March 2019

Greetings Brother Knights!!  VIVAT JESUS!

This month’s presentation is the first for a new State Life Director.  The training and development has been, admittedly, quick and deliberately focused on getting up to speed on all FATH IN ACTION programs and their specific information.

A comprehensive Supreme web site containing leadership suggestions is what we need to conduct quality programs for Catholic men.  One particular aid is the guidebook for how to implement FAITH IN ACTION programs. All GK’s would be comfortable in their position with its use!!

FEATURED PROGRAMS: The Supreme Council has designated select programs as featured programs in the LIFE category.  When your Council conducts one of these and satisfies its requirements, it will receive two credits toward LIFE programming for the award. The list includes March for Life locally, Special Olympics participation, and Support for an Ultra Sound program.

REQUIRED PROGRAMS:  A council must conduct (1) required program in LIFE category. The program is designed to enrich the spiritual life of a council, families and parish community. The LIFE selection is a NOVENA FOR LIFE. What to do:

Lead your community in the spiritual fight to establish a Culture of Life in our nation.  Protection of life is a sustained prayer intention for the KNIGHTS.  We are committed to defending life of every human being!  To bolster this vital cause, Councils will promote a NOVENA (9) nine days of sustained prayer. Do the action in both private acts and public acts of prayer.

HERE ARE NEW PROGRAMS: 

  • Pregnancy Center Support 
  • Conduct a Mass for People with Special Needs
  • Christian Refugee Relief

This year we also have the SILVER ROSE PILGRIMAGE. Similar to the Icon program of previous years. This program promotes the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe our patron saint.  It demonstrates the unity between Knights Of Columbus in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Its action is a series of prayer services promoting the dignity of life and honoring Our Lady. Each year, from early March through mid-December, SILVER ROSES are stewarded by KofC councils along routes from Canada to Mexico. (Indiana’s time is May 29 to June17, 2019 - we receive it from Michigan and pass it along to Kentucky.) The State Coordinator for Spanish councils is working to include two such councils in the route in our state. Every step along the way is a rosary-centered occasion for Knights, community and parishioners to pray for RESPECT FOR LIFE, and the advancement of the message of Our Lady Of Guadalupe.

That’s all for now: much more next Month

Fred Schmits,

State Life Director

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PGK, PFN, FDD, Past Pres FS Assoc., Conferring Officer, Former State Program Director

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