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Saturday, November 01, 2014

State Deputy Message - November 2014

November 1, 2014
As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for, especially for our freedom! The Bill of Rights guarantee all Americans basic freedoms; freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition, the right to bear arms, “No Quartering” right, the right to equal justice, the right to own private property, freedom to live or travel anywhere in our nation, freedom to work at any job for which we can qualify, freedom to marry and raise a family, freedom to receive a free education in good public schools, and freedom to join a political party, a union, and other legal groups . The first freedom, guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, is the freedom of religion. This right is guaranteed in the First Amendment, guarantees to all Americans the right to practice any religion they choose. Freedom has even more meaning to a Knight of Columbus. We use charity to help free people from suffering. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “It is not simply that what we give helps free people from hunger, cold, homelessness and poverty. Charity is essential to the very idea of freedom, because charity creates a bond among us that makes freedom possible.”
During the Thanksgiving weekend, the Arizona State Council will be conducting a service project at St. Vincent de Paul, in Phoenix. This will involve preparing and serving dinner to families in need, distributing 25 wheelchairs, and more. Here is a great opportunity for you and your council to provide charitable service to our community.
On December 5, 6, and 7, 2014, the Arizona State Council’s Mid-Year Meeting is being held in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. All District Deputies are required to attend. Grand Knights and other Council member are invited to Saturday’s meeting, Mass, and dinner. You can find the registration information on the State’s website.
Plan to participate in a Christmas parade to help “Keep Christ in Christmas”. Here are two parades you may want to join: the “Hometown Christmas Parade”, in Glendale, at 11:00AM on Saturday December 13, 2014, and the “Downtown Parade of Lights”, in Tucson, at 6:30PM, on Saturday December 20, 2014. All Councils and Assemblies in Arizona are welcome to participate in these parades. We need to focus on Christ’s birth and celebrate the true “Star” of Christmas.
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.
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.
Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker                                                                                                                                                                                         State Deputy


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