Grand Knight Update

Greetings Resurrection Knights of Columbus! Happy “Leap Day” 2024!

Let me first say ”Thank You” to the 14 Knights who joined me in helping set up the tent for Fish Friday (which also included our Warden, Brother Sydd Souza, who provided 5-gallon dispensers of Iced Tea and Lemonade for the event). As anticipated, the setup was completed by 4:30pm (and the Fellowship Chair was quite pleased with our support). Thanks also to those Knights who purchased tickets to Fish Friday and attended a very nice social event which featured an excellent fish meal catered by Kelsey’s.

Thanks also to the ~25 Knights plus family members who joined together to pray a rosary and attend Trish Donatelli’s funeral Mass at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Mount Airy last Saturday. Brother Bob and the entire Donatelli family very much appreciated our show of support (especially the recitation of the rosary prior to Mass).

As noted in previous GK Updates, our Resurrection Youth Group is hosting a BYOB and food Trivia Night in the tent at 8pm on Friday March 8, 2024. We have 2 teams of 8 people consisting of Knights and Spouses/family members (but one of our Knights and their Spouse now have a conflict for that night). Please let me know if you would like to participate on one of our teams so that we can swap out our “conflicted couple!”

On Saturday March 9th, we will conduct a Council Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. This 35-minute ceremony is primarily designed to welcome new members -- however, any Knight who has never attained their 3rd Degree should also plan to participate (so that you can be a 3d Degree at the end of the ceremony). Family members are also allowed and encouraged to observe these ceremonies so that they can understand why we became Knights!  According to our records, the following Knights should consider participating in this wonderful ceremony so that they can achieve their 3rd Degree status:
 

Richard Adams
Mark Babasa
Robert Barron
Daniel Bishop
Anthony Brudis, Jr.
Mendus Chelapurath
Michael Clark
William R. Gaver
Richard Hughey
Daniel Kane
Nate Kleintank
Matthew Lesho
George Maclean
Patrick Malloy
James Messina
John Nudelman
Mike Parker, Jr.
Joseph Pishioneri
Richard A. Popper, Jr.
Edward Shied, Jr.
Michael Tiernan
Mathew Walch

Maryland will be conducting its annual State March for Life on Monday March 11, 2024. The March begins with a Mass in St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis, followed by a March to Lawyer’s Mall at 6:30pm, a rally outside the State Capitol at 7:00pm, and Food and Fellowship back at St. Mary’s Church at 8:00pm. Knights from the State Council, statewide Maryland Councils, and even Virginia Councils will be participating in this annual March. If you want to attend, please let me know -- we can arrange carpooling for this event.

We have 10 Knights with Birthdays during the month of March. Please extend the following Knights a grand birthday greeting starting tomorrow, March 1st:
 

Bill Judy
Joseph E. Luksic
Michael Wood
Mike Walther
Anthony Brudis, Jr.
John J. Downes
Anthony C. D’Costa
Anthony J. Errera
Thomas B. Carlson

 
And finally, please take note of the updates to both our Prayer List and our Upcoming Events of Importance section found below.
 
 

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Council Prayer Requests

We request our Council's Knights pray for the following Knights, their family members, our Council-supported Seminarians, and for the stated intentions:

     Diane Crowell, sister of Brother Knight Paul Messina, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
 
     Sir Knight Charlie Dorsey, the Warden to the State Deputy, who died recently. Pray for the repose of his soul, for his wife Darlene, and for the rest of Charlie's surviving family members.
 
     Lady Trish Donatelli, Spouse of Brother Knight Bob Donatelli, who died February 16th. Pray for the repose of Pat’s soul and for the entire Donatelli family who lost their Mom, their Grandmom, and their Wife.

     Brother Nate Kleintank for his total recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome

     Lady Barbara Rieve, Spouse of our Brother Knight Ted Rieve (for her ongoing health issues and for recovery from the broken ribs she incurred when she fell backwards on January 20th). Barb is currently recovering in a HoCo Rehab Facility. 

     Lady Martie Judy, Spouse of our Brother Knight Bill Judy (for her Cancer diagnosis and for the success of her cancer treatments)

     Kevin Goggin, Brother of our Brother Knight Dave Goggin (continued prayers as he fights Liver Cancer)

     Mark Goggin, another Brother of our Brother Knight Dave Goggin (for his not-yet-diagnosed GI issues)

     Mary Murray, Sister of Dave Goggin (living with dementia)

     Eunice Fairchild, Mother-in-Law of Brother Knight Mike Parker (she is elderly and hospitalized due to illness)

     John Jolissaint, son of our Brother Knight Greg Jolissaint (for his salvation and for his spiritual healing)
 
     Anderson Dugarte, St. Mary’s Seminarian supported by our Council; pray for his successful ministry preparation enroute to priesthood.
 
     Jonathan Cerda, St. Mary’s Seminarian supported for his 2nd year by our Council; pray for his successful ministry preparation enroute to priesthood.
 
     Michael Selton, St. Mary’s Seminarian supported by our Council; pray for his successful ministry preparation enroute to priesthood.
 
     Zachary Watson, St. Mary’s Seminarian supported by our Council; pray for his successful ministry preparation enroute to priesthood.
 

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Upcoming Events of Importance (Please Mark Your Calendars)

 
Monday March 4, 6:30pm -- Knights-led Rosary in the Resurrection Chapel, followed by Benediction led by a clergy member. Let Tom Shenk know if you would like to lead a decade of the rosary. SUG link is below.

