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.


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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 11, 2018

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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.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 4, 2018

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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.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 28, 2018

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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”.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 21, 2018

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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.

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  •  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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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 14, 2018

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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.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 7, 2018

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Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., founder of the Family Rosary Crusade, was made an honorary Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in 1956. He is shown after receiving his lapel emblem from then-Supreme Knight Luke Hart at a meeting of the board of directors in New York on Jan. 15.

Remember the phase “the family that prays together, stays together”?  While Father Patrick Peyton, founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries, may not have invented this powerful phrase – he promoted it at the end of each of his popular Family Theater Productions (a radio show which ran from the late 1940’s into the early 1960’s).  Father Peyton was a pioneer in the broadcast field of Catholic evangelization as he established several radio shows and provided the leadership in forming international Rosary Crusades.  “Many of these rallies were quite large – one in San Francisco attracted 500,000 people, while another in the Philippines was attended by 2 million”.

On Jan. 15, 1956, then-Supreme Knight Luke Hart (a St. Louisian) bestowed on Father Peyton the privilege of being an honorary Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus

“Known as the “Rosary Priest,” Father Peyton’s life was characterized by his great devotion to the rosary, which began when he was a seminarian in Washington, D.C., in 1938.  That year, when he was gravely ill with advanced tuberculosis, young Patrick was encouraged to surrender his life — and his illness — to the Blessed Mother. After he prayed the rosary, his lungs completely cleared and he was able to be ordained as a priest with the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1941”.

By 1956, just over a decade and a half later, Father Peyton’s devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary was known in nearly every Catholic family’s living room.

On Dec. 18, 2017 Pope Francis advanced the cause of Father Patrick Peyton naming him “venerable.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 31, 2017

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“The Knights of Columbus is giving a 30-day supply of food to 12,000 displaced or formerly displaced Christian families in northern Iraq to coincide with Christmas.

‘The Knights of Columbus is pleased to help bring a Merry Christmas to those displaced by ISIS or now returning home to recently liberated areas,’ said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. ‘These Christians have lost everything for their faith, and we want them to know that they are not forgotten and that their sacrifices inspire us in our own faith.’

Valued at $840,000, the Christmas baskets contain food staples such as wheat, rice, beans and meat, along with cleaning supplies. With the assistance of the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil, the Knights’ gift will continue to be distributed to Syriac Catholic, Syriac Orthodox and Chaldean Catholic families, as well as Yazidis.

‘Even though we are still in a time of great uncertainty, the knowledge that our brothers in the Knights of Columbus are in solidarity with us, especially at this time of year, brings great comfort,’ said Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil. ‘God bless them all.’

The Knights of Columbus has committed more than $17 million in aid to Christians and other religious minorities in the region since 2014.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 24, 2017

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On Dec. 18, 1997, a press conference was held announcing opening of cause for sainthood for Father Michael J. McGivney by the Hartford Archdiocese. Pictured are then-Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Cronin, then-Supreme Chaplain Bishop Thomas Daily and Dominican Father Gabriel O’Donnell.

“His life inspires and his vision still lives as the process toward sainthood continues for Father Michael J. McGivney.  In the 20 years since the cause for his canonization was opened, devotion to the founder of the Knights of Columbus has grown throughout the Order and spread widely among the Catholic faithful.

The humble parish priest, who founded the Knights with a handful of parishioners at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., was declared venerable by the Vatican in 2008.  His intercession is sought by priests and laypersons in all the challenges of life, and he still is known as a friend of the poor and neglected; an advocate for widows and orphans and those affected by divorce and family breakup; a supporter of Christian family life; a trustworthy guide to the young; a promoter of the Catholic faith; and above all, a champion of charity, the first principle of the Knights of Columbus.

The canonization cause was opened on Dec. 18, 1997, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, then under Archbishop Daniel Cronin, with the Knights of Columbus serving as the “actor” or prime supporter.  Dominican Father Gabriel O’Donnell, the first postulator in charge of the cause, set out to compile the positio, a deeply researched and carefully footnoted document drawing upon all historical evidence attesting to Father McGivney’s holiness and virtue.  After review and approval at the archdiocesan level, the positio was sent to the Vatican and on March 15, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI declared Father McGivney a “Venerable Servant of God,” recognizing that he exercised the theological and cardinal virtues ‘to a heroic degree.’”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 17, 2017

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Sketch of Incarnate Word Parish by Bryan V Hewing

The IW Knights have begun the process of discussing how to best implement a new KofC initiative called “Building the Domestic Church“.  We will begin to stock a number of (free) booklets on the Rack in the Back which deal with how our “Order can help Catholic families fulfill their mission”.

“This Month (appearing in our KofC COLUMBIA magazine and written by the Supreme Knight), we fix our gaze on the Holy Family and are able to see how, in the words of the Second Vatican Council, ‘authentic married love is caught up into divine love’ (Gaudium et Spes, 48).

In his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis reminds us that the Holy Family exudes the beauty of family life (65).  He then recalls the words of Pope Paul VI that the Holy Family “illuminates the principle which gives shape to every family” (66).

During the past several years, the Knights of Columbus has begun a number of important initiatives to help our families draw closer to the Holy Family and, in this way, to get ‘caught up into divine love.’

One of our most import and initiatives is our program of family consecration to the Holy Family.

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