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State Deputy Message - September 2016

September 1, 2016


A few months ago I was certain I had found a theme that the Knights in Arizona could completely embrace.  While discerning about how to define and refine this message I kept feeling pulled in a different direction.  Listening to various Priests and our Bishops, reading material from respected Church leader, and talking with members across the State a different message kept creeping into the back of my mind.  We are in a period of turmoil; in our Country, in our culture, in our Parishes, and in our Councils.

This year’s State Theme is “Be The Leader of Your Domestic Church”

We have been weakened by the constant attacks from evil.  We have lost focus on our foundation.  Many have fallen into the comfortable lifestyle of attending Mass most of the time and getting our children to their RE Classes.  We have become passive attendees rather than active participants in our faith. Some say Vocations are born in the home.  So is our Faith.  There is only so much that can be learned in class.  There comes a time when the lessons must be observed away from the Church, they must be witnessed in the home.  For there to be followers there must be a leader.

This Fraternal Year I am asking each brother to become that Leader.  To lead by example. To gain the knowledge of our faith so you can not only practice it yourself but demonstrate this to members of your family, your friends, those you see on a regular basis.  What better place to begin than in your own homes, in your own groups, in your environment, in Your Domestic Church.

Will this be easy?  Probably not.  If it were easy it would already be done.  But it is critical that we not delay any longer. It is critical that we become these leaders that our Families, our Community, our Parishes, our Order so desperately need.

We will not go into this without tools.  Bishop Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix published an Apostolic Exhortation Into the Breach in 2015. This was a call to the men of his Diocese to step up and fill the hole that has been opened by evil.  Our Supreme Council has adopted this to bolster their programs begun in November 2015 to Build the Domestic Church while strengthening our Parishes. On our Supreme Website there are documents and programs about the Domestic Church for you to use. Soon there will be an announcement of an even broader Supreme Program.

Our State pin symbolizes this call.  The pin is in the shape of the State of Arizona.  As Arizona Knights, this is where we need to make our impact. 

In the center of the pin is a Dove, a universal symbol for the Holy Spirit.  Wings stretched out to embrace us all; the Holy Spirit is coming toward us just as Jesus came to be among man.  As the Dove comes to us from the center so too does the power of the Holy Spirit radiate outward, originating with God in the symbol of the Eucharist. 

At the bottom left are our Fraternal Year and our State abbreviation for those that won’t recognize us by the outline of the borders. 

In the top left is a church within a church.  This is to remind us that our Domestic Church is still part of the larger universal Church which in turn is part of our world. 

In the bottom right is the Emblem of our Order.   It has been placed here to remind us that our mission is to be the foundation to build our Domestic Church and to support the evangelization of our faith that we are all called to do.

These three symbols, the Year, the Emblem and the Church, remind us of a basic belief that separates us from others; the Trinity.
Across the top is our Theme, placed there to remind us that to be the leaders we must be the head of our Domestic Church.

Finally there is the top Right corner.  Originally there was another symbol there but it was removed.  By removing that symbol we have left room for the one missing item necessary for our entire program to work. 

If the area is not filled the rays of the Holy Spirit are not received.  If that area is not filled the picture is not complete. 

If that area is not filled, our Domestic Church will not be built, our Parishes will not be strengthened, the Breach will remain open. 

What is Your Domestic Church? It is you and your family.

What does it take to be a leader? It takes action.

The top Right corner. 

Christians, fellow Catholic Men, Brother Knights.

I need you to Step Into the Breach.  I need you to fill that open space.  I need you to “Be the Leaders of Your Domestic Church”

If you fill that space you will be amazed at what a difference you will make in our world and be awed by what a difference God will make in you.

Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain

State Deputy

Friday, October 21, 2016

St. Helen council donation

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Brothers All:

What is the goal of your life?  The goal of my life is to get to Heaven.  I do not have any other goal that is as important as that one.  It shapes all of my other priorities.  I want to go to Heaven, I want to experience eternal life.  It is a tough climb for me, and it may be for you as well.  I think we make the climb only as readily as the team that we climb with.  There are many ministries, groups, and organizations within the world of the Catholic Church.  As we make that ascent, I do not think that there is a stronger climbing team to be with than the Knights of Columbus.

Many times we have heard that we owe it to every Catholic male over the age of 18 to ask them to join the Knights of Columbus. In addition, we are asked to encourage them to earn full Knighthood into our Order, generally implied as the Third Degree.  Little is done afterwards to keep them involved or to actually earn “Full Knighthood” which I believe to be the Fourth or Patriotic Degree.  Any Third Degree Knight is invited to accept the gift of patriotism and take the Fourth Degree.

Full Knighthood benefits include the honor of serving as a council officer (elected or pro-tem), and a degree team member.  It also allows them to attend Chapter, State,  and Supreme Council business meetings. First and Second Degree members can attend the State and Supreme Council meetings, but they are not allowed in the business sessions.

We need to foster programs to keep ALL of our Knights involved and active.  We also need to do more to encourage our Third Degree Knights to join the Fourth Degree.  They DO NOT need to be current or former military, law enforcement, fire fighters, or border patrol.  ANY Third Degree Knight is now eligible to join the Fourth Degree.

Fewer than 18% of Knights join the Fourth Degree.  In 2006 there were a total of 1,703,307 members in the Knights of Columbus, but only 292,289 were Fourth Degree Knights.  This number increased to 335,132 in 2013.   Coincidentally, this was also the year the required one year waiting period between becoming a Third Degree Knight and a Fourth Degree Knight was eliminated.  Now, any Third Degree Knight is eligible to join the Fourth Degree without a waiver.

Here in Arizona we have a total of 16,126 Knights of Columbus members.  Of this number, 4,448 are members of the Fourth Degree.  This comes to 27.6%.  Pretty impressive compared to the national average!  Can we do better?  Of course we can!  How can we do this?  

Sample Pamphlet
Sample Dialogue
Program Manual

Feel free to use them and let’s get out there and RECRUIT.

Fourth Degree Knights may optionally purchase and wear the full regalia and join an Assembly's Color Corps. The Color Corps is the most visible arm of the Knights, as they are often seen in parades and other local events wearing their colorful regalia. The official dress for the Color Corps is a black tuxedo, baldric, white gloves, cape, and naval chapeau.

Councils play an enormous part in the success of the State and Assembly's making their goal.  If we surpass those goals, as it did this past year, it is almost a certainty that the Assembly's will make their goal, or surpass it.  That is how important this is for the Knights of Columbus as a whole!

I want to acknowledge the Fourth Degree, the Assembly's, and the Color Guard that have been present at a number of events to include: Confirmations; presenting checks for the Seminarians' Fund; parade’s; March for Life events; and grilling burgers at Community Ministry Fairs;  as well as many other important activities too numerous to list.  Whenever you go out in the community where something important is happening, you are going to see Knights supporters - both in leadership roles, and behind the scenes. 

The Knights are also known as the "strong right arm of the Catholic Church".  The Dioceses and our Parishes look to the Knights because the Knights add strength to the Parishes.  When we have strong Knights Councils/Assemblies, we have strong Parishes.  If we do not have strong Knights Councils/ Assemblies in the Parishes, the Parish life suffers.  

As a Knight of Columbus, we are strengthened first and foremost as men of God committed to the Church and committed to our own personal growth.  We are going to share this commitment with a group of men who are equally dedicated.  Their dedication is as strong as ours.   And, because we are being strengthened in our discipleship, we can become stronger husbands, brothers, fathers, and sons. 

All family relationships and family life are the key to holiness.  By being strong holy men in our families, we can strengthen our families in their discipleship, and that does not stop.  Once that commitment is made, we begin touching more and more lives with the truth of our Catholic faith, with the energy of the Holy Spirit, as we make that ascent together.  Together, we strengthen those bonds of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, and we are privileged to do it in a free country.  If you belong to a number of organizations, as a Catholic, you can belong to no better organization for your discipleship, for your strength and your response in Jesus Christ than the Knights of Columbus.

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF):  RECRUIT, not only for the 4th Degree but for the 1st Degree as well.

Bryant R. Sayers, PSD

AZ District Master

Monday, October 17, 2016

4th Degree Knights in Action


Members of Saint Timothy’s  Assembly 3029 and Saint Mary Magdalene Assembly 3327 had the Honor to welcome home Veterans returning from Washington DC from the  “Honor Flight Arizona” trip on October 6th 2016.  These Veterans visited the Veterans Memorials and had the opportunity to visit with other WWII & Korean War Veterans. Honor Flight AZ works year-round to plan and conduct 8-10 trips to the memorials in Washington, D.C.  Flights “take off” as scheduled if funding and guardian needs are met. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s WWII and Korean War veterans for all their sacrifices. Honor Flight Arizona transports our heroes, at no cost to them, to Washington, D.C. to reflect and be honored at their memorials.


