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Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 Knights of Columbus State Council Mid-Year Meeting

2012 Knights of Columbus State Council Mid-Year Meeting

 

State Officers and District Deputies will be attending the 2012 Mid-Year Meeting on November 30 and December 1, 2012 in Casa Grande, Arizona. The 2012 Mid-Year meeting will be held at St. Anthony Padua Parish Community Center located at 150 N. Drylake Street in Casa Grande, AZ. This meeting is mandatory for State Officers and District Deputies. On Friday, the meetings, for State Officers and District Deputies only, will begin at 3:00 p.m.

 

This meeting will be followed by a presentation by Elaine and Frank Yanez entitled: “Marriage: God’s Remarkable and Real Plan for Joy”. This couple will share their powerful testimony of Christ’s transformation of their marriage, reflecting also on the impact John Paul II’s Theology of the Body has had for them. The two-hour seminar begins at 5:00 p.m. Following the seminar the State Officers, District Deputies, and guests, are invited to a dinner hosted by Fr. Patrick J. Murphy Council 3136 of Casa Grande, AZ beginning at 7:00 p.m., also at the Community Center.

 

The following day, on Saturday, the Mid-Year meeting will continue at St. Padua's Community Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. with the recitation of the Holy Rosary. The meeting will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Mass is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's events, while mandatory for State Officers and District Deputies, are open to all 3rd Degree Brother Knights, especially State Directors and Committee Chairmen, Grand Knights, Council Membership Directors, Financial Secretaries, and other Council Officers.

 

A block of rooms has been reserved by the host council at the rate of $164.00 ($82.00/night), plus tax, for two nights - Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1. Please ask for the Knights of Columbus rate. Breakfast, Cocktail Hour, and internet are included at the hotel. Contact the Holiday Inn, located at 777 North Pinal Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, at telephone (520) 426-3500 to reserve your room. The cutoff date is November 25, 2012 for reservations.

 

A complete registration package including hotel information, agenda, registration form, and map can be found on the state website: www.azknightsofcolumbus.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SK Rev. Joseph Gillespie - Obituary

Sir Knight, Rev. Joseph Gillespie

December 21, 1924 - November 26, 2012

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It is with great sadness that the Knights of Columbus Arizona State Council mourns the death of Brother Knight and State Chaplain Emeritus Sir Knight Rev. Joseph Gillespie. Fr. Joe was called to his eternal rest with our Lord this past Monday evening. Viewing will be on Friday morning, November 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM. Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. Both will be held at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church located at 3424 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015.

 

Joseph Gillespie was born in County Donegal, Ireland in 1924. He attended All Hollows College in Dublin.   Father Gillespie graduated from a seminary that trained priests for the missions, and at that time, the United States was still considered a mission territory. So was Australia. When Father was ready to be ordained, he and a buddy said they wanted to go to Australia.  The priest who made the assignments said to him "Mr. Gillespie, would you be going to Tuck-son?" Father said he sure would. Then he busily tried to find what part of Australia Tuck-son was in. In the end, he was ordained for the Diocese of Tucson on June 19, 1950.

He finally arrived in Tucson and arrived at his first parish as an assistant pastor. The pastor greeted him, said how happy he was to see the newly ordained priest. And then the pastor went on a vacation, leaving Father in charge.

Past State Deputy Richard Jeffrey has repeated the story about Father hearing confession in Spanish for the first time. He had no idea what the penitent was saying. During the next week, he asked someone to teach him how to hear confessions in Spanish. He learned to say "Tell me your sins." "Are you truly sorry?" and "Say three hail Mary's." Needless to say, Father became the most popular confessor in the parish. Father Joe's humor and Pastoral commitment are what he is remembered most for.

According to Past State Deputy Jeffrey recounts that he (Gillespie) was never a scholar, though he knew what he was talking about. He was never a builder, though he started a parish or two. He was not the stuff of which Bishops are made, or seminary rectors, or chancellors of a diocese. That was not what he was called to be.  What he was, was Pastoral. He was ordained to be a parish priest and that is what he was: a happy smiling competent minister to God's people. He baptized, said Mass, gave Communion, heard confessions, witnessed marriages and administered the sacraments to the dying. And in the end, isn't that what the people of God want in their priest?

