So believe it or not I have one final update on the Puritan Cleaners’ Coats for Kids Drive.
Because of the generosity of our parish and council, and Metro Richmond as a whole, there was actually a SURPLUS of coats provided to the drive this year. Amazing, as Puritan was quite certain this year donations would suffer.
Despite their initial expectation, our Council made an arrangement prior to the drive, that should such an unlikely situation exist, we would get some of the coats back. This way we could distribute them personally to our traditionally supported charities: Commonwealth Catholic Charities, St. Peters Community Food Pantry, Sacred Heart Center, Pregnancy Resource Center and the Blackwell School.
Happy to report when we were contacted by Puritan Cleaners and given the great news, we picked up s a substantial number of coats (adults and children) yesterday, and made them available to all our core charities.
So what started locally, ended locally.
I want to thank Brothers Ron Paquette and Steve Oswald to make deliveries to the locations. It was a lot of fun working with you both! Others offered to help too but the window to act was narrow.
Thanks Brother John McCulla for helping to encourage the surplus discussion with Puritan, and reaching out to the groups this week and giving them the news we were coming!
Puritan told us that it was thanks to the generosity of our Council, that led to this surplus in the first place. They told me today that if we didn’t contact them next year, they would most definitely be contacting us to help again.
I spoke recently to Kay White. She told me Pat is fighting hard but is very weak as he has had trouble keeping water down or to eat anything. He has lost a lot of weight – between 20 and 25 pounds. Pat has had a number of challenges related to his cancer: bad reactions to the strong meds; continued pain; and other ailments that arise because of his condition (kidney stone, a blood clot, etc.). Thankfully, Pat has fought through these situations. And, there was some very good news that an MRI showed no metastasizing of the cancer to his liver.
Pat is unable to receive visitors or take calls. He can only see one family member a day. Kay was heartened to say she had been allowed to be with Pat at night and this has helped him sleep better.
We need to keep praying hard for Pat in his fight. If he can keep his water and food down, Kay was told it may be possible for Pat to be home at Christmas. Please keep the prayers coming, men.
“Dear Lord, we pray for our Brother Pat and ask that you be close at his side in his struggle to regain his health. We ask too that you bless Kay and give her the strength to help Pat in this period of grave illness. Lord, we know that You have a plan for Pat and Kay and their family. We trust in Thee; Thy will be done.”
John K. McCulla 6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226 804-306-2488 firstname.lastname@example.org
When discussing the upcoming March for Life on January 29, 2021, I forgot to mention that our Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, will be honored at the annual Rose Dinner, held after the March, with The Pro-Life Legacy Award.
Again, brothers will need to make their own travel arrangements to the March for Life because the Knights/Diocese bus transportation has been nixed. If unable to travel, the Rally on the Mall and the March itself will be televised in full by EWTN.
As for the vigil Mass and the morning of the March Mass that are celebrated at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Archdiocese of Washington has filed a lawsuit challenging the restriction of a maximum 50 people being allowed to attend Mass, as opposed to a percentage of capacity basis that is employed for other entities. I believe the Shrine can seat over 4,000 people, so obviously many more worshippers could be safely accommodated than 50. The limit is being challenged on the same basis as the successful challenge recently brought by the Diocese of Brooklyn that went to the Supreme Court.
Bruce wanted to send out a reminder that our council is collecting donations for paperback books on behalf of McGuire Hospital Veterans. We must emphasize that they only want PAPERBACK books, no hard-covers.
Once again, superman, Doug Lynch is leading the coordination efforts. The Deadline for donations is Saturday 12/19 at Noon. Please see Doug’s email below for additional information and requirements. Thank you Doug!!!
Many of you who were at the last member meeting heard about our campaign to help the Special Olympics through participation in the 2021 Polar Plunge. All of the funds raised go directly to the Special Olympics VA in support of the year-round activities of over 23,000 athletes of all abilities. Please consider supporting this cause with a donation and/or an email to your friends and family to help increase the reach of this fundraising effort.
If you would like to join the fundraising effort, you can start your own fundraising page by navigating to 2021 Polar Plunge (specialolympicsva.org) and choosing he JOIN THE PLUNGE button. Next, choose to JOIN A TEAM and search for and select “Knights of Columbus 5476”. All donations to your page will be reflected in both your individual total and the team total.