- YOUTH SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION
FAMILY PROGRAM DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
Dear Brother Knights,
As the Supreme Council has introduced the new Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity, they impressed the importance of including our family in all aspects of being a Knight of Columbus. The Faith in Action Program model is designed to help is to help us focus on four key areas of our lives. Here we will focus on Family. The Oxford dictionary’s first definition of family is “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.” I believe, as Knights of Columbus, we should also focus on the second definition; “all the descendants of a common ancestor.” We are all descendants of a common ancestor, Brothers in Charity, Brothers in Unity and Brothers in Fraternity! We Knights must lead society and show strength of family leads to strength of community and strength of faith.
The Faith in Action Family Program has eight key sections with programs such as “Consecration to the Holy Family” and “Food for Families” as the FEATURED program. These and the other Faith in Action Family Programs are designed to strengthen our families by encouraging family participation, recognizing, and praising that participation. The other Family programs include: Family Fully Aware, Family of the Month/Year, Family Prayer Night, Family Week, Good Friday Family Promotion and Keep Christ in Christmas. I encourage the leadership of all councils to take a long look at these programs and implement them with a passion. Promote them and use them as recruitment tools. Use them to encourage the membership into more active roles. You will see the results in relationships and revitalized parish communities.
The Program Chairmen and Committeemen are there to offer support and guidance, call or email. Resources, literature and suggestions are available on the Supreme website (https://www.kofc.org/en/what-we-do/faith-in-action-programs/family/index.html). Remember to keep records, take pictures, jot down some notes, and share your successes. Writing a short report at the event conclusion keeps it fresh and exciting that you may recall the event in better detail when reports are submitted. As you succeed, we all succeed!
Jim Hart, Director