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    • j a n u a ry 2 0 1 2 ! v o l u m e 5 ! n u m b e r 1 ! w w w. k o f C . o r g / C h a P l a i n s CHAPLAIN’S KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS In Service to One. In Service to All. report learning the faith, living the faith ! 1 Columbus Plaza, new haven, Ct 06510-3326, usa ‘THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW NEW HOPE’­ F ROM THE D IRECTOR ’ S D ESK State Chaplains, State Deputies Meet in Nashville L ast March, for the first time, state chaplains breakout groups, plenary sessions and some time from throughout the Order came to New Haven just to chat and enjoy the fraternal company of to meet and discuss the ongoing spiritual devel- Father John P. others. Among those in attendance were opment of the Knights of Columbus. This meet- Grace, O.S.A. Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, Supreme ing was a great success, and we all found it very Director of Chaplain Chaplain Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, useful in helping us to implement initiatives that Programs & Development Conn., and all the supreme officers. continue to foster spiritual growth among our Those of us who have been attending these brother Knights. Building on the impetus of that chaplain meetings over the past few years have initial meeting, our second gathering was held in experienced a growing sense of community, a Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 17-20, 2011, in conjunction with the state real sense of fraternity. We have come to know one another in our unity deputies’ midyear meeting. Each day, attendees celebrated the Eucharist and prayed the Divine Office together. There were also keynote talks, SEE nashville, PAGE 2 The Wedding C ardinal James Hickey, a former arch- bishop of Washington, once hosted a dinner for his priests. As his priest-secretary, I Bishop made sure that such events went smoothly. William E. Lori Feast at Cana After the invocation, the cardinal wanted to propose a toast, but the wine had not yet Supreme Chaplain The second luminous been served. Calling me to his table with a note of urgency in his voice, he pointed to his mystery of the rosary guests and said, “They have no wine.” I glibly distressing, imagine the embarrassment of the replied, “What would you have me do? My young husband and wife who ran out of wine foreshadows Jesus’ saving hour has not yet come.” He then said, “Do at their wedding feast in the Gospel of John. whatever I tell you!” In that time, wedding feasts went on for as death and resurrection If such a delay at the cardinal’s dinner was SEE nashville, PAGE 3 Visit www.kofc.org/chaplains to sign up to receive future issues of this newsletter via e-mail. Previous issues are also archived at this site.
    • C HRISTMAS IN N EW H AVEN Knights of Columbus Spreading the Light of Christ Museum Christmas Staff of the Supreme Tree Festival Council headquarters in New Haven, joined More than 496 Connecticut students Knights of Columbus from 24 schools took part in the Knights units throughout the of Columbus Museum’s annual Christ- world in illuminating a mas Tree Festival. Each school was as- Christmas tree as part of signed a tree to decorate. With help the Order’s tree and Na- from museum staff and volunteers from tivity scene lighting initia- the Knights of Columbus Supreme tive on Dec. 6. Father Council headquarters, students deco- John Grace, O.S.A., di- rated the trees with ornaments they cre- rector of chaplain pro- ated in class. Winning schools received grams and development, gift certificates for educational products. blessed the tree, and Deputy Supreme Knight Dennis Savoie of- Each school also received a certificate fered remarks on the season to attendees. The event also in- recognizing its tree’s uniqueness. cluded the singing of Christmas carols by performers in Victorian-era garb.nashville, FROM PAGE 1 Church overall. Chaplains should also be partners in forming new coun- cils at parishes.of purpose, our love for the Order and our understanding of how we can v K of C projects stem from Catholic charity; they are not merelyserve the K of C membership. social work. The Knights of Columbus should be seen as a leading group During the meeting in Nashville, we heard repeated several important for men to practice their faith, more than just being involved in social ac-words and phrases: “The new evangelization,” “That the world may tivities. Such Christian witness can help the cause of the new evangeliza-know new hope,” “The Year of Faith” and “A charity that evangelizes.” tion. To paraphrase Supreme Knight Anderson, charity evangelizes, andThese statements formed the context from which both the supreme our first principle is charity.knight and the supreme chaplain made their presentations. Both empha- v Our strength must come from the spiritual foundation of thesized that the Knights of Columbus is in Knights, not just from the number ofa very favorable position to advance the members or facilities, or from the fi-mission and intention of Pope Benedict nances of the Order.XVI during the upcoming Synod of v Spiritual growth should also beBishops on the New Evangelization. part of the state deputy’s agenda, passedThis event will take place in October down through the district deputies toand will mark the beginning of the Year the grand knights of each council.of Faith. v The supreme knight believes we have an obligation to offer membership Bishop Lori pointed out that together, to every eligible Catholic man. Being aas chaplains, we have already done a lot Knight can help a Catholic man developin terms of offering resources, renewing his faith, be a better father and husband,emphasis on faith formation and enhancing the role that chaplains play and contribute to the Church and the world. “I want the Knights to bein council life. wherever the Church is,” said the supreme knight. Supreme Knight Anderson added that we need the strong, authentic Bishop Lori spoke about how his previous Columbia columns on theChristian witness of what it means to believe in the message of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church should be partGospel. of the Year of Faith. The purpose is more than just correcting catechetical Details of the meetings will be sent to all state chaplains, but I would deficiencies in the Church; it is to be a renewing of the Church throughlike to share some of the discussion topics. the witness offered by believers. To repeat the supreme knight’s words: “The Knights must be at the v The chaplain is to be the Father Michael J. McGivney of his center of this Year of Faith. We have the manpower. We have the re-council, helping to bring spirituality to the Knights and their projects. sources. Add to these an authentic Christian witness, a Christian hope for v The chaplain’s “message” is an integral part of the council meet- a deeper faith formation and a true love of what our Order stands for,ing. A spiritual message should be included even in the absence of the and then surely we are the strong right arm of the Church.”council chaplain. With good wishes to all for a renewed deepening of the faith during v The chaplain can help promote devotion to Father McGivney the new year.and his cause for canonization. REV. JOHN P. GRACE, O.S.A. v The chaplain can encourage the Knights’ attendance at Mass and DIRECTOR OF CHAPLAIN PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPMENTtheir reception of the sacraments. JOHN.GRACE@KOFC.ORG v The chaplain can motivate other priests and help them to under- (203) 752-4263stand what the Knights can offer their parishes and dioceses, as well as the
    • C HRISTMAS IN N EW H AVEN Nativity scene at historic New Haven Green Crèche Exhibit Opens The Knights of Columbus at Knights Museum Supreme Council placed The Knights of Columbus Museum’s a crèche on New Haven’s seventh annual crèche exhibit opened Green and conducted a Nov. 15, featuring nativity scenes blessing ceremony on crafted by artists throughout Africa. The Dec. 1 in conjunction more than 100 pieces, mostly from with the city’s Christmas African countries in the west and north- tree lighting. The figures east, will be on display until Feb. 5. A in the scene were made few crèches, like the one at right, were by Mexican sculptor carved in relief from black serpentine Agustin Parra that was stone by Bernard T. Sakarombe, a presented to the Vatican Zimbabwean artist. It is surprisingly from the Mexican state of large, standing almost four feet tall and Jalisco in 2007. weighing about 300 pounds. wedding, FROM PAGE 1 his glory and his disciples began to believe in perabundant food — more than sufficient to him” (Jn 2:11). Praying the rosary, we refer to satisfy the hunger of the crowds who had many as 10 days, and wine was an important this sign as a “mystery” — a real occurrence in gathered to hear him. part of the celebration. Fortunately for this which something of God’s hidden glory couple, Mary, Jesus and his disciples were in comes to light. Jesus worked this miracle not THE ETERNAL attendance. Sympathizing with this couple’s only to help a newly married couple in dis- WEDDING FEAST plight, Mary asked her son to help them, just tress, but also to reveal the glory of the self- It is noteworthy that Jesus first manifested his as she often intercedes for us. giving love that he has shared from all eternity glory at a wedding feast. In the Gospels of At first, Jesus seemed reluctant to become with the Father in the Holy Spirit. Matthew (22:1-14) and Luke (14:15-24), we involved in this matter. He said to Mary, The miracle at Cana foreshadowed the find Jesus’ parable of a king’s wedding feast. “Woman, what concern is that to me?” and wine that would become the blood of the Many of those who were invited refused to at- added, “My hour is not yet come” (Jn 2:4). new and eternal covenant, shed for the remis- tend, just as many of those who are invited to Yet, Mary persisted, remembering the signs sion of sins (see Mt 26:28). The miracle also the Eucharist each Sunday remain absent. and wonders that accompanied Jesus’ coming reminds us of what Jesus would say at the St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians captures into the world. She urged her son to reveal Last Supper after instituting the Eucharist: “I the significance of the miracle at Cana and something of his glory in anticipation of his shall not again drink the fruit of the vine until Jesus’ other references to wedding feasts (see “hour” — that is, the hour of his saving death I drink it new in the kingdom of God” (Mk Eph 5:21-32). Paul presents marriage as a and resurrection. 