Archive for April, 2020

Fw: Prayer Request

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Brothers,
Please offer your prayers for a successful surgery for Barb Blasioe, wife of our brother Goerge Blasiole.  
Barb will be undergoing a Cardiac Ablation procedure today.
Thank you brothers,  
Vivat Jesus!
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Anthony Nacional <communitydirector@kofc11234.org>To: Mike Potochnik <mrpotochnik@yahoo.com>Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 07:39:54 AM EDTSubject: Fwd: Prayer Request
Hi Mike,
Please see the prayer request below just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

SK Anthony Nacional, DGKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234
kofc11234.org

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Pam Tarangelo <pstarangelo@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 9:30 PM
Subject: Prayer Request
To:

Dear Prayer Warriors,
From Barb Blasiole:
I ask for prayers for a successful surgery, tomorrow morning, Thurs, April 30th. I’ll be having a Cardiac Ablation. Please also pray for God to guide the surgeon’s hands.——-

Thanks and God Bless,
Pam

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Phil. 4:13

Final Collection : Helping Seniors in Need

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Worthy Brothers,

A reminder that tomorrow, 4/29/20, will be the last food donation drive for
Resources for Seniors (RFS). They have been overwhelmed with the response
of love and support from the family at St Catherine of Siena. Thank you
all so much for your donations and time!

Over the past 4 weeks, local Food Banks, numerous restaurants, and broad NC
State and Federal financial support have effectively mobilized to provide
multiple and reliable sources of food for Seniors in Wake County and
beyond. This final food donation push would allow RFS to have food &
groceries to assist in future emergency needs across the County and they
would appreciate our continued support.

If you are concerned about your own safety for being out and about due to
COVID-19, you can still participate by 1) praying for the well-being of
seniors and 2) by donating online by visiting:
*https://www.kofcgolfnc.com/food* <www.kofcgolfnc.com/food>; it’s
fast and safe. The Knights will use the money to purchase items on the
grocery list that may be lacking in donations, ensuring we can meet the
needs of seniors as identified by RFS. Please know that should there be
money left in the account after the Stay-At-Home directive by Wake County,
the funds will be directed towards supporting food ministries that the
Knights run at St. Catherine of Siena: Brown Bag Ministry, Operation
Harvest Ministry and Tri-Area Ministry Food Delivery, specifically for
purchasing needed supplies and food to help people in need in our community.

As a thank you, RFS is offering our Parish an array of resources that they
provide to their Clients and are extending to us an open invitation, when
it is allowed, to come and speak to our many different Ministries about the
broad ranges of services available to Seniors and their families.

Please visit the following link for an updated list of food items still
needed: *https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545a9a829a64-love1*
<www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545a9a829a64-love1>

God Bless,

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

Joe Mangum

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Brothers,
Our Worthy Chancellor has passed along the sad news that our Worthy Brother, Joe Mangum, has passed away.

Please pray for the repose of Joe’s soul and for the comfort of his wife, Connie and their family during this difficult time.
Eternal rest grant him, O’ Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May Joe’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen
Fraternally in Christ,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

On Monday, April 20, 2020, 07:30:45 AM EDT, Joseph Palko <josephapalkojr@yahoo.com> wrote:

Mike,

Joe’s Facebooks page says he has died, 4 hours ago, from a post of his son.

Just letting you know.

Joe Palko
Josephapalkojr@yahoo.com
410-937-1974

Full-time Summer Work for Seminarian?

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Brothers,
Kolbe Flood is looking for some full-time work for the summer while he is home from Belmont.
Please let me know if you know of any place that might be looking for some help. 

