In Service to One. In Service to All.

Welcome to the Huron, Ohio Knights of Columbus,  St. Edward Council 5023

Member Signin
Mike Wascovich completed his 2nd and 3rd Degrees this month
American Red Cross

Brother Knights,

I am pleased to report to you, and our Council, that in Calendar Year 2020, we have already helped out with and sponsored seven successful American Red Cross Blood Drives.   (We usually help out with 6 blood drives annually, as donors can only give blood every 56 days.)  Three of the seven blood drives were scheduled in 2019 (January 16, 2020; March 19, 2020 and May 14, 2020) and four more blood drives were added on in 2020, on an emergency basis, due to the Corona Virus and the dire need for blood.  The emergency blood drives were held on March 25, 2020; April 1, 2020; April 8, 2020 and April 22, 2020. 

The total number of blood units donated, at all seven blood drives, was 272 units. 

The next scheduled blood drive is July 16, 2020 (Thursday) from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. 

Special recognition and sincere thanks are given to the following Knights and spouses, who helped out by donating blood, baking pastry or setting up and helping with the Canteen.  Those Knights and spouses include Wally Bouchard, Joe and Cindy DeFazio, Jim Dudenhoefer, Dave and Nancy Dean, Diane Hahler Johnson, Steve Balcezak, Bill Klaus, John Doyle, Craig Wolf, Mary and Tom Ewart, Bernie and Jane Ashyk, Chris Baker, Pat and Roger Frey, Joe Lemon, Ted and Rachel McNeely, Bill Radjewski, Mike Sudsina, Ray Vacca, Pat Pell and Gil and Mary Alice Boucher.

Thanks for all of your help and hope to see you at our next blood drive this July 16th.

Dennis Pell
May Awards
Knight of the Month is Fr. Jeff McBeth for all his many efforts during COVID
Volunteer of the Month is Bruce Kirby, aka Kirby, for his Mario work on Cookie Day

Youth of the Month is Allison and Matthew Witherow for the “Light the Night” 

Family of the Month is Mike Sieg and his mom Janet, for baking 28 dozen cookies 

Lady of the Month is Amy Claus for baking 50 dozen cookies
Grand Knights Column
    "The women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples. And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus. 'Greetings', he said. And the women came up to him, and falling down before him, clasped his feet." [Matthew 28:8-9] During the Easter season these same words are repeated many times.
    We need to rejoice and do our best to never lose our peace and joy. We need to serve the Lord with gladness because there is no other way to serve him. Despite the current conditions, we need to enjoy this season with great happiness, our souls filled with light and color. Our reasons for our joy can dishearten us, but it all depends upon our point of view. But when we seek the Lord, our hearts overflow with happiness!
    Our Lord did not conceal from the Apostles the contradictions that awaited them. But he did promise them that their despondency would turn to joy. "So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you." [John 16:22] At the time, the apostles did not understand his words, but shortly after Pentecost, those who had been cowards would leave the Sanhedrin rejoicing that they had suffered for the Lord. A Christian's profound joy lies in the love of God, who is our Father and the Father of all men as well as the consequent forgetfulness of ourselves. This is what happens when we follow Christ. Christians must always avoid a pessimistic sadness and, should it occur, we should seek urgent remedy.
    Remoteness from God is the only thing that can disturb us and take away this wonderful gift of joy. Let us struggle to seek the Lord in all our undertakings, whatever that may be. We must avoid caprices and suppress our egotism whenever they arise. This will keep us alert and attentive to the things of God, and on the lookout for everything that can make life more pleasant for others. This struggle gives our souls a youthfulness of spirit and allows us to know and act as sons and daughters of God!
    If we are separated from God, we should remember the prodigal son, and with the Lord's help, return repentant to the Father. There will then be a great feast in heaven on our day of home-coming and the sounds of that feast will resound in our souls. This can happen every day in little ways and small things such that, with constant small acts of contrition our souls will be serene and at peace.
    Even in the most difficult times, we must always try to foster joy and optimism. We should always reject sadness which leaves the soul at the mercy of many temptations. We must be a happy stimulus of encouragement for others, so that others may share not only in our joy, but also the joy of Jesus and his resurrection! 

Have a Blessed and Joyous Easter Season!
Steven Balcerzak
In His Honor