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                     GRAND KNIGHT ‘S REPORT— Aurel Muego                                      Volume 20, Issue 10
                                                                                                December, 2009
                     As we approach the end of 2009, it is always a joy to look back at
                     the year that was. And it has been a good one for our brothers at
                     Council 9990 and Trinity Catholic Parish.

                    Through your individual efforts we have helped enrich our com-
                    munity of worship. Brothers and their wives and families continu-
                    ally offer their time, their talent, and even their financial resources
all towards the edification of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.

As your Grand Knight I am very proud of you all.

The Season of Advent is upon us. As we embark on this journey to prepare for the
Greatest Birthday ever, let us focus on those who are dear to us. Spend time with
family and friends and remember always to invite Christ to come into your hearts.

Finally, Ching and I extend to you all the Peace and Blessings of Christmas.

                                      Vivat Jesus

                                      Aurel Muego
                                      Grand Knight

                       Change your thoughts and
                       change the world.                                                      HOLY TRINITY
                                -Norman Vincent Peale
                                                                                              COUNCIL 9990

                                     Holy Trinity Council 9990
                                                   7:00 P.M.
                                      Room 213-214 Trinity Ecumenical Centre
                                               6234 Spartan Road
                                                 Nanaimo, BC
                                           First Thursday of the month
                                           Third Thursday of the month
                          Holy Trinity News
       2009 –2010 Executive                                     Directors & Program Chairs
Chaplain             Fr. Piotr Golinski 250-390-2612
                                                             Church       Director                  Alan Cavin
Grand Knight         Aurel Muego        250-751-0178
Deputy GK                                                                 Ushers                    Bill Duncan

Chancellor           Harold Metz           250-390-3511                   Adult Servers             Bob Koster

Recorder             Ralph Morton          250-756-1718                   Pennies for Heaven        Chuck Rieger
Financial Sec        Alan Cavin            250-751-2637                   Nativity                  Al Schickerowsky
Treasurer            Jim Chase             250-729-2474                   Seder Dinner              Alan Cavin
Advocate             Allan Crowe           250-756-4432                   Travelling Icon           Alan Cavin
Warden               Chuck Rieger          250-390-3776      Community    Director                  Al Schickerowsky
Lecturer             Rich Pistone          250-741-1254                   Pro Life Couple           Vacant
Inside Guard         Brian McNelis         250-758-1968                   Visitations               All Brothers
Outside Guard        Gerry Laporte         250-729-9148                   Stamps & Glasses          Cal Lewis
Trustee 3 Yr         Gerry Peters          250-390-3507
                                                                          Bingo                     Alan Cavin
Trustee 2 Yr         Terry Hayes           250-756-3067
                                                                          Loaves & Fishes           Vacant
Trustee 1 Yr         Pat Young             250-619-6009
                                                                          7-10 Club                 Al Schickerowsky
Immediate Past GK    Jim Loftus            250-756-3934
                                                                          St Vincent de Paul        Bill Duncan
State Deputy         Michael Yeo
District Deputy 21   George Martin         250-754-0826      Council      Director                  Vacant

Field Agent          Marcel Casavant       250-729-9621                   Webmaster / newsletter Terry Hayes
                                                                          Newsletter distribution   Joe Gillich
                   District Deputy 21—                                    Oktoberfest               Stephen Burchert
                   George Martin                                          Phone Committee
                                                                          Christmas Dinner          Jim Loftus
                   My Brother Knights,                                    Spring Dinner             Vacant
                                                                          Certificate Publishing    Terry Hayes
                    ‘Winter Break’ has come again, with
                    all the decorations and merchandis-      Family       Director                  Alan Cavin
                    ing for the profits of the Happy Holi-                Pancake Breakfast         Denis Bérubé
                    day. The true Gift of Christmas is       Youth        Director                  Vacant
                    being exchanged and discarded. Let
us do all in our power as followers of Christ, choose                     Scholarships              Donn Sherry
your words carefully, join together and wish EVERY-          Membership Director                    Jim Loftus
ONE you meet during the holidays a MERRY CHRIST-                          Admission Chair           Rich Pistone

Don’t forget your Keep Christ In Christmas - Car Mag-
net. May the joy of Christmas for you and your families
be blessed and holy.

