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2018 Catholic Men’s Conference – Early Bird Registration through February 1!

Posted by Leon Shadowen on Jan 30, 2018 08:59 pm

2018 Catholic Men’s Conference

Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Saint Bede Catholic Church
(757) 229-3631
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
United States
Map and Directions

Overview

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th Annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme, “Truly Present,” will explore Jesus’ presence to us and our call to be present in all our relationships in the world as husband, father, brother, and friend. Hans Urs Von Balthasar, a Swiss theologian from the 20th century, writes, “If you live near a waterfall, after a week, you’ll no longer hear its rumble. In the same way, we have forgotten how to listen” how to be truly present, both to God and to each other (Heart of the World).

This year will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers will be the keynote speaker for the English-speaking track.

Registration Cost

The $40 early-bird admission cost is available until February 1, 2018. Additionally, all permanent deacons who register by that time will receive $10 off their registration. After February 1, 2018 general registration will be available online for $55 until March 10, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

For more info and to register click here.

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Online membership letter for DD’s to councils

My Brother Knights,

I would like to apologize up front for the length of this missive. Please take the time to read this and the attachment.  I aim to provide you some information about a new program of the Knights of Columbus called Online Membership, active as a pilot program in Virginia as of 16 January.

Many of you have heard “rumors” of this program that has been variously called Online Membership, e-member, and e-Knight. As those rumors spread, I heard some very serious concerns about this program from many of you.  And I had some significant concerns myself.

At the State Meeting 13-14 January, Brother Matt St. John from Supreme was in attendance to give a presentation on the program. He was also present at our DD meeting Sunday morning for more questions and answers.  There is also an hour-plus long webinar about the program as well.

Again, please read the attached information pamphlet.  My note does not attempt to repeat all of the information contain in the information pamphlet nor provide all details of the program. For example, I will not go into some of the procedural steps.  I do hope to emphasize the program intent, and hopefully assuage some concerns that you have expressed over the last few months.

I will start off with a statement from our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:

“Our goal is to introduce substantial numbers of younger men into the activities of our Order in a way that will strengthen the benefits of our local councils. Our goal is to recruit large numbers of young men who will for a large membership pool in each state that can be linked with local councils. To do this we have concluded it is necessary to recruit younger members through the communication channels that they use and rely upon.”

This statement brings up my first point. This program is a recruiting tool. It is a first step toward attracting younger me into our order.  It is not an end into itself.  The longer-term goal will be for these online members to convert to council membership.  This recruiting tool takes advantage of the communications sources used by many younger men.  But it by no means eliminates or competes with local council recruiting.  This program is also geared towards military and college students, who may not have steady access to local councils.

Nothing in this program that changes in any way the requirements for membership in our order.  Anyone joining online must certify through the application that they are male, 18 years old, and a practical Catholic.  That is the same requirement we check through our admission process.  The online application states: “Failure to answer truthfully to any of these declarations, or failure to remain a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See, renders void your membership in the Knights of Columbus.” The same is true for any of us when we join.

Online members are dues-paying members of the Knights of Columbus, with many of the same benefits as the rest of us. Rather than belonging to a council, they will belong to what is called a State Division.  It is not exactly the same, but similar to an “at-large” vice “chapter” member of the VFW. However, they are not First, Second, or Third Degree members.  The program does not include an “online Admissions Degree” – contrary to one of the rumors.  Nothing in the program does away with any of our degree ceremonials.

Online members may attend local council meetings. Online members will have a membership card, and I am providing samples of that card to each GK, Warden, and Guards in each council in the district.  But they are not authorized to vote on issues, just as the rest of us can attend meetings of other councils but do not vote on their business.

Online members will receive regular communications from Supreme, which will discuss Faith formation, tailored messages about Knights activities, and information stressing the value of council-based membership.  Again, the goal is to recruit the members online, then get them to convert to a local council.  Supreme does not want them to stay stagnant as online members.

Now I would like to address some specific concerns that I have heard:

The dues are lower than for the council.  There are dues for online membership.  Those are $30 per year.  A concern was raised about the difference between online membership and council dues.  Part of the difference is a few assessments that we pay such as Penny per Knight per day.  There are also benefits to council membership that don’t come with online membership.  For example, how much do we charge members for our council Christmas party or our end of year PGK Dinner.  Usually nothing, and I’m sure there are other similar examples.

