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Newsletter for last January

Vol. 28 - No. 1

Knights Notes

Jan 2017   

Dinner

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Jan 10

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Social at 5:00 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Thanks to everyone who helped hand out the Resisting Happiness book by Matthew Kelly on Christmas!
    Our Knights and Wives dinner will be Tuesday January 10th at Eddies Café, 5009 South 24th street, with cocktails at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost will be $20.00 per person with a cash bar, and we are blessed to have Jim Nailon performing for us again! If you are interested in going please let me know by Sunday January 8th at 6:00 p.m.
    We are planning our pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday February 5th. It will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon. If you are interested in helping please contact me at 402-598-3800.
    I wish all of you and your families a Happy New Year!
    Our February meeting will be moved from Tuesday February 14th to Tuesday February 21st due to Valentine’s Day!

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Holiday Blood Drive

    At our holiday blood drive held on December 29 we collected 15 units of blood.

Happy Birthday This Month To
Tim Wees
Michael Vanek
Jim Paladino
Mike McDonnell
Tom Koley
Peter Franco
Jim Franco
Eddie Galas
Dale Widhalm
Ron Drawl
Craig Pytleski

Knights and Wives Dinner

    Our annual Knights and Wives dinner is Tuesday, January 10 at Eddie’s. Check the Message from the Grand Knight for all the details. If paying by check please make it payable to Knights of Columbus.

Dues for 2017

    As of the end of December about a third of our members have remitted their dues for 2017. If you received a bill and have not yet paid, please send your dues in soon so that you will be eligible for the dues refund drawing at our Knights and Wives dinner. If you like, you can drop your dues envelope in the collection basket at one of the STM weekend Masses.

One Rose One Life

    Our One Rose One Life collection will be conducted at the weekend Masses on January 21 and 22. We will pass out prayer cards and collect money at the Church entrances. There will also be envelopes in the pews for those who would like to deposit a donation in the regular collection that weekend or a subsequent weekend.

Ben and Samuel – R.I.P.

    In your prayers please remember two of our Brother Knights who passed away in December: Ben Hull on December 5 and Samuel Meehan on December 6. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all our deceased Brother Knights, rest in peace.

Christmas Message from Fr. Hahn

    Last year as I celebrated my centennial you overwhelmed me congratulations, prayer and gifts, and now, finally, as I approach 101 (Dec. 13), let me thank you for your love and kindness. I do not know how much time I have left here on planet earth, but until death and forever after your affection will be cherished in my heart.
    All that having been said, let me wish you a blessed Christmas, and a grace-filled 2017.

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Newsletter for last February

Vol. 28 - No. 2

Knights Notes

Feb 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Feb 21

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Thank you everyone who came to the Knights and Wives dinner and for Mr. Nailon for making it such a wonderful night for everyone!
    Thanks to everyone that helped with our annual One Rose One Life pro-life collection. Also thanks to everyone that helped with the pancake breakfast! The pancake breakfast was a great success! The total from the donation jugs was $302. The profit from the pancake meals themselves was about $800 (for 231 paid meals). It is thought to be the most customers we ever had for a pancake breakfast!
    The fish dinners are coming up soon, the dates are Friday March 10th, Friday March 24th and Friday April 7th. If you are interested in helping please contact me at 402-598-3800.
    I am a honored to be a member of the Second Degree Knights Exemplification team. It was a great honor to welcome 20 new Knights throughout the city on January 31st at Mary Our Queen!
    Our February meeting is Tuesday, February 21, and our March meeting will be Tuesday March 14th at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK


Happy Birthday This Month To
Jason Widhalm
Evan Schmeits
Larry Hoskinson
Allen Kallhoff
Dave Dickmeyer
Scot Adams
Cliff McEvoy
Brett Fowler
John Pfeiffer
Rick West

Fish Dinners

    Our first fish dinner this year is March 10. Please come and enjoy a great meal. More importantly, please volunteer to help at these dinners to assure their success. You can volunteer at our February meeting, or simply contact Mike McDonnell or Greg Burrows to sign up.

Congratulations

    Congratulations to Jack Monzingo who was honored as Knight of the Year at our Knights and Wives Dinner last month. And congratulations to Steve Dibelka who was the Dues Refund winner at the dinner.

Dues for 2017

    As of early February we still have about 30 members who have not paid their dues for 2017. If you have not yet paid (and you are not an Honorary Life member), please send in your dues as soon as possible. Remember, for your convenience you can simply drop your dues envelope in the collection basket at one of the STM weekend Masses.

