IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for November 11, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Doughboys gather in the reading room of the large K of C hut in Dijon, France, circa 1918 Knights of Columbus Multimedia Archives/J.C. Hemment

Cecilia Hadley has written a wonderful article about the Knights of Columbus effort in World War I.  The piece is too long to publish in this column but the link to the entire article can be found on our Facebook page (address below).  The original article is presented in Colombia On-Line and entitled: A Century after the armistice, the Knights’ work during World War I remains one of the Order’s greatest legacies.

“The United States, after years of debate, mobilized for war in the spring of 1917.  The Supreme Council had a momentous decision to make: Should the Order mobilize, too?

A year earlier, councils in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona had responded spontaneously to assist National Guardsmen sent to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Knights established recreation halls, which were open to all “regardless of creed or color,” and facilitated Mass for Catholic servicemen.

With the world at war, could the Order expand the program to a global scale?  Some Council members thought it unwise to attempt, but support for the idea swelled at the grassroots level. Councils in Missouri and Vermont, for example, quickly raised thousands of dollars to open K of C recreation centers near local military installations.  Canada had entered the war in 1914, and Canadian Knights were also raising funds to support troops.

So, in May 1917, Supreme Knight James A. Flaherty sent a letter to President Woodrow Wilson, proposing to establish centers “for the recreation and spiritual comfort” of servicemen. The proposal was readily accepted, and the Knights’ “hut program” became the flagship initiative of the K of C Committee on War Activities.

The Knights eventually established approximately 250 recreation centers in Europe, as well as 450 in the United States, each with the slogan: ‘Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.’

Find the link to the entire article at 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 November 4, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson visits Knights and Texas Gulf Coast communities impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in September 2017. Photo by Spirit Juice Studios.

Earlier this year, in August, the Knights of Columbus staged our annual convention in Baltimore.  Recently Supreme Knight Carl Anderson released a video report of the Order’s accomplishments and plans for the future which he presented to the attendees.  The following text is Supreme Knight Anderson’s opening remarks delivered on the video (runtime 23 minutes+).  The links to the video presentation and/or the complete text are available on our Facebook page or Web Site (see addresses below).

“My brother Knights, it was the summer of 1873 and a young man was at a crossroads.  With his father’s blessing, he had left home for school some months before filled with hopes and dreams.  But now his father was dead, and he was back at home.  He had no money for tuition. He had a mother and younger brothers and sisters to support.  His only option was to find a job.

But the Holy Spirit intervened. Powerful people became aware of the young man’s plight.  They saw in him character.  They saw in him a deep faith.  And most of all, they saw in him promise — the promise of a man on a mission.

So, they arranged for a scholarship, a concept little known at the time.  And on Sept. 14, 1873, Michael McGivney of Waterbury, Conn., entered St. Mary’s Seminary, just a few miles from here.

Four years later, he was ordained by Baltimore’s Archbishop James Gibbons in the Cathedral of the Assumption.

Father McGivney had arrived in that rare 19th-century American city — a city where Catholicism was accepted, even popular.  In fact, it was the birthplace of the Catholic Church in the United States.  It was America’s first diocese and the home of our first American bishop, John Carroll, whose family lived at the intersection of faith and liberty in the new nation.

The bishop’s cousin, Charles Carroll, was the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, and he became one of our nation’s first senators. Bishop Carroll’s brother, Daniel, signed both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.

So at a time when Catholics in the colonies were ostracized or outright attacked, the Carroll brothers and their cousin stood firm in their faith.  They believed that religious freedom for all was the bedrock of freedom in the New World.”

Find the links to the entirety of this article and to the video presentation at either www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Links Related to this week’s column:

  • Celebrating the Knights
    Knights of Columbus online article   (10/3/2018)

    • Founded by a young parish priest now on the path to sainthood, the Knights of Columbus has helped strengthen men, their families, their parishes and their communities since 1882. Today, there are more than 1.9 million members of the K of C doing good across the world......

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Reminder – Need Volunteers on Friday & Saturday

To All,

This coming Sunday, October 28 will be the third blood drive for 2018. We are in need of volunteers for tear down, set up and clean up on this coming Sunday,

We will need volunteers for the following times on Sunday;

Sunday Morning at 5:45am to 7:00am – 6 volunteers (for tear down and set up)

Sunday Afternoon at 1:00pm to 2:30pm – 6 volunteers (clean up and re-set up of what was torn down earlier)

If you can help please contact Jeff Grotegeers at 636-394-9485 (gcgrote) or Barry Sullivan at 314-542-9616 (bpsullivan90).

Thanks for your help

The Blood Drive Committee

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 28, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Pope John Paul II offers Mass at Aqueduct in Queens, N.Y., during his visit to the United States, 1995 Oct 6. The Mass was co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. (L'Osservatore Romano)

As we mentioned last weekend, it has been forty years since Cardinal Karol Wojtyła from Poland was introduced to the world as the third bishop of Rome in one year, taking the name of John Paul II.  We mentioned the Knights of Columbus had a strong relationship with St John Paul II.  We listed 5 of 10 facts about that dynamic relationship – the following are the remaining five facts.

