IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 18, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Missouri State Capital

In January 2018, The Knights of Columbus undertook its most recent public opinion poll entitled: Americans’ Opinions on Abortion.  As usual, the poll was conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion located at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Here are some of the questions with descriptions of the results:

  • When asked to align with one side of the abortion debate, a slim majority of Americans describe themselves as pro-choice.
  • More than three in four Americans, including six in ten who identify as pro-choice, want significant restrictions on abortion.
  • More than six in ten Republicans, independents, and Democrats want significant restrictions on abortion.
  • A majority of Americans see abortion as morally wrong.
  • If it is likely a child will have a genetic disorder, more than six in ten Americans see having an abortion as morally wrong.
  • Does having an abortion improve a woman’s life in the long run? A majority of Americans say no.
  • Laws can protect both a pregnant woman and the life of her unborn child according to nearly eight in ten Americans.
  • More than six in ten Americans support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.


The preceding information was published on KofC.org web site or links to the entire report can be found at the following addresses:
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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 11, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Picture from 2017 Fish Fry.

Last Friday evening was the opening event for our Lenten Series – Fat Friday, a Mardi Gras party.  If you did not attend this year please consider joining us next year.

So now we begin our run of six (6) successive Friday evening Fish Fries.  These events will take place in the parishes’ newly renovated Lower Church Hall (LCH).  We serve from 4PM to 7PM.  Our menu will be the same as last year and our prices have not changed.  We call our event the StL Cajun Fish Fry!  In addition to our regular menu, we will offer a Cajun special or two each week.  But as always – Cod is our king fish whether offered in our traditional or Cajun dishes.  Of course we have plenty of shrimp and tilapia dishes.  The Ladies Auxiliary will be in the same place offering a great selection of desserts.

The changes to the LCH are beautiful and will provide additional seating.   However, we have made several changes to operation.  Specifically, we are attempting to alleviate parking issues in the back lot by moving to the front of the church our carry-out business and establishing pick-up area for our on-line service.  This should transfer a large percentage of the cars to the front lot.

You will recognize the service location of the carry-out orders or the pickup for your on-line orders by their distinctive colors.

The Orange Thing in front of the School is a bright orange tent – this will serve as the location to pick-up your on-line orders.  You can place your orders at StLFishFry.com.

The Yellow Zone is the location of the carry-out ordering and pickup area. The order center will be located in the church/school vestibule where it is warm and plenty of seating.

Find more information on this event at: StLFatFriday.com or at the following addresses: www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Please shop our book and CD Rack-in-the-Back.  Suggested Donation for the CD’s is $3.00/title – books on the top shelf are FREE.

We would like to talk with you about becoming an IW Knight.  Please visit us on-line at our web site: www.IWknights.com/AboutUs.  Or call Rob at: (314) 973-2373.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 4, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

This Friday (2/9), we begin our Lenten Series – a seven (7) week run of Friday events.  This week we present our pre-Lenten Fat Friday – the Mardi Gras party.  It is a Cajun dinner, a dance with live music by Revolution along with mask and costume contests.

The dinner is a Cajun Feast – jumbo shrimp and sausage boiled in Cajun spices along with potatoes and corn; seafood gumbo (shrimp and cod); and, a Cajun choice of Jambalaya or beans and rice with shrimp.  The dessert selections are either: bread pudding, apple cobbler or chocolate chip cookies.  The tickets are $30.00 each and include 2 tokens for beer or wine.  See the flyer, elsewhere in this bulletin, for directions about where to purchase the tickets on-line or via a check in the parish office during weekdays between 8AM to 5PM.

The doors open to the Kent Center at Incarnate Word parish at 6PM and we begin serving dinner at 6:45PM.  Revolution – the band – will play from 8 to 10PM.

The net proceeds of this event go to beneficiaries of our IW Knights council 9981 Charitable fund.  This year our feature beneficiary is the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Please join us on Friday evening, February 9th and bring some friends and help us support area charities.

Find more information on this event at StLFatFriday.com or at the following addresses:  www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Please shop our book and CD Rack-in-the-Back.  Suggested Donation for the CD’s is $3.00/title – books on the top shelf are FREE.

