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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

State Deputy Message - January 2016


January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! May the New Year bring your council new energy to help build up the domestic Church, while strengthening your parish. Pope Francis's "Year of Mercy" enforces the need to be a better Catholic. Membership in the Knights of Columbus builds better Catholics through our Service Programs. Now is the time to set a new resolution to try to improve our lives during this New Year. You need to commit to earning the Star Council Award! EVERY COUNCIL should and can be a Star Council!

We are at the mid-point of this fraternal year. Is your council at their mid-point is achieving the Star Council Award?  The Star Council Award demonstrates to your parish community the evidence of you council’s involvement.  A brief checklist of this evidence should include:

  • All reports are submitted to Supreme – The Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity #1728 is one of the most important reports, as it provide the evidence to continue to secure our tax status, and directly helps our insurance program through better dividends. It is due on January 31, 2016. Also, the Columbian Award Form #SP-7 can be submitted as early as April 1, 2016.
  • Service Programs - At the beginning of the fraternal year, we suggested building a program plan.  How is your plan going? You should be well on your way to completing four activities in each of the six program service areas.
  • Membership - The goal of a council is to continue to grow in membership.  This is ever more important today with the mission from the Supreme Knight to “Build the Domestic Church, While Strengthening the Parish”.  You can suggest an article from your Council Chaplain on his impression on what is needed to build the domestic Church and strengthen your parish. I am confident a Council Chaplain will welcome the opportunity to provide such an editorial for the membership.
Brothers, it is an honor to provide the leadership during this biggest turning point in our Order's history.  Aligning our Service Programs will continue to build the strength necessary for our Order's Legacy.

The Arizona Knights of Columbus 2015-2016 fraternal year’s theme is “Find Us Ready Lord”. This year’s theme deals with the Destiny of Man and how we prepare ourselves for our final reward and attain the joys of heaven. We can prepare with Service, Prayer, Charity, Unity, Fraternity, & Patriotism.  We need to build our Order stronger so together we can work to combat the evil lurking in our world today. Please pray the Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel at the end of every meeting and gathering. Satan is destroying our society and Church while working on every family, man, woman, and child to not follow the teachings of our Catholic Church. We must keep our councils and assemblies strong to fight this battle and defend everything we know as good. Please pray that St. Michael will protect us and our Lord will guide us so we will remain victorious and continue to build our Church with service and faith.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy

Arizona State Council

Monday, February 08, 2016

Knights in Action - 11855


   Worthy State Chaplain, Father Patrick Crino, and Knights of Columbus Council 11855, support the scouts of Saints Peter
and Paul Parish, Troop 155 Tucson, on Scout Sunday, celebrating the Scouts' 106th birthday on February 8, 2016. Many of the adult scout leaders are Knights.

   The first pastor of SS Peter and Paul, Father Joseph Patterson, got Boy Scout Troop 155 started in 1931.  Father John Lyons, pastor before Fr. Pat, was a student at SS Peter and Paul in the 1960s and was also a member of Troop 155. 

 

   Fr. Crino thanked the Boy Scouts and their families for their contributions to the parish and school, including three Eagle Scout projects; a Prayer Garden, a Flagpole, and a new concrete sidewalk.


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Holy Family Council 11675 Knights In Action


Holy Family Council 11675, Litchfield Park. St. Thomas Aquinas Parish ministry fair.

Chris Martinez
District Deputy #24

Monday, February 01, 2016

February 1, 2016

Brothers,

As you are aware, our mission is to build the domestic church, while strengthening our parish. In doing this, we are helping our pastors and priests in their ministry to bring our faith community closer to God. The number one thing we can do to meet this objective is to grow the Order. With more men and their families in the Knights of Columbus, you and your council will be better fortified to help our parish grow stronger. Congratulations to the councils listed below for already meeting and/or exceeding their 2015-2016 Supreme membership recruitment quotas! These councils are doing everything they can to strengthen their parish! They are well on their way to earning the Star Council Award. 



So far during this fraternal year, of the 145 councils in Arizona, we have 41 who have not recruited a single new member. Of these councils, 11 of them did not recruit any new members last fraternal year, either. Your District Deputy, State Membership Chairman Kevin McCarthy, State Officers, and I are here to help these councils and all the councils in Arizona to grow and prosper. 

The Arizona Knights of Columbus 2015-2016 fraternal year’s theme is “Find Us Ready Lord”. This year’s theme deals with the Destiny of Man and how we prepare ourselves for our final reward and attain the joys of heaven. We can prepare with Service, Prayer, Charity, Unity, Fraternity, & Patriotism.  We need to build our Order stronger so together we can work to combat the evil lurking in our world today. Please pray the Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel at the end of every meeting and gathering. Satan is destroying our society and Church while working on every family, man, woman, and child to not follow the teachings of our Catholic Church. We must keep our councils and assemblies strong to fight this battle and defend everything we know as good. Please pray that St. Michael will protect us and our Lord will guide us so we will remain victorious and continue to build our Church with service and faith.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy
Arizona State Council



Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 Knights of Columbus State Convention


Subject: 2016 Knights of Columbus State Convention

Dear Brother Knights and Friends of the Knights of Columbus,
 
It’s that time of the year again and the Knights of Columbus annual Arizona State Convention is just around the corner. The convention is scheduled for May 20-22, 2016. It will be held at Casino Del Sol Resort, located in Tucson, Arizona. You will find all the new updates and information listed below. The convention website is completely redesigned and easy to use. New for 2016 is that all registration and payment can be done online. No forms need to be filled out or sent in.
 
