Monday, May 27, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
|2013 Arizona State Council Awards|
|Supreme Award||Church||St. John Neumann Council 8305|
|Supreme Award||Community||St. Helen's Council 11738|
|Supreme Award||Council||St. John Neumann Council 8305|
|Supreme Award||Family||Corpus Christi Council 10062|
|Supreme Award||Youth||St. John Neumann Council 8305|
|Supreme Award||Pro-Life||Corpus Christi Council 10062|
|State Award||The Raul Navarrete Vocations Award||Tucson Council 1200|
|State Deputy's Awards|
|Reverend Patrick Crino|
|Pro-Life Program of the Year||Bishop Sal Pointe Council 4584|
|Council of the Year||Our Lady of the Mountains Council 10799|
|Family of the Year||Ned and Patricia Letto Family, Our Lady of the Mountains Council 10799|
|District Deputy of the Year||Wesley Hawkins, District Deputy # 17|
|Grand Knight of the Year||Luis Kamei, St. Augustine Council 15376|
|The Reverend Joseph Gillespie Memorial Chaplain of the Year Award||Reverend James Modeen, Roy Champeau Council 8077|
|Knight of the Year||Robert Kefurt, St. Helen's Council 11738|
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Catholic News Service posted: " ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- If New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushes to have "a right to an abortion" codified in state law, he will face "vociferous" and "rigorous" opposition from Catholic and other pro-lifers, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. But t"
New post on The Catholic Sun - News from Phoenix and the World
by Catholic News Service
ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- If New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushes to have "a right to an abortion" codified in state law, he will face "vociferous" and "rigorous" opposition from Catholic and other pro-lifers, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.
But the cardinal hopes it doesn't come to that because Cuomo, he said, has told him "he wants to work hard on alternatives to abortion," such as expanding adoption, having "greater latitude" in maternity leave and better assisting pregnant women in need and those with small children.
The cardinal made the comments in a May 14 telephone interview with radio host Fred Dicker, whose show is broadcast on Talk 1300 AM from the state Capitol in Albany. Dicker is a political analyst and is state editor for the New York Post daily newspaper.
"The governor and I have worked closely on other issues," Cardinal Dolan said, listing immigration, gun control, a call to civic responsibility and the recovery of some money owed to Catholic schools in the form of reimbursements for state-mandated measures such as standardized testing.
"We've been with him and we've appreciated what he's done. I want to believe he means it when he tells me he's not going to expand what is already a terrible liberal abortion culture," Cardinal Dolan said, but added that Cuomo has yet to release the details of the measure, called the Women's Equality Act.
It is an "extreme oxymoron that abortion is seen as helping women's health, especially if half the babies aborted" are female, the cardinal said. "So how does this help them?"
Besides abortion, the provisions of Cuomo's proposed 10-point Women's Equality Act address pay equity; sexual harassment in the workplace; human trafficking; income, housing, family-status and pregnancy discrimination; stronger order-of-protection laws for victims of domestic violence; and recovery of attorney fees in employment and credit/lending cases.
"We're in his corner on most of them -- nine out of 10," Cardinal Dolan said. "But just this one about expansion of abortion that causes us pause. ... Please, this is the last thing this state needs."
New York decriminalized abortion in 1970, before the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal virtually on demand across the country.
"Unfortunately we're known as 'the abortion capital of the world,'" the cardinal told Dicker. "We have the highest rate in the country -- in New York City 40 percent of babies are aborted; and among Latinos and African-Americans, it's up to 60 percent."
Cardinal Dolan said he hoped the gruesome details of how now-convicted Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell ran his abortion clinic and the late-term abortions he performed "will unmask some of the horror that is now obvious in this unfettered abortion-on-demand culture that' we've got."
He added, "My heart goes out in compassion to the women and babies ... terribly affected and scarred by (Gosnell)."
Gosnell's first-degree murder convictions in the deaths of three babies born alive during abortions "should make all of us pause. ... Even so-called 'pro-choice' people never wanted it to come to this. Now we're learning what went on in Philadelphia tragically is not an exception. ... These (abortion clinics) are pretty clandestine operations that are not open to scrutiny."
Dicker asked Cardinal Dolan whether Cuomo is in "good standing" as a Catholic, since the governor disagrees with the church "so fundamentally" on the issue of abortion.
