Father Ted Wake & Funeral

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Knights at Fr Ted FuneralHonor Guard & Hospitality

When news surfaced about Father Ted’s death, the membership of the Ladies & Knights were alerted that our help would be needed.  As soon as details were final, we would share them and ask for assistance.

The parish staff asked if we could provide an honor guard all day on Thursday and for the funeral on Friday.  They also asked for assistance with a hospitality table.   Father Ted had called upon us many times in the past to provide the same assistance.    We were honored to do so once again.

Thank You to Knights & Ladies

The Ladies & Knights turned out in great numbers on both days.  We’d like to thank our 4th Degree Master, Commanders, St. Monica Guards, and the members of Bishop Sheil Assembly (including our Knights) who provided the honor guard.   Thank you to the Ladies for providing the hospitality.  There were many additional Knights & Ladies that served in other capacities  including deacons, ministers of communion, and ushers at the wake and funeral.

Members of Father Ted’s family expressed their appreciation to us throughout the two days.  It was truly our honor to be of service to Father Ted and the parish for this final tribute.  Thank you to all that helped.

Honor Guard & Hospitality When news surfaced about Father Ted’s death, the membership of the Ladies & Knights were alerted that our help would be needed.  As soon as details were final, we would share them and ask for assistance. The parish staff asked if we could provide an honor guard all day on Thursday […]

Living Red Carpet for Father Ted

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The article Trading tinsel of Hollywood for priesthood,which appeared in the Catholic New World in January 2010, tells about how Father Ted left Tinsel Town in the rear view mirror and set about “doing something positive for humanity”.  We at St. Johns were fortunate to be a part of that successful mission.

There wasn’t a red carpet rolled out today as the Mass of Christian Burial concluded, but there was a line of Knights of Columbus leading to the exit of the church.   As the priests, who had gathered to con-celebrate the mass, along with our new Archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, exited the church, they extended the line all the way to the curb.   There were still several more priests inside the church who made additional lines behind the Knights.   Father Ted may have seen red carpets in his past life, but none were as impressive as the “living red carpet” that was laid out for him today.   I have to think he would have approved.

Archbishop Cupich remarked that Father Ted had been trying to figure out a way to invite him to our parish.  He joked with the other priests that they shouldn’t get any ideas about how to get him to visit their churches from Father Ted.

Speaking to Father Greg, the Archbishop said that he had risen to the challenge and despite there not being a course in the seminary that taught this, performed beyond his maturity.  Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee had remarked that Father Ted told Father Greg that his task was to train him to be a pastor.   These past few days, Father Greg had to skip ahead to the final chapters of that training class, but he commented he had lots of help and support.

And so this chapter in the life of Father Ted draws to a close as he exited St. John the Evangelist Church for the final time.   This is a book that bears rereading as we can all learn something from his example.   In the past two days the resounding theme was how energetic Father Ted was and how full of faith he was.   Though we are sorrowful now, we can take comfort that one day we will be united with him again, and perhaps we’ll share stories from this day.  Rest in Peace Father Ted – thank you for all you did for us in your brief stay.

 

 

 

The article Trading tinsel of Hollywood for priesthood,which appeared in the Catholic New World in January 2010, tells about how Father Ted left Tinsel Town in the rear view mirror and set about “doing something positive for humanity”.  We at St. Johns were fortunate to be a part of that successful mission. There wasn’t a […]

Knights Color Corps

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Honor Guard for Fr TedHonor Guard for Father Ted

Today at Father Ted’s funeral mass, the Knights of Columbus provided the Honor Guard.   You may have wondered what the different color capes and chapeaux meant.

Since the establishment of the Patriotic Degree in 1900, the Color Corps have provided honor guards for religious and civic functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. They are distinguishable by their official regalia of tuxedos, capes, chapeaux, and swords.

The Color Corps of the Knights of Columbus are the uniformed members of the Fourth Degree. They are the ones that are most noticeable at church and public functions, parades, etc.

Honor Guardsmen are those members who have mastered the Manual of the Sword

The Corps basically follows a naval theme with ranks and insignia. Note that the chapeaux, which are never called hats, are similar to the old naval uniforms.

Cape colors are an indication of rank.

  • Vice Supreme Masters wear blue capes and chapeaux.
  • Masters wear gold capes and chapeaux.
  • District Marshals (District level Color Corps Commanders) wear green capes and chapeaux.
  • Faithful Navigators (whether a member of the corps or not) wear white capes and chapeaux.
  • Commanders wear purple capes and chapeaux.
  • Other Color Corps members wear red capes and chapeaux.

Within the local assemblies, the Master more or less sets the rules. In the Assembly, the highest ranking Color Corps member is called Commander; some areas call him by other ranks such as Commodore. Former vice Supreme Masters, Former District Marshalls, and Past Faithful Navigators are all permitted to wear their respective capes and chapeaux when they finish their term of office.

