Knights in Action
MN KC Blog * Written by David Whatmuff
A regular monthly page submitted from Councils around the State. Send me your posts and photos to be included here …
Submitted by Greg van der Hagen 11/3/18
The Knights of Columbus Cuyuna Range Council #3473, together with generous donation of others in the community, provided 192 new coats, 120 snow pants and 134 pairs of gloves to local elementary schools. On October 26th these coats, snow pants and gloves were distributed to Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin and Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby. The coats will now be distributed by the School Staff.
This was possible because of the support from the following organization and people in our local community.
American Legion Post 86, Aitkin VFW Post 1727, 40 Club Inn & Banquet Ctr, Chamberlin Trucking, The Shirt Shop, Deerstand ,Aitkin Lions Club, Thomas Bedard, Marv Chmelik, Ed Spiel, BLAL – Lions club, Ed Kirk, Bob Janzen, The Kenneth L Keller Foundation, Robert Wander , Mille Lacs Energy Community Trust, Roger Marks, Blackrock TerraceResidents , Bev Spreigl, Mid MN Bank , Roth RV, Ann McClellan, Tom Provost, Paul Perpich DDS, Cuyuna Range Lions Club, Steve Freese, Steve’s Residential Drafting, Dr. Jeffery Fish DDS, Gloria Bordwell, Brad McCusker, Hudrlik Carpets & Home Service Store, Deerwood Technology.
Thank you for your generosity to provide a new warm winter coat to a child who would otherwise go without.
Submitted by Coats for Kids Chairman Patrick Farrelly 10/16/18
Once again we had a team from Supreme led by Senior Vice-President Mark McCullen, along with Matt Birk and a video team, to help distribute Winter Coats in Minneapolis. State Deputy Marc Peters, Coats for Kids Chairman Patrick Farrelly and Knights from local councils visited St Peter Claver School in St Paul on October 9th.
Submitted by State Secretary Dave Whatmuff 10/11/18
The Vikings Stadium was the venue for a Mass of the Holy Spirit presided by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, concelebrated by Bishop Cozzens and 75 priests of the Archdiocese, and assisted by Deacon Larry Lawinger.
The event was organised by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, and supported and partly funded by the Knights.
An estimated 13,000 children from the 75 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese were bussed to the stadium and each was encouraged to bring a coat or other warm item, to donate to the Knights “Coats for Kids” program.
Senior Vice-President Mark McMullen and Senior Director Scott Read attended from the KofC Supreme Office, along with a film crew to record the event.
Click here for photographs and notes from State Deputy Marc Peters, and State Coats for Kids chairman Patrick Farrelly.
Submitted by State Secretary Dave Whatmuff 10/8/18
The 16th Annual Archdiocesan Candlelight Rosary Procession was held in Friday 5th October. Hundreds of the faithful gathered at the State Capitol at 7pm and processed up to the Cathedral, led by Archbishop Bernard Hebda and an honor guard of 4th degree Knights. Immaculate Mary and other hymns were sung, and Rosaries said during the procession. At the Cathedral the Archbishop presided over a Benediction service, with additional hymns and prayers honoring our Holy Mother.
Submitted by P. J. Bock, Council #15507 4/23/18
Bishop Schladweiler Council #15507 of Wabasso has hosted several BINGO events, but none as successful as a recent Grilling BINGO. Grilling packages featuring generous cuts of chicken, pork, and steak were the main prizes. Despite being postponed once due to weather, over 100 people came out-which made this by far our most successful BINGO! A portion of the proceeds will go towards local youth participating in Catholic Heart Workcamp. Prior to the BINGO, a $2,000 donation was made to St. Anne’s School for technology improvements.
Submitted by Dan Eder, Advocate of Council #1632 4/17/18
Region 9 under Jim Burkhart, hosted a Clergy appreciation dinner at Stillwater KC Hall on 4/13/18. Archbishop Hebda was present as well as many Priests and Sisters from the area. Despite being in the middle of our record storm, it was well attended and everyone had a great time.
