The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge blessed the new Ultrasound machine at the Tepayac Clinic today. The new event marks the culmination of the Knights of Columbus effort to replace an aging machine at the clinic. Assisting the Bishop was Worthy Chaplain Fr. Don Heet, OSFS. PGK Bob Balog led the Family of Man effort and led and organized many other K of C councils in the collection effort.
Congratulations to the Kevin Kramp family for being recognized as the Family of the Month for July 2019. The Kramp family have been active parishioners since 2003. Kevin and his wife Paula taught religious education for several years. Paula is a frequent lector and serves on the parish's finance council. Brian, age 20 and a student at CNU has been an altar server since he was 7 years old. Joe, a Junior at Chantilly High School, also altar serves. Steve, an eight grader at Franklin Middle School is an usher.
The Family of Man Council held the Officer Installation on July 16th to pass the baton from Year-3 Trustee, SK Chris Gallagher to the new Grand Knight, Brother Kevin Kramp. Following the installation ceremony, the Family of Man Council hosted an Appreciation Dinner for our Immediate PGK Chris Gallagher. Following the blessing by Council Chaplain Father Don Heet, OSFS, Brother Dave Birmingham led the Council in serving an outstanding gourmet dinner for the Council and their guests, including the many supportive wives.
The Family of Man Council #7566 conducted a fund drive between April and June 2019 in order to raise money for Divine Mercy Care’s Tepeyac OB/GYN Clinic. The Council had learned that the Clinic was desperately in need of a new ultrasound machine. The Council received generous contributions from our Knights as well as SJN Parishioners. In addition, eight other Knights’ Councils in Northern Virginia also made significant donations to the fund drive and some matching funds were received from the Supreme Council.
On July 10, 2019, three Knights (and one spouse) – Grant Buehrig, Bob Balog, and Barbara and Joe Skowronski – were part of Honor Flight Chicago welcoming 104 Veterans of WW2, Korea and Vietnam to Washington D.C. and an all-day tour of the Memorials along the Mall. There were three WW2 Veterans, 19 from the Korean War and 82 from Vietnam – the oldest was 92 and the youngest was 63! The Veterans were greeted at the WW2 Memorial by the former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, and Congressmen from around the Chicago area – I am sure that the Congressmen got an earful.