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Monday, January 06, 2020

State Deputy Message - January 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I hope you had a great and rewarding Advent season, this year the longest time period for Advent.  Next year will be the shortest Advent Season with Christmas just one day after the 4th Sunday of Advent.  For the Christmas season I get many strange looks when I am asked if I had a good Christmas and I answered it only began Christmas Eve and won’t be over until the Baptism of the Lord on January 9th.  Yes, my coworkers and friends know that I am Catholic. 
We now have completed one half of our Fraternal Year.  Have you and your Councils achieved ½ of your Program and Membership goals?  As a State we have not, and honestly we are behind where we should be in both Programs and Membership.  
Do you have plans in place or are you already working on the Domestic Church programs?  Remember you will need to conduct 4 of these this year to qualify for Star Council and Columbian Awards.  It is not too late to look at Supreme’s website under Domestic Church, pick a few, and put them into Action.  Remember to complete and submit any reports they request.
Now is a good time to make plans for your March Membership Drives and order you Church Drive Kits.  Don’t wait until the last minute as it could take as long as 6 weeks to receive these.  As you do this you can also order any needed items to conduct the various Domestic Church activities. 
A takeaway from our Mid Year meeting were requests to receive more communication and information from the State Council.  To this end we will begin to post more short messages on the State Website, www.azknightsofcolumbus.org, along with messages from our State Membership Chairman.  Other Chairman will post messages as well. 
During the Mid Year meeting we asked the District Deputies what areas of training beyond the Supreme Webinars, they believe is needed in the State.  They will also be asking you for your thoughts and sending these to us so we can craft some additional training sessions statewide during the second half of this Fraternal Year.
The February 4th Phoenix Men’s Conference is SOLD OUT!  The State Council was able to obtain some tickets, very close to Front and Center, to use as Incentive for Council Membership recruitment.  Our State Membership Director Kevin McCarthy recently sent out information on this incentive. 
Finally, please plan to join many of your Brother Knights in Tucson on Saturday January 21st as we celebrate Mass with Bishop Kicanas and then march to a local Cemetery for a Memorial Service to the Unborn.  If you can’t make it to Tucson join Bishop Olmsted in Phoenix for Mass or events in your local communities.
Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain
State Deputy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 State Free Throw

Knights of Columbus
Council, District and State 
Free Throw Championship 2017 
Brother Knights,

The Free Throw Championship season is just around the corner.  We are looking forward to a great event with the anticipation all Arizona Councils will be participating this year.  If you have not received or ordered your kit from Supreme, please do so right away.  Schedule your Council event for the month of January. 

Grand Knights: Within a week after the Council event, forward/scan all the WINNERS entry forms/score sheets to your District Deputy.  He will need this information for the District level Free Throw Championship which should be scheduled in February. 

District Deputies: After you determine if there will be a District event, and once it is completed, forward/scan the entry forms/score sheets to the State at: AzKnights@q.com.  These forms MUST be received BEFORE the event. If there is no District Championship, because only one council in your District participates, it is your responsibility to forward/scan this Council’s WINNERS entry forms/score sheets to the State. 

NO Participate should hand carry his/her form to the State Event. Forms may be mailed to: Knights of Columbus, 14175 W. Indian School Rd, Suite B4-626, Goodyear, AZ  85395

Remember there can only be ONE winner per age and gender, Per District. If you determine the 1st Place Winner will not attend the State Event you may send the 2nd Place Winners form to the State.  Please make sure the Council Number and the District Number are on each form before sending the winners forms.

District Deputies please make sure that this information makes it to each of your Council’s Grand Knights and Youth Directors.

This year’s State Championship will be:
DATE:        March 18, 2017
PLACE:     Notre Dame Prep High School 
                   9701 E Bell Rd. Scottsdale AZ. 85260
TIME:      Sign-in is between 9:30 to 10:00    Start time 10:10 a.m.

Award Ceremony will be immediately after the event.

Lunch will be offered by St. Joseph’s Youth Camp

Thank you for your assistance and if you have any questions contact:

Joe Danko, DD 15
State Free Throw Co Chair      
602 710-0418                               


Howard Birnbaum                                 
State Free Throw Co Chair 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Presentation of Colors at Tucson Roadrunner Hockey Game

Sir Knights from the Msgr Hughes and Fr Anthony Rey Assemblies in Tucson presented colors at the Tucson Roadrunners' hockey game. A choir of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School students sang the National Anthem.... everyone stayed and watched the game... tremendously fun evening.