                          Holy Trinity News
My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six-year-old. For weeks, he'd
been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant."
I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining mo-
ment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presenta-
tion. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed
happy with the compromise.
So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat
down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the stu-
dents were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then,
each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.
Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect any-
thing other than fun, commercial entertainment -- songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good
cheer. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.
Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps
upon their heads. Those in the front row-center stage -- held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title
of the song. As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for
Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message,
"Christmas Love."
The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row hold-
ing the letter "M" upside down -- totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W." The audience of 1st
through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she
stood tall, proudly holding her "W." Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued
until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to
widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first
place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.
For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear: "C H R I S T W A S L O V E"

                  Chaplain — Piotr Golinski

                  A sincere thank you to all those who assisted in the Remembrance Day ceremony at masses
                  for Remembrance Day. To those who prepared the ceremony, decorations, and music to the
                  readers, and to the trumpeter and bagpiper, thank you.

                  Thank you to all for participating in this truly important celebration to remember and hon-
                  our those who sacrificed so much for all of us.

'Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world.

There are those who wake up in the morning and say, 'Good morning, Lord,' and there are those who
wake up in the morning and say,'Good Lord, it's morning...'
                          Holy Trinity News
                 Good of the Order                                         December Anniversaries
 Brother Anselmo Cordeiro                                          Ray and Cheryl Brown                       23
 Brother Arnold Waye                                               Ralph & Ingrid Morton                      35
 Brother Dale Hayes                                                Aurel & Ching Muego                       40
 Brother Simon Groot’s wife Thecla                                 Gerry & Marg Peters                       49
 Brother Robert Wang                                               Pat & Betty Young                         53
 Brother Dan Cain’s mother Denise                                  Bernard & Cecilia Ann Riordan              46
 Brother Nick Tysowski and wife Rose                                                                          52
                                                                   Anselmo & Vimy Cordeiro
 Brother Hank Gravelle
 Brother John MacLellan’s daughter Carleen Armstrong
 Brother Bill Duncan’s daughter-in-law Lindsay                                December Birthdays
 Marcel & Queen Savard's granddaughter Kayla
 Eva Hein                                                                         Brian Bergeron
 Father-in-law of Brother Marcel Casavant                                          Denis Berube
 Brother Curly Greene (3842)                                                      Nelson Botelho
 Marie Poirier wife of Brother Leo (3842)
                                                                                   Don Fauchon
 Please remember in your prayers all brothers and family who                        Joe Gillich
 are sick or distressed.                                                           Dave Lowden
                                                                                  Ralph Morton
The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a metham-
phetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining                  Simon Groot
county and he asked me a rhetorical question, ''Why didn't we have a                Peter Batt
drug problem when you and I were growing up?''                                   Jonathon Pistone
I replied: I had a drug problem when I was young:                                Harry (Hal) Eckes
                                                                                  Mathew Wilkes
♦ I was drug to church on Sunday morning.
♦ I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.
♦ I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
♦ I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
♦ I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card,
  did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in
  everything that was asked of me.
♦ I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four-letter
♦ I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad's fields.
♦ I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbours to help out some poor soul who had no one to
  mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and, if my mother had ever known that I took
  a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behaviour in everything I do, say, and think. They are
stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would
be a better place.

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                  St Vincent de Paul—Bill Duncan
                  With the Christmas season fast approaching it means that it will be very busy for the mem-
                  bers of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Not only do we still have to do the home visits it
                  also means that we have to fill a lot of Hampers and deliver them. That leads me into the
                  next appeal. We are looking for help to fill those hampers and deliver them. If you can spear
                  a few hours on Friday the 18th to help fill the hampers and again on Saturday morning the
                  19th to make sure that all hampers get delivered then I got a job for you. We all know what
                  happened to the economy this past year and that has resulted in a larger number of calls for
help over the Christmas season. Our hampers are a lot bigger then those given out from other groups in the
community. The reason is that we believe that Christmas is not only on the 25th of December but carriers on
for the whole year. We therefore like to give our clients a helping hand for the first week or so. The families
receiving the hamper then can relax and leave their troubles behind for a few days and enjoy this "Truly Won-
drous Time of the Year"
If you feel you can help please phone me at 250-751-1222 or 250-618-3847. Leave a message if no answer and
I will get back to you. I know that Alan Cavin and his Youth Group will be in attendance Will You .

