“IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday)

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, CT in 1882.  He envisioned and formed a Catholic order that would help Catholic men to remain steadfast in faith while providing insurance for their families.  Although he is a heroic figure to many of the today’s Knights – little is known about him since he died at a young age (38).  There is an interesting list of little known facts about Father McGivney.  The following are the final five (5) items of the list.

  1. He ministered to inmates.
    Father McGivney was responsible for ministering to inmates in the city jail. One inmate was 21-year-old Chip Smith, who — while drunk — shot and killed a police officer.  Smith was convicted for first-degree murder and sentenced to be hanged.

Father McGivney visited him daily, and, on the day of Smith’s execution, the priest was filled with sorrow.  Just before he died, Smith comforted him: "Father, your saintly ministrations have enabled me to meet death without a tremor.  Do not fear for me, I must not break down now."

  1. He was only 38 years old when he died.
    And that’s actually not surprising — life expectancy was short for priests in Connecticut in the 19th century, when the Catholic population was growing, disease was common and the priests were overworked.
  2. He’s on the path to sainthood.
    His cause for canonization is open, and he was given the title “Venerable Servant of God” by the Holy See in 2008. You can help promote devotion to this Servant of God — click here to join the Father McGivney Guild.
  3. His belongings were burned when he died.
    When Father McGivney died of tuberculosis, his personal items were burned to prevent the spreading of the disease. Only a small number of his writings and belongings survived.
  4. He is known to intercede especially in four areas (from Columbia magazine):
  • Employment and finances.Just as parishioners looked to Father McGivney for help when “No Irish need apply” was often included in job postings, so today many receive help when they are laid off or seeking a better job.
    Substance abuse.  In Father McGivney’s day, alcoholism afflicted the immigrant population, and many now find relief from drug or alcohol abuse after praying to him.
    Family reconciliation. Father McGivney helped immigrant families struggling to stay together and to make ends meet.  Today, Father McGivney continues to respond to the prayers of families.
    Return to the faith.   Father McGivney founded the Order to keep men from joining anti-Catholic societies.  Today, many Catholics receive favors when calling upon him to help their fallen-away children return to Mass.

This article originally appeared on the KofC.org site – you can find the link to the entirety of this article featured on the KofC.org web site at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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  • 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF THE K OF C
    By Andrew Butler (3/28/2019)

    • Maybe you’re an old pro and already knew that Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Conn. in 1882. Maybe you already knew that he envisioned a Catholic order that would help Catholic men to remain steadfast in faith while providing insurance for their families. But you probably didn’t know these facts:

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for April 14, 2019 (Passion [Palm] Sunday)

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

“In the wake of a new law that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy, a new survey conducted by the Marist Poll finds that the overwhelming majority of New York State residents oppose late-term abortion.  In fact, a majority of New Yorkers would limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

The majority opposition to late-term abortion, and support for abortion restrictions was strong even though most New Yorkers identify as pro-choice (62 percent to 34 percent pro-life).

‘New Yorkers simply do not support laws that allow late-term abortions,’ said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.  ‘It is now clear that these radical policies are being pursued despite opposition by the majority of New Yorkers, and by a majority of those who identify as Democrats, Republicans and independents.’

Abortion after 20 weeks is opposed by New Yorkers by a margin of 75 percent to 20 percent. This includes 71 percent who would ban abortion after 20 weeks and four percent who would ban the procedure altogether.  This includes about seven in 10 Democrats (69 percent), about three quarters of independents (73 percent), and almost nine in 10 Republicans (89 percent).

The numbers are in line with the national survey results, which found in February that Americans opposed abortion after 20 weeks by 71 percent to 18 percent.

About two-thirds of New Yorkers also say abortion should be ‘generally illegal’ in the last trimester of pregnancy (63 percent), while about half as many (32 percent) think it should be ‘’generally legal.’  This includes a majority of New York Democrats (53 percent), about two thirds of independents (65 percent) and more than eight in 10 Republicans (84 percent).

Nationally, Americans say third trimester abortion should be “generally illegal” by a 71 percent to 25 percent margin.

When given a wide range of choices to describe their position on abortion, two-thirds of New Yorkers (66 percent) said they would limit abortion to – at most – the first trimester of pregnancy.  Only two in ten would allow it in the last trimester (21 percent). That number includes a majority of Democrats (54 percent), about two-thirds of independents (65 percent), and almost nine in 10 Republicans (88 percent).

Nationally, eight in 10 Americans would similarly limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

This survey of 981 adults was conducted February 25th through March 4th, 2019 by The Marist Poll sponsored in partnership with The Knights of Columbus.”

This article originally appeared on the KofC.org site – you can find the link to the entirety of this article featured on the www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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  • NEW YORKERS REJECT LATE TERM ABORTION
    By  Knights of Columbus (2/25/2019)

    • In the wake of a new law that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy, a new survey conducted by the Marist Poll finds that the overwhelming majority of New York State residents oppose late-term abortion. In fact, a majority of New Yorkers would limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for April 7, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

“In the wake of a new law that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy, a new survey conducted by the Marist Poll finds that the overwhelming majority of New York State residents oppose late-term abortion.  In fact, a majority of New Yorkers would limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

The majority opposition to late-term abortion, and support for abortion restrictions was strong even though most New Yorkers identify as pro-choice (62 percent to 34 percent pro-life).

‘New Yorkers simply do not support laws that allow late-term abortions,’ said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.  ‘It is now clear that these radical policies are being pursued despite opposition by the majority of New Yorkers, and by a majority of those who identify as Democrats, Republicans and independents.’

Abortion after 20 weeks is opposed by New Yorkers by a margin of 75 percent to 20 percent. This includes 71 percent who would ban abortion after 20 weeks and four percent who would ban the procedure altogether.  This includes about seven in 10 Democrats (69 percent), about three quarters of independents (73 percent), and almost nine in 10 Republicans (89 percent).

The numbers are in line with the national survey results, which found in February that Americans opposed abortion after 20 weeks by 71 percent to 18 percent.

About two-thirds of New Yorkers also say abortion should be ‘generally illegal’ in the last trimester of pregnancy (63 percent), while about half as many (32 percent) think it should be ‘’generally legal.’  This includes a majority of New York Democrats (53 percent), about two thirds of independents (65 percent) and more than eight in 10 Republicans (84 percent).

Nationally, Americans say third trimester abortion should be “generally illegal” by a 71 percent to 25 percent margin.

When given a wide range of choices to describe their position on abortion, two-thirds of New Yorkers (66 percent) said they would limit abortion to – at most – the first trimester of pregnancy.  Only two in ten would allow it in the last trimester (21 percent). That number includes a majority of Democrats (54 percent), about two-thirds of independents (65 percent), and almost nine in 10 Republicans (88 percent).

Nationally, eight in 10 Americans would similarly limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

This survey of 981 adults was conducted February 25th through March 4th, 2019 by The Marist Poll sponsored in partnership with The Knights of Columbus.”

This article originally appeared on the KofC.org site – you can find the link to the entirety of this article featured on the www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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  • NEW YORKERS REJECT LATE TERM ABORTION
    By  Knights of Columbus (2/25/2019)

    • In the wake of a new law that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy, a new survey conducted by the Marist Poll finds that the overwhelming majority of New York State residents oppose late-term abortion. In fact, a majority of New Yorkers would limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

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Please See the Movie “Unplanned”

An extremely important movie opened in limited theaters this week. The movie is Unplanned, a powerful pro-life film depicting the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director turned national pro-life advocate and author. The movie also carries a message of hope, conversion, and redemption for anyone in need of God's grace and mercy. "What Abby saw changed everything." Visit www.unplannedfilm.com/ for general info about the movie and links to local theaters and show times. Some sneak previews were shown earlier this week but it officially opens on today, March 29, and how long it stays in theaters is dependent on ticket sales.

Some generous donors have paid for as many as 3000 tickets so that folks can view the movie for free. The web-site is being updated as theaters are added, so be sure to check back for additional locations and times as additional showings are added when free tickets will be made available. All you have to do is register on-line for the showing of your choice at www.unplannedstl.com/. Note that as 7:30 am on Fri March 29,several showings are already sold out but some showings for today are still available. So check the web-site as soon as you can to get tickets and go back to the web-site to watch for updates as additional theaters are added.

This could be a game changer. Everyone needs to see it - regardless of their views on this topic. Please see this movie and invite fellow parishioners, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc, to see it. Ticket sales will dictate how long it is kept at theaters and whether it is spread to even more theaters.

