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 Columbia. Click here and go to page 27.]

The above information is corroborated by the following independent analyses:
-->"Dispatches: The Demolition of the Faith" episodes 1-5 at
-->The Church in the United States has “just five years left” (9 September 2015):

It is clear that there is a significant lack of understanding of the Catholic Faith among many, if not most, of the Faithful, which often leads to a falling away in times of struggle or apparent disagreement with a tenet or perceived tenet of the Faith.

Given the above information, and in an effort to give Catholic men the tools they need to understand the Faith and educate their families, an educational program has been started in Council 4208. Starting with the January 2016 meeting, the Precepts of the Church (as provided in the Knights of Columbus pamphlet “These Men They Call Knights”) are being presented and explained, one per month, at each Council meeting. It is hoped that this will help members to become more effective witnesses to the only, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Faith and, in so doing, bring fallen away Catholics and non-Catholics into active participation in the Faith and, further, into the Knights of Columbus as active servants of Christ.

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Comment by Fr. Ronald E. Hodges, Jr on April 8, 2017 at 9:19am

This is a great idea.  Thanks for sharing!

Comment by W. Russell Yount on February 3, 2017 at 9:13pm

This sounds like a great idea!  One of the planned breakout sessions at this year's state convention will be incorporating faith formation into council meetings. 

Comment by Decorah Knights on January 15, 2017 at 1:15am

Decorah Knights Lead and Participate in Faith Sharing (Fellowship of the Church):

Comment by Decorah Knights on January 12, 2017 at 9:05am

Brother Mike,

Decorah has not used either the Family Fully Alive program or Into the Breach but, given your comment here, we will look into them as ways of teaching the Faith to our members and beyond. Thank you.

Comment by Michael P. Gaspers on January 12, 2017 at 5:47am

During the Jan 11 2017 webinar the presenters spent a great deal of time encouraging the Family Fully Alive  program and the apostolic exhortation Into the Breach

What experience does anyone have with using either of these in your council. What has worked well -- looking for creative ideas.

Here in Danbury we've given copies of the original Family Fully Alive to all the families at our Catholic School. We are following up this year to do so again and expanding to the CCD program and our own members who have children at home.

We have not done anything with Into the Breach. to my knowledge no spiritual men's group is meeting at this time.

Comment by Decorah Knights on January 11, 2017 at 9:42pm


For the purpose of the catechesis of its members, Council 4208 is now showing one episode of The Majesty of the Faith ( at each Council meeting.

Monday 9 January 2016: Season 1 Episode 1: "The Kingdom" ( was shown.

There are many other videos suitable for catechesis at

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