KNIGHTS CORNER – August 9, 2020
I always love it when we do the Litany of the Saints during mass. As a whole Church, we ask these great defenders of the faith (both large and small, male and female, some well-known, others not so well-known) to look down and pray for us to the Lord our God. From Saint Peter and the other apostles in the distant past, to Saint Joan of Arc in the middle ages, to Saint John Paul II in our own time, we stand on the shoulders of past Christians who have taught us how to live the holy life through word and deed. The Litany of the Saints also reminds me of our Catholic conception of the communion of the saints, which sees our Church as consisting of not just the living, but of our saintly ancestors that have gone on before us.
Our Knights of Columbus order also has a list of great men who have come before us to shine the way forward. From our founder Father McGivney to the countless Knights who have helped the less fortunate, fought for freedom here and abroad, and served as moral beacons for the rest of us, our order has benefited from the example of past Knights. Our new initiative this year called "Leave no Neighbor Behind” seeks to re-enlist the help of inactive members as we expand the order to include a younger and more diverse group of men. As in our Church writ large, both young and old, rich and poor, and men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds will be invited to join the Knights in order to help build a Christian presence in a world so dearly in need of it. We will be recruiting new members throughout the upcoming year, so please be on the outlook for our initiatives in the near future.
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