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Thursday, October 1, 2020

State Deputy Message - October 2014

October 1, 2014


The expression "culture of life" entered popular vernacular from Pope John Paul II, who first used it in a World Youth Day tour of the United States in 1993. Speaking to journalists at Stapleton International Airport near Denver, Colorado, the Pope denounced abortion and euthanasia, stating that "The culture of life means respect for nature and protection of God's work of creation. In a special way, it means respect for human life from the first moment of conception until its natural end. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “We seek nothing less than the transformation of our societies into a new culture of life.”

Some of the issues that are included in the Catholic Church's description of the culture of life include: Opposition to abortion, Opposition to human sterilization, Opposition to human cloning, Opposition to contraception, Opposition to human embryonic stem cell and fetal research, Opposition to euthanasia, Opposition to murder and suicide, Opposition to capital punishment, Opposition to unjust war, Promotion of love and charity, Promotion of matrimony, maternity, fatherhood, life, chastity, fidelity, and virtue, and Promotion of organ donation.

There are many culture of life activities happening throughout Arizona such as; 40 Days for Life, Ultra-Sound Initiatives, Baby Bottle Drives, Organ Donor Sunday, Blood Drives, and Men’s Conferences. Your council’s calendar should include these activities. I encourage you to participate in these faith-based culture of life activities.

On October 11 and 12, the Arizona Knights of Columbus are hosting the Arizona Rosary Celebration, in Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma. This is the largest celebration of its kind in the United States. I encourage you and your families to participate and attend this celebration in your area. I believe the Holy Spirit will be with us as we honor our Mother Mary under Her title of the Immaculate Conception.

It is our moral obligation to grow and strengthen our councils with new members. New members help secure your council’s future by developing new leaders to continue the good work you are doing today. Every Brother Knight in Arizona needs to recruit a new member now. This will strengthen the Order in Arizona to better support the culture of life and the Catholic Church. 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 a strong force 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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Please Act Now and Register for the Tucson Men's Conference!


Please act now and register for the Tucson Men’s Conference!

For many years now the Diocese of Phoenix has hosted a Catholic Men's Conference.  This conference has been a day for all Catholic men in the area to come together to be inspired and to be renewed in their Catholic Faith.  This event has always been well attended by men not only from the Diocese of Phoenix but by those from the Dioceses of Tucson and Gallup, as well.

This year the Diocese of Tucson will be hosting its first Catholic Men's Conference.  There will be challenging testimonials from local men and opportunities to receive the sacrament of confession.  We will close the day by celebrating Holy Mass with Most Reverend Gerald Kicanas, D.D., Bishop of Tucson.  We encourage you to join us for a day of inspiring presentations and fellowship.  We also encourage you to invite any Catholic man (brother, son, brother-in-law, friend, neighbor, etc…) that you may know to join you.  This Conference has made an amazing difference in the lives of many of the men who have attended it in the past and is sure to make an impact on yours. 

The event will be emceed by KOLD News 13 Sports Director Damien Alameda.  
Guest speakers include:  
The Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas (Bishop of Tucson)
Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., D.D. (Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces)
Mr. Peter Herbeck (Renewal Ministries and Vice President and Director of Mission)
Music will be provided by Tom Booth, who wrote and sings our current State Theme “I will choose Christ, I will choose love, I choose to serve.”

This Conference will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) Catholic Parish, 8650 N. Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85742, on 22 November 2014.  The Conference starts at 9:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.  Registration begins at 8:00 AM but we encourage you to register early so the Conference Team will have an accurate count of attendees in order to have the exact amount of lunches, shirts and give away items (donated by local businesses).

You may also go to: www.azknightsofcolumbus.org   Or, Google: “Tucson Men’s Conference”

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

This inaugural Tucson Men's Conference is just weeks away and we need to get the word out.  It is being held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 8650 N. Shannon Road, Tucson. All men in Arizona, especially Arizona Knights of Columbus, are invited and encouraged to attend. Please distribute the information to your members and encourage them to register for this exciting day.

You can register at the conference website www.tucsonmensconference.org  

Please go to the Conference Facebook page, click “LIKE”, and then share it with all your friends and family at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tucson-Mens-Conference/701962106561785

I look forward to seeing you there!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 Mid Year Meeting


Due to overwhelming demand, the Quality Inn & Suites, the host’s hotel for the 2014 State Mid-Year Meeting, has sold out of non-smoking rooms. They still have smoking rooms, as well as suites.

