August 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights,
It seems like there is so much negativity in the news these days. I get so tired of hearing about the political battling, rising crime, cost of living. I’m writing this as I prepare to head over to my Adoration slot at 11pm. Praise God for the gift of his Blessed Son Jesus and the ability to spend time with the Blessed sacrament. At first, I was hesitant about committing to a timeslot, every week, late at night, going forward. Like many of us, we don’t like to be tied down to, or committed to, an obligation like this. We all prefer to wait and “see how it goes”. Maybe someone else will step in so I am no longer needed. We don’t commit until the last minute, if at all. This was not easy for me either. However, as I soon discovered, I need this time with Jesus. This is my “reset” from all the secular attacks that we see every day. I would say it is more like “recharging my electric vehicle” than filling my tank with gas. If you do not have a slot yet, please consider it. When I checked this past Sunday, there were about 8 slots with no adorers. You will not regret it.

To report on some recent activities, 12 Brother Knights got together at 7am on a Saturday morning to do our Highway cleanup commitment. After enjoying the special Mike Goertz tacos and some donuts and coffee, we knocked it out and were done before 9am, leaving most of our Saturday to do what else we needed.

This past Sunday was Welcome Sunday. This is a time where multiple ministries set up a table and displays and talk to prospective clients. It is Knights of Columbus Chisholm Trail Council #9368 Round Rock Texas Saint William Catholic Church August 2023 always fun and encouraging to “sell” clients on the Knights and get them to sign up. Please look forward to greeting these new members. Of course, the major activity coming up is Casino Night 2023. We had to reschedule it about a month later due to a slow start in donations. This event requires all hands-on deck. Please, please, please reach out and offer your services!! We urgently need sponsors and donations. Depending on the amount of sponsorship, you may be eligible to receive tickets for
admission. Regarding donations, please speak with businesses that you frequent for gift cards. Restaurants, theaters, car washes, dog groomers, hair care, distilleries, etc. We will accept any and all donations. And of course, if you prefer to attend, bring your family and friends with you. Attendees that participate in the live and silent auction are our biggest source of revenue.

Thanks and God Bless,
Rick Mara, Grand Knight Council 9368
Saint William Catholic Church, Round Rock Tx

July 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights,
On a recent episode of the gameshow “Jeopardy”, all 3 contestants could not fill in this blank, “Matthew 6:9 says, Our Father, who art in heaven, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ be thy name”. Fans were shocked at their lack of knowledge of the most common Christian prayer. Unfortunately, it shows where a majority of our country is at in relation to religion. Brothers, we have a lot of evangelizing to do. Quick update on my health. My broken arm is on the mend. I no longer need to wear the sling, and most days I only take a few Advil for pain management. With some effort, I’m able to do all of the personal hygiene activities that we all take for granted. I’ve been in PT for a few weeks now and I’m making good progress. I’m amazed at how limited the motion in my right arm is. I still can’t raise my arm more than 20 degrees. My therapist says to expect about 3 months for full motion. I wanted to thank my brothers for all the help and prayers that have been provided. You are truly my “Texas Family”! Finally, June and July are lower activity months regarding Knight activities. For those that attended the June meeting, we have elected a full slate of officers for the 2023/24 Fraternal year. 3 officers have moved on and we gained 3 new ones. On July 30, the Knights have been asked to participate in “Welcome Sunday” following the 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm Masses. Please volunteer to help speak with the parishioners and to ask men about joining the Knights. Also, we have our largest fundraiser, “Casino Night”, coming up on August 19th. This event can only be successful if we get a huge quantity of Knights to volunteer their time. Please, please, please consider donating your time, talent and treasure to this event. I guarantee that you will get more out of working this event than the people you are serving. We urgently need more Brother Knights to help obtain gifts and donations in support of the silent and live auctions. Please look for an email from me that will provide more details. Thanks and God Bless,

Rick Mara, Grand Knight Council 9368
Saint William Catholic Church, Round Rock Tx

Upcoming Events:

July 5 th
Business Meeting
7 pm in the Pavilion (6:30pm Rosary)

July 8th
First Friday Adoration
4am in the Adoration Chapel (followed by fellowship)

July 30th
Welcome Sunday
Following the 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm Masses

August 19th
Casino Night
5-11pm at St. William PEC

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