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A letter to chaplains from the Supreme Knight about the sexual abuse crisis

August 22, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

Worthy Chaplains and Dear Brother Knights,

The issues that have come to light concerning sexual abuse by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report are cause for grave concern among Catholics and Brother Knights. Many feel deeply betrayed by those whom they long held in high regard. Such concerns are shared not just in the United States, but in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere.

These sins of commission and omission have sent the Church we love, the Church we serve and the Church that Jesus Christ established into convulsions. Sadly, the disgrace not only is borne by the perpetrators, it hurts us all, as does the silence of shepherds who have ignored the cries of their flocks.

There are many wonderful and faithful laborers in the vineyard of the Lord among our priests and bishops. However, it is clear that in addition to devastating criminal acts, we have seen many other moral failings by clergy that represent a crisis of commitment to the Gospel.
Too often the needs of victims have been subordinated to a distorted sense of mercy toward the perpetrators or an instinct for clerical self-preservation. The sexual acts — both criminal and non-criminal — highlight the need to recover a respect for and a renewed commitment to the priestly promises of celibacy.

The Knights of Columbus has supported the pastoral and charitable work of our bishops and priests since our founding by the Venerable Father Michael McGivney. We understand that the priest should lead the parish and the bishop should be the center of unity in a diocese. But we — like all Catholics — are painfully aware of the wreckage that ensues when elements of this leadership are abdicated by evil actions whether directly perpetrated or covered up.

Now, the Knights of Columbus — laymen, priests and chaplains together — will have an important role to play in rebuilding the Church. We must commit the Knights of Columbus to work for repentance, reform and rebuilding of the Church.

Repentance should include a full accounting of the misdeeds by those who have committed them. Archbishop McCarrick and others at fault owe us a full account of their actions, motivations and cover-ups. After years of having us confess to them, it is now time for them to come clean about what they have done and what they have failed to do.

This will also help increase the recognition that clerical sexual abuse is a global problem that must be addressed at the highest levels of the Catholic Church. Moreover, priests and bishops who refuse to live according to their promises of celibacy should be removed from public ministry, not out of retribution, but for the protection of the faithful and to prevent future variations of the scandal we now suffer.

Reform must include many good ideas that have been proposed, such as a full and complete investigation of sexual abuse led by an independent commission that includes laity; complete transparency by the Catholic hierarchy into all matters of criminal sexual misconduct past or future; an expansion of the zero tolerance policy to include sexual activity or misconduct by clerics including bishops, and by seminarians; and a call for faithfulness by all members of the clergy, including bishops. There must also be an independent ethics hotline for reporting of criminal and other conduct at odds with Catholic teaching on the clerical state of life; and there must be protections against retaliation.
Such reforms will be difficult for a Church largely unused to them, and we must support our bishops and our priests in embracing these reforms in order to rebuild.

We can help to rebuild our Church in several ways. Above all else, Knights — and our chaplains — must embrace love of God and love of neighbor. This is Christ’s great commandment and the founding mission of our Order. It is also exactly the opposite of the rejection of God and exploitation of neighbor that our Church has witnessed in these scandals.

Shortly before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger decried the “filth” in the Church “even among those, who in the priesthood, ought to belong totally” to Christ. He also provided the antidote, stating at other times that what the Church needs now more than anything else is “saints.” Pope Francis reiterated Pope Benedict’s sentiments in his letter on Aug. 20.

In the days ahead, the Knights of Columbus will help renew our Church on a national level through a Novena of Masses in reparation for these sins that have so grievously wounded the Body of Christ. I take this opportunity to ask that you offer this Novena of Masses for our Church at your earliest opportunity.

Beginning in November, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor, in cooperation with the Shrine of St. Jean Vianney in Ars, France, a national tour of the relic of the heart of this great patron saint of priests. In the coming weeks, I will share more details with you about this initiative.

We will also continue to strengthen and rebuild our Church at the level of our families and parishes through our Building the Domestic Church program. Its twin elements of imbuing families with faith and strengthening parish life are critical to providing a Catholic Church that rebuilds based on the Gospel principles of love of God and love of neighbor. Together with our recently announced “Faith In Action” initiative, we will strive to make our parishes truly become, in the words of Pope Francis, “a family of families.”

