Over $600 was raised at the Souperbowl Soup-off luncheon this year at St Joseph’s church hall in Sarnia. A joint effort with the CWL of St. Joe’s and the Knights of St. Ben’s, the hall was packed with over 100 people. It was a very joyful affair, thanks to the huge effort by Eric Madej, deputy Grand Knight of Council 1429 and his band of supportive knights. Also instrumental was the assistance of District Deputy John Ramsey and the CWL president Laura Hardy. The funds raised will go toward the restoration of the church grounds and the building of the KofC bell pagoda.
Not too many were surprised that Deacon Lyle won the award for the best soup [Pea Soup] again, but this time, close on his heels, was the arguably equally good next best, the “Curried Lentil Vegan Soup prepared by Melanie Marhue.
Also being raffled off was a framed limited edition Thomas Kincaid print “Sea of Tranquility”.
Gracing the occasion was Fr Peter Keller who was almost early enough to say grace and Fr Steve Savel who was presented with a token of appreciation by Council 1429 Grand Knight Norman Monteiro.
Thanks to all the volunteers, the donors of food and the photographer (Dave), a wonderful, Christmassy good time was had by all who attended.
The carol singing competition was the highlight of the evening. The winning team consisting of, well, … there’s actually a controversy about who won and for good form’s sake, both teams are featured here. The competition indeed was intense.
One of the two winning teams featuring our Faithful Navigator Joe Sawczuk
The other winning team with District Deputy John Ramsay
The runner – up featuring Chaplain Fr. Anthony Eboh
Yet another Dave Pirt special, the Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. Seen below are the winning creations from students of Sacred Heart and Gregory Hogan elementary schools. These have been forwarded for competition at the next level.
Also pictured here are Dave’s family members and Chris Sanchez who helped judge the hundreds of submissions from the students.
A Dave Pirt [Financial Secretary] initiative, for the 2nd year in a row, resulted in over $1,000 being raised toward Council 1429’s support for the most recent Habitat for Humanity build. Furthermore, fellow knights contributed man-hours on the build days itself. Not seen in the pictures is Dave himself (obviously, the cameraman) and who also collected the pledges and made a large one himself.
Council 1429 would like to thank all those who helped make this event yet another success. To all those who supported the seminarians by buying tickets, and had a great time with family, kids and friends, we do hope you come out again. We were encouraged to see that the costume competition, games, music and dancing were enjoyed by all. Thank you to Fr Savel, Fr Bedard, Fr Eboh and the seminarians who made the evening special by their presence. Thanks to our team of volunteer brother knights, their wives and families for their support and for keeping everything running smoothly. A special thanks to our District Deputy, John Ramsey and Fraternal Advisor, Dan Gimpel whose continued help and support is very much appreciated. Besides lively music by DJ Greg Jones, we were very blessed to be entertained with a magnificent violin performance by an award-winning daughter of one of our brother Knights. We are pleased to be able to support the studies of two seminarians through this event and we look forward to your continued support at future events and endeavors.
Council 1429 pitches in with parishioners of St. Joseph church. The grounds around the church are being prepared for a landscaping project to include flower beds, new drainage and a sprinkler system. St Joe’s is one of 4 Sarnia parishes that Council 1429 is affiliated with. Thanks to Deputy Grand Knight Eric, his wife Ania and new 1st Degree Knight, Gui St. Germain, for lending their muscle and time!