The Tar Heel KnightNovember 2018
Regional Membership and
State Deputy: John Nussbaum
Chaplain: Father Lesak
State Secretary: Dan Lange
State Treasurer: JC Reiher
State Advocate: Chris Losack
State Warden: Sergio Miranda
Immediate Past State Deputy: Colin Jorsch
Regional Membership and
#1: JP Horvat
#2: Tom Smith
#3: Walter Kulla, Jr.
#4: Ron Cortopassi
#5: Richard Hamel
Brother Knights have been doing great work to help those in need. John Nussbaum firstname.lastname@example.org In September, North Carolina was been hit hard by Hurricane Florence. We have been receiving…
Safe Environment and Supreme Award Requirements Chris Losack email@example.com Brothers All, Part of my message this month is a repeat of some prior information, but apparently the message is not…
Nick Nastasi firstname.lastname@example.org Worthy Brothers, Greetings from the Crystal Coast! My thought and prayers are all the families recovering from Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael. As of the writing…
Fred Burton email@example.com Devotions 102 (Family Devotions) Faith is meant to be shared, especially within our own families – those we love the most! The Family Rosary Program (under Faith…
James Laraia firstname.lastname@example.org COMMUNITY – HURRICANE FLORENCE AFTERMATH Worthy Brothers All, Hurricane Florence was very devastating to many in our North Carolina community. As we continue to recover from Hurricane…
Bob Macaluso email@example.com Keeping Christ In Christmas Brother’s be prepared as we approach the Christmas Season. You will surely be bombarded with marketing ads that will try to convince you…
Still Two Full Months To Go Richard White firstname.lastname@example.org Based on deposits being made, it appears a few Councils do not seem to be aware that Operation LAMB is a…
Worthy Brothers Please consider implementing a program to thank our First Responders. How do we go about thanking our First Responders? There are several actions a council can take such…
Brooklyn Knights Deliver Hope to Eastern NC Over the span of 24 hours on October 1st and 2nd, 12 members of the St. Finbar Council 15728 and Most Precious Blood…
Worthy Sir Knights and Brothers, Thank you for all your help and support as we all continue Programs in support of our Church, Community and Veterans across this great State….
Brother Knights have been doing great work to help those in need.
In September, North Carolina was been hit hard by Hurricane Florence. We have been receiving financial help from Supreme, our states, Councils and Assemblies. But much more important, than that is all of the help form our Brother nights. I have been hearing many great reports of Brothers helping all those in need of help. Many people along our coast have lost everything. We are doing everything we can to address the immediate needs that we have been told about. They will need help for a long time to come. Continue to do what you can to help them.
Unfortunately, while we have been doing all of this great work to help ours, some of our other work might be slipping a little. How is your Council and your Brothers doing on implementing the Faith in Action program? We are all at a different point on our Faith journey. We need to do everything we can learn more about our Faith and to put it into action. Beyond that, we are expected to help others grow in their Faith. The Faith in Action programs are designed to help you do all that.
Now, is the time to start planning for the 2019 Mid-Year meetings. The Mid-Year East will be at St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Greenville on January 5, 2019. The mid-Year West will be at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont on January 26, 2019. These meetings are a great time to get a good update on how to run your Council better. Talking to Brothers from other Councils will help you with ideas of how you can do things better in your parish and community. With this help, your Councils might earn the Supreme STAR Council award.
With all of the great charity work that we have been doing, as you might imagine, as a whole our state membership numbers are a little off the great pace that you set last year. The good news is the West is doing about what they did last year. The good news is that many of the people that we helped in the East may be very interested in joining our Order to work with us. We just need to ask them. After hearing about all the great charity work that we have done over the last two months, I am so glad to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. Are you? If you are, please share the gift of membership to a friend or member of your parish.
Many of you have done a great job of getting various reports in and training done. Thank you for your hard work. We have a great tradition of getting all of our reports in. Many of you have worked very hard to keep up that tradition. Unfortunately, we still have some outstanding reports. We also need some more Brothers to get their Youth Protection training completed. I would like your help. Thank you.
