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Formation Program

January 2020

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:
    “Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

    “These words from Matthews Gospel remind us that we will be blessed to give an account of how we used the gift of life and the many talents that our Lord blessed us with. They are not meant to cause fear or trepidation within us, they are simply a reminder that we are accountable for what we have been blessed with and this is certainly no different than our accountability in our homes, our workplace, our parish and our Councils.
    My dear brothers, may the blessing of the Lord be upon you and yours in this year of our Lord 2020. May you and your loved ones be blessed with a happy, healthy and holy Columbian year ahead. Brothers, I pray that your Christmas season was joyful, with family, friends and faith as key components of the celebration of the nativity of our Saviour; the Saviour of the world.
    Brothers as you are very aware, “Faith in Action” has become the flag bearer of our Knights and their Councils throughout the order, for the past year and half. Faith in Action seeks to meet the needs of our membership, our families and communities in this modern day in which we seek to serve. “It seeks to balance the key priorities of the Order with priorities of our men and their families.” These priorities are Faith, Family, Community and Life. Needless to say, one could state that these priorities could and should be the priorities of any Catholic family. However, the Knights have made them their own. One of the quotes from the Faith in Action Guidebook is: “Our goal is for men to lead their family in service, not leave their family for service.” The Faith in Action model allows us to come together to share our faith, celebrate fraternity within our families within our Order, to serve our parish and community and finally to defend life at all stages and conditions, from conception until natural death.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

    Brothers I write these thoughts at the beginning of a new year, a new decade not as a commercial for Faith in Action, but because now is a perfect time to ask the question; How are we doing at implementing Faith in Action in our local Councils?
    Many of us are aware the name January comes from the Roman god Janus, the god with two faces. One looking to the past and one looking to the future. What does an ancient Roman deity have to do with anything Catholic? Practically speaking the end of a year and the beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to

    Brothers I write these thoughts at the beginning of a new year, a new decade not as a commercial for Faith in Action, but because now is a perfect time to ask the question; How are we doing at implementing Faith in Action in our local Councils?
    Many of us are aware the name January comes from the Roman god Janus, the god with two faces. One looking to the past and one looking to the future. What does an ancient Roman deity have to do with anything Catholic? Practically speaking the end of a year and the beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to reflect on our journeys. We look back at where we have been, what we have accomplished, what we perhaps could have done better. At the same time, we look forward with anticipation to where we wish to get to, to what we would like to accomplish, to what our hopes and aspirations for ourselves, our families and our Councils are for the coming year. Brothers, this beginning of the new year/decade we are invited to be introspective about our lives. We are offered the opportunity to take an honest look back at what has been happening, evaluating these things and then to ponder what we would like to see transpire in the year ahead.

reflect on our journeys. We look back at where we have been, what we have accomplished, what we perhaps could have done better. At the same time, we look forward with anticipation to where we wish to get to, to what we would like to accomplish, to what our hopes and aspirations for ourselves, our families and our Councils are for the coming year. Brothers, this beginning of the new year/decade we are invited to be introspective about our lives. We are offered the opportunity to take an honest look back at what has been happening, evaluating these things and then to ponder what we would like to see transpire in the year ahead.

    We make our plans for the coming year, for our Family, Council, Parish, Community, but we cannot objectively look practically ahead, if we do not first, intentionally look back. Now a word from the Greeks. Socrates an early Greek Philosopher said: “the unexamined life is not worth living.” These words ring as true today, as they did twenty-six hundred years ago. The comment or caveat I would add, is that all life is worth living, but true joy and fulfillment will be had, when we serve the Lord fully to the best of our abilities. That being said, our Knights of Columbus Order exists to serve, particularly the needs of the Church with the extension of this service being service in the community and our global sisters and brothers.
    So, the question: as we find our way with implementing Faith in Action in our local Councils. How are we doing? Do we have a venue or a tool to look at the past year and debrief on how things went and what could we do differently? I am a fan of consistency, but I am not a fan of doing what we do, because that is what we did before. Brothers, a suggestion, set aside ten minutes at your next four council meetings and do a debrief with your attending membership. Open the floor for comments on how the past year went regarding the activities you implemented to meet the criteria of each of the four areas of focus, Faith one month, Family the next, and so on with Community, and Life. Look back and then look ahead. When we see that we perhaps could have done things differently or better, often that is when the ideas or suggestions will come from the floor, but we have to open the door of evaluation in order to offer the opportunity for this to happen. We have many good, faith-filled, intelligent, service-oriented men in our Councils. Invite them to look back and to provide input on what we have done well and how we might do things better. God’s blessing for the second half of your Columbian year brothers. The other part of this equation brothers, is you need to celebrate as a Council what you have done well and indeed, there is much to celebrate.
When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the angels with Him… (Mt. 25, 31)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer
(Recited by all)

