Knight Writer - September 2016


Grand Knight Report

September is a time when the fraternal year really kicks into gear.  We have our Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, September 11 followed by our first fish fry of the season on Friday, September 16.  And please do not forget that we are serving breakfast on Sunday, September 4. 


While we begin this faster pace of activities, we should not lose sight of why we commit our time.  We recently donated $2,000.00 to a FOCUS missionary to take college students on a mission trip to Trinidad and Tobago.  We also contributed to the Knights of Columbus fund for displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians a few months ago.  If you are like me, you do not have the time to go on a mission trip or to teach Christian children at a refugee camp.  You might have two hours to volunteer at a Sunday breakfast. 


Our work and volunteers are necessary to sustain our charitable outreach, but not sufficient.  There have been questions as to how long the “regulars” can sustain so many operations.  Our council wants to focus on activities that will make us more faithful husbands, fathers, and Christians.  We want to start activities that remind us why we work so hard on Friday nights.  And we want to show our gratitude to the women supporting us in the home and to those who volunteer themselves.  If you have any ideas for a council activity, please attend our September 13 meeting at 7:15 p.m.  We plan to open up the floor for ideas on potential activities or changes to our fundraisers.  We cannot and should not try to be all things to all people.  I am confident that a commitment to prayer and a few thoughtful and well-run activities each year will increase our membership. 


Sean O’Donnell      
Grand Knight




                Events in October


Pancake Breakfast    Team  1


Club Company and Council Officer Meeting


Fish Fry


Columbus Day


Council Meeting     


Rosary Rally  Location to be Announced


St. John Fest-For-All


Fish Fry


Final turn in for Football Frenzy tickets




              Events in November


Club Company and Council Officer Meeting


Fish Fry


Pancake Breakfast    Team  2


Council Meeting     


Fish Fry



Prayers for health and healing:

Richard Sheets wife Sue had surgery last month prayers for healing and recovery.  Ron Fisher and wife Rosalie prayers for health and vitality. Carl Stehulak Mom Frances had a small stroke and is resting at St. V's prayers for quick recovery.  Leo Pessefall he is experiencing lung issues, prayers for restored health.  Mark Bakle prayers for continued recovery from surgery.  Sam Slusser prayers for continued recovery from pneumonia and bronchitis.  Bill Kruger’s daughter Jennifer has Alzheimer’s prayers for healing and recovery.  PGK Bob Nadeau as he continues to recover.  Denny Fronk and wife Sarah, she has a fractured pelvis, prayers for healing.  Gerry Held is at The Inn at Fountain Park in Bryan prayers for healing.  Delores and Bruce Gamiere, Delores mother, Elevinia Sanchez, is now at Kingsbury House continue prayers of healing.  Keep these Brothers and their families in your prayers.

Your name will remain on Prayer list until I’m notified to have it removed

Anyone who would like their names on this Prayer List or if you know of someone who needs our prayers let me (the editor) know.  Thanks for all your prayers.



Second Hour

Second Hour kickoff is September 14th at St. Mary Church 7:00-8:30 pm.  Fr. Matt Rader will be our presenter.   Fr. Matt presentation will help us develop a clearer understanding of the Mass and all it holds in order to grow in Body, Mind, and Soul preparing us for our Eternal reward! Come join us and Grow in Faith, Learn our Faith so we can live our Faith.



Benefit for Childhood Cancer Patient---Sun. Sept. 18

The K of C Hall will again be the site for "Defiance Has Talent and Heart" on Sun. Sept 18 at 4:00 pm.  The Benefit will be sponsored by "Trees of Life"-P.Buckley Moss Society.  This year's recipient is Luke Haselman, a 3-year old from Ottawa who is suffering from ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) Childhood Cancer.  The Benefit will have a Christmas theme since Luke and his family love Christmas music---so wear your red & green if you like!  The Haselman family attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf and both Luke's dad and grandfather are K of C members.  His father Cory is a physical therapist at Promedica Defiance, and there are 4 children with another on the way in Oct.  The family are wonderful, loving, people & you will enjoy meeting them and helping to support them in their time of need.  The evening will include a buffet meal, emcee Rick Small, auctions, raffles, and awesome musical performances by Defiance's best talent with "voting" by your donations.
            Tickets are $15 each and need to be purchased before Sept. 12 at A Little Slice of Heaven, Four All Seasons, Ken's Furniture, or contact Bruce & Delores Gamiere 419 576-7385 or Deb Weisgerber at 419-782-4311 ( Tickets sell out quickly, so get yours soon! 
            Also---if there are any Knights who could help with the event, that would greatly appreciated



Knight of the Month: Robert Chapman:

Congratulations to Robert Chapman for being awarded “Knight of the Month” in record time.  Robert joined our order in April, taking this first, second, and third degrees.  He has since poured his efforts into council activities and taken a leadership role. 

