2020 – 2021 Faith in Action submissions

Faith


Project Title:  Parish & Diocese Support

Project date:  7/1/20 to 6/30/21     Council number: 1760       Total council members: 82     Grand Knight: Ernie Mendoza

Participation – members:  6  non members:  2   Total participants:   8      Total volunteer hours: 320

Program Planning: Cost: $6860 & Time: 240    Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $11,700

Purpose and goals of program: 

We support seminarian Luke Daniel at $2000 in 4 donations of $500 each. We raised $12,600 for small tractor for Cathedral, donated $500 to Shrine, $600 to St Paul’s Outreach and $2,760 to Cathedral Renovation Fund. Helped Fr. Pat as needed.

Whom does this project benefit?

Seminarians for Diocese of Juneau, Co-Cathedral of Nativity of BVM, Fr. Pat Casey OMI. National Shrine of St Therese and local Knight Carl Uchytil Jr who volunteers for St Paul’s Outreach in Atchison KS.

What problem or need did this project resolve? 

Luke started 1st year theology at Mount Angel and is not fully supported. Shrine has taken financial hit due to Pandemic and loss of reservation income. Archbishop made Fr. Pat responsible for snow removal on entire Catholic Block. Fr Pat Casey asks for help doing repairs & decorating & at mass.

Why did the council select this project?:

We have participated in RSVP for years. Shrine needed help. Fr Pat asked for help to purchase tractor – snowblower. Parish always needs maintenance & lectors & ushers. This is Carl’s second and final year of volunteering.

Describe the success of the project:

We have received very nice thank you letters. We received the $600 RSVP refund from Supreme for last years support. Fr. Pat greatly appreciates the help.


Project Title:  Deceased Knights Memorial Mass

Project date:  Nov 27, 2020   Council number: 12290  Total council members: 149   Grand Knight: James Seeberger

Participation – members:  35   non members:  20    Total participants:  55       Total volunteer hours: 110

Program Planning: Cost: $254    Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $0

Purpose and goals of program: This Memorial Mass, celebrated by our Council Chaplain, is an annual event to recognize, remember and celebrate the lives of the deceased Knights from our Council. The families of all these Knights are individually invited to attend this Mass and reception to remember and pray for the repose of the soul of
their friend or relative and offer a rose as a remembrance during the service.

Whom does this project benefit?: This Mass serves as an opportunity for Knights and their families to pray for the repose of the souls of these deceased Brother Knights. It also provides a time and place to grieve with others who may remember and share in their loss.

What problem or need did this project resolve? This Mass serves as an avenue for the families of our deceased Knights to observe the respect The Knights of Columbus Organization has for the memory of their loved one.

Why did the council select this project?: It was selected as a means to express our respect for our deceased Brother Knights and to fulfill the requirement which we all have, to honor and pray for the dead.

Describe the success of the project: The celebration of this Mass was caught up in the mist of COVID-19 restrictions and was not as well attended as  it has  been 1n the past.  However; we did receive responses from families, invited but unable to attend, expressing they were consoled by the service and the knowledge their loved ones are always
remembered in our prayers.


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Project Title:  CCS Hospice & Senior Nutrition & Brothers in Distress

Project date:   7/1/20 to 6/30/20  Council number:  1760   Total council members:   82    Grand Knight: Ernie Mendoza

Participation – members: 6    non members: 0     Total participants: 6         Total volunteer hours: 6

Program Planning: Cost: $4050.00    Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $600.00

Purpose and goals of program:

The council helps support Senior Nutrition and Hospice & Home Care programs of CCS. We also support Brothers in Distress.

Whom does this project benefit?:

CCS Senior Nutrition (meals on wheels and senior center meals) received $1000 & the Hospice Program $500. Brothers in Distress: Perdon family $1200, Tom Van de Water $300, Pat Carrillo $600, Amos Kissel $450

What problem or need did this project resolve?

Helps with loss of state grant funding and increased cost because of closure of senior centers during pandemic and need to deliver all meals. Helped Brothers with serious hardships and medical issues. One brother we helped move to new job in Austin TX.

Why did the council select this project?:

We greatly increased donation this year compared to past years due to pandemic related hardships.

Describe the success of the project:

Cash donations were very much appreciated by CCS and Brothers in Distress.


Project Title: 40 Days for Life

Project date:  2/17/2021  Council number: 12290  Total council members: 149  Grand Knight: James Seeberger

Participation – members: 8    non members: 4    Total participants:   12      Total volunteer hours: 84

Program Planning: Cost: $ 0   Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $0

Purpose and goals of program: This program was chosen to raise public awareness of the location and purpose of the Planned Parenthood family planning facility and to possibly change the mind of an expectant mother that is
considering abortion.

Whom does this project benefit?: During Lent each Wednesday, during the commuting rush hour, a group of about 12 persons gathers near the Planned Parenthood office to pray the rosary while carrying posters with Choose Life theme. We recite two of the four mysteries, which takes about an hour. During that time many vehicles pass by
and most show no reaction to our activity. However; a high number of passers-by will honk or wave in our support and a few show animosity toward us. This gives us the opportunity to pray for them in addition to those considering an abortion. On March 27, our Council Chaplain will celebrate Mass in a parking lot near the Planned Parenthood facility and usually about40 persons attend that celebration.

