Knights of Columbus Council 9206
December 2019 Newsletter
Matters of Faith:
Next Officer Meeting:
The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as of Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.
Thursday, Jan 2nd 2020
Starting: 7:00 PM
St. Joan Parish Office Conference Room
The Holy Father's Intentions:
Next Council Meeting:
The Future of the Very Young: That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.
Tuesday, Jan 7th, 2020
Starting: 6:30 PM
St. Joan Multipurpose Room
Knights of Columbus Christmas Party a Hit!
On December 14, 2019, the Knights of Columbus hosted our annual Christmas Party. This Christmas party contained great food, friends, and fun, from seeing Father Ray play the accordion to a visit by St. Nicholas. Many thanks to all those involved who put in their time to make sure the event ran smoothly. Congratulations to DGK Roberto Piccioni for organizing such a successful event!
Welcome New Knights!
The 9206 council proudly welcomed our new brothers Dennis Flicker, Dennis Irving, Bill Hurley, and Ronald Grady. Congratulations brothers on receiving the First Degree. We wish you continued success, and thank you for answering the call to become a Knight.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It probably goes without saying, but on December 25th, 2019, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
Upcoming Events (Click the links for more Info)
Knights Choir @ Christmas Eve Mass
Knights Choir @ Feast of the Epiphany
2020 Basketball Free Throw Contest
Knights @ The Annual San Francisco Walk for Life
St. Joan of Arc - San Ramon--Council #9206
Free Throw Contest
WHEN: Saturday - January 11, 2020
WHERE: St. Joan of Arc Gymnasium
REGISTRATION: 4:00 – 4:15 PM
FREE THROW COMPETITION: 4:15 – 5:30 PM
AWARDS PRESENTATION: 5:30 PM
SIGN-UPS: Register on the day of the event/Copy of Birth Certificate will be required for winners to move to next round
The competition will be the best out of 15 Free-Throws, and there will be six age groups for both boys and girls (9-10-11-12-13-14).
Winners for each group will have the chance to represent St. Joan’s at the Knights of Columbus District, Regional (Chapter) and State competitions.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, please contact
Steven Rettig firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank all of you for keeping Father Ray Zielezienski in your prayers and thoughts.
Several people have requested information regarding Father Ray's status after his surgery to remove his kidney. His niece, Diane Van Aken, has set up an information site on CaringBridge.org to allow his friends and family to follow his journey during his recovery. Unfortunately Father Ray was admitted to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ on Thanksgiving day due to complications causing him pain in his leg. Diane has requested that we keep him in our prayers and has encouraged us to join CaringBridge.org so we can obtain updates on his condition and to send him messages of encouragement.
Thank you again for your prayers and positive thoughts for Father Ray Zielezienski.
November 2019 Newsletter
The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast was celebrated on November 2. The entire month of November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time.
Thursday, Nov 21st
St. Joan Parish Office Conference Rom
Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East: That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.
No December Meeting
Knights of Columbus 9206 Facebook Page Hits 400 Followers
As of November 14th, 2019, our Facebook page has hit 400 followers. This represents a near quadrupling of our follower-base on social media. Those following the page are individuals from all over the world and as far as Liberia in west Africa. All these people are cheering us on in our efforts to be Catholic Gentlemen and we should not let them down! Stay photogenic!
The Knight of the Month for October 2019 is Mark Morelli
Mark Morelli has been our Membership Director for quite a while. His service to us has brought in many new recruits and his talents as a salesman has brought us much-needed revenue during fundraisers. Thank you, Mark!
The Family of the Month for October 2019 is Steve and Peg Wilcox
I could list everything these two have ever done for our council but that would make this newsletter longer than the Lord of the Rings. These two have always been there when we need help with fundraising and volunteer work. They are very active in the parish and our council and we will always be grateful for the work they do for us. It is a blessing to have you!
