Today, I want to address the growth of the Order. Membership growth is the fuel that keeps this great fraternal engine running. All of our charitable works at the council, state, national and international level are thanks to our hard-working members. And more members equals more charity.
We know that the membership blitz is a tried and true way for councils to get more men to join. We see these pushes often in March, in celebration of Founder’s Day, and again in October. These drives are successful because brother Knights have increased visibility speaking or presenting during and after Masses and at special events. We must remember that we have a duty to ask each and every Catholic gentleman to join our ranks for the good of the Church, the community and the Order.
During the rest of the year, we often “forget” to ask men to join and to bring their families into the Knights of Columbus family. You probably know an eligible Catholic man you could ask today. What if the only reason he hasn’t joined is because no one has asked him yet?
When telling a prospect about the strengths of the Order, don’t forget our greatest fraternal benefit: our insurance program. This is often a “selling point” to a potential member who is on the fence. Many members become Knights simply to be able to buy coverage to protect their family. Soon after, they realize the good our charitable works do for their community, and they are proud to be members.
As your professional Knights of Columbus Field Agent, I look forward to helping us grow in fraternity in any way that I can.
The Fortnight for Freedom will end on July 4th. As you are enjoying the time with friends and family please take the time to listen to the video regarding our religious freedom titled “Dignitatis Humanae” (below), it would be great to share with friends and your family. There are also many great additional resources that you will find at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/.
When we come back from the holiday and begin the new Columbian Year let us commit ourselves to four things:
To Increase our prayer life both individually and as a brotherhood.
To defend our religious freedom and our Church.
To assist those who are victims of religious persecution.
To always boldly and openly proclaim The Name of Our Lord.
God Bless each of you, you families, and Our Country.
Where is 2016 going? It seems like Easter was just last week. I hope you and your family are getting ready for a great summer. Hopefully, you’ve established a few goals for this year. I’ve learned a great tip regarding resolutions. First, write them down. It’s not too late if you haven’t already done this. Commit your goals to paper and post it someplace you will see it often. Writing down a goal is the first step towards achieving it. It may not make sense at first, but I’m sure you have heard stories of the success this simple task can bring. Whether your goal is to exercise more, give more to charity, read more or watch less television, you’re more likely to accomplish it if you write it down.
Second, resolve to have an expert look at your finances. I recommend that you have a team of experts help you, and I would love to be the first you sit with. Let’s schedule some time to meet together, and I, your professional Knights of Columbus Field Agent, will provide an “insurance check-up” (at no cost!) that will evaluate any gaps in your family’s life insurance protection. Now might be the perfect time to fill those gaps, not later. Keep in mind that unlike many other products, you don’t just need money to obtain life insurance; you also need good health, and no one knows when your health could change.
Did I mention my check-up is free of charge? When was the last time you received something for free that could provide value to you and your family for generations? Call me today.
The Knights of Columbus Jubilee Council 3294 are proud to once again host our annual Mother's Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 15th. Please come join us for a great breakfast buffet featuring pancakes, eggs, ham, omelets to order, hash browns and of course the best waffles in town!
The Council would like to congratulate Grand Knight Ray Blaser and Lecturer Kevin Weaver on their advancement to the 4th Degree. The Exemplification was held on Sunday, April 17th. The next time you see them, be sure to congratulate them.
The Knight of Columbus District Free Throw Competition was held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm at St. Ann’s School. Congratulations to all participates. With her amazing form and strength, Dagny Slomack swept the 9 years old girl bracket with making 18 out of 25. Once again, congratulations to all of our Council winners and to Dagny as the District winner. Hope to see everybody in the fall for the Soccer Challenge.
The Knights of Columbus are again proud to sponsor their annual basketball free throw competition for 2016 on Sunday, January 31st. This event will be held in the Parish Center with registration from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. The competition will be held from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. The competition is open for all boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 as of January 1st. Participants compete in separate categories by age and gender. A copy of each participant’s birth certificate is required. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each age group. Also, winners from our council competition have the opportunity to move on to a district competition, and then regional and state competitions. Refreshments will also be provided.
Please email our Youth Director, Kevin Weaver, at if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Bishop John Barres of Allentown, Penn., a former collegiate basketball player at Princeton University, is a strong supporter of the Free Throw Championship. He sees the focus and discipline required to achieve athletic excellence as being valuable in the faith formation and character development of young people. In addition, healthy competition helps young people to handle both good fortune and adversity with grace and dignity. Below is a short video of Bishop Barres discussing the virtues of both the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge.