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Washington State Programs 2020 - 2021

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Scott E. Hulse, FC
State Program Director
Email: GENERALPROGRAM@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (360) 243-0745

August 2020

We, as Knights of Columbus, have been challenged once again by the unknown during this COVID-19 pandemic. We have served our Parishes, communities and nation during similar situations in the past. We need to step up and continue serving and set an example for others to emulate. Look for opportunities. Leave no neighbor behind is not a slogan – it is a call to action. Let’s be effective while practicing social distancing and good hygiene, wearing breathing masks to protect others as well as ourselves, and when necessary sheltering at home.

Consider starting out the 2020 – 2021 fraternal year by making the multi-part Into the Breach video series available to your Council members as well as Parishioners. Everything we do as Knights causes us to step “Into the Breach.” We are truly in the Breach as we contend with effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has on activities. The pandemic is not going away so let’s figure out how we can make a difference. The challenges enunciated in the “Into the Breach” video series should stimulate creative thoughts on how we can serve while protecting ourselves and those around us. The “Into the Breach” video series along with a presentation guide booklet and a study guide are available at www.KofC.org/intothebreach.

Councils should have developed or be developing calendars for this fraternal year by now. Consider the Coats for Kids program. Ask your Parish Pastor how your Council can help during Mass as we begin to reopen our Churches; for example, with traffic management and traffic flow in Church parking lots, informing Parishioners of the Parishes plan to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, dispensing hand sanitizer, cleaning and sanitizing pews between Masses, directing Parishioners to seating that assures social distancing, assist with directing Communicants to Communion Stations and assisting with other Ministries when necessary because of the pandemic. Start planning to participate in the 2021 Pilgrimage of the Silver Rose. Make sure that every Knight is contacted frequently by at least one other Knight. Envision the opportunities in the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program.

Always remember why we are Knights, why we step into the breach, and why we practice Faith in Action. There are no required Faith in Action programs during the 2020 – 2021 fraternal year. Rather, eight programs have been added to the list of featured Faith in Action programs. The four programs under Faith include RSVP, Into the Breach, Spiritual Reflection and Holy Hour. The four featured Community programs include Coats for Kids, Global Wheelchair Mission, Habitat for Humanity and Leave No Neighbor Behind. Food for Families, Family of the Month/Year, Family Prayer Night and Family Fully Alive make up the featured Family programs. The March for Life, Special Olympics, Ultrasound Program and Pregnancy Center Support are feature Life programs. More information for all of these programs is available at www.kofc.org/fiaresources.

Be aware that requirements for the Star Award have been altered because of constraints that our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has made necessary. Membership requirements have been reduced for the McGivney Award. Net growth in membership has been reduced from 7% to 5%. The minimum number of new members has been reduced from 4 to 3. The maximum number of new members has been reduced from 35 to 20. Requirements for the Founders Award have also been changed. All quotas have been removed except Councils are required to host or co-host two Fraternal Benefit Seminars using approved materials. Councils that partner with other Councils will receive full credit for the Seminars. Four credits in each of the four Faith in Action programs are required; however, if a Council follows all of the guidelines in the guideline booklets for each featured program, they will receive two rather than one point and only need to complete two featured programs in each category.

There are a myriad of opportunities for Councils to stay active while the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading. We will have to continue holding virtual Council meetings for the foreseeable future; however, we are still able to serve our Parishes, Communities and Nation. Take advantage of the many opportunities we have to minimize the impact of current pandemic conditions on our brothers, sisters and our neighbors.


Vivat Jesus! 


Scott Hulse

State Program Director

 


Supreme Resources

Faith in Action Program Guidebook

Faith in Action FAQ

Faith in Action Webinar

Youth & Faith in Action

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