Knights of Columbus


The Real News of
Fr. Riehl Council # 934
Madison, IN. 47250
Knights of Columbus

812-273-1537

 

 

 

                                          Grand Knight                      Financial Secretary

                                          Greg Thorpe                                      Jack Dalgleish

                                          2610 S. College Hills Dr.                  1968 Fox Trails Le.

                                          Hanover, IN. 47243                         Madison, IN. 47250

                                          Ph. 812-599-1914                           Ph. 812-274-0437

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Coming events

Oct. 2 - First Friday Meal at Nor Rose Lodge: Prime Rib Dinner

Oct. 9 - Bob Schafer's Famous Swiss Steak Dinner

Oct 14—business meeting

Oct 24 End of Month meals

 

Honored

The Family of the month is Kevin and Bridget Fry

The Knight of the month is Jim Tatera

Members receiving their 3rd degree through the online Exemplification program were Don White, Scott Drum, Jordan Bear, Isaac Mounce, Noah Hall, Rob Suggett, Brian Cole, and Andrew Craig.

I've taken the opportunity to reprint articles about Fr. McGivney and the problems with the treatment or mistreatment of statues of Columbus. These were taken from Knightline, the Supreme newsletter, if you already receive it, then this is extra.

 

Meeting

The meeting agenda is 7:00 PM Rosary, 7:30 Meeting. We need the spiritual side as well as the practical. Our next meeting will be in Oct. 14th. At our July meeting, we decided to retain the present officers for the coming year.

 

End of Month meals

Oct.  24th is the next meal program. Contact either Benny Kelly 812-265-4399 or Mark Cheatham 812-801-1175 for information if you would like to help. Many hands make short work of the delivery time spent.

 

Who is Fr. McGivney?

You may have even heard that the pope has recognized a miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession and that he will be beatified this year on October 31. But you probably didn’t know these facts:

1. Not only Catholics but even Protestants were inspired by Father McGivney’s witness of faith.

Alida Harwood, the daughter of a prominent Episcopal minister in New Haven, frequented Mass at St. Mary’s Church where Father McGivney served. When Alida contracted malaria at the age of 25 and lay on her death bed, it was Father McGivney that she asked to see.

2. He was a surprisingly good baseball player.

We know that in one game with his seminary team he scored three runs, contributing to a big victory with a score of 23-6. He paved the way for a long history of baseball players who would join the Knights, including these MLB legends.

3. More forward-thinking than Yale? Father McGivney pushed the boundaries as a theater director.

At a time when, according to Parish Priest, nearby Yale University was limiting theater to only male actors, Father McGivney welcomed women to perform when he directed his parish’s St. Patrick’s Day play in 1880.

4. He helped young people take charge of their lives and create a better future.

Father McGivney saw that many young men were neglecting their religion and turning to alcohol abuse. In response, he founded St. Joseph’s Total Abstinence and Literary Society, a group that helped young men stay strong in the faith and become active in their communities. No doubt, Father McGivney’s experience with this group prepared him when he later founded the Knights of Columbus.

5. His vision for the role of the laity was very unusual for the time.

Seventy-seven years ahead of the Second Vatican Council, the idea that a Catholic organization could be led by laymen was quite extraordinary. Yet that was Father McGivney’s vision for the Knights of Columbus.

6. He ministered to inmates.

Father McGivney was responsible for ministering to inmates in the city jail. One inmate was 21-year-old Chip Smith, who — while drunk — shot and killed a police officer. Smith was convicted for first-degree murder and sentenced to be hanged.

Father McGivney ministered to him daily, and, on the day of Smith’s execution, the priest was filled with sorrow. Just before he died, Smith comforted him: "Father, your saintly ministrations have enabled me to meet death without a tremor. Do not fear for me, I must not break down now."

7. He was only 38 years old when he died in a 19th-century pandemic.

And that’s actually not surprising — life expectancy was short for priests in Connecticut during this time in history when the Catholic population was growing in America, disease was common and the priests were overworked.

8. He’s on the path to sainthood.

Father McGivney’s beatification this year is the latest development in his cause for canonization. You can help promote devotion to this holy priest — click here to join the Father McGivney Guild.

9. His belongings were burned when he died.

When Father McGivney died, his personal items were burned to prevent the spreading of disease. Only a small number of his writings and belongings remain.

10. He is known to intercede especially in four areas (from Columbia magazine):

•Employment and finances.Just as parishioners looked to Father McGivney for help when “No Irish need apply” was often included in job postings, so today many receive help when they are laid off or seeking a better job.

•Substance abuse. In Father McGivney’s day, alcoholism afflicted the immigrant population, and many now find relief from drug or alcohol abuse after praying to him.

•Family reconciliation. Father McGivney helped immigrant families struggling to stay together and to make ends meet. Today, Father McGivney continues to respond to the prayers of families.

•Return to the faith. Father McGivney founded the Order to keep men from joining anti-Catholic societies. Today, many Catholics receive favors when calling upon him to help their fallen-away children return to Mass.

 

1st Fri. Adoration

We are starting up this program again. with these changes,  The Knights are sponsoring the First Friday Adoration at St. Patrick’s Chapel,. Mass is at 12:00 AM, Adoration of the Sacrament following until 1:30 PM when Fr. will close the Adoration with Benediction. 1:30 PM,  Check online with Prince of Peace to determine if there are changes.

