- YOUTH SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION
Family Activities for the coming Columbian year 2018-2019 is going to change. We are going from six categories to four categories, and Supreme is going to look even more closely to see that the council’s activities match what is set forth in the requirements they have set in each of the categories.
In one of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, he asks, “Who is making an effort to strengthen marriages, to help married couples overcome their problems, to assist them in the work of raising children and, in general, to encourage the stability of the marriage bond?” We answer, “The Knights of Columbus.” Thus, because faith is first started in the family and then nurtured in the parish, the Knights of Columbus have started programs to strengthen both our families and our parishes. So, with these programs, and the ones we are introducing this year, we hope that the Knights will step up and take the lead to promote Catholic family life and new charitable initiatives, and those that call all Catholic men to greater spiritual formation and evangelical action.
I ask each of you, as leaders of your councils, to take these programs to heart. These programs are designed to help make our parishes more family friendly, especially for the young families. I encourage you to get the young men in your parishes involved in your council Family activities and in then bring them into the council. Be the hero and go out and set the bar high for your parish. Bring back those Catholic families who have strayed from the church because they did not find a ministry they liked, or they felt they did not belong at your parish. Your Pastor depends on the Knights of Columbus as his right hand, so be there to help him.
As part of my goal as Director of Family Activities, I am looking forward to seeing more entries for the state competition, and for the Supreme Family of the Year. Let’s remember that without our families, we, as Knights, cannot do what we do without their support. Let’s give our families recognition!! They deserve it!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email any of the specific Family Activities chairmen or myself.
Have a great and successful Columbian year!!
Family Activities Director