Volume 57 | April 2022
Grand Knight’s Report
Worthy Brother Knights,

It’s April and by the time you read this we will have finished 5 of 6 Fish Fry’s.

A bit of a setback finishing in the red on our first week Fish Fry due to the large initial supply purchase required after two years since the last dine-in and a freezer malfunction causing some lost inventory, but since then we have bounced back admirably. We are on track to have a very successful Fish Fry season and should be proud of the way our Council and Parish have responded to bringing back this important Lenten tradition.

The April Family Breakfast was held for the benefit of the Marriage and Family Life Ministry. We donated $800 to the ministry. 

Our Knight of the Month for April was Woody Lott. When I was filling out our Council annual report of service hours for 2021, I got a list of his hours from Woody; and I would never have imagined all the different ways Woody donates his time. Last year he gave a total of 840 hours of service to SVDP, the Boy Scouts, Missionaries of the Poor, and as a Parish Sacristan. Truly admirable!

Our Family of the Month was Paul and Sheila Varuso, and I am embarrassed to say that I did not know Paul and Sheila until we started Fish Fry’s this Lent. I knew they looked familiar from 8:30 Mass, but I only formally met them after seeing Paul working on the outside fry & grill team and Sheila helping inside each week delivering food to tables and helping serve salad. Thank you to both Paul and Sheila for their involvement with this major Council event series.
On Saturday, April 26, 7923 hosted another KofC Georgia event as we were host Council for the Fourth Degree Biannual Meeting. After a several-year hiatus, Worthy District Master Brad Burnett called for the meeting to be held in-person in our own Houston Feaster Center. The prospect of having a meeting for 60-70 people in the HFC was a little scary, but Brad said “don’t worry, it’ll be fine.” And it was. We had about 60 Knights, including the State Officers, and we were all able to meet and be seated in our meeting room. We served lunch after the meeting and once again received many compliments on 7923’s hospitality.

Lastly, I would like to say that coming up at the end of April, we have a big opportunity to do good for many people and honor one of our 7923 Brothers. On Saturday, April 30, the 10th Annual S.M.I.L.E. run is being held at Lilburn Park. Most of you know that our beloved PGK Houston Feaster was a tremendous supporter of the S.M.I.L.E. organization. This year’s run is dedicated in honor of Houston, and S.M.I.L.E. has reached out to Council 7923 to help with the run by picking up many of the jobs that Houston did supporting it. I will be reaching out to the Council for help with certain specific tasks such as bringing in tables, water, PA system, etc., all things Houston did to make the event a success. I ask you Brothers to please respond favorably when I ask for help with this wonderful event. Thank you for your support.


Vivat Jesus,

Glenn Klein
GK7923
Council's Charitable Contributions - January 2022
Marriage & Family Life Ministry:
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Total: 
$800
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$800
2022-2023 Officer Candidates
The first list of candidates we have so far for 2022-2023 Council officers was read. The list of candidates will again be read at the April Council meeting. We will hold the elections at the May 9 Council Meeting. The current list of candidates for elective offices is: 

Grand Knight: PGK Jim McHugh
Deputy Grand Knight: BK Brian Jeffers or BK Thad Ugha
Chancellor: BK Harvey James 
Recorder: BK Mike Madore 
Treasurer: PGK Steve Brischler
Warden: BK Gil Abad 
Advocate: BK Larry Hoffman
Inside Guard: BK Francisco Espinoza 
Outside Guard: BK Alex Naumis
Lecturer: BK David Werve 
3 Year Trustee: no candidate yet
2 Year Trustee: PGK Mark Dallas
1 Year Trustee: PGK Mike MacFarlane
Monthly Awards
BK Woody Lott – Knight of the Month.

BK Paul and Shelia Varuso – Family of the Month.
50/50 and Attendance Award
  • 50/50 Drawing
  • PGK Mark Dallas won $12.

  • Attendance Award
  • No winner. Next month’s Attendance Award will be $225.
Prayers for Knights in Need

Please pray for the following Knights in need (list from the last meeting):

  • All BK’s - For all our military and first responders who keep us safe every day. 

  • Mark Dallas – Brenda Dixon undergoing Leukemia treatments.

  • Mark Dallas – Rob Dallas continued recovery from triple bypass heart surgery.

  • Jim McHugh – Eddy Valdez’ Mother who lives in Miami, FL she tested positive for Covid19 and she’s recovering from a fall.

  • Frank Swider – Daughter Eileen Stewart - blood disorder and Son-In-Law Bob Stewart, stomach.

  • Mark Davis – Pray for Captain Zach Connell, 101st Airborne

  • David Werve – Pray for Deacon Joe Odom and Deacon Manuel Echevarria who are both recovering from surgeries.

  • Glenn Klein – For Brother Hugh Gardiner who fell and is recovering from several bruised ribs.

  • Frank Swider – For Brother William Verciglio – for his hand to heal from fall injury.
Lecturer's Reflections

BK David Werve provided a “Homily by Paulist Evangelization Ministry Fr DeSiano” and Brian Jeffers read the Homily. Please read the Homily below.
 
