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Into the Breach Summer Program

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Calling Men of St. John’s

What do you want of me today, Lord?   I asked that question when I began this column.  The answer was clear.  Invite men of St. John’s Parish and beyond to join me in battle.

The battle began before we were born, and will continue until Christ comes again.  It is a battle for survival of souls. Men are called to bring their wives and children home to God.  Currently, many families are leaving the church.  Consequently, the church is in crisis now.  The pandemic has made this situation worse, but there is something men can do about it.  You may feel unqualified to join the battle.  However, step into the breach with me.

Men Need a Battle Plan

Inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix, the Knights of Columbus produced a video series which seeks to answer the question of what it means to be a man and how to live as a man in today’s world.  By joining together in brotherhood, men receive the support they need to grow in virtue and to take action to serve Christ and others.   Therefore, That Man is You (TMIY) and the Knights of Columbus (KofC) council of our parish has joined forces to provide all men with a battle plan.

TMIY and KofC Working Together

TMIY normally holds fall and spring sessions, with no sessions during the summer.   The core team decided to continue the weekly rosary throughout the summer.  The link to the Zoom meeting has been shared in Sunday bulletins.

Additionally, they agreed to team up with us to host this special program for the men of our parish.  Special thanks go to Adam Kanyuh, and the other members of the TMIY Core Team, for accepting the invitation to help facilitate this program.

This co-hosted video series will utilize the same Zoom meeting link.  Virtual meetings allow us to offer the program to all men without concern for current social distancing regulations.

Will You Answer the Call

Starting Saturday June 5th, join us for a twelve week video series entitled “Into the Breach”.   Join at either 7:00 AM to pray the rosary with us or at 7:30 AM for the video series only.  We will watch the video together and break into small discussion groups.  A moderator will summarize the week’s topic and conclude in prayer by 8:30 AM.

If you decide to join us, the Zoom Meeting ID is 966 728 9832 and the Passcode is TMIY20.

There is no commitment to attend every week, just come when you can. We are sure you will find this a worthwhile endeavor.

Take the Next Step

Watch the video trailer on our website to learn more about the program.  Sign up for weekly email reminders.  Emails will provide a link to the video and study materials, produced by the Knights of Columbus.

In conclusion, these twelve weeks can prepare you for battle.  Your family will thank you for spending this time in brotherhood.

 

 

 

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Calling Men of St. John’s What do you want of me today, Lord?   I asked that question when I began this column.  The answer was clear.  Invite men of St. John’s Parish and beyond to join me in battle. The battle began before we were born, and will continue until Christ comes again.  It is […]

Officer Installation 2021

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Officer Installation

2021-22 Knights & Ladies

Officer Installation

June 16, 2021 —  7:30 PM

Parish Center

 

 

Formal attire for both Knights and Ladies

2021-22 Knights & Ladies Officer Installation June 16, 2021 —  7:30 PM Parish Center     Formal attire for both Knights and Ladies

Virtual Planning Meeting

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St. John’s is not allowing meetings in the office, so our Planning Meetings will be Virtual until further notice.

IMPORTANT:  We now have a Zoom login, so we will change from FreeConferenceCall.com  to Zoom. 

Most people are familiar with Zoom and the quality should be better.

If you use a phone instead of a PC, please download the Zoom app.

 

K of C Mary’s Millennium – 12801 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting – Launch from the link below: 
https://zoom.us/j/3432432047?pwd=S05VTWQzYlFha280OUt1dlNjYXlMZz09

 

or logon in from Join a Meeting on your Zoom App

Meeting ID: 343 243 2047
Passcode: MM12801

 

Please Note:   The Host must be logged in before the meeting can start.

How to Join a Zoom Meeting:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting

St. John’s is not allowing meetings in the office, so our Planning Meetings will be Virtual until further notice. IMPORTANT:  We now have a Zoom login, so we will change from FreeConferenceCall.com  to Zoom.  Most people are familiar with Zoom and the quality should be better. If you use a phone instead of a PC, […]

IL State Council Knight of the Year 2020-2021

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Congratulations Wally Niemczyk – IL State Council Knight of the Year

At the 123rd Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus Convention, one Knight was chosen from the 462 councils and 72,000 Knights in the state, as the Illinois State Council Knight of the Year.

“This Knight is truly an example of how we put our faith into action no matter what challenges we face. This past year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, while taking care of his wife with cancer at home, he was able to remain active serving parish, council, and community and leading others to be better Knights of Columbus.

For his council, he has been instrumental in the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” activities. Since the council was not meeting face to face, he personally reached out to all the council members on a regular basis throughout the pandemic. He administered the Vocation Raffle program, arranged for pickup of charitable collections and council dues.

One of his fund-raising ideas was to create advertising placemat featuring local businesses which were used at various church functions. He started it in 2016 and continued in 2020 even in the midst of a pandemic. The program raised over fifteen thousand dollars for various council charities and for the parish.

For his parish he also helped parishioners on a regular basis to check in to provide information. Last year when parishes were closed, he personally delivered palms to over 40 parishioners who were not able to attend church. He most recently sold the remaining wooden crosses the council had made to raise funds for digital signs to be installed in the narthex.

For his community, he has forged relationships with local business owners and found ways to partner on various council projects. He personally delivered $400 worth of food to the Hanover Township Food Pantry from Sam’s Club and Costco. Most notably this year were his efforts to support homeless veterans. He collected money, gift cards and needed personal items on several weekends and delivered two truckloads of merchandise to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans along with money and gift cards totaling more than five thousand dollars.

All of this done by a Knight in his 70’s, who could have excused himself from all public activities because of his own COVID risk. Because this Knight is so humble, he would not want to accept this recognition, saying rather that the council deserves this credit. But the council will tell you different. This Knight truly exemplifies what it means to follow the mission of Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney and is a shining example of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus. It is my privilege to congratulate Wally Niemczyk from Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 as the Illinois State Council Knight of the Year for 2020-2021.”

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Congratulations Wally Niemczyk – IL State Council Knight of the Year At the 123rd Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus Convention, one Knight was chosen from the 462 councils and 72,000 Knights in the state, as the Illinois State Council Knight of the Year. “This Knight is truly an example of how we put our […]

Rosary of St. Joseph Holy Hour

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St. Joseph Rosary

Ladies Auxiliary Hosting Holy Hour

Tuesday May 18th   7 PM

We have the date of Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 pm confirmed for the Auxiliary Rosary.  We’ll be praying the Rosary of St. Joseph (a devotion from the Oblates of St. Joseph), since Pope Francis has declared this to be the Year of St. Joseph.  Deacon Bob Esposito will give a homily.  No musical accompaniment, but we can just sing one stanza of the hymns we usually sing.

 

Ladies Auxiliary Hosting Holy Hour Tuesday May 18th   7 PM We have the date of Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 pm confirmed for the Auxiliary Rosary.  We’ll be praying the Rosary of St. Joseph (a devotion from the Oblates of St. Joseph), since Pope Francis has declared this to be the Year of St. Joseph.  […]