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.
This 'Good of the Order' article was adapted from and expanded upon from a 2015 'Good of the Order' article orginally written by SK Gary Patishnock, PGK, PFN
As Knights of Columbus, our first and foremost mission is charity. However, every year, the stress, secularism, commercialism, and materialism of the Christmas season can distract us from charity and the true meaning of Christmas. To me, the perfect reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and the continued struggle against the secularization and commercialization of the holiday is the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, which premiered 52 years ago this month on December 9, 1965.
In the beginning of the special, Charlie Brown is witness to several examples of commercialism and materialism among his family, friends and even his dog, Snoopy. In one instance his sister, Sally, asks Charlie Brown to help write her letter to Santa. Sally implies she is asking for a long list of gifts and says she will instead accept money, “tens and twenties,” if getting every item on the list proves to be too complicated for Santa. Today, requesting “tens and twenties” as a gift may not sound like a lot but, in 1965, when a postage stamp cost 5 cents and a gallon of gas averaged 31 cents, Sally’s request for tens and twenties is enormous.
Things reach a boiling point when Charlie Brown, ridiculed and laughed at by his friends and Snoopy for his choice in Christmas tree, loudly demands, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus then takes the stage and recites the following, bringing the special to a climax:
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
“And that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”
We all know Linus recites the annunciation to the shepherds from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, versus 8 through 14. But what you may not know is how close this part of the special came to not happening. Producers Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez pressured Peanuts creator Charles Schulz to avoid religion because it was a controversial topic. Schulz responded by saying, “If we don’t do it, who will?” And the rest is history. Linus helps Charlie Brown to realize the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown heads for home determined not to let commercialism ruin his Christmas, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” went on to become a hit that is still aired at least twice a year.
This Christmas season, and every Christmas season, I encourage you and your family to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas for a reminder of why we as Catholics and Knights of Columbus celebrate Christmas. The gift giving and receiving, the tree, the lights, and all the trappings are nice, but we must remember it is truly about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And please also remember to do something charitable this Christmas, maybe by making a gift to your favorite Knights of Columbus charitable program. Between Coats for Kids, the Military Chaplains Fund, the Wheelchair Initiative, Christian Refugee Relief Fund, and many more, you have lots of choices.
Merry Christmas, and Vivat Jesus!
Master of the Fourth Degree SK Michael Thumm has asked for intercessory prayers with Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno for former US Marine who is suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. The text of the prayer request is below:
A priest I went to confession to suggested I contact the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus as they would pray for my husband for the healing of his progressive incurable brain disease through the intercession of Father Vincent Capodanno. (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) My husband was a Marine, a grunt in the Vietnam war and was stationed at DaNang a year after the death of Father Vincent Capodanno. My husband was there when our government sprayed Viet Nam with herbicides. He was out in the Bush and they never changed their clothes and he came down with Jungle Rot and was hospitalized for three months. He also came down with a stomach ailment. Three years ago he came down with progressive supranuclear palsy. This is a rare, incurable and very progressive brain disease . There is nothing neurologists can do for him. There is no cure.
I joined the Fr. Vincent Capodanno Guild and we have been praying for my husband's healing through his intercession. I asked a family member if they would join us in praying for a healing and they told me God doesn't heal any more. He only did that in the bible. My heart just ached hearing this. Father told me look at Lourdes. There are still miracles. My husband and I would love to see Fr. Vincent Capodanno become the first Marine saint to help those marines who were,are and will be on the battlefield. I beg of you to keep my dear husband Larry in your prayers as well as the prayers of those who are members in the Knights of Columbus. Thank you and may God bless you, My husband says: "Semper Fi"
Let us pray, as Knights and as a united District for Larry and for the miraculous cure of his Palsy.
Almighty and merciful God, look with Love on those who plead for Your help. Through the intercession of your servant, Father Vincent Capodanno, missionary and Catholic Navy Chaplain, grant the favor I earnestly seek (mention the request). May Vincent, who died bringing consolation to the Marines he was privileged to serve on the field of battle, intercede in my need as I pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
10/31/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect further details from the Supreme Master about how the Social Baldric will be used.
