of Columbus, Breese Council 2869,
Spotlight on a vocation
Knight Robert Lippert, with his wife Lou, became the Resident Deacon of St
Anthony Parish in Beckemeyer in August of 1999. He was born and reared in
Mascoutah where he attended Holy Childhood Parish and Grade School. Later, he
and his family moved to Belleville where he attended Cathedral High School.
Bob earned his Degree in Psychology and minors in Philosophy and Public
Speaking from St Louis University. His early work history included employment
with Warner Brothers Records, Vestal, and Thermofax. In 1970 he began working
as the Audio Visual Coordinator with the Collinsville School District, where
he took an early retirement in 1996. In 1991 he began his lay ministry with
Ministry Formation, and then started the process to become a deacon in 1993,
being ordained in 1997. While being busy with a full time job, Bob was not
only committed to his studies to become a deacon, but was busy with
spearheading the Belleville Ecumenical Laypersons United (ELU) and served as
the founding director of Belleville Ecumenical Action Caring for our Neighbor
(Beacon) serving 1200 clients in the first year alone. Bob assisted at both St
Clare Parish in O’Fallon and Cathedral Parishes prior to coming to
and Lou have been blessed with a family of 5 children and 11 grandchildren,
and feel welcomed and appreciated at St Anthony Parish as well as the
surrounding communities. Bob and Lou enjoy an occasional day or overnight trip
to a nearby park or culturally
diverse area. Lou just loves being a Red Hat Lady or playing Canasta.
has a deep conviction to follow God’s instruction in his life. He gave
several examples of how God’s Word has directed him to his current vocation.
The space here would not give his examples adequate exposure, so just ask him
about the “purple plant” from the Bahamas, his experience at a Cursillo or
reconstructing a multi-media exhibit at the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows.
you Brother Knight Bob and family for following God’s directions and serving
the Clinton County Catholic Communities especially St Anthony and St Augustine
Parishes, All Saints Academy and Mater Dei High School. You are a great
example of a true Catholic gentleman. The Breese Council is proud to be able
to say that you are a fellow Knight!
Family Picnic was enjoyed by all in attendance, young and not so young alike.
Chairman and Deputy Grand Knight Kurt Zurliene did a great job of planning the
event and supervising the meal preparations and serving line, with the help of
PGK Doug Kuhl and Warden Ray Brosch. Chancellor Bob Foote made sure there were
plenty of cold refreshments. Family Program Chairman Tony Antonacci and family
organized and conducted numerous children’s games. Don Deiters, Lois
Toennies and Ahren Langhauser, solved the clues and won the adult prizes. Too
bad more members and their families couldn’t have joined us.
Toot Toot Tootsie
the work of many, we reached our Mentally Retarded/Learning Disabilities Goal!
off to Chairman Jim Schulte and assistant Ray Brosch on running a successful
Tootsie Roll Drive. A special thanks to all the generous businesses for their
donations, location captains, the Breese Squires and those members who worked
a shift. A big thank you to those members who worked more than one shift or
just pitched in even though they weren’t scheduled! United, we achieved our
forget to get those Form 100's (membership applications) filled out and
submitted as soon as possible. There is a First Degree Scheduled for 7:15 PM,
Thursday October 14, just prior to our regular meeting. Please give the Grand
Knight a call if you have any applications ready or have any questions!
Mater Dei and Okawville
of Breese, and some of the other Councils of the North Central Deanery,
participated in both parades. The weather and the reception were both warm.
Thanks to all who participated and to all that said Hi!
Family Day at the Ball
delightful day was enjoyed by more than a bus load of fans from Breese Council
at the Knights of Columbus Day at Busch Stadium. The graduating grade school
servers and Squires were our guests on the motor coach and game on September
19. Thanks to Council Treasurer Mike Niemeyer for chairing this event again,
which came off without a hitch.
Harvestfest Food Stand
to all who worked their shifts on October 1 and 2 “under the tent” at 4th and Main in Breese.
The co-chairmen: Leo Lammers, R Joe Richter and Ray Brosch did a great job of
planning and presenting community project. Proceeds from the sandwich sales
will be designated to a community project or other community organization at
our next meeting. An added thanks to the Clinton County Electric Cooperative
for the use of the location and a garage for storage, The Germantown Kernel
Nut Club for the use of their large gas grill, the City of Breese for the use
of their picnic tables, The Breese Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to
continue this event, Varel Tents for the large tent and to R Joe Richter for
providing his large griddle.
