Basketball Free Throw – February 6 and 27

Help is needed with the Basketball Free Throw competitions, hosted by the Knights of Columbus:

  • February 6 – District competition
  • February 27 – Regional competition

Knights are asked to arrive by 9:00am to assist with registration.  Bring your running shoes so you can help retrieve balls and organize the event on the court.

Location:

St. David’s Catholic Secondary School
4 High Street
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3X5

Click here if you have any questions.

Welcome three new members!

On Sunday, January 24th, 2016, council 9276 welcomed three new members.  A first degree initiation was held in the Church, and we are pleased to welcome the following new members into our council:

  • Jared Dreiling
  • Jim Flanigan
  • Tom Germann

Congratulations to our new members!  If you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, or know someone who might be interested, please contact our membership team of Paul Enticott and John Deneau.  They can be contacted by clicking here.

Passing of Jim Collins

COLLINS, James (Jim) Passed away peacefully at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer, with his family by his side, on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the age of 71. Loving husband for 47 years to Mary (Timmins). Dear father of Rick and his wife Christina and their children, Ryan and Carolyn of Kamloops, BC and of Lisa McDonald and her son Foster of Kitchener. Survived by his brother John Collins (Diane). Predeceased by his parents Reginald Collins and Ruth (Corbin). Will be remembered by many other family members and friends. Jim was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus of St. Marks, a life member of the KW Optimist Club, a member of the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association, a Kitchener Rangers Billet for 20 years, a die-hard Red Wings fan and had enjoyed many years at his cottage at Lake Bellwood. Jim was employed as a salesman with Vachon for many years until his retirement. Friends may call at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre , 1001 Ottawa St. S, Kitchener on Friday, January 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where parish prayers will be recited at 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 30th at St. Mark’s Catholic Church 55 Driftwood Dr., Kitchener at 10:00 a.m. with Father Don Sanvido officiating. Reception to follow at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre. Donations may be made to St. Mark’s Catholic Church Building Fund or the Ronald McDonald House through the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to http://www.westmountfuneralchapel.com

Reflections of an aging Knight.

Reflections of an Aging Knight
by Bernard Crawley

Some years ago I noticed a Mennonite sampler with the phrase “We get too soon old and too late smart”. As I approach my 89th birthday I am increasingly aware of the truth of this. I do not know if everyone feels this way, but obviously there are some who do, hence the sampler.

Way back in the mists of time I could go to a movie for about 5 cents on a Saturday morning and watch a character called ‘Flash Gordon’ whizz around the galaxy defeating evil hither and yon. The special effects were no match for the ones in “Star Wars” (any & all episodes) but they held us little tykes spellbound and breathless any way. In that equally distant world of comics ‘Dick Tracy’ had a video wristwatch which had a startling resemblance to my great grandson’s iPad. So the technological changes that have occurred during my lifetime have not been too surprising to me. When I heard and saw my first ‘Doodlebug’ (Hitler’s V1 flying bomb) in 1944 it was no great surprise. Television too had been in our imagination long before it became a reality. However, the changes in civilized society during my lifetime sometimes astound me.

Having had a normal elementary education for my generation and due to being an ‘army brat’ my understanding of the society in which I lived was reasonable. Having been brought up as a Catholic my moral instruction was O.K. Of course, being a member of the human race & granted freedom of action by my creator I often treated his commandments as though they were merely suggestions. It has become quite clear to me that in this regard I am just like everyone else. Given that background I find myself looking at our world and wondering just how we got in the mess we seem to be in today. When I came across the book “Social Justice isn’t what you think it is” by Michael Novak & Paul Adams I had a few insights which led me to think that maybe some of you younger guys might want to consider their ideas. You see, I passed my ‘best before date’ some time ago and cannot have much effect on the future, but you can. Most of you have had a far better formal education than I did, but having lived longer I have made many more mistakes than you. The mistakes we make do actually teach us something and that is why I have the temerity to offer a little advice based upon the insights I have mentioned.

The authors suggest that one of the problems with our society today is that it is aimed at the ideal of happiness for adults without regard for the duty of parents in regard to their children. There was mention on the news the other day of the fact that the current generation no longer expect to be better off than their parents. It seems to me that that is a symptom of the condition the authors describe. They point out that this stress on the individual happiness of parents has led to a weakening of bonding within families. The increasingly weird variation in what the term ‘family’ means creates undue stress on the traditional mother-father-children nuclear family. From time immemorial (even before written history) the nuclear family & its extended relationships have been the concrete foundation of human society. This is why the Church is stressing the importance of the family today.

One interesting item in the book is the mention that in medieval times the monastic system was developed to protect the knowledge of the faith from the confusion of society in general. They then mentioned the formation of a community in Florida of families which was created to protect families in the same way. I thought this was a good idea, but then realized that Catholic parishes could accomplish the same task by strengthening the family bonds within their own territory. This seems to be a task that local councils of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Women’s League could easily handle. I know this is already being done in many isolated ways but it might help to look at it in more depth than we have up to now.

Dinner for the less fortunate – Sunday, January 17

St. Mark’s Council in conjunction with the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be hosting the second annual dinner for the less fortunate on Sunday January 17th, at St. Mark’s.

More details to follow, but we will need help setting up and tearing down the hall, as well as serving the dinner.  Brother Knights, please mark this date in your calendar!

 

K of C 9276 – website annual report 2015

Interested in seeing what’s being read on our site?  Interested in seeing the activity on the site in 2015?  Click here for the 2015 Annual Report, produced by WordPress, the host of our website.

Some key facts:

  • The site was viewed about 1,300 times during the year.
  • 42 new posts in 2015.
  • Top referring sites were stmarkcatholicparish.org and kofc.org.
  • Two new administrators of the website this year – thanks to Mike Serres and Nick Muza.

Content is always welcome on the site!  If you have news, information or an idea for the site, please contact me.

Fraternally,

Doug Behl
PGK and Webmaster