This month during our Hospitality
Sunday I will make available for sale
our Keep Christ in Christmas memen-
tos as a reminder for all of us to Keep
Christ in Christmas and in our hearts
all year long.
Bob Foster, Chairman, KCIC Program
June 24th marked the 6-month period
before Christmas Eve. It also marked
the birthday of John the Baptist. Why
does the church celebrate the birthday of
John the Baptist? Because John is the last
of all the prophets. Not only his message,
but his life itself proclaims the coming of
Christ. God gave John the Baptist exis-
tence in order to be the one who could
point to the Incarnate Word and cry out:
“Behold, the Lamb of God!” John the Bap-
tists’ mission in life was to prepare the way
of the Lord. And John the Baptists’ joyful
leap in his mother’s womb reveals what
God desires for all of us to be transformed
by the presence of Jesus and Mary. “With
John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit begins the
restoration to man of the ‘divine likeness,’
prefiguring what he would achieve with
and in Christ.” (CCC 720)
New member, Joseph Gass at the April meeting. He is a 4th Degree
Knight and transfers in from Philadelphia, PA.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Nominations and election of Council Officers are upcoming. The Council is seeking men with a desire to be part of this dedicated organization devoted to helping our parish as well as programs of the Order around the world. Positions available are the Deputy Grand Knight, Recorder, and Lecturer. Please prayerfully consider help- ing the Council in a leadership position. Contact PGK Dave Hertko at phone number 928-775-5257 for more information or any questions.
Celebrating St Patrick’s Day
Thanks to Chefs Mike Kincaid, John Ravetto, and Larry Tweet for the fabulous Saint Patrick’s Day
dinner and breakfast, along with Bob Foster, Ron Jahraus, and Tom Casellas creating the breakfast
pancakes! Thanks to Joanne Kincaid, Callie and Ben Taylor for decorating the hall and creating a
festive occasion. Thanks to the full house of parishioners who attended and supported their parish
Knights of Columbus! Thanks to all who helped to clean up afterward and prepare for the breakfast
on Sunday morning. Be sure to check the St. Germaine Facebook page for photos.
(Photos courtesy of of Carla Foster)
Our heartfelt thanks go out to
John Ravetto for his years of
dedicated service to our Coun-
cil, not only as Grand Knight,
but also as our stalwart chef at
all our food events. We wish
you Godspeed and many Blessings
~~~!st Degree Exemplification 03/14/2014
Christian funeral mass for Bro. Bernie Dufresne
will be on: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Place: Prince of Peace Church
14818 W. Deer Valley Dr (Cornor 151st Ave and
West Deer Valley Dr.)
Sun City West, AZ 85375
John Ravetto has submitted his resignaton as Grand Knight and Richard Mefford will move from D.G.K to G.K. and that Tom Mellinger will
move from Advocate to D.G.K. and that Ron Hindmarsh become Advocate. After discussion, the motion passed. The new officer positions will be sworn in by D.D. Jon Martinez at the March 11th regular meeting.
KNIGHTS IN ACTION
From the editor: for those of you who may have never attended our Council’s annual Christmas dinner so that no parishioner will be alone on the holiday, I would like to share my first experience with you. I witnessed true faith in action! The parish community Christmas dinner was well attended with plenty to eat including a menu of Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes and all the desserts one could imagine. Such a lovely way to celebrate the gift of love born on Christmas day.
Thank you to Mike and Joanne Kincaid and John Ravetto and his wife Teresa Ravetto and daughter Liz, along with all the helpers who came to serve – Jenny Bowen and her family, Lexy Larez, Earl Boggler, Cong Van Cong, and many others who made this day a memorable event. Merry Christmas, St Germaine style!
In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over
four Sundays, before Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin
advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ. This refers, first of all,
to our celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas; but second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to His second coming at the end of time.
Our preparations, therefore, should have all three comings in mind. We need to prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily. First We Fast, Then We Feast. That’s why Advent has traditionally been known as a “little Lent.” As in Lent, Advent should be marked by increased prayer, fasting, and good works. While the Western Church no longer has a set requirement for fasting during Advent, the Eastern Church (both Catholic and Orthodox) continues to observe what is known as Philip’s Fast,from November
15 until Christmas.
Traditionally, all great feasts have been preceded by a time of fasting, which makes the feast itself more joyful. Sadly, Advent today has supplanted by “the Christmas shopping season,” so that by Christmas Day, many people no longer enjoy the feast.
The Symbols of Advent. In its symbolism, the Church continues to stress the penitential and preparatory nature of Advent. As during Lent, priests wear purple vestments, and the Gloria (“Glory to God”) is omitted during Mass. The only exception is on the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday when priests can wear rose-colored vestments. As on Laetare Sunday during Lent, this exception is designed to encourage us to continue our prayer and fasting, because we can see that Advent is more than halfway over.
The Advent Wreath. Perhaps the best-known of all Advent symbols is the Advent wreath, a custom which originated among German Lutherans but was soon adopted by Catholics. Consisting of four candles (three purple and one pink) arranged in a circle with evergreen boughs (and often a fifth, white candle in the center), the Advent wreath corresponds to the four Sundays of Advent.