14:25) — that is, until after he had risen fundamental way of understanding Christ’s Mary did not wait for Jesus to answer, but from the dead. This leads to another clue that relationship to his Church: Christ is the instead told the waiters to fill six large jugs unlocks the meaning of this Gospel account: bridegroom, and the Church is the bride. with water and instructed them, “Do what- John tells us that the miracle took place “on Christ gives himself in total, sacrificial love to ever he tells you” (Jn 2:4). The waiters did so, the third day” — which brings to mind our his Church, eliciting from us, his people, a and Jesus, in turn, transformed the water into profession of the resurrection. graced response of loving worship and holi- the best of wines. The miracle at Cana looks ahead to what ness of life. Christ’s relationship with his St. Paul would say of Jesus’ saving death and Church also helps us to understand marriage GLORY REVEALED resurrection truly re-presented in the Eu- in God’s plan. Christian marriage symbolizes In the story of the wedding at Cana, Mary’s charist: “For as often as you eat this bread and the love of Jesus for his Church and, in a loving intercession is clearly evident. When- drink this wine, you proclaim the death of the sense, makes this love present in the world. ever we ask Mary to “pray for us sinners, now Lord until he comes in glory” (1 Cor 11:26). Ultimately, the miracle at Cana points to and at the hour of our death” we acknowledge Yet another eucharistic overtone in the mir- the paschal wedding feast of heaven, where the power of her prayers. But the details of acle at Cana is the sheer abundance of wine. Christ, crucified and risen from the dead, is this Gospel account, describing the first of Some historians believe that the stone water exalted at the right hand of the Father. Here, Jesus’ “signs,” have an even deeper bearing on jars held as much as 200 gallons. This fore- the angels and saints rejoice not with earthly our life of prayer and holiness. shadows the miracle in which Jesus took what wine, but with the new wine of God’s own In changing water into wine Jesus “revealed few loaves he was offered and produced su- life and love. M E M B E R S H I P I N T H E K N I G HT S O F C O LUM B U S is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing)Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
    • CHAPLAIN’S report 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326 Catholic Information Service to Launch Series on the New Evangelization Series will focus on the papal teaching of John Paul II and Benedict XVIT he Catholic Information Service — a di- vision of the Knights of Columbus thatprovides Catholic booklets and online content live out the new evangelization in their own lives during the Year of Faith. It is our hope that this new CIS series will help Catholics to learn handling. To order, send a check or money order to Knights of Columbus, Attn. CIS, PO Box 1971, New Haven, CT 06521.— recently announced that it will launch a new about their faith in a way that allows them to The Veritas Series offers Catholic perspec-series of booklets. The series will consist of participate first hand in the Church’s mission.” tives on a wide variety of issues that range fromonline content and booklets fo- Michelle Borras, Ph.D., the the existence of God to annulments to stem-cused on issues of evangelizing newly appointed director of the cell research.modern culture — an idea Catholic Information Service, For more than 60 years, CIS has printed andbrought forth by Pope Paul VI, will serve as general editor of distributed millions of booklets, and thousandswho called for a “new period of the new series. of people have enrolled in its catecheticalevangelization” in his 1975 apos- CIS currently publishes more courses. It has expanded its audience in recenttolic exhortation, Evangelium than 75 booklets in two series, years with French, Spanish and Polish transla-Nuntiandi. The new series will with many available as free pod- tions of many of its resources. Today, it contin-draw primarily from the extensive casts and PDFs. The booklets ues the Order’s tradition of evangelization bydiscussion of the new evangeliza- cover many aspects of the providing low-cost, Catholic publications totion by Blessed John Paul II and Catholic faith. the general public, as well as to parishes,Pope Benedict XVI. Cns The Luke E. Hart Series, schools, retreat houses, military installations, John Paul II coined the phrase named for a past supreme correctional facilities, legislatures and the med-“new evangelization” early in his knight and written by Boston College philoso- ical community. For more information, visitpontificate in Poland in 1979. Over the next phy professor and popular author Peter Kreeft, kofc.org/cis.25 years, he often returned to this theme in his was designed to give a systematic introductionspeeches and writing. His successor, Pope Bene- to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Thedict XVI, has continued to champion the idea. 30-book series is now available on 30 individ- “Pope Benedict XVI has made the new evan- ual CDs. Each part of the series is packaged ingelization a priority,” said Supreme Knight Carl 10 CD units. All three cases are shrink wrappedA. Anderson. “In the next year, the Church will together and setn as a single package. The set isexplore the new evangelization during the available for $65 and the cost of shipping andsynod of bishops and will ask all Catholics to P UBLISHED 12 TIMES A YEAR BY THE K NIGHTS OF C OLUMBUS S UPREME C OUNCIL 1 C OLUMBUS P LAZA , N EW H AVEN , CT 06510-3326 ! 203-752-4264 ! KNIGHTLINE @ KOFC . ORG