International Supreme Award
FIREBASE COBRA & JOHN A FORSTING
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS John A. Forsting Council 9830
John A. Forsting Knights of Columbus Council in Eagle River Alaska adopted an Army platoon stationed in Afganistan. It was originated by their late Past Grand Knight Rich Pauley and carried on by Brother Bill Crowley who has a son n law deployed overseas. Bill coordinated the gathering of items that the troops desired, needed and wanted, packaged the items, shipped the items, and maintained lines of communications with the platoon liason. The council gathered snack foods, candies, tuna spread & crackers as well as used DVDs from the parishioners and local video stores which donated to the cause. These items were shipped for the enjoyment and comfort of nearly 60 soldiers.
Bill Crowley purchased & shipped a Christmas tree with all the decorations for the troops to have a better Christmas away from home. Below is their response to the CARE package.
Currently, Bill Crowley along with help from brother Knights and the St. Andrew Parish is collecting Christmas cookies for the troops to enjoy. An estimated 800 cookies are expected to be shipped to Firebase Cobra for their enjoyment.
We received the last of them on Tuesday, and we now have the tree set up. Thank you so much for all of your support. We know that putting all of these boxes together is very time consuming, not to mention the cost. We appreciate everything you have done for us very much. Here is a picture of the tree after it was up and I’ll get you some more later.
Again, from all of here at Fire Base Cobra, THANK YOU!!!!!
JAMES SAZAMA, SSG (P), USA, Platoon Sergeant/1/B/2-377 TH PFAR
Fire Base Cobra
The 3rd annual Wreaths Across America hosted by John A Forsting Council 9830 in Eagle River was successful in placing 563 wreaths on soldier's gravesites at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery with a recognition ceremony on December 12th 2009. Knights from Eagle River and the State Council were among volunteers from Birchwood Civil Air Patrol, Eagle River ROTC, and Chugiak ROTC cadets who placed the wreaths on fallen soldiers' graves in remembrance. Marc Balnius, Deputy Grand Knight and project coordinator hopes to eventually place 5200 wreaths, 1 on each grave at the cemetery.
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4th Degree Knight Leroy Willis renders honors after placing a ceremonial wreath for 1 of the 7 branches of Military service.
Wreaths adorn this 1 section of the cemetery for Christmas.
Knights from State and Eagle River ended by placing a wreath on Past Grand Knight and District Deputy Rich Pauley's grave along with a group prayer.
Most Patriotic Church Award Winner
Bishop Kenny Council # 11757
BLUE MASS of August 23, 2009
On August 23, 2009, the Bishop Kenny Council in Juneau, Alaska held a Blue Mass in order to honor the service of law enforcement, fire/rescue, and active duty and retired military personnel to their community and country. The principle celebrant of the mass was His Excellency Bishop Edward Burns, with Juneau parish priests, The Rev. Thomas Weise, and The Rev. Patrick Travers concelebrating. Additionally, the Fourth Degree provided an honor guard.
The Bishop Kenny council began preparations for this Mass months in advance, placing notices in the weekly bulletins of both Juneau parishes; the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Paul’s Catholic Church, each week for four weeks in advance of the Blue Mass. Invitations were published in the Juneau Empire and the Capital City Weekly a week before the mass, as were announcements on KINY radio. But most importantly, news of the Blue Mass spread by word of mouth and email by Knights from both Juneau, Alaska councils; Bishop Kenny Council #11757 and Archbishop Seghers Council #1760. Knights personally visited and contacted the Juneau Fire Department (JFD), Juneau Police Department (JPD), the Alaska State Troopers (AST), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the Federal Protective Service (FPS), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service- Office of Law Enforcement (USFWS-OLE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration- Office of Law Enforcement (NOAA-OLE), the United States Forest Service- Office of Law Enforcement and Investigations (USFS-OLEI), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Air National Guard (ANG) in order to convey the meaningfulness of this Mass to the men and women who put themselves at risk every day so that their communities may be safe and wonderful places.
The Mass was well attended, with a JFD captain, a JPD lieutenant, a USCG captain, and the commanding officer of the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) LIBERTY, as well as many other federal agents, police officers, soldiers, and veterans in attendance. His Excellency Bishop Burns gave a beautiful homily and a special blessing to those who serve. The Fourth Degree provided an exceptional procession and recession, and refreshments following the mass were provided by Knights from the Archbishop Seghers Council, # 1760.
ASC Church Award Winner
At the beginning of 2009, Pastor Fr. Francis Le, O.P. (Holy Family Cathedral) established a Building Committee to look into a renovation project of the Holy Family Religious Education Center (located next to Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska).
