Grand Knight March 2022

Dear Brother Knights and Families:

When you read this message, the Lenten season will be upon us. The term Lent, literally means spring. Spring is a time of renewal and hope. As Knights of Columbus, we should use this Holy Season as a time of reflection, sacrifice and prayer. Your faith and that of your Brother Knights, is strengthened when we become involved in the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and alms giving. May each of you have a holy and successful lent.

A big thank you to all the Knights and families that helped on our first night of this season’s fish fry. Our first week was a great success!! We had a nice mix of dine in and drive thru business. We can always use additional help so please consider bringing the whole family and joining us for one or more Fridays.

While Lent is a time of prayer and sacrifice, it’s also a great time to welcome new members to share in this time honored fraternal organization. Many men and their families attend our fish fries so it’s a perfect time to show how the Knights of Columbus put our faith into action. Please be sure to welcome everyone and share our council’s stories of fellowship and good works.

It is also the time of year where we get to nominate new officers. If you have a Knight in mind for a specific role or are interested in learning more about a position, be sure to reach out to me.

Our monthly Knights of Columbus meetings are a perfect blend of information and fellowship. Please join us for our next meeting.

Finally, let us all keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers. Let us pray for peace.

God bless you all, and I hope to see you in person this Friday! Vivat Jesus!!

James P. McCarville
Grand Knight

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Grand Knight February 2022

Dear Brother Knights and Families:

I would like to encourage all Knights to attend our February council meeting this upcoming week. It will be packed with information on upcoming events.

Every year, we celebrate a Mass to honor the lives of our deceased Knights. This is an important event to remember all the Brother Knights who have gone before us and a comfort to know that when our time on earth is done, we will be honored in this special way by our own council members. This mass will be held at our Knights Hall on Wednesday, February 16th and will begin at 7 pm. Please join us for this important Knights of Columbus tradition.

Our monthly meeting will follow the mass.

Our Lenten season is almost upon us, so it’s time for our first major fundraiser of the year. The K of C Council #833 FISH FRY!!! We have been busy planning and getting things set up to continue our tradition of putting on the BEST fish fry in town! We are known for having the tastiest fish and the very best service in all of Lincoln. Even with the pandemic, last year was hugely successful and our goal for this year is to blow 2021 out of the water!!! To do this, we need a team of volunteers to staff the many areas of our assembly line.

Please consider helping for one evening or all of them. Any time given is greatly appreciated. Our ‘Sign Up Genie‘ is set up to accept volunteers so check it out or give me a call and I’ll get you signed up. Let’s make this an epic year!

Church attendance has suffered in the past few years due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Please consider returning to ‘in person’ mass if at all possible. Nothing compares to the serenity and peace obtained from hearing mass from a pew. Our founder, Father Michael McGivney, showed his strengths during times very similar to what our country is experiencing now and we can do the same.

I’d like to give a HUGE shout out to Brad Behne who is our February, Knight of the Month!! Brad spends countless hours putting together our monthly newsletter and has recently volunteered to take over leadership of our Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest.

God bless you all, and I hope to see you in person this Wednesday.
Vivat Jesus!!

James P. McCarville Grand Knight

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Grand Knight January 2022

Dear Brother Knights and Families:

2022!!!! The beginning of a new year always holds such hope and promise!! I am sure that like myself, all of you are just wanting the next 12 months to be filled with health and happiness!!

Covid 19 has changed our definition of ‘normal’ and many people still have day to day struggles with this. Please be sure to reach out to our elderly, neighbors, family and friends who might be experiencing these feelings and show them you care.

Once again, Brother Tom Hoffman has taken our Candy Cane Sunday proceeds to a new record!! $582 was raised by Tom and the fellow Knights who assisted him. Many thanks to the volunteers!! AWESOME job!!

One Rose One Life

The importance of this event cannot be underestimated. The lives of many unborn depend upon the statewide success of this fundraiser! 100% of the monies go to support Culture of Life organizations and events throughout Nebraska. Please mark your calendar for January 22nd and 23rd and consider volunteering. We hope to have a Knights of Columbus representative at each of the church doorways for every mass.

Membership Drive time!!! February 5th and 6th is our Knights of Columbus membership drive and I am asking all my brother Knights to assist with this important week-end. As your Grand Knight, I am committed to grow our council numbers. We are the largest men’s religious organization in the world and our influence on our church family and community is tremendous.

Please consider giving your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors the opportunity to be a part of this special group. There are several leadership openings that need to be filled, with one being the Deputy Grand Knight. If you are interested in a leadership position within the Knights of Columbus or know of a great candidate, please reach out to me.

In closing, please continue to pray for our priests, teachers and those who influence our children. Pray for our country and the leaders of our local, state and federal governments.
God Bless and Vivat Jesus!
James McCarville
Grand Knight
Council 833

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Grand Knight December 2021

Dear Brother Knights and Families:

As I continue to heal from my falls and surgery, I want to thank my brother Knights who stepped up to help with our fall/winter activities. It is truly appreciated!!! Although I am still just running at half speed, I’m anxious to jump back into the fast lane asap!!

During this advent season, let us all take the time to reflect on our many, many blessings. Most of us don’t have to look very far…. family, friends, jobs, health and our Brother Knights. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us give thanks to Him for our lives and the many wondrous gifts that surround us each and every day.

This past Saturday, December 11th, was our annual Knights of Columbus Christmas party. I had a great time visiting with many of you. As always, the dinner and desserts were amazing and the white elephant exchange was very entertaining!!

Warmest wishes for a Joyful Christmas and a Grace Filled New Year and as always,

God Bless each of you and Vivat Jesus!!

James McCarville
Grand Knight

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Grand Knight November 2021

Dear Brother Knights and Families

A SUPER BIG thank you to all who helped make our 2021 Tootsie Roll Drive a success! Multiple Knights (and even some of their kiddo’s) volunteered to help collect over $1600 to help our Council 833 reach our goal. THANK YOU!!!

Our founder, Father McGivney, had the foresight to realize the importance of pre-planning and the security provided by having affordable life insurance products available for all members of the Knights of Columbus. Every Knight here in Nebraska recently received a Knights of Columbus sponsored life insurance survey to complete and return and I strongly encourage each of you to fill this form out and if you have not already done so, please consider a personal life insurance policy.

As some of you may have heard, these past few weeks have provided me with quite a health challenge and has definitely given new importance to my own Knights of Columbus life insurance policy. While at work, I took a tumble off the flatbed of my semi trailer which landed me in the hospital for 4 days with 6 broken ribs and a fractured hand. It appeared (or so I thought) that I was doing remarkably well while recuperating at home but maybe not, as I apparently had a blood pressure drop, became dizzy and fell down our stairs. This has landed me a second stay in the hospital with an accompanying surgery.

Overwhelmingly, this experience has reinforced what a gift each breath is and it also strongly hit home how quickly a person’s life can change. I will be on the mend for several months yet and Lisa is trying to figure out how to bubble wrap me but through it all, I had the peace of mind that comes with knowing no matter the outcome, those I love would be taken care of financially through my Knights of Columbus life insurance policy. Please consider taking advantage of this very important product.

I humbly ask for your prayers of healing for myself and prayers of peace and patience for my own personal nurse, Lisa.

As always, God Bless each of you and Vivat Jesus!!

James McCarville
Grand Knight
Council 833

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