Knights in Action – Faith in Action

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Created by Provincial Secretary Basil Favaro and presented with Provincial Warden Kyle MacNeill to the Winter Organizational Meeting  Jan. 12, 2019 

   

Through Faith, Family, Community and Life

PEI Knights of Columbus Council #99056

       

Last September 2018, a new program called Faith in Action was launched for the two million Knights of Columbus in over 14,000 Councils across North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.  What follows are an overview, guidelines and practical steps toward full implementation for our 21 PEI Councils.

 

The new model replaces Surge With Service, which had been in effect for 48 years since 1971.  Faith in Action encompasses what it means to be a Knight of Columbus.  It encapsulates four pathways to be a true Knight of Charity – Faith, Family, Community and Life.  These are all familiar to us as they were often at the heart of what we achieved in the past; but now, with this new model, they are more clearly defined and refined.  Faith in Action brings new clarity and focus to our work and should help us to promote our Order.

 

The four pathways now become the pillars or cornerstones for all 300,000 Knights across Canada.  As soon as the new model can be reasonably implemented, they also become the new focus for each monthly meeting of our 1900 Councils.  As well, they become the essence of each Council`s report to the Annual Provincial Convention.  In effect, they either replace or redefine the six components in the old model, namely Council, Church, Community, Youth, Family and Culture of Life.

 

It is important that each Grand Knight appoints Directors in each of the four areas, along with an overall Program Director and Membership Director, if they are not already in place.  Current Council Executive members may be keen to step into leadership roles.  Alternatively, the four new Director positions may be filled by dedicated Knights who are not currently holding Council leadership positions.

 

In the past, some Knights may have taken on numerous leadership roles simultaneously for their Council.   It is important in the new model that Councils try to fill each of the Director positions with different Knights to ensure that their Councils attend faithfully to all four areas and also that more voices are heard on key actions and projects.  Both the Grand Knight and Program Director are ex-officio members on the four Faith in Action teams.  They are also now responsible for encouraging every Council member to choose one of the four pathways as a focus for the current fraternal year and to work with his Director in that area.  As well, if they do not hold current Executive positions, the four Directors become an integral part of the Council Executive and are encouraged to take an active part in their meetings.

 

Now into our new calendar year, below are some guidelines and practical suggestions to implement fully Faith in Action.  Specific Supreme-recommended, featured and required programs are listed below for each pathway in the new model.  One of our goals for the second workshop on January 12, building on the success of the Summerside workshop on September 15, was to share and add examples of successful PEI projects to help us all to achieve full implementation by the end of the current fraternal year in June.  We couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.  Thanks to the direct and very creative input of 30 Brothers in North Rustico,  you will find 22 PEI Projects listed in this handout.  Councils can certainly add their own unique programs to the four lists.

 

The Program Director and four theme Directors are encouraged to contact fellow Knights to commit to one of the four areas and, if possible, to meet on occasion to put Faith, Family, Community and Life at the forefront of all Council activities.  Each Director is also responsible for updating the monthly Council meeting on the progress being made, either in person or through the Program Director.

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Faith in Action – What it means on a practical everyday level

The Knights of Columbus offers a place for Catholic men to lead their families, parishes and wider communities in faith and service and to put their Faith into Action.  Together we can make a meaningful difference by focusing and expanding on any of the many Supreme and local projects listed below.

The new Faith in Action model empowers Catholic men from the age of 18 to come together to share faith, to celebrate fraternity with loved ones, and to do what we Knights do best — to stand shoulder to shoulder in service to the community and, in particular, to offer help to all those in our communities who are increasingly marginalized, including the those trying to survive in poverty, the elderly in need of companionship and support, persons with disabilities and special needs, refugees, and expectant moms and dads who may not enjoy warm loving support for bringing new life into the world.

On a practical level, the roles of Faith, Family, Community and Life Directors are not mutually exclusive and often their work will overlap.  For this reason the Program Director is encouraged to meet together with the four theme directors regularly in order to help them with the new program implementation.