Pro-Life Collections

    Our One Rose One Life which we conducted in January brought in $1178.62. Thank you to all who contributed
    Our Buck-a-Month pro-life campaign is continuing. So far we have received contributions totaling $527. This fund drive continues through the end of February. You can donate simply by putting your check (payable to “K of C Culture of Life Foundation of Nebraska”) in an envelope marked “Buck-a-Month” and dropping it in the collection basket at STM weekend Masses.

Three Brother Knights – R.I.P.

    Three of our Brother Knights have passed away over the last month: Marvin Maher on January 16, John London on February 5, and Fr. Bernardine Hahn on February 8. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all our deceased Brother Knights, rest in peace.

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Newsletter for last March

Vol. 28 - No. 3

Knights Notes

Mar 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Mar 14

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Our fish dinner dates are Friday March 10th, Friday March 24th and Friday April 7th. We need help! If you are interested please call me at 402-598-3800.
    If you know of anyone interested in becoming a First Degree Knight please contact me to arrange a time that is convenient for you. It takes approximately an hour.
    Our next meeting will be Tuesday March 14th at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Dues for 2017

    As of March 1st we still have 25 members who have not paid their dues for 2017. If you have not yet paid (and you are not an Honorary Life member), please send in your dues as soon as possible. Remember, for your convenience you can simply drop your dues envelope in the collection basket at one of the STM weekend Masses.

Happy Birthday This Month To
Dale Burks
Paul Stolinski
Ed Kros
Ted Reis
Joe Kawa
Larry Houlton

Fish Dinners

    Our fish dinners this year are March 10, March 24 and April 7. Please help us make these dinners a success by volunteering your help, or at least attending with your family and friends to enjoy a great meal. We look forward to seeing you.

Proseeds Fundraising

    Last May it was announced in this newsletter that a very simple fundraising opportunity was available for our Council to take advantage of. The program is called Proseeds. If you sign up on the Proseeds web site to link your Visa or American Express credit/debit card to our own STM Council then 5% of your purchase at any of well over 100 participating merchant locations will be donated to our Council. This allows us to provide more generous support to our Church and school. Please check it all out using the following link: www.giveproseeds.com/KofCStThomasMore or click on the “Proseeds” icon on our Council’s home page at www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Newsletter by Email

    Over half of our members receive our council newsletter via email. This greatly helps us save on postage and printing expenses as well as the effort in preparing the newsletters for mailing. If you have email and our still receiving this newsletter via the postal service, would you consider converting to email delivery instead? If so all you need to do is send your request to gburrows1@msn.com.

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Newsletter for last April

Vol. 28 - No. 4

Knights Notes

Apr 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Apr 11

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Thank you to everyone who has been helping with our fish dinners; we have had a good turnout at our first two dinners. Our last fish dinner will be Friday, April 7th. We need help! If you are interested please call me at 402-598-3800.
    If you know of anyone interested in becoming a First Degree Knight, please contact me to arrange a time that is convenient for them; it takes approximately an hour.
    Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 11th, at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Dues for 2017

    As of early April our Council is still looking for dues from 18 members. If you have not yet paid for 2017 (and you are not an Honorary Life member), please send in your dues as soon as possible. If you have any questions about your dues, please contact Greg Burrows at 402-346-4081 or e-mail at gburrows1@msn.com. Remember, for your convenience you can simply drop your dues envelope in the collection basket at STM weekend Masses. Just address the envelope to Knights of Columbus, attention Greg Burrows.

Happy Birthday This Month To
Tim Widhalm
Mark Novotny
Matt Wolbach
Gregg Pfeifer
Rich Reeder
Joe Mollner
David Handlos

Fish Dinners – 2 Down, 1 to Go

    At our first fish dinner this year on March 10 we served 513 meals. By coincidence we served the same number of meals at our second dinner on March 24. Our last dinner is April 7. Please come and lend a hand if you can to assure the success of this last dinner, or at least attend with your family and friends to enjoy a great meal. We look forward to seeing you.

Proseeds Fundraising

    An article in last month’s newsletter described the Proseeds fundraising program which our council began participating in about a year ago. Our council recently received a check for $17.55 from Proseeds. This represents the donations we earned from just six supporters of this program during the last half of 2016. Imagine how much more we could be earning if more people signed up and participated. Pleases go to our council's web site (www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184) and click on the "Proseeds" icon to learn more about the program, and how easy it is to sign up and then link your Visa or American Express card. After linking your card, you can start earning donations for our council simply by using that linked card at any of the over 100 participating merchants.

