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.”

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  • 10 FACTS FOR 40 YEARS: POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II AND THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 14, 2018

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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.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for October 7, 2018

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Displaced families flee their homeland in August 2014 following the violent invasion of ISIS in northern Iraq. CNS photo/Rodi Said, Reuters

“For four years running, the Knights of Columbus has championed the cause of suffering Christians in the Middle East.  But the hard truth is that Christians are on the verge of extinction in the Middle East.  We must not allow this to happen.”

In this month’s Columbia On-line magazine, a timeline of some KofC activity in the Middle East is published.  Please remember this prayer to Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians.

O God of all the nations,
the One God who is and was and always will be,
in your providence you willed that your Church
be united to the suffering of your Son.
Look with mercy on your servants
who are persecuted for their faith in you.
Grant them perseverance and courage
to be worthy imitators of Christ.
Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations
to work for peace among all peoples.
May your Spirit open conversion
for those who contradict your will,
that we may live in harmony.
Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,
and to always seek your will in our lives.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, pray for us.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for September 29, 2018

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(Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis is [one of] the latest beneficiaries of the Knights of Columbus insurance program.  While at the Vatican several months ago for a meeting of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson presented a check for more than $110,000 to Pope Francis on behalf of a recently deceased priest who was a 45-year member of the Knights.

Supreme Knight Anderson explained to the Pope that the priest designated the Holy Father as a beneficiary of his Knights of Columbus life insurance and annuity policies as a sign of his “solidarity with the Bishop of Rome and desire to support your charitable concerns.”  After the meeting, the supreme knight added, "Every day our insurance products help our members take care of their families.  I can’t think of a better way for a priest to take care of his family — the Church.”  This article originally published on KofC.org.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for September 23, 2018

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(CNS photo/Jonathan Drake, Reuters)

The Knights of Columbus asks for prayers for the people in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Mangkhut and the victims of Hurricane Florence.

PRAYER AGAINST STORMS
As printed in the Roman Missal

O God, to whose commands all the elements give obedience,
we humbly entreat you,
that the stilling of fearsome storms may turn a powerful menace
into an occasion for us to praise you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for September 16, 2018

Knights from throughout the Order gathered for the opening business session and to hear the Supreme Knights report.

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

"The 136th Supreme Convention occurred last month in Baltimore, MD.  As usual, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered his Annual Report where he reported on the order’s accomplishments and continued commitment to bring Christ’s charity to millions.

The Future

“Once again this year, the Knights of Columbus set a record for membership with a total 1,967,585 members.”

“Our future success is not automatic and our continued growth is not guaranteed. We must step up now to bring younger men into the Order. We must reach out to where they are.”

Invite a Catholic Man to Join the Knights

Faith In Action

“Last month, at the start of our fraternal year, we launched a new program model called ‘Faith in Action.’ … Simply put, Faith in Action will encourage councils to engage in thousands of new activities to promote faith, family, life and community.”

Making our Mark on History

“Today, let us resolve that as Knights of Charity, Knights of Unity, Knights of Fraternity we will continue to change lives — and that by doing so we will continue to change history.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for September 9, 2018

Knights from throughout the Order gathered for the opening business session and to hear the Supreme Knights report.

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

"The 136th Supreme Convention occurred last month in Baltimore, MD.  As usual, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered his Annual Report where he reported on the order’s accomplishments and continued commitment to bring Christ’s charity to millions.

International

“Just before our meeting today, our Board of Directors designated South Korea as our newest territory. … I am also proud to report that the Board has designated Ukraine — with 25 councils and more than 1,000 Knights — as our newest state council.”

OTHER INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS

Poland — Knights helped collect more than 830,000 signatures to petition the parliament to provide greater legal protection to unborn children.

Mexico — Knights put their faith in action after back-to-back earthquakes. They delivered supplies and set up collection centers for food, water, medicine and clothing.

Canada — Countless brother Knights continue to answer the call of our first principle, Charity.

France — Knights partnered with the Archdiocese of Paris to commemorate the centennial of World War I, as well as honored Colonel Arnaud Beltrame.

Philippines — K of C Supreme Director Jose Reyes to lead a special initiative to rally our brother Knights in preparing for country’s 500th anniversary of Christianity.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for September 2, 2018

Knights from throughout the Order gathered for the opening business session and to hear the Supreme Knights report.

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

"The 136th Supreme Convention occurred last month in Baltimore, MD.  As usual, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered his Annual Report where he reported on the order’s accomplishments and continued commitment to bring Christ’s charity to millions.

This past year, councils in the U.S. promoted charity, unity and brotherhood through these programs:

Coats for Kids: More than 105,000 new coats to children

Food for Families Program: Nearly 4 million pounds of food and nearly $2 million

Global Wheelchair Mission: 7,649 wheelchairs

Refund Support Vocations Program: More than $3.8 million to 6,348 seminarians and postulants

College Knights Bring Crucial Charity

“We also added 2,000 College Knights and 11 new College Councils … collectively these young men donated $281,000 and 411,000 hours to charity.”

Support of Special Olympics

“Our councils donated nearly $6 million dollars to Special Olympics and other programs for persons with intellectual disabilities. In addition, 76,000 Knights gave more than 350,000 hours of their time at more than 12,500 events.”

Financial Protection

“We sold $8.8 billion in new life insurance last year. It was our 17th consecutive year of growth. Today we have more than $111 billion of insurance in force protecting the future of our brother Knights’ families.”

“Our assets under management are more than $24 billion. Our surplus is up by $188 million to more than $2.1 billion. Our income before dividends was more than $305 million.”

Asset Advisors

“Established just three years ago, Asset Advisors is now a go-to advisor for more than 200 dioceses, religious orders and other organizations, offering them a way to invest consistent with our shared respect for life, human dignity, family and religious freedom.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for August 26, 2018

Knights from throughout the Order gathered for the opening business session and to hear the Supreme Knights report.

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

The 136th Supreme Convention occurred earlier this month in Baltimore last week.  As usual, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered his Annual Report where he reported on the order’s accomplishments and continued commitment to bring Christ’s charity to millions.

Mission of Charity in the Middle East

“The simple, hard truth is that Christians are on the verge of extinction in the Middle East. We must not allow this to happen.”

“Since 2014, we have committed more than $20 million to aid Christians and those of other religions in their care. This money has provided food, shelter, and clothing.”

“In recent years, the Knights of Columbus has been assisting in the construction of McGivney House, a 140 unit apartment building that will provide housing for both Syriac and Chaldean Christian families.”

National Awareness Campaign

“No Christian has been abandoned by the Lord. And no Christian should be abandoned by us. To focus the attention of our nation on the plight of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, this fall we will begin a National Awareness Campaign.”

Honoring Our Military and Veterans

“We brought more than 200 pilgrims to Lourdes. Our group joined 14,000 soldiers from more than 50 countries for the 60th International Military Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine.”

“We are also proud of our partnership with the Archdiocese for the Military Services and our support for the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program. This program educates future Military Chaplains. … We will continue our annual grants of $200,000 for two more years. That raises our total contribution to $2 million dollars — double our initial goal.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for August 19, 2018

Knights from throughout the Order gathered for the opening business session and to hear the Supreme Knights report.

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

“The 136th Supreme Convention occurred several weeks ago in Baltimore last week.  As usual, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered his Annual Report where he reported on the order’s accomplishments and continued commitment to bring Christ’s charity to millions.

Disaster Relief

“I am proud to say that Knights and their families responded to the challenge of supporting hurricane victims. We raised an astounding $4.2 million for disaster relief last year.”

“It’s about the lives that we change. We show that we care and that the poor and the marginalized and the broken are not forgotten. Through our time and money, we change lives in ways that only we can — because we make a fraternal difference.”

Culture of Life

“I’m pleased to announce that we have already placed more than 950 ultrasound machines and that we will meet our goal of 1,000 later this year. … What greater legacy can a council leave than to save the life of a child?”

“We will also remain at the forefront of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. … [as well as] pro-life marches from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Canada, Mexico and the Philippines.”

Prayer and Renewal of Pro-life Society

“I do not see how it is possible to build a culture of life in America as long as our elected officials harden their hearts to the cries of unborn children: I urge every member of the Knights of Columbus and all Catholics to join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life on each Friday from now to Sept. 28.”

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