KNIGHTS CORNER – June 13, 2021
Well, the dispensation has been lifted and so most of us should be heading back to mass this weekend! Many reasons exist as to why physically being present in church is important. While zooming masses from home is better than nothing, attending virtual events lacks the camaraderie and unified sense of purpose that one receives from attending a live mass. The Roman Catholic Church consists of a community that holds certain beliefs in common, and one cannot hold together such a body of believers for long by just virtual contact.
The very word "virtual" precludes any sense of real presence; and if there is something that we Catholics believe in it is the real presence of Christ in our worship service. Our rituals are very physical and include kneeling, bowing, anointing, making the sign of the cross, as well as making the sign of peace. However, the ultimate physical ritual we perform is the actual ingestion of Christ's body and blood during the eucharist. When we gather together for Sunday mass, we are not only assured of the church's survival, but we are also reminded that Christ is always with us, even until the end of the age.
Mike Wininger, Grand Knight Council 529
About the Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and actively defending Roman Catholicism in various nations.
There are 1,883,598 members in nearly 15,000 councils, with 302 councils on college campuses. Membership is limited to "practical" Catholic men aged 18 or older. Membership consists of four different degrees, each exemplifying a different principle of the Order. The Order is a member of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights.
Councils have been chartered in the United States (including the territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam), Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Bahamas, Cuba, Guatemala, Saipan, South Korea, Ukraine, Lithuania, and on US military bases around the world. The Knights' official junior organization, the Columbian Squires, has over 5,000 circles and the Order's patriotic arm, the Fourth Degree, has more than 2,500 assemblies.
For their support for the Church and local communities, as well as for their philanthropic efforts, Pope John Paul II referred to the Order as a "strong right arm of the Church." In 2014, the Order gave over US$173 million directly to charity and performed over 71.5 million man-hours of voluntary service. Over 413,000 US pints (195,000 l; 344,000 imp pt) of blood were donated in 2010.
The Knights were formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works.
K of C # 5290 meets in Fr. Conen Hall cafeteria on the 1st Thursday of the month. We will work to help our parish family any way we can.
If you know any past Grand Knight or family member of a past Grand Knight, please let them know we have personal items for each Past Grand Knight or widow of a past Grand Knight that we would like to give the family.
St. Joseph Council 5290
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
6944 E. 46th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46226-3704
UPDATES AND COUNCIL ACTIVITIES
For updates and other council activities visit http://kofc5290.mcmn.us