SK Bill Barrett

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Fisher House Help

Attached is a photo of the Sir Knights from Msgr Don Hughes Assembly presenting gift cards to Kelly Laurich, Director of the Arizona Fisher House.  They use these cards to purchase perishable food products for guests at the Fisher House. We go to the Fisher House at least twice a month to cook meals for the guests.  

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Membership Message

Brother Knights,

We have just recently celebrated Christ’s Birth and we enjoyed the tradition of giving and receiving gifts.  Well, I can’t give you all a gift, but I can share with you a couple of membership incentives that will hopefully encourage you to share the gift of Membership in the Knights of Columbus with your Fellow Catholic Brothers.

First,  a Holiday Membership Incentive!  As a reward to the Council in Arizona that that has the largest net increase in membership based on % of quota between December 15, 2016 and January 15, 2017, the Council will receive two tickets for the February 4th Phoenix Men’s Conference.  Make sure that you submit all Form 100s you have ASAP, as well as schedule and hold Admissions Degrees in early January and get the paperwork in and recorded at Supreme before 1/15/17!

Here’s  a link to information on the sold-out Conference.  It will be a great event!  http://www.cmfp.org/2017conference.php

Second, the Supreme Knight has once again approved the Star Council Per Capita Credit Incentive.  Each Council that achieves any level of Star Council will receive a $4.50 credit against the Council’s Supreme Per Capita assessment for every billable member. (Excludes Honorary Life and Disability Exemptions).  This can add up to real money for your council to use to support its good works.  Keep this incentive in mind as you work hard to recruit new members and also when you consider suspending members.

State Membership progress as of 12/29/2016
Goal: 950 New Members
To Date: 382
Percent of Goal: 40.21%

Kevin McCarthy
State Membership Director
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus

Be the Leader of Your Domestic Church

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tucson Knights Practice Carpentry


Grand Knight, Robert Roll, instructs his knights as they remove cabinets from the principal's office at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and install them in the school kitchen.

The sagging cabinets in the old kitchen were over 40 years old and needed to be replaced.  What better way to celebrate the day after Christmas than to join hammers with your fellow knights and enjoy some carpentry just as our Savior enjoyed being a carpenter.

Vivat Jesus,


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Eve Mass - Tucson

Honor Guard for Midnight Mass Mass on Christmas Eve

The Knights of Columbus set-up the luminaries before the Midnight (actually 10pm) Mass and provide an Honor Guard for the Mass.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Eve Rosary with Bishop Olmsted



Please join me and many of your fellow Knights of Columbus members, families, and Prayer warriors for this annual event.


As we celebrate the eve of Christ’s birth, join Bishop Olmsted in praying the rosary outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Glendale.  

Come prepared to join as the Bishop, Priests and Deacons lead the Decades for several of the Mysteries of the Rosary of Mary.

Saturday, December 24th  

Christmas Eve Rosary for Life with Bishop Olmsted

11AM to 12:15PM - Planned Parenthood, 5771 W. Eugie Ave., 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.


Mark you calendars now and plan to attend again on Good Friday in 2017.


Thank you,



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Toys for Tots - Council 15704

Our Lady of the Desert Council No. 15704, Picture Rocks, AZ
The Families of the Brothers from The Our Lady of the Desert Council No. 15704 brought unwrapped toys to their Annual Christmas Potluck on December 15th, 2016.
The local Marine Reserve Center sponsors the Toys-for-Tots program for Southern Arizona.  This year we invited them to our Potluck.  We were very fortunate to have two young Marines attend and shared in our Potluck Dinner.  SSargent, Miguel Diaz and Sargent Thomas Laprovote.  Both men were graduates from the local high school.
We asked for and honored all the Veteran Brothers attending the Potluck.  We had a total of 16 Veterans standing and given an ovation for their service.
SSargent, Diaz told us that he will be attending Marine Officers Training School next year.  Sargent Laprovote is attending the University of Arizona in Pre-Med classes to later graduate as a Doctor.  We wished them the best of luck in their endeavors!
The Brothers assisted in loading three of their standard boxes with toys.  See the photo of SSargent Diaz, Grand Knight Ray Obral, and Sargent Laprovote.  Both Marines were very grateful and thanked us for our donation.

Ray Obral, Grand Knight