Learn more about “Honor Flight Arizona” by visiting the following website: http://honorflightaz.org/flight-schedule/





Friday, October 14, 2016

2016-2017 Membership Promotion Program

Greetings, Brothers.  We have great news!

Due to “popular demand”, the Arizona Star Recruiter membership incentive is back, and it’s better than ever! The “Arizona Star Recruiter” pin is back for your first member recruited and we’ve added additional incentives for recruiting 3 members and recruiting 5 or more members.  We also have some additional goodies for councils and District Deputies.

Remember, there are no postcards required for this year-long membership promotion program!  Individual awards are based on the proposer on record at the Supreme office.  This means it is very important that complete and accurate proposer information (including Name and Member Number) is printed on the new member’s form 100.
Year-Long Member Incentive

Recruit a new or reactivate a member and print your name and member number in the proposer information on the form 100 during the 2016-2017 Fraternal Year. Upon the Arizona State Council’s receipt of the monthly membership notification from the Supreme office you will receive the following:* Recruit your first new member and you will receive a special commemorative “Arizona Star Recruiter” pin.*Recruit 3 new members and in addition to the pin, you will receive a special commemorative “Arizona Star Recruiter” keychain.*Recruit 5 or more members and in addition to the pin and keychain, you will receive an award worth $25 at Knight’s Gear, and a $5 award for each additional member thereafter that you recruit.

See the attached flyer for additional details on the 2016-2017 Membership Promotion Program.

October and November Council Incentive

In addition to the year-long program, we have a special incentive for the next two months.  For each 2 new members a council recruits in October and November, the council will receive an “Arizona Star Recruiter” apron.  Grow the Order in Arizona and outfit your council in style at the same time!

District Deputy Admission Degree Incentive

District Deputies, we know that frequent Admission (First) Degrees help spur membership growth, and we set the goal for a minimum of one Admission Degree per District per month.  We have been tracking this since the fraternal year began and several Districts are meeting this goal.  To encourage Districts to promote Admission Degrees, in addition to the year-long Membership Promotion program those Districts with at least one Admission Degree each month, or with a minimum of 13 Admission Degrees during the Fraternal Year will receive a special incentive.  Stay tuned for details. Remember, we base this incentive on your submission of form 450s so don’t forget to send them in.

Finally, all of these incentives are in addition to the Incentives offered by Supreme.

Brothers, the Order, our state and our councils must continue to grow.  If we are going to continue to support our bishops and our clergy, and if we are going to continue to support our communities and all of the individuals who depend on the Knights of Columbus, if we are going to “Build the Domestic Church while Strengthening our Parishes”, we must continue to grow.  Hopefully these incentives will help energize your efforts.


Kevin McCarthy
State Membership Director
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
Cell: (602) 684-8125
Be the Leader of Your Domestic Church

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Knights in Action - Tucson

14th Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser For Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School

The Knights of Columbus hosted the 14th Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the 8th Grade year end trip to Catalina Island Marine Institute. The Knights cook and clean the kitchen, and the 8th Graders set-up the dining room, serve the food, and clean the hall. This dinner raised $1800. Over the years, the dinners have averaged more than $2000 each. More than $32,000 has been raised to-date.

Silver Rose - Tucson

Silver Rose Visits Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church for an all School Mass of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School

Student Commentator read this history of the Silver Rose:

Saturday, October 01, 2016

New Twitter Feed!!

from Twitter https://twitter.com/az_kofc

Friday, September 30, 2016

Knights in Action: Silver Rose

Silver Rose Visits Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church for an all School Mass of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School


Student Commentator read this history of the Silver Rose:



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

40 Days for Life - Begins September 28

Brother Knights,

Attached are two Fliers with information about upcoming 40 Days for Life Events.  

Even though this is short notice please share with as many of your Council members as you can and encourage their participation.

If you need additional information please contact our State Pro Life Chair Couple, Malcolm & Karen Ord at mkazknights@yahoo.com.