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Inside February 2019

Faith in Action

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Faith

Community

Make a powerful difference in your community. Help those less fortunate with the basic human needs of clothing, shelter, mobility and compassion.

Grow in faith and build a strong parish and Church. Aid priests and religious in formation, honor Mary, mother of God, and engage in serious spiritual reflections and religious education activities.

03 Charitable Activities Derrick Andrade

12 Legends of St. Francis Kyle Marx

32 Know Your Knights Council #5322

14 Luke 4: One Body Walter Little 17 Golden Hands Peter Arnez 22 What Are You Looking For? John Brennan

Family

23 Why I Became a Knight Frank Rogers-Smith

Strengthen families through faith and service. Socialize and pray with other faith-filled Catholic families through special events, religious services and volunteer opportunities

30 Prayer Intentions Jon Dunn 34 Saint of the Month Cal Schell

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Life

08 Crab Feed 24 School Open House

Create a culture of life. Assist pregnant women in need, care for the elderly, aid the handicapped and empower those with special needs to realize their full potential.

28 Comics 29 Crossword Puzzle Charles Popp

06 Walk For Life Chris Bailey

Minutes of January 10 KOC #5322 General Meeting on pg 35

KOC Calendar of Events February 2019 •6th Planning Meeting Fireside Rm. 7 pm •12th President Lincoln’s Birthday •12th First Degree St. Mel 7 pm •13th Business Meeting Fireside Rm. 7 pm (supper at 6)

•14th St. Valentine’s Day (Business Meeting moved to Wednesday)

•17th Parish Breakfast •18th President’s Day Observed •22nd President Washington’s Birthday Future Dates: •March 6, 2019 •March 17, 2019

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Ash Wednesday St. Patrick’s Day

•April 10, 2019 •April 14, 2019 •April 19, 2019 •April 21, 2019 •April 27, 2019 Sacramento •April 28, 2019

SJV Confirmation (Bishop Soto) Palm Sunday Good Friday Easter Sunday 4th Degree Exemplification-

•May 12, 2019 •May 18, 2019 •May 27, 2019 •May 30, 2019

Mother’s Day Armed Forces Day Memorial Day Ascension Thursday

•June 9, 2019 •June 14, 2019 •June 16, 2019

Pentecost Sunday Flag Day Father’s Day

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Rancho Knights of Columbus Blessed Sacrament Council #5322 Grand Knight-Derrick Andrade

Outside Guard-Caesar Romero

Deputy Grand Knight-Dan Almond

Advocate-Frank Donagher

Chaplain-Fr. Giovanni Gamas

Lecturer-Frank Rogers-Smith

Recorder-Tim Beck

3rd Year Trustee-Stephan McDonald

Financial Secretary-Daniel Barthel

2nd Year Trustee-Steve Cushing

Tresurer-Paul Labbe’

1st Year Trustee-Larry Bragg

Chancellor-Esteban Ramirez

District Deputy-John Brennan

Warden-Greggory Freeman

Insurance Agent-Howard Tank

Fr. Giovanni Gamas Pastor SJV Church

Inside Guard-Daniel Lares

Grand Knight Report Happy St. Valentine’s Day to all! Our Crab Feed was a great success thanks to the tremendous efforts of Knights, our families, and the wonderful support of the SJV community. We are all so blessed to have the continued support Reverend Father Raj and Reverend Father Maroney. Father Raj’s parents and sister also joined us for the evening of festivities and crab. We are very fortunate for so many members of the SJV Mr. And Mrs. Club and we thank them for their support. Also attending were many Knights and their families and friends and we are glad so many came and had and enjoyable evening.

special thanks to Brother Knight Al Getz’s wife Luella Gets for her marvelous cake creations that were beautiful and delicious!

Serving as Head Chef, was our Brother Knight Dennis Reid with assisting Chefs Tony Labbe’ and Meredith Bragg. Thanks to our chefs for the delicious and plentiful dishes. Many were excited to see the return of the famous lechon (roasted pig). Filipino Lumpia rolls were added to our menu this year as an appetizer, which was a big hit. Thanks Brother Paulo Olivaros and Luz Olivaros for their expertise in the kitchen and for bringing this wonderful addition to our event. A

Finally, I want to thank my loving and supportive wife, Amy for her energy and creativity with decorating the hall with the football tailgate theme. Please mark your calendars for the last Saturday in January for the 2020 Crab Feed.

