Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 2, 2000
New K of C council forms on west end
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
Annunciation Parish is the home of the Alberta Knights of Columbus' first council of the year 2000.
The 70-member council was formed in March and will have its charter night Nov. 10 at Annunciation Church, followed by a dinner and dance at St. Francis Xavier School. Archbishop Thomas Collins will be guest speaker.
"We are the Alberta-Northwest Territories' jubilee council," said Grand Knight Frank Magyar. "We are the first and only council in the jubilee year."
The council was started "because we had the numbers and wanted to have our own council in our own parish." Prior to the council's formation, some of Annunciation Parish's Knights belonged to councils in nearby parishes.
Magyar expects the council to grow to 150 members in five to seven years.
Since its formation the council has hosted, among other things, the parish's annual pig roast and has given away rosaries for the Confirmation class.
Magyar, a knight since 1965, likes being the grand knight at Annunciation, a job he had done years ago in Edson. "I like it very much," he said. "I'm a retired person but this is like a full-time job. It makes me think again."
At the charter night, Magyar will receive a "supreme scroll" with the names of all the council's charter members from State Deputy Lito Reyes. The charter night is a celebration of the council's formation.
Reyes is ecstatic about the formation of the Annunciation Council, calling it "a sign of new life" and "a sign of growth."
"It's very exciting," the state deputy said. "This is our first council in the year 2000."
Annunciation is one of 36 councils in seven Edmonton districts. There are about 3,000 Knights in Edmonton out of a total of more than 13,000 throughout Alberta-Northwest Territories.
The Knights are also reactivating the council of St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta and plan to start a new council at Edmonton's St. Maria Goretti Parish after Christmas.