The T.P. Butler Council held it’s annual pre-Lenten Pancake Breakfast Sunday, March 3.
George Deviat contributed all of these photos.
The T.P. Butler Council held it’s annual pre-Lenten Pancake Breakfast Sunday, March 3.
George Deviat contributed all of these photos.
The Kensington part of the annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition was held in the third week of February.
Thanks to Brother Vic Negus for the photos!
Sunday, February 3, St. Mary’s Holy Family Council #12465 presented certificates to the student winners of the annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest.
Pictured with the students are: at the left Brother Darren Cash who organized the contest on behalf of the Knights of Columbus, and on the right Grand Knight Shawn McCarvill.
Thank you to all of the catechism classes who participated and to their teachers and parents for their support of the young artists.
Created by Provincial Secretary Basil Favaro and presented with Provincial Warden Kyle MacNeill to the Winter Organizational Meeting Jan. 12, 2019
Through Faith, Family, Community and Life
PEI Knights of Columbus Council #99056
Last September 2018, a new program called Faith in Action was launched for the two million Knights of Columbus in over 14,000 Councils across North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. What follows are an overview, guidelines and practical steps toward full implementation for our 21 PEI Councils.
The new model replaces Surge With Service, which had been in effect for 48 years since 1971. Faith in Action encompasses what it means to be a Knight of Columbus. It encapsulates four pathways to be a true Knight of Charity – Faith, Family, Community and Life. These are all familiar to us as they were often at the heart of what we achieved in the past; but now, with this new model, they are more clearly defined and refined. Faith in Action brings new clarity and focus to our work and should help us to promote our Order.
The four pathways now become the pillars or cornerstones for all 300,000 Knights across Canada. As soon as the new model can be reasonably implemented, they also become the new focus for each monthly meeting of our 1900 Councils. As well, they become the essence of each Council`s report to the Annual Provincial Convention. In effect, they either replace or redefine the six components in the old model, namely Council, Church, Community, Youth, Family and Culture of Life.
It is important that each Grand Knight appoints Directors in each of the four areas, along with an overall Program Director and Membership Director, if they are not already in place. Current Council Executive members may be keen to step into leadership roles. Alternatively, the four new Director positions may be filled by dedicated Knights who are not currently holding Council leadership positions.
In the past, some Knights may have taken on numerous leadership roles simultaneously for their Council. It is important in the new model that Councils try to fill each of the Director positions with different Knights to ensure that their Councils attend faithfully to all four areas and also that more voices are heard on key actions and projects. Both the Grand Knight and Program Director are ex-officio members on the four Faith in Action teams. They are also now responsible for encouraging every Council member to choose one of the four pathways as a focus for the current fraternal year and to work with his Director in that area. As well, if they do not hold current Executive positions, the four Directors become an integral part of the Council Executive and are encouraged to take an active part in their meetings.
Now into our new calendar year, below are some guidelines and practical suggestions to implement fully Faith in Action. Specific Supreme-recommended, featured and required programs are listed below for each pathway in the new model. One of our goals for the second workshop on January 12, building on the success of the Summerside workshop on September 15, was to share and add examples of successful PEI projects to help us all to achieve full implementation by the end of the current fraternal year in June. We couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. Thanks to the direct and very creative input of 30 Brothers in North Rustico, you will find 22 PEI Projects listed in this handout. Councils can certainly add their own unique programs to the four lists.
The Program Director and four theme Directors are encouraged to contact fellow Knights to commit to one of the four areas and, if possible, to meet on occasion to put Faith, Family, Community and Life at the forefront of all Council activities. Each Director is also responsible for updating the monthly Council meeting on the progress being made, either in person or through the Program Director.
Faith in Action – What it means on a practical everyday level
The Knights of Columbus offers a place for Catholic men to lead their families, parishes and wider communities in faith and service and to put their Faith into Action. Together we can make a meaningful difference by focusing and expanding on any of the many Supreme and local projects listed below.
The new Faith in Action model empowers Catholic men from the age of 18 to come together to share faith, to celebrate fraternity with loved ones, and to do what we Knights do best — to stand shoulder to shoulder in service to the community and, in particular, to offer help to all those in our communities who are increasingly marginalized, including the those trying to survive in poverty, the elderly in need of companionship and support, persons with disabilities and special needs, refugees, and expectant moms and dads who may not enjoy warm loving support for bringing new life into the world.
On a practical level, the roles of Faith, Family, Community and Life Directors are not mutually exclusive and often their work will overlap. For this reason the Program Director is encouraged to meet together with the four theme directors regularly in order to help them with the new program implementation.
The primary focus of each pathway is outlined below. They include 22 dedicated local projects that have proven successful over the years and exciting new initiatives led by Councils across Prince Edward Island. We hope to add more of our own projects to these lists as Faith in Action becomes fully implemented.
For additional information about the new Faith in Action program model, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit kofc.org/faithinaction.
Supreme recommended and featured projects that achieve these five Faith goals (see live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/index.html) include:
Special Masses to commemorate the travelling icon across PEI Councils from October 2018 to April 2020.