Now is the time for all brother Knights to stand steadfast in faith, as Catholics and as gentlemen. We will assist priests, bishops and our fellow Catholics in helping the Church chart a course for the future that puts Christ at the center, so that truly we may say, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
This is the moment in which Knights — including in a special way our priest members — can be part of a great renewal for good in our Church. And as we strive to follow the Lord more closely in the days ahead, may he deliver us from every evil and in his mercy graciously grant his Church peace and unity.
In closing, know that your faithful witness and sacrifice can bring inspiration and hope to millions of your fellow Catholics. It will be needed in the days ahead more than ever before. And to every priest and bishop whose commitment and dedication to our Order and to our Church has been faithful and exemplary, please accept my gratitude in both a personal way and on behalf of the Knights of Columbus.

Let each one of us prayerfully invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so that in the words of St. Maximilian Kolbe, our hearts would be cleansed and themselves become immaculate, similar and like unto her own heart.

Fraternally,
Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

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July State Deputy Message

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Lois & I returned from New Haven, CT and the 5-day journey was just phenomenal. We got a chance to see my classmates and their wives from around the world. Although many incoming of the State Deputies had shared their stories as to how they got to be where they are now; one primary factor was always front and center, God put them on this journey as he did for me and we must “keep the faith” and believe we are on this journey for a reason.

Throughout this fraternal year, my monthly messages will include a message on St. Joseph, Patron of Fathers, like many of us are. As the State Deputy of Maine, you are a leader of brother Knights and their families; you make decisions based on the welfare of the “family”. That is to recruit new members into the family and to engage those members that have not kept in touch lately.

Summertime means reunions, BBQs, vacations, etc., the perfect time to reach out to those new brothers and reunite with our existing brothers. Don’t hold meeting during the summer?? No problem!! Later in this newsletter, we will outline how you can accomplish recruitment even in the summer.
Vivat Jesus!
~ Mark Bourgoin

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Hispanic/Ethnic Membership

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Did you know that we have Catholic Hispanics and Latinos living in Maine?  Did you know that we have Catholic Lebanese living in Maine?  Did you know that we have Catholic Africans living in Maine?

Maine, like many other states in the union has grown due to our brothers and sisters from other countries.  Many of them because they seeking asylum.  You may ask why asylum? They are seeking freedom from persecution from their home countries because they practice their Catholic faith.   Some of us can never imagine what that means, but we can certainly assist those that have to be welcomed in Maine.

At this very moment we have councils in Maine that are extending their hands to these families for various reasons and through their efforts may cause them to join our ranks as brother Knights.   Let do our part as well to extend our hands and reach out to those that seek our assistance.

 

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Monthly Challenge from the Supreme Chaplain

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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“The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’” (Gospel for July 22, Mk 6:30)

If we are honest, we know that we men are not that good at “coming away…to a deserted place” to “rest a while.” In fact we know that over 80 percent of us check our smart phone even before brushing our teeth in the morning, and spend time on it in the last hour before we go to sleep. Like the apostles, we focus on getting a lot done. But let’s imagine what would happen if we truly responded to the challenge of Jesus to “come away” to pray in solitude every morning, resting in His presence and holy Word. Jesus invites us to put first things first. Let’s take him at his word and make the changes we need to make.

Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori:

This month I challenge you to “come away” to a quiet place by praying at least five minutes a day, first thing in the morning before you check your electronic devices or turn on the TV. You will likely have stops and starts, but strive to be as consistent as possible. Secondly I challenge you to respond to Jesus’ invitation to “rest a while” by doing something truly restful on Sunday, the day of rest.

Gather to Discuss the Challenge

Following the challenge you and your brother Knights (and any interested parishioners) should gather to discuss your experiences.

Begin with a prayer of your choosing or use the following:

Make the Sign of the Cross

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit. We thank you for guiding our lives and pray that we may have the courage exemplified by Venerable Fr. McGivney to live our faith to the fullest through our council, our families and in society. May our words today give glory to your Sacred Heart and if we struggled this past month in living our faith, help us to never stop turning to you and always try again.

2. Re-read the Supreme Chaplain’s Monthly Challenge from the previous month

3. Invite the men to talk about what it was like to try and live last month’s challenge from the Supreme Chaplain.

  • Don’t worry about what order the men speak in
  • If there is silence in between men speaking, it’s ok
  • Try to make sure that when one man is speaking that the others are listening
  • If someone doesn’t want to speak that’s ok

4. The men are welcome to give (encouraging) comments to each other if they want

5. When finished, read Supreme Chaplain’s Monthly Challenge the for next month

6. End with this prayer -Ask the men if there is anything they would like the group to pray for

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for this time together with our brothers. We ask you to have mercy on all those people and intentions we prayed for. Give us the perseverance to live next month’s challenge and to remember that we are united with our brother Knights around the world in doing so.