The primary focus of each pathway is outlined below.  They include 22 dedicated local projects that have proven successful over the years and exciting new initiatives led by Councils across Prince Edward Island.  We hope to add more of our own projects to these lists as Faith in Action becomes fully implemented.

For additional information about the new Faith in Action program model, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit kofc.org/faithinaction.

 

 Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP)
• Into the Breach
• Marian Icon Prayer Program
• Building the Domestic Church Kiosk
• Rosary Program
• Spiritual Reflection Program (new)
• Holy Hour (new)
• Sacramental Gifts (new)
Food for Families
• Family of the Month/Year
• Keep Christ in Christmas (Poster Contest.)
• Family Fully Alive
• Family Week
• Consecration to the Holy Family
• Family Prayer Night (new)
• Good Friday Family Promotion (new)
• Coats for Kids
• Global Wheelchair Mission
• Habitat for Humanity

• Disaster Preparedness
• Free Throw Championship
• Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest
• Soccer Challenge
• Helping Hands (new)
• Marches for Life
• Special Olympics
• Ultrasound Program

• Christian Refugee Relief
• Silver Rose
• Mass for People with Special Needs (new)
• Pregnancy Center Support (new)
• Novena for Life (new)

Faith

            

 

  • Grow in faith and build a strong parish and Church,  
  • Help priests and religious in formation,
  • Honour Mary, Mother of God,
  • Engage in regular and sustained spiritual reflections, and
  • Promote parish religious education programs and activities.

Supreme recommended and featured projects that achieve these five Faith goals (see live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/index.html)  include:

Special Masses to commemorate the travelling icon across PEI                               Councils from October 2018 to April 2020.

 

PEI Council Faith Projects

  • Knights serving at Mass as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, ushers, collectors; and in music liturgies (ideally in vests or KofC shirts)
  • Knights’ families hosting a Chalice to pray for vocations
  • Seven Mile Bay Fall Rosary Pilgrimage to the Canadian Martyrs
  • Council Keep Christ in Christmas Outdoor Nativity Scene Challenge
  • Council hosting Catechetical Program celebrations
  • Councils’ donations to their parish churches and pastoral units.

Family

  • Strengthen families through faith and service,
  • Have special events for and with families,
  • Pray together with other faith-filled Catholic families through special events and religious services. And
  • Creating opportunities to bring families together through parish and community events.   

Projects that achieve these Family goals (see live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/family/index.html) include:

For every $500 or 1000 lbs of food to a parish or community food                          pantry, Supreme will give back $100 to a Council

 

PEI Council Family Projects

  • Family Sleigh Ride at Potts Farm for all parishioners
  • Council-hosted Meet and Greets with refreshments after Mass
  • Council-sponsored Family Games Nights
  • Council-organized Parish Picnics.
  • Council donations to St. Vincent de Paul Pantry and Free Clothing Store
  • Family-to-Family Furniture and Appliance Giveaway

Community                                                                       

 

  • Make a powerful difference in your community,
  • Help those less fortunate with the basic human needs of clothing, shelter, mobility and compassion, and
  • Reach out to all those who are marginalized in any way.

Projects that achieve these Community goals (see live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/community/index.html) include: :

  • Coats for Kids
  • Global Wheelchair Mission
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Basketball Free Throw Championship
  • Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest
  • Soccer Challenge
  • Helping Hands (New and Required)

            Caring for people who are disadvantaged in the local community

 

PEI Council Community Projects

  • Socks and Underwear Project donations for children and adults in need.
  • Fundraising Breakfasts, Brunches and Dinners for community charities
  • Council Valentine’s Dinner for Widows and Widowers
  • Summer Barbecue fundraisers for Coats for Kids, Christmas Food Baskets and people in need (oil, rent, home repairs, hospital transport)
  • Council lunches and dinners at the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry for individuals and families who are marginalized and in need.
  • Ecumenical Sunday Sunrise Service
  • Clothing donations to Mikinduri Children of Hope in Eastern Province, Kenya

          Life                               

  • Create a culture of life,
  • Assist pregnant women in need,
  • Care for the elderly,
  • Honour and respect people with disabilities, and
  • Empower those with special needs to realize their full potential.

