IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for April 1, 2018 (Easter Sunday)

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

St. Joseph is depicted leading Mary and Jesus into Egypt in this mosaic at the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in the Cairo suburb of Maadi. Tradition holds that the Holy Family rested at this site. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

“As Catholic fathers, one of our main responsibilities is to pass on the faith to our children. We do this best by living the faith in an engaging way and by attending Mass with our family.  But we also need to teach our kids the basics of the faith at a young age and make sure their Catholic knowledge grows as they do.

“In teaching about Jesus and Mary, a summary of Gospel stories and a review of the mysteries of the rosary provide an excellent primer.  What can we say about St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and adoptive father of Jesus, who has no words recorded in the Bible?  In our online age in which every stray thought can be texted or tweeted, we can present Joseph as a model for our times — a man of action who goes against the tides and trends of the world.”

Presenting St. Joseph by using a set of countercultural virtues, is a method for fathers to imitate him in their own lives. Fathers should consider presenting these five virtues:

Be Attentive – “Our kids are bombarded by distracting media, yet they long for peace of heart and mind…”

Be Humble – “Social media, as forums for idealized personas and perfect images, are not noted for fostering humility…”

Be Protective – “Our kids can feel vulnerable amid what Pope Francis calls a ‘throwaway culture’, which does not respect the dignity of the human person…”

Be Hardworking – “Although life today is vastly different than in the time of St. Joseph, the demands of hard work are still essentially the same…”

Be Loving – “ Our world is filled with distorted images of love that can cause our children great harm and heartache.  Joseph is an antidote…”

“Presenting St. Joseph with these countercultural virtues, we fathers should seek to imitate him in our own lives.  That will be a win for our children, our families and ourselves.”

The preceding is excerpted from an article in the Columbian Online and so there is more to the description of these five countercultural virtues 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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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 25, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

“On Good Friday, through the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death, we are invited to remember Christ’s sufferings.  The day commemorates Christ’s conquering of death through his passion and resurrection, thereby opening the gates of heaven for each of us.

Unfortunately, attendance at the Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death has been in decline in many parts of our country.

In our busy lives, it is all too easy to look away from the harsh reality that Christ bore on the Cross for us.  However, our faith and that of our families and parishes are strengthened when we take the time to attend the Good Friday liturgy.

As Archbishop Fulton Sheen put it: ‘Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.’

As we enter the Lenten season, every council is asked to encourage brother Knights and their families to attend the Good Friday liturgy in their parish on March 30.  Let your parishes know of the liturgy’s importance and how its commemoration can strengthen each family as a domestic church.”

This article was published on KofC.org or the link 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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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 18, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Our final Fish Fry event of the season happens this coming Friday (3/23).  The IW Knights and the Ladies Auxiliary want to thank the parishioners, their family and friends, all our volunteers and our advertisers for their support this season.

We apologize for any delays or snafus you may have encountered during the initial weeks of this season.  It certainly was not the fault of the design of the beautifully renovated Lower Church Hall.  We appreciate the investment and the improvements.  It is a great asset for the entire parish!  While we did have some early issues adapting our Fish Fry operation to the new configuration, we now feel comfortable with the current layout.  Thanks for your patience!

We would like to remind you of our “Upstairs” service points.  You will recognize the service points by their distinctive colors:

The Orange Thing in front of the school is a bright orange tent and signage – this will serve as the location to pick-up your On-Line orders with Curb-side pickup.  You can place your orders at StLFishFry.com then drive-up in front in 20 minutes, honk and we will get the order to your automobile.

The Yellow Zone is the location of the Carry-Out ordering and Pick-Up area. The Order and Payment Center is located in the church/school vestibule where it is warm and there is plenty of seating.  Look for the reserve parking in front of the gym.

KofC news 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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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.

EWTN Interview with IWKnights’ own Chuck Neff

Our own IWKnight Chuck Neff was interviewed on the EWTN Program At Home with Jim & Joy regarding his new EWTN series, The Promise – We Said I Do Forever which encourages and enlightens Catholic marriages. the program is Hosted by Jim and Joy Pinto.

According to the EWTN’s Wings Newsletter:

  1. This series provides inspiration for couples to reminisce about “the good times” – the dating, the engagement, the proposal and the qualities that drew them together. Memories of the good times can lay the foundation needed to survive the hard times.

