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Grand Knight’s Report Marc R. Andersen Mother Seton Council #6727 Brothers All, Knights of Columbus Launches “Campaign for Civility in America” In response to Americans’ growing frustration with campaign rhetoric and the tone of the national discourse, the Knights of Columbus has launched a non-partisan initiative to give Americans an opportunity to express their desire for civility in public discourse. Information on the “Campaign for Civility in America” will be posted at CivilityinAmerica.org, along with a petition which will invite Americans to take a stand for civility. The petition reads: “We, the undersigned citizens of the United States of America, respectfully request that candidates, the media and other advocates and commentators involved in the public policy arena employ a more civil tone in public discourse on political and social issues, focusing on policies rather than on individual personalities. For our part, we pledge to make these principles our own.” “The American people want and deserve civility and a conversation on the issues rather than the personal vilification of political opponents,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “As we found in the polling contained in my 2010 book Beyond a House Divided, and this current data makes all the more clear, the American people want a political discussion that is civil and respectful. As Americans, we understand that we may not agree on every aspect of every issue, but we also understand that how we disagree says a great deal about who we are as a nation.” This campaign was developed as a result of a Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll conducted from July 9, 2012 through July 11, 2012 which shows that nearly 8 in 10 Americans (78 percent) are frustrated with the tone in politics today. The survey also found that: Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that campaigns have gotten more negative over the years (74 percent). Two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) believe that candidates spend more time attacking their opponents than talking about the issues. By a nearly 20 point margin, Americans believe that campaigns are mostly uncivil and disrespectful (56 to 37 percent). And nearly two-thirds of Americans say that negative campaigning harms our political process a great deal or a significant amount (64 percent). These results demonstrate broad support for a more civil political discourse and it is hoped the “Campaign for Civility in America” will allow Americans to voice this support and have an impact on improving the quality of our national dialogue
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Mother Seton 6724
Deputy Grand Knight
Trustees - 3yr
Trustees - 2yr
Trustees - 1yr
Michael Goscinski (813) 653-2926
Fr. Arthur Proulx
Brothers, Benjamin Franklin urged the separate states to become united or the fight for liberty would be lost, he authored the first political cartoon. Old Ben understood the importance of unified action. He proposed a Life and Crop Insurance company, a Hospital, the Post Office, invented bifocals...He looked out for the greater good of mankind. Fr. McGivney also understood the importance of Unity, the hallmark of the 2nd Degree. Every one of the members of San Salvador Council #1 was an insured member including Fr. McGivney. When he died his Death Benefit went to the seminary education of his brothers John and Patrick who followed him as both priests and Chaplains of the Order. Are you as committed to the concept of Unity as were those early Brother Knights? If not, why not? In the past decade as most Life Insurance Companies have struggled, the Knights of Columbus has doubled in size with $83.5 Billion of Life Insurance in force, $18 Billion of assets invested and for 37 consecutive years has retained its A++ rating. Call me, set up an appointment and see how the Order can protect your family and leave a legacy. Fraternally, Tom
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Fourth Degree Exemplification Orlando, Florida Nov 24th, 2012 Faithful Sir Knights, Worthy 3rd Degree Brothers and Families All, On November the twenty second, two thousand and twelve, we in the Unites States of America will be celebrating Thanksgiving, a day we traditionally spend with our families sharing our love of one another, giving thanks to God for the many blessings that he has given us and enjoying all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Holiday Banquet. On that same weekend we (the Florida District) have planned a Fourth Degree Exemplification in which you can join in with your Family of Brother Knights in thanking the Lord for all of his many blessings and share in the sights, sounds, and experience of a lifetime. Brothers, what a great way to celebrate a truly American tradition, share in a patriotic experience and are with your family too. And to make this weekend even more special, we are planning events for the whole family. While Sir Knights and their guests are gathered together celebrating the Exemplification at the Banquet, the children present we will be treated to a chaperoned Pizza Party. The Exemplification will take place at the beautiful Rosen Plaza hotel, located at 9700 International Drive, Orlando, Fl. 32819. Phone numbers are 407-996-9700 or 800-627-8258. Rooms are already being booked. Just mention you are part of the Knights of Columbus and you will get the special rate of $106.00 per night. Candidate fees are $70.00 and include one Banquet Ticket, pin and social Baldric (room not included). Our Banquet price for Sir Knights and guests is only $45.00 each and the Ladies Luncheon, another great rate of only $24.00. Plan a Thanksgiving Family weekend with us and celebrate the largest class of the year. It is time for a break from the everyday hassle. Why not take advantage of this great opportunity and have a mini vacation too, all while serving the Lord by being elevated to the highest honor in the order, that of â€œSir Knightâ€?. This is your weekend, your vacation and at a reasonable rate. You still have plenty of time to save a little and bring the family to Orlando. So, here is what you need to do: Ask your Financial Secretary for a Form 4, if he does not have one, ask him to get one from your councils affiliated Assembly. Complete the Form 4 and have the Financial Secretary of your council process it and get it off to the District Master. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 407-870-9828 or my aide John Shierling at 386-445-0594. Vivat Jesus, James J. Schonefeld Master Florida District 3
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Breakfast Club schedule thru September. The schedule is for TUESDAYS only. Jul 31
Village Inn Lumsden at Providence Rd.
