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     Volume 22 Issue 11 - April 2019

   THE CROSS AND COMPASS
     
     "The Hardest Working Council in the Carolinas"

Grand Knight's Report

LENT - What is It?
Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. 

The name "Lent" is from the Middle English Lenten and Anglo-Saxon Lenten, meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the "forty days," tessaracoste in Greek. The number "forty" is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus' fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to six days' fast per week of six weeks (Sundays were excluded); in the seventh century the days from Ash Wednesday through the First Sunday were added to make the number forty.

LENT - What is Our Council Doing?
As in past years, we will be serving fish dinners in the Parish Center Family Room on the first six Fridays of Lent.  We will be serving from 5 pm to 7 pm.

We will be emphasizing the praying of the Rosary by offering Rosary wheels and prayer cards to those in attendance.  The Church is asking everyone to pray the Rosary at such a troubled time.

The monthly Donated Goods will be March 9th, when we collect and distribute used clothes, furniture and appliances that help those in need in our community and Eastern and Western North Carolina. What a great way to practice ALMSGIVING! 

On Saturday, March 16th, we will be marching in the St. Patrick's Parade and collecting for LAMB! It's a wonderful way to get your steps in while helping support the Least Among My Brothers!  

Our Rosary campaign will continue at the March Parish Breakfast on Sunday, March 17th, where we will also be handing out Rosary wheels and cards.  We'll also continue to be offering free breakfasts to new parishioners as part of the WelcomeMatt ministry.  And that night we'll be enjoying the fruits of our labor at our 3rd Annual St. Pat's Dinner & Dance.

Also in Lent will be LAMB at 7 Harris Teeter stores on April 6th and Donated Goods on April 13th.

LENT - What are You Doing?
Need I say it?  We need volunteers to make these events a success and to raise the funds to support our charities.  What a wonderful way to spend Lent - volunteering at one (or more) of our Council's events!  JUST DO IT!

Virtus!
I once again ask  every Brother in Our Council, to take the Safe Environment Program training provided by Supreme.  Below is the link and registration code :  
The Registration Code is:   kofcsafe

If you have any contact with minors in the Parish or Community, you should also take the Parish and Diocese  Protecting God's Children  workshop. This 2½ hour program is intended to educate volunteers to recognize and prevent sexual abuse. Preregistration is required. Sign up online at  www.virtus.org.

Please advise Bob Desch when you have completed either training.  He is maintaining a database for the Council.

Congratulations!

FEBRUARY Knight of the Month: Steve Koronczok - for his extraordinary efforts recruiting prospects and candidates for our Council and the Knights!

                          Family of the Month Jack & Maureen Hickey  and Grandkids -
for their continuing support of our monthly Parish Breakfast, where Jack is the co-director and his grandchildren the new Smoothy Makers!

VIVAT JESUS!
Tom


CULTURE of LIFE
 
Forty Days For Life

Fr. Peter Ascik leads the campaign at the Hebron Abortion Clinic. This link is to the full article in the Catholic News Herald.