“We have a little bit of a problem with the very powerful Gospel story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. In this Gospel, after all, Jesus seems to show a different face to his disciples. The Jesus they saw when they went up the mountain with Him, is now more complicated. They have an image of Jesus when they first met him, as well as an image of Jesus in radiant glory; and then the post-Transfiguration of Jesus as they came out of their trance. “After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone,” the Gospel tells us. And they said nothing to anyone. How could they ever look at Jesus the same way again?
 
I’m sure one of the reasons they said nothing was because they had seen way more than they could process. How could they make sense of Jesus at this point? And, a few weeks later, they will see yet another face of Jesus, bruised and immobile with death and three days after that, another face that of the Risen savior.
 
In some sense we need all these images of Jesus to keep us from pigeonholing him. There is one Jesus but that Jesus comes at so many different moments of our lives it takes a lifetime to begin to see them all. Maybe that’s one of Lent’s goals: to force us to try to see Jesus more deeply, in the various ways he is present to us, in the various ways in which we need him. Like the apostles, we need to be overwhelmed again with our overwhelming Savior.
 
We Catholics have yet another way to see Jesus. We have the Mass, the Eucharist, and this central act of worship that defines Catholic life. Perhaps it is this image of Jesus, built up Sunday after Sunday, which is the most important one for our understanding. After all, would our faith change much if someone could go back in history and take a photo of Jesus? I gave a Confirmation class I am teaching three different renderings of Jesus. They were puzzled because they always though Jesus was blond and blue-eyed. Seeing Jesus is seeing Jesus through faith.
 
Lent is a time for us to explore the Eucharist once again in our lives: how Jesus speaks to us in the Liturgy of the Word; how Jesus encounters us, and invites us to encounter him, in the second part of the Mass; and how Jesus sends us forth as witnesses and missionaries to bring the fruits of the Eucharist to our daily lives.
 
This Lenten time of renewal not only calls us to reflect on how we see Jesus. It also calls us think about how Jesus sees us—the way we live his life and the way we do not; the faith that we have or that we might struggle with; sense of closeness we have of Jesus, or the sense of distance. Christ shows us his many faces so that we can know that we do not have to hide any of our faces from him. He loves us in all the ways we are because that’s how he invites us to always look toward him. Abraham put his faith in a God he could not see. Jesus invites us to put our faith in him precisely because we can always, one way or another, see him.”
Council 7923 Officers

Chaplain
Fr. Sunny Punnaknziyil
Deacon Mike Hayward (Assistant)

Grand Knight
GK Glenn Klein

Deputy Grand Knight
DGK Angel Cardenas

Chancellor
BK Harvey James

Recorder
BK Brian Jeffers

Treasurer
PGK Steve Brischler

Warden
BK Charlie Brantley

Advocate
BK Larry Hoffman

Financial Secretary
PGK Jim McHugh

Inside Guard
BK Francisco Espinoza

Outside Guard
BK Alex Naumis

Lecturer
BK David Werve

1st Year Trustee
PGK Mark Dallas

2nd Year Trustee
PGK Michael MacFarlane

3rd Year Trustee
DD Mark Davis

District Deputy
DD Mark Davis

Insurance Field Agent
BK John Paul (JP) Williams - 678-787-2201
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Happy Birthday Knights

Deacon Ray Brown 4/2
Rudolf J Kozsey 4/2
David Brennen 4/4
Paul Varuso 4/4
Steve Brischler 4/5
Gary J. Jira 4/10
Justin Machado 4/14
Ajit Jose 4/15
Jeff Hairston 4/15
John B. Rago 4/16
Roger Moonen 4/17
Alejandro Naumis 4/20
Doug Copeland 4/22
Reginald F Clark 4/24
Frank Swider 4/28
Joke of the Month

Upcoming Council Events

April 1st @ Reynold's Hall - Lenten Fish Fry - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

April 3rd @ Reynold's Hall - Monthly Breakfast - 9:30am - 1:00pm

April 4th @ Houston Feaster Center - Officer/Planning Meeting - 7:00pm

April 5th @ The Diner at The Shoppes of Webb Gin - Knight's Lunch - 12:30pm

April 8th @ Reynold's Hall - Lenten Fish Fry - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

April 9th @ Houston Feaster Center - Business Meeting - 7:00pm, Rosary - 6:30pm

April 10th @ The Diner at The Shoppes of Webb Gin - Knight's Lunch - 12:30pm

April 17th @ St. John Neumann Church - Easter

April 19th @ The Diner at The Shoppes of Webb Gin - Knight's Lunch - 12:30pm

April 24th @ St. John Neumann Church - Knight's Mass - 8:30am, Rosary in Chapel - 8:00am

April 25th @ The Diner at The Shoppes of Webb Gin - Knight's Lunch - 12:30pm

April 28th @ Houston Feaster Center - 4th Degree Meeting - 7:00pm, Dinner - 6:00pm

May 1st @ Reynold's Hall - Monthly Breakfast - 9:30am - 1:00pm

May 2nd @ Houston Feaster Center - Officer/Planning Meeting - 7:00pm, Rosary - 6:30pm

May 3rd @ TBD - Knight's Lunch - 12:30pm

Knights in Action
Serving crew ready to pass out the fish fry orders
PGK Bruce Rago and BK Henry Lam working the kitchen
Getting ready for the first order of the night
The Smith Family working the fish fry
Come out for the Family Breakfast on the First Sunday of the Month
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