I want also thank Brother Walter Nolasco for his generous support and guidance. Although Walter was (and is) traveling the world, he managed to lend wise words and donate some wonderful items to our raffle. Brother Joseph Henderson was our Crab Feed Co-Chairman, and I am so grateful for and impressed by Joseph’s willingness to step up to get the planning and implementation off the ground and all the way through to late evening closing.

It is my privilege to acknowledge Brother Knight Joseph Henderson as Knight of the Month for his active participation in our council and for his outstanding work on our Crab Feed. I look forward to

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working more with Joseph on council projects and support his further advancement in our Order. Please join me in congratulating Brother Joseph. Brother Knight Paul Labbe’ is also recognized at Knight of the Month. Paul, also known as our Worthy Treasurer, has served our council in so many ways for so many years. He’s provided leadership for just about every event for our council with a calm, cool, and collected manner. This year, Paul concluded a multi-year effort to finalize transactions to greatly strengthen the financial health of our council, which we are most grateful. Please join me in congratulating Brother Paul.

Vivat Jesus! Derrick Andrade, GK Blessed Sacrament Council 5322

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Next Parish Family Breakfast is Sunday, February 17 SJV Parish Hall, 7am-11:30am

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Parish Family Breakfast

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Held Sunday, January 20

We like to say we have the best $5 breakfast in town. On the third Sundays during the months of September through April and on Mother’s Day in May, the KofC Blessed Sacrament Council #5322 puts on the SJV Parish Breakfast. We average around 100 attendees per month and have around 180 attendees for Mother’s Day, when all mothers are free of charge.

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Legends of St. Francis

Kyle Marx

Years ago, while attending Notre Dame, the subject came up about why so many people and social media misquote Pope Francis. The discussion led into asking ourselves, are we any different from the media, since we have misquoted or attributed falsely so many quotes to our Saints as well. In the class it was disturbing to find out how many of us had fallen victim to the same issue that the media has, but of course it was ok for us, because we did it without the knowledge that we had erred and we did it with the sincerest of intent, albeit false. So, as we listened to the Professor correct so many of us that had attributed false stories to Saints, that we finally fixated on St. Francis as the poster Saint for our efforts. Later on, I came across this article about St. Francis and wished we had had it to reference during our class. I think you will enjoy the parts of it I shared today.

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St. Francis of Assisi -- Setting the Record Straight by Jennifer Gregory Miller It seems that everyone knows about St. Francis, or at least they claim they know him. For this feast day, may we all ask for the intercession of St. Francis for our Holy Father? Then shall we set the record straight on a few areas of St. Francis? Excuse the rant, but it is continually irksome to see so many aspects, quotes and anecdotes mistakenly attributed to St. Francis. If I were to compile a quick modern (incorrect) composite of St. Francis, he would be a barefoot, soft-talking, sentimental, free-thinking, anti-church, head-inthe-clouds, tree and animal hugger and social activist. And really, while there might be some outward appearance to give people these ideas, so much of this portrait is very mistaken.

not in his writings or in the earliest biographies about him. In Chapter XVII of his Rule of 1221, Francis told the friars not to preach unless they had received the proper permission to do so. Then he added, “Let all the brothers, however, preach by their deeds.� St. Francis wrote very little, and so few of his words have been recorded. Two primary sources, St. Francis of Assisi: Omnibus of Sources and Francis and Clare: The Complete Works are only one-volume works, neither overly large. And yet, there are quite a few written things attributed to St. Francis. While it is a beautiful hymn, the Prayer of St. Francis, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, is not a prayer or hymn written by St. Francis.