Excerpts from the article follows:
032919 praying hebronFather Peter Ascik, parochial vicar of St. Matthew Church in Charlotte, prays March 22 in front of the Family Reproductive Health abortion facility on East Hebron Road in Charlotte. Father Ascik is leading the local effort of the national 40 Days For Life campaign at the parish this year. (SueAnn Howell | Catholic News Herald)CHARLOTTE - One of Charlotte's three abortion facilities, Family Reproductive Health, sits in an industrial area just off South Boulevard. Its unassuming location at 700 East Hebron St. belies the fact that 1,500 to 2,000 abortions are committed there each year.
It's not Charlotte's busiest abortion facility - that's A Preferred Women's Health on Latrobe Drive, with more than 3,000 abortions each year - but the Hebron facility's inconspicuous location is one reason why pro-life advocates are paying greater attention to it.
The location has no on-street parking along East Hebron Street and limited parking on Denmark Road - posing a challenge for pro-lifers to come out and publicly witness. 
Francesca Sperrazzo, a parishioner of St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, has been praying for years in front of Hebron, often alone. Sperrazzo has noticed that tensions have increased, because as the parking has become more limited, both pro-lifers and pro-abortion advocates vie for those limited number of spaces. People at the Hebron facility even call police when they suspect pro-lifers' cars may be illegally parked, Sperrazzo said.
Sperrazzo says she has repeatedly attempted to get Charlotte city officials to lift the restrictions against on-street parking in front of the Hebron abortion facility, but so far her efforts have been unsuccessful.
"On street parking is generally provided in areas where there is a demand for parking for residences and/or businesses that don't have adequate parking on site. In this area, there is not a demonstrated need for on street parking," explained Allison Naftel of Charlotte Department of Transportation.
Sperrazzo asked a nearby business owner for permission to use his parking lot for a Helpers vigil, but he declined, telling her that he "did not want to get involved in politics," she said.
She presses on, continuing to advocate with the city and neighboring businesses for more parking, especially on Saturdays. In the meantime, she encourages people to park on Denmark Road where parking is permitted or carpool or walk the 0.1-mile distance to the facility.
- SueAnn Howell, senior reporter

'Come and be a witness'

CHARLOTTE - Dressed in clerics and quietly praying his rosary, Father Peter Ascik exudes a calming presence in the midst of honking horns and jeers from abortion supporters at the entrance of Family Reproductive Health - one of Charlotte's three abortion facilities.
This year the parochial vicar of St. Matthew Parish in Charlotte is spearheading the local 40 Days For Life campaign for the parish, which began Ash Wednesday and runs until April 14.
Week after week the priest drives over to the Hebron abortion facility, tucked away in an industrial part of the city just off South Boulevard, to pray for the women coming there that day to kill their unborn children. As chaplain for the parish's Respect Life ministry, Father Ascik aims to set an example of prayerful witness on the front lines of the abortion battle at the Hebron Street facility and draw Catholics' attention to the need to come out and pray - despite the sometimes daunting atmosphere.
Abortions take place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Family Reproductive Health.
A tall wooden privacy fence cloaks the facility from public view. Its remote location and limited off-street parking mean fewer people tend to pray there than at Charlotte's two other abortion facilities. Multiple escorts and pro-abortion advocates position themselves at the property's entrance and along the sidewalk holding signs that read "Honk if You are Pro-Choice."
Last Friday, as on previous days, Father Ascik stood quietly on the sidewalk outside the Hebron facility. Joining him were a few local parishioners who prayed with him while holding signs encouraging women to choose life for their unborn children.
It's important for people to stand up for the sanctity of life in front of the abortion facility, he says.
"I am here to witness to the value of unborn babies who are brought here to be killed, and to reach out to their mothers and fathers who may be here too to offer them another choice," he says, and "to testify to their value, as mothers and fathers - the value of their families. And hopefully to inspire them, and pray for them to help them make another choice than the terrible choice of abortion."
Prayer has a definite impact, Father Ascik emphasizes.
"You do meet people who change their minds. Just a few weeks ago at this facility, after praying for several hours in the morning, a woman came back and she said to one of our volunteers, 'It worked. We changed our minds.'"
People have come up to him and thanked him for praying, he says, people who were inside the abortion clinic on that very day who left after changing their minds. "And even if on that day the people don't change their minds, we are here to pray for them, maybe for their conversion down the road."
"We are here to pray for their unborn babies who die here so that someone noticed their death, that someone was there thinking about them and praying for them as well," he adds.
Father Ascik encourages people to join the public, prayerful witness outside Charlotte's abortion mills, especially the Hebron facility as it gets less attention.
"Come out here and see," he says. "All you have to do is come and pray. Let the Holy Spirit lead you. Simply come and be a witness. You will see miracles. I have seen miracles."
Sign up to pray at www.signup.com/go/bqyUWAD.  Sign up link for Hebron vigils. Fr. Ascik encourages us to attend the 9 AM Mass on Saturday with him and accompany him to the Hebron clinic for an hour prayer vigil.
- SueAnn Howell, senior reporter
 