The purple candles represent the penitential nature of the season, while the pink candle calls to mind the respite of Gaudete Sunday. (The white candle, when used, represents Christmas.) Celebrating Advent. We can better enjoy Christmas— all 12 days of it, from Christmas Day to Epiphany–if we revive Advent as a period of preparation. Abstaining from meat on Fridays, or not eating at all between meals, is a good way to revive the Advent fast. (Not eating Christmas cookies or listening to Christmas music before Christmas is another.) We can incorporate such customs as the Advent wreath, the Saint Andrew Novena, and the Jesse Tree into our daily ritual, and we can set some time aside for special scripture readings for Advent, which remind us of the threefold
coming of Christ.
Holding off on putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations is another way to remind ourselves that the feast is not here yet. Traditionally, such decorations were put up on Christmas Eve, but they would not be taken down until after Epiphany, in order to celebrate the Christmas season to its fullest.
Thanks to the team of Mike and Joanne Kincaid, John Ravetto, and Larry Tweet for another
great Columbus Day Spaghetti Dinner — 150 dinners served and a celebration of Fr. Dan’s
birthday. Thanks to Brother Ben and Lady Callie Taylor for setting a wonderful atmosphere
Our next breakfast is scheduled for the 28th of October and will be a breakfast Casserole (without possum).
Catholic Daughters will set up a table for new parish members during the monthly Knights breakfast, after Mass. Information about Parish Ministries will be available at the table and social interaction will allow people to meet each other. Council involvement would be to provide a free one time breakfast plate for the new parish members and allow for Knights to meet these new arrivals. Motion made by Wes Berry and Seconded by Robert Hughes “To provide a free one time breakfast plate at Knights monthly breakfast, to new parish members”.
After discussion, motion passed.
9th annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Party-December 13th Thursday
Into the Breach
The Practices of a Committed Catholic Man
(Continued from the August newsletter)
While there are many habits and devotions
That a Catholic man can form, I charge you
with keeping some basic practices on a daily,
weekly and monthly basis. If these practices
Are not (yet) part of your life, start now.
Build fraternity with other Catholic men.
Catholic friendship among men has a dra-
matic impact on their faith lives. Men who
have bonds of brotherhood with other Catho-
lic men pray more, go to Mass and Confes-
sion more frequently, read the Scriptures
more often, and are more active in the Faith.
Proverbs tells us: “As iron sharpens iron, so
one man sharpens another” (27:17) , I call on
each of our priests and deacons to draw men
together in their parishes and to begin to re-
build a vibrant and transforming Catholic
fraternity. I call on laymen to form small fel-
lowship groups for mutual support and
growth in the faith. There is no friendship
like having a friend in Christ.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
I will continue using these important
thoughts of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted con-
cerning Habits and devotions for Catholic
Excerpts from Bishop Olmsted’s book, Into
the Breach, concerning the habits and devo-
tions for Catholic gentlemen will be featured
in this monthly newsletter on a regular re-
Vocations conference transportation request
State Retention Chairman
“FAITH IN ACTION”, 7/28/18
Knights around the world know that the chance to roll up our sleeves and demonstrate our faith through service is as powerful as it is rewarding. That said, the demands of life today make it difficult to find time to live out the calling of our faith and our desire to serve. Our always-on smartphone means that work follows us home where we also juggle household chores and frenetic kids’ activities. Free time is precious and dedicated to family. The Faith in Action program model recognizes this new reality and invites men to lead their family in faith and service – not leave their family for service.
In the coming 2018-2019 fraternal year, Faith in Action will be the new program model for the Knights of Columbus, replacing Surge…with Service. The new model seeks to balance all of our priorities as an Order — Faith, Family, Community and Life — and offer Knights meaningful opportunities to serve people in need in our parishes and communities. Faith in Action fully integrates Building the Domestic Church programs, limits the number of requirements for Columbian Award, and most importantly, allows councils to concentrate on implementing faith-filled family programs. Our goal? Quality – not quantity.
Make an impact bigger than yourself – and build bonds of friendship and fraternity that last a lifetime.
Put your faith into action today!
Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.
Tune In Now! Faith in Action 101
“Into the Breach”
Definition; A gap in the wall, barrier or de- fense, especially one made by an attacking army or the devil himself.
THE PRACTICES OF A COMMITTED CATHOLIC MAN
While there are many habits and devotions that a Catholic man can form, I charge you keeping some basic practices on a daily, weekly and monthly and monthly basis. If these practices are not (yet) part of your life, start now.
Pray every day. Each Catholic man must start his day with prayer. It is said, “Until you realize that prayer is the most impor- tant thing in life, you will never have time for prayer.” Without prayer, a man is like a soldier who lacks food, water, and ammuni- tion. Set aside some time to speak with God first thing each morning. Pray the three prayers essential to Catholic faith: the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. Pray also at every meal. Before food or drink touches your lips, make the Sign of the Cross, say the “Bless us O Lord” prayer, and end with the Sign of the Cross. Do this no matter where you are, with whom or how much you are eating. Never be shy or ashamed about praying over meals. Never deny Christ the gratitude that is due to Him. Praying with keeping some basic practices on a daily, weekly as a Catholic man before every meal is a simple but powerful way to keep strong and fill the breach.
Examine your conscience before going to sleep. Take a few moments to review the day, including both your blessings and sins. Give God thanks for blessing and ask for- giveness for sins. Say and Act of Contrition.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
I will continue these important thoughts of Bishop Thomas Olmsted concerning the habits and devotions for Catholic Gentle- men.
Dear Council Members,