What problem or need did this project resolve?   This activity is designed to give substance to passers-by of the horror and seriousness of the activities which take place in that facility.

Why did the council select this project?:  To make a public showing of the Knights of Columbus position on the activities which occur in that building.

Describe the success of the project:  We feel that many persons seeing us are impacted by our dedication to stop the practice of abortion in our State, Nation and World.


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Community


Project Title:  Leave No Neighbor Behind

Project date:   7/1/20 – 6/30/21     Council number: 1760     Total council members:  82   Grand Knight: Ernie Mendoza

Participation – members: 4   non members:  2    Total participants:   6      Total volunteer hours: 18

Program Planning: Cost: $2750.00    Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $100.00

Purpose and goals of program:

The council donated to various food drives and homeless shelters. Some members helped make up and deliver food baskets.

Whom does this project benefit?:

The Glory Hall shelter $500 for Thanksgiving food baskets & $500 for new building, St Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor $750, St Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Baskets $1000 at $500 each.

What problem or need did this project resolve?

Local non-profits loss of state grant funding plus increased need due to pandemic.

Why did the council select this project?:

We increased donation this year compared to past years.

Describe the success of the project:

Cash donations were very much appreciated. They were able to buy what was needed. Helping put together and deliver food baskets is gratifying and well received.


Project Title: Leave No Neighbor Behind

Project date:  Feb 2020   Council number: 12290  Total council members: 149  Grand Knight: James Seeberger

Participation – members: 40   non members: 40    Total participants: 80        Total volunteer hours: 1200

Program Planning: Cost: $ 0   Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $8500

Purpose and goals of program:  This program was initiated as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has many parts but the goal is to provide assistance to our parish members and our community. From May thru October we conducted a “Drive thru Food Drive” collecting over 8500 pounds of food and baby supplies and still continue with our “40 Cans for 40 Days” Lenten food drive.

Whom does this project benefit?:  This program started right off to assist our parish but expanded to our entire community. Because of the government emergency restrictions we responded by collecting food and money which
was distributed through our parish food pantry with excess provided to our local Food Bank. In our parish alone we were providing food for 129 families. We called all Knights in our Council at least twice as a welfare check and assisted in our parish regular telephone welfare checks and assistance.  We also supported and conducted many social gatherings to address the need for human contact in this time of pandemic.

What problem or need did this project resolve?  It was necessary to conduct activities in a manner that met all federal, state, local and church requirements and protected the safety of those we were serving.

Why did the council select this project?:  The nature of this pandemic demanded that we did everything possible to facilitate safe human interaction and contact and provide basic needs were available to everyone.

Describe the success of the project:  These programs provided immediate attention to acute needs for our parish and will continue to address those issues as the world returns to a more “normal” environment.


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Family


Project Title:  Scholarships

Project date:  7/1/20 to 6/30/21    Council number: 1760       Total council members:  82    Grand Knight: Ernie Mendoza

Participation – members: 3    non members: 0    Total participants: 3        Total volunteer hours: 6

Program Planning: Cost: $4200    Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $3000.00

Purpose and goals of program:

Council offers scholarships for graduating Catholic seniors from Juneau Schools. We give qualified seniors who apply & are active in parish a minimum $500 scholarship.

Whom does this project benefit?:

Our Catholic high school seniors who are headed to college and need funding support. For the 2020 graduation we had 7 applicants who were awarded $500 each. Capri Potter was given her 2nd year award of $700.

What problem or need did this project resolve?

The graduates have been active in parish as servers etc. It shows we appreciate what they have done and provides support for future education. We also alert parents about scholarships from Supreme for grads attending Catholic colleges.

Why did the council select this project?:

We have been doing this for over 25 years. It is a program jointly supported and funded by Council 11757 and Assembly 1992. Council 1760 takes the lead on it. Also encourages grads and parents to join the Knights.

Describe the success of the project:

We had a bumper crop of great applicants in spite of pandemic closures. All were active members of their parish. We are working well with schools in publicizing our scholarships.


Project Title: Family of the Month

Project date:  Started before 2020  Council number:  12290 Total council members: 149 Grand Knight: James Seeberger

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Program Planning: Cost: $0    Members Recruited: 0  Donations: $0

Purpose and goals of program: The “Family of the Month” is a program to recognize a family who displays the characteristics as shown on KofC Form 10668. The family selected must be a model Catholic unit which has made a significant contribution to our church and parish.

Whom does this project benefit?: The contribution of this family must benefit our parish here at St. Benedicts. Family members can be involved in small things such as mowing the lawn, planting flowers, washing the altar linens, washing the windows and shoveling the snow. Or it may be larger issues such as volunteering at the Archangel Attic
Thrift Store, help during building renovations and property landscaping projects or serving as ushers,
lectors, Eucharistic ministers or any other service which will benefit our parish and church community.

What problem or need did this project resolve?  The family that is nominated and selected may identify the issue and address it themselves or be asked to assist in a specific task, but they are willing to give of their time, talent or treasure for the benefit of our church or parish.

Why did the council select this project?: Because the family was noticed for their activity by a Brother Knight as willing to go above and beyond what is expected and they were nominated and elected by our Council as deserving of being singled out for this recognition.

Describe the success of the project: This program is very effective in that the family is recognized in our parish bulletin for their contribution to our faith community, and deserves the recognition this award bestows.


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