Submitted by Fr. Paul Jarvis, Associate pastor at St Bridget’s Community 4/9/18
Submitted by Steve Mason, Trustee of Forest Lake Council #3657 2/14/18
From day one the Knights of Columbus Council #3657 in Forest Lake, Minnesota have supported the Lakes Life Care Center in Forest Lake, Mn. The center was using a old ultrasound machine and decided it was time to upgrade to a new 3D machine.
In the fall of 2016, we were approached by Lakes Life director, Jill Wagner to play a bigger part in saving lives. She was looking for help to raise money for a new machine. Our answer was yes! After filling out the necessary paper work and approval from Supreme and our Archdiocese , Lakes Life Care Center announced that an initiative to team up up with the Knights of Columbus would start immediately to secure $15000 and have a matching grant provided by the Supreme Knights of Columbus. That’s when the hard work started.
Grand Knight Steve Mason, from Council #3657 contacted our other district councils in North Branch, Mn., Lindstrom, Mn., and Taylor Falls, Mn., thru our District Deputy Bill Maasson, to start fund raising activities. Everyone signed on and we started our campaign to raise 50% of the cost of the ultrasound machine, the Supreme Council would provide 50% of the cost to complete funding of the 3D colored Ultrasound. In October we were happy to announce at the Lakes Life Care Center Annual Banquet, that our goal was accomplished.
The monies were sent soon after we confirmed our numbers and an open house celebration was held on February 13, 2018 at the Lakes Life Care Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota. We were very proud and thankful of everyone’s help
Submitted by Bob Seigel, GK Council #4463 2/4/18
January 30th, the Heritage Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead was the site of the 39th annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner presented by Knights of Columbus Council #4463. The Most Reverend Michael Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston and the Most Reverend John Folda, Bishop of Fargo, headed the list of some 33 members of the area’s Catholic clergy who were guests for the evening. Council #4463 and four neighboring councils from both Minnesota and North Dakota participated in offering a social hour followed by dinner, during which each guest member of the clergy was introduced, thanked and greeted with a standing ovation.
In his presentation following dinner, State Deputy Bob Penas delivered a compelling argument to double down on recruitment to preserve the solid bond between Knights and the clergy and parishes they serve. Adapting to recruit a younger (18 to 30 year old) “millennial” population will be essential to Knights of Columbus growth.
Both bishops offered acknowledgement and thanks for the Knights’ faithful strength and resolve to serve their clergy.
At the evening’s conclusion each bishop was presented with a $1,000 check from Council #4463 and Fourth Degree Assembly #543 to help fund specific diocesan needs and programs.
Following the formal program, all attending were invited to tour, as guests of the Knights, the display of the Illuminated St. John’s Bible exhibit at the Heritage and Cultural Society of Clay County.
Submitted by Mark Glatzel FS Council #7057 St Joseph 2/2/18
(From the February 2, 2018 St. Joseph Newsleader)
Members of the St. Joseph Catholic Parish, thanks to the Knights of Columbus, raised and donated nearly $3,000 to help repair a school in Puerto Rico that was devastated by Hurricane Maria last fall.
Funds for the school were raised mainly at a Knights of Columbus breakfast in January.
The school has a connection to the Sisters of St. Benedict in St. Joseph because the nuns there helped set up a monastery in Puerto Rico that founded the school (grades K-9), which is named Colegio San Benito. It is in the city of Humacao on the east side of the island of Puerto Rico, an area hit especially hard by Hurricane Maria.
The Humacao monastery the Sisters of St. Benedict founded is known as the Monasterio Santa Escolastica. It administers the Colegio San Benito for its students.
David Thomas, a St. Joseph resident and long-time member of the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, suggested a fundraiser for the school after he heard about its plight. Although the school’s structure is still intact, the interior was ravaged by the hurricane, and a total lack of water and electricity crippled the school for months. After Christmas, students were encouraged to return, but school could only be open for limited hours of the day because of limited water and electricity.
When Thomas suggested a fundraiser, his fellow Knights were enthusiastic. Some of them met with the Sisters of St. Benedict, including the prioress, and they too approved of the idea.
