Once again this year, Council 1429 supported our Recorder, Brother Jim Lelliveld and Maria, to attend the March for Life in Ottawa. They joined thousands of other attendees from all over North America in a day of prayer and support for the Unborn.
Another very successful fund raising event enjoyed by all who attended.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul will be the main beneficiary as will our Coats for Kids campaign.
Thanks to the advertisers and other donors of gift baskets, door and/or spot prizes. Advertisements received exposure to about 200 attendees through announcements and on the slide show as well as the program brochure which is available by clicking on the picture below:
We also have a Facebook presence where the event was publicized.
Thank you once again Joanna and Sam Giresi and your group of helpers for dishing out yet another grand, delicious five course, sit-down Italian dinner. Thanks in a special way to Deana and Dave Pirt for organizing the student servers who did such a fantastic job.
Thank you mainly to the following key people without whom this would not have been possible.
- Parish Administrator Rev. Stephen Savel
- Our incomparable MC – Lee Michaels
- City of Sarnia councillor Dave Boushy
- The staff at our parish churches for helping with advertising and ticket sales
- Melanie and fellow knight Richard Marhue of MerLink Communications
- Christine and Brian Monteiro – for Everything!
- KofC volunteers – John Ramsey, Eric Madej, Camila and Jorge Vinas, Luba and Peter Laychak, David Rodrigues, Maria and Jim Leliveld, Terry Costain, Phil Hrycak, Garry Prokopovich, Judy and John Roman, Norm Vaillant
- Chris Sanchez and many, many others
Keeping alive ex-principal Rob Cicchelli’s statement from four years ago, “The beginning of another “Irish” tradition“. Proceeds from this Pancake Tuesday fundraiser will be used to finance the Jim Lathem, Chaplaincy and other awards to deserving students who meet Council criteria of Christian principles. Thanks to all who helped out that day.
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.
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.
Council 1429 organized socials at St. Joseph’s and Our Lady of Mercy to thank parishioners for their generous contributions and donations towards the recent Fund Raising Campaign.
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.