward, our members step into action. I have personally been able to witness this in my role, on the front lines.

One of the most beautiful gifts we give to others is our time. Often this is done with much sacrifice. Sacrifice from our own desires and sacrifice from family and friends. Each of you, are a beautiful witness to God’s love for fellow man.

With all these good words, I must pause however, to stress the importance of never giving up hope. Often we can get so buried in our efforts, we can lose track of the key goals of our tasks. There are many different approaches to achieve goals. It is almost a human nature to be solely focused on our own personal opinions, leaving us blind to the ideas or opinions of others.

The world we live in is ever changing. For us to work with change, it requires that we open our eyes, ears and heart. When our various committees gather, it is imperative we structure ourselves for healthy debate to achieve a common goal.

Our council is alive, vibrant and energetic. We have a weapon of Unity and Fraternity. The more members we engage to reach our goals, the greater the result. It is our duty to stay connected to fellow Brothers, especially, those we do not often see. Have you sponsored a member in the past? Are you still in contact with that individual? Take a moment and reaffirm your commitment as a sponsor. Remember this duty is more than putting your name on a Form 100.

Again I leave you with another quote.

Jesus teaches us another way. Go out. Go out and share
your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go
out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as
well as spirit.

Pope Francis


Grand Knight Scott Arnold

 

Change, Fear and Hope!

Change, Fear and Hope! These three words are what many of us experience as every new September approaches. It could be the beginning of a new job, a retirement or sending your child off on their new journey of school.

Emotions at this time of year can also run high. We are all challenged to take up the cross and trust in God. It is not for us to know God’s plan, however it is for us to believe that in these difficult moments of change, God is with us.

Change is often never easy. With change we can be consumed by the fear of the unknown or even hope for a better future. It is the moments like this where family, friends and community matter most. We all have that same duty to help our fellow man through their moments of change as well.

There is no better time than September to explore new opportunities. It is a time to give of ourselves and allow our neighbor the chance to also live their lives to the fullest. I put a challenge forward to each of us; that we seek out a chance to give of ourselves fully and freely without the expectation of reward. The actual reward is the emotion we can feel by performing this duty. This is surely to be the feeling of walking with Jesus.

When we all took our various degrees we each committed to the lesson of that degree. We are now sent out to be leaders, help our fellow man and in return help ourselves on that journey of the great reward.

‘Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us.
This is what I do. And I do it with my heart.’
To young inmates at a penitential institute,
Pope Francis

Grand Knight Scott Arnold

 

A New Fraternal Year Begins

As I humbly enter into the role of your Grand Knight, I am left honored, excited, confused and most importantly hopeful.

Firstly, I am honored because I often look around at our gatherings and question how it is you chose me. There are so many other worthy and capable men in our Council. I also, in comparison to many, am so new to our Order. With all these thoughts aside however, I must tell you that it is my intent to serve you with grace, respect and brotherly love.

Secondly, I am excited with our future. With strong membership numbers, it is clear we have so much potential and resources. Over the summer I will consult with as many of our Past Grand Knights as possible. It is my desire to have a clear understanding of the last 25 years. As a Council, we cannot look into the future without first reviewing and understanding the past. This is like our toolbox full of information and knowledge.

On a final note, I must also say, I am confused. However my confusion is surrounded with hope. My confusion is about, how we forget some of the lessons given to us in our various degrees. I encourage all of us to refresh ourselves on a continual basis by attending a degree when you can. This is good for us as much as it is supporting our candidates. Our Order should be able to grow naturally, if we as Knights make strong efforts to live out our Principles, at the same time acknowledging we are all sinners. This model will be a true force to be reckoned with.

As an executive we will be calling on all of you over the summer. There are many good things in the works, stayed tuned, be ready, and most importantly remember why you joined the Knights in the first place. There will be something for each of us coming up in our good works.

I leave you with this final quote.

‘Pay attention my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide. … We Christians were not chosen by the lord for little things; push onwards towards the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people!’
        Pope Francis, April 28th, 2013

Grand Knight Scott Arnold

 

Dedication and Commitment During this “Year of Faith”

As our fraternal year comes to a close (June 30th) along with my tenure as your Grand Knight, I remain in awe by all the volunteer work our Knights and their families do in support of, our fundraising events, in our Knights of Columbus activities and charities and general support to our community. Beyond this support there are Knights and their Families who very quietly go about doing Charitable works without any recognition what so ever, working in the soup kitchens of our Foodbank – St. Vincent de Paul, visiting our sick in hospitals and homes, providing transportation to those unable to get around, donating blood, or just lending an ear to someone who may be in pain or suffering a loss.

WHY do we do this? Because, we believe and profess in LOVING OUR NEIGHBOUR!

CHARITY ALONG WITH UNITY, FRATERNITY AND PATRIOTISM are the underpinnings of our fraternal organization.

To quote an excerpt of his prayer recognizing our Family and living the virtue  of Charity, composed by our Supreme Chaplain Bishop William Lori he  writes,

“In our daily life and work, may we reflect the self-giving love which you, O Father, eternally show with your son and the Holy Spirit.” (See the Family Prayer, prayer card inserted in the April 2013 issue of Columbia magazine.)

 Although I am writing to the converted, my thanks are to ALL of You on behalf of those who have experienced Our outreach of service and charity. You made the last two years a wonderful and Faith filled experience!

As we continue all our great works let us take time to celebrate Life.   May-June  is a time we celebrate first Communions, Mother’s Day, Graduations and weekend events with Family.  Catch the spring spirit in the air and let it remind you of the Holy Spirit within us all as we approach the feast of Pentecost.
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PRO LIFE EVENT

On May the 9th a chartered bus will be attending the March for Life in Ottawa, departing from St Paul the Apostle 9:30AM please support this Catholic Womens’ League and Knights of Columbus initiative in this Year of Faith.   For more information click here.
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Let me conclude with a hymn verse taken from the United Church.

“Go now in Peace.  Never be afraid.  God will go with you each hour of every day.  Go now in Faith, steadfast, strong and true.  Know He will guide you in all you do.  Go now in Love, and show you Believe.  Reach out to others so all the world can see.  God will be there watching from above.  Go now in Peace, in Faith and Love.”

 In Service to One.  In Service to All.

 Vivat  Jesus.

Grand Knight Terry Finn

 

KNIGHT FACTOID

The Junior arm of the Knights of Columbus is the Squires and the emblem that they display is:

squires

The Squires emblem includes a Maltese cross upon which are the letters ”P.” (physical fitness); ”I.” (intellectual development); ”S.” (spiritual growth and the practice of our faith); and ”C” (citizenship and civic life). The large letters ”C.” and ”S.” intertwined with the cross respectively represent Christ and Squires. The ”K.” centered on the cross symbolizes the Knights of Columbus. Esto Dignus, the Squires’ motto encircling the emblem, is Latin for ”Be Worthy.”

 

 

April General Meeting

Brother Knights let me wish you and your Family(s) and Friend(s) a Holy and Blessed Easter!!

At our April General Meeting we will be opening the floor for nominations for Executive positions for the Fraternal Year July 1st 2013 to June 30th 2014. This is a meeting I would ask all my Brother Knights to attend. You may nominate yourself or have someone nominate you and in the event you may be unable to attend and wish to have your name stand for nomination please contact me. Here is a list of those positions open for election:

Grand Knight – Deputy Grand Knight – Chancellor – Treasurer – Recorder – Advocate –
Warden(s) – Inside Guard(s) – Trustee.

The April meeting is for nominations only and elections for the nominated positions will occur at our May Meeting. Please consider to let your name stand and for additional information on these positions please review one of the files below.

Council Officer and Director Duties –
Power Point format
PDF format

Grand Knight Terry Finn