Also, it does come with an "R" rating and below is a letter from Abby Johnson regarding the MPAA's reason for the rating and the content of the movie.


 

Abby Johnson

 

Ashley Bratcher, who stars as Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson, reacts on 'Fox & Friends.'

Dear Parents,

I wanted to take a few minutes before my movie, Unplanned, comes out in theaters to talk to you. Mom-to-mom. Parent- to- parent. As you know, the movie received an R rating from the MPAA, and I imagine that may make you nervous about allowing your children to see it. Setting aside that, it feels a little weird to have a movie made about my life, and even weirder to be told that my life is “rated R.” I want to tell you, as a mother, what you can expect from the film: The movie does not have profanity. The Lord’s Name is not taken in vain or disrespected. There is no nudity, no immodesty, and certainly no sex or “suggestive” moments. None.

So why the R rating? For two scenes. Two scenes that the movie team was determined to re-create accurately, at my insistence, because they are important for people to see. The first is a CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) recreation of what I saw on the ultrasound screen when I assisted in the abortion procedure that convinced me of the humanity of the unborn. You will see what I saw: a baby on an ultrasound screen in black and white 2D. You will see the abortion instrument, which looks like a big straw in real life and like a dark line on the ultrasound, introduced onto the screen. You will see the baby struggle against it. You will see the baby first slowly, then quickly disappear into the instrument as it does what it is designed to do. It is important for you to know that this was a CGI recreation and NOT footage from a real abortion. But it sure looks like what I saw. I think this scene is so important for teenagers and older children to see because it tells the truth about what our culture keeps trying to insist is a “right” and a “freedom.” No one will be able to see this scene and then say they “don’t know” the truth about abortion.

The second scene that was cited as a reason for the R rating is a scene that re-creates my awful experience with the abortion pill. Ashley, the actress who plays me, did a fantastic job capturing both my physical pain and my fear. I won’t lie to you; that scene shows some blood. In real life I hemorrhaged so badly I thought I was going to die. The movie captures that without being gratuitous or gory. I think the producers walked that line well.

The rest of the film is not as intense as those two scenes. It will make you laugh, make you cringe, gasp, cry, and cheer- all the things a good movie should. The difference with Unplanned is that it has the potential to change and save lives in the process.

So, should you take your kids to see this movie? I can’t decide for you, but I will tell you that my twelve-year old daughter will see it. I can tell you my friends who have pre-screened the film plan on bringing their 10, 11, and 12-year olds along with their teenagers to see it, and I hope you will do the same. Our children are of the generation who is being lost to abortion. This is personal for them too. They are likely to hear and see more graphic content in most school health classes! I guess what I’m trying to say is, this movie is authentic. Yes, it’s a movie about abortion, but even more so, it’s a movie about the truth of forgiveness, repentance, and redemption, because that is what the story of my life, is really about.

See you at the movies.

Sincerely,
Abby Johnson

Webmaster's note:

Click on the Button to read the Op-Ed by Abby Johnson on the movie on the Fox News Channel Website called Abby Johnson: ‘Unplanned’ is my story and you can't unsee it and to see Ashley Bratcher, who stars as Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson in the movie as she reacts to the movie getting an unexpected R Rating.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 31, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

It’s Friday night. You walk into the parish hall, or Lower Church Hall for a Knights of Columbus fish fry. You pile your plate with cod, tilapia, shrimp, fries. Cole slaw, red beans and rice coleslaw and dessert. As you dig into the meal, you’re not just filling your belly with fried goodness — you’re helping raise money for the community.

'Fish fries benefit parishes in many ways,' said Tyler Lomnitzer, the Knights of Columbus Program Manager for Life-Based Initiatives. 'Fish fries provide non-meat options for the community committed to fasting during Lent, bring the parish together outside of Sunday gatherings, and raise money for causes close to the hearts of local councils, such as
pregnancy center support, Christian refugee relief, and supporting seminarians.

The fish frys are now so popular that councils have developed their own 'secret' recipe for
fish batter! They’re all different, but they all make a difference - but you have to join our
council to learn the recipe.

If you are a regular in the Lower Church Hall - you may not know about our UPSTAIRS
service. Below is the menu for our Express Carryout and On-Line/Drive-Thru
pickup services. Learn more at www.StLFishFry.com.

There is more to this article - find the link to the entirety of this article featured on the KofC.org web site at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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  • IT’S MORE THAN A FISH FRY
    By Andrew Fowler (3/8/2019)

    • It’s Friday night. You walk into the parish hall for a Knights of Columbus fish fry. You pile your plate with fish, coleslaw, beans, potatoes, corn bread and dessert. As you dig into the meal, you’re not just filling your belly with fried goodness — you’re helping raise money for the community.
  • 28th Annual IW Knights Lenten Fish Fry (2019)
    By IWKnights - 2019

    • Welcome to the online home of the IWKnights Lenten Fish Fry.  This is our 28th year of raising funds for charitable causes and we're known as being the ONLY Cajun-style fish Fry in St. Louis!.

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

It’s Friday night. You walk into the parish hall, or Lower Church Hall for a Knights of Columbus fish fry. You pile your plate with cod, tilapia, shrimp, fries. Cole slaw, red beans and rice coleslaw and dessert. As you dig into the meal, you’re not just filling your belly with fried goodness — you’re helping raise money for the community.

'Fish fries benefit parishes in many ways,' said Tyler Lomnitzer, the Knights of Columbus Program Manager for Life-Based Initiatives. 'Fish fries provide non-meat options for the community committed to fasting during Lent, bring the parish together outside of Sunday gatherings, and raise money for causes close to the hearts of local councils, such as
pregnancy center support, Christian refugee relief, and supporting seminarians.

The fish frys are now so popular that councils have developed their own 'secret' recipe for
fish batter! They’re all different, but they all make a difference - but you have to join our
council to learn the recipe.

If you are a regular in the Lower Church Hall - you may not know about our UPSTAIRS
service. Below is the menu for our Express Carryout and On-Line/Drive-Thru
pickup services. Learn more at www.StLFishFry.com.

Lower Church Hall Dine-In Menu
Upstairs Carry-Out / Online / Drive-Thru Menu

There is more to this article - find the link to the entirety of this article featured on the KofC.org web site at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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  • IT’S MORE THAN A FISH FRY
    By Andrew Fowler (3/8/2019)

    • It’s Friday night. You walk into the parish hall for a Knights of Columbus fish fry. You pile your plate with fish, coleslaw, beans, potatoes, corn bread and dessert. As you dig into the meal, you’re not just filling your belly with fried goodness — you’re helping raise money for the community.
  • 28th Annual IW Knights Lenten Fish Fry (2019)
    By IWKnights (2019)

    • Welcome to the online home of the IWKnights Lenten Fish Fry. This is our 28th year of raising funds for charitable causes and we're known as being the ONLY Cajun-style fish Fry in St. Louis!

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Please See the Movie “Unplanned”

Brother Knights and Ladies,

An extremely important movie is coming to limited theaters this week. The movie is Unplanned, a powerful pro-life film depicting the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director turned national pro-life advocate and author. The movie also carries a message of hope, conversion, and redemption for anyone in need of God’s grace and mercy. "What Abby saw changed everything." Visit www.unplannedfilm.com/ for general info about the movie and links to local theaters and show times. It officially opens on March 29 and how long it stays in theaters is dependent on ticket sales.

There are also some sneak previews at certain theaters this week. Some generous donors have paid for as many as 3000 tickets so that folks can view the movie for free. The web-site is being updated as theaters are added for sneak previews, so be sure to check back for additional locations and times of the sneak previews and other showings when free tickets will be made available. All you have to do is register on-line for the showing of your choice at www.unplannedstl.com/. Note that as 5 pm on Wed March 27,several showings are already sold out so check the web-site as soon as you can to get tickets and go back to the web-site to watch for updates as additional theaters are added.

This could be a game changer. Everyone needs to see it – regardless of their views on this topic. Please see this movie (either sneak previews or when it opens later this week) and invite fellow parishioners, family and friends to see it, too. Ticket sales will dictate how long it is kept at theaters and whether it is spread to even more theaters.

Ted Juen

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 24, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

A frequent topic of conversation within KofC councils is the lack of young men joining the order.  However there is one area where young men seem interested in joining.

“If you saw hundreds of young men gathered for a weekend in a college town, you probably wouldn’t expect find them in a church.

