Chaplain's Message
In his book Against an Infinite Horizon: The Finger of God in Our Everyday Lives, Father Ronald Rolheiser writes of preaching on Jesus’ baptism one year and remarking that the words God speaks over Jesus — “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” — are words that God speaks over us, every day of our lives. 
 
Father Rolheiser was later approached by a young man who had heard the sermon and was both moved — and distraught — by the priest’s words. Father Rolheiser writes:
 
“[The young man] had not been to church for some time but had gone on this particular Sunday because he had, just that week, pleaded guilty to a crime and was awaiting sentence. He was soon to go to prison. The sermon had struck a painful chord inside him because, first of all, he had trouble believing that God, or anyone else, loved him; yet he wanted to believe it. Secondly, and even more painful, he believed that nobody had ever been pleased or delighted with him: ‘Father, I know that in my whole life nobody has ever been pleased with me. I was never good enough! Nobody has ever taken delight in anything I’ve ever done!’ This man had never been blessed. Small wonder he was about to go to prison.”
 
Then Father Rolheiser recalls how different his own family experience was:
 
“When I left home as a seventeen-year-old boy, my father and mother blessed me. They made me kneel on the old linoleum floor of our kitchen, placed their hands on my head, and said the ritual words of Christian blessing. In effect, however, what they were saying to me was: We love you, we trust you, we are proud of you, and we send you off with our full spirit. You are our beloved child and in you we are well pleased. I suspect that had the young man I spoke [with] had been blessed in the same way by his parents, or by anyone else significant to him, he would not have been on his way to prison. To be unblessed is to be bleeding in a very deep place.
 
“So much of our hunger is a hunger for blessing. So much of our aching is the ache to be blessed. So much of our sadness comes from the fact that nobody has ever taken delight and pleasure in us . . . When has anyone ever made you the object of delight? When has anyone taken . . . delight in . . . your beauty, your intelligence, your person? When have you last felt that you are someone in whom others, and God, take pleasure and delight?”
 
In Baptism, God claims us as his own, expressing his delight in us as his own beloved daughters and sons. From the waters of our baptisms, God then sends us forth to be a source of blessing to others: the work of reconciliation and forgiveness revealing to others that they are loved by God; the work of justice that honors the dignity of every human being as made in God’s image; the work of peace that realizes God’s vision for the world God so lovingly fashioned. On the feast of the Lord’s Baptism on January 12 (which is also the last day of the Christmas season) may we hear the Father’s expression of joy in his beloved Son as addressed to us, as well and, with gratitude, may we seek to be God’s “blessing” to all.  
Grand Knight's Report

SK Matthew Warehime

Happy New Year to all!!– Seems like 2019 just started. Now it’s 2020. I wish you and your family the best in 2020. Along with a new year comes new year’s resolutions, new intentions and new ideas. I hope your resolutions, intentions and ideas include time for Jesus, time for your family and time for the Knights of Columbus.

We have a lot of activities coming up this year. The Weekly Bingo, the state Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest, The bull and Oyster Roast, The Clergy Appreciation Dinner, St Pattys Day,  Tootsie Roll Drive, The Gabriel Golf Tournament, Father and Mother's Day Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, Hall Rentals and more. All these activities require lots of help from our members. NOBODY CAN DO EVERYTHING, BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING. It takes all of us working together. Don’t be a member in name only. Be an active member of the Knights of Columbus. We do not need all of your time however a few hours a month would be greatly appreciated. Our bingo needs helpers the team are desperately in need of help this is one of the few programs that provides a consistent income for our charitable donations.  

That’s Not My Job!

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

And to Quote Warren Buffett -“If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.”

Faith Program

On December 6th we enjoyed a wonderful First Friday Service celebrated by Deacon Barnes.  We also remembered all those who have died this year.  A great meal of shrimp fried rice and "mud" dessert was also quite tasty.  There will be no First Friday event in January due to the Christmas break and the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God which is also celebrated that week.  We hope to see everyone again in February.

Upcoming Events:

Novena for Life

This year we will be praying a Novena for Life to lead up to the March for Life.  We are asking members to open their homes on the nights listed below as "available".  The prayer for each evening will be provided.  Please call Chris Keplinger at 301-466-6917 or email ckeplinger82@gmail.com to reserve a date.  The schedule is below.

January 16: Boswell Hall - 6:30 PM

January 17: Keplinger Home @ 12401 Shawmont Ln - 6:30 PM

January 18: AVAILABLE - 6:30 PM  

January 19: AVAILABLE - 6:30 PM

January 20: AVAILABLE - 6:30 PM

January 21: Boswell Hall - 6:30 PM

January 22: Warehime Home @ 12612 Kernwood Ln - 6:30 PM

January 23: Boswell Hall - 6:30 PM

January 24: March for Life - Prayer will be provided by email.

