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Address of the State Chaplain to the 2016 State Convention

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…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 16, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hiatus through April

Brothers,

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.


Andy Milam
Catechesis Chair, State Council, Iowa Knights of Columbus

Added by Andy Milam on April 13, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Veritatis Splendor: The Encyclical that Mattered

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…

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Added by Andy Milam on April 12, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 11, 2016

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…

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Added by Tom Chapman on April 11, 2016 at 8:24am — No Comments

Did you catch any fish today?

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…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 10, 2016 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Obituary of Msgr. Gerald Stessman

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…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 5, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Action alert - send a message to your legislator for Education Savings Accounts

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.…

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Added by Tom Chapman on April 5, 2016 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Fides et Ratio

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…

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Added by Andy Milam on April 5, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 4, 2016

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…

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Added by Tom Chapman on April 4, 2016 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

West Des Moines Student Named 1st Runner Up -- 2015 International Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Evelyn Ann Mazur, representing St. Francis of Assisi Council 12422 in West Des Moines has been chosen by Supreme as 1st Runner Up International Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest for 2015. 

Ms. Mazur, a 5th grade student at St. Francis of Assisi School, competed in…

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Added by Robert Dale Ukena on March 29, 2016 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Bishop Nickless blesses new ultrasound machine financed by Siouxland KofC councils

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,…

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Added by Iowa KofC Program Director on March 29, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Founder's Day Message

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…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on March 29, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Orans Position Part Deux

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…

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Added by Andy Milam on March 29, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Announcing the 2015-2016 Individual Merit Awards

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…

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Added by Iowa KofC Program Director on March 28, 2016 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 27, 2016

As legislative proposals for doctor-prescribed suicide become more prevalent across the country, the Catholic bishops of Iowa are organizing a statewide educational effort regarding end-of-life care aligned with Catholic values. Click here for more details.  The project is called “Supportive Care Iowa.”

“We have a duty to protect and preserve our life. However,…

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Added by Tom Chapman on March 28, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Good Friday homily

       Today is March 25. This is customarily the day on which we observe the Solemnity of the Annunciation, exactly nine months prior to Christmas. The Annunciation recalls the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, during which she learned that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God’s Son. Mary offered her ‘fiat,’ in which she said “Yes” to God.

       Today, however, we gather to celebrate Good Friday. The phrase “celebrate Good Friday” sounds like an oxymoron…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on March 25, 2016 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

homily for Good Friday

       Today is March 25. This is customarily the day on which we observe the Solemnity of the Annunciation, exactly nine months prior to Christmas. The Annunciation recalls the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, during which she learned that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God’s Son. Mary offered her ‘fiat,’ in which she said “Yes” to God.

       Today, however, we gather to celebrate Good Friday. The phrase “celebrate Good Friday” sounds like an oxymoron…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on March 25, 2016 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Archbishop Jackels’ Easter message 2016

Click here for Archbishop Jackels' Easter message 2016.

Added by Decorah Knights on March 25, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Decorah Knights Council 4208 Chaplain Provides Numerous Times for Confession this Holy Week (2016)

Father Gibbs, priest for Saint Benedict's parish and chaplain for Council 4208, is providing numerous times for Reconciliation this Holy Week:

Wednesday, March 23, 12-1pm and 5-6pm; Holy Thursday, March 24, 8-9am, 12-1pm and 5-6pm; Good Friday, March 25, 8-9am and 5-6pm; and Saturday (Holy Saturday) 12-2pm. Come, prepare your hearts for Easter Joy.

Added by Decorah Knights on March 22, 2016 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Development of Eucharistic Adoration

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC #2628,  gives a clear understanding of Eucharistic Adoration and what it means for the faithful. It reads:



 Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God.…

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Added by Andy Milam on March 22, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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