One could strip down his life to three essential elements: loving Jesus above all else, living the Gospel completely, and preaching the Gospel by his words and life. I can't address all the areas in this small space, but I did want to correct a few aspects of mistaken identity. He was a man who wholeheartedly answered Jesus' call to follow Him. One could strip down his life to three essential elements: loving Jesus above all else, living the Gospel completely, and preaching the Gospel by his words and life. St. Francis: Man, of Few Written Words: A point of view from the Franciscans. This is a great quote, very Franciscan in its spirit, but not literally from St. Francis. The thought is his; this catchy phrasing is

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"Preach without ceasing; use words only if necessary" is a quote extensively and falsely attributed to St. Francis. St. Francis did not say this. He did preach, and used his words often. He also believed in using his good example, and never preached differently from what he practiced; he preached incessantly. Literally Living the Gospel St. Francis lived the Gospel to the letter. His first rule from 1209 is simply worked together key teachings from the Gospel as the later rules reflect, such as: Matthew 19:21; Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:26; Mathew


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19:29; Luke 9:62; Matthew 6:16. People know from experience how it’s easier to read the Good News than to put it into practice. In worldly eyes, Francis was a radical because he lived the Gospel. He respected the clergy, was obedient to the Church, especially the pope. Patron of Animals and Environmentalism Ah, St. Francis! One would think he was the patron of PETA and Sierra Club by all the things attributed him with nature. He was such a tree hugger, right? He's become larger than life in the legends of being kind to animals, and praising the different aspects of nature, that people have jumped to conclusion that he's a staunch environmentalist.

contain an account of the legendary events associated with the Saint, or of his thaumaturgic powers, but should also include an evaluation of his significance for the Christian life, the greatness of his sanctity, the effectiveness of his Christian witness, and of the manner in which his particular charism has enriched the Church. Legends of St. Francis abound. Everyone knows of his stories with the Wolf of Gubbio, his preaching to the birds, and admonishing the swallows. While it is a natural outpouring of the cult of a saint to have legends and stories, these need to be portrayed not as signs of wonder done by one man. The stories need to portray a saint who was

humble, lived the Gospel, and loved Jesus above all things. The stories show Francis recognized the hand of God in all of nature, and respected God's gifts to man. In that holy humility, God worked wonders through St. Francis. So, on this feast of St. Francis; let us recognize the true and living saint from Assisi. Let us not put words in his mouth and assign false attributes to him. St. Francis lived a uncomplicated life, following the Gospel to the letter. It might have been simple, but it was radical and difficult. May we ask his intercession to see how we can imitate him and live the Gospel in our lives every day.

Francis loved Jesus above all things. He was united in prayer with Christ almost continually. Because of his love of God, this extended in recognizing God's handiwork in all of creation. Seeing the beauty and marvels in nature was another way to continually praise and love God. This wasn't an elevation or worship of creation, but a respect and love of God's gifts for man. Gifts of nature brought thoughts of God, and united Francis with God in prayer. Blessing of animals on the feast of St. Francis is a newer sacramental. There are blessings of animals in the older form of the Roman Ritual, but they were not nested around the feast of St. Francis. Honoring and Imitating the real St. Francis It is necessary to represent the figure of the Saint in a correct manner. Bearing in mind the prospect of contemporary society, this presentation should not only www.ranchoknights.com

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even just stubbed it, your entire body goes into spasm.

Deacon Walter Little

One Body Luke 4: One Body C3

There is an African American spiritual based on the book of Ezekiel. Does anyone remember that gem? “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones…” One might be tempted to end the phrase with “… and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love…” It sounds silly, but it’s not too far off what the Apostle Paul was writing to the church in Corinth; “the body is one and has many members: feet and eyes and ears and hands. A head”. Paul instructs us about anatomy: “The members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” Like toes. If you’ve ever broken a toe—or

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of the points that Paul makes about Christian responsibility is that this

Right now, we’re living in a world offbalance. Violence of all kinds is so normal that it doesn’t even capture our attention on the evening news. Paul, knowing this, writes: “If one member [of the body] suffers, all suffer together with it.” Paul is writing to a badly divided and confused group of folks in Corinth. This is the local church of Paul’s ministry. The congregation was disturbed by doubts and suspicion. Relationships were confused and feelings hurt. There were struggles for power and competing factions. And all of this was in a richly gifted community that proclaimed Jesus as their Lord! Reading deeper into the letters to the Corinthian church, it begins to sound like several toes were smashed and an arm broken and a couple of ribs sore and bruised, perhaps a kidney punched for good measure – and one

