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Featured Program

June 2018

Father’s Day Affirmations

    Councils should partner with parishes in sponsoring a Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows immediately following all Masses celebrated the weekend of Father’s Day, June 17.  During these events, Knights and their wives—along with all the married couples of the parish – will have an opportunity to affirm their commitment to their marriage vows and bear witness to the importance of Christian marriage as the building block for strong families and parishes.

    After the event, councils should host a reception to thank each couple for their witness to marriage.  Some councils may wish to hold a brunch or supply simple light refreshments, others may wish to supply wedding cake in honor of the ceremony.

    When planning the event, ask your pastor if he is able to provide a brief catechesis to the parish, explaining the Catholic understanding of marriage and the strength of the sacramental bond.

      You should begin advertising the event by the end of May, ensuring several weeks of promotion before June 17.  Also, Make sure there is a pulpit announcement the day of the event inviting all married couples to participate.

    Resources for the event, including the Affirmation of Wedding Vows booklet (#30003), are available at www.kofc.org/fathersday .  You might also distribute The Gift of Fatherhood (#10168), Knights of Columbus rosaries (Rose-1) or other CIS resources for families to use together.

    Councils can list the Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows as a Family program AND Domestic Church activity on their Columbian Award Application (SP-7).  Additional Domestic Church resources are available to order at www.knightgear.com .  

Family Prayer Corner

June 2018

Everyone in the family needs to learn this most important prayer.  To memorize the prayer, say it every day as a family during the month of June.  By the 4th of July, you’ll know it by heart.

Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;

be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,

by the power of God,

thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits

who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

 

Two important points about this prayer.  First, Sr. Lucia, one of the children at Fatima whom the Blessed Mother appeared to one hundred and one years ago, said this:  “I am convinced that the principal cause of evil in the world and the falling away of so many consecrated souls is the lack of union with God in prayer. The devil is very smart and watches for our weak points so he can attack us. If we are not careful and attentive in obtaining the strength from God we will fall, because our times are very bad and we are weak.”

 

Secondly, the Prayer to St. Michael came about when on October 13, 1884 Pope Leo XIII, just after celebrating Mass, turned pale and collapsed as though dead. Those standing nearby rushed to his side. They found him alive but the pontiff looked frightened. He then recounted having a vision of Satan approaching the throne of God, boasting that he could destroy the Church.

 

According to Pope Leo XIII the Lord reminded him that his Church was imperishable. Satan then replied, “Grant me one century and more power of those who will serve me, and I will destroy it.” Our Lord granted him 100 years.

 

The Lord then revealed the events of the 20th century to Leo XIII. He saw wars, immorality, genocide and apostasy on a large scale. Immediately following this disturbing vision, he sat down and wrote the prayer to St. Michael. For decades it was prayed at Mass until the 1960’s.  This great devotional prayer is currently making a comeback!  More and more Faithful are saying this prayer on a daily basis.  Be One of Them!

For more information, refer to the link here from the Catholic News Agency: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column/the-100-year-test-2454/

Pray Well Brothers,

Jim & Ann St. Clair

Chaircouple, Building the Domestic Church

 

 

Monthly Planning Items

June 2018

  • Mark your calendars for K of C Family Week and discuss potential activities with your pastor.  For ideas, check out the Family Week Celebrations link listed under Programs at www.kofc.org/domesticchurch
  • Gear up your plans to organize your Domestic Church ministry according to the new guidance from Supreme Council, soon to be released.  I know we’ve been saying this for several months, but we are assured that the June 2018 issue of Columbia Magazine will be dedicated to outlining the new changes.
  • Include reflections, family activities and other details from The Family Fully Alive (#10162) in your council’s monthly mail or newsletter.  For easy viewing, the booklet is accessible by month at www.kofc.org/familyfullyalive .  There, you can access a digital copy of the complete booklet.
Council Reflections

June 2018

Do we take the devil seriously?

Brothers,

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(The following was posted by a wonderful Catholic lady, Wendy Cukierski, in her daily blog on May 13, 2015.)

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Do we take the devil seriously?  He certainly exists and he certainly takes US seriously. 
Some of us have, or have had, an intellectual vanity to overcome when it comes to the evil one. Yes, I was one of those who had to overcome such excessive pride.

I use to wonder how any person with "half a brain" could think that there was some "unseen" evil force at work.  Little did I know that the mere fact I doubted was a victory for the evil one and could have been very dangerous! Someone in Heaven was praying for me!

When my disbelief in Satan started melting away, I was terrified to learn just how active he could be.  He immediately starting using his "minion's" when I came back to the faith.

It is painful to acknowledge that sometimes the behavior of others is the evil one using them to hurt you...and they are quite unaware (most of the time).

The evil one likes to use those who deny him.  He also likes to use those who think of him as a fictional cartoon character.  Even doubting can open a big window.  He looks for any crack.

Satan's favorite thing to attack is the family...the domestic church.  

Just look..what does marriage mean to society?  The 6th Commandment means nothing to many and is broken in so many ways.  I need not explain as it is quite obvious what I mean.

Am I casting stones?  No.  We are all sinners...we are all at different places in our journey.  We don't remain "static".  The difference is we need to repent of any wrong doing and realize that satan is REAL.

We need to realize that not only is Satan real... he is "full on" with his attack against the backbone of every society...the family!  As the family goes...so goes the church, so goes society.  
We must call him out, we must bind him.  We must not allow him to find a chink in our armor.  We must not allow him to get at our family!

He will use others to throw "fiery darts".  Pray for them.  Most do not realize they are being used.  

One good indicator that it is not of God is the use of their language.  Are they foul mouthed?  Do they insult?  Is what they say constructive?  Are they defending an immoral position?  Do they like to bring up your past sins to justify theirs?  If so, we know who is using them.  Unfortunately, they don't always know this.  Many times they are demonically oppressed and do not realize it.

Demonic activity is real.  It is ripping the family apart.  If the family is "tight" and "as one" standing on moral ground, Satan will more than likely use close friends or relatives to shoot the firey darts at you.  We can't fight HIM and each other at the same time.  We must focus on fighting HIM only, that is how we react.

Shooting back "fiery darts" (insults, etc) is exactly what HE wants.  You are then doing HIS bidding!  
I always respond to "fiery darts" with an "I love you" and "I'm praying for you"!  Remember...he's not that cute little red cartoon character.  He is a fallen angel and he seeks your soul and the souls of those you love.  The difference is we KNOW he is real, we KNOW we can combat him with prayers and yes...sacramentals.

I beg you to pray the St. Michael Prayer Every Day and pray for those who unaware that they are being used as his pawns!  Please, know that we pray for all those folks who read my blog. If you have any special requests, just drop us a line!  

Love and Blessings, Wendy C.

"Healing Mind, Body & Soul"