Congratulations to Council Chaplain, Reverend Worthy Knight
Daniel Vollmer on the 16th anniversary of his priestly ministry
on June 1st.
May God continue to pour out His spirit upon you and bring
you peace. Congratulations on this joyous occasion.
“Into the Breach”
Definition: A gap in the wall, barrier or defense, especially one
made by an attacking army or the devil himself.
We remember our twenty-one Coptic brothers who just recently, were beheaded on a beach in
Egypt (ed. note: 2/15/2015), and as Pope Francis noted, “only because they confessed Christ.”
Men, we must never believe that holiness and courage are things of the past! You and I are called to
a holiness that shows Christ to the world as our forefathers have done countless times throughout
history, following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, in this time of evil’s growing boldness,
each man must prepare himself for nothing less than martyrdom, whatever form this may take,
and to instill in his children and grandchildren the willingness to do the same.
Will the Lord not continue to inspire men? Of course He will, He continues to do so! Our concern
is not if the Lord will give us the required strength, but how He is doing so right now. How is His
Spirit moving us to rise up and reject passivity in a culture of fatherlessness? How is He now giving
us interior strength in a culture of pornography? How is He now inspiring us to look beyond our-
selves and our technology to the peripheries where Christ is needed? How is the Lord inspiring
you and me, right now, to cast aside concerns for our own comfort, to serve our fellow man, to put
out into the deep, to step into the BREACH? I strongly encourage your familiarity with the lives of
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted , Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix
Installation of Council Officers
Council Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Vollmer proclaimed the closing prayer
to officers installed for the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year.
“Worthy Officers: As you are standing, you form a living Cross. May
it ever be a reminder to you that you must be renewed in Christ and
that your administration must show the leadership among the people
of God that flows from this renewal. Invoking God’s help to fulfill this
mission, I will now impart to each His Blessing.
Holy Father, we thank you for the graces which You have bestowed
upon us all. We thank You for the spirit of cooperation which has
reigned here, for the inspiration which you have placed in the hearts of these men today. We humbly beg that You will find merit in the endeavors of our newly-elected Officers and in the efforts of those Brother Knights who will labor long and unselfishly under the banner of the Knights of Columbus and under the leadership of the men who have accepted the responsibilities of that leadership.
We ask this in Your Son’s name, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.”
Up coming PLENARY INDULGENCE opportunity:
Three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100-year Fatima anniversary,
Fatima, Portugal, Dec 1, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained during the entire Jubilee Year.
There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence, detailed in a statement on the shrine’s website. To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine The first way is for “the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin.” In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed, and invoke the Mother of God.
2. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima The second way applies to “the pious faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary.” Regarding this second way, the rector of the Fatima Shrine told CNA that the visit to the statue of the Virgin, “does not necessarily have to be only at Fatima or exclusively in Portugal,” but can be done anywhere in the world. Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.
3. The elderly and infirm The third way to obtain a plenary indulgence applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around. These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They also must “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”
Fr. Dan, St Germaine Church:
On the 13th of each month from May 2017 to October 2017 we will have the Our Lady of Fatima statue in the church so that parishioners may receive this indulgence. If the 13th doesn’t fall on a Saturday or Sunday, we will make sure that we pray a rosary before the daily mass that day. God bless, Fr. Dan
WHAT IS A PLENARY INDULGENCE?
A plenary indulgence means: that by the merits of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the full remission of the temporal punishment due to sacramentally forgiven sins is obtained. The person becomes as if just baptized and would fly immediately to heaven if he died in that instant.