Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:25 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
From the MD Secretary of State:
*Flag Status Alert: United States Flag and Maryland Flag Are at Half-Staff*
*President Donald J. Trump* has ordered the United States Flag to be flown
at half-staff from *sunrise to sunset, Tuesday, September 11, 2018* in
honor of *Patriot Day. *This is in honor of the individuals that lost their
lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on
September 11, 2001. As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag is lowered
to half-staff. No flag may fly higher than the United States flag.
For the Master,
Kevin McNamara, PFN
St. Francis Xavier Assembly
August 21, 2018
Worthy Chaplains and Dear Brother Knights,
The issues that have come to light concerning sexual abuse by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report are cause for grave concern among Catholics and Brother Knights. Many feel deeply betrayed by those whom they long held in high regard. Such concerns are shared not just in the United States, but in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere.
These sins of commission and omission have sent the Church we love, the Church we serve and the Church that Jesus Christ established into convulsions. Sadly, the disgrace not only is borne by the perpetrators, it hurts us all, as does the silence of shepherds who have ignored the cries of their flocks.
There are many wonderful and faithful laborers in the vineyard of the Lord among our priests and bishops. However, it is clear that in addition to devastating criminal acts, we have seen many other moral failings by clergy that represent a crisis of commitment to the Gospel.
Too often the needs of victims have been subordinated to a distorted sense of mercy toward the perpetrators or an instinct for clerical self-preservation. The sexual acts — both criminal and non-criminal — highlight the need to recover a respect for and a renewed commitment to the priestly promises of celibacy.
The Knights of Columbus has supported the pastoral and charitable work of our bishops and priests since our founding by the Venerable Father Michael McGivney. We understand that the priest should lead the parish and the bishop should be the center of unity in a diocese. But we — like all Catholics — are painfully aware of the wreckage that ensues when elements of this leadership are abdicated by evil actions whether directly perpetrated or covered up.
Now, the Knights of Columbus — laymen, priests and chaplains together — 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 of the Church.
Repentance should include a full accounting of the misdeeds by those who have committed them. Archbishop McCarrick and others at fault owe us a full account of their actions, motivations and cover-ups. After years of having us confess to them, it is now time for them to come clean about what they have done and what they have failed to do.
This will also help increase the recognition that clerical sexual abuse is a global problem that must be addressed at the highest levels of the Catholic Church. Moreover, priests and bishops who refuse to live according to their promises of celibacy should be removed from public ministry, not out of retribution, but for the protection of the faithful and to prevent future variations of the scandal we now suffer.
Reform must include many good ideas that have been proposed, such as a full and complete investigation of sexual abuse led by an independent commission that includes laity; complete transparency by the Catholic hierarchy into all matters of criminal sexual misconduct past or future; an expansion of the zero tolerance policy to include sexual activity or misconduct by clerics including bishops, and by seminarians; and a call for faithfulness by all members of the clergy, including bishops. There must also be an independent ethics hotline for reporting of criminal and other conduct at odds with Catholic teaching on the clerical state of life; and there must be protections against retaliation.
Such reforms will be difficult for a Church largely unused to them, and we must support our bishops and our priests in embracing these reforms in order to rebuild.
We can help to 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.
Shortly before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger decried the “filth” in the Church “even among those, who in the priesthood, ought to belong totally” to Christ. He also provided the antidote, stating at other times that what the Church needs now more than anything else is “saints.” Pope Francis reiterated Pope Benedict’s sentiments in his letter on Aug. 20.
In the days ahead, the Knights of Columbus will help renew our Church on a national level through a Novena of Masses in reparation for these sins that have so grievously wounded the Body of Christ. I take this opportunity to ask that you offer this Novena of Masses for our Church at your earliest opportunity.
Beginning in November, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor, in cooperation with the Shrine of St. Jean Vianney in Ars, France, a national tour of the relic of the heart of this great patron saint of priests. In the coming weeks, I will share more details with you about this initiative.
We will also continue to strengthen and rebuild our Church at the level of our families and parishes through our Building the Domestic Church program. Its twin elements of imbuing families with faith and strengthening parish life are critical to providing a Catholic Church that rebuilds based on the Gospel principles of love of God and love of neighbor. Together with our recently announced “Faith In Action” initiative, we will strive to make our parishes truly become, in the words of Pope Francis, “a family of families.”
Now is the time for all brother Knights to stand steadfast in faith, as Catholics and as gentlemen. We will assist priests, bishops and our fellow Catholics in helping the Church chart a course for the future that puts Christ at the center, so that truly we may say, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
This is the moment in which Knights — including in a special way our priest members — can be part of a great renewal for good in our Church. And as we strive to follow the Lord more closely in the days ahead, may he deliver us from every evil and in his mercy graciously grant his Church peace and unity.
In closing, know that your faithful witness and sacrifice can bring inspiration and hope to millions of your fellow Catholics. It will be needed in the days ahead more than ever before. And to every priest and bishop whose commitment and dedication to our Order and to our Church has been faithful and exemplary, please accept my gratitude in both a personal way and on behalf of the Knights of Columbus.
Let each one of us prayerfully invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so that in the words of St. Maximilian Kolbe, our hearts would be cleansed and themselves become immaculate, similar and like unto her own heart.
