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

Sunday, September 12, 2010 10:00 PM | Rafael Betancourt (Administrator)
Dear Brother Knights,

Last month was full of activity: the Council hosted the Handicapables on August 21, Social dinner on the 28th and Coffee & Donuts after morning Masses on the 29th. We have to thank Br. Israel Gonzalez for organizing and leading the Handicapables event, Br. Davison Vivit (and Lady Novelle) for leading the Social, and Br. Wayne Cope for starting up the Coffee and Donuts fundraiser for community assistance. All of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the help and participation from many other Council members. I exhort all members, especially those who joined recently to attend our meetings and volunteer. By dedicating only two hours per month you can make a huge difference in the lives of our families, the Church, and the community at large.

A very special project for which I would like to see 100% participation from Council members and their families is the Annual Tootsie Roll Fund-raising Drive that benefits local non-profit organizations that serve People with Intellectual Disabilities. This year’s goal for California alone is to collect over 1.5 million dollars. All Knights across the US with the help from many other volunteers will be collecting donations at local supermarkets, malls, and churches during the weekend of October 15-17.

On that last day of the Drive, October 17, Holy Cross Brother André Bessette of Canada will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI. By his devotion to and through the intercession of St. Joseph, Br. André brought healing upon thousands in his lifetime. Let’s follow the example of this poor and humble servant of God, asking St. Joseph, role model of service, to be better husbands, better fathers, and better brothers in Christ to our neighbors. Let’s join in service to those in greatest need, so that we may proclaim the Gospel of Life by our example as we build together a Civilization of Love.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Vivat Jesus!

SK Rafael Betancourt, GK
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