Monthly Archives: May 2017

Message from your Chaplain

Dear Brother Knights,

We are still in the Easter season and will be until the great feast of Pentecost.  Certainly there are signs around us of Resurrection as we enter firmly into spring.  As William Jennings Bryan wrote

To every created thing God has given a tongue that proclaims a resurrection.  If the Father designs to touch with divine power the cold and pulseless heart of the buried acorn, and make it burst forth from its prison wall, will he leave neglected the soul of man, who is made in the image of the Creator?”

The doctrine of the resurrection is the central doctrine of our faith.  Our belief in the resurrection gives our lives meaning and direction, and offers us hope.  Belief in the resurrection gives us hope to face all the circumstances of our lives.  It touches our lives here and now, here and everywhere.  Even in our suffering and the little deaths that we face, there are little resurrections.  This is what we call the Paschal mystery that we celebrate at each mass, and find present in our lives.

I want to thank you for the honour guards that you will be supplying for Confirmation coming up and also the weekend that the Bishop is here for the open house.  I want to thank you for all that you do in our church and in our community.  Rose Sunday will take place on Mother’s Day and I thank you for that as well.

During this Easter season let all of us open our hearts to the miracle of the resurrection.

Your Chaplain,

Fr. Dick Bester

Grand Knight’s Message

Dear Brother Knights & Ladies:

I am sure by now everyone knows that a member of our council was ordained to the Priesthood on May 6, 2017. Congratulations to Fr. Ross Campbell for your vocation to the priesthood which will benefit so many individuals.

My term as this councils Grand Knight is coming to an end and I wish to thank everyone for their guidance and support. Also to my wife Donna for her patience and understanding.

I also thank our Grand Knight elect Ken Gaffney for accepting his nomination, as well as the other new members of the Executive that accepted their nominations.

Br. Martin Switzer recently obtained his 2nd & 3rd Degrees. Andrew Fraiser who just moved into the area recently received his 1st degree and we also have 4 transfers into our council Andrew Crowley, Dave Crowley, Cory James Wege and Ron Bokkers.

Our next large fundraiser is the annual Steak BBQ on Thursday June 8th. Format same as previous years, Tickets are same $ 20.00. Your attendance makes this a successful event. Several members have tickets – Tony Vigar, Harry Visser, Larry McCabe, Joe Lorentz, myself.

There are some upcoming events that require your participation. When contacted by a committee person lend your assistance if the date is not conflicting for you.

Friday June 2nd – Relay for Life BBQ & serving;

Thursday June 15th — Community Meal prepare, serve & cleanup;

Sunday July 2nd – Clustered Parish Picnic BBQ & serving.

At our last council meeting Br. Lorne Twamley was collecting pledges as he will be walking in the Relay for Life. Lorne will be pleased to add your name. There are also some other brothers walking that will gratefully take a pledge.

Bingo workers are needed. The 4th Degree has also received a license. This requires additional members to man the bingos. It is much easier than previously, sell the cards & pay out the prize money. Contact John Price or Larry McCabe.

Your Grand Knight

John J. Price

In Memoriam

Please remember in your prayers the repose of the souls of Betty Doherty, wife of Brother Seamus Doherty, Pauline Helm, wife of deceased Grand Knight Arnold Helm and Sylvio Parr, father of Brother Dan Parr and for their families.

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, Frank Krauskopf and Steve Voros.

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

Charitable Welfare Trust Fund

The annual meeting of the Charitable Welfare Trust was conducted by John Saman. Statements presented showed the balances as of December 2016:

Scholarship Funds $23,542.91

Welfare funds $1,416.78

Bingo funds $1,565.21

Over the year 2016, $33,766 was donated to various charities: Stratford Hospital Foundation, Kiwanis Arts & Music Festival, Stratford Youth Soccer, the Arthritis Society, St. Joseph’s Church, Immaculate Conception Church, Ostomy Association, Kiwanis Club of Stratford/CJCS Basket Fund, Stratford House of Blessing, L’Arche Stratford, Salvation Army Stratford, Simple Dreams, St. Michael C.S.S., Optimism Place, St. Aloysius School, St. Joseph Church

Restoration Fund, Stratford & Area Right to Life, Alzheimers’s Society, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Special Olympics Ontario.

John Saman was re-elected to chair this fund for another year.