For many years, the Dominican priests at Holy Family Cathedral taught religious education to both children and adults for parishioners in the Archdiocese of Anchorage.
The Religious Education Center was in bad need of repairs and needed to be renovated in order to meet building code. Besides bringing the building up to code, Fr. Francis Le’s plan was for:
§ Better utilization of building space by creation of a number of rooms to be used as classrooms and meeting rooms,
§ Meeting areas that can be used for talks, presentations, and conferences,
§ Improvements to the Catholic Library at the Holy Family Religious Education Center, and
§ Establishment of a Catholic Bookstore/Gift Shop in the Education Center.
Members participating in the Building Committee included Past Grand Knight Joe Reilly (Council 4859), C4859 Knight Tony Stanley, and C4859 Jim Crittenden (who would later play a key role as one of the Project managers in the construction efforts).
By March, 2009 the Building Committee had developed the Building Renovation design to the point where funding of the project became the next step. At that time it was estimated the renovation would cost between $800,000 to $900,000.
In an effort to “kick-off the fundraising effort, Fr. Le attended our council’s March and April, 2009 business meetings asking that our council start the fundraising campaign with a substantial donation. (Note: Fr. Le and all of the Dominican Order clergy at Holy Family Cathedral are members of Council 4859). Following an inspiring homily given to us by Fr. Le about Jesus and his sermon on the mount….Fr. Le asked our council to provide the “two fish and five loaves of bread”. This resulted in a Council 4859 donation of $100,000 towards the project.
Within several weeks of this donation, our council was asked to provide testimonials at every mass on that Sunday at Holy Family Cathedral. A select number of our council knights did testimonials and gave substantial personal contributions as well. This officially “kicked-off” the fundraising activities…..and the start of the construction project as well.
Council 4859’s efforts continued:
§ We worked with other ministries in further fundraising activities. One in particular was the “Raise the Roof” Carnival which resulted in over $8500 of funds towards the project.
§ Knight Tony Stanley was very influential in soliciting donation of materials and construction labor to help offset costs.
§ There were volunteers who donated their time and professional services with the construction effort. Volunteer activity even got to the point where lunches were prepared and provided to volunteer workers on the project.
Construction ws completed by January, 2010. The Holy Family Education Center was subsequently renamed the Holy Family Center.
On January 30, 2010 the Holy Family Center was officially dedicated and blessed by Archbishop Roger L.Schwietz, O.M.I. (Archdiocese of Anchorage), the Western Provincial of the Dominican Order (Fr. Emmerich Vogt, O.P.), and Fr. Francis Le, O.P. (Pastor)…..accompanied by clergy and 4th Degree Honor Guard.
The renovation project for the Holy Family Center would cost approximately $1.1 million. All monies were raised through donations by our parish. No debt was incurred in this project……A DEBT FREE PROJECT!!!!As thanks for our council’s efforts in this project, Fr. Francis Le provided our council use of St. Luke Room at Holy Family Center for our Council 4859 Chambers.
Presentation of Donation Letter of Thanks From Father Le Images: Fr. Scanlon, Fr. Le, blue print Dedication and Blessing Holy Family Center, March 2010
Purpose: To assist 80 year old Ludmilla Jacobs in emptying and sorting 48 years of assorted belongings from her home, and organize an estate sale to raise funds to support her continued daily care.
Description: Ludmilla “Ludy” Jacobs
is a long time parishioner of Holy Family Parish, and a well known
advocate for individuals, especially children with disabilities.
During the past few years, Ludy’s health has deteriorated to where
she is now blind, mostly deaf, walks with a walker, and suffers from
diabetes and emphysema. She requires a full time caregiver to help
her make it through the day. In October of 2009, it was discovered
that her daughter, and self appointed caregiver, had taken much of
the meager amount of money that Ludy has scraped together over the
years. At that time, financial responsibility for Ludy’s daily care
and health was taken over by her Granddaughter Rachel, and her
employer, Rich Owens.
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The entire home was filled, floor to ceiling, with treasures that Ludy saved over the years.
Cleaning up included sorting the trash from the valuables. Several freezers/refrigerators were hauled away. Many items were given to the Archbishop’s Attic and the Rummage Room at St. Benedict’s Parish.
