Greetings Brother Knights,
“Unlike the drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives.”
Knights live to make a difference in this world. The value of being a man makes us leaders in our family, in society and in the church.
Catholic men of this world are made up of ethnically, racially, culturally, nationally and socially diverse groups of people that are universal in confession and particular in expression. This particular expression is apparent in their worship practices and liturgical celebrations. Especially from catholic immigrant people. For example:
from advent novena masses or “Simbang Gabi” (night masses) celebrated by the Filipinos, to the liturgical and devotional activities that occur during the Asian Lunar year celebrated by Chinese (Xin or Chun Jie), Korean (Seollal), Laotian (Pi Mai) and Vietnamese (Tet) communities, many have incorporated cultural elements into their Catholic worship.
Other practices that communities incorporate are the inclusion of Asian saints during the chanting of the Litany of Saints as well as the display of a statue or image of the Blessed Virgin Mary adorned with the local native dress. By doing this, many Asian and Island communities are able to incorporate Mary into their particular ethnic identity. In art, she has taken on Asian characteristics and other immigrant features. Through prayers, she is called upon to intercede on behalf of the people. She is the nurturing caretaker of a people whose identity is grounded deeply in their faith and culture. A myriad of liturgical and devotional practices can stress the deep encounter of faith in a loving God who is glorified in diversity.
All people are immigrants since the beginning, and people migrate seeking for greener pastures up to this very day and their identity as catholic continues to be shaped by their colonial and missionary history, as well as by their encounter with the diversity present in today’s culture.
For many catholic immigrants, whether they are born here or are immigrants, their religious identity is intricately woven into their cultural upbringing and for them, their religious identity is best expressed through their native tongues. Home country language is a vital part of who they are. It is not only a way to communicate, but it also gives expression to the depth of their being just as religion is essential to their lives.
Language is an identity marker that accentuates the character and personality of most immigrants. It is distinctive, especially when cultural expressions are not translatable into English and must remain expressed in their original language.
These are some facts about catholic immigrants (still many to mention)
As St. Paul advocates, “ There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is no male nor female; for you are all in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28),
In addition, all are part of God’s family, “ So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Eph 2:19)
Here in Saskatchewan, We in the State Council of the Knights of Columbus, promote Cultural Diversity. Our faith encouraged us to recognize all catholic immigrants in all local parishes and across dioceses to become Knights. Last fraternal year catholic immigrants who joined the Order made a big impact in our membership intake and all of them want to grow their faith with the knights, to live in the principle of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. And not only do their lives change but also the society they live in.
Again we welcome you all to join us and bring your intrinsic quality of Catholicism into our jurisdiction.
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- Jurisdiction – Saskatchewan
- “The men who stand with us never stand alone.”