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State Deputy November Message
One of the overarching goals our state council set for the current Columbian Year was to rededicate California Knights to the Great Commission (Matt 28: 18-20) and to intentionally prepare us to make disciples via direct evangelization. Pope St. John Paul II encouraged every believer to evangelize when he said: “The moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization … No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”
Indeed, brothers, by virtue of our baptism, we are called to be missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. As Third Degree Knights, we are asked to evangelize our Order and invite other Catholic Gentlemen to join our efforts.
In making us disciples, Jesus commissioned His servants to give a greeting of peace to every house they would enter regardless of the fact that people and even cities may not respond in kind or believe in Christ. Jesus said, “Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words—go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.” (Matthew 10:14)
To ensure we have the needed resilience to finish and actually win the race set before us, we will need much more than thick skin. We must participate fully in the ongoing process of growing and maturing in our personal faith. We must understand that proper faith formation requires patience and humility.
As your State Deputy for this year, I am prayerful and confident that as we lift our hearts and voices in one accord and as we pray and evangelize together, we will change neighborhoods and nations. As Knights of Columbus, we will play a vital role in ushering in a new springtime of evangelization that will reach full bloom the more we give ourselves over to it.
That being said, make sure to download the new Prayers in the Pew Monthly Newsletter [November 2022 edition] which I hope you will find very inspiring as I did. Since November is the month of All Souls (Wednesday, November 2), the Newsletter leads with the “Prayer for the Deceased” which is a standard of our Catholic tradition. Did you know that praying for the dead actually comes out of an ancient Jewish tradition? I didn’t know that either. Fascinating.
But there is more. This month’s edition provides:
· The monthly Spiritual Challenge from our State Chaplain, Fr. John P. Grace, OSA
· Quotes from Saints on the need to pray for the deceased
· The Catechism’s teachings on the Doctrine of Purgatory
· A full calendar of faith which includes feast days of saints from every era of the Church’s life up to the present time
· Information about our K of C program that anticipates the festivities of the upcoming Advent season (“Keep Christ in Christmas”), among other resources.
Our faith gives us much hope for the future! Like Fr. McGivney and Fr. Serra, we must never give up and always keep pushing forward to the kingdom. ¡Siempre Adelante, Nunca Atras!
In the month of Saints and Souls, my brothers, may the blessings of the Lord be upon you and your families.
May God bless you all!
“Siempre Adelante, Nunca Atras!”
October 2022 State Deputy Video Message Click here
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The Holy Hour (1st Wednesday of the Month, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM): https://www.youtube.com/c/KofCCaliforniaStateCouncil
WHO WE ARE
In 1882, in the basement of Saint Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, Father Michael J. McGivney organized the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society that would protect the widows and children of working men and foster their faith and their social progress. Today the Order has taken root in many parts of the world and has more than 1.9 million members, making it one of the largest Catholic lay organizations.
Knights are Catholic men, at least 18 years old, who are committed to making their community a better place while supporting their church. Being a knight is being involved with your community, supporting your parish, enhancing your own faith and protecting and enhancing your family life.
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. You will make lifelong friends.
- FAITH: Grow in your faith. Support your parish. Help with your parish fiesta. Knights become better Catholics.
- FAMILY: We have many family activities each year such as picnics, council breakfasts, coats for kids and others. Give back to your community. Show your children how to make a difference.
- FRIENDSHIP: You will meet like-minded men and make life-long friendships.
- FUN: Have fun with your family and brother knights. See the smiles on the faces of those we help. Special Olympics, Food for Families, Habitat for Humanity and other activities.
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