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Life Programs 2019 - 2020

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Ronald D. DeGroot
State Life Director
Phone: (360) 704-8822

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The2019 March For Life is now history.  What a resounding success!!!  Attendance for all of the major walks were higher than ever.  I've been told that the March in Washington DC was between 300,000 and 400,000.  The crowd in Olympia was estimated to be as high as 7,000 and in the third annual Walk For Life Northwest in Spokane had an estimated crowd of 700.  For photos of the 2019 Walk For Life Northwest see the twitter feed and Facebook link in the upper right corner of the website homepage. 

This year we split the Mass for Life in Olympia into two Masses.  The first was held at Saint Michael, Olympia with Archbishop Sartain and the second at Sacred Heart, Lacey with Bishop Mueggenborg .  The Mass For Life in Spokane was held at the Cathedral Of Our Lady Of Lourdes with Bishop Daly.  It's exciting to see the growth of the movement.

Remember the Feast Of The Annunciation is on Monday, March 25, 2019.  It is the celebration of our Mother Mary saying YES to God!  It is also the Knights of Columbus "Day of the Unborn Child" which is a time throughout the order, to come together with friends and family to host a variety of prayer programs within the parishes and their communities that show our never-ending commitment to unborn children and their mothers.

On another front - I was recently asked by Brother Kavin Beedle to share his letter to the Knights.  The letter follows.

Dear Brother Knights, 

As a Brother Knight of 7 years, I have come to appreciate the great works of the Knights of Columbus from Supreme down to our State level.  So, thank you for the mentors, officers and devoted members.

However, Christ still needs to illuminate the truth as we face the "culture of death" in our society."  Thus, I write today encouraging a simple act of commitment to counter the culture of death.  I hope that brother Knights and councils will arise and help to promote the Pro-Life movie Unplanned, that is scheduled to be in theaters March 29, 2019.  For those who are unfamiliar with the story of Abby Johnson, this is an amazing story about the transformation of a former Planned Parenthood director to now with a Pro-Life advocate.  The message is about defending the human dignity of the unborn, healing, and redemption.

What inspired me to write every council in the state of Washington?  It came to me on January 18th as I stood with hundreds of thousands at the 37th annual March for Life in Washington D.C.  Yes it was cold, shoulder to shoulder, legs standing from standing for two hours before the kickoff rally.But that all disappeared as speakers took to the podium, including the Vice President, Mike Pence and his wife Karen.  But the pivotal moment occurred when the video Thank you on 1000 Ultrasounds was revealed on the big screen.  (If you haven't watched you can find it on You Tube).  Gentlemen, when you hear mothers say "Thank you" to the members of the Knights of Columbus for our efforts to provide ultrasounds to pregnancy care centers moves the soul and all the inconvenient pains become irrelevant.  These mothers, fathers and most importantly unborn babies our perseverance.

Ultrasounds are just the beginning of changing our culture.  The Knights also focused on building up the domestic church - the family.  I believe this is an opportunity to bridge these two missions.  By encouraging families to see the movie it helps rebuild the respect of every human life and reassures that every human being is unique and made in the image and likeness of God, our creator.

Thus I ask 2 things.

1.  Please pray and then make a commitment to support the movie either through your attendance, advertising to parishes, encouraging priests, telling Brother Knights, or hosting a Red Carpet Event.  See for details.

2.  Check out the organization And Then There Were None (ATTWN)  See https://abortion   "ATTWN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry.  While we believe in and wholeheartedly support all peaceful prolife efforts, ATTWN seeks to end abortion from the inside out.

Please look into the organization and see how they have helped more than 400 women leave the abortion industry.  (If you decide to financially support them, please send your check on March 21 - 22, so that it is received on the Feast of the Annunciation)

In conclusion, ascend Brother Knights!  This is our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our families who need the truth, and come to know the love and mercy of God.

 Ron DeGroot, LIFE Chairman

Washington State Council

Knights of Columbus




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