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kind of hurtful contention gives the Church, capital “C” Church, a black eye. Right now our church is suffering, not just from a black eye, but also a major concussion. Our lessons today are about healing, about understanding, about common good. In modern vernacular, one might say that Paul was urging the Corinthians to recall that “we’re all in this together.” Relatedness is a hard concept for human beings. We started out just fine, way back and long ago in the garden: man and woman, humanity and animals, the created order and God. We lived in harmony.

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But that early Eden of cooperative dependence, of joyful relationship, was broken. And even on a good day, it’s a struggle to imagine what it must have been like. We are in the church season of Epiphany, a time when we hear stories about the manifestations and miracles of God. Epiphany means “a showing of God among us in human flesh.” This is what Paul recognizes in teaching the Corinthians about oneness in the Body. It’s all about experiencing “God among us” here, now, not “out there,” far away, untouchable. To quote philosopher Paul Tillich: “if we think of God as a supernatural being who is “out there,” far away, unapproachable, hidden perhaps, then the only logical conclusion is atheism. At the very least, it presents a problem with prayer, because if God is too far away and we’re not sure where, do we have to shout to be heard?” Tragically there is a real sense that God is “out there” and uninvolved, not among us at all.

Theologian Marcus Borg has described Epiphany as “the appearance on the surface of something from the depths.” This is Emanu-el, God with us, as the prophets of old proclaimed. Our Advent prayer “O come, O come Emanuel” was answered at Christmas, and yet immediately we need reminding! What a strange people we are!

where everyone is welcome at God’s table with equal place, and that God is there at the table and in their mi dst.

Jesus stood up in the synagogue to read from the prophet Isaiah, and then sat down to teach the people, saying, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” The people marveled at him and “were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.”

Right now, we’re living in a world off-balance. Violence of all kinds is so normal that it doesn’t even capture our attention on the evening news. Our elected officials seem often to be at cross-purposes with those they are elected to serve. Relationships are fraught with marriages broken, children ignored, friends too busy to catch up with each other, our older people lonely.

Perhaps this was because all he had done was read a familiar passage from Isaiah proclaiming release to the captives, sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed and the Lord God’s favor to “the least of these,” the weaker members, the inferior ones. They did not yet understand the full implication for them of a world

Paul taught about the Body of Christ: that we need each other for wholeness and health in the Body. And Jesus spoke of reconciling hurts and differences and inequities in the larger family of God.

What happened? How do we find our way back into a sense of community, of shared purpose, of striving for the good of the whole? We must take to heart Paul’s teaching that every member of

What happened? How do we find our way back into a sense of community, of shared purpose, of striving for the good of the whole?

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We have each other and we have God and, we are to live as such, in balance, complexity and harmony. (Continued from previous page)

the Body is crucial, whether the “Body” is a marriage, a family, a congregation, a neighborhood, a city, a country, or the world! This is true for every person, and because it is so linked to the bedrock of our faith, Jesus, it is especially true for us as Christian believers. We are all members of one Body through baptism, inextricably linked together whether we like it or not. Jesus brought us freedom and vision and salvation and said that he brought it for all, for everyone, for the big players and the inferior

parts. This isn’t optional. One truth we can learn from an observation of basic biology is that systems have a much greater survival rate when complexity is allowed to thrive. Organisms rely on one another for food and all manner of sustenance. Protections are in proper balance. Harmony reigns. A modern example of how this works is the exciting stories making the rounds about the resurgence of the grey wolf population in Yellowstone. All the other parts of the ecosystem from native grasses to

small mammals to elk are coming back into sustainable balance Even the streams—streams of living waters!—are flowing again. Jesus teaches that the larger family of God shares the responsibility of care, one for another. And this season of Epiphany—reminds us of Emanu-el, God with us. But it takes the Apostle Paul to remind us in this lesson that not one of us is ever alone. We have each other and we have God and, we are to live as such, in balance, complexity and harmony. In that, we can find both tremendous comfort as well as great responsibility for action. “The hip bone’s connected to the… thigh bone, the thigh bone’s connected to the… leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the… ankle bone…” “…and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” AMEN