Let us pray:
  “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

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Formation Program

February2020

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:
    “Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

Final Judgement, (Mt. 25, 31)

    Brothers, last month we looked at the big picture of Faith in Action. We were invited to look back at the previous year, to evaluate and then to look forward at how we could move forward effectively in implementing the Faith in Action program. We are using chapter twentyfive of Matthews Gospel, the final judgement as a Scriptural reference because it reminds us that we have been blessed with many gifts and talents. At one point we will meet the Lord and share with Him how well we used and shared those gifts. This is not something to be fearful about. We are grateful for the Lord’s goodness in our lives and in gratitude we share our Time, Talent and Treasure with others. Brothers, I have said this many times, the Knights of Columbus are a perfect vehicle for assisting us in sharing our Time and our Talent with others. This final four months of our Columbian year, we will look at the four pillars of Faith in Action individually. Faith, Family, Community, and Life. Each of these four pillars offers eight potential programs for a Council to participate in. Do we need to do them all? No. If we can accomplish four of the eight programs in the Columbian year in each of the four areas, we will qualify for the Columbian Award. Do we need to follow the exact blueprint offered by the Faith in Action Manual? No, to quote the manual; “The resources included in this guide and online are meant to serve as guidelines and are not meant to be prescriptive or exacting.” Brothers we have been offered the framework or outline of the Faith in Action model, but we are all unique Councils, with a very diverse set of talents, needs and opportunities and goals.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

    In my life as a priest one of the things that has assisted me on my mission, is the legwork done by others. For example; one of the things our State Deputy Brother Vince has asked me to do, is put together a “Novena for Life” that we can use as a novena in the nine day leadup to our annual March for Life on May fourteenth of this year. Will I use my own ideas and skill set to develop this Novena? Yes, but

    In my life as a priest one of the things that has assisted me on my mission, is the legwork done by others. For example; one of the things our State Deputy Brother Vince has asked me to do, is put together a “Novena for Life” that we can use as a novena in the nine day leadup to our annual March for Life on May fourteenth of this year. Will I use my own ideas and skill set to develop this Novena? Yes, but not before I see what many pro-life organizations, including the Knights of Columbus have already created. In other words, Brothers, we do not need to reinvent the wheel for activities proposed under the different pillars of Faith in Action. What we can do is look at the Knights guide to see what recommended best practices are and then implement the activity in a way that we believe will best meet the needs of our Parish, Families and Community at large.

not before I see what many pro-life organizations, including the Knights of Columbus have already created. In other words, Brothers, we do not need to reinvent the wheel for activities proposed under the different pillars of Faith in Action. What we can do is look at the Knights guide to see what recommended best practices are and then implement the activity in a way that we believe will best meet the needs of our Parish, Families and Community at large.

    My experience at least, is that at times we do not feel qualified, or feel we have the aptitude for a proposed activity. This is why, it is great to have a framework provided as a start point. Typically, once one gets their feet into the shallow end of the pool and sees that this is not so scary after all, the ideas, the initiatives and yes, the volunteers start to fall into place. The Faith in Action program activities provide many opportunities to implement different ideas, perspectives, and skill sets of our council membership into a particular activity. The framework is there, use all of it or part of it, but the bottom line is this; it is a bit like building an Ikea piece of furniture. If you follow the instructions, you will eventually succeed. If you think you know better than Ikea, you may be in for a frustrating afternoon.
    Finally, Brothers, the essential element and key to your success in making these activities present and successful in your Councils, Families, Parish and your Community is this. You need to pray about and for the activity. You need to ask the Lord in humility to show you how to move forward, ask Him to inspire you with ideas, courage and fortitude. If you do this consistently along with your team, individually and communally, you will succeed, you will prevail. Brothers, our Lord has blessed each of us with much in the way of talents and blessings. If we try to go it alone without involving the giver of all that is good, we will fall short of our potential for sure. We are limited but God is not. It is fair to say the Fr. McGivney, in his wildest dreams, did not envision an organization of the magnitude of the Knights of Columbus evolving out of his desire to care for the widows and the orphans of the late nineteenth century. Fr. McGivney depended on the Lord, brothers we must depend on the Lord as well. We must work like it all depends on us and we must pray like it all depends on the Lord; because it does. Next month, pillar number one, Faith.

When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the angels with Him… (Mt. 25, 31)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer
(Recited by all)

Let us pray:
 “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

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Formation Program

March 2020

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:
    “Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

Brothers, the past two months we have reflected on the value and importance of the “Faith in Action” program that is the flagship, the mission and the mandate of our councils within the order. Faith in Action seeks to balance the priorities of the Knights of Columbus Order with the priorities of the Knights of Columbus who are within our Order. Stated purpose; “Our goal is for men to lead their family in service, not leave their family for service.” Brothers, we noted that in each of the four pillars, Faith, Family, Community, Life, there are eight potential areas of focus. Of further note, in order to receive the Columbian Award (which in my estimation, is the baseline target for all our jurisdiction Councils), we need to implement and document four of the eight programs that are proposed in each of the four pillars. What I propose to you is that 16 events in the Columbian year might seem like a lot, but 1.25 activities per month is not and they are the same thing, simply said differently. My goal in the months of March and April is to walk you through the basics from a priestly perspective, in order for you to accomplish your goal of receiving the Columbian award, and more. More importantly, serving your parish effectively.

So why and what is Father Jim going to tell us how to go about accomplishing our programs within the Faith in Action Categories? Brothers, this is far simpler to accomplish than we may allow ourselves to acknowledge. Don’t think about sixteen-twenty Knights of Columbus activities in a year. Think about a couple of activities this month. Trust me, if I did not believe this was straight forward, I would not be writing about it. I must say, as I was reading the Faith in Action manual, the language and the directions seemed easy enough to comprehend, even for this old pastor. My goal is to speak pragmatically about these activities in a way, that I as a pastor would appreciate being approached about them. If this pastor buys in (me), there is a reasonable chance your pastor may, as well.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

One of the toughest elements of implementing any program or process, in my experience, particularly when you are dealing with volunteers, is getting someone to take on the leadership role. Hence, you as a Grand Knight or Program Director, need to have a sense of the project and an idea how to accomplish it, in order to remove the fear factor and sell it to one or two of your brothers to take the lead on. Perhaps the second most challenging, at least in some situations is getting a buy in from your pastor on what the council wants to accomplish. Brothers, our hearts are good, but action speaks louder than words. If as a council you can show me (rather than tell me) that you have the best interests of the parish, the faithful of God at heart, things will go well for you. I have had many good positive experiences with my brother Knights. As a pastor it has often been when the Knights have done an event that in my estimation has furthered the mission of the Church, has been a form of evangelization, has built community, or has been a catechetical tool that has assisted the faithful to grow in their faith. When these things occur, it gives a sense of collaboration and common mission, which of course is the name of the game. It is inspiring when we see Faith in Action.

When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the angels with Him… (Mt. 25, 31)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer
(Recited by all)

Let us pray:
 “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Formation Program

April 2020

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:
   “Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

For me it boils down to relationships. If I feel I have a relationship with an individual, be it the Grand Knight, the Membership/Program or the Pancake director we will be able to work together. Relationships take time and they take work. We need to be intentional in involving Father in what we are doing and when we are doing it. “Father, the pancake breakfast begins after the 9:00 Mass. Would you have a few minutes to say grace, welcome the folks and have a bite with us?” Simple ask. Hopefully a good experience for all. I as a pastor feel included, needed and invited. I am going to appreciate the opportunity for an informal few words with my parishioners. I know, easier said than done. It is easier said than done but if you don’t do the outreach, he simply will not feel like part of the program and that will not benefit anyone. Brothers, your pastor will likely be around for five or six years. Start laying the groundwork now. It will bear good fruit. If he is already in year four, it is not to late to start planting good seeds so that when he goes to his next parish, he will be looking forward to collaborating with his new K of C council.

