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Funeral of Sir Knight Glen DesRoches

The largely attended funeral of Sir Knight Glen DesRoches was held from St. Simon & St. Jude Parish Church in Tignish on Thursday September 27th.

Sir Knight DesRoches lost his life when his fishing boat, The Kyla Anne sank in rough seas off North Cape on September 18th taking his life and that of his long-time fishing helper, Maurice (Moe) Getson.  Many brother knights from Rev. M.J. Rooney Council 7791 and neighbouring councils as well as the Honor Guard from Bishop A.B. MacEachern Assembly supported by other Island assemblies attended in a body.

Fr. Albin Arsenault reads the prayers of commendation, Fr. John Molina, Parish Priest, assists.

On behalf of Sir Knight Glen’s Council and Assembly Brothers and his family I wish to thank the many knights who attended the wake Prayer service at Rooney’s Funeral Home on Wednesday evening September 26th and/or attended the funeral.  In addition to 4th Degree Knights who formed the Honor Guard, the Prayer Service was attended by Sir Knights Les Standen (Former Master), Vernon Buote (Former Master), Philip Brown (Insurance agent), Peter Gallant and Rodney Delaney.  The Honor Guard during the wake and funeral was supported in whole or in part by the following Sir Knights under the leadership of SK Henry MacKay (Commander); James Bernard (Former Master), Dan Miller (Marshall 4th Degree), Louis Shea FN, Simon Hashie FN, Brian Delaney DD, James Hogan, Irving Broderick, Emile Bernard, Richard Shea, Paul Gaudet, Charles Bernard, John Handrahan and Raymond Yu.

I do ask that you continue to offer your prayerful support to our community, the DesRoches and Getson families and Tanner Gaudet, the young man who survived this tragic accident by swimming to shore and reporting the accident to first responders.

Yours in Christ

Louis Shea Grand Knight, FN

Pictures used with permission from The Guardian

Calling men on PEI to ‘Step Into the Breach’

The Into the Breach program is being introduced to Prince Edward Island this fall by the Our Lady of Fatima, Knights of Columbus Council #824 who had previously introduced the ‘That Man Is You‘ men’s breakfast program several years ago with good success!

The first of eight sessions will be held on Saturday, October 20, at 8:00 am in the lower level of St. Dunstan’s Basilica.

Bishop Richard Grecco will be present to help launch this important initiative and all men of the Diocese are invited.

For planning purposes, Council #824 asks that men register ahead of time by e-mailing intothebreach.pei@gmail.com or by calling (902)566-4337.

The cost for the initial breakfast is $10.00 and a donation of $5.00 for each of the other Saturday morning sessions.

A little background on Into the Breach follows.

“We live in a time of crisis for religious faith and family life that must be met by men with a heartfelt embrace of masculine virtue”. To outline the challenges we face and devise a plan of battle, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted from the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona has written this ground breaking document, Into the Breach.

Bishop Olmsted begins his analysis with the shocking fact that 14 million Catholics nationwide (US) have left the Church in recent years, with a corresponding drop in baptisms, church weddings and other sacramental participation. There is an enormous breach in the battle line of faith that is causing disruptions in the Church and wider society. While this crisis concerns the whole Church, men in particular are missing from the battlefield of faith. Consider that men make up only about 40 percent of Mass attendees in the average parish — this is an enormous loss for the Church and for the men themselves, many of whom vainly seek fulfillment by conforming to the world’s false images of manhood.

 

“In this document, Bishop Olmsted calls men to something better, something great. He identifies the enemies of the faith — both spiritual and temporal — and draws up a battle plan for men to fight for their own souls and for the salvation of their families and loved ones. Here you will find a sure guide for stepping into the moral and cultural breach. Let us join our brother Catholics on the front lines and take up the battle anew, to spread the joy of the Gospel, heal the wounds within ourselves and others, and steadily transform the world”.  (Exert from the Into the Breach Study Guide.)

