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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

State Deputy Message - January 2018

January 1, 2018


Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe but we are at the half way point of this Fraternal Year.  Just as many people reflect on the past year and plan for the next over New Year’s I also have some thoughts.

In Programs, our State General Program Director has started his monthly newsletters to bring attention to programs at the State level and to help Councils plan and conduct their programs.  Have you read these newsletters?  Please share them with your Council members.  By being active in Building the Domestic Church we will be reminded of our roots as Knights of Columbus brothers and the responsibility we accepted to work with our Bishops and Priests as the “go to” lay ministers of the Parishes. 

Do you have your plans in place for Programs for the next 6 months?  Keep in mind, your SP-7 can be submitted any time after April 1, 2018 if you have your 4 programs in each of the 6 areas completed.  Don’t be that guy; the Council that does all the work and forgets to get the form turned in before the deadline.

As a State, we are just above 40% of our goal for new members.  Historically Supreme looks at this benchmark to see if States are on track to achieve Circle of Honor for their members. We are! 

November was great in terms of bringing in new members.  Much of this is related to our October Church and Membership Drives.  They do work.  We have learned that for them to work we may need to conduct them a little different than what was done in the past.  We have another opportunity with our March Church Drives.  Have you ordered you kits yet? Don’t rely on your DD to provide his emergency kit for you. 

How is your Council progressing at earning Star Council Award?  Do you have your programs planned, your membership drives set, your events secheduled with the Parish and Pastor?  Is the Insurance Agency supporting you more than in prior years?  Do you encourage Brothers to make an appointment with a Field Agent?

I, along with our State Officers, have been presenting the 30 Star Council Awards at Parish Masses and Council events.  When presenting at a Mass, most often the Pastor follows my talk with his comments about the work and dedication of the Knights to that Parish Community.  What a great recruiting moment. 

If you look at your Fraternal Leader Success Planner for January, you will see that the Supreme Program Spotlight is the Ultrasound Initiative.  Arizona is not to be left out.  At the State Mid-year meeting in December I announced the start of a 2-year drive to raise funds for a new Ultrasound machine for one of our Arizona Pregnancy centers.  We will reveal the target center soon.  I am asking each Council and Assembly to donate $300 over the next two years to this cause.  Along with matching funds from Supreme this will allow us to purchase an Ultrasound machine and possibly have some funds left to provide repair and upgrade to others we have placed in the past.  Donations will be to the Arizona Knights of Columbus Charity Inc, a 501c3 entity.

Any day you will be sending out your Council Per Capita dues notices, along with receiving the Per Capita billings from Supreme and the State.  If you have any questions about either the Supreme or State billings contact your District Deputy for assistance. 

Over the next two months there will be at least 3 different Priest Appreciation Dinners in the state.  Already Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma are scheduled.  I cannot emphasize how important it is that we attend these dinners to show our Priests and Bishops the support of the Knights of Columbus.  I ask you to sponsor your Priests so that the hosts don’t foot this expense themselves.

Do you know of a Veteran, or Brother Knight that needs a wheelchair?  A few years ago, you were very generous in donating funds so that we could purchase an entire ocean container of wheelchairs.  Many are now in use, but we still have a large number is storage.  Your efforts and these wheelchairs are going to waste with them sitting in a warehouse.  Contact me directly to make arrangements to pick one up for a needy person. 

Be on the lookout for more information about E-Membership.  Arizona went Live on October 16, 2017 and so far, we are exceeding original expectations.  We are a little surprised by the members that are using this method to join us, but we are excited about the program.

Finally, I ask that each Council or Assembly recite the Leaders Prayer that we have used for our State Prayer over the last two years.  The Prayer has an important message.  Regrettably I have heard more reports about brother Knights that may have forgotten or missed the message so now will be a good time to reflect on this prayer.  I have included a copy in case you did not get one of the printed versions.

Let’s renew our energy as we go forward the next 6 months to make this the best year for your Councils and for the Arizona Knights of Columbus.

Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain
State Deputy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2017-2018 Charity Raffle

Worthy DDs and GKs,
Happy New Year!!!  I hope you  had a great Christmas season and are enjoying the start of 2018.  At the recent mid-year organization meeting, the Worthy State Deputy authorized Richard Armanini and I to contact each GK personally (by phone) to ensure that they had received an adequate supply of raffle tickets, posters and sales guides for their council charity raffle campaign.  As you know, our goal this year is $355,000 and this can only be achieved if councils start their campaign early and have the needed supplies on hand when needed.
We will also take the opportunity to see if any council or district would like us to come and hold a strategy session - either personally or via video conference.
We plan to begin making these call starting February 1st through the 15th. 

Vivat Jesus,
Dennis P. Sullivan                                     Richard Armanini
AZ State Charity Director                           Co-Director
e-mail: denpsulli@aol.com                        REArmani@gmail.com
480-201-5556                                          480-818-1774

If you do not have the raffle material, contact your District Deputy. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Priest Appreciation Dinner - Phoenix

The Phoenix Diocese Priest Appreciation Dinner is fast approaching.  It will take place on February 9, 2018.  The attached invitation has been sent to all District Deputy's, Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators in the Phoenix Diocese.
Separate invitations have also been mailed to almost 300 Priest who live and work within the Phoenix Diocese. We would like to ask your help in making sure that these invitations have been received by the Priest in your Parish, your Council Chaplain, your Faithful Frier and and another priest you know in the Phoenix Diocese. Be sure they are invited and please let us know if they plan to attend.  It would also be a great idea if you invited and paid for your Deacons as well.
We are encouraging every Knight that attends to try and sponsor a Priest as well.  Remember almost
half the priest that are invited do not have an assigned Parish or an affiliation with a Council or Assembly. They need sponsorship as well.   
Please get these message to your Brother Knights  and RSVP as soon as possible with the Names of the Knights who plan to attend, as well as the number of Priest your knights,  councils and assemblies would like to sponsor.
Thank you. 
Vivat Jesus!

Rick Garrison
Knights of Columbus
AZ State Executive Secretary
SS Simon & Jude Cathedral Council 12708
Phone: 480-522-7064

January Programs Newsletter

Please see this months newsletter  It contains ideas for programs your Councils can undertake as part of Supreme's Domestic Church initiative.  It also contains information about the State Free Throw Championship and the  March for Life events coming up in Phoenix and Tucson on January 20, 2018.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for more info or to make suggestions for improvement.

Vivat Jesus!
Lawrence A. Powers
State Program Director
Arizona Knights of Columbus
(702) 827-8135

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas Parade!

Fr. Douglas J. Nohava Council 1229. 
Our Fourth Degree color corps was in this years annual Winslow Christmas Parade. This Year’s Christmas party was a hit, especially because Santa Clause came to visit the children.
Also, our hard working Knights repainted the Hope Pregnancy Resource Center. We are looking forward to 2018 so we can further serve our Parish and Community!
Vivat Jesus!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Priest Appreciation Dinner - Tucson

December 20, 2017

Dear Worthy Grand Knight,

You are cordially invited to the “Annual Priest Appreciation Dinner” for the Diocese of Tucson. The Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter of the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring this event on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The event this year is being held at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Parish Hall, 8650 N. Shannon Road, Tucson, Arizona 85742 and hosted by Roy Champeau Council 8077.
There will be a social hour beginning at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.  All Priests are guests of the Knights of Columbus for this special dinner. The dinner will be a choice of roast beef or eggplant parmesan with various side dishes, dessert and coffee. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know so that we can accommodate those needs. Tickets for the dinner are $25.

Please confirm your reservation with Roy Champeau Council by calling Jeffrey Schneider at 520-419-4130 or emailing him at bronte1@mindspring.com.

His Excellency Edward J. Weisenburger, Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson, is scheduled to be in attendance as are the State of Arizona Officers of the Knights of Columbus.

We have enclosed a tally sheet from the Roy Champeau Council containing more information regarding the dinner and menu. Please return the tally sheet and funds by Thursday February 1, 2018 so the proper arrangements for food can be made. You can also reserve and pay by credit card on the chapter web site at http://www.tucsonknights.com.

We look forward to you joining us for an evening of fraternity and brotherhood.


Jeff Morgan
Chapter President

Knights of Columbus   

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Eve Rosary with Bishop Olmsted

Brother Knights,
I would like to invite and encourage you and your families to join Bishop Olmsted and others on Christmas Eve to pray a community Rosary is support of the unborn. Following is a message from the Diocese of Phoenix Office of Marriage and Respect Life
Due to Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, our annual Christmas Eve Rosary with Bishop Olmsted will be held at a NEW TIME this year, from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM. PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Planned Parenthood, 5771 W. Eugie Ave., Glendale, AZ

As we celebrate the eve of Christ's birth, join Bishop Olmsted in praying the rosary outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Glendale. Please park along nearby streets and walk to the site; do not park in local business or medical parking lots. Bring water and shade. Info: https://dphx.org/event/christmas-eve-rosary-for-life-2017/
Vivat Jesus,
Sean E. Halpain
State Deputy
Arizona Knights of Columbus
2875 W. Ray Road, Suite 6-280
Chandler, AZ 85224

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tucson Parade of Lights

Please find attached photos from the Tucson Parade of Lights from Assembly 3617.

This is annual Christmas Parade in Tucson won't say Christmas. Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School once again had an entry in the parade. Principal Roll invited the Fr Anthony Rey Assembly 3617 Color Guard to lead the entry. One of the school's parent owns a 1950's Fire Engine which the students got to ride on. This was a tremendously enjoyable event for the students, the parents, and especially the Knights!

Programs Newsletter - December 2017

Worthy District Deputies and Grand Knights,
Please see this months newsletter  It contains ideas for programs your Councils can undertake as part of Supreme's Domestic Church initiative.  It also contains information about March for Life events coming up in Phoenix and Tucson on January 20, 2018.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for more info or to make suggestions for improvement.

Vivat Jesus!
Lawrence A. Powers
State Program Director
Arizona Knights of Columbus
(702) 827-8135

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Coats for Kids Council 12246

St. Benedict Council 12246 in Phoenix, Arizona, collected over 145 coats for the Coats for Kids program. The council coordinated the effort with two domestic violence shelters to obtain an exact size for each of the children and delivered the coats personalized for each child wrapped in festive Christmas packages.



Members of the Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict Council #12246 passing out Coats for Kids at the Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter in Phoenix, Arizona.


Members of the Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict Council #12246 passing out Coats for Kids at the Chicanos Por La Causa De Colores Domestic Violence Shelter.


Members of the Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict Council #12246 that helped collect and distribute  over 145 Coats for Kids

L to R: Jay Iole, Alfred Gomez, Patrick Tacderan, Isauro Amaro, Ed Giovannucci and Ron Ellenberger (not pictured, James Chavez)


The Coats for Kids wrapped and waiting for the children at Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter in Phoenix, Arizona