Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fathers For Good

Fathers For Good

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Knights Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Pro-life Retreat Center with New Stained-glass Window

From Supreme's site:

The Knights of Columbus, together with the Sisters of Life, recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the dedication of Villa Maria Guadalupe, an international pro-life retreat center.

In addition to a votive Mass to Our Lady of Guadalupe, a new stained-glass window of the Virgin of Tepeyac was unveiled and dedicated.

Located in rural Stamford, Conn., Villa Maria Guadalupe is a collaborative effort of the Knights of Columbus and the Sisters of Life. Dedicated Oct. 20, 2004, the Villa Maria sponsors a variety of retreats and events in an effort to build and foster a Culture of Life.

Its mission is to be a place of healing, hope and renewal for all who seek to know and live the Gospel of Life.

John Cardinal O’Connor, former archbishop of New York and founder of the Sisters of Life, had a longing for such a retreat center. As a champion of the unborn, he sought the creation of such a facility where the true love and peace of Christ could be sought and experienced, away from contentious and political dimensions that often characterize the pro-life movement.

The rest, quiet and prayer at Villa Maria Guadalupe strengthens retreatants, deepens their spiritual lives and helps them to more fully be “people of life and for life.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Our council not only supports our seminarians with motivational things like letters, phone calls and kind words of encouragement and appreciation, prayers for his devout vocation and steadfastness to the truths of our faith. Every year we help with a little gift of good ole American greenbacks as well. We show our support of the R.S.V.P. program sponsored by Supreme and we always invite our seminarians over for the holidays like around Christmas and surprise him with a donation from the council but also from our own pockets. We pool our money together and give him an additional gift on top of the $500.00 from the R.S.V.P check. We are glad to have them serve at Mass, and treat him for his special sacrifice to the Diocese. In short he returns back to his studies recharged and ready to one day be called Father.

We will be planning future events to help raise money in support of vocations, so keep tuned in!

Rosary devotion before mass

"Say the Rosary every day... Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners... I'm Our Lady of the Rosary. Only I will be able to help you. ...In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph." Our Lady at Fatima
Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. T he word Rosary means "Crown of Roses". The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lays the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It's a simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. It's a prayer we can all say together with Her, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our Lady always grants our request. She joins Her prayer to ours. Therefore it becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks She always receives, Jesus can never say no to whatever His Mother asks for. In every apparition, the heavenly Mother has invited us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against evil, to bring us to true peace. Each day, through prayer we can drive away from ourselves and from our homeland many dangers and many evils.
In our initiation in this Order we pledged to pray the Rosary, and with good reason. Inspired by the confidence, and trusting in the truths of Holy Mother Church what better way is there for us to pray than by praying the Rosary. There are also a great number of indulgences that are available by praying in a group, especially before Mass and upon praying for the intentions of Holy Father. Our Council has stepped up to the plate and has taken charge in leading our parish and our own families in praying the Rosary; not only before Mass but in our homes, at our jobs.
We have organized a schedule, approved by Father where Knights lead the parish in praying the Rosary at all three Sunday Masses. We have been so successful in leading this Rosary devotion, and we are dedicated to its cause. We pray with such fervor, especially for the Unity of Holy Mother Church and her priests. We as Catholic Gentlemen show our allegiance to the true teachings of Holy Mother Church, and our solidarity to our parish priest and take the lead as an example of our manhood, and ultimately or Knighthood.

Operation L.A.M.B. Tootsie Roll drive

Every year as it comes close to the time to put on our aprons and pass out Tootsie Rolls at our local WalMart we are reminded why it is that we do what we do. Op. Lamb was started in 1974 with its main purpose to raise money for mentally handicapped citizens. Since it's inception it has contributed a substantial amount of money. We spend three grueling days at a time in the sun, sometimes cold. We are greeted by warm smiles by some, sneered at by others and yet even ignored by many as we stand with our collection cans in one hand and our Tootsie Rolls in another.
Even as we are ridiculed by the few we are praised by many who approach us and thank is for helping one of their loved ones who struggles with mental illness. It is in that very moment that new knights are given consolation in what they are doing is good, old knights are re-energized; families are invited to pitch in and share these experiences. The community as well has seen our council at work and for those that don't know us stop by and ask. This leads to us spreading the truths of our Catholic faith, and is a testament to the endeavors of the Order.
With just this one project we are able to do so much and cover so many of our goals and Catholic Knights. We impact the Community, we get our own families involved and we spread the truths of Holy Mother Church. At the end of the day as we rest our weary feet, we are able to sit back and see our good works paid off; the job is never finished however. We are assured that our mission errant was a success, all be it that our council is small and our donations are miniscule compared to others; we make an even greater impact on our community for the sake of the Least of My Brethren, Holy Mother Church and the Order.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pledge victory in federal court

MANCHESTER, NH) - The Knights of Columbus scored an important victory in federal court in New Hampshire on Wednesday, September 30, when U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe upheld the constitutionality of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Atheist Michael Newdow had filed the lawsuit against the school system in Hanover, New Hampshire on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, in a case that mirrored his earlier lawsuit against schools in and near Sacramento, California.

As with the California case, the Knights of Columbus sought and received permission from the court to become a "defendant intervenor," allowing attorneys representing the Order (from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty) to participate directly in the court proceedings.

The California case, argued before a panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2007, has still not been decided. Read the New Hampshire court decision.

Read the Knights of Columbus Fact Sheet about the Pledge of Allegiance and recent litigation.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Since its inception in 1974, the LAMB Foundation of North Carolina has raised over $19 million dollars to assist people with intellectual disabilities.

The LAMB Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity and an entirely volunteer organization named from a quotation from Matthew 24:40: ""…whatsoever you do to the Least Among My Brethren, that you do also to me."

It is also the main charity supported by the Knights of Columbus throughout the state. Each year the Knights, their families and friends stand long hours outside shopping centers where they offer free Tootsie Rolls to all passersby and ask for donations to assist groups that aid those with intellectual disabilities. Their smiling faces and bright yellow aprons have become familiar sights throughout this great state.

Another important aspect of the Foundation's fundraising comes from the generosity of corporate and individual donations.
Thanks to that generosity in 2008 alone, LAMB raised just under one million dollars.

As an all- volunteer effort, over 92% of the funds raised go directly to program funding. 85% of the total donations is given to local charities and the remaining 15% is distributed by the Foundation to regional entities assisting those with intellectual disabilities.

Come and support us! We will be at Walmart in Dunn this weekend 10/2-4/2009. Stop in donate and get a free Tootsie Roll!