This will compete with council recruiting of younger men.  I mentioned already the idea of converting online members to council membership.  The process for this conversion will be the same as for a new prospect we recruit ourselves, although the paperwork will be a little different.  The online member will meet with the council Admissions Committee.  The council will vote to accept the member.  Then the member will participate in the Admissions Degree – and then the Formation and Knighthood Degrees.  An important point here is that online membership does not compete with council goals toward Star Council.  When an online member converts, the council gets credit!  As of early January the order has had about 290 men join online.  15% of those have already converted to council membership.

This is just to sell insurance.  Again, this is a recruiting tool.  Online members will have access to a web portal.  During the rollout, only online members will have access to this content.  I don’t believe there is anything here not also on the Supreme website.  Importantly, the first button across the top of that portal is “Lead with Faith” – emphasizing the importance and beauty of our Catholic roots.  Yes, there is a section on the portal for “Protect Your Family” with information about our insurance program.  Online members are eligible to become owners, just like the rest of us.  Which is fine, because protecting our families is one of the reasons Fr. McGivney founded our Order!  Interestingly, those who have joined in the pilot programs in a couple other states to date have been more engaged in the “Lead with Faith” page that in the insurance page.

This is a means for non-Practical Catholics or women to join our order. Who is checking when they apply online? Yes, someone could lie.  They could also lie to the Admissions Committee!  Let me provide a hypothetical situation.  An online member wants to convert to council membership.  The admissions committee asks the online member “are you a practical Catholic?”  And the online member says, “yeah that was on the web site, but what is that?”  Same question we get from a lot of applicants right?  After explaining, the online member says, “gee, I’m divorced and remarried, is that a problem?”  What do you do?  The initial answer is the same as right now, we defer to the chaplain for his guidance.  If the chaplain agrees there is a case of not being a practical Catholic, we refer the case to State Advocate and Supreme legal department.  That would be a case of fraudulent representation when joining and would nullify membership and my understanding is would also nullify insurance if bought.

Let me give another hypothetical. A woman joins online, lying on the part that says “I am male.”  I don’t know about you, but when I bought my insurance, a nurse came to the house to draw blood.  Blood contains genetic markers including indicating male or female, even if the nurse somehow could not tell!

And a third hypothetical. A non-Catholic joins, lying on the part that says “I am a practical Catholic.”  This may be more difficult, there is no genetic marker for the indelible mark baptism leaves on our soul.  However, is it worth the risk to anyone?  The non-Catholic stays an online member just to get access to our insurance.  Say he invests $10,000 a year for a whole life policy.  The person dies 10 years into the policy, but as part of the process at that point, we find out the person never was Catholic.  Remember my comment about fraudulent representation?  I’m not a lawyer, but I’m sure our Order’s legal department would have an issue with paying out the policy in such a situation.  Who would take the risk?

In summary, I believe this program is a great opportunity for our order, and for our councils. You should keep your eye out for any online members you may come across and share with them the benefits of belonging to the council at their parish.  You should also think about those men you know who have expressed interest in the Knights, but “haven’t had time” to join or attend meetings.  They may be ideal candidates for online membership, which then will lead them to your council!

I again apologize for the length of this note, but there is a lot of false information running around about this program that I wanted to set the record straight.

Vivat Jesus.

Jim Henry

Virginia District Deputy 3

Last Chance for Early Bird Registration | Catholic Men’s Conference

2018 Catholic Men’s Conference

Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Saint Bede Catholic Church
(757) 229-3631
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
United States

Map and Directions

Overview

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 men from across the diocese will gather at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg for the 6th Annual Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s theme, “Truly Present,” will explore Jesus’ presence to us and our call to be present in all our relationships in the world as husband, father, brother, and friend. Hans Urs Von Balthasar, a Swiss theologian from the 20th century, writes, “If you live near a waterfall, after a week, you’ll no longer hear its rumble. In the same way, we have forgotten how to listen” how to be truly present, both to God and to each other (Heart of the World).

This year will feature a dual-track conference with keynote speakers in English and Spanish, breakout opportunities, Reconciliation, Adoration, and Mass. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers will be the keynote speaker for the English-speaking track.

Keynote Speaker (English)

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him. Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the weekly broadcast, “Living Stones,” on Mater Dei Radio, and has appeared on “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio.” In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television. Deacon Harold is featured on the award winning Chosen faith formation program by Ascension Press and the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality published by Ignatius Press, and co-author of the acclaimed new book, Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before. Deacon Harold is also featured on The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, a vibrant marriage-enrichment program rooted in biblical values and designed to help husbands and wives know God better, trust Him fully and love Him completely throughout the course of their married lives.