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Editorial

Fool 4 Christ

We are fools on Christ’s account, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in disrepute. (1Cor4:10)

This ordeal has got me wondering, what is the difference between technical knowledge and the concept of "art of one's craft"? At first glance, technology is superior to art. The term "Hi-def" has come to epitimize the superiorty of technology: "realism" in a new age of computer technology. Who needs art when you can technically reproduce reality in 4K-Ultra HD?

the floor of the Sistine Chapel, while still clearly not touching. He wanted to communicate the idea of contact with "God" being so near, and yet so far.

So then we next need to ask, what is art? The definition of art is, "something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings (Merriam-Webster). By extension an artisan is the creator of the above defined art.

I now offer the explanation from my son (the philosopher of the family): Art is finding meaning beyond what is actually there. Art is finding Truth. Art is not something that is out in the world, but is intuitive.

So, I pose the question: What is the difference between an object portrayed with 4K-Ultra HD technology and the same object depicted as a piece of art?

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"Le mani d'oro" Golden Hands For over a decade, my wife has worn a particularly specialized denture that is custom manufactured from a prostontist. Sadly the "creation" doctor has since passed away and we need a new piece created just as the original. So much easier said than done! Having gone through several new doctors, my wife has lamented that none of the new doctors can approach duplicating the "original" of the late Dr. Mathew. According to my wife, "they have technical knowledge, but are sadly lacking in the art of craft that Dr. Mathew so capably added to his creations."

So, again I pose the question, what is the difference between near-perfect photographic representation (ie. photography of hands) and artisan Michaelangelo's "hands"?

Technical knowledge is all about optimization. Technology is exactness. Art sometimes beats technology by intuitively smoothing over unknowns or imperfections (ie. my wife's denture). I think my son makes many valid distinctions. I add that in my opinion, Art is all about the "Le mani d'oro," or the Golden Hands, which are "other-worldly" gifts from God. "Le mani d'oro" is the difference between the athiest and the believer. One believes only what is of this world, while the other draws upon greater-than-world faith in God.

"Le mani d'oro" - is Italian for "you have golden hands," refering to a person as gifted in using their hands, such as when complimenting an artisan. I'm certain they said this of artisan Michaelangelo. Consider Michaelangelo's, The Creation of Adam, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, painted in 1508-1512. It depicts God giving life to Adam, the first man. The image of the near-touching hands depicts closeness without actual contact. He designed it so that the hands would be as close as possible to a viewer on

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For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit (Romans 8:5). Faith gives us the "le mani d'oro," the ability to go beyond the technical realism of this world, to a broader artistic perspective that gives us an insight to greater possibilities than are offered in this world. This greater perspective is what Christ invites us to participate in. We are invited to believe beyond this world. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known ( 1Cor13:12).

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Creazione di Adamo (The Creation of Adam) Michaelangelo Sistine Chapel Ceiling Painted c. 1508–1512

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Batalha Founded by King D. João I of Portugal, the town of Batalha is the second member of the Holy Triangle of Portuguese towns and is chiefly known for the Monastery Santa Maria da Vitória. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Points of interest include the towering statues of the apostles in the front portal of the beautiful gothic cathedral, as well as the vaulting of the chapter house that stretches up to 60 feet.

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Tomar

Tomar sits on the banks of the Nabão River. The 12th century Templar Castle dominates the town. It was once the national headquarters for the Templar Knights during the Middle Ages. Tomar is home to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Convent of Christ, as well as one of Portugal’s oldest synagogues (circa 1430).

Alcobaca

The third member of the Holy Triangle of Portuguese towns is Alcobaça, a small town whose main attraction is a large monastery. Afonso Henríques won the battle at Santarém and promised God that he would build a monastery, and thus went on to found Alcobaça’s monastery in 1153.

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Fatima

Portugal's Religious Epicenter

Of all the monasteries of Portugal, Fatima is certainly the most famous one. Located in a square twice the size of Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, it can accommodate a million people. When Our Blessed Lady appeared to three Portuguese shepherd children in 1917, Fatima was already in the center of a triangle of three religious sites that were several centuries old. The three church/monasteries of Alcobaca, Tomar and Batalha mark historical religious events and have all been declared internationally as World Heritage Sites. All four sites are within an easy thirty miles of each other, but the visitor will want time to savor the spiritual impact and complex history of each.

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What Are You Looking For?

the Diocesan program while four members of the Council must be compliant with the Knights program: the Grand Knight, the Program Director, the Family Director, and the Community Director. Any Knight can go to the Supreme website, www.KofC.org, and take the Safe Environment course and become compliant. Remember, the Safe Environment program is for the safety of you and the children.

What are you looking for? The first weekend in January, I attended the mid-year District Deputy Meeting with nearly all the other District Deputies in the State of California. We were told the top two answers to the following survey question: What do you think of when you think of the Knights of Columbus? Top answer – Pancake Breakfast. Second answer – The men with the funny feather hats. With all the good works we do, from helping the intellectually disabled, sponsoring scholarships, conducting the Coats for Kids and Food for Families programs, supporting the March for Life and purchasing ultrasound machines providing support for our Seminarians, Priests, and Bishops, and the list goes on, I feel the Knights are like Rodney Dangerfield, the man who famously said, “I don’t get no respect!” I know as Knights, we are not looking for accolades. Our reward is the service to all. Faith in Action. The first half of this Columbian Year is over and it’s time to take hold of this new Faith in Action program and change the perception of the Knights of Columbus from pancakes and funny hats to men of Faith in Action!

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From the mid-year meeting, the two most important initiatives are to: 1. Grow the Order – if we don’t continue to welcome new members into our Order, the Knights will become irrelevant in the near future. 2. Increase our Charitable Footprint – I’ll say it again, Faith in Action. It’s not all about raising money, although that helps, but it’s about helping those in need in any charitable manner. We also are looking to you to take part in this transformation. As we were reminded, a man did not choose to become a Knight and join the Order to do NOTHING! There are so many opportunities to get involved with your Brother Knights. What are you looking for in the Knights? If you have a great idea for the Council to show its Faith in Action that it’s not already doing, bring it up!

All Knights events where children might be present are to have at least two Knights compliant with the Knights of Columbus Safe Environment training present at the event. Finally, Member Retention was discussed at the mid-year meeting. Are Councils doing enough to communicate with their members? Are you engaging the members with relevant activities, encouraging them to participate with their Brothers? Are you finding what you are looking for in the Knights? If not, help us help you by telling the Council Officers your ideas to improve the Council. You know, you will get more out of becoming the Knight you were called to be than the effort you put into it. Vivat Jesus!

Another hot topic at the mid-year meeting was Safe Environment. As a reminder, there is a Safe Environment program for the Knights of Columbus and a separate Safe Environment program for the Diocese of Sacramento. Volunteers at Knights events on Parish property must comply with

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Editorial

I am proud to be a knight because of the men I am involved with. They are leaders. They are thoughtful. They are decisive. They see the needs of the community and they take action to help.

Good of the Order Why I Became a Knight

My time in the Knights of Columbus has helped me to be a better Catholic, a better man, a better husband and a better father. All this has increased my happiness by improving my relationship with God and my fellow man. Here are some of the many good reasons why you should become a Knight.

Frank Rogers-Smith Have you ever wondered why you are here, Do you ever ask if you’re life matters? Do you want to know if you make a difference? Knights of Columbus do not have to ask those questions. Being a Knight helps answer the big questions of life. As knights we understand that our lives are a gift from God and we share it by serving others. The Baltimore Catechism states that God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven. Being a Knight of Columbus has helped me to know God better and this has brought me profound peace. Being a Knight has provided me with a wealth of learning opportunities. The Knights of Columbus’s Catholic Information Services provide courses of study on topics like The Domestic Church, The New Evangelization, and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. The CIS has over a dozen topics to increase your devotion to God. The Knights also have a Formation Catholic Correspondence Course. You can request information at www.kofc.org/

We make a difference If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith then you should become a Knight of Columbus. We help our church, community and others around the world. When we became Catholics we said we would live according to the five precepts of the Catholic Church. I can think of no better way to do this as a Catholic man than to be a Knight of Columbus. One of the precepts is to help to provide for the needs of the Church, each according to his own ability." CCC 1351; 1387; 1438; 2043 It was reported in 2017, our brotherhood's works of mercy included record levels of charity, with over $177 million in donations and over 75 million hours of volunteer service. We do this by: • Supporting the parish with its needs • Helping to meet the needs of those in the local community • Supporting programs that benefit people with intellectual disabilities • Aid victims of natural disasters and other catastrophic events, local and

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worldwide • Donate wheelchairs to people without mobility at home and abroad • Support Veterans Being a Knight helps us be better Catholics. As Knights, we rely on one another to help keep our faith strong. All relationships are based on shared values. As Catholics, we share an ecclesial culture, language, and values. Come join us as we form a brotherhood of like-minded Catholic men who share our faith, values, and aspirations for living a life that’s worthy of a follower of Christ. Our founding Father Michael J. McGivney believed that a being a knight of Columbus could transform a man into a saint and that would change his parish. Becoming a Knight of Columbus a powerful tool that God can use to transform your life. These are just some of the reasons to become a Knight. If you are up to the challenge of becoming a saint and helping to transform St. John Vianney Parrish we’d love to have you join us for the experience of a lifetime. Make a stand with us and you can discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and that of others. Find a Knight and ask how you can get involved. We are easy to find-we are involved in ministries throughout the church or contact us at http://www. ranchoknights.com. We look forward to hearing from you! We are here to serve God and our community. We matter because we make a difference to the people we help. We are men of action. We are men who get things done. We are Knights of Columbus.

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St. John Vianney School

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St. John Vianney School

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Q. Where is the first math homework problem mentioned in the Bible? A. When God told Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply. 28

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Knights Crossword Puzzle

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The Apostles

Crossword Puzzle: The Apostles

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February Prayer Intentions

The Popes Monthly Intentions for February 2019

Universal–Victims Especially for the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence. Bishop Soto offered a prayer all could say to ask for rain: May God open the heavens and let his mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains. Let us especially pray for those most impacted by water shortages and for the wisdom and charity to be good stewards of this precious gift. May our political leaders seek the common good as we learn to care and share God’s gift of water for the good of all.” For future reference you can sent prayer intentions for inclusion in the Newsletter to the following: Email: jondunn@aol.com Text or Phone: (510) 648-6473

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Kirk Dutcher

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Frank Rogers-Smith

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Charles Popp

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Saint of the Month

then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome.

Saint Valentine of Rome

Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Roman saint widely celebrated on February 14 and commonly associated with "courtly love." Although not much of St. Valentine's life is reliably known, and whether or not the stories involve two different saints by the same name is also not officially decided, it is highly agreed that St. Valentine was martyred and

In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrolgy. The legends attributed to the mysterious saint are as inconsistent as the actual identification of the man. One common story about St. Valentine is that in one point of his life, as the former Bishop of Terni, Narnia and Amelia, he was on house arrest with Judge Asterius. While discussing religion and faith with the Judge, Valentine pledged the validity of Jesus. The judge immediately put Valentine and his faith to the test. St. Valentine was presented with the judge's blind daughter and told to restore her sight. If he succeeded, the judge vowed to do anything for Valentine. Placing his hands onto her eyes, Valentine restored the child's vision. Judge Asterius was humbled and obeyed Valentine's requests. Asterius broke all the idols around his house, fasted for three days and became baptized, along with his family and entire 44 member household. The now faithful judge then freed all of his Christian inmates. St. Valentine was later arrested again for continuing to try to convert