Wednesday March 6, 6:00pm – Vespers and Reception at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption. 
 
Saturday March 9, 9:30am – 2:00pm – 4th Degree Exemplification Ceremony, St. Michael’s Church, Mt. Airy, MD. Our very own Brother Jeffrey Fernande will be exemplified to the 4th Degree during this ceremony.

Saturday March 9, 6:15pm – Council Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity is scheduled for March 9 starting at 6:15pm – we need your help in recruiting 1 or 2 good Catholic men to participate! We also need all 1st and 2nd Degree Knights to consider participating in this 35-minute ceremony. This should be our last Ceremony in the Chapel.
 
Monday March 11, 4:30pm – Maryland March for Life, St. Mary’s Church, Annapolis. Activities begin at 4pm; Mass at 5:30pm; March begins at 6:30pm. Rally at the State Capital 7:00pm. Refreshments and fellowship back at St. Mary’s Church at 8:00pm.

Monday March 11, 6:30pm -- Knights-led Rosary in the Resurrection Chapel, followed by Benediction led by a clergy member. Let Tom Shenk know if you would like to lead a decade of the rosary. SUG link is below.

Thursday March 14th, 7pm – 9PM – Baltimore Chapter of Grand Knights Meeting and Honoree Night. Bethlehem Council, 7401 Bay Front Road, Edgemere, MD. Brother Knight Roy Harris will be our Council’s honoree.
 
Friday March 15th – Irish Ceili Event in the Tent from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, hosted by the ACTS Retreat Community. We have no responsibilities, so attend and have fun after Stations of the Cross.
 
Monday March 18th, 6:30pm -- Knights-led Rosary in the Resurrection Chapel, followed by Benediction led by a clergy member. Let Tom Shenk know if you would like to lead a decade of the rosary. SUG link is below.

Thursday March 21st -- Monthly Council Membership Meeting in the Tent (with virtual connection for anyone not physically capable of attending).  Father Warren Tanghe will celebrate the Mass for our Council starting at 6:30pm in the Chapel. 

Saturday March 23rd at 10am – Annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Knights of Columbus (Rain Date is Sunday afternoon March 24th). We are working with the Cub Scouts this year. More details will be shared in March.
 
Monday March 25th, 6:30pm -- Knights-led Rosary in the Resurrection Chapel, followed by Benediction led by a clergy member. Let Tom Shenk know if you would like to lead a decade of the rosary. SUG link is below.

Sunday March 31st – Easter Sunday “Safe Parking Management.” We will once again ensure our 9:30am Mass participants get parked safely, and then exit safely after Mass. Then we will ensure our 11:30am Mass participants get parked safely.

Tuesday April 2nd – Retirement Savings and Distribution Planning Webinar. Ed Slott, CPA, is a TV personality and best-selling author known for his unparalleled ability to turn advanced tax strategies into understandable, actionable and entertaining advice. This KofC Webinar will occur at 8:00pm EST.
 
Wednesday April 10th – Council Officers and Directors Meeting, Large Conference Room

Thursday April 18th – Monthly Council Membership Meeting and post-meeting fellowship in the Tent

Friday April 19th – SSSMILE Village Dinner in the Tent. We will once again set up tables and chairs, then enjoy a wonderful Indian meal.
 
Friday May 3rd – Sunday May 5th – Maryland State Council Convention in Annapolis. 

Wednesday May 8 – Council Officers and Directors Meeting. This meeting will serve as our May Business Meeting since we won’t conduct a membership meeting on Thursday May 16th due to the Relics Service being held the same night.

Saturday and Sunday May 11-12 – MaryGold Weekend honoring our parish ladies who said “Yes” to carrying a pregnancy to term. We will gift carnations to these ladies at the end of each Mass.

Monday May 13th – Annual Resurrection Golf Classic. We will enjoy having our Council’s Knights and family members golfing and volunteering to ensure we have a successful event.

Thursday May 16th – Relics Service in the Chapel/Tent. NOTE: There will be no monthly Council membership meeting in May so that we can attend this service. 

Friday May 17th – Church Dedication Ceremony in our renovated Church. We will need ~30 Knights to volunteer for this event – but Volunteers and their family members will be automatically registered for this ceremony (and will have a reserved seat in the sanctuary).

Saturday May 18th – Council-hosted Wine and Cheese Party following the Vigil Mass in the "Knights of Columbus Coffee Lounge" and the newly renovated Hall.

Thursday May 30 – Sunday June 2 – Men’s ACTS Retreat

Saturday June 8th -- Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity Ceremony immediately following the Vigil Mass. We have scheduled the newly renovated Church for the Ceremony and the Knights of Columbus Coffee Lounge for the reception. 

Sunday Afternoon June 9th -- Pastorate Picnic and Father John's Farewell, Mary's Land Farm. Our Council has been asked to manage parking and provide jugs of lemonade and iced tea for this event.

Saturday June 15th – Beginning of Summer Social and Council Fundraiser in support of the RKCI Scholarship Fund and our Council’s Charitable causes. Ticket Sales are scheduled for June 1-2 and June 8-9 in the Gathering Space of the new church. This Social will be conducted using the Coffee Lounge, the Hall, and (hopefully) the Kitchen.

 


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