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Community Programs 2020 - 2021

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Dang H. Nguyen, FS
State Community Director
Email: COMMUNITY@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (425) 341-3017

February 2021

 

Worthy Brother Knights,

 

February is my favorite month of the year. Why? First, it's my birthday month! Second, the Vietnamese New Year (Tet) sometimes falls on or around my birthday, as well, and in 2021, it is on February 12, two days before my birthday. That's something special right there. Party Time! The COVID-19 vaccines have been out for a while now, but distribution to everyone has been slow. Obviously, that still does put a hamper on any real celebrations, of course.

 

Speaking of vaccines, I'd like to address how we can continue to help within our communities, be safe, and consider vaccinating ourselves and family members.  For months, many councils have continued to execute successful food drives, clothing drives, and fundraisers to support our local parishes. These councils have done so safely and in smaller numbers. With the vaccines, more councils could have more participation from their members.

 

The big question: Should Catholics be vaccinating themselves? There is plenty of debate about this and I will not try to address them. I encourage each Knight to prayerfully consider the facts and make your own informed decision while respecting the decision of others (Luke 6:37). First, let it be known that the USCCB's statement on 12-Dec-2020 had this to say:

 

“In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.

 

“Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.  In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”

(https://www.usccb.org/news/2020/us-bishop-chairmen-pro-life-and-doctrine-address-ethical-concerns-new-covid-19-vaccines)

 

The bishops also warned that Catholics “must be on guard so that the new COVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself."

 

Pope Francis received his vaccination in January.

 

 

As a reminder from previous newsletters:

 

What counts as close contact? (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html)

·      You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more

·      You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

·      You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)

·      You shared eating or drinking utensils

·      They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

These guidelines make it very clear that food drives where parishioners are driving through a parish campus and dropping off donations would not qualify as “close contact”. If safe procedures are in place, there is no reason your council should be avoiding these critical programs for your community.

 

So, you still feel concerned about being out in public – what else can you do? How about organizing some fellow Knights in your council and making phone calls to check on your Brother Knights? Many are not “tech savvy” or have the online resources to stay in touch – reach out to them. Pick up that phone you normally use to surf the web or post snarky remarks on social media and actually make a phone call. See if your fellow Brother Knight can use some help getting groceries, car maintenance, or home maintenance.

 

Thank you for all you do for the Order and thank for all you do in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Vivat Jesus!

 

Dang Nguyen

State Community Director

Washington State Knights of Columbus


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