Tony was nominated for Knight of the Month for the great job he did calling Bingo at the Canby Independence Day celebration. Tony added a lot of humor while calling bingo numbers to make this a fun event for the community.
John was nominated for Knight of the Month for helping to organize the trip to the Mount Angel Abbey for St. Patrick’s Parish. Last summer, John organized a slow pitch softball game at Legacy Park in Canby for Parishioners. Recently, you saw John helping with the Mother’s Day Breakfast and the set up for Bingo at Waite Park on the 4th of July. Early in the year, you will see John spraying the fruit trees on the parish grounds. Weekly, you will see John picking up food for the St. Vincent DePaul Food bank from Safeway. He is very active in the Bible study classes on Thursday evening and participates as an Extraordinary Cup Minister at the 5:30 PM Mass on Saturday’s. Lastly, John also co-ordinates the charity auction raffle ticket sales at Cutsforth’ s and works 6-8 hours selling tickets on Friday and Saturdays. John and his wife Barbara spend a tremendous amount of time helping their parents and other family members. Great job John, helping others.
Marcelo was nominated for Knight of the Month for helping to organize the first Hispanic Mother’s Day breakfast. He was instrumental in getting his Bother Knights to sing a song to the Mothers attending the breakfast.
Duane Kloser has devoted time, talent and treasure to our parish and we appreciate it. As past Grand Knight he has led our council to get some awards and expand some of our activities too. Most recently, he spearheaded the Lent concert/retreat featuring Donna Cori Gibson last month. Donna mentioned that Duane was a good organizer and promoter as she sees a lot of different levels of organization in her national travels. Also, they helped her sell many of her CD’s. Duane and his wife Chris have 3 grown children and travel when possible. We also send our prayers to his brother Mark who recently had a near fatal fall and is slowly recovering. Thank you, Duane, for your hard work.
Ron Suchanek has been attending St. Pats for over 40 years and is retired from teaching middle school. Also he spent 5 years in the Peace Corps teaching Science in Ganna Africa. At St. Pats he still is teaching religion to sixth graders and ushers at the 5:30 Mass. In our KofC council he has been Financial Secretary for more than 15yrs and that includes working on our budget, audits, and supporting other council activities. He enjoys gardening with his wife Amparo. Thanks to Ron for your service.
Jose (Pepe) Camarena is a newer Knight and active in the Hispanic Round Table we have in our council. He with his wife have four boys and has been at St. Pats over 3 yrs. He helps with first communion preparation, with the Hispanic prayer group, and the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Recently he helped with raffle ticket sales at our main fund raiser. Thank you to Jose (Pepe).
Ricardo Hernandez is a recent addition to our council and has been involved with Hispanic parish music ministry for some 14yrs., most of them at St. Patrick. He is on the Parish Finance Council and is working towards coordinating Hispanic ministries at St. Pats with a council. He also has coordinated a yearly bilingual music concert and worship night at St. Pats. He and his wife Kimberly have 3 children, one being in college. Thanks to Ricardo for his support of our council and parish life.
Paul Crawford is longtime parishioner at St. Pats, from the fifties. He has been active in the local KofC and helps at the state level too. His dad helped start our St Pats KofC council in 1952. He has helped in many ways to support our church through the years with the aid of his late dear wife, Gail. He has been in the folk choir for years and sang in the annual Singing Christmas Tree in Portland. Also he is active in the St. Vincent food bank. He has two daughters, five grandkids and two great grandkids. Thank you Paul for supporting St Patrick Church.
Mike Schmader is active through his continued leadership in our Crab Dinner Auction, our main fundraiser. He along with his wife Laura, have helped quite a few dinner/auctions, from storing auction items, decorating the hall, to being emcee at the auction itself. They have two grown children and Mike enjoys fishing a lot. Thanks to Mike for his work for our council and parish.
Greg Perez is a newcomer to the Knights, but has been quite active in a short time. He has helped with the Canby community street dance and 4th of July parade. Recently he worked on organizing efforts to collect and deliver relief supplies to California wildfire victims near Santa Rosa. He and his wife, Christie have a family of 4 girls and a boy. Greg and Christie have been in the early Mass choir too. Thank you for your service to our parish community
Lacey Buttram has been a longtime parishioner and also with the Knights of Columbus some 33 years. He has helped with events such as the parish picnic. He recently cared for his invalid wife a few years before her passing, and we offer our prayers for her soul and Lacy’s family. Thanks for your service to the knights and the parish community.
Brad Baker has been involved steadily with the KofC over 30 years. You will find him helping in many of our events and some along with his family. This includes working at the Crab Dinner/Auction, parish breakfasts, parish picnic, etc. This year at the parish picnic, Brad and other Knights were challenged in cooking chicken that came frozen from the store and still managed to make it done for everyone. Thank you for all the years you have helped with our council and parish events.