If you need any help, please ask your District Deputy or Regional Membership and Program Consultant (RMPC). Your State Officers and State Staff are always ready to help you. If I can ever serve you in any way, please let me know. I can be reach at email@example.com or 919-880-7424. I will do my very best to make sure you get the help you need. Let’s work together to do God’s work.
Fraternally yours in Christ,
NC State Deputy
Safe Environment and Supreme Award Requirements
Part of my message this month is a repeat of some prior information, but apparently the message is not getting through. I am sure that many of you have heard from either me or your District Deputy regarding the urgent deadlines for the Safe Environment Training. It is vitally important that you complete the training within 30 days of receiving your invitation. For those program directors that do not complete the training within 45 days will be removed from office and a new director must be appointed. I’ve begun getting messages from directors telling me that they have received notice from Supreme that they are non-compliant and are no longer eligible to serve in that role. Supreme is very serious about this so please do not procrastinate. Complete your training requirements today.
Additionally, all program director positions MUST be filled and those that are required (General, Family, Community) MUST have properly completed the Safe Environment requirements in order to receive the Columbian Award and in turn the STAR Council award. It is unfair to your council to miss out on a Supreme award due to not fulfilling these requirements after all of the hard work they have done over the year with the various programs.
Finally, there are a number of councils that have not yet submitted their Form 365 naming their program directors. This is what starts the training process so this also needs to be completed ASAP. Similarly, if you have a change in the directors, you need to submit an updated 365 to register that change with Supreme. If you have received a notice that your program director has been declared ineligible, then you will need to submit an updated Form 365 naming a replacement. It may be possible to renominate the original person, but there is no guarantee that will be accepted.
I know that you all are busy and that this is an additional drain on your time, but this is important and I ask that you please prioritize accordingly.
Christopher J. Losack
NC State Advocate
Greetings from the Crystal Coast! My thought and prayers are all the families recovering from Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael.
As of the writing of this article, the North Carolina Knights have brought in 203 new members. That is an average of over 50 new members a month, which 25 below our monthly goal. That is a job well done considering the circumstances. Currently, we are number 21 in the entire Order. I want to thank all the councils who have brought in new members in to the Order so far this year. I also invite those councils who have not brought a new member into the Order to ask the members of their parish to join either through their local council or by Online Membership.
The recent storms brought the best out of Brother Knights with the strong display of our principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. Brother Knights out on the front lines at distribution center giving out supplies, helping their neighbors clean up and recover and just being there for support and strength. What a great example to draw on when talking to a prospective member on why he and his family should join our Order.
What other organization can provide the opportunity to not only help their neighbors and community but also strengthen their faith and be a better man, husband and father and a better Catholic.
Let us make a concerted effort to target the younger gentlemen and families and invite them to join the Order. They are our future; let us pass on our knowledge to them to keep our councils vibrant and long running. Even though coming to a meeting may be a challenge, the Online Membership affords the gentleman the same fraternal benefits and the ability to do the right thing for their families as we do as well as spending quality time with their families and building their domestic church.
The Online members will receive monthly emails from Supreme learning more about our Order, strengthening their faith and encouraging them to transition to their local council. Please invite these members to your next meeting and their families to your next parish event.
Starting November 15th, Supreme will launch Online membership websites in Spanish and French. All the materials that are available in English will also be available in Spanish and French. The men joining can fill out the applications and Form 100s in these languages as well.
The website for Online Membership is www.kofc.org/joinus.
Even if you are able to get a name and email address for these gentlemen during your drives, please send them along to the Membership team and we will send them up to Supreme and these families will start receiving information about the Knights of Columbus on a monthly basis.
We are called upon to invite every Catholic gentleman and their families the opportunity to join our Order. The best way for a man not to join our Order is by not inviting and offering him and his family the opportunity to join us.
