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Washington State Programs 2018 - 2019

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Thomas C. Williams, FN
State Program Director
Email: GENERALPROGRAM@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (206) 617-0600

December 2018

Brother Knights,

My brothers, I wish you the very best of the Christmas season, may you find peace and love in your lives as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child.

We continue stepping through the changes due to the Faith In Action Program this month, exploring fourth and final program category, the Family Programs led by State Chairman Ed Hebert. Last month we looked at the Community Programs led by State Chairman Dr. Scott Hulse.

Featured versus Required Programs

To qualify for the Columbian Award, you must complete four programs in each of the main program categories. Required Programs mean just that, you are required to complete that program for credit in that main program category. When your Council conducts a Featured Program and satisfies the requirements, you will receive two credits in that category.

As with all other programs, your first action should be to work with your pastor and ensure that you have his approval and guidance for these programs. Remember, too, that each program represents an opportunity to be visible in your community and to reach out to prospective members. Be sure to wear Knights logo apparel, have signs denoting the event and Council(s), and have membership pamphlets available.

Father McGivney sought to strengthen the familial bond of father to mother and children to parents. His vision for family life was not only financial and material aid but also spiritual strength. The majority of our time is easily spent in secular circles unless we intentionally create ways to live the domestic church. These programs, created for families by families, help us to live this call.

CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY FAMILY – Required/New

Help strengthen families and revitalize our parishes. Knights of Columbus councils will invite each family in their parish to consecrate themselves to the Holy Family and to devote themselves to the ideal model of familial love set by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

To help families live out the joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori has composed a prayer through which families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. In this prayer, we ask for the aid or intercession of the perfect son Jesus Christ, Mary the perfect mother, and Joseph who is a model for every father. Councils will guide their parishes and community to understand and offer this important and impactful prayer. Preparing for the Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. It is choosing a way of life for your family. Through this consecration, each participant is consciously choosing to be a beacon of God’s love through his Church.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES – Featured

Help end hunger in communities across North America. Many in our communities are struggling through hardship and unable to provide food for their families. The goal of Food for Families is to ensure that as few as possible go to bed hungry each night.

The Knights of Columbus are committed to helping end hunger through the Food for Families Program, which has donated millions of dollars and millions of pounds of food to the cause. Council and parish families will raise funds to support their local food pantries, food banks and soup kitchens. For every $500 or 1,000 pounds of food donated, the Supreme Council will refund $100 back to the council – up to a maximum of $500 per council per fraternal year.

FAMILY FULLY ALIVE

Help families place God and the Catholic faith at the center of their lives, year-round. Using the Family Fully Alive Booklet as a devotional guide, this program provides monthly themes, reflections, meditations and group projects.

The Family Fully Alive program asks families to invite God into their homes and cultivates each family as a miniature domestic church. To this end, the program provides monthly themes, scripture verses and activities. Through prayer and reflection, each family has the opportunity to grow in holiness together. The Family Fully Alive monthly devotions are concrete ways that Knights of Columbus, in solidarity with Pope Francis, can support the growth of holy and loving families in the Church.

FAMILY OF THE MONTH AND THE YEAR

Stimulate and support the development of strong and vibrant families. Local councils will establish a committee to recognize a deserving Family of the Month and Family of the Year with potential for recognition on the international level.

Each month, the council Family of the Month committee selects one parish family that models Christian family values and visibly lives them every day. Once a year, each participating council also selects one of the previous twelve Family of the Month winners to represent the council/parish as the potential international Family of the Year. The Knights of Columbus Family of the Year is chosen by the Supreme Council and recognized each year at the annual Supreme Convention.

FAMILY PRAYER NIGHT – New

Strengthen the bonds within our parishes and build faith-filled families. This is an opportunity for council members, families and the whole parish community to come together once a month for an evening of prayer, dinner and fellowship.

Catholics often struggle with the reality that they do not have the opportunity to socialize and/or pray with other faith-filled Catholic families. It can be quite a challenge to raise our children in the faith when their only exposure comes from Mom and Dad.

Family Prayer Night is an opportunity for children to be exposed to regular people living their faith in a casual setting. Families of council members, as well as other Catholic families within the parish and community, will gather for prayer, dinner and fellowship. Multiple groups can be formed and families are encouraged to rotate between these groups.

FAMILY WEEK

Dedicate a week to celebrate our families. Councils plan a special week for their parish celebrating family life. Activities presented in this program will strengthen the parish community and affirm the central importance of Catholic family life.

Knights of Columbus councils will dedicate a special week of the year to recognize the vital importance of families as the foundation of our domestic church and to promote Catholic family values. When choosing a week, councils should consider factors that might affect parishioner schedules such as school vacations, holidays and other local events.

Though traditionally celebrated in the summer to commemorate the birth and death of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Michael McGivney, this program can take place anytime during the year.

GOOD FRIDAY FAMILY PROMOTION – New

Bring families into more robust practice and better understanding of the Catholic faith and the Easter services. In an effort to increase attendance and involvement, Knights of Columbus councils will conduct a promotional campaign to educate their parishes on the vital importance of Good Friday.

Despite Good Friday’s central role in the heart of Christianity, attendance at services remains low. In an effort to change this, councils will encourage participation in Good Friday services through a promotional campaign. Setting an example for their community, Knights will attend Good Friday services with their families and work with their pastors to encourage increased parishioner involvement at these liturgies. In conjunction with these efforts, councils will also work to educate their parishes about the plight of Christians in the Holy Land and other areas around the globe where Christians are persecuted for their faith.

KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

Promote the true spirit of Christmas in our homes, schools, parishes and communities. Knights of Columbus councils will evangelize society through their faithful acts, celebrations and a variety of activities.

The Knights of Columbus offers multiple activities that promote Christmas and the season of Advent in their proper context: Journey to the Inn, Light Up for Christ, Crèche or Advent Wreath Blessing, and the Christmas Poster Contest. These programs are centered on the example of the Holy Family and the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The new Keep Christ in Christmas program brings all related activities together under one umbrella. It encourages councils to compel their neighbors to shift from a preoccupation with materialism to the light of Christ and the spirit of giving. Activities include whatever efforts best suit the parish and community of a particular council and do not need to originate from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.

Next month we will work through the changes to the Columbian Award form, SP-7, and how you need to plan your programs for success in achieving the award.

Vivat Jesus!


Fraternally,

Tom Williams

General Program Director
Washington State Council
GeneralProgram@kofc-wa.org  

 


 


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