Carl A. Anderson
Knights of Columbus • 1 Columbus Plaza • New Haven, CT 06510 • 203-752-4000
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Message Faith In Action
Dear Brother Knights,
The four areas of FAITH IN ACTION are like the spokes of a wheel which extend from the center or the hub. The center is our saving faith in Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we realize that only the Lord can save us. We cannot save ourselves. The difference between the good works of Christians and those performed by secular humanists is that the Good News is redemption and salvation in Christ. Our Lord came into the world, not simply to make it a better place, but to become the living bridge that we can cross into the world to come, his kingdom. Christ heals the breach and forgives our sins.
The Catholic notion of saving faith is not mere intention or a vocal profession. We believe that a faith in Christ that is real must be embraced in our hearts and minds, proclaimed by our lips and realized in our lives. Ours is a saving faith realized in loving obedience. This is where we begin to appreciate the spokes of the wheel that constitute our new Knights of Columbus FAITH IN ACTION initiative.
FAITH – The first spoke is faith. Our relationship with Christ is not merely personal but also corporate or communal. We have a profound appreciation that Christ is the vine and we are the branches as the mystical
body of Christ, none are saved apart from Christ and his Church. Knights are loyal sons of the Church. We seek to live out what Pope Francis calls our “missionary discipleship.” We support our priests and bishops. We seek to teach and to spread the Good News of Christ. We are a sacramental people, finding healing and strength in the mysteries of faith, especially the Eucharist and the sacrament of penance.
FAMILY – The second spoke is family. Our Lord entered the world through a human family and his presence among us consecrates all our families as sources of faith and grace. The family is sometimes called “the little church,” as it is the first place where we en- counter the Lord and learn our values and prayers. All our homes should be places where we would find Christ as a welcomed guest.
COMMUNITY – The third spoke is community. This is an immediate expansion of the two-fold commandment of Christ: love of God and love of neighbor. Our love for God should be such that it spills over and touches all around us. A hallmark of our life is Christian service in charity. When we reflect upon the theological virtues, charity holds a singular place. Faith in that which is un- seen will pass away when we see God face-to-face. Similarly, hope will cease to exist when we as saints come to the heavenly gates. However, it is only charity or love that can pass through those gates and remain forever. The message of Christ in all his acts of mercy and healing, and finally in his resurrection, is that love is stronger than death. As Knights we are compelled to make a dif- ference and to love even those who are hard to love.
LIFE – The late St. Pope John Paul II explained to us that the Good News of Christ is precisely a Gospel of Life. There is no pro- death or pro-abortion Christianity. Every child is a reflection of the Christ Child. Every woman (in potency) could have been the mother of the promised Savior. God is the author of life and we must do all we can to preserve life as his stewards of creation. The Knights of Columbus, as true Catholic men, provide a voice for the voiceless. We oppose the culture of death and speak up for the sanctity of life and the dignity of persons. We regard all human life from the womb to the tomb as precious and irreplaceable. There are no disposable people. Everyone possesses an incommensurate value. Thusly, we oppose all threats to life and stand as brave sentinels against those dark and selfish powers that would oppress others, especially the weakest among us.
God bless you all!
Father Joe Jenkins
40 Days for Life
Following Mr. Warren's keynote address we have several guests representing our local Maryland organizations who are building the Culture of Life.
Location: First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Ministry Center, at 3600 Brightseat Rd, Landover, MD 20785. We meet inside Room 108. The Ministry Center is is next-door to Shiloh Baptist Church, so please refer to an online direction finder, like MapQuest for detailed directions.
Doors Open: 9:30am SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2018.
Continental Breakfast (free): 9:30am - 10:00am
Promotional Resources for Prayer Campaign: 40 Days Mission Brochures / Pledge Forms / Prayer Cards / Buttons / Yard Signs / Pens /
Registration starts Monday Aug 6 and takes 30-Seconds! https://www.justRSVP.me/abundantlife <-Click here to register with JustRSVP.me.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS INVITATION TO YOUR BROTHER KNIGHTS AND LOCAL COUNCILS.
SEE YOU THERE SATURDAY MORNING SEPTEMBER 22ND FOR THIS INSPIRING EVENT!
A message from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:
It has been nearly 50 years since “Surge with Service” was introduced as our program model. Although Surge has served us well through the years, in order to simplify our program structure and better align programs under main priority areas, I am pleased to announce a new program model titled “Faith in Action” that will take effect with the 2018-2019 fraternal year.
This model is an evolution of the Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parishes initiative that was introduced in November 2015. It embodies a simplified overall program structure featuring four instead of six categories so as to foster greater understanding and implementation of programs at the council level.
Key points regarding the updated program model are:
ï‚§ Faith in Action will be the new umbrella for all Supreme Council recommended programs, replacing Surge with Service.
ï‚§ The new program categories will be: Faith, Family, Community and Life.
ï‚§ Councils should appoint a Faith Director, Family Director, Community Director and Life Director. (Councils will no longer need to appoint a Youth Director and Council Director).
ï‚§ Building the Domestic Church programs will be integrated into the new Faith in Action framework.
ï‚§ The new model will reduce the number of programs required to earn the Columbian Award to four Programs in four categories totaling 16 programs (instead of 24 programs across six categories).
ï‚§ All current Supreme Council priority programs will continue.
ï‚§ Nine new Supreme Council priority programs will be introduced.
In the coming weeks, the Fraternal Mission Department will send you and your leadership team further information explaining the Faith in Action program model.
Please work with your Membership and Program Consultants to promote this new program model among your state, district and council leadership so as to maximize participation at every level of the Order.
Thank you in advance for your support of this effort to prepare the Knights of Columbus
for an even greater future ahead, as we put our faith in action.
–Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight