Facebook Instagram RSS Feed Email

Thursday, August 31, 2017

State Deputy Message - August

August 1, 2017
Greetings from the Supreme Convention in St. Louis, Missouri! Your delegates, including all of the State Officers, are here to meet with Knights from around the world, as we honor last year's successes and learn more about the programs we will promote this fraternal year.

I want to thank you all for your efforts to grown our membership during the last fraternal year. Regrettably we were 28 new members short so we did not return to the Circle of Honor we achieved last year under IPSD Larry Becker. We made a valiant effort but, quite frankly, we delayed too long to start asking men to join us in support of our Bishops, Priests and Parishes. We believe we achieved our goal of 30 Star Councils.

In order to get going earlier this year our State Membership Director Kevin McCarthy has some Fast Start incentive programs for July, August, and September. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson challenged each State to recruit one member more in each of these months than they had in their best effort over the last 5 years. For Arizona that means 61 in July, 70 in August and 95 in September. There are cash prizes for Councils if we make these goals. As of last Saturday we only had 35 for July. Contact your District Deputies for more information about these incentives.

Some have asked why recruit in the summer? Many of our council’s take the summer off or have few events or programs. What a perfect time to recruit. Kids are going back to school, vacations are ending, and if you recruit now you will have new members to help with those fall programs you have planned. Bring those eligible men in now so you can get them involved right away and retain them for life.

You have already seen messages from our new State Programs Director Larry Powers. Just as Kevin has provided Membership updates during the year, Larry will be highlighting Programs as well. If you look at your Fraternal Leadership Planner you will see that August highlights the Family. August 7-13 is Family Week. Do you have any events planned for that week or any time this month? It is not too late; work with your brothers and Parish community to hold an event. Show the community the range of activities we have that include the family.

If your Grand Knights have not received any emails to relay to the Councils, ask if they have turned in their State Directory form? The form the State requests is different than the Form 185 that is sent to Supreme. Both are needed and now past due.

Are you a member that wants to get more involved in State programs and Chairmanships? We are so in need of brother knights who are willing to develop and lead various activities. Also look at the Supreme website and review the Domestic Church section; as this is the basis for many of our events this year. If you are interested in learning more or have ideas to share contact Kevin McCarthy, Larry Powers or me.

Finally it is not too early to make plans to join in the Arizona Rosary Celebration events the weekend if October 20-22, 2017. Most of the activities are planned for Tucson and Phoenix but several areas outside these metro areas will hold concurrent Rosary Celebrations. We need your support, especially financially. Sell ads to local businesses and purchase an ad for your Council or Parish. Look at the Arizona Rosary celebration website, www.AzRosary.com for more information.

Have a great August and a fulfilling year as we live the Gospel and the call to live our faith by how we conduct our lives.

Vivat Jesus!
Sean Halpain, State Deputy

Monday, August 14, 2017

Keep Christ in Christmas Cards

Please review the attached flyer for ideas your Council can Keep Christ in Christmas. There are some very good ideas, please share this information with your Council Brothers.
Please take note of the cut off date for card discount is September 25, 2017.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Scoreboard for Flagstaff

Father Douglas J. Nohava Council 1229 in Flagstaff recently donated a state-of-the-art scoreboard to San Francisco de Asis Catholic School for its new gymnasium.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tucson 4th Degree Knights Teach Flag Folding Class

Our Worthy District Marshall AZ South, Drew Mansager, joined Sir Knights from the Father Anthony Rey Assembly # 3617 on 09 August 2017 to teach the 8th graders (some 60 students) from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School how to properly fold the US Flag.
This was a hand-on training event and the students were very attentive and showed great respect for “Old Glory.”  Sir Knights first trained the students from Mrs. Patti Barrett's 8th grade class, then the students from Mrs. Marty Ratliff's 8th grade class.
Instruction included how to raise and lower the flag on the school’s 25 foot tall flagpole.  A little flag history and flag protocol were also imparted to the students.
The knights thank Principal (Mrs. Charlene Roll) for this great opportunity to practice PATRIOTISM!  A great way to start the school year.

Tucson Knights Build Treewells for School

For 5 consecutive weekends, knights of the Bishop Francis J. Green Council # 11855 put in over 535 man-hours building four 10’ x 10’ treewell planters at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.  Our biggest challenge was not triple digit temperatures or the monsoon rains but trying to keep our Worthy State Chaplain, Fr. Pat Crino, from hitting the water line with his pick ax.  JUST KIDDING!  BUT…. Fr. Pat was there to lift not only our spirits but also some tools as he sweat right along with the rest of us.  Seminarian Richard Rivera was our “Batchman” mixing the mortar and stucco.  Several family members were also there to help and have fun.  The final coat of paint went on two days before school started.
Our prayers to Saint Joseph the Worker were answered as the project was completed on time.

Monday, August 07, 2017

The Father Anthony Rey Assembly No. 3617 Restoring the Salpointe Catholic Flag Pole

“Get it done before the rains!”  That was the rallying cry for the Restoration Sir Knights from the Father Anthony Rey Assembly No. 3617.  There was a need to scrap, sand, prime, and paint to restore the flag pole on the Salpointe Catholic High School on the campus and outside the Main Hall.  The existing flag pole needed a fresh coat of paint.  The flag pole was installed and dedicated on October, 29th, 1950 by the “Tucson Fourth Degree Assembly” as the plaque indicates.  Sir Knights, Dennis Mallory, Chris Mayer, and Faithful Navigator, Ray Obral along with Sir Knight Robert Roll who brought his young Son, Conner, to help.  It took two days to complete.  See the photos for the great time we had and how it was done.  Oh, 40-feet and 11-inches to the top!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Program Ideas

I know it is hot but it is not to early to think about Christmas and activities that supports Supreme's Domestic Church Initiative. You can get the youth of your Parish involved along with their families by sponsoring a   Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest. It is easy to set up and the info is available at the KOFC.org website:  http: //www.kofc.org/en/members/programs/church-activities/christmas-poster-contest.html#/Action%20Steps
Another initiative to consider is the Christian Relief Solidarity Cross Program The program invites K of C units to purchase 5-inch olivewood crosses made by Christian artisans in the Holy Land and then to sell them in their parishes and communities for a suggested donation of $10 to $20 per cross. The crosses themselves serve as a reminder to pray for persecuted Christians, and net proceeds of all sales are contributed to the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund.  Your Council can order Crosses made in the Holy Land and all proceeds will support persecuted Christians  https://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/charities/christian-relief/solidarity-cross-flyer.pdf
Lawrence A. Powers
State Program Director
Arizona Knights of Columbus
(702) 827-8135

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Council Officer Jump Start Training - Saturday July 22

Attention Council Officers:
There is a training event occurring on July 22 at 11:00 AM Arizona time labeled Council Officer Jump Start Training. Please register at the link below:

Vivat Jesus!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flagstaff Fourth of July

The Flagstaff Fourth of July Parade drew some 20,000 attendees.  The Knights of Columbus was well represented by 24 Sir Knights from six Assemblies (#17-Flagstaff; #s 2308 & 3617-Tucson; #2537-Pinetop/St John’s; #2889-Mesa; and one unidentified Assembly).  Two Sir Knights carried a K of C banner followed by a 7-Sir Knight Color Guard commanded by Marshal (North) Pete Kloeber and a 15-Sir Knight Color Corps unit commanded by Marshal (South) Drew Mansager.  Following the parade, host Assembly 17 provided a BBQ lunch for all participants and their families with some 70 in attendance.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fast Start - Membership

As State Deputy Sean Halpain said in his July Message, “One of the pearls of Wisdom that members of the Supreme Membership staff remind us of is that States don’t make Circle of Honor the first 4 months of the year, but they can miss it if those months are not productive.”  The Supreme Knight has instructed all State Deputies to work hard to have a fast start in the first quarter of the new Fraternal Year.  He has given each state a goal to meet which is one more member each month (July, August, and September) than the best achieved in the same month over the past five years.  Our quota for July is 61 members.  We have 6 new members so far in July.  55 to go.

Let’s work hard to have a fast start this year.  Let’s bring those Catholic gentlemen who you just missed recruiting in June, and any other candidates you have been working on into the Order right away. Schedule those Admission Degrees.

Membership growth is a responsibility we all share, and the best way to grow the order is to embrace “Membership 365” – recruiting year-round.  Don’t take the summer off!  Increasing membership in Arizona now, will make the end of the year less stressful, and the new members will be able to enjoy the benefits of membership sooner.  Your councils will enjoy the energy and fresh Ideas these new members will bring as well.

We will be sharing our membership incentives including our “Fast Start” incentive with District Deputies and attendees at the Organizational Meeting this coming weekend, but don’t miss your chance to compete for a cash award for a fast start by waiting until after the Organizational Meeting to get started!  Let’s go out and have a strong first quarter, starting with 61 new members in July!

Vivat Jesus!

Kevin McCarthy
State Membership Director
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
Cell: (602) 684-8125
Supporting Life at Every Stage

Friday, July 07, 2017

2017-2018 Organization Meeting

Worthy District Deputies, Grand Knights, and Brothers All,
The 2017-2018 Organization Meeting will be taking place at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Picture Rocks, AZ July 14-16, 2017.

The Organization Meeting is mandatory for all State Officers, District Deputies, and all Program Chairmen but is open to all brother knights who wish to attend.

Here is the packet for the 2017-2018 Organization Meeting.

2017-2018 Org Meeting Packet

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

State Deputy Message - July 2017

July 4, 2017


Thank you for all your efforts during the 2016-17 Fraternal year.  I trust that you completed the year with a feeling of fulfillment that you have served you Pastor, Parish, Community and membership in a manner that will make you proud.

As a State, we made a great effort in May and June to return Arizona to the Ranks of Circle of Honor. At this time, it looks like we came up 28 new members short of the Goal set by Supreme for Arizona of 950. Although coming so close was a big disappointment we can hold our heads up with the knowledge that we did a turn around and got back on track. Early in the year and at mid-year, finishing this well was a far-off dream. One of the pearls of Wisdom that members of the Supreme Membership staff reminds us is that States don’t make Circle of Honor the first 4 months of the year, but they can miss it if those months are not productive.

With that wisdom in mind we want to begin our 2017-2018 Fraternal Year with renewed energy, as we all work to grow our order to better serve our Bishops, Priests and Parish Communities. As we grow and move forward we need to also look at getting younger. If you look around you will notice that the brothers who you have been with for many years are no longer young like they once were. Not only did we age, but so did our friends.

Last year our State Theme was “Be the Leader of Your Domestic Church”. I asked each of you to fill the void that has been created over the years in our families and be the one that leads the faith and formation of your families.

This year our State Theme is “Supporting Life at Every Stage”. 

We need to remember that not only do we stand for the teachings of our Catholic Church and provide the voice for the unborn that are not able to speak for themselves; we also need to support those that are already alive. We need to continue to participate in 40 Days for Life campaigns, pray outside abortion facilities, and support our Church and Order as we fight for the rights of the unborn and new born.

As we support the family as the foundation of our society we will continue to promote and participate in the Building the Domestic Church programs begun by Supreme a few years ago. We need to work harder to offer programs and activities aimed at families and supporting the parents as they form our youth in the faith.
Finally, we cannot turn our backs on or not be there as our family, friends and neighbors move toward the end of our lives in this world. We will be introducing activities and provide information for
Councils to become involved in learning about and assisting those that begin to have physical and mental limitations.

We will be conducting our State Organizational meeting July 14-16 in Tucson. At this meeting, your District Deputies will get more detailed information about our Membership Incentive plans and goals, our Supreme and State Programs, and training to allow the DD’s to better assist you and your Council with meeting your Program and Membership Goals.

This year Supreme plans to send the Fraternal Leader Success Planner directly to the Councils. You can begin using this as soon as you receive your supply. You will not need to wait for your District Organization meeting or for a DD visit to get your copies. Use this as your planning tool as soon as it arrives to begin now to outline your Council Programs, Membership recruitment, and social events.

For those that have not received this yet, the July message from our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is “Let us all as Knights redouble our efforts as men of faith – and men of action based on that faith”. The program spotlight is Bishop Olmsted’s Into the Breach. This apostolic exhortation was originally written as a message to the men of the Phoenix Diocese but Supreme has adopted this and it is now being sent Order wide and has been translated into most if not all the languages where we have Knights.

If your Council needs copies, do not order them from Supreme. As part of the agreement to use his work, Bishop Olmsted and the Phoenix Diocese received a shipment of many thousand copies. We have been asked to assist in getting these distributed to our Councils. They cannot ship for us but we can make appointments to pick these up ourselves in Phoenix.

Soon your District Deputies will be contacting you about your Admission Degree schedules for this year, or at least for the first 3 or 4 months. They are required to bring this information to the Organizational Meeting in a couple of weeks. Go ahead and schedule your degrees now, to the extent possible.

As we go forward with this new year I pray that you will experience the joy of service and be humbly grateful of the thanks we receive from our Pastors and Parish community for taking the lead as the Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization that we are.

Vivat Jesus,

Sean E. Halpain

Arizona State Deputy