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December 2017 Lecturer’s Note

KoC Lecturer’s Note
For December 2017

Dear Brothers,

Over the weekend my niece’s husband gave me a rebuilt computer, however in the transition I lost my draft of this month’s Note and I don’t have time to recreate it.  

Basically, I was saying that I could easily be depressed by the world situation of wars, terrorism, political divisions and immorality, environmental issues, and many other concerns.  One could almost wonder if God has abandoned us.  I know that can’t happen, but I know a lot of people have abandoned God as evidenced by the growth of secularism and declining church membership.

So what does that mean to us as Knights of Columbus? I think it means that we need to be more united to God through prayer. We have many opportunities for prayer as individuals and as an organization of Catholic men. Some examples are:

  • Morning, evening, and meal prayers
  • Daily offering of our activities (Our work projects can be prayers!)
  • Prayer before and at the end of our meetings
  • Rosary before the monthly general meeting
  • Confession before the monthly meeting
  • Attend Mass at 6:30 am weekdays before going to work
  • Rosary after 12:10 mass at the Holy Family statue
  • Corporate communion on the fifth Sunday (Most members should attend)
  • First Friday devotions with Eucharistic Adoration
  • Become a member of the World Apostolate of Fatima (Incl. First Saturday devotions)
  • Prayer groups for the sick and the dying
  • Diocesan Retreat (Sat. Dec. 9th , 9:00 am)
  • Advent Penance Service (Mon. Dec 11th , 7:00 pm)

I especially like the daily prayer offering to God of all that we think, say, and do during a day.  My thought is to make participation in council projects more spiritual.  We can do this by first identifying the primary purpose of the project, which is usually to glorify God by serving others. Next, ask the Holy Spirit for assistance in performing the project activities with kindness, respect and cheerfulness. Then while performing the activity, ask for God’s blessing on those being served.  In this manner, the activity can become a prayer which is communication with God.  Let’s apply this approach to an actual project. In Dec. 2015, I applied this approach to the collection for the Intellectual and Developmentally Disadvantaged being conducted this weekend.

On this weekend (Dec. 9th & 10th), several of our council members will conduct a street collection to raise funds for children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  (In the past we called it a “Tootsie Roll Drive” because we offer contributors a small Tootsie Roll.)  As described above, you can make your participation in this charitable activity a prayer offering.  While you put on the yellow KOC apron and fill the pockets with Tootsie Rolls, ask the Holy Spirit to help you in collecting donations with a spirit of kindness, cheerfulness, and thanksgiving.  As you collect money from the donors, ask God to bless them for their generosity.  As you turn in the money, ask God to bless those children and adults with disabilities for whom the money is intended.

Remember to apply this approach to the Santa Breakfast which is also being conducted this weekend!

Respectfully submitted,
Cy Henke
Council 15706 Lecturer
Vivat Jesus

January 2017 Lecturer’s Note

KoC Lecturer’s Note
For January 2018

Dear Brother Knights,

In June of last year, my nephrologist told me that my kidneys were failing and that I needed to begin dialysis treatments. I was still feeling well and decided to haul some donations down to the Ladies of Charity, which I know quite well because I had performed handyman tasks there for several years. As I was signing in at the Intake Area, I heard a voice call out “Cy Henke, I haven’t seen you in a while!” It was Susan Unbehand, the Director of LOC; she came over and gave me a hug and we talked for a few minutes sharing our health problems (her heart) and we
wished each other well and prayers. For the rest of that day and many days afterward, I had a warm and pleasant feeling, which was kind of puzzling to me. I’ve certainly been hugged many, many times, but this time had a special effect. I finally decided that even if I didn’t know it, God knew I needed some support at this time and He sent Susan to give it to me. I call that a “Moment of Grace!”

I call it a “Moment of Grace” based on what my son (Greg) taught one of his religion teachers at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix, AZ. Greg was a religion teacher there for 19 years, then a counselor, and a head baseball coach. He passed away suddenly in March of last year. What he taught was: “Grace is the living presence of God on earth.” So I believe that what Susan forwarded to me was God’s grace, His living presence and that is why I felt so good! My belief was reinforced by the following meditation from Vision 2000 by Mark Link, S. J.: Scripture
A leper asked Jesus to cure him.} Jesus reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!” At once the disease left the man. Mark 1:41-42

A Daily Life Story New York University studies show that when nurses lay hands on patients with the intention of healing them, the patients’ recovery accelerates. This leaves some doctors to believe “that there is a natural power of life in loving people which is communicated in a special way through the power of touch and that the patient absorbs much of his life, or energy, in such a way that the sick body can build up its own life-building forces.” (Francis MacNutt)
Personal Reflection To what extent do I express my love, especially for family members, in a tangible, concrete way?

Prayer Lord, help me to realize that one warm embrace or one loving touch of the hand may be able to release more healing than a bucketful of pills and medicine. I also believe that we all have this ability to reach out and touch someone with God’s grace. All that is required is
that we have the intention of forwarding God’s living presence to those who need it.
As Brother Knights In Service to One, In Service to All, I continue to urge you all to begin your service activities with prayer and to consider offering Moments of Grace to those you are serving.

Respectfully submitted,
Cy Henke
Council 15706 Lecturer
Vivat Jesus

August 2017 Lecturer’s Notes

Brothers,

As I read several emails from the Grand Knight about the planned ceremony this Saturday morn involving the “Silver Rose”, I realized that I did not know the story about it.  I knew it had something to do with Our Lady of Guadalupe but was puzzled as to why the rose is ‘silver’ rather than ‘red’.  So I looked it up on the internet and found the “The Story of the Silver Rose” which is also attached to this email.

My understanding is that, as an act of thanksgiving to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Columbian squires group in Monterrey, Mexico invited squires in Laredo, Texas to a running relay of a real rose from there to Monterrey with an exchange in the middle of the International Bridge.  This devotional program is now more international with silver roses being relayed (run) from councils in Canada and across the United States to Monterrey, Mexico, with rosary devotions recommended to be held at each host Council.  Please read the attached article to learn how the real red rose became a silver rose.

In his comments about the Silver Rose Program, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says “Through it we honor not only our Lady of Guadalupe and express the unity of our Order, but we also reaffirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life.”  A true expression of this unity is happening this Saturday morning at Holy Ghost.  Our Council is the official host for the Silver Rose, but because of schedule conflicts, our parish was not available for the ceremony.  The Council from Holy Ghost came to our rescue and offered to hold the ceremony in their church after their 8:00 am Mass with our Council leading the rosary.  (Please consider attending the Mass and the ceremony as expressions of devotion for our Blessed Mother, and of unity with Brother Knights from both parishes.)

In All Saints over the next three weeks, we have more opportunities for devotion to our God and service to our parish community as follows:

  • Aug. 14, 9:30-11:30 ALPHA Reunion (Parish Hall)
  • Aug. 14-19, Week of Prayer for All Saints (Spend an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.)
  • Aug 19, 8:15-12:45 Ministry Day  (Parish Hall)
  •  Aug 19 8:00-12:00, Marli’s Move, St Joseph’s Helper
  • Aug. 19-20, Outdoor Mass set-up, the Mass, and clean-up.

Remember, as leaders in our parish community, we are obligated to participate whenever and wherever we can.  Wear your badges!

Respectfully submitted,

Cy Henke
Council 15706 Lecturer
Vivat Jesus