Father Gillespie's priestly career eventually led him to the Diocese of Phoenix. Once in Phoenix, Fr. Gillespie served as Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale, Saint Gregory in Phoenix, and Saint Elizabeth Seton in Sun City.  He was a Fourth Degree Knight and State Chaplain Emeritus for the Arizona State Council of the Knights of Columbus. 

 
John S. Garcia
Public Relations Director
Arizona State Council

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DECEMBER THEME: Keeping Christ in Christmas

Brothers ALL:
In keeping with the Spirit of Christmas during this holy time of the year, we want to share a reminder that “Christ is The Reason for the Season”. Brothers, we must continue to keep Christ in Christmas regardless of the distractions and challenges that we face in our everyday lives.
Pray that Jesus be the main focus of our daily lives, and with the strength that God provides through that prayer, we must continue to support our Church, the Clergy, and our fellow man. The Knights of Columbus is and will continue to be the right arm of the Church, and we must remain strong and diligent.
Gentlemen, have you brought in a new candidate to the Order in the last 45 days? In the last 60 days? In the last 90 days? There are thousands of Catholic men registered in our State, who are not Knights of Columbus. If we are not reaching out as God has intended us to do, and bring Catholic Men into the Knights of Columbus, we are not evangelizing.
Remember the simple strategy we spoke about, One Member, Per Council, Per Month.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Mid-Year meeting next week, and I pray that you and your families find the love, peace and joy during this Christmas Season.
I’ve attached some very useful guidelines offered by Supreme to keep the councils focused on Recruitment and Programs. Please share this information with your respective Councils.
Vivat Jesus!!
Ron Cacini
AZ State Membership Director
http://azknightsofcolumbus.org/
www.kofc12449.org
One Knight Per Council Per Month

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Gathering for scholarships - Council 3855

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Friday, November 23, 2012

New Years Eve Party - Council 3855

8066   North 49th Avenue

Glendale

( Corner of 49th Ave and Northern)

Knights of Columbus

Council 3855

 

Cordially invite YOU

to celebrate the

New Year

Tuesday,

December 31

 

Knights of Columbus Hall

49th Avenue and Northern.

No Host Cocktail Hour 6pm—7:00 pm

 

Dinner at 7:00 pm

Pork Tenderloin,

Potato, vegetable , salad, dessert

 

$25.00 per Person

For Reservations Please call

Eric Barna at

623-255-1627 or

ebarna@cox.net

On or before

December 26

 

Buy a table for eight, get the 8th ticket free

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS THANKSGIVING DAY COMMUNITY - Council 7465

Knights of Columbus Council 7465

                  

Brother Knights and the Community of St Jerome.

What a wonderful event this was. I want to thank all the Knights and the St. Jerome Community volunteers that were there for the good of all.  The dinner was supported in so many ways from donated cooked turkeys, the serving line, to table clean up, and to the love and support of the Ministry Basic Mission.  For without these special people, our community would be at a loss.  There are so many people in need and speaking for all who serve you are truly doing what Christ has asked us to do, love one another.  With our efforts combined we were able to serve over 200 guest and another 50 “ to go“ plates for those who were not able to make the Thanksgiving Gathering.  

Vivat Jesus!

Joseph M Danko,GK

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Flag retirement - Multiple Councils

Fr. Henry Miller, Assembly 2308 in Tucson, sponsored a flag retirement ceremony November 10 at

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church.

After the ceremony, Sir Knights sold lunch to raise money to send more veterans to visit the WW II memorial in Washington, D.C.

 

2788 - Council 8077 rifle team.

2799 - Sons of the Revolution added an historic dimension, including bagpipes.

2811 - Sir Knights carry "our old friend" to be respectfully retired.

2843 - WW II vets and local Boys Scouts view the retirement of Old Glory.  Veterans included

Ray Herst, who fought on Iwo Jima.

2813 - Sir Knights Frank Carlino and Chester DeSantis separate the red and white stripes.

2823 - Honor Guard listens to words of farewell for the flag.

2826 - Sir Knights complete their duty.

2831 - A respectful farewell to a grand old flag.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

AZ State Family of the Month Program

From the AZ State Family of the Month (FOM) Director. The following information has been received from Supreme.

