A Personal Invitation

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Preferred Council #12801

My name is Gary Pappin and I’m the current Grand Knight of Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus.   This weekend our pastor, Fr. Gregg, addresses the parish inviting practicing Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, to put their Faith in Action as a member of our council.   I’d like to add my personal invitation as well.

Why Are We Inviting You?

In 1882 Father Michael McGivney started the Knights of Columbus to uplift his parish in New Haven.  His vision was for councils to put programs of faith into action that would protect families and build a better world.  Father McGivney was beatified on October 31, 2020.

Our Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, who is retiring after more than 20 years of service, said it best when he addressed the membership at a recent Supreme Convention:

“We must forge a new generation of Knights — men who see in our principles of charity, unity and fraternity a path to leading a Catholic way of life that can strengthen their families, their parishes and their communities.”

Addressing the midyear meeting of state deputies in November, after Father McGivney was declared Blessed, Supreme Knight Anderson called the beatification “a great gift to us and to the universal Church.” He then added, “As with all gifts from the Lord there come responsibilities. The gift of Father McGivney’s beatification presents to us a great responsibility — to be faithful and productive stewards of his legacy.”

When Father McGivney founded the Knights, times were very similar to those of today.   They were in the midst of a pandemic, one that would eventually take his life.   Catholic families were despised and under attack.  If the bread winner became sick and died, his children could become wards of the state, and put in non-Catholic homes.  Early Knights passed the hat and donated to these families so that they could remain together.  This became the humble beginnings of the Knights of Columbus insurance funds which are still offered to members today.

Knights of Columbus membership offers countless opportunities for Catholic men – and their families – to live and grow in faith.  We are everyday people helping people every day.  Whether it is aiding the less fortunate, local volunteering, networking with others of shared values and beliefs, or participating in fun, family-inclusive events, the Knights of Columbus welcome and value Catholic men seeking community and ways to put their faith into action.

Reflecting On my Membership

We moved to Streamwood in the mid-1970’s after we were married, and became members of St. John’s.  We kept to ourselves and didn’t become involved for quite some time.  One Sunday Father Bob, who was pastor at the time, invited parishioners to talk with the various ministries after mass and volunteer.   I decided to become an usher and the rest was history.  Most of the male ushers were Knights of Columbus and the ladies were in the Ladies Auxiliary.  It took a couple invitations, but I finally decided to join the council.   This year marks my 10th anniversary as a Knight.

As I look back at that decision to join, I have only one regret – and that is that I didn’t join sooner.   I’ve made many new friends, I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve become more involved in the church and community, and feel like I have a purpose to get up every day.  While this past year has been challenging due to the pandemic, I’m proud to say that our members have stepped into the breech – it’s been one of our most active years with our implementation of the Order’s “Leave No Neighbor Behind” initiative.

There are many other highlights from these past years as a Knight.  When our council arranged to have a relic of Mary Magdalene at St. John’s for an all-day veneration,  I took the day off from work so that I could assist with ushering as parishioners filed into church for this opportunity.  Another highlight was St. John’s 50th Anniversary Mass where I was honored to escort Cardinal George from his car into the church, where we formed an honor guard of Knights in full regalia.  I’ve been blessed with God-given computer and communication skills, which I’ve been able to utilize revamping our website, writing articles for the bulletin, and communicating with members, especially during this pandemic.

Time – The Elephant in the Room

Often times we hear that people are too busy with family and work to help out.  This is really not the case!  We do not want you to leave your family to participate in a charitable program, we want you to lead your family in charitable action. What we have found was that just an hour here or an hour there could make a big difference to people in need, while putting our common faith into action.

Faith in Action Programs revolve around four areas:  Faith, Family, Community, Life.  Over the years we’ve put programs in place that came from one of our member’s bringing an idea to our monthly planning meeting.  For example, we’ve provided thousands of dollars to Hanover Township Food Pantry from our 5K races, which came from one member’s love of running.

Do you have the next successful idea for our council?   Do you say the rosary – would you like to lead a decade when we pray at the abortion clinic or police station?  Can you help with reopening the church?  

As you can see, you may already be putting your Faith in Action.  The only thing you need is the membership card to show you are part of a global fraternal organization that every day puts their Faith in Action.

Prayerfully Consider Our Invitation

Pope Francis declared this the Year of St. Joseph.  Pray about your calling to be a Knight.  Ask St. Joseph to intercede for you to show you how you can put your Faith into Action.

Today, we have a great opportunity for you to take a test drive, so to speak. With just your email address we will be happy to send you information about charitable outreach projects.

Please take a moment to fill out a request for information card and hand it to one of our Knight Ambassadors at the doors on your way out of Mass. No obligation!  We will only send some information once a week.  Or if you want to join now it is quite simple: go to KofC.org/joinus, use Promo Code MCGIVNEY2020 and fill out the information.  Be sure to put in our council #12801 where asked, and simple as that, you are in.   You can also  leave a message at the parish office, 630-837-6500.

