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Chalice Program at St.Sebastian
As you may know, we have recently passed a vote to fund the Chalice of Ordination to honor and remember our Brothers who have passed. For those not familiar with the chalice programs our council supports, the following is a helpful synopsis by Dr. Bob:
Our council has two Chalice related programs which the Knights sponsor at St. Sebastian Parish. One is the program where families take a Chalice home each week and pray for vocations to the priesthood, the consecrated religious life and the permanent deaconate.
The other is the program which was started by the Fourth Degree several years ago after receiving a direction from the Supreme Master nationwide. Every 12 to 18 months, each Fourth Degree Assembly is directed to purchase a Chalice dedicated to the memory of those Sir Knights who passed away since the previous Chalice was purchased. Their names are engraved on the bottom of the Chalice and a raised Fourth Degree emblem is affixed to the base of the Chalice. The recipient of the Chalice is asked to pray for our deceased Brother Knights in their daily Masses.
Traditionally, here in our Assembly, we have always given priority in determining the recipient of the Chalice to a Seminarian in our Diocese who is in need of a Chalice for Ordination. Chalices are often purchased for a Seminarian by their families, but many of the Seminarians in our Diocese have no families in the USA or simply can't afford the cost. I am currently the Vocations Chairman for our Third Degree Council and I receive the name of the recipient from the Diocesan Director of Vocations, Father Brian Lehnert.
For the past two years, Council 8009 has also participated in this program by paying half the cost of the Chalice and its case. Therefore, all deceased Third and Fourth Degree Knights names are engraved on the Chalice. We have a recipient for this year's Chalice. He is Deacon Frank D'Amato who will be ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 2018.
Ryo Isshiki on behalf of Dr. Robert P Christopher
Grand Knight's June Message
Vivat Jesu! I hope this message finds you in good health and Spirits! After our busy months of March and April we have been catching up on thanking those people, organizations and businesses who sponsored, or supported us. We sent out Thank You letters and Certificates of Appreciation to major supporters. We personally delivered some of these to the Golf Courses, businesses and individuals. We must keep in mind that our highly successful Golf Outing was due mostly in part to these sponsors.
We had a Banner year for our Tootsie Roll Drive. The Walmart crew, headed by Dale Grabenbauer, alone raised over $4100. Dale and I presented two checks to the ARC and their Scout Troop (on left). I dropped off a Certificate of Appreciation to the President of the St. Sebastian CCW thanking these ladies for filling in several TR slots. I also presented a Certificate to Mary Vogel for donating a huge beautiful Patriotic wreath for the Sebastian Memorial Day Service.
Our Knight of the Month for June was Marty Morano. Marty is one of our most dedicated Brother Knights. He put in many hours during the Tootsie Roll Drive. He is always one of those guys who always volunteers for many of our activities. He led the Rosary during the 7:30 AM Mass in May. Please congratulate Marty when you see him!
Congratulations to our newly elected Council Officers for 2017-18:
Bob Kwiecinski – Grand Knight
Tom Fitzgerald – Deputy Grand Knight
Chancellor – Dr. Bob Christopher
Treasurer – Dennis Martin
Warden – Rick Broderick
Advocate – Randy Lehman
1 yr Trustee – Rene Van De Voorde
2 yr Trustee – Jerry Rott
3 yr Trustee – Bob Torell
Inside Guard - Tom Gallegos
Outside Guard – Tim Cunningham
The Baptism Program at St.Sebastian
I would like to dedicate a brief article to the Baptism Program, and the meaningful work fellow brothers Dr. Bob Christopher and Ryan Ashurst do on behalf of our council.
At St.Sebastian, baptisms are typically scheduled on the first Sunday of each month at the 11:30 Mass. The Baptism Program, sponsored by our Council, provides a rosary and a rose for every baptism. The rose is for the mother, and the rosary is intended as the baby's first rosary as a baptized Catholic. Dr. Bob provide and rosary and the rose, and these are presented to the mother on the alter during the ceremony.
The purpose of the Baptism Program is to welcome the infant into the Catholic Faith, to congratulate the mother in bringina new soul to our Lord, and to make the father aware of the presence of the Knights of Columbus is our Parish.
Indeed, the fathers of some of these babies are now members of our Council. Since the ceremony takes place during the Mass, the program is also another way to demonstrate to the assembled parishioners that the Knights of Columbus are an active participant in Parish life.
The response from the mothers and the families is consistently very positive.
Dr. Bob and Ryan, please continue the good work you do through this program.
Helping out a Family in Need
Brother Bud Zielinski has brought to our attention a dedicated member of our parish who has come upon some difficult times. Although she is not a member of the KofC, Trish Fiorella is a longtime member of St.Sebastian, and we would like to support Bud's request to help out. Bud's message is as follows:
As a fellow parishioner I am asking for your support for one of our long time and dedicated church members.
Trish Fiorella has been an active member here for over 10 years. She is recovering from back surgery and as a hair stylist she has no income during her rehab period of 4 months.
She has 4 sons that she raised herself after her husband’s death. The boys were part of our youth program here and they were altar servers at the 4 PM Mass for years.
She had her surgery last week and all went well but she could really use your financial support. Her oldest son Vince has started a gofundme page to help her. The link to the page is here:
Vince is an RN at IRMC and has written a moving plea of behalf of his mom. I urge to at least take a look and read his comments.
If you would rather not contribute over the internet you can contact Trish at:
833 Gilbert St
Sebastian FL 32958-5313
Keep the family in your prayers and feel free to share this others who might help
Ryo Isshiki on behalf of Bud Zielinski
Fourth of July Parade K of C Sebastian
Brother Knights, & Family,
Please join us this Tuesday morning (Fourth of July) to ride or walk along side of our Council 8009 Float (and also hand out Tootsie Rolls)! Meet in front (or nearby) the Sebastian Community Center on Jackson St. by 8 AM. Our Float should be there by 6:30 AM and we could use some help finishing decorating it! Also join us afterwards in the St. Sebastian Parish grounds to have some jumbo hot dogs, chips, pop, water and games!
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