|Father Michael J McGivney|
Father Allen pauses to look around at the parishioners in the pews of New Haven’s oldest Catholic church. He takes a deep breath. “These men are grasping for anything in their hope for a cure,” he says. “They are at a point where nothing in their society can help. And so, it is their faith that saves them.”
He closes the Bible and carries it down the pulpit steps, back to the altar, where he continues to celebrate the Mass. After Communion, the service concludes with a familiar prayer. Though the text is in every parishioner’s pew-box, no one reads from the paper: they know the words by heart. They pray to God for the canonization of Father Michael McGivney, the parish priest who, some 130 years ago, devoted his life to the widows, orphans, and indigents of this very church.
On Sunday February 26, twelve such men went on to their next step in this wonderful Council as they were Knighted in Hot Springs. Let us all thank God first, and then congratulate them all for giving so freely of themselves.
Pictured above are our twelve new Knights and seven other Council members that attended the ceremonials. Congratulations and best wishes to Jim Sparks, Jim Elser, Tom Conrad, Russell Clark, John Broome, Rick Darnell, Klaus Pawlik, Bob Montgomery, Gary Ruebush, Francisco Gutierez, Jerry Bielinski, and Doug Deligney. Thank you also to the Knights who honored them by attending their exemplifications.
Nothing in Council 10208, the Parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus, or this wonderful community, brings that quote by Mahatma Gandhi more to life than the Brothers that work in our Kitchen staff.
Nothing can be accomplished by this amazing Council of Brothers without the tireless efforts of this outstanding group of men, The meals are always delicious, the service top notch, and they ask for no recognition, no awards for their service.
This is just a small note from Council 10208 to say "Thank you for a job well done". Please fellow Brother Knights, take a moment at our next general meeting to thank these men for their service, knowing that it not only serves us, but every single project that we support.
|ARC Charity Recipients|
Roy Anderle specifically invited Council 10208 representatives to attend the presentation to see the fruits of their labor to this worthy charity.
There are four, The Arc Arkansas pamphlets available, each detail separate achievements in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through the arts, advocacy and education.
|Food Basket Program|
- During the 2016 calendar year we delivered 36 baskets at Easter, 28 during the summer, 48 at Thanksgiving and 52 at Christmas for a total of 164 baskets.
- The families receiving the 164 baskets included 437 children and a total of 579 people helped.
- We received $10,050 in donations to the basket fund during 2016 and $1,478 in donations to the Village Outreach shoe fund.
- At Christmas we gave 456 presents, most of which were from the Angel Tree,and 127 shoe certificates to the children in the families receiving baskets.
- Approximately 91 volunteers delivered the baskets, many of whom delivered multiple baskets.
Thanks again for all of your support and we look forward to continuing to spread the Gospel of Christ by our actions in endeavors such as these.
|2017 Charity Recipients|
At this meeting $32,700 of funds raised by this Council were distributed to support faith-based initiatives. This includes our schools, hospitals, and very own community service organizations working within our area.
Some of the $26,000 raised during our Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities was presented; $7,100 will be withheld until the Arkansas Blind Camp and the Special Olympics events take place in the spring.
Revenue generated by the parish-wide efforts of our bi-annual Treasure Sale, augmented by Council 10208 monies were presented to our local parochial schools. Other funds that were presented came from parish breakfasts, dinners, and other fund-raisers. Well done Brothers, as we in our own small way try to mimic the love of Christ through these corporal works of Mercy!
|Honoring Our Fallen Knights|
We will always remember the contributions to our Council, Assembly, Parish, and community of Sir Knight Jim Ashley; Sir Knight Ray Curry; Sir Knight William Herbert; Sir Knight Joseph Janus; Sir Knight Bud Osmun; Sir Knight Father Raymond Rossi; Brother Knight Rodger Bresnahan; Brother Knight Danny Celestin; Brother Knight Jim Elder; and Brother Knight Dick Palinko. May these men reap the final reward of all the good they sowed while on this earth.
Each fallen Knight was represented with a carnation added to a bouquet by members of the Assembly 2316 Honor Guard. Each Knight's name was read by our worthy Grand Knight, Tom Donnelly. Music was provided by Buddy Dixon, Maureen Morgan, Diane Patterson, Lynne Border, and Steve Fetcko.
After the Mass, an amazing meal was provided by Johanna and her staff. It was a night that we will always remember, and for me, the highlight of the Fraternal year.
|Saint Pope John Paul II|
"Let the Messiah, the King of Israel come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." (Mark 15.32)
But he did not accept that challenge. The fact that he stayed on the Cross until the end, the fact that on the Cross he could say, as do all who suffer,
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15.34)
If the agony on the Cross had not happened, the truth that God is Love would have been unfounded. Yes! God is Love and precisely for this he gave his Son, to reveal himself completely as Love. Christ is the One who "loved...to the end." (John 13.1) "To the end" means to the last breath.
|New Beginnings Pregnancy Center|
Attending the Ribbon Cutting from Council 10208 were Past Grand Knights Dave Johnston and Bob Honzik as well as Jim Dyar and Jim Goodson, Pro-Life Director. Kim Puska, Director at New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center states that she and her staff and volunteers are very excited, knowing that this Ultrasound will result in saving many babies from abortion. Bob Honzik stated that he could feel their excitement while he was there. Also attending the Ribbon Cutting were Dr. Livers, Medical Diorector at New Beginnings, many of the Center’s volunteers and staff and a few of the contractors who helped make this all possible with the volunteer hours and materials.