  • John Paul II wrote papal messages to the Knights to commemorate their Supreme Conventions. You can read them on our Facebook page.
  • John Paul II canonized six Knights. They were the Mexican martyrs killed during the Cristero War in the 1920s.  He also beatified Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Puerto Rico.
  • The Knights has supported World Youth Day through the years, an initiative of John Paul II, including the largest English-language site in Kraków in 2016.
  • Supreme Knight Anderson discussed the Cause for Canonization of Father Michael J. McGivney with Pope John Paul II in April 2002.
  • The Knights of Columbus received the gift of a small oil lamp used by Pope John Paul II at the World Peace Summit he hosted in Assisi in January 2002.

BONUS FACT: Since John Paul II is a saint, our relationship with him is never over!  Let us pray that he is an intercessor on our behalf, and for the whole world.

The entirety of this article can be found at www.KofC.org or find the link at either www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Links Related to this week’s column:

  • JOHN PAUL II CANONIZES 6 MEXICAN KNIGHTS & BEATIFIED 1 PEURTO RICAN KNIGHT
    Knights of Columbus online article   (10/3/2018)

    • John Paul II canonized six Mexican martyrs killed during the Cristero War in the 1920s. He also beatified Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Puerto Rico......
  • WORLD YOUTH DAY
    Knights of Columbus online article   (2016)

    • The Knights of Columbus history with World Youth Day began with the 1997 event in Paris, France, when the Supreme Council invited a group of college Knights to attend as pilgrims. Since this first involvement with World Youth Day, the Supreme Council has also taken college Knights to World Youth Days in Rome (2000), Toronto (2002), Cologne (2005), Sydney (2008), Madrid (2011) and Kraków (2016).
  • RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS & ST. JOHN PAUL II
    Knights of Columbus online article   (10/3/2018)


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Josh Goetz Wake and Funeral

Josh Goetz

To All Council Members and Ladies Auxiliary,

Here are the wake, funeral and internment of our Brother Knight, Josh Goetz, and the son of Past Grand Knight David and Michelle Goetz,

The proceedings will be held this coming weekend from Saturday, 10/27, Sunday, 10/28 and Monday 10/29.

  • On Friday, 10/26, Joshua will be escorted to St. Louis by a military contention.
  • Saturday, 10/27, the wake for Joshua will be at Ortmann Stipanovich Mortuary on Olive Street from 2-8pm.
  • Sunday, 10/28, the funeral Mass for Joshua will be held at Incarnate Word Church at 2:30pm.
  • Burial and Honors will be on Monday, 10/29, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

It's possible that a motorcade will form at Ortmann -  Stiponavich on Monday. If this changes or a time is given for the motorcade we will let you know.

May the soul of Joshua rest in peace.

Condolences to David, Michelle, Morgan and Isabelle and the rest of the Goetz family.


VAW-125 Tigertails

The Tigertails are deeply saddened to report the passing of Lieutenant Josh “Lunchmoney” Goetz. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Josh excelled as a Naval Flight Officer in the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, taking control of the skies of the Western Pacific as a proud member of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces. An avid musician, car enthusiast, prolific distance runner, and a beloved son and and brother to his family, Josh's radiant personality would inspire those around him daily.

The Global Tigertail Family mourns and feels his loss. We share our sympathy and prayers with the entire Goetz family during this difficult time.

Tigertails, all. Forever.

VAW

Funeral Arrangements for Joshua Goetz

From Michelle Goetz……

We received confirmation this morning that Joshua will be escorted to St. Louis Friday evening, so to the best of our knowledge the anticipated timeline should work.

Saturday wake from 2-8 pm at Ortmann Stipanovich Funeral Home,

Sunday funeral at 2:30 pm at Incarnate Word Parish.

Burial and honors Monday (not sure what time yet). We will let you know if anything changes

Ortmann Stipanovich Funeral Home

12444 Olive Blvd

Creve Coeur, MO 63141

(314) 514-1111

Incarnate Word Parish

13416 Olive Blvd

Chesterfield, MO 63017

(314) 576-5366

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

2900 Sheridan Rd

St. Louis, MO 63125

(314) 845-8320

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 21, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Pope John Paul II offers Mass at Aqueduct in Queens, N.Y., during his visit to the United States, 1995 Oct 6. The Mass was co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. (L'Osservatore Romano)

“Forty years ago, Cardinal Karol Wojtyła from Poland was introduced to the world as the third bishop of Rome in one year, taking the name of John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II would serve as pope for over 26 years, the second-longest papacy ever. From the first days of his papacy to the end of his life, the Knights of Columbus had a strong relationship with this modern-day saint.

The following are 5 of 10 facts about that dynamic relationship – next week we will present the remaining five facts.

