From the Grand Knight’s Desk
My Worthy Brother Knights!
Wow! My year as Grand Knight has come to an end. It has been a great honor to serve all of you and the council. It has been blessing for me and my family to get to know many of you over the past year. The willingness of so many Catholic men and their families to share of their time and talents in service to others has been uplifting through the entire year. I cannot thank you enough for what you do.
I’d like to thank all of the officers and my brothers for your service and walking this path with me over the past year. May the new officers guide this council to the next level, we have faith in you and our prayers are with you all.
To borrow a prayer from my good friend and Past Grand Knight Bob Armstrong,
“Good and gracious God, we thank you for these new beginnings. For everything under the sun there is an ending and a start to something new. God give us all the grace, strength, and humility to continue to be leaders in our faith lived out as fathers in our families, in the church community, and as Knights of Columbus. May God continue to give us direction and fortitude found through your Son’s name and our personal relationship in prayer.”
As we celebrate our nation this Fourth of July, let us remember our service men and women that have fought to give us the freedom that we enjoy today.
To my Brother Knights that have served or continue to serve our country, I say thank you from me and my family.
Finally, some of the freedoms that so many have fought to protect are under attack. Our religious freedom continues to be challenged. Please keep in your prayers the fortnight for freedom that is currently underway through the Fourth.
Some prayer resources are available to you at http://religiousliberty.rockforddiocese.org or www.Fortnight4Freedom.org
My Worthy Brother Knights!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for putting your faith in me as your Grand Knight for the next 12 months. I am blessed to be among you, an amazing group of men. In my 10 years as a Knight, I’ve seen our council expand its membership and its programs in remarkable ways. Each year seems to go by faster than the previous. This year, no doubt, will be no exception. However, I will make a concerted effort to savor my duties and responsibilities as Grand Knight. I’m proud to serve with a slate of officers who will lead our council as a shining example of evangelization.
My predecessor, PGK Mark Ostrowski, has been an inspirational leader, a calm voice of reason, and a close personal friend, as we’ve progressed up the chairs together. I have gained many valuable insights from the example he has set during his year with the gavel. His steady hand has guided us through numerous high points, as well as the occasional choppy seas that come with being an extremely active and dynamic council. With outstanding leadership, no challenge is too daunting for the Knights of 11091.
Opportunities in July to support each other and serve our parish include – our rosary after 7am mass, our prayer session for families in need, our 3rd Annual Pig Roast (super tasty), and the Algonquin’s Founders’ Day celebration. Founders’ Days is especially manpower-intensive. See details for these activities in the newsletter. The more participation we have, the better. If you haven’t participated in any Knights activities for a while, or if you recently joined the Knights, July is a great month to dive into the fray.
Finally, any Knight of our council is welcome to attend the Officers’ meeting on July 17 at 6:30pm in the Ministry Center.
Mark and Dan