 

Columbus

We need to understand who and what was Christopher Columbus. The following is excerpted from an essay by Patrick Mason. Today’s protestors — with great vigor but little historical sense — seem eager to look for scapegoats. They want to cast all blame for the atrocities committed against American Indians at the feet of Christopher Columbus. Such efforts only serve to whitewash and revise the true history of the Americas.

We need to remember our history, the good and the bad so that we are not set up to repeat history’s mistakes. We need to take an honest look at all our forefathers. We need to give them the credit they deserve for what they did well while being mindful of the things that they should have done differently or better.

What we lose in the rush to scapegoat Columbus is perspective on how America came to the present moment in its troubled relations with Native Americans. Spain outlawed almost all enslavement of Indigenous people by 1500. Yet, 200 years later, the enslavement of American Indians thrived in British Connecticut. In 1850, Peter Hardeman Burnett, the Gold Rush governor of California, summed up the Anglo-American perspective when he said, “It is inevitable that the Indian must go.” By contrast, Columbus and the Spanish sought coexistence, however, complicated that sometimes became.

Columbus Day is a day for us to remember that bold and courageous voyage in 1492 that led to the first sustained contact between two very different worlds. It is a day to remember the many good things that have come out of that contact, such as the founding of the United States, the first lasting democratic republic.

It is also a day to remember our failings as a country, such as the Trail of Tears and the forced removal and re-education of native children in the 20th century — episodes that occurred centuries after Columbus and that the explorer neither caused nor condoned.

Each day, I see the continued hardships facing the first people of the Americas. I see the poverty, the lack of quality education options, and the constant interference in Native American tribes’ right to self-determination.

Instead of vandalizing statues or spreading misleading history, I would call on all Americans to follow the example of groups like the Knights of Columbus, and reach out to these communities or to those on the peripheries in your own neighborhood. Bring companionship to your lonely elderly neighbor. Form friendships with those who are suffering.

Rather than dubiously assigning blame to one man, together we can truly help make the United States a better place for all of us, and achieve harmony and understanding between native and immigrant peoples that has too often eluded us in our history.

At a moment when even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are under attack, it was inevitable that the current unrest would also engulf Christopher Columbus. His case is unique, though, because unlike the others, few people — least of all those who took turns stomping on his statues — know much about him.

They assume that he brought slavery and genocide to the New World. Europeans did, of course, commit many sins. But they did not introduce new evils; all of them — including slavery and genocide — already existed among Indigenous peoples, as they did throughout the world.

One person who knew Columbus personally was the Dominican missionary Bartolomé de las Casas. He earned the name defensor de los indios (“defender of the Indians”) because of his passionate diatribes against exploiters of native peoples in the Americas. Las Casas did not spare Columbus from criticism, but he also defended him against those who blamed him for all the disorders and violence that followed the first contact with Indigenous peoples.

The great explorer’s missteps, he said, were the result of ignorance and misjudgments about how to proceed: “Truly, I would not dare blame the admiral’s intentions for I knew him well and I knew his intentions were good.”

General Agent

This office is in the process of changing to another agent. You can contact this agent until we have one assigned to our council. Matt (Ernie) Ernstes ( our past agent) has taken a job with another insurance agency not affiliated with the K. of C. Insurance program. In the interim please contact the agent listed below. 

Field Agents

Tim Jarboe

Phone no. 812-367-0713

815 Missouri St. ,

Ferdinand, IN 47532 

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Websites

The website of the McGivney Guild is http://www.fathermcgivney.org/mcg/index.doHe has been elevated to the title of Venerable so he is one step closer to Sainthood.

The Indiana State Council website is at http://indianakofc.org/.

The website for the Supreme Council is: http://www.kofc.org/

The Prince of Peace website is at http://www.popeace.org/

-- 
Don Wood

 

 

Letter from Greg Thorpe

Brother Knights,

During our last meeting, the discussion came up concerning how much of a donation we could provide to assist our local community with a Safe Haven Baby Box.  As many of you know this has been a topic of discussion for a few months as some of our bordering councils have put these in place in their communities and are already impacting the lives of many.  

        The Madison Mission is a group of local women that promotes pro-life activities and is actively raising money to implement a baby box in Madison.  Not only do they want to put a box in town, but they want to assure all emergency service personnel are trained, funds are in place for annual fees, and a billboard to help spread the word is established. I have requested assistance from our local Mayor Courtney and now looking to our members for support. The City of Madison is already supporting with establishing a location that will work, I have also solicited them for some financial assistance with installation and purchasing.

        We need to pull together and help this cause as it is truly putting faith into action. I have asked Mike Sommers if we could take up a separate collection at the next Friday Night meal (Aug 7, 2020). Mike has agreed only asking we man the door while doing it. I am sure that Mike will not turn down some extra help with serving, cooking, and cleaning if you can. Please contact him and see what he needs. Please help get the word out about the meal and the donation box so we can help make this need a reality. Please try and plan to attend the meal if possible or donate.

        I understand that many are still unable to attend large gatherings and I know you will want to support the cause but do not jeopardize your health and safety, we understand. If you would like to donate, please send a check to Jack Dalgleish or send it directly to the lodge. If you would like to support in a different way, please feel free to contact me at my number below.

        One of the bigger challenges of this project is identifying a billboard and securing a cost that we could sustain it every year. This would also be an ideal opportunity for the Knights to show our support to our community, if anyone can assist on this, please let me know.

        I’ve also attached some information about the Safe Haven Baby Box. Use your favorite browser and read all about the history of the Safe Haven Baby Box. It is indeed eye-opening.

Link to Safe Haven Baby Box -  https://shbb.org