November is here, and with it is the time of the year when we can all pause to catch our breaths and think about what we are thankful for in our lives. Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season give all of us a perfect opportunity to try to slow down, even if only for a moment, and reflect on what we are truly grateful for this year. Whether it’s a new job, new baby, overcoming a medical challenge or hitting a…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on November 21, 2014 at 10:05pm — No Comments
State Deputy Dan Werner has revived The Knight Today with the first new edition published November 2014. A printed copy of this edition was mailed to each Knight of Columbus in Iowa. CLICK HERE to read an electronic copy.
Added by Jason Follett on November 21, 2014 at 9:44pm — No Comments
The Mason City Knights of Columbus, Diamond Jo Casino, The Dimensional Group, Cent Credit Union and Martin Brothers have teamed up to make sure Mason City seniors have their annual Thanksgiving dinner. CLICK HERE to read the full story in the Mason City…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on November 21, 2014 at 9:25pm — No Comments
I was reading my brother Brian's facebook yesterday and I came across the following post. This is about my niece Elizabeth (E). She is my oldest niece and she has held a special place in my heart since the day she was born, almost 12 years ago. Please read on and understand why she means so very, very much to me.
"So on the way home from the Notre Dame football game the kids and I stopped in Chicago for a little American Girl and Niketown fun. Fortunately for me, I was reminded…Continue
Added by Andy Milam on November 18, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments
The following are questions asked by and answered by Aquinas on the theological virtue of Charity. Please be advised that Charity isn't simply being nice or turning the other cheek, but it truly is agape love of our fellow man and an adult sense of what it means to relate to our brothers. This is what our Order is founded upon and this is how we should let our consciences be guided.
Over the next several weeks we we will be looking at the various questions which make up Aquinas'…
Added by Andy Milam on November 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Dear Brother Knights:
This past weekend we observed liturgically the anniversary of the dedication of the Lateran Archbasilica in Rome. There is no St. John Lateran, so don't be listening for his name in the Litany of the Saints. Lateran was the last name of the Roman senator whose property was confiscated by the Emperor Nero. Later, in 313, When Constantine was emperor, and after he became a Christian, he gave that property to the pope, believing that Lateran Palace…Continue
Added by William Edward Reynolds on November 12, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
As we continue to look into the Knights of Columbus, we will look into our guiding principles. These principles are important to the Knights for a variety of reasons and those reasons will be explained. The four principles are: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. As Catholic men, we need an outlet to be able to express our Catholicity and the Knights give us this opportunity. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining the Knights, know that these are our core values…Continue
NOTE: The following appeared in the November 6, 2014 edition of The Catholic Globe, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Sioux City.…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on November 8, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments
Greetings! You’re extended a special invitation to support, promote, and participate in a series of Holiday Caroling Festivities in the Heartland including Denison on December 11th, Omaha on December 14th and Dunlap on December 18th.
Overall Mission: In conjunction with a…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on November 7, 2014 at 8:48pm — No Comments
Added by Jason Follett on November 5, 2014 at 7:29pm — No Comments
To: Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network
The status quo has prevailed at the state legislature in Iowa. The Democrats retained a 26-24 majority in the Iowa Senate, while the House Republicans picked up a few seats to increase their majority to 57-43. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) was re-elected. At the federal level, Republicans are in control of the House and Senate.
As for the Iowa Catholic Conference, our focus will continue to be on applying Catholic social teaching to…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on November 5, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This dinner dance fundraiser for InnerVisions HealthCare is hosted by the Central Iowa Knights of Columbus and will be held at Saints John & Paul Parish Hall (1401 1st Avenue South) in Altoona. Full details and online RSVP can be found at:…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on November 4, 2014 at 10:41pm — No Comments
"You must be guided by your moral convictions, not your self-interest or your attachment to a political party or interest group."
Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics, 2014
To: Iowa Catholic Conference legislative network:
If you’re watching any TV these days, you know that Election Day is drawing near. The Iowa Catholic Conference…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on October 31, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments
On Wednesday, October 29th, General Sheridan Council 1228 of Creston presented a check to Ruth Fennessy, Executive Director of LC Clinic of Stuart with the local council matching funds for their new ultrasound. Mrs Fennessy brought the new machine with her and provided the Knights with insights on how important the new machine is to the clinic. She also gave the Knights an update on the search for a location in Creston for their satellite office.
Fr Ken Halbur, Holy Spirit Pastor,…Continue
Added by Steve Heffern on October 29, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
The following was provided by Don Hauser, Past Grand Knight and current Publicity Director, for Saint Augustin Council 10558 in Des Moines. For more information, you can contact Don via email at firstname.lastname@example.org…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on October 27, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
The Iowa Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Finals were held at the Pella Soccer Complex on October 18, 2014. The finals were the culmination of a four-tier competition that began in early September at the local Council level in each contestant’s home area. The youngsters aged 9 to 14 competed with others their age and gender. Winners from the local contest faced competition from ever increasing areas at the District and…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on October 24, 2014 at 9:03pm — No Comments
To: Iowa Catholic Conference legislative network
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference in the political arena. Especially when your contacts with legislators are combined with those of your friends and neighbors, I have seen many instances where you have had a real impact. Keep your head up looking for opportunities to help, and your head down in prayer!
Right now we’re asking for your help with three items:
1. We are asking for contacts to Congress…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on October 17, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments
Recently I was made aware of a story about Brittany Maynard. She is terminally ill and she has chosen to end her own life through assisted suicide. Regardless of her religious affliation, of which I don't know, the very idea that she has considered and accepted the notion of assisted suicide saddens my heart.
Life is precious, from conception to natural death.
That is the culture of life.…Continue
Added by Andy Milam on October 14, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Fr. Thomas Kocik, a priest of the Diocese of Fall River and a fellow Mt. St. Mary's University Alum recently posted the following. I would like to share his thoughts with you, regarding liturgical sensibilities...
One of the chief arguments for the traditional Christian practice of celebrating the Eucharistad orientem — the priest and people together facing the same direction, toward the liturgical “east” of the apse — is that the Mass…Continue
Recently, as I was making a holy hour, I was reflecting upon the mystery of the Cross. I was trying to wrap my head around the sacrifice that Christ made for all of humanity. The scope of that sacrifice is almost unfathomable, but as I was praying a thought occurred to me which started to override all other thoughts.
Christ made that sacrifice for all of humanity, because He knew that the bonds of sin which encompass us all must be once and forever broken.
His unselfish action…Continue