The council conducts a great number of charitable and fun activities every year. In 2011, Father Charles Mentrup council:
World Day of Prayer for Peace
On September 11th, the St. Mary Knights joined in solidarity with the parish community at Mary's garden to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Peace and honor all those who have sacrificed in the past 10 yrs to preserve our liberties and build our nation's security. Worthy Lecturer Matt Whiteley and Father Jason Beetle led the knights, their families and parishoners in praying the scriptural sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.
Our council donated $150.00 for activities to the Dayton VA Hospital. These funds were used to place the emblems of all 5 branches of the military service on the wall inside their activity center. The veterans appreciated it, and we enjoyed sprucing up the center.
Family Baseball Outing
First annual family night out at Great American Ballpark for a Cincinnati Reds Baseball Game on Sept. 13, 2011. We had at least 15 Knights and their families for a total of 30 tickets sold.
Our council distributed 300 Baby Bottles throughout our parish. These bottles will be filled with change and the proceeds will go to the Community Pregnancy center that we purchased an ultra sound machine for last year. Collections are still going on and we expect to collect $2,000.00
In an effort to teach that service is an important component of our Catholic faith, Council 14400 supported the parish youth mission trip to Harlan County, Kentucky with manpower and monetary donation. Five Knights and two wives of Knights accompanied were among the group of 39 high school youth and adult volunteers who traveled to Kentucky Sunday July 10th through Friday July 15th to repair roofs and build new porches. Council 14400 also made a $300 donation to the trip to defray the cost of one youth participant.
Youth Soccer Challenge
Council 14400 held its annual council soccer challenge on September 17th, 2011 at Carlisle Middle School in Carlisle, Ohio. The event was attended by 6 knights and 2 wives of knights; 15 contestants took part in the soccer challenge. Three winners were sent forward to the district competition; the boys 12-14 age group did not have a contestant during the council competition. The council is happy with the turnout and plans to expand the event next year.
For more information see the projects & activities page on the KofC website.