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Church Activities Report by Jerry Fong, State Church Activities Chairman

Friday, January 18, 2013

Last month we celebrated the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This month we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary. We hope your council actively supported the Keep Christ in Christmas and Mary’s Son programs last month.

We are thankful to God the world did not come to an end on December 21, 2012 as predicted. We now look forward to the beginning of the second half of the 2012-2013 Columbian year. The State Convention in San Diego is only four months away so start thinking about filling out the Church Activities Program Reports. The Church Activities team hopes your council has implemented some of the Church programs described in the 2012-2013 California Program Handbook. If your council has a unique Church Activity Program we want to hear about it.

The State Council Retreats begin in the first weekend in March in Northern, Central and Southern California. If you haven’t been to a retreat, you should consider attending one in your area. It provides you an opportunity to reconnect with your spirituality, spend time in quiet prayer or reading the Gospels, or just spend time listening to God. The retreats usually begin on a Friday evening and end on Sunday after the Mass. For additional information on the State Council retreats contact PSD Ross Willour at (760) 318-3622.

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Our Moral Responsibility by Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This month, we observe the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. Of all the things that will be said about this court case in the days ahead, one thing remains beyond dispute: Abortion is the issue that will not go away.

Indeed, 40 years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision, most Americans consider abortion to be morally wrong, and a large majority wants significant restrictions on its availability. As long as this is the case, Roe v. Wade cannot be considered as “settled.”

There is another reason as well: The fundamental ruling of Roe v. Wade rests upon a falsehood, namely that we cannot tell when the life of a human being begins. Today, we know beyond doubt that a child in the womb is precisely that — a child. No constitutional system can rest secure when it is premised on what is widely believed by many to be a lie.

And there is a third reason: No legal system can be truly committed to human rights if it supports the principle that it is acceptable to intentionally kill the innocent. Roe v. Wade not only accepts this principle, but elevates it to a constitutional right.

During the recent U.S. elections, some pro-life candidates poorly articulated their position and lost, and some pro-abortion candidates embraced their position to an extreme and still won. For this reason, some have suggested that a candidate in the future cannot hope to be both pro-life and successful.

The grand illusion regarding the abortion issue is that it can be treated exclusively in political terms. Because abortion is fundamentally a moral question, we should expect it to be resolved in accordance with philosophical and ethical principles.

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Food for Families Reimbursement Prgram

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Family of the Month/Year Report by Kent Hori, Family of Month/Year Chairman

Monday, January 14, 2013

Greetings Brother Knights,

This year, we have had several outstanding families nominated for the Family of the Month award each year. However, I have noticed that very few councils have turned in nominations. In fact, for the month of November, only 3 councils submitted nominations. I highly encourage your councils to nominate a family each month. I know for fact that it’s a great joy for a Grand Knight or Financial Secretary to learn that their nominee was selected.

In this time, the Catholic Christian family values are under attack and being threatened. This is due to a high amount of secularization in our nation. Let us combat this trend by example. I remember the song by Michael W. Smith, Live the Life. The lyrics convey this message so well;

There’s something beautiful and bold The power of a million human souls Come together as one And each, in turn, goes out to lead Another by His word, His love, His deed

Now the circle is done It all comes back to one For it is He and He alone Who has lived the only perfect life we’ve known

For the world to know the truth There can be no greater proof Than to live the life, live the life There’s no love as quite as pure There’s no pain we can’t endure If we live the life, live the life Be a light for all to see For every act of love will set you free.

Yes, let us be a good example by living the life. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at khori19@yahoo.com.

God bless

Read this and much more in the January Knightletter on the State Council website. 

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Scholarship By Tim Stapleton, State Scholarship Chairman

Friday, January 11, 2013

The State Scholarship program is a well-kept secret. Nevertheless, do not keep it that way. Get the word out! Create a flyer for the Church bulletin. Have the school add a note to their parent announcements. Update websites.

The State Scholarship Committee will determine the scholarships, and the State Deputy will announce the winners at the Annual California State Convention in May of 2013. The State Council will make a payment of the grant directly to the school identified by the student after the school confirms the full-time enrollment by the student.

The State handbook (on the CD that each GK should have) contains the program description and various applications.

Applicants must submit one application, verification, personal statement, recommendations, and all other required information in one packet. Incomplete forms, missing signatures, undated applications, supplemental pages without the applicant name and other similar omissions will delay the Committee review and may disqualify the application.

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