IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for August 12, 2018

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

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“The 136th Supreme Convention occurred last week 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.

Our Pillars and the Common Good

‘If we value charity — if we value unity and fraternity — we will build a society where the common good is protected. And if we value these things, then we will protect the freedom that makes them possible.’

Brother Knights are Men of Charity

‘Our charitable contributions surged to more than $185 million. … It is one of the largest year-to-year increases in our history. Let me commend and thank every jurisdiction that helped us achieve this goal.’

‘The Order also donated more than 75.6 million volunteer hours, an increase of more than 500,000.’

‘The cumulative numbers are impressive, but more impressive is the fact that these works are done by individual Knights in their local communities — works done by men who are true Knights of Charity: men who are everyday heroes.’”

Over the next several weeks we will report on more the accomplishments noted by the Supreme Knight.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for August 5, 2018

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From the KofC Columbia On-Line Edition – the monthly article by KofC Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop William E. Lori.

Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori

“ON OCT. 14, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Pope Paul VI.  Pope Paul was elected to the Chair of Peter in 1963, during the Second Vatican Council, and served until his death in 1978. He was responsible for advancing the teachings and reforms of the council, a daunting task which he implemented with wisdom, love and courage.

This saintly pontiff was first and foremost a follower of Jesus. He was a man of deep prayer and rigorous penitence.  Steeped in culture, he was an intellectual who followed closely 20th-century developments in philosophy, theology and contemporary debates that helped pave the way for the council.  He showed us a pastor’s heart in his profound encyclicals on authentic human and economic development and on the spread of the Gospel in today’s world.

When he issued the landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life, On the Regulation of Birth) in July 1968, Blessed Paul VI addressed the contemporary issue of birth control with the same wisdom, love and courage that characterized his entire life and ministry.  Unfortunately, his prophetic teaching was greeted by many with hostility and today remains widely ignored. However, the time has come for people everywhere to discover what many faithful married couples have already discovered — namely, Pope Paul’s wise and loving teaching on the dignity of human life and on God’s plan for human love.

A deeper look at Humanae Vitae reveals that Paul VI did not merely reassert a ban on contraception — rather, he offered a teaching that opens the way for a virtuous respect for the gift of human life and the meaning of human sexuality.  Writing in an era of rapid change and social upheaval, he acknowledged that people were grappling with new attitudes toward sexuality and that new methods of birth control had raised questions about the Church’s teaching.  In fact, many urged the pope to change the Church’s teaching out of compassion for married couples.  Many also said that relaxing this teaching would strengthen family life and make the Church’s mission of spreading the Good News more credible — empty claims that subsequent history has disproved.

Blessed Paul VI knew that shortcuts in matters such as human love, life, marriage and family lead to profound unhappiness and to terrible social consequences.  He foresaw an increase in infidelity, the lowering of moral standards, lack of respect for life, lack of respect for women, and the breakdown of the family — all of which and more have come to pass.  By contrast, the Church’s teaching respects the gift of human life and shows married couples how to relate to one another in a respectful, loving manner.

In Humanae Vitae, the Holy Father called upon married couples to form a loving union in the sight of God, a union that is open to the gift of new human life, a love that is total and faithful, a love that is ordered toward the procreation and formation of children in the loving setting of a family.  He reminded Catholics and all people of goodwill of the God-given link between the unitive and procreative dimensions of human sexuality.  He invited couples to consider morally licit ways to exercise responsible parenthood, rejecting unnatural forms of birth control that do not invite dialogue and cooperation.

Today, many people have awakened to the negative social consequences of the sexual revolution.  But awareness is not enough.  Evils such as the breakdown of the family cannot be overcome without a renewed appreciation for and practice of the virtues of chastity, modesty and self-control, together with deep respect for others. Pope Paul has shown us the way of wisdom, love and courage. Let us follow his lead.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for July 29, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Paul Marretti

Paul Marretti (Photo Courtesy of Virginia Special Olympics)

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“As a ‘Founding Champion of the World Games’, the Knights of Columbus has supported the games since the first Special Olympics in 1968, donating more than $600 million to programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

His job title is ‘Bagger at Kroger’, a seemingly candid label that hardly describes his best work, even if he’s handled groceries since June 2001.  Shoppers may be unaware that the man asking them if they want paper or plastic personally asked Congress for funding in 2005.  An international public speaker, Knight of Columbus and Special Olympics athlete, Paul Marretti has raised tens of thousands of dollars for people with intellectual disabilities.

