October is recognized as Respect Life Month. A month where, as Knights of Columbus members, we are called to stand up for life. October is also a Marian month as we honor Mary the Mother of God and seek her intercession for our country, our parishes, families... Consider as a council or member to attend Mass on Monday, October 7th, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Then on Saturday, October 12th, we honor Mary for the miracle at Fatima. Throughout the country Rosary Rallies are being on held in honor of Our Lady of Fatima at noon. Knights of Columbus members and families can join thousands of others as we pray on the public square asking for Mary’s intercession and honoring her. More details on the rallies at www.anf.org.
Indiana Knights of Columbus Members have many opportunities to grow in their faith so they can be the father, husband and man that God intends them to be. And be that Catholic leader that many men in the local parish or community aspire to. With that calling, comes the responsibility of supporting the Church, especially during the current trials. Supporting Vocations, during these times is critical and Indiana Knights can be counted on to be that strong right arm of the Church. It begins with supporting your Parish Priests, and also the Seminarians – our future Priests. Many councils have “adopted” a Seminarian and/or supported Seminarians through the Indiana Knights SOS fund and the Supreme RSVP program. All blessed ways to support our Seminarians. Now, the Indiana Knights of Columbus has initiated a new program to provide even more support for our Seminarians – SOS-RSVP Synergy. The program details are available by clicking HERE, and those councils who support SOS by 150% will be assigned a Seminarian and have an opportunity to provide spiritual and financial support. Check out the Vocations tab under the Faith category for complete details and suggested Holy Hours for Vocations. Our goals should be to have every Seminarian be adopted by a council.
We continue to build on the success of the Faith Supreme programs introduced last year, by continuing to promote these programs and tell our story. The programs are:
- RSVP (refund Support Vocations Program)
- Into the Breach
- Marian Icon
- Building the Domestic Church Kiosk
- Rosary Program
- Holy Hour
- Sacramental Gifts
- Spiritual Reflection
RSVP counts as two activities, while the Spiritual Reflection is a required program to qualify for the Columbian Award. The following are some examples of programs that qualify for the Spiritual Reflection Program, that many councils participated in during the last year:
- St. Mary of the Woods, Terre Haute, has an awesome customized program available to the Knights. Click to see the FLYER or an AGENDA example. Contact Zach Pies (812-535-3131) if you are interested.
- Ask your Chaplain, a Priest or Deacon, to lead a retreat for your council…a chance to take time with prayer and discernment to improve your council. The program could include Mass and/or Reconciliation.
- Attend one of the many Indiana Catholic Men’s Conferences. Click HERE for an Indiana Conference schedule and list of opportunities.
One awesome Supreme program that your council and families should consider is the Totus Tuus Pilgrimage to the Saint John Paul II shrine in Washington D.C. Click HERE for an agenda and details.
Second, the programs originated in our councils are many some examples are:
- 5th Sunday Rosary
- Corporate Communion-The council membership along with their families worshiped together to present a unified presence to the community
- Corporate Mass for Deceased Brother Knights.
- Church fundraiser but be sure to always prayer.
- Council Bible study
- The council sponsored/purchased Advent Reflection booklets for the Church
- Led Rosary Rally for 101st anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima
- Provided and served meal for 500 parishioners after Mass in the Grass
- Sponsored and participated in St. Augustine's Evangelical Committee series "Spirit on Tap" open to all parishioners
- Annual clergy appreciation dinner
- Patriotic Rosary prayed daily by brother Knights for Religious Freedom during Religious Freedom week.
And one of our most important Indiana programs is Race for Vocations. Many councils participated, but the opportunity to support all Vocations - Priesthood; Marriage Life; Single Consecrated Life and Religious Life - have never been more important. Race for Vocations is a way your council can express their support. Click for a FLYER and INFO how you and your council support all Vocations.
Vivat Jesus and God bless you!
Larry Kunkel, Faith Director