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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

State Deputy Message - Sept 2014

September 1, 2014

Brothers,

Charity is a key principle of our Order. We learn about the attributes of charity early in our Knights of Columbus career and are continuously reinforced on the benefits of charity. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “The method that speaks strongest of Christ is love. As Knights, we should be prepared to let charity be our measure of the new evangelization. In this way, we can truly promote ‘a charity that evangelizes.’”

Being members of the Knights of Columbus, we are called to do charity. With your strong leadership and relevant programs, your council will grow stronger with abundant membership to do the charitable acts we are called to do. Asking a man to join our Order is a charitable act in itself.

During the month of September, councils across the state of Arizona will be conducting the Persons With Intellectual Disability Drive (PWID). This is a huge act of charity that we do in your local community. I encourage you to be active in your council’s drive. It is a lot of fun meeting people and offering them a Tootsie Roll with a smile on our face. It is amazing how generous people are, even in these tough financial times. Your council has an opportunity to support the qualified charity of their choice.

Supreme is asking that every council in the Order conduct a Corporate Communion in September. This is an outward sign to the parish community that the Knights support our Church and Priests. Please invite your families to join you. Also, please wear your council shirts and name badges to show that you are unified team. You should invite your local 4th Degree assembly to serve as the Color Guard for the Mass. Please ask your Pastor to help set the stage as a meaningful and spiritual experience for your council and the congregation at Mass.

We have made a lot of great updates to our State’s website. www.azknightsofcolumbus.org   We are using this tool as the main source of information to every Knight in Arizona. Please go to the site often to keep yourself informed on the many activities happening throughout the state. Soon, we will be introducing new methods of communication, including Facebook and Twitter.

Remember that by living our State theme, “I will choose Christ, I will choose love, I choose to serve”, you and your council will exemplify our four principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. With this, your current members and your new members can be charitable in your council, Church, family, and community.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

Saturday, December 20, 2014

4th Degree Exemplification - Jan 2015

Worthy Faithful Navigators and Grand Knights,
The next scheduled Fourth Degree Exemplification will be occurring in Tucson on January 10, 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. Link to DoubleTree 

The Fourth Degree is the most visible arm of the Knights of Columbus and represents the last principal of the order: Patriotism. This includes promoting responsible citizenship and love and loyalty to their country. 
Members of the Fourth Degree are asked to participate to serve in the Honor Guard, which serves at civic and religious functions. 

All 3rd Degree members are highly encouraged to further their advancement in to the order by becoming a Fourth Degree member. Members who wear the emblem of the degree are committed to conduct themselves honorably as Catholic gentlemen in both their private and public life as well as patriotically for the good of the country. The Fourth Degree sword represents their reverence for the Eucharist and the Pope, Bishops, and hierarchy of the church, and displays publicly his willingness to protect the Church and Priests. 

The host assembly is Archbishop Daniel J. Gercke Assembly 16 with the Class Honoree Immediate Past State Deputy Bryant Sayers. Link to registration packet. You will need Adobe Reader to view. 

At this time when our way of life is being challenged both locally and globally, we ask that all men rise up to answer the call of becoming a Fourth Degree member to show that we will publicly defend both our rights and religious responsibilities. 

Vivat Jesus!
Bob Holsinger
Arizona State District Master

Tom Kato 
4th Degree Registration Chairman

Michael Saldivar
Archbishop Daniel J. Gercke Assembly 16

Host Assembly Chairman




Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 Mid Year Meeting

Brothers,

The 2014 Arizona State Council Mid-Year Meeting will be hosted by 
on December 5, 6 and 7, 2014. Attached is the information on the hotel, meeting registration, and meals.

The form is a fillable form. This will allow you to type in the information and print. Click on link to get the latest version of Adobe Acrobat (free).

All District Deputies are required to attend this important meeting. Please remember at the Organization Meeting in July 2014, we agreed to change our format from having the District Deputy meeting on Friday and moving it to Sunday morning. We made arrangements with the host hotel for a 1:00PM checkout on Sunday. This is one hour after we plan to end our Sunday meeting. This way you don’t have to take a Friday workday off.

The hotel and meeting reservation cutoff date is November 20, 2014. Please make your reservations as soon as possible to insure that you have a room at the host hotel.

The Host Council has secured a block of rooms at the rate of $70.00 (2 Queen Beds) or $60.00 (1 King Bed), plus tax, per night. For this rate, please call the hotel and say you are with group: AZ State Council Knights Columbus. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi are included at the hotel.  
Note 1: Per Supreme, District Deputies are reimbursed for one hotel night. This will be Saturday December 6. 
Note 2: The hotel reservation cutoff date is November 20, 2014.

