Archive for April, 2013


Caballeros de Colón

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Fundraiser / DanceMuchas gracias a toda la ayudaron a organizar este evento y aquellos que apoyaron con su presencia.

Many thanks to all the helped organize this event and those that supported with their attendance.

Bounce House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, April 20th HUNDREDS of people gathered together with food, fellowship and lots of dancing to raise money for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. It was a beautiful scene as families gathered with all their children… If you missed it, plans are already underway for the next one!

El Sábado, 20 de abril cientos de personas se reunieron con la comida, compañerismo y mucho baile para recaudar fondos para St. John la Iglesia Católica Evangelista. Era una escena hermosa como las familias se reunieron con todos sus hijos … Si te lo perdiste, los planes ya están en marcha para la próxima!

Achey Breaky Heart

 

 

The Creed

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

YEAR OF FAITH

OCTOBER 11, 2012 TO NOVEMBER 24, 2013

Catechism of the Catholic Church All this information is from the Catechism)

THE CREED

A creed is used to identify the proper object of loyalty and to define the group that shows such loyalty. In the context of religion a creed provides a brief authoritative formula of religious belief; a set of fundamental beliefs. The word “creed” comes from the Latin word credo, which means, “I believe.”

In order to separate themselves from Judaism and other beliefs, our early church leaders, the Apostles, struggled to develop a “creed” for this “New Way”, the following of the teaching of Jesus Christ. These followers of Jesus Christ developed a number of short professions of the faith. As they developed their various professions they were not initially concerned with uniformity of expression. However the need for one creed became clear to the Church leaders during the second and third centuries as this new faith spread throughout the known world. 

Two creeds developed to take a special place in the Church’s life: the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith while the Nicene Creed draws its great authority from the fact that it stems from the first two ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church (in 325 and 381).  It is common to all the great Churches both East and West to this day and it is the creed that we recite at Mass.

Almost one-third of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is devoted to the discussion of the two creeds; from paragraph 198 through paragraph 1065. As stated in paragraph 196, “Our presentation of the faith will follow the Apostles’ Creed, which constitutes, as it were, the ‘oldest Roman catechism.’ The presentation will be completed however by constant references to the Nicene Creed which is often more explicit and more detailed.”

The presentation is organized into twelve “Articles’, beginning between paragraph 198 and 199. Each “Article” is a direct quote from the Apostles’ Creed.

Each Article presentation discusses many specific topics dealing with the Article. It takes awhile to get through the twelve Articles but it is worth the effort.

Please note that the Catechism does not include the changes made to the Nicene Creed recently. For example, the word “consubstantial” found in the recent translation is not in the Catechism.

The Nicene Creed presented below is a copy of the current creed found in the pews.

 

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen

Next month we will look at the “Precepts of the Church.”

Worthy Grand Knight’s Message – April

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

What a great couple of weeks.  First we welcomed 10 new members to our Order and Council.  Thanks to all those Council members who made this happen, and to all those who helped and supported the Welcome Reception.  And “kudos” to our 1st Degree Team Members for their superb performance.  And special thanks to the ladies for their help with the reception and support of the families of our new members.

Council 15085 1st Degree Ceremony held March 24, 2013 welcomed 10 new members to our Order and Council. Pictured are: Sergio Rubio, Jesus Garcia, Jose Juan Matias, Refugio Castillo, Yanel Galindo, Jose Reyes, Ramon Pina, Efrain Chub, Javier Ramirez, Victor Tienda

Our LAMB “kick off” was extremely successful.  Thanks to all those Council members who participated, and special thanks to Chris for coordinating this event.  Our Council was well represented at the 2nd/3rd Degree exemplifications in Brevard (please see below). Thanks to those who served as observers Stan, Art and Gary; and special thanks to Dennis for his service as part of the 2nd Degree Team.  We sponsored the reception following the Diving Mercy Sunday Service, and our “Knights Night Out” at Maria’s was an extremely enjoyable event of food, fun, and fellowship.  Thanks to Sam Mattoni for coordinating this for us.

And our spaghetti luncheon this month exceeded all expectations.  Thanks to all those Council members who helped make this happen (and there was many of you).  And special thanks to Mark DeMarco for providing us with another fantastic meal and to Sam Mattoni for volunteering to provide the music.  Many of the attendees commented to me how much they enjoyed the event.

Our project to help the needy and homeless was very well received.  We made our donation of soap, shampoo, and tooth paste/brushes to Haywood Christian Ministries (HCM) and our project did fill a void in helping the needy and homeless.   The tour of HCM was enlightening; they do some really great work there in helping those in need.  Our hope is for us to continue our project and help those in need.

“Congrats and kudos” to the new organist at Immaculate Conception – our very own Sam Edwards.  Sam really did a great job at Mass.