UNPLANNED the movie you and your family must see. Beginning Friday, March 29 at the Regal Cinema at Stonecrest. Check their website for show times this week. The movie takes you inside the ugly abortion industry to see the violence that takes so many innocent babies. It tells the story of Abby Johnson, one of the youngest Planned Parenthood directors in the US. After she is asked to assist in an abortion at thirteen weeks gestation she instead resigns, becoming an anti-abortion activist.
This week make a donation to  Charlotte Catholic Radio and get free tickets to the Unplanned movie. Charlotte Catholic Radio needs our donations to provide Catholic content 24 hours a day in the Charlotte diocese. 

Please contact Norman Gemignani to learn more about how you can step up your participation in the Pro-Life effort during Lent and throughout the year. 

Norm Gemignani, Culture of Life Director
205-547-7919, ngemignani@gmail.com




LAMB

April begins our initiative to collect donations for the LAMB Foundation. We have seven Harris Teeter stores booked for Saturday, April 6
th. We will be collecting for LAMB after all the weekend Masses on April 13 and 14. It only takes ten or fifteen minutes, so please help after whichever Mass you will be attending. And, on Saturday, April 28, we have one Harris Teeter store booked.
 
Last year the total LAMB donations raised by your Council was an all time record -- $72,000 ! We will need everyone to do their share this year so that we can continue to provided much needed financial support to organizations that serve individuals with intellectual and development disabilities right here in North Carolina.   Serving others - that's what Knights do. Let's all do our share.

May God Bless all Knights,
Bob Desch, PGK


Donated Goods
 
PLEASE NOTE:
   
Randy and Anne Mazur are retiring as leaders of this fantastic ministry on April 13, 2019 , after 6-years! 

We are looking for a well-organized individuals or couples who can commit to one hour a week of organizational activities and six hours on the second Saturday of each month.  For more information or if interested, contact Ann McDonald at 704-543-7677 x1039 or amcdonald@stmatthewcatholic.org.

 
Donated Goods - Highlights for March 2019
A big thank you to all volunteers that help the St. Matthew Donated Goods Ministry!
Next monthly collection of donated goods is Saturday April 13 from 8am until noon.
Volunteers needed for all activities including sorting and packing but especially those that can help load and unload furniture and those that have trucks that can pick up from households that are donating furniture.
Visit our Sign up Genius page to volunteer.
March 2019 highlights:
  • Saturday March 9th was our monthly collection Saturday (2nd Sat. of the month) and we had a busy day, as we completed 19 scheduled pickups and over 80 drop offs of donated furniture, clothing and household items
  • The first truck load of donated items from our March 9 collection was delivered to Church Mouse in Robbinsville, NC. The truck was driven on Tuesday March 12 by Hank Kempton and John Feathers.
  • Saturday March 9, we donated furniture, household items and clothing for two (2) veterans in conjunction with the Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG) at UTC Aerospace Systems and Charlotte Bridge Home. The team from UTC delivered and setup the items in the homes of the two (2) veterans.
  • We donated a truck full of clothing and small household items to Monroe Outreach on March 9. They brought a box truck to our Saturday collection. This is now standard operating procedure going forward (rotating between Salvation Army, and Monroe Outreach and possibly Crisis Assistance Ministry)
  • Saturday March 16, we donated furniture and household items for five (5) veterans in conjunction with the Veterans ERG at UTC Aerospace Systems and Charlotte Bridge Home. The team from UTC and a couple of our brother knights delivered and setup the items in the homes of the five (5) veterans.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers.
Note: We are searching for volunteers to become the leaders of the Donated Goods Ministry

 



Faith, Fraternity, and Service

It's time to think about officer's for  the  next fraternal year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) and the role YOU will play!

Please prayerfully consider serving as an officer next year. Call any of the existing officers or Past Grand Knights for more information concerning the responsibilities of the offices.
  
