Monthly Archives: January 2017

Message from your Chaplain


By the time that you receive this bulletin, we will be nearly through the Christmas holidays and the children and teachers will be returning to school. The Christmas season will soon be over.

I trust that everyone enjoyed the Christmas season and the magic like atmosphere which can exist at this time.

The nativity scene which captures our God becoming man in the person of Jesus, Emmanuel, keeps us focused. At Christmas, we recall that God’s reign is now, that Christ birth attests that God is now marching with us in history as Archbishop Romero said. Aspects like justice, love, peace are possible because the builder of these things is in our midst. What we say and what we do brings these characteristics to life. Meister Eckhart, a thirteenth century mystic wrote that we are all called to be mothers of God. “What good is it he says, if the eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly but does not take place within myself?” Every day could be Christmas if we allowed the Christ child to be born where we walk, where we talk, where we eat and drink, where we mix with people. Everywhere we go, Christ goes with us and is born again and again by what we say and do.

As we enter the new year, I would like to wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous new year.

Your Chaplain,

Fr. Dick Bester

Grand Knight’s Message:

Dear Brother Knights & Ladies:

After celebrating Christ’s Birth at Christmas the Church is now in Ordinary Time. Let us use this time to stop & listen in our prayers and be guided in what our Lord is calling us to do.We had a successful year which enabled us to meet our charitable commitments donating over $22,000.

Our Council has made another Pledge $50,000 to refurbish the Fr. O’Rouke Window. This will require a lot of volunteer hours over the next five plus years. The delivery of the Beacon Herald Phone Books is a good start. Thanks to all those who have braved the elements to deliver these books. We are almost complete. Another Walk A Thon is being planned for later this year. Proceeds will go to the pledge.

We had another successful Christmas Ham Sale which resulted in a profit of $ 935.00 Thanks for the support.

Jim Gaylor reported at our council meeting that The State Charities Ticket sales got off to a great start by selling 109.3 books at the mall over the Christmas Season. This is a terrific start towards our goal of selling 250 books. Let’s support Br. Jim in his goal by taking a book or two to sell.

Our next Boston Pizza Night is Wednesday Feb 1, 2017. Come out and support. See Mike Lobsinger for tickets. Proceeds are for Youth Soccer.

A Knights’ Appreciation Dinner is being held on Sunday Jan 29th starting at 5 PM. Members come out and enjoy a free Dinner. Guests can dine for $ 10.00.

We were requested to provide Pall Bearers for Cory Ruijs Funeral Mass. Thanks to the brothers that provided this service.

Again this year we will start Lent with a Shrove Tuesday Meal prepared by the Knight’s at our hall 4:30 until 7 PM. Come out and enjoy.

We have a number of Brothers that do not have their 2nd or 3rd degrees. Both Degrees are being held on Sunday March 5, 2017 at Hanover. Contact Ken Gaffney for more information.

Your Grand Knight

John J. Price

In Memoriam


Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Ruth Hansford, spouse of deceased Brother Gord Hansford, John Long, brother-in-law of Brother Greg Bentley and for their family members

Sick and Shut-ins

Our prayers are requested for the following Knights who are either sick or shut in:

Brothers Gary Birmingham, Father Richard Tremblay, Harry Thomas, Eugene Hagen, Al Grant, Marco Eusebi, Ron Bourque, Frank Flood, Dave Franks and Michael Gomes.

Also for Theresa Kelly, Debbie Mahood, Shirley Reeve, Anne Ryan-Murphy, Abigail Gregory-Mooney, Betty Dubrick, Lorraine Minten, Mary Lou Palleschi and Shirley Reeve.

Thank You


There are social events at this time of year that are enjoyed by many council members are their friends. These events have people behind the scene that work to ensure the event comes to pass. Thanks are in order to Jeff and Jean Smith for their efforts to make the Christmas party a success and to Joe & Rosemary Lorentz, Ken Gaffney and Tom & Louise Gould for another successful New Year’s eve pot luck and card party.

Charity Lottery Tickets

Brothers Ron Lacey and Bernie Van Herk

Brothers Ron Lacey and Bernie Van Herk


Thanks to Jim Gaylor’s enthusiastic team of sellers, 109 books were sold at the Festival Market Place Mall between Dec. 16-27: Bernie Van Herk, Tony Hunter, Ron & Rose Marcy, Edgar Chaput , Frank &Catherine Flood, Shawn Raiman, John &Margaret Bettridge, John Saman, Ron Lacey, Mike Dunn, Joe Lynett, Lorne Twamley, Tom & Louise Gould, Rudy & Ellen Koert, Jim & Marlene Kelly, Paul Smith, Paul Zybera, John Price, Larry McCabe, Lorne Johnston, Dave Wilby, Harry Visser, Jim Miron & Helen Goforth.

Coming Events


Thursday Jan. 19 Community Meal St. Joseph’s Hall

Sunday Jan. 29, Members Appreciation night, 5:00 pm turkey and ham dinner $10 for guests

Wednesday Feb. 1 Boston Pizza food 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Feb. 5 Superbowl 6:00 p.m. our hall

Monday Feb. 6 Council meeting 7:00 p.m.

Monday Feb. 13 , Knights Inc. 7:00 p.m., Knights exec. 7:45 p.m

Saturday Feb. 18 District BB Free Throw Kinkora

Tuesday Feb. 28 Shrove Tuesday 4:30 – 7:00 our hall

Faithful Navigators Message

Sir Knights & Ladies

The Christmas Season, a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ, has ended and we are now in Ordinary Time.

At the weekend masses Fr. Bester mentioned a new direction for our London Diocese “Family of Parishes”. This has been in the works for some time and will replace our “Clustered Parishes”. One of the reasons for this is in the next few years there will be even less Priests. I know that we don’t like change but let us pray that our Spiritual Leaders make the right decisions.

On another note Mary Lou is progressing, her spirits are good, she enjoys company & is looking forward to getting out of the Hospital.

Activities for our Assembly have been quiet over the Christmas Holiday that gave us a chance to spend time with our families however as listed below they are returning to normal.

Fraternally Yours

Jack Palleschi

Faithful Navigator

Upcoming Events

Saturday Dec 31, 2016 New Year’s Eve Pot Luck Dinner followed by Cards

Friday Jan 20, 2017 Euchre Party 7 PM (Hosts Adam Gulikers & Howard Culligan)

Monday Jan 23, 2017 Dinner Meeting Cocktails 6:30 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Friday Feb 17, 2017 Euchre Party 7PM (Hosts Ken Gaffney & Dave Wilby)

Monday Feb 27, 2017 Dinner Meeting Cocktails 6:30 PM, Dinner 7 PM