Program Manual

Membership Vision

MEMBERSHIP VISION – Reggie Vasquez, Chairman

Brother Reggie’s mission this year will be to produce a monthly membership reflection which will be available on the state website – http://www.tkofc.org .  His reflections will be in line with the Worthy State Deputy’s theme for the month and will be available for use by Council Membership Directors or Lectors.  He will also be producing short snippets during the month which will be published on the State’s social media applications such as Facebook or Twitter.  These will be targeted to enhance the knowledge base of our brother Knights regarding a variety of aspects of the Knights of Columbus.  Here are some suggestions for monthly themes for activities in your Councils and Districts.

  • July    (Guardians of Freedom) As we begin the fraternal year, in honor of those servicemen and servicewomen who guard our freedoms throughout the world, let’s commit to guarding our faith by building the domestic Church right in our own Councils. Guard freedom, guard faith, grow the Order!
     
  • August    (Fr. Michael J. McGivney) Today you are called “Knights” because members of the original organizing charter council felt it would help apply a noble ritual in support of the emerging cause of Catholic civil liberty. Study how Fr. McGivney invites us even today to expand religious freedom as we grow our councils.
     
  • September    (Join a Ministry) Ministry fairs and recruitment efforts are all about supporting our local parishes.  The Knights of Columbus are often viewed as a ministry, and though we are not that specifically, we are called to participate in a variety of activities that promote New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes, and grow the Order. Pick a ministry, get involved, you’ll be recognized as a Worthy Knight.
     
  • October    (Columbus Day) We take our Order’s name from Christopher Columbus who was motivated by the belief that all people must be evangelized to achieve salvation and by the belief that he could ally with the Great Khan of Cathay and secure enough gold to retake Jerusalem. Let’s honor our namesake this month by retaking and spreading our faith through our expansion in membership in each Council.
     
  • November    (Giving thanks by Giving Back) In a month traditionally reserved  for giving thanks for all we have and are, be mindful of the many blessings the Knights of Columbus help give back to our society, our country and our domestic Church. Be thankful there are many more potential Knights to further our acts of charity. Ask them and they will be thankful as well.
     
  • December    (Keep Christ in Christmas) The new liturgical year is started, and the focus is the coming of salvation in Christ Jesus. It’s a joyous season all around, can we in every Council redirect the focus to the wonder of the Incarnation? As the Church liturgically renews itself, so too must our Councils bring in new life.
     
  • January    (New Year’s Resolutions) We celebrate a new year usually with new hopes and goals. What are we doing right? What can we do better? Can your Council claim a goal, a resolution? It’s your family, your home, and your resolve to carry out our principles that will make this year great!
     
  • February    (Valentine’s) If you forget your Valentine, your amour will be tarnished. But Lent is not too far off and it may be time to “turn around” and refocus. What happened to those good intentions of the New Year? Recommit now, renew faith, renew your Council – you’re in the right place to make a difference.
     
  • March    (Mass for Families) A question for all our Councils and Assemblies: What do we do for our families? Be honest, what do we do? The Family is the basic unit of the domestic Church; we need to support it, defend it, educate it, love it, and share it. Together at Mass is the best start. Councils can gather at one Mass this month and go from there.
     
  • April    (Easter joy) The Cross, the Resurrection, the joy of salvation and the hope of mankind are here. We Knights share in the glory of the Resurrection and have become instrumental in evangelizing and building the domestic Church one member at a time, one Council at a time. Rejoice He is risen!
     
  • May    (Mom & Dad) May is the month of Mary, our Mother reminds us to truly honor our parents, not only in what we do for them, but more importantly in what we become and how we further the sacred life they gave to us. Be bold in your Knighthood and invite in others.
     
  • June    (Fortnight for Freedom) Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. Bring in new Knights to defend religious Freedom!

 


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