This news feed of the Knights of Columbus - Council of St. Francis the Poverello #8222 is intended to provide important announcements coming from Catholic news sources as well as updates from the local council at Saint Francis University.
01-10-2014: What is a "Catholic Gentleman"?
What does it mean to be a "Catholic Gentlemen"? Catholic blogger, Sam Guzman (author of The Catholic Gentleman blog), reminds us of the eloquent words of Bl. Cardinal Newman:
"Hence it is that it is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain. He is mainly occupied in merely removing the obstacles which hinder the free and unembarrassed action of those about him; and he concurs with their movements rather than takes the initiative himself." ... [follow this link to read more of Newman's definition of a Catholic gentleman]
With society constantly criticizing and liberally redefining what the role of men should be, it leaves weaker-minded men to become impressionable and willing to bend to the will of popular, yet fickle trends. Given the dawn of a new year, let us take some time to review what the church says about the role of men within our communities and our families. Let's then consider what the world truly needs from us and vow to fully live our faith to provide the answer for what God calls us to be...true men of the cross...disciples of Christ...these men they call Knights!
11-20-2013: We are called to remain...One Nation Under God
In Stephen White's recent post on CatholicVote.org, he captures the essence of Lincoln's own understanding that "America’s greatness was neither an accident nor an entitlement. Whatever greatness was in this nation was, by the grace of God, an achievement of our forebears; an inheritance received through no merit of our own to be passed on to posterity out of duty, if not charity". This is in direct alignment with the Knights of Columbus' own founding values of duty to our Church, duty to our fellow man, and duty to our Nation.
There is more polarization present in this nation today than we have seen in quite some time...Republican/Democrat, Conservative/Liberal, Gay/Straight, Religious/Atheist, etc. As we are celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, it is important that we remember and reflect upon these great words spoken by a great leader knowing full well the impact they made in 1863, but also the relevance those words still have today. Consider these words in context with the challenges issued to us by our Holy Father, Pope Francis as it relates to the issues of the modern world and we are are called to love and serve one another through the love of Christ Jesus.
10-13-2013: SFU Knights Awarded by Bishop and State Deputy
The SFU Knights were the recipients of two awards Sunday afternoon at the 3rd annual Vocations Endowment Fund dinner held at the Our Lady of Loretto Community Hall in Loretto (Pa.). The dinner and awards followed a mass that was celebrated by Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto.
Presenting the awards were Eric Johnson (KofC State Deputy - Pa.), Gerald Krall (KofC State Advocate - Pa.), Fr. V. David Foradori (KofC State Chaplain - Pa.), Ronald Lynch (KofC District Deputy - Pa. #73), and Joseph Hines (KofC District Warden - Pa. #73).
The SFU Knights were chosen as recipients for the two awards based upon their membership growth during the 2012-2013 council year. Since re-establishing on the campus of Saint Francis University in October of 2012, the SFU Knights had grown to over 50 members by April of 2013. This unprecedented growth has been recognized by the Supreme Council (New Haven, CT) through the Father Michael J. McGivney Award for council membership growth and the Contest of Champions Award for highest growth percentage.
Pictured is the state and district officers (as listed above), Bishop Bartchak, and members of the SFU Knights Council #8222.
Life isn't easy...sure we all know that. But how can one's life somehow appear so much different than that of another? What is their secret? Why can they be so joyful in life despite its trials and tribulations? Don't they have challenges in their life, too?
We are reminded countless times throughout the gospel that God is "already there" and that he will not let us fall. Remember when Peter was called by Jesus to leave the boat and to join Him by walking on water amidst the storm? Are we too many times like Peter, doubting God's love for us, succumbing to the crashing waves beneath us and stormy skies above? Dr. Taylor Marshall, professor of philosophy, and Catholic blogger explains the difference as a matter of choice and a matter of perspective. Take heart...pray daily to receive the gift of grace...have faith in the Lord...Let Go...Let God.
It's easy to succumb to feelings of worry, anxiety, and impatience given the realities of life today. Between the reduced economy, waning job market, escalating prices (including education), and what some believe to be a wide-spread recession of moral character within this country (i.e. #DOMA, #Prop8, #HHS, #prochoice).
