St. Rita's Knights of Columbus Council
Some of our Knights recently volunteered to prepare pancakes for the students for Shrove Tuesday over at St. Stephen's School. Way to go, guys!
Knights of Columbus (K of C) usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month after 7 p.m. Mass.
A brief history of St. Rita's K of C:
The Valleyview Knights of Columbus began on September 8, 1983 with an organizational meeting following first degree initiations in Valleyview. Father Louis Collin, OMI, was the Kingpin in getting the K of C organized and also served as the first chaplain. Roland Cailliau was Council 8427’s first grand knight. Valleyview Council 8427 charter members are as follows: Stan Breland, Larry Bonertz, Patrick Bonertz, Roland Cailliau, Michael Chute, Rev. Louis Collin omi, Harry Denny, Matthew ‘Mickey’ Dierkhising, Clarence Doucette, Gerard Doucette, Ed Faltermeler, Richard Fudge, Andrew Gall, Adrien Gamache, Raymond Garon, Patrick Glashan, Jose Guevara, Herbert Hill, Eugene Kramps, Steve Kushneryk, Henri Lambert, Real Paradis, Francois Prevost, Andre Polard, John Pozniak, Leo Richard, Donald Rouse, John Ryan, Blake Wallace, Raymond Walz and Tony Yelenik.
The K of C became very active in the parish and the community. They took over the weekly bingos as their prime fundraiser and helped clear up the church debt, including the mortgage. The fraternal organization joined their fellow knights in the battle against abortion, supporting battered women, and helping in province-wide fundraising programs. They provided financial assistance to the Catholic school in their many programs and extracurricular activities. The K of C also assisted the church and sisters in Calais (Sturgeon Lake), constructed an outdoor skating rink at St. Stephen's, and helped out in improving and maintaining the parish church and yard. Council 8427 was also very active and involved during the Pope’s visit to Edmonton. The council also hosted many social functions in the parish and school community.
Interest started declining when the bingo fundraising program was dropped plus several key members moved from the community. Membership was declining and potential new members are not being recruited. Also a factor was that several members are aging and were not as active as in earlier days of the organization. The last official meeting [of this era] was held on Nov. 1, 1994 with only five members in attendance.
Submitted by Steve Kushneryk
After a five year hiatus, the Knights of Columbus was reinstated in 1999 and is very active in the church today.
St. Rita's Knights of Columbus Council #8427 currently meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre. Newcomers are always welcome!
Knights of Columbus #8427
1980-87 Rev. Louis Collin, OMI
1987-90 Rev. Desmond Bowler, OMI
1990-94 Archbishop Legare, OMI
1994-2001 Rev. Wes Szatanski, OMI
2001-2002 Rev. Charles Deharveng, OMI
2002-2007 Rev. Charles Lavoie
2007-2008 Rev. Julien Benedict Mary
2008-2011 Rev. Sebastian Kunnathuparambil
2011- Rev. Abraham Joseph Srambical
Year Grand Knight
1983-1985 Roland Cailliau
1985-1987 Henri Lambert
1987-1989 George Zoller
1989-1992 Raymond Garon
1992-1993 Steve Kushneryk
1993-2003 Robert Kerswell
2003-2012 Michael Tremblay
2013- Henri Lambert