Projects that achieve these Life goals (live website page http://kofc.org/en/programs/life/index.html ) include:

          Promote a 9 day novena to build a culture of life in our parishes, homes and                     wider community.

 

PEI Council Life Projects

  • Donations to Anderson House Emergency Shelter for Women and Children and Catholic Family Services Walk to Defeat Depression.
  • Donations to Birthright PEI for moms dealing with Distressed or untimely pregnancies
  • Donations to Lennon Recovery House for those living with addictions and subsequent mental illness.
  • Council contributions to Special Olympics including the PEI June Fundraising Gala Dinner
  • Knights sing-alongs at Andrew’s Senior Community Care / Nursing Home
  • Concert fundraiser for the PEI Council for Persons with Disabilities

 

Practical Tips to Guide Grand Knight in implementing Faith in Action.

The following are intended to help the Grand Knight to appoint any of the six Directorships that are not already in place – Membership, Program, Faith, Family, Community and Life Directors:

 

  1. For a summary of the new Faith in Action roles and responsibilities https://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/service/council/duties-responsibilities-council-officers-directors.pdf

 

  1. For descriptions of Supreme sanctioned projects in each of the four pathways, see

 

  1. For descriptions of PEI Council projects already underway un each of the four pathways, see the summary to be developed from the brainstorming at our January Organizational Meeting and emailed to all Grand Knights and Deputies by the State Secretary.

 

  1. In the past, some Councils have had different Directors for each of the six Surge With Service areas including Council, Youth, and Church. Others added Directors or had sub committees for  Social, Vocations and Public Relations.  These Directorships are now removed from the Annual Council Service Personnel Program Report.  Brothers who served in the past in any of these capacities are most certainly eligible to serve in any of the four new Faith in Action Director positions.

 

  1. Any of the above personnel positions now removed from the Service Program can become sub-committee positions with the Chair reporting directly to the specific Program Director under which they now fall. For example a Vocations Committee whose chair would report to the Faith Director or a Youth Committee which would report to the Family Director.

 

  1. In the past the Council Chaplain has sometimes been listed as the Faith Director. In the new Faith in Action model, the Knight who is named Faith Director works closely with the Pastor and Council Chaplain and reports to him/them on a regular basis. The Faith Director continues throughout the year the dialogue with the Pastor initiated by the Grand Knight early in the fraternal year, asking how the Council can better serve him and the Parish community.  Ideally, this should happen at least twice a year.

 

  1. All Directors should keep accurate records of the Council’s specific programs for which they are responsible and report them to the Program Director.

 

  1. All Directors provide the Council’s Public Relations Chair with regular updated information on their respective programs and activities for promotion to the parish and local media.

 

  1. All six Council Directors must complete all required safe environment training and adhere to the policies of the K of C Safe Environment Program.

 

Council Directors – New Specific Roles and Responsibilities

 

Council Program Director

 

The Council Program Director is appointed annually by the Grand Knight. He is recognized by his Council Brothers for his leadership and activism in the overall life of the Council.  He is responsible for providing the Council Executive with guidance and direction needed for success in implementinig the  four Faith in Action pathways.

 

Specifically, the primary duties of the Program Director include:

 

  1. To meet with the Grand Knight to set the calendar of Faith, Family, Community and Life activities for the fraternal year and to keep the Grand Knight informed of all initiatives in each of these.
  2. To meet as a group with his team of four directors – Faith, Family, Community and Life – once they are named, and to guide them individually and together throughout the fraternal year.
  3. To work to ensure that every Council member is actively involved in at least one pathway each fraternal year.
  4. To submit a Summary Council Report to the Grand Knight in time for the Annual Convention. The four-pronged Faith in Action Program becomes the essence of each Council Report to the Provincial Convention and the new required reports to Supreme.  They are the annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (Form 1728),  Fraternal Programs Report (Form 10784) and the Columbian Award
    Report (SP7).
  5. To remind each of the four Directors of his responsibility for monthly and annual Council reports in their respective Faith in Action areas.
  6. To keep accurate records for reporting on the above.
  7. To give an overall progress report and call upon each Director to give a report to each monthly Council meeting. Also to present their report if     they cannot make the meeting.
  8. To explore proactively opportunities for inter-Council program collaborations.

