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Sunday, November 01, 2020

State Deputy Message - November 2016

We have now completed 1/3  of our Fraternal Year.  Four months done, only eight left.  How are you doing on your Council Action Plans?  Are you serving your Parishes and Pastors?  Is your Community better now than it was on July 1st?  Are you becoming the Leader of Your Domestic Church?
As a State, we were in the money for the first three months.  Supreme has continued State Membership Incentive contests.  In July, August and September we qualified for some additional funds that we will put back into Membership growth programs.
Surprisingly we came up short in October.  I say surprising as October is one of our two Membership Drive months.  To help us we even asked our Supreme Membership & Program Consultant to come to Arizona and give us some additional training to help us come from behind the table and do what we all knows is the best way to recruit a man to join the Knights; Ask him!
I trust that those efforts will be reflected in November and December growth as we bring those we asked to join complete their Admissions Degree. Don’t wait until our April Church Drives to use these new skills. Recruit now.  Can you think of a better way to help another man experience Advent than to become part of a group of Catholic men dedicated to our Lord and our Church?
Don’t get down.  We still have two months before our midpoint which gives us plenty of time to get back on track.  Look at our State Website or ask your Grand Knight about the Incentive programs we have in place to reward those who bring a man into the Knights.
Members may not realize this but we do listen to what is being said at the Council Meetings, during the Pancake Breakfasts,  at Officer Installations and by word of mouth.  I had thought that the Star Recruiter Program, and in particular the Star Recruiter Pin, had run its course and we needed to look for something new.  I was wrong!
At least 8 other States picked up this program begun by IPSD Larry Becker.  We are bringing the program back but with some changes.  You no longer will need to fill out the card and mail to receive your Star Recruiter Pin.  Working with Supreme we now have a way to capture your name from the Form 100 and we will be sending the Star Recruiter Pins you have earned.  To enhance this program we now have a Star Recruiter Key Chain for those who bring in three or more new members.
Start recruiting now so we won’t need to push to reach our goals for Star Council in May and June.
Do you buy stuff from Amazon?  Are you a member of Amazon Smiles?  Did you know you can help our State Charity to receive additional donations?  When you check out remember to pick Arizona Knights of Columbus Charity Inc.  A special thank you to State Treasurer Mario Vassallo for setting this up.
How is your Prayer Life?  Are you struggling to evangelize our faith?  On Saturday November 5 the Tucson Men’s Conference will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  On February 4, 2017 the Phoenix Men’s Conference will be presented at Xavier College Prep.  Both of these events are a chance to come together not only with Brother Knights, but with other Catholic and Christian Men to publically express your faith.  If you have been to either of these you know that you, through the Arizona State Council, help to Sponsor these events.  Both will culminate with a Mass celebrated by each Dioceses Bishops.
COMING SOON!  More on the Domestic Church initiative announced by our Supreme Knight at the 2015 State Deputy meeting.  This effort is continuing, was part of the inspiration for our State Theme, and will soon become part of our Surge with Service programs.  Supreme will be announcing the details soon but get a jump and have your Council get involved in the Building the Domestic Church while strengthening your Parishes.
Start a study group using Bishop Olmsted’s Apostolic Exhortation “Into the Breach”  If you don’t have a paper copy then download it from Supreme’s CIS site.
Invite Families to follow the “Families Fully Alive” program.  Make this a part of your recruiting efforts to bring in young men just starting their families.
Here are more programs on Supreme’s Website to help us enact our Supreme Knights vision.  Journey to the Inn, Keep Christ in Christmas Campaign, Food for Families, Coats for Kids, Family Week Celebrations.
Remember the Holy Family Icons and the Marian Prayer program?  This program is still going and we have two Icons in Arizona for you to use.  Contact District Master Bryant Sayers for more information and to schedule one of these Icons at your Council, Parish, or School.
It has been also brought to my attention that the State Council, our Program Directors, and me in particular need to communicate more information to our membership using our State Website along with strategic bulk email broadcasts.  Future messages will include short bits of information from our Pro Life Chair couple, Habitat for Humanity Chairman, Community Director & programs you can take to your communities.  If you would like topics covered please let me know. 
We begin and end our meetings with prayer.  For meetings and events I ask that you recite the Leader’s Prayer that is part of our State Theme to “Be The Leader of Your Domestic Church”.  On a daily basis please remember to keep your Brother Knights and their families in your prayers.  Many are suffering, most in silence, and we can serve each other in no better way that to pray for each other.
Vivat Jesus

SD Sean Halpain

Sunday, October 25, 2020

2016 Mid Year Meeting

Worthy District Deputies, Worthy Council Officers, and Brother Knights,
The 2016-2017 Fraternal Year Mid-Year meeting will be hosted by Raul Navarrete Council 9482 at St. Andrew the Apostle in Chandler Friday December 2-4, 2016.

