IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for June 17, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

In his address to the state deputies, Supreme Knight Anderson announced the 2017 charitable giving and volunteer hours and also discussed the new Faith in Action program and the call that they – as leaders – have to ensure the future of the Knights of Columbus.

Over the next several weeks we will review a number of major issues which the Supreme Knight and staff discussed with state deputies during organizational meetings held in early June.  Nearly 80 first and second year state deputies attended from the United States, Canada, Poland, Mexico, Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

During the opening business session, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke about the importance of the Knights’ charitable work and emphasized the importance of councils working closely with their pastors and parishes.  He also stressed the new ‘Faith in Action’ program model and its connection to our Building the Domestic Church priority.

OUR NEW PROGRAM MODEL – FAITH IN ACTION

“What the Knights of Columbus is doing in thousands of different ways every day is putting our faith in action.  Putting our faith in action in ways that people see and understand and know bring value to people's lives, bring value to our communities, bring value to our country -whichever country we are living in.  So I urge every single council to embrace this program and to carry forward projects within each of these categories.”

BUILDING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH

“The domestic church is foundational to Faith in Action.  Pope Benedict told us that the church has three missions. It has a mission to pray, it has a mission to evangelize, and it has a mission of charity.  Our domestic church program simply says the Catholic family has the same mission.  It has the mission to pray together, it has the mission to build up each other in the faith, and it has the mission to practice charity among the members of the family and for the family to reach out to other families.  How many fewer individual Catholic families would be broken and suffering if we could get our families to pray more, build-up each other in the faith, forgive, and reconcile and practice charity?”

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Links Related to this week’s column:

  • Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, MD
    Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.


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Prayers for Fr. Vowels

Sad news regarding past IW Pastor Fr. Timothy Vowels from IncarnateWord Parish........

Fr. Timothy Vowels at the IW Fat Friday Cajun Dinner and Party in 2016

Please pray for former Incarnate Word pastor Fr. Tim Vowels.

Received June 8, 2018

This week Fr. Vowels received news that the cancer in the meninges is spreading to his brain fluid. Father is managing this life ending disease with strength and grace and has anywhere from three months to as long as 7-8 months remaining. Father Vowels asks for your continued prayers.

If you would like to send a note to Fr. Vowels he can be reached at:

Fr. Tim Vowels
Mother of Good Counsel
6825 Natural Bridge Rd

St. Louis, MO 63121

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mr. Bryan V. Hewing
New Media Coordinator, & Webmaster, Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus Council #9981 (Chesterfield, MO)

June General Meeting Rescheduled

To All,

The June council meeting has been rescheduled from June 14 to Thursday, June 28 due to the the Life Teen Christ Power events going on within the whole IW campus this week.

See you all on June 28.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for June 10, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Father Jeffrey Laible, spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes, distributes Communion during Mass for English-speaking service members and their companions at the grotto in Lourdes, France, during the International Military Pilgrimage in May 2016. He has been taking part in the program for wounded warriors since 2014. (Provided photo/Lt. Col. William Wong, M.D.)

Father Jeffrey Laible, spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes, distributes Communion during Mass for English-speaking service members and their companions at the grotto in Lourdes, France, during the International Military Pilgrimage in May 2016. He has been taking part in the program for wounded warriors since 2014. (Provided photo/Lt. Col. William Wong, M.D.)

As a follow-up to our story last week about the "Warriors to Lourdes" the following provides information about how the nearby diocese of Peoria, Illinois planned to honor the men and women who have served their country.

 "From his office at Holy Family Church, Father Jeffrey Laible is also working to bring them the healing they may still need physically, spiritually and emotionally.

A lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Air National Guard, 183rd Wing (Springfield), and longtime military chaplain, Father Laible is the spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes.  The program has been sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Knights of Columbus since 2013, and is part of the International Military Pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Lourdes, France.

The theme for this year’s pilgrimage, which was held May 15-22, 2018, is 'Pacem in Terris' or 'Peace on Earth'.

Father Laible called it 'a time of prayer, a time of peace, a time of healing, a time of reconciliation' for post-9/11 service members who may be on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged.  While they come from different branches of the military, what they have in common is that they have seen combat and been injured in some way.  That includes PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, he said, noting that not all wounds can be seen.

