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Council Status/Updates

March 28th, 2020

Brothers,
I want to give you an update on what has been going on since our last business meeting in light of the impacts from COVID-19.  Things continue to change and develop rapidly and we will continue to make adjustments as necessary.  I have been joining weekly webinars presented by Supreme to assist local councils with program changes and guidelines for navigating these uncharted waters.  Right now, there are many things that are “in the works” and I will be sure to keep you all informed as these changes are rolled out.  
Here are a few of the things we know for now: 
The 2020 Golf tournament has been rescheduled from June 6th to October 6th.  Our golf committee continues to work hard to make ensure that we will have an excellent tournament.  Updates are being made to the website are and our sponsors are being notified.
The 2020 State Convention has been cancelled.  A virtual meeting is being planned for Saturday, May 2nd. Details for this meeting will be announced as soon as possible.
Brown Bag Ministries is cancelled until further notice, however; Operation Harvest continues to operate on a limited scale with no more than 10 volunteers at a time.  Please keep an eye out for more information from our DGK, Anthony Nacional. 
Meals on Wheels (MOW) – I want to share an update from Meals On Wheels of Wake County and Resource For Seniors whom benefited from your outpouring of amazing generosity this past week!  It came to our attention late Tuesday that 65 Seniors supported by Meals On Wheels were without reliable lunches from this past Wed through next Mon as they retooled moving from hot meals to frozen across the USA.   The call went out to the St Catherine of Siena community via Sign-Up Genius and I am humbled to say that you far exceeded the request and instead of 4 meals per Senior, they received 7 meals with massive amounts of fruit, snacks and deserts!  The staff from both Meals on Wheels and Resources For Seniors who operate the Wake Forest Senior Center were overwhelmed with the constant stream of cars and folks who donated food items!  Many thanks to Father Bill John and the Parish Staff to allow this support during uncertain times, Brother Knights and Fellow Parishiners who made this happen.  I especially want to thank our Brothers, Terry Maher and Anthony Nacional for stepping up and coordinating this effort in such a short time.  Well done, brothers!

Resources For Seniors – Our brother, Terry Maher, is also coordinating efforts with Resources For Seniors (RFS) to help feed local seniors who are at risk during the Stay At Home directive.  With the approval from our Pastor, Fr. Bill John, we will be collecting non-perishable grocery and personal hygiene items for approximately 215 senior citizens in Wake Forest.  Details on how you can help are coming very soon.
Business meeting – our next virtual business meeting will be on April 16th.   I will set up a video conference and provide a phone number if you prefer to just dial in.  We will continue to hold meetings in this fashion until it is safe for us to gather together again.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or have any needs and know that prayers are with you and your families.
God Bless you all and thank you.
Vivat Jesus!
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Fw: Fish

March 25th, 2020

Brothers,
Please contact Ed Gary at edgary1942@gmail.com if you would like to purchase any of the cod left over from the fish fry.  He currently has four 10 lb. boxes available.
Vivat Jesus!
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

—– Forwarded Message —– From: “edgary1942@gmail.com” <edgary1942@gmail.com>To: ‘Mike Potochnik’ <mrpotochnik@yahoo.com>Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 02:50:26 PM EDTSubject: Fish

Hi Mike,

I hope all is well with you and family.

I have four 10-lb boxes of frozen cod fillets (fish fry) to sell to members.  Each is $39.90 which makes it $3.90 lb., dirt cheap.

Please have anyone who wants to purchase send me an email at edgary1942@gmail.

This will help us to recoup our outlay and balance the book for the fish fry.

Thanks

Vivat Jesus

 

Regards,

Ed

 

URGENT: Meals on Wheels in dire need

March 25th, 2020

Worthy Brothers,

We have learned that the Northern Wake Forest Meals on Wheels is in dire
need of support for providing lunches to their 65 senior citizens. A
directive last week was issued to all Meals on Wheels to stop meal
deliveries to their clients until they could move to frozen lunches
starting on Tuesday, 3/31. In the meantime and in order to fill-in the
gap, Northern Wake Forest Meals on Wheels have found a church that could
support them for 2 days this week 3/23 and 3/24, but are looking for any
support for 3/25, 3/26, 3/27 and 3/30. The Knights of Columbus are urging
its members as well as the Parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena to take
on the remaining days and donate the needed lunches.

If you are able and willing to help, please prayerfully consider donating
lunch items listed below and donate as much as possible, and take your
donated goods to 235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, on 3/25 and 3/27 between
the hours of noon and 12:30pm. The delivery of food will be taken care of
by Meals on Wheels.

To signup and donate, please visit:
www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545a9a829a64-food

God Bless,

SK Anthony Nacional, DGK
Knights of Columbus, Council 11234
kofc11234.org

Fw: Conference Call This Evening

March 19th, 2020

Brothers,
Please see the GOOD news below regarding the successful kidney transplant surgery for our worthy Lecturer, Steve Wehner and his wife Lesile, who was the donor.  Thank you all for your continued prayers as they continue their recovery!
God bless,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Wehner, Steve <steve.wehner@ncemcs.com>To: Mike Potochnik <mrpotochnik@yahoo.com>Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 03:51:55 PM EDTSubject: Re: Conference Call This Evening
Mike, please let our Brothers know that their prayers, and best wishes were well received. Leslie and I got home from the hospital (Duke) on Friday and are doing very well, our “numbers” are excellent from our first post op visit today.There were a few unexpected curve balls during surgery…but all played out just fine… we can both walk about a mile now around the block and feel fantastic. God bless All Y’all!Steve (recipient) and Leslie (doner)

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On Mar 19, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Mike Potochnik <mrpotochnik@yahoo.com> wrote:


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Worthy Brother Knights,
A reminder that we will be holding a conference call tonight a 7:30 PM in place of our regular business meeting.  To join the call, please dial (857) 799-9878 and state your name.  In order to keep the background noise to a minimum, I ask that you keep your phone muted until you wish to speak.
I have attached a copy of the resolution for the donation to the school.  We did the first reading in February and we will be doing the second reading tonight. 
I look forward to hearing from you and, as always, I pray that you and your families remain healthy and safe.
In Christ,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Conference Call This Evening

March 19th, 2020

Worthy Brother Knights,
A reminder that we will be holding a conference call tonight a 7:30 PM in place of our regular business meeting.  To join the call, please dial (857) 799-9878 and state your name.  In order to keep the background noise to a minimum, I ask that you keep your phone muted until you wish to speak.
I have attached a copy of the resolution for the donation to the school.  We did the first reading in February and we will be doing the second reading tonight. 
I look forward to hearing from you and, as always, I pray that you and your families remain healthy and safe.
In Christ,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Fw: Online and similar Masses

March 17th, 2020

Worthy Brothers,
Our brother, Joe Webb, has put together a list of online resources that you may wish to utilize during the pandemic.
I also got a notification from The Word Among Us that they are making the content of their entire website free, which includes daily Mass readings and meditations.
Fraternally In Christ,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Joseph Webb <drjoewebb@yahoo.com>To: Mike Potochnik <mrpotochnik@yahoo.com>; Terry Maher <tmaher6@gmail.com>; Eric Pasarin <eric@pasarin.com>; Bill Spendley <billspendley35@gmail.com>; Matt Stein <mjstein64@gmail.com>Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020, 01:17:08 PM EDTSubject: Online and similar Masses (Mike P if you want to send to brothers, please do so)
While the Coronavirus has us hunkered down, there are important resources for Mass that are available online.

Sunday Mass at 10:15am and daily Mass at 7am from St. Patrick’s Cathedral is available at saintpatrickscathedral.org/live   The pews may be empty, but the Masses continue. The Sunday Mass is usually offered by Cardinal Dolan, but he offers many of the daily ones. Mass from the Cathedral is also broadcast on SiriusXM radio.

EWTN’s Mass at 8am every day is available on cable systems, online at EWTN.com, on smartphones through their app and also on streaming devices such as Roku. The EWTN Masses tend to run an hour. Very often a guest priest from the prior evening’s programming or that day’s programming will be the celebrant.

An abridged Sunday Mass is offered at thesundaymass.org starting on Saturdays by the Passionists from Long Island. This can be viewed at any time from their website whenever it is convenient for you to watch. It is always about 25 minutes.

The website mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/ has links to Masses from around the world for every day. There is a calendar on the site where you can pick the time, parish, and country that you would like to live-stream Mass from. All times in the calendar are Eastern US Time. The site shows that there is a Mass, somewhere in the world, at all times… in normal times. This is a good resource when homebound for any reason or now that Mass may not be available due to our current emergency.

Saturday events – 3/21

March 16th, 2020

Worthy Brothers,

Due the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve been asked by Fr. Bill John to limit
the number of volunteers for food ministries still in effect; therefore,
all volunteers must sign-up and only come if you secure a slot. Also*, if
you are elderly, have a little child(ren), are living with someone with
compromised immune system due to illness or health condition, or are not
feeling well yourself, please DO NOT volunteer. You or your loved one are
at an increased risk from COVID-19.*

Please know that current OH team members, who are at increased risk from
COVID-19, have been asked and have agreed to refrain from serving. Thus,
we need you if you’re healthy and able. Please help us out.

1) Operation Harvest – starting at 9:15am in the Trinity Center. For
details and to sign up and help, please visit:

www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545a9a829a64-team
<www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545a9a829a64-team>

2) Tri-Area Food Delivery – We need at least another driver to deliver
starting at 9:30am. For details and to sign up and help, please visit:

www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ea5a72daafc1-triarea

God bless,

Anthony Nacional, DGK
Knights of Columbus, Council 11234
St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest
kofc11234.org

Fw: A novena prayer for protection in time of pandemic

March 15th, 2020

Brother Knights,
You may have already received this email form Supreme, but I wanted to make sure everyone has it.
Please join your brother Knights as we pray a novena for the ill and vulnerable, for those who care for them and for those who have died.
www.kofc.org/en/resources/news-room/11036-protection-prayer.pdf

Fraternally in Christ,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Knights of Columbus <knights@kofc.org>To: Michael Potochnik <mpotochnik@nc.rr.com>Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 09:29:05 AM EDTSubject: A novena prayer for protection in time of pandemic

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Dear Brother Knight,

Following the example of Pope Francis, the supreme chaplain and I urge you to pray a Novena for Protection in Time of Pandemic during this difficult moment for our country and our world.

At important moments in the past, the Knights of Columbus has urged its members to pray. We did this at the outset of World War II, after 9/11, and during papal conclaves and civic elections. Today, the world faces a pandemic illness for the first time in a century. Having lost our founder, the Venerable Servant of God Father Michael McGivney, to a viral pandemic 130 years ago, we know such situations can be very serious.

We also know that prayer is an important expression of our trust in God and our relationship with him.
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As Archbishop William E. Lori noted in his video message for this novena: Our response to the pandemic draws on our respect as Catholics for both faith and reason. Reason dictates that we should take the health precautions recommended by medical professionals and by science.

“At the same time,” the archbishop tells us, “our faith makes clear that God is our all-powerful creator and that God is more powerful than any natural force, illness or economic setback.”
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The ancient fresco of Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help) in St. Peter’s Basilica was restored with the support of the Knights of Columbus to mark the Year of Faith (2012-2013). 
Photo courtesy of Fabbrica di San Pietro/M. Falcioni.
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Furthermore, the supreme chaplain notes that “prayer has always been for Christ and his Church the most important response in times of adversity.”

I join Archbishop Lori in pointing out that the pandemic coincides with the liturgical season of Lent, which calls individuals to reconsider their relationships with God and neighbor, and “to take time for introspection and improvement of those relationships, and this seems particularly appropriate at this time.”

As men of faith, let us pray — together with our families whenever possible and appropriate — joining our prayers with those of the Holy Father, the supreme chaplain and people around the world. This special novena will begin on Sunday, March 15, and conclude on Monday, March 23.

Finally, I also call your attention to this prayer invoking the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, that can be prayed both during the novena and in the days beyond.

Fraternally,

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight
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POSTPONED – March 20th Fish Fry

March 13th, 2020

Worthy Brothers,
As you have probably already guessed, we have decided to postpone the upcoming fish fry event, which was scheduled for March 20th.  No future date has been set yet, and since all of the other Friday’s during Lent have been scheduled with other events, we may need to push out past Lent.
We still have 4 boxes of fish that are currently in the school freezer that we need to find some freezer space for.  The boxes are approximately 12”x 14”x 4”, weighing 10 lbs.  Please let me know if you have some extra freezer space and would willing to store one or more of the boxes until we are able to use them.
We had a good turnout for the last fish fry and the initial feedback was very positive.  I want to thank all of you who volunteered to help out and I especially would like to thank Ed Gary, Mike Palczuk and Mike Pughes who put in the extra effort to make sure we had everything in place for a great event.  Well done, brothers!
I’ll be sure to keep you updated with any new information I have.
Peace and God bless,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Corona Virus Situation

March 13th, 2020

Brother Knights,
I am forwarding the text and a link to an email from our State Deputy, Dan Lange, regarding the coronavirus situation and the recommended actions that are to be in place through April 2020.  I will be sure to forward additional information as it becomes available. 
I have also attached a copy of the memo from the Supreme Knight for your convenience.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Vivat Jesus!
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Corona Virus Situation

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The Supreme Knight has issued a memorandum to all State Deputies and District Masters regarding the coronavirus situation and its impact on the Knights of Columbus Order. We are forwarding this information for you to take the appropriate action to immediately implement his recommendations.

In brief, the Supreme Knight has strongly recommended that, until further notice, all business meetings, planned events, Ceremonial Degrees and Exemplifications where people would gather are to be cancelled for the next two (2) months to include March and April 2020. The Supreme Knight has recommended alternative methods to continue council operations contained in the attached memo.

As a result of this recommendation the 4th Degree Biennial Meeting and Planned Training Meetings are also cancelled. We are awaiting further information from Supreme regarding the State Convention, scheduled for the first weekend in May.

Below is a link to the Supreme Knight’s memo to so all may be properly informed as to his suggestions / recommendations. We will continue to relay pertinent information to you as issued by Supreme.

Coronavirus Suspension of Activities

Fraternally,
 
| Daniel L. Lange | John J. Murray |
| State Deputy
NC State Council | NC District Master |

 Copy to: Grand Knights; Faithful Navigators; Financial Secretaries; Faithful Comptrollers; Regional District Deputies; District Deputies; State Directors and Staff.

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