FROM MAINE STATE COUNCIL
Jon R. Harvey, State Deputy
Hello my Brother Knights,
Because ‘Pass the Hat for ASAP’ was so successful at our State Convention, I similarly have a very special and urgent request.
By now, you all must have heard about the tragic shooting in Lewiston last week. The Maine State Council is looking to assist the injured and families of those killed. As the events unfolded, we all held our breath and prayed. Our hearts stopped beating hearing of the tragedy, and strength of the community. Therefore, we are holding a fundraiser. “HBP”, Heartbeat Program intended to restart the Heartbeat of the greater Lewiston and Auburn areas.
I am asking each Council and Assembly to make donations for this worthy cause. You can do this in two ways. First, you can log into the Maine State Council website, www.maineknights.com. At the top of the page click on ‘Contributions’. Fill out the information and pay by credit card; (please also add ‘Lewiston Assistance Program’ in the Comment Box). The second option is to make a pledge by email notification to the State Secretary, Michael Giroux, at email@example.com. The checks may then be mailed to the State Secretary, Michael Giroux, at 34 Meadowrue Drive Augusta, ME 04330.
I will coordinate with The Bishop and with Fr. Daniel Greenleaf, the Pastor of Prince of Peace Parish, to make sure that 100% of the donations will be given to those in need. I will also be asking Supreme to match funds or at least donate to our cause, as well as my fellow State Deputies from each State.
We are off to a great start already. Council #8414 in Grand Isle has already held a drive at their recent 40th anniversary that raised $500.00, and Assembly 356 in Westbrook has pledged at least $100.00 to the drive. Please consider holding a function, or making a donation, to help our brothers and sisters in need. Please feel free to open to any businesses, Parishes and public in your communities.
In these trying times of seemingly hopeless events, I want to share a prayer to St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Impossible Situations: ‘Most Holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful Servant and friend of Jesus, we place ourselves into your hands at these difficult times. Help us to know that we are not alone. Please pray for us, asking God to send us comfort for our sorrows, bravery for our fears, and healing for our suffering. Ask our loving God to strengthen our faith and give us the courage to accept His will for our lives. Thank you, St. Jude, for the hope you offer to all who believe in you.’
Please join the officers of the Maine State Council in reciting this prayer. We thank you for your consideration and donations.
God bless and Vivat Jesus,
Jon R. Harvey