Grand Knight Message

Lenny Komar

Grand Knight


Brothers All,

Just like that, it is already November. Many of us are preparing for Thanksgiving or some socially distant equivalent of it. During the meal planning and among the holiday rush, remember to take a moment and give thanks. I know 2020 has been a rough year for many, but as they say, 20/20 is perfect vision. Throughout this year, we have faced challenges, unlike any other. However, it has allowed us to focus on what is important. Restrictions have opened our eyes and allowed us to have a greater appreciation for things we usually take for granted. Going to church, going to work, socializing with friends and family, and toilet paper. Please use this Thanksgiving to be grateful for the blessings you may have overlooked in past years. Please also keep in mind those who may need a little help making it through this difficult time.


The Lord provides us so many gifts daily, so how can we give thanks? We give thanks in both pray and action. We can take the gifts we receive and pass them on to others through activities like assisting the church, help in the community, and lending a hand to those in need. If you are interested in sharing your gifts with others, whether it be through your time or some form of physical donation, please contact one of the officers of the Council. We have many programs and activities that both Brother Knights and their family members can participate in.


As a council, we have been able to hold events while following Covid guidelines and safely socializing. Our "family" which was a part, is now once again able to be together and celebrate life and share laughter. Just one recent example was the Tailgate Party that was organized by Greg Henn PGK. We had excellent attendance and a wonderful time.


Here are a few of the events planned for this month:


On Thursday, November 5th, Holy Spirit will be hosting a Patriotic Rosary at 7 PM with a mass to follow starting at 7:30 PM. Please join us as we continue to pray for this great country and its path back to God.


Sunday, November 8th, there will be a mass for the Council's deceased members at St. Michael's at 9 AM. Following mass, there will be a Continental Breakfast at the Council. Brother Knights and family members are welcomed and encouraged to attend so that we can honor and remember our recently deceased brothers and all who have passed on before them.


On November 21st, from 10 AM till 2 PM, the Council will be holding a food drive with all food donations going to St. Anne's Pantry at St. Michael's church. If anyone would like to make a donation before the 21st, donations will be accepted at the Council.


Although it is not an event, I would like to remind everyone that Veteran's Day is on November 11th. On Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our blessings, and November 11th is a day dedicated to honoring one of those blessings, our veterans. Veterans Day is a day to honor all military personal who are alive and retired and to thank them for their service. We should all be thankful not only for the veteran's sacrifice but also the sacrifices of their families.


A few years ago, but what seems like just yesterday, I had the honor to be involved in three Council veteran appreciation events.


These events honored members from our Council, who were veterans from WWII, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. Many of our Brother Knights that we see at meetings and events supporting our Council are veterans and our unsung heroes. It is only right that we give them our heartfelt thanks. As it is said, "It is the veteran, not the preacher who has given us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer who has given us the freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the veteran who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag and whose coffin will be draped by the flag."


"And whatever you do, Whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17



Leonard J. Komar Jr. GK KofC 4504

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