 

Council Faith Director

The Council Faith Director is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director. He is a Knight who is recognized by his Council Brothers as an exemplar of Catholic Faith.  His primary responsibility is to lead discussions and planning for all faith formation activities for the Council.  He attends Mass regularly and serves actively in one or more of the many parish liturgical ministries.

 

Specifically his duties are:

 

  1. To plan, coordinate and promote the new Spiritual Reflection program.
  2. To work with his team of Brothers in supporting and promoting vocations, parochial services and religious devotions.
  3. To meet regularly with the Pastor and Council Chaplain to continue the discussions initiated by the Grand Knight at the start of the fraternal year around how the Council can better serve the Pastoral Unit’s faith communities.  A positive and proactive relationship with the Pastor / Chaplain is key to his successful service as Faith Director.
  4. To promote membership in the Father Michael J McGivney Guild and the cause for his canonization.
  5. To work toward the creation of new round tables in satellite parishes connected to a main parish in which his Council resides. It takes only one member to constitute a Round Table and the Grand Knight of the sponsor Council to complete form #2629 for each round table in the parish cluster.
  6. To work with his team in planning and carrying out the Supreme Family-recommended and required programs listed below, or any other specific Council Faith-based programs, in consultation with the Pastor and Council Chaplain.

 

Council Family Director

The Family Director focuses on the key areas listed above.  He is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director.  His primary responsibility is to strengthen and nourish wholesome family life through planning and implementing inter-generational activities with and for families throughout the Pastoral Unit.

 

The Family Director is recognized by his Council Brothers for his leadership in promoting Christian family life and active participation with his family in Council and Parish events.  For example, announcing the annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Challenge for all 5-14 year old children in mid-November and coordinating the collecting and judging the entries and announcing the winning entries in the Christmas bulletin.

 

Specific responsibilities include the following:

To work with his team in planning and carrying out the Supreme required Family-recommended and required programs listed below or any other family-oriented programs initiated by the Council.

 

 

Specific responsibilities include the following:

 

To work with his team in planning and carrying out the Supreme Family- required Consecration of the Holy Family Prayer Program and other family-oriented programs initiated by the Council.

 

          Council Community Director

          The Community Director focuses on the key areas listed above.  He is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director.  He is a Knight who is          recognized by his Council for his leadership and activism in both the parish        and the wider community.  He is also a Knight with a strong record in or new visions toward establishing and nurturing community partnerships.

 

He works directly with his team in planning and carrying out community-based activities.  For example, the annual Coats for Kids Project in November through the local schools or other community agencies and the Basketball Free Throw Challenge early in January so that his Council winners can move up to District and State competitions.  Because of the outreach nature of this pathway, many Council fundraising initiatives will come under the Community Director.

 

His specific responsibilities include the following:

 

To involve fellow Brothers in working as a team and     coordinating          the Supreme required Helping Hands Program involving caring for one or more groups who are disadvantaged in the community –

persons who are homeless, suffering from additions, the elderly in need      of companionship and assistance.  He also directs local community         initiatives for which the Knights in his Council are well known.

 

Council Life Director

The Life Director focuses on the key areas listed above.  He is appointed by the Grand Knight in consultation with the Program Director and reports directly to the Program Director.  He is a Knight who is recognized by his council Brothers for his inspirational leadership in respecting and supporting the sanctity and dignity of human life in all stages and in all conditions.  His primary responsibility is for Life-Affirming Activities that may be directed his way by the Council Chaplain, Grand Knight and Council or State Executive.

