On Thursday October 29th, 2015 the Good Samaritan Council 13096 was pleased to welcome our two newest members to the council. These gentleman were welcomed in during the major degree ceremony hosted by our Brother Knights at the St Joseph the Worker council in Maple Grove, MN.with 13 other catholic gentleman joining from various other councils twin cities wide. Also in attendance to welcome these new knights at this ceremony was our Grand Knight Dave Stumpf, 1st Year Trustee Dan Cincoskiand Brother knight / council webmaster Jason Touw.
Congratulations and welcome to the council Kent Krager & Charles Gonderinger.
Cyndie Gloe, Director of the Minnetonka Life Care Center, is asking for our help with the expansion of the Center. New space previously occupied by an adjacent salon will be added. Work will involve tear down of walls, cabinets, ceiling, flooring, sheet rocking, etc. The goal is to have this project completed by mid January.
Brother Greg Wacek and his partner Dave Peterson will be providing us with the details, i.e. timing, number of volunteers, specific tasks, etc. (You may recall that Greg completed the construction of a new room in the Center back in 2012.) Watch for these details in an upcoming announcement.
At this time, we are looking for a Knight to serve as the “Council Project Liaison”. This person would be responsible for communicating with Greg and/or Dave and coordinating KC Council volunteers. If interested, please contact Bill Swing.
We have been requested to participate with the annual SleepOut and Fire for Discipleship. This event is hosted by Holy Name of Jesus to benefit the IOCP. The event takes place from December 16th through December 17th. We as a council have signed up to participate on the evening of December 16th into 17th at midnight for one hour. Please consider joining us for prayers, companionship, brotherly discussions and supporting Chris Kostelc, Coordinator of Adult Formation; Murray Wolf, Pastoral Council Chair; and Deacon Dennis Hanson as they sleep outside in the dead of winter.
Learn more about this event here and if you are interested in participating please contact Earl Forrence
January 1st marks the half way point through the KC fraternal year. This is a good time to reflect on the Council’s activities over the past six months and to consider upcoming activities. As you make new year’s resolutions, please think about your involvement with the Council. It’s a great bunch of guys, activities are fun, and it hits the mark as far as discipleship goes.
It has been a busy six months. Take a look at these pictures that I feel capture the spirit of our Council during this time: http://hnojkc.org/index.cfm?pageid=182. The pictures don’t show all activities. Here’s a comprehensive list of activities/programs that were completed:
1.Fall Fest KC Grill
2.Coats for Kids to IOCP
3.Religious bracelets to HNOJ school children
4.Rosary for the unborn at site of the Memorial for the Unborn
5.Four RSVP scholarships to seminarians
6.Painting of the Good Samaritan Center
7.Building of shelving unit in storage room
8.Wednesday evening Faith Formation fine dining
9.“Get out the vote” program
10. Monthly lecturers reports
11. Special Needs Fall Class Bowling
12. Memorial Mass at St Anne’s with district councils
13. KC adoration chapel hour
14. Donation to Global Wheelchair Program
15. Donations to three pro-life organizations
16. Donation to HNOJ kitchen operation
17. Participation in KC Auxiliary Home Free Fund Raiser
18. KC breakfast buffets (two)
19. Tending the HNOJ-IOCP Discipleship Fire
20. Donation to IOCP discipleship program
21. Parking cars for Christmas Eve Mass
22. KC Christmas party
My appreciation to all who have contributed their time and energy to these projects!
If there’s been a theme for this past six months, I suggest that it is “communications” – better communications with other HNOJ ministries and better communications within our Council. Fr. Andrew has been especially helpful here and we look forward to working with him more as we move forward.
Another significant effort started in the first half was the complete review and rewrite of the Council bylaws. This effort, led by our Advocate and Trustees, involves a review of all facets of Council operations. This is good for our Council as it causes us to question current processes and if necessary modify them to better support the Council’s mission.
The time ahead promises to bring many new opportunities for us to serve our parish and community – opportunities to become better disciples of Christ. A number of 2015 activities have already been posted to the Council’s calendar at http://hnojkc.org/index.cfm/pageid/99 (click on “Open Item”). Those coming up are:
January 13th, KC Council Meeting, 7:30PM, Staff Lounge (in the office area behind reception desk). Rosary at 7:10PM.
January 23 – 25th, Annual Pro-Life Cinnamon Roll Bake Sale
January 31th, KC Free Throw Championship, 1:15PM, HNOJ Gym
February 1 – 6th, Immaculate Conception Icon, Adoration Chapel (service time to be determined)
February 14th, District Free Throw Championship, 1:15PM, HNOJ Gym
Wednesdays January 7th, 14th, 21st & February 4th, 11th, 25th: Faith Formation Evening: Fine Dining
Then there are also those projects that are in process or ongoing:
The “communications” theme will continue with Fr Andrew serving as our primary conduit to HNOJ ministries.
The Trustees will continue their work reviewing and rewriting the Council bylaws.
Discussions on “HNOJ Property enhancements” will continue.
The Council completed the painting of the sacristy & the Good Samaritan Center and also the building of the requested shelving unit last November. An “adopt an island” program will now be considered where parish groups and families would “adopt” flower bed(s) around the parish grounds.
A “rosary promotion” project would involve soliciting “inspiring Rosary essays” from parishioners and the publishing/distribution of selected essays in May, the month of Mary.
And finally, we should make a stronger effort at growing our Council. I ask that you make a concerted effort to share the good news of our Council with your friends and encourage them to join.
Please continue to monitor the Council web site at http://hnojkc.org for the latest Council news and activity updates.
Pictures featuring Fr. Fernando Ortega’s Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Name of Jesus. We at HNOJ served as Fr. Fernando’s Teaching Parish for three years prior to his ordination. Fr. Fernando has been assigned to Divine Mercy in Fairbault.