Mother’s Day Flower Sale

    On Mother’s Day weekend (May 13 & 14) we will once again sell roses after each Mass to benefit Essential Pregnancy Services. We could use a couple volunteers after each Mass to pass out the roses and collect the donations. Please sign up at our April meeting or you can contact Greg Burrows (either by phone at 402-346-4081 or by e-mail to gburrows1@msn.com) to volunteer.

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Newsletter for last May

Vol. 28 - No. 5

Knights Notes

May 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, May 16

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    We are moving our next meeting to Tuesday May 16th at 7:30 p.m., because of the Mayor's election. I want to thank Greg Burrows and Dan Murphy for representing us at the State Convention in Kearny, Nebraska April 28-30. The key note speaker on Saturday was Thomas P. Smith, Jr. Chief Insurance Officer. Thomas P. Smith, Jr. is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and currently serves the Knights of Columbus as Chief Insurance Officer. His career has spanned over forty years. At the 21st Supreme Convention in Washington D. C., he was elected to the Order's Board of Directors, and re-elected to a fourth term in 2012. He serves on the Executive and Finance Committee and the Membership Committee of the Board. He is a current member of Holy Family Council 8882 in New Haven, Connecticut. He talked about his battle with cancer and how the 4 F's got him through it, Faith, Family, Friends and Finances. When we talk about any battle we are having, we should always rely on those 4 F's to get us through it. That is what the Knights of Columbus is all about!

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Mother’s Day Flower Sale

    This is a reminder that on Mother’s Day weekend (May 13 & 14) we will be selling roses after each Mass to benefit Essential Pregnancy Services. For a donation of $5.00 you can recognize that special woman in your life as well as provide some support for the pro-life cause.

Happy Birthday This Month To
Mel Harmon
Ronald Benak
Phil Franco
John Fischer
Cliff Finney
Sam Sacco
John Coleman

Meeting Changed to May 16

    Please note that because of the election on May 9 our May meeting will be on the third Tuesday (May 16) instead of the second Tuesday.
    You might also want to keep in mind that our annual potluck will be on the third Tuesday of July (July 18) in order to avoid a conflict with the Totus Tuus program which will be using the social hall during the second week. Please plan accordingly.

Convention Awards

    At the Knights of Columbus state convention our Council received a Youth Service Award for our support of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program. We also received a second place Publicity Award in our division.
    In addition, two STM students won awards at the convention for the Substance Abuse Poster Contest which our Council sponsored: a second place in the Alcohol Abuse category to Melody Kim and a third place in the Drug Abuse category to Marissa Vargas. Congratulations to these two students.

Fish Dinner Results

    Our last dinner was on April 7. At that dinner we served 478 meals. This brings our total meal count to 1504 for all three dinners. With a few bills yet to come in it looks like our profit this year will be about $6,200. We extend our thanks to all the Knights and Wives (and many other parishioners as well) who worked so hard helping us at these dinners. We could not have done it without you. And, of course, we extend special appreciation to Eddie’s Catering for the tremendous help they provided with all the food. We also thank Rhoten Wholesale Meat Company for helping us with the meat for our meat raffles. These raffles were very successful again this year.

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Newsletter for last June

Vol. 28 - No. 6

Knights Notes

Jun 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Jun 13

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Please volunteer for the festival. We need your help on Sunday June 11th from noon to 8:00 p.m. Any amount of time you can donate is appreciated! The Knights are in charge of Bingo and selling pickles. Please let me know if you are able to help.
    Mrs. Mulick and Mrs. Gillespie retired this year, and each was given a scrip gift certificate from the Knights for their passion and love they showed while teaching the kids!
    Christians Encounter Christ (CEC) is modeled after the Cursillo. It was founded in Majorca, Spain by a group of laymen in 1944, while they were refining a technique to train pilgrimage Christian leaders. The CEC formed its own retreat plan approved by Archbishop Lucas. It is only a 2 & 1/2 day retreat and the cost is $80.00. The Men's weekend is October 20-22, 2017; the Women's is November 3-5 2017. The weekends do fill up fast and there is a limit of 20-25 candidates. Please let me know if you are interested or know of anyone interested in attending the retreat.
    Our next meeting will be Tuesday June 13th at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK


Happy Birthday This Month To
James Ryan
Lacy Kirk Sr
Paul Driscoll
Steven Dibelka
John McDonnell
Charles Chylinski
Jim Janda
Mark Brown
James Linenbrink
Tom McGrail
Kurt Theiler
Gerald Hassett
Arlen Robichaux
Dan Sobetski

Festival on June 11

    Remember that our parish festival is on Sunday, June 11. We extend a big “Thank You” to those who have volunteered to help. Please come to the festival, enjoy the festivities, and help raise some needed funds for our parish.