Robert & Dawna Hitch
Robert & Dawna were selected for Family of the Month for the great job they did organizing the 2018 Parish Camp Out at the Oddfellows campground in Florence Oregon. They worked with the camp host to reserve the facility equipment for dinners and the individual campsite logistics for our guests. During the day and evening, they opened their camp site to fellow parishioners to socialize. They hosted Fr. Arturo's sleep arrangement for Friday evening and did a fabulous job welcoming everyone to the camp ground.
Israel & Susie Flores
Israel & Susie were selected as Family of the Month for the rewarding work they do for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank at St. Patrick’s Church. Every week, they delivery food packages to the home bound in the Canby area. The one thing no one hears about is the Ministry they do for the sick that require transportation for a doctor visit or to the hospital.
John & Marsha Meyerhofer
John and Marsha were selected as Family of the Month for organizing the annual Knights of Columbus fishing trip. A big thank you for opening their home to host the event. Everyone had a great time, even though the fish were small. It was great to see some new Knights and their families attend this year.
Frank Battilega Family
Frank and Catherine Battilega and their four children are family of the month. They live on a farm nearby where Frank has been farming for more than 30 years. We thanked Frank recently for cooking a great spaghetti dinner that followed the Donna Cori Gibson Concert last month. The KofC council greatly appreciated his work in the kitchen. He has also supported our church liturgies by reading some of the Easter reading for the past 10 years. Also, they have shared with Financial support, like the candles for annual church use, towards the crucifix hanging in our church and Christmas garlands during the season. Thanks again for their family and the support of our Parish.
Luis & Elizabeth Tapia
Luis and Elizabeth Tapia have been at St. Pats for 17yrs. and have three children. Luis is on the Pastoral Council and they are active with the Hispanic group called “Apostles of the Word” that do evangelization. He also has a painting business and has helped with painting around the parish. They are also in the Hispanic choir. Thanks you both for your service to our parish community.
Ken and Deloris Bepple
Ken and his wife Dolores Bepple are newer members of St. Pats and have been active in our KofC council 3484 events. Their family consists of two grown daughters and six grandkids. Recently they have helped in our Crab Dinner/Auction in the kitchen area. They have also helped with the 4th degree garage sale that supports their activities. Ken has willingly shared his construction talents by helping one of our elderly members with his roof problems, installed shelving for Rel. Ed. storage, and is working on a trailer for our council use in the future. We thank them for their faithful support.
Dennis & Marie Richey
We welcome Dennis and Marie Richey who are new to St. Patrick and our KofC council, moving here from West Linn. Dennis and Marie were recently involved in our dinner auction fundraiser with creating and operating the wine wall fundraiser feature. They are retired and have two grown daughters and two grandkids. Dennis had a career in education and counseling, and has been active in a sport fishing political action committee. He is trying to help bring some common sense into resource management. A thank you is in order for their support and continued involvement in our parish and council.
Jesse & Patti Villarreal
Jesse and Patti Villarreal are an active couple in our parish. They have six adult children between both of them. Jesse is an involved member of the Knights of Columbus and now is the State Deputy Master for the fourth degree Knights. The regular KofC councils promote values of charity, unity and fraternity while the fourth degree has the added patriotism value. The 4th degree councils provide honor guards for many special Masses and civic functions. A bilingual, Jesse has also been active in forming Hispanic round table groups within KofC councils in Oregon. Patti has helped in Religious Ed. and RCIA. She is a Minister to the home bound, Sacristan, and Cup Minister. She has helped with our annual crab dinner auction and both of them helped KofC build the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe at the Grotto. Many thanks to them and their support for our church.
John and Barbara Fontana
John and Barbara Fontana is our family of the month. They have six grown children and have been at St. Pats over 12 years. John has been Church program director for our council and organized some of the family support activities. He assists with the Thursday Bible study, helps with the food bank, and is a cup minister for Mass. Also he takes care of the apple trees near the church. Barbara has shared her musical talents in a bilingual praise program. Thank you to all your family.
Deacon Jerry & Maureen Giger
Deacon Jerry and Maureen Giger have been involved steadily in our parish. Dcn. Jerry celebrated his 10th anniversary to the diaconate recently and we appreciate his vocation which took 6 years of formation. Jerry was in law enforcement for 38 years with being police chief with Canby for 19 1/2 years and City of Molalla for 7 1/2 years. His wife Maureen is a lector and cantor; and on the cemetery committee and helps set up for funeral luncheons. They have five children and two of them help as catechists. Thank you to all your family.
Bill & Doloris Pillar
Bill and Dolores Pillar have served with the St. Vincent DePaul food bank at St. Patrick for 17 years. They have three children and five grand kids. They live east of Oregon City and have attended St. Philip Benizi church for some 45 yrs. Thank you for your steady service to our community.
Scott & Angela Baker
Scott and Angela Baker are active parish members at St. Patrick with two growing boys. Scott has been supportive of our KofC council. Recently with Scott's good work in planning and coordination, the parish hall now has stronger WiFi throughout the building. His wife Angela, is past president of the women’s club and is on several boards of charitable organizations. They also helped with the parish picnic too. Thank you to your family