 

Addressed originally to the men in his Diocese of Phoenix, it is now being made available to all Catholics by the Knights of Columbus.  The Knights are pleased to partner with Bishop Olmsted in making this document more widely available and to provide an eight part reflection guide on the important issues he raises.

Into The Breach is Coming

Thursday morning, September 6, Bishop Richard Grecco had a meeting with some members of the Knights of Columbus to discuss a Catholic Men’s Formation training called “Into the Breach”, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, that will be introduced on PEI in the near future’

Pictured in the photo are From Left to Right: Mike White member of Our Lady of Fatima Council , K of C State Deputy Richard Allen, Bishop Richard and, Don Chevarie, Grand Knight, Our Lady of Fatima Council 824 St Dunstan’s Basilica.

To learn a little more about Into the Breach click here: Into the Breach

Experience the Knights of Columbus 136th Supreme Convention live from Baltimore!

Simply visit kofc.org for news and photos. You also can check out our Convention pages for a close-up look at everything that’s going on. And don’t forget to follow us on social media.

Live video coverage will be provided by EWTN, Salt + Light and CatholicTV.

The networks will begin broadcasting the events Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m. ET with the Opening Mass, celebrated by our very own supreme chaplain, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. The convention’s Opening Business Session, featuring the Supreme Knight’s Annual Report, begins at 1 p.m. The States Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

SiriusXM Radio’s The Catholic Channel will also broadcast two of its regular satellite radio programs — Conversation with Cardinal Dolan and Busted Halo — directly from the convention center in Baltimore. Streaming will be available through SiriusXM.

We hope you’ll be able to join us!
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HOSTS ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

The Knights of Columbus St. Mary Holy Family Council #12465 hosted its annual dinner and presentations of awards on Thursday, June 21st at the Royal Canadian Legion in Kensington.

Before the meal was served Grand Knight Kyle MacNeill, our EMCEE for the evening, read all the names of deceased Brother Knights, fourteen in total since receiving our charter in 1999, and held a moment of silence in their memory.

Grand Knight Kyle MacNeill

Following the meal, catered by Branch No. 9 Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Grand Knight Kyle introduced the special guests attending our banquet that included: Father Frank Jay, Doreen Beagan presenter of the Tom Began Award and Marion Curley President of St. Mary’s Holy Family CWL. Grand Knight Kyle also introduced the wives of deceased Brother Knights in attendance and recognized the wives that were unable to attend.

Presentations
Tom Beagan Memorial Award: For volunteer works over and above the call of duty in our parish, in community and the world at large was presented to Vic Negus by Brother Tom Began’s wife, Doreen Beagan.

Vic Negus and Doreen Beagan

Chaplain of the Year: For his dedicated service to our council and our works in the community, Father Frank Jay received the Chaplain of the Year award for all of PEI and was honored at Sunday Mass both at Holy Family and at St. James in Summerfield and was presented with a keeper plaque by Grand Knight Kyle at our banquet.

Fr. Frank Jay and Kyle MacNeill

Knight of the Year: For his contributions and hard work in making 2017-2018 such a successful fraternal year was awarded to Tyler Doucette by Grand Knight Kyle.

Kyle MacNeil with Tyler Doucette and his daughter Leigh

Family of the Year: Award went to Darren and Melanie Cash and children Danielle and Nolan for their volunteer work in their parish and community throughout the year.

Kyle MacNeil with Family of the Year Darren and Melanie Cash

Door Prizes were given out during the evening consisting of a Southwest River Cruise for eight donated by Doug LeClair, round of golf for two with cart donated by Eagles Glenn and a pass for two to Air Show Atlantic donated by Spring Valley Building Center. The winner of the 50/50 draw was Carl Gallant.

The banquet was enjoyed by all

The Knights of Columbus is the world¹s largest Catholic family oriented lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. Each year, our local council donate many volunteer hours to community and help raise and distribute money for community services.