As the president and CEO of The Saint Joseph Center, Deacon Harold oversees that nonprofit organization’s endeavors, which include hosting an international institute for Catholic male spirituality, coordinating dynamic speaking tours and life-changing retreats, and developing products and services that support family life. Most importantly, he is married to his wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children. They live in Portland, Oregon, where Deacon Harold is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.

Registration Cost

The $40 early-bird admission cost is available until February 1, 2018. Additionally, all permanent deacons who register by that time will receive $10 off their registration. After February 1, 2018 general registration will be available online for $55 until March 10, 2018. After that point, registration will only be available at the door for $60. As always, the conference is free for priests and religious brothers.

All those interested may contact the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org or 804-622-5109 for more information. Visit www.cdrcmfl.org for full conference details and to register online.

To register as a vendor or an exhibitor, click here.

An opportunity is available to achieve the sublime 3rd degree of Knighthood !

 

Brother Knights,

An opportunity is available to achieve the sublime 3rd degree of Knighthood !

District 10 will host the 3rd degree exemplification on Jan 20, 2018 

This will at Council #6936 at the Saint John’s Parish hall 811 West Nine Mile rd Highland Springs Va 23075

Parking is in the rear and entrance doors will be labeled. Attire is coat and tie.

Candidate’s to arrive at 10:30 am, ceremony starts promptly at 11 am, followed by a meal at 1 pm.

Please contact me or Gary Port –  no later than Tuesday 1/16.

thank you,

Rolfe Trimble

K of C #5476

March for Life on Friday, January 19, 2018

Pilgramage to DC

Greetings All,

 

It’s time for me to continue putting the list together for the March for Life on Friday, January 19, 2018. If I already have you signed up for 2018 no need to respond, but I did want to touch base with my mailing list.  Please let me know if you would like a spot(s) reserved on the free bus transportation being provided by the K of C and the Richmond Diocese(ckoz654@aol.com)  We will follow the routine of past years as far as departure time, etc.( meeting at 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure from the Pump Rd. location, travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DC at 4-4:30 p.m.).  Darius, please let me know if you anticipate any substantive changes.  When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number.

 

Please pass this information along to friends, parish groups, etc.  Please try to sign-up early, last year we had a waiting list and had to scramble to get people on other buses.

 

Also, a Respect Life Holy Hour has been scheduled for January 16, 2018, @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Bridget Church.   The Holy Hour will be intended as a vigil of sorts for the March for Life and will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  Please make every effort to join the Church in prayer for the success of our pro-life efforts.

 

Thanks and a Blessed Advent to you all.

 

Mike Kozak

Please Help with Food Bag distribution after all Masses this weekend, January 13-14

Brothers,

We are scheduled to hand out food bags after all Masses this weekend, January 13-14.  I think everyone knows the drill…please help out after the Mass you attend.  I will be helping after 7:30 on Sunday.

Again,Catholic Charities has lost their consistent source of food bags (Martin’s), so we are low on supplies.  Catholic Charities is in the process of trying to secure a new supplier, but in the meantime, if on your grocery travels the store you shop with is willing to donate some bags for the cause, please bring them to Paul in the Parish Office, or simply place them with the rest of the bags in that back left hand closet.

Mike

 

And please don’t forget to attend the Respect Life Holy Hour on 1/16 at 6:30 pm in the Church.

And, last call for seats on the K of C sponsored bus leaving the Colombian Center on 1/19 to attend the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. The theme is Love Saves Lives and the weather forecast is downright balmy. The unborn deserve our witness, especially from Knights and their families. Seats are going fast, so don’t delay!

 

45th Annual March for Life – After marching, join brother Knights from across the country for conversation, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies

Dear Brother Knights,

On behalf of the staff of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Many of you will be joining Catholics from across the country in Washington, DC for the 45th Annual March for Life. As part of an effort to support and promote a culture of life, we would like to welcome our Brother Knights to The Nation’s Capital by hosting a free Open House for all Knights and their families on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 

After marching in support of life, join brother Knights from across the country for conversation, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies. While you are here, take some time to pray for life and tour our beautiful Church and Chapel. Spend time in prayer before a first class relic of our patron and experience our moving exhibit on the life and legacy of Saint John Paul II. 

