Council Softball Team Proposal

24 03 2008

Hi brothers,

The people who volunteered to work with the Council Committee gathered immediately after our last meeting. Among other things, there’s one proposed activity that we are trying to concretize and present to the Council for approval.There’s a proposal for us to try ‘Slow pitch’ softball and perhaps organize a team! For myself, the last time I picked up a bat was in the little league; but with the prospect of greater camaraderie, it sounds like a lot of fun! And think of the prospect of playing with other councils that are into the same sport!

Some members like the idea already and Brother Fritz is offering the use of his baseball bat. But I guess we need a whole array of gears to get started. Can you share your ideas fellas? We are starting from scratch here and we need inputs on the following:

1. What equipment do we need? (Do you have one gathering dust in the closet that we can still use?)

2. Venue? (Where can we practice and play some games?)

3. When is the best time to play and have some fun?

4. Anybody who is an expert on this and who wants to be trainer or coach?

5. Any expert idea is also welcome

At this time we won’t be asking if you want to be in the team or not. In case we decide to do this, all you have to do is just show up to throw, catch or hit some balls. We’ll take it from there.

Please just email back you comments fellas.


P.S. These are the brothers who signified to be in the Council Committee or who are working closely with the Committee: James Murray, Kevin Renze, Arnel Anog, Mark Manapul, Israel Balbalec, Eddie and Ian Fritz de la Cruz, Rodelio Bunag, Fred Laureles, and Geony Provido.


Knights of Columbus Founder Declared Venerable

16 03 2008

Father McGivney Sought to Help Immigrant Families

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, MARCH 16, 2008 ( The founder of the Knights of Columbus was declared venerable by Benedict XVI, furthering his process toward possibly becoming the first American-born priest to be canonized.

The Pope approved Saturday a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Father Michael McGivney.

“All of us who are members of the Knights of Columbus are profoundly grateful for this recognition of the holiness of our founder,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “The strength of the Knights of Columbus today is a testament to his timeless vision, his holiness and his ideals.”

Worried about the religious faith and financial stability of immigrant families, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus with the help of several men of St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven in 1882 to help strengthen the faith of the men of his parish and to provide financial assistance in the event of their death to the widows and orphans they left behind. He was also known for his tireless work among his parishioners.

Michael McGivney was born in Connecticut in 1852 to parents who were natives of Ireland and immigrants to the United States.

From an early age, he realized a calling to the priesthood and was ordained in 1877 in Baltimore, Maryland.

His cause for canonization was opened in December 1997.

Still maintaining its headquarters in New Haven, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with more than 1.7 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean islands, the Philippines, Guam and, most recently, Poland.

SHARE Food Network Volunteers

9 03 2008

Dear Brother Knights;

As I indicated during our last meeting, the Holy Family Shelter Meal Ministry will be volunteering at the SHARE Food Network in Hyattsville, MD next Saturday March 15th. Terry Richards, a fellow parishioner, and myself have coordinated these community service activities for almost 5 years. We meet about once a month usually on a Saturday morning to serve at food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc.

We plan on gathering at the church parking lot at 6:00AM for coffee and pastries and will leave for SHARE around 6:30AM. The service hours will be from 7:00AM till around 11:00AM. You are welcome to join us this Saturday or on any of our future activities.

Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can give SHARE a count of the number of volunteers that will be coming. Below are directions to the warehouse in Hyattsville. If you like to know more about SHARE, visit their website: Please pass this message to other brothers whom may not have an e-mail address. Thanks.

Yours in Christ,
Andres Padilla