Feeding His Sheep

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Food Distribution June 26, 2018  (click for more photos)

Hanover Township Food Pantry Food Distribution

The Knights & Ladies have answered the call to “Feed My Sheep”.  Hanover Township Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, was at St. Johns on June 26th distributing food to needy right in our own neighborhood.   Several of the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary were on hand to help with the distribution.  There were 75 families that received food at this distribution. The volunteers helped keep the tables stocked with food and runners/walkers helped shoppers bring their goodies to their vehicles.

This is Why we Host the Knights Challenge 5k

The Knights was 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.

The need is especially high during summer months when children are home from school.  The shelves of the food pantries empty quickly.  It’s time to replenish those shelves and the Ladies were manning the tables at church to accept donations.   Our Knights Challenge 5K proceeds are donated to Hanover Township Food Pantry.  There’s still time to register for our 5th annual event on October 6th and help us meet our goal.  See our dedicated website 5k.kofc12801.org for more information.

 

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Food Distribution June 26, 2018  (click for more photos) Hanover Township Food Pantry Food Distribution The Knights & Ladies have answered the call to “Feed My Sheep”.  Hanover Township Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, was at St. Johns on June 26th distributing food to needy right in our own neighborhood.   Several […]

Fathers for Good

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Happy Father’s Day …

 
Here’s a message you don’t hear too often: “As a father, you matter a lot. You are needed at home and in the wider world to do things only a dad can do. You can make all the difference in the lives of your children no matter their age. Just show up for them, make the effort to be with them, and offer them a warm, engaged and masculine presence”.

You can READ MORE in The Science of Fatherhood by Soren Johnson, which was first published exclusively for members of the Knights of Columbus.   The Science of Fatherhood looks at the vital role fathers play in the modern family.

 
 

A FATHER IS … A Protector … Involved … A Loving Husband … AND SO MUCH MORE.

The Knights of Columbus has an initiative for men, Fathers for Good, that we invite you to visit. Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad to be, or a singl guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this Web site is for you.
There is a role only a father can fill and gifts only a father can give. In a culture that often does not favor fatherhood or masculine virtue, we wish to highlight the unique contributions of men, husbands and fathers. The world would be lacking without them.

We also welcome wives who want to support their husbands in becoming the best fathers they can be.

Listen to what Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has to say about Fathers for Good in this short video.

The Knights of Columbus wish all the fathers a Happy Father’s Day. May you have many years of happiness surrounded by your families.

We pray for those fathers who have gone home to their Heavenly Father. We encourage all fathers to take advantage of the resources provided through the Knights of Columbus to live up to your potential and become better fathers. God Bless.

Happy Father’s Day …   Here’s a message you don’t hear too often: “As a father, you matter a lot. You are needed at home and in the wider world to do things only a dad can do. You can make all the difference in the lives of your children no matter their age. Just show […]

UNDER GOD Knigths of Columbus Legacy

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Did you know that the Knights of Columbus was instrumental in having the words “under God” added to our nations Pledge of Allegiance? Here is how the words “under God” came to be added to the pledge.This week we celebrate Flag Day. The original Pledge of Allegiance of the United States was written in August 1892, by the Baptist minister Francis Bellamy. Published the next month and recited in schools on Columbus Day, this Pledge initially did not contain a reference to God. In 1942, Congress officially recognized the U.S. Pledge, which had undergone some wording changes over the years, but still omitted a reference to God.

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Pledge of Allegiance

 

How The Words “UNDER GOD” Came to be Added to the Pledge of Allegiance

 

 

In 1951, the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, began including the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. In New York City, on April 30, 1951, the board of directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend the text of their Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of each of the meetings of the 800 Fourth Degree Assemblies of the Knights of Columbus by addition of the words “under God” after the words “one nation.”

Over the next two years, the idea spread throughout Knights of Columbus organizations nationwide. On August 21, 1952, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus at its annual meeting adopted a resolution urging that the change be made universal, and copies of this resolution were sent to the President, the Vice President (as Presiding Officer of the Senate), and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The National Fraternal Congress meeting in Boston on September 24, 1952, adopted a similar resolution upon the recommendation of its president, Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart. Several State Fraternal Congresses acted likewise almost immediately thereafter. This campaign led to several official attempts to prompt Congress to adopt the Knights of Columbus policy for the entire nation. These attempts were eventually a success. On Flag Day, June 14, 1954, President Eisenhower signed the congressional resolution that amended the Pledge to include the words “under God”.

In a letter dated Aug. 6 of the same year, President Eisenhower formally thanked the Order: “And this year we are particularly thankful to you for your part in the movement to have the words ‘under God’ added to our Pledge of Allegiance. These words will remind Americans that despite our great physical strength we must remain humble. They will help us to keep constantly in our minds and hearts the spiritual and moral principles which alone give dignity to man, and upon which our way of life is founded.”

