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2018 Columbus Day 5K Race Results

Place

Number

Time

   

1

461

24:39:00

Doug O. Christensen

M, 20-29

2

460

24:41:00

Kathryn Christensen

F, 20-29

3

458

25:32:00

Doug Christensen

M, 50-59

4

480

27:19:00

Tyson Pope

M, 30-39

5

459

27:26:00

Erin Christensen

F, 20-29

6

477

27:29:00

Marcia Byerley

F, 60-69

7

474

27:37:00

Marcella Amaya

F, 40-49

8

467

29:23:00

Arvesta Roberson

M, 50-59

9

468

30:08:00

Garrett Wilamowski

M, 20-29

10

479

30:17:00

Dwight Pope

M, 30-39

11

465

33:01:00

Carlos Chaves

M, 50-59

12

463

33:33:00

Carole Robinson

F, 50-59

13

464

34:03:00

Peter Bayer

M, 50-59

14

481

35:10:00

Daniel Wheeler

M, 20-29

15

482

35:13:00

Sophia Wheeler

F, 20-29

16

462

35:32:00

Burton Robinson

M, 50-59

17

483

37:21:00

Sweta Patel

F, 30-39

18

484

43:20:00

Kathy Gurchiek

F, 60-69

19

469

44:46:00

Miguel Serrano

M, 30-39

20

470

46:06:00

Adriel Serrano

M, 9-under

21

475

47:44:00

Andrea Coulson

F, 40-49

22

471

54:00:00

Christine Serrano

F, 30-39

23

472

54:02:00

Floridalma Barreto

F, 50-59

24

466

56:50:00

Melissa Chaves

F, 50-59

25

473

56:53:00

Mary Wheeler

F, 60-69

District Deputy Corner - Priestly Abuse

My Brother Knights Catholic families,

We are in a time in which the Catholic Church and the Bishops and priests, which we have promised to support, are under seemingly unprecedented attack from without and within.  I do not mean to infer that this is the result of “fake news” but I cannot help but wonder about the number and the extent of the accusations.  I lived through a time when many lives were wrongly ruined by the accusation or mere suggestion of child abuse.  This came about through the acceptance of these accusations, supported by a number of psychologists and psychiatrists, by the local authorities, the court system and the general public.  Many careers and lives were ruined by false accusations, many or even most of which were eventually shown to be false. 

 This does not mean that I doubt current accusations of priestly abuse.  I feel certain that some, if not many, are true.  One abuse is one too many and it is not in our power to forgive those who are guilty.  Particularly abuse by those in whom the Catholic Church and laity has placed great trust.  What I do question is how many have come forward claiming abuse and the timing of their stepping forward.  It seems to be the “in thing” to do.  I read in the news that an investigation in Pennsylvania “implicated 300 priests in the sex abuse of over 1,000 minors across six of the state’s eight dioceses”.  And another investigation states that, “between 1950 and 2002, a staggering 10,667 people across the country accused 4,392 priests of child molestation.  It is hard to comprehend that the laity would not become aware of such widespread misconduct and permit it to continue.   However, this number represented only about 4.3 percent of active American Catholic clergy during that time. (Some studies suggest this is on par with the rates of child sex abuse committed by the general population).  So why are Catholic Priests and the Catholic Church being singled out as more evil and complicit than other members of society?

Knowledge of such horrid activities on the part of subordinate priests and ignoring them, or covering up for them, makes superiors complicit in the abuse of future victims.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation grants forgiveness of one’s sins, but it does not relieve the burden of responsibility for one’s actions, particularly if repetitive behavior demonstrates a lack of true repentance.  And I strongly support corrective and punitive actions against such complicit individuals, but the public outcry against all priests and bishops is unwarranted.  But the apparent trend is to assume that the full hierarchy is totally aware and condoning of subordinate crimes, which is certainly not the case. 

The only real question that we can ask, is, “What can we, as Knights, do about it?”  The Supreme Knight has said we,

“will have an important role to play in rebuilding the Church.  We must commit the Knights of Columbus to work for repentance, reform and rebuilding the Church.” 

He went on to say that,

“We can help rebuild our Church in several ways.  Above all else, Knights - and our chaplains – must embrace love of God and love of neighbor.  This is Christ’s great commandment and the founding mission of our Order.  It is also exactly the opposite of the rejection of God and exploitation of neighbor that our Church has witnessed in these scandals.”

We need to help renew our Church through a Novena of Masses and a continued building of the Domestic Church program, thereby imbuing families of faith and strengthening of parish life.  It is only through a new commitment to support our Priests and Bishops while maintaining a watchful eye that we can achieve the goals of the Knights of Columbus.  

 

Officer's Installation Ceremony

On Monday, 17 July 2017, we shall have the Officer's Installation Ceremony for Fr. Edwin F. Kelley Council 5750 for Fraternal Year 2017-2018. The District 13 District Deputy and District Warden will officiate the ceremony, our Council Chaplain will provide spiritual guidance, and we shall have a special guest: newly-installed Virginia State Deputy Steve Kehoe. Plus, our Worthy District Deputy, Dave Lewis, has arranged a surprise especially for our Council. This will be a good ceremony, and a great way to kick off the new Fraternal Year. But, we cannot do it without you. We ask our members to wear business formal attire, complete with name badge and pins.

 

I encourage you to bring your loved ones. And, please bring a homemade dish to share. Following the Officer's Installation Ceremony, we shall have a potluck meal together. So, please bring your favorite dish, or dessert, and beverages. This will be a great time to share with your fellow Brother Knights and our families and friends.

 

Set up will begin in the Council Hall at or before 6:00 PM. Officer's Muster is at 6:45 PM. The ceremony begins promptly at 7:00 PM. I look toward to seeing you all there.

 

Vivat Jesus,

 

SK Philip A. Quigley

Grand Knight - Council 5750

Novena for the Cause of Life

We invite you and your family to join brother Knights and fellow Catholics around the world in a Novena for the Cause of Life beginning on Sunday, Oct. 4, and ending on Monday, Oct. 12.

 

Throughout these nine days, we will pray for an end to abortion, euthanasia and other social ills that result in broken families and unhappiness, and which threaten the most vulnerable. The novena calls upon the intercession of Our Lady and draws upon unique quotes from the teachings of Pope Francis regarding the sanctity of all human life.

 

Join brother Knights and their families to pray this novena for the defense of life and invite your pastor and fellow parishioners to do the same. By uniting in prayer, we’ll be able to stand up against — and ultimately defeat — threats against life.

 

A downloadable version of the novena can be found here. You can also sign up to receive a daily email, which will include the unique petitions for each of the nine days of the novena. Click here for details.