One position that will be open isTreasurer. You will work closely with the Grand Knight (GK) and Financial Secretary (FS) in this important role for the Council.  To ensure a smooth transition as Treasurer beginning July 1, 2019, the current Treasurer will work with you before July to explain your duties and responsibilities.  If interested in serving the Council as Treasurer, please contact either GK Tom Larkin or Deputy Grand Knight (DGK) Bill McKenna.
 
Treasurer Specific Duties:
·         The present records are in Excel
·         Attend business meetings and present Treasurer's Report
·         Provide written Treasurer's Report for review by Trustees
·         Attend officers' meetings
·         Make fund deposits at the bank in a timely basis
·         Working with GK and FS, write checks to pay the bills
·         Keep checkbook up to date and verify balances with South State Bank
                ·       Assist FS in the preparation of the Supreme biannual report
                ·       Prepare the annual budget and attend budget meetings
Special Announcement!
Knights of Columbus
St. Matthew Council 10852
Nominations for 2019/2020 Fraternal Year
 
It gives me great pleasure to announce that nominations are now open for the following positions:
  • Grand Knight
  • Deputy Grand Knight
  • Recorder
  • Treasurer
  • Financial Secretary
  • Chancellor
  • Advocate
  • Lecturer
  • Warden
  • Inside Guard
  • Outside Guard
  • Trustee - 1 yr
  • Trustee - 2 yrs
  • Trustee - 3 yrs

Please note you must be a 3rd or 4th Degree to serve as an Officer in our Council. If you're interested in taking an active role in our Council, please contact one of the Trustees:

  • Richard White, PKG rmpwhite@gmail.com 704-543-6351
  • Bob Desch, PKG deschr@bellsouth.net 704-543-8212
  • Ron Schumacher PKG reschu8@gmail.com 704-618-2442
Nominations will be taken at the April and May Business Meetings. The vote will take place at the June Business Meeting!

Vivat Jesus!
Tom Larkin
Grand Knight
St. Matthew
Council 108562
Knights of Columbus
St. Matthew Council 10852
Charlotte, N.C.


Parish Breakfast Schedule

The sixth full breakfast of the new fraternal year was Sunday, February 17th.  We served fewer than 300 people and made less than $400. The next breakfast will be Sunday, March 17th  after the 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 10:45 am Masses at the Main Campus. So bring your loved ones,and celebrate St. Joe and St. Pat with our famous buffet breakfast!

September 16 - Donuts, Pastries, Beverages Only
February 17 - Breakfast for St. Valentine!
October 21 - Breakfast for Ghosts & Goblins!
March 17 - Breakfast for St. Joe and St. Pat
November 11 - Breakfast to Give Thanks!
April 28 - Breakfast for Springtime!
December 23, 2018 - Breakfast with St. Nick!
May 12 - Breakfast for Mom and Grandmom!
January 13, 2019 - Breakfast for the New Year!
June 16 - Breakfast for Dad and Granddad! 

Please help us make it the best year yet by volunteering and/or attending!


Charity Fund Raising Golf Tournament - May 14, 2019

What are you doing May 14th?  How about a round of golf with three of your friends, including 18 holes, a golf cart, lunch, dinner, drinks and a slew of awards and prizes?

ALL for a charitable $125 per player!  We invite you to enjoy the hospitality of the Knights of St. Matthew Council 10852, while you master Raintree Golf Course and enjoy their Southern cuisine!  Can't put a foursome together?  Sign-up for yourself and whoever can join you. We will make up the remainder of the foursome.

Profits from the tournament  support our many community-based charities, including:
  • LAMB Foundation of N.C . -  Least Among My Brothers , supports Holy Angels, Special
    Olympics and many more for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • UMAR -  established by the United Methodist Church, UMAR promotes community inclusion, independence and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Allegro Foundation -  a champion for children with disabilities.
  • Operation Exodus  - builds access ramps for those in need.
  • H.E.L.P. Crisis Pregnancy Center  -provides free and confidential services for women and men who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy.
  • Mira Via  - provides a safe haven and source of hope for pregnant mothers and their children.
     