10/26/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect an update from the Supreme Master that the Social Baldric will continue to be used.
This will be our District's first Exemplification under the new Dress Rules. At the Maryland District exemplification there were a mix of members and candidates in tuxedos and suits. Tuxedos, particularly for candidates, are no longer required but certainly can be worn. The social baldric will continue to be used at Fourth Degree Exemplifications. The social baldric can be worn at any social event under a tuxedo jacket or under a suit jacket. The social baldric should be worn over a necktie and under the jacket. The social baldric will not be worn with the new uniform. The PG-113, Emblem of the Fourth Degree, pin is now the only pin to be worn for any Fourth Degree event whether on the New Uniform, a tuxedo, or a suit. Those PG-745-US, commonly called the combined national flag pin, are now relegated to your weekday or weekend suit or sport coat.
Supreme has extended the deadline for the 25 percent discount on ordering the new uniform to Oct. 31, 2017. Remember, you can only get the New Uniform at the KnightsGear.org and the uniforms will arrive some weeks or months in the future. There are over 2,000 uniforms on back-order at this time. The New Uniform is only required for Color Corps events but we would like to see many more Color Corpsmen added to our ranks so please get yours ordered as soon as possible.
The Vice Supreme Master, in a memorandum about the new uniform, stated that, “Those members having the official member regalia (the new uniform) will be placed in front of those in current regalia…” Here’s how we did this at the Sea Service Pilgrimage earlier this month.
Whoever is leading the formation (Marshal(s) or CCCs/VCCCs will be in front regardless of new or old uniform. Right after them will be those in the new regalia or uniform, in order or colors as we do with capes. Then follow those in the Old Regalia in order as we’ve done in the past. I would make an exception here if the Host Master was in Old Regalia, and place him right behind the Marshals or CCCs.
The Laws & Rules Governing the Fourth Degree and the Color Corps Drill Manual are being updated and will be distributed when complete.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming exemplification!
Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,
It is rare to see a melding together of tradition and modernity as it is realized in the Papal Swiss Guards. The core mission is unchanged: since 1506 they protect the pope and his residence. What has changed are the methods and strategies, the guards that respond to the call and the environment in which they serve.
Clothed in each traditional renaissance uniform is a state-of-the-art trained Swiss security professional. They provide security services (visitors’ control, security duties, guard service and personal protection) as well as honorary services (at audiences, receptions, Holy Masses). The main task of the Corps is to "constantly watch over the safety of the Holy Father and his residence". Other obligations are:
The Swiss Guard have probably the most famous uniform in the entire world, the so-called “Gala Uniform” . The blue, red and yellow are the traditional colors of the Medici family.
The “Exerzieruniform” is entirely blue. It is worn for training and night duties. In winter and when it rains, a jacket is worn to protect the uniform from the elements.
At Easter, Christmas and at the swearing-in ceremonies an additional 17th century armor complements the Gala uniform. This includes a striking white collar, the white gloves and a silver helmet with a red feather for the halberdiers, a dark purple feather for the officers and a white feather for the commander and the sergeant. On both sides of the silver helmet depicts a relief of the founder’s Pope Julius II “della Rovere” family oak.
What many people do not realize is that the Papal Swiss Guard in their function as bodyguards have an additional “uniform”: plain-clothes. They are equipped with the SIG P220 pistol and the SIG SG 550 rifle (or its SG 552 variant) which is also in use by the Swiss Army. As Swiss Guard recruits must have passed basic military training in Switzerland, they are already familiar with these weapons when they begin their service. The pepper spray used by the Swiss Army (RSG-2000) is also in use. The Swiss Guard at the right is carrying a Glock 19 pistol and Heckler & Koch MP7 submachine gun in their function as plainclothes bodyguards.
Regardless of his uniform – or his weapons – a Papal Swiss Guard stands ready to serve the pope - “if called for, even by giving one’s own life for him.”