Grand Knight's Message
Message from the Supreme Knight
August 25 - Brother Knights,
Welcome back to all of you who have been away on vacation. We are preparing for our BIG parish event, the Labor Day Picnic. There are many activities in need of help, here are just a few:
On Sunday, August 30, the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Blood Drive in Farrell Hall from 8:00 AM to 12:40 PM. With the approaching holiday weekend and the critical need for blood for those with hemophilia, cancer, leukemia and other diseases your donation is important. Please take 20 minutes of your time out to give the gift of life to someone who is in desperate need. Contact Jay O'Connor to schedule a time for your donation.
A quick reminder that St. Mary of Sorrows will be the home of a new Patriotic Degree Assembly. Our Faithful Navigator, Al Obuchowski, PGK, FDD and Past Faithful Navigator, Gerry Rutkowski, PGK have provided Form 4's in Old St. Mary of Sorrows Hall and in the foyer of the Parish Center on the file cabinets for those wishing to transfer to and become a charter member of the new Assembly. If you are currently a member of the Fr. Walter F. Malloy Assembly 1894 and would like to transfer to this new St. Mary of Sorrows Assembly please sign the Form 4 and place your name at the top and they will fill in the rest of the information from your official membership information from Supreme. If you have questions or wish more information on this new Assembly please contact Faithful Navigator, Al Obuchowski (email@example.com) or Past Faithful Navigator, Gerry Rutkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, several of us participated in the Family Foundation's Peaceful Protest Against Planned Parenthood on Saturday. There were over 800 people who came out on a beautiful Saturday morning to support the sanctity of life. For some of us, it was the first time we had participated in a pro-life rally. We all found it to be morally, ethically and spiritually rewarding. The Family Foundation produced a short video about the event. At about the 0:53 second mark you will see members from our council and members from council 11806 praying the rosary. (https://youtu.be/ty0Z6camNao)
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
August 7, 2015 - Dear Brother Knight,
During my annual report at our Supreme Convention this week, the delegates from every jurisdiction in our Order stood and held up an olive wood cross made in Bethlehem as a pledge of support for our brothers and sisters suffering persecution in the Middle East. Then, at our States Dinner, we heard stirring testimony from Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, and Archbishop Jean Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria. Rarely in the history of our Order have we heard such words, delivered by men who daily risk their lives for the Faith.
We have already donated more than $3 million to this cause, and, as an Order, we have pledged to redouble our efforts to do even more.
Please visit www.ChristiansAtRisk.org and help support these brave men and women who have lost everything, simply for their belief in the One who taught us to love one another.
As I noted in my report on Tuesday, we need "a season of truth," to help bring their story to the attention of the world. I also said:
The Holy Father has also expressed his support for this initiative. The papal greeting to our convention, read Tuesday, was clear.
On the issue of the “protection of religious freedom,” and “in response to the attacks unleashed on minority communities, most often Christian, in various parts of our world,” the letter noted that Pope Francis is “profoundly grateful for the efforts of the Knights to raise public attention to this grave humanitarian tragedy.”
It also expressed the pope’s gratitude “for the practical solidarity shown to suffering individuals and families through the recently established Christian Refugee Relief Fund.” And the pope asked the Knights and Catholics throughout the world to pray for “a conversion of hearts, an end to fanatical violence and intolerance, and a general recognition of those fundamental human rights which are not granted by the state, but from the hand of the Creator, whom all believers invoke as a God of peace.” The letter expressing the pope's sentiments was signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
So once again, I ask for your renewed support for these brave, persecuted Christians. Please visit www.ChristiansAtRisk.org to learn more about what is happening there, to help us bring attention to their cause, and to help us support these Christian refugees financially.
Every penny of your donation directly supports humanitarian assistance and raising awareness for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities, especially in the Middle East. Sincerely,
World Meeting of Families 2015 - Volunteers
If any brother Knight is interested in volunteering to help out with the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia during the Papal visit please see this website to register.
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