people to Christianity. He was sent to Rome under the emperor Claudius Gothicus (Claudius II). According to the popular hagiographical identity, and what is believed to be the first representation of St. Valentine, the Nuremberg Chronicle, St. Valentine was a Roman priest martyred during Claudius' reign. The story tells that St. Valentine was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Both acts were considered serious crimes. A relationship between the saint and emperor began to grow, until Valentine attempted to convince Claudius of Christianity. Claudius became raged and sentenced Valentine to death, commanding him to renounce his faith or be beaten with clubs and beheaded. St. Valentine refused to renounce his faith and Christianity and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269. However, other tales of St. Valentine's life claim he was executed either in the year 269, 270, 273 or 280. Other depictions of St. Valentine's arrests tell that he secretly married couples so husbands wouldn't have to go to war. Another variation of the legend of St. Valentine says he refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, was imprisoned and while imprisoned he healed the jailer's blind daughter. On the day of his execution, he left the girl a note signed, "Your Valentine."

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Knights of Columbus Blessed Sacrament Council #5322 January 2019 Publisher-Fr. Giovanni Gamas

Summary of Minutes General Council Meeting Blessed Sacrament Council #5322 January 10, 2018

Editor-Deacon Walter Little GK Report-GK Derrick Andrade Deputy Report-DK John Brenan

The Council was called to order at 7:03 pm. Opening prayer was offered by Grand Knight Derrick Andrade. 1) Grand Knight Report – Derrick Andrade a) The General Council Meeting will be Wednesday February 13th, the date was changed because Thursday is Valentine’s Day. b) The Knight’s Crab Feed is the Council’s second largest fund raiser, the largest is the Fireworks Sales. c) George Elheart, visiting Grand Knight, thanked our Council for contributing to the boys and girls vocation retreats. Next retreat is May 5th.

Good of the Order-Frank Rogers-Smith Faith in Action Feature-Kyle Marx Fool 4 Christ Feature-Peter Arnez Living Our Faith Feature-Derek Ekwal Saint of the Month Feature-Cal Schell Sports Page Feature-Kirk Dutcher Postcard Feature-Joe Ferreira & Paul Labbe' Our Veterans Feature-Joe Galipeau Knights on Bikes Feature-Esteban Ramirez

2) Chancellor Report - Estabon Ramirez/Al Getz. a) Brother Anthony Conception completed his 1st degree in December.

Catholic Herald Feature-Larry Bragg Knights Puzzle Feature-Charles Popp

3) Youth Activities - Larry Brag: a) The Council’s free throw contest will be held February 4th, 5th and 6th. That will allow the winners to move to the Chapter’s free throw contest

Meeting Highlights-Tim Beck

4) Members in Distress a) The knights were requested to pray for Brother Guy Jones, Brother Virgil Brown and his wife Minny, Brother Esteban Ramirez, Brother Greg Freeman, Brother Tim Godney, Brother Walter Kinney, Brother Fidelis Eke, Brother John Chares, and Brother Terry Crose.

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Warden’s Drawing a) 1st drawing for $50.00 – No. 127, Paulo Navaros - absent. b) 2nd drawing for $35.00 – No. 43, Frank Donagher

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PLEASE, DO ALL YOU CAN TO ENCOURAGE PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS. YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

K EEP T H E FA I T H A LI V E

‘I CONTEMPLATED MY FUTURE LIFE FOR CHRIST.’

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Growing up, I had steadfast examples of always putting family and faith first. My father suggested that perhaps one day I would become a priest. At 15, I met the Oblates of the Virgin Mary at their parish near my home in Long Beach, Calif. I was attracted to their passion for preaching God’s mercy and making the sacraments available around the clock. They introduced me to the methods of prayer and discernment from St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. Imagining Jesus crucified before me, I contemplated my future life for Christ. Then, Mary whispered into the silence, “What about the priesthood?” I maintained spiritual direction through the remainder of high school and a university program in computer science. Finally, only 10 days after my younger sister joined a Dominican congregation, I entered the seminary in Boston. I had embarked on an adventure that would take me to three continents on the path to ministry as an Oblate priest, just like those who had captivated me at 15 — and I love it!

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