Snow removal was required as the weather warmed and roof leaks were found and repaired.
|Rich Owens, project manager and chief sorter, directs team members on sorting items for the estate sale to be held April 16-18th at Lumen Christi Gym. Many items of interest and nostalgia were recovered from the home for the upcoming sale. Proceeds will be used to benefit Ludy’s care.|
|Some of the china and glassware that was cleaned and ready for estate sale pricing.|
|Here are pictures of the preparation being done for the estate sale. Tables were set up at the Lumen Christi gym. Even the bleachers were used for an overflow area. The 2 day sale brought in $21,076.00.|
Praying Santa by The Christ Child (council) - Council 8308
Purpose: To showcase the St. Nicholas Catholic Church icon of the Praying Santa by The Christ Child in the form of an ice sculpture to the thousands of visitors from around the world to the North Pole Christmas in Ice 2009.
Description: There has been for many years a small figurine in the back of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in North Pole. It depicts a kneeling Santa, his hands folded in prayer, looking lovingly and humbly at the Christ Child in the crib. It so beautifully symbolizes the fact that we know the real reason for Christmas, not the commercial version. Keeping Christ in Christmas is also near and dear to the community, and for “North Pole Christmas in Ice” the Knights of Council 8308 sponsored ice artist Aino, “the Ice Elf,” to carve this image, as part of the competition. Eighteen sculptures were created and they can be viewed on www.ChristmasinIce.org
v Starting out with a 2’X 4’ X 6’ block of ice weighing about 2200 pounds, this Santa took shape in 22 hours of carving over a weekend.
v The finished Santa weighs about 1200 pounds.
v The block added to make Santa’s head weighs about 200 pounds and was lifted onto Santa’s shoulder with the help of a bobcat.
v His hat weighs about 25 pounds.
v The praying hands and arms, weighing about 50 pounds, were glued on using just water.
v Baby Jesus weighed about 70 pounds.
v The tools used so create Santa and Christ, were a chainsaw, chisels and an angle grinder, as well as a turkey-baster.
v This sculpture is currently second in the “People’s Choice” voting on the website.
After “North Pole Christmas in Ice” was over and the ice park shut down on January 3, 2010, Santa and the Christ Child were moved by flatbed truck to St. Nicholas Catholic Church about a half a mile from the ice park. They brought the spirit of the real meaning of Christmas to parishioners for several months, and finally with the sunlight increasing, and warm weather, the sculptures slowly deteriorate. For the continued safety of the parishioners, the Santa’s sculpture was toppled over on Palm Sunday.
Two pieces glued together makes the beginning of Santa’s body, strapped securely for the seam to set up before further carving starts.
fractionates the light from the work light behind, seven hours into the
competition on the roughed out piece, is awaiting arms and a head.
Santa is shaping up, even from behind.
|Twenty five pounds of beard needs a chisel for a trim.|
Praying together….what a great idea!
Ready for judging under white light.
After judging, the sculptures are shown in colored light for the rest of the exhibition.
Knights” sign by the sculpture alerted to public to the Knights of
Columbus involvement in this community event.
Prolife and St. Benedict's Youth (Pro-life) - Council 12290
Purpose: Bring information and explanation of Prolife and the Dignity of Human Person to the Youth of the Parish
Description: This project reached nearly 86 St Benedict's Youth and 27 Youth Group Students. Each CCD Class was present with the following age appropriate materials.
Kindergarten: Puppet Presentation- Celebrate Life Bookmarks.
1st: Puppet Presentation - Vegetale Secret Code Paper - God Loves You
2nd: Read "Before I formed you in the Womb...", and given the book.
3rd: Horton Hears a Who - Pencil - A person is a Person no matter how small.
4th: Read Mama Zooms (all Life is Precious) (Mama in a wheelchair), and given a Respect Life Bookmark.
5th: Spoke about stages of Life and What they could do. Gave a Respect Life Bookmark and Precious Feet Pin.
6th: Stages of Life and What Prolife is about. Did project card "For your Eyes Only." Gave a Respect Life Bookmark and Precious Feet Pin.
7th: Spoke about Stages of Life- Game Caring for God's People/Development of Life, a Bookmark and a Precious Feet/Hand Pim.
8th: What can you do- Game each a Legislative List, a Feet/Hand Pin. Did project "A Few Choice Words", and gave each a Respect Life Bookmark.
Combination age/grade CCD Class
Pins & Book "Before I formed you in the Womb...".
Youth Group: Combination of St
Benedict's Public School Students, Lumen Christi Students, and some College
Showed Youth at "March for Life" and other sections of Knights of Columbus - Life DVD.
Covered areas of ProLife, such as abortion, Stem Cell Research, dying and the Bills in Congress.
Several pamphlets on Dating and Character, "How to say no with losing His/Her Love," "The Right to Kill?," and gave Feet/Hand Pins to each student.