For example, encouraging his Council to plan and facilitate a Mass for Persons with Disabilities, to visit people in special care facilities, to provide comfort for people who are marginalized, to encourage Brother Knights to the corporate tables at the annual PEI Special Olympics Fundraising Gala Dinner in June.

His specific responsibilities include working with his Life team in implementing the new Supreme required Novena for Life.  This involves 9 days of sustained prayer to build up a culture of life in the parishes in his Pastoral Unit, and also homes and the wider community.

He also leads and encourages other Council initiated programs that support and encourage the advancement of the pro-life movement, persons with intellectual and physical disabilities, and people who are persecuted.

 

Council Membership Director

The Council Membership Director is appointed annually by the Grand Knight. His primary responsibility is to oversee recruitment and retention for his Council as well as insurance promotion.  His specific duties are the following:

 

  1. To work with the Grand Knight in setting the calendar of recruitment activities and event for the fraternal year.

 

  1. To guide the recruitment and retention committees and the insurance promotion chairman as they implement the Council`s Membership Growth Promotion.

 

  1. To plan and facilitate recruitment pitches in parishes served by his Council.

 

  1. To ensure that Membership Applications (#100) are transmitted by the Financial Secretary to the Supreme Membership Records Department.
  2. To invite the Insurance Field Agent to Council meetings and arrange for opportunities for him to address any questions or concerns that may arise.

 

 

Activity Report from Msgr.  George A MacDonald Council #10808

Council #10808 Recorder Dana Dennis and Past Grand Knight Basil Favaro presenting a cheque from their Council to Angela Davies, Executive Director, Lennon Recovery House, South Rustico

Our K of C Msgr.  George A MacDonald Council #10808

The Knights of Columbus have a 99 year history on Prince Edward Island.  Ours is one of 21 Councils and we are into our our 27th year.  We are the Monsignor George A. MacDonald Council, named after a renowned physics professor at St. Dunstan’s University in Charlottetown who was well known for his community activism and leadership. Seven founding members are still actively involved in our Council.

In October, 2015, we were honoured to receive a 4 Star Award for a 475% increase in membership and our growth in community service ventures. We were one of only 5 Councils across Canada and the United States to receive such a distinction. In 2017 we won another Star Council Award for surpassing our membership quota and for new community service projects including Coats for Kids, which provided new winter jackets to 48 children and youth in need through the four schools in the Bluefield Family of Schools.  We were also at the corporate tables at the fundraising gala dinner for Special Olympics the past four years and are now actively helping out in special events for young people across PEI with physical and intellectual disabilities.

In the last three years we have grown from 53 to over 97 members. Currently 25% of our members are in their 30’s and 40’s and the vast majority of them are actively involved with our veteran members in the many projects we undertake to help out people in need, regardless of their religious affiliation.

We believe that teamwork is the fuel that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results. We work in true collaboration to serve our communities in many ways and we are especially proud of some new family-oriented activities and our growing engagement with children and youth.  For example, at our annual State Convention which we hosted in 2016, we hired 10 youth from our Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit to serve the luncheon and the closing banquet.  We also expanded our annual bursary program last Fall to award 4 high school graduates $250 each to further their studies beyond high school last year.  We host annual summer family picnics and winter sleigh rides and this year are expanding them to include all parishioners.  One of our newest community partners is Lennon Recovery House in South Rustico.  Pictured below is Recorder Dana Dennis and Past Grand Knight Basil Favaro presenting a cheque to Angela Davies, Executive Director of Lennon Recovery House.

Our Executive Team for 2018 – 19

Position/Name

Chaplain……………………..Fr. Douglas MacDonald

Grand Knight……………….. Paul Roberts

Deputy Grand Knight………..Trevor MacKinnon

Chancellor……………………Leo Trainor

Recorder…………………… .Dana Dennis

Warden………………………Darrell Evans

Advocate……………………..Ron Gauthier

Treasurer…………………… John Walsh

Financial Secretary…………. David Murphy

Lecturer………………………Wally Kowalchuk

1 Year Trustee……………… Donald MacDonald

2 Year Trustee……………… Arthur Mahar

3 Yr Trustee………………….Arquel Lizama

Inside Guard…………………Barry Kelly

Outside Guard……………….Leonard Rogers

Faith Director………………..Basil Favaro

Family Director………………To be named

Community Director………Wally Kowalchuk

Life Director……………….Don MacDonald

Our meeting times

We meet the first Thursday of the month in our Parish Hall at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Cornwall.  On average 25-30 members take part in our meetings and visiting Knights are always welcomed. All meetings are followed by a social hour with treats donated by volunteer members. We often begin our social hour with invited guest presentations on key themes relative to our service work.