 

Of the AZ State FOM submissions for July 2012, District 27, Council 7904's Gerald & Carol Walsh, District 28, Council 4737's Moises & Maggie Patino and District 11, Council 9467's Paul & Carmela Davis were selected as the July 2012 FOM Awardees from AZ. 

 

Of the AZ State FOM submissions for August 2012, District 4, Council 8807's Raymond & Chris Obral and District 19, Council 11827's Jose & Alva Sanchez were selected as the August 2012 FOM Awardees

from AZ.

 

Of the AZ State FOM submissions for September 2012, District 19, Council 2493's Robert & Linda Schaefer and District 19, Council 8386's Tomas & Lola Munoz were selected as the September 2012 FOM Awardees from AZ.  

 

Congratulations to all of our Supreme FOM Awardees. Thank you ALL for your support of the AZ State FOM Program. 

 

Vivat Jesus!                

Thomas R. Whipp

AZ State Family of the Month Director

3339 Skyhawk Drive

Sierra Vista, AZ 85650

azkofcfom@gmail.com

520-378-1927

Knights of Columbus Responds to Hurricane Sandy

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus, in conjunction with local and state councils across the Northeast, is joining relief efforts.

The Supreme Council announced this morning that it is making an immediate $100,000 donation, giving $50,000 each to the state councils of New York and New Jersey to assist in local relief efforts in those hardest-hit jurisdictions.

In addition, the Supreme Council has launched an online donation drive, soliciting contributions from its members and the general public. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to relief efforts in local communities.

“Knights have a long tradition of providing disaster relief,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, “and this is no exception. Our communities need our time, our help, and our financial assistance, and we are going to do all that we can - working closely with our local and state councils - to help those most in need as a result of this storm.”    Join us with your commitment to DONATE NOW.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Horse Shoe Tournament - Council 5542

Last Saturday, Nov. 3, Council 5542 in San Manuel hosted the inaugural Traveling Trophy

Horse Shoe Tournament in San Manuel.

District 16 Deputy Joe Skamel, District 4 Deputy Bill Barrett and District 6 Deputy Drew Mansager

participated, along with members of their Districts.  Council 5542 provided refreshments and music.

Home town Council 5542 won top honors.  Council 5542 serves the towns and parishes of Mammoth,

San Manuel and Oracle.

Would you please let me know if you received this information and photos?  I am trying to find

a way to submit information for Knights in Action.  I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Fraternally,

Drew Mansager

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photo captions:

2766  Joe Gonzales, Council 5542, watches as council brother Jerry Bribiescas tosses one of

many ringers at the inaugural Traveling Trophy horse shoe tournament November 3 in San Manuel

while District 16 Deputy Joe Skamel sends a point rich shoe.

2764  Jerry Bribiescas, Joe Skamel and Council 11855 Grand Knight Chris Mayer wait their turn.

2749  Bill Barrett, District 4 Deputy, locks in on his target.

2750  Chris Mayer, GK 11855, shows the finesse needed to win at horse shoes.

2775  Co-champion, Roberto Estrada, sights in for a match winning toss.

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Horse Shoe Tournament - Council 5542

Last Saturday, Nov. 3, Council 5542 in San Manuel hosted the inaugural Traveling Trophy

Horse Shoe Tournament in San Manuel.

District 16 Deputy Joe Skamel, District 4 Deputy Bill Barrett and District 6 Deputy Drew Mansager

participated, along with members of their Districts.  Council 5542 provided refreshments and music.

Home town Council 5542 won top honors.  Council 5542 serves the towns and parishes of Mammoth,

San Manuel and Oracle.

Would you please let me know if you received this information and photos?  I am trying to find

a way to submit information for Knights in Action.  I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Fraternally,

Drew Mansager

DD 006

photo captions:

2766  Joe Gonzales, Council 5542, watches as council brother Jerry Bribiescas tosses one of

many ringers at the inaugural Traveling Trophy horse shoe tournament November 3 in San Manuel

while District 16 Deputy Joe Skamel sends a point rich shoe.

2764  Jerry Bribiescas, Joe Skamel and Council 11855 Grand Knight Chris Mayer wait their turn.

2749  Bill Barrett, District 4 Deputy, locks in on his target.

2750  Chris Mayer, GK 11855, shows the finesse needed to win at horse shoes.

2775  Co-champion, Roberto Estrada, sights in for a match winning toss.

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