Thanks and God bless,
Vivat Jesus!
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Matthew Rohl’s Eagle Project

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Brothers,
I wanted to give you an update on the status of the donations for Matthew’s Eagle Scout project.  I know that several of our brothers have already made individual contributions the council also approved a donation of $250 at tonight’s business meeting.  I believe Matthew has reached the halfway mark and it would be great if we could help him reach his goal.
Here is the link to donate:

paypal.me/pools/c/8n9rhv9rVG

Vivat Jesus!
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Mike Potochnik <mrpotochnik@yahoo.com>Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020, 11:59:25 AM EDTSubject: Fw: Matthew Rohl’s Eagle Project
Brothers,
At our last business meeting, Matthew Rohl presented information on his proposed Eagle Scout Project to our council.
I am forwarding the information that Matthew has provided.  
Please let me know if you have any of the required materials that you might be willing to donate. If you would like to support his project by making a donation, please do so using the following link:
paypal.me/pools/c/8n9rhv9rVG

Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you and God bless,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Matteo di Sicilia <jrmatthew021@gmail.com>To: “mrpotochnik@yahoo.com” <mrpotochnik@yahoo.com>; “gk@kofc11234.org” <gk@kofc11234.org>Cc: “allen.rohl@nc.rr.com” <allen.rohl@nc.rr.com>Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 03:46:31 PM EDTSubject: Matthew Rohl’s Eagle Project
Hello Mr. Potochnik,
I hope you are well.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to present my project proposal before the council.  I have attached my speech, materials list, and a basic rendition of the proposed snack shack.  The final version will be more in line with the color of the church.

I would welcome any amount the council sees fit to donate to me at this time.  I have also included the link to the Paypal account setup for online donations. 

Matthew’s Eagle Project

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Matthew’s Eagle Project

Will you help Matthew achieve the rank of Eagle Scout? The last and most challenging step is the eagle project….
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Due to Covid restrictions, the scout council has seen fit to postpone all activities including my service project until after 4/30.
Respectfully,Matthew Rohl

Prayers for Steve Brickman

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Worthy Brothers,
Please see the prayer request from our brother Joe Szalacsi, regarding the passing of Steve Brickman,  Steve was the son of our recently departed brother, Hal Brickman.
May Steve rest in peace with our Lord and may God grant comfort to his family. 
Fraternally in Christ, 
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, 02:45:40 PM EDT, Joe Szalacsi <joe.szalacsi@nc.rr.com> wrote:

Dear Brother Potochnik,I’ll be praying for Brother Joe Mangum for a speedy recovery from this dreadful COVID-19 virus.Can you please pray for the repose of the soul of Steven Brickman. He was the son of one of our Brothers who passed last March, 2019, Harold Brickman.Steven was a New York City Fireman who was on disability when September 11th, 2001 attack occurred on The Towers. He made a decision to go down to “Ground Zero” to help his brother firefighters look for the fallen firefighters, police officers, and civilians who vanished on that dreadful day. He spent two and a half months there. As a result, he developed cancer. He has been struggling these many years and finally succumbed to that disease. Steven passed on Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020.I know the family will be much appreciative of your prayers. Thank you.
In Christ’s Mercy and Peace!Fraternally yours,Brother Joseph Szalacsi 
Sent from my iPhone

Prayers for Joe Mangum

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Brothers,
Your prayers are needed…
I have just been informed by our worthy Advocate, Tony Morano, that our brother Joe Mangum has been hospitalized with Pneumonia and COVID-19.
Please pray for Joe’s recovery and may the Lord grant His peace to Joe’s family at this difficult time.
Thank you, brothers. I will be sure to pass along any updates.
In Christ,
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Meeting Reminder – Knights of Columbus

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Worthy Brothers,
A reminder that our April business meeting will be held at 7:00 PM tomorrow evening.
Please use the link below for the web meeting or use the toll-free dial-in number: 1 866 899 4679

The minutes from the March meeting are attached.
April Business Meeting – Knights of Columbus Council 11234
Thu, Apr 16, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EDT)

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 563-363-469

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Vivat Jesus!
SK Mike Potochnik, GKKnights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Knights of Columbus – Important information and Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

Brothers, 
I want to keep you updated on everything that is going on.  Know that more things are on the way and I will make every attempt to keep you updated in a timely manner.
Here is a summary of the latest:

Food Collections

Under the direction andcoordination of our brother Knight, Terry Maher, our council has been workingto address critical needs to feed our seniors through the efforts provided byResources for Seniors. 