PEI Council Faith Projects
Projects that achieve these Family goals (see live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/family/index.html) include:
For every $500 or 1000 lbs of food to a parish or community food pantry, Supreme will give back $100 to a Council
PEI Council Family Projects
Projects that achieve these Community goals (see live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/community/index.html) include: :
Caring for people who are disadvantaged in the local community
PEI Council Community Projects
Projects that achieve these Life goals (live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/life/index.html ) include:
Promote a 9 day novena to build a culture of life in our parishes, homes and wider community.
PEI Council Life Projects
Practical Tips to Guide Grand Knight in implementing Faith in Action.
The following are intended to help the Grand Knight to appoint any of the six Directorships that are not already in place – Membership, Program, Faith, Family, Community and Life Directors:
Council Directors – New Specific Roles and Responsibilities
Council Program Director
The Council Program Director is appointed annually by the Grand Knight. He is recognized by his Council Brothers for his leadership and activism in the overall life of the Council. He is responsible for providing the Council Executive with guidance and direction needed for success in implementinig the four Faith in Action pathways.
Specifically, the primary duties of the Program Director include:
Council Faith Director
The Council Faith Director is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director. He is a Knight who is recognized by his Council Brothers as an exemplar of Catholic Faith. His primary responsibility is to lead discussions and planning for all faith formation activities for the Council. He attends Mass regularly and serves actively in one or more of the many parish liturgical ministries.
Specifically his duties are:
Council Family Director
The Family Director focuses on the key areas listed above. He is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director. His primary responsibility is to strengthen and nourish wholesome family life through planning and implementing inter-generational activities with and for families throughout the Pastoral Unit.
The Family Director is recognized by his Council Brothers for his leadership in promoting Christian family life and active participation with his family in Council and Parish events. For example, announcing the annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Challenge for all 5-14 year old children in mid-November and coordinating the collecting and judging the entries and announcing the winning entries in the Christmas bulletin.
Specific responsibilities include the following:
To work with his team in planning and carrying out the Supreme required Family-recommended and required programs listed below or any other family-oriented programs initiated by the Council.
Specific responsibilities include the following:
To work with his team in planning and carrying out the Supreme Family- required Consecration of the Holy Family Prayer Program and other family-oriented programs initiated by the Council.
Council Community Director
The Community Director focuses on the key areas listed above. He is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director. He is a Knight who is recognized by his Council for his leadership and activism in both the parish and the wider community. He is also a Knight with a strong record in or new visions toward establishing and nurturing community partnerships.
He works directly with his team in planning and carrying out community-based activities. For example, the annual Coats for Kids Project in November through the local schools or other community agencies and the Basketball Free Throw Challenge early in January so that his Council winners can move up to District and State competitions. Because of the outreach nature of this pathway, many Council fundraising initiatives will come under the Community Director.
His specific responsibilities include the following:
To involve fellow Brothers in working as a team and coordinating the Supreme required Helping Hands Program involving caring for one or more groups who are disadvantaged in the community –
persons who are homeless, suffering from additions, the elderly in need of companionship and assistance. He also directs local community initiatives for which the Knights in his Council are well known.
Council Life Director
The Life Director focuses on the key areas listed above. He is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director. He is a Knight who is recognized by his council Brothers for his inspirational leadership in respecting and supporting the sanctity and dignity of human life in all stages and in all conditions. His primary responsibility is for Life-Affirming Activities that may be directed his way by the Council Chaplain, Grand Knight and Council or State Executive.
For example, encouraging his Council to plan and facilitate a Mass for Persons with Disabilities, to visit people in special care facilities, to provide comfort for people who are marginalized, to encourage Brother Knights to the corporate tables at the annual PEI Special Olympics Fundraising Gala Dinner in June.
His specific responsibilities include working with his Life team in implementing the new Supreme required Novena for Life. This involves 9 days of sustained prayer to build up a culture of life in the parishes in his Pastoral Unit, and also homes and the wider community.
He also leads and encourages other Council initiated programs that support and encourage the advancement of the pro-life movement, persons with intellectual and physical disabilities, and people who are persecuted.
Council Membership Director
The Council Membership Director is appointed annually by the Grand Knight. His primary responsibility is to oversee recruitment and retention for his Council as well as insurance promotion. His specific duties are the following:
Council #10808 Recorder Dana Dennis and Past Grand Knight Basil Favaro presenting a cheque from their Council to Angela Davies, Executive Director, Lennon Recovery House, South Rustico
Our K of C Msgr. George A MacDonald Council #10808
The Knights of Columbus have a 99 year history on Prince Edward Island. Ours is one of 21 Councils and we are into our our 27th year. We are the Monsignor George A. MacDonald Council, named after a renowned physics professor at St. Dunstan’s University in Charlottetown who was well known for his community activism and leadership. Seven founding members are still actively involved in our Council.
