Leave No Vet Behind

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As we enter our third month of isolation and social distancing, the Knights of Columbus continues their efforts to Leave No Neighbor Behind.  The current issue of Columbia magazine features many stories about how councils across the country and beyond have answered the call to help their fellow neighbors during this pandemic crisis.

Our council has been among those who have taken the call to help to heart by supporting Hanover Township Food Pantry with cash donations, food collections, and the Virtual 5k Run / Walk (which is still underway).   Now, we have another opportunity to help another group of our neighbors who can always use some assistance – our Veterans.

Louis Neri in conjunction with the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is collecting items to assist our Veterans in need.  Please see the attached flyer for items most in need and then contact Louis to arrange to drop off your donations.

The Shelter is still closed but will take these items.  Thank you Louis for coordinating our council’s response to a special group of our Neighbors in Need.

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As we enter our third month of isolation and social distancing, the Knights of Columbus continues their efforts to Leave No Neighbor Behind.  The current issue of Columbia magazine features many stories about how councils across the country and beyond have answered the call to help their fellow neighbors during this pandemic crisis. Our council has […]

Special Olympics IL Summer Game

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The Knights of C0lumbus has been a sponsor of Special Olympics for over 50 years.  As sponsors of the annual Summer Olympics Illinois 2020 Virtual Summer Games, the Illinois Knights of Columbus State Council shared the following letter from SOILL.org:

This week marks Special Olympics Illinois’ first ever Virtual Summer Games! Our team has put together an exciting week of activities, including an eSports Game Night and Tournament, a Virtual Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (with a Victory Dance of course), and much more! Please find the schedule attached, and you can find more event details and how to watch/participate virtually at: http://virtualsummergames.soill.org/event-calendar/.

We’re excited to have you all be a part of the week’s activities and are asking for your help in spreading the word. Here are a few ways you can assist our 23,000 athletes.

  1.     RSVP for Virtual Summer GamesYou can RSVP for Virtual Summer Games by visiting virtualsummergames.soill.org/ and selecting “RSVP” from the menu along the top, which will direct you to the Facebook event page.

  1.      Sign up for the Virtual Torch Run!Traditionally the week leading up to Summer Games, law enforcement personnel across the state would carry the Flame of Hope® nearly 1,500 miles to its final destination – the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Since we cannot do our traditional Torch Run this year, we are asking EVERYONE to help keep the Flame of Hope® burning bright by pledging to run/walk/bike two miles during the Special Olympics Illinois Virtual Summer Games week taking place June 9-14. How you cover those 2 miles is completely up to you! Participate as an individual or create a team with family, friends, and coworkers. Each participant will receive a printable #SOILLStandsTogether sign to snap a picture with during your efforts.  Share this photo and others from your journey with us on social media by using #SOILLStandsTogether and tagging @SpecialOlympicsIllinois on Instagram and Facebook. Then tune in to the Virtual Summer Games Torch Run featured at 5:00 PM CT on Saturday, June 13 via Facebook! Click the above link to sign up!

Thank you all for your support and dedication to the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

 

Dave Breen | President & CEO | Special Olympics Illinois

605 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761 | P: 309-888-2564 | C: 309-532-4135

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Click Here for Calendar of Events The Knights of C0lumbus has been a sponsor of Special Olympics for over 50 years.  As sponsors of the annual Summer Olympics Illinois 2020 Virtual Summer Games, the Illinois Knights of Columbus State Council shared the following letter from SOILL.org: This week marks Special Olympics Illinois’ first ever Virtual […]

National Unity Novena

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Following the pain, outrage and violence resulting from the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, I send this message in a spirit of reconciliation, asking you to join me beginning this Sunday — the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity — in praying our Novena for National Unity & An End to Racism.

We should take to heart the words of Pope Francis. No one should “tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism.” We must all “defend the sacredness of every human life.” And we must redouble our efforts to overcome the suffering and injustice which result from the sin of racism. As we celebrate the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity, we call upon all Knights and people of goodwill to join in prayer. Let us remember that, as Pope Francis says, “nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”

Our prayers are inspired by our legacy as Knights of Columbus — may we carry on in the same spirit of unity that has inspired the Order to welcome Catholic men of all backgrounds, regardless of race, from our very beginning. This is especially important as we move forward as “Knights of Columbus: Knights of Unity,” which was the theme of last year’s Supreme Convention.

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Time is cluttered with the wreckage of broken communities which have surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation and the salvation of mankind, we must follow another way.”

We pray that we all can follow this other way and come to understand that injustice to a black person is injustice to all; that regardless of race or culture, all people, without exception, are made in the image and likeness of God, and are deserving of our respect and love.

Please join me in offering this prayer for national unity and an end to racism. May we pray for the strength to learn from the courageous example of Dr. King and from the leadership of our Holy Father, and continue to work to build a society that recognizes the dignity and brotherhood of all.

As men of faith, let us together confidently turn to prayer during the nine days of this novena, beginning on Sunday, June 7, and concluding on Monday, June 15.

May God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Civilization of Love, hear our prayer.

Fraternally,
Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

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Following the pain, outrage and violence resulting from the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, I send this message in a spirit of reconciliation, asking you to join me beginning this Sunday — the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity — in praying our Novena for National Unity & An End to Racism. We should […]

Sunday Mass Registration Process

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Updated June 14, 2020

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH IS NOW PARTIALLY REOPENED.

Adoration will take place in the Church on Thursdays from 3 p.m until 7 p.m. No registration is required.

Dear Parishioners, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church is resuming Sunday and Daily Mass with limited seating. Please see below for further information:

The Church is open for Sunday and Daily Mass by REGISTRATION ONLY. (Please follow the instructions given by the Greeters to help us all stay safe as we reopen our church and celebrate Mass.)

