The supreme knight asked the assembled leaders to urge their jurisdiction’s council to accelerate their efforts to work with their pastors to strengthen their parishes and also seek to strengthen Christian family life.
“The family as domestic Church is central to both the work of the New Evangelization and to the future sustainability of our parishes — also the future sustainability of the Order,” Supreme Knight Anderson said. “But the Catholic family cannot perform this important mission on its own. The reason is simple: as Pope Paul VI observed, the family can only truly be a domestic Church when its daily life ‘mirrors the various aspects of the entire Church.’ And for this to become a reality the family must be more fully integrated into the sacramental life of the parish.”
Knights of Columbus parish-based councils today are not only places that provide invaluable support to parish life in terms of charitable and social activities, he said, they also are a primary place to support the evangelization of family life through the mission of the domestic church. Councils can do this by more fully integrating families into the life of the parish through the many programs of parish-based councils, he said.
“If we do this, then we will continue the legacy of Father McGivney—a legacy, which as Pope Benedict observed, was to promote spiritual renewal among Catholics by strengthening them in holiness and unity,” Supreme Knight Anderson said. “And as a parish priest, Father McGivney saw that this renewal could be assisted in powerful ways in the parish by the new organization he had established.”
To help councils become more integrated into their parishes, the supreme knight announced the new initiative, Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish.
“This new initiative builds upon our past programs and accomplishments,” Supreme Knight Anderson said. “At the same time it requires that in the future we do some things differently.”
(Note: The full copy of Supreme Knight Anderson’s speech and details on the Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish initiative will be included in the December issue of Columbia.)