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State Deputy Ray Warriner, Phd's May Message - It’s Party Time – 111th California State Convention –Celebrating Patriotism

Monday, May 06, 2013

It is time to gather and celebrate the great work of the Knights in California. The 111th Annual State Council Convention is less than two weeks away. Although this is primarily a business meeting, there will be plenty of time for relaxation, socializing and fraternity with brothers from other councils, districts and chapters throughout the state.

This convention takes place over Armed Forces Day so the event will recognize the contributions of our service members and veterans. If you arrive early, have a wonderful round of golf, watch Color Corps from around the State compete to be the "Best of the Best” before our Welcome Party. This party is set as a visit to a modern day “Knights Hut”. The Knights Hut was the precursor of today’s USO. So, come dressed with something that represents your favorite military organizations.

After a day of important work, while the Ladies enjoy the city, we join together to enjoy a comedy variety show similar to a Bob Hope USO Show. After the show, I will be visiting the different hospitality rooms.

On Saturday, we will finish our work and recognize the achievements of our councils during our awards ceremony. This is a testament to the great work the Knights do here in California. That evening we will get together for a great meal and to socialize with friends.

So, come join us.

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

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Rev. Mark Catalana

Saturday, May 04, 2013

May 3, 2013

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Father Mark Catalana, pastor of Saint Thomas of Canterbury in San Jose. Father Mark died yesterday morning, May 2, 2013, of an apparent heart attack, following his recent surgery for injuries sustained in an accident.

Mark Michael Catalana was born in San Jose on July 15, 1963, one of seven children of Frank (deceased) and Wanda Catalana. He graduated from Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Los Gatos, in 1978 and Saint Francis High School, Mountain View, in 1982. He was a graduate of Saint Joseph College Seminary, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. After attending Saint Patrick's Seminary and University, where he obtained a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master's Degree in Theology, Bishop Pierre DuMaine ordained Father Catalana on May 18, 1991, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph.

Father Mark's assignments in the Diocese of San Jose were as Parochial Vicar at Saint Lucy Parish, Campbell, and Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish, Cupertino. For ten years, he served as Diocesan Director of Vocations. On July 1, 2010, he became Pastor of Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish, San Jose.

Father Catalana will be remembered for his love for the Church, his generosity, and his dedication to the work of fostering priestly vocations. Many of the priests currently serving in the Diocese of San Jose found great encouragement in Father Catalana's ministry in the Office of Vocations.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:


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Supreme Files Formal Comment on HHS Mandate

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

In addition to Supreme Knight’s letter on behalf of the K of C, thousands of individual Knights and their family members have also filed comments

The Knights of Columbus filed formal comments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today, calling on the Administration to rescind the unpopular healthcare mandate that will force Americans of faith to cover medical services that violate their consciences without regard for their First Amendment’s rights.

The letter, signed by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, urges “the administration to rescind the mandate altogether and chart a new course.” It adds: “lf, however, the administration refuses to do so, we urge it to expand the religious exemption so that objecting individuals and organizations do not lose their conscience rights and are not forced to cooperate in actions that genuinely violate their religious beliefs and moral convictions. Our nation's history of bipartisan respect for the consciences of its citizens instructs us to do no less.”

In the letter, the Knights noted that even with the proposed changes, the mandate still fails to protect the rights of religious believers because “individuals and entities that object to paying for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization must pay for these interventions either directly or indirectly, and they must initiate coverage for these interventions, either directly or indirectly.” It continues: “The mandate specifically fails to exempt individuals, even though the First Amendment expressly protects individual religious belief and practice. The government places itself in the untenable position of deciding that some consciences are fit for protection while others are not.”

The letter points to a way forward and joins the U.S. Bishops in recommending “that the approach found in the Church Amendment to the Public Health Service Act (the Church Amendment)" be adapted to the current mandate. The Church Amendment protects health care providers so that no individual or entity is required to violate his or her religious beliefs or moral convictions as part of a government program. It adds that the Church Amendment passed in 1973 on a 92-1 vote with the support of such notable progressives as then-Senator Joseph Biden and Affordable Care Act architect Senator Edward Kennedy.