We have secured a block of 15 non-smoking rooms at the Motel 8, near the Council Hall, at the rate of $59.00 plus tax. The rooms are not as nice as the Quality Inn, but they are clean, reasonably priced, and non-smoking. Please contact the hotel for your reservations. The deadline for this rate is October 24, 2014.

Motel 6 - Lake Havasu City - Lakeside #4067
SR 95 at London Bridge Road
111 London Bridge Road
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
(928) 855-3200

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy


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
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
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

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Keep Christ in Christmas Events


There are many ways you, your council, and your family can have a fun time while we “Keep Christ in Christmas.” For instance, join a parade! Here are two examples to share with you on Christmas parades being held in Glendale and Tucson this December. This is the time to consider this and registering. I bet there are more parades throughout Arizona that you can participate in.

1) Glendale, AZ - The Hometown Christmas Parade is a “Keep Christ in Christmas” themed parade, to be held on Saturday December 13, 2014, to start at 11:00AM, in Glendale, Arizona. All Councils and Assemblies in Arizona (especially the Phoenix metro area) are invited to participate in this parade. You can enter a float with a “Keep Christ in Christmas” theme. You can enter a float or march in the parade, with or without 4th Degree Regalia. And of course, you are invited to watch the parade, as well. I have been told that there is no Santa at the end of this parade, as it is focused on Christ’s birth, and is not the secular Christmas we see in the stores and on TV. They are celebrating the true “Star” of Christmas.

This is the second year it will be held.  Last year’s parade was a huge success with 97 parade entries and over 8,000 people in attendance. The response was overwhelmingly positive! It is open to all Churches in Arizona. St Helen's Catholic Church, in Glendale, had an entry last year, with a decorated hay rack and people singing Christmas songs, plus parishioner walking behind it. They also had George Florentine's fire truck (the same one used in the Vets Parade).

St Helen's Catholic Church and Council 11738 have already entered for this year and plan to have the hay rack and singers again. Councils and Assemblies can enter, too. We hope to see many Brother Knights marching this year, with 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Degree members walking behind the 4th Degree members in regalia.  This event is sponsored by the Church of Joy, at 75th and the 101 in Glendale. It took the Glendale Mayor a lot of talking to get it pushed through the city council last year, and it was a big hit and is happening again this year. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Kurt Warner will be in the 2014 parade!

Please use this link to register your Council &/or Assembly in the parade. The entry fee is only $25.00. It would be great to see several Catholic Churches entered, as well. http://www.hometownchristmasparade.org/

2) Tucson, AZ - The “Downtown Parade of Lights” has become an annual tradition for the Knights of Columbus. The 20th Annual Parade of Lights, to be held on Saturday December 20, 2014, at 6:30PM, continues to grow each year along with our participation. Enjoy a festival at Armory Park beginning at 4pm, including carnival games, photos with Santa, food, and arts and crafts vendors! Ride the streetcar downtown and enjoy a day of activities including visiting downtown restaurants and shops! By joining &/or supporting in the parade and festival, we have the opportunity to showcase the Knights of Columbus and support our downtown community.  

American Legion Post #7 serves as the steering committee. For the past few years, they have been the driving force behind the “Downtown Parade of Lights”. The Archbishop Daniel J. Gercke Assembly #16 has been a vital participant these past years, as it will this year. All Councils and Assemblies in Arizona (especially the Tucson metro area) are invited to participate in this parade with your council and families. You can enter a float with a “Keep Christ in Christmas” theme. You can enter a float or march in the parade, with or without 4th Degree Regalia. And of course, you are invited to watch the parade, as well.

Please use this link to register your Council &/or Assembly in the parade.  http://www.downtowntucson.org/event/20th-annual-downtown-parade-lights/    You can also get more Knight related information from SK Ralph Lares, Faithful Navigator of the Archbishop Daniel J. Gercke Assembly #16, Email:  rblares@yahoo.com  Phone: 520.977.5180

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

Bowling for Life!

Come join us (or spread the word on Facebook and email) for a fun and relaxed fundraising evening benefiting Arizona Right to Life. We are looking for bowlers to participate or supporters to partner with us. This will be a great time for Fun and Fellowship and all for Life.
 There are 90 Bowler Participant slots available - no cost to bowl!
Ask your family, friends and co-workers to sponsor you! ($500 recommended goal).
-Includes 3 games, shoe rental, dinner & unlimited popcorn, soda and salad bar!
-Event T-Shirts for all participants
-Awards for highest scores and most donations
If you can’t participate, please consider sponsoring a player with any gift you can afford.
 Many blessings,
 Linda Reyburn Shirey
Development Officer, Arizona Right to Life