A New York native, Bob is a traditional Catholic who enjoys Latin hymns and periodicals that are faithful to Rome.  He met his wife at Defiance College and graduated from Boston University.  Bob will be a great addition to our council and our work. 



Victory/Appreciation Dinner

CALL US IF YOU CAN COME!  If you sold part of 2,025 charity tickets for Council 1039 this spring, you are invited to the party we are having Sunday September 11th.  Doors open at the hall for social hour at 5:30 and a catered dinner will be served at 6:30.

We will award cash prizes to people who sold the qualifying quantities of tickets.  Kenny Kregg takes first place again this year with 273 tickets sold and Charlie Bakle has second place with 215 sold.  Thanks to everyone who sold tickets!  If you want to know how many tickets you sold, give Terry a call at 782-4256.

This is also our 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner!  If you helped Council 1039 accomplish something fulfilling the Order’s precepts of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity, we want you and your spouse or guest to come to dinner at no charge.  We have many projects throughout the year that require countless hours of volunteer work.  This is a small attempt to show our appreciation for your service.

You don’t have much time to decide if you are coming!  Please respond by September 4 if you are coming.  Call Mike Berry’s answering machine (419) 956-0447.  Speak clearly leaving your name, the event you are calling about, number of people attending, and a return phone number.  If you prefer you can respond by e-mail to   You can also RSVP by mailing a note to the hall by then, or call Terry Murnane and leave a message at (419) 782-4256 or by email to


Recent donations


donation for Chelsie Young




Pancake Breakfast

Team 3 is on duty September 4th from 9:00 to 11:30 We will be serving pancakes, hash brown potato casserole, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage links, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, milk, juice and coffee.  And those pancakes are going to be made from scratch. Please tell your friends and neighbors about it and plan to attend.  Meal price: Adults $7 but Senior Citizens $6; Children 6-12 $4 and 5 and under are free. 

Team 3 Members:  Mike Boff, Rob Carr, Ron Fisher, Jim & Agnes Timbrook, Rex Eutsler, Doug & Traci Flory, Dave Meyer, Arnold Ruhe, Mark Ryan, Dom Mekus and Sam & Debbie Slusser..  If you can’t work on the assigned day, please call another team member and work out a trade with them.  Many hands make light work.



Bishop Rappe Assembly #824 meeting

The next meetings for the Bishop Rappe Assembly will be on September 26th at Bryan KofC Hall at 6:30 they will have a Steak Dinner and the Ladies are invited. On October 24th a regular meeting will be held at Archbold KofC Hall 7:00.

Come and join the fun and fellowship.



Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

In his book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, Fr. Michael Gaitley writes: “Jesus gave us one of His greatest gifts, His Mother. In other words, just as it was once her task some 2,000 years ago to give birth to Christ, Mary’s task is to give spiritual birth to Christians. To help them grow to full stature in Christ. In short Mary’s job is to help us grow in holiness. It’s her mission to form us into saints.

So it is Mary’s great, God-given task, in union with and by the power of the Holy Spirit, to form every human being into “another Christ” that is, to unite everyone to the Body of Christ and form each person into a fully mature member of this Body. Therefore. Every human being is invited to rest in the womb of Mary and be transformed there, by the power on the Holy Spirit, more perfectly into Christ’s own image.”



Quote from Pope Francis

Jesus has this message for us: Mercy. I think- and I say it with humility –that this is the Lord’s most powerful message: Mercy… But if we are like the Pharisee before the altar who said, “I thank you, not like the one at the door, like that publican” (Luke 18:11-12), then we do not know the Lord’s heart, and we will never have the joy of experiencing this mercy!


St. Mary Parish Festival

Saturday September 10th - from 5:30-10:00 pm and Sunday September 11th from 12 noon-5 pm. at the church grounds there will be food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family.  Come on down! 


2016 Membership Dues

Statements have been mailed and it’s time to pay your dues.  There are also some outstanding prior year’s dues to be paid.  If you lost the bill and don’t remember what you owe, or have any questions about your dues, give Terry a call 782-4256.


Address changes

If your address changes or we have your name spelled wrong, or you want the Knight Writer sent by email, please let us know.  Email Terry Murnane at  or leave a message at 782-4256.



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