  2. This series is an antidote to divorce on-demand, so-called “same-sex marriage,” infidelity, selfishness, and more. Marriage is not always easy and it’s not always “fun.” These five couples have endured trials that tear others apart, and demonstrate that their endurance was possible because of their faith in God and their unwavering commitment to each other. Couples are challenged to pursue true love; that is, willing the good of the other, and working together to attain sainthood.

  3. This series can be the catalyst young people and engaged or couples contemplating becoming engaged need to start a discussion about their expectations about marriage, and whether their ideas are realistic.

  4. This series is a great reminder that all of us need to pray fervently for marriages since the family is the bedrock of society. Many couples struggle with cancer and other illnesses, the consequences of birth control and abortion, raising children according to God’s plan, and much more and often find it nearly impossible to make it through alone. We know that Satan hates holy marriages. Married couples need prayers so they have the strength and perseverance to endure when the going gets rough.

  5. The series helps those in every vocation – whether it’s married life, religious life, the priesthood, or celibate singlehood – understand that God calls everyone to holiness, whatever their state of life. Through the testimonies of these five couples, it’s easy to see that true happiness is only possible when a person listens to God and puts Him first in their life.

The Series aired recently on EWTN.  The official website for the series by Chuck Neff’s Salt River Productions is  wesaididoforever.com.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 11, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori

Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori

Our Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori recently wrote an article which was published in the Colombia Online. In the article he “encouraged everyone to attend and participate in the liturgies of Holy Week.  He mentioned four steps that we can all take to grow in appreciation of the liturgy.

“First, spend time every day being recollected in prayer.  Take time to let the Lord speak to your heart and shed his light on the events of your life, your relationships, your struggles with sin and weaknesses, and your opportunities to love others or grow in virtue.  Being with the Lord, allowing his heart to speak to our hearts in love, makes us long to know and love him more deeply.  It prepares us to share in the liturgy more actively and, in turn, liturgical prayer enriches our personal life of prayer.

Second, be sure to make regular use of the sacrament of reconciliation.  This sacrament, in which our sins are forgiven, is like a cleansing of the spiritual palate.  It rids us of the bad taste left by the “junk food” of sin and distracted living while preparing us for the good things the Lord has in store for us.

Third, engage in lectio divina (divine or spiritual reading).  Think of how much more we would appreciate the liturgy if, in advance, we were to prayerfully read and reflect upon the Scripture readings and prayers to be proclaimed at Mass.  If we took a little time to do this, we would arrive at Mass ready to listen and better prepared to take part in the liturgy.

Fourth, why not dedicate some time to read and study what the Catechism of the Catholic Church or the shorter Compendium teaches about the liturgy and the sacraments? The Catechism draws its teaching from the Second Vatican Council and other sources in the Tradition.  Its teaching is reliable, profound and beautiful.

All of this brings us back to Lent and Holy Week.  This is preeminently the time for us to raise the bar of our life of prayer.  As Holy Week approaches, may we truly ‘taste and see the goodness of the Lord!’”

The entire story can be read on-line – the link 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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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 March 4, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus sponsor a number of web sites which are associated with our central site – KofC.org. One site which is both inspirational and educational is named: FathersForGood.org.

One of the sections of that web site is entitled “Why Fathers Count” and it begins by stating: “There is a category in social science called ‘father absence’. The absence of a father is known to researchers to be a significant factor in the success or failure of children. The fact is, fathers make a huge and irreplaceable difference in the lives of their children in terms of education, income, abuse, mental and physical health, drug use, sexual activity, pregnancy and almost every other social indicator.”

Of course, most Knights of Columbus are fathers but whether a father is a knight or not the following thoughts from the site are worth reading and contemplating.

  •  “A Father is … a work in progress. Indeed, a dad’s work is never done – in what he can learn from his family and what he can teach his children, in the sacrifices he can make and the rich rewards he can be given, in the love he can live out and also receive”.
  • “A Father is … called by God the Father. This is the vocation that is the foundation of fatherhood. Of course, no earthly father will be like “our Father who art in heaven,” but God does give certain graces to fathers who seek him out and follow his way”.
  •  “A Father is … an ordinary man who is called and equipped to do extraordinary things from day to day – work, provide, protect, pray, get involved with his family and be there as an example for his children and faithful to his wife”.

