Culture of Life Chairman

December 2021

Brother Knights,

We have all been trying to get back to “square one” since the pandemic inserted itself into every aspect of our lives. Personally, I know that the pandemic, along with tragedies in my life, have had me off-balance for quite a while. But as we are all men of great faith it is past time that we reacquaint ourselves with the culture of life. I’d like to review what the Catholic issues are:

  • Abortion
  • Baby Abandonment
  • Human Trafficking
  • Suicide
  • Euthanasia
  • Fetal Stem Cell Research
  • Cloning
  • Capital Punishment

There are so many more aspects of our lives that can be considered important to the great gift that our Lord has given us, LIFE. But we intend to highlight these 8, with the emphasis on abortions.

Through the fantastic efforts of the Indiana Knights, you have manage to raise funds for and donate 49 ultrasound machines to Pregnant Care Centers within our state. This number has placed us 8th in the nation of all 50 states where the Knights of Columbus have installed their Ultrasound Initiative. The good news/sad news now is that we are on the verge of helping 4 more PCCs in obtaining these Life-Saving machines but because of our Councils inability to have fund-raisers, we are financial behind.

That is why the new program came into fruition. We ask every Knight in Indiana to reach into his pocket and personally donate $5.00 to their Councils ultrasound contribution to the State Fund. Just $5.00 a year per Knight would enable us to buy 6 machines in 2022. This “drive for five,” as our State Deputy coined it, is affordable for many of our Knights and will enable Councils to concentrate their fund-raising efforts to other projects.  

Remember, not only does the ultrasound save a baby’s life but it also saves a mother from guilt and shame, creates a “natural family” and more importantly brings Christ to a mother and child. No other project can do all of this!

Viva Christo Rey!

Mike Velasco
Indiana State Council - Knights of Columbus
State Culture of Life Director
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Vivat Jesus


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