And finally, I would again just like to say how much I appreciate all your help and support.  The good work that our Council is able to do is only possible because of your unselfish and dedicated efforts.  Again, greatly appreciate all that our Council members do for Council.

Vivat Jesus,

Lonnie 

NEW MEMBERSHIP INITIATIVE

Just a reminder that Supreme has announced a new membership program.  From now through the end of June, those Council members who sponsor a new member to our Order will be entered into a drawing where the winner will receive a trip to Rome for both he and his spouse.

From our Council perspective, we have done a great job with recruitment this year.  Would like to ask that we not curtail our efforts but try and support the overall membership goals of Supreme and State.  It would be great if we could hold one more 1st Degree Exemplification prior to 30 June.

CEREMONIALS: On April 6 eight Council members completed their 3rd Degree exemplification. Congratulations to Sam Edwards, Danny Pelletier, Victor Tienda, Jose Matias, Efrain Chub, Javier Ramirez, Jesus Garica, and Fred Waring.

Our Council has recognized the need to develop a 2nd Degree Team for our Council. We need volunteers for the team. Please contact Dennis O’Connell at 507-4822 if you are interested in helping.

 

Catholic, Jesuit University Denies Knights of Columbus Application

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Spokane, Wash., Apr 11, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gonzaga University president Thayne McCulloh will be reviewing the school’s Student Life Office decision which denied a Knights of Columbus Council application to be recognized as a “student club.”

On March 7, the university’s student life division denied the council’s application for recognition as a “student organization,” according to an April 5 report by the Cardinal Newman Society. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic charitable fraternal organization with 1.8 million members globally.

McCulloh stated April 6 that “Gonzaga honors and respects the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus, with which it has a long tradition and mutual collaboration at both local and state levels.”

He has chosen to review the decision of the Division of Student Life, and is expected to take 30-45 days doing so. The president will complete the review “as quickly as he can,” Gonzaga community relations director Mary Joan Hahn told CNA April 10.

The Knights of Columbus has a council at Gonzaga University but it is not recognized as a “student club,” the school has clarified, after reports surfaced that it denied the council its application as such.

“The Knights of Columbus College Council is on-campus and is supported by the University currently,” Hahn said.

“There are many ways for student groups to be present and active on campus,” she explained. “The initial decision pertained to recognition by the Student Life division under its current process.”

“They haven’t been banned,” Hahn added.

Gonzaga said that “the Knights of Columbus College Council (#12583) is already present within the student body and receives support from the administration.”

“Gonzaga University’s core Catholic and Jesuit identity recognizes, encourages and supports many student organizations that advance faith-related issues,” the school said, citing Gonzaga Right to Life and Blessed John Paul II Fellowship.

Though the Council currently exists, it is not recognized as a “student club” or a “student organization.” The decision not to grant the Knights council recognition as a student group was based on the university’s current “club recognition process.”

The Cardinal Newman Society posted excerpts from a letter from the vice president for student life at Gonzaga, Sue Weitz, saying that the Knights of Columbus could not be recognized as a “student organization” because the group is closed to women and to non-Catholics.

“These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”

Weitz cited Gonzaga’s commitment to “non-discrimination and inclusivity” in her letter.

“To embrace the diversity and yet endorse a group based on faith exclusivity is a challenge that cannot be reconciled at this time. It is a decision about social justice, equity, and the desire of the University to create and maintain an environment in which none are excluded.”

Gonzaga professor denies school’s claim to support Knights

By Carl Bunderson
Eric Cunningham, Associate Professor at Gonzaga University. Courtesy of Eric Cunningham.

Spokane, Wash., Apr 16, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A professor at Gonzaga University has countered claims by the school that it supports the campus’ Knights of Columbus Council after the group’s application to be a student organization was denied.

“Honestly I don’t see that they’re supported in any way,” Dr. Eric Cunningham, assistant director of Catholic Studies and faculty adviser to the university’s Knights council, told CNA April 15.

On March 7, the university’s student life division denied the council’s application for recognition as a “student organization,” according to an April 5 report by the Cardinal Newman Society. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic charitable fraternal organization with 1.8 million members globally.

“If they’ve been denied club status, the only way they exist here is that the members of the Knights of Columbus council are enrolled here,” Cunningham stated.

On April 10, Gonzaga’s community relations director, Mary Joan Hahn, told CNA that “the Knights of Columbus College Council is on-campus and is supported by the University currently.”

This year the council has met at a seminary attached to the university, but has not been affiliated with the university, according to university paper “The Gonzaga Bulletin.”

Cunningham has noticed that the council is “listed in our advertising materials,” specifically in a brochure “that goes out to parents” showing the group listed as a student organization.

