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


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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for June 10, 2018

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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."

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  • 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

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“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.’

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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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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 27, 2018

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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

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 20, 2018

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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.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 13, 2018

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The following article entitled “A Day without the Knights of Columbus” was recently published in the Denver Catholic Register. The author is Vladimir Mauricio-Perez.

“Imagine a world where a young man rolls out of bed to the street on a gray winter morning. He walks by a shop in the neighborhood and catches a glimpse of a TV through an old window, showing an image of the Pope. Yet what catches his attention is the fact that the so-called beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica behind him doesn’t really look like something to be proud of; it looks more green than white. Then he sees a Middle Eastern Christian family begging for help, saying they were alone and desperate in a city still devastated.

This young man was living in what a world without the Knights of Columbus.

The image sets a tone for the state in which the Church and many neighborhoods and families could be if the Knights of Columbus didn’t carry out the work they do. They are often the unseen force that has made God’s voice audible in the poor, widows, children, nation and Church.

It was the Knights who funded the greatest restoration of the 65,000-square-foot façade of St. Peter’s Basilica in 350 years. It was the Knights who fought until the phrase “under God” was included in the pledge of allegiance in response to the Communist threat of the time. It was them who helped dozens of priests and seminarians during the Mexican Cristero War and the Ku Klux Klan attacks in the last century.

It is them who still help thousands of priests cover the cost of formation, give winter clothes to children, help persecuted Christians, respond incredibly to natural disasters, provide top-rated insurance, save unborn children by providing free ultrasounds.

These same Knights of Columbus are still in our midst, transforming our culture through education, advancing and sustaining our parishes, giving wheelchairs to families in need, consistently serving in the Special Olympics, building homes, accompanying veterans, college students and children.

The over $1.5 billion this Catholic fraternal organization has given to charity in the past 10 years and the impressive number of services it provides are the fruits of these great men from all over the world, of these great and simple men at your parish – the same ones who enjoy grilling and sell Tootsie Rolls outside a grocery store.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for May 6, 2018

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“Supreme Knight Carl Anderson renewed a call to recruit younger members to the Knights of Columbus, saying the Order’s future is at stake.

‘This Order was started by a 30-year-old (Father Michael J. McGivney),’ Anderson said at the Mid-Year Meeting of State Deputies in Washington D.C.’ And you know, I have to believe that Michael McGivney was not the only 30-year-old who can make a contribution to the Knights of Columbus. That’s why we are putting so much emphasis on bringing young men in. For the future of the Order we have to.’

In his address on Saturday, Anderson laid out a bold vision of using technology and innovative approaches to attracting new members. The centerpiece of this is the Online Membership initiative that is being rolled out gradually across the U.S. This program allows men to join the Order online, with the goal of eventually bringing them into councils and the degree process.

Online Membership is a portal to bring in new prospects and introduce them to the Knights of Columbus, Anderson said.

‘We have to do it because we owe it to them that they can invest in a solid insurance program that’s going to protect their families; that they can get the spiritual formation and the spiritual strength that’s going to help them lead their families.’

‘We owe it to them to open up the brotherhood of Catholic men who will be there to help them and who they can help by their service. We owe it to them to open up for their membership an organization that’s effective in solving problems in their neighborhoods. So, we have a mission.’

As part of the strategy to attract younger men, the Order announced plans earlier this year to phase out the decades-old Fourth Degree uniforms in favor of a more modern look.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for April 29, 2018

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Ron Turcotte and Secretariat are led into the winner’s circle by owner Penny Chenery following the victory in the 1973 Man O’ War Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Photo by Bob Coglianese Photos Inc.

“It was a horse race like none other. In June 1973, a 3-year-old chestnut colt named Secretariat was poised to be the first winner of the illustrious Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 25 years. Secretariat, known affectionately as “Big Red,” had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in dramatic fashion the previous month. The horse captured the world’s attention, surpassing the Vietnam War, Roe v. Wade and the Watergate scandal in headlines. Still, few could imagine how stunning the win at the 1973 Belmont Stakes would be, with a speed and margin of victory that remain unmatched.

This past fall, Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, died at age 95. The horse lived to be 19 years old, before dying in 1989, and the trainer, Lucien Laurin, died in 2000. The jockey who rode Secretariat to victory 45 years ago, however, is still alive and well, and he is a 51-year member of the Knights of Columbus.

Ron Turcotte, 76, is a member of St. Michael de Drummond Council 6841 in Drummond, New Brunswick. Five years after winning the Triple Crown, he was thrown from a horse on the Belmont track and suffered major injuries, ending his career and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. But it didn’t change his outlook on life.

 In anticipation of this year’s Triple Crown races, Columbia’s editor, Alton Pelowski, spoke with Turcotte about his career and his memories of riding the ‘greatest horse that ever lived’.”

The preceding are the beginning paragraphs of an article published in the KofC Columbia On-Line magazine. The link to a Q&A segment between Mr. Pelwski and Mr. Turcotte can be found onwww.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 April 22, 2018

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  “Human life is sacred and inviolable at every moment of existence, including the initial phase which precedes birth. All human beings, from their mother’s womb, belong to God who searches them and knows them, who forms them and knits them together with his own hands, who gazes on them when they are tiny shapeless embryos and already sees in them the adults of tomorrow whose days are numbered and whose vocation is even now written in the ‘book of life.’ There too, when they are still in their mothers’ womb—as many passages of the Bible bear witness—they are the personal objects of God’s loving and fatherly providence.”

(Evangelium Vitae, 61)

In his 1995 Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, St. John Paul II called on all Catholic faithful to bear witness to the Gospel of Life and to build the “civilization of life and love” (100). In keeping with this mission and our Order’s Catholic principles of charity, unity, and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus stands strong in its conviction that every human life is a gift of God, endowed with certain inalienable rights — the first among these being the right to life. Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, we believe that human life is sacred and inviolable, and ought to be defended with maximum determination. To this end, the Knights of Columbus supports policies that promote a Culture of Life and opposes legislative efforts that promote abortion, contraception, sterilization, cloning, the destruction of embryos, assisted suicide, euthanasia, unjust war, and the death penalty when there is an acceptable alternative.

One of the most effective ways in which the Knights of Columbus has promoted a Culture of Life and helped thousands of women save their children is through the Ultrasound Initiative. The program has funded and placed about 900 ultrasound machines – valued at approximately $44 million – in all 50 states and Canada.

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  • “EVANGELIUM VITAE” (The Gospel of Life)
    Papal Encyclical by St. Pope John Paul II.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for April 15, 2018

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PRAYER FOR LIFE 

by Pope John Paul II
Evangelium Vitae, 1995 

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living, to you do we entrust
the cause of life:

Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers of babies not
allowed to be born, of the poor whose
lives are made difficult, of the men and
women who are victims of brutal
violence, of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life with
honesty and love to the people of our
time.

Obtain for them the grace to accept
that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of
celebrating it with gratitude throughout
their lives and the courage to bear witness
to it resolutely, in order to build, together
with all people of good will, the
civilization of truth and love, to the praise
and glory of God, the Creator and lover of
life.

Amen.
 

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