March 2019 State Deputy’s Message

2019 Lenten Message From the State Deputy

Chris Bencharski

Dear Brother Knights of Saskatchewan,

As I write this message to you, my brother knights of Sask., we are into the season of Lent. How quickly time flies when we are kept busy.

People often don’t look forward to Lent. Childhood memories of giving up candy comes immediately to mind. Words like “sacrifice”, “discipline”, and “self-denial” are often used in ways that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.

However, Lent can be thought of as a yearly second chance. Each year the church gives us about 6 weeks to take a long loving look at our lives as Catholics and as members of the Knights of Columbus to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that since the last Lenten season, we have wandered slightly from God’s path, Lent becomes a second chance or “do-over” to return to God with our whole heart.

Let us make the season of Lent a meaningful time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Invite your family, your neighbors, and other members of the Knights of Columbus to join you as you share your thoughts, hopes and desires for Lent.

Lent could also be a time when knights take a look at their involvement and commitment to the Knights of Columbus and to the church. Do we use our time, talents and treasures to contribute to the success of our Council and our Church? Do we reach out to our brothers to involve them in our projects and meetings? Do we do our part to live up to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity? Are we a “Shining Light of the Lord” to others in our council and parish and are we building up the Domestic Church by putting our faith into action

through Charitable works?

Below are some Knights of Columbus priorities from now to April 30th.

  1. Put your Faith Into Action by participating in the following Faith In Action Programs: Food for Families, Family Prayer, Good Friday Family Promotion, Marion Prayer Program, Holy Hour, Novena for Life, Helping Hands, Wheelchairs, and a Mass For People With Special Needs. Guide sheets for the programs can be found at: https//www.kofc.org/en/programs/index.html
  2. Attend the Spiritual Enrichment days held in Saskatoon on March 29th and 30th. This is a great opportunity for a time of Grace and Spiritual Growth.
  3. Each council is asked to sign up at least 1 new member from now till the end of April. New members add enthusiasm and new ideas to your council. We need 33 more members to be “ON PACE” to the end of March. I ask each member in Saskatchewan to ask another Catholic man to join our Order.
  4. The Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity needs to be completed by the end of March—-GKs and FSs need to make sure your form is submitted.
  5. All Councils are encouraged to send at least 1 delegate to the State Convention in Moose Jaw on April 26th-28th.
  6. All Priests are invited to attend the Chaplains’ Meeting held on Friday, April 26th and to attend the Opening Convention Mass. State Council will cover half the mileage and we ask Councils to cover the other half. A letter from State Chaplain Bishop Bryan will be sent to all Council Chaplains and Grand Knights. GKs, please talk to your council chaplains and encourage them to attend.
  7. Thanks to all those who assisted in promoting the two projects in the last 2 months: The Vocations Endowment Campaign and the Conscience Protection Campaign. You can all be proud of these two great projects.

I thank all of you for all that you have done and continue to do to promote both programs and membership this Columbian year. Let us continue our good efforts.

I wish each of you a Lenten season filled with meaningful spiritual activities and a time of grace and spiritual growth.

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