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Featured Program

May 2018

Into The Breach Seminars

Gentlemen,

               Here is a worthwhile project that you can involve the men in both your Council and in your parish.  It involves 8 gatherings and works well if you get together early one evening per week for one hour.  This project is comprised of a series of seminars just for men with the focus of exploring the issues surrounding fathers and husbands and their relationship with the family.  The seminars are led by someone who volunteers to host the following week using the Into The Breach booklet, guide and there is even a video on the internet.

Council 2207 of Sumter has been working through the seminars and have just about completed the series.  So far, everyone agrees that the program is a big help and recommend it to other Councils and parishes. 

            Even though you can download Into The Breach for free using the Supreme Council website, the seminars work best if everyone has a hard copy of the booklet for home study and for reference during the seminars.  The booklet is easy reading and takes you step by step through the study material.  The Council’s Domestic Church Director should introduce the seminar at the Council meeting and in Parish Bulletin.  Then when he gets feedback on how many want to participate he can order the appropriate number of booklets.  He can lead the first seminar and if everyone seems comfortable, invite a volunteer to lead the next meeting.  Having different meeting facilitators enables fresh ideas during the discussions.

               Here is where you get your material:

Program overview:  http://www.kofc.org/en/resources/cis/cis340.pdf

Order booklets: (203) 752-4267 or cis@kofc.org *

Video:  http://intothebreach.org/parish/

Into the Breach -- Introduction:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9mDzNm7cylw

Into the Breach -- Trailer:  https://youtu.be/3Sv4NP_aJaA

*Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries have the ability to charge directly to the council through their “Officers Online” account access to the Knights Gear store

 

Family Prayer Corner

May 2018

Excerpt from Prayer: A Gift From God

by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus

    Prayer is defined as “raising one’s mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from Him in accord with His Will”.  In prayer, we turn our whole attention to God, offer Him praise and, seeking only His will, ask for what we need. We are obliged to pray, but prayer is also God’s gift to us. It is how we grow in our friendship with Christ, who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, leads us to the Father of Mercies.  In a sense, prayer is something natural.  Each human being is created in God’s image and, in spite of original sin, every person retains a desire for God. Yet, it is God who seeks our friendship and draws us to Himself.

Prayer in the Bible.

   The old Testament presents Abraham — “Our Father in Faith” — as a model of prayer because he walked in God’s presence, listened to Him and obeyed His will.  Like Abraham, Moses frequently interceded before God on behalf of the chosen people.  Moses’ strength as a leader, however, came from his uniquely intimate relationship with God. God called Moses from the burning bush and spoke to him in a remarkably direct manner, especially during the encounter on Mt. Sinai (cf. ex 3:1-15, 19:1-25).  Because of his constant, intimate communication with God, Moses is seen as a model of contemplative prayer.  Those who shepherded the people of Israel helped them see that God dwelled in their midst.   Foremost among these leaders is David, the shepherd and king “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).   Sacred tradition holds that David’s faith was the inspiration for the Psalms, the greatest prayers in the old Testament.  Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Psalms are the Word of God given to us as our own prayer. They sing of God’s goodness in creating the world and his promise of redemption. They were prayed by Jesus and are at the heart of the Church’s prayer.

    The Old Testament also shows us how the prophets prayed. Like Moses, they entered deeply into prayer before the living God. Overshadowed by the Spirit of the Lord, they received the Word of the lord so that they could speak to the people on God’s behalf.  It was in Jesus Christ most of all that God our Father taught us what prayer is and how to pray.  Both Son of God and son of Mary, Jesus lived in obedience with Mary and Joseph in their home in Nazareth.  There, in his human nature, he learned from His mother how to pray.  But as the eternal son of God, his prayer had an even deeper source.

    In the New Testament, we frequently find Jesus absorbed in prayer.  He fasted and prayed for 40 days and nights before he began his public ministry (Mt 4:2) and prayed before choosing His apostles (Lk 6:12).  He often withdrew from the crowds to pray and taught his disciples the importance of doing so (Mk 6:31). Jesus, who taught us to pray constantly, made His whole life a prayer to His Father in heaven.

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

   Jesus’ prayer reached its pinnacle in His passion and death.  During the agony in the garden, Jesus suffered intensely as He took upon Himself the sins of the world and the anguish of a suffering humanity.  In obedience to the Father’s Will, He laid down His life to save us. There [on the cross], he experienced for us the full weight of our sinful alienation from His Father and from one another.  In this moment of supreme suffering on the Cross, Jesus interceded for us, and the Father heard His prayer and answered it beyond all hope by raising his son from the dead.

   Jesus gave us the “Our Father” as the perfect pattern of prayer.  At the same time, He showed us the interior attitudes we should have when we pray, most especially purity of heart, openness to God’s will, love even for one’s enemies, and an intrepid faith and vigilance against temptation.  The interior dispositions needed for prayer are beautifully summarized in the beatitudes.  This leads us back to the truth that prayer is God’s gift to us.   Our prayer is pleasing to the Father when, in the power of the Holy Spirit, it is united to the prayer of Jesus.

   In this way, prayer deepens our communion with the Holy Trinity.  Finally, just as Mary taught Jesus to pray, so also she helps us pray.   Before she conceived the Son of God in her womb, she prayed in complete openness to the living Word of God. Thus, she was prepared to share fully in the mission of Christ.  Each day, the Church repeats Mary’s beautiful prayer of thanksgiving, the Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55).  Mary prayed with the apostles at Pentecost and was present at the first Eucharistic celebrations (Acts 2:42). Her prayers for us and for all our needs are loving and powerful.  She always leads us to Jesus.

Pray Well Brothers,

Jim & Ann St. Clair

 

Monthly Planning Items

May 2018

 

  • On April 16, Council Chair Couples / Director or Grand Knight report to the State Chair Couple the total number of rosary participations, and the official number of Knights registered to your Council.  stclair33@bellsouth.net    Award will be presented at the State Convention on April 28, 2018
  • Be ready for new Supreme Council Guidelines about the Domestic Church.  I do not anticipate a big deviation from the guidance that I have already laid out for you.  Provide to me your name and email address and I’ll immediately forward Supreme Guidance to you as soon as it is released.  stclair33@bellsouth.net
  • Attention Grand Knights and Domestic Church Chair Couples / Directors!  Please forward to me the following information: Council #, Name and email address of your Domestic Church Director.  Send it to me at stclair33@bellsouth.net .  I’ll keep you informed this coming year directly.  Communication is the Key!
  • To order your Council’s Kiosk for Domestic Church pamphlets, email supply@kofc.org or call (203)752-4214.
Council Reflections

May 2018

Theme – Hope

Because love is filled with hope when it is communicated, our family wants to promote hope and the life-giving spirit that flows from it to our families.

A prayer to the all-knowing and ever-present God

You formed my inmost being;
   you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
   wonderful are your works!
   My very self you know.
My bones are not hidden from you,
   When I was being made in secret,
   fashioned in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me unformed;
   in your book all are written down;
   my days were shaped, before one came to be.
How precious to me are your designs, O God;
   how vast the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands;
   when I complete them, still you are with me

Questions for Council Reflection

  1. How would my family life be different if we did not love at all? How would this affect my sense of hope?
  2. In what ways has the Catholic faith and God’s love shown my family how to love? In what way does the faith shape our hopes?
  3. Why is having a relationship with God so important to really “living” and “hoping”?