Teachers: All were given Pens-"A Child is a Gift from God"
Archbishop Seghers Assembly 1515 in Fairbanks, Alaska organized and hosted a Blue Mass on Veterans Day to honor military veterans, law enforcement and firefighters, and the Knights of Columbus.
The Blue Mass was celebrated by State Chaplain Father Fred Bayler, who called his Knights "my own Special Forces that act as the vanguard to defend our Holy Catholic Church".
Pictured with the Assembly 1515 members is Chaplain Father Bayler, and to his left is Alaska State Deputy Mike Welch and Pro Deo Et Patria member Jerry Norum.
Keep Christ in
For over 12 years now, John A Forsting Council has helped to share the Real Reason for the Season by selling religious Christmas cards, Advent candles, wreaths, and other religious gifts. Their goal of keeping Christ in Christmas is achieved each time someone shares their items and evangelizes. This message is so important that this is not a fundraiser for the council. This is an awareness raiser. Their success increases each time a Merry Christmas button is given away, a Keep Christ in Christmas car magnet is attached, or a stamp is put on each religious Christmas card.
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Brother Tony Laux, Coordinator and his girlfriend Amber Leach volunteering at the table after mass.
Brother Tom Franz hands Brother John Toenes a box of Christmas cards.
Brother Bill Diedrich and his wife Cecilia volunteer after mass at the KCIC table!
Keep Christ in Christmas table display.
For several years now John A. Forsting Council has teamed with the Ladies Ministry of St. Andrew Parish to provide boxes for those staying at the Beans Cafe for Christmas. These boxes contain a variety of gifts like shaving cream, razors, shampoo, cotton swabs, soap, and most importantly warm socks, gloves, hats, and occassionally scarfs or blankets. This year they collected enough for their goal of 100 boxes for homeless or people in need. Their inspiration is Jesus' words : "If you have done this for the least of my children, you have done it for me."
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Past Grand Knight Joel Klessens & Recorder Tom Franz sort through the many donations of items.
Fr. Ben Toretto watches and talks with helpers as the boxes are filled for delivery before Christmas.
100 Beanie Boxes for Beans Cafe!
John A. Forsting Council in Eagle River Alaska mailed 55 dozen cookies right before Christmas for troops in Afganistan to enjoy for the new year. The Knights asked parishioners and Knights to bake extra cookies for those serving overseas during the holidays. A special thank you went to Joy Thompson of the Eagle River food bank who donated tubs of cookies for people to bake and return for the troops. The cookies were in small bags 6 to 12 each, ready for "grabbing" for the soldiers to enjoy!
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Picture of the 55 dozen cookies to be sent to Troops in Afganistan.
Deacon Jim Hostman admires the sweets soon to be in the soldier's hands!
Group photo of Knights at the cookie roundup Sunday morning. Left to Right: Bill Crowley; Coordinator, Joseph Balnius, Tom Franz, DGK Marc Balnius, GK Al Dordan, and Tony Laux.
At one of our monthly meetings a Knight brought to our attention that our Deacon's house was in need of repair to his front porch, sidewalk area, and some minor landscaping. About half a dozen Knights organized a work party, purchased the porch supplies and the gravel and topsoil needed for the project. After several hours of hard work and fraternal service the Deacon & his wife once again had a safe walk from their car to the house and a safe porch to walk on while entering the house. This reinforced to our entire council the mindset that we have about supporting our Religious.
Eagle River Council 9830
: Our Purpose was to make our community aware of and pray for the lives of the unborn children and the reversal of the supreme court decision Roe v. Wade.
: As the Pro-Life Couple for our council, my wife Mary Lou and I formed a contingency of Knights, their families and our parish to orm a rosary with us all representing rosary beads. Each person present would lead one of the prayers of the rosary.
We prayour our first "Living Rosary" to memorialize the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This was such a success that we, in turn, prayed a "Living Rosary" to commemorate the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child on March 25.
At the conclusion of each rosary, we would recite the prayer on the back of the Knights of Columbus flyer titled, Pray the Rosary to End Abortion. This prayer is an adaption of Pope John Paul II's homily at the Capitol Mall, October 7, 1979.
A rosary is made up of 60 beads and a crucifix. Therefore, we needed 61 people to pray this completely. We had 75 people attending and we had them sit in the pews. Although we have 73 members in our council, some Knights could not attend this prayer and we recruited their families. Between the two rosaries we had 22 individual Knights and 34 family members. For the January 23rd Rosary we had a Brother Knight's daughter, Angela Houser, carry the cross to each "bead." Angela was a sickly baby and has been ill most of her life. She a joy to be arond. She sings in the choir with her older sisters and says she wants to be a martyr. She made the prefect cross bearer for our Rosary.
