February 2019

 

Praise be Jesus Christ!

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” (James 1:22)

Brothers, 

Faith in Action” is the new Knights of Columbus program model and is a major change from “Surge with Service.”  Many questions have been raised at District meetings.   The K of C has been known for the tremendous money we’ve raised to support many noble causes.  A greater emphasis is now on giving our time and talent to quality faith-filled family programs, in addition to our treasure. 

“Faith in Action is a renewed personal invitation to Knights of Columbus and their families to live out the calling of their faith, the call to service of their neighbor and to answer the age-old question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gn 4:9). 

The simplicity of Faith in Action is that it fully integrates Building the Domestic Church programs as a foundational part of the model, limits the number of required programs to earn the Columbian award and, most importantly, allows councils to concentrate on implementing quality faith-filled family programs.  Our goal is for men to lead their family in service — not leave their family for service. The focus of this streamlined program is quality, not quantity.”

(Extracted from the Faith in Action Guidebook)

I encourage all council officers to listen to the Faith in Action webinar.  There’s also great information on the www.kofc.org/faithinaction webpage.  The Knights in Action section of the Columbia magazine has been categorized into Faith, Community, Family, and Life Activities.   The State Council Newsletter also has examples of activities in each area.  You District Deputy and our State Faith, Community, Family, and Life Directors are another resource for you.

The “Mass for People with Special Needs” is a Life activity I’d like to see more councils doing in conjunction with their Parish SPRED program or with Gibault.

 

Spiritual Reflection is a required program under the Faith category of our Faith in Action program model.   Promoting and sending a large  contingent from your Council & Parish (10% of your council or a minimum of 10 members) to a Catholic Men’s Conference can be a “Spiritual Reflection Program.”   Wear your Knights of Columbus-branded apparel to the conference. 

The Indiana Knights of Columbus State Council, working with our General Agents, will be sponsors at the following conferences and will staff K of C information booths:

Council Officer Regional meetings are scheduled for the morning of Saturday 3/2/19 and 3/9/19.  The purpose of these meetings is for your officers to get answers about new Indiana and Supreme programs and membership incentives.  Council leaders from several districts will be present and this is a great opportunity to learn from each other.  A link to the Regional Meeting schedule is on our Training webpage.   Please RSVP to the host and attend the meeting closest to you.

Indiana State Convention is 3-4-5 May 2019.  Our theme is “Knights of Charity.”  Save the dates and make plans for your family to attend.  Please invite your Chaplain to attend the Chaplains meeting on Friday.  Each FS should have received a letter with Convention information.  The same information is on our State Convention webpage.  The Convention Registration and Delegate forms are also in our FY18-19 Indiana Program Guide.

Gibault is our No. 1 Charity and was founded by the Indiana Knights of Columbus in 1921.  The Gibault Board of Trustees is predominately K of C members.  It is not necessary to be a K of C member to be on the board.   The board is looking for people, men and women, with a background in health care, mental health, education, counseling, or criminal justice to serve.  If you’re interested, please contact Gibault Board Chairman IPSD Martin F. McCoy Jr. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for an application.

Christopher Columbus is often slandered by those who misrepresent his legacy.  Read the CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND FAKE HISTORY article from the September 2017 Columbia magazine.

Check out our 2018-2019 membership growth and officer training incentives:

Asking a good Catholic man to join the K of C is evangelization.  Membership will give him opportunities to show charity, grow his faith, and become a better man, husband, and father.   Prospects can check us out by visiting the www.kofc.org/joinus webpage.  Many men have joined the K of C online and are interested in joining councils.   Please invite them to your next event and then to an Admission Degree.  

Has your council created a Prospect Landing page?  See the January 2018 Knightline for details. Go to info.kofc.org/pagerequest to request a Prospect Landing page.

 

All of our Indiana Bishops support the Knights of Columbus and encourage good men to join us.   Letters from each of our Bishops are on our Membership Director webpage.  Feel free to share your Bishop’s letter with prospective members.

Men have more reasons than ever to join the Knights of Columbus.  Use every opportunity to ask a good Catholic man to join us today!

In Charity, Unity, and Fraternity,

Paul Zielinski

 

Indiana State Deputy

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