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Monday, December 30, 2013

Council 10762 Receives Year of Faith Award

St. Pius X Co. 10762 is honored to be the recipient of the Year of Faith Award. This award was presented to those councils who engaged in faith formation activities during the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI. The Year of Faith began on October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The close of the Year of Faith took place on November 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King.

In announcing the  Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI called for a "renewal of the Church ... through the witness offered by the lives of believers. "

The Order's Year of Faith program was based on the four categories outlined by Pope Benedict in his document Porta Fidei (Door of Faith) that are designed to lead each believer into a deeper relationship with Christ and his Church -- Faith PROFESSED, Faith CELEBRATED, Faith LIVED and Faith PRAYED.

In order to receive the Year of Faith Award, councils had to conduct at least one activity in each of the four areas as outlined in the Year of Faith leaflet and submit an application to Supreme.

Pictured are Church Director PGK Joe Gulotta. GK Dutch Steenbakker, and Fin. Sec. FDD Pete Karculias.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Knights of Columbus Arizona State Council Donates "Coats for Kids" to St. Peter Indian Mission School

Knights of Columbus Arizona State Council Donates “Coats for Kids” to St. Peter Indian Mission School


Sunday, December 15, 2013


The Knights of Columbus Arizona State Council donated 96 winter coats to children attending the Diocese of Phoenix, St. Peter Indian Mission School, of the Gila River Indian Community, in Bapchule, Arizona. On Sunday December 15 2013, State Secretary Larry Becker and his wife Teresa delivered the coats to the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity at the mission school. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have been teaching at St. Peter Mission since December 27, 1935.  The school’s enrollment typically ranges between 170-190 students. They currently have about 175 students. The school charges each family $300 per year for tuition. Because most of these families are living at below poverty level, they rarely are able to collect the tuition from the families. Therefore, they rely on Catholic Education scholarships and many other donors to keep the school alive. The Sisters were thrilled to have received such a warm gift for Christmas. They said that many of the children do not have coats and this will truly brighten their Christmas. The Sisters also boasted that the Knights of Columbus members in the Fr. John Arens Council 9678 of St. Steven’s Catholic Church in Sun Lakes Arizona also provide lots of help and support to the mission school.


State Deputy Bryant Sayers of the Knights of Columbus Arizona State Council has also arranged to deliver about 100 coats to children in an Indian mission school in the Diocese of Tucson. Also along with the State Deputy of New Mexico, State Deputy Sayers will be donating about 200 coats to the Diocese of Gallup St. Michael’s Indian School on the Navajo Reservation. State Deputy Sayers hopes to have all the coats delivered to the schools before Christmas Day so the children can enjoy the gift of warmth.


In 2009, the Knights of Columbus launched a new initiative designed to keep children warm in harsh winter climates. With many families with young children struggling in tough economic times, there was a clear need to provide warm winter coats to children in their communities. And so, the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program was born. Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus “Coats for Kids” program has given away more than 150,000 coats to children. Last year, nearly 1000 local Knights of Columbus councils participated locally in the program in the United State and Canada.



Stations of the Cross - Council 15704

The attached photos are of the work party from the "Our Lady of the Desert Council #15704."  Last Saturday morning, December 14th, twelve Members cleaned up the paths and areas around the outside Stations of the Cross.  They also reinforced the path side slopes from erosionThis council is less than a year old and already has the confidence and gratitude of Father Paul Coury their Chaplain.
Ray Obral, Trustee

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Christmas Eve Life Rosary

Dear Friends of Life,

Please join us for the Christmas Eve Life Rosary to end abortion, led by our own Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. The details can be found on the attached flyer. We hope to see you there in support of all mothers and children!

To Jesus through Mary,

Clarissa Quiring
Coordinator of Marriage and Respect Life
Parish Leadership Support
Diocese of Phoenix
400 E Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(602) 354-2132

Corpus Christi Knights Kids - Council 10062

On a cold December morning, about 100 volunteers showed up to JC Penney's on Ray Rd and I-10 to participate in this years annual Knights Kids Charity event. This year, over 40 underprivileged children were treated to a shopping spree along with a visit from Santa Claus!!!! Along with the Corpus Christi Knights of Columbus, In Country Viet Nam Veterans and parishioners from Corpus Christi Catholic Church escorted the children to clothe them with socks, pants, shirts, shoes, and coats.