But at the Knights of Columbus College Conference in New Haven, Conn., this past fall, 254 young men spent their Saturday night in church offering prayers of consecration to St. Joseph.  Why this?  Why now?

Dominican Father John Paul Walker — the pastor of St. Mary’s Church, where the college students prayed and where the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 — has an answer to that question. He said this in his homily just prior to the consecration:

‘In this time of confusion in the Church, we need men of clarity.  In this time of darkness, we need men of light. In this time of wickedness and sin, we need men of holiness and virtue.  We need men who can be everything that Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney wanted and desired and expected of men when he founded our order.’

The students represented 97 KofC college councils from across North America.  Prior to the conference, they were asked to fast for a week, giving up something they would normally do or consume.  In addition, priests heard confessions in the holy hour leading up to the consecration.

Pope Pius XII described an act of consecration as ‘a total gift of self, for the whole of life and for all eternity; and a gift which is not a mere formality or sentimentality, but effectual, comprising the full intensity of the Christian life.’

The Importance of St. Joseph

Sean Tobin from Providence College, who attended the conference, said that men need to look to St. Joseph’s dedication to Mary and Jesus.

‘St. Joseph doesn’t have a single line in scripture attributed to him.  Nothing.  He worked quietly, humbly aiding the Blessed Virgin Mary and our Lord,’ he said.

‘And that’s our role as Catholic men.  Especially in our culture today and in our country. Building up the Church, building up our families, building up our councils and supporting our brothers.  Humbly acting rather than saying.’

Fr. Patrick Nwoyoke, Catholic chaplain at Southeast Missouri University, attended the College Councils Conference and saw the consecration as fitting for the college Knights.

‘I have never doubted that young people are capable of doing great things,’ he said. ‘They are also interested in truly finding God.’

St. Joseph, pray for us!

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IW 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day – April 13

To All Council Members,

Please see the information below and see if you can join the group for Incarnate Word's 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day. Incarnate Word's adopt a day is on Saturday, April 13 from 7:00am to 7:00pm. If you can spend an hour or two on that day it would be greatly appreciated by the Pro-Life Committee.

Thanks for your time,

Jeff


Dear fellow leaders of Incarnate Word Parish ministries,

Cindy Reznikov and Christy McCollom recently attended a 40 Days for Life leadership meeting hosted by the Coalition for Life.  Members of the Ascension Parish Men's Club spoke at the meeting about their successful efforts to increase their parish participation at their parish 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day.  Ascension Men's Club, which organizes their parish Adopt-a-Day, asked the parish ministries to each adopt one hour to cover the sidewalk on the day of their Adopt-a-Day.  Ascension was able to increase their parish participation last fall to 120 participants at their prayer vigil. Their goal this spring is 144 participants.  This is a very impressive number as our parish had 45 participants last fall at our Adopt-a-Day.  Our goal this spring is 60!

We decided to give this strategy a try at our own parish for our upcoming parish 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 13th.  These prayer vigils truly save lives.  Here is the story of an encounter I had during the fall 2015 40 Days for Life prayer vigil, while praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.

A woman pulled her car over to the curb and  said to me “I want you to know you all are making a difference”.  I told her thank you for stopping to share such kind words with us and then she said “Can I show you something?”  She showed me a picture on her cell phone of a beautiful baby boy of about 8 months with a big smile on his precious face.  The woman said this was a picture of her son, her 4th child.  She told me she came to Planned Parenthood to abort this baby because they didn’t think they could take on another child.  But she said “because you all were here I changed my mind.”  I was at that moment convicted by the power of prayerful witness on the sidewalk.   She again said “you all are making a difference and I have my son because of you.”  What gift can compare to such encounter?  I’ve certainly been convicted that “All things are possible through Him” when we cooperate.

May we ask for your ministry's help in this most worthy life saving prayer vigil? Our adopt-a-day begins at 7am and ends at 7pm on Saturday, April 13.  Will your ministry consider adopting one hour on that day to cover the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood with prayer?

If you would like a member of the parish pro-life committee to speak for 3-5 minutes at an upcoming meeting we would be happy to come.   Thank you so much for your consideration of this effort to save babies and save their mothers from a lifetime of regret.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Peace be with you,
Christy McCollom & Cindy Reznikov

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 17, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Gene Kranz hold a vest that was given to Kranz by Marine Corps pilots at Naval Air Station Kingsville. The supreme knight visited Kranz in September 2017, following Hurricane Harvey, as local councils assisted with relief efforts. Photo by Rocky Kneten.