Make the Sign of the Cross

For more information see the Supreme Website here https://www.kofc.org/en/domestic-church/monthly-challenge/july-2018.html

NOTE: As a rule the State Deputy does not use any electronic device (computer, tablet or cellphone) for the purpose of playing games, to Facebook, etc. after 12 noon on a Sunday as to pause for “family” time. The only time that the cellphone is used is to check an occasional email or text for emergency purposes as necessary for the position.

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District Deputy Meeting

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Thanks again to the 40+ brother Knights (State Officers, Supreme Representative, District Deputies and State Staff) that attended the Summer Workshop.  This was held at St. John Church Hall in Bangor on Saturday, 30 June.   “Thank You” to Bangor Council 114 for hosting the event with meals and refreshments.

During the meeting, each of the DDs received a package of the new 2018-2019 State Pin (as shown above) to sell in their respective areas.  The pin sells for $3 each and proceeds go to the Faith in Action “Life” account.

Per Capita & Insurance

As stated to the District Deputies at the Summer Workshop, all assessments will be sent by email to the councils after 1 July.  State Secretary John Deetjen, Jr. will need to wait until the Supreme Council has posted the final standings from the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year.  Once the new membership roster has been posted, John will send out the assessments.

NEW PLAN: once the assessments are paid, John will send a receipt to the Council showing payment has been made.  This will hopefully eliminate any confusion.  Since the Supreme Councils sends a receipt, so will the Maine State Council.

 

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Cash Calendars

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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The 2019 Cash Calendars have been printed and were distributed at the District Deputy meeting on the 30th of June. Additional calendars will be sent to those that were not in attendance.

Chair Ron Darling asks each of you that received calendars to do the following:

  • Sell all tickets you receive, to the best of your ability
  • Return calendar stubs and any checks/money orders (written out to Maine State Council) to Ron as soon as possible. (See the State Directory for his address.)
  • Please do not wait until all calendars are sold before returning.
  • Any remaining calendars not sold by 01 Dec, please return to Ron so others that may want more can receive them in time.

INCENTIVE: If the total amount of calendars sold exceeds $20,000, the Top 5 councils that sold the most will receive a 10% return.

REMINDER: The income generated received from this vitally important project significantly assists the overall budget of the Maine State Council. Thank you for assisting us in this endeavor.

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Faith in Action Program Update

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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During the trip to New Haven, the Supreme Council updated the Faith in Action Program regarding “Youth”. Although they allow for a Youth Director on the State-level to assist the Community Director, there is no “Council-Level” Youth Director. Therefore, here in Maine, appointing a State Youth Director would mean that this brother Knight would not be able to conduct business at the State Convention like the other Directors would.

With being said, please see below for the State Faith in Action Program leaders:

Program Director:
Michael Foster of Gorham

Faith:
Robert Dumond of Lewiston

Family:
Wesley and Charlene Tabb of Houlton

Community:
Anthony Alfiero of Gorham

Life:
Frank & Jean Pease of Sanford

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Maine goes live with e-membership

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Although online membership rolled out to other jurisdictions in the past 2 years, Maine went “live” on Monday, 25 June.

As mentioned in the State Deputy message; although many councils do not meet in the summer does not mean we cannot recruit.  In fact, with this new Online Membership Program, candidates can join by simply clicking on a website specific for this purpose.   The link below is a 5 minute video that was shared at the District Deputy Summer Workshop outlining how this program works:

https://vimeo.com/spiritjuice/review/274971888/19989da66b

The State Officers and our new Online Membership Director, Gregory White, reviewed this video during a webinar on the overall program.   We believe this program can assist the councils in your recruitment efforts.   The website below is what our new candidates will see when they decide to join:

www.knights.net

Immediately upon opening the link, the following messages “jump off the page” which I am in hopes that this will greatly interest our new brother Knights:

Lead with Faith:  Knights are committed to daily prayer, weekly Mass, and building a community of faith. This is the Knights of Columbus difference, knowing that you are backed by a band of brothers in the quest to become better Catholic men. Your membership gives you access to faith-building materials that will help you draw closer to God and lead with faith.

