Tootsie Roll Drive

Each year the Knights of Columbus host the Tootsie Roll Drive in conjunction with all other KOFC councils worldwide to help support children with special needs. The drive is will be held April 27 -28 (2019) at HNOJ and we can use your help at every mass this weekend to raise money for this worthy cause.

Please sign up to help here and remember you don’t have to be a member to volunteer for this event.

Get Fr. Steve to the Priest’s Retreat!

Let’s get Father Steve to this Priest’s Retreat this summer!   See retreat details at :

Jon Hickman has been coordinating this effort.  (Thanks Jon!)  Jon presented to the Council on April 11th and followed up with this email:

As I mentioned, I think it is important that we remind men that this should be a gift in addition to their normal support of Holy Name of Jesus rather than replacing a normal contribution. This is one of the reasons I would rather see many small donations than a few larger ones. Also, many smaller donations will allow more of the men of the parish to participate in sending Fr. Steve to this retreat.

Fr. Steve is truly excited about being able to attend this retreat. While I know we have all seen him excited about events here at Holy Name of Jesus, but to see him excited about something for himself is a real treat – and well timed I believe in light of the recent loss of his sister.

As mentioned, I will prepare some envelopes to leave at the front desk for anyone interested to use in dropping of a donation. Checks if written may be made out to me. As mentioned, if we raise monies beyond the event costs and “traveling money” for Fr. Steve, we will ask him to designate where at Holy Name of Jesus the excess funds should be used.

Thank you all again for the opportunity to address the Knights as well as for your prayers for the success of our “Get Fr. Steve to the Priest’s Retreat” efforts.


Lenten Seafood Event 2017 Summary and Appeal

Photos from 2017 Lenten Fish Fry
Courtesy of Emily Abe of Emily Abe Design

MEDINA, MN – The Good Samaritan Council of the Knights of Columbus have hosted the Annual Asian Seafood Buffet each year to help increase attendance for the various special needs orgs at HNOJ (like Hammer Residence and others) combined Stations of the Cross event (View Photos of this years event) There are Stations every Friday at HNOJ, but the one-time special needs event was less populated than the others. It was and continues to be a great fit for us to co-op with them and blends nicely with our affinity for Special Olympics. Many more attend now than what used to because of our event.

A special thanks to our KC member Marty Schlundt and his wife Lani for being the hosts of this year’s annual KC Lenten seafood buffet event, all of our brother Knights, the families of Holy Name and to Emily Abe of Emily Abe Designs for helping us take photos of the event which can be above.

When Davonne Yang moved to California, earlier this past year, we were in a quandary as to what would happen when it came time to host our event. Luckily, Lani (and friends) stepped up and chaired the event, possibly just for this one time. The big question is what will we do next year? This was our 10th year for the Asian theme and we’ve built a fairly good reputation with our local patronage. The feed-back was, “best ever egg rolls and two thumbs up on Greg’s tuna chow mein”. We also heard cake is preferred over pie. Any constructive comments or success stories of other Lenten events at other parishes would be greatly appreciated.

The HNOJ Lenten tradition we tried to create, was themed “Asian” for several reasons:

  • There are nearby parishes who host standard fish fry’s and we wanted to be different
  • Davonne Yang and Fr. Joe are both Asians and were gracious hosts
  • Asian food is popular and considered healthier than fried
  • The down side is:
  • it’s more labor intensive than traditional fish fry’s
  • it requires additional prep-time
  • we run into the events simultaneous with others; St. Anne’s in Hamel, Loretto, etc.


Though it’s possible Lani and Marty may Captain this one more year, we are extending an appeal to the ENTIRE membership for a co-captain couple of the seafood event. Because we appear to be low on Asian members, we may have to be open to a new direction. However, we should not be too hasty in giving up the “Asian brand” that we’ve created and are becoming famous for in the Western suburban area. If you are not as involved as you’re capable and do nothing else in the course of the KC calendar year, this could be your big contribution to the council. We desperately need an event captain for this one annual occurrence.