The response from ourbrother Knights, our parish, and the surrounding community has beenincredible!  Here is a summary for the last two weeks:

– Monetary donations have exceeded $6100 from 75 donors.  This money has been used to purchase groceries at the      Eastern North Carolina Food Bank which sells food at significantly reduced prices to authorized agencies that feed the needy.

– Non-perishable food donations have been amazing. Over 1200 items have been donated by the Parishioners with other food items coming in from other local residents including Parishioners at St Mary Mother of God in Garner, NC.

– EPIC Radio promoted our cause last week and their listeners responded with monetary donations to assist our efforts.

– Over the past 9 days, Resources for Seniors has distributed approx. 225 meals to their existing clients, as well as, to individuals who are seeking RFS’s assistance for the first time. Food has distributed from “Apex to Zebulon and every city in-between”.

– The senior’s need for food continues throughout the area and RFS is planning to shop at the Food Bank again this week to supplement the food supply they have at the Wake Forest Senior Center (they call it a Pop-up Food Pantry) and anticipate another Wednesday Food Delivery by the Parishioners.

I have attached a list of all the items that have been collected to date.  Thank you all for your kindness and generosity! 

RFS has stated that without the generous support of the Knights of Columbus and Parish members of St Catherine, they would not have been able to respond to the distributing grocery bags of food for insecure older adults throughout Wake County. These bags include nutritional supplements, paper products, and non-perishable items (incl grains, fruit, veggies, and protein). 
God Bless all of you who have come to their assistance! A special thank you to Terry Maher, Anthony Nacional, Eric Pasarin, and Dave Rogers for working to put all of the pieces together.  You guys have been great!

Sign-ups for the last 2dates: 4/15 and 4/22 are thin, so please consider offering to donate food hereso we can continue to ensure our seniors are taken care of: Helping Seniors in Need

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Helping Seniors in Need

Dear Friends, Resources for Seniors (RFS – www.resourcesforseniors.com/index.php) serves older adults an…
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Food Assistance Due to Job Loss

Underthe direction and coordination of our Worthy DGK, Anthony Nacional we are also looking to support those who need food due to job losses.

Pleaselet Anthony know if you (or someone you know) have lost a job due to thepandemic and are struggling to make ends meet.
Anthonyis currently compiling a list of people who need assistance.  He will then present the list of needs to theKnights so we can try to help in any way we can.
Many thanks to our DGK for taking the lead on this!

Please keep an eye out for additional information about this…
 
Blood Drive

Under the direction andcoordination of our Worthy Advocate, Tony Morano, we will be hosting a blooddrive on April 24th from 02:30 PM – 07:30 PM in the multi-purpose room(gym).

Tony and I have been incontact with Fr. Bill John and the Red Cross to ensure that we have protections inplace and that all staff follows these precautions during the drive.
Our Red Cross representative mentioned that they have lost over 9,000 units of blood locally,so they are depending on community drives to continue the collection of blood.
I want to thank Fr. Bill John for allowing us to use the Gym during the shutdown. I also want to thank GK BobWeisenberger from the St. Francis council for providing guidance on implementingthe necessary safety precautions that will allow us to move forward with the drive.
To sign up as a donor, please use the following link Upcoming blood drive. Help save lives

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Upcoming blood drive. Help save lives.

Here’s information about our upcoming American Red Cross blood drive. Schedule an appointment.
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The use of registration is highly encouraged to reduce the amount of time spent inside the building.

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For the safety of our donor community and in accordance with CDCguidelines, all donors are required to wear a face-covering or mask.  Please bring a face covering or mask to yourdonation. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you.

Thank you to Tony and all the volunteers who are working to make this a safe and successful blood drive!

No Brother Left Behind

As Imentioned in my last email, we are in the process of reaching out to all ourcouncil members to make sure everyone is safe and healthy.  I’m happy to report that, so far, most of ourbrothers are doing fine and are eager for any opportunity to assist others in need!