We would like to talk with you about becoming an IW Knight.  Please visit us on-line at our web site: www.IWknights.com/AboutUs.  Or call Rob at: (314) 973-2373.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 28, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

On January 19, 2018, the Knights of Columbus issued the following statement about the Washington D.C. March for Life.

“The Knights of Columbus applauds the administration and Congress for the actions they have taken in support of protecting the lives of the most vulnerable – the unborn – and for their public witness at the March for Life.  The speeches by the President, Vice President, Speaker of the House and other elected leaders underscore an important commitment to helping save the lives of the youngest Americans.  Majorities of Americans who identify as Republicans, Democrats and Independents all want to see limits on abortion.  The fact that both Congress and the administration are crafting policies that reflect this consensus is encouraging and welcome.  The bipartisan passage today of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act in the House is an important step in this regard and we urge the Senate to act quickly to take up and pass this bill.

We also want to thank the individual Knights and their families who served as marshals for the March for Life and who participated in it and in other pro-life events.  We are so very proud that thousands of Knights of Columbus have volunteered to help the March for Life over these many years and have also helped organize Marches for Life all across North America — at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, in Mexico City, and in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.  We can find a better way than abortion.  We can give hope to every woman and every child.  Today, we see thousands of helping hands ready to make this hope a reality and we know there are millions more willing to give.  Together we can bring change.  Together we can build a new culture of life in our hearts, in our homes and in our laws”.

The preceding article was published on KofC.org web site and links to this statement and other news relating to the March can be found at the following addresses:  www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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Mcarthurs Bakery in Chesterfield Closing

Fellow IWKnights,

Sad news to report to you this morning regarding the meeting place for the Rectangle of Wisdom. The meeting place for our little group which comprises primary if IW Knights and others has announced that they would be closing after this weekend. You can read more about it in the story below:

Iconic St. Louis bakery to close its doors in Chesterfield

McArthur’s Bakery on Olive Boulevard will close on Jan. 21.

The iconic St. Louis bakery chain opened in 1956. Since then, the small corner bakery grew into four different locations.

The decision to close down the store on Olive Boulevard was made in order to move some of the business’ focus towards online services.

“In order to stay ahead of the curve, we need to reallocate some of our resources to help free up and increase our productivity to support the shift in how we reach our customers,” Scott Rinaberger, owner of the bakery said.

McArthur’s Bakery on 13700 Olive Boulevard will close its doors on Sun., January 21.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mr. Bryan V. Hewing
New Media Coordinator, & Webmaster, Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus Council #9981 (Chesterfield, MO)
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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 21, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Nellie Gray (1924-2012), the event’s founder, speaks at the rally before a March for Life. Photo courtesy of Bill Devlin.

The 45th March for Life event happened last Friday (1/19/18).  Most of the content in this month’s KofC on-line magazine “Columbia” is dedicated to pro-life coverage.  The following are some highlights on a historical article about the first March entitled “A movement is born“.

“Since it began 44 years ago, the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., has grown into the largest annual civil rights demonstration in the world.  It has also inspired scores of similar marches across North America and around the globe”.

But it almost didn’t happen.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision Jan. 22, 1973, there was a period of shock and disbelief among pro-life advocates.

About six months after Roe, discussions began about how the pro-life community should mark the first anniversary of the decision.

Some of the early members of a New York group known as Families for Life recalled, ‘We wanted to commemorate the anniversary, and it was simply a question of how we were going to do it.  We couldn’t just let the date go by.’

That group was put in contact with a Catholic attorney in Washington named Nellie Gray, who became a crucial early leader for the national pro-life movement.

Later, following a dinner at the home of Ms. Gray, the discussion of the pros and cons of a “March” ensued.  While there was deep concern that attendance could be low and thus hurt the cause, it was the attitude in this quote won the day: ‘if there were only 10 of us, history would have to record that there was a voice of protest against the killing of innocent babies’.

And, of course, the result was history and ‘in the end, more than 20,000 people, including busloads from as far away as Illinois, participated in the first March for Life on Jan. 22, 1974’.

The preceding article was published on KofC.org in the Columbia link and can be found at the following addresses:  www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Links Related to this week’s column:

  •  2018 March For Life
    • Official March for Life Website.
    • March on the Arch – 1/27/18
      • Saturday, January 27th, 1 – 4pm. We will meet at the corner of Boyle and Forest Park Ave at 12:30pm, then depart for the Arch at 1pm as we march for life throughout St. Louis!

