Congratulations to Michael Kairalla who was chosen Knight of the Month for January. Thank you for chairing the Catch the Glow parade and Keep Christ in Christmas (with Loveland Assembly). He was part of the committee for the Council's 20th Anniversary and assists with pancake breakfasts. On Sunday mornings, he runs the OLM gift shop. Please congratulate Michael when you see him next time.
Officers for Knights of Columbus Council 12063 for 2017 - 2018
Grand Knight: Glenn Ryan
Chaplain: Father Joseph Cao
Deputy Grand Knight: Kent Bosch
Chancellor: Tony Fink
Recorder: Jim Callowich
Treasurer: Bill Allen
Advocate: Tom Casey
Warden: Jim Pilon
Inside Guard: Larry Hasenkamp
Outside Guard: Rick Zuba
Trustee 1 Years: Brian Thibodeau
Trustee 2 Years: Darrell Mudd
Trustee 3 Years: Joe Philips
Financial Secretary: Jim Rademacher
Catch the Glow Parade
Special thanks to the Our Lady of the Mountains youth group, Deacon Stan, Art Floyd, the float builders, Assembly Members from Loveland, Windsor and Past District Marshal, and all the others who made the Catch the Glow Parade a fun and enjoyable event again this year. Unlike past years when the wind, snow, and cold tried to dampen our Christmas spirits, this year was the rain. But God gave us the moisture before the parade and by the time the parade started, the weather was dry and the crescent moon shining down on the 20,000+ spectators and participants. Thanks to the cooks and others who set up the hall afterward for some warm drinks, hot dogs and chili.
20th Anniversary of Estes Park Council 12063
A historic date is upon us with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Council 12063, October 12th. We have contacted you as a member in good standing for many years to celebrate this occasion with us. For those Charter members, we thank you for your extreme effort in creating a Council here in Estes Park, as well as the subsequent years laying down the foundation of the Council. A glance at the Knights wall in the lower center tells the story of the amount of work put in. Over the years, through tragedy and triumph, the Council has prevailed through the efforts of all of you.
Hurricane Harvey Relief and Hurricane Irma Relief
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Our Lady of the Mountains parish, visitors and the Knights who collected $3,000 over Labor Day weekend for the Knights of Columbus Hurricane Harvey Relief fund and almost another $700 in October for the Hurricane Irma Relief fund. Your heart-felt generosity will be greatly appreciated! Please continue to pray for all who were affected by both hurricanes and all the relief workers.
The Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of the Mountains welcome Father Joseph Cao!
Father Joseph was born in Viet Nam in 1964 into a Catholic family. He is he second oldest of eight children who was educated by the Dominican Sisters until his family fled their home country. At age seven, Father Joseph felt the call to be a priest when he made his First Communion. Young Joseph knelt down in his pew and heard Jesus speak to his heart and Jesus gave him a great desire to be a priest.
In 1975 Joseph and most of his family fled their homeland in their uncle's fishing boat which was 20 feet long and contained 60 people. Though they were shot at by the Communists, they survived and after several days their food and water were exhausted. Five days after their quest for freedom they were rescued by an American Cargo ship who took them to Guam to begin processing for Fort Chaffee. They learned English and eight months after fleeing they were sponsored by a family in Aurora Colorado. Their father and grandfather were fortunate to join them eight months later.
Joseph grew up and went to school in the Denver area and finished college with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Unable to find a job, he attended the World Youth Day in 1993 and was inspired by John Paul II again to follow the calling to priesthood. He attended Seminary College for two years in Missouri and then he was admitted into the seminary near Chicago and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver on July 1, 2000. He has been at St. Mary's in Littleton CO and for the past 13 years he has been the Pastor at St. Joan of Arc in Arvada.
Again, a great Knights of Columbus welcome to Father Joseph!
In Christ's Love, Charity, Unity and Fraternity