State Charity

We are at the point in our sale of state charity tickets where all returns must come to Jim Gaylor. We have had good participation from members and with the sale of tickets at the mall. Thank you to everyone who has sold (and bought) tickets. We are on track to surpass our 2016 sales this year.

At the State AGM, Grand Knight John Price was given this certificate of recognition for our council’s tickets sales in 2016. For a council of our size, we do very well. Jim Gaylor accepted the certificate on behalf of council members who each year buy and sell these tickets.


Based on these ticket sales, our council received back from State a sum of $2,502.50 into our charitable account and $625 for council use. Brothers, your efforts and support make a difference to what we can do as a council

Harry Visser and Edgar Chaput at the mall selling state charity tickets over the Easter weekend. 21 books of tickets were sold over 4 days.


Council Meeting

Field Agent Dev Bhagwat spoke to the members, congratulating them on the transfer of 4 members into the council and encouraging them to find ways to attract new members. He suggested using the enticement of a gift card to a local restaurant or a ‘steak dinner’ with the field agent as possibilities. He also looks forward to meeting members in their homes over coffee to discuss any concerns they may have over such things as estate planning.

Field Agent Dev Bhagwat spoke to the members, congratulating them on the transfer of 4 members into the council and encouraging them to find ways to attract new members. He suggested using the enticement of a gift card to a local restaurant or a ‘steak dinner’ with the field agent as possibilities. He also looks forward to meeting members in their homes over coffee to discuss any concerns they may have over such things as estate planning.

Executive for 2017-2018

Grand Knight Ken Gaffney

Deputy Grand Knight Fred Dubrick

Chancellor Mike Mooney

Warden Darryl McCadden

Recorder Kirk Gregory

Treasurer John Walsh

Lecturer Mike Lobsinger

Advocate Joe Lorentz

Inside Guard Shawn Raiman

Outside Guard Bill Ryan

Trustee, 3 year John Price

Trustee, 2 year Jim Miron

Trustee, 1 year Dave Wilby

Coming Events

Saturday May 13, 5:00 p.m. Fr. Ross Campbell Mass Immaculate Conception Church; Council will be making a presentation to Fr. Ross

Sunday May 14, Rose Sunday

Sunday May 28, Appreciation Day for volunteers in the cluster, St. Joseph’s Church Hall

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

Friday June 2, Relay for Life Survivor Walk SCSS, Food by Knights, 9:00 p.m.

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.

Thursday June 15, K of C prepares and serves community meal at St. Joseph’s Hall

Sunday July 2, clustered parish swim and picnic Sunday September 10, St. Anthony’s annual Mass 2:00 p.m.

Sunday September 17, Walk-a-Thon fundraiser

Faithful Navigators Message

Sir Knights & Ladies

The feast of Pentecost is on Sunday June 4th. That afternoon the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held in our Parish Cluster at St. Joseph’s Church. Our Assembly will provide an Honour Guard.

St. Joseph’s Church will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary the weekend of June10-11.

Our Assembly has made a contribution to mark this milestone occasion.

Bishop Fabbro will be the celebrant & homilist at the weekend Masses. Our Assembly will provide an Honour Guard at the 11:30 AM Mass.

There will be an open house from 1:30 until 3:30 PM

Lady Betty Doherty passed away. Our prayers & condolences are extended to SK Seamus & their family.

SK’s your help is needed to work at our bingos. The dates have been added to our upcoming events.

Our May Euchre Party is the 2nd Friday May 12 due to the start of the long weekend on May 19th.

Our next Dinner Meeting will be Monday May 29th,

Fraternally Yours

Jack Palleschi

Faithful Navigator.


Upcoming Events

Friday May 12, 2017 Euchre Party 7PM (Host John Price)

Sunday May 13, 2017 Bingo 5 PM

Sunday May 28, 2017 Bingo 5 PM

Monday May 29, 2017 Dinner Meeting Cocktails 6:30 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Sunday June 4, 2017 Honour Guard Confirmation St. Joseph’s 2 PM

Sunday June 4, 2017 Bingo 5 PM

Sunday June 11, 2017 Honour Guard St. Joseph’s 150th Anniversary 11:30 AM

Friday June 16, 2017 Euchre Party 7PM

Monday June 26, 2017 BBQ Dinner 6:30 PM

Tuesday June 27, 2017 Bingo 5 PM