Tuesday, 28th July 2020 State Deputy Richard Allen had the pleasure on behalf of the PEI Knights of Columbus and its Councils of presenting a cheque to Special Olympics PEI in the amount of $4,339.76.
Shown here (right) is PEI K of C State Deputy Richard Allen accompanied by Knight George Deviat (left) PEI K of C Special Olympics Director presenting the cheque to Charity Sheehan (centre), Executive Director, Special Olympics PEI.
The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. On May 27 the Vatican announced Pope Francis had approved a miracle attributed to the priest’s intercession, clearing the way for his beatification. (CNS file photo)
HARTFORD, Conn. (CNS) — Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified during a special Mass Oct. 31 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
On May 27, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis, who met with the board of directors of the Knights of Columbus in February, had signed the decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of Father McGivney, clearing the way for his beatification. Once he is beatified, he will be given the title “Blessed.”
Details of the beatification ceremony have not been released, including what COVID-19 restrictions might still be in place in the fall, such as limiting congregation size, social distancing and the wearing of facial coverings. The Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes announced the date for the beatification July 20.
The miracle recognized by the Vatican occurred in 2015 and involved an U.S. baby, still in utero, with a life-threatening condition that, under most circumstances, could have led to an abortion.
That baby, Mikey Schachle, is now 5. His parents, Dan and Michelle Schachle, of Dickson, Tennessee, prayed to Father McGivney to intercede with God to save their son, still in his mother’s womb, who was given no hope of surviving a life-threatening case of fetal hydrops.
Father McGivney (1852-1890), the son of Irish immigrants, was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and was ordained a priest in 1877 for what is now the Archdiocese of Hartford. He founded the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882.
He originally started the Knights as a service organization to help widows and orphans. At the time, Father McGivney was an assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Parish. He is buried in New Haven.
The fraternal order for Catholic men has become the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with 2 million members and sponsors a wide range of educational, charitable and religious activities.
Father McGivney, who will be the first American parish priest to be beatified and has long been a hero of working-class Catholics, can be viewed as a martyr of a pandemic. When he died of pneumonia complications at age 38 in 1890, it was during an outbreak of influenza known as the Russian flu in Thomaston, Connecticut. Some recent evidence, according to the Knights, indicates the outbreak may have been the result of a coronavirus.
“Father McGivney has inspired generations of Catholic men to roll up their sleeves and put their faith into action,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “He was decades ahead of his time in giving the laity an important role within the church. Today, his spirit continues to shape the extraordinary charitable work of Knights as they continue to serve those on the margins of society as he served widows and orphans in the 1880s.”
He added, “Father McGivney also remains an important role model for parish priests around the world and left us a transformative legacy of effective cooperation between the laity and clergy.”
After the announcement that the priest would be beatified, Anderson told Catholic News Service in an interview: “We’ve been praying for years for this to occur, and finally this day has arrived.”
The initial work on his sainthood cause began in 1982 on the Knights’ centenary. His cause was formally opened in Hartford in 1997, and he was given the title “servant of God.” In March 2008, the Catholic Church recognized the priest heroically lived the Christian virtues, so he was given the title “venerable.”
Generally, two miracles attributed to the candidate’s intercession are required for sainthood — one for beatification and the second for canonization.
PEI State Knights of Columbus Walter is a member of the Tignish Council 7791, please share this great news with other councils.
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21)
Dear friends, With great joy and thanksgiving to God, I am pleased to announce that I have been called to the Order of Deacon by His Excellency Bishop Richard Grecco.
My Ordination will take place on Friday, August 14, 2020, at Saint Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, and will be presided by His Excellency Bishop John Boissonneau, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only the priests in residence at the Seminary and a few guests will be attending.
I would like to thank Bishop Richard for calling me to the Transitional Deaconate and his support over the last six years of Seminary formation. Thank you to the priests of the Diocese, all of whom have been very supportive and have stormed Heaven with prayers for me. And to all the parishioners of the Diocese, who have also prayed for and supported me in many ways throughout my time in Seminary so far.
Everyone please continue to pray for me as I approach this important step of formation.
A special word of thanks needs to go out to the people of Tignish, PEI, and surrounding areas. I was extremely blessed to have been at Saint Simon and Saint Jude for my Internship Year. I have all great memories of my time there and all of the people there have impacted my discernment and made me a better Seminarian and man.
Finally, my thanks also go out to my family, most of whom are in Nova Scotia and Ontario, for their continued support.
I am sorry you cannot be here to celebrate with me, but there will be plenty of pictures to share.
Obviously, I would not be here without you all and I thank you all for your love and support.
Transitional deacons are seminarians, students in the last phase of training for the Catholic priesthood. After being a deacon for a year, they are ordained a priest.
Deacons, priests, and bishops are considered clerics, members of the clergy, in the Catholic Church. We can now begin to pray for my future priest ordination, which will hopefully happen in 2021 when I complete my Seminary formation.
Thank you for your continued prayers. ~ Walter Flynn
A Pastoral Letter to the People of the Diocese – June 8, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Peace and grace of our loving God be with you!
These past few months have been difficult for all of us. I share your heartache that we have not been able to gather for Sunday Eucharist. The recent approval to come together for weekday Eucharistic celebration limited to 15 people is only marginally helpful. I want you to know I have laboured hard to seek agreement to re-open our churches for fuller participation especially on Sundays.
DRIVE THRU FOOD DRIVE St. Mary’s Holy Family Knights of Columbus together with the Kensington Lions Club hosted a drive thru food on Saturday, May 9th from 10 am to 12 noon.
Poised for the First Car
The Food Bank is located at the Kensington Legion Home 30 Garden Drive. Cars entered through the north entrance to drop off your donation. No need to get out of your car, just pop the trunk and someone will gladly accept your donation.
Some of the Donations received by the Lions. Approximately $3,000.00 worth of food items were donated on Saturday, May 9.
As you can see the Knights had their masks and were six-feet apart.
In monetary donations $2,225.00 came in and that amount is still growing! All in all a very successful day by all accounts. The Kensington Knights appreciate great support from our community.
Thank you to all for supporting the Kensington Lions Club Food Bank.