March 2017 Minutes
Knights of Columbus Meeting March 16, 2017.
7:30 PM meeting called to order.
Officer role call – Not present were: deputy grand knight (Jodi Bermel), and lecturer (Dec. Tom Schenk). Welcome back Kendall!
Joe Fernandez made a motion to waive the reading of the minutes; seconded by Joe Henkels, motion passed.
Chaplain’s message: Retreat…Christ spent time reflection in the desert. We all need to look inward-personal retreat.
Grand Knight’s message. State convention is April 7-9. Kendal and Steve Rodreguez attending.
We received thank you notes from “On With Life” and Easter Seals.
Spring drive to recruit and retain members.
District deputy Jamie needs our prayers for his back.
Treasures report: $5,191 in checking. $15,000 in CD.
Membership dues report: We have 160 members. 87 paid, 13 owe $120, 5 owe $90, 16 owe $60, and 40 owe $30.
Pancake breakfast brought in $670.60. This was much needed money for funding fish frys!
Tom Letsch talked about Marian Doctrine:
1) Divine Motherhood
Mary’s divine motherhood was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431.
Various names are used to describe Mary’s role as mother of Jesus. She is called “Mother of God” which translates the more accurately stated greek term “Theotokos” or “Birthgiver of God.”
2) Perpetual Virginity
The expression perpetual virginity, ever-virgin, or simply “Mary the Virgin” refers primarily to the conception and birth of Jesus. From the first formulations of faith, especially in baptismal formulas or professions of faith, the Church professed that Jesus Christ was conceived without human seed by the power of the Holy Spirit only. Here lies the decisive meaning of expressions such as “conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary,” “Mary’s virginal conception,” or “virgin birth.” The early baptismal formula (since the 3rd century) state Mary’s virginity without further explaining it, but there is no doubt about its physical meaning. Later statements are more explicit. Mary conceived “without any detriment to her virginity, which remained inviolate even after his birth” (Council of the Lateran, 649).
3) Immaculate Conception
The solemn definition of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is like Divine Motherhood and Perpetual Virginity part of the christological doctrine, but it was proclaimed as an independent dogma by Pope Pius IX in his Apostolic Constitution “Ineffabilis Deus” (December 8, 1854). Though highlighting a privilege of Mary it in fact stresses the dignity and holiness required to become “Mother of God.” The privilege of the Immaculate Conception is the source and basis for Mary’s all-holiness as Mother of God.
4) The Assumption
This marian dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 on his Encyclical Munificentissimus Deus.
A distinction needs to be made between Ascension and Assumption. Jesus Christ, Son of God and Risen Lord, ascended into heaven, a sign of divine power. Mary, on the contrary, was elevated or assumed into heaven by the power and grace of God.
New Fish fry signs look great!
Joe Henkels talked about the Joppa homeless camps cleanup planned for April 1st. Steve VanBrocklin will be heading this up.
In May we will have tootsie pops for Culture of Life – Tony Slack.
Retention and recruitment. Planning for May/June recruitment drive…after Lent. Also advancement.
There will be an opportunity for 4th degree in Altoona.
Fish frys so far: 401, 418 people. $7,200 in revenue. $8.90 per guest.
Charles Stastny, our K of C insurance agent is planning on attending our next meeting.
Adult Faith Formation: Bible and the Virgin Mary held Monday morning and Wednesday nights. Lenten Happy Hours Sundays 5-7. Wine and Beer served.
Bingo at the Granger nursing home this Sunday 2-3:30PM. Meet at church at 1:45.
Dan Merry idea for Mother’s Day: Flowers (Azealia) to pass out to mothers. Roots in foil could be planted at home.
4th degree report; Ken Wiley: Meeting last Monday at Twisted Vine. Great place very hospitable to the Knights. Found a rock to have painted “Freedom Rock” and placed at VA Hospital. Bridge and garden planed. Donation have been made for supplies. Just labor is needed.
8:25 meeting adjourned.