 

 

Honor Guard for Father Ted Today at Father Ted’s funeral mass, the Knights of Columbus provided the Honor Guard.   You may have wondered what the different color capes and chapeaux meant. Since the establishment of the Patriotic Degree in 1900, the Color Corps have provided honor guards for religious and civic functions, an activity that […]

Remembering Father Ted

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fr_ted_deacon_larrySpiritual Reflections

Wednesday July 23rd was a gorgeous summer evening.   Father Ted presided over holy mass at 7 PM in the day chapel.   Many of the Knights and Ladies were in attendance.   Following mass, Father Ted and Deacon Larry led a service in our memorial garden for Gus Spillone who recently passed away.   Brother Knight Wally Niemczyk created this memorial with help from Gus.

Gus wfr_ted_dedicationas one of our council’s founding Knights and throughout his life had done so much for St. John’s parish.   Although he is no longer with us, we will remember him and all the fallen Knights and Ladies thanks to this beautiful memorial garden.

Who knew that less that five months later, Father Ted would be our next fallen Knight.

Last September, Father Ted held the first memorial service in our garden following our Corporate Mass.

 

ft_ted_eventsSocializing & Helping Others

Many of the Knights and Ladies events include some degree of socializing with members and parishioners while raising funds to continue our work in the parish and community.

Father Ted loved his sports, so he was happy to be involved in our First Annual 5K Run / 1M Walk held this past October.   He’s shown here talking to participants prior to the race and with Jim our Race Director getting ready to blow the starting horn.   Proceeds from the race benefited Hanover Township Food Pantry.

In the other pictures, Father Ted is breaking bread at our Christmas Social and Pancake Breakfast.  Both of these events also raised funds for our selected charities.

 

fr_ted_officer_installOfficer Installation

As our Chaplain, one of Father Ted’s duties was to bless the medals of office and lead us in prayer as we embarked on our new Fraternal Year.   As Chaplain, he was also installed that evening.

Father Ted attended our meetings on a regular basis, providing us with updates on the parish, asked us for help, and instructed us in a way that only he could do.   He had a different perspective on life, having started in the entertainment industry before becoming a priest.   We will all miss his wisdom and insight.

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Last Official Event

Each Fall, the Knights and Ladies gather for the Past Grand Knights Dinner.   During the evening, recognition awards are presented to Knight and Lady of the Year as well as Family of the Year.   In addition, the Knights and Ladies provide tokens of appreciation to our Chaplain.

This collage includes pictures of Father Ted giving us his award at last year’s dinner and the Knights presenting Father Ted with a Knights of Columbus stole at this year’s dinner.   Father Ted was also chaplain elsewhere in the community.    Our dinner was rescheduled at his request, so that he could attend two events.   We are so happy that we were able to accommodate his request.

 

While we have heavy hearts now, let us honor his life and continue the work that he started here at St. John’s.   Our parish has continued to grow with more and more people getting involved in various ministries.   At the Wednesday mass before his death, he encouraged all in attendance to check out the ministry fair and search their hearts for ways that they could increase what they do currently.   He wanted the Knights to plan another religious event in the upcoming months.

Though Father Ted’s life seems to have been cut way too short,  the Lord knows when his work is done.   Rest in Peace Father Ted.  Continue to watch over us and lead us so that we may be together with you once again.

 

Spiritual Reflections Wednesday July 23rd was a gorgeous summer evening.   Father Ted presided over holy mass at 7 PM in the day chapel.   Many of the Knights and Ladies were in attendance.   Following mass, Father Ted and Deacon Larry led a service in our memorial garden for Gus Spillone who recently passed away.   Brother Knight […]

Prayers for Father Ted

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Prayers for Fr. TedOur Chaplain & Pastor

Father Ted Schmitt

passed away Saturday, December 6th.  Please pray for him and St. John’s as we continue to build our parish in his memory.

Father Ted was a great leader and inspiration to the Knights and Ladies.  He referred to us as “foot soldiers of the parish”, thanking us for what we had done, and challenging us to do even more.

His last challenge was for us to take time to visit the ministry fair and consider how to get more involved.

Services for Our Beloved Pastor
Fr. Ted Schmitt
Thursday, December 11th
All Services in the Church
(No Eucharistic Adoration)
Morning Mass
8:45 a.m.
 Reception of the Body
10 a.m.
Visitation
10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  Wake Service
7 p.m.
Friday, December 12th
Visitation
8:30 a.m.
Rite of Christian Burial
10 a.m.
Presided by 
Archbishop Blase Cupich
Attention Sir Knights – Honor Guards:  Thursday & Friday – contact Dick if you can attend
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Our Chaplain & Pastor Father Ted Schmitt passed away Saturday, December 6th.  Please pray for him and St. John’s as we continue to build our parish in his memory. Father Ted was a great leader and inspiration to the Knights and Ladies.  He referred to us as “foot soldiers of the parish”, thanking us for […]