The Grand Knights Message

 

Dear Brother Knights,

As we enter the Christmas Season and embark on a new calendar year, let us reflect on the blessings we have received as Knights of Columbus and as members of communities and families that strive to make a difference in a world that so desperately needs our help.

Our consumer culture that places so much value on ‘things’ and less value on ‘people’ should cause us to pause and ask ourselves a few questions:

  • Have I been caught up in the holiday frenzy of spending too much money on things that don’t really last? If so, how can I make my presence a present?
  • What thoughts dominate my thinking at this time of year?  Are they thoughts of the next SALE or the next DEAL?
  • How do I treat my family members?  How can I show others that I really care for them and love them? Perhaps a short morning meditation each day, like the following, on the REAL meaning of Christmas can get us off to a great start: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Our charitable activities as Knights of Columbus encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and ACDS projects and other local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless. Take a look at the latest figures from Supreme Council: In 2016, the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for the 18th consecutive year. Our charitable donations increased from $175 million in 2015 to a new total of $177,500,673 in 2016. In addition, we achieved our highest level of charitable service in 2016, volunteering more than 75 million hours of service. Be proud and stand tall my Brother Knights! YOU are part of the greatest Catholic fraternal organization in the world!

May God Bless you and your family and may God grant you peace and good health in the New Year!

Steve Scarallo,                                                                                                                                                             Grand Knight