    Raintree Country Club
    8600 Raintree Lane
    Charlotte, NC 28277
     
    $440 -  Early Bird - Sign up and pay for Foursome by April 15th
    $500 -  Foursome after April 15th
    $125 -  per player when less than a Foursome
     
    Can't make the Tournament? How about supporting our charities by being a sponsor?
     
    Ask for Sponsorship Form
     
     
    1____________________________ Hdcp ______      2_________________­___________ Hdcp ______
     
    3____________________________ Hdcp ______      4________________­____________ Hdcp ______
     
    Make check payable to Knights of Columbus Council 10852, Attn: Golf Tournament,
    9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
     
    If payment by credit card:
     
    Name on card ____________________________ Acct. No. ______________________
     
    Exp. Date _________________ CVV ______ ZIP Code of Cardholder __________
     
    E-mail address: _____________________________________________________

     
     
    Your participation is sincerely appreciated.
     
    Questions - Contact Ron Schumacher (704) 618-2442; reschu8@gmail.com

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Knights of Columbus Council 10852 Youth Scholarship
 
Purpose: To support graduating high school seniors and current college students related to active members of Knights of Columbus Council 10852 in their efforts to prepare themselves educationally for future vocations enabling them to be financially independent of their parents, strong Catholic adults and able to be gainful citizens.
 
Award. The award is one scholarship per year and is valued at $1,000.00 per year for up to four years. The scholarship is paid directly to the institution for student expenses. The scholarship does not have to be renewed as long as the student continues the required contact with the Council and service to his or her parish.
 
Who can apply?
  1. Must be a graduating high school senior or a current college student in the year the scholarship is offered.
  2. Must be the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter, brother or sister of a Knight in good standing in Council 10852.
  3. 3.The student must be a confirmed and practicing Catholic
  4. The student must be seeking to obtain a professional or trade certification accepted by the scholarship board from an accredited institution, or an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
 
Deadlines
Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2019.   Scholarship announcements will be made June 2019.
Application Information
Applicants will be assessed by a Board made up of members of Knights of Columbus Council 10852, St Matthews. March/ April/May newsletters will have applications or you can email a request to: Bart Carmichael (Chairman of the Scholarship committee) at bartcarmichael@gmail.com
 
Instructions for Application - Academic Year 2019
 
  1. The deadline for 2019 scholarship application is May 31, 2019.
 
  1. Only completed applications will be considered. Do Not Leave Items Blank
 
  1. Electronic or printed submission of the application, the applicant is agreeing that to the best of his abilities that all statements are true and should he or she be awarded the scholarship he will keep the Council informed if his college status changes that affect the scholarship.
 
Consideration for any scholarship award is based on a point system including GPA, participation in extra-curricular activities, school organizations and community service. This will be a four year scholarship, and you must maintain criteria set in the guidelines listed in this application.
 
 
Sponsor Information
Last Name, First Name, MI
City, State, Zip, County
Home Phone
K of C Membership number
Sponsor Relationship to candidate
 
 
Applicant Data
Last Name, First Name, MI
City, State, Zip, County
Permanent Home Phone
Intended major at University
College you will you be attending?
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

High School Education

High school attended
Graduation date
Current cumulative GPA / Scale
Ranking in graduating class (%)

Community/ Church Involvement

What Church are you currently attending?
What Portion will be from College loans?
1. Please describe a brief description of community or church programs you have participated in.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

College Funding School Education

What portion of your college will you be paying?
What Portion will be from College loans?
Current cost per semester of your college?
Will you be working while attending College?
Current cost per semester of your college?
 
