Our priority is “Building the Domestic Church, While Strengthening Our Families!” Four domestic Church programs are required for the Columbian Award. You cannot be star council without the Columbian award.
The “Keep Christ in CHRISTmas” poster contest is at hand. Information can be found at http://www.kofc.org/en/members/programs/church-activities/keep-christ-in-christmas.html. Winning posters must be submitted to the State Church Director for State Judging by Jan. 15th and the state winners will be sent to supreme.
Our state "Rosary Challenge" is also a "Building the Domestic Church program", congratulations to council #5521 in South Bend (Ft. Wayne/SouthBend Diocese). The council prayed 865 rosaries, Indiana's highest for the month of October. District Deputy Gil Martin confirmed the numbers and pointed out that they have been star council for the last two yrs. Eric VanMeter, the Grand Knight of 199 members said the best fundraiser is a trivia contest, which raises about $1,000.00 each year for the RSVP program. Their biggest faith based activity is a St. Jude May crowning with the color guard and St. Matthews Sunday vespers during the Lenten and Advent season.
The council and district deputy with the highest number of rosaries prayed for November will be featured next month. Please remember to e-mail your monthly totals to the Church Director.
Why is domestic Church programs a priority you ask? Referencing the Apostolic Exhortation "Into the Breach" on page 1: Since the year 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, infant baptism has dropped by 28%, adult baptism has dropped 31% and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%. One of the key reasons that the Church is faltering under the attacks of Satan is that many Catholic men have not been willing to "step into the breach".
Please have your council embrace the domestic church programs by making this Christmas special for you and your families by including something with spiritual enrichment.
May you have a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!
Christ Lives Through Us,
State Church Director
Indiana State Council