“So in other words, we’re kind of using them as recruiting tool, telling parents that we have a Knights of Columbus council that their sons can certainly join if they come here.”

The Cardinal Newman Society posted excerpts from a letter from the vice president for student life at Gonzaga, Sue Weitz, saying that the Knights of Columbus could not be recognized as a “student organization” because the group is closed to women and to non-Catholics.

“These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”

Weitz wrote that the decision is not “some kind of litmus test of Gonzaga’s Catholicity,” according to The Gonzaga Bulletin.

“It is a decision about social justice, equity, and the desire of the University to create and maintain an environment in which none are excluded,” she wrote.

Cunningham understands that roughly $1000 of the council’s funds had been frozen by the Gonzaga student body association,  and he said that “what I hear from the membership, is that hasn’t been returned yet.”

“Not only are they not being supported, they haven’t had their money returned to them. There’s no official support.”

Cunningham has been associated with the council since 2006, and noted that he has made available to them the Catholic studies house, after “they were asked by the director of university ministry to stop meeting there.”

“They don’t have a chapter house, they were actually asked to stop meeting in the house they had been using. So I’d really love to know what Gonzaga is defining as support for the campus council.”

Catholic identity, Cunningham added, is neither well understood nor promoted at Gonzaga University. The school was founded in 1887 and describes itself as a “Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic university.”

Although during his pontificate Benedict XVI emphasized the importance of Catholic identity in Catholic higher education, “there was no ground for anything Benedict said to gain any traction,” according to Cunningham.

The decision to deny the Knight’s application to be a student group on the basis of non-discrimination policy “epitomizes the condition” at Gonzaga University, and that those who made the decision are “very much representative of the current governing climate of Gonzaga.”

Cunningham lamented that this is typical of numerous Catholic universities, saying that “there’s nothing new about this” and that it “goes on I’m sure at every Catholic college campus in America, that hasn’t made its decision to reform itself as a more ‘Magisterial’ school.”

“They just embrace a view of Catholicism that deviates wildly from any objective understanding of Catholicism that we might want to call ‘Magisterial’ or ‘orthodox,’ for lack of a better word.”

According to Cunningham, “Catholic universities are leading the way in turning Catholicism into a purely secular discourse and are restricting a serious intellectual engagement with what it means to be Catholic.”

Gonzaga University president Thayne McCulloh will be reviewing the school’s Student Life Office decision, and is expected to come to his decision shortly after the academic year ends.

As faculty advisor to the Knights’ council, Cunningham hopes to preserve the council as an “independent agent” rather than placing it under student ministry or the student life office at Gonzaga.

“We understand that Gonzaga considers the Knights of Columbus a discriminatory agency, and…they’re going to be better off as an independent, free-standing club.”

Tags: Catholic Universities Catholic Identity, Knights of Columbus

3801 Lancaster – We Are Pro-Life

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

3801 LancasterKnights of are Columbus Pro LifeA documentary film about Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society disaster, and the cover-up by state and local oversight agencies.

 

**WARNING** What you are about to see and read WILL disturb you beyond words.

 

PHILADELPHIA — A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling “house of horrors” that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also charged with murder in the death of a woman who suffered an overdose of painkillers while awaiting an abortion.    …more

Help for Needy Homeless

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

On behalf of the Council, Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza makes a donation to John Berrong the Executive Director of Haywood Christian Ministries.   On April 11, 2013 the Council donated various toiletries (soap, shampoo, tooth brushes/paste, etc) to assist the needy and the homeless.

Help for Haywood Christian Ministries

 

 

Asheville Tourists Baseball Outing

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

 

Join Council 15085 of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church for an evening of baseball and fellowship.

FRIDAY MAY 10, 2013, 7:00 PM

Everyone is invited: Knights, Wives, Children, Grandchildren, Friends, perspective members, and anyone else you want to purchase a ticket for.  Ticket prices are $9.00 per seat, $7.00 for child and Seniors.
For Tickets call SK N. Chris Amsler at 619-962-7720.

Getting to the Park MAP

From I-240

Take I-240 to exit 5B Charlotte Street South exit, go south approximately one mile on Charlotte, turn left on McCormick Place (AAMCO Transmission on the corner). McCormick Field is on the Left.


From I-40 Westbound

Take I-40 to Exit 50 Biltmore Avenue, go right off the ramp and North on Biltmore Ave past Mission St. Joe’s Hospital, past the Ford dealer, through 1 traffic light and right at the next street McCormick Place (Gas Station on the corner) McCormick Field is on the Right.


From I-40 Eastbound

Take I-40 to Exit 50 Biltmore Avenue, go left off the ramp and North on Biltmore Ave past Mission St. Joe’s Hospital, past the Ford dealer, through 1 traffic light and right at the next street McCormick Place (Gas Station on the corner) McCormick Field is on the Right.