State Life Director

March 2024

Faith in Action Life - Programs HERE - Resources HERE

Greeting!

As Lent begins, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the three pillars Lent, apply to many of our activities in our Faith in Action program, especially Life!

Many councils have reported wonderful life activities and I encourage each council to submit activities that may qualify a council for the Columbian award.

Life is one of four categories in the Faith in Action Program.  The other three are Family, Faith and Community.  Supreme has provided several recommended programs in each of the four categories.  The Life recommended programs are:

March for Life

Special Olympics

Ultrasound Program

Pregnancy Center Support-ASAP

Christian Refugee Relief

Silver Rose

Mass for People with Special Needs

Novena for Life

March for Life, Ultrasound Program, Pregnancy Center Support (ASAP) and Special Olympics are featured programs and count as two activities.    

Some upcoming life events:

Biking for Babies September 6-8.    Thanks to many of you and your councils, as we raised over $60,000 in the last two years, enough to pay for three and a half ultrasound machines (each machine is $35,000 but with a match, $17,500 provided per machine).  Our 2024 goal is $35,000.  SAVE THE DATE for the 11th annual event-Sept 6-8.  Registration and donations QR codes are below. EVENT

  

                         Registration                                                Donation

Gabriel Project and First Choice for Women in Need

Attached is a letter (click here) from Linda Kile of the Gabriel Project, and the manager of First Choice for Women, a pregnancy resource center located on the southside of Indianapolis.  The center has been relocated and was previously in a building on the north side of Indy.  The building was destroyed by a fire.  The new location fills a need for women in this area.  As Linda’s letter states, there are significant renovations and construction needed to open the center.  If you or your council can help the center on this pro-life initiative, please do so as the instructions stated in the letter.  The Knights Charity Fund can provide some matching too on a first come first serve basis.  Please let me know if you plan to support the center.

Help the elderly-Little Sisters of the Poor.
Support the dignity of life of the elderly poor by supporting the St.
Augustine Home Guild (SAHG) fundraiser which benefits the mission of the
Little Sisters of the Poor as they care for the elderly poor at St.
Augustine Home.  Funds are raised that benefit the upkeep of the home and care of the residents.  The only fundraiser is the annual "Hats Off to Spring" (HOTS) fundraiser. 

This year the luncheon will be held on May 1, 2024, and it is expected more than
400 guests will be in attendance.  In 2023 the Guild presented the Sisters with a
check for $125,000-the proceeds of the HOTS event.  The success of this
fundraiser relied on the support of many donors and sponsors in our
community and many Catholic volunteers, including myself.  Contact me or the Little Sisters for more information.

Also, the following are some Life programs that many Indiana councils are currently doing or have done:

A Life goal for the fraternal year is for each council to support a Pregnancy Resource Center.  The Women who are facing crisis pregnancies need our help, and supporting/being connected to a resource center in your area would be a difference maker. The new Supreme’s Aid and Support After Pregnancy (ASAP) program provides an opportunity to support and then received $100 for each $500 contributes.  See kofc.org/life for detailed info.  Please make your donation using the online form to ensure the additional $100 support is given to the resource center.

Women’s Care Center Endowment – we plan to assist the Indiana Women’s Care Centers (WC).  We plan to raise $10 million over 10 years.  

Silver Rose Program… Indiana will host the Silver Rose from April 28th to May 25th.  We have 15 councils scheduled to host a Silver Rose prayer service and have room for a couple of more. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting in 2024.  kofc.org/silverrose

Ultrasound initiative – in the last few months we have awarded or paid for    eight units, and now we have requests from several pregnancy resource centers in need of an ultrasound machine. If each council member could contribute $5, we could raise the monies to meet the demands for the next year… or if each council raises $500 from its members we could meet those requests.  Please remember that statistics show that 90% of women in a crisis pregnancy, who see their ultrasound, will keep their baby.

Offer up your council Rosary monthly or quarterly for Life.  And consider a Novena for Life in your council, your parish in January. Offer up your council Rosary monthly or quarterly for Life.  And consider a Novena for Life in your council, your parish in January during the anniversary of Roe v Wade, and the March for Life. 

Invite the local Special Olympics representative to speak at a social night.

As a council, attend right to life events/dinners a supporting the organizations who are the front line and lobbying legislators for Life.

Host a movie night for the council/parish with movies such as Unplanned, Bella, Roe v. Wade, The Matter of Life, Lifemark or October Baby.  Have pizza, popcorn, cookies and lemonade with a free will offering, with proceeds to Life organizations.

Special Olympics…one of our featured programs and our goal is for each council to have an Ambassador (include on form IN-FORM1) and raise at least $2,000 and provide 200 man hours…the Polar Plunge and Tootsie Rolls are both life initiatives that can help each council meet their goal.

Help the elderly-Little Sisters of the Poor.  See above to help on May 1st.

Check for complete details on each Faith in Action program and the Faith in Action initiative at https://kofc.org/uns/en/programs/index.html.  Keep in mind these are recommended programs, but other Life based programs such as those listed above (some you have developed in your council) also qualify as part of the required four activities for this category.

Also, please begin sending your activities today online at http://www.indianakofc.org/ and click on Forms

One final comment/suggestion: PRAY and COMMUNICATE…as a leader, begin everything with prayer and communicate often.  We have some wonderful initiatives and want to be sure all brother Knights are aware so they/the council can receive the blessings of these programs.

If you need help or have any questions about the Knights, especially the Knight’s Life initiatives, please contact me at life@indianakofc.org.  Also, there are a couple of brother Knights who I work closely with: Culture of Life Chairman Michael Velasco (prolife@indianakofc.org) and Special Olympics Chairman Michael Lewis (soic@indianakofc.org).  The three of us are the Indiana Life team. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of Life and the Knights of Columbus, pray for us!

Vivat Jesus and God bless you!

Larry Kunkel
Indiana State Council - Knights of Columbus
State Life Director
life@indianakofc.org
Vivat Jesus