Supporting Homeless Veterans this May

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Knights Serving Soldiers

Did you know that the Knights of Columbus began its social service to soldiers in 1916? During World War I, the Knights of Columbus built and operated KC Huts in training camps throughout the United States and behind the lines in Western Europe.  They all bared the motto “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.” There, soldiers of every faith found a haven during their service to their country.  Today we have the opportunity to continue providing for our soldiers.

Show Your Patriotism

The 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus is based on the principle of Patriotism.  Later this month we celebrate Memorial Day.  As the famous song by Billy Ray Cyrus says, “All gave some … some gave all”.  In honor of those that gave all,  and to those that gave some and are struggling, Mary’s Millennium Council once again appeals to the community to assist us in helping our homeless veterans.

It is sad to say that there are veterans in our midst left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental health issues.  The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans mission is to “Leave No Hero Behind”.  This fits nicely with the Knights of Columbus “Leave No Neighbor Behind”.

Most Needed Items

We have contacted the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans for their current needs to keep their shelves stocked.     Items most in need include:

 

All Purpose Cleaner e.g., Mr. Clean, Fabuloso (Standard Size Please) Toothpaste
Bathroom cleaning Spray e.g., Clorox, Scrubbing Bubbles Deodorant Men’s and Women’s
Liquid Laundry Soap (Standard Size Please) Shampoo
Toilet Bowl Cleaner Body Wash
Dish Soap Aerosol Disinfectant Spray (Lysol)
Glass Cleaner Visa & Other Gift Cards
Comet/Ajax Postage Stamps

 

For ease of shopping, also look for their Wish List on Amazon.com https://a.co/b3ifTXn

Collecting May 22-23 at St. John’s

We will be collecting your donations after all the masses on May 22-23.  Donations can also be dropped off at the parish office, or contact us at Knights@mystjohns.org to make other arrangements.  Monetary donations can be made at https://kofc12801.square.site/veterans using your credit card or Google Pay.

When dropping off your donated items, please consider a financial donation designated for the Freedom Commissary.  Monetary donations help cover operational costs, allowing them to continue providing household & personal items free of charge to Veterans and their families.

Thank You to Veterans and You for Supporting Them

In conclusion, the MSHV cannot achieve their mission alone, and they have relied on organizations like our council to help. Last November the parish graciously responded to our request.  This allowed the shelter to provide an additional $100 food gift card to each veteran picking up their wish list items.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our charitable projects.  God Bless our Nations Heroes who bravely served our country.  As Memorial Day approaches, we also remember those that gave all.

 

Knights Serving Soldiers Did you know that the Knights of Columbus began its social service to soldiers in 1916? During World War I, the Knights of Columbus built and operated KC Huts in training camps throughout the United States and behind the lines in Western Europe.  They all bared the motto “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.” […]

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother's Day

Today we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother and Mother of Jesus Christ, as well as all mothers – living and deceased. Traditionally churches across the world extend special blessings to Mothers and may hold may also hold May Crowning ceremonies.

Now more than ever we need to recognize the underlying reason for the special observance – honoring those loving women who have given the precious gift of life. It is fitting that they be the recipient of gifts and loving affection today. So, do not forget your Mothers this day. For the living, reach out to them by phone or video chat. Say a prayer for those that are already with God and ask for them to be with us now during this time of pandemic, comforting us as they did when they were alive. God Bless them all.

Knight’s Prayer to Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary, Queen of the Knights, guide all the activities of our Order. Keep us true to our pledge to extend the kingship of your divine son on earth.

Through your intercession, win for us the grace ever to exemplify in our public and private lives, the virtues which should characterize those especially dedicated to the service of God’s Kingdom.

Make us always aware that as your Knights we are constantly observed, our faith judged, and our Order appreciated. Accept, O Mary, this renewed pledge of loyalty and devotion of your Sons, the Knights of Columbus. Amen.

Today we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother and Mother of Jesus Christ, as well as all mothers – living and deceased. Traditionally churches across the world extend special blessings to Mothers and may hold may also hold May Crowning ceremonies. Now more than ever we need to recognize the underlying reason for the special observance […]

Tim Davidson Ordination as a Deacon

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Bishop Robert Casey, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, ordains 11 candidates from the Institute for Diaconal Studies and the Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral to the Diaconate at Holy Name Cathedral.

SK Tim Davidson will be ordained to Deaconate May 8th at 2 PM



Congratulations Tim – we will keep you in our prayers as you take this next step in serving God.

Bishop Robert Casey, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, ordains 11 candidates from the Institute for Diaconal Studies and the Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral to the Diaconate at Holy Name Cathedral. SK Tim Davidson will be ordained to Deaconate May 8th at 2 PM Congratulations Tim – we will keep you in our prayers […]

2021-22 Membership Dues

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Membership Dues Notice

Mary’s Millennium Council operates on a fiscal year from July 1st through June 30th. Membership dues are $30 annually, and are due by July 1st. We’ve added the ability to pay dues online. A $2 fee will be added at checkout to cover the cost of credit card processing.

(Increase the quantity if paying for more than one year).

If you joined using the “McGivney2020” promotion code, please use the half year renewal option of $15 (plus $2 credit card fee if paying online).

A portion of the dues goes to the Supreme Council and Illinois State Council to support their charitable programs. The balance remains in our council to fund our programs.

Please pay your dues as soon as possible because this saves the council money by eliminating follow up mailings. Membership cards will be distributed at the next meeting following payment.

Membership Dues Notice Mary’s Millennium Council operates on a fiscal year from July 1st through June 30th. Membership dues are $30 annually, and are due by July 1st. We’ve added the ability to pay dues online. A $2 fee will be added at checkout to cover the cost of credit card processing. (Increase the quantity […]

April Mass & Memorial

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Sunday, April 25th 9 AM

Memorial Service after Mass

Sunday, April 25th is our next quarterly member corporate mass at 9 AM.  We will be blessing the bricks of Deacon Earl Dahl and Pat Kippes at this mass and holding a ceremony in our memorial garden afterwards.   Please plan on attending mass with us and/or the memorial service.

Register as normal for the 9 AM mass on mystjohns.org.   There will be a reserved section for us at mass.  Knights – please wear dark suit & tie or Tux with Social Baldric.  Ladies – please wear your red jackets or shirt with dark trousers.

 

May They Rest in Peace

 

Sunday, April 25th 9 AM Memorial Service after Mass Sunday, April 25th is our next quarterly member corporate mass at 9 AM.  We will be blessing the bricks of Deacon Earl Dahl and Pat Kippes at this mass and holding a ceremony in our memorial garden afterwards.   Please plan on attending mass with us and/or […]