We are also at the start of one of the most joyous times of the year (and my favorite) – Advent and the Christmas season. Though it’s been said over and over, Christmas isn’t just for exchanging gifts, Christmas decorations and colorful lights. Jesus is the “Reason for the Season”. And what better way can we honor and give thanks to our Lord and Saviour than to do his works?
We can do that in many ways. Through our prayers. Through our regard for our fellow man. But, as Knights, we have a unique way of doing it. There are many programs that your Council can do in December to thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us and to help others, maybe some less fortunate than you and me, or some who have nowhere to turn for hope.
The two that comes to mind first and foremost are the Food for Families and Coats for Kids. If you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back and plenty to eat, you, like I, are truly blessed. But, you see the papers every day and read about those that don’t have those basic luxuries. What better way to kick off the season of giving than to give to those that are not as fortunate as us?
Other programs that you should consider doing this month (and this is not a complete list) are Keep Christ in Christmas card program, Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest, Christmas coloring books, RSVP program to help our Seminarians, or working with your Pastor on the many Building the Domestic Church initiative. The list goes on and on. I challenge you to pick at least one program for December and get your Council working on it. You will find everything you need to get started in the Grand Knight’s Manual.
How’s this for thinking outside the box? Give someone you know a Form 100 as a stocking stuffer. You never know! Talk about an inexpensive gift (in this case – no cost!) that could be worth a lifetime of service for someone.
In closing, I just want to again say that Jesus is the REASON FOR THE SEASON. Let’s keep Christ in Christmas by saying “Merry Christmas”, not Happy Holidays, wearing a button on your jacket, or by putting a Keep Christ in Christmas magnet or license plate frame on your vehicle. There are many ways to let people know we are Catholic and proud of it.
On behalf of Tamara and I, and our families, and the State Officers, we wish you and your families a very Merry, Holy, and Blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, joy, love, and happiness.
Vincent Tavormina, State Deputy