Message from Your Servant Grand Knight
Alleluia! His has Risen! After forty days of Lent and joining our simple sacrifices with our Lord, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord brings joy into our new lives. The Easter Eggs reminds us of the new life we have received through Baptism, and many received this first sacrament as they became members of the Church at the Easter Vigil. As I mention new life, every time we celebrate a First Degree ceremony, we get reminded of our own beginning as a Knight. A life where we made commitments dedicated to providing charitable services to our parish, families and community, and actively defend our Catholic faith.
Through the Lenten season, our council provided some outstanding service. The Lenten Fish Fry Fridays were a big success. The attendance and finances will be reported later in this newsletter. Mostly, we had great weather each Friday for the fish fries. On a couple occasions, we had to provide seating on the patio. It was a joy to see families gathered to visit, children running & playing in the open yard, and brothers jubilantly cooking, serving, & cleaning. Other activities our brothers participated during this season included the breakfast burrito fundraiser for the Seminarians, serving breakfast burritos for the hundreds of children & parents at the parish Easter Egg hunt, and then, the customary annual parking & ushering for the attendance overflows of the various Easter Masses. Father George expressed his deepest appreciation to the Knights for the parish support during this Lent & Easter seasons. I, too, thank you for stepping up once again.
Elections for council officers for the 2018-2019 Columbian Year that begins on July 1st will be held at the May meeting. The nomination committee is seeking candidates and would like to if you are interested in serving in one of the positions. You must be a 3rd Degree Knight in order to run for a council office so 1st and 2nd Degree members should take advantage of the upcoming degree ceremonies if they are considering running for an office. Descriptions of the duties of each office are posted under Officer Titles and Responsibilities on the council website. If you’re interested in or have questions about any position, please e-mail one of the committee members: Bret Curran, Joe Davis or Sean Stenovitch.
There are other events quickly approaching that give us an opportunity to get involved include:
• the Blood Drive on April 15 after the Masses, Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets, and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.
• Breakfast burritos on April 15th. Come help prepare the burritos and the guys will give you a memorable time. And, bring your family after the 9 am Mass to eat some burritos.
• The Fund Fest Dinner. First, buy your tickets early as they go fast and only a certain amounts are being sold. Then, also come help cook for and serve at the dinner. This event is one of our largest fundraisers for the parish and you can come home with some great items. I have!
• The annual Hike for Life on May 19th. Our council has supports the Hike for Life each year. This is one of the largest fundraisers that provides support for the only Catholic Pregnancy Crisis Center in this area. Our council team for the hike usually wins top honors for raising the most funds. This year, there are other councils in the area that will try to make it challenging for us. Let’s step up for this friendly, but beneficial competition.
May God’s Grace fill your life,
SK Manuel (Manny) Trevino, Jr.
Grand Knight, Ralph Cerny Council #12553____________________________________________________________________________________________