But despite all the noise, the Holy Father Pope Francis urges us to be patient with the Lord. To be patient with His intercessions within our personal lives, within our governments, and within our world. To seek an understanding of His deeper love and teachings so that we might know Him better and begin to provide calm, peace, and hope to the trouble that surrounds us. Slow down, breathe, contemplate, and pray. Our Lord has not forsaken us and wishes for us to join Him above the noise, above the busyness, above the despair; not so that we can turn our backs on the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters, but so that we might have a clearer vision, to see what He sees, so that we can act more precisely and more effectively. Doesn't this sound just like the mission of the Knights of Columbus? To act from a position obtained only through prayer, to trust in the Lord, and to have patience with His will and almighty plan? Just like the hymn says to us: "Be not afraid, I go before you always, come follow Me and I will give you rest."
Read more of Pope Francis' powerful message at http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-at-mass-the-mystery-of-gods-patience.
05-29-2013: In Solidarity with Pope Francis...
Is God sending us a message through the election of Pope Francis? The signs are everywhere...from the huge wave of Catholic evangelism moving through the Western hemisphere, to the election of a new Pope mid-way through the Year of Faith, to the very selection of "Francis" for his name, the Holy Father challenges us to walk with Christ to serve and lead in bold new ways.
"The past several weeks in the life of the Church have been truly remarkable.
When you think about it, the whole narrative involving the resignation of Benedict and the subsequent election of Francis seems sort of far-fetched, even a bit strange. But the strangeness of this moment is a beautiful, divine strangeness that appears tailor-made for the present, and is serving to re-center us on what is needed here and now."
02-26-2013: Ecce Homo: Recognizing the Dignity in All of Us
With the recent tragedy and homicide of Robert Saylor, a public debate has sparked regarding the dignity of those affected by physical or mental disabilities. The Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, challenges us to take another look at the Gospel and the story of Christ as Pilate presented him to the Jews saying "Behold the man!" to show that he found no threat in Jesus and so the people should not either. We need to reconsider how we treat those who offend us and those that are "the least of these".
Read more about this horrific tragedy and the very real correlation to the life of Christ at http://www.catholicpulse.com/en/columnists/aquila/022513.html.
Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we follow. And in these waters he acquires gifts to give us...
Continue reading this beautiful post by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington
12-20-2012: Why Choose a Catholic College?
So, why choose a Catholic College? With 4,000 institutions of higher education to choose from in the US, what is so special or different about Catholic higher ed?
"For Catholics, life is certainly about career, but also so much more: marriage and family, serving the Church and our communities, and ultimately Heaven. Together these are the most important things in life, and so ought to be seriously considered when choosing a college." The Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, explains the difference.
12-14-2012: Pope's message: 'Blessed are the Peacemakers'
Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Peace Day 2013 was presented to journalists at a press conference in the Vatican on Friday by the president, secretary and under-secretary of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council. Entitled ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’, the message looks at both the theological and practical foundations for promoting justice and peace in today’s world.
Read this great post by Philippa Hitchen at http://en.radiovaticana.va/articolo.asp?c=647712
12-01-2012: Why Don't Catholics Read the Bible?
Catholics live-out the Bible in their daily lives - so we don't really need to read the Bible, right?
Read this excellent post by Dan Burke to uncover why this simple, daily devotional is one of the most important things that we, as Catholics, should be doing.
This blog posted on the Catholic Pulse Blog speaks about the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization challenge issued to us by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. It focuses on the need to fill ourselves with the Good News of Jesus Christ first before we can more effectively evangelize. We first need to invest in our own faith, "to fill our own reservoir so that we can nourish the fields and crops around us"; As opposed to simply channeling and redirecting our faith, let us overflow so as to not deplete our own spiritual "reservoir".
We need to think about the very purpose and mission of the Church, and what we are called to do and be as Catholics. To invest in our own faith...to fill our cups and let them overflow so that we may have an abundance to provide to others.
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