A Great Year for St. Joseph Council 9846
Once again, St Joseph Council 9846 earned another Star Council Award for Fraternal Year 2017-2018. This award is certainly an early Christmas Gift for the Council. This award adds to the state awards that the council received during the State Convention — Best in Keep Christ in Christmas Program at both District and State levels and 30-year Anniversary Award.
This year has been great for our council. Highlight of course was the Dinner Gala and all other smaller fundraisers for the church building fund (e.g. Bottle Recycle, Smile Card Fundraiser, Pancake Breakfast, Charity Appeal, etc.).
Apart from that, we have helped in many church activities such as the Marian procession, Christmas decorations, Parish Picnic, Holy Week, Life Chain, Breakfast with Santa, etc. We have run faith-based prayer programs such as 40 days for Life and Knights’ Marian Prayer for Persecuted Christians. We have joined Patriotic celebrations such as Canada Day and Remembrance day as well. Individually, many knights serve as ushers, choir members, ministers, lectors, etc. The Singing Knights spread the Good News through Christmas carols at the seniors home and at the Parish Concert.
Excellent work, all Brother Knights of St. Joseph!
Special thanks are in order for our committed knights most especially the following brothers who were awarded with Certificates of Appreciation for their contribution and dedication to the St. Joseph Council: Bro John Kai, Bro Patrick Grant, Bro Edmund Toi, Bro Dennis Kwan, Bro Rome Saratan and of course, Bro Joe Johnston who was awarded Knight of the Year.
One of the programs being encouraged in the Knights of Columbus is the Family of the Month/Year that is aimed at identifying families who can serve as models in church. Our selection was based on a set of criteria provided by the Knights of Columbus and these families who we have identified several months ago meet the criteria with high marks. Our Family of the Year is Bro Mark Pan and Family. Family of the Month is Bro Patrick Arce and Family. Both will be nominated to the State Council for family awards.
The awards were presented at an opportune time during our Christmas Party at the Burrard Public House in Port Moody last Wednesday, December 19, 2018. We had a very good turnout of almost 30 people. Thanks to all Knights who came with their families. Copy the following link to your address bar for pictures during this Christmas event.
Merry Christmas! Remember Keep Christ in Christmas. Vivat Jesus!
Ernie Alcala, Grand Knight