Rev. William Edward Reynolds's News Updates (27)

Address of the State chaplain, Rev. William Reynolds, to the 2018 Mid-year State Family Meeting

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      Good afternoon dear brothers. We come together as brothers in the Lord and as brothers in this great fraternity of the Knights of Columbus.

      I suspect that Fr. McGivney would approve of our gathering on this second Sunday of Advent to renew our commitment to the unity, charity, fraternity,…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on December 10, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

memo from the State Chaplain regarding the Sanctity of Life during October, the Respect Life month

This is the month of October, a month which is traditionally observed as Respect Life month, a time for us to become more knowledgeable about and sensitive to the respect life issues we face in the world today. And, to gain strength and courage in challenging those whose attitudes, actions, and beliefs do not adequately respect the dignity of every person, as demanded by the gospel and by the teaching of the Church.

 

At the base of this is respect for all human life, from the…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on October 21, 2018 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

Address of the State Chaplain, Rev. William Reynolds, to the 2017 Iowa State Knights of Columbus convention

Just about ten days ago I was honored to join our worthy state deputy Jon Aldrich, our worthy state warden Paul Lee, and our state worthy membership director Michael Gaspers, in addition to about a dozen other knights, at an event in Des Moines. We joined a consortium of over thirty pro-life and respect life organizations at the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol.

 

In the center of the capitol rotunda was a large baby crib. In it were hundreds of baby shoes, each shoe representing a…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on April 11, 2017 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Reflection from Sunday, February 5

In the reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians we find this:

Brothers and sisters:

We speak a wisdom to those who are mature,

not a wisdom of this age,

nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away.

Rather, we speak God's wisdom, mysterious, hidden,

which God predetermined before the ages for our glory,

and which none of the rulers of…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on February 15, 2017 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

Reflections on the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade

On January 22 we observe a sad anniversary, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. This is about as far away from “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as articulated by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence as one can get.

 

Imagine yesterday celebrating the right to kill entirely innocent, vulnerable, and defenseless human beings. That is not a matter of pride; that is a matter of shame.

 

Millions of…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on January 23, 2017 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

To Bear Wrongs Patiently and to Forgive Offenses Willingly, by Father Bill Reynolds, State Chaplain

The Year of Mercy is ending, but we can still consider some of the Works of Mercy which are to be ours, both in knowledge and in practice.

Two of the Spiritual Works of Mercy are closely related, so I will consider these together. They are, to bear wrongs patiently, and to forgive offenses willingly.

Who among us has not been ‘wronged’ sometime in your life? Of course, we all feel that sometime in our life we were wronged. The next question is more challenging! Have your…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on November 22, 2016 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

Marriage and Mercy, by Father Bruce DeRammelaere, Assistant State Chaplain for the Diocese of Davenport

I'm an odd-ball. I'm an odd-ball in the fact that, while the majority of Catholic priests would rather do a funeral than a wedding, I am a Catholic priest who loves weddings. I love weddings, not only because they are a joyous occasion, but because it is an opportunity. You are meeting two people at one of the happiest moments of their lives, and in that happiness they want that happiness to last, and that is the Churches opportunity to help them in that endeavor.

But opposed to our…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on November 22, 2016 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Freeing the Captive, by Fr. Randy Schon, Assistant State Chaplain for the Diocese of Sioux City

     The people of the Bible knew all about captivity.  The low point of the Old Testament is the Babylonian Captivity, when the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and sent the survivors to captivity in Babylon (modern Iraq).  The Jews were exiled there for over a generation before they were allowed to return home.  When Jesus said to "free the captive," this bad memory would immediately come to mind for the people of his time.  Sadly, the corporal work of mercy to "free the captive" today can…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on October 29, 2016 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Feeding the Hungry; A Corporal Work of Mercy

On Feeding the Hungry, by Assistant State Chaplain for the Sioux City Diocese Father Randy Schon



Jesus told many parables about a final judgment in which there would be a separation of good and evil. It is in Matthew 25 that Jesus specifies his main criteria for this separation. When the king welcomes the good people to his kingdom, he begins by saying, "For I was hungry, and you gave me food" (Matthew 25: 35). Jesus then lists several other works of mercy that were performed by…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on October 18, 2016 at 9:12am — No Comments

Supreme Knights asks for a novena of Prayer for our Nation

Following a week of violence across the United States, the Knights of Columbus has called for a novena of prayer to heal the wounds and divisions afflicting this country. 
 
Knights, their families and all people of good will are encouraged to join in the novena (nine days of prayer) that will run from July 14-22 by praying St. Francis of Assisi’s Prayer for Peace:
 
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let…
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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on July 13, 2016 at 9:52am — 5 Comments

To Give Drink to the Thirsty

Fr. David Ambrosy, assistant State Chaplain from the Archdiocese of Dubuque; Fr. Randy Schon, assistant State Chaplain from the Diocese of Sioux City; Fr. Chris Reising, assistant State Chaplain from the Diocese of Des Moines; Fr. Bruce DeRammelaere, assistant State Chaplain from the Diocese of Davenport; with Msgr. Larry Beeson, retired from the Diocese of Des Moines, and State Chaplain Fr. Bill Reynolds from the Diocese of Davenport, plan to present here, in no particular sequence,…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on June 21, 2016 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

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

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

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

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

Martin L. King and the continuing need for civil rights legislation

If it was right and just in 1964 for President Lyndon Johnson to sign the civil rights act, following upon the courageous witness of Martin L. King, then it is only right and just now that the unborn should be the beneficiaries of civil rights legislation to recognize and protect their personhood and dignity.

It was unjust to deny civill rights and liberties to racial minorities in decades in the past. It remains unjust to deny civil rights, the dignity of personhood, and protection…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on January 18, 2016 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

Thanksgiving greetings

Dear Brother Knights:

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

There are many things for which each of us should be thankful. Take a moment today to study your heart and soul and recall your blessings and gifts which come from God. And then, make sure that you are a source of blessing and Thanksgiving for others.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vivat Jesus

Fr. Bill Reynolds

State Chaplain

Iowa Knights of…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on November 26, 2015 at 8:39am — No Comments

Thanksgiving Message

I distinctly remember 40 years ago today—the day before Thanksgiving—November 26, 1975. My mother had died in June of that year, and I was in what would become my last year of work before leaving teaching to enter the seminary. After leaving school I began to drive to our family home in Oxford. There was a terrible snowstorm, and roads and snow removal were not what we know them to be today.…

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Added by Rev. William Edward Reynolds on November 25, 2015 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

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