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NEW VIDEO SERIES SHOWS HOW ORDINARY MEN CAN MAKE AN EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “Everyday Heroes,” a new nine-part online video series, highlights how ordinary men of the Knights of Columbus have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.

The videos, which tell the stories of Knights of various ages and backgrounds, will be launched online at kofceverydayheroes.org and promoted on social media from April 3 to May 29, with a new video added each week.

“This film series offers a glimpse into the many ‘ordinary’ ways in which the Knights serve those around them,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “‘Everyday Heroes’ are your brothers, friends and co-workers who quietly serve, often over many years.”

The videos share the stories of Knights who have stepped up at crucial moments or deeply affected others through their faith and commitment. They include:

• “Not Your Average Joe”: Joe Reali, a young man whose remarkable but short life inspired the birth of a new Knights of Columbus council that is named for him. April 3.
• “A Touchdown for Life”: Knights from the University of Notre Dame who raise money for pro-life initiatives and other charities by grilling and selling steaks before Fighting Irish football games. April 10.
• “Grace in the Eye of the Storm”: Jose Lebron-Sanabria, who served as a focal point of the organization’s relief efforts following last year’s Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. April 17.
• “Going for Gold”: Chris Dooley, an active Knight of Columbus and a multisport Special Olympics athlete, reveals the triumph and heroism of athletes who give witness to the dignity of those with intellectual disabilities. April 24.
• “The Singing Seminarians”: A group of young men studying for the priesthood, whose vocations are supported by the Knights of Columbus, look to evangelize through the power of song. May 1.
• “Blessed Are the Persecuted”: Canadian Knights take the lead to provide sustained help to a refugee family from Syria. May 8.
• “Warrior for Christ”: The men and women who take part in the Knights’ annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage. May 15.
• “The Heart of a Champion”: Former professional baseball player Darrell Miller’s path to faith and how it shaped how he raised his son, Darrell Jr., who is also pursuing a major league career. May 22.
• “Sacrifice and Brotherhood”: James Wolf’s commitment to serving others resulted in his joining the Knights and inspiring his father to do the same. His service to his nation included giving his life as a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq. May 29.

NEW VIDEO SERIES SHOWS HOW ORDINARY MEN CAN MAKE AN EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “Everyday Heroes,” a new nine-part online video series, highlights how ordinary men of the Knights of Columbus have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of others. The videos, which tell the stories of Knights of various ages and […]

In Memoriam April 2018

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When we published our last bulletin article, we honored two of our fallen members, Peter Kippes Sr. and Joan Monaghen.  It is with great sadness that we report that another Brother Knight, Harold “Skip” Riley, went home to meet Our Lord after we had submitted our article for publication.

He was a Charter Member of the Mary’s Millennium Knights of Columbus Council #12801 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Streamwood, IL, where he served as an usher for many years. He became a 4th Degree Knight of Assembly 2330.

It was a cold, windy, and wintery day Sunday April 15th as the Knights, Ladies, and families of our fallen Brother Knights, Peter Kippes Sr. and Harold “Skip” Riley, gathered after the 9:00 AM mass, as we dedicated their stones in our Memorial Garden.   Ladies Auxiliary member Joan Monaghen’s stone will be dedicated on April 29th, since her family was unable to attend this ceremony.

Father Nate blessed the new stones which were added to our Memorial Garden by Wally Niemczyk, who is the creator and caretaker of this gorgeous setting for prayer and reflection.  We encourage all members to visit the garden and to keep these members and their families in your daily prayers.

Thank you to the families and friends of our fallen Brother Knights and Ladies Auxiliary members, for joining the current members for these special dedication ceremonies.  May all who visit this memorial garden find peace and comfort.

Obituaries:

Harold J. “Skip” Riley, Jr.
Peter J. Kippes Sr.
Joan Monaghen

When we published our last bulletin article, we honored two of our fallen members, Peter Kippes Sr. and Joan Monaghen.  It is with great sadness that we report that another Brother Knight, Harold “Skip” Riley, went home to meet Our Lord after we had submitted our article for publication. He was a Charter Member of […]

Founders Day 2018

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March 29, 1892

New Haven, Connecticut

Father McGivneyIn 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.

kofc_insturance_transAnd what, exactly, did they found? Father McGivney, we know, did not just found a charitable society, but a society of mutual aid through which members would insure their own well-being, and that of their families, with the help of their brother Knights.

Today a group of  men dedicated to serving the needs of their Catholic community have donated nearly $1.9 billion dollars to charitable causes and spent more than 75 million hours volunteering last year. 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.

Before deciding that a new group was in order, Father McGivney researched the finer points of other fraternal benefit organizations’ insurance programs, ultimately concluding that their coverage was insufficient. How proud must he be to know that the Knights of Columbus continues to provide insurance by brother Knights, for brother Knights, protecting Catholic families for generations?

 

Click Images to Enlarge March 29, 1892 New Haven, Connecticut 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 […]

Palm Sunday Pancakes

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Breakfast with the Knights & Ladies

Our traditional Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale is being held this Sunday, March 25th.  Join the Knights and Ladies in the Parish Center from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Palm Sunday for some of the best pancakes, sausages, eggs and baked goods in Streamwood.

In addition to “made to order” pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy are back by popular demand. You can decide to add toppings such as chocolate morsels, bananas, and other fruit to your pancakes or create a meal that includes our latest menu addition. The Ladies will also have a selection of their special baked good as well so that you can take something home for later in the day if you like.

Thank you in advance for your support.  Funds raised by this annual breakfast helps with our many charitable activities throughout the year.

Breakfast with the Knights & Ladies Our traditional Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale is being held this Sunday, March 25th.  Join the Knights and Ladies in the Parish Center from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Palm Sunday for some of the best pancakes, sausages, eggs and baked goods in Streamwood. In addition to […]

Prayer to St. Joseph

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Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Join the Ladies Auxiliary in the Parish Center this Sunday, March 18,st.Joseph_statue for the annual St. Joseph’s Table. This is always a very popular event open to the parish.

Prayer to St. Joseph

‘O, glorious St. Joseph, we stand before this Altar with joyful and grateful hearts. We lovingly present to you the labor of our hands and the dedication of our hearts that have fashioned this Altar in your honor. We again place ourselves under your powerful protection. Help us follow your example of complete trust and faith in Divine Providence. Open our minds and hearts to love and serve the poor, the suffering and those rejected or ignored by society. As a family, teach us to love and honor each member of our families with the love and reverence you had for Jesus and Mary. As a nation, inspire in us the will and the way to live in peace with all nations of the world that in our day we can experience the fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus. Peace be to you.

Remember, O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our sweet protector, St. Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or implored your aid without obtaining relief.

Lord Jesus, bless this Altar, all this food, the candles, those who prepared it and all those who visit it. We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’

Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Join the Ladies Auxiliary in the Parish Center this Sunday, March 18, for the annual St. Joseph’s Table. This is always a very popular event open to the […]