                  Youth Report- Alan Cavin
                   13 brave souls took on the Slum Survivor this past weekend and I think all really got a lot
                   out of it. Thanks to Pat Young’s son Ken we started off with a huge tarp covering for the
                   place we constructed our own slum village. From cardboard and other junk materials the
                   group put their heads together and with help from Joe Gillich built their shelter where we
                   spent the night. The second challenge was for each team to make a scrap material soccer
                   ball from plastic bags, newspapers, string, and good old duct tape. With the best ball we
                   placed a soccer game for over an hour and had a great time. There were other challenges, a
                   meagre meal of lentils and rice that they made themselves and all helped in some way, short
videos and bible study all teaching us how much the heart of God is with the poor and how much he hates in-
justice and asks us all to carry on the work Jesus started and passes on to all of us. We ended with the movie
City of Joy with Patrick Swayze , a great message that takes place in the poorest slum in the world in Calcutta
India. The movie was inspired by Mother Teresa and her work. We all ended up tired but with stories to tell
and having given God a chance to tell us something about himself that most of us hadn’t taken much time to
look at before. Thanks to the Knights for their financial and practical help to make it all work and for the great
breakfast this morning for a really hungry bunch.
Thank you. — Alan

                  Pancake Breakfast — Denis Bérubé
                  It was “GREY CUP SUNDAY” and we managed to get a wonderful crowd anyways. Our
                  seasoned kitchen crew served up a dandy breakfast to an unusually large crowd. (thanks in
                  part to several campers who invaded our picnic grounds for an overnight sleep in a mock-up
                  shanty town).
                  We managed a $202.96 profit. All in all …a good day.

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                 Charity Appeal– Gerry Laporte
                 COUNCIL 9990 - CHARITY APPEAL 2009/2010
                 This years Charity Appeal team has been busy selling tickets at both the Woodgrove Mall
                 and the Nanaimo North Town Centre since Saturday 7 Nov 09 and to date, in excess of 2500
                 tickets have been sold. After a somewhat slow start, the rate of selling has increased signifi-
                 cantly in the last couple of weeks. With the Christmas shopping season now upon us, cou-
                 pled with the arrival of an impressive new GM truck for display at the Woodgrove Mall, we
                 have seen our production go from 50 to 60 tickets per day to over 150.
There is no doubt that this is also due to the very good response provided by all the volunteers who have come
out to sell tickets. To all of you, thanks very much. Ed Landry will be turning over the Mall Captain duties to
Jim Loftus this week, whom will be canvassing our brother members for your continued support. If you can
find time to spend a few hours at one of our selling stations, it would be greatly appreciated.

Dear God,
      Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very
much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play
with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You
will know that she is my dog… I really miss her.
      Love, Meredith

      We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/
Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the enve-
lope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon
she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later she asked if God had gotten the let-
ter yet. I told her that I thought He had.
      Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Mere-
dith', in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet
Dies…' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On
the opposite page was the picture of Abbey &Meredith and this note:

      Dear Meredith,
      Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being
your dog and since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in,
I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey
      Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and for her help
in sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.

I send you my blessings every day; remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find, I
am wherever there is love. Love, God

            Holy Trinity News

   Gerry & Diane Laporte                               Brian McNelis

November Family of the Month                Receiving a cheque for SVDP

                               Photos by Judy Schickerowsky
   Ed Landry                    Parish Christmas Dinner Dec 11
November Knight
  of the Month                  This is your last chance to buy tickets for our annual Christmas
                                Dinner and Dance. We will enjoy an excellent catered meal, fol-
                                lowed by carols and a dance. You must buy your tickets after mass
                                this weekend or reserve your place by calling me. 250-756-3934.

                                I hope to see you there — Jim Loftus

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                       Upcoming Events
11 Dec          Christmas Dinner—doors open 6PM

13 Dec          4th Degree Christmas Dinner—ABC restaurant

Dec19           Traveling Icon

Dec 31          Family Mass 6 PM

23 Jan 2010 Early Bird Draw

06 Feb 2010 Charity Appeal Draw (Parksville)
                Major Degrees @ St Peters
20 Mar 2010
                Dinner @ Trinity

Subject: Recipient - Commissionaires Distinguished Service Medal

One of our mid-island colleagues will soon be awarded the Commis-
sionaires Distinguished Service Medal (CDSM): Sgt John Barr
I am sure that Heiko will raise a margarita or two in your honour John when he
hears the news in Arizona.

Best regards

Rob Gundling (John’s supervisor)

Brother Peter Repin and his wife Mary celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary in November.

            Remembrance Day at Lantzville