NEWSLETTER Month of December 2018
GENERAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS     
FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S REPORT
CHILLIWACK KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Financial Secretary Gerry Lockwood would like to remind Brother Knights that in the spirit of giving it is time to pay your dues for 2019.  Either bring your $35 payment to the December meeting or make alternate arrangements with him to keep your dues current. Br Gerry Lockwood
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MONTHLY POT LUCK DINNER Be sure to keep the first Sunday of each month open for the Parish Pot Luck Supper/Social sponsored by Chilliwack Council 3478.  The brainchild of Family Director Jean Godbout got off to a soft start in November but as you’ll see in the pics below, you’re missing out on a whole lot of fun.  The Pot Luck runs from 3 to 6pm in St. Mary’s Gym.  Even St. Nicholas has heard about it!   The next Pot Luck will be Sunday Jan. 6th starting at 3pm.  Circle the date!
A TREE-MENDOUS EFFORT
BKs Jean and David Godbout out helping BK Dale Erikson harvest some Christmas Trees
Christmas Tree Fundraiser/ Br Dale Erikson     While our Douglas Fir Christmas fundraiser got off to a slow start for the first two weekends, it is looking good for the rest of the program! We suggested to parishioners that whether or not they needed a tree, they could still buy one to be delivered to a needy family. We will already be delivering 5 to some less fortunate families to help them enjoy the Christmas season a little more. If you would like to do this and/or know a family that is in need and would appreciate a Christmas tree please let me know.  I really want to thank all of Brother Knights that helped out with cutting and/or selling the trees. I think that they all enjoyed working together to make this a successful venture.  Cost of the trees will be between $30 and $45 with optional delivery for an additional $10. If you live in a complex, I will have a poster prepared to publicize the event and offer delivery, hopefully in bulk, please let me know if you are willing to advertise this. Thanks to Brother Gerry Cranley who looked after it in my absence. We are hoping for participation from as many Brother Knights as possible for help and are hoping that everyone can help in one way or another, if you can, please call me at 604-824-5506 or preferably email at deerikson@shaw.ca or Brother Gerry at gcrankey@gmail.com or 604-819-4932  Thank you and I look forward to working with you.
NEW YEAR’S FREE SKATE IS COMING Another date you don’t want to miss is Wed. Jan 2nd, 2019… our 5th annual Council sponsored Free Skate for St. Mary’s parishioners and their families 6:30pm to 8pm at Twin Rinks.  We’ve moved the event to the evening so that Brother Knights working during the day can lace up the skates and join the fun.  As in past years, we’ll have a few door prizes and the concession will be open.  Even if you don’t skate, you’re welcome to sit in the stands and enjoy the fellowship.  Here’s how many skaters we had last year…
NEW ADVOCATE Thanks BK Jules Cossette for stepping forward and becoming our new Council Advocate, succeeding BK Peter Pazdera.  Thanks to you both for your ongoing service to our Council.  REMEMBRANCE DAY Our 4th Degree Colour Guard represented our Order well at this year’s Remembrance Day service at the Vedder Cenotaph, parading down Vedder Rd to the former CFB grounds for the laying of the wreaths.
CHRISTMAS USHERS: I will be calling the days ahead to fill the various Usher positions over Christmas.  Please give some thought as to which Masses you’ll be attending before the phone rings.  Thanks….Peter Lindenhoff, Usher Coordinator for St. Mary’s Parish.