Registration:
For registration, visit the convention website at
www.azkofcstateconvention.org and select “Register Now”. You can also purchase your Advance Event Tickets and 2016 Convention Polo Shirts. Those who require disability assistance or who have any dietary restrictions, please note them in the Additional Information section on the checkout page. Credit card payments can only be made directly online. For Check payment, simply register on line and select the Check option. An email will be sent to confirm your registration. Simply print the confirmation and mail it along with your payment to the address listed on the email. The Registration form can still be downloaded and printed out and filled in manually if preferred. Then, mailed to the address listed on the form along with your payment.
 
Registration information and payment must be received no later than May 3, 2015.  Additional $10 will be assessed for Registration received after May 3, 2015.
 
Hotel:
Hotel accommodations must be made by the individual directly. Reservations can be made from the convention website:
www.azkofcstateconvention.org. Instructions are given from the Hotel Information page. We have negotiated a Standard room rate of $109 per night plus tax. Refer to the Hotel Information page for additional room upgrade options. Rooms may also be booked from the hotel website: www.casinodelsolresort.com. Use offer code Knights to receive your discounted rate. Special Access rooms are available upon request.
 
Hospitality Suites:
There are a limited number of suites available for hospitality rooms. You will not be allowed to book a hospitality suite directly through the hotel. Please contact the Convention Chairman, Ken Gallagher at telephone (520) 661-1262 or email at
registration@azkofcstateconvention.org for assistance in reserving one.
 
Convention Advertising:
Advertising in the Arizona State Convention Program Book is still available. Please visit the convention website at
www.azkofcstateconvention.org and select “Buy Advertising”. Advertising can also be purchased directly online. Simply purchase desired ad space on line and use Checkout. Credit card payments can only be made online. For Check payment, simply purchase desired ad space and select the Check option. An email will be sent to confirm your purchase. Simply print the confirmation and mail it along with your payment to the address listed on the email. Email your ad to advertising@azkofcstateconvetion.org. The preferred format for submission of advertising is a high resolution PDF file. But will accept other forms as well (JPG, AI, or EPS files). All advertising must be submitted no later than April 22, 2016.
 
If you have any questions regarding the convention registration or website, please contact either:
Ken Gallagher    Convention Chairman        (520) 661-1262
Mark Waltz        Registration Chairman       (520) 207-4035
 
 
I hope you will be as excited for the upcoming convention as we are. Thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you in Tucson in May.
 
Vivat Jesus!
 

Larry Becker
State Deputy
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1944
Gilbert AZ 85299
Cell: 480.760.5122
Email:
azlarry@cox.net

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Knights in Action

 

The Color Guard from Fr. Henry Miller, Assembly 2308, in Tucson presented colors for St. Augustine High School's Homecoming and athlete recognition earlier this month.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Triple Star award

Immaculate Heart of Mary council 15497 receiving their charter and Triple Star Council award from State Deputy Larry Becker on Sunday January 24, 2016. 



Friday, January 22, 2016

March for Life

March for Life in Phoenix!!!




Thursday, January 21, 2016

Free Throw Championship 2016

Knights of Columbus
Council, District and State Free Throw Championship 2016
Brother Knights,
The Free Throw Championship season is just around the corner.  We are looking forward to a great event with the anticipation of all Arizona Councils participating this year.  If you have not received or ordered your kit from Supreme, do so right away.  Schedule your Council event for the month of January. 
Grand Knights: Within a week after the Council event, forward/scan all the entry forms/score sheets to your District Deputy.  He will need this information for the District level Free Throw Championship. 
District Deputies: After you determine if there will be a District event, and once it is completed, forward/scan the entry forms/score sheets to the State at azknights@q.com.  If there is no District Championship, it’s still your responsibility to forward/scan all of your Councils’ entry forms/score sheets to the State.  Please make sure the Council # and the District # are on each form and send in all the forms, both winners and non-winners.
District Deputies please make sure that this information makes it to each of your Council’s Grand Knights and Youth Directors.
This year’s State Championship will be at
Notre Dame Prep High School
9701 E Bell Rd. Scottsdale AZ. 85260
On March 5th 2016
Sign-in is between 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Start time 10:15
Award Ceremony will be immediately after the event.
Lunch will be offered by St. Joseph’s Youth Camp

Thank you for your assistance and if you have any questions contact

Joe Danko
District Deputy 15                                                     
State Free Throw Co Chair     
joedanko@cox.net                                     
602 710-0418
OR
Howard Birnbaum
State Free Throw Co Chair

602 809-5442

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital

Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital

Patriotism is alive and well at the San Manual School System in part due to the efforts and leadership of Deb Mansager, a teacher in the system and wife of Drew Mansager, Southern Arizona District Marshal.  Deb organized a campaign in the system to collect comfort items and toiletries for the patients at the Tucson VA hospital and also for homeless veterans.  The students also hand wrote over 100 Christmas cards for the patients. I helped Drew deliver 11 boxes of donations to the hospital before Christmas.  It was a very pleasant task.  On behalf of the Knights of Columbus "Serving Those Who Served" program, the patients and homeless veterans, Thank You, Deb for instilling a sense of patriotism in our youth and for helping our veterans.  Thank you to the students in San Manuel for your dedication and support of our veterans.

Sincerely,

James Maino, FDM
Tucson VA Hospital, Knights of Columbus Representative