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Here at Knights of Columbus, Council 4044, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision-making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high-quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact on all of our pursuits.

 
 
'''Thank you" is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."
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My Brother Knights,


I hope this newsletter finds everyone and their families well, especially with the added threat of the COVID-19 virus still plaguing us in our daily lives. Please stay safe.


I would like to thank our now-Past Grand Knight Robert Lelievre for his devoted year as Grand Knight, and I am sure to be leaning on him for advice this upcoming year. I would also like to extend a Council thanks to Past Grand Knight Thomas Charette for his years of service as an officer and as a Board of Director for the Home Association. I would like to thank and welcome both Derek Swistak and Richard Sabourin for stepping up and becoming Officers for this fraternal year, as well.


The State of Massachusetts Knights of Columbus has given us permission to start holding Council meetings again. These will resume on the third Monday in August - August 21 at 7 pm. Most likely, our lounge will still be closed, so enter from the front parking lot through the chamber doors. We will need to practice safe distancing measures, just as in church. As we are the largest Council in the state, it is very sad to say that we rarely have more than 7 members (other than officers) in attendance at these meetings. Additionally, we have just lost 2 of those dedicated members to Heaven over the last two months.


Our Council lost a Charter member in Donald Gladu. He will be missed dearly, both as the friend he became to me, and as the true Knight he was. I probably wouldn’t be in the Grand Knight chair if it was not for Donald’s “pushing” of me to become a better Knight. As the true Knight he was, ready to help at any event, even at 91 years old. It will still surely take a couple Brothers to replace his helping hands.


Elaine would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, phone calls, and kindness shown to her before and after her surgery in Boston. Hopefully she will be seeing everyone soon.


Lastly, I am purposely NOT putting this in the “Repose of the Soul” section so it will not be missed. Our officers are looking for your help to inform us of the names of any member who may have passed since March that we may have missed in our recent newsletters. It is very difficult to obtain information these days with limited access to funerals and funeral parlors. We are hoping to have a Memorial Mass or some kind of gathering at our Council to honor all our fallen Broth-ers at a later date. We do not want to leave any Brother behind. Thank you!


VIVAT JESU! Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight

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