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Washington State Programs 2018 - 2019

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Thomas C. Williams, FN
State Program Director
Email: GENERALPROGRAM@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (206) 617-0600

September 2018

Brother Knights,

We have the biggest change in Programs in the last 50 years, as Surge With Service has been replaced with Faith In Action. There is a lot work to figure out how the new programs will be implemented at the state level so I will begin the process by looking at the four major areas, one per month, to help you make your program decisions.

We will start with Faith Programs, ably led by State Faith Chairman Tom Pursley, the Church Chairman from last year. The Faith Program consists of the following programs, all of which require you to work with your pastor to obtain his permission. Each program should be publicized in such a way that you spark interest in prospective members. Finally, the Council should wear their Knights apparel and you should have Prospect Cards and Form 100s readily available at the event.

Building the Domestic Church Kiosk

Strengthen the domestic church (our families) by providing exceptional religious education materials to all Catholics. Building the Domestic Church Kiosks contain engaging, faith-based literature and are available for councils to distribute to members, parishioners, and the general public.

Order via the Supplies Online portal available on Officers Online – item BDC_K for $150.00 including shipping. You will receive the kiosk and 225 booklets, allowing you to plan with your parish faith formation leader how best to use the booklets. Ideas can include men’s groups, continuing education, Youth Ministry and Council activities among others.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/building-domestic-church-kiosk.html#/

Holy Hour – New Program

Encourage deep personal encounter with God. Knights of Columbus councils work with their pastors to organize a regular Holy Hour of eucharistic adoration. Prepared for the men of the parish, this Holy Hour could include a reflection, communal rosary, prayers for intercession by St. Joseph or Knights of Columbus founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, and various other aspects as decided by the council.

The Holy Hour can take many forms – rosaries, reflections, hymns, adoration or even the Liturgy of the Hours. Some potential resources with further ideas for planning a Holy Hour include:

#309- Prayer Time: A Collection of Catholic Prayers

#364- Armed with the Faith

#10708- Knights of Columbus Holy Hour Potential Format

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/holy-hour.html#/

Into the Breach

Deepen member spirituality and formation to combat crisis of religious faith in our world. Knights of Columbus councils will institute men’s study groups to read the apostolic exhortation Into the Breach and use copies of the Into the Breach Booklet (#340) and Study Guide (#10458) as resources.

This program is ideal for small groups of men to gather weekly and discuss Bishop Olmstead’s call for Catholic men to embrace masculine virtues. The study guide provides detailed instructions for the small group meetings, including mediations, questions on the chapters and a weekly practical spiritual goal in the “Call to Battle” section.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/into-the-breach.html#/


Marian Prayer Program

Spread devotion to Our Lady and pray for our brothers and sisters of faith who are at risk around the world through the Marian Prayer Program. As the new Marian image is brought on pilgrimage through the jurisdiction, councils will host the Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians icon for a prayer service at their parish.

This year the Marian Prayer Program is intended to raise awareness of the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith and to stand in prayerful solidarity with them. When you publicize this event, that is a great way to attract prospective members.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/marian-icon-prayer.html#/

Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) – Featured Program

Keep the faith alive by supporting our seminarians and postulants. As the strong right arm of the church, the Knights of Columbus are committed to providing moral, financial and spiritual support to future priests and religious at all stages of their formation.

We are all familiar with the “Penny and a Prayer for Day for Vocations” but there is much more to this program. Your Council can host events to raise money for Vocations, you should be sending cards to your supported seminarian. State Chairman Tim Coyle has done a great job over the years in describing this program, please see his bulletin articles for details.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/rsvp.html#/

Rosary Program

Build Faithful families and communities by praying the rosary. The Knights of Columbus Rosary Program encourages Councils to promote devotion to the rosary in our families and parishes by scheduling regular rosary prayer services. Kits with rosary rings, rosary prayer guides and leader books are available for Councils to order.

The Rosary Program replaces the 5th Sunday Rosary program, and opens up a wide range of opportunities, Most Councils already schedule rosary services and this program encourages regularly scheduled rosary services. Be sure to work with your pastor and Faith Formation groups to get ideas and coordinate services.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/rosary.html#/

Sacramental Gifts

Support families during the most important events in the life of the domestic church: the sacraments. Knights of Columbus councils will play an integral role in these momentous faith events and the lives of families and the parish community through prayer and the presentation of symbolic gifts.

This program was created to allow Councils to play a supporting role to their pastor for the Sacraments. Councils can order gifts to provide to the sacramental recipients (Baptism, First Communion, RCIA and Marriage are the suggested sacraments) to celebrate their important event. Council members should be present and identified at the sacramental event.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/sacramental-gifts.html#/


Marian Prayer Program

Spread devotion to Our Lady and pray for our brothers and sisters of faith who are at risk around the world through the Marian Prayer Program. As the new Marian image is brought on pilgrimage through the jurisdiction, councils will host the Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians icon for a prayer service at their parish.

This year the Marian Prayer Program is intended to raise awareness of the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith and to stand in prayerful solidarity with them. When you publicize this event, that is a great way to attract prospective members.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/marian-icon-prayer.html#/

Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) – Featured Program

Keep the faith alive by supporting our seminarians and postulants. As the strong right arm of the church, the Knights of Columbus are committed to providing moral, financial and spiritual support to future priests and religious at all stages of their formation.

We are all familiar with the “Penny and a Prayer for Day for Vocations” but there is much more to this program. Your Council can host events to raise money for Vocations, you should be sending cards to your supported seminarian. State Chairman Tim Coyle has done a great job over the years in describing this program, please see his bulletin articles for details.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/rsvp.html#/

Rosary Program

Build Faithful families and communities by praying the rosary. The Knights of Columbus Rosary Program encourages Councils to promote devotion to the rosary in our families and parishes by scheduling regular rosary prayer services. Kits with rosary rings, rosary prayer guides and leader books are available for Councils to order.

The Rosary Program replaces the 5th Sunday Rosary program, and opens up a wide range of opportunities, Most Councils already schedule rosary services and this program encourages regularly scheduled rosary services. Be sure to work with your pastor and Faith Formation groups to get ideas and coordinate services.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/rosary.html#/

Sacramental Gifts

Support families during the most important events in the life of the domestic church: the sacraments. Knights of Columbus councils will play an integral role in these momentous faith events and the lives of families and the parish community through prayer and the presentation of symbolic gifts.

This program was created to allow Councils to play a supporting role to their pastor for the Sacraments. Councils can order gifts to provide to the sacramental recipients (Baptism, First Communion, RCIA and Marriage are the suggested sacraments) to celebrate their important event. Council members should be present and identified at the sacramental event.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/sacramental-gifts.html#/

Sacramental Gifts

Support families during the most important events in the life of the domestic church: the sacraments. Knights of Columbus councils will play an integral role in these momentous faith events and the lives of families and the parish community through prayer and the presentation of symbolic gifts.

This program was created to allow Councils to play a supporting role to their pastor for the Sacraments. Councils can order gifts to provide to the sacramental recipients (Baptism, First Communion, RCIA and Marriage are the suggested sacraments) to celebrate their important event. Council members should be present and identified at the sacramental event.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/sacramental-gifts.html#/

Spiritual Reflection – New and Required

Create annual opportunities for prayer and reflection as a fraternity. Under the guidance of their chaplain, Knights of Columbus councils can attend a retreat or day of reflection together or perhaps organize their own event for men of their parish. Council participation in Spiritual Reflection is required to qualify for Columbian Award.

This new program is required for Star Council, and speaks to the need for Knights to have an opportunity for quiet reflection. The guidelines are to have at least a day long event that incorporates a Mass. You should publicize the event and have membership materials available. A Council may earn credit by participating in a different group’s event as long as a significant number (10%) of the Council members attended.

https://kofc.org/en/programs/faith/spiritual-reflection.html#/

As you can see, we have rich new programs and opportunities to increase our faith, be visible in our communities and reach out to prospective members. Always work with your pastor for these programs as he can provide the best guidance.

Next month we will explore the Life Programs, led by State Chairman Ron DeGroot.

Vivat Jesus!

Fraternally,

 

Tom Williams
General Program Director
Washington State Council
GeneralProgram@kofc-wa.org  

 


 


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