Grand Knight Messages

October comes to a close

Hello, Brothers!

We have a couple upcoming activities this weekend and our monthly meeting next Thursday.  I will be out of town the next few days so I hope to hear things went well in my absence.  Our attendance drawing is up to $120 so if you haven’t been to a meeting in a while you should really consider coming out.  We ended before 8:30 last month and expect to have a relatively short meeting again this month as well. 

Our second Wives’ Appreciation Night of the year is Friday, October 28th from 6:00-8:00PM at Apex Fine Wine.  Thank you to Brother Eric Stokes for hosting us!  This will be a great opportunity to hang out with other couples, show appreciation to our lovely wives, drink some fine wine, and eat some light appetizers.  The tasting is covered by the Council but tipping the staff is greatly appreciated.  Please RSVP here
Our Fall Adopt-A-Highway make-up event is this Saturday October 29th!   Please Sign uphere.   Plan to meet at Olive Chapel Elementary School (1751 Olive Chapel Rd, Apex, NC 27502) at 8:30 AM.  Children must be 12 years old to participate.  Please consider participating in this truly local opportunity, literally just down the street!  As usual, drinks and snacks will be provided.  Bags, gloves, vests, and sticks to pick up trash will also be available.  If you have not yet volunteered for Adopt-A-Highway, please watch the Adopt a Highway Safety Video Clip  
The STMM Music Ministry plays a critical role in making the gym feel like a church and they need our help to make the new church feel like a cathedral when it opens!  We are sponsoring a fundraising dinner and concert, STMM Christmas Jam, on Saturday, December 10th 2016, 6:00 – 9:00PM.  Dinner will be served in the cafeteria from 6:00 to 7:15 and the concert will start at 7:30 in the gym.  ALL PROCEEDS will BENEFIT the STMM Music Ministry.  Through sales of dinner and concert tickets, raffle tickets, and tax deductible donations, we hope to raise over $25,000 to put toward the purchase of a grand piano and other much needed Music Ministry resources.  Please check out the Christmas Jam flyer here.  We need volunteers to sell tickets and collect donations after all Masses leading up to the Christmas Jam.  Please sign up here.  

The CPO annual holiday box prep is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.  In addition to preparing holiday boxes, we will donate the coats we purchased from Coats for Kids to the CPO.  This is will be a great day of Charity so please consider coming out.  Thank you to Mike Rota for coordinating!  Please sign up here.  
We are sponsoring a blood drive on Saturday, November 19th at STMM.  Our numbers have been down the last few blood drives and if we do not meet the required number of 30 donors this may be the last blood drive for our parish due to Rex’s expenses.  Please donate if possible and get the word out so we can continue sponsoring this important cause.
In closing, as October and Respect Life Month comes to an end, our Culture of Life Director, Paul Mastropolo, asked me to pass along a video.  We know politics and religion can get dicey so, fair warning, the priest in the video boldly talks about the importance of respect life in the upcoming election.  We ask those of you not easily offended to please consider watching :)  Regardless of your beliefs or politics I ask you all to please go out and vote.  Thank you and have a great week!

Vivat Jesus!

Christopher M Hanes
Knights of Columbus - Grand Knight
Father H. Charles Mulholland Council
Council #7186 - Apex, NC