A message from the Grand Knight
Good evening Brothers,
In light of the recent events that have gripped our nation, I wanted to reach out with a message of support for you and your families.
First and foremost, please stay healthy and safe. If you need anything from O'Boyle Council, do not hesitate to reach out me. We will do everything we can to help you out. Our council's most important asset is our members. Each of you makes a unique and meaningful contribution to our council, and you are the reason that O'Boyle is as strong and vibrant as it has ever been. As always, Brother Knights are called to stand together in charity, unity, and fraternity. No amount of adversity has or will change that.
Second, I want to reiterate our support for our black brothers and sisters and our prayers for an end to the violence that has taken hold in our city and around the country. As Knights, we are called to follow in the footsteps of Christ and be the best Catholic men we can be. Our nation and our city are in pain, and to help our community heal, we Knights must lead by example. We are called to reject all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred, and violence. We must unite prayers for justice and peace with action. When you took your First Degree, you were reminded that the world needs Knights to be an example. That time is now - we need to be such men!
We will have a virtual meeting this Wednesday at 7pm. Below is the information to either participate via Zoom or by phone.
Join Zoom Meeting
During this crisis the Knights have been super active. Supreme has come out with the Leave No Neighbor Behind Program (https://www.kofc.org/en/news-room/leave-no-neighbor-behind/index.html). PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANY SUPPORT AT THIS TIME, EVEN IF IT IS JUST SOMEONE TO TALK TO. Additionally, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE IDEAS ON SAFE THINGS TO DO. We are only as successful as we can be if everyone pitches in.
Some things to do are
*Into the Breach Video and Reflection Journaling: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wv4_eB-rMze_Gl8dFgQgPgnNbiEAIKPKZFC5aB1Vqvk/edit?usp=sharing
*Dropping off food at the St Mary's Food Bank and sharing photos with us.
*Stations of the Cross Coloring Book: https://www.kofc.org/en/resources/news-room/knightline/special-edition/coloring-the-way-cross.pdf
God bless and stay safe,
Your O'Boyle Council Leadership
A city locked down and a country without public masses cannot stop us Knights if we put our mind to it! O'Boyle Council's own Father Vincent made a side chapel in an entry way so people could pray. He also made it known food can be dropped off at the side chapel for a local food bank. Remember to pray for those suffering from the disease.
Just because the coronavirus has shut down the world doesn't mean we cannot do things. Here are two things to build the Kingdom of God within you and others.
FOOD DRIVE AT ST. MARY'S. St. Mary's in Chinatown has a side chapel open on the parking lot side where people can donate food to help the St. Francis Xavier Parish Food Pantry. Please consider going to St. Mary's and leaving food off after you pray. Additionally, send us selfies of you dropping off the supplies. The more photos we get the more we can promote others to do the same.
INTO THE BREACH ONLINE GROUP STUDY: Let's use the time locked in to build our spirituality. Go to our shared online journal and write down your thoughts after you watch each Knights of Columbus-produced Into the Breach videoes. Links are provided in the online journal which is available here.
Most councils and people are shutting down. Let's put this time to good use!
Your Council Leadership Team
Below are all the Into the Breach men's spiritual formation videoes. Let us know what interests you and how you would like the council to develop and proceed.
"Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life."
-Supreme Knight Carl Anderson