Monthly Archives: April 2017

Message from your Chaplain

Dear Brother Knights,

By the time that you receive this bulletin, we will be celebrating Easter. Holy Week as you know, is the week which precedes the great Feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  This week includes the last days of Lent and the beginning of the Easter Triduum.  During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of His life on earth, beginning with His messianic entrance into Jerusalem.

The Resurrection is the central doctrine of our faith.  Historically, it is rooted in Christ, and we wait for the resurrection on the last day.  It is a source of hope for all of us and gives our life direction.

For the Resurrection to be experienced, it has to touch all the aspects of our lives, here and now , here and everywhere.  We all have our days of Calvary and we all have our days of Resurrection.  But it is our belief that there is life after death that sees us through the difficult times.  At every Eucharist, we celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This is what we call the Paschal Mystery and this Pascal Mystery is what is experienced in our life.

At this time, I want to wish you and your families a Happy Easter and thank you for all that you do for our Church and the wider community.

Your Chaplain

Father Dick Bester

Grand Knight’s Message

Dear Brother Knights & Ladies:

As I am writing this message we are entering the “Easter Triduum” a time to reflect on the passion and death of Jesus Christ only to rise on Easter the greatest feast in our Liturgical Year.

As Christians we are still being challenged in our faith. One of these challenges is Physician Assisted Death.

Our cluster is holding a day of Palliative Care Prayer at Immaculate Conception Church on Thur. May 4th starting with the 8 a.m. Mass. Please make an effort to participate. The Knights will lead in the Rosary which will be at 11 a.m., one of many prayers selected for this day. Also we will have some speakers give us a talk on this subject. Refer to an upcoming church bulletin for more details.

Deacon Ross Campbell, a member of our council, will be ordained to the Priesthood on May 6th. He will be celebrating the 5 a.m. Mass on Sat. May 13 at Immaculate Conception Church with a reception and presentations following in the parish hall. I urge you to attend. It is not often that we get a chance to partake in something as wonderful as this.

Rose Sunday will be weekend of May 13 & 14. The Knights will be at the church doors. Proceeds go to support our local Stratford and District Right to Life.

Once again we will be preparing & serving food at the Rely Lay for Life on Friday June 2nd. Please keep this date open to assist. Harry Visser is our contact person.

Harry Visser has some open dates in December for Hall Rentals. Any members wanting to rent hall contact Harry.

Our next Boston Pizza Night is Wed. May 10th. Come out & support. Proceeds are for Sick Kids.

Our new field agent Dev (Dave) Bwagwat was at our last council meeting and spoke. His intentions are to partake in our fund raising events & get to know members & their family. He commented on how vibrant our social is following the meeting.

Donna and myself wish everyone a holy and joyous Easter.

Your Grand Knight

John J. Price

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, Michael Gomes, and Frank Krauskopf.

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

Council Meeting


Field Agent

Our newly appointed Field Agent Dev Bhagwat was introduced to Council members.

Contact information

Tel. (519) 888-0869

Many knights first think ‘insurance’ when hearing the title, Field Agent

But Dev made a point of stressing how important it is that he meet members in their home so that he can be of greater help to the widow of a member at the time of the passing of a knight.

He is looking forward to attending special functions of Council

Stratford Knights Incorporated



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stratford Knights Inc. will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall 93 Morgan Street, Stratford Ontario on the 5th. of June, 2017 at the hour of approximately 8:30 p.m. for the following purposes.

  1. To receive and consider the financial report of the corporation as of December 31, 2016.

  2. To elect the Directors of the Corporation

  3. To appoint the Accounting Firm for the Corporation for 2017

  4. To consider, if approved to ratify and confirm all by-laws, resolutions, contract, acts and proceedings of the Board of Directors of the Corporation enacted, made, done or taken since the last annual meeting of the shareholders.

  5. To enact such further business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournments thereof.

TAKE NOTICE that the Grand Knight and the Deputy Grand Knight will no longer be appointed as ex officio without the necessity of election. This will comply with a direction from Canada Revenue.

