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California Columbian Charities – 2012 Report

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Columbian Charities, during the 2012 year, assisted 81 California Knights and their families in distress with grants  totaling $188,950 a new total. Another milestone was reached with 322 Councils and Chapters supported by 5 Assemblies donating a total of $135,707. The Councils donating represent approximately 60 % of our active Councils. Congratulations are in order to all of the Knights who reached out to assist their fellow Knights in Distress. Certainly, our motto “Brothers Helping Brothers in Distress” was in evidence. The year 2012 also saw the beginning of an “Awards Program” with approximately 100 Councils and Chapters receiving Blue Award Ribbons to be fastened to their Council Banners. This will continue in 2013.

We are now wrapping up year 2013. We trust that many Councils have adopted and implemented our “365 Program” a penny a day or $3.65 per member donated to our program. For those who did not adopt this program, we ask that you adopt an alternative approach, for example, by sponsoring a dinner or a breakfast dedicated to raising funds for our program. In 2013, we are modifying our “Awards Program” so that all Councils, Chapters or Assemblies who make any donation to our program will receive an "Awards Ribbon”. We are hoping that 100% of the active Councils in California will join us. Moving toward this goal, we are confident that at least 80% of the Councils will be included this year. Let’s make it happen! Donations can be mailed to the Corporation Officers, or better still presented at the Parade of Grand Knights at the May 2013 Convention in San Diego. This year only the name and number of the Council making the donation will be announced.

Finally, God Bless you all for your participation in the program of California Columbian Charities. We can be proud of our efforts to assist our Brother Knights and their families in Distress.


Dick Cutting PSD


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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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