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We would like to talk with you about becoming an IW Knight.  Please visit us on-line at our web site: www.IWknights.com/AboutUs.  Or call Rob at: (314) 973-2373.

A Presidential Proclamation on Religious Liberty

        According to EWTN News, President Donald Trump issued a Proclamation earlier today to where he proclaimed (as presidents have in past years) January 16, 2018  Religious Freedom Day.  when making the proclamation, he said “No American – whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner – should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.”  The Proclamation reads as follows:

  

    Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation.  On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty.

    Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the government, but a sacred right from Almighty God.  On the coattails of the American Revolution, on January 16, 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.  This seminal bill, penned by Thomas Jefferson, states that, “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.”  Five years later, these principles served as the inspiration for the First Amendment, which affirms our right to choose and exercise faith without government coercion or reprisal.

    Today, Americans from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds remain steadfast in a commitment to the inherent values of faith, honesty, integrity, and patriotism.  Our Constitution and laws guarantee Americans the right not just to believe as they see fit, but to freely exercise their religion.  Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by threatening tax consequences for particular forms of religious speech, or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification.  These incursions, little by little, can destroy the fundamental freedom underlying our democracy.  Therefore, soon after taking office, I addressed these issues in an Executive Order that helps ensure Americans are able to follow their consciences without undue Government interference and the Department of Justice has issued guidance to Federal agencies regarding their compliance with laws that protect religious freedom.  No American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.

    The United States is also the paramount champion for religious freedom around the world, because we do not believe that conscience rights are only for Americans.  We will continue to condemn and combat extremism, terrorism, and violence against people of faith, including genocide waged by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria against Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims.  We will be undeterred in our commitment to monitor religious persecution and implement policies that promote religious freedom.  Through these efforts, we strive for the day when people of all faiths can follow their hearts and worship according to their consciences.

    The free exercise of religion is a source of personal and national stability, and its preservation is essential to protecting human dignity.  Religious diversity strengthens our communities and promotes tolerance, respect, understanding, and equality.  Faith breathes life and hope into our world.  We must diligently guard, preserve, and cherish this unalienable right.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day.   I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and teach us to secure this blessing both at home and abroad.

Pres. Donald J. Trump

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

- Donald J. Trump

 

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 14, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

The following article was published on KofC.org.

“Catholics attending this year’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., have the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence.  As announced in a letter from Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, the indulgence may be obtained by those who ‘are truly penitential and compelled by charity, which indeed they can apply to the souls of the faithful held in Purgatory, by way of suffrage, if they take part in the sacred celebrations, along with the great assembly of people, throughout the whole course of the annual event that is called ‘March for Life,’ which will be carried out on the eighteenth and nineteenth days of January 2018’ in the diocese of Arlington and the archdiocese of Washington.

An indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sin.  In the same way that priests may forgive sins through the sacrament of penance, the Church has the authority to remit the punishment of sin outside the sacrament.  While indulgences are associated with certain acts, these acts do not ‘earn’ or ‘buy’ forgiveness; they instead teach us that we must strive to make amends for our sins and show us the effect of good works — in this case, the noble undertaking of defending the value and dignity of each human life — in the life of God’s grace.

To obtain this plenary indulgence, the faithful must not only participate in sacred celebrations held in the dioceses of Arlington or Washington during the March for Life, they must also fulfill the three usual conditions of an indulgence — sacramental Confession, Holy Communion and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Those who are elderly, sick, or have a ‘grave reason’ for not leaving their home also may obtain the indulgence, provided they are detached from sin, spiritually join themselves to the holy ceremonies, offer their sufferings to the merciful God and fulfill, as soon as they are able, the three usual conditions of an indulgence.”

The preceding article was published on KofC.org and can be found at the following addresses:   www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Links Related to this week’s column:

Please shop our book and CD Rack-in-the-Back.  Suggested Donation for the CD’s is $3.00/title – books on the top shelf are FREE.

We would like to talk with you about becoming an IW Knight.  Please visit us on-line at our web site: www.IWknights.com/AboutUs.  Or call Rob at: (314) 973-2373.

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