July 22, 2020 Message
It has been an honor to be your Grand Knight for the past two years. I would like to thank each of you for your support of the Knights and our Council. Over the past two years we have continually supported our parish and community, achieved Star Council status each year, and grown to nearly 100 council members. We have donated funds for two ultrasound machines, supported many different pro-life activities, provided meals to the needy in our community, initiated annual spiritual retreats, and were always available to contribute to and help St John Berchmans whenever asked, among other things. It is through your dedication and contributions of time, talent and resources that we were able to accomplish so much and help so many. Thank you.
This Saturday, 25 July, we will hold the Installation of Officers for this new Columbian year immediately following the 4PM Mass. Please attend this Mass and special ceremony, dedicated to the Knights and our Council, to support Patrick McKinnon as our new Grand Knight, along with the other officers for this year. I know that with COVID we have to remain diligent and some Brothers may not be able to show their support in person. In that case I ask that you pray for Patrick and our council officers, that they may represent us well and lead our Council to new successes and contributions for our brothers, our families, our Church, our Parish, our community, and our causes.
Knights of Columbus Officer Installation, July 2020
St John Berchmans Council 10728
The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 as a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit organization. Today, the Knights of Columbus has grown to over 14,000 councils and more than 1.8 million members. This brotherhood of men stand together in faith to uphold the principles of the Catholic Church and support their parish, its members, and their communities. Interested in joining the Knights of Columbus? Membership is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 18 years old. Check out our link on the right side of the page for more information.
SJB Knights of Columbus News
The St John Berchmans Cathedral Knights of Columbus Council is very active in our Parish and community. For the fifth year in a row, through God’s Grace and our hard work, we earned Star Council status for support to parish, community, school and religious causes as well as sustained membership involvement and growth. Our fund raising and outreach efforts allowed us to assist the Pro-Life Banquet, LA Right to Life, Mary’s House, St Vincent de Paul, Gabriel’s Closet, local seminarians, the Volunteers of America Veterans Home, St John Berchmans School, the Cathedral Campaign, American Cancer Society, and other worthy causes. We pray that in 2019-2020 we are able to continue our service to God and the St John Berchmans Cathedral parish with the same level of success and dedication through our dedication to our principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We invite any Catholic men interested in learning more about the Knights of Columbus to reach out to any of our members or contact us through the link on the right side of this webpage.
Day of Spiritual Reflection
Saturday, 22 February, from 9:45 until 3:45, followed by the 4pm Mass. Parishioners 16 years and older are invited–you do NOT need to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to attend. We hope many will join us on this day of faith and renewal!
Please join the Knights of Columbus for a day of spiritual reflection and renewal. This retreat will combine presentations, discussions, videos, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Confession, praying of the Rosary, and other things. Our day of reflection will end just in time for you to attend the 4pm Mass. We hope to see many of you there!
Father Trombetta, Father Price and Mike Van Vrankin will present discussions on the topic of our Faith and Spirituality. We will also bring in materials from Bishop Barron as well as Cardinal Dolan.
Lunch will be provided as well as coffee, water and light snacks. There is a $10 charge per person to cover the costs of the food.
If you have any questions you can contact John Vitacca at 660-422-1960 or email us at email@example.com
Lourdes Pilgrimage Raffle
Congratulations to Claire Griggs who won this year’s pilgrimage raffle. We look forward to hearing from Claire about her pilgrimage and seeing her pictures.
The Knights will hold another raffle in the fall of 2020. We hope we receive the same level of support from the many of you who purchased tickets. Thanks again for your past and continued support of the Knights of Columbus
MORE DETAILS ON THE RAFFLE CAN BE FOUND HERE Raffle for a pilgrimage to Lourdes France for two people!
Faith In Action
With a new Columbian year starting in July, the Knights of Columbus are embarking on a new initiative to increase the Council’s participation in the Parish as well as encourage spiritual growth and development of all our members. This new initiative, called Faith in Action, focuses each Council on specific and concrete activities to meet the needs of our members and the community. In the opening lines of Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel), His Holiness Pope Francis invites “Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” The Faith in action program model extends that same invitation to Knights of Columbus members and their families. it is a renewed personal invitation to live out the calling of their faith, the call to service of their neighbor and to answer the age old question, “am I my brother’s keeper?” (gn 4:9).
You can get more information about the Faith in Action initiative in this new guidebook — Faith in Action Guidebook
Over the next few months our Council will incorporate these new ideas as we continue to serve our St John Berchmans Cathedral parish community. As we do, we will add more information, pictures and details here on this website.