Monthly Archives: July 2009

From the writings of John Henry Newman

“to live is to change, and to live long is to have changed often.”

A little golf humor…

A young man and a priest are playing golf together.

At a short par-3 the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole my son?”
The young man says, “An 8-iron, Father. How about you?”
The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.”

The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.

The young man says, “I don’t know about you Father, but in my church when we pray, we keep our head down.”

If you got a chuckle out of that, I guarantee you will enjoy plenty of laughs, fun, and fellowship at our KofC 16th Annual Golf Outing at Tamarack Golf Course on Saturday, August 29th.  To sign up to golf, sponsor a hole, or donate a gift, email me for more information and a flyer to pass out to friends at


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Marlene Bullock, sister of Brother Knight Gerry Ellensohn. She passed away this morning after a difficult period of illness.

The funeral will be held in Galesburg, IL.

Please pray for Robert Guasta, brother of Jack, who is scheduled for a bypass surgery this Thursday in Denver.

Darrell “Shifty” Powers

This was written by a man who had met Band of Brothers hero, Darrell “Shifty” Powers, and wants to honor him.

One of the “Band of Brothers” soldiers died on June 17, 2009.

We’re hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services for such as Michael Jackson.

I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell “Shifty” Powers.

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you’ve seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn’t know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the “Screaming Eagle”, the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he’d been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made.

Quietly and humbly, he said “Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 . . . ” at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said “I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . . do you know where Normandy is?” At this point my heart stopped.

I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what D-Day was. At that point he said “I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem.” I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . . and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said “Yes. And it’s real sad because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can’t make the trip.” My heart was in my throat and I didn’t know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I’d take his in coach.

He said “No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an old man very happy.” His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center.

No wall-to-wall back to back 24/7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.

And that’s not right.

Let’s give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest in peace, Shifty.

“A nation without heroes is nothing.” Roberto Clemente

St. Raphael Council Golf Outing

St. Raphael Council is having its annual golf outing at Tamarack Golf Club on Saturday, July 18th. It would be great if our council could support them with a couple of foursomes. They have been supportive of our events such as our golf tournament and Christmas Party to name two.

Let Al Knoeck know if you are interested in playing.

Ladies Auxiliary – Volunteers Needed

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus is hosting the Ice Cream Social at the Naperville band concert on July 30 at the Central Park band shell.

Volunteers are needed to bake cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, etc., and to serve food at the event (5 to 7 PM and/or 7 to 9 PM).

If you can bake and/or help serve, please contact Rita Hutton at 630-961-0526 or, or Maureen Beckwith at 630-333-3266 or A.S.A.P.

Installation of Officers Photos

Just a few photos from the installation of officers that took place following the 5:00 Mass in the SSPP Chapel on June 27, 2009:

  • New Officers
  • Ladies Auxiliary
  • Old and new Grand Knights