Our Sunday Mass Schedule is the same: 4:30 pm on Saturday, 7:30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 6 pm in English, and 1 pm. in Polish on Sunday.

Please note that a general dispensation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect until further notice. People who would be vulnerable to COVID-19 are encouraged not to attend Mass at this time. Also, do not attend Mass if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have recently come into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

To register for Mass, first select the number of tickets you would like for the weekend of June 20th/21st or June 27th/28th. To allow more people to attend Mass,you may choose only ONE Sunday celebration until Friday, June 26th at 5 p.m. If spots are available for the second weekend, the restriction on Mass registration will be lifted and seats will be open even if you attended a prior Mass. Be considerate of your fellow parishioners and please do not use multiple emails to circumvent the system unless you have more than 4 people attending. We will open up spots for the second weekend after everyone has had the chance to sign up.

Please chose the number of seats you need first, such as a single ticket, tickets for 2 people, tickets for 3 people or tickets for 4 people. DO NOT SIGN UP MULTIPLE PEOPLE IN THE SINGLE TICKET SLOTS. Families of more than 4 people may have select a combination of tickets or may contact mbenoit@mystjohns.org or call the office at 630-837-6500 for assistance. Currently Mass tickets are limited to 185 online spots per Vigil or Sunday Mass. We are sorry we have to limit Mass attendance at this time but it is important to keep our community safe. Masks must be worn during Mass by all those over two years of age. You will be asked to sanitize your hands before entering Mass by our greeters. We use a CDC approved natural sanitizer that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no odor. You may bring and use your own personal sanitizer prior to entering the Church if you wish. Thank you so much for helping us to re-open for Mass safely. If we keep this up, it will help us to open up to accommodate more people. We all want our church to be filled once more.

God Bless and Stay Safe,

The St. John the Evangelist Re-Opening Team

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Additional Sacraments Now Reinstated:

St. John the Evangelist may now conduct Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings for a limited number of people. Arrangements must be made by contacting the Parish Office. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED TO CHURCH WITHOUT A MASK.

Reconciliation will be offered as follows (no advanced registration is required):

Wednesdays from 7:30 am until 8:45 am and from 6 pm until 7 pm.
Saturdays from 11 am until 12:30 pm. (Please follow the directions of the Greeters stationed to help you safely receive the sacrament.)

Updated June 14, 2020 ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH IS NOW PARTIALLY REOPENED. Adoration will take place in the Church on Thursdays from 3 p.m until 7 p.m. No registration is required. Dear Parishioners, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church is resuming Sunday and Daily Mass with limited seating. Please see below for further […]

Fr. McGivney Miracle Approved

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FATHER MCGIVNEY TO BE BEATIFIED!

On May 27th the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia.

The pope’s action means that Father McGivney can be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint.

McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Nearly a century before the Second Vatican Council, his prescient vision empowered the laity to serve Church and neighbor in a new way. Today, the Knights of Columbus is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world with 2 million members in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

The miracle recognized as coming through Father McGivney’s intercession involved an unborn child in the United States who in 2015 was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition after prayers by his family to Father McGivney.

A date will soon be set for the beatification Mass, which will take place in Connecticut. It will include the reading of an apostolic letter from the Holy Father and the bestowing of the title “Blessed” on Father McGivney.

Earlier this year, in an address to the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors, Pope Francis said the organization has been faithful “to the vision of your founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, who was inspired by the principles of Christian charity and fraternity to assist those most in need.”

“Father McGivney has inspired generations of Catholic men to roll up their sleeves and put their faith into action,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “He was decades ahead of his time in giving the laity an important role within the Church. Today, his spirit continues to shape the extraordinary charitable work of Knights as they continue to serve those on the margins of society as he served widows and orphans in the 1880s. Father McGivney also remains an important role model for parish priests around the world and left us a transformative legacy of effective cooperation between the laity and clergy. “

Born of Irish immigrant parents in 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Father McGivney was a central figure in the dramatic growth of the Church in the United States in the late 19th century. Ordained in Baltimore in 1877, he ministered to a heavily Irish-American and immigrant community in the then-Diocese of Hartford. At a time of anti-Catholic sentiment, he worked tirelessly to keep his flock close to the faith in part by finding practical solutions to their many problems – spiritual and temporal alike. With a group of the leading Catholic men of New Haven, he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church to provide spiritual support for Catholic men and financial resources for families that had suffered the loss of their breadwinner.

The fledgling group soon became a major force in the areas of evangelization, charity, racial integration, and the defense of religious freedom.

Father McGivney spent his entire priesthood in parish ministry and died of pneumonia on August 14, 1890— two days after his 38th birthday – after falling ill amid a pandemic. Recent scientific evidence indicates that that pandemic – like the current one – may have been caused by a coronavirus.

Known by his contemporaries for his devotion to the faith and his embodiment of the characteristics of the “Good Samaritan,” his cause for sainthood was opened in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1997. St. John Paul II – who was pope at that time – lauded Father McGivney’s principles, stating in 2003, “In fidelity to the vision of Father McGivney, may you continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel in the world and a spiritual force for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity and truth.”

In March 2008, he was declared a Venerable Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI, who during his visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral cited the “remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”

Two recent books also tell the story of Father McGivney and his legacy: Parish Priest (2006), his biography; and the The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History (2020).

More information is also available at www.FatherMcGivney.org

Photos and other visual resources are available here.

FATHER MCGIVNEY TO BE BEATIFIED! On May 27th the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming […]