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.
O'Boyle Knights joined forces with the DC State Council to have our members attend the new "unidegree" which is open to family and friends. The Knights continue reforms to make us even more family friendly.
Over $500 raised for charity and Knights took three out of the ten spots. Oh, and it was delicious!
Many thanks to those who made Adoration the night before March for Life and supported our parishes open houses for the marchers. Here's the Facebook updates
Good afternoon Brothers,
Thank you to everyone who helped out this past Friday with hospitality at St. Joseph's and St. Peter's for the March for Life! We began meeting at 4 AM at St. Peter's and went nonstop until about 6 PM. We also thank those who spent time with our Lord in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for overnight Adoration at St. Peter's the night prior to the March for Life. We received a lot of positive feedback for planning and executing this service. Thank you to those who participated in the March for Life as we made a strong witness to the dignity and sanctity of human life.
Now that the March for Life is over, here are some upcoming events.
** DC Polar Plunge - please join your brother Knights on February 1 as we raise money for the Special Olympics. Cheer on your brother Knights as IPGK Jack Heretik belly flops into a pool of 33 degree water for charity. You can join in the jump or donate at: https://give.specialolympicsdc.org/team/270712
**Memorial Mass for Claudia Nolan - Brother Kevin Nolan will hold a memorial Mass for Claudia, his late wife, on February 2. The Mass will take place at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center (7007 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817). All are encouraged to attend to support Brother Kevin.
**Men's Discernment Retreat - From January 31 to February 2, the Saint JPII Shrine will host a men's discernment retreat. You can learn more about the retreat here: https://dcpriest.org/mens-discernment-retreat-2
**First Friday Adoration- Join the St. Joseph's Young Adults for First Friday Adoration on Friday, February 7th, beginning at 6:30pm. Mass and Fellowship to follow.
**DC State Combined Degree Ceremony- DC State Council will be hosting its first Combined Degree (you can acquire your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Degrees in one ceremony) on Saturday, February 8th. Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 PM followed by the ceremony at 5:30 PM. You will be able to invite your family and friends to attend this ceremony as this will be a public ceremony so that our family and friends can learn more about the mission of the Knights of Columbus.
**St. Dominic's Annual Chili Cookoff- St. Dominic's Parish will be hosting its annual Chili Cookoff on Saturday, February 15th, after the 5 PM Vigil Mass. Consider entering as O'Boyle Council has won this contest several times in the past!
As always, thank you for all you do for our parishes and our council. Please reach out to anyone of the leadership team if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas for future events.
"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