Knights in Action

The Council's recent landscaping project for the Little Sisters of the Poor was published online at Supreme's website here.  We hope to see the event published in an upcoming edition of the Columbian magazine in the Knights in Action section.

 

 

July & August Birthdays

Jubilee Council 3294 would like wish a belated Happy Birthday to our Brothers who celebrated birthdays in July and a Happy Birthday to those celebrating in August.

July

REV. JOHN PRIMICH
ALEXANDER KOSIARSKI
ROBERT FORD II
FREDERICK BRIDGE
ERIC FRENCH
DANIEL DI LUZIO
RICHARD WALSH
MARTIN KOY   
ANTHONY COZZI
ZYGMUND BREZINSKI
THOMAS REED
KENNETH PERRIN
MARK MAZEWSKI
WILLIAM ROSS
JASON KARPI
GARY MILLS
RICHARD SENA
RICKY KELLER
WILLIAM ANDREWS

 

 

August


DONALD MCLAUGHLIN
JUAN FERRER
ANTHONY MATTESSICH
RICHARD SCHUBACH
ALFRED RENDA
DAVID KENDRA
BRIAN DONOHUE
JOHN COLLINS
PETER COOKE
JOHN VAN STONE
REV. TIMOTHY CHRISTY
JIM CRISPO
PHILLIP MELANCON
ANTHONY PRIMIANI
MARTIN ADAMS

The Spreading Scourge of Anti-Christian Persecution

 - – Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – - Washington Times

 

The images projected across our television and computer screens throughout the day as we rest in the creature comforts of our offices and homes are very sobering. They should elicit the most basic instincts of both fear and compassion for hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of our fellow brothers and sisters. They are images not soon forgotten, though we have seen them before countless times. Each time we see them, the groans and pain evident on their faces grows more real for us and more difficult to ignore.

I’m referring to those around the world persecuted by a group of religious zealots whose behavior is difficult to comprehend. Their intolerance against Christianity is beyond horrible. People are being beheaded for their faith. Women and young girls are being sexually violated and whole families are being wantonly slaughtered in cold blood. Perhaps just as abhorrent is the profound silence of the American government as represented by the current administration. Even though President Obama has declared that we are not a Judeo-Christian nation, we are still compassionate people who should not ignore humanitarian atrocities, much less ones where the victims are only guilty of maintaining a belief in the principles espoused by Jesus Christ.

We have an obligation as Americans to denounce these acts of persecution. Even those who do not worship a higher deity should be concerned. For when we stand up to such intolerance, we are defending the root of freedom. We are defending choice — the ability to worship and call on the name of a heavenly being without fear of torture and abandonment.

The president, who very early in his tenure won the Nobel Peace Prize, now has an opportunity to truly be the broker of peace in a very troubled part of the world. He can be a champion of freedom of religion, which is a founding principle of our nation. As long as religious practices do not infringe upon the rights of others, he can make it clear that it is wrong to interfere with those practices.

In our own country, we must become more reasonable in the adjudication of disputes about religious symbols. For instance, if a Christmas tree or manger scene has been a long-standing tradition in a community, and one or two people come along and claim that it offends them and must be removed, should those few individuals have the power to interfere with the seasonal joy of thousands who rejoice in the viewing of those symbols of the holiday season? If someone is offended by a menorah in a Jewish community, would it not make more sense to give them some sensitivity training than to disturb the entire community by removing the symbol? I could go on for quite some time mentioning various symbols associated with a wide variety of religions, but I think the point is clear. When we reward unwarranted hypersensitivity surrounding religious ceremonies or beliefs, we add fuel to the hatred and intolerance that subsequently produces religious persecution.

I am certain that some will say religious persecution in other parts of the world does not concern us and that we cannot be the police for the planet. Certainly, there is some validity to the latter part of that statement, but if we continue to ignore or tolerate religious persecution elsewhere, it is just a matter of time before we will experience it to a much greater degree than we have already here at home.

As far as the Middle East is concerned, we are not helpless and can dispatch the State Department to do all it can to help those in this desperate time of need. Some conservatives and cynics might argue that such a move requires government dollars. Who’s to say? We don’t fully comprehend how besieged these people are, much less know what it would take to grant them relief.

Governments need to decry such persecution, and root it out wherever and whenever they can. The United States should lead in that effort — just as it has with combating sex trafficking and other problems the collective world can and has decried in the past. It is hard to find an issue that demands a sharper clarion call for leadership now.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book “One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future” (Sentinel).

Fortnight for Freedom

Dear Brother Knights,

On June 21 – July 4, Catholics throughout the nation will commemorate the annual Fortnight for Freedom. This period of prayer, fasting, and advocacy will be a time for faithful Americans to respond to the many threats to religious liberty our country currently faces. This year’s theme is the “Freedom to Serve,” which highlights the good that Catholic apostolates do for the poor.

For information on this year’s fortnight and suggestions on what you can do on behalf of our religious liberties, we encourage you to visit www.fortnight4freedom.org. As leaders in your parish communities, we encourage you to organize and participate in activities in cooperation with your priests and parish leadership. Individually, we ask you to offer special prayers and sacrifices on behalf of our precious First Amendment religious freedoms during the Fortnight.

The Knights of Columbus throughout the years has been steadfast in its defense of our First Amendment right to religious freedom. In union with our priests and bishops, we can continue this legacy through our enthusiastic support of the Fortnight for Freedom.

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

Melinda Gates: ‘Gates Foundation Has Decided Not to Fund Abortion’ | CNS News

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June Birthdays

Jubilee Council 3294 would like wish a Happy Birthday to our Brothers celebrating birthdays in June.

Michael De Luca
Henry Fatton
Henry Ferreira
Joseph Dabulas
Thomas Pisciotta
John Glessner 
Mark Troisi
Alan Hofmann
Michael Bonieski
Douglas Rofrano Jr 
Dr John Mc Donough
Ryan Cooley
Antonio Abuan
Ricardo Pedro
Robert Ford III 
Joseph Mitala
Bruce De Bacco
Joao Baptista Dos Santos 
Timothy Finn

Planned Parenthood Tells Women God Is Fine With Having An Abortion

Wow.  Planned Parenthood is unbelievable.

 

End of Year Social Meeting

Denzel Washington on Dreams and Goals

Denzel Washington shares his formula for success: setting goals, consistency, discipline, and never forgetting to thank God.

 

May Birthdays

Jubilee Council 3294 would like wish a Happy Birthday to our Brothers celebrating birthdays in May.

 

Frank Seboria 
Joseph Urcinas
Brian Morrissey
William Coey
Jason Edwards
Severin Kassarate
Gregory Taranto
Raymond Gessner
Edward Keller
Angelo Coppola
Anthony Scotto
Daniel Carducci
Kevin Weaver 
David Lucas
Geoffrey Stricklin
Peter Cucci
Peter Vazquez 
Robert Krieger
Raymond Millner
David Urcinas
James White
Bernard Olszyk
Frank Alio
Anthony Esposito