January 2019 Newsletter
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 7:00 PM
Our family enjoys the Christmas season. The birth of our Lord Jesus is a pious but spectacular celebration! So as I was thinking of what to write this month, I thought of our charge to build the domestic church. The birth and subsequent life and defeat of death by Jesus led to building the Catholic Church.
From the Supreme website:
“What is the Domestic Church?
It is believing that how you live your faith in your councils, families, parishes and community has a ripple effect that changes the world. It is the council, the family and the parish that knows that everything they do must be based in surrendering prayer. It describes the imperfect family and council who deliberately chooses to live contrary to what seems like a Godless world and says, “In our home, council and parish, we choose to live our faith.” It is the family and council who prays together, goes to Mass weekly, frequents the Sacrament of Confession and (because they realize they are powerless without God), deliberately avoids that which pollutes their minds and hearts. It is the imperfect, humble and joy-filled family and council that rarely preaches the faith because they are too busy living it.”
Do you and your family attend mass every Sunday? Do you still believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist? If not, is never too late to return to the church. Jesus calls each one of us to him always. Do we speak up when things in the world go against the Catholic Church? Do we just accept wrong and say nothing because it is “politically correct”? Each of us is expected to use our voice to express our love for the Catholic Church. We should be Catholic and proud of it, but do so with humility and respect.
Message and Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Gospel for 12/23, Lk. 1:39; 41-42)
“In great haste”: my brother Knights, these three words teach us volumes! Mary set out “in great haste”—and the rest is history. Mary is the first evangelist. With the incredible news of the Annunciation, she wastes no time fulfilling the command to visit her cousin Elizabeth. My brothers, we know that so many things can weigh us down and prevent us from delivering the good news to others with that speed and urgency. The Lord knows our every sorrow, weakness, fear, or excuse. And yet He invites us to look to our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and call upon her intercession. May we be known as her reliable sons who likewise carry the news “in great haste,” leaving behind everything that impedes us.
“This Month's Challenge:”
This month I challenge you to pray at least a decade of the Rosary daily. Secondly, we are often in situations in which faith topics come up and we choose to say nothing. This month I challenge you to engage in those conversations and share what you love about the Catholic Faith.”
We plan to hold a First Degree ceremony on January 10, at 6 P.M. A council meeting will follow at 7 P.M. A light meal will follow at 8 P.M.
Please check out the website for other events coming up. Wednesday dinners are beginning again, and fish fries are just around the corner. Please consider volunteering for some of these events; we can always use the help.
You should receive your dues for 2019 soon. Please return as quickly as possible. The majority of your dues go to helping area charities. A portion also goes to the State and Supreme to help with charities throughout the State and Worldwide.
St Francis Usher Schedule for Sunday’s 11:00 AM Masses:
John Schneller, GK
- Building Association meeting on Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm
- Usher at St Francis 11:00 am Mass January 20th
December - Council Meeting Highlights:
- Short Business meeting
- District Deputy Bill Bernesser gave his report and ask for Christmas donation of hygiene items for Holy Cross Services.
Membership Goals 2018-2019:
- Members needed: 31
- New insurance members needed: 11
Building Association News:
Deck the Hall...Fa la la la la, la la la la
We want to thank Tom and Elaine Phee and Bob and Ellen Jackson for decorating the hall and the bar area this Holiday season. There were so many compliments of how well it looked and very festive.
Thank you for all your time, effort and creativity. It looked amazing.
Building Association President,
Joke of the month:
A couple walking home from church met a little boy with a fishing pole over his shoulder, a modest string of fish in one hand and an empty bait bucket in the other.
"The Good Book," the man admonished, "says the Sabbath should be a holy day."
"Yes sir," the boy responded. "I'm punishing these fish for eating all my worms on Sunday."
News Year’s Bonus Joke
Hold that Lantern Up
Deep in the backwoods of Tennessee, a farmer's wife went into labor in the middle of the night, and the doctor was called out to assist in the delivery.
Since there was no electricity, the doctor handed the father-to-be a lantern and said, "Here. You hold this high, so I can see what I am doing."
Soon, a baby boy was brought into the world.
"Whoa there," said the doctor, "don't be in such a rush to put that lantern down. I think there's another one coming."
Sure enough, within minutes he had delivered a baby girl.
"Hold that lantern up, don't set it down there's another one!" said the doctor.
Within a few minutes, he had delivered a third baby.
"No, don't be in a hurry to put down that lantern, it seems there's yet another one coming!" cried the doctor.
The farmer scratched his head in bewilderment, and asked the doctor, "You think it might be the light that's attracting them?"
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