Worthy Brothers and Sir Knights,
I write to you for a few reasons. First, and foremost, I would like to personally thank the Knights of Columbus, State Officers, and all those in attendance for a wonderful tribute to the Remember Our Fallen display. It was a great honor to be the Host for our Guest Speakers, Bob Ukena, Dave Ballendier and COL (R)…Continue
Welcome to our weekly report as the legislature considers the last few bills of the session. There’s still time to contact your legislator by going to our Action Center at www.votervoice.net/icc/home.
On Friday the Iowa Senate passed its version of HF 2460, the human services budget bill. The bill appropriates nearly $2 billion for important human services programs. Among the…Continue
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Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) hosted two Young Athlete Play Activity Day sessions sponsored by Sammons Financial Group on April 21. The event was held at Ankeny Centennial High School with one session running in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The Youth Athlete Play Activity Day is a program designed…Continue
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Budget bills are moving at the State Capitol and legislators are aiming to finish the session by the end of the week.
House File 2460 is the appropriations bill for health and human services. It has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee and is scheduled to be debated on the floor of the House as soon as tomorrow. The bill spends nearly $2 billion from the state’s general fund for important health and human services programs, such as Medicaid and the state’s safety…Continue
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2015-2016 Outstanding Council Programs
It is the privilege of the Iowa State Council to announce the recipients of the Outstanding Council Surge with Service program for the 2015-2016 fraternal year. These Councils were recognized during the 2016 State Convention of the Iowa Knights of Columbus, held April 15-17, 2016.
Dear Worthy State Deputy Jon Aldrich. Dear Worthy Supreme Director Paul Lambert. Dear Brother Knights. Friends all.
We gather as Catholic men, bonded in faith, challenged to unity, charity, fraternity, and patriotism. At this 115th annual meeting of the Iowa Jurisdiction of the Knight of Columbus, we thank God for our faith.
Last evening we had a wonderful meal together. Indeed, a banquet. This evening we will again gather and share a banquet. This…Continue
Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 16, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
I will be taking the rest of the month of April from posting. Please bear with me as I do some research and prep for my next rounds of postings. Thanks for your understanding and please as always pray for me, as I pray for you.
Pax et Bonum.
Catechesis Chair, State Council, Iowa Knights of Columbus
Samuel Gregg, in 2013 published the following commentary on Veritatis Splendor, or the Splendor of Truth, written by Pope St. John Paul II. Please read on:
There are papal encyclicals, and then there are papal encyclicals. Some escape public attention almost from the moment they’re promulgated. Others continue reverberating inside the Church decades after they appear. But there’s also a third type of encyclical: those which assume truly civilizational…
Added by Andy Milam on April 12, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
First, I’d like to say a word of welcome to our many new subscribers. We really appreciate your taking action on issues that are important to you!
A bill to set up a pilot program for Education Savings Accounts passed out of subcommittee last week. I know some of you are hearing some inflated figures about how much the bill, HF 2284, would cost the state. As drafted, the cost to the state would be less than a million dollars. In the context of the state’s $5 billion education…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on April 11, 2016 at 8:24am — No Comments
Today we had an interesting gospel, the last (21st) chapter of John’s gospel. Actually, there is, of course, only one gospel—the gospel of Jesus Christ, but it comes to us from four sources.
Today we meet seven of the disciples. They go fishing, and fish all night, and catch nothing. Have you ever worked hard at a project or task and come up completely empty handed? No doubt that has happened to all of us. That is the course of life.
At the first…Continue
Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 10, 2016 at 5:47pm — No Comments
Dear Brother Knights:
Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Msgr. Gerald Stessman who died Monday, April 4, 2016, and was a Faithful Friar of the Fourth Degree for many years and a Faithful Friar of the Dowling Assembly.
Below please find a copy of the obituary from the Iles Funeral Home website:
Msgr. Gerald J. Stessman, 83, died Monday, April 4th at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy…Continue
Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 5, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments
The Iowa House Appropriations Committee is currently considering House File 2284, which, as drafted, would open 190 Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for low-income public school parents in two school districts, Sioux Center and Waterloo. HF 2284 passed out of subcommittee yesterday.
ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings account set up by the state.…
Added by Tom Chapman on April 5, 2016 at 3:50pm — No Comments
In September of 1998, Pope St. John Paul II issued an Encyclical which brought about a seminal moment in how we are to approach critical thought leading into the 21st century. The Encyclical was titled Fides et Ratio, or Faith and Reason.
Now we are here to speak about faith and reason and so we have to be clear about one fundamental assumption that is at the basis of the Catholic intellectual tradition. It is laid out in Fides et Ratio and affirmed in Benedict…
Added by Andy Milam on April 5, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
COMING UP THIS WEEK
A subcommittee meeting is scheduled for early this afternoon (Monday) for House File 2284, a bill that would create a pilot Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) program. The establishment of ESAs is one of our priorities for the legislative session.
Education Savings Accounts would empower parents to choose the most suitable education for their children, regardless of income or where they live. HF 2284 would allow some low-income parents to receive…Continue
Ms. Mazur, a 5th grade student at St. Francis of Assisi School, competed in…Continue
Added by Robert Dale Ukena on March 29, 2016 at 2:45pm — No Comments
A new and improved ultrasound machine is now in use at Mary’s Choice in Sioux City.
Bishop Walker Nickless blessed the device at the pregnancy resource center on Feb. 6, surrounded by staff,…Continue
Added by Iowa KofC Program Director on March 29, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments
Today is Founder's Day, the anniversary of the founding of our esteemed order by Father Michael J. McGivney. We thank God for his witness to meeting the needs of Catholic families by starting an organization to help the widows and orphans of Catholic men, and to counter the anti-Catholic sentiments which were strong in early American history.
Thank-you Father McGivney for the heritage you left us as a legacy. May we treasure that legacy and make it grow by our own dedicated…Continue
Last summer I commented on the blog about the posture of the faithful at Mass, specifically regarding the Orans position. In that conversation, I referenced a 1997 document which outlined the importance of how we are to comport ourselves at Holy Mass. We must remember that the Mass is not a private devotion in the home or in public. It is an offical action of the Church in which we participate. There are…Continue
Added by Andy Milam on March 29, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments
Congratulations to the following individuals who were selected to receive one of the 2015-2016 Iowa Knights of Columbus Individual Merit Awards!
Each recipient will be recognized during the 2016 State Convention to be held April 16, 2016 at the majestic Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Tickets for the banquet are available through…Continue
Added by Iowa KofC Program Director on March 28, 2016 at 6:20pm — No Comments