Phone: 1-928-855-1111

Here is a high level meeting agenda:
Friday Dec 5
Council Hall
5:00 to 6:00PM
Registration
6:00 to 8:30PM
Council Hall
Fellowship Dinner
(State Officers Required. District Deputies and others attendance is OPTIONAL)
9:00 PM to ??
Lake Havasu Boat Ride to California Casino. Free to the first 75 people registered.
8:45 to 11:00 PM
Hospitality Room in Hotel – Havasu Meeting Room



Saturday Dec 6
Council Hall
7:00 to 8:00 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 to 8:15 AM
Rosary (Families are invited)
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
Ladies’ Program (Departs immediately after Rosary)
8:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Meeting (District Deputies are required to attend. All Brother Knights are welcome.)
12:00 to 12:30 PM
Knight’s Lunch
12:30 to 3:30 PM
Meeting (District Deputies are required to attend. All Brother Knights are welcome.)
4:00 PM
Mass in the Council Hall (State Officers & District Deputies in Jacket & Tie / State Officers’ & District Deputies’ wives in “Sunday Dress”) (All Brother Knights, wives, and guests are welcome.)
After Mass to       8:30 PM
Cocktails and Dinner (All Brother Knights, wives, and guests are welcome.)
8:45 to 11:00 PM
Hospitality Room in Hotel – Cholla Meeting Room



Sunday Dec 7
Hotel
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
District Deputy Meeting in Hotel – Havasu Meeting Room (State Officers & District Deputies required.) Late hotel checkout confirmed at 1:00PM.
10:00 to 12:00 PM
Ladies’ Gathering (State Officers’ wives, District Deputy’s wives and all other wives are welcome.) Hotel Room TBD

We are looking forward to a productive and fun meeting! We hope to see you there.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sep 26 - St. Anthony Catholic School’s ANNUAL Golf Tournament - Show Low

Applications still being accepted!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cardinal O'Malley: Government Report Confirms Bishops’ Concern on Abortion Coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Cardinal O'Malley: Government Report Confirms Bishops’ Concern on Abortion Coverage

Investigative agency finds over a thousand health plans covering abortion on demand
Promised "separation" of abortion funds from tax dollars not implemented
Abortion-related abuses under Affordable Care Act require corrective action


WASHINGTON—A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Se├ín O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The report, “Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans,” was issued by the GAO, an independent reviewing agency of the U.S. government, on September 15. 

Despite repeated claims by President Obama and other supporters that the ACA would not promote abortion, the report identified over a thousand health plans eligible for federal premium subsidies that cover elective abortions. On five state exchanges, every plan covers such abortions in 2014; in another three large states, 95 to 98 percent of the plans do so. The Act’s alleged requirements regulating abortion coverage do not exist or are widely ignored. Many health plans do not inform enrollees about their inclusion of abortion coverage; they do not tell them how much they are being charged for such coverage; and they do not charge a “separate payment” for abortions that is distinct from the premium payment eligible for federal tax subsidies. While state insurance departments are supposedly tasked by the federal government with ensuring that these health plans maintain segregated accounts for abortion funds to keep them separate from federal funds, the report indicates that this is not taking place.

“This report confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage that we raised both before and after enactment of the Affordable Care Act by Congress,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “Surveys have shown that most Americans do not want elective abortion in their health coverage, and do not want their tax dollars to fund abortions.  Their wishes are not being followed, and it can be difficult or impossible for them to find out whether those wishes are respected even in their own health plan.”

Cardinal O’Malley added: “The only adequate solution to this problem is the one the Catholic bishops advocated from the beginning of the health care reform debate in Congress: Bring the Affordable Care Act into compliance with the Hyde amendment and every other federal law on abortion funding, by excluding elective abortions from health plans subsidized with federal funds. At a minimum, Congress should not delay in enacting a law to require full disclosure of abortion coverage and abortion premiums to Americans purchasing health plans.”


Past USCCB materials on this issue, including Cardinal O’Malley’s letters to Congress endorsing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R. 7) and the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” (H.R. 3279), are at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/index.cfm.  For an analysis of how the Affordable Care Act treats abortion coverage see www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/upload/Backgrounder-The-New-Federal-Regulation-on-Coerced-Abortion-Payments.pdf.