"He and I have very grave differences and this is one of them," the cardinal said. "But I do appreciate his company, always welcome his visits." He said he "talks turkey" with Cuomo about the abortion issue, but noted "a lot of Catholics like to talk to me privately about their struggles with conscience."
As a pastor, Cardinal Dolan said, he could not say anything more about Cuomo's standing in the church.
The cardinal said he has a lot of respect for the current governor and for his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, but he also said that he believes that the elder Cuomo made "a tragic mistake" in his 1984 speech at the University of Notre Dame when he famously said there are times when a Catholic officeholder who is morally opposed to abortion can opt not to promote laws prohibiting abortion.
"I think that was a rupture in the whole united Catholic front against abortion," he explained.
To say "'I can't impose my personal religious beliefs upon the rest of the country' ... is illogical," Cardinal Dolan said. "We do that all the time." Slavery would not have been outlawed, he said, if its opponents had not brought their opposition to it -- based on "deep beliefs, conscience and religion" -- to the public square.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Knights of Columbus Donate High-Tech Ultrasound Machine to
Local Crisis Pregnancy Center
PHOENIX - It is not surprising that nine months ago, 1st Way Pregnancy Resource Center, conceived a project to replace their original ultrasound machine; used to show expectant mothers the child growing in their womb. The fund raising effort has come full term and on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. 1st Way will receive the fruits of their labor of love. The Knights of Columbus request the presence of the media to witness the announcement of a donation that will allow 1st Way to purchase a new 3D/4D ultrasound machine that will soon allow the staff of the crisis pregnancy center to provide expectant mothers with the first view of their unborn babies, inside the womb, with the highest clarity available.
The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council will present a check in the amount of $39,925.00 to 1st Way to match the funds raised by local councils. The presentation will take place at the Phoenix Sheraton Crescent Hotel, located at 2620 West Dunlap Avenue in Phoenix, AZ 85021.
Nine months ago, five local councils of the Knights of Columbus banded together and began raising funds for 1st Way. The effort led by Grand Knight Richard Kulok of Saint Mary Magdalene Council #13779, raised over $49,000 toward the purchase of the new ultrasound machine. The price of the new General Electric Voluson E8 Expert BT12 ultrasound is $79,850. Through the assistance of the Knights of Columbus International Ultrasound Program, half of the purchase price is matched against local donations and granted toward the purchase price.
"This amazing ultrasound machine will allow us, at 1st Way, to show women, with great clarity, a live image of their child,? said Christine Accurso, Executive Director for 1st Way. ?With the amazing detail that the new 4D ultrasound provides, it will be a window to the truth of the growing life inside the womb and allow women to be more informed as they make decisions about their lives and the life of their unborn babies,? continued Accurso.
The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Program began in 2009 and to date, has provided over $8.5 million in matching funds toward the purchase of over 334 ultrasound machines. In Arizona, this program has helped place two other imaging devices in Tucson and Flagstaff.
?I am pleased that the Knights are able to help such a worthy organization as 1st Way purchase a new ultrasound, said Bryant Sayers,? State Deputy for the Arizona Council of the Knights of Columbus. ?Organizations like 1st Way assist women during their pregnancy and help them make informed decisions about their health and the health of the child they carry,? said Sayers.
Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, said in his letter to Accurso, ?Ultrasound technology opens a window into the womb and dramatically shows the humanity of the unborn, even to the doubting eyes of those who may not have previously shared our regard for the sanctity of unborn human life.?
The presentation of this check by a representative of the Supreme Knight takes place during the first day of the Arizona Knights? 106th annual state convention. State Deputy Sayers commented that, ?The convention is a perfect setting for this presentation so that all the delegates in attendance can see the fruits of their labors.?
The Knights of Columbus is the World?s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. Father Michael J. McGivney, an Irish Priest, founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Today, the Knights boast 1.8 Million members worldwide. Last year they donated $158 Million and 70 Million volunteer hours to charitable causes. The 15,000 Knights in Arizona donated $1.6 million and 935,000 hours to charity. Arizona ranks in the top ten in charitable works among the Knights of Columbus.
For additional information, contact John S. Garcia, State Public Relations Director at telephone (602) 525-4424. Visit the Arizona State Council website for more information: www.azknightsofcolumbus.com.
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John S. Garcia
Public Relations Director
Arizona State Council
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Mother’s Day Right to Life Rosary