Essays (Minimum of 100 words)
1. What do you expect your greatest challenge will be in your first year of college and how to you plan on meeting that challenge?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Essays (Minimum of 100 words)
2. Why is your Catholic Faith important to you and what are your plans to nurture your faith while in college?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Essays (Minimum of 100 words)
3 .Why do you deserve this scholarship?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Knights of Columbus Council 10852 Youth Scholarship
Purpose: To support graduating high school seniors related to active members of Knights of Columbus Council 10852 in their efforts to prepare themselves educationally for future vocations enabling them to be financially independent of their parents, strong Catholic adults and able to be gainful citizens.
Award. The typical award is one scholarship per year and is valued at $1,000.00 per year for four years. The scholarship is paid directly to the institution for student expenses. The scholarship does not have to be renewed as long as the student continues the required contact with the Council and service to his or her parish.
Who can apply?
  • Must be a graduating high school senior in the year the scholarship is offered or has graduated and is now ready to attend a four year accredited college.
  • Must be the son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter or brother or sister of a Knight in good standing member of Council 10852.
  • The student must be a confirmed Catholic
  • The student must be seeking to obtain a professional or trade certification accepted by the scholarship board from an accredited institution, or an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • The student shall have shown him or herself to have been a practicing Catholic, who has been a successful high school student and active in the community.
  • The student must accept the basic tenants of the Catholic Church.
  • The student shall provide appropriate indications that he or she will be successful in the academic endeavors for which the Council will be supporting them.
Student requirements
  • Students are expected to be forthright and honest in their written presentations
  • Students should be prepared and communicate with the Board if any changes occur.
  • Scholarship recipients will be asked to continue to stay in touch with the Council during the time they receive financial support to keep them informed of any changes in their status.
 
Applications Can be sent electronically to bartcarmichael@gmail.com. Or can be printed and sent to:
                                                Bart Carmichael
                                                6508 Red Maple Dr
                                                Charlotte, NC 28277
 
If you have any questions please call Bart Carmichael at 704-541-4154.
Deadlines Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2019.   Scholarship announcements will be made in June 2019.

American Flags for Sale

The George L. Gettier Assembly 780 is selling 3 ft x 5 ft. American Flags for $25.  These flags are made in the good old United States of America.  

When flags are purchased by a St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 10852 member, $5 of the proceeds is returned to Council 10852.

Sir Knight Chuck Elgin, Faithful Navigator of Assembly 780, will have the flags available for sale at Council 10852 and Assembly 780 Business Meetings.  Cash, Checks and Credit Cards are accepted.

If you cannot attend an Assembly 780 or Council 10852 Business meeting but are interested in a flag, please contact Faithful Navigator Chuck Elgin at Email:  celgin01@earthlink.net; Call or Text: 704-614-0504.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BINGO

Where:           South Charlotte Banquet Center
 9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
 
When:            Every Monday with doors opening at 5:30 pm.

Who:              Open to the general public.

Games:          We play a total of 17 games.  The "Early Bird" game starts at 6:45 pm with 100% of the
 money collected going to the winner(s).  16 more games follow starting at 7:00 pm.

Prizes:           Prizes vary based on the number of people playing and the number of cards
 purchased.  The typical nightly game prizes have been around:  Early Bird game - over  $300 ... 8 Regular games - $75 per game ... 7 Special games - $130 per game ... Coverall  game - $500.

Cost:             The minimum cost is $10.  That lets you play 9 of the 17 games.  If a person wants to play
 all 17 games the minimum is $18.  The average player spends around $25.  Young children  can pay $2 to play the 9 games minimum or $10 to play all 17 games.

How Long:    Bingo is normally done by 9:45 pm.

Supports      The profits from Bingo goes to the Charities of the Knights of Columbus.  We have donated primarily to St. Matthew Catholic Church in the past but have also made contributions to LAMB.

CALLING KNIGHTS TO HELP:
We group our volunteers into 5 teams.  Each team is scheduled to work once every 5 weeks.  Holidays
nights are covered by a volunteer team, so a team may work once every 6 weeks on occasion.  We can use more callers (we can train).  We record all items on a computer and if interested, we can train you for that process also.

There are a few husbands and wives working on a team.  In addition, we have wives that play while their husband works on a team.  If you have a high school or older child that would like to help, we can use them also.   If you work, all items from the Bingo kitchen are free.   This can be a great family team event.

