IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 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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IW 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day – April 13

To All Council Members,

Please see the information below and see if you can join the group for Incarnate Word's 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day. Incarnate Word's adopt a day is on Saturday, April 13 from 7:00am to 7:00pm. If you can spend an hour or two on that day it would be greatly appreciated by the Pro-Life Committee.

Thanks for your time,

Jeff


Dear fellow leaders of Incarnate Word Parish ministries,

Cindy Reznikov and Christy McCollom recently attended a 40 Days for Life leadership meeting hosted by the Coalition for Life.  Members of the Ascension Parish Men's Club spoke at the meeting about their successful efforts to increase their parish participation at their parish 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day.  Ascension Men's Club, which organizes their parish Adopt-a-Day, asked the parish ministries to each adopt one hour to cover the sidewalk on the day of their Adopt-a-Day.  Ascension was able to increase their parish participation last fall to 120 participants at their prayer vigil. Their goal this spring is 144 participants.  This is a very impressive number as our parish had 45 participants last fall at our Adopt-a-Day.  Our goal this spring is 60!

We decided to give this strategy a try at our own parish for our upcoming parish 40 Days for Life Adopt-a-Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 13th.  These prayer vigils truly save lives.  Here is the story of an encounter I had during the fall 2015 40 Days for Life prayer vigil, while praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.

A woman pulled her car over to the curb and  said to me “I want you to know you all are making a difference”.  I told her thank you for stopping to share such kind words with us and then she said “Can I show you something?”  She showed me a picture on her cell phone of a beautiful baby boy of about 8 months with a big smile on his precious face.  The woman said this was a picture of her son, her 4th child.  She told me she came to Planned Parenthood to abort this baby because they didn’t think they could take on another child.  But she said “because you all were here I changed my mind.”  I was at that moment convicted by the power of prayerful witness on the sidewalk.   She again said “you all are making a difference and I have my son because of you.”  What gift can compare to such encounter?  I’ve certainly been convicted that “All things are possible through Him” when we cooperate.

May we ask for your ministry's help in this most worthy life saving prayer vigil? Our adopt-a-day begins at 7am and ends at 7pm on Saturday, April 13.  Will your ministry consider adopting one hour on that day to cover the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood with prayer?

If you would like a member of the parish pro-life committee to speak for 3-5 minutes at an upcoming meeting we would be happy to come.   Thank you so much for your consideration of this effort to save babies and save their mothers from a lifetime of regret.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Peace be with you,
Christy McCollom & Cindy Reznikov

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 17, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Gene Kranz hold a vest that was given to Kranz by Marine Corps pilots at Naval Air Station Kingsville. The supreme knight visited Kranz in September 2017, following Hurricane Harvey, as local councils assisted with relief efforts. Photo by Rocky Kneten.

During the days of NASA's Apollo program one of the heroes was a flight director named Gene Kranz.  He was as much a headliner as were the astronauts.  He is also a longtime Knight of Columbus. Here is an introduction to Gene's background with a stop in StL.

"On Gene Kranz’s desk, next to military memorabilia, model fighter planes and a space shuttle mockup, sits a framed photo of three beaming religious sisters.

Long before Kranz, 85, became a NASA legend — the coolheaded flight director of the moon landing of Apollo 11 and the near catastrophe of Apollo 13 — these sisters set him on the path to Mission Control.

It was Sister Patricia, Sister Caroline and Sister Mark at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, who helped Kranz receive a nomination to the Naval Academy.  And, when he unfortunately failed his physical to enter the academy, it was the sisters who arranged his scholarship loan to aviation school in St. Louis.

“Without their help, my career would have ended right there,” said Kranz, a longtime member of Father Roach Council 3217 in Dickinson, Texas.

But it didn’t end there, of course. Kranz instead went on to work 34 years at NASA, where, sporting a headset, a flat-top haircut, and one of his signature vests, he launched men into space and brought them safely back to earth.

He is perhaps most renowned for the latter: Kranz led the engineers that guided the Apollo 13 mission home after it was crippled by an onboard explosion.

'Houston, we’ve had a problem here,' astronaut Jack Swigert reported from space April 14, 1970.  For the next three nail-biting days, lead flight director Kranz and his team figured out how to fix that problem.

'We pulled off a miracle in Apollo 13.  We never should have been able to solve all the problems we faced,' Kranz said.  'But it was that culture of the people that would never surrender.  They would find a way.  … It was trust between the crew in the spacecraft and myself and my team.'

A day after the Apollo 13 crew landed, Kranz and his team, as well as the astronauts, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work.

Ron Howard’s 1995 film Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, breathed new life into the legend.  Kranz was portrayed by Harris, who earned an Oscar nomination and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actor.

Throughout his career, Kranz never forgot where he came from.  He has approached his life and work with the perspective of his Catholic faith, which he says was shaped by various religious communities in Toledo, as well as at St. Louis University."

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 10, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

"In just one month, Americans have made a sudden and dramatic shift away from the pro-choice position and toward a pro-life stance, according to a new Marist poll.

