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December 2017

 

Journey to the Inn

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Our society starts selling Holiday decorations in September (or earlier). Christmas is a word very often omitted from advertising. For ideas on how to counter this secular strategy to your community, councils can turn to http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/communications/posada.pdf . Through this booklet, the Order hopes to bring a sharing of various cultural Christmas celebrations to all Knights and their families.
Planning Your Advent Celebration
To help your council and parish community prepare its own Advent celebration, the Knights of Columbus offers this booklet containing a simplified one-day ceremony in the tradition of Las Posadas. Be sure to review the booklet carefully to determine whether you should modify it to fit the unique needs of your own community.
Traditionally, Las Posadas celebrations are held on nine consecutive nights just prior to Christmas, but your celebration may be held any time during Advent. Councils are encouraged to appoint a committee sometime before the First Sunday of Advent to work with their chaplain or parish priest to set an appropriate date and review the chosen prayers and readings. Once a date is set, ask parishioners and members of the community to volunteer. They might help young performers memorize their roles; set up the outdoor stations, which represent the inns of Bethlehem; or help design costumes, which may be as simple or ornate as resources allow. The committee should also select a master of ceremonies, to direct and explain the celebration as needed.
The celebration begins with an outdoor procession in which the community makes its way to five stations. At each station, two participants — preferably children — are asked to read or recite selected Scripture passages, which offer simple reflections on the mysteries of Christ’s birth. Children might also dress as the Biblical characters and organize short performances based on the Scripture reading for each mystery. Include the Spanish community in your planning. They, especially, appreciate the Christmas pageants. As each mystery concludes, the participants sing a Christmas carol while making their way to the next station. There, the next mystery is announced.
Give it serious consideration for your Domestic Church initiative. I promise you that parishioners will come to you later and tell you how much they enjoyed the project. Those people will be your helpers for NEXT year’s pageant. Write their names down!!

 


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Family Prayer Corner


December 2017
 


God can set us free. Whether our imprisonment is imposed from the outside or is self-imposed, the God of love is waiting to lead us from bondage to freedom. We can be held captive to ideas, behaviors, people, money, food, or other substances. God’s impassioned plea is for us to have Him as first place in our life. As we grow in our ability to accept God’s love for us, we will be able to make better choices. We will then discover that we also grow in the freedom to love God and others more fully.
Dear God, thank you for calling me from imprisonment to freedom. Help me to make choices that will lead me closer to you.
(Adopted from Loyola Press)
Jesus, I love You so very much.
---Jim
 

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Monthly Planning Items


December 2017


Advent begins December 3rd. Finalize planning for your "Journey to the Inn" Pageant. Ensure that your advertisement is in the bulletin and ask Father to announce it from the pulpit at Sunday Mass. Review the Journey to the Inn on-line booklet from the Supreme Website. Finalize the script with the Pageant Director and touch base with all play actors. If you want to modify the booklet’s script, feel free. http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/communications/posada.pdf

December Council Meeting. After reviewing decorations, costumes, stage set-up and sound equipment, have Council brothers help you with any areas not yet covered. Make this Pageant a major event in your Community. Generate enthusiasm and watch the spirit take over.

Review your Domestic Church long range plan for 2018 and present it to your Council’s planning meeting. Solicit their inputs for possible projects.



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Council Reflections


December 2017

  Brothers so often we allow the “media” to trick us into believing that “society” is above the “family”. Nothing could be more convoluted. The following contains excerpts of an article from the Sunday Visitor.
“In God’s plan the family is the primordial institution of humankind. It is older than any society. It is older than any state. It is an institution in its own right in relation to the state. The state is supposed to support the family. The state is supposed to nurture the family. The state is supposed to protect the family. The state is supposed to respect the family. The state is supposed to preserve the family. The state is not supposed to intrude upon the rights of the family.”
“In God’s plan, the family is the bedrock of society. The family is the cell in our society. It is the key link in the chain that keeps the society together. ‘Families are the first place in which we are formed as persons and at the same time are the bricks for the building up of society’ (Pope Francis, 2014). Man and woman marry. They form a family. Multiple families form a community. Multiple communities form a region. Multiple regions form a country. And the foundation of this enterprise is the family. The family has a huge, vital and crucial role in our society.”
“Fundamentally, the family models for all of humankind how to love well. The family models the love and care that exists between husband and wife. The family models the love and care that exists for the children. The family models how to live morally and how to live ethically….The family has the capacity to impact our whole society. The family, by its lifestyle of forgiveness and compassion; by its lifestyle of giving and receiving love, can offer what is needed for peace and justice in the world.”
“St. John Chrysostom, as far back as the fourth century, called the Christian family ‘the domestic church.’ He saw families as centers of living faith. He saw parents as the first heralds of the faith. He saw families as extremely important to the wider Church. “The little church is part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic family of domestic churches” (Lumen Gentium, No. 11)…. he saw the home as the first school of the Christian life. He saw the home as the first place we learn about love, about compassion, about repeated forgiveness, about prayerful and attentive worship (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1657). He viewed the family home as a sacred place. It is a holy place. It is where most of us are conceived, and where some of us are born. It is where we first hear about God…… The early Christians viewed the family as standing at the center of the Church’s mission to evangelize. It is through witness and testimony that the family self-evangelizes and, at the same time, evangelizes the wider community. Cardinal Walter Kasper said that, ‘Families as domestic churches are called upon in a special way to pass on the faith to their respective milieu.’”
Gentlemen, this is exactly what the Knights of Columbus is asking us to live in our new endeavor, Building the Domestic Church. We are the leaders in our parish and our local communities. Let’s kick it up several notches and accept this challenge.

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