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State Deputy 2019 - 2020

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Patrick Kelley

Worthy District Deputies and Brother Knights, Gentlemen:

As the Holy Spirit dwells within each of us we are to be the example of what Jesus should like to all those that know us, especially as Knights. Be that example. Set the standard and do what is right…just because it is the right thing to do. In light of the current health issues I offer the following:

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID19) situation and its impact globally, you recently received a memo from our Supreme Knight strongly recommending cancelation of all personal contact meetings, events and travel for Knights of Columbus business until further notice.

The Washington State Council will fully comply with the Supreme Council’s directive to protect our members and their families.  At the same time, we should step into the breach of the moment where possible and live out the commitment to our Order’s principles of charity, unity and fraternity.  We were created for this moment, and we must act for this moment.  We are the strong right arm of the Church.

In his letter on March 11, 2020, the Supreme Knight listed several suggestions on ways to continue council operations amid the COVID19 outbreak.  I strongly urge you to adopt these suggestions and I encourage you to consider additional ways to help your pastors and parishes during these challenging times.

Due to the Governor’s directive prohibiting large gatherings and directing social distancing in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, several closures have occurred, to include schools.  The Archdiocese of Seattle has temporarily suspended all public Masses until further notice.  Many parish programs have also been suspended.  In an effort to keep churches open for individual prayer and adoration as well as continue to serve the needs of the faithful under these restrictive measures many of our priests are under immense pressure and stress as they continue their ministries.

In response to these conditions, I request all District Deputies and Grand Knights to prayerfully consider implementing any of the following:

· Grand Knights contact your pastor and ask if individual knights can support him: perhaps help him unlock/lock the church on weekends or assist in the Exposition during Adoration times.

· District Deputies contact parishes without a council within your district and ask the pastor if individual knights from councils in the area could assist him.

· Contact pastors and offer to deliver groceries or medications to elderly parishioners who might be self-quarantined.  Establish a drop off point outside the house.

· Help any priest who may be self-quarantined.

· Help any brother knight who may be self-quarantined.

· Tech savvy knights could help pastors set up live streaming or recording of private Masses to be broadcast on the parish website. 

There are many ways we can assist our parishes, our priests, our bishops and our brother knights during these extraordinary times.  Let us live up to the demands of these times by giving back to God in abundance for all the blessings he continues to bestow on us even when the going gets tough. Stay safe and be conscious of your health as we strive to help build up God’s Kingdom.

Vivat Jesus!