The following is a communication from Council 8118 to all Knights in Michigan, sent at the request of Howard Weathington, Pro-Life Representative: Dear Brother Knights: On February 19, 2012 at 3:00pm, the Knights of Columbus Council# 8118, with the Archdiocese of Detroit will be sponsoring a Mass with Bishop Michael Byrnes, as the Celebrant. The Mass will be the Kick-Off Event on behalf of the Michigan 40 Days For Life Lenten Prayer Vigils, that begin on Ash Wednesday, February 22. The Mass is being celebrated at The Most Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, which you may know is the mother church for the Archdiocese of Detroit. We believe supporting local 40 Day For Life Campaigns is a great way to manifest Pro-Life community activism, consistent with the Knights of Columbus Supreme's "Culture of Life Programs and Initiatives". The Michigan State Knights of Columbus Leadership Council is in support of our sponsorship and is assisting with marketing, and will have representatives in attendance. We will also have a Knights of Columbus Color Corps at the Mass.
Music will be arranged by Joe Balistreri, the archdiocese music director. After the Mass we will have refreshments and time for fellowship.
There will also be many Pro-Life organization sponsored booths, allowing attendees opportunities to inquire and sign up for involvement with the 40 Days for Life Vigil Campaign in their respective areas. We are inviting you, your family, friends and fellow parishioners to attend the Mass. Also, if your Council would like to join us in sponsorship of the Mass, we would be honored. For additional information contact: Howard Weathington
(313) 610-1348 email@example.com We would like to close this invitation by quoting two sections from Part I of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship for A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (October 2011): 22. There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. Such actions are so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic good of persons. These are called “intrinsically evil” actions. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia. In our nation, “abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others” (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 5). It is a mistake with grave moral consequences to treat the destruction of innocent human life merely as a matter of individual choice. A legal system that violates the basic right to life on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed. 26. Pope John Paul II explained the importance of being true to fundamental Church teachings: Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights—for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture—is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination. (Christifideles Laici, no. 38). Your Brothers in Christ, Howard Weathington
Pro-Life Representative Knights of Columbus Council# 8118 Don A. Jones M.D. Grand Knight Knights of Columbus Council# 8118