The full text of the letter is available at

In addition to the letter from the supreme knight, thousands of individual Knights of Columbus and their family members have also filed comments.

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Membership Programs

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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State Convention Schedule

Friday, April 19, 2013
111th California State Convention 
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May 16 - May 19, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
7:30am Golf Tournament & Lunch Riverwalk Golf Club
10:00am - 8:00pm State Office - Royal Palm #6
10:00am - 8:00pm Delegate Registration - Royal Palm #5
10:00am - 8:00pm Ticket Sales/Pick-up - Royal Palm #3
10:00am - 8:00pm Banquet Seating Assignments - Royal Palm #4
10:00am - 6:00pm Emilo B. Moure Museum - Royal Palm #1
4:00pm - 6:00pm Color Corp Competition
5:00pm - 7:00pm Resolutions Committee Meeting - Stratford Room
6:00pm - 7:30pm Mass Rehearsal
6:30pm - 9:30pm Welcome Party "Everyone Welcome Everything Free"
Friday, May 17, 2013
6:00am State Warden's Breakfast - Sunrise Room
7:00am - 12 Noon Delegate Registration - Royal Palm #5 (Closed During Mass)
7:00am - 5:00pm State Office Open - Royal Palm #6 (Closed During Mass)
7:00am - 5:00pm Ticket Sales/Pick-up - Royal Palm #3 (Closed During Mass)
7:00am - 5:00pm Banquet Seating Assignments - Royal Palm #4 (Closed During Mass)
7:00am - 5:00pm Souvenir Package - Royal Palm #2 (Closed During Mass)
7:00am Vesting - Boardroom, Grand Exhibit Hall
8:00am Opening Mass - Grand Exhibit Hall
9:00am - 6:00pm Chapel - Terrace Salon #1
9:45am Trolley Tour - leaves from hotel lobby
9:45am Sycuan Casino Tour - leaves from hotel lobby
9:30am - 12 Noon Business Session - Grand Exhibit Hall
10:00am - 5:00pm Emilo B. Moure Museum - Royal Palm #1
10:00am - 5:00pm Scrap Books on Display - Atlas Foyer
10:00am - 2:30pm Board of Chaplains Meeting - Dover Room
12:15pm - 1:15 pm State Officers/Chaplains/PSD Luncheon - Windsor Rose Room
1:30pm - 5:30pm Business Session - Grand Exhibit Hall
7:00pm (Doors Open) Entertainment - Grand Exhibit Hall
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Registration Closed
7:00am - 3:00pm Chapel - Terrace Salon #1
7:00am - 3:00pm State Office - Royal Palm #6
7:00am - 9:00am Delegate Voting - Royal palm #5
7:00am - 9:00am District Deputy/Field Agent Breakfast - Sunrise Room
8:00am - 12 Noon Ticket Sales/Pick-up - Royal Palm #3
8:00am - 12 Noon Banquet Seating Assignments - Royal Palm #4
8:00am - 12 Noon Souvenir Package - Royal Palm #2
8:00am - 12 Noon Emilo B. Moure Museum - Royal Palm #1
9:00am - 12 Noon Business Session - Grand Exhibit Hall
9:15am - 12 Noon Chapel - Terrace Salon #1
12 Noon, Doors Open 11:30 am Ladies Luncheon - Golden West/California Room
1:30pm - 3:00pm Business Session Awards Open Session - Grand Exhibit Hall
3:30pm Clergy Vesting - Board Room, Grand Exhibit Hall
4:00pm Closing Mass - Grand Exhibit Hall
6:30pm - 7:30pm Reception - Atlas Ballroom Foyer Grand Exhibit Hall
7:30pm (Doors Open 7:00pm) Banquet - Grand Exhibit Hall
Sunday, May 19,2013 Chapel Closed
7:00am - 9:00am PerDiem/mileage check Distribution - Royal Palm # 5
7:00am - 9:30am State Deputy & Chapter Presidents Breakfast - Sunset Room
10:00am - 11:30am Supreme Convention Informational Meeting - Sunrise Room
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