Our parish was so supportive of this project that we decided to hold a "Living Rosary" quarterly.
Purpose: The John A Forsting Council celebrates the Eucharist as a body on the months where there is a 5th Sunday.
There were 4 Corporal Masses during the 2009 - 2010 Fraternal Year. These events are always attended by the Knights and their families.
Purpose: The Council sponsored a "Living Rosary" at St. Andrews which was lead by Father Eric Wiseman and 60 participants each prayed a special prayer for and end to abortion.
Knights, parishioners, ladies, children and
the parish Pro-Life Ministry were all in attendance.
An Honor Guard representative symbolizing the Cross of the Rosary started us off and concluded each decade with the Fatima Prayer. Special Pro-Life Rosaries were purchased by the chairman and were sold at First Friday Rosaries monthly rosaries for Life and after masses. Each Rosary symbolizes an unborn child who with the help of the prayee each prayer helps to save an unborn child. Rosaries were available in full or single decades. Remaining rosaries were sold at the Keep Christ in Christmas tables during Christmas and available at monthly business meetings. This event is planned as a Biannual event at Saint Andrew Parish.
Purpose: The Knights lead monthly Rosaries for Life in cooperation with our Parish Right to Life Ministry which are every first Sunday of the month.
The Knights lead monthly Rosaries for Life in cooperation with our parish Right
to Life Ministry.
The rosaries are every first Sunday of the month at St. Andrews in honor of Respect for life.
We have done them nine times since July 2009 to March 2010.
The rosary is usually attended regularly by up to 20 to 30 people. Usually anywhere from 10 to 20 Knights.
This is an ongoing event with a dedicated following.
Purpose: The Knights provide a party for the youngsters of the Parish during the Advent season.
Description: The knights provide an Advent Party for the younsters of the Parish complete with Santa Claus. The Knights decorate the stage of the Miki Center and provide snacks for the children. This Church activity helps put Christmas and the parties associated with it into prespective.
The even i sheld in the Miki Center which is part of the Church complex. It all ows the children to appreciate the secular as well as the Holy aspects of the season.
Knight Tom Beauvais is Santa and does a wonderful Job.
Support for Catholic Social Service Programs (community) - Council 10798
Purpose: St. Paul Miki Council continues to support the activies of Catholic Social Services with an emphasis on the Charlie Elder House.
Description: St. Paul Miki Council continues to support the various programs of the Catholic Social Services with an emphasis on the Charlie Elder House. The Charlie Elder House program is aimed at young boys from 11-15 years old. The Council supported the program with food, money and Christmas presents. Grand Knight Dale Curtis has guided the Council to reach out to the Community during the Fraternal Year. Council members, including Chaplain Father Tom Lilly, took part in the solidarity with the poor food stamp challenge. Lessons from that were passed on to th Charlie Elder House. The knight of Saint Elizabeth's have consistently supported the monthly and special food drives to benefit Catholic Social Services.
Purpose: The St. Paul Miki Council celebrated our 100th Pancake Breakfast by serving over 400 people free of charge.
McCarron entertaining both young and old.
PGK Dave Tobin presents Bill “The Bam Man” McCarron with Honorary Lifetime Chair award commemorating the 100th Pancake Breakfast held by Council 10798.
HAITI Earthquake Relief
The John A Forsting Council 9830 in Eagle River donated $200 dollars and Brother Knights donated additional funds to aid the earthquake victims in Haiti. A special collection was taken at the monthly business meeting and emails were sent to other Knights encouraging them to donate to the Haiti relief efforts. The money was sent to the Supreme Knights of Columbus Relief Fund. Thank you all for your support of our Haitian Brothers in Christ.
Thank you for your consideration.
John A Forsting Council 9830
Pro-Life Activities – St. Paul Miki Council 10798 held a rosary for the unborn on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation.
St. Paul Miki Council 10798 - Church Activities - St. Paul Miki Knights honored our veterans, past and present with a flag and wreath ceremony on the Sundays prior to Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Flags representing our Country, our Church, our State, the Knights of Columbus flag and the service branch flags were presented and appropriate prayers and music highlighted the presentation.
St. Paul Miki Council 10798 - Church Activities – On Friday March 12 the St. Paul Miki Knights gathered with parishioners to participate in Lenten soup supper. Following the soup supper the Knights and their families lead the Stations of the Cross. Benediction followed the stations.