During the days of NASA's Apollo program one of the heroes was a flight director named Gene Kranz.  He was as much a headliner as were the astronauts.  He is also a longtime Knight of Columbus. Here is an introduction to Gene's background with a stop in StL.

"On Gene Kranz’s desk, next to military memorabilia, model fighter planes and a space shuttle mockup, sits a framed photo of three beaming religious sisters.

Long before Kranz, 85, became a NASA legend — the coolheaded flight director of the moon landing of Apollo 11 and the near catastrophe of Apollo 13 — these sisters set him on the path to Mission Control.

It was Sister Patricia, Sister Caroline and Sister Mark at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, who helped Kranz receive a nomination to the Naval Academy.  And, when he unfortunately failed his physical to enter the academy, it was the sisters who arranged his scholarship loan to aviation school in St. Louis.

“Without their help, my career would have ended right there,” said Kranz, a longtime member of Father Roach Council 3217 in Dickinson, Texas.

But it didn’t end there, of course. Kranz instead went on to work 34 years at NASA, where, sporting a headset, a flat-top haircut, and one of his signature vests, he launched men into space and brought them safely back to earth.

He is perhaps most renowned for the latter: Kranz led the engineers that guided the Apollo 13 mission home after it was crippled by an onboard explosion.

'Houston, we’ve had a problem here,' astronaut Jack Swigert reported from space April 14, 1970.  For the next three nail-biting days, lead flight director Kranz and his team figured out how to fix that problem.

'We pulled off a miracle in Apollo 13.  We never should have been able to solve all the problems we faced,' Kranz said.  'But it was that culture of the people that would never surrender.  They would find a way.  … It was trust between the crew in the spacecraft and myself and my team.'

A day after the Apollo 13 crew landed, Kranz and his team, as well as the astronauts, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work.

Ron Howard’s 1995 film Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, breathed new life into the legend.  Kranz was portrayed by Harris, who earned an Oscar nomination and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actor.

Throughout his career, Kranz never forgot where he came from.  He has approached his life and work with the perspective of his Catholic faith, which he says was shaped by various religious communities in Toledo, as well as at St. Louis University."

There is more to this article - find the link to the entirety of this article featured on the KofC.org web site at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 10, 2019

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"In just one month, Americans have made a sudden and dramatic shift away from the pro-choice position and toward a pro-life stance, according to a new Marist poll.

The shift was led by Democrats and those under 45 years old, according to a survey taken Feb.12-17 in the wake of efforts in several states to legalize abortion up until birth.

'Current proposals that promote late-term abortion have reset the landscape and language on abortion in a pronounced – and very measurable – way,' said Barbara Carvalho, director of The Marist Poll.

In a substantial, double-digit shift, according to the poll, Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47 percent) as pro-choice (47 percent).  Just last month, a similar survey conducted by The Marist Poll found Americans more likely to identify as pro-choice than as pro-life by 17 percentage points (55 to 38 percent).  Democrats moved in their pro-life identity from 20 percent to 34 percent.

Among Democrats, the gap between pro-life and pro-choice identifiers was cut in half from 55 percent to 27 percent.  The number of Democrats now identifying as pro-life is 34 percent, up from 20 percent last month, while the number identifying as pro-choice fell from 75 percent to 61 percent.  Younger Americans also moved dramatically, now dividing 47 percent pro-life to 48 percent pro-choice.  One month ago, the gap was almost 40 percentage points with only 28 percent identifying as pro-life and 65 percent identifying as pro-choice.

'The recent legal changes to late-term abortion and the debate which followed have not gone unnoticed by the general public,' said Carvalho.  'In just one month, there has been a significant increase in the proportion of Americans who see themselves as pro-life and an equally notable decline in those who describe themselves as pro-choice.'

This is the first time since 2009 that as many or more Americans have identified as pro-life as have identified as pro-choice.  More than a third of Democrats (34 percent) as well as two-thirds of Republicans (67 percent) identify as pro-life.  Independents divide (46 percent pro-life, 48 percent pro-choice)."

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