Grand Knight September 2021

Dear Brother Knights and Families

I pray this letter finds the school year off to a smooth start for all our families that have school age children. I encourage all Knights to make an effort to get out and support our Catholic school activities. As Knights of Columbus, we need to lead by example and show support for the many activities our Catholic schools participate in. Wear your Knight apparel to football games, volleyball matches, speech contests and music events!! Show your support and pride in being a Knight!! If you are in need of Knight gear, come to a meeting or reach out to me and I’ll make it happen. I also ask that each of you continue to pray for our educators and students.
May all of them have a safe, healthy and successful school year.

Help is needed!! We currently have an amazing group of Knights and their families who show up time and time again and our successes can be directly attributed to their commitments.
God bless each of them!! I am going to challenge ALL our Knights to step up and help our council with just one activity a year. Most of these activities involve minimal requirements of time and effort and the rewards are unlimited! Our patron, the Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney led by example and so should we.

Our upcoming activities include the popular Tootsie Roll Drive in October, Christmas activities in December and our annual Free Throw basketball contest in January. Please watch for upcoming information related to these Knights of Columbus sponsored activities and help make them a success. Our council needs you!! All our activities are family friendly and we encourage each Knight to include their children and spouses when able.

In closing, I encourage all Knights to join me at our monthly meetings for an evening of prayer and fellowship. Every meeting is followed by pizza, beverages and camaraderie. Come see what we are all about!!

God Bless and Vivat Jesus!

James McCarville
Grand Knight

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Grand Knight August 2021

Dear Brother Knights and Families:

July was loaded with projects. There were many opportunities for participation in council activities and our dedicated members and families did not disappoint!

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, our firework tent sales were record breaking for our council and we received a check for over $12,000!! Thanks to all that helped make this fundraiser such a HUGE success!!

On Saturday, July 31st, a crew led by Dan Weslowski repaired our council hall ceiling above the fish fry area. This job was followed by several hours of yard work and landscaping around the building. Thanks to Dan and all those who helped with these necessary repairs and work!!
Later that same day, Marv and myself led the Knights of Columbus, ‘Altar Boy’ appreciation night. We began the fun with pizza and desserts in Kaczmarek Hall, then off to Haymarket Park with 19 young fellas and adult chaperones to cheer the Salt Dogs on to a 11-5 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. 4 Salt Dog home runs made for an extra exciting evening for all of us!!

I ask all of you to pray for our priests, teachers and students as they begin the new school year in just a few short weeks.

Please make an effort to attend a Knights of Columbus monthly meeting and be sure to share our membership opportunity with any parish men that might benefit from joining our council. We would love to see our numbers grow.

God Bless and Vivat

Jesus!

James McCarville
Grand Knight

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Grand Knight July 2021

Dear Knights and Families,

A huge congratulations to our record breaking 2021 fireworks tent crews!! We did this with the smallest amount of volunteers we’ve ever had! Thank you to all the Knights who found time to help in our success and a BIG thanks to all the family members that assisted us. It was definitely a team effort with some amazing results.

The nonstop customers and happy smiles on both days was a testament to all of you and I was told we had the most family friendly tent in Lincoln.
Awesome work, Knights!!! I Thank You!!

Our monthly meetings are back to the pre-covid format and attendance continues to grow. I invite everyone to mark your calendars and come join us in prayer, meeting and fun social interaction with your brother knights. If you can’t make it in person, join us on Zoom. The Zoom link is emailed out to all members before each meeting. We will have pizza and beverages following each meeting.

Thanks again to our fireworks tent SUPER CREWS!

God Bless and Vivat Jesus

James McCarville
Grand Knight

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Grand Knight June 2021

Dear Brother Knights and Families,

I would like to thank all the Knights and their families for helping make our 2021 Fish Fry a success!

Our Knights and families made it happen even with all the challenges we faced this year. Congratulations on a job well done!! As a THANK YOU to all, Lisa and I are hosting a Burger & Hot Dog grill out on Saturday, June 19th at 6 PM at the K of C Hall. I will do the grilling and Lisa will be baking some of her delicious chocolate brownies. Chips and cold drinks will be provided. All Knights and families are WELCOME!!

To follow the cook out, everyone is encouraged to travel out to the Abbott Sports Complex (7600 N. 70th st) for a preview of our fireworks!! This is sponsored by Patriot Pete’s and is a great way for all our firework stand volunteer’s to see first hand what we will be selling. Come out and pick your favorites!! All are welcome even if you can’t make the cook out. Approximate start is dusk. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray!

As a child growing up in a Knights of Columbus family, I was blessed to have a Father that was dedicated to his role as a Knight. We couldn’t wait for a chance to go along with dad to a K of C fundraiser and help out. We made new friends, learned new skills and most importantly
got to help raise money for our Catholic School and Church. I always felt good after helping the Knights. Please consider signing up as a firework stand volunteer. Children are welcome to come help too, when accompanied by an adult!! Please see the K of C ‘Sign Up Genius’ to sign up. Philip Paitz sent out an email on June 4th with information and the sign up site.

Don’t forget to help Dad have a great Father’s Day! Where would we be without the strength, support and love of our Dad!

“Crusade for Christ, Die with Christ, Vivat Jesus!”
James McCarville

Grand Knight, Fitzgerald Council 833

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Grand Knight May 2021

Dear Brother Knights and Families,

I would like to thank all the Knights and those family members that worked many hours to make our 2021 Lenten Fish Fry’s a wonderful success. In the next few weeks, we will announce the date and time of a celebration to honor everyone’s efforts! Be watching for the email communication. Awesome job, everyone!!!

It may be spring but we are actually just two months out from our fireworks fundraiser!! As in the past, there will be a sign-up genie created for Knights and families to sign up for a shift or two. This will be up and running in the next week or two so be watching for the email announcement. Patriot Pete’s, our firework company, is working on setting up a preview night where there will be an exhibition of each firework item sold. All Knights and their families are invited and encouraged to attend this event. Watching the fireworks first hand really helps educate our volunteers to assist the customers in their firework selections and it’s a fun way to spend an evening! The date, time and location of the preview night will be announced via email as soon as we get a confirmation from Patriot Pete’s.
Please come out and help our Knights Council #833 set another record year of firework sales!!

Our monthly Knights of Columbus meetings will continue to be in person and available via ZOOM. If anyone needs help getting hooked up, please just give me a call and we’ll make it happen.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is just around the corner!!! Make sure to honor the special women in your lives and let them know how important they are! Thank God for Mom’s!!

Congratulations to all the graduating seniors! May you futures be filled with all that is good.

As the pandemic situation continues to improve, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and pray all stay healthy.
God Bless and Vivat Jesus,

James McCarville
Grand Knight

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