Monthly meetings are usually preceded by an Executive Meeting on the previous Tuesday evening. We continue to be active and proactive throughout the summer through fund raising initiatives such as barbecues in our local shopping plaza for Coats for Kids and our Fall Bursary Program.

Who are the Knights of Columbus?

On Oct 2, 1881, a group of 7 men gathered in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, at the request of their 29-year-old pastor, Father Michael J McGivney. The end result of that meeting came just over 5 months later on March 29, 1882, with the formation of an organization that came to be known as the Knights of Columbus. Its founding purpose was to offer financial help to members and their families who were sick, disabled and financially challenged, and this remains to this day one of the principal goals of our organization.

The Knights of Columbus is world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. There are 15,342 Councils with more than 2 million members in 17 countries around the world. They include Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Guatemala, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea

Today, 135 years later, our Order remains true to its four founding principles – Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Knights are Catholic men, 18 and older, who are committed to making their communities better places through charitable service. Charity is the first and foremost principle of the Knights of Columbus. Our five key areas of service are Families including Children and Youth, Community, Church, Council and Culture of Life. Knights are called to help those in need and all Knights believe they can make a positive difference and change the world through small acts of charity and kindness at all levels, local to global.

 

Kensington Knights of Columbus Donation to Lennon House

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Kyle MacNeill presents a cheque for $1,000 on behalf of Knights of Columbus Council #12465 in Kensington to Dianne Young of the Lennon Recovery House.

The Knights organized a concert with the Men of the Harvest in October of 2018, and the cheque is the proceeds of that concert.

As a reminder to all who are looking to volunteer, please contact Dianne Young at (902) 963-4029.

The Lennon Recovery House is a very large project, and many hands help to make light work!

To learn more about Lennon Recovery House visit their Facebook Page:

Lennon Recovery House

 

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Christmas Tidings With Tidal 3

Saturday evening, December 15, there will be a special parish event on the eve of Gaudete Sunday (3rd Sunday of Advent).

 

The Knights of Columbus will join forces with the band ‘Tidal 3’ and children from the St Dunstan’s catechism program for an evening of music and drama.

A Very Small Nativity Scene

The celebration will begin at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the Basilica.  Everyone welcome!

Tickets available from members of Tidal 3 (Emily Roberts, Stephen Chandler and Joseph Chevarie) and at the Parish Advent Breakfast.

Tickets: $8.00 for adults, $4:00 for students; $20.00 for a Family.

 

Funeral of Sir Knight Glen DesRoches

The largely attended funeral of Sir Knight Glen DesRoches was held from St. Simon & St. Jude Parish Church in Tignish on Thursday September 27th.

Sir Knight DesRoches lost his life when his fishing boat, The Kyla Anne sank in rough seas off North Cape on September 18th taking his life and that of his long-time fishing helper, Maurice (Moe) Getson.  Many brother knights from Rev. M.J. Rooney Council 7791 and neighbouring councils as well as the Honor Guard from Bishop A.B. MacEachern Assembly supported by other Island assemblies attended in a body.

Fr. Albin Arsenault reads the prayers of commendation, Fr. John Molina, Parish Priest, assists.