Asexpected, we have been unable to reach some of our members by phone. If you havenot yet been contacted, it’s a good indication that we need to get your updatedcontact information.  Please forward anyupdates to me and I will be sure that it gets into the system.
Again, if you require immediate assistance or your situation changes,please don’t hesitate to contact me: mrpotochnik@yahoo.com
Thank you to Matt Stien, Anthony Nacional, Brien McGuire, Pete Lambert, and Terry Maher for volunteering to make the calls.

Online Exemplification

As our Worthy Trustee/Membership Director, Matt Stein, mentioned in his recent email, there will be an upcoming online exemplification.
On Thursday,April 16, 2020, at 8:00 pm EDT, all 1st and 2nd degree Knights areinvited to attend a special online exemplification hosted by Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters.

This is an excellentopportunity for you to obtain your 3rd degree and achieve full Knighthood inour order and I encourage all of our 1st & 2nd-degree brothers to attend.  

We normally conductthese ceremonies in person. However, current social distancingrequirements necessitate an online ceremony to accommodate the large number ofmen eagerly waiting to join our Order.

Please log in 15 minutesearly and remove all distractions so you can fully concentrate on the lessonsof charity, unity and fraternity. Your families are welcome to observe.

Please note that youmust be online at the end of the ceremony, which will take only about 30minutes. If you log off early will not get credit for attending.

Use this link toregister for the ceremony, and make sure you indicate your current council #11234

 

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Business Meeting

Our next regularbusiness meeting will be held on April 16th at 7:00 PM

April Business Meeting- Knights of Columbus Council 11234

Thu, Apr 16, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EDT)

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
global.gotomeeting.com/join/563363469

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 563-363-469

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I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be a part of this group of men that care so much for the needs of others and who continually put their faith in action through the first principle of our order; Charity.

God bless you all and as always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can help our community.

I wish you and your families a very blessed Easter and I look forward to meeting with you soon.
Vivat Jesus!

SK Mike Potochnik, GK
Knights of Columbus, Council 11234St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NChttp://kofc11234.org

Invitation to Online Exemplification/Advancement

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

Worthy Brothers All,

Vivat Jesus!

A blessed Triduum to you all, and prayers for a blessed Easter!
Below is an invitation for members in the 1st and 2nd degree to advance to
full Knighthood in the 3rd degree in an on line ceremony. Please read on
below!
Join the Knights of Columbus by participating in the online Exemplification
of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity
Online Ceremony
Thurs., April 16, 2020
8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Dear Brother Knights:

The members of Council 11234 are blessed to have you as their brother in
the Knights of Columbus. As you have heard, Supreme is combining the 1st,
2nd, and 3rd Degree Exemplifications into one unified Exemplification
Ceremony. For those members in the 1st and 2nd degree, here is the perfect
opportunity for you to advance to full Knighthood in the 3rd Degree. It is
our pleasure to invite you to participate in a special, online combined
ceremony of admission and advancement.

We normally conduct these ceremonies in person. However, current social
distancing requirements necessitate an online ceremony to accommodate the
large number of men eagerly waiting to join our Order.

Please join us for an Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity
on Thursday,
April 16, 2020, at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. This ceremony is being
hosted by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters. It will be attended
by hundreds of candidates. We expect this memorable event to exemplify more
Knights of Columbus at one time than ever before in the 138 year history of
our Order.

Use this link to register for the ceremony, and make sure you indicate
Council 11234.
REGISTER NOW
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Candidates must be online at the beginning of the ceremony, which will
start promptly at 8:00 PM EDT. They should log in 15 minutes early and
remove all distractions so they can fully concentrate on the lessons of
charity, unity and fraternity. Their families are welcome to observe.

*Candidates must be online at the end of the ceremony, which will take only
about 30 minutes. Anyone who logs off early will not get admitted or
advanced.*

For detailed information, please review the detailed guidelines
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to the processing of candidates for this ceremony.

Vivat Jesus!

Fraternally Yours In Christ,

SK-Matthew Stein, PGK, PFN, FDD
Trustee/Membership Director
Knights of Columbus Council #11234
St Catherine of Siena-Wake Forest NC

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