Our Knights (led by Chris Losack) have been very busy this past week delivering much needed supplies to our Brother and Sisters in the coastal areas of North Carolinas this past week. Supplies have been delivered to Jacksonville, Lumberton, Wallace and Havelock. Please keep the residents affected by Hurricane Florence, the 1st Responders and our Team in your prayers. There will be a number of opportunities forthcoming to help; more to follow.
August 21, 2018
Worthy Chaplains and Dear Brother Knights,
The issues that have come to light concerning sexual abuse by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report are cause for grave concern among Catholics and Brother Knights. Many feel deeply betrayed by those whom they long held in high regard. Such concerns are shared not just in the United States, but in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere.
These sins of commission and omission have sent the Church we love, the Church we serve and the Church that Jesus Christ established into convulsions. Sadly, the disgrace not only is borne by the perpetrators, it hurts us all, as does the silence of shepherds who have ignored the cries of their flocks.
There are many wonderful and faithful laborers in the vineyard of the Lord among our priests and bishops. However, it is clear that in addition to devastating criminal acts, we have seen many other moral failings by clergy that represent a crisis of commitment to the Gospel.
Too often the needs of victims have been subordinated to a distorted sense of mercy toward the perpetrators or an instinct for clerical self-preservation. The sexual acts — both criminal and non-criminal — highlight the need to recover a respect for and a renewed commitment to the priestly promises of celibacy.
The Knights of Columbus has supported the pastoral and charitable work of our bishops and priests since our founding by the Venerable Father Michael McGivney. We understand that the priest should lead the parish and the bishop should be the center of unity in a diocese. But we — like all Catholics — are painfully aware of the wreckage that ensues when elements of this leadership are abdicated by evil actions whether directly perpetrated or covered up.
Now, the Knights of Columbus — laymen, priests and chaplains together — will have an important role to play in rebuilding the Church. We must commit the Knights of Columbus to work for repentance, reform and rebuilding of the Church.
Repentance should include a full accounting of the misdeeds by those who have committed them. Archbishop McCarrick and others at fault owe us a full account of their actions, motivations and cover-ups. After years of having us confess to them, it is now time for them to come clean about what they have done and what they have failed to do.
This will also help increase the recognition that clerical sexual abuse is a global problem that must be addressed at the highest levels of the Catholic Church. Moreover, priests and bishops who refuse to live according to their promises of celibacy should be removed from public ministry, not out of retribution, but for the protection of the faithful and to prevent future variations of the scandal we now suffer.
Reform must include many good ideas that have been proposed, such as a full and complete investigation of sexual abuse led by an independent commission that includes laity; complete transparency by the Catholic hierarchy into all matters of criminal sexual misconduct past or future; an expansion of the zero tolerance policy to include sexual activity or misconduct by clerics including bishops, and by seminarians; and a call for faithfulness by all members of the clergy, including bishops. There must also be an independent ethics hotline for reporting of criminal and other conduct at odds with Catholic teaching on the clerical state of life; and there must be protections against retaliation.
Such reforms will be difficult for a Church largely unused to them, and we must support our bishops and our priests in embracing these reforms in order to rebuild.
We can help to rebuild our Church in several ways. Above all else, Knights — and our chaplains — must embrace love of God and love of neighbor. This is Christ’s great commandment and the founding mission of our Order. It is also exactly the opposite of the rejection of God and exploitation of neighbor that our Church has witnessed in these scandals.
Shortly before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger decried the “filth” in the Church “even among those, who in the priesthood, ought to belong totally” to Christ. He also provided the antidote, stating at other times that what the Church needs now more than anything else is “saints.” Pope Francis reiterated Pope Benedict’s sentiments in his letter on Aug. 20.
In the days ahead, the Knights of Columbus will help renew our Church on a national level through a Novena of Masses in reparation for these sins that have so grievously wounded the Body of Christ. I take this opportunity to ask that you offer this Novena of Masses for our Church at your earliest opportunity.
Beginning in November, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor, in cooperation with the Shrine of St. Jean Vianney in Ars, France, a national tour of the relic of the heart of this great patron saint of priests. In the coming weeks, I will share more details with you about this initiative.
We will also continue to strengthen and rebuild our Church at the level of our families and parishes through our Building the Domestic Church program. Its twin elements of imbuing families with faith and strengthening parish life are critical to providing a Catholic Church that rebuilds based on the Gospel principles of love of God and love of neighbor. Together with our recently announced “Faith In Action” initiative, we will strive to make our parishes truly become, in the words of Pope Francis, “a family of families.”
