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GK Update Virtual Meeting Mar 30

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Brothers,

I believe it is important for us to stay in contact more frequently than normal during these times away from each other.

The work of the Knights can go on even if we aren’t physically together.

Grand Knight Update – Virtual Meeting Monday March 30th 7 PM    (Click this link to add to your calendar)

Please join me if you are available.  We’ll have our April Planning Meeting on April 13th as scheduled.

GK_Update_033020 (Click for PPT Presentation)

Agenda for this special meeting:

  • Opening Prayers
  • GK Update
    • Supreme
    • State
    • Council
  • Staying Connected
  • Virtual Holy Week Brainstorming
  • Open Discussion (Roundtable)
  • Closing Prayers

 

We’ll use the same virtual meeting we did for the Business Meeting.

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Brothers, I believe it is important for us to stay in contact more frequently than normal during these times away from each other. The work of the Knights can go on even if we aren’t physically together. Grand Knight Update – Virtual Meeting Monday March 30th 7 PM    (Click this link to add to […]

Seal The Doorposts

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Seal the Doorposts!

To protect you and your family, we urge you to post an Image of the Divine Mercy on your front doors. Father Chris Alar, MIC, explains why.

 

 

Divine MercyIf you don’t have this Image, please visit TheDivineMercy.org/DivineMercyImage and download it for free and print it out. If you are unable to have it blessed by a priest, the Church allows you to invoke a blessing yourself. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1669) teaches that lay people, on account of their baptismal priesthood, may administer certain blessings.

How can you invoke such a blessing upon the Image of Divine Mercy? While making the Sign of the Cross over the Image, say:

Oh, Lord, I seek your blessing upon this image, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Read the entire article (click here)

 

What does this mean for us today?

Recently, as the repercussions of the coronavirus became crystal clear, we prayed at Mass, “Let us seal the doorposts of our inner thoughts with the protective Word of God …” This is a reference to Exodus 12, where God commanded the Israelites to “seal the doorposts” with the blood of the lamb so that the angel of death may pass over those houses that have been marked.

Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb of God. By offering Himself as atonement for our sins and those of the whole world, by the outpouring of His Blood and Water, He freed us from eternal death and sealed us for eternal life.

So please, I urge you to put the Image of the Divine Mercy with the inscription “Jesus, I trust in You” upon your doors, as many have done in times of calamity. Remember, it is Jesus whom we worship in this Image.

Also, while this act of faith may not guarantee your family won’t be physically affected by the virus, it will guarantee that, by your trust in Jesus, you will obtain His promises of love and mercy, which will surround you and remain in you forever.

~ Special thanks to PGK Frank Esposito for sharing this article with us.

Seal the Doorposts! To protect you and your family, we urge you to post an Image of the Divine Mercy on your front doors. Father Chris Alar, MIC, explains why.     If you don’t have this Image, please visit TheDivineMercy.org/DivineMercyImage and download it for free and print it out. If you are unable to have […]

Letter From State Chaplain

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Founder’s Day 2020

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Founder's Day

Founder’s Day — March 29th

Conditions today are much like they were in 1892, when a small group of men formed the Knights with Father McGivney.  Brothers, we have the opportunity to make a difference in today’s world.

In March 1892, as the Connecticut winter grew to a close, a small group of men, led by Father Michael McGivney, sought to found a new Catholic Fraternal Organization to protect their fellow men and their families. Since Catholics weren’t well liked, not many people paid much attention to the new society which had just been chartered by the state. Who would have thought that this organization would grow to what it is today?

It was baffling to think that a group of destitute Irish immigrants, fighting against unemployment, discrimination and diseases in New Haven, Connecticut, would cause a spark that would light up the world with more than 1.9 million members in more than a dozen countries.

Today a group of men dedicated to serving the needs of their Catholic community have donated nearly $1.5 billion dollars to charitable causes and spent 673 million hours volunteering in just the last decade. These men are carrying on Father McGivney’s dream. We need more men to help us in our mission. Would you like to join us in our mission? We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our organization with you.

 

Prayer for the Canonization of Father Michael J. McGivney

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.   Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

Founder’s Day — March 29th Conditions today are much like they were in 1892, when a small group of men formed the Knights with Father McGivney.  Brothers, we have the opportunity to make a difference in today’s world. In March 1892, as the Connecticut winter grew to a close, a small group of men, led […]

Walking With Moms In Need

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Pledge to Walk with Moms in Need

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the 25th anniversary of the papal encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life). This prophetic document, written by Pope St. John Paul II, reaffirmed the Church’s constant teaching on the value and inviolability of every human life.

In that landmark encyclical, Pope St. John Paul II challenged us:

With great openness and courage, we need to question how widespread is the culture of life today among individual Christians, families, groups and communities in our Dioceses. With equal clarity and determination we must identify the steps we are called to take in order to serve life in all its truth. (EV 95)

In honor of this anniversary and in answer to St. John Paul II’s call, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities has invited parishes with the support of their bishops and pastors to join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”

The Inspiration Behind the Year of Service

This brief article dives more deeply into the inspiration for Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service found within the writing of St. John Paul II in The Gospel of Life.

Learn more about this modern-day saint’s call to support pregnant women in need and build a culture of life!


You are essential to the success of this effort. Will you pledge to prayerfully support pregnant women in your community? (Your name and contact information will not be shared publicly.)

Clicking the pledge button will enroll you to pray for pregnant and parenting moms via the monthly Pray for Life emails and also let us know you want to receive information on this nationwide effort. (9 Days for Life subscribers receive Pray for Life automatically, but not the information on Walking with Moms in Need.)

Thank you again for your prayers, and we hope you sign the pledge and invite your family and friends to do the same at www.walkingwithmoms.com!

Pledge to Walk with Moms in Need On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the 25th anniversary of the papal encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life). This prophetic document, written by Pope St. John Paul II, reaffirmed the Church’s constant teaching on the value […]