While you are in Washington please visit your Shrine. The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is located right across the street from The Catholic University of America in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. Free parking is available, and we are a 15 minute walk from the Brookland Station on Metro’s Red line.

Admission is free but please RSVP at http://jp2shrine.org/knightsrsvp so that we can better welcome you, your family, and your Council to the Shrine.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Vivat Jesus,

Brandon Brown, FDD, PGK

Knights Outreach

Saint John Paul II National Shrine

brandon.brown@jp2shrine.org

202-635-5400

 

Bishop Knestout Installation Mass – Request for Dignitary Drivers

As you know, the new year will begin with the installation of Bishop-designate Barry C. Knestout on Friday, January 12, 2018. The Knights of Columbus have been asked to help with activities for this most special event, including Ushers, Drivers and Honor Guards.

 

This request is for Drivers, who will be asked to:

 

Meet dignitary(s) at the Amtrak station(s) or Richmond Airport and transport to the Westin Richmond Hotel (6631 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230, across from Genworth  H.Q.)

Drive dignitary to the train station or airport for their return journey.

The number of dignitaries attending that need drivers stands at 7, with a co uple of invitations still pending. The dignitaries include:

 

Bishop John O.. Barres, Diocese of Rockville Centre

Bishop Herbert A. Bevard, Diocese of St. Thomas, VI

Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley Diocese of Birmingham, AL

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, Diocese of Savannah traveling with Bishop Emeritus Kevin Boland, Diocese of Savannah

Bishop Francis Malooly, Diocese of Wilmington traveling with Monsignor Steve Hurley, Vicar General of the Diocese of Wilmington

 

Travel details are still being finalized. The hotel will provide a shuttle to and from the Installation Mass.  The Diocese will coordinate travel plans and they will contact drivers directly once I provide the names.

 

Edward J. “Ed” Gillikin, Sr., District Associate Marshall, Richmond Area will be managing 4th Degree activities and will seek help separately. It is unlikely there will be a Color Corp Honor Guard during the installation, so driving may be your only chance to engage with our Faith’s senior leaders. Please bear in mind the State Mid-Year Meeting is Saturday, January 13. It is important for all drivers to have a mobile phone, in case of last second changes.

 

If you are interested in helping out, contact Mike Szablak (612-845-6357 or mszablak@verizon.net)

Superbowl Chili Sales Schedule

 

Dear Brother Knights.

Happy New Year!  Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and are on your way to a fantastic 2018!

You know it!  It’s chili time 2018!  Are you ready for some football (go Saints)!

As always we appreciate your time and help on this project. Thanks to all who helped last year; we hope you can do the same this year.  Let the 2018 sales begin!

 

Points at a glance:

  1. Pre-sales start this coming weekend (Jan. 6-7)
  2. See below for available slots and times after mass (sign up where best for your schedule); for your convenience you can sign up below and email back or you can sign up via SignUp Genius at this link, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4da8ae28a46-2018
  3. See also schedule for the “cooking” (Feb. 2-3) and delivery days (Feb. 3-4)
  4. The Super Bowl is on 4 February this year (in case you were wondering)
  5. As always, please no wagering or off-track betting…

Let us know if you can volunteer after mass (we probably just need one Knight after each mass, 10-15 minutes to take pre-orders, cash and check (and we will try the Square for cards, more info to come on this for those people that sign up to pre-sell), $8.00 for 1 quart, $15 for 2 quarts).  The table will be set up in the Commons as last year.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

 

Sincerely,

Bart Leahey and Jose Alcaine, Co-Chairs, 2018 Operation Chili Bowl

Chili Pre-Sales (10-15 minutes after mass)

January 6-Sat

5:30pm

 

January 7-Sun

11:00am

5:00pm

 

January 13-Sat

5:30pm

 

January 14-Sun

7:30am

9:00am

11:00am

5:00pm

 

January 20-Sat

5:30pm

 

January 21-Sun

7:30am

9:00am

11:00am

5:00pm

 

January 27-Sat

5:30pm

 

January 28-Sun

7:30am

9:00am

11:00am

5:00pm

 

Cooking/Prep

February 2 – Fri

6:30pm –

 

Cooking and Packaging

February 3- Sat

9:30-1pm (end time will depend on sales)

 

Delivery/Sales

February 3 -Sat

5:30pm

 

February 4-Sun

7:30am

9:00am

11:00am

5:00pm