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Featured Program

February 2018

Building the Domestic Church in South Carolina 2018

Jim St. Clair  stclair33@bellsouth.net   (803)968-5884

Father McGivney’s vision for family life mirrored the second Vatican Council’s teaching: each man, woman and child is called to holiness through proclaiming the Gospel and communicating the divine gift of love in the activities of their daily lives.  When Christian families respond in this way to the design of the Creator, they become a “domestic church” that, as Pope Paul VI explained, mirrors “the various aspects of the entire Church.”

South Carolina Knights of Columbus have been involved in supporting families in their Christian vocation through our new Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish initiative. This initiative, which includes The Family Fully Alive program, is designed to help families become more centered on their task of serving God, family, neighbor and parish.   As I emphasized last year at the beginning, we need to start slow, but purposeful, as well.  If your council is still in the early stage, bravely step forward.  If your Council is already moving, then press on with further development.  As I provide additional guidance in the State Website each month,  I will address both groups in each phase of development. 

Building the Domestic Church starts at HOME, expands into the COUNCIL meeting, and then ultimately is immersed into all aspects of PARISH LIFE.

What do our South Carolina Councils need to do to effectively counter the spiritual death spiral we are witnessing in America today?  How can we have a real, true to life impact on the disintegration of the family?  The very best AND the most effective weapon was presented to us upon our initiation into the Order - - the rosary.  Never, ever underestimate the power of the rosary!

HOME

As your Council’s Domestic Church Director, assign the following to your Knights.

Step One.  Initiate a personal and family prayer program in the home.  Dedicate 15 to 30 minutes of prayer each day.  Once this daily prayer period is established, initiate ….

Step Two.  Pray one rosary for the Family, our Church and our Country EVERY DAY. 

Step Three.  Study as a family, the Family Fully Alive program.  After that, ….

Step Four. Select another topic from one of 15 booklets in your Council Kiosk.

COUNCIL

Step One. Each meeting, review the results of HOME prayer that each Knight is experiencing during the past month. 

Step Two.  After your meeting is closed, break out into a cluster and say one decade of the rosary (3 minutes). 

Step Three.  Dedicate $150 to a Domestic Church kiosk.  Install it in the Council Hall.  After 6 months,

Step Four. With the pastors permission, replenish the kiosk with booklets and move it into church.

PARISH

Step One.  Establish a meeting between the Grand Knight, Pastor and Director of Building the Domestic Church.  Explain to the pastor what the Knights of Columbus Domestic Church initiative is and then ask the pastor to establish what areas and to what extent he desires the Council to immerse themselves.  Systematically, organize a Council Plan to fulfill this pastoral request. 

Step Two.  Review with the Grand Knight improvements to Step One.  Change the plan if necessary. 

Step Three. Working with your Pastor, add additional elements to the plan.

Step Four.  Initiate a weekly rosary service prior to Sunday Mass (Coordinate with Pastor). 

On a bigger scale, tailor your Council’s Domestic Church activities to broadly align with Supreme Council’s Domestic Church Major Activities.  At least four major council programs must be designated as “Domestic Church” activities to earn the Columbian Award.  The following programs currently carry the “Domestic Church” activity designation:

Important!  For details on how to implement  these programs visit http://www.kofc.org/un/en/domestic-church/overview/index.html

Kiosk of Domestic Church Booklets.  For $150 you will receive 15 copies of 15 different booklets (225 books total).  Order them by calling or emailing the Supply Department at 203-752-4214 or supply@kofc.org

Monthly.  

Step One.  Review the State Website for Domestic Church suggested activities and announcements. 

Step Two.  Research Catholic websites which can inspire a new prayer for you and your family.

        http://www.catholicity.com/links/  

Step Three.  Call one fellow Knight and see if he needs encouragement. 

Step Four.  Go to Confession.

Every soul has value…...and everyone leaves a mark.

