OOLSANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA Fr. Joseph M. Geary Council 3523
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Grand Knight's Message - September 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:40 PM | Rafael Betancourt (Administrator)

Dear Brother Knights,

First, please be aware that the next Council's Business Meeting scheduled for  September 8th has been re-scheduled to September 22nd at the usual time (7:30-9:00pm) and location (St. Justin's Room 2). Mark your calendars.

Other important topics discussed at the August 25th council meeting follow:

  1. On multiple occasions the request for spiritual events has been proposed. For our married Brothers, I’d have you consider “TO THE END OF LOVE”; a one day marriage conference being held in Phoenix on October 1, 2016.  Special packages are available. For more information you may visit: http://thechoicewine.org/the-choice-wine-live-phoenix/ I’ve requested information on future events in the San Jose area.   
  2. Our Council is planning special events in support of St. Justin's School.  Helpers are needed – so don’t be bashful about volunteering. The first is likely to be a Pancake Breakfast on September 25th.
  3. Joe Bauer needs help with the St. Justin's Community Ministry Food Pantry. He’s lost the driver that picks up discarded food items from stores. Call him directly if you can assist: 408-296-1193, ext. 109
  4. SAVE THE DATE: St. Juan Diego's Women's Center 30th Anniversary Banquet, October 15, 2016 at David's Restaurant in Santa Clara. Proceeds from the Banquet and Fundraiser provide help for pregnant women and their babies. This is an organization that our Council has supported for years. Our council will have a table at the event. More details to follow. If you’re not already familiar with this organization, check it out: http://jdwcenter.org/
  5. Juan Diego Center is also inviting everyone to "An Afternoon with Fr. John Ngbapia," pastor of St. Bakhita Parish in South Sudan. Fr. John, whose heroic struggle was featured in LifeSiteNews, founded the first (and only) pro-life center in South Sudan, inspired and supported by the St. Juan Diego Center. Everyone is welcomed to this event free of charge, that will be held at Our Lady of Peace Church (Family Learning Center, Rm 1101) in Santa Clara on Sat. September 3rd from 3:00-4:30pm.  For more information call Willie Lapus at (408) 258-2008.
  6. Our own Brother and Council 3523 member, Fr. James Mweyuge, is expanding his efforts in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. His parish consisted of raw land when he was assigned there a few years back. With the help of Council 3523 (and others) there are now three communities with power, water, gardens, a church for 800 people, and a school is in the planning stages. Fr. James was recently in San Jose to discuss additional fundraising for his efforts; more on this later.
With summer coming to a close, I pray that attendance at our Council Meetings will improve. Again, mark your calendar; the next council meeting is on Thursday, September 22, 2016, St. Justin, Rm. 2, 7:30 pm. to 9:00 pm.

In His Service and for the greater glory of God,

Vivat Jesus!

SK Fred Loew, Grand Knight

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