Now is the time for all brother Knights to stand steadfast in faith, as Catholics and as gentlemen. We will assist priests, bishops and our fellow Catholics in helping the Church chart a course for the future that puts Christ at the center, so that truly we may say, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
This is the moment in which Knights — including in a special way our priest members — can be part of a great renewal for good in our Church. And as we strive to follow the Lord more closely in the days ahead, may he deliver us from every evil and in his mercy graciously grant his Church peace and unity.
In closing, know that your faithful witness and sacrifice can bring inspiration and hope to millions of your fellow Catholics. It will be needed in the days ahead more than ever before. And to every priest and bishop whose commitment and dedication to our Order and to our Church has been faithful and exemplary, please accept my gratitude in both a personal way and on behalf of the Knights of Columbus.
Let each one of us prayerfully invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so that in the words of St. Maximilian Kolbe, our hearts would be cleansed and themselves become immaculate, similar and like unto her own heart.
Carl A. Anderson
New chair backs & seats for the Adult Room are in and ....
We need three more brothers to help assemble the new chair back and seats in the adult room. This will require removing 8 screws and attach with the same 8 screws. Please bring a cordless screw driver or cordless drill with a phillip head bit. Join Church Director Steve Veno, Al Martin and GK Paul McGrath. We plan to meet on Tuesday December 8 at 8:15 AM(after school drop off). Once complete we can go grab lunch. Please send an email to Steve Veno at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. Thank you
Brother Al Martin is again leading our efforts here along with Steve Veno. The Christmas Cards will be sold after each weekend Mass while supplies last. If you see Al or Steve at the table after Mass, go up say hello and lend a hand!
We need your help!
Brothers we are in the last week of raffle sales. We will be drawing the three winners after the 10:45 AMMass this Sunday. I am asking that everyone consider buying a raffle or two or twenty. As you know 100% of the proceeds go to OP LAMB. Please send an email to Greg Allen at email@example.com purchase your tickets or come up to the table after Mass. Thank you
This Thursday November 05 in the First Adult Room
Financial review will start at 7:00 PM and is open to any Brother in good standing but is required for our FS, Treasurer, DGK, Chancellor and Trustees. The standard business meeting will start immediately after at7:30. We will have a new surprise outside for all to see! And will have reports on OP LAMB Donations, Christmas Raffle, introduction and presentation on our new website and new focus during Grand Knights message. I hope to see you there.
- Our Worthy State Church Director will be sharing with us a the focus of the Solidarity Cross and the resulting impact to those Christians that are facing a dire situation in the middle east. Come to the business meeting to learn more and see the cross which is available for purchase. For more information you can also go to www.christiansatrisk.org
Here is the cross ...
This Friday is our monthly chair set up. It will be the last set up until March since Parish Athletics will set up after last game each Saturday.
Please consider lending a hand. Father Staib and Bob Reardon greatly appreciate our work.
Date: 11/06/2015 (Fri.)
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
We need your help!
This program has been very successful in the past and we need help to ensure the transition to a new crew of volunteers keeps the Knights at the top of their game!
We start our Christmas at the Biltmore raffle sales at each of the weekend Masses starting this weekend through November 15.
So far just a five Brothers are helping with the fund raiser that goes to OP LAMB. We need support at the5:00 Mass this Saturday as Greg Allen is out of town and many Brothers with children will be out trick or treating! Additionally all of the 10:45 Masses need help!
Volunteer opportunity this weekend!
I want to share an invitation from Community Director Mike Rota to attend one of the upcoming Habitat for Humanity building dates. This is a great opportunity to help out locally right here in Apex. You can work a full or half day building a house for a family in need. Be sure to visit the link ahead of time since you will have to spend 5 minutes filing out information about yourself. All are welcome, 16 years of age and up.
Habitat for Humanity is building homes again in Apex. St Mary Magdalene Parish is participating on three dates that we as Knights can sign up for and show our unity with the Parish. The dates are June 13, July 11, and August 8th. You can sign up for any one or more dates. Volunteers must be 16 years old and you should be prepared to work the full day from 8 am - 3:30 pm. Sign up can be done at this link: http://vhub.at/buildingonfaith.
If you have questions about what volunteering at Habitat for Humanity is like you can contact our Community Director Mike Rota.