On behalf of Sir Knight Glen’s Council and Assembly Brothers and his family I wish to thank the many knights who attended the wake Prayer service at Rooney’s Funeral Home on Wednesday evening September 26th and/or attended the funeral.  In addition to 4th Degree Knights who formed the Honor Guard, the Prayer Service was attended by Sir Knights Les Standen (Former Master), Vernon Buote (Former Master), Philip Brown (Insurance agent), Peter Gallant and Rodney Delaney.  The Honor Guard during the wake and funeral was supported in whole or in part by the following Sir Knights under the leadership of SK Henry MacKay (Commander); James Bernard (Former Master), Dan Miller (Marshall 4th Degree), Louis Shea FN, Simon Hashie FN, Brian Delaney DD, James Hogan, Irving Broderick, Emile Bernard, Richard Shea, Paul Gaudet, Charles Bernard, John Handrahan and Raymond Yu.

I do ask that you continue to offer your prayerful support to our community, the DesRoches and Getson families and Tanner Gaudet, the young man who survived this tragic accident by swimming to shore and reporting the accident to first responders.

Yours in Christ

Louis Shea Grand Knight, FN

Pictures used with permission from The Guardian

Calling men on PEI to ‘Step Into the Breach’

The Into the Breach program is being introduced to Prince Edward Island this fall by the Our Lady of Fatima, Knights of Columbus Council #824 who had previously introduced the ‘That Man Is You‘ men’s breakfast program several years ago with good success!

The first of eight sessions will be held on Saturday, October 20, at 8:00 am in the lower level of St. Dunstan’s Basilica.

Bishop Richard Grecco will be present to help launch this important initiative and all men of the Diocese are invited.

For planning purposes, Council #824 asks that men register ahead of time by e-mailing intothebreach.pei@gmail.com or by calling (902)566-4337.

The cost for the initial breakfast is $10.00 and a donation of $5.00 for each of the other Saturday morning sessions.

A little background on Into the Breach follows.

“We live in a time of crisis for religious faith and family life that must be met by men with a heartfelt embrace of masculine virtue”. To outline the challenges we face and devise a plan of battle, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted from the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona has written this ground breaking document, Into the Breach.

Bishop Olmsted begins his analysis with the shocking fact that 14 million Catholics nationwide (US) have left the Church in recent years, with a corresponding drop in baptisms, church weddings and other sacramental participation. There is an enormous breach in the battle line of faith that is causing disruptions in the Church and wider society. While this crisis concerns the whole Church, men in particular are missing from the battlefield of faith. Consider that men make up only about 40 percent of Mass attendees in the average parish — this is an enormous loss for the Church and for the men themselves, many of whom vainly seek fulfillment by conforming to the world’s false images of manhood.

 

“In this document, Bishop Olmsted calls men to something better, something great. He identifies the enemies of the faith — both spiritual and temporal — and draws up a battle plan for men to fight for their own souls and for the salvation of their families and loved ones. Here you will find a sure guide for stepping into the moral and cultural breach. Let us join our brother Catholics on the front lines and take up the battle anew, to spread the joy of the Gospel, heal the wounds within ourselves and others, and steadily transform the world”.  (Exert from the Into the Breach Study Guide.)

 

Addressed originally to the men in his Diocese of Phoenix, it is now being made available to all Catholics by the Knights of Columbus.  The Knights are pleased to partner with Bishop Olmsted in making this document more widely available and to provide an eight part reflection guide on the important issues he raises.

Into The Breach is Coming

Thursday morning, September 6, Bishop Richard Grecco had a meeting with some members of the Knights of Columbus to discuss a Catholic Men’s Formation training called “Into the Breach”, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, that will be introduced on PEI in the near future’

Pictured in the photo are From Left to Right: Mike White member of Our Lady of Fatima Council , K of C State Deputy Richard Allen, Bishop Richard and, Don Chevarie, Grand Knight, Our Lady of Fatima Council 824 St Dunstan’s Basilica.

To learn a little more about Into the Breach click here: Into the Breach

Experience the Knights of Columbus 136th Supreme Convention live from Baltimore!

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The networks will begin broadcasting the events Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m. ET with the Opening Mass, celebrated by our very own supreme chaplain, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. The convention’s Opening Business Session, featuring the Supreme Knight’s Annual Report, begins at 1 p.m. The States Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

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