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. “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality, or joy. On the contrary, you will become what the Father had in mind when he created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self. To depend on God sets us free from every form of enslavement and leads us to recognize our great dignity.”
-Pope Francis- Rejoice and Be Glad
At the end of September, the State Board Officers held their State Board Meeting and Retreat at St Michaels’s Youth Camp at Madge Lake. Our State Chaplain Bishop Bryan Bayda reflected on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation and how it relates to our lives as Catholics and to our role as State leaders and members of the Knights of Columbus at all levels in our Jurisdiction.
The setting at the camp was great in that we could focus and reflect on our roles and on Pope Francis’ message in a peaceful and quiet setting away from all the other distractions of everyday life.
Pope Francis states that the Father’s plan is Christ and ourselves in him. In the end, it is Christ who lives in us, for “holiness is nothing other than charity lived to the full.” As a result, “the measure of our holiness stems from the stature that Christ achieves in us, to the extent that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we model our whole life on his.”
As members of the Knights of Columbus, the first principle of our Order is Charity. Many of our charities focus on the beatitudes, and it is in this way that we, as knights, can model our lives on how Jesus lived his life.
I encourage all councils to order copies of Rejoice and Be Glad and ask your chaplain to provide reflections on each of the 5 chapters and the study guide questions that follow.
I also encourage all councils to continue the following Charitable and Evangelizing programs in the next few months:
- Hold a Coats for Kids Event in your parish and community.
- Hold a fundraiser for Wheelchairs to give the gift of Mobility to those who need it.
- Make a donation to Special Olympics Saskatchewan. Donations can be sent to Special Olympics Sask., 1121 Winnipeg Street, Regina S4R 1J5—Attention- Faye Matt
- Hold a Council Fundraiser before Dec. 31st to raise money for the Charitable Foundation Vocations Endowment Fund. Each dollar you raise will be matched by a generous donor from Luseland.
- Hold a church drive in Oct. to ask more Catholic men to join your council to assist in your Charitable and Evangelizing works.
- Be sure to sell all of your charity appeal tickets in the next few weeks and return them to Charity Appeal Chairman:
- By Mail: Richard Colbow By Courier: Richard Colbow
- Box 1751, Unity, Sask. 156- 5th Avenue East
- S0K 4L0 Unity, Sask. S0K 4L0
- Forms that should have been submitted to State and Supreme to date are: 185: council officers 365: service program personnel and 1295- Semi-Annual Audit for the period ending June 30th, 2019.
- Orders for the Free Throw, Soccer Challenge, Essay Contest, and Christmas Coloring Contest should be done soon.
- Make an effort to attend the Charitable Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebration in Humboldt on November 16th. It is important to attend and celebrate the great work the Charitable Foundation has done for Charity and the Hope given to thousands of people in the last 50 years. Call V.P. Mervyn Welter at 306-445-5958 or Pres. Harvey Granatier at 306-540-3314 for more information or for tickets.
All Knights in Saskatchewan express our sympathy and offer our prayers to Worthy District Deputy Adrien Piche on the passing of his wife Rose.
Lastly, I thank all of you for the work you have done in your parish and community, for your recruitment efforts to bring new knights into our Order and your retention efforts to involve and reach out to your present members. I encourage you to continue to serve our Order and our Church.