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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…


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

Knightline 2-4-16 Lenten Resolve - Membership

We are fast approaching Lent where we submit to the rigors of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. All too often we approach Lent with a thought of 'giving up' something and we moan and groan.  I propose this Lent we set out to do something better. If we must give up something let us give up timidity! Let us rededicate ourselves to the Rosary! And let us expand almsgiving to include faith examples inspiring others.

Our Supreme Knight has called on us to know what we believe, to profess…


Added by Iowa Knights of Columbus on February 5, 2016 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Recruiting and Recycling at the Same Time

The Knights of Columbus puts out some very informative and high quality publications that you receive every month or two.  These publications represent a positive advertisement for our Order and the Father Michael J McGivney Guild. 

How about after you’ve read the Guild Newsletter you take it to church or a council meeting.  Ask people if they received it and when you find someone who didn’t hand it to them and say something like, “Father Gabriel’s message on…


Added by Steve Heffern on February 5, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Ok, so you've got a personal Profile Page (website) here on What do you do with it?

Ok, so you've got a personal Profile Page (website) here on What do you do with it?

Every time you do anything with, for, or at the parish,…


Added by District 8 Knights on February 5, 2016 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Knightline 2-4-16- It's time to play ball!

Brother Knights,

When it comes to membership, the Iowa Knights of Columbus is like a football team that doesn’t come ready to play in the first half.  We end up going into the locker room behind.  I won’t be like some coaches and scream and yell to try to get you motivated.  We have always been a second half team and I know we will do better the rest of this fraternal year, and we need to.  As of today we are down 106 members from where we started July 1st.   We lost the…


Added by Iowa Knights of Columbus on February 5, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Easter Seals Iowa Sunnyside Regatta - 21 July 2016

The Sunnyside Regatta is a paddleboat race around Lake Cheerio at Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines. To learn more about how your Council, Assembly, and/or business can be involved, contact Allison Piazza at

Added by Jason Follett on February 4, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

Smile You Might be on Facebook

I did a Google search for a parish in another town.  The Facebook page came up as the first choice, I clicked on it and the results started me down a strange path. Instead of Mass times, I saw a crude cartoon in the timeline that not only used profanity but denigrated our faith.  Needless to say, that wasn’t what I was expecting to find on a church’s Facebook page.

It turns out I stumbled into a frustrating cul-de-sac in the digital neighborhood called Unofficial Pages.  You see,…


Added by Steve Heffern on February 4, 2016 at 11:50am — 1 Comment

Easter Seals Iowa Walk for Independence - 23 April 2016

Easter Seals Iowa Walk for Independence is 23 April 2016 at Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines. Please sign up to join us for a one-mile walk around Lake Cheerio. The day also features family- friendly entertainment from 7:30 AM to 12 PM. Activities include kids games and…


Added by Jason Follett on February 4, 2016 at 11:48am — No Comments

Council 5043 Places First at Winter Games Chili Cook Off

   The votes were tallied even before the Iowa Caucuses began, and the winner of the 2016 University of Okoboji Winter Games Chili Cook Off Nonprofit Division was the Iowa Great Lakes Knights of Columbus Council 5043, with ingredients by Fareway, Spirit Lake.

    The last weekend in January…


Added by Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 on February 4, 2016 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Columbian Award ideas

One of the questions I hear often is, "I don't know what to put on the Columbian Award application?", or "We don't do enough stuff in that category". Often times the answer is not that you don't do enough, rather you don't know how to put your items down. …


Added by Iowa KofC Program Director on February 2, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

7 Reflections on the New Year

Fr. Edward Looney of the Diocese of Green Bay shared with me a good thought process for 2016, when we met for lunch in Wisconsin earlier this year.  While I engage in several of these already, it never hurts to add one more.  That is how the spiritual life is developed.  Please read and consider his thoughts today.

I think most Catholics in the world would love to grow in their relationship with Jesus. People have a genuine desire to grow in holiness, even if they are not able to…


Added by Andy Milam on February 2, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Decorah Knights Council 4208 Begins Catechesis Program for Its Members

There is a great deal of trouble in the Catholic Church today, most especially the precipitous drop in Mass attendance over the last one-half century. The Knights of Columbus reports in Columbia magazine that 57% of all Catholic adults only offer the holy Sacrifice of the Mass "a few times a year or less." [From "The State of Catholic Families” on page 27 of the September 2015 issue of…


Added by Decorah Knights on January 29, 2016 at 10:38pm — No Comments

ICC Newsletter - Jan. 29, 2016: Catholic schools, assisted suicide, Iowa caucuses

Iowa Catholic Conference staff participated in a meeting held at the University of Notre Dame this week discussing strategies to increase access and improve the quality of Catholic schools. Diocesan superintendents and representatives of state Catholic Conferences from across the country took part.

Catholic Schools Week starts on Sunday. The theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We believe that Catholic schools are a vital part of forming disciples…


Added by Tom Chapman on January 29, 2016 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Late Breaking Results of 2015 State Winners-- Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest

The posters have been judged and the results have been determined and the awards presented.  Here then are the state winners for the 2015 Substance Abuse Awareness Poster contest!

The link below the winners names in each category should lead you to a picture of the winning poster.…


Added by Robert Dale Ukena on January 28, 2016 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

Building the Domestic Church webinar- February 20

Come one- come all!

All state officers, district deputies and council officers are encouraged to participate in this webinar.  Please feel free to share this invitation with others, as the Supreme Council may not have a full and complete list of fraternal leader email addresses.

This session will be geared toward Building the…


Added by Iowa KofC Program Director on January 28, 2016 at 3:59pm — No Comments

2015 Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Winners


The above link will show the GRAPHIC images of the 2015 KCIC State winners.  These kids put in a lot of effort on their submissions. 

Their winning posters have moved on to New Haven for further consideration. . . (Stay tuned.)

Added by Robert Dale Ukena on January 26, 2016 at 5:01pm — 4 Comments

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