The project to donate to Colegio San Benito is dear to Thomas’ heart, partly because he is a Catholic with strong faith in the Sisters of St. Benedict and their mission projects and partly because his daughter Tamara Thomas took her Benedictine vows last July.
The Knights of Columbus sponsor nine breakfasts annually to raise funds for good causes. The one for Colegio San Benito involved two dozen Benedictine Sisters, and five of them quickly busied themselves with hands-on help: Dorothy Manuel, Cecilia Prokosch, Karen Rose, Pat Ruether and Mary Weidner.
More than 400 people were served at the Knights of Columbus fundraiser. There are about 200 members in the Knights of Columbus Council 7057 of St. Joseph. They are all looking forward to more good breakfasts, more good deeds.
St. Joseph Knights of Columbus members Matt Loehlein (left) prepares to cook sausage and Bruce Bechtold checks how the cinnamon rolls are coming along.
Submitted by State Deputy Bob Penas 1/29/18
Today, in cooperation with Supreme, the MN Knights of Columbus helped to change the lives of 120 students at St. John Paul II Catholic School in Minneapolis. With the help of the state officers, Knights and volunteers from around the metro area, the Fraternal Mission Department, and various Minnesota celebrities, we were able to give each child a new winter coat. Celebrities included Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens, former Vikings Matt Birk, Vikings Quarterback Kyle Sloter, Vikings Chaplain Fr. Michael Van Sloan, and K of C Senior Vice President of Membership and Fraternal Mission Mark McMullen.
Submitted by Dayton GK Mike Gilman 1/3/18
Donated $1000 to the Holy Family Catholic Adoption Agency, which provides low cost adoptions to Catholic couples. They are active around abortion clinics and they work closely with Cornerstone and other pregnancy centers. They are pro-Catholic, pro-life and pro-family. Established in 2001, they were created to help mothers in crisis pregnancies understand the love of adoption. We have supported them for years and our gift is greatly appreciated. Our contact is Gerrie Soine, 1261 Benton St., Anoka, MN 55303. She can be reached at 763-421-8917. Shown here is GK Mike Gilman presenting the check to Gerrie Soine.
Donated $800 to Options for Women/Cornerstone as part of our continued support for this organization. Years back a number of KC Councils raised the funds to purchase their Ultrasound machine and they are busier than ever.
Options for Women/Cornerstone is a nonprofit pregnancy medical center dedicated to providing compassionate, confidential, and free care to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. From pregnancy and STI testing, to limited obstetrical ultrasounds, to peer counseling and education classes– our nurses and client advocates are serious about giving women the best care possible.
They are located at 204 Central Ave E, St. Michael, MN 55376. Shown here is Nurse Rachel RN.
Donated $800 to the Youth Group at St John the Baptist (along with ongoing support during the year). Shown here is GK Mike Gilman presenting the check to Sara Moylan. Sara’s husband Jacob is also a Knight in our council.
Donated $200 to the Peace Maker Foundation whose purpose is to partner with Minnesota K-12 Catholic schools to help students learn to be peacemakers, to develop a conflict resolution/peacemaking program and to build awareness in the community about the need and value of such a program.
Topics taught are bullying prevention, peer mediation, anger management, and biographies of peacemakers.
Shown here is Paul Dahlheimer and Russell Ray presenting the check to Dan McNeil of Peace Maker.
Donated $200 to the Al Langer Golf Tournament to sponsor a hole during the event held in August.
Submitted by Dean Fladmo in St Cloud 10/23/17
Submitted by DD Jerry Bursaw of District 12 in Detroit Lakes 7/27/17
Prior to Easter, Todd and Susan Francis were burned in an explosive fire that also did extensive damage to their home. Council 3166 of the Knights of Columbus, with assistance from the Catholic Daughters, organized a spaghetti supper and silent auction fundraiser to help them with medical bills and home repairs. Presenting Susan and Todd with the check from the proceeds are: Knights Brad Carlson and Jerry Bursaw, Monsignor McGee, and Catholic Daughters Karen Bursaw and Mary Buschette. The Knights and Catholic Daughters are also very appreciative of the area businesses that donated silent auction items to assist the Francis family.
Submitted by State Advocate Jim Terwedo 7/17/17
Signs used by New Prague Council at their events … event signs
Submitted by GK Warren Malwitz of Council #10732 in Red Lake Falls 6/29/17
From left to right, Warren Malwitz Grand Knight Holy Family council 10732, Father Matt Schmitz, Butch Berberich and Jerry Freitag. Presenting Father Matt with Knights of Columbus vestment as an ordination gift on the date of Father Matts first Mass.
Submitted by Dave Whatmuff 5/31/17
Knights provide honor guard at the Ordination of 10 new priests at the Cathedral of St Paul on Saturday May 27th. Each was also presented with a check from the State Council as a token of our best wishes and congratulations.
Click here for details and photographs
Submitted by Chris Wrobel, Council Activities Director (5/27/17)
More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competed in the annual Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) State Bowling Tournament, Nov. 11-13, 2016 held at Brunswick Zone locations in Brooklyn Park, Blaine and Lakeville.
Submitted by Michael Smith of Council #12029 in St Bonifacius (5/23/17)
This is a heartwarming story of how a Knights of Columbus council collaborated with a Lion’s Club and a local dentist to help restore the smile to a local teenager who had recently lost her father.
Click here to read the full story … and here for the video
Submitted by GK Brian Zins of Council #5551 in North Mankato (5/22/17)
On May 13, the Council 5551 from Holy Rosary in North Mankato went back to their roots to demonstrate that Charity is one of our founding principles. This past Christmas Eve, our Grand Knight Bob Oshel passed away unexpectedly at home. Many Brother Knights offered any help they could provide to his loving wife Peg at the visitation and funeral.
Brother Paul Streit kept in close touch with Peg in the ensuing weeks and when she received a very costly quote to remove and dispose of an unsafe deck at her house, she asked him if he had any ideas. He did.
A “destruction” crew was formed, a dumpster lined up, a tool list compiled and breakfast and lunch arranged. The 6-8 Brother Knights expected turned into 20 and the job was completed in under three hours with the backyard raked and gutters cleaned.
We could not be more proud of our Knights and of Brother Streit, we truly have a remarkable group of men!
Submitted by State Treasurer Dave Whatmuff (5/22/17)
Our Worthy State Deputy Bob Penas gave a phone interview broadcast on Real Presence Radio on May 16th. Here is a link to the RPR website (look for RPL Hr. 2 May 16)
(Bob’s interview starts at about the 24th minute if you want to skip right to it)
Submitted by Kevin O’Laughlin District Deputy of District 29 in the Winona area (5/22/17)
Attached is a photo from April 21, 2017 taken at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary Bishops and Rector dinner. The State Council was recognized in the dinner program for its support of IHM Seminary. Included in the picture are Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, former State Chaplain Msgr. Tom Hargesheimer, Council 639 Chaplain Fr. Jim Berning, my wife (Cami) and me.
Submitted by Manuel Leon, GK of Bloomington Council #3827 (4/7/17)
State Free Throw Tournament held at Cathedral High School St. Cloud on April 1st 2017
The competition was on 12 categories, boys and girls between 9 to 14 years old, each category having between 10 to 12 participants. I counted about 40 volunteers, 36 trophies were given 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each category.
The KofC State of Minnesota Free Throw competition was held at Cathedral of St. Cloud High school. It was a wonderful and well attended event where once again our fraternity, The Knights of Columbus, highlighted one of our commitments which is to promote values and safe activities to our youth population. For all attendants this was a unique experience. At the beginning of this contest everybody received a Blessing from The Bishop of St. Cloud, Donald Joseph Kettler, at the same time that the building looked crowded by participants, their friends, families and the staff. By watching how motivated the youths were, giving their best effort, we had gotten a great feeling of satisfaction.
Submitted by Gary Loop, District Deputy of District 60 in the International Falls area (3/29/17)
Submitted by Brad Carlson of Council #3166 in Detroit Lakes (3/23/17)
Knight Brad Carlson of the Holy Rosary Council 3166 in Detroit Lakes presents a $1000 check to Brother Knight Jack Berenz, director of the Becker County Food Pantry. The funds were raised from a pancake breakfast held to support the pantry in their March Campaign.
Submitted by Phil Harter of Council #2018 in Anoka (3/21/17)
Council #2018 Anoka Grand Knight Gary Kempf presented a check to Johnna Krantz, Program Director for Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka the proceeds, $1,464, from their breakfast for their benefit on Super Bowl Sunday.
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing is Anoka County’s only youth & adult homeless shelter, and one of Minnesota’s most trustworthy non-profit organizations. In a dormitory-style setting, Stepping Stone provides a primary, yet temporary, “home” to 66 men and women, as young as 18 years old.
Submitted by Brandan Fiedler of Council #3539 in Chisholm (2/10/17)
The Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council #3539 has donated coats to Independent School District #695 and to the Chisholm Police Department as part of the Coats for Kids program this past week. The children who receive these coats are ones who are in need of a new coat for winter.
This is the second winter that the Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council #3539 has participated in the Coats for Kids program because we know that temperatures at this time of the year have been known to get to 30 below zero (not factoring in the wind chill). With the wind chill, it gets worse.
The members who are involved with the Coats for Kids project are Travis Vake, Brandan Fiedler (not pictured) and Frank Paradise.
Submitted by State Warden Dan De Crans (1/23/17)
Photos taken at District 61 Free-Throw Competition
Photos taken at Park Rapids March for Life
Submitted by Paul Greninger GK of Osseo/Maple Grove Council 9139 (1/9/17)
The Osseo/Maple Grove Knights would like to thank all those members who helped make this a very successful “Coats for Kids” year! Thank you St Vincent’s CCW, Lions, Legion, Fire relief Assn. Dick’s Bar, Transport Graphics of Rogers, Premier Bank and other area businesses.
This was our second year of doing this and we were able to increase the number of coats to kids in need in the Osseo/Maple Grove area. Last year we gave away 357 new coats, but heard there was a need also for snow pants. So this year we able to buy 200 pairs of snow pants and purchased 432 coats to give away to those kids of need. So as Grand Knight of this fine council, I’m very proud of what we have accomplished in 2 years. Providing warmth to 989 young souls. God will bless all of you who helped out in the accomplishment!
Submitted by Tim Rice PGK of Owatonna Council 945 (12/20/16)
Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive a complete success!
On Saturday, December 3rd, our Council partnered with the Salvation Army to do our annual Red Kettle Drive Day. Through the efforts of over 100 Brother Knights and family members, we were able to man the red donation kettles at all nine locations in town for the entire day from 8 am to 8 pm. In this one day, we were able to help collect over $4,600 for the Salvation Army, the largest single day of contributions for the annual campaign.
More details here … Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive
Brother Knights Distribute Coats for Kids
Tuesday evening, November 29, Brother Knights distributed 40 new coats to families in need. This was conducted as a part of the Supreme Council’s Coats for Kids program
Owatonna KCs Host Richard Rohwer Christmas Party
BINGO! Was the word shouted out loudly and many times at Senior Place on Wednesday, December 7th. It was the site of the annual Richard Rohwer Christmas party which is sponsored by the Owatonna Knights of Columbus, Council 945.
More details here … Coats for Kids and Christmas Party
Submitted by Dave Pessenda FS of Council 5318 Duluth St Michael (12/20/16)
The Knights of the Neil F. Scott Council 5318 collected donations for this on the weekends of Dec. 3/4 and Dec. 10/11. We were able to raise $1020 and we purchased 4 cases of coats (48 coats). 6 coats were donated to students in need at St. Michaels Lakeside School and the rest were donated to CHUM (Churches United in Ministry) for distribution to children living at the Steve O’Neil apartments in Duluth. In the CHUM picture I am with Mary Schmitz, Development Director at CHUM. In the second picture I am with Angela Mejdrich, Vice Principal at St. Michaels Lakeside School.