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September 18, 2018
Stand Down and Blood Drive success!
Blessings to all who joined the Novena and the Day of Prayer!
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Upcoming Events
Evening of Conversation
Description: Church Crisis Discussion
When: September 19, 7 PM
Where: St Charles - Borromeo Hall

Our Co-Chaplain, Father Mark Wiesner, will host an evening of listening and conversation around the current crisis in the Church. Bring your observations and concerns to share. An open mic will be available. 
Fr. Mark will present your thoughts and ideas to Bishop Barber for his consideration.
Parish Centennial Festival
Description: St Michael Centennial Festival
When: September 28-30
Contact: Jim Gagliardi

Brothers - this is the biggest fundraiser of the year for St Michael Church. It is also the Centennial Celebration including a special Bishop's mass on 9/28.

There are still plenty of slots open for this event.
Please sign up now.

This will include setup, teardown, cooking, operating and participating (yes you can sign up for more than one thing)...not to mention having a lot of fun at this really wonderful event for the community. Please be sure to bring the families!

For all of the new Knights - this is the perfect event to have fun, get to know the council and celebrate the St Michael parish history.
Student Essay Contest Expanded! Now grades 4-12!

Description: Student Essay Contest
When : Friday, September 10th
Who: All Catholic Students in 4-12 grade - expanded!!
Contact: Dan Leary

Great news! the essay contest has been expanded. There are now topics for younger students!

4th Grade Topic:  “Ways I share My Time, Talents and Treasures at Home, School, and in My Church Community” 
5th Grade Topic:  “In my life, who have been my Spiritual Role Models and Why?” 
6th Grade Topic:  “How do I live Jesus’ Teaching, “To Love Thy Neighbor?” 
7th Grade Topic:  “How My Catholic / Christian School Education has influenced My Personal Values”
8th-12th Grade Topic: " How does your family keep its Catholic Faith in Action?

If you know any 8-12 graders our parish, be sure to let them know. We had a 2nd place winner at the state level last year - Kayla Nuti at St Michael Schoo l.

For grades 4-7, essays need to be 250 - 500 words. for 8-12th grade essays should be 500-750 words.

Spread the word so we have lots of entries and we will be calling for judges in next week's Knightly News.
October Family Rosaries are Coming!
While we don't have the Silver Rose, we do have Family Rosaries in October!! Every Thursday at 6:30 pm in the St Michael courtyard, we will assemble and turn to our Mother Mary to request intervention a different special intention each week (e.g., Church, Families, Life, ...). Brother Mike Taranowski and the new faith committee will be providing guidance beginning next week.

Please spread the word and encourage parish families to join us. We have a special rosary booklet and I would like to have a family sign up for each week to lead the rosary where a different family member can lead a decade. Remember - one of our key missions is to strengthen the faith of our families! There is no better way than to pray the rosary together. This is how we, as Knights, can help families demonstrate our faith and the power of prayer to the children as a community. Watch for the Sign Up Genius in Next Week's Knightly News!
Cycling for Veterans Event

Brother Knight Todd Steffan, through his LPCC Veteran's First program, will be hosting a cycling and a walking event at Las Positas College on 10/6 in support of our veter ans. All fundraising will directly benefit veteran and active military organizations including: the Las Positas College Veterans First Program, Sentinels of Freedom, Student Veterans Organization (SVO), Blue Star Moms – Danville Chapter, and Pleasanton Military Families (PMF). It will also serve to raise awareness about veteran suicides.

This will be a partnership with Cattlemen's who is providing the food for the event. We will be providing a grill and a few grill masters. We will need a person to move the grill and a few cooks. Please sign up below!
"Blue Mass" to Honor First Responders

Description: Blue Mass to Honor First Responders
When : October 7, 2018, 10 AM
This year, the Mass, sometimes known as the Blue Mass, in honor of the uniform color, will be the 10 a.m. Mass Oct. 7 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the Mass.

Over the past four years the Mass has been celebrated at the cathedral, it has been on a weekday. It is hoped more members of the community will be able to be present to pray with the first-responders who serve in the Diocese of Oakland.

The Mass has its traditions, inside and outside the cathedral: On Harrison Street, in front of the cathedral, an American flag will be suspended between the ladders of two Oakland Fire trucks. Oakland Police motorcycles are parked in a row on the Cathedral Plaza. Inside the cathedral, the Honor Guard of the Pittsburg Police Department will present the flags of the United States and California. Chaplains who serve the various departments will participate in the Mass. A bagpiper will play. The dead will be honored; the living blessed.

Afterward, all are invited to hospitality.
All New Knights - Sign up NOW
Advancement Right Here in Livermore!!
Description: Formation and Knighthood degrees (2nd and 3rd)
When: October 6th, sign in at 9 am
Where: St. Michael Large Hall, Livermore

We recommend that you join your brother Knights and complete your Formation, Knighthood and Exemplification degrees as soon as possible to get the most benefit from your membership.

All 1st degree Knights, especially the new Knights, should hold this date and plan to make take advantage of this most convenient option to advance to full Knighthood. A couple of our Livermore members will be on the degree teams, so this is the right time.
Tootsie Roll Drive
Description: Tootsie Roll Drive
When : 10/6 - 7
Contact: Jim Gagliardi

This is our great annual event to collect donations to help those in our community with intellectual disabilities. Jim has everything all organized well in advance and tons of Tootsie Rolls. He just needs some friendly volunteers that like to hand out candy - seems like a good deal to me. Sign up below!
On the Horizon - Watch for SignUp Genius' Soon!!
September 28 - Bishop Mass at St Michael
September 29/30 - St Michael Centennial Celebration and Festival
October 4 - Family Rosary
October 4 - Business Meeting
October 6 - C4V and 2.2 Vet Walk
October 6/7 - Tootsie Roll Drive
October 7 - Blue Mass at Cathedral
October 11 - Family Rosary
October 12 - Fraternal Night
Recent Events
Did you miss these? Get involved!
East Bay Stand Down was a success
Several Livermore Knights joined a total of 68 Knights from around the East Bay to serve over 600 of our local homeless veterans at the East Bay Stand Down last Friday. The effort was lead by our worthy FDD Matt Troiano and was another successful event to help those who have sacrificed for our country and fallen on hard times. Be sure to help when this event happens again in two years!
Blood Drive SignUp also successful
Thank you to Joe Burrescia for organizing another great Blood Drive Sign Up and thanks to all those who helped to sign up volunteers this Saturday and Sunday! It sounds like it was completely successful -filling almost all the available spots and handing out plenty of fliers to those who needed to check their calendar. If you want to sign up but missed it, check with Joe to see if there are any slots remaining. Great job to Joe and team!
Altar Server Picnic was fun and delicious
It was perfect weather for a picnic on Sunday afternoon. With brother Knight Eric Martinez as the grill master, it was a great pleasure to provide a simple but fun picnic in the St Michael courtyard to acknowledge the wonderful and valuable service provided by our altar servers and their families. We had more than 30 attendees, including Father Carl and Brother Paul, our recently arrived seminarian, and St Michael altar server coordinator Anne Stahl. Thanks to Father Carl for allowing us to use the rectory grill and to John and Dennis for all the set up help. Special thanks goes out to the Taranowski's, once again, for providing the perfect musical background on a lovely late summer afternoon.
Dinner with Father Mark
Word has it that there was a special dinner on Monday evening but the reports did reach the editor's desk by press time...check back next week for details!
Member News
In the News
East Bay Knights LinkedIn Group

A new communication vehicle for Knights is available - a LinkedIn group called the“East Bay Knights of Columbus”, another example of Knights Helping Knights .
This group allows members of the Knights of Columbus in the San Francisco East Bay to network with brother knights. Use the group to find a knight who can help you get info about a job opening at local company, find a mentor to allow you to grow professionally or find a knight in another city within the East Bay.

The more Knights that join the group, the better the group will able to help others: (1) simply go to LinkedIn and type East Bay Knights of Columbus in the search line and request permission to join the group. (2) Email your name, city and council number to our group administrator at . He will approve your membership within 48 hours when you do.
Each of us needs help professionally sometime in our careers. What better place to seek help than from a brother knight looking for help professionally? If you are retired, I urge you to join the group. Your experience and insights within a certain profession or industry can help the younger knights get better jobs and rise within their profession.
Are you a Social Media wizard?

I still need a brother Knight to step up and help with our website and /or Facebook. We now use the modern WordPress platform and our Facebook account has a growing follower base.

Contact me ( or John Robinson ( if you can help. It is a great opportunity to help spread the word about our activities and to gain experience as well.
In our prayers

Our Church

Margaret Keifer - Mother of PGK Patrick Kiefer. She is now in hospice care. It is requested that we p ray she be granted a holy & peaceful death. That she be relieved of her pain until that time that she leaves this world, and enters her new life with the heavenly communion of saints.

Karen Miller - Recovering knee surgery
Lindy and Dick Epp - Medical care
Tom McCaffrey - brother serious illness
Tom McCaffrey - Repose of departed should of brother in law
Dave and Cheryl Ruth
Livermore Knights Shirts

If you need some new Livermore Knights swag, we have a fresh supply of the polo style shirts ($20) and hats ($10) available.

We will also be taking orders for a limited run "2018 CA Council of the Year" cut-n-sewn shirts that can be embroidered with your name (and title, if you like). Price will be $30. You can sign up at the business meeting on September 6th.
The 'Word' from our Sponsor

 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
John 12:26
Did you hear the one about the Knight ...

Q:  What is the name of the really sketchy Knight?
A: Sir Spishus
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