Protect your Family:  As a Catholic man, you have a responsibility to protect and provide for your loved ones. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, you have access to exclusive resources to help you do just that. Our top-quality financial products, backed by our ethical and Catholic business practices, can help you secure your family’s future and give you peace of mind.

Serve Others:  You seek to give something of yourself in service. The Knights of Columbus unites us in charity so that each effort and donation counts for the greater good. While charity begins in your home, through the worldwide network of Knights, your reach extends to those in need around the globe, from earthquake victims, to AIDS orphans, to ISIS victims in the Middle East.

Defend your Values: Defend life. Defend religious liberty. Defend truth. As a Catholic man, you want to stand up for your values and support what’s right. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, you receive the tools you need to stay informed, take action, and support efforts on important issues. Join more than 1.9 million Knights to defend your values

 

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2018 Catholic Men’s Retreat

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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“Strengthened with power through His Spirit” is the theme for the 7th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference and the Maine State Council Knights of Columbus are co-sponsoring the event.  It is scheduled for Saturday 13 Oct 2018 at the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Faith Director Bob Dumond has been working diligently with the Core Team led by Father Dan Greenleaf and his brother Ken Greenleaf for the past couple of months.   Special $30 rate for teens & young adults age 16 – 22 and $50 for those ages 23 or older. Cost includes lunch.

To register for the event either online or to print a form and mail in, please click on the link below to the Diocese of Portland website:

https://portlanddiocese.org/mensconf

The Diocese of Portland invites all Catholic men ages 16 and older to the 7th annual Maine Catholic Men’s Conference which will feature a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley and presentations by Father Nathan March, pastor of Holy Savior Parish in Rumford; Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a dynamic Catholic evangelist, radio host, and bestselling author; and Dr. William Martel, a member of Good Shepherd Parish in Saco, who was a Protestant theologian before becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

 

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Trip to Supreme HQ and Divine Mercy Shrine

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Bus Trip to Supreme HQ and Divine Mercy Shrine

“SAVE THE DATE” for this special bus trip that is scheduled for 8 & 9 Sep 2018. Cost of the trip is $350 per couple or double occupancy or $250 for single occupancy. See below for the itinerary.

 
SATURDAY – 8 SEP
Depart Cyr Bus Station in Old Town at 3:30 am
Pick up riders in Augusta and Portland, if applicable
Arrive at St. Christopher in York at 7 am for a full breakfast
Arrive at Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters for lunch and a tour
Arrive at St. Mary Church (birthplace of the Knights of Columbus) for a private tour
Arrive at the Hampton Inn to unpack and relax before dinner
Arrive at the Knights of Columbus Museum for a private tour and a catered dinner
Return to the hotel to relax and hospitality

SUNDAY – 9 SEP
Depart the hotel for the National Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA
Tour Gift Shop and grounds before and after Mass
Attend the 10:30 am Mass
Enjoy a picnic lunch
Board the bus for the return home. Arrive in York late afternoon and arrive in Old Town mid-evening.

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Council Officer Duties and Responsibilities Training.

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Each council officer, whether elected or appointed, becomes a fraternal leader. A council can only be successful by working as a team. A team or council can accomplish far more than individuals acting alone. Thus it only makes sense for everyone to fully understand the duties of each officer. Every council officer or member will benefit from participating in this webinar.

Thursday – July 26, 2018 at 8:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Saving Time

Register and Attend – Council Officer Training – Duties and Responsibilities

In this webinar we will help you

· Understand the various roles and administrative responsibilities of council officers
· Incorporate teamwork into committee operation
· Build a “fraternal” calendar that works

Fraternal Training Sessions are conducted live and then available on-demand at a time and place convenient to individual members.

Thank you, and thanks to your council, for what has been done to help those in need! Register and Attend our convenient online training. This webinar is open to all, and especially all council, district, chapter, diocese, regional and state council officers. Please share so everyone has the opportunity to participate!!

Fraternally yours,
Fraternal Mission

Fraternal Mission Department
Knights of Columbus
Call: 203-752-4270

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Communications Update July 2018

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Did you know? –

It was a 2017 question by a District Deputy at the Black Bear in that was taken on as a challenge. ‘Wouldn’t it be nice, or is it possible, that we could all read the Surge Reports submitted by other councils?’
Its long been a pet peeve, or at least consternation, that neighboring councils don’t even know what each other does and now it is reality—assuming Surge/FIA (Faith in Action) Reports are flowing. For the last several months FIA reports have been recorded on maineknights.org in the Faith in Action Blog. For all to view!