The holidays and Lent are approaching as we prepare for the birth of Jesus. A lot of churches and parishes have been damaged, let us remember family first, then our faith, and our jobs, then everything else. As we rebuild our Catholic communities, let us invite every catholic gentleman to help us rebuild together. Let’s show everyone that not only are we Carolina Strong but we are also Knights Strong.
It is an honor to serve you and your councils as your State Membership Director. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals and have a successful fraternal year.
State Membership Director
Devotions 102 (Family Devotions)
Faith is meant to be shared, especially within our own families – those we love the most!
The Family Rosary Program (under Faith programs): https://kofc.org/uns/en/forms/programs/10600%206-18%20Rosary%20Program%20SS.pdf This expands the Fifth Sunday Rosary program, encouraging councils to schedule rosary prayer services on any day of the week, at any time of the year, with the pastor’s OK. Councils should personally invite each family of the parish, and offer them a copy of Catholic Information Service’s A Scriptural Rosary for the Family (#319). Encourage families to read it and learn how their faith can be strengthened through a devotion to Our Lady, while praying at home regularly as a family. There’s also a kit of support materials.
The Family Fully Alive (under Family programs): https://kofc.org/uns/en/forms/programs/10606%206-18%20Family%20Fully%20Alive%20SS.pdf To cultivate life as a domestic church, your family must deliberately welcome God into your home. The Family Fully Alive program provides monthly themes, reflections, meditations, family projects and Scripture verses designed to help each family place God and the Catholic faith at the center of their lives. Through prayer and reflection families have the golden opportunity to grow in holiness together.
Here’s an example: December’s theme is “Joy” and we are told Joy is an attribute of God’s divine love and to reflect God and His love in our family life. The encapsulated meditation says that we are to rejoice in the good others do and their innate abilities rather compare ourselves with them as a sort of competition. Our Lord especially appreciates those who find joy in the happiness of others – seeing others happy ultimately makes us even happier! If we fail to learn how to rejoice in the well-being of others and focus primarily on our own needs, we condemn ourselves to a joyless existence. There are also some suggested questions to help you reflect on your family’s attribute of Joy. The scripture to be read is Psalm 33:1-7, 20-22. There’s also a simple Family Project: Singing favorite Christmas hymns and reading special Christmas stories at scheduled times during the day or week. …. That sounds quite doable!
You can view the full booklet at http://kofc.org/en/resources/domestic-church/family-fully-alive.pdf. This full treatment gives ideas on how to actually start the program in your family, a review of Catholic beliefs, a discussion on the importance of prayer, biblical perspectives on the family, love and work plus the family’s relations with neighbors, their parish and community service. Yes, it’s worth at least a once-over reading but you’ll probably settle down and read your most important topics.
There are, indeed, more devotions directed toward the family’s growth in Faith: Consecration to the Holy Family, Family Prayer Night, Holy Hour.
NC Faith Programs Director
NC Silver Rose Chairman
COMMUNITY – HURRICANE FLORENCE AFTERMATH
Worthy Brothers All,
Hurricane Florence was very devastating to many in our North Carolina community. As we continue to recover from Hurricane Florence we should all be proud to say we are part of the Knights of Columbus. I have witnessed the love of our brotherhood throughout all ranks of our Order.
There are many stories of Knights helping their church, helping parishioners, helping their neighbors and helping their fellow brothers. These Knights have cleaned up churches, cleared condemned homes, cut up downed trees, removed yard debris, drove trailers full of food & clothes to needed areas, unloaded these trailers into warehouses in the affected areas, and performed so many other untold tasks.
I personally would like to thank our State Leaders, District Leaders, Council Leaders and Catholic Charities for all their dedication to help those in need. There are still many challenges that our community faces and we must continue to support those in need. Hurricane Florence will have lasting effects on our Brothers & Sisters in Christ. Please continue with your service!!!
As we share various stories and specific challenges with each other from Hurricane Florence there will be many lessons we will learn. First, we must be thankful for our faith, loved ones and health. One of the next steps will be to evaluate how best to implement a Disaster Preparedness Plan for our family and council. Then we can evaluate how to assist our parish and community. You are not alone…we have excellent resources in our State Leadership to help guide you through this process. Please reach out to me with your questions…there are many resources I can direct you to.
As we move forward with our unique situations, remember your State Council is here for your support. Please let me know if you or a fellow brother is in need of any type of help so that we can coordinate assistance.
Stay tuned for further information on the creation of a Disaster Preparedness Plan.
James T Laraia
NC State Community Director
Keeping Christ In Christmas
Brother’s be prepared as we approach the Christmas Season. You will surely be bombarded with marketing ads that will try to convince you that unless you purchase that special gift or toy for your love ones, Christmas will be meaningless. It’s my opinion that the true meaning of Christmas has been hijacked by the commercial media. Merry Christmas has been replaced with Happy Holidays or Season Greetings. Family Christmas TV Specials are now Christmas Movie marathons starting in October; TV Shopping now has Christmas in July. Christmas Songs about the birth of Jesus are seldom heard on radio but we all will hear the one about “Grandma Being Run Over By A Reindeer” or the “Italian Donkey”. I know that times change and that we must face these changes that are beyond our control. But how do we keep the true meaning of Christmas alive in our family and community? I make no claims to have all the answers but here are just a few suggestions that might stir up your creative juices.
- During the Advent Season, ask your parish priest if he will be willing to let you hold a weekly prayer vigil open to all parishioners. This could be followed by a social/fellowship gathering with lite snacks and singing of Christmas Carols. If you do not have a Family Prayer Night this could become the start of one
- Get the children involved, have them participate in the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest or other activities that emphasize the Birth of Jesus. Again, provide refreshments, song and most of all make it fun
- Send out Religious Christmas Cards. The Squires have a great selection of cards to choose from. Also, purchase the Keep Christ in Christmas magnets. If possible, give them to the parishioner or sell them at cost
- Don’t forget those in nursing homes or homebound. Get the parishioners to help organize and contribute to food and gift collections. For those areas that have been affected by the recent hurricane, I’m sure that they would welcome the bare necessities just to get by
Again, these are just a few ideas to get you thinking of ways to emphasize the Birth of Jesus Christ.
“Christ is the Reason for the Season”
Bob Macaluso, PGK
NC State Family Director
Still Two Full Months To Go
Based on deposits being made, it appears a few Councils do not seem to be aware that Operation LAMB is a year-round activity; as many still seem to just do a drive at a store or two in the Fall.
Most Councils that are successful with LAMB attack fundraising in a variety of ways.
As far as store collections, they usually have at least two campaigns, one in the Spring and another later in the year working around the summer months when people are on vacation (with the exception of the Councils on the Coast when the summer is
Collections are also done by some at other venues other than stores, i.e. sporting events. Also keep in mind, that if scheduled effectively, store collections usually average greater than $30 per man hour or greater.
The list of other fundraising opportunities is pretty endless, but some of the other big hitters are; asking for business and individual donations, auctions, raffles, golf tournaments, restaurant fundraisers and donation boxes in retail establishments.
Changing the subject, I have also recently received some inquiries from Brother Knights just getting involved in LAMB, on how the money collected for LAMB is distributed and in particular the percentage retained by the LAMB Foundation.
The math is pretty simple,
All money collected on the behalf of LAMB is deposited in a specific LAMB account by the Council’s LAMB Director which is defined as “Gross Income”
Allowable expenses (tootsie rolls and aprons only, the costs of which are paid for by the Foundation are then deducted from the Gross Income arriving at a Net Income.
85% of the Net Income is then made available to the applicable Council, to distribute to local qualifying institutions and charities as it wishes.
The remaining 15% is what is retained by the Foundation.
It is important to know however, that the majority of that 15% is distributed to Charites, i.e. the Special Olympics of NC, Duke Medical Fragile X program and other regional institutions, currently Holy Angles of Belmont and the Caswell, Murdoch, J. Iverson Riddle, O’Berry and, Black Mountain Centers.
The remainder is used to pay the required tax filings we need to do for non-profit tax status and minor administrative costs such as postage and the LAMB website.
Please consider implementing a program to thank our First Responders. How do we go about thanking our First Responders? There are several actions a council can take such as having a special mass, holding recognition dinner, standing outside of a facility with Thank-you Posters, dropping off bake goods, etc.
There are several councils that currently have a program in place to thank and recognize first responders in their community. Piedmont Council 939 has a program called ‘Emergency Responders Awards’ which has been in existence for 45 years! Council 3390 in Durham has another method they use for First Responders in their town. They put together a practical gift for their Durham Fire Department.
The Council 3390 method could be a program of interest for your council in the months of October and November as the Holiday Season draws near. The program is simple and easy to implement. The thought process is to let the firehouse know there are people that appreciate them with the focus not on the formal presentation of the gift but on its practical use for the firehouse.
The gift contains tea, sugar, flour, charcoal and condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and mayo. The council contacted the department ahead of time to alert them to who the Knights are, what the Knights do and confirmed a drop off date.
Practical gift items such as these go a long way to help the fire people as they must pay out of their pockets for all their food. Providing the staples to cook meals really helps as they do not have to purchase them every time. The council is considering making this something that will be done quarterly.
Hopefully this information has provided your council with another idea on how to thank our First Responders.
First Responders Chairman
Brooklyn Knights Deliver Hope to Eastern NC
Over the span of 24 hours on October 1st and 2nd, 12 members of the St. Finbar Council 15728 and Most Precious Blood Council 6134 of the Knights of Columbus Councils in Brooklyn, NY drove over 500 miles to New Bern in a large truck and several vans filled with over $5,000 worth of donated supplies including food, water, toiletries, cleaning supplies, tools, a generator, and crucial emergency medical gear for EMS ambulances. The Brooklyn Knights met up with the Brother Knights of Monsignor James Jones Council 3303 here in New Bern. The Knights then caravanned to Pollocksville and met up with the Warren Franks and Becky Heath of the Jones County EMS to unload all the supplies in the recently gutted Fire Station. Most of the Knights returned to Brooklyn the same day with the exception of Michael and Kevin Marquez of the Bensonhurst, NY EMS. Both remained in New Bern for a few days to aid in the community volunteer effort. All the donated supplies have been distributed to the many in need in Pollocksville and the Ambulances now have much needed medical supplies. Charity is one of the major principles of the Knights of Columbus. Many of the Brooklyn Knights expressed great joy in being able to help the people whose homes have been devastated.
Annual Seminarian Invitational 2018
The event, organized by the diocese with the help of the Knights of Columbus Council 2546, has become an annual tradition that allows young men considering a vocation to the priesthood to share time with seminarians and priests.
The event is held on the grounds of the Knights of Columbus Father Thomas Price Council 2546.
Reciting evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours is not what most people associate with the habits of typical teenagers on a Friday evening. And yet that was exactly what some 40 young men did on Friday, July 27 2018, after playing sports for a couple of hours in the sweltering heat of Raleigh’s early summer.
After games of soccer, ultimate frisbee, — and lots of watermelon — everyone gathered for evening prayer and dinner. Fr. Philip Tighe encouraged the young men to pray for the seminarians by name, to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and to set aside some prayer time daily so that they could find the answer to the big question: What do You want me to do?
Past Grand Knight
Father Thomas Price Council 2546
Photos courtesy of
Brother John Bigliard
Father James Keenan Council 11266
Worthy Sir Knights and Brothers,
Thank you for all your help and support as we all continue Programs in support of our Church, Community and Veterans across this great State. It is always very gratifying to hear of the great work of you, the Sir Knights! Again, thank you and please keep up the good work. Please send a picture of your events to me and we will place in the Golden Plume as well as display on the Fourth Degree Website.
We have been dealt a tremendous blow by Hurricane Florence, some a lot more than others. There is a lot of damage and as of this writing, still many facilities and homes uninhabitable. Our Churches have sustained damages and there will be a long recovery process. Please remember all our Brothers, families and our Churches in these affected areas in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you to all those who have assisted those in need, especially the State Officers, driving trucks, loaded with supplies, gift cards etc., into needed areas.
As a result of the storm, the Fourth Degree Exemplification scheduled for Sat. Nov. 17, 2018 in Wilmington has been cancelled. St. Mary’s facilities have sustained damages and the time period for the repair process could not be estimated. I have promised the Faithful Navigator, we will work together to propose another date sometime next year for Wilmington.
The next scheduled Fourth Degree Exemplification will be hosted by Fr. Francis Connolly Assembly No. 3253 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Greensboro, NC on Saturday February 16, 2019. This is a centralized location in the State, with plenty of room to encompass a large class. Now is the time to start recruiting so we can make up for the loss of the Wilmington Exemplification. Click here for details about the February Exemplification.
Speaking of membership – our 2018-2019 goal is 7% increase in membership. Currently, there are just over 4,095 Sir Knights in the State, therefore our goal for the 2018-2019 Fraternal Year would be circa 287 new Brother Sir Knights. We attained 199 new Brother Sir Knights 2017-2018 Fraternal Year, so our goal is doable and reachable!
Our annual goal is also one (1) new Assembly per year. We did not have a new Assembly last year, however we have done some research and plan to work in two (2) areas to produce at least one (1) new Assembly. If you wish to help, please advise your thoughts – we are open for any and all suggestions.
Coupons for Troops Program once again is placed on hold as we attempt to move it forward through our local Congressman. Please do not forward any coupons until we get a message to all that the coupons will be accepted. The facility at Ft. Bragg is inundated with coupons, from other organizations also, and with no movement, coupons end up shredded.
From the Supreme Master:
- Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund: Assemblies may continue to donate to the fund by sending their donations with checks made out to: “Knights of Columbus Charities” and on the memo line write “Military Chaplains”. Click here for an information letter from our Supreme Master regarding the Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund and where to send donations.
- Ordering color patches and the new 4th Degree Uniform – Click here for information from the Supreme Master’s Office.
Access to Officers Online: Click here to review the memo from the Supreme Masters Office with information on how to access this information.
New Uniform: The Supreme Master has sent a memo to all VSM,s and DM’s advising that effective July1, 2019 the new Uniform will be the Official Uniform for the Fourth Degree and Regalia is to no longer be worn.
I have received an e-mail notice from the Supreme Master and his office personnel, regarding the Chain of Command that we must follow, similar to the Third Degree. Please do not e-mail or call the Supreme Master with questions that can be answered by any of the Assistant District Marshal’s, District Staff or me. You can call any one of us and if we do not know the answer, will get it for you. There is also information posted on the 4th Degree Website relative to Exemplifications, forms, etc.
Veterans Day November 11, 2018 will be the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord ending World War 1. Please remember all our Veterans as we all participate in the various Parades and Remembrance Events scheduled for the weekend. Please forward your pictures to be placed in the Golden Plume as well as on the 4th Degree website.
Veterans Day Additional: Let us all pause for just a minute to remember and say a prayer for all those Military Personnel, who gave their lives so we continue to know the freedoms that we Americans have come to know and take for granted!
Please take a moment to remember all our Brother Sir Knights and their families in need and keep them in your thoughts and prayers!
Jo and I wish for all of you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving.
Dates to Remember for November 2018:
- November 4 – Daylight Saving Time Ends – Set clocks back 1 hour
- November 6 – Election Day – Please remember to perform your civic duty and vote
- November 10 – U.S Marine Corps Established 1775
- November 11 – Veterans Day – 100th Anniversary of Signing of WW1 Armistice
- November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
Remember – “Sir Knight” is not just a title, it is “An Honor”
God Bless You, God Bless Our Church and God Bless America!
SK Jack Murray, PSD
N.C. District Master