Parish Dinner ~ St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Council 15085 Celebrates Veterans Day

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Knights Celebrate Oktoberfest with Community

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

St John The Evangelist Catholic Church Annual Yard Sale

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Anderson says Knights’ efforts follow pope’s call to help world’s poor

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — As an international fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus is well-positioned to follow Pope Francis’ witness of “love for the sick, the suffering and the poor,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.

That “extraordinary witness” and the pope’s admonition to all to cast aside indifference have “captured the imagination of the world,” he said Aug. 5 at the opening business session of the Knights’ 132nd Supreme Convention in Orlando.

“As Knights of Columbus, we are well-positioned to respond,” said Anderson.

He made the remarks in a lengthy annual report detailing the organization’s accomplishments and initiatives in 2013.

http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article_Anderson.html

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Oktoberfest – Saturday September 21, 2013

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Running from late September to the first weekend in October, it is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

In WAYNESVILLE, we won’t have six million people, but we will share in the Gemütlichkeit…Gemütlichkeit means a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, with connotation of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and unhurry. Sounds like the perfect atmosphere for a Knights of Columbus event filled with the unity and fraternalism the order professes. We hope you will join us on Saturday September 21, 2013 at Frog Level Brewery with the Mountain Top Polka Band.

Oktoberfest Waynesville

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

 

 

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

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.

Four Parts of Retirement – Phase FOUR: “CARE”

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Okay, if you’ve been following along in my articles, you’ve read about the first phases that lead to retirement. Protection and accumulation of savings are the first time, followed by deaccumulation of those funds while making them last.

The final phase is care. At some point, at some age (hopefully a very advanced age), you will need to slow down. You will no longer be able to care for yourself. At that point, you will need to have assets available to provide much needed care, either at home or in a care facility.

As you probably know, the cost of care continues to rise. I cannot quote you a number here (I could give you specific details in a face-to-face meeting), but the nationwide average grows by leaps and bounds. How do you plan to cover these costs? Government programs might not be available, or might require you to spend down your assets leaving your family with little. The best way to handle the cost of care in the future is to plan ahead today. The Knights of Columbus offers long-term care insurance that can cover at home or facility care costs. And our product is backed by the financial strength of the Order. It has many benefits and our premiums are competitive with any other company.

The Knights of Columbus – the organization you trust – is in a position to help you with every phase. Life insurance, disability insurance, guaranteed retirement plans that turn into guaranteed income streams when you retire, and long term care. There is no reason to go elsewhere as you prepare for the four phases!

Contact me today to schedule a meeting.

Bill Matthews
828-371-2509
Ralph.Matthews@KofC.Org