Brothers, it said, and I believe it to be true, that sixty-five percent of a program should be in the planning, twenty-five percent in the implementation and ten percent in the evaluation. Why do I say this? Brothers you can have the best Faith in Action programs in creation, the best men for the job, and a community that is hungry for what the Knights have to offer. But if you have not laid the groundwork and done the initial planning prior to looking for permission and or direction, you will be disappointed. When someone or a committee comes to me and it is evident that they have given good thought and study to what they are proposing, I will want to be supportive. Why? Because I sense that they have done their homework and are not wasting their time, or mine.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

So, the message here. When it is time to approach your pastor for permission etc. have your homework done and present it to him in a situation where he can give it proper attention, not as he is greeting people after Mass on Sunday morning. It may be convenient for you, but you can bet it is not for him. It does not need to be all figured out, there needs to be room for his input, but it needs to be fleshed out enough so that your pastor is not thinking that you are presenting him with more work than it is worth.

As I work my way through the different elements of our Faith in Action program, the prerequisite for all endeavors prior to going to your pastor for his blessing and support is that you have spent adequate time researching what you want to accomplish. This is the most important element. If I know you have researched to the best of your ability, I want to support you. So, in the upcoming months, when I say book an appointment with your pastor to discuss this program, this literally assumes, that you have the leadership and homework/research done already. Book an appointment with your pastor. Translation. I have researched the project. I have a plan with proposed, but flexible dates in mind to implement.

When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the angels with Him… (Mt. 25, 31)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer
(Recited by all)

Let us pray:
 “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

October 2020 Formation Program

You shall love your neighbor as yourself, (Mt. 22, 39)

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:
    “Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

October greetings my Worthy Brothers. During this time of covid, I have been writing articles, relevant ones I hope for our parish. I presume that some of the subject matter will be of interest to my Brother Knights as well. A question. “What part of NO do you not understand?” The NO I refer to is the famous four NO’s I hear often, as people walk up to me prior to me asking them any screening questions, before they enter the Church. Trust me, I do understand this. I get as tired of asking the questions as you do of answering them. All we want to do is go to Church, not receive the third degree, right? Yes, it is a bit painful but please consider it a wee sacrifice that you can offer up on behalf of your loved ones. The grace of course is that by enduring these minor afflictions, we have the privilege of receiving the Lord and finally worshipping in a community of like-minded Catholic Christians. Yes, I had to be interviewed to get in the doors, I was requested to sanitize my hands, make sure my mask was on and I did not even get to sing. However, I did get to receive Jesus, in very beautiful, sacramental moment, with just Him and I. Thank you dear Lord, we went without receiving you for three months so I am very grateful to receive you, despite some minor inconveniences.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

Why do I have to wear this mask? It makes me uncomfortable! Perhaps it would be helpful to consider that you are not wearing a mask for your own benefit but for the benefit of your loved ones and those folks you encounter in non-socially distant ways. The truth is that we will not force you to wear a mask, except if you wish to receive communion. Wearing a mask protects others from any respiratory droplets that may come from you when you speak or cough or sneeze. In other words, we wear a mask for the well-being of our neighbor. Remember the two rules of Jesus that summed up all other laws. Love God and love one another. The side benefit is that it may prevent you from any unwelcome airborne droplets, covid or otherwise from your neighbor.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

Why do I have to wear this mask? It makes me uncomfortable! Perhaps it would be helpful to consider that you are not wearing a mask for your own benefit but for the benefit of your loved ones and those folks you encounter in non-socially distant ways. The truth is that we will not force you to wear a mask, except if you wish to receive communion. Wearing a mask protects others from any respiratory droplets that may come from you when you speak or cough or sneeze. In other words, we wear a mask for the well-being of our neighbor. Remember the two rules of Jesus that summed up all other laws. Love God and love one another. The side benefit is that it may prevent you from any unwelcome airborne droplets, covid or otherwise from your neighbor. Most of us are aware that if there is an outbreak of covid that is traced back to our parish or any other parish, there is a real chance that we may get shut down or cut back on numbers attending Mass. This, just when finally, after months on end, we are moving in a positive direction. Not nearly fast enough of course, but we are moving forward. So, we must continue to do it right, because there is little room for error with this virus. Florida, Texas, and Arizona are graphic examples of what happens when covid is taken for granted and things are moved ahead to quickly. I have grudgingly accepted that I will not be golfing in Phoenix this year, as is my tradition, because they moved too quickly there, and it is just not worth the risk. Finally, my friends, once the usher has guided you to your seat, please know that you will be for sure properly socially distanced. If your mask makes you uncomfortable, lower it. Please do make sure you have it on when you come up to receive Holy Communion and when you leave the Church. It is then that proper distancing cannot be guaranteed and that your mask will protect others and you. A word to the wise; just because you both have a mask on, does not excuse you from proper social distancing protocols. These two protocols work together, to keep us, in my view, very safe from covid. One of the disguised blessings of covid, is that it has allowed me to greet my brothers and my sisters prior to Mass beginning. You know, whether it is a council meeting or a Sunday Mass we all want to be welcomed and feel welcome. God’s blessings.

Most of us are aware that if there is an outbreak of covid that is traced back to our parish or any other parish, there is a real chance that we may get shut down or cut back on numbers attending Mass. This, just when finally, after months on end, we are moving in a positive direction. Not nearly fast enough of course, but we are moving forward. So, we must continue to do it right, because there is little room for error with this virus. Florida, Texas, and Arizona are graphic examples of what happens when covid is taken for granted and things are moved ahead to quickly. I have grudgingly accepted that I will not be golfing in Phoenix this year, as is my tradition, because they moved too quickly there, and it is just not worth the risk. Finally, my friends, once the usher has guided you to your seat, please know that you will be for sure properly socially distanced. If your mask makes you uncomfortable, lower it. Please do make sure you have it on when you come up to receive Holy Communion and when you leave the Church. It is then that proper distancing cannot be guaranteed and that your mask will protect others and you. A word to the wise; just because you both have a mask on, does not excuse you from proper social distancing protocols. These two protocols work together, to keep us, in my view, very safe from covid. One of the disguised blessings of covid, is that it has allowed me to greet my brothers and my sisters prior to Mass beginning. You know, whether it is a council meeting or a Sunday Mass we all want to be welcomed and feel welcome. God’s blessings.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself, (Mt. 22, 39)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer
(Recited by all)

Let us pray:
 “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen

November 2020

The Sacraments

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:
    “Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

    November greetings Worthy Brothers. Some of the comments I hear often enough, (and understandably I might add) are, Father, I am still not ready, I don’t feel comfortable. I am in the vulnerable age group, I have pre-existing medical conditions that make me vulnerable to covid. I have not been out unless absolutely necessary. For our Knights purposes, this begs two questions. 1. When is it time for me to come back to Church? 2. When will we return to our regular monthly council meetings and activities? The response I offer when I hear these concerns: “My friends, you are always welcome. No one will turn you away. You need to come when you feel comfortable to do so”. We go shopping when we feel it is appropriate, the same must be said about coming to see Dear Jesus. My brothers, all are welcome. You must come when it feels right for you, and when you feel your health and or your age, does not leave you in a compromised situation.
    A good number of our golden years’ seniors have chosen to come back and join us for Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and a good number have chosen to continue to join us from home. The important message is this. Please come back to your Parish Church when you feel it is right for you to come back. As a Council; come back when it is time. The Lord understands this and so does the Church. We are doing a very diligent job in following health protocols, but we also know nothing is bullet proof when it comes to covid. When you arrive at the Church, 1. You will be screened, 2. You will wear a mask and sanitize when you enter, 3. You will be seated in a properly distanced pew, 4. You will sanitize at the time you leave the Church and 5. All pews and high touch areas will be sanitized when you leave the parish. I expect that as our groups gather, Knights, CWL, etc. all these protocols will be required. So be it. I can tell you on a personal level that I feel safer in my parish than I do in my supermarket.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

    Many of our Alberta Councils are meeting by way of zoom or google meets at the present time. I know this is not ideal and it does not present a great opportunity for fraternity as we know it. Brothers for now, perhaps we must be grateful that this crisis did not occur fifty years ago. The world wide web (or the interweb, as Brent from Corner Gas states) has been a remarkable tool without which we could be assured of some far less viable options for communicating to our Brother Knights, to our parishioners, to our families.
    Worthy Brothers, we have put some very stringent safeguards and protocols in place, Church and Council. However, at the end of the day, you need to come to the church when your heart, your health and your conscience tells you it is the right thing for you and your family to do.
    I will say it has been a joyful event to greet my dear parishioners at the doors of the parish, many whom I have not seen for many months now. I have also enjoyed gazing upon the holy countenances of my #6083 council and those of our State Board. May our Lord bless all His children, young and not so young, with health, happiness, and holiness during this covid time.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself, (Mt. 22, 39)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer
(Recited by all)

Let us pray:
 “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

December 2020 Meeting

The Sacraments

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:
    “Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

    My dear Brothers. In general, I would say that we have a grateful disposition most days. I would say that faith-based gratitude is what gives us the grace and energy to do what we do. So, here we are at the beginning of Advent, a time when it is appropriate to consider, reflect and remember the many blessings that are part of our lives, and that we should be giving thanks for. The reality is that after eight months of living the reality of a pandemic our inclination may be to have a slightly more jaded view on things.
    Perhaps even more reason that we should consciously and intentionally reflect on what we have, and what we need to be grateful for. A few thoughts that may assist us in looking at the bright side of things. We are grateful that we live in a free country where state of the art medical and health care systems are part of our everyday lives. No, the system is not perfect, but I always enjoy the comment; “what a first world problem we have here.” We are still in the midst of a pandemic, yet we reside in a country that does a very good job of providing for the health of Canadians across the board.

    We have been celebrating the Holy Mass since the beginning of June and have yet to reach our numbers limit of physical distance seating. Why am I grateful that our Churches are not yet full? I am grateful because we have moved forward in a consistent, steady format, at a manageable pace that allowed us to implement protocols and train individuals to assist the facilitation of these protocols, in an efficient and effective manner. I can tell you that with the way we adhere to protocols in my parish, I feel more secure than I do at the supermarket. More of the faithful are coming to Mass each weekend. At one point we will need to be very firm on folks being registered ahead of time because the faithful are gradually feeling comfortable to be present here in the parish. In the meantime, I can say I am profoundly grateful to our parishioners for their continued financial stewardship and support of our parish community, whether they are joining us from home or from their pew. Brothers I do hope and pray that you are doing what you are able to do to support your parish, whether you are joining Mass in the pews or in your

    We have been celebrating the Holy Mass since the beginning of June and have yet to reach our numbers limit of physical distance seating. Why am I grateful that our Churches are not yet full? I am grateful because we have moved forward in a consistent, steady format, at a manageable pace that allowed us to implement protocols and train individuals to assist the facilitation of these protocols, in an efficient and effective manner. I can tell you that with the way we adhere to protocols in my parish, I feel more secure than I do at the supermarket. More of the faithful are coming to Mass each weekend. At one point we will need to be very firm on folks being registered ahead of time because the faithful are gradually feeling comfortable to be present here in the parish. In the meantime, I can say I am profoundly grateful to our parishioners for their continued financial stewardship and support of our parish community, whether they are joining us from home or from their pew. Brothers I do hope and pray that you are doing what you are able to do to support your parish, whether you are joining Mass in the pews or in your living room. The Holy Mass is a gift to us. I am grateful that almost without exception, those attending our many celebrations take the protocols seriously and adhere to them, even though there is a degree of discomfort involved. This cooperation with the protocols is indeed a community-based effort and by its very communal nature is building up and engaging our parish once again.

living room. The Holy Mass is a gift to us. I am grateful that almost without exception, those attending our many celebrations take the protocols seriously and adhere to them, even though there is a degree of discomfort involved. This cooperation with the protocols is indeed a community-based effort and by its very communal nature is building up and engaging our parish once again.

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

    This First Sunday in Advent, I am grateful more than ever for the ability to continue to celebrate the Holy Mass publicly. I am guessing many of you, my Brother Knights were thinking the same thing as I, this past week, when Dr. Hinshaw and our Premier, Mr. Kenny introduced new restrictions in Alberta. I was very concerned that all our good progress might come to a grinding halt, but it did not. It may still come to a stop but till then, full steam, faithfully ahead. I am grateful that our government sees the value of communal worship, as very important to people, amid the challenges we continue to face in so many areas of our society.
    Brothers, as we enter the season of Advent, it is indeed a time to get ready, to stay awake and to be alert. It is also a time to focus on the many blessings that are part of our lives despite the challenges we face with covid-19 and all that comes with it. The good Lord is looking after things and we need to trust in His good graces and then cooperate with them to the best of our human ability. Happy Advent my dear Brothers and Merry Christmas to you and your beloved families.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself, (Mt. 22, 39)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer
(Recited by all)

Let us pray:
  “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen