We have just returned from a very successful 109th State Convention in Corpus Christi. My sincere thanks to the brother knights, their wives and Clergy who gave their time to be part of the weekend agenda.
Our God is a God of relationships; his love for us, our love for Him; and our love for one another. He is our Father, we are His children and in today’s Gospel Jesus calls us into a deeper relationship with one another. We are called to be brothers and sisters in Christ, loving one another with a servant’s heart. Jesus is very specific about the nature the love we are called to give freely. He says, “As I have loved you, so you should love one another.”
Every two years, when the Texas legislature meets, the Texas Catholic Conference organizes a day of Faithful Citizenship in action, Catholic Advocacy Day. On Tuesday, April 10th, the State Capitol Building was occupied by more than 1200 members of the Catholic faithful, each bringing a message of life and justice to those men and women who have been given the privilege of elected leadership.
The church continues to joyously celebrate and give thanks to God for the election of Pope Francis as the successor to St. Peter. He is a man of uncommon faith, humility and profound compassion for the poor and those most in need. Born in Argentina, he is the first South American pope and is a sign that the faith of Catholics extends beyond national and ethnic boundaries.
“Reach Out and Invite Them” We Have a Moral Obligation!
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, and though we probably ate too much, we are ready for a few New Year’s Resolutions. The usual one’s are things like working out more and getting in shape, or quit smoking, and so on.
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus and every day Brother Knights are visible contributing goodwill to someone in need. We are men of faith and men of action who continue to promote the vision of our Founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney.
It is again that time of year when we make our appeal for the Texas State Charities Program. As you know our State Charities Program is a small portion of our overall efforts to fulfill Fr. McGivney’s dream. From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus.
As you recall from a previous publication, our main objective this year will be encouraging our Brother Knights to give to State Charities.
The Supreme Featured Program initiative highlighted this month is the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP). By completing an RSVP program for this fraternal year, a council fulfills all Columbian Award requirements for the Church category on the Columbian Award Application (Form SP-7).