July Potluck

    This is a reminder that our July meeting and family potluck will be on the third Tuesday (July 18) in order to avoid a conflict with the Totus Tuus program which will be using the social hall during the second week of July.

Mother’s Day Flower Sale

    We thank all those who bought roses or simply donated money to the Essential Pregnancy Services Mother’s Day rose sale. The generosity of Knights and fellow parishioners brought in a total of $665. EPS is most grateful for this support of their mission to protect precious babies, born and unborn.

Priest Appreciation Steak Fry

    The annual Priest Appreciation Steak Fry, hosted by the Father Michael P Dowling Assembly, will be on Monday, July 31, at Mount Michael Abbey in Elkhorn. The meal price is $20, and our Council will reimburse $10 to every member who attends. This great meal and event is for Knights only.

Scholarship Winners

    The essay contest we conducted to determine recipients for our Council scholarships resulted in these two winners:
   $1,000 – Audrey Downing (Duchesne Academy)
   $500 – Marissa Vargas (Mercy High School)
Congratulations to Audrey and Marissa.

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Newsletter for last July

Vol. 28 - No. 7

Knights Notes

Jul 2017   

Family Potluck

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Jul 18

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Dinner at 6:00 PM
STM Social Hall

Message from the Grand Knight

    The Family Potluck Dinner will be held on Tuesday July 18th. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the social hall. Please start your calling tree! At our meeting in June we voted to give $500.00 to the seminarian who will be with us through the summer. If you haven't met him yet, he plans on coming to our pot luck where we will give him the $500.00 donation.
    Christians Encounter Christ (CEC) is modeled after the Cursillo. It was founded in Majorca, Spain by a group of laymen in 1944, while they were refining a technique to train pilgrimage Christian leaders. The CEC formed its own retreat plan approved by Archbishop Lucas. It is only a 2 & 1/2 day retreat and the cost is $80.00. The Men's weekend is October 20-22, 2017 the Women's is November 3-5 2017. The weekends do fill up fast and there is a limit of 20-25 candidates. Please let me know if you are interested or know of anyone interested in attending the retreat.

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Produce Sale

    Our first produce sale this year is planned for Sunday morning, July 23. We will be at the school entrance following the 8:00 AM Mass and continuing until noon. Stop by and pick up some taste-tempting fruit and vegetables. One additional produce sale will be two weeks later on August 6, same time and place.

Happy Birthday This Month To
Thomas Murillo
Tony Widhalm
Roger Scheiding
Tom Walsh
Fr. Tom Magnuson
Brian Hire
Bud Chase Jr
Lee Monson
George Heaston
Tom Widhalm

July Family Potluck
And Officer Installation

    Our Council’s annual family potluck will be on Tuesday, July 18, in the STM Social Hall. The dinner is scheduled for 6:00 PM. We are also planning for installation of officers for the new fraternal year at this event. These officers are noted in the lower left corner. Hopefully you have been contacted about your plans to attend. If not you can still call Mike McDonnell to sign up. We are asking that you bring a vegetable, salad or dessert to the potluck. Our council will be providing fried chicken and drinks.

Priest Appreciation Steak Fry

    The annual Priest Appreciation Steak Fry, hosted by the Father Michael P Dowling Assembly, will be on Monday, July 31, at Mount Michael Abbey in Elkhorn. The meal price is $20, and our Council will reimburse $10 to every member who attends. This great meal and event is for Knights only. If you would like to car pool to the dinner, plan to meet in the STM north parking lot no later than 5:15 PM.

Lad Hanus – R.I.P.

    In your prayers please remember our Brother Knight Lad Hanus who passed away on July 8. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all our deceased Brother Knights, rest in peace.

Digital Coupons

    A new option for loading discount coupons for dining, entertainment and shopping on your smartphone is coming soon. Details will be available later this month.