Any wounded warrior and their designated caregiver who applies for the pilgrimage and is accepted, goes free of charge, according to Father Laible. Knights of Columbus Charities Inc. underwrites the $2,600 cost per person, which includes all expenses, except for transportation to and from the airport.

Father Laible said he would be happy to talk with local Knights of Columbus councils that would like to help.  He can be reached at (217) 732-4019."

Follow the link on www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights to read the entire article which was re- published on www.KofC.org.   The article was originally carried on "theCatholicPost.com", the on-line newspaper of the diocese of Peoria, IL.

Links Related to this week’s column:

  • Father Jeffrey G. Laible
    Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria in Illinois.

    • Pastor St. Patrick, Elkhart; St. Thomas Aquinas, Mt. Pulaski; Chaplain at Logan and Lincoln Correctional Centers while remaining Pastor at Holy Family, Lincoln; St. Mary, Atlanta (IL).
    •  spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes.
    • lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Air National Guard, 183rd Wing (Springfield), and longtime military chaplain.
  • 2018 WARRIORS TO LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
    •  sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the Knights of Columbus, is the latest event in a long history of both organizations’ involvement in Lourdes and service to the military..

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for June 3, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

“U.S. ‘Wounded Warriors’ supported by the Knights and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, join thousands of international military pilgrims for the annual pilgrimage at French Marian shrine to offer peace to wounded, ill and injured.

More than 200 active and retired U.S. military personnel will take part in the annual Warriors to Lourdes spiritual journey dedicated to individual healing and a more peaceful world.  The May 15-22 journey is timed to coincide with the 60th annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI).

‘The Marian Shrine at Lourdes is a place of hope where healings of many types take place, both physical and spiritual,’ said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

The visit to Lourdes is organized by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) and supported by the Knights of Columbus.  The PMI draws tens of thousands of troops, veterans, and others from around the world to the famous shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The theme for this year’s PMI is Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth).

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio urged the pilgrims to pray ‘or progress in international dialogue, welcome for the immigrant, and a decrease in violence in our communities and the world.’  The PMI will include an international opening ceremony and events with the color guards of many countries in attendance.  The pilgrims will also have daily Mass, times of reflection and reconciliation and have the opportunity to bathe in the waters of Lourdes from which many seek spiritual, physical or emotional healing.

Support for the pilgrimage by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., follows on a long history of the organization’s support for military troops and veterans.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I.  During that conflict, the Knights of Columbus established a system of “Army Huts” in America and Europe that provided social, recreational and spiritual resources for Allied servicemen, with the motto ‘Everybody Welcome. Everything Free.’

The PMI was inaugurated following World War II to foster ‘reconciliation, peace and healing’ and has grown to become a prayerful and festive occasion. In addition to the military and religious pageantry of Lourdes, pilgrims also have the opportunity to meet service men and women and veterans from around the world — many attired in colorful dress uniforms.’

Follow the link on www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights to read the entire article which was published on http://www.kofc.org.

Links Related to this week’s column:

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.

U.S. soldiers and K of C field secretaries stand outside of a K of C hut in Andernach, Germany, circa 1919. Photo by E.S. Brooke / Knights of Columbus

 


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Pray for St. Louis Abbey

Please pray for the monks at St. Louis Abbey as they will electing a new Abbot for the first time since 1995 (22 years ago) on June 8th.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 27, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Memorial Day is celebrated this year on Monday, May 28th.  In the United States it is the federal holiday designated for remembering the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces.  As Decoration Day (the original name for this day was established in 1868 - shortly after the Civil War ended) comes and goes we will point out a few stories of those who served our country in the military along with those of some of our allies.  All of these fellows are also Knights of Columbus.

In the May 2018 edition of the Columbia there is published an article entitled: Knights of the “Greatest Generation”.   “More than seven decades have passed since World War II and the “Greatest Generation’ is quickly disappearing.  Of the 16 million Allied servicemen from the United States and 1.1 million from Canada, nearly 450,000 lost their lives during the war.  Approximately the same number remain alive today, and they are dying at about the same rate as during WWII — several hundred each day.

The war itself began with Hitler’s invasion of Poland Sept. 1, 1939.  Canada followed England and France into the conflict days later.  The United States entered the war after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, casting the nation’s full weight into the war effort until the surrender of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in 1945.”

