Fr. McGivney Beatification Date Set

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.

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The Knights have set up a new website for Father McGivney’s sainthood cause:

Bishop’s Letter on Sunday Mass Limits for Phase 4

June 8, 2020

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. 

To read the full letter click below:

Right To Life Baby Bottle Campaign

PEI Right to LIFE Virtual Baby Bottle Campaign  is at the half-way point!

We encourage you to support LIFE on PEI by promoting pro-life ideas and actions on PEI.

There are so many who are challenged this spring because of COVID and we are reaching out to all.

Let us know if you need help or if you know of any moms who are in need of help. We are here to support in all things LIFE!

Your donations goes toward helping moms in need and advancing pro-life values on PEI so that we Islanders are empowered to choose LIFE!

Call us at 902-894-5473 or check us out:

Kensington Knights Food Drive

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.

St Pius X Knights of Columbus Council #6917 Community Food Drive, May 6, 2020.

Grand Knight Dan Miller is happy to report that we conducted a successful Food Drive on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. 

In just 4 short hours we collected in excess of 1,600 pounds of food and nearly $2,700.00 in monetary donations. 

During this time of pandemic, we are all aware that Supreme has made it a staple of what the Knights of Columbus is all about with its new “Leave No Neighbor Behind” initiative. 

We have risen to this challenge, met it head on and succeeded. 

Mike MacDonald at the Food Bank was very pleasantly surprised and most appreciative when we showed up at the Food Bank with our Truck.

4th Degree Regalia Preserved

Thursday, March 5, Kensington Council #12465 installed a display case in the entrance of St. Mary’s Holy Family Church to hold the recently retired regalia of the 4th degree.

Brother Knights Earle Murphy and Gilbert Arsenault constructed the magnificent glass and wood cabinet with a style that matches the furnishings in that part of the church.

Brother Knight Carl Gallant generously donated his 4th degree regalia for this project. For that we are very thankful.

The Knights of Columbus are very active in the Kensington area and this display will be an ongoing reminder of the services given in the past and an invitation for others to join and contribute in the future.

Knights of Columbus host 4th Degree Exemplification

Saturday afternoon, January 25, St. Pius X Church in Charlottetown was the location of a 4th Degree Exemplification hosted by Knights of Columbus Council # 6917.

New 4th Degree Knights of Columbus

The primary purpose of the 4th Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship.

It is appropriate to refer to a member of the 4th degree as “Sir Knight.”

4th Degree Knights with their Spouses and Family Members.

We congratulate the new 4th degree Knights.

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Winners

Brother Darren Cash and Grand Knight Shawn McCarvill presented the certificates to the young people from St. Mary’s – Holy Family and St. James Parishes who participated in the 2019 “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest.

The Winners are:

Age 8 – 10 category

1st Kian Gill

2nd Abigail Bulman

3rd Olivia Bulman

3rd Joel Woods

Age 11 – 14 category

1st Megan Moase 

2nd George Woods

3rd Harmon Gill

3rd Kathryn Gill

A.E.D. in Stratford

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish extends sincere thanks to the Assumption Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus for their monetary donations towards the purchase of a Zoll Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The AED is located in the SaveStation cabinet across from the hall kitchen door, adjacent to the washrooms.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the Parish and by anyone who may need this life-saving device.

Pictured displaying the Parish’s new AED, are CWL President, Mary MacLean and Knights’ Chancellor, Pierre Doiron.