On Sept. 17th GK Greg Villard (center) inaugurated a new program of hiking on the weekend to promote good health. Also shown: Leo McGarry(left), Mike Butera,Greg Villard, Rebecca Kelly, Bill Kelly. And of course, dogs Maxine(not in view) and The Kelly's dogs
On Saturday, Oct. 1st, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry held a"Walk for Poverty awareness". Participants walked 2 laps around the Santa Sophia campus to raise awareness of the plight of the poor and homeless in our area. Three of our Knight from Council 9332 participated: Billy Kelly and his wife Rebecca (and their dogs), Eddie Padillo, DGK Shawn Reidy. Br. Paul Marquie and his wife Judy, helped prepare a nutritious brunch for everyone afterwards
[message from our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson regarding The Knight of Columbus Christian Relief Fund in the Middle East]
Dear Brother Knight, The Knights of Columbus is committed to assisting our Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering in the Middle East. At this year’s Supreme Convention, I announced a “Season of Truth” dedicated to raising awareness of their plight, and the plight of other religious minorities in the region.
The violence in the Middle East has led to many deaths and the greatest refugee crisis since WWII. Over four million people have been displaced. Among the most affected are Iraqi and Syrian Christians, who are the victims of ongoing systematic cleansing and persecution. While the Christian population in Iraq once numbered above a million, violence has reduced that number by more than 65%. This human catastrophe has drawn commentary from Pope Francis, who said this of the persecution:
Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus. In this third world war, waged piecemeal, … a form of genocide is taking place. As Knights of Columbus we cannot be part of what Pope Francis has called the “complicit silence” of many who hear of these atrocities and do nothing. We must act.
To date, we have donated more than $4 million to relief efforts in Iraq and Syria through the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund. We have also launched a website and released a commercial to raise awareness of the crisis. However, more assistance is needed, as the response from the international community has been woefully inadequate.
Please go tochristiansatrisk.orgto learn more about this humanitarian emergency and to make a donation that will provide material assistance to these refugees. Please also consider sharing this message with your family and friends.
As Knights of Columbus, we are called to stand in solidarity with all those Christians around the world who are suffering from violent persecution, offering spiritual and material assistance to these victims of crimes against humanity. Please pray daily for our Christian brothers and sisters—for their perseverance in faith and hope, the improvement of their living conditions, and the restoration of peace in their land.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and support. Vivat Jesus! Carl Anderson Supreme Knight Knights of Columbus 1 Columbus Plaza New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 752-4000
Garden of Innocence National San Diego
Elissa Davey, founder(l)and Dr. Pastor Netreia Carroll, co-founder (r) Mission statement: To provide a dignified burial to abandoned or unidentified children. Here is a short video about The Garden of Innocence: vimeo.com/57512569 "If no one grieves, no one will remember!" Graveside Service Announcement: Baby_______ TBA Dear Garden Community, Please help us send our baby, ______, home with the love and dignity of family and friends beside them. WE are her family now. Additionally, you are welcomed to bring donations (crafted/handmade jewlery, blankets, beanie toys, etc) to the service and we will gladly accept them from you. Just let any of the Garden volunteers know (identified by our wooden nametags). Please ensure we have your contact information so that we are able to mail a "Thank you" card with your tax exempt note. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please see one of our Garden volunteers or you may click donate or send by mail to: Garden of Innocence National P.O. Box 722, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (888) 535-4772-National firstname.lastname@example.org Office Address 156 Walker Way Vista CA 92083 *************************** Garden of Innocence [Enter and drive past the lakes, due east of the flower shop, right across the street at the back of the canyon behind the large white Madonna statue.] El Camino Memorial Park 5600 Carrol Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121 for directions go to their website:http://www.gardenofinnocence.org Our Officers and Volunteers: Elissa Davey -Founder CEO/President email@example.com Tel. No. : 760-805-9058 Dominic Carnevale - Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Nardella - Treasurer email@example.com Netreia Carroll - Co-Founder Secretarynetreia@gardenofinnocence.org ******************************* We are in need of Wooden Urns. Those persons with buiding skills: here is a diagram plan to build one. For any questions you might have, feel free to contact our Casket Builder Coordinator, Mr. Bret Barnes at: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry operates with businesslike efficiency
By Victoria Hudgins SPRING VALLEY -- For the poor in Spring Valley, free produce offered Monday mornings at the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s food pantry is a lifesaver. Armed with small dollies, carts and bags, shoppers begin lining up as early as 6 a.m. They wait, hoping to find a healthy selection of fruit and vegetables. At nine o’clock, after beginning their day with a group prayer, volunteers open the gates. The first shopper enters to find tables laden with an orderly display of tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and more. The food is donated by area grocers, such as Albertsons, Sprouts and Grocery Outlet. It is picked up and delivered to the pantry by SVDP volunteers. The pantry, located in an old house on the grounds of Santa Sophia Parish, is staffed by approximately 45 volunteers who work year-round, six days a week, running an operation which fed about 400 families per month in 2014 — the equivalent of 1,500 individuals, according to pantry manager Paul Marquie. The number of needy families doubled this past year, from 2013, in which the pantry served about 200 families. The free Monday produce is only a small part of the operation. Produce is also available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, when the pantry is open to clients who receive staples and other household essentials on a monthly basis. This includes canned and boxed food items, as well as necessities such as shampoo and toilet paper. Before clients leave, an intake worker inquires, “Is there anything else we can do to help you?” Judy Marquie, president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, said the society’s work can include anything, from helping someone fill their car with gasoline for a job interview to making a payment on an overdue utility bill. Some may need assistance with rent. The program might include home visits to help clients work out a plan to become more financially stable. “We like to say we’re giving them a hand up, not a hand out,” said Paul Marquie. The local conference, or chapter, of the society strives to responsible with the money it raises through contributions and fundraising, said Vice President Robert Riddell. Clients who need this kind of help are not given cash, but instead a voucher, or the bills are paid directly from the society. There is also a limit on financial aid, which is available “just once a year,” said Riddell. One goal for the future is to make more home visits, Riddell added. Many changes have taken place in the past year for both the 80-member Spring Valley group and its pantry. Just a year ago, the conference elected a new board of directors and recruited a new pantry manager. All positions are volunteer and require enormous commitments of time and energy. Three board members have gone to outside training, said Riddell. The Spring Valley St. Vincent de Paul group is part of a much larger international society which constantly seeks ways to adapt to a changing world. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an independent charitable organization which is supported by the parish and located on parish grounds by permission of the priest, said Judy Marquie. Pastoral support is key to their ministry, she added. “It is the only church in the diocese that allows us to send out envelopes,” Marquie said. In addition to its work in Spring Valley, the group helps out smaller San Diego SVDP groups which do not benefit from the same level of support. One of the most amazing aspects of the pantry is that most of the volunteers are retirees, with an average age of 75, said Paul Marquie. But that doesn’t stop them from cheerfully doing the heavy lifting and rapid movement required to stock shelves, freezers and refrigerators. That doesn’t stop them from standing on a concrete floor for several hours without a break. What they do is nothing less than “heroic,” said new volunteer Dorothy Ryan. Paul Marquie said this dedication comes from recognizing, “In the poor, we see the face of Christ.” The Southern Cross
*** Paul Marquie is also one of our Knights of Columbus brothers and Past Grand Knight(PGK) of our Council 9332. Thanks Paul.
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