Follow the link found at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights to read a bit of the story of each of five Knights who fought in World War II.  They are:

  • ANTHONY J. BUCCIERI – Water tender 2nd class in the U.S. Navy;
  • DENNIS J. KENNY - Aero engine technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force;
  • JOSEPH G. LAVALLEE - Private first class, U.S. 1st Marine Division;
  • CRUZ C. ORTIZ SR. - Corporal technician in the U.S. Army Air Forces;
  • BOLESŁAW RYBKA - Member of the Polish resistance Home Army (Armia Krajowa); participated in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944; sent to a German prisoner-of-war camp.

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Anthony J. Buccieri Photo by George Hosek
Dennis J. Kenny Photo by Ian McCausland Photography
Joseph G. Lavallee Photo by Spirit Juice Studios
Cruz C. Ortiz Photo by Felix Sanchez
Bolesław Rybka Photo by Jonathan Bielaski

Memorial Day Color Guard

To All,

Dear fellow Brothers,

I am looking for one or two volunteers that would like to participate in a VFW Color Guard ceremony at four different cemeteries that contain the graves of veterans that have given their lives for our freedom.

My brother belongs to a local VFW hall in West Alton, they are in need of volunteers to fill the ranks of the color guard due to recent deaths, The first ceremony starts at 10:30AM on Monday 5-28-18 and will conclude at approx. 12:00pm. You do not need to be a veteran to participate in the color guard.

The uniform of the day will be black slacks, white shirt, black tie and black shoes.

If you are interested in participating as part of the color guard and honoring our local veterans that sacrificed their lives for our freedom give me a call and I will fill you in with the details of where we will meet and what will take place at the grave sites of the veterans,

Regards,

Jeff Grotegeers
636-394-9485

June 14 General meeting and Admissions Degree Canceled

Gentlemen,

I confirmed with Barb at IW that the Christ Power youth program is taking place at Incarnate Word the week of June 11th and no other facilities will be open during this week. Our planned admissions degree and general meeting on June 14 are canceled at this time, we will need to look at other options for rescheduling an admissions degree and look at the calendar to decide if we will be able to reschedule or cancel the general meeting on June 14th.

I hope to have a alternate plan for the meeting and degree in the next few days.

Thanks

Chris Williams, Grand Knight

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 20, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Rose participates in a meeting with fellow members of Council 11672 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Huntsville March 26. Photo by Spirit Juice Studios

Rose participates in a meeting with fellow members of Council 11672 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Huntsville March 26. Photo by Spirit Juice Studios

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, is celebrated this year on Monday, May 28th.  It is the federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.  Over the next several weeks we will concentrate on stories of those who served our country in the military.

“Retired U.S. Army Capt. Gary Michael “Mike” Rose, a member of the Knights of Columbus, was recently awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military accolade, for his bravery during the Vietnam War.

Born in Watertown, N.Y., Oct. 17, 1947, Rose grew up in the Los Angeles area before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1967.  As a Green Beret medic, he was exposed to machine gun fire while treating nearly 70 wounded soldiers during Operation Tailwind, a secret mission in Laos Sept. 11-14, 1970 (see sidebar).  Operation Tailwind remained classified for decades, and few details of Rose’s actions were made public.  As a result, when his name was submitted for the Medal of Honor in 1970, he was passed over.  Instead, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1971.  Rose continued his career in the Army, reaching the rank of Captain before retiring in 1987.  He later worked as a technical consultant in the defense and automobile industries.

Today, he resides with his wife in Huntsville, Ala., where he is involved with a number of charitable organizations, including the Knights of Columbus.  A past grand knight of Good Shepherd Council 11672 in Huntsville, Capt. Rose currently serves as faithful navigator of Father Jeremiah F .Trecy Assembly 0004 in Huntsville.

President Donald Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on Capt. Rose at an Oct. 23, 2017, White House ceremony in the presence of Rose’s wife, Margaret, their three children and two grandchildren, as well nine prior Medal of Honor recipients.  Rose is the fourth Knight of Columbus to be awarded the Medal of Honor, following Sgt. Maj. Daniel Daly (1873- 1937), who received the honor twice, and Rev. (Maj.) Charles J. Watters (1927-1967) and Maj. General Patrick Brady, 81, both for their service in Vietnam.”

Follow the link on www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights to read a fascinating Q&A article between Retired Captain Rose and a member of the Columbia staff.

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