In recognizing the extra work that goes into prep, we’ve allocated extra expenses for next years budget to buy pre-shelled and de-veined shrimp for next year and we can buy cake, taking the labor out of the pie making.


Thank You from Lauri

Early last week our council received the following communication from a wife of one our council members and Director of Sacramental Preparation and Formation at Holy Name of Jesus. So we wanted to be sure and share it with all of our members and friends.
Hi Dave,
 Once again, this email is overdue. A very busy time of the year for the Church as you well know.
I want to thank you and your brother Knights, for your ongoing intentional service for this ministry area. The RCIA Brunch was again a wonderful success and much appreciated by the RCIA participants.
I feel very blessed by your continuous support of this important part of our Church’s hospitality.
In addition, I am overwhelmed by your generosity to cover the costs of the pancake breakfast, for our group, as well as always being there for us.  That is quite a gift, and please know that it doesn’t go unnoticed…(or unsung).
Once again, Thank you and the Council for your wonderful help.
God’s Blessings and generosity to you and your brother Knights,
Lauri Becker
Director of Sacramental Preparation and Formation
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community

Annual Asian Seafood Buffet and Stations of the Cross

MEDINA, MN – The Good Samaritan Council of the Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce they will once again be hosting their annual Asian Seafood Buffet. This event will take place in the Good Samaritan Center at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Wayzata, MN. and starts at 5pm March 10th, 2017.

This event is hosted by the Good Samaritan Council of Knights of Columbus #13096 and always falls in conjunction with the Stations of the Cross hosted by the Special Needs Program. Over the years it has become a staple for parishioners, local families, and the community at large. If you wish to help volunteer for the event please visit our sign up sheet to register for a slot or tell us and your friends you are coming with our Facebook event

This years menu will include:

  • Vegetable/Noodles and Shrimp
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Fried Rice
  • Tuna Chow Mein
  • Beer Battered Cod
  • Cheese Pizza
  • Fish Sticks
  • Pie/Cake


Supreme Office shared this earlier today & has asked that we share with Brother Knights their friends, families & local media. To read the full article please visit

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly talk with Vice President Mike Pence prior to his address to the tens of thousands attending the rally prior to the March for Life (Photo from & Matthew Barrick).

WASHINGTON — On Friday, Jan. 27, just days after the presidential inauguration, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to tens of thousands, including members of the Knights of Columbus, gathered to participate in the 2017 March for Life.

The event has taken place every January since 1974, on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the nation.

The event kicked off with a rally sponsored by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, which was born out of the grassroots movement that gathered on the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

At the rally, Vice President Pence, the highest ranking government official to attend the event during its 44-year history, said, “I am deeply humbled to be the first vice president of the United States ever to attend this event.” On behalf of President Trump, he also thanked the attendees for their stand for life and their compassion for the women and children of America.

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Correction – Good Samaritan Council to host 2017 Free Throw Championship Jan 28th 2017

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Medina – MN The Good Samaritan Council 13096 will once again their annual Free Throw Championship on January 28, 2017 at 2pm which is an updated time from the previously announced. All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held January 28th, at 1:30PM in the Gym at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church which is located on County 24 one mile west of State Highway 101. They will also be helping with the district tournament on Feb 11th from 1:30 – 3:30pm which the location for was still to be determined.

Since 1972, councils have sponsored the annual Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 (starting in the fraternal year 2013-2014) with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event.  Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant on January 1st, 2016. Parental/guardian consent is required. Download your entry forms or contact Earl Forrence for additional information. If you wish to volunteer at the event please sign up now!

Watch a Video of Bishop Barres of Allentown, Penn. commenting on the Free Throw Championships.

About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $167.5 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.

About Good Samaritan Council 13096

The HNOJ KC’s are a Catholic men’s service organization that supports our parish priests and church community with time, talent and treasure by hosting fundraising events, Wednesday fine dining and Sunday breakfast buffets for the benefit of worthy Catholic parish causes. Our members and their families volunteer hundreds of hours of service, annually, to a wide variety of HNOJ activities. For more details visit,