2019 Corpus Christi Procession

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Following 11 AM Mass

Despite overcast skies, the weather cooperated for the Corpus Christi procession today following the 11 AM mass. 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

Following 11 AM Mass Despite overcast skies, the weather cooperated for the Corpus Christi procession today following the 11 AM mass. 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 […]

2019-20 Officer Installation

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Fiscal Year 2019-20 begins July 1st for Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary. This year’s officers were installed at a joint meeting June 19th. Bob Fallon, District Deputy, and James Posch, District Warden, played an important role in these memorable installation ceremonies. Thank you for your time and your continued support of our council.

New officers for the Knights are: Gary Pappin, Grand Knight; Tom Witt, Deputy Grand Knight; Mark Arient, Chancellor; Mike Grant, Recorder ; Chuck Graziano, Financial Secretary; Michael O’Dowd, Treasurer; Bob Perry, Advocate; Jim Archibald, Warden; David Arias, Inside Guard; Stanley Kaleta, Outside Guard; Adam Kanyuh , Lecture; Bill Henderson, John Gurrieri, and Frank Esposito, Trustees.

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New officers for the Ladies are: Joanne Lorkowski, President; Nancy Flick, Vice President; Doraly Witt, Secretary; Leona Shoemaker, Treasurer; Barbara Scheffki, Nannette Young, and Diana Furlan, Trustees.

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In addition to the Office Installation, DD Bob Fallon had some special awards from Illinois State Council to present.   Monica O’Neill was awarded 2018-19 Illinois State Council Auxiliary Lady of the Year.  This award was originally announced at this year’s State Convention in Springfield, IL, but Monica was not present to be recognized.  We waited until the Officer Installation to make this formal presentation to her in front of her fellow auxiliary members and the Knights of Columbus.   Also see the following post for more information:  IL State Council Auxiliary Lady Of The Year

The Knights and Ladies were both awarded 1st Place in the annual (2018-19) Scrapbook competition held in conjunction with the State Convention.  The Ladies also were awarded 1st Place for the previous year.   This was the first opportunity for the plaques to be awarded.

Congratulations Monica for this well deserved honor.  And special thanks to Bill Henderson and Beth Welke for the hours of work put into our scrapbooks.  Your hard work was recognized with these high honors among all the other councils.

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2019 Officer Installation
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The formal part of the evening ended as it had begun, in prayer. Through the intercession of Mary, Queen of the Knights, and Father Michael McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus, we pray that these new officers will lead us in our mission of service to St. John’s parish and the community at large.

Fiscal Year 2019-20 begins July 1st for Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary. This year’s officers were installed at a joint meeting June 19th. Bob Fallon, District Deputy, and James Posch, District Warden, played an important role in these memorable installation ceremonies. Thank you for your time and your continued support […]

IL State Council Auxiliary Lady of the Year

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Congratulations Monica O’Neill

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our very own Monica O’Neill was awarded the Illinois State Council Auxiliary Lady of the Year at the Knights of Columbus State Convention held April 27, 2019 in Springfield, Illinois.   District Deputy Bob Fallon presented the plaque to Monica at the Officer Installation ceremony held June 19th in Kyle Hall.

DGK Gary Pappin and his wife, Chris, had been present at the convention, representing the Knights and Ladies of Mary’s Millennium, and accepted the award on Monica’s behalf.  Listen to the following video to hear about some of Monica’s achievements that were recognized by this award. God Bless you for all you do for the parish, community, Ladies Auxiliary, and Knights of Columbus, Monica.

 


 

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  Congratulations Monica O’Neill It is with great pleasure that we announce that our very own Monica O’Neill was awarded the Illinois State Council Auxiliary Lady of the Year at the Knights of Columbus State Convention held April 27, 2019 in Springfield, Illinois.   District Deputy Bob Fallon presented the plaque to Monica at the Officer […]

Fathers Men’s Fellowship & Officers

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What Do Fathers, Men’s Fellowship, and Officers have in Common?

Answer: They are events that are occurring this coming week.  Sunday is Father’s Day, Tuesday is our first Men’s Fellowship Event for 2019 (Cubs vs Sox), and Wednesday is our Knights & Ladies Officer Installation.

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 single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this Web site is for you.

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.

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2019-20 Knights & Ladies

Officer Installation

June 19, 2018 —  7:00 PM

 

Formal attire for both Knights and Ladies

Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

What Do Fathers, Men’s Fellowship, and Officers have in Common? Answer: They are events that are occurring this coming week.  Sunday is Father’s Day, Tuesday is our first Men’s Fellowship Event for 2019 (Cubs vs Sox), and Wednesday is our Knights & Ladies Officer Installation. Happy Father’s Day … Here’s a message you don’t hear […]

Memorial Day 2019

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The Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the order. It is an extension of the third degree. Members of this degree are addressed as “Sir Knight”. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. Fewer than 18% of Knights join the Fourth Degree, which is optional.

The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader’s cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans.

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember all the patriotic men and women, who gave their all to their country by laying down their lives.   May they rest in peace.

The Fourth Degree is the highest degree of the order. It is an extension of the third degree. Members of this degree are addressed as “Sir Knight”. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. Fewer than 18% of Knights join the Fourth […]