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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

State Deputy Message - January 2015

January 1, 2015

Brothers,

Happy New Year! This is the time we set new resolutions for ourselves to try to improve our lives during the New Year. Some want to go on a diet. Some want to stop smoking. And, some want to improve a skill. A council can make resolutions, too. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “Our principles are just words if we do not live them out.” Each of us and our council can choose to live by our principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Here are two New Year resolutions that a council should promise to do to live out our principles; one, embrace and support the culture of live from conception to natural death; and two, be a fully active council by earning the Star Council Award in the 2014-2015 fraternal year.

On January 22, 1973, the United Sates Supreme Court voted 7 to 2 majority vote in favor of the Roe vs. Wade decision to legally allow abortion. The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution. Every year, on the anniversary of the decision, opponents of abortion march up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., in the March for Life. The 2013 March for Life drew an estimated 650,000 people. There will be similar marches held throughout Arizona in January 2015. Please organize your council, families, and parishioners to participate in these marches. Wear your council shirts and name badges. Bring your council flag. Let Arizona know that the Knights of Columbus are standing up for the rights of the unborn. There is a huge need for a 4-D Ultrasound machine in Tucson at the “Fatima Women’s Center” in Tucson. This center is affirming the dignity and value of each and every woman and baby they are privileged to care for. These “state of the art” machines cost about $80,000. There is a need to organize 8 to 10 councils’ coordinated fund raising efforts to raise $40,000 before May 1, 2015. Supreme will contribute the other $40,000. Your State Deputy will be happy to help coordinate this effort. Over the last few years, Arizona has already provided four ultrasound machines across the state. Please consider this as a New Year resolution.

The Star Council Award is the pinnacle achievement which shows that your council is working to support its members’ families, and bring relevant programs to its membership, parish, and community. The Star Council Award recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and service program activities. Councils must conduct and report at least four major programs in each of the Service Program categories: Church, community, council, family, culture of life, and youth. It is our moral obligation to grow and strengthen our councils with new members. New members help to 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 charity the Order in Arizona to better support our freedoms and the Catholic Church. Please consider this as a New Year resolution.

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

KofC and Special Olympics Arizona Successful Football Clinic

Brothers, 

 

Last night, the Knights of Columbus Arizona State Council and Supreme Council, in conjunction with the Special Olympics Arizona and Catholic Athletes for Christ, had a wonderful experience conducting a football clinic and two flag football games in Chandler Arizona. The Special Olympic athletes had a great time with several professional athletes in their clinic and game. 

 

Thank you State Youth Director Skip Hopler for doing such a fine job with this event! And thank you to the approximately 30 Arizona Brother Knights that came out and helped with the evening. Without you, we could not have pulled this off.

 

Please look at the front page of the Supreme website for an article and photos of the evening. www.kofc.org

 

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

 

Vivat Jesus!

 

Larry Becker

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Building the 4th Degree, Through the First Degree

Brothers and Sir Knights,

I am proud to introduce a new program for ALL 4th Degree Sir Knights in Arizona called, “Building the 4th Degree, Through the 1st Degree.” Starting today, January 24, 2015, until June 30, 2015, all Sir Knights can qualify to participate in this new program if they truly believe in strengthening their assembly and the 4th Degree in Arizona. Please read the attached document on the details. Please share this with your assembly as soon as possible. District Master SK Bob Holsinger and I hope to present you with your special 4th Degree recognition at the 2015 State Convention!

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


SK Larry Becker


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fwd: Please support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Brothers,

 

Supreme published the memorandum below.  I recommend you read it carefully and act on it accordingly.

 

H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This important measure will ban abortions on unborn children aged 20 weeks post-fertilization or older, based upon substantial medical evidence finding that these unborn children can experience pain. With H.R. 36, Congress will exercise its authority to protect these unborn children from abortion, and the horrible pain that it causes.

 

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

 

Vivat Jesus!

 

Larry Becker

 

 


Dear Brother Knight,

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This important measure will ban abortions on unborn children aged 20 weeks post-fertilization or older, based upon substantial medical evidence finding that these unborn children can experience pain. With H.R. 36, Congress will exercise its authority to protect these unborn children from abortion, and the horrible pain that it causes.

However, while a vote has been scheduled, successful passage of H.R. 36 is not assured. H.R. 36 needs your personal support. Please click here to contact your elected congressional representatives today. Ask them to support H.R. 36 with their vote. Be sure to also contact your Senators and ask them to introduce and cosponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. If you will be in Washington for the upcoming March for Life, be sure to also personally visit your representatives in Congress and urge them to support this bill. Encourage your family and friends to do the same.

At the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio, we resolved to "speak out to our elected representatives about the need to enact legislation…to protect human life." With the upcoming vote on H.R. 36, it is more important than ever that Congress hears your voice.

Thank you for all you do to promote a Culture of Life.

Knights of Columbus

 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Message from Church Director

Dear brothers,

As a Deacon of the Church, I am present at births, marriages, and deaths. It is very humbling when all three occasions occur for the same person. We must all give thanks to our God for the gift of life and always be prepared for the inevitable death that we will all succumb to. Be prayerful. Pray the rosary as we promised in our first degree.