 

Keeping in touch

As we have begun combining functions and moving more things into the digital space in efforts to leverage technology, reduce budgets, and ‘reach people where they are’, in a 21st-century culture; and as we once again collect information for the annual State Wide Directory, one thing has become increasingly apparent. Whether it be a traditional phone directory, or a directory of digital (e-mail) connections, the ever constant eb and flow of manpower presents a daunting task of keeping folks informed and connected with the right people.
Likewise, the person generally works within a space that they have, over time, become comfortable. Further, the ability or willingness to change or adapt from that space varies. Thus prescribing more methods becomes both an obstacle to progress and recruitment.
In an effort to meet in the middle and create some continuity we’ve employed the use of email forwarders in a standard manner. You might recognize both a pattern to the emails and a resemblance to the Supreme organization of email addresses.
Have you ever been to a meeting and been asked how to contact someone via email and not had that information? Well, a standard and intuitive platform by which to presume or speculate can help. And, as manpower moves around, it becomes a much smaller task and the responsibility of leadership, to make those connection changes when they occur.
So what is a forwarder?  It is simply an email address that forwards mail to the right person, so they can receive and respond in an environment/workspace they are familiar or comfortable with. When you receive email from them, you may then have their more direct emailing address. See the list to the right for a full list of the current addresses.

 

The best kept secret in Maine
– The charitable works of Maine Knights

Although we have increased availability of information with the growing use of our Surge/Faith in Action Electronic Report form and reporting, it still remains a daunting task to get that information in the public view. What is more, even those that chant the same mantra on reporting still have difficulties reporting even events within the local.
Similarly, our membership strategies also call for sharing the information of our good works. Copiously sharing copies of the Columbia with potential members and in areas where they may circulate. However, these publications, especially those that showcase our more local State and Local Council endeavors, suffer from a vacuum of information. And we are not alone. Conversations without diocesan communication team members express similar challenges. But to our Supreme Knight “The Knights of Columbus, the Churches largest fraternal organization is uniquely positioned to answer the call.”
The Knights of  Maine are on the ground performing these deeds and each individually has a unique perspective to share. Each of us has the potential to join a journalistic army to get the word out in the public view. All that is needed is the sharing of information.
A majority of Knights has themselves, or a significant other, or a brother Knight with mobile devices capable of snapping photos and sharing information. The email publicity@maineknights.org should never be far from the fingertips. Just a few moments, really little different from sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or what-have-you, is all it takes to be part of the solution.

Events calendar –

Event notices and requests for wider advertisement for your events should still come to publicity@maineknights.org for addition to the Maine State Calendar. More capabilities are being looked into to get these notices far and wide, as well as to bring important reminders to your inbox.

 

.net vs .org

Ever notice all things maineknights are .net but we publicize maineknights.org? The .org site was our home but new development happened on .net. So we just forward everything to .net. Beyond that, it’s like those favorite beat up slippers,  we just can’t throw away comfy —maineknights.org

What’s on the burner?

It was a challenge to keep up with changes in the Faith in Action program in it’s most basic form. At the turn of the program year  Now to wrap heads around the full program to make enhancements to our online FIA reporting to best strike a balance between the program needs and our local council needs. Also, some reporting dates differ between the real program year for Supreme, and the needs of the Maine State Council for Convention reporting. Creating reports to suit both needs is generally formulated and will be implemented with the FIA reporting changes.

Timing was not right last program year but being at the beginning of a new program year, there is hope to work with event coordinators to move much of the evil tree P’s into the digital realm. That means hopefully online Convention registration.

Expanding static information. One might notice some ostensibly vacant pages on the web site. These are parking pages awaiting information from program directors to enhance our availability of information. As time permits, or the challenge is taken up, these pages will be filled with information on these programs—and more can be added on request.

