Dear Brother Knights of Saskatchewan,
In the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ (Rejoice and Be Glad), Pope Francis reminds us that being holy is an attainable goal, and is, in fact, the source of your greatest joy.
This Exhortation reminds us of the joy we can receive by serving others through our charitable works. Knights are called to ‘service” and we were reminded when we received our Admission Degree that it is both a duty and an obligation to practice our first principle of the order, ‘Charity’. It is through our charitable work that we are able to grow in holiness and closer to what God’s plan is for us.
We are so fortunate to live in a country like Canada where we can live a comfortable life and enjoy all the good things in life. But we must always be mindful and must thank God for all that we have. We also are mindful that there are many people around us whose life is not as comfortable as ours.
As knights, we have the opportunity to put our faith into action in many ways through our service and sharing of all the gifts which have been given to us by God.
In the next 6 weeks leading up to Christmas, I encourage all knights to participate in the charitable works of mercy. These works of mercy are Jesus’ teachings that give us a model of how to treat all others. Through our charitable actions, we can help our neighbors and respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through life.
The corporal works of mercy are: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, bury the dead and give alms to the poor.
Below are some of the projects which councils and knights can do.
- Food for families – organize food drives in your parish, assist in a soup kitchen, and donate to a shelter
- Donate bottled water to a food bank of a homeless shelter
- Shelter the homeless by assisting at or donating to a homeless shelter, assisting with a Habitat For Humanity project or conducting the coats for kids program.
- Visit the sick by visiting shut-ins and hospitals, conducting meals on wheels, and rides to church and doing errands for the elderly.
- Prison Ministry and gifts to children whose parents are in prison
- Through prayers and actions during times when families lose loved ones, we show our respect for life which is a gift from God and we comfort those who mourn.
- December 3rd is ‘Giving Tuesday’ and we encourage donations from knights and councils to the Charitable Foundation Vocations Endowment Fund. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars by the State Convention in April.
I also encourage councils to conduct many of the ‘Faith In Action’ programs such as helping, hands, Christmas poster contest, keep Christ in Christmas activities, holy hour, coats for kids, basketball free throw, family rosary, drug awareness, and a Novena for Life.
All knights are also asked to talk to their family members, neighbors and co-workers and offer them the gift of membership in the Knights of Columbus. In this way, you will assist to continue the vision and legacy of our founder, the Venerable Michael McGivney.
Thank you to all Saskatchewan Knights for all that you do to promote programming and membership and special thanks to all the leaders at the council, district, and state levels who guide the destiny of the Order in Saskatchewan.