State Chaplain

November 2022


            As we spend the month of November getting ready for Thanksgiving, the Supreme Chaplain calls on us to live a deeper spirit of Thanksgiving.  As everyone prepares for their Thanksgiving feasts, the Supreme Chaplain asks us to take up a day a week of fasting – to grow in perseverance, yet that also gives us a chance to think of what we have to be thankful for. He also asks that we take part in either the Coats for Kids or Food for Families Faith in Action Programs. Either of these programs helps us to celebrate what we have by providing for those in greater need.

            As we look toward December, The Supreme Chaplain’s Challenge for December is to setup a Nativity Scene in our homes in a prominent place and to pray in front of each day.  Throughout Advent is a wonderful time to reflect on why God Himself became man for you. Take it personally; why did God become man for you? For your family? What is He proclaiming in doing that? Likewise, the December Challenge includes taking part in the Keep Christ in Christmas program – I don’t think I need to explain why that is fitting for December. However, to be effective, much needs to be decided in November to make it happen in December. has some great direction for making some things happen. Remember, events that emphasize the real meaning of Christmas are wonderful opportunities to invite community members to Christ and His Church (friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc.). They are also good opportunities to invite other Catholic men to become Knights.  May we draw souls first to Christ & His Church and then, if God wills it, to join us as Knights. God bless, brother. Vivat Jesus.

Fr. Shocklee
Indiana State Council - Knights of Columbus
State Chaplain
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Vivat Jesus


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