At this Annual Meeting, there are to be nominations for five (6) members to the Board of Directors who are to hold office for a two (2) year term. Each nominee to the Board of Directors must be a member of the Corporation in good standing of Council 1431, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. Each member shall be nominated in writing by a member of the Corporation in good standing and such nomination shall be filed with the Secretary of the Corporation or, in the absence, an officer of the Corporation not less than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the time of the meeting. Each nominee to the Board of Directors must signify his intention, in writing, to so stand by 9:00 p.m. on the 5th. of June, 2017, or he shall not be eligible for election to the Board of Directors.

Directors who still have one year remaining to serve on the present Board of Directors are:

Jim Miron, Fred Dubrick, Joe Lorentz, Lorne Twamley, Mike Mooney

Directors who have completed their term of office and are eligible for re-election are:

Tom Gould, Tony Vigar, Harry Visser, Frank Flood, John Price, Ron Marcy



94 McCarthy Rd Apt 4

Stratford, Ontario N5A 7K8

Stratford Knights Inc.

Statement of Operations and Fund Balance

(Unaudited – See Notice to Reader)

For the year ended December 31 2016 2015


Facility Rent $ 7,285 $ 7,094

Council Rent 4,200 5,100

Interest on Investments 3,753 4,896

Miscellaneous 3,600 4,840

18,838 21,930


Amortization 12,829 13,606

Insurance 5,091 4,852

Janitorial Supplies 707 658

Maintenance 17,154 2,298

Miscellaneous 373 405

Professional fees 1,102 1,074

Property taxes 5,724 5,702

Telephone & cable 2,038 1,718

Utilities 3,575 3,486

48,593 33,799

Loss Before Income Taxes (29,755) (11,869)

Income Taxes 8 479

Results of operations for the year (29,763) (12,348)

Fund Balance, beginning of year 590,449 602,798

Fund Balance, end of year $ 560,686 $ 590,449

Day of Prayer

On Thursday May 4 at Immaculate conception Church, there will be prayer and speakers that will focus on the very serious matter of physician assisted death. The day of prayer will begin with the 8:00 a.m. Mass, followed by the Stations of the Cross at 8:30, speakers Diane Parr and Jane Downey at 10:00 a.m. and the rosary at 11:00 a.m., led by Knights. The day will close with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 p.m.

Welfare Trust

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of KILROY COUNCIL 1431 CHARITABLE WELFARE TRUST will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 93 Morgan Street, Stratford Ontario during the regular Council meeting on May 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

We remind everyone that we can issue a taxable receipt for any donation which is deposited to the Welfare Trust Account. When making an In Memoriam donation at the funeral home, please consider the Charitable Welfare Trust. Donations made by cheque are to be payable to “KILROY COUNCIL 1431 CHARITABLE WELFARE TRUST

Repeat Champion



You will recognize the face. His name is Gustin Soriano. Last year we celebrated his winning the Regional and Provincial Free Throw Basketball Championship.

He has done it again. Gustin captured the boys 11 year old Regional Free Throw Championship at the competition in London on March 4. Well done Gustin.

Coming Events

April 21-23 Ontario State Convention

Monday May 1 Council meeting 7:00 p.m.

Thursday May 4, Day of Prayer, Immaculate Conception, 8:00 a.m., assisted physician death

Monday May 8, Knights Inc 7:00 p.m.; Council Exec. 7:45 p.m

Wednesday May 10 Boston Pizza, proceeds to Sick Kids Foundation

Saturday May 13, 5:00 p.m. Fr. Ross Campbell Mass Immaculate Conception Church

Sunday May 14, Rose Sunday

Monday June 5 Council meeting 7:00 p.m.

Friday June 2, Relay for Life Survivor Walk SCSS, Food by Knights

Thursday June 8, Steak BBQ, 5:00 p.m. our hall

Monday June 12, Knights Inc 7:00 p.m.; Council Exec. 7:45 p.m.

Sunday September 10, St. Anthony’s annual Mass 2:00 p.m.

Sunday September 17, Walk-a-Thon fundraiser