There have been many attempts since then to attack including “under God” in the pledge.  We must remain vigilant: In a statement, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson underscored the Order’s dedication to God and country, in the past and in the future: “If necessary, once again the Knights will do all we can to see that the Pledge of Allegiance remains as is.”

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Did you know that the Knights of Columbus was instrumental in having the words “under God” added to our nations Pledge of Allegiance? Here is how the words “under God” came to be added to the pledge.This week we celebrate Flag Day. The original Pledge of Allegiance of the United States was written in August […]

Corpus Christi 2018

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Procession Following 11 AM Mass

It was a gorgeous day for the Corpus Christi procession today following the 11 AM mass. It was a bit breezy, so the Ladies Auxiliary members that setup the Knights & Ladies tables, had to be creative to keep things from blowing over. The Knights formed an honor guard, and led the procession to the four stations set around the driveway in front of the church. Here are some pictures and videos from the procession as well as Father Gregg’s remarks from the bulletin.


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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi. The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which we can show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord closer to them.

 
The feast of Corpus Christi was established in 1246 by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege, Belgium at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Carvillon. Saint Juliana looked upon the Holy Eucharist with great reverence, and desired to have a feast within the Church devoted specifically to its honor. On September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull “Transiturus,” which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following the Most Holy Trinity Sunday. At the request of Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the office (the official prayers of the Church) for the feast.

 
For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was celebrated with a Eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies. The faithful would venerate the Body of Christ as the procession passed by. In recent years, in many parts of the world this practice has almost disappeared, though some parishes – like ours – still hold a procession around the outside of the parish church.

 
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. The feast of Corpus Christi is truly a beautiful celebration of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. The Church honors the Eucharistic Lord as one body, and does so joyfully, solemnly, and publicly. When the Eucharist is carried through the streets in a solemn procession, the Christian people give public witness of their faith and devotion toward the sacrament of the Eucharist. Our public display of faith and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist may attract people who see the procession and invite them to join into closer communion with Christ.

 
God bless.
Fr. Gregg

Procession Following 11 AM Mass It was a gorgeous day for the Corpus Christi procession today following the 11 AM mass. It was a bit breezy, so the Ladies Auxiliary members that setup the Knights & Ladies tables, had to be creative to keep things from blowing over. The Knights formed an honor guard, and […]

50th Anniversary Special Olympics

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Special Olympics 50th Anniversary –  The spark that became today’s Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Il., USA.  With more than 5 million athletes in over 170 countries, Special Olympics has come a long way since the first Games at Soldier Field, Chicago in 1968. Special Olympics’ first ever  Special Olympics Unified Cup, presented by Toyota, will be the ‘World Cup’! This inaugural contest in July will feature 24 men’s and women’s Unified teams from around the world. As the home of the first ever Special Olympics Games, there is no city more fitting than Chicago to serve as the global stage for celebrating the 50th Anniversary year.  Come out for the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago 17-21 July!    Get your FREE tickets today!

Special Olympics Illinois Spring Games

Did you know that the Knights of Columbus have been an Official Partner of the Special Olympics Illinois since 2005, and have been one of the biggest supporters ever since? They are dedicated to the athletes, families, and mission of Special Olympics locally and nationally. They give their time, their money and their dedication to the movement.

The Knights of Columbus have been a Gold Medal Sponsor at the local, state and national level. Since 1968, the Knights of Columbus nationally has raised and donated more than $600 million to programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities – Special Olympics ranks among the larger gifts the Order makes annually of time and money.

On Sunday, April 22nd, Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 (Northwest Suburban Chicago) held its’ Annual Spring Games-Track and Field Competition. The Area 18 Spring Games consists of over 700 athletes, 1200 volunteers, and nearly 3000 spectators.  It was held at Prospect High School Campus.  Winners from this event will join other Knights of Columbus Special Olympic area winners at Soldier Field during the summer.  They will then compete for the State Championship.

Fourth Degree Knights from Bishop Bernard J. Sheil Assembly #2330, which included Mary’s Millennium, was proud to be part of the Opening Ceremony with the presentation of the Colors.  SK Richard Zych represented our council in the honor guard. Here are some pictures from that day.

Special Olympics 50th Anniversary –  The spark that became today’s Special Olympics movement ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Il., USA.  With more than 5 million athletes in over 170 countries, Special Olympics has come a long way since the first Games at Soldier Field, Chicago in 1968. Special Olympics’ first ever  Special Olympics Unified Cup, […]