February 2019 Grand Knight's Report
Pause & Reflect!
A 3rd Degree was held on Friday, February 1st in horror of Past Grand Knight, Russ Taylor. 34 Brother Knights moved on to the Knighthood Degree & the room was packed. I am proud to say that the turnout by officers & members of our council to honor Russ was overwhelming. We took time to Pause & Reflect on his service to our Council and the Knights. State Treasurer Jim Stoever was on hand and said some kind words about Russ & about the efforts of our council. Thanks again to all the brothers who came out on a frigid night ton horror Russ.
Jan. 12th was a busy day for us. First, the Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast for the Race for Life was a rousing success. The Brothers, family and community came out to support Chloe. Thanks to Rich Russo & PGK Lou McGraw and to all who attended!! This was followed by the Council Free Throw. The turnout of brothers was fantastic, though the number of participants was light. Thanks to PGK Brian Curran and all who helped.
Ladies Bartending and Karaoke was held on Jan. 26th. Thanks to Jeanmarie DeBiase, Karyn, Treval, Margaret Stazko, Chrissy Izzo & Mary Brienza for tending the bar.
The Council provided Breakfast at St. Aloysius after two masses on Jan. 27t. What a great turnout by the brothers who cooked and the parishioners. Thanks to Tom Raulinovich & PGK Lou McGraw for chairing the event.
The Fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse was held on 1/29 to a wonderful crowd of brothers & their families to support the Race for Life. Once again Rich & Lou spearheaded the event, aided by Jim Murphy & Jeanmarie – Thank you all!
The Council will have 4 teams participated in the State Bowling Tournament on Fed. 10th. I’m not sure we will win any awards but I’m sure we will all have a great time.
The 19th Annual Race for Life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17th. This is one of our two largest fundraisers for the year Please come out and support the fundraiser for Little Chloe.
Be My Valentine!
This phrase conjures up many images associated with the celebration of Valentine's Day. Cards with hearts & poems. Candy & flowers given to the one you love. Images of Cupid flying around shooting his arrows of love. Young & old alike expressing their affection for their sweethearts. For many this is Valentine’s Day.
Our ancestors in the Christian Faith would be surprised at what has become of what was once a religious holiday, the Feast of St. Valentine, which was a day to remember and celebrate the life and death of the Christian martyr.
A little history… St. Valentine was a priest near Rome around 270 AD. At that time the Roman Emperor was imprisoning Christians for not worshipping the Roman gods. During this persecution Valentine was arrested for performing Christian marriages & for helping Christians escape prison. During the trial they asked Valentine what he thought of the Roman gods Jupiter & Mercury. Of course Valentine said they were false gods & that the God that Jesus called Father was the only true God. So the Romans threw him in prison for insulting their gods.
Valentine knew that he might get caught in his Christian activities. He knew that if he told the court the truth about the Roman gods that he would be thrown in prison. He knew that if he continued to teach the word of Christ in the prison he would make his captors angry. But he continued, because he loved the Lord & his fellow human beings. He was willing to risk his life to free the prisoners & spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who needed to hear it. Because these people had come to know Jesus, Valentine praised God right there in his prison cell. When the emperor heard this, he was furious that Valentine was making converts even in prison, so he had Valentine beheaded.
The Bible Says: "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13) God showed us this love by having his son die for our sins. St. Valentine demonstrated this love when he died for his friends. This is the kind of love that Valentine's Day is really about. This is the kind of love your cards and flowers and candy should represent. It is a boundless and unconditional love.
Angelo W. Massaro – Grand Knight
Quote of the Month
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”. - Lennon / McCartney