Knights of Columbus 9206 is the Recipient of the Columbian Award
Brothers, this award is for all of you. You all worked so hard to make this award a reality. Shout out to our current Grand Knight Mike Harkleroad and our Past Grand Knight Ruben Pola for their exceptional leadership in the past Columbian year. We couldn’t have done it without you guys!
A Successful Recruitment Weekend
In our recruitment drive at the end of October, we managed to recruit five new knights to our council. We generated a lot of interest as many men who attended mass put their names on the list to become Knights. Shout out to Father Ray Sacca for his ringing endorsement of the Knights and everything we do and stand for. Another shout out goes to Mark Morelli, out Membership Director, for planning this recruitment weekend and manning the tables after every mass that weekend. Thank you to all Knights that showed up to help out as well!
Upcoming Christmas Party Announcement
Our annual Christmas party is coming up fast! There will be a potluck, drinks, games, a gift exchange, and live music! Feel free to bring guests and keep an eye out for the Sign-Up Genius. Contact our DGK, Roberto Piccioni at email@example.com for more questions!
Simbang Gabi Dinner
Our next recruitment weekend is almost here. We’re calling on your help to recruit new Catholic gentlemen as members to our fraternal organization. We will have tables set up after each mass on the weekend of October 26th & 27th outside both vestibules of the church. We will need four volunteers after each mass--two outside each vestibule. Please sign up below to help. Make sure to wear your 9206 polo shirt and badge. Thank you for your support!
For those not working the tables I ask that you wear you K of C Shirts while attending mass to show support for our recruiting efforts.
GK Mike Harkleroad
October 2019 Newsletter
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. October falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time.
Thursday, Oct 24th
The Holy Father's Intentions
A Missionary “Spring” in the Church: That the breath of the Holy Spirit engenders a new missionary “spring” in the church.
Tuesday, Nov 5th
St. Joan Multipurpose Room
October 2019 News:
GK Harkleroad presented a $1,000 check to Mike Ditaranto of the Boys & Girls Club of Contra Costa County. Mr. Ditaranto thanked council members and praised the philanthropic activities of the Knights of Columbus.
GK Harkleroad also presented a check for $5,500 to Fr. Ray plus a brand-new gas BBQ for use at parish events. Fr. Ray thanked council members for our consistent and frequent support of the parish through our various activities and fundraisers.
This month's Knight of the Month award goes to Vic David. Vic has been a very active member of our council over the years. He is most known for his support of the pro-life cause by organizing our council's presence at the March for Life and 40 Days for Life. He is a member of the Golf Tournament committee which raises tens of thousands of dollars every year for charity.
This month's Family of the Month Award belongs to Julio Ayalo and his wife Emily Ayalo. They have both been very active members of the council and the parish. Their contributions are too numerous to count. Thank you so much and congratulations!
Membership Recruitment Drive (http://kofc9206.org/event-3591801)
NorCal Special Olympics Flag Football
St. Vincent De Paul is having a “Bundle Weekend” August 10/11. They will be outside the church to collect clothes, household items, shoes and linens and other items. See attached flyer for details.
This is a great opportunity to clear out your closets for those in need!
If you wish to bring items ahead of time you can bring them to our Aug 6 meeting for storage until the weekend when they will be given to SVdP.
On a warm (92 degrees) and beautiful day, we held the 14th renewal of our Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
Thank you to all who helped make this another successful event. A tremendous amount of work goes on behind the scenes to host this type of event.
We had 94 golfers in the field this year. We served 110 lunches and 150 dinners. We had three beer holes and eight ice chests spread out throughout the course. We also served two huge vats of strawberry and chocolate ice cream. We had 12 great raffle prizes, two live auction items and a special Fund-A-Need fundraiser ("Fund a (K)night At the Free Medical Clinic).
Most importantly, we combined the three core tenets of the Knights, "Charity, Unity and Fraternity". The sense of community at the dinner was palpable to all.
We will recap the event and pro forma financial results in our August 6 Council meeting. We will also recognize the individuals who helped make this successful.
The 15th renewal of our Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020. Mark it on your calendar.
Michael Fernandez, PGK