Family Prayer Corner

February 2018

Everyone in the family needs to learn this most important prayer.  To memorize the prayer, say it every day as a family during the month of February.  By the start of Lent, you’ll know it by heart.

 

Prayer to St. Michael

 

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;

be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,

by the power of God,

thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits

who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

 

Two important points about this prayer.  First, Sr. Lucia, one of the children at Fatima whom the Blessed Mother appeared to one hundred years ago said this:  “I am convinced that the principal cause of evil in the world and the falling away of so many consecrated souls is the lack of union with God in prayer. The devil is very smart and watches for our weak points so he can attack us. If we are not careful and attentive in obtaining the strength from God we will fall, because our times are very bad and we are weak.”

 

Secondly, the Prayer to St. Michael came about when on October 13, 1884 Pope Leo XIII, just after celebrating Mass, turned pale and collapsed as though dead. Those standing nearby rushed to his side. They found him alive but the pontiff looked frightened. He then recounted having a vision of Satan approaching the throne of God, boasting that he could destroy the Church.

 

According to Pope Leo XIII the Lord reminded him that his Church was imperishable. Satan then replied, “Grant me one century and more power of those who will serve me, and I will destroy it.” Our Lord granted him 100 years.

 

The Lord then revealed the events of the 20th century to Leo XIII. He saw wars, immorality, genocide and apostasy on a large scale. Immediately following this disturbing vision, he sat down and wrote the prayer to St. Michael. For decades it was prayed at Mass until the 1960’s.  This great devotional prayer is currently making a comeback!  More and more Faithful are saying this prayer on a daily basis.  Be One of Them!

 

For more information, refer to the link here from the Catholic News Agency: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column/the-100-year-test-2454/

 

Pray Well Brothers,

 

Jim St. Clair

Director, Building the Domestic Church

Monthly Planning Items

February 2018

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  • Plan on 2018 being a year of dynamic progress.  Success is dependent upon an aggressive leadership role by the Domestic Church Director who receives regular support from his Grand Knight.  Be out front.  Lead your Brothers to a new state of holiness.
  • To order your Council’s Kiosk for Domestic Church pamphlets, email supply@kofc.org or call (203)752-4214. If you have not already, review your Domestic Church long range plan for 2018 and present it to your Council’s planning meeting.  Solicit their inputs for possible projects.

  • If you have not already, review your Domestic Church long range plan for 2018 and present it to your Council’s planning meeting.  Solicit their inputs for possible projects.
  • Attention Grand Knights and Domestic Church 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!!
Council Reflections

February 2018

Building a Council Action Plan

“The family as domestic church is central to the work of the new evangelization and to the future sustainability of our parishes.”  ~ Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

Your Council Action Plan

All councils are required to implement Domestic Church activities into their annual action plan. To do this, work with your pastor in organizing a combination of activities aimed at strengthening the bond between your council, parish and families.

Domestic Church Activities

*Start a Men’s Holy Hour

*Organize a parish reflection of Into the Breach (#340)

*Sponsor a faith formation group for men utilizing Catholic Information Service resources (kofc.org/cis)

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

*Encourage families to participate in the Family Fully Alive program, referring them to Building the Domestic Church:    

         The Family Fully Alive (#10162)

*Encourage families to pray the Consecration to the Holy Family (#10371)

*Hold an Affirmation of Wedding Vows on Father's Day

*Plan a Family Week Celebration for your parish

PARISH ACTIVITIES

*Host the Holy Family Prayer Program (#5050)

*Encourage participation in a family rosary program

*Promote Simple Suppers & Stations during Lent

*Join the Keep Christ in Christmas campaign

*Sponsor a Christmas poster contest in your parish school

*Conduct a Journey to the Inn — An Advent Celebration (#9898) at your parish

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

*Lead your parish community in community service projects. Focus particularly on Knights of Columbus programs, such as Coats for Kids, Food for Families and similar activities.