 

state.officers@maineknights.org        (6 recipients)
state.advocate@maineknights.org
state.chaplain@maineknights.org            
state.deputy@maineknights.org                
state.secretary@maineknights.org      
state.treasurer@maineknights.org      
state.warden@maineknights.org              

district.deputies@maineknights.org (15 recipients)
dd1@maineknights.org  
dd2@maineknights.org  
dd3@maineknights.org 
dd4@maineknights.org  
dd5@maineknights.org  
dd6@maineknights.org  
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dd13@maineknights.org
dd14@maineknights.org
dd15@maineknights.org
dd16@maineknights.org
dd17@maineknights.org

state.staff@maineknights.org    (several recipients)
executive.secretary@maineknights.org
membership@maineknights.org
retention@maineknights.org
ceremonials@maineknights.org
program.director@maineknights.org
faith@maineknights.org
family@maineknights.org
life@maineknights.org
community@maineknights.org
communications@maineknights.org
central.office@maineknights.org
events@maineknights.org
veterans@maineknights.org
round.tables@maineknights.org
raffles@maineknights.org
training@maineknights.org
store@maineknights.org
publicity@maineknights.org

 

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Maine needs Fatima

July 13, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

“Rosary Challenge” to Launch at Rosary Rally in Gorham on Saturday, July 14

Release date: July 10, 2018

GORHAM—A rosary rally will be held on the lawn of St. Anne Church, located on 299 Main Street in Gorham, on Saturday, July 14, at noon. Youth members of the parish will lead the praying of the rosary at the event. In addition to parishioners, non-Catholics and people who have never prayed the rosary are also encouraged to attend. Volunteers will offer rosaries and guidance for anyone interested.

The event on Saturday is the latest organized by “Maine Needs Fatima,” which hosted six outdoor rallies in 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima, Portugal.

“This year, we’re continuing the monthly public rosary rallies as we usher in the second century promoting the message of Fatima,” said Fr. Louis J. Phillips, pastor of St. Anne Parish in Gorham. “I would encourage anyone to attend these events. Our devotion to the Blessed Mother is a path to greater unity and joy with her son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We would do well to heed the call to greater devotion to her Immaculate Heart and, along the way, we might just touch the hearts of the hurting world around us that’s in need of love and hope.”

Over 100 people have gathered at the rallies which have taken on different looks from month to month. For instance, May’s rally featured an outdoor Mass and, in June, a procession from the University of Southern Maine to the front lawn of the church preceded the rally. Another procession is scheduled for the August rally and an outdoor Mass is set for the October gathering.

“This Saturday, for the July rally, we will introduce the ‘Rosary Challenge,’” said Dan Kasprzyk, who, along with his wife Ellen, came up with the idea for the rallies. “Participants will be asked to take a photo or video as they pray the rosary in their daily lives. We will post them on social media to encourage the public praying of the rosary and increase devotion to our faith.”

Information on how to participate in the “challenge” will be available at Saturday’s rally and next week on the initiative’s website (link below).

In addition to the rosary rallies and “challenge,” the initiative has grown to also include a “First Five Saturdays” program at St. Anthony Parish in Westbrook that features the opportunity for confessions, a rosary recitation, and Mass. The Kaspryzks are also offering in-home visitations with the Fatima statue.

“Our Blessed Mother is calling all of us to renew our dedication to Jesus, her son,” said Dan. “What better way to honor Jesus and Mary than with these lovely celebrations.”

A website to promote the initiative (www.maineneedsfatima.org) will livestream the rally on Saturday. The livestream will also be available at www.facebook.com/maineneedsfatima.

To learn more about “Maine Needs Fatima” including a schedule of future rallies, visit the website or call (207) 615-0575.

 

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Abanaki Council places first Nativity in any US Capital

January 6, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

Editor’s note: Abanaki Councill 334 also scored space on SeacoastOnline. See their article here.

On December 18, Abnaki Council 334 conducted the first ever Nativity Celebration at the Maine State Capitol Hall of Flags in Augusta.  This celebration marked the first time in Maine’s history that a Nativity was placed on State of Maine property.  The Nativity set was donated by the American Nativity organization, which strives to place a nativity set in every state capitol and this was also the first time the Knights of Columbus have ever placed a Nativity in any US State Capitol.  Governor Paul LePage spoke about Christmas memories, Council 334 also announced the winners of the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest and the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.  3 choirs performed – St. Michael School from Augusta, St. Dominic Academy Elementary Choir and the Mt. View Chamber Singers.  State Deputy Norm Gray closed the ceremony with remarks indicating the significance of this event to the State of Maine, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church and all Christians.

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