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Monday, May 13, 2013

May Membership Report ..

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Monday, May 13, 2013

What’s the Difference in Retirement Referral/Advisory Services? “Integrity and professionalism. That’s what Knights can rely on from our Columbian Senior Advisory Service,” says Frank Pulice, president of Columbian Retirement Home, Inc.

By establishing the Columbian Senior Advisory Service (CSAS), the CRH Board set up a system that assures unbiased and reliable information for Knights and their families. CRH chose Senior Care Solutions to administer the CSAS program, based on their impeccable reputation. When a Knight calls the toll free at 800-273-0068, they reach a certified geriatric professional.

Beware of scams — on its web page, the Senior Housing Forum posts a “Scam Alert” warning that many supposedly “free” referral services are call centers or referral mills with untrained staff. Those so-called advisers are really sales people who steer families only to retirement homes that pay generous commissions, not according to the true needs of the senior. Clients who cannot afford expensive for-profit housing choices are ignored.

The Examiner.Com web site cautions that another type of “free” referral service harvests personal information from unsuspecting seniors to sell to for-profit companies. The Federal Trade Commission’s web site posts complaints against troublesome operators in the senior referral business.

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Is Your Council on the Road to Star Council?

Friday, May 10, 2013

This year our Worthy State Deputy developed the Star Tracker Report. The report identifies by individual council the status of all the reports and forms that the council has submitted to Supreme. The data is updated monthly and distributed to your District Deputy and Chapter President.

The Star Tracker is a valuable tool to insure your councils reports are on file at Supreme. Check with your District Deputy to determine what reports you still need to submit or resubmit in order to become a Star Council.

Star Council Award Requirements

To qualify for this award, a council must have submitted its Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) and its Service Program Personnel Report (#365). Other eligibility requirements are:

Father McGivney Award: Achieve membership quota Founders’ Award: Achieve insurance membership quota There are no application forms for the Father McGivney and Founder’s awards.

Columbian Award:

Complete and submit the Columbian Award Application (SP7) found in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436) or at Councils must conduct and report at least four major programs in each of the Service Program categories: Church, community, council, family, culture of life, and youth. Completed applications must reach the Supreme Council office by June 30.

Let’s make this a year where every council is a Star Council.

For additional information contact:

Jerry Constance                                      Dave Roberts

Reports and Forms Chairman            North Committeeman

South Committeeman                           (209) 892-3515 (h)

(562) 860-1777 (h)                                 (209) 605-7307 (c)

(562) 440-8027 (c)                        

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

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State Convention Ticket Orders Online

Thursday, May 09, 2013

State Convention Orders online will close Friday. ..

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The Vatican doctors approve the miracle to make Wojtyla a saint

Thursday, May 09, 2013

"A saint now!" The canonisation of Wojtyla is getting closer quickly and it could be celebrated next October. In fact, in the past few days, the medical council of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has recognized as inexplicable one healing attributed to the blessed John Paul II. A supposed "miracle" that, if it is also approved by theologians and the cardinals (as it is very likely), will bring the Polish Pope, who died in 2005, the halo of sainthood in record time, just eight years after his death.

It all happened in great secrecy, with maximum confidentiality. In January, the postulator of the cause, Mgr. Slawomir Oder, submitted a presumed miraculous healing to the Vatican Congregation for the Saints for a preliminary opinion. As it is known, after the approval of a miracle for the proclamation of a blessed, the canonical procedures include the recognition of a second miracle that must have occurred after the beatification ceremony.

Two doctors of the Vatican council had previously examined this new case, and both gave a favourable opinion. The dossier with the medical records and the testimonies was then officially presented to the Congregation, which immediately included the examination in its agenda. In the past few days it was discussed by a committee of seven doctors, the council (presided over by Dr. Patrick Polisca, Pope John Paul II's cardiologist), Pope Benedict XVI's personal physicians and now Pope Francis's. The medical council also gave a favourable opinion, the first official go-ahead by the Vatican, by defining as inexplicable the healing attributed to the intercession of the blessed Karol Wojtyla.

This is the overcoming of the first fundamental hurdle, given that the alleged miracle must now be approved by theologians and then by the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation, before being subjected to the Pope for the definitive "yes". In any case, the approval of the council is considered the most important step; in fact, neither the theologians nor the cardinals are involved in the clinical evaluations concerning the case.

From the steps taken, the desire of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to work quickly is evident, as it had already happened for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, celebrated by his successor Benedict XVI the 1st of May, 2011. This fast lane that continues to be open for Wojtyla indicates that even Pope Francis is in favour of the canonisation of the Polish Pope.

It is still premature to talk about dates for the canonization, but the rapidity with which the examination of the miracle process is happening still leaves open the possibility of celebrating it on Sunday October 20th, very close to the liturgical holiday assigned to the blessed Wojtyla, which is on October 22nd.

Source:, 4/22/13

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