MESSAGE FROM STATE DEPUTY

 

I hope everyone had a Blessed Advent Season, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. 

 

The State Council started our January with the Annual Mid-Year Meeting were the District Deputies, State Directors, and State Officers come together for some training and information on what is coming up for the second half of the year.  After that meeting I realized that we have a lot of events coming up for you, your family, and your parish community to take advantage of for everyone’s Faith Journey.

 

  • On January 20th at 7:00 pm; State Warden Ken Anderson is holding a virtual prayer service for you this month dedicated to the Respect for Life. As the State Warden states “January is the sad anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. Therefore, January has been the month of Rallies, Marches, and Walks for Life. Novenas for Life and other related events also regularly take place during January. Therefore, the monthly prayer service for the Knights of Columbus this month will be regarding the Respect for Life.”
  • On January 23rd at 2:30 pm; The March for Life Rally at the State Capitol in Salem has been postponed due to Safety concerns. I do think that we still need to recognize this day by holding virtual or an in-person Rosary at your parish and pray for the State of Oregon, The United States, and World to move towards respecting life from Conception to Natural Death.
  • On February 6th at 9:00 am; Virtual District Meeting for all Council Officers in District 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, & 26. An invite will be sent to all Grand Knights this week.
  • On February 6th at 2:00 pm; Virtual District Meeting for all Council Officers in District 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, & 25. An invite will be sent to all Grand Knights this week.
  • On February 6th; Supreme Trainer Ken White will be giving Financial Secretary Training to all the Financial Secretaries in the State. Brother Ken will be sending out a GoTo Meeting link to all those Financial Secretaries on the time of the Training.
  • On February 6th or 7th; Supreme Hispanic Coordinator Pona Magana will be giving Financial Secretary Training to all the Hispanic Councils Financial Secretaries in the State. Brother Pona will be sending out a GoTo Meeting link or let you know if he will be holding the training in person and where the location will be held.
  • On February 20th at 9:00 am; Virtual District Meeting for all Council Officers in District 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27. An invite will be sent to all Grand Knights this week.
  • On February 20th at 2:00 pm; Virtual District Meeting for all Council Officers in District 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28. An invite will be sent to all Grand Knights this week.
  • On February 27th at 8:00 am to 4:00pm; The Oregon K of C State Council is sponsoring a free Spiritual Retreat at the Baker Diocese Retreat Center for in person and virtual viewing. This is a free Spiritual Retreat and we ask that you donate to the KofC State Charities. The speaker at this incredible event is Bishop Liam Cary, State Chaplain Fr. Theo Lange, Fr. Gabriel Mosher from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Portland, and a couple more speakers that will be announced soon. Also, a more in-depth agenda will be going out very soon so please keep an eye out for it and pass it on to all the men in your community.
  • In March; The Knights of Columbus State Council will be holding another Religious Freedom Rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. There will be speakers like we had last December. The speakers, the date and time will be announced very soon.
  • On March 18th at 6:30pm; State Chaplain Fr. Theo Lange is holding a Virtual Easter Spiritual Reflection and shares how the Paschal Mysteries lie at the heart of the knightly call to prayer and service. This event is sponsored by the Medford’s 4th Degree Assembly #905. To register please email Larry Mullaly at lmullaly@jeffnet.org .
  • April 30th, May 1st & 2nd; McLaughlin Council 2255 would like to invite you to the 113th Annual State Convention in Klamath Falls. Convention Committee Chairman Benjamin Quen states “The theme for the 2021 State Convention is “Mercy in Motion”.  This comes from the fact that Knights are continuously performing Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy that extends God’s compassion and mercy to those in need”.   
    • Information on the State Convention is going out to the Councils this coming week from Council 2255 and State Secretary Sid Thiel.
    • I do understand that some of you are still concerned about the COVID health risks. I ask you to reach out to your members and give those who do not have those health risks or concerns the opportunity and the information to attend the State Convention in Klamath Falls.

Brothers as you can see, we have a very busy 2021 and I hop you, your council, and your parish community takes advantage of these opportunities.

 

Brothers, you have all heard that Supreme is still offering Free One-Year Membership. A catholic gentleman can sign up online and uses the Promo Code MCGIVNEY2020 at www.kofc.org/joinus until June 30th, 2021 in honor of the Blessed Michael J. McGivney. This is a perfect opportunity for your council to contact those Catholic men, friends, family members, neighbors or anyone who will be interested to join.  Spread the word and give them the encouragement to join the Knights of Columbus.

 

The following is the schedule for the Charity, Unity, & Fraternity Exemplification. In celebration of Blessed Michael J. McGivney: Please check with your District Deputy and Grand Knight to participate and get those Catholic men who wants to join your council.  This is great opportunity to show Fraternity and Brotherhood.

  • Saturday, March 7th, 2021 at 9:30 am; in person and virtually at St. Francis of Assis in SE Portland.
  • Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 at 10:00am; in person at St. James Catholic Church in Molalla.
    • This will be the last Old School 2nd and 3rd Degree’s ever to be performed in the state of Oregon by Tom Hays and his Degree team.
  • Saturday, May 1st, 2021; in person at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Klamath Falls
  • Saturday, June 12th, 2021; TBA

 

I would like to end with a Prayer to Saint Joseph to help us during the difficult times that we are currently facing. 

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.  Amen”

 

Vivat Jesus,

 

Ronald Boyce, State Deputy

 

 
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