February 2016 News Updates (30)

Why am I an Iowa Knight of Columbus?

Orlando Gil of the Harlan council 3900 invited me to answer this question.  here is my response:

Why am I a Knight of Columbus?

Duc in Altum!

Simply put because of Russ Hensing and Richard Dole. In 1984 I moved as a recently married man from Nebraska to Iowa Falls Iowa for work. We were alone in the community and I was looking to make connections. Russ and Richard showed up at my apartment with evidence of an organization of men helping others while…


Added by Michael P. Gaspers on February 29, 2016 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Feb. 29, 2016

If you sent a message to your legislator last week through our Action Center last week, thank you! If you haven’t yet done so, we would appreciate your taking action on these two bills:

House File 2329 would stop the transfer or sale of fetal tissue in Iowa after an abortion. The ICC supports the bill. Our position is that abortion is a grave moral evil…


Added by Tom Chapman on February 29, 2016 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

Howard Paskach, member of Council 4208 Decorah, has passed away.

Howard Paskach, member of Council 4208 Decorah, has passed away. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family and those people he touched during his life.

Click here for obituary, funeral Mass, and other information.

Added by Decorah Knights on February 26, 2016 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

Baptism, Participation and the Mass

In a recent blog, I posited the following:

The difference between participation in the liturgy that can be called activa and participation that can be labeled actuosa rests in the characteristics of baptism. It is this very sacramental seal that grants one the right to participate. Without the baptismal mark, any action we conduct at Mass, singing, walking, kneeling or anything else can be termed "active," but they do not constitute participatio actuosa. Only through the sacrament…


Added by Andy Milam on February 23, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference first legislative deadline report

Last Friday was the first legislative deadline when bills were required to pass out of a committee to remain eligible (with exceptions for budget and tax bills). In the wake of the deadline we’re asking for your help with two bills in the Iowa House. Please visit our Action Center and send a message to your legislator:

(Support) House File 2329 would stop the transfer or sale of fetal…


Added by Tom Chapman on February 22, 2016 at 8:56am — No Comments

District 8 Knights Announce Winter 2016 Travel Gavel Schedule

"Travel Gavel" meetings are usually held in the winter months. The "Travel Gavel" is presented to a Council in northeast Iowa for best membership showing at meetings with other Councils. Travel Gavel points are added up over the fraternal year, and the…


Added by District 15 Knights on February 20, 2016 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

Knightline 2-18-16 Knights Know Mercy

Knights Know Mercy

Knights all across our state are getting into the swing of Fish Fries and raising charitable dollars while building community in the parishes we serve.  Knights may know Fish well but we know Mercy better – practical works known as corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Lent is a perfect opportunity to focus ourselves and our councils on those works which need some fine tuning in our lives. I know Knights do…


Added by Iowa Knights of Columbus on February 19, 2016 at 10:44am — No Comments

Knightline 2-18-16 Good of the Order

Brother Knights,

I received some rather disgruntled responses back from my push for recruiting more Knights in the last Knightline.  I would like to respond to them.

Is membership only about the numbers?  Yes and no.  Am I pushing for more members just to have more members.  No. I’m pushing for more members for other numbers.  I want more members so we can increase the 173 million dollars in charitable donations and 71.5 million hours donated by all the Knights…


Added by Iowa Knights of Columbus on February 18, 2016 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment


New Hampton Knights: Grand Knight Gale Ives Presents a thousand dollar check to the Decorah  birthright. Left to right GK Gale Ives, Roxanne Hauber, Gerry Sorenson Director of the Decorah birthright, and Larr Hauber board…


Added by Terrance H Kasuboski [TERRY] on February 18, 2016 at 6:23pm — 1 Comment

Knightline 2-18-16 State Program Awards

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Brothers- Have you submitted your nomination for a state Program or Individual Merit award? Now is the time to submit these nominations! We offer awards to recognize each of the six service program areas (church, community, council, culture of life, family, and youth), as well as individual merit awards for Knight of the Year, Family of the Year, Grand Knight of the Year, Deacon of the Year, and diocesan Chaplain…

Added by Iowa Knights of Columbus on February 18, 2016 at 4:20pm — No Comments

The Confiteor

The Mass begins with the Confiteor.  The Confiteor is a prayer in which we confess our sins and ask the Blessed Virgin and the saints to intercede to God for our forgiveness, for only the clean of heart can see God.  Our Blessed Lord also begins His Mass (the sacrifice at Calvary) with the Confiteor, but it differs from ours in this:  He has no sins to confess.  His sins cannot be a prayer for the forgiveness of His sins, but it can be a prayer for the forgiveness of our sins.



Added by Andy Milam on February 16, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Council 15603 Breakfast

Join Council 15603 for breakfast! We’ll make your breakfast and take care of the cleanup! Just come and enjoy!

There’s no charge, just a free-will offering.


Who can come? Anyone with an appetite!

What’s on the menu? French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, juice, and coffee (For those with egg allergies, we will have a substitute option of pancakes.)

When is it? Sunday, February…


Added by Council 15603 on February 15, 2016 at 10:48am — No Comments

ICC legislative update - first deadline

The Iowa Catholic Conference legislative breakfast takes place tomorrow at the State Capitol. The Iowa bishops, along with ICC board and committee members, will be meeting in an informal setting with legislators who stop by. Davenport Bishop Martin Amos will provide the daily prayer in both chambers. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos.

Lawmakers are working towards this Friday’s legislative deadline. Bills…


Added by Tom Chapman on February 15, 2016 at 8:57am — No Comments


Lent is a time we should learn how to pick up our crosses and carry them with LOVE.  AS JESUS DONE FOR US.  I pray that we all have an up lifting experience of graces that we never before HAD.  God Bless you…


Added by Terrance H Kasuboski [TERRY] on February 14, 2016 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

March 1 Education Celebration at the State Capitol - please attend

As you know, helping parents choose the school that's right for their child is a priority for the Iowa Catholic Conference. One concrete way you can help this year is to attend the "Education Celebration" rally at the State Capitol at noon on March 1. I know it is really hard for people to get away to Des Moines during the week, but if you happen to be available it would be a great event to attend and show legislators our support for nonpublic schools.

Our partners at the Iowa…


Added by Tom Chapman on February 11, 2016 at 10:04am — No Comments

Faithful Expression of Holy Mass, We Deserve It

Over the years, I have been uplifted by many a great liturgy.  It is, after all the source and summit of our Catholic Faith.  It is how we most intimately engage God the Father, through God the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Because of this closeness, we deserve the most faithful expression of that wonderous mystery.  I've assisted at Masses in towns as small as 50 people and I've assisted at St. Peter's in Rome.  I've seen just about everything and through this, I have been able to…


Added by Andy Milam on February 9, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Spencer K of C Crown District Free Throw Champs

Nine girls and boys ages 9 to 14 were named champions of the 2016 Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Championship and earned the right to compete at the regional level. The district battle among the 13 area youngsters took place February 6 at Sacred Heart School…


Added by Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 on February 8, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Feb. 7, 2016

It was a short week at the state capitol last week with the Iowa Caucuses on Monday and a snowstorm on Tuesday. The precinct caucuses saw record turnout on the Republican side and high attendance among the Democrats. Most meetings at the capitol were cancelled last Tuesday but the rest of the week was hectic as lawmakers push towards the first legislative deadline on Feb. 19.

Here’s a look at some bills we’re working on. You can click on the link to see the text of the bill and its…


Added by Tom Chapman on February 7, 2016 at 10:37pm — 3 Comments

Three Men's Conferences This Spring


Added by Steve Heffern on February 5, 2016 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

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