Use Promo Code:   MCGIVNEY2020  (For Free Membership for First Year) Preferred Council #12801 My name is Gary Pappin and I’m the current Grand Knight of Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus.   This weekend our pastor, Fr. Gregg, addresses the parish inviting practicing Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, to put their Faith […]

Mercy Home March for Kids

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Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ March for Kids campaign is the public’s chance to help children break the cycle of abuse and neglect.

You can make it possible for children who’ve suffered abuse and neglect to live in a safe, stable, and supportive home. You can provide healing from trauma. And you can give them the tools they need to build a brighter future, like a good education and job skills.

Volunteers will again be out in force on Chicago-area street corners, St. Patrick’s Day parades, and other events throughout the month of March, collecting donations to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls give at-risk children a safe place to live, therapy to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect, and tools like education and job skills to help them build independence.  Mary’s Millennium Council joins other Knights of Columbus councils in supporting this cause throughout the month.

 

The campaign will feature teams of street volunteers collecting donations to Mercy Home and handing out Mercy Home Shamrocks as a way of saying ‘thank you.’ Donations like those generated by its March for Kids effort supply Mercy Home with 100% of the funds it needs to care for children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Clad in their signature green aprons, Mercy Home March for Kids volunteers will collect donations after masses the weekend of March 13-14th.  Donations can also be made online at our secure donation site  (https://kofc12801.square.site/mercy-home) throughout March.   Thank you in advance for your support of Mercy Home.  For more information about their mission, see their website  (mercyhome.org).

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ March for Kids campaign is the public’s chance to help children break the cycle of abuse and neglect. You can make it possible for children who’ve suffered abuse and neglect to live in a safe, stable, and supportive home. You can provide healing from trauma. And you can give […]

Spring Fling

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🐰 Join us on Saturday, March 27 for our annual Spring Fling! at the Hanover Township Community Center (7431 Astor Avenue, Hanover Park).

This FREE contactless event requires no registration. Participants will receive a snack and a treat bag. There will also be a special appearance from the Astor Easter Bunny! For more information call (630) 540-9085.

Rich Zych is organizing our participation – contact him if you are interested in helping with the event.

 Join us on Saturday, March 27 for our annual Spring Fling! at the Hanover Township Community Center (7431 Astor Avenue, Hanover Park). This FREE contactless event requires no registration. Participants will receive a snack and a treat bag. There will also be a special appearance from the Astor Easter Bunny! For more information call (630) […]

Next Supreme Knight Elected

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Knights of Columbus

Elects Next Supreme Knight

Patrick E. Kelly

Becomes 14th Supreme Knight

 

 

The Knights of Columbus Board of Directors elected Patrick E. Kelly as the next Supreme Knight on Feb. 5, to continue the mission of charity, unity, and fraternity established by the Order’s Founder, Blessed Michael McGivney, almost 140 years ago. Patrick Kelly’s tenure as the Order’s 14th Supreme Knight will commence March 1.

 

Carl A. Anderson will retire February 28, after more than 20 years of service as Supreme Knight and upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. He leaves a legacy of Christian witness and service to the Catholic Church, to the Knights of Columbus and to communities throughout the world.

Statement by retiring Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:

“The Knights of Columbus board has elected an extraordinarily well-qualified new Supreme Knight in Patrick Kelly. Patrick has dedicated his life in service to the Church, his country, and the Knights of Columbus. He has served as Deputy Supreme Knight for four years and is a well-rounded public servant with diplomatic and military experience. He is ideally suited to carry on the work of the Knights of Columbus as we enter a new era, faithful to our principles of charity, unity, and fraternity, and in close collaboration with the Holy See and the bishops throughout the world. As Deputy Supreme Knight, Patrick has played a leading role in several major initiatives, including our international religious freedom efforts, our pro-life Ultrasound Initiative, and our new public initiation ceremony. He also served as Executive Director of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, leading its transformation through the creation of its worship spaces and world-class exhibit on the life of St. John Paul II. Most recently, Patrick led the Knights’ grassroots response to the COVID-19 pandemic titled “Leave No Neighbor Behind.” Through this initiative, brother Knights around the world are serving those isolated and alone in quarantine, supporting food banks and blood centers in need of vital supplies, and providing other essential services. Patrick has the experience and strong faith necessary to lead the Knights into the future.”

The newly elected Supreme Knight is a retired Navy Captain with 20 years of military service. In 2016, he retired from the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps Reserve, where he specialized in international and operational law and served as the Commanding Officer of the international law unit at the United States Naval War College. Previously, Mr. Kelly had a long career of public service that included advisory roles to Congress and the Department of Justice. Mr. Kelly also served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. His responsibilities included serving as the Department’s principal interlocutor with the Holy See and other nations on religious freedom issues.

