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Knights of Columbus: Oktoberfest, Feeding the Homeless, & the Rosary

by Martin Reidy


Ok, everyone! You may not sing it like Marlene but, Hey! – It’s Oktoberfest! – and nobody will care. Just hum the words a few times and you will have it down pat. Then, dig out those lederhosen, put an Edelweiss in your Tyrolean and come on down to Oktoberfest on the 17th in Heiring Hall following the Saturday evening Mass. It is $15 for adults and $5 for the kids and free for the younger ones under five for an evening of (German) food, fun, and frolicking – and cheap at twice the price to See Ed Owen doing the polka! So, Kommen Sie Alles, bitte!


Pancake Breakfast
Now, for those of you who may become carried away by all the festivities and awaken to find yourself still in Heiring Hall with the rising of the sun fear not for you are in good stead as you will already be there for pancakes and sausage the following morning of the 18th. Once again, it is Gray on the Grill for our monthly pancake breakfast – still the best buy in town for $4, and $2 for the kids!


Homeless Dinner Project
And speaking of food, our Homeless project funds for the monthly dinner at the Homeless Center are being rapidly depleted with just sufficient funds to carry us into December. Three years ago in November 2012, the Council came before the parish requesting funds for this project with the blessing of Monsignor Gier. The Council proposed a joint partnership with the parish where at the Council would provide a monthly dinner at the Homeless Center with funds collected at a special collection for that purpose with the Council providing $500/year as our contribution. We were hoping for $1,000 or $1,500 but were over- whelmed with nearly $2,900! The project cost is circa $1,800 to $2,200 per year for serving 120 complete meals each month (about $1.20 to $1.50/person) and have been able to continue the program with these and added donated funds in the past three years. However, the pocketbook is nearly empty so, once again, this time with the blessing of Fr. Jovita there will be a special collection on October 25th for this purpose with the same partnership arrangement so as to fund the program for at least another year if not longer – and, naturally, ask you to be overgenerous in your giving. We thank Fr. Jovita for allowing us to do this and are most thankful for those who donated in the past and will do so in this October collection. An annual Homeless Dinner report will be forthcoming in January (hopefully) along with a Summary Three Year Report (again. hopefully).


The Holy Rosary
Not to be forgotten is the notation that October is the Month of the Holy Rosary (the 7th) in commemoration of the victory of the Catholic rag-tag fleet over a superior Moslem one on October 7, 1571 at Lepanto, located on the northern edge of the Gulf of Corinth and off the Western coast of Greece, which stymied the western progression of the Moslem forces into Europe. Also, squeezed in between the Feast of St. Theresa on the 15th and whose statue will be set forth in the Cathedral on the 17th & 18th is the Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on the 16th and who may be seen continually on the south wall painting by the south entry depicting the appearance of the Sacred Heart to St. M.M. Alacoque in the early 1600’s. As with so many holy apparitions it took a while for the Church to come around to acknowledging the appearance of the Sacred Heart to Sr. Margaret Mary but in 1899 Pope Leo XIII dedicated the whole Catholic world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and we will end on that note with Sr. Margaret Mary’s prayer to the Sacred Heart:
“I therefore take You, Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life, and my sure refuge at the hour of death.”
Happy HALLOWEEN, Everyone! PAX!

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