Family Program

The Council Christmas Party on December 21st was once again a success with over 40 people in attendance.  Music was provided by Mary Jo Seirco and many joined in during a sing along of Christmas tunes. The council provided turkey and ham for the main course and the side dishes and dessert were provided by the members.  We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas season filled with joy and surrounded by family.

"For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord."
Community Program

On Saturday, December 21, 2019 we hosted our annual Breakfast with Santa event for all of the children of the council. Lady Sharon Paternoster and her band of merry elves brought their Christmas magic to the hall. The event kicked off with a massive breakfast buffet. Copious amounts of bacon, sausage, and pancakes were excellent. We would like to specially recognize Mike Mitchell, Buddy Dumais, and Jonathan Collum who were able to help out on the spot due to DGK Keplinger's 6th child being born.  Additional thanks go to Steve Adamczyk for his role as "Santa".  Events included marshmallow building, soda mania, lollipop tree fun, and a candy cane game with cornhole.

Life Program

March for Life

On January 24, 2020 the Annual March for Life will take place.  Please be sure to check with your local parish regarding any special activities.  All members should make an effort to attend the March to show your support for the dignity of the human person.

The program for the week provided by the March for Life is listed below:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

March for Life Expo: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

March for Life Expo: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Conference: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Rally: 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 24, 2020

March for Life Expo: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Pre-Rally Concert: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rally Program and March: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rose Dinner Cocktail Hour: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Rose Dinner: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

District Deputy's Report

George T. Riddle, PGK

Happy New Year!  Welcome to a New Decade. For the Knights of Columbus in the State of Maryland, 2019 brought a new sense of excitement. We started to see younger men joining our ranks. It just showed us that when we are out there in the community on our Tootsie Roll Drives, or our Soccer Shootouts, or whatever it is we are doing, that we are being noticed. Just like our Prayer, Our Lady, Queen of the Knights says that we are “constantly observed, our faith judged, and our Order appreciated.

The first meeting in the State for the year 2020 will be the State Midterm Meeting. We will go over where we stand in the Fraternal year, and then talk how we want to finish the year strong. It is also the meeting where the Deputy Grand Knights will get their first insights of the road to Grand Knight.

A little further down the road we will have our District Basketball Free Throw Contest at the Bowie City Gym on February 16th at 8:00 a.m. Please let me or your Grand Knight know if you can volunteer to help. All volunteers must be Youth Protection Trained.

As we go forward in the second half of our Fraternal year and a new Decade let us always keep the Prayer , Our Lady, Queen of the Knights always on our lips and in our hearts.

Vivat Jesus

Neumann News

St. John Neumann Assembly #1763

This month's meeting will take place on January 16, 2020 and begin promptly at 7:30 PM.  All members of the assembly are welcomed.

Bill Sapero FN, PGK

Sick and Memorial

Sick or Recovering Brothers:

Roger Jamison

Bruno “Rocky” Seppi

Bill Sheehan, HLM, PGK

Sick or Recovering Relatives:

Joyce Edgington, Wife of Dennis Edgington

Regina Smigielski, Widow of Frank Smigielski

Mary McEligott, Wife of Ron McEligott, PGK

Lorraine Sotack, Wife of Steve Sotack

Marlene Rocca, Wife of Al Rocca, HLM

Kitty Vaughan, Widow of Dudley Vaughn

In Memoriam:

HLM Donald E. Kinsley, PGK

If you know of a Brother Knight who has recently deceased, please email Don Tallmadge at dtallmadge@verizon.net.  Please email all other prayer intentions for members and relatives to ckeplinger@kofc2577.com.  Prayer intentions will remain on this list and website for a period of one month.

List of Council Officers 2019-2020

Grand Knight:  Matthew Warehime  443-506-9877

Deputy Grand Knight:  Christopher Keplinger  301-466-6917

Chaplain:  Rev. Father Paul Sparklin  401-721-5770

Associate Chaplain:  Rev. Deacon David Barnes  443-292-8400

Chancellor:  Michael Mitchell  293-628-1291

Warden:  Lee (Buddy) Dumais  240-687-6920

Financial Secretary:  Don Tallmadge  301-218-4623

Recorder:  Joe Massimini  301-464-4656

Treasurer:  Bob Heverly

Advocate:  Jim Simpson  202-360-7960

Lecturer:  Rob Van Rite  301-805-0091

Inside Guard:  Calvin Blake Jr.  240-770-7704

Outside Guard:  Ray DeVous  301-641-8054

Outside Guard:  Jonathan Tallmadge  301-218-4623

Trustee, First Year:  Romeo Paternoster  301-509-0236

Trustee, Second Year:  Ralph Bonuchelli  301-464-3630

Trustee, Third Year:  Bill Sapero  410-721-9163

Sacred Heart Council #2577 of the Knights of Columbus was established on June 21, 1925. The Accolade is the official monthly publication. Please send all correspondence to the Grand Knight @ Boswell Hall, 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie, MD 20715.