My Worthy Brothers,
Now is not the time to let up on the throttle! We have many events that councils can partake in through the month of November. Before I get to the events, I want to point out that November 11th is Veterans Day and I’d like to take this time to thank each and everyone of you that has served this great nation by serving in our Armed Forces. We are forever grateful and appreciative for your dedication to the security of our country. God bless each of our knights who are vets.
Brothers, during November and December the state council will be focusing on a new theme that has been developed. This theme is titled “Reconnect 2020-2021”. The purpose of this theme is to get our councils active again and “reconnect” with not only our active members, but also our inactive members. Councils can do this by conducting events that are centered around council fellowship or outreach to the community. For example, a council could host a memorial mass for its deceased members or conduct an event that centers on its community, like hosting a first responders’ mass for its police officers and firefighters. District Deputies, if you are the first to have all your councils’ report that they have conducted an event in the spirit of reconnecting, you will be awarded a nice K of C polo shirt!
One of the activities councils can participate in is the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP). Keep the faith alive by supporting our seminarians and postulants. As the strong right arm of the church, Knights of Columbus are committed to providing moral, financial, and spiritual support to our future priests and religious at all stages of their formation. A featured program, RSVP counts for two credits towards the Columbian Award.
Councils can also participate in the spiritual reflection program. Create annual opportunities for prayer and reflection together as a fraternity. Under the guidance of their chaplain, councils can attend a retreat or day of reflection together or perhaps organize their own event for the men of their parish. In our jurisdiction, members can contact the staff at St. Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute to organize a day retreat with the staff. You can also plan to have members of the council attend any of the Catholic Men’s conferences held throughout the year.
The Helping Hands Program is designed to recognize the important work many councils already do to care for the most disadvantaged members of our communities – the homeless, people who suffer from addiction, the elderly who may feel isolated and abandoned, and many others. Through this program, councils will aid the needy through the activities they feel best suit their community, such as serving at or running a soup kitchen, repairing the facilities of a local service organization or something entirely unique. The requirements for this program are broad to allow councils to serve their community in whatever way is most needed.
Councils across North America can purchase new winter coats at a discount to be distributed to the children in need in their local communities. A featured program, Coats for Kids counts for two credits toward the Columbian Award. Provide warmth for children in need during cold winter months. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in North America goes without a coat during the winter season. Through the dedication of councils across the United States and Canada, hundreds of thousands of new winter coats have been distributed to children since program inception.
My continued prayers for your success at your councils and thank you again for everything that you do for the Knights of Columbus.
Viva Christo Rey!
SK David Negrete, FDD, PGK
State Program Director
Knights of Columbus – Indiana State Jurisdiction