In October, 2015, we were honoured to receive a 4 Star Award for a 475% increase in membership and our growth in community service ventures. We were one of only 5 Councils across Canada and the United States to receive such a distinction. In 2017 we won another Star Council Award for surpassing our membership quota and for new community service projects including Coats for Kids, which provided new winter jackets to 48 children and youth in need through the four schools in the Bluefield Family of Schools. We were also at the corporate tables at the fundraising gala dinner for Special Olympics the past four years and are now actively helping out in special events for young people across PEI with physical and intellectual disabilities.
In the last three years we have grown from 53 to over 97 members. Currently 25% of our members are in their 30’s and 40’s and the vast majority of them are actively involved with our veteran members in the many projects we undertake to help out people in need, regardless of their religious affiliation.
We believe that teamwork is the fuel that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results. We work in true collaboration to serve our communities in many ways and we are especially proud of some new family-oriented activities and our growing engagement with children and youth. For example, at our annual State Convention which we hosted in 2016, we hired 10 youth from our Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit to serve the luncheon and the closing banquet. We also expanded our annual bursary program last Fall to award 4 high school graduates $250 each to further their studies beyond high school last year. We host annual summer family picnics and winter sleigh rides and this year are expanding them to include all parishioners. One of our newest community partners is Lennon Recovery House in South Rustico. Pictured below is Recorder Dana Dennis and Past Grand Knight Basil Favaro presenting a cheque to Angela Davies, Executive Director of Lennon Recovery House.
Our Executive Team for 2018 – 19
Chaplain……………………..Fr. Douglas MacDonald
Grand Knight……………….. Paul Roberts
Deputy Grand Knight………..Trevor MacKinnon
Recorder…………………… .Dana Dennis
Treasurer…………………… John Walsh
Financial Secretary…………. David Murphy
1 Year Trustee……………… Donald MacDonald
2 Year Trustee……………… Arthur Mahar
3 Yr Trustee………………….Arquel Lizama
Inside Guard…………………Barry Kelly
Outside Guard……………….Leonard Rogers
Faith Director………………..Basil Favaro
Family Director………………To be named
Community Director………Wally Kowalchuk
Life Director……………….Don MacDonald
Our meeting times
We meet the first Thursday of the month in our Parish Hall at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Cornwall. On average 25-30 members take part in our meetings and visiting Knights are always welcomed. All meetings are followed by a social hour with treats donated by volunteer members. We often begin our social hour with invited guest presentations on key themes relative to our service work.
Monthly meetings are usually preceded by an Executive Meeting on the previous Tuesday evening. We continue to be active and proactive throughout the summer through fund raising initiatives such as barbecues in our local shopping plaza for Coats for Kids and our Fall Bursary Program.
Who are the Knights of Columbus?
On Oct 2, 1881, a group of 7 men gathered in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, at the request of their 29-year-old pastor, Father Michael J McGivney. The end result of that meeting came just over 5 months later on March 29, 1882, with the formation of an organization that came to be known as the Knights of Columbus. Its founding purpose was to offer financial help to members and their families who were sick, disabled and financially challenged, and this remains to this day one of the principal goals of our organization.
The Knights of Columbus is world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. There are 15,342 Councils with more than 2 million members in 17 countries around the world. They include Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Guatemala, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea
Today, 135 years later, our Order remains true to its four founding principles – Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Knights are Catholic men, 18 and older, who are committed to making their communities better places through charitable service. Charity is the first and foremost principle of the Knights of Columbus. Our five key areas of service are Families including Children and Youth, Community, Church, Council and Culture of Life. Knights are called to help those in need and all Knights believe they can make a positive difference and change the world through small acts of charity and kindness at all levels, local to global.
Kyle MacNeill presents a cheque for $1,000 on behalf of Knights of Columbus Council #12465 in Kensington to Dianne Young of the Lennon Recovery House.
The Knights organized a concert with the Men of the Harvest in October of 2018, and the cheque is the proceeds of that concert.
As a reminder to all who are looking to volunteer, please contact Dianne Young at (902) 963-4029.
The Lennon Recovery House is a very large project, and many hands help to make light work!
To learn more about Lennon Recovery House visit their Facebook Page:
Saturday evening, December 15, there will be a special parish event on the eve of Gaudete Sunday (3rd Sunday of Advent).
The Knights of Columbus will join forces with the band ‘Tidal 3’ and children from the St Dunstan’s catechism program for an evening of music and drama.
The celebration will begin at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the Basilica. Everyone welcome!
Tickets available from members of Tidal 3 (Emily Roberts, Stephen Chandler and Joseph Chevarie) and at the Parish Advent Breakfast.
Tickets: $8.00 for adults, $4:00 for students; $20.00 for a Family.
St Pius X council 6917 outgoing Grand Knight Jeff Sampson accepting Plaque from Incoming Grand Knight Dan Miller.
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.
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
Brother Lowell Croken, the Recorder for the council at St. Pius X in Charlottetown has asked to have their schedule posted.
Glad to do it.
Their next big event is Sunday, October 28th, a Roast Beef Dinner.
If your council has activities coming up be sure to send them in.
To see the schedule click here: St. Pius X Council KofC 2018 2019