Southern Friendship Mass
25 couples, representing Breese Council, were on hand for the Mass and Dinner
honoring Past Grand Knight Jerry Jansen as 1 of 5 Knights of the Year in the
Belleville Diocese on October 2. Jerry was toasted (along with some roasting)
by Past Grand Knight Mike Nettemeier, with some gifts and surprises presented
by your Grand Knight.
thanks to Jerry (AKA Tony?) for all his work and support of the Breese Council
over the years, which includes being Bingo Chairman for nearly 25 years.
Thanks to all who were able to attend this celebration at O’Fallon and a
special “pat on the back” to Mike Nettemeier and his contributors for
giving Jerry an interesting “toast” in behalf of our council.
Pro-life Chain and
Knights were busy on October 3 with working and attending the North Central
Deanery Pro-life Benefit Breakfast, held this year in Okawville, and the
Pro-life chains held that afternoon. Thanks to all who made the Knight’s
Pro-life conviction evident!
Breese Council officers
attend officer training
of our officers attended a training session at Mt Vernon on October 3,
presented by the State KofC Academy staff. The afternoon was very productive
with presentations dealing with officer responsibilities and planning
Vocation Raffle Tickets
our church needs you and your family more than ever. The Catholic population
is growing and the priests and religious are working harder and longer hours
to provide for our spiritual needs. It is our privilege and duty to encourage
religious vocations by providing the assistance in their educational and
personal expenses. So why not help our council and the vocations program by
purchasing the enclosed raffle book, with prizes of over $20,000 in cash. The
raffle book sells for $15.00 or $1.00 per ticket. Please return your book in
the envelop provided, or drop off at the Hall by December 31, 2004. Contact
Mike Nettemeier at 526-4997 for additional books or questions. Additional
books are also available at the hall.
Responsibilities of Voters
Breese Council will be hosting a presentation by Gregory R. Beabout,. Ph. D.
and Associate Professor at St Louis University, at the hall on October 24 at 6
PM. The presentation, which is open to the public, will discuss issues for you
to be prepared to make a decision before you vote that promotes the dignity of
every human life by having an informed conscience. This presentation should be
attended by anyone of high school age or older. This is not a political rally,
as the Knights of Columbus does not endorse any political party or candidate.
31 has been designated as National Priesthood Sunday by Supreme Knight Carl
Anderson. Brother Knights should thank
the Priests, especially on that day, for their commitment and vocation.
Texas Hold-em Tournament
to benefit Newman
Bowen, our Newman Chairman for this year, has tentatively scheduled a Texas
Hold-em Tournament for Saturday November 27. A Charitable Games License from
the Illinois Department of Revenue will be granted prior to that evening. More
details will be contained in next month’s news letter.
Knight of the Month:
Schulte for all his planning and work on the recent MRLD Drive, along with his
work on Lightning Rounds almost every Friday Night. Jim is always ready to
help and does a lot of work behind the scenes. Thanks again for all you do!
Family of the Month:
Tony Antonacci Family for all they do for the Knights and their parish. The
Antonaccis spent a lot of time and effort in developing and working some very
interesting games for the youngsters at the recent Family Picnic. Tony is a
regular on one of our chicken crews. Hats off to the Antonacci Family!
departed Brother Charles Boeckmann and his family in your prayers, who went on
to his eternal reward on September 9, 2004 at the age of 72. May his soul and
the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace, Amen.
Building Manager retires
Knight Dan Lampe, K of C building manager for 35 years, retired effective
9-30-04. Best wishes to Dan and wife Ruth on their retirement with a big thank
you for all their years of service. Congratulation and best wishes to Brother
Knight Carl Ratermann, as he assumes the duties as the new building manager.
Lounge Hours are
Lounge at the Hall, which is open to the public, will now be open on Sundays
from Noon till ? Along with having the TVs being tuned to the big game or
race, “$1.50 Long Necks” will also be available! Bring your friends and
Thought for the Month:
the cat out of the bag is much easier than putting it back!
14 - Initiation 7:15 PM and
Regular Meeting 8:00 PM
17 - Chapter meeting @ Marion
24 - Presentation: The Moral Responsibilities of Voters
31 - K of C Priesthood Sunday
2 - Vote
7 - Memorial Mass - 9:00 AM, St Augustine
11 - Veteran’s Day Parade - Beckemeyer
11 - Scheduled Regular Meeting
- 8:00 PM
21 - Annual Pork Sausage Dinner, Breese KofC Hall
23 - Turkeys to SIUC Newman Center
27 - (Tentative) Texas Hold-em Tournament
28 - Major Degree St Mary’s Parish Center, Trenton
P.O. Box 5, Breese, IL 62230
P.O. Box 124
Breese, IL 62230
Manager and Hall Rentals:
Call Carl Ratermann at
24/7 answering machine)