  • John Paul II wrote a handwritten letter to the Knights of Columbus in 2002 that read, “As long as I have breath within me I shall cry out: Peace, in the name of God.”  It was included in a 2003 display at the Knights of Columbus Museum titled “John Paul II: A Passion for Peace” and is currently exhibited at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.
  • The Knights sponsor the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.  Learn more and plan a visit to see relics of the saint by visiting our Facebook page.
  • The Knights of Columbus has supported three films about the pontiff: John Paul II in America: Uniting a Continent, Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism  and John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace.
  • The Knights underwrote several major restoration projects at St. Peter’s Basilica during John Paul II’s tenure, including the Polish chapel in the Vatican Grottoes at the restoration of the basilica’s expansive façade.
  • John Paul II presented a copper cross held by the statue of Christ on St. Peter’s facade as a gift to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven in 1986.”

The entirety of this article can be found at www.KofC.org or find the link at either www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

Links Related to this week’s column:

  • 10 FACTS FOR 40 YEARS: POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II AND THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
    Knights of Columbus online article   (10/16/2018)


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Passing of Josh Goetz

To All Council 9981 Members,

I just received very sad news that David & Michelle Goetz son, Josh Goetz, passed away from injuries that he sustained from a diving exercise a couple of weeks ago. Josh was stationed in Guam with the Navy at the time of the accident.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Josh, David & Michelle, as well as to the family, relatives, friends, and colleagues.

We will be meeting this evening at Incarnate Word Church at 8:00pm in front of the blessed Virgin Mary statue in the church to say the rosary. If We’re not in the church we will be downstairs in the lower church hall.  All members are encouraged to attend if possible.

Jeff Grotegeers

New Movie about the Dr. Kermit Gosnell Case

Dr. Kermit Gosnell
Courtesy of Catholic Sun newspaper

As mentioned last night at the council meeting, there's a new movie debuting today about the investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the most infamous Abortionist in the United States to date. As the synopsis of the movie states:

The film is the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell - his 30 year killing spree and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up. Originally investigated for illegal prescription drug sales, a raid by DEA, FBI & local law enforcement revealed crimes they could not have expected within the clinic.

Based on the NY Times Bestseller — Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.

The movie is about the investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, whose trial was pretty much ignored by the Mainstream Media (MSM) (Please note: the linked story contains graphic descriptions and imagery), was convicted of murdering three babies born alive in an abortion clinic and was acquitted in the fourth baby's death, and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient according to Fox News.

The movie premiers today in theaters nationwide, including the following theaters in the St. Louis metropolitan Area:

Missouri

Marcus Ronnie's 20 Cine + IMAX
5320 S Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63126 Map

Marcus Town Square 12 Cine
7805 Hwy N
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 Map

Marcus Mid Rivers 14 Cine
1220 Mid Rivers
Saint Peters, MO 63376 Map

AMC DINE-IN West Olive 16
12657 Olive Blvd
Creve Coeur, MO 63141 Map

Marcus Arnold 14 Cine
1912 Richardson Rd
Arnold, MO 63010 Map


Illinois

(None in the Illinois portion of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area)

A full list of the movie theaters showing the movie can be found by clicking here and the official website of the movie can be accessed by clicking here.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mr. Bryan V. Hewing
New Media Coordinator, Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus Council #9981 (Chesterfield, MO)

GOSNELL Movie poster

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 14, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

October has many traditions.  There’s post-season baseball, tailgating at football games, apple picking and, of course, Halloween.  But most importantly, there is the Rosary.

As decreed by Pope Leo XIII, October is the Month of the Rosary.  For Knights of Columbus, this has a special significance.  When a man joins our Order, he receives a Knights of Columbus rosary – at 1.9 million members, that’s a lot of rosaries.  And praying the rosary is an activity that our members do communally as part of council life.

According to Catholic traditions, St. Dominic was given the rosary by the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1214 in the Monastery of Prouille.

Since then, it has become one of the Catholic Church’s powerful tools of prayer. But why pray the Rosary? Here are 5 of them.  One for every decade.

1) The Blessed Mother gave us 15 Promises if we prayed the rosary;
2) To obtain world peace;
3) Time to reflect on the Gospel mysteries;
4) Spiritual healing;
5) Prayer works!

The reason why October is the Month of the Holy Rosary is due to the power of prayer.

In 1571, Pope St. Pius V organized a group of Christian forces, known as the Holy League, in defense of an imminent invasion by the Ottoman Empire.  Before a battle with the Ottoman fleet in the Gulf of Patras, in the Ionian Sea, the pope called on all of Europe to pray the rosary for victory.  These prayers were answered, with the Holy League defeating the much larger Ottoman forces on October 7 at the Battle of Lepanto.

To commemorate the victory, Pius V established the feast day of “Our Lady of Victory” – also known as Our Lady of the Rosary.

The entirety of this article can be found at www.KofC.org or find the link at www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.

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