Marretti’s enthusiasm and support for sports goes back to his childhood, when, in no particular order, he participated in soccer, golf, basketball, skiing, bowling, tennis, aquatics and softball.  In 1995, he approached a local baseball league about sponsoring a softball game at Richmond’s ballpark.  The goal was to raise a little money for the Special Olympics.  The outcome was tens of thousands of dollars more than anyone expected, providing funding that resulted in local Special Olympics programs which are still active today.

Marretti entered the Special Olympics the same summer he started his job at Kroger, a regional grocery store chain, earning three medals at the 2001 Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games.  He joined the Knights of Columbus the following year and began speaking publicly about the positive impact the games had on the lives of participants.  He then became one of a dozen athletes designated as Global Messengers, going on to speak about his experience before 75,000 people at the Dublin Special Olympics World Games in 2003.

In August 2003, he spoke at the 121st Annual Supreme Council Meeting in Washington D.C. An audience of 2,500 listened at the States Dinner as Marretti explained his journey with the Special Olympics.

‘It’s always nice to be among friends who are so involved in two organizations which have so dramatically changed my life, Special Olympics and Knights of Columbus,’ he said.  ‘Without the Knights of Columbus, Special Olympics athletes like me simply would not have the opportunities we do.’”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for July 22, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Want to put your faith in action?  Eager to give back and serve your community?  Then you are ready to join the Knights of Columbus.

Since July 1, eligible Catholic men in the United States and Canada* can now join the Knights of Columbus online, in a simple, streamlined process that takes just five minutes.

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you:

  • Get opportunities to join a local council in your area to put our faith in action.
  • Receive a membership card and our award-winning monthly magazine, Columbia.
  • Get access to netour online members’ portal that includes tons of great content to help you lead with faith, protect your family, serve others and defend your values.
  • Can discover the Catholic difference of our member-exclusive financial products and services.
  • Stand in solidarity with Knights across the globe who defend life, family and religious liberty.

Joining takes just 5 minutes, and costs $30/year.

Get connected to one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world, and one of the globe’s greatest forces for good. Begin your journey as a Knight, and discover the tremendous benefits that more than 1.9 million men and their families enjoy.

Join today.  Use this link: https://www.kofc.org/un/apps/newjoin/en/registration/index.html

Already a member?  To learn more about the Online Membership initiative, visit our for members page.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for July 15, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

From the Knights of Columbus web site:

“2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of service provided worldwide.

The monetary value of K of C’s service hours is valued at $1.9 billion based on an estimate by Independent Sector, a network for nonprofit foundations that values a 2017 volunteer hour at $24.69.

The K of C’s 2017 survey of charitable giving also showed that monetary donations increased $8 million from 2016 (+4.5 percent) and service hours grew by 527,550 (+0.7 percent). Year-over-year annual growth in both categories has been consistent over the past two decades.

‘Once again, the Knights of Columbus showed the enormous difference we can make in the lives of others by putting our faith in action,’ said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. ‘The needs of many of our communities were particularly great in 2017, especially in the wake of historic hurricanes in Houston, South Florida, Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean. The Knights did not hesitate to provide assistance after these humanitarian crises and in Mexico where two cities were badly damaged by earthquakes.’

In addition to disaster relief, K of C also continued to support local communities through programs like:

  • Disaster Relief                        $7.5M
  • Christian Refugee Relief       $6.3M
  • Coats for Kids                          $2.5M
  • Food Drives                              $7.6M
  • Special Olympics                     $14.7M
  • Habitat for Humanity             $600,000
  • Global Wheelchair Mission   $1.6M

Since 2014, the Knights’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund has donated more than $17 million for humanitarian assistance to Christians and other religious minorities primarily in Iraq, Syria and the surrounding region.

‘Along with what we do in our own communities, the reach of the Knights is global,’ Supreme Knight Anderson said. ‘We were able to pledge $2 million to save Karamles, a predominantly Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain liberated from ISIS in 2017. Christian churches and graves were desecrated, and many homes were looted, damaged or destroyed.’

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for July 7, 2018

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K of C field agent Gerardo Gautier delivers hot meals to a family in need. • The massive Centennial Tree in Ponce is toppled to the ground as a result of hurricane winds.

Warriors to Lourdes

With this column we conclude the review of a number of major issues which the Supreme Knight and staff discussed with state deputies during organizational meetings held in early June. Attendees were state deputies 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 (for explanation of these two important initiatives see the first of this series in the 6/17/18 Bulletin).

CONTINUING TO HELP PUERTO RICO

“I was down in Puerto Rico with the state deputy and we stopped at an orphanage and a school for girls that had taken a direct hit from the hurricane as most of the island had.  Here we were five months after the hurricane, the roof was still not finished, and the girls were not in the orphanage but they were still at temporary homes because they could not fix the roof.  So I gave the nun who was in charge of the facility a check for $50,000 from the Knights of Columbus to fix the roof, and she could not stop crying.”

WARRIORS TO LOURDES

“I met a woman who had served in the military and received a very severe head trauma as a result of an IED and now barely can talk.  What she can say is very difficult to understand.  And her mother said to me, ‘I can't thank you enough for this experience.  My daughter and I are not Catholics, but being here has changed our lives, and we thought people had forgotten about us.  But then the Knights of Columbus called.”

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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 July 1, 2018

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The following is additional information regarding the review of a number of major issues which the Supreme Knight and staff discussed with state deputies during organizational meetings held in early June.  Attendees were state deputies 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 (for explanation of these two important initiatives see the first of this series in the 6/17/18 Bulletin).

THE STRONG RIGHT ARM OF OUR PARISHES

“We pride ourselves in being called the strong right arm of the church.  We cannot do that unless our councils are the strong right arm of their parish priests.  That was Father McGivney’s dream--a team of men who would be there for their local pastor.”

CHARITY - DOING MORE

“When we tout our numbers, it's not numbers alone, it is lives changed and lives changed in ways that only we can do.  But as we go forward this year, let's do a little more.  Let's ask every council if they can do three, four or five percent more this year.  If we do, we are going to change thousands of more lives.”

ULTRASOUND INITIATIVE

“We are getting reports back that for every ultrasound machine we place, we are saving an average of two children a week.  That's 100 children a machine.  Where can you save 500 lives for $15,000?  Where can you save one life for $15,000?  And, if you talk about the legacy of being a grand knight or the legacy of your council - what if it is saving hundreds of babies?”

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    Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.


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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for June 24, 2018

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Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore was the main celebrant for this and the other Masses celebrated throughout the weekend. He was also the Homilist for each Mass.

We continue the review of a number of major issues which the Supreme Knight and staff discussed with state deputies during organizational meetings held in early June.  Attendees were state deputies 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 (for explanation of these two important initiatives see the first of this series in the 6/17/18 Bulletin).

RESPONSIBILITY OF STATE DEPUTIES

“We've been entrusted by our brother Knights to guide this organization into the future, to guide its growth, and to guide its well-being.  And it's a heavy responsibility. If [the] Knights of Columbus is going to grow or decline in the local council. That's why we have to reach out and make sure that our local councils are active, that they have sustainable leadership, and that they understand the necessity of bringing new and more people in.”

BUILDING CATHOLICISM, NOT COLUMBIANISM

“What Father McGivney laid out was not the principles of a men's club or the principles of a secret society.  It was a principled way of life for men to live their Catholic faith.  We are not just building Columbianism, we are building Catholicism.  Let's think about being a Knight of Columbus like that.  And if we do, we understand that we are not just state deputies. Is that not the spiritual genius of Father McGivney?  To understand how to build a way of life for men that goes to the central core of what it means to be a Catholic: charity, unity, brotherhood.”

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for June 17, 2018

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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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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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    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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