If you have questions or want to help p lease contact:
Ron Schumacher 704-618-2442 or reschu8@gmail.com

Lumberton Needs YOU - Now More Than Ever after Florence & Michael!


The Lumberton ministry name is changing to "Christian Responders".  While we are still doing work at the Lumberton, NC area, we are also gearing up to be able to respond to out disasters or needs.
 
We are a truly diversified group of people with several things in common:
* We enjoy helping people in need... in fact it nourishes our souls to get out and actually assist people in need.
* We like experiencing spiritual growth, attending church together, sharing our faith, learning from each other, learning from the people we serve, and being the hands and feet of Jesus.
* We enjoy socialization, making new relationships, and celebrating life together.Together we work, rest, pray, talk, laugh, eat meals, and help God's people who desperately need assistance.
* We enjoy having people of all ages and skills, especially families with teens, and we're committed to building a team of diversified people who enjoy traveling together for a weekend or other time frame to help disaster survivors in their time of need.

WE ARE NOW HELPING HURRICANE FLOOD VICTIMS in LUMBERTON, NC
Feb 22-24,      Mar 15-17,       April 12-14,       May 17-19

Activity: Helping restore houses so flood victims can return to their homes.
Lodging: We will be staying at the United Methodist Church in Lumberton.
Requirements: A desire to help God help those in need. No experience needed.
Please join "Christian Responders" in helping our neighbors by going to Lumberton, NC for a weekend and working with us and the United Methodist Church in restoring the homes of flood victims.

Contact: For information, please contact Joe George at jmecgeorge@aol.com or 704-906-0784, Ron Schumacher at reschu8@gmail.com or 704-618-2442, or Ray Misiunas at 980-226-4100/
 
Our team is busy recruiting volunteers for our upcoming weekends in March, April and May. We are also seeking trainers to assist with teaching our volunteers basic home repair skills.  

Please forward this link to all those who may be interested!

In Gratitude,

Joe George
704-906-0784

Stephanie Chadwick
704-650-1016

Christian Responders Ministry
St. Matthew Catholic Church
Charlotte, NC
Email:   christianresponders@gmail.com
Web:     https://stmatthewcatholic.org/responders 
  
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April 2019
 
 March 31
April 1
 
BINGO
 
Mens Shelter  
Cooking  
   
2
 
Mens Shelter Serving  

3
 7  PM  
Knights Business
Meeting
4
 
 
5
Lenten Dinner

Eucharistic 
Adoration
6
LAMB - 7 Harris Teeter Stores
7

8
BINGO
 
 
9
  
10
7:00PM CCSC
Board Meeting

11
12
Lenten Dinner

Eucharistic 
Adoration
13
Donated       
Goods

14
 
15
BINGO
16

17
  7:30 PM:
Knights Mass
   
18

19
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
20
 
21
 EASTER
 
22
BINGO
23
Assembly 780 Business  Meeting
24
 6:30 PM: Officers Mtg  
25  
26
Eucharistic
Adoration
 
NC State Convention
27
LAMB - 1 Harris Teeter

NC State Convention

28
Parish Breakfast

NC State Convention
29
 BINGO

 30
 4TH on the 5TH



 
 
 
May 2019
 
 

 
 
   


1
 7  PM  
Knights Business
Meeting
2
 
 
3
 

Eucharistic 
Adoration
4
 
5

6
BINGO
 
Mens Shelter  
Cooking   
 
 
 