The shift was led by Democrats and those under 45 years old, according to a survey taken Feb.12-17 in the wake of efforts in several states to legalize abortion up until birth.

'Current proposals that promote late-term abortion have reset the landscape and language on abortion in a pronounced – and very measurable – way,' said Barbara Carvalho, director of The Marist Poll.

In a substantial, double-digit shift, according to the poll, Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47 percent) as pro-choice (47 percent).  Just last month, a similar survey conducted by The Marist Poll found Americans more likely to identify as pro-choice than as pro-life by 17 percentage points (55 to 38 percent).  Democrats moved in their pro-life identity from 20 percent to 34 percent.

Among Democrats, the gap between pro-life and pro-choice identifiers was cut in half from 55 percent to 27 percent.  The number of Democrats now identifying as pro-life is 34 percent, up from 20 percent last month, while the number identifying as pro-choice fell from 75 percent to 61 percent.  Younger Americans also moved dramatically, now dividing 47 percent pro-life to 48 percent pro-choice.  One month ago, the gap was almost 40 percentage points with only 28 percent identifying as pro-life and 65 percent identifying as pro-choice.

'The recent legal changes to late-term abortion and the debate which followed have not gone unnoticed by the general public,' said Carvalho.  'In just one month, there has been a significant increase in the proportion of Americans who see themselves as pro-life and an equally notable decline in those who describe themselves as pro-choice.'

This is the first time since 2009 that as many or more Americans have identified as pro-life as have identified as pro-choice.  More than a third of Democrats (34 percent) as well as two-thirds of Republicans (67 percent) identify as pro-life.  Independents divide (46 percent pro-life, 48 percent pro-choice)."

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IW – Adoration Closing 3/2

Due to the winter weather advisory, the chapel will be closed from Saturday, March 2 at 9 pm until Monday, March 4 at 9 am.

We are working to make the best decision possible to keep everyone safe and appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the continuous winter weather.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for March 3, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Father Patrice Chocholski, rector of the Shrine of Ars, hold a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney and a chalice that belonged to the saint, during Father Chocholski’s visit to the Supreme Council headquarters April 14, 2018. Behind them hangs a painting of another model for parish priests, Father Michael J. McGivney.

Some 17,000 young people gathered for Mass Jan. 12 at the annual conference of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).  They stood in reverence as a reliquary holding the incorrupt heart of St. Jean-Marie Vianney was solemnly processed into the convention center in Indianapolis.  Throughout the conference, participants waited in long lines to approach the relic for personal veneration.

There have been similar scenes in churches and chapels across the United States since the “Heart of a Priest” pilgrimage, organized by the Knights of Columbus, began last November.  The relic has been entrusted to the Order by the Shrine of Ars, France, where St. Jean Vianney (1786-1859) served for more than 40 years.

The possibility of the pilgrimage was first presented last spring, before the clergy sexual abuse crisis erupted.  In September, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson suggested that the pilgrimage would serve as a “spiritual response” to the crisis, remarking,  “We welcome as providential this opportunity to invoke the intercession of the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity are a singular model for clergy.”

Father Patrice Chocholski, St. Jean Vianney’s successor as curé, or pastor, of Ars and rector of the shrine there, brought the relic to the 136th Supreme Convention in Baltimore last August.  The pilgrimage officially began Nov. 10 at St. Mary’s Spiritual Center in Baltimore, in the chapel where Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, prayed during his seminary studies.  While in Baltimore, the relic was present at the U.S. bishops’ Fall General Assembly during a full day of spiritual discernment and prayer, as well as at two area seminaries.

Following stops in New Haven, Conn., where Father Chocholski offered a series of reflections at St. Mary’s Church and the Knights of Columbus Museum, the relic has visited dozens of cities from New Orleans to Atlanta to Washington, D.C.

The pilgrimage continues until early June and will stop in St. Louis, at the Cathedral Basilica, on Friday, March 15th.

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  • HEART OF A PRIEST
    THOUSANDS OF CATHOLICS VENERATE THE INCORRUPT HEART OF ST. JEAN VIANNEY AS IT MAKES A NATIONWIDE PILGRIMAGE
    by Columbia staff - Knights of Columbus (2/1/2019)

    • There have been similar scenes in churches and chapels across the United States since the “Heart of a Priest” pilgrimage, organized by the Knights of Columbus, began last November. The relic has been entrusted to the Order by the Shrine of Ars, France, where St. Jean Vianney (1786-1859) served for more than 40 years..

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 24, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Recently, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus wrote a timely and cogent message to the membership regarding recent signs of prejudice against Catholics.  The following are the lead paragraphs of a longer article.  You can find the link to the entire article in the final paragraph of this article.

"Dear Brother Knight:

There have been times in our country’s past when uninformed or prejudiced people questioned whether Catholics could be good citizens or honest public servants.  That’s why Father McGivney chose the name “Columbus” for our Order — because the discoverer was the Catholic figure from American history most admired and accepted at the time.  In fact, from our founding in 1882, until the election of Brother Knight John F. Kennedy in 1960, many still held that Catholics were unfit for public office.  Throughout that time, the Knights of Columbus worked to counter such prejudice.

Sadly, it seems that in some quarters, this prejudice remains.  First, in 2017 a Notre Dame law professor was deemed unfit for a federal judgeship by a United States Senator who feared that “the dogma lives loudly within you.”  Now, two more senators have questioned a Brother Knight’s fitness for the federal bench precisely because our Order holds firm to the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life and marriage.

Such attacks on the basis of our Catholic faith are hardly new.  The Knights of Columbus was formed amid a period of anti-Catholic bigotry.  We stood against that then, and we do so now.  We have spoken out against persecution around the world for nearly a century.  At the same time, here at home we stood against the Ku Klux Klan, including its attempts to ban Catholic education, and we published books on the black and Jewish contributions to American history decades before the Civil Rights movement.  More recently, we stood with the Little Sisters of the Poor in their fight for religious liberty and have worked with both the Obama and Trump administrations — and both sides of the aisle in Congress — to help Christians, Yazidis and Shi’a Muslims targeted for genocide by ISIS.

From our very beginning, the Knights of Columbus has been an organization adhering to the teachings of the Catholic Church.  As with the Church, our primary motivation in everything is Christ’s great commandment, that we love God completely and our neighbor as ourselves.

As the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church explains, “Jesus Christ reveals to us that ‘God is love’ and He teaches us that ‘the fundamental law of human perfection, and consequently of the transformation of the world, is the new commandment of love.’......"

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  • A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPREME KNIGHT
    By Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson - Knights of Columbus (1/1/2019)

    • There have been times in our country’s past when uninformed or prejudiced people questioned whether Catholics could be good citizens or honest public servants. That’s why Father McGivney chose the name “Columbus” for our Order — because the discoverer was the Catholic figure from American history most admired and accepted at the time.

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Adoration Closing

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for February 17, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right-hander Trevor Williams, a Knights of Columbus member

It has been a long winter and there remains a bit more than a month before spring arrives with its relief.  But several days ago one of the traditional signs that spring is a comin’ appeared – the redbirds landed on the bat in Jupiter, Florida.  Those paying attention to such signs understand its significance.  Just dreaming of spring training can warm the body temperature.

So, such it was last week when reading a story on the Knights of Columbus web site (KofC.org).  Just the first sentence of the story was enough to conjure up warmer days: “It’s July 11 and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right-hander Trevor Williams, a Knights of Columbus member, is in the midst of a skid.

In the beginning of his third season in Major League Baseball (MLB), Williams posted a 2.72 earned run average (ERA) and won five games.  But by early July, his ERA had jumped up to 4.60 and he was 6-7 on the season for wins and losses. That Wednesday afternoon, he was scheduled to square off against the Washington Nationals.

Before he took the mound, sitting in front of his locker with a St. Benedict crucifix on it, Williams said a prayer: “Jesus I trust in you.”  On his left wrist, just below where the glove ends, is a tattoo of the letters AMDG, an abbreviation for the Latin phrase Ad maiorem Dei gloriam, “For the greater glory of God.”  He sees the letters before every pitch he makes.

To him, faith is the most important aspect of his life followed by his family and then baseball.”

There is more to the story of a fine young man – even if he is a Pirate – who lives his Catholic faith on and off the field.  To read the entire story we direct you to our media sites for links to the story: www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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  • BEING A KNIGHT IS PART OF WHO I AM
    By Andrew Fowler - Knights of Columbus (2/12/2019)

    • Before he took the mound, sitting in front of his locker with a St. Benedict crucifix on it, Williams said a prayer: “Jesus I trust in you.” On his left wrist, just below where the glove ends, is a tattoo of the letters AMDG, an abbreviation for the Latin phrase Ad maiorem Dei gloriam, “For the greater glory of God.” He sees the letters before every pitch he makes..

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IWKnights Valentine’s Brunch

To All Council Members and Ladies Auxiliary,

We want to extend this invitation to all of the Council Members and the Ladies Auxiliary to please consider attending the upcoming Valentine’s Brunch with your spouse or significant other.

WHAT: VALENTINE’S BRUNCH — CATERED BREAKFAST

WHEN: FEBRUARY 17th (SUNDAY MORNING]

TIME: 10:15 AM — AFTER THE 8:45 MASS & ROSARY

WHERE: LOWER CHURCH HALL

MENU: BACON, SAUSAGE, CHEESY EGGS, BERRY

FRUIT SALAD,

O’BRIEN POTATOES, YOGURT, & STUFFED FRENCH TOAST

COST: $18 PERSON, $36 A COUPLE

BRING YOUR LOVELY SPOUSE & ENJOY A DELICIOUS BRUNCH!!

RSVP: By Wednesday, Feb 13th, to Eric Bergmann at bergy2844 or 636-532-7017.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE FOR A GREAT MORNING OF FELLOWSHIP.