We like this site and intend to quote from it from time to time.

The entire story can be read on-line – the link 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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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.

New K of C Insurance agent for the IWKnights

From our new insurance agent….

Hello 9981 IW Knights of Columbus Brothers,

I just wanted to send a quick email to you, since there has not been a Knight of Columbus Insurance Agent for your Council in over 6 months or longer.

I wanted to let you know that I am your NEW Insurance Agent for KofC, but I am also apart of your Council, and I recently moved to Chesterfield in 2017 from Columbia, MO.

A little about me….

I moved to STL area for work with AT&T, and recently left to take on this career with Knights of Columbus. I am 36, married to Jennifer, and have two girls Jacqueline 5 and Juliet 3.

I am a also a 3rd degree Knight since 2014 and plan to become a 4th degree in 2019 when my life settles down a bit more with my career. I served in the US ARMY, and a Veteran.

While I was living in Columbia I owned and managed a few rental properties, and also have some Insurance experience with American National Insurance Company.

Since there has been a absence of a Agent for a while, I wanted to get my information to you ASAP in case there is some issues I need to address.

My appointment times are from 10AM to 7PM… Including lunch if you like (Tuesday – Thursday) Monday after 2pm-7pm, Friday from 2pm to 4pm. Some Saturdays.

Also, I am opening a new satellite office at 13990 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield. Less than 2 miles from IW. Please look for that soon !

As you know Knights of Columbus Insurance Specializes in: Life (Term/Whole), Disability Income, Long Term Care, and Annuities for Retirement. (We have some awesome benefits for Knights & their families)

After taking a AT&T severance package with a layoff in October 2017, I can attest that I lost a ton of benefits, and Group coverage doesn’t cover what you think it does. The Knights insurance products are solid, and you are investing in the Catholic Faith/Charities! . I have a few now, and about to have more very soon.

Thank you for your time, and I am looking forward to meeting you, serving with you, and please look for me in the Bulletins this year so you know my face.

Vivat Jesus!

Your Friend, and Ally…

Justin Schneller

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 25, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

A painting by Dudley G. Summers depicts the Four Chaplains in prayer together on the deck of the torpedoed USAT Dorchester Feb. 3, 1943.

75 YEARS AGO, FOUR U.S. ARMY CHAPLAINS MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AT SEA

The following paragraphs are the introduction to a feature article published this month in the Knights of Columbus on-line magazine – the Columbia.

“In the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was steaming across frigid, U-boat-infested waters in the North Atlantic.  Suddenly, a German torpedo struck near the engine room, triggering a massive explosion.  The transport vessel, which was carrying more than 900 passengers bound for a U.S. Army base in Greenland, capsized and sank in less than 20 minutes.

Among those on board were four Army chaplains, each with the rank of first lieutenant: Father John P. Washington; Rabbi Alexander D. Goode; Rev. Clark V. Poling, a Reformed minister; and Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister. Just hours before the attack, Father Washington had celebrated a Mass that was attended by men of many faiths.

As the ship sank, the chaplains calmly ministered to the panic-stricken and wounded, assisting soldiers and others boarding lifeboats.  Many survivors later testified to their bravery.

‘I could hear men crying, pleading, praying,’ recalled Pfc. William B. Bednar. ‘I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage.  Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.’

Others reported seeing the chaplains handing out life preservers until there were no more to give — including their own.  One eyewitness, John Ladd, said, ‘It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven.’

Survivors on rafts were awestruck as they caught a final glimpse of the courageous quartet, who came to be known as “The Four Chaplains,” standing together on the slanted deck, arms locked and singing hymns as the ship slipped beneath the waves.  They were among more than 670 passengers who died at sea that day. In the 75 years since their death, and still today, there have been many dedicated to commemorating the chaplains’ sacrifice and keeping their story alive.”

The entire story can be read on-line – the link 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.

St Louis City proposed Board Bill 34

Yesterday….. IWKnight and Executive Director of the Coalition for Life St Louis, Brian Westbrook, appeared on the Marc Cox Show on FM Newstalk 97.1 to discuss St Louis City Board Bill 34.

The bill is an attempt by the St Louis City Board of alderman to create buffer zones, even on public right-of-way, in direct violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution and recent Supreme Court decisions. You can watch the interview by clicking on the video below…..


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:
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.