Grand Knight's Message
Supreme Knight's Message
September 3 - Brother Knights,
I hope that you were able to follow the Pope as he visited the United States and the DC area last week. I know of some brother Knights who attended the canonization mass at the Basilica last week and have told me that is is a memory which they will never forget. The Pope's visit has brought a new excitement, not only for us Catholics, but to believers and non-believers alike. We have an opportunity to capitalize on this excitement by continuing to live by our values of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. When you have the opportunity to speak to someone about our faith, evangelize with love, excitement and passion.
Death of Brother Carlos Otal
It is with great sadness that I report to you the passing of Carlos Otal, a former member of our Council. Carlos died yesterday morning, September 29 in Savannah, Georgia. There will be a wake on Monday evening, October 5 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Parish Center. The Mass for Christian Burial will be held at the St. Mary of Sorrows Parish Center on Tuesday, October 6 at 11:00 AM followed interment at the Historic Church grounds. Please pray for the happy repose of Carols' soul and for his family as they deal with their sadness and loss.
First Friday Adoration - Help Needed
This Friday is the first Friday of the month. We are looking for several brother Knights to volunteer to come and sit before the King of Kings in prayerful silence for just one hour. Please come and spend time with our Lord and Savior and let him transform you from the inside out. Please sign-up here.
State Quarterly Meeting - Help Needed
The State Quarterly Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 3 at Holy Spirit and District 14 is the host of this meeting. This means that we need help to setup, run and cleanup this event. I am asking for 5 brother Knights to help with the setup on Friday evening, October 2 from 6:00 PM to about 7:30 PM we need 8 brother Knights to help with the distribution of lunches on Saturday from 11:00 AM to about 1:30 PM. Finally we need 5 brother Knights to help with the cleanup of the meeting on Saturday. Please sign-up here.
Next Council Meeting
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6th at Old St. Mary of Sorrows Hall. This will be a business meeting. Dinner will start at 7:00 PM followed by a rosary beginning at 7:40 PM and the meeting at 8:00 PM.
Football Raffle Tickets
If you still have Football Raffle tickets and money from their sale, please contact Brian Prindle via email (email@example.com) or phone (703-731-7935) to arrange to get the tickets stubs and money to him no later than the 3rd of October. If you have tickets that you been unable to sell, please return them ASAP. Thank you to everyone who sold tickets as $2 goes to our Council for every ticket sold!
New Assembly @ St. Mary of Sorrows
A sufficient number of Form 4s for TRANSFERS and NEW MEMBERS have been received to warrant a call for an Organization Meeting to establish a New Assembly in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Therefore, an Organization Meeting will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015, @ 7:00 pm at historic St Mary of Sorrows Church Hall, located at 5612 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. The initial portion of the meeting will be open to 3rd and 4th Degree members who are interested in knowing more about the New Assembly. Upon initiation of a Motion to form a New Assembly, the Organization Meeting will then be closed to all but 4th Degree Members in good standing; at which time, election of Assembly Officers will be conducted. If any 4th Degree Member in good standing is interested in seeking Office in this New Assembly, please contact me via Email at EdGilli@msn.com and advise me as to which Office you would like to be considered for. Some names have already been submitted. 4th Degree Members seeking Office in the New Assembly must have a Form 4 for Transfer on file with me at the time of elections. Contact me if you need a Form 4 for TRANSFER or for a NEW MEMBER. Transfer Members and New Members will become Charter Members of the New Assembly. The New Assembly will be Officially established when APPROVED by the Supreme Board of Directors. Election of Officers will be conducted after the Assembly is officially created.
Squires Need Adult Volunteer for Pancake Breakfast on October 11
The Squires are in need of a VIRTUS trained, adult volunteer to help Joe Minus at the Pancake Breakfast at Old St. Mary of Sorrows Hall on October 11 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM for the Squires Pancake breakfast. The Squires run the meeting and cook the pancakes so we just need a brother Knight to be present to keep us in compliance with the VIRTUS and Knights rules for working with youth.
Life Chain - October 4 @ 2:00 PM
The 28th annual Life Chain will take place in over 1,500 communities across North America. Life Chain may be the simplest pro-life witness every conceived, and one of the most popular. Participants congregate for 90 minutes at busy intersections holding pro-life signs and praying, forming a veritable chain of life in solemn witness for the pre-born individuals lost to abortion every day of the year. We will gather at 2:00 PM at the corner of Broad Street (Route 7) and Spring Street, by Saint James Catholic School. Pro-Life signs will be available at this corner. We will then pray along both sides of Broad Street until 3:30 PM.
Help Mother-to-Be and Her Unborn Child
A Best Choice Ultrasound intercepted a woman who was abortion-minded, at the abortion clinic in Falls Church, however after we showed her baby on ultrasound, she decided to keep her baby! Now, she is in a situation where it is difficult for her to afford child care and her apartment, working a $13.00/hr job as a receptionist at a D.C. medical clinic. She has no family in the area and desperately needs help with housing by November, preferably in Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, or Alexandria. If you or someone you know in the pro-life community may be able to invite her and her four-month old into your home, please call Angela Clark at (703)946-3077.
Please keep the following people in your prayers during the coming week:
Fraternally & Vivat Jesus!
Grand Knight, St. Mary of Sorrows Council 8600
Living a Fraternal Journey
Live, Know and Share Our Faith
Dear Brother Knight,
Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States has inspired our nation toward a greater commitment to the flourishing of all of creation through respect for the dignity of the human person, especially the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn. This week we have the opportunity to put this call into action.
The U.S. House of Representatives will consider a bill, H.R. 3495, “The Women’s Public Health and Safety Act,” which will allow states the freedom to exclude abortion providers from Medicaid funding. Please contact your representative with this message and encourage him or her to vote for this important legislation. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund the abortion industry, either directly or indirectly.
In his address to the U.S. bishops last week, Pope Francis reminded us of our responsibility to speak out to protect life:
The innocent victim of abortion, children who die of hunger or from bombings, immigrants who drown in the search for a better tomorrow, the elderly or the sick who are considered a burden, the victims of terrorism, wars, violence and drug trafficking, the environment devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature – at stake in all of this is the gift of God, of which we are noble stewards but not masters. It is wrong, then, to look the other way or to remain silent.
Supporting this legislation is one small but important step we can take on behalf of those who need of our protection. Thank you once again for your efforts on behalf of human life.
Carl A. Anderson