Lent is fast approaching. This is a wonderful time to consider the gifts we have and how we share our time, talent, and treasure with those less fortunate than ourselves. This lenten season, I encourage my brother knight's to attend the Stations of the Cross at your parish or one nearby. This is a wonderful way for us to meditate on the life of Jesus and the message of charity that he shared in both word and deed. Consider making this a council function and move one step closer to Star Council.

Do you have a Deacon in your council? Ask them to do a Lenten retreat for the council. 

Please know that you are in my prayers, especially as I serve at the altar.

God bless you and those you love.

Dcn. Bruce Bennett, EdD

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Three Top Reasons to March

Please watch this video on the Three Reasons to March for the March for Life
http://40daysforlife.com/2015/01/09/see-january-events


KofC "Reach for the Stars" Workshop in Arizona During February 2015

Brothers,

 

In an effort to help every Knight of Columbus council in the Arizona jurisdiction earn the coveted Star Council Award in the 2014-2015 fraternal year, we will be hosting a special workshop in February called “Reach for the Stars”, at four locations in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas. (See the dates, time, and addresses below.)

 

Earning the Star Council Award is the very best way for a council to have a well-rounded, healthy, and productive environment for their membership. By having relevant programs, a council can attract new members and retain current members.  

 

You may already heard of our state’s focus on councils earning the Star Council Award. We have been encouraging every District Deputy in Arizona to have at least one council in their district earn this award this year. Some District Deputies have several councils working to reach this goal. We have challenged every District Deputy to earn the coveted Star District Award this year, as well. There is also a state level award similar to the Star Council and Star District, called ”Circle of Honor”. Arizona last earned this coveted award 5 years ago. It is time for Arizona to show the rest of the Order just how great this jurisdiction really is! You all deserve to earn this prestigious award. It is our state’s goal to earn this award through our continued stellar performance in the 2014-2015 fraternal year. You all deserve it!

 

All Brother Knights are invited to attend a workshop. They are designed to help you to earn the Star Council Award, plus answer your questions on the requirements to earn the award. The same agenda and material will be discussed at each of the workshops. You only need to attend one workshop. We look forward to seeing many Brother Knights at these important workshops.

 

“Reach for the Stars” Workshops

 

East Valley

Monday, February 9, 2015 7:00 to 9:00PM

Patterson Council #3121 Hall

644 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ

 

West Valley

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 7:00 to 9:00PM

Frey Francisco Garces Council #3855 Hall

8066 N. 49th Ave., Glendale, AZ

 

Tucson

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:00 to 9:00PM

Tucson Council #1200 Hall

601 S Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ

 

North Valley

Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:00to 9:00PM

St. Patrick’s Council #12449

St. Patrick Catholic Community, Fenlon Hospitality Center

10815 N. 84th St., Scottsdale, AZ (1Ž4 mi. north of Shea Blvd.)

 

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

 

Vivat Jesus!

 

Larry Becker

 

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Chalice Presentation

Attached is a photo of Fr. Godwin Ogamdhogwa, member of council 11738, receiving a 4th degree Chalice and Paten commemorating PFN Frank Dougherty of Assembly 1294 at the 2nd & 3rd degree ceremonial which was held in Glendale on January 18, 2015.

Fr. Ogamdhogwa will be returning to Uganda at the end of the month to teach at the seminary there.  The chalice will be donated to a parish where it will be gratefully accepted and used to celebrate mass.


Tucson March For Life Photo


Ten Sir Knights from five different southern Arizona Assemblies led the Tucson area "March for Life" January 17.  Numerous State officers and local Knights also participated in the Mass and walk.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Knights of Columbus Safe Environment

Brothers,

This afternoon, I spoke on the phone with Supreme about many of the issues presented to me by Brother Knights throughout Arizona on the Knights of Columbus Safe Environment program, which was instituted on January 5, 2015. Next week, Supreme will be mailing a message and materials to update all of the State Deputies in the Order on this program. I will share this with you when I receive them. Here are some of the key points that I learned today that you should know about this important program which was designed to keep the children in our community safe and help you negotiate what to do if a child reports an incident to you:

·         This is Phase 1 of the program. All of the positions listed below must be compliant by February 19, 2015, by watching Praesidiumin’s 3 on-line video programs.
o   State Deputy
o   State Advocate
o   State Youth Director
o   State Squire Chairman
o   ALL Grand Knights
o   All Faithful Navigators who’s Assembly has a Squire Circle
o   All adult Squire leaders

·         The only position required to be do a back ground check are adult Squire leaders, as they have direct interaction with children. All of the other positions do NOT have to do the back ground check.

·         Only the adult Squires leaders will be removed from their Squires position if they do not comply with this program and back ground check. They will not be removed from the Order. No other position listed above will be removed for not being compliant. As leaders in our Councils, we hope that all will be compliant without issue. This sets a good example for our members and community, showing that we believe our children’s safety is on top of our priority list.

·         In the few weeks, Supreme will have printed books available for those Brother Knights who do not have on-line access to a computer. With this, they can be compliant with the program.

·         As of now, the Knights of Columbus Safe Environment program needs to be taken in addition to your Diocesan Safe Environment program. Some day we hope to be in position to do one or the other.

·         The emails you are receiving on this program are from a secure vendor Praesidiumin. The Supreme office contracted with them to conduct the safe environment Armatus Online Training. These are legitimate emails. They are NOT a scam or fraud.

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

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker