MESSAGE FROM STATE DEPUTY

 

Brothers,

I would like to welcome back Tom Karl as the Columbian Newsletter Editor and for his speedy recovery from Triple bypass surgery on February 3rd.  Thanks for your hard work with the Columbian Newsletter and on behalf of the State Officer Team welcome back. 

 

In my last message in February I talked about helping our Oregon Priest’s in both the Portland and Baker Diocese in bring Catholics back to mass. I am currently working with Jason Kidd the Marriage, Family, Youth & Young Adults Coordinator with the Portland Archdiocese and their initiative “Come to Jesus.” The Knights in Oregon are going to have a big part in this initiative, and they will need our help to make our local parishes succeed and flourish.  With more people receiving the vaccine and each county obtaining the heard immunity threshold and goals that were set by the Governor, the parishes are hoping to see an increase in attendance.  Jason and I talked about ways the Knights can help and being the welcome ambassadors for our parishes. When Jason and I get more items ironed out I will be letting all the members know the specifics on what help we are providing.  The Portland Archdiocese and the Oregon Knights are going to be collaborating more than we ever and right now, and the Catholic Church needs the Knights of Columbus to step forward and be that support.   I am very excited what this can do to the Order in Oregon and help promote councils in the state as the right hand of their parish priest.  Right now, I need all Grand Knights to have a conversation with your parish priest on what can the Knights do to help him, and the parish succeed.

 

There are a lot of activities for the council members to take advantage during the month of March. Make sure your council members and the men in your catholic community know about these opportunities for Spiritual Refection.

 

On Thursday, March 18th at 6:30pm; State Chaplain Fr. Theo Lange is holding a Virtual Easter Spiritual Reflection and shares how the Pascal 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.

On Saturday, March 20th from 8:00am to 4:30pm.  The Knights of Columbus State Council is sponsoring a Men’s Retreat both in-person and virtually.  I would like the Councils to advertise this Men’s Retreat to all the men in their parish and ask their parish priest if the council could broadcast it to all the men of their parish. If you have members who cannot attend due to being susceptible to COVID please urge them to register and watch it online at home or make this a big deal at your parish and invite all men to join you and watch it from the pews.  If you are in the Baker Diocese area you can also attend in person at the Baker Diocese Retreat Center at 14427 SW Alfalfa Rd, Powell Butte, OR 97753. The facilities will be providing lunch for $15.00.  Please copy and paste the following link to register. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-state-knights-of-columbus-baker-diocese-mens-retreat-registration-137237760837 

  • This is a free Spiritual Retreat, and we ask that you donate to the K of C State Charities. Just visit kofc-or.org and select the Oregon State K of C Charities button.
  • The speakers at this incredible event are Bishop Liam Cary, State Chaplain Fr. Theo Lange, Fr. Gabriel Mosher from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Portland, Brother Israel Sanchez a Benedictine Monk from Mount Angel Abby, and Ryan Mainard a speaker from the Portland Archdiocese. 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.
  • The State with help from the Central Oregon Councils will be holding the Charity, Unity, & Fraternity Exemplification after Retreat on Saturday at 4:30pm, so if you have a new member who needs to receive his full Knighthood this would be the time to get him in.

Like I mentioned earlier on the State of Oregon is moving towards opening due to more and more people receiving the COVID Vaccine and the decrease in the number of cases in each county. The Council Grand Knights need to send their Credentials for the 113th Annual State Convention to the State Secretary Sid Thiel.  As you all are aware On April 30th, May 1st & 2nd; the Mt. 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”.   For information on the State Convention just visit www.kofc-or.org and select the 2021 State Convention button and register for the meals and how to reserve your hotel.   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 to attend and the information on how to register for 113th Annual State Convention in Klamath Falls. This is going to be an exciting Convention with 4 Councils celebrating their 100th year Anniversary as well as new State Officers to be voted on to lead the State for the next two years.  Currently Ray Prom, Sid Thiel, and Tom Radel have sent in resolution for State Deputy, Ken Anderson for State Secretary, Bob Adams , and Tim Mixdorf have sent in resolutions for State Treasurer, Chris Cummings, and Bill Geary have sent in resolutions for State Advocate, and Scott Kessler for State Warden. We also have a few Resolutions that could help the Councils in Oregon. Also, for the first time during a State Convention the Klamath Falls Council will be holding the Charity, Unity, & Fraternity Exemplification after the 5:00pm Necrology mass on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 both in person and virtually at St. Pius X Catholic Church. I would like all members to reach out to the Catholic men in your community to sign up online and promoted the Free One-Year Membership. All they have to do is type in the Promo Code MCGIVNEY2020 at www.kofc.org/joinus until June 30th, 2021 in honor of the Blessed Michael J. McGivney.

 

Since this is the Year of St. Joseph, I would like to end with a Prayer to Saint Joseph to help us continuing the move towards opening our parishes, councils, and events back to normal.

 

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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