Hello Brothers, I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer.

First, I’d like to thank and congratulate Charlie Peknic, Jr. for his term as Grand Knight of our Council.  Charlie did a fantastic job the last 2 years and I really appreciate all he did for us.

Second, we have a few fundraising opportunities coming up I’d like to make everyone aware of so please mark your calendars:

– The Summer Sizzle was a big hit last year so we’d like to do it again.  Charlie Peknic volunteered to run it, so he will print up tickets and distribute.  We will hold the drawing the night of the Installation on September 22nd.

– Fr Chuck is holding a “St. Raymond’s is Back” Parish Picnic on Friday August 26th at 6pm.  He asked if we could sell burgers, dogs, etc.  We’ll need someone to chair this and organize.

– The East Rockaway Fire Dept is hosting a parade in town on Saturday Sept 17th.  There will be an after party at Memorial Park and we were offered a slot to sell hot dogs, popcorn and possibly french fries.  We’ll need a chair for this as well and at least 10 Brothers to make this work.  It would be from about 6-10pm.

– Evelyn Contaldi has retired and Religious Ed asked if we could make breakfast after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday Sept 18th.  Pancakes, sausages, bagels, coffee, tea, etc.

Third, at our last Executive Meeting we discussed the drop in Mass attendance since Covid and it has not picked back up.  One simple way we can help the parish is by just being visible.  If you’re going to Mass or a parish function – wear your Knights shirt.  Let people see we are here.  We also discussed bringing back the Knights Mass once a month.  We will discuss again at our next meeting.

I am praying for all of you every day, I find sitting in traffic is great time to lift people up.  I hope you will all join me in continuing to pray for our Council and our Parish.  May God continue to bless us and give us the opportunity to be of service.

Enjoy your summer, stay cool and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Joe Chojnacki

Grand Knight #7220