OOLSANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA Fr. Joseph M. Geary Council 3523
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Grand Knight Message - March 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010 3:50 PM | Rafael Betancourt (Administrator)

It’s a common concern among many Brothers that they just don’t have the time to participate in the Council’s activities – we have over 100 members in our roster, but only about 20% of those volunteer. All of us have many commitments, from our duty to family to obligations to our workplace – there are constant calls on our time. I would like to propose how by just giving 24 hours a year to the Knights of Columbus you could make a positive difference in our community and Church:

  • 12 hours a year reading the weekly parish bulletin, the Knight Lamp, and Columbia magazine, and surfing the Council’s and Supreme Council Web sites.
  • Two hours a year volunteering at the council’s annual drive for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Two hours a year on a council-sponsored Church, community, council, family or youth project of your choice.
  • Two hours a year attending one council business meeting.
  • Two hours a year attending, with the family, two corporate Communions or Mass of Reparation.
  • Four hours a year enjoying (again, with the entire family) a council social function such as a dinner, picnic, etc.

That’s only 24 hours a year, which practically any man can fit into his schedule. Right now we can use some help on April 3rd, for preparing Breakfast for those joining the Church this Easter. We also have fundraising efforts to support seminarians, and wheelchair donations. We also would like to start a spaghetti dinner and/or pancake breakfast project that would fund a Relief Fund for members of our Parish who are facing financial crisis. Finally, we are in need of a new Financial Secretary.

I encourage all of you to find those 24 hours in a year and help us out, not out of obligation or duty, but truly as a reflection of appreciation for all the blessings we’ve got, and for the benefits we will obtain for our families and the Church. There are 8,760 hours in a year. By giving the Knights less than 0.3% of those hours, we can become better Catholics, better fathers, better husbands, and better persons.

Vivat Jesus!

SK Rafael Betancourt, GK

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