McDonald's SR 60 at Valrico Rd.
Ben's SR 60 at Oakwood Rd.
Chic-Fil-A SR 60 at Mt Carmel Rd.
Dunkin Donuts SR 60 at Valrico Rd.
Prayer for the Sick Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.
Breakfast at 8:30 AM. No agenda. You can talk on any subject. We just have fun. We meet every other Tuesday.
Program Directors Church Community
Wilfred Carballo (813) 685-9140 Peter McNeill
Jesse Martinez (813) 689-4348
Pro - Life
Darlene Westbrock Cathy MacNamara Fran Cirello MaryAnn Clark SK Dick Hardesty SK Ed Kochik Father Michael Morrisy SK Joe Moore SK Jim Parker SK Bob Yelton
Communications Lonnie Ledford (813) 849-8912 Membership
Lin Poissonnier (813)685-0803
Public Relations Kit Amaritant
(813) 436-0966 4
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS A Family Corporate Communion Our next Corp Communion will on September 9,2012. Holding a corporate Communion will bring your families together to celebrate our faith through receiving the Eucharist. Attending Mass and receiving communion as a group will also serve to make our council and its members visible to the parish community. This type of program provides both the spiritual and social aspects for our members to enjoy and itâ€™s a great opportunity to promote fraternity among our councilâ€™s families. Fourth Degree honor guard will also be present at this event. We will, reserve pews in the church for council families. The Corp Communion will be held at the 8:30 A.M. service. We will be attending A breakfast at the Elks lodge after the mass service. Please take this opportunity The come out and support your council. Herbert Swoope Deputy Grand Knight Council #6724
CALENDAR OF EVENTS August 3 August 6 August 10
August 18 August 24
Officers Meeting 7:00 am Business Meeting 7:30 pm 4th Degree Meeting 6:30pm Social 7:30 pm meeting Bucks Game First Degree St Stephen 8:00 am Report time Church seminar 8-12 Bucks Game
September 2 September 9 September 9 September 9 September 10 September 12 September 17 September 30
Donut Sunday Corp Communion 8:30 A.M. 5th annual day at the Ball Park Bucks Game Business Meeting 7:30 P.M. Blue Mass St Stephen 6:30 P.M. Pot Luck Social 6:30 P.M. Bucks Game
October 1 October 5
Business Meeting 4th Degree Meeting 6:30 p.m. Social 7:30Meeting Donut Sunday Sock Hop VAVS Fundraiser Bucks Game First Degree St. Stephen 8:00 a.m. Report Time October Fest / Yuengling Bucks Game Pot Luck Social 6:30 a.m.
August 17 August 18
October 7 October 13 October 14 October 20 October 20 October 21 October 22
Membership The goal of the membership team and of councils is to increase membership in our order. Many ask why growth in the order is so critical and why such emphasis is place on increasing membership. The answer is simple. Without growth our programs fail to have new ideas and become stagnant. The various charitable, church, council, and youth programs are what the Knights of Columbus are known for and those programs require new members. In the State of Florida, and across the country, our order continues to grow. But we need to extend the benefits of membership to all Catholic Men. The insurance benefits alone are a reason that Knights of Columbus exist. But more to the point imagine if even half of the men in your local parish were Knights, think of the good charitable works that can be accomplished! 5
Pope Benedict supports Knights' religious freedom efforts Washington D.C., Aug 2, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has praised the work of the Knights of Columbus to defend and promote religious liberty within the United States. In a letter signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father commended the Knights’ work to support religious liberty at a time “when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom.” The Knights of Columbus “have worked tirelessly to help the Catholic community recognize and respond to the unprecedented gravity of these new threats to the Church’s liberty and public moral witness,” the July 19 letter said. In doing so, the organization “has proudly lived up to the high religious and patriotic principles which inspired its founding.” The letter applauded the Knights’ work to defend “the right of all religious believers, as individual citizens and in their institutions, to work responsibly in shaping a democratic society inspired by their deepest beliefs, values and aspirations.” With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest fraternal group and among the nation’s most active charitable organizations. Last year, the Knights donated more than $158 million and 70 million hours to various charitable causes. In recent months, the organization has been an outspoken opponent of measures that threaten religious freedom, most notably a federal mandate that requires employers to offer health insurance that includes contraception, sterilization and early abortion-inducing drugs even if doing so violates their religious beliefs. Each of the Knights’ state councils passed a resolution supporting religious freedom, and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has written and spoken out about the mandate as well as other threats to religious liberty. The July 19 letter said that the Holy Father was “pleased” to learn that the Knights will be holding their 130th Supreme Convention in Anaheim, Calif. from Aug. 7-9. It added that the theme of the gathering, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land,” calls to mind both “the great biblical ideas of freedom and justice” that shaped the nation’s founding and “the responsibility of each new generation to preserve, defend and advance those great ideals in its own day.” Stressing the “urgent need” for a well-formed laity that is both engaged and articulate, the pope voiced confidence that the Knights will continue their legacy of “providing sound inspiration, guidance and direction to a new generation of faithful and dedicated Catholic laymen.” Pope Benedict urged the Supreme Council and each of the local councils to build up their “praiseworthy programs of continuing catechetical and spiritual formation which have long been a hallmark of your Order.” He offered prayers that the upcoming Year of Faith will reinforce the Knights’ resolve to make their entire lives a witness to their baptismal faith. The Holy Father also expressed gratitude for the spiritual bouquet of prayers and sacrifices offered by the Knights and their families for his thirty-fifth anniversary of episcopal ordination. This “act of spiritual solidarity” was viewed by the pontiff as both an “outstanding testimony of love” and a sign of “fidelity, loyalty and support during these difficult times.” “We are honored by the pope’s encouragement and confidence in our work,” said Supreme Knight Anderson, adding that the pope’s message “is clear.” “We must continue to stand up for our religious liberty and to point the way for our fellow Catholics to do the same,” he said. 6
NIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Protector of Christian Family Life
Sent to serve the young of his flock, Father McGivney in turn “sent” the young men under his influence and direction into the world to become good husbands and fathers, true knights for God and country. His work with the young was but a steppingstone to the formation of strong Catholic families. His dedication to the ideal of Christian manhood expressed so clearly in the founding of the Knights of Columbus was never allowed to obscure his ultimate goal of protecting the good of the entire family unit. Just a couple of years after the Order was established, he began to limit his involvement in the Knights to be available to his whole flock. Though focused on the task at hand, he never lost sight of his ultimate purpose: to care for and strengthen Christian families. In a sense, the founding of the Knights of Columbus was a means rather than an end: a means to strengthen husbands and fathers so that they could, in turn, strengthen their families in the faith and secure their material well-being. A fragment of a sermon Father McGivney gave in 1884 was recorded in the New Haven Observer. It showed that he also regarded politics as a means to build a better society. “My friends,” Father McGivney told his parishioners, “the political campaign is rapidly drawing to a close and the time has come to decide which of the numerous presidential candidates shall receive your vote. In casting your ballots you should look well to the responsibilities under which every citizen of this free government is placed. Let not the soft or alluring words of tricky politicians, or the seductive dollar turn you a hair's breadth from your lawful path. Vote not as other men dictate, but rather like men with the interest of your country at heart. Vote according to the dictates of your own consciences.” 7
5th Annual Knights of Columbus Day at the Ball Park Event Type: Council Activities Host Council: 11680---Our Lady Queen of Peace Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 1:45pm Event Contact: Kevin McMahon Phone Number: 727-862 4370 Event Location: Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, Florida United States See map: Google Maps Description: Join us at the Tampa Bay Rays Game Knights of Columbus Our Lady Queen of Peace Council 11680 Www.kofc11680.org • 727-862-4370 • Kevin@kofc11680.org Sunday September 9, 2012 Game time: 1:40 pm KC Charities, Inc. Benefit at Tropicana Field—St. Petersburg, Florida Join your brother knights and families for Knights of Columbus Family Fun Day at Tropicana Field. The Rays take on the Texas Rangers—kids 14 and under will receive a souvenir. Please have one representative from each council collect and submit all ticket requests. Ticket deadline is July 31st. Tickets are only $12 per person Proceeds will go to KC Charities, Inc. Parking at Tropicana Field The Rays go green—Carpool to Tropicana Field! All vehicles with four or more passengers get FREE parking on Family Fun days. For vehicles with fewer than four passengers, parking will cost $10-$15 depending on location. Please send request for tickets listing the number of tickes, your council number, the council contact name and phone number and the address to which the tickets are to be mailed: to Kevin McMahon, 8530 Newton Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668. Make Checks Payable to: Our Lady Queen of Peace Council 11680 8
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