A message from the State Deputy
God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
State Officers Elected for Fraternal year 2017-2018
I’m told the month of February is traditionally known as the month to do “Random Acts of Kindness!” It seems appropriate since February could also be viewed as a month with an atmosphere of love, i.e. Valentine’s Day – the highest sales day of the year for Hallmark Cards! For us Knights in Oregon, we can say February coincides with this year’s Fraternal Year theme: “In His Love.”
When I received my new ‘Jewel’ symbolizing the position of State Deputy from the Supreme Knight, Supreme Archbishop Lori was next in line with a very thought provoking homily and message: “You are Evangelizers of His love.” Fr. McGivney started the Knights of Columbus Order based on Charity. How do you say no to performing Charity? The Order grew and now it is existing in every State, Province and District of the US, Canada, Mexico and overseas; the Philippines, along with countries of Poland, South Korea and possibly soon Vietnam. Is the need for Charity still around us? What are the opportunities to do “random acts of kindness?” What would the world be like without love?
Brothers, we need to get serious about Growing the Order. Search and look into your own heart and contemplate why you became a Knight of Columbus. I highly suspect it might be because of your own personal desire to do good for others, to help others. “Growth shows that Catholic men still believe in Father McGivney’s vision to share with others” (Knightline, Supreme January 2018) Do you still have your copy? Within five minutes you and/or your Council will have some very basic ideas and options to use to grow the Order. Did you see last month’s one hour webinar on Techniques of Recruitment? If not, then I encourage you to access the KofC.org website and ‘click’ Webinar Section. I strongly suggest you show the 6-8 minute summary at your next monthly meeting or during your parish coffee hour after Mass. Remember, “I tried that before—it doesn’t work” is not an option! It is not in my vocabulary! It definitely doesn’t grow the Order! Use techniques from the webinar or Knightline.
Growing the Order is much more than a number on paper. Growth proves that the Knights of Columbus is vital to today’s parishes and families. This message was further emphasized at our State Deputies’ Supreme Meeting last November when we were informed that our Programs are called “Domestic Church Council Activities.” If your District Deputy has not informed you or you missed the article by our General Program Director in last month’s Columbian about this ‘name change’ I suggest you contact them now! We can’t wait on this! The time is now to start sponsoring and promoting “the Knights of Columbus footprint.” Our activities are what can also attract younger age Catholic Men, other ethnic groups and grow the Order.
This increased emphasis also needs to be incorporated in our program awarding system. Our award system needs to reflect this increasing emphasis. Councils doing activities showing this increased emphasis on values and principles of the Domestic Church Initiative are ones that will receive the program awards. In an earlier meeting with our Program Directors, suggestions were given to reflect this increasing emphasis with Council activities and awarding system. These suggestions will be used will be included in selecting awards this year.
Yes, my Brothers, Oregon growth, if shown by numbers, is down this Fraternal Year. But this Fraternal Year is not over! Let’s get serious about why we became a member, why our Faith is important, and why virtues of the Order are worth evangelizing. As Jose Jimenez, VP Fraternal Programs stated “You are all heirs of a hundred and thirty year old treasurer!! Don’t let it die!” Be aware of opportunities to extend random acts of kindness. Will it increase the Knights of Columbus ‘footprint’? Likely it may. Will it recruit at least another member? Maybe---just maybe. Let’s go to work!!
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