Knights at the Big/Small Dinner
November 16. 2021
The Perfect Selfie!
Boxes of Joy
November 16, 2021
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COATS FOR KIDS
October 18, 2021
Councils Donate Hundreds of “Coats for Kids” to Interfaith Outreach
On an unseasonably warm day on Monday October 18th, knights from the Good Samaritan Council along with the four other councils in KC District 53 (Wayzata #3758, Loretto #9601, Long Lake #12293, Golden Valley #13506) gathered at Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners and donated over $5,000 worth of coats – 216 brand new coats acquired through the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program and several other “like new” coats from St Thomas the Apostle parish, a parish associated with the Loretto Council.
Understanding the difficulty of getting coats into the hands of the kids in the suburbs that need them, the councils partnered with Interfaith Outreach, an organization that’s been serving the critical needs of people in the western suburbs for over 40 years. Kevin Ward, Interfaith’s Executive Director, says “While we often hear about people in urban cities struggling with poverty, the invisible struggles of people living in our local western suburbs is not as well understood.”
Our Knights & Ladies in Action…
Here are some of our Knights and the Ladies Auxiliary at the Recent Country Market Event Raising Funds for the HNOJ School (October 2020)
Exceptional Knights of Columbus Memorial Mass
November 12th, 2021
One of the finest District 53 Memorial Masses was held on Friday the 12th of November at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, hosted by the Good Shepherd KC Council 13506 with Good Shepherd Pastor, Luke Marquard, as celebrant. The reverence was felt by all as Father rang the bell as each name was read during the candle lighting ceremony. Father had prepared a black casket represented our deceased brothers. At the beginning of Mass, Father circled the casket and the lit candles (one lit for each deceased brother) with incense. The somber Mass then began with wonderful hymns, some in Latin, sung by the Good Shepherd Schola under the direction of Josh Wang. Along with a great homily by Father, a final highlight was the post communion Antiphon, all nineteen verses, perfectly sung in Latin by the Schola. What a wonderful evening and such a wonderful tribute to our deceased brothers! Many thanks to Father Marquard, Josh Wang, and the Good Shepherd Council.
RSVP CHECK PRESENTED TO SEMENARIAN KYLE ETZEL
July 4th, 2021
Tom Silver along with his son, Jeff Silver, and Dan Cincoski presented a RSVP check to Seminarian Kyle Etzel on Sunday, July 4th.
Read more about the Refund Support Vocation Program (RSVP) HERE
Knights having fun at the Elevate Life Golf Tournament
District Officers Installed at Ss. Peter & Paul in Loretto
2021-2022 MASS & INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
June 24th, 2021
Our Lady of Loretto Council hosted the Mass and Installation of 2021-2022 Installation of Officers on Thursday June 24th at Ss Peter & Paul in Loretto.
Fr. Jenson, Pastor Ss. Peter & Paul, was the celebrant at Mass and also participated in the installation ceremony. Loretto Grand Knight, Pete Courteau, was the Lector, Greg Elsen, the Cantor, and Dr. Gene McMahon, the Organist. Other Knights from different councils participated Mass server and gift bearers.
During the Installation Ceremony, Jack Delaney served as the Acting Warden. The 4th Degree Honor Guard, under Guard Commander, Don Carsten, served during the Mass as well as the Installation Ceremony..
Social time, speeches and a delicious pasta dinner by Dobo’s finished out a fun evening!
Council’s Awards-Social Draws Large Crowd
June 10th, 2021
All had a great time at the annual Council Awards-social that took place at the Hamel VFW on June 10th. Unlike past award-socials held at a local pizzeria, the Council went all out this year offering an open bar, door prizes, and three delicious dinner selections by provided by Charlie T’s Food Truck:
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chorizo BBQ Beans, Creamy Coleslaw, Buttermilk Cornbread
- Smoked Chicken Wings, Chorizo BBQ Beans, Creamy Coleslaw, Buttermilk Cornbread
- Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Chorizo BBQ Beans, Creamy Coleslaw, Buttermilk Cornbread
…all for just $10 per person!
Father Steve graced the event with his presence, updating the crowd with the many happenings at HNOJ now that things are starting to open up.
Then two years worth of awards, delayed due to the pandemic, were presented.
2019-2020 Star Council – Awarded to Grand Knight Tom Murphy!!
District Deputy Swing presents the award again during this event. It had been presented to GK Murphy on June 6th (just days before this event) by State Deputy Whatmuff at St George Church in Long Lake during the Sunday morning Mass.
2019 -2020 Family of the Year – Awarded tp the Paul and Jodie Keefe Family
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RSVP CHECK PRESENTED TO SEMENARIAN DEREK GILDE
May 16th, 2021
Good Samaritan Council member Tom Silver presents RSVP check to Seminarian Derek Gilde on Sunday, May 16th. Tom says that Derek was very appreciative of the check and will use the money for expenses relating to his upcoming trip to Omaha this summer for further studies on prayer!
Knights Present Annual Awards Using Zoom
May 12th, 2020
These awards were presented again in person on June 10th, 2021 once pandemic restrictions were lifted. Pictures of the June 10th event are displayed above.
While typically done amidst beer and pizza at Latuff’s Pizza, the KC Council presented this year’s annual awards using “Zoom”. With the live images of members filling the screen, glasses were raised (some figuratively; some not) in a congratulatory toast to this year’s award recipients:
2019-2020 The Knight of the Year was presented to Vic Tarnoski, aka Mr. Hospitality. Vic practices hospitality in all he does – opening his home for the past twelve years hosting Council Christmas parties, his welcoming approach while ushering at Sunday Mass, his gentle presence felt while serving the funeral ministry and more.
2019-2020 The Family of the Year was presented to Paul and Jodie Keefe and daughter Erin. Paul has been a 3rd Degree Knight since March 1, 1983 and a charter member (2002) of the Good Samaritan Council. He has served as director of the Contemporary Choir, aka the “Folk Group” in the 1980’s, for over 35 years! Jodie has served as the HNOJ school band director and music teacher for many years. Daughter Erin often serves as cantor at Mass and is active in the Contemporary Choir and other HNOJ choirs. Paul, Jodie and Erin comprise a wonderful music group of their own providing great music for Mass and other HNOJ functions.
2019-2020 In the Foot Steps of St Joseph was presented to Jim Grube. This award recognizes the “worker bee” of the Council. As Council Recorder, Jim definitely qualifies. Council Recorder may not be the most exciting office but Jim has given it his all. He listens well, is detail oriented, has excellent writing ability, and is patient and dedicated. Over the years, Jim has been a great resource for organizational process and procedure.
Guys – interested in joining us and becoming a Knight? Contact our Membership Director, Dan Cincoski at [email protected] or 612-963-4126.
2019 – 2020 STAR COUNCIL!
Awarded to Good Samaritan Council
Council 13096 has received the distinction of Star Council for the 2019-2020 fraternal year, the international organization’s top award for local councils. This award recognizing excellence in program activity, membership growth, insurance promotion, fraternal reporting and Safe Environment compliance.
During this challenging year, your council adapted and continued to stand in the breach; serving your brothers, families, parishes and communities. The Supreme Council is pleased to recognize these achievements and acknowledge the hard work of you and your brother knights.
There is still much to be done and we need your council to lead the way. Keep the momentum going and start planning now for another successful fraternal year! The new 2020-2021 Star Council requirements, which can be found at KofC.Org/Star, will help guide your council to excellence in the year to come.
Thank you and Vivat Jesus!
Daniel Isabel, Manager, Fraternal Operations
Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, Connecticut 06510