IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 17, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

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.

The link to view the entirety of the article begun above 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 December 10, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

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  As part of the library of the Catholic Information Service of the Knights of Columbus is a report entitled “A History of Service“.  “From the time of its founding, the Knights of Columbus has dedicated its efforts to the mission of the Catholic Church, working closely with the Vicar of Christ.”

This 7-page brochure lists and describes the history (through 2015) of our key interactions during the papacy of each of the 11 popes since Father Michael J McGivney founded, in 1882, the KofC at St Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT.  That is, from 1895 when the Apostolic Delegate to the United States gave the Order a “warm approbation and apostolic blessing” and then in 1903 the fledgling order expressed mourning for that same first pope of the Order’s existence by wearing purple ribbons – to the printing of 30,000 booklets in Spanish and English for the 2015 canonization event in Washington DC relating to Junipero Serra during the current pope’s papacy.  Those eleven popes were/are: Leo XIII (1878-1903), St Pius X (1903-1914), Benedict XV (1914-1922), Pius XI (1922-1039), Pius XII (1939-1958), St John XXIII (1958-1963) , Paul VI (1963-1978), John Paul I (1978), St John Paul II (1978-2005), Benedict XVI (2005-2013) and the current Pope Francis (2013-present).

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for December 3, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

      Last week Catholics and other Christians throughout the United States observed a “Week of Awareness for Persecuted Christians” co-sponsored by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus.  The following is a partial list of some facts – about Christians in the Middle East – which have motivated the K of C’s efforts to bring them aid.

  • For the first thousand years after Christ, Christianity was primarily a Middle Eastern religion. Until around 1000 AD, there were more Christians in the Middle East than in Europe.
  • Christians living in the Middle East have survived severe persecution, most recently with ISIS’ campaign of genocide.
  • From 1910 to 2010, the percentage of the population of the Middle East made up of Christians declined from 14 percent to 4 percent. This was prior to ISIS’ genocide.
  • The number of Christians in Iraq has declined by as much as 90 percent over the last several years, from 1.5 million before 2003, to about 200,000 today. The number of Christians in Syria has declined by as much as 70 percent.
  • ISIS has executed thousands of Christians by barbaric methods, including crucifixion and beheading, and an ISIS affiliated group recently declared that Christians are their “favorite prey.”
  • ISIS has engaged in mass deportations of Christians from their ancestral homelands.

A link to the entire KofC.org article, including the remainder of the above list, can be found at the following addresses:

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 26, 2017

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The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a major pastoral initiative of the Knights of Columbus, a lay Catholic fraternal organization with nearly two million members around the world.  Faithful to continuing the mission and legacy of Pope John Paul II, the Knights in 2011 established a shrine to him in the nation’s capital.

From its conception, the Shrine was intended as a response to St. John Paul II’s call for a “new evangelization,” which was repeated by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.   When you are next is D.C. consider stopping by the Shrine for a visit or tour!

PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF ST. JOHN PAUL II

St. Pope John Paul II

O Blessed Trinity, we thank you
for having graced the Church with
Saint John Paul II and for allowing
the tenderness of your fatherly care,
the glory of the Cross of Christ
and the splendor of the Spirit of love
to shine through him.

Trusting fully in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd.

He has shown us that holiness
is the necessary measure of ordinary
Christian life and is the way of
achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession,
and according to your will,
the graces we implore,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 19, 2017

Supreme Advocate (later Supreme Knight) Luke E. Hart

Supreme Advocate (later Supreme Knight) Luke E. Hart, an adamant foe of KKK bigotry and libel, is shown in a 1920s portrait. Knights of Columbus Multimedia Archives

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

“One evening in the summer of 1923, Supreme Advocate Luke E. Hart looked out the window of the train he was riding through southern Indiana.

‘The lights of the automobiles lit up the roads for miles and made quite an impression on the travelers on our train,’ he wrote in a letter the next day.  He estimated that there were ‘not less than 1,000 automobiles filled with members of the Ku Klux Klan’ returning from a KKK parade in the town of Orleans.

A St. Louis lawyer, Hart had been named supreme advocate barely a year earlier, at a time when the Klan was on the rise and on the attack. The Klan and its allies’ campaign of racial and religious bigotry extended to Catholics in general and the Knights in particular — portraying Catholics as foreign invaders beholden only to Rome, and the Knights as the Church’s enforcers.

The introduction of a 1921 KKK pamphlet titled The Ku Klux Klan or the Knights of Columbus Klan referred to the Knights of Columbus as “the Pope’s Knights of Mob and Murder, his Militia of Christ, his pliant tools who have bound themselves together in a secret, unholy compact to destroy our free American Public School system, our Constitution and its guarantees.”  It further stated, “Apparently the organization most interested in the destruction of the Ku Klux Klan is the Roman Catholic Order of the Knights of Columbus.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 12, 2017

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers the keynote address at a solidarity dinner Oct. 25 during the annual In Defense of Christians Summit in Washington. (CNS /Catholic Standard/Jaclyn Lippelmann)

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers the keynote address at a solidarity dinner Oct. 25 during the annual In Defense of Christians Summit in Washington. (CNS /Catholic Standard/Jaclyn Lippelmann)

“Vice President Mike Pence pledged that the U.S. government will provide direct aid to Christians in the Middle East, singling out the Knights of Columbus for ‘extraordinary work caring for the persecuted around the world.’