Mr. Kelly holds a law degree from Marquette University Law School and a master’s in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America.  Read his entire bio here.

Acceptance Statement by Supreme Knight-elect Patrick Kelly:

“I am honored, thankful and blessed. I am honored to be called to serve as Supreme Knight. I am thankful to my wife and family, and to my brother Knights for affording me this honor and privilege. I am blessed to have worked beside Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who has done so much to strengthen the Knights of Columbus and fulfill our mission through acts of love, kindness, compassion and prayer that have helped countless people here at home and around the world. Carl has long been a friend to me, and while I count myself among our many colleagues who will miss his daily collaboration, I know that he will continue to contribute much to the good of the Order as Past Supreme Knight and a member of the board of directors. I wish Carl, his wife Dorian, and the entire Anderson family the very best and thank them for everything they have done in service to the Knights and the Church.”

“I look forward to continuing Carl’s great work and will strive to guide the Knights of Columbus by the principles of charity, unity and fraternity according to the vision of Blessed Michael McGivney. These principles are as important today as they were almost 140 years ago at our founding. They are a proven path to deepen our Catholic faith, and build strong families, strong parishes, and strong communities that work together for the common good and recognize the dignity and worth of every human being. I ask for prayers as I endeavor to advance the great history and traditions of the Knights of Columbus in service to the Lord, his Church, our brother Knights and their families, our parishes and our communities.”

Read the whole story on http://kofc.org/en/news-room/articles/supreme-knight-elect.html.

Please keep him and his family in your prayers as he assumes his new position as our Supreme Knight.

Knights of Columbus Elects Next Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly Becomes 14th Supreme Knight     The Knights of Columbus Board of Directors elected Patrick E. Kelly as the next Supreme Knight on Feb. 5, to continue the mission of charity, unity, and fraternity established by the Order’s Founder, Blessed Michael McGivney, almost 140 years […]

Virtual Social Recap

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Have you ever watched any of the Food Network’s cooking challenges? Our favorites are the ones that Guy Fieri produces Guy’s Grocery Games and Diners Drive-ins and Dives. During the pandemic Guy has changed them into virtual shows where the contestants make their dishes and describe them to the judges.

Normally in January the Knights and Ladies of Mary’s Millennium gather with their families in the parish center and enter a crockpot or dessert dish into our competition. Everyone present tastes all the entries (you better be hungry) and then votes on their favorites. Here is a recap of our virtual competition this past Saturday.

Grand Knight, Gary Pappin, made a simple Crockpot Taco Pasta. He produced a video and posted it on YouTube. During the social, he played it for all in attendance. John Gurrieri was the judge for the evening, since he didn’t have an entry this time since he just got home from work before the start of the event.

Next entry is from Jerry Huinker – it’s a Chili recipe (which used to be the only dish we each made). He confessed that he didn’t actually make the chili – it was part of what was supposed to be a family dinner get together. He did however, show us pictures of him enjoying the dish.

Bill Henderson was perhaps the most creative. He showed us an empty dish and the envelope of a beef stroganoff recipe. He brought the meal to Father Gregg and Father Nate, along with a survey and some beverages, and asked them to complete the survey after they enjoyed the meal. At the time of the social, he hadn’t received the feedback.  We have received positive feedback since then.

For the Dessert Cookoff, Arlene Huinker entered her Apple Crisp dessert which Jerry happily taste tested.  While Chris Pappin made her Cherry Date Skillet cookies using her secret ingredient (Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter).

Scoring for the event was based on the following scale:

First place for the Knights as Gary’s Taco Pasta, with Jerry’s Chili and Bill’s Beef Stroganoff coming in second and third respectively.   Arlene took top honors for the Ladies with Chris coming in second place.   Everyone had a great time just hanging out for a couple of hours.

January is the time we usually take a breather from all the fund-raising and charitable works done in the fourth quarter.   We know how to work hard to accomplish our goals, and we also know how to relax and enjoy each other’s fellowship.

If this sounds like an organization you’d like to be a part of, please contact us to learn more.

Often times we hear that people are too busy with family and work to help out.  This is really not the case!  We don’t want you to leave your family to participate in a charitable program, we want you to lead your family in charitable action. What I have found was that just an hour here or an hour there could make a big difference to people in need, while putting our common faith into action.

 

Have you ever watched any of the Food Network’s cooking challenges? Our favorites are the ones that Guy Fieri produces Guy’s Grocery Games and Diners Drive-ins and Dives. During the pandemic Guy has changed them into virtual shows where the contestants make their dishes and describe them to the judges. Normally in January the Knights […]