Mother Teresa Council 12099
2547 Kipling Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario. M9V 3A8
Grand Knight's Message
From Chaplain's Desk
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Grand Knight's Message
Dear Brother Knights:
A new year has dawned on us and my wife
and I would like to take this opportunity to wish happiness, peace and
prosperity to you and your families.
We are indeed faced with new beginnings
in more ways than one. We should, therefore, ensure that we plan ahead
to make this year meaningful to all of us both spiritually and in the Knights
of Columbus family. With this in mind, we have a number of things that
I would like to draw to your attention.
As decided during our December 1997 General
Meeting, our meeting night is now the third Tuesday of each month. This
will be preceded by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated for us by
our Chaplain at 7.30 p.m. Please make it a point to attend this Mass to
show what our Faith means to us. We hope to introduce in these Masses the
special liturgy in preparation for the Millennium as compiled by our State
The installation of our first Executive
will take place on Sunday, January 25, 1998 immediately following the 12.15
p.m. Mass. I would request all Council members to attend the Mass with
their families to make this event a memorable one. All married members
of the Executive should attend with their wives as they will have a part
to play in the installation.
There are a number of events planned for
the near future. Two of these are our Charter Dinner & Dance and the
other is the Car Draw Raffle in aid of the Arthritis Foundation. More details
of both these events are to be found later in this bulletin.
Finally, brothers, attendance at our General
Meetings is very important as this is one way of showing our support to
the principles of the Order. 25 of our 37 members attended the December
meeting. Although this is praiseworthy, we should aim for 100% attendance.
In addition, we require volunteers to help with our various activities.
I sincerely hope that you will come forward as it is only with your cooperation
and help that we shall be able to make a success of our Council
Nuno de Lima
From the Chaplain's Desk
First of all, a Blessed New Year to you
all. Jesus is born to us and it is with great excitement and honour that
I write this first article in the "Voice of Mother of Teresa Council".
It was only a few short months ago that an ideal in the mind of our Pastor
Fr. Stephen Kopfensteiner, became a reality. Council 12099 was instituted
with the sheer determination and faith of the people of St. Andrew's Parish.
I would like to reflect a bit on the life
of Mother Teresa who will be the patron of our Council. When we think of
Mother Teresa, we think of the Order that she founded - The Missionaries
of Charity. First, one woman, Mother Teresa, then a little band of young
volunteers went out on the streets of Calcutta. A million refugees filled
the city, which lacked food, shelter and all resources for them. Mother
Teresa started with a small slum school in 1948 teaching the children of
the poor. Mother Teresa had been a teacher with the Loreto sisters for
twenty-five years but nothing could prepare her for the desperation and
misery she was immersed in. Mother Teresa stated: "In the choice of works,
there was neither planning nor preconceived ideas. We started our work
as the sufferings of the people called us. God showed us what He wanted
us to do." In 1950 the group was established by the Church as a Diocesan
Congregation of the Calcutta Diocese. It was known as the Missionaries
of Charity. The spirit was that of seeing Jesus in every person, specially
the poorest person. To be able to understand the poor, the Sisters choose
poverty, which has become, said Mother Teresa "their freedom, joy and strength."
The Congregation of Missionaries of Charity
was recognized by the Vatican as a Pontifical Congregation in 1965. The
Sisters moved to every major city in the world bringing the message of
Christ's love and comfort to the poor. In 1984 the Missionary of Charity
Fathers were founded. In all of this remarkable story, one thing remains
constant - the faith of a sister in God and aiding the poor.
The Mother Teresa Council has a big reputation
to continue. It is my hope that we can imbue our Council with the spirit
of Mother Teresa - strong in faith and tirelessly helping our community.
This new year 1998 we begin the year dedicated
to the Holy Spirit in preparation for the great Jubilee. As we thank God
for the blessings that we received in the past year, let us implore him
for guidance and well being during this new year. We ask this with the
aid of the Holy Spirit who guided Mother Teresa's life.
Fr. Xavier de Pinto
Brothers, I have been appointed by the
Worthy Grand Knight to take over the function of Programme Director. This
function involves organizing and running the various activities that the
Council has decided upon. However, to make the programme a success, it
is important that all members can involved.
I cannot run the programme alone and I
am, therefore, requesting that members volunteer to take charge of the
Church Activities, which include
activities such as vocations, lay apostolate, parochial services, religious
devotions and Christ in Christmas.
Community Activities, which include
Pro-life, volunteerism, human needs, civic involvement, environment, public
safety, health services and decency.
Council Activities, which include
public relations, fraternalism, cultural, social, blood donors and athletics.
Family Activities, which include
survivors' assistance, memorials, education, communications, family of
the month/year, family projects, recreation and family week.
Youth Activities, which include
Columbian Squires, youth groups, athletics, educational programmes, youth
welfare, religious activities and social activities.
I have indicated against each the various
activities that we can be involved in. This does not mean that we shall
to deal with all of them. We shall have to decide what we can do effectively
considering our limited resources and then gradually build on them.
Brothers, I shall be asking you at our
General Meeting to come forward and volunteer. Please be generous with
your time and let us make our Council a vibrant one in the spirit of Mother
John da Silva
The first activity the Council was involved
in was the sale of cakes at Christmas time. Thanks to the efforts of brother
knights, who assisted at this event, we were able to raise approximately
$840.00. The total proceeds will be donated to Campaign Life
The Council was unable to obtain cakes
as the order had to be submitted even before the Council was constituted.
Thanks to Humber Valley Council, we were able to obtain a supply. Unfortunately,
this was not enough to meet the high demand. We have, however, gained a
fair idea of the sales that can be generated for this occasion and we should
be able to obtain a more adequate supply for this year's event in December.
The Ontario State Council has provided
us with 200 ticket books for the annual car draw raffle in aid of the Arthritis
Foundation. These will be available at the January General meeting and
it is hoped that all members will assist with the sale of the tickets.
There are valuable prizes to be won both individually and for the Council.
So, do come forward and try to sell a few of the books.
The installation of the first Executive
of Mother Teresa Council will take place on Sunday, January 25, 1998 immediately
following the 12.15 p.m. Mass. All members of the Council should make it
a point to attend the Mass and the installation as this is a historic occasion
for the Council. The married members of the Executive should be accompanied
by their wives as they will have a part to play in the installation. After
the installation, everyone should congregate in the Council chamber for
Plans are being made to host our Charter
Dinner & Dance either towards the end of February 1998 or in the beginning
of March 1998. More details will be provided as soon as the arrangements
have been finalized. In the meantime, please try to keep that time open
for this event as in all likelihood our Charter will be presented to us
at that time.
Membership is the lifeblood of any Council.
It is, therefore, important that current members remain and that we make
every effort to add to our numbers.
Bills for the 1998 dues have been mailed
out to all members. You should arrange to pay this bill as quickly as possible.
The 1997 travel cards are valid only to the end of February 1998 after
which you will not be able to attend meetings without the 1998 cards. This
means that you have to pay your dues before the abovementioned expiry date
to ensure that you get your new cards and thus maintain your membership.
You should contact the Grand Knight or the Financial Secretary if you experience
any difficulties in paying these dues.
The Council has had a good start with
37 members. A complete directory is enclosed for your use. Please make
sure that you do not share this listing with any non-members
The start we have made is not enough and
we must add to these numbers. This can best be achieved if each member
asked one other person to join. If we all did this, we could easily double
our membership in a very short time.
Monthly, every 3rd Tuesday.