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Knight Writer - August 2016

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“Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving...Without sacrifice there is no love.” –St. Maximilian Kolbe

Szczecin, Poland – At the Cathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle, there is a side chapel honoring Father Maximilian Kolbe who is our own deanery’s namesake.  As a priest who oversaw Poland’s largest Catholic publication, Father Kolbe was arrested by the Nazis for his writings and sent to Auschwitz.  There he was assigned to Block 14A where he and other prisoners carried stone to build a crematorium.  After three prisoners escaped, the camp commandant announced that ten prisoners would be assigned to the “death block”, an underground starvation bunker as punishment.  One of the doomed prisoners cried out over his wife and children.  At that point, Father Kolbe broke ranks, stepped forward, and told the commandant that he wished to take that prisoner’s place.  The surprised commandant accepted the proposal and ordered the switch.  Father Kolbe led the other prisoners in prayers and songs inside the bunker.  Eventually, those prayers became whispers as the prisoners’ physical strength waned until, finally, the priest was the last to perish. 


The Church has honored Father Kolbe’s ultimate example of love and sacrifice and declared him a saint.  There is a message for every layperson in his story.  Father Kolbe watched the invasion of his country, the destruction of his Catholic publication, and the seizure of churches and seminaries across Poland.  Even in the middle of modern history’s most notorious death camp, Father Kolbe found a way to step forward and demonstrate Christ’s sacrifice where nothing like that could be found. 


What does this mean for our council?  We have a large, beautiful hall with no mortgage that we can rent.  We have a kitchen to host numerous fundraisers throughout the year.  And, something I always appreciate whenever I travel abroad, we live in the most free and prosperous nation in history. 


But what if all that changed?  What if our freedoms, our churches, and our halls were taken away?  Would there still be a Knights of Columbus in Defiance?  Would we even have a Catholic identity while under pressure to “adapt” to the world around us?  Or would we stand firm like Maximilian Kolbe, John Paul II, and the Solidarity movement did in Poland? 


Sean O’Donnell, Grand Knight



Knight of the Month: Charles Bakle, Jr. 

Speaking of sacrifice, I am indebted to our former Deputy Grand Knight, Charlie Bakle, for stepping up for the council.  Charlie attended the state convention and ran the council in my absence.  He and his wife, Penny, are regulars at our breakfasts and fish fry.  Much of our success at the fish fries is due to Charlie’s dedicated work strategically placing signs across Defiance County.  We will be looking for more help placing and removing signs, as well as helping at the fish fries this year.  Please consider sacrificing even two hours of your time. 



Events coming in                 September:


Pancake Breakfast             Team  3


Officer & Building Board meetings


Appreciation Dinner    6 pm


Council Meeting


First fish fry of the new season




                  Events in October


Pancake Breakfast    Team  1


Club Company and Council Officer Meeting


Fish Fry


Council Meeting     


Rosary Rally 


Fish Fry



Prayers for health and healing:

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.  Richard Sheets had total hip replacement on Feb.1st prayers for recovery.  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.



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 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


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!

            In this Jubilee Year of Mercy let us follow Pope Francis lead and apply this powerful message in our lives.


Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

In his writing “Splendor of Truth” St John Paul II shares with us this prayer. “O Mary, Mother of Mercy, watch over all people, that the Cross of Christ may not be emptied of its power, that man may not stray from the path of the good or become blind to sin, but may put his hope ever more fully in God who is “rich in mercy” (Eph. 2:4). May he carry out the good works prepared by God beforehand (Eph. 2:10) and so live completely “for the praise of his glory” (Eph1:12).

            As we continue our journey in this Jubilee Year of Mercy let us also pray to the Mother of Mercy.  Asking her to assist us in all our crosses so that we too may be agents of Christ goodness and power.


Nelson Okuley wins in Senior Olympics

            Brother Knight Nelson Okuley competed in two Senior Olympic State Games this year. He brought home three victories. The two contest where the 50 and 100 meter foot race, in Waterville taking 2nd place at each event. Then later in Springfield Nelson participated in the 5-kilometer bicycle race and won the 90-94 age bracket.

            Congratulations Nelson you are great inspiration for us all. Job well done.



Pancake Breakfast

Team 2 is on duty August 7th 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.    Schedules for 2016 have been mailed to all team members and if you need another copy give Mike or Terry a call.

Team 2 Members:  Brad Stover, David Diehl, Terry Murnane, William Ware, Efrain Canales, Bruce & Delores Gamiere, Mary Okuly, Mike & Anne Sharpe, Shannon Steyer, Gene & Norma Wittler.  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.



Annual Council Steak Fry Tuesday August 9th

            Please call by August 5 to RSVP if you can join us Tuesday August 9th at 6:00 pm for food and fellowship at the hall.  We will be grilling steaks, and serving baked potatoes, tossed salad, corn on the cob, rolls, and pie for dessert.  Cost is $10/person at the door.  Please bring potential new members as Council’s guest.  This is a family event so bring your spouse and family.  Again so we can order the food please RSVP by August 5 to chairmen Mike Berry (419) 956-0447 or Terry Murnane (419) 782-4256.  When you call it will be an answering machine so speak clearly leaving your name, the event you are calling about, number of people attending, and a return phone number.  Also you can respond by using e-mail. or

            As in the past, we need some help putting this meal together so if you are willing to help, let us know.



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 have some time to decide if you are coming!  Please respond by August 31 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



Football Tickets

            The new football tickets are in; if you want to sell some for your council, let Terry know how many you want and they will be sent to you.  If you want to buy one or more, send him a check and he will send you a stub.  $20 each this year, make check to K of C 1039 and mail it to the hall at 111 Elliott Rd.


  • The 2016 Football Sweepstakes involves the last 10 weeks of games played by the NFL this season – games that will be played between Oct 30 and Jan 1.
  • Donation is $20.00 per ticket.  
  • At least $2,500 in prizes will be awarded each week or at least $25,000 over the contest period.
  • Winners are determine by ticket holders with the four teams that score the most – or the least – number of points in that given week of games. 
  • The scores from the previous week’s games are used for teams that are not scheduled to play on any given week.
  • A winners’ list will be posted on and – Password is going to your ticket number. 
  • Tickets that are sold can be turned in any time before October 20.
  •  If you have questions, contact Terry Murnane (419) 782-4256


Bishop Rappe Assembly #824 meeting

The next meetings for the Bishop Rappe Assembly will be at Blakeslee K of C Hall on Monday August 22nd at 7:00 pm regular meeting.  Then on September 26th at Bryan K of C Hall at 6:30 they will have a Steak Dinner and the Ladies are invited.  Come and join the fun and fellowship.



2016 Membership Dues

Statements have been mailed and it’s past 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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