7

  
Mens Shelter Serving   
 
8
7:00PM CCSC
Board Meeting

9
10
 

Eucharistic 
Adoration
11
Donated       
Goods

12
 Parish Breakfast
13
BINGO
14

15
  7:30 PM:
Knights Mass
   
16

17
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
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BINGO
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Assembly 780 Business  Meeting
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 6:30 PM: Officers Mtg  
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  4TH on the 5TH
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11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic 
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Michael L Ferris 03 01
Armen S Boyajian 03 02
Steven J Canale 03 02
Thomas C Carton 03 02
Lou   Carletto 03 03
Matthew J Thompson 03 03
Michael C Dowd 03 04
Robert F Johnson 03 04
Michael J Novajosky 03 04
William K Stewart 03 07
Matthew E Merchant 03 07
Patrick M Herr 03 08
David L Berezin 03 09
Andrew M Burton 03 09
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Larry J Kitzinger 03 11
Patrick A Mauth 03 11
Thomas J Phillips 03 11
Robert F Wieler 03 11
Robert J O'Brien 03 12
Richard B Reynolds 03 12
William P Sabo 03 14
David M Donovan 03 15
Thomas E Dorazil 03 15
Daniel J Hines 03 17
Rory P Wall 03 17
Michael W Spicer 03 18
Thomas R Fitzpatrick 03 19
Joseph F Tittl 03 19
Albert J Smeraldo 03 22
James G Gilsdorf 03 23
Umberto   Silvagno 03 23
James M Cavanagh 03 27
Jeff F Prendergast 03 27
John G Tezza 03 27
Michael F Thompson 03 27
Donald P Mead 03 28
Martin B Musialowski 03 28
Michael P West 03 28
Christopher   Finnican 03 29
William K Martin 03 29
Jeffrey P Boyle 03 30
John G Connell 03 30
William A Maleski 04 01
Johnny   Robinson 04 02
Kyle L Pence 04 02
Marty J Sheldon 04 02
Richard A Winquist 04 03
Walter D De Armond 04 05
Paul B Mitchell 04 06
Robert J Waller 04 06
Rick H Blunk 04 07
Peter J Todaro 04 07
Shinto   Abraham 04 08
John J Clare 04 08
Matthew C Strosser 04 09
Jacob A Mlakar 04 10
Thomas A Carbott 04 13
Marcos J Bilbao 04 15
Robert M Calhoun 04 15
Edward   Merchak 04 15
John Charles Walker 04 15
Jeffrey S Kleinheinz 04 16
Jeff L Zitel 04 16
John F Corcoran 04 18
Lyman Henry Kempton 04 18
Brian R O Leary 04 19
Donald U Kreppein 04 19
Michael Wai A Chan 04 20
Thomas P Coyne 04 20
Ronald J Clair 04 24
William A Schuler 04 24
Robert R Sommer 04 27
Marcelo J Bueno 04 29
Harry E Fear 04 29
Joseph   Tedeschi 04 29
Jesus A Perez 04 30

2018/2019 Council Officers

CHAPLAIN
Rev. Peter J. Ascik
pascik@stmatthewcatholic.org
704-543-7677 x1185
GRAND KNIGHT
Tom Larkin
twlarkin39@gmail.com  
803-762-8989
DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT 
 Bill McKenna
billmaurmck@att.net     
704-560-6997
CHANCELLOR   
Jack Hickey 
jjhickey@att.net  
908-472-9019
RECORDER
John Schilling  
j4schill@earthlink.net 
704-309-2267
FINANCIAL SECRETARY  
John Coudriet
ccoudriet@carolina.rr.com  
704-543-9621
TREASURER
Earl Hartenstine  
elmstone999@yahoo.com

ADVOCATE
Don Gacevich
dgacevich@gmail.com
626-393-1876
WARDEN
Mike Hankins  
Mikehankins48@gmail.com  
704-315-7764
LECTOR
Chuck Elgin, PGK 
celgin01@earthlink.net
704-614-0504
INSIDE GUARD
Dave Donovan
dono67960@aol.com
704-904-7492
OUTSIDE GUARD 
Hank Kempton
henrykempton@bellsouth.net 

3 YR TRUSTEE
Bob Desch, PGK
deschr@bellsouth.net
704-543-8212
2 YR TRUSTEE
Ron Schumacher, PGK 
reschu8@gmail.com 
704-618-2442
1 YR TRUSTEE
Richard White, PGK
rmpwhite@gmail.com
704-543-6351