Blood Drive on August 2

    Our Council will be hosting the Red Cross Bloodmobile on Wednesday, August 2, here at St. Thomas More from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Contact Paul Reed (402-554-1519) if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions. You may also sign up to donate by going to the web site for the Red Cross (www.redcrossblood.org).

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Newsletter for last August

Vol. 28 - No. 8

Knights Notes

Aug 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Aug 8

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Thank you to everyone who helped with or purchased produce at our produce sale! The next produce sale will be Sunday, August 6th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
    Christians Encounter Christ (CEC) is modeled after the Cursillo. It was founded in Majorca, Spain by a group of laymen in 1944 while they were refining a technique to train pilgrimage Christian leaders. The CEC formed its own retreat plan approved by Archbishop Lucas. It is only a 2 & 1/2 day retreat and the cost is $80.00. The Men's weekend is October 20-22 2017, the Women's is November 3-5 2017. The weekends are due to fill up fast and there is a limit of 20-25 candidates. Please contact Phil and Sue Franco if you are interested or know of anyone interested in attending the retreat.
    Our next meeting will be Tuesday August 8th at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Produce Sales

    We had our first produce sale on Sunday morning, July 23. Our next (and last) sale this year will be on Sunday morning, August 6, beginning after the 8:00 AM Mass and continuing till around noon. Stop by and pick up some tasty fruit and vegetables.

Happy Birthday This Month To
Don Buxter
Don Schmeits
Heath Mello
Paul Reed
Brad Wiese
Fred Cottone
Patrick Foster
Dan Murphy
Bronson Gerken

Digital Coupons Fundraiser

    Our Council is launching a new Entertainment Digital fundraising opportunity. The purchase of an Entertainment Digital Savings membership gives you nationwide access for one year to thousands of money-saving coupons, right on your smartphone or print online. Typical savings are 2-for-1 offers and discounts of up to 50%. Merchants include restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more. The purchase price is $20. Use coupons from Omaha area merchants to save around town. While traveling around the country check for merchants in the areas you are visiting to save in those locations too. Please go to the home page of our council’s web site at (www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184). and click on the “Entertainment RAISY” icon for more information.
    From now through September 30 you can purchase an Entertainment Digital Savings Membership card at the St. Thomas More rectory during normal office hours. During September you can purchase one in the vestibule of St. Thomas More Church at one of the weekend Masses. Or you can contact Greg Burrows (phone 402-346-4081 or email gburrows1@msn.com) for help in purchasing. You can also purchase a membership card online at the Entertainment web site (RAISY) and give credit to our Council for your purchase. Go to our Council home page as mentioned above and click on the “Entertainment RAISY” icon to use this option.
    We need help at the weekend Masses in September for these sales. You can volunteer at our August meeting or you can contact Greg as noted above. You can also help by promoting these Entertainment Digital memberships to your family and friends.

Looking for Email Addresses

    Having email addresses makes it considerably easier to pass along information to our members. If you have an email address but have not communicated it to me, please send it to gburrows1@msn.com. You can still receive our newsletter via the postal service if you like. Just let me know how you want to receive our newsletter when you communicate your email address to me.

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Newsletter for last September

Vol. 28 - No. 9

Knights Notes

Sep 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Sep 12

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    If you are interested in attending the Christians Encounter Crist (CEC) retreat, the Men's weekend is October 20-22, 2017, the Women's is November 3-5 2017, contact Phil and Sue Franco. Our next meeting will be Tuesday September 12, at 7:30 p.m. One of the things we will be discussing is the feasibility of constructing a Ten Commandments monument on the church property.

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Miscellaneous Items

    At our blood drive on August 2 the Red Cross collected 12 units of blood from the volunteer donors. Our next blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, December 28.
    Fr. Kizito invites everyone to attend the Hope Connecting Hearts FUNdraiser at the Fire Fighters’ Union Hall on 60th and Grover St. from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, September 15.
    Our Council is hoping to host another pancake breakfast to benefit the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. A specific date is still being worked on.
    The sale of the Entertainment Digital Savings Memberships is going slow. Please check out the August newsletter for more details or click on the “Entertainment RAISY” icon on our council’s home page. One of these Digital Memberships could be a great gift for that friend or relative who is hooked to a smartphone.