U.S. aid had previously been given to the United Nations for distribution in the troubled region. Speaking at the In Defense of Christians Fourth Annual Solidarity Dinner in Washington, Pence said that the aid had been ineffective in helping Christians who have suffered at the hands of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

‘While faith-based groups with proven track records and deep roots in these communities are more than willing to assist, the United Nations too often denies their funding requests,’ Pence said. ‘My friends, those days are over. This is the moment. This is the time. And America will support these people in their hour of need.’

The news was a milestone for the Knights of Columbus, which has led the effort to protect Christians amid a genocide in the Middle East.”

The preceding text is the introduction to a longer article featured on the KofC web site.  You can find the direct link to this feature article along with additional information about us at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981.

 

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Read Full Remarks by Vice President Pence

Read Supreme Knight Anderson’s Introduction of Vice President Pence

Read Statement of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson


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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 5, 2017

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IWKnights Steve Dickhut, Rob Schultz, and Grand Knight Chris Williams accepting two Pro-Life awards from the MO Knights of Columbus.

Last Sunday, October 29th, the Missouri KofC State Deputy, Joe Rosenthal, and State Respect Life Director, Jerry Herbert, joined the Incarnate Word Knights and Ladies at our 5th Sunday Mass and brunch.  However, they did not come empty-handed, but rather came to recognize the council’s Pro-Life efforts within our parish and across the St. Louis Archdiocese.  Specifically, the State Knights presented us with a plaque which recognized our efforts – since 2011 – in connection with the formation, management and support of the StL KofC Baby Bottle Baby Brigade, the two highly successful Baby Bottle Campaigns undertaken within our parish and acknowledgment of the fact that the second Campaign, held last December, officially put the State Council over its $2-million Meet Life Campaign goal.

The total fundraising amounts were notable and certainly demonstrate the fervor of the Pro-Life generosity in our parish (an average of over $112,000 per Campaign) and the archdiocese in general (over $750,000 was raised by the Brigade of KofC councils during the 35 different parish Campaigns).

In addition to the two State representatives, their wives, Bev and Chris, we were pleased to welcome two Brother Knights from the Ascension Council Knights of Columbus, Bill Lukas and Ted Naegel. Both Knights were key parties in organizing successful Campaigns in their West Chesterfield parish and enthusiastically supporting the Brigade effort.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 22, 2017

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The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, released the following statement earlier this month relating to the HHS Mandate Issue.

“The first right enumerated in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights is freedom of religion.  Today’s action by the Trump administration is an important step in protecting and recovering the constitutional rights of the American people.  We applaud the administration for promulgating a rule that ends the unconstitutional burden that the so-called “HHS Mandate” imposed on religious employers.  It is now crucial that the Trump administration drop its defense of the many lawsuits opposing the “HHS Mandate” to allow for clear court precedent as to the unconstitutional nature of the previous regulations.”

The Knights have long defended the religious freedom of all Americans.  Specific to this issue, back in April of 2013 the Supreme Knight registered our objection in a letter which referenced CMS -9968-P or the “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Coverage of Certain Preventive Services under the Affordable Care Act”.

You can find the direct links to this week’s feature and related articles – including a copy of the letter to the Department of Health and Human Services/April 6, 2013 – along with information about the IWknights at: www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981.

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http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/communications/tanner_letter.pdf

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 15, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a private audience at the Vatican on Oct. 6.

Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a private audience at the Vatican on Oct. 6.

Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a private audience at the Vatican on Oct. 6.  At that audience, Anderson discussed with the Holy Father the Knights’ many initiatives including the Knights of Columbus’ work on behalf of Christians at risk in the Middle East.  He also presented the earnings from the Knights’ Vicarius Christi Fund, in the amount of $1.6 million.

Vicarius Christi is a title of the pope implying his supreme and universal primacy, both of honour and of jurisdiction, over the Church of Christ.  It is founded on the words of the Divine Shepherd to St. Peter: “Feed my lambs. . . . Feed my sheep” (John 21:16-17), by which He constituted the Prince of the Apostles guardian of His entire flock in His own place, thus making him His Vicar and fulfilling the promise made in Matthew 16:18-19.

The proceeds of the Fund are given annually to the pope for his personal charities, and since the fund’s inception in 1981, more than $59 million in earnings have been donated.

Information above was obtained from the KofC web site and New Advent.com.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 8, 2017

A Caldean Christian Woman / Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

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The following text is a collection of quotes from an opinion piece written by the KofC Supreme Knight which appeared recently in The Hill on-line magazine.

“Whether Christianity and pluralism survive in the Middle East, or disappear forever, may well lie in the hands of the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this summer, the House unanimously passed HR 390, which would direct American aid to the minority communities — including Christians — targeted by ISIS for genocide.”

“But the Senate still has not acted. With each passing day, these communities become smaller, more in danger of reaching a tipping point of no return...” 

“As a result of the inaction – despite the president’s promises of support for these communities, and statutory obligations included by Congress in May in the Consolidated Appropriations Act – aid to these communities has still not been forthcoming in any meaningful fashion…”

“My organization, the Knights of Columbus, has committed almost $15 million to Christians in the region.  Other private aid groups have helped as well. This has helped, but government aid would be a game changer.

There is a ready-made solution: HR 390.  It would make perfectly clear what is expected of our government’s agencies and would provide a blueprint and mechanism for saving these fragile communities.

America’s senior legislative body must act now, before it is too late”.  Please contact your Senators and ask for their support for this legislation.

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