As a next step in our effort to advance the Spirituality of our Council, below is a suggested prayer for next month. Please consider joining us in praying faithfully every day in October at 3 PM:
The graces of this prayer are magnified in our unity with the Holy Spirit.
Pray aloud or silently as circumstances permit.
Try not to miss, but if you miss 3 PM, simply pray later that day.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.
Like the Our Father, the Hail Mary is also rooted in Scripture. Luke 1:28,42
Our salvation begins when an archangel speaks the name of Mary. This, the Annunciation, “…brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life, and will cause the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus.” – Louis de Montfort. Note that October is the Month of the Rosary.
The second prayer is an antiphon from the beginning of Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. It is also a good prayer to begin the day, or any task.
The Council was addressed by our Chaplain and the Pastor of St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church on September 22nd at our monthly social meeting. Father spoke on the role of husbands and fathers in Strengthening the Domestic Church. The talk was concluded by a lively Q&A session and followed by refreshments.
Our Knights of Columbus, Jubilee 3294 Council hosted their Soccer Challenge on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The soccer champions were:
Age 13 – Boys: Peter P.
Age 13 – Girls: Mary W.
Age 10 – Girls: Kelly W.
Age 9 – Girls: Marykate W.
Congratulations to all of our participates and GOOD LUCK to each of our winner how will proceed to the next level at the District Level at Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale on October 8th @ 1:00 PM.
I'm focusing my September Grand Knight's report on one of our goals this year: how we can advance Spiritually as a Council.
At our Business Meeting this past Thursday, a small working group — including Brothers Don Anderson, Bruce DeBacco and Anthony Primiani — proposed a first step toward achieving this goal, focusing on the power of prayer to strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Specifically, they asked each Brother in our Council to join together, at the same time each day, to say a short prayer:
All Knights of Council 3294 to faithfully pray every day in September at 3 PM.
The graces of this prayer are magnified by being said in unity.
Pray aloud or silently as circumstances permit. Meditate as time permits.
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses;
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
This prayer is fundamentally rooted in Scripture. Matt 6:9-13
Its authority and perfection is expressed by the priest at every Mass when he says:
“At the Savior’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say: Our Father …”
Each month our Brothers will propose a different prayer, designed to help us grow spiritually, as well as to confirm to the liturgical season.
In addition, interested Brothers are invited to arrive a half-hour early (at 7:30 p.m.) to our Business meeting on the second Thursday of each month, and our Social meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month, for the Rosary and discussion based on selected readings from religious books, articles, and Sacred Scripture. More informal discussions can take place during Council social meetings.
I already have my phone's alarm set for 3 p.m. each day, and strongly urge each Brother in our Council prayerfully consider joining this initiative. I firmly believe that through unified prayer we can grow closer to Christ, and strengthen our Council.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make regarding disability insurance is to assume you can't afford it or you won't qualify. Before you make that assumption, do some basic research and apply for coverage through the Knights of Columbus. The Order’s Income Armor product gives you options that can help you fit this critical protection into your risk management budget.
Here are two ways you can reduce your premium:
1. Choose a two-year or five-year maximum benefit period.
Depending on your age, the best option is probably a policy that pays benefits until you reach age 67. But a two-year or five-year duration benefit period would cover disabilities you might encounter in your working life.
2. Choose a longer elimination period.
An elimination period is the number of days a total disability must exist before benefits begin to accrue. Typical elimination periods are 30, 90, or 180 days. Choosing a longer elimination period lowers the policy’s premium. But be sure you have enough set aside in your contingency fund to account for the longer gap.
As your professional insurance agent, risk management is my specialty. Let’s talk about how to protect your income, your retirement needs, and your family's financial future.
The Knights of Columbus are again proud to sponsor their annual soccer challenge for 2016 on Sunday, September 18, 2016 and the rain date is Sunday, September 25, 2016. Please check the KofC3294 website: http://www.kofc3294.org for any weather updates.
This event will be held at the St Magdalen de Pazzi Parish Center in Flemington, NJ. Registration will be from 1:00 to 1:30 PM. The competition will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. The competition is open for all boys and girls between the ages of 9 to 14 as of September 1. Participants compete in separate categories by age and gender.
The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.
All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent.
*** REMEMBER to bring a copy of each participant's birth certificate, it is required in order to compete.
Is your income protected if you become sick or injured and cannot work? Your ability to work and earn an income is your most valuable asset. Yet a disability could prevent you from earning that income. Just one year of a disability could eliminate your savings.
Income Armor, an individual disability income insurance product from the Knights of Columbus, should be a key part of your overall financial plan and family’s protection.
If you are ill or injured, Income Armor provides tax-free monthly benefits to help you meet living expenses and maintain you and your family’s standard of living. Your monthly benefits help you pay your mortgage and other monthly bills, while your savings and retirement assets remain intact.
In short, if you have a job and don’t have a way to protect that paycheck, you should seriously consider Income Armor today. I look forward to meeting with you.
Thank you for electing me Grand Knight of our Council for this 2016-17 Columbian Year. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to serve, and I want to thank our Deputy Grand Knight Kevin Weaver, our Worthy Chancellor Tim Hand, and all of the officers for stepping up this year to help lead our Council. I'd also like to give a special thank you to our Past Grand Knight, Ray Blaser, for all of his leadership and commitment to our Council over the past twelve months.
While our 2015-16 Columbian year was tremendous, I believe we can build on all that we achieved by focusing on three priorities:
1. Providing our Brother Knights more opportunities to grow in their faith,
2. Increasing the number of our Brothers who participate actively in our committees and programs,
3. Growing our Council overall.
The officers and I are working through ways we can accomplish these priorities, and I invite anyone who would like to help with ideas or other support to reach these goal to please reach out to me, at , or to the DGK, at .
My ask is that each and every Knight within our Council take part in at least one of our activities this year. It could be joining us on Retreat, helping with a breakfast, attending a social event, helping with the ARC drive, or any one of the charitable, community or fraternal activities we bring forward to our Parish and Council. The first opportunity this year will be Friday, August 5th, and Saturday, August 6th, to help paint and prepare Hope House and the Convent for the new order of Sisters, who will be joining our Parish later this year.
Please hold these dates and we will be sending out an email with more information, and a Doodle link asking for volunteers, once we have more details. Otherwise, I wish you a blessed summer, with time to relax, recharge and reconnect with family and friends. If you are traveling out of town on vacation, please be safe.
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.