Happy Birthday This Month To
Bob McCoy
Pat Boettger
Dave Hayes
Joe Pfeifer
Max Burbach
Joseph Godek
John Montgomery
Dave Fox
Robert Gaddie
Fr. Ryan Lewis
Tom Lebeda
Al Pfeifer

Corporate Communion

    Our Corporate Communion is Sunday, October 8th, at the 10:30 AM Mass. After Mass there will be a brunch in the Social Hall. The price for this meal is just $5.00 per person. All Council members, along with wives and children, are invited to attend. If you have not been contacted about this event by Sunday, October 1st, you can call either Mike McDonnell (402-598-3800) or Greg Burrows (402-346-4081) to confirm your reservation. We need attendance counts in order to plan for seating at Mass and for the food order. Plan to meet in the school lobby at 10:15 AM so we can process in as a group to the Mass.
    In case you are interested we will have Christmas cards for sale at the brunch.

Tootsie Roll Drive

    Our Tootsie Roll drive this year is on the weekend of October 13-15 (Friday-Sunday) at Family Fare. There will be four 2-hour shifts each day (9:00-11:00, 11:00-1:00, 1:00-3:00, and 3:00-5:00). You can sign up to help online by clicking on the “SIGN UP!” icon on our council home page (www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184). Click on an open time slot and then hit Submit at the bottom of the page. A login option is also available but not required. You can also sign up at our September meeting, or contact Greg Burrows (402-346-4081, gburrows1@msn.com) to volunteer.

Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

    Many people in the Gulf Coast of Texas are reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Thousands have evacuated their homes, many of which have been damaged or destroyed. Please donate to help those suffering such devastation. One hundred percent of the proceeds donated via the Knights will go directly to relief efforts. You can donate online at https://www.kofc.org/en/charities/articles/disaster-relief.html. For donations by check, make the checks payable to: "Knights of Columbus Charities" and specify "United Disaster Relief" on the memo line of your check. Send to:
Knights of Columbus Charities
One Columbus Plaza
PO Box 1966
New Haven, CT 06509-1966

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Newsletter for last October

Vol. 28 - No. 10

Knights Notes

Oct 2017   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Oct 10

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    The Corporate Communion Mass will be Sunday October 8th at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in attending the luncheon after Mass please let us know by 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 6th.
    If you are interested in attending the Christians Encounter Christ (CEC) retreat, contact Phil and Sue Franco. The Men's weekend is October 20-22, 2017, and the Women's weekend is November 3-5, 2017.
    Our next meeting will be Tuesday October 10th, at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK

Christmas Cards

    We have a small supply of Christmas cards (about 20 boxes) that will be available for purchase at our Corporate Communion (October 8), the parish dinner (November 19) and the Peddler’s Market (November 29).

Happy Birthday This Month To
Mike Donohue Sr
Jason Froschheiser
Fr. Norman Hunke
Mike Stahmer
Jim Ponec
Al Kula
Jack Monzingo
Tom Kraus
Jim Miriovsky
Frank Rayer

Corporate Communion

    Our Corporate Communion is Sunday, October 8th, at the 10:30 AM Mass. After Mass there will be a brunch in the Social Hall. The price for this meal is just $5.00 per person. All Council members, along with wives and children, are invited to attend. We will gather in the school lobby around 10:15 AM so that we can process in as a group to the Mass.

Tootsie Roll Drive

    Our Tootsie Roll drive this year is on the weekend of October 13-15 (Friday-Sunday) at Family Fare. There are four 2-hour shifts each day (9:00-11:00, 11:00-1:00, 1:00-3:00, and 3:00-5:00) and there are still several slots in need of volunteers. You can sign up online to help by clicking on the “SIGN UP!” icon on our council home page (www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184). Click on an open time slot and then hit Submit at the bottom of the page. A login option is also available but not required. You can also sign up at our October meeting, or contact Greg Burrows (402-346-4081, gburrows1@msn.com) to volunteer.

Entertainment Digital Savings

    We still have quite a few Entertainment Digital Savings Membership cards for sale. This membership provides nationwide (not just Omaha) access for one year to thousands of money-savings coupons, right on your smartphone or print online. The purchase price is only $20. These cards are available at the rectory during normal business hours, or call Greg Burrows (402-346-4081, gburrows1@msn.com). One Digital Membership can be used by the whole family. It could be a great gift for that friend or relative who is hooked to a smartphone.

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Newsletter for last November

Vol. 27 - No. 11

Knights Notes

Nov 2016   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Nov 15

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Thanks to everyone who helped with the Tootsie Roll drive. It was a great success! .

    I am part of the Second Degree Knight team. We had our first meeting in Fort Calhoun on Tuesday, October 18th. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Second Degree Knight please contact me.

    I attended the Catholic Answers seminar October 29th, at Creighton University. It was a great event! I purchased a DVD of the conference's speakers. If anyone is interested in borrowing the DVD to watch, please let me know.

    We are planning our pancake breakfast on Sunday February 5th. It will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon.

    Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 15th, at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK


Happy Birthday This Month To
Bud Popp
Joseph Ayivi
Andrew Robichaux
Marty Malloy
Greg Burrows
Lad Hanus

Christmas Cards

    We have a small supply of Christmas cards (about 25 boxes) that will be available for purchase at the parish dinner (November 20) and the Peddler’s Market (November 30).

Savings Sidekick Books

    Although we are no longer selling Savings Sidekicks in the Church vestibule, the books are still available at the rectory during normal business hours. They will also be sold at the parish dinner (November 20) and at the Peddler’s Market (November 30). The price of the book is just $20.00. These books are also ideal as gifts. We can really use your help to get more of these books sold.

Tootsie Roll Drive

    On the weekend of October 7-9 we collected over $1400 in donations to the annual Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Some subsequent donations have brought our grand total to $1428.97. A big “thank you” to all those Knights who volunteered their help with this drive.

Holiday Blood Drive

    The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at STM School on Thursday, December 29th, for our annual holiday blood drive.

Pancake Breakfast

    As noted in the Grand Knight’s message, plans are being formulated for a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 5th.

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Newsletter for last December

Vol. 27 - No. 12

Knights Notes

Dec 2016   

Next Meeting Is

Fr. Clement Bracht of St. Thomas More Council No. 10184

Tuesday, Dec 13

www.nebraskakofc.org/kc10184

Officers at 7:00 PM
Regular at 7:30 PM

Message from the Grand Knight

    Our Christmas dinner will be Tuesday, January 10th, at Eddies Café, 5009 South 24th Street. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails, and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. And we are blessed to have Jim Nailon performing for us again!
    Because of a generous donation and request to our council, we will be purchasing 250 copies of the book Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly, to hand out at Christmas Masses. New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly helps you learn why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves . . . and how to start choosing happiness again. Resisting Happiness will inspire you to break through resistance so you can become the-best-version-of-yourself® and start living with passion and purpose.
    We are planning our pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 5th; it will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon.
    I wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m.

     Mike McDonnell, GK


Happy Birthday This Month To
Mike Allan
Bob Maher
Ron Nollette
John Maloney
Fr. Hahn
Fr. Wild
Jeremy Askren
Zyg Moritz
Charles Janousek
Bob Sledge
John Hassett
Jim Paladino Jr

Knights and Wives Dinner

    Our annual Knights and Wives dinner is Tuesday, January 10. Please make plans to join us on that date for a great meal at Eddie’s in South Omaha. We will also enjoy some entertainment by Jim Nailon.

Dues, Fraternal Survey, etc

    Billing statements for annual dues are going out with this month’s newsletter (except for those members who have attained Honorary Life status). If your dues are received by the time of our Knights and Wives dinner on January 10, then your payment could be refunded if you are the lucky winner in the dues refund drawing at that dinner.
    Also included with your statement is a worksheet for recording your charitable activities during 2016. This data is accumulated from all K of C Councils and then the totals are reported in the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity. Please take a few moments to fill out this form, insert it in the enclosed envelope, and return it (by mail or in the STM collection basket) so that your good works can be reflected in this survey. If you do not have exact figures, then simply estimate as best you can. These worksheets are needed by January 15 in order to be included in the survey.    
    Our Council is once again conducting the Buck-a-Month program to generate funds for pro-life causes. The suggested donation is $12 (Buck-a-Month), but any amount is appreciated. If you want your donation to be tax-deductible please make your check payable to “Knights of Columbus, Culture of Life Foundation of Nebraska” (your check for dues is payable to “Knights of Columbus”). Your donation can be mailed to Greg Burrows, 2117 S. 38th Ave, Omaha, NE 68105, or placed it in an envelope marked “Buck-a-Month” and dropped in the collection basket at STM Church. All donations need to be in by March 1.

Holiday Blood Drive

    The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at STM School on Thursday, December 29th, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM for our annual holiday blood drive. Please contact Paul Reed (402-554-1519) to volunteer, or you can sign up at www.redcrossblood.org.

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