IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 26, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

IWKnights' Membership Director Rob Schultz (left) and IWKnight Mark Faller (right).

The Church is stronger if every man is a Knight.  That’s why bishops often make appeals asking men to join the Knights of Columbus.

Knights exist to serve.  But if we are to serve, we need more men.  And we need them now.  We need a man ready to take his first degree.  Next year maybe he’s an inside guard, then a program director.  Perhaps in five years, he is a district deputy and then a state deputy. He is our future.  But maybe his time is limited for several years due to work requirements and/or raising an active family – but he can help with our major charitable fund-raising projects like the Fish Fry or Tootsie Roll/Developmental Disabilities Drive.

Membership growth is the single best indicator of a council’s current success and future health.  Members make the Knights’ charity possible — now and in the future.  Membership in the KofC makes men better Catholics, better husbands, better fathers and citizens.  So, we care a lot about membership.  That’s what this whole issue of Knightline is dedicated to.  Embrace membership growth.  Make it your top priority, and give your council the legacy to last into the future.

Our Membership director is Rob Schultz.  If you are interested in becoming a Knight or even investigating joining our council - or you think your husband, nephew or boyfriend should then please contact Rob at (314) 973-2373 or mschultz@reagan.com

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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  • If Every Man Were a Knight of Columbus
    By KNIGHTLINE • VOLUME 36 • NUMBER 5 (5/2019)

    • The Church is stronger if every man is a Knight. That’s why bishops often make appeals asking men to join the Knights of Columbus. .

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 19, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Father Pierre-Jean De Smet (1801-1873). Courtesy of De Smet High School, St. Louis.

De Smet was born and raised in Flanders, Belgium.  At age 19, he was inspired by a missionary visiting from the United States.  De Smet set sail the following year and joined the Jesuits in Baltimore.  He was later ordained in St. Louis in 1827.

After a decade of teaching and administrative duties, Father De Smet began his missionary work among Native Americans.  He made many trips along the Missouri and Columbia Rivers and even farther afield, one grueling trek over the Canadian Rockies in snowshoes lead him up the Saskatchewan River into present day Alberta.  His cheerful disposition, child-like trust in God and intrepid spirit won him numerous friends, as well as converts, and made him a celebrated peacemaker among warring tribes.

Beginning in 1851, the U. S. government repeatedly sought Father De Smet’s aid as the mediator with the Native Americans.  He wrote ‘my heart, I admit, is ever with the Indians.’  Until his death in St. Louis on May 23, 1873, he tirelessly sought to build bonds of peace.”

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  • CATHOLIC MAN OF THE MONTH -  Father Pierre-Jean De Smet (1801-1873)
    By Columbia Magazine (5/2019)

    • CHIEF SITTING BULL faced Jesuit Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, the only white man allowed to enter his camp of 5,000 Sioux warriors. He said, “I will listen to your good words, Black Robe.” Regarded by Native Americans as “the white man whose tongue does not lie,” the priest had arrived to negotiate a peace treaty between the U.S. government and the Lakota Sioux nation in 1868. It was signed later that year

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 12, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

"What if I told you there’s an issue that unites a clear majority of Americans?

What if I told you that at least 60 percent of Independents, Republicans, and Democrats agree on that issue?

And what if I told you that the Democratic candidates for president are on the wrong side of that issue?  That they’re out of step with the party – and the country – they want to lead?

That’s exactly the case with abortion.

With just nine months to go before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic hopefuls seem to be competing to embrace the most extreme position on abortion even though it alienates an overwhelming majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle.  It is important to understand just how far Democratic candidates have strayed from public opinion – even among their own constituents.

After New York expanded access to late-term abortion even up to the moment of birth earlier this year, the Marist Poll – one of the country’s most respected surveys – found a broad consensus among the American people.

By about three-to-one, Americans oppose abortion after 20 weeks – or don’t want it at all.  This includes about eight in 10 Republicans and independents and nearly six in 10 Democrats.

This survey also found that 80 percent of Americans support limiting abortion to at most the first three months of a pregnancy.  This included nearly two-thirds of those identifying as pro-choice and a similar number of Democrats (64 percent). The poll was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus.

Few issues command such massive majorities.  The revulsion these proposals caused was bipartisan.  But, while the polling showed that most Americans strongly opposed policies like those in New York and Virginia, Democratic presidential candidates appear to be doubling down on abortion."

There is more to this story which was authored by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight and CEO of the Knights of Columbus.  The article was first published in the Des Moines Register."

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 5, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

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“By becoming a Knight and giving just 24 hours a year, a man can be a better Catholic, father, and husband and make a difference in the Church and his community.

Some men don’t think they have time to join Knights.  Ask them if they have just 24 hours. In just that short time frame, men can be a better Catholic, father and husband, and part of a great Catholic brotherhood. Here’s how the hours break down:

  • 8 HOURS a year working with your council on charitable projects for the local church or community.
  • 4 HOURS a year enjoying a council function with their entire family.
  • 4 HOURS a year attending council meetings to help plan future activities.
  • 6 HOURS a year (half an hour a month) reading the Knights’ magazine Columbia, www.kofc.org, K of C social media and other publications.
  • 1 HOUR a year meeting with a Knights of Columbus insurance agent for a free analysis of insurance needs and learning about the exclusive, top-rated programs available only to members and their families.
  • 1 HOUR a year attending Mass together with your council.

That’s only 24 hours a year. It’s not a lot of time — but it is time well spent.  It’s rewarding.  It’s life changing.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for April 28, 2019 (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Notre-Dame is illuminated during a light show titled ‘Dame de Cœur’ (Queen of Hearts). The Knights of Columbus in France supported the event as part of the commemorations marking the centenary of World War I.

The following is the beginning of a letter from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:

"I am writing this message while a massive fire is still engulfing our beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.  I say “our” because this magnificent structure has been for centuries an artistic patrimony of humanity, a place of prayer for millions of Catholics in France and throughout the world — and, more recently, a special place for the Knights of Columbus.

In May 2017, I joined a delegation of brother Knights from Paris to attend Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral and to participate in a special exposition and veneration of the relic of the Crown of Thorns.  Later that year, the Knights of Columbus was one of the major sponsors of a light show on the cathedral’s façade.  Titled “Dame de Cœur” (Queen of Hearts), the light show depicted the history of the cathedral in commemoration of World War I.

From the two-volume history The Knights of Columbus in Peace and War (1920), we read this: 'In Paris on Good Friday 1919, the most impressive religious service held in the history of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe took place when the Knights of Columbus … held a service there for the public adoration of the cross.  Ten thousand Americans packed the great edifice; the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, Mons. Amette, presided.'

Much has been said about the significance of this tragic fire.  It is difficult to grasp its significance for the French people and especially French Catholics.

Perhaps “The Virgin at Noon,” a poem by Paul Claudel, can help us understand.  It is noteworthy that Claudel’s conversion took place in Notre-Dame Cathedral during the singing of the Magnificat on Christmas Day 1886."

There is more to this article - including the words of the poem "the Virgin at Noon" and a link to the video of the light show "Dame de Coeur" - the 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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    By Knights of Columbus (5/2017)

    • Notre-Dame Cathedral is illuminated during a light show titled ‘Dame de Cœur’ (Queen of Hearts). The Knights of Columbus in France supported the event as part of the commemorations marking the centenary of World War I.

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“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.

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    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.”

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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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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.

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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

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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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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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