Volunteer Opportunities

Recently we Grand Knights of the Diocese received a request from Father Alan Wierzba, the Director of the Office of Vocations. He asked that each Council of the Diocese give $600 to a project which would re-model the chapel beneath Christ the King Chapel. The trustees of Council 839 have this item on their March 10 meeting agenda.

At last month’s meeting on February 10th, the trustees made their semi-annual allocations from our fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation. Our Council is Donating $1,000 to each of the six city parishes, $2,000 to the seminarians of the Diocese and $2,000 to the Casa Hogar orphanage in South America, our diocesan mission.

February also saw our council Planning Committee meet at the Cathedral on February 17th. Present were: Joe Znidarsich, Chris Pundzak, Denis Kuennen, John Stubler, Curt Riley and John Berti. (excused was Steve Flottmeyer). We discussed possible future projects for our council.

Chris told about a bicycle pilgrimage that he is planning for June 18-21. Chris has cerebral palsy and yet he plans to bike 195 miles from Holy Hill to the Shrine to show himself and others what he can do. Go to http://biketomary.com for more information.

For the next two months, the committee is asking that all Knights support the following projects:

• A drive to increase membership

• Founder’s Banquet on March 22, which we will combine with our Ladies Appreciation event. (Call me , 793-1972 for reservations at River Jack’s.)

• The Tootsie Roll Drive on April 25 – Chick Ciechanowski ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is in charge

• The Respect for Life program – 40 Days for Life. It coincides with Lent. Contact John Stubler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help.

Finally the Fifth Sunday Corporate Communion is a custom started some years ago at Lancaster, Wisconsin. It has become a national theme as we approach the fifth Sunday of March. Knights of our Council are asked to gather in the back of St. James Church at 7:20 AM on Sunday, March 30. We will precede the priest in the entrance procession.

In charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism....
Denis Kuennen, Grand Knight.