Color Corps Members from the Archdiocese of Washington, and other Calvert Province Districts, present the international colors at the 2015 Supreme Convention in Philadlephia.
Calvert Province Officials pose for a photo with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson following the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC
AWD & Calvert Province Knights lead the Episcopal Procession at the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC with Pope Francis.
AWD & Calvert Province Knights leading the procession at the Canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, OFM in Washington, DC with Pope Francis.
Knights from AWD & Calvert Province pose with a cut-out of Pope Francis following the Holy Father's Mass in Washington, DC.
Sat 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wreaths Across America Cleanup
Sat 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
AWD District Meeting
Sat 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Choir: Exemplification Practice
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address On January 20, 1981:
Each one of those markers (At Arlington National Cemetery) is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.
Under one such marker lies a young man—Martin Treptow—who left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.
We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, "My Pledge," he had written these words: "America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."
The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.
And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.
The District will be hosting its First Chili Cook-Off Saturday, November 21st at St George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St George Church Road, Valley Lee, MD. The event begins immediately following the 5pm Mass. Not only are we expecting to have some great food but we are looking to relax with families and have some fun. Each District Assembly should try and make this event. Knights of ALL Degrees are encouraged to dust off their favorite / award winning chili and corn bread recipes and come down to Southern MD to earn right to call themselves the “Top Chili Cook Off Chef in the Archdiocese of Washington Diocese Fourth Degree."
A special thank you to Father Andrew White Assembly and Father Sabastien de Rose Council for their gracious offer to host this event.
The armistice (cessation of hostilities) between the Allies and Germany in WWI (then 'The Great War') took place on November 11, 1918 - at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Since that time, beginning with the declaration by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) has been celebrated each November 11th beginning at 11am. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 am.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a Concurrent Resolution on June 4, 1926, and Armistice Day was created as a legal holiday by an Act of Congress on May 13, 1938. On June 1st, 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 380 renaming the day Veterans Day, a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs points out that many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.
As Catholic American Citizens and Knights of Columbus, we should seek prayers of thanksgiving for our Veterans - and attendance at Mass is a particularly great way to honor those who have served. Prayers of healing for those who have suffered service-related injuries - whether visible, catastrophic, or invisible, is a particular charism of the Knights of Columbus' 4th Degree - especially through our Warriors to Lourdes Program. Be sure to take time out of your day - particularly at 11am - to remember those who have fought and to thank those who have served our nation in uniform and who now live with us as fellow civilians and citizens.
Remarks by State Deputy Tim Saccoccia following Columbus Day 2015 Mass Christopher Columbus Statue at the Church of Holy Rosary
October 11, 2015
Father Marchetto, Fr. DeRosa, Brother Knights, Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is a great pleasure for me to be here today, and on behalf of the more than 2,900 Knights of Columbus in the District of Columbia, I wish to express my deep gratitude to our friends at the Lido Civic Club for being our partners in this very special day. I also wish to express my gratitude to Fr. Marchetto and the Holy Rosary family for your continued and gracious hospitality and to Fr. DeRosa for taking the time today to celebrate the beautiful Mass. Finally, I wish to thank the National Columbus Day Association for their continued commitment to celebrating the legacy of the Admiral of the Ocean Sea.
Last week, the Knights of Columbus celebrated, not our official founding, but rather that night in 1881 when the Venerable Michael McGivney assembled the men of St. Mary’s parish to discuss the founding of a new organization of Catholic families who would stand united for the ideals of their faith in a hostile world. In this way, these working class men and their parish priest established an organization which exemplified what Saint John Paul II would call nearly a century later – the new evangelization.
But, for their name and their focus, these men looked back four centuries to a hero of one of the last chapters of the old evangelization – Christopher Columbus, the Christ-bearer to the New World.
Indeed, Columbus knew that a successful expedition would open new trade routes and increase the economic prosperity of Western Europe. However, he also knew that these same trade routes would open the way for the Gospel. It was for this very reason that, prior to his expedition, Columbus wrote to Pope Alexander VI requesting missionaries by saying, “I trust that, by God’s help, I may spread the Holy Name and Gospel of Jesus Christ as widely as may be.”
As Knights of Columbus, we too follow this model of our patron. That is to say that our service to our parishes and communities can provide great temporal benefits – we feed and clothe the poor, we assist our churches with various tasks, we volunteer at charitable events. However, in doing this, we are an example of what it is to be a Christian. In doing this, we are living as true agents of the new evangelization.
Four hundred years after Columbus’ triumphant expedition, and 10 years after the chartering of the Knights of Columbus, Pope Leo XIII recognized the important contribution of Columbus is his encyclical, Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, writing:
“…it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching”.
Let us then, Knights of the great Christopher Columbus, and all Christian men and women of good will, celebrate the example of Christopher Columbus, both this weekend and throughout the year, by placing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at the center of all our endeavors.
May Mary, the Star of the New Evangelization, and her blessed spouse Joseph pray for us and intercede in all our efforts.