Click here for the Registration Packet.

The registration packet contains information for this year's State Mid Year meeting. Please excuse the delayed timing of this notice as we worked to find another Council after the original Council in Tucson that was planning to host had to withdraw due to Parish schedule conflicts.

I ask that you notice of the deadlines for registering and take prompt action so we can plan on having you there without the need for your Assigned State Officers to follow up with you in a few weeks.

I look forward to seeing you in Chandler. Please come with questions to ask and ideas to share.

Sean Halpain
State Deputy
Arizona Knights of Columbus

Friday, November 25, 2016

Knights in Action - Knights Food Drive exceeds 4,300 cans

Food Drive exceeds goal of 4,000 cans


The Knights of Columbus of the Bishop Francis J. Green Council # 11855 and the students from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School take their wagons of canned goods to Mass on 23 Nov 2016.  They collected over 4,300 cans in their food drive for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.



Worthy State Chaplain, Father Patrick Crino,  talks to students as they prepare to pull their wagons of canned goods to the altar.



This is only half of the wagons.  Over 4,300 cans were collected, exceeding their goal of 4,000 cans.



Knights box up the donated cans.



Faithful Navigator of the Father Anthony Rey Assembly # 3617 assists our Worthy State Chaplain loading boxes of cans from the food drive onto the Saint Vincent de Paul truck on 25 Nov 2016.




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Flag Retirement Ceremony at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School

The Father Anthony Rey Assembly 3617 conducted a Flag Retirement at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School. This is the 5th year that a flag retirement has been conducted at the school.  Faithful Captain Ray Obral led the ceremony. Over 400 students and 50 family members attended the ceremony. Council 11855 & State Chaplain Fr. Crino led the opening prayer. Each year, an honoree is chosen from the School Community. This year, Staff Sgt. Kristen Grivala of the Arizona Air National Guard was the Honoree. She has recently returned form a deployment to southwest Asia.

Monday, November 14, 2016

2016 State Soccer Winners

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Council 11855 Installs a 'Buddy Bench' at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School

Knights installed this home made bench made by one the school student's Grandma. This bench is located next to the playground. If any student doesn't have a buddy to play with, they can sit on the bench and the other students will come over ask the student to come and play with them. Principal Charlene Roll admires and test out the bench.


Bishop Kicanas with a few of our winners. (Photo taken at SEAS on Saturday, November 5, 2016)

Tucson's ARC Poster Contest Winners with State Officers

This photo was taken on Saturday, November 5 at SEAS. Eleven of our winners with State Deputy Sean Halpain and State Treasurer, Mario Varsalles. Some of our winners came as far away as Nogales and Sierra Vista. We had a wonderful Pizza Party and fortunate to have our sponsors visit us.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Rummage Sale - Tucson Knights in Action

Worthy State Chaplain, Fr. Patrick Crino assists Seminarian Jesus load furniture onto the trailer for the Bishop Francis J. Green Council 11855 Knights of Columbus Rummage Sale on 30 October 2016.

Gramer Hall at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church was packed.

Knights delivered large furniture items purchased at the Rummage Sale

Items not sold at the Rummage Sale were donated to Saint Vincent de Paul

Knights donated a stainless steel refrigerator and four leather chairs to the teachers lounge at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.  Last year the knights painted the teachers lounge.  This year was the furniture upgrade.

Teachers from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School enjoy the new leather chairs donated by the Knights of Columbus.

40 Days for Life - Stand for Life - Thursday October 27

Brother Knights,

Please support the 40 Days for Life National event to be held this Thursday, October 27th!  Hear from dynamic local and national speakers, pray, fast, and stand together with pro-lifers from across our state.  The event will begin at 7 PM at 1331 N. 7th St. in Phoenix.  A second event will be held in Flagstaff on Friday, October 28 at 8:30 AM.  Please see attached flier for details.

Attached are two Fliers with information about upcoming 40 Days for Life Events.  

Even though this is short notice please share with as many of your Council members as you can and encourage their participation.

If you need additional information please contact our State Pro Life Chair Couple, Malcolm & Karen Ord at mkazknights@yahoo.com.