thumb nine day novena 2016 downstreamIn preparation for Election Day, the Knights of Columbus is calling its members and all the faithful to join together in a novena to the Holy Trinity through the maternal intercession of the Blessed Mother, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States.

On the nine days leading up to Election Day — beginning on Sunday, Oct. 30 and concluding on Monday, Nov. 7 — please join Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori in invoking the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for our country.

The prayer is addressed to the Holy Trinity through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

Individuals, families, councils and parishes are all invited to participate.

“The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. He added: “Pope Francis has said in reference to the U.S. election that we should ‘study the proposals well, pray and choose with your conscience,’ and this novena is designed to help Catholic Americans do that.”

In 1791, America’s first bishop, John Carroll, entrusted the country to the Blessed Mother, and in 1846 the bishops of the United States reaffirmed that dedication, declaring Mary as patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

The novena prayer can be found HERE.
http://kofc.org/un/en/resources/news/national-novena.pdf

 

To our Immediate Former Master, Sir Knight John F. Winfrey:

For four years
This Sir Knight has stood the watch
While some of us were in our bunks at night
This Sir Knight stood the watch

While some of us were busy with other activities
This Brother Knight stood the watch

Many times he would cast an eye into the congregation and see his family standing there
Needing his guidance and help
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times
But he still stood the watch

He stood the watch for four years
He stood the watch so that we, our families and
Our fellow Knights could sleep soundly, Each and every night
Knowing that our Master of the highest integrity stood the watch

Today we are here to say
'Worthy Immediate Former Master’... the watch stands relieved
Relieved by those You have trained, Guided, and Led.
My Brother Knight, you stand relieved… we have the watch..."

Congratulations, and thank you for your outstanding service!
(Adapted from Goat Locker, “The Watch”)
Patriotically,

Mike Thumm
Master of the Archdiocese of Washington

It is with great pride I announce the appointment of our new Master. I received an email this evening from the Worthy VSM informing me that SK Mike Thumm has been appointed to the position of Master of the 4th degree.

Mike brings a background of leadership and organizational skills that will only enhance already proud name of our district.

Mike and his team will be working with me, and the current team to insure a smooth transition. Mike will officially take office on 1 Sept. Until then please copy both Mike and I on all communications.

This is indeed a proud moment for us as a District. Please join me in congratulating Mike and Patti, and wish them only success as they lead our great district into the future.

John Winfrey

Master

SK Col. Charles H. Gallina, USMC (Ret), KHS, PSD, FVSM, FDD, PGK-C, PFN-C - our honoree for the 46th Annual Exemplification of the Fourth Degree - speaks to Catholic TV about the Knights of Columbus Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage.

The Knights of Columbus, animated by its core principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, has a long history of serving the military. Its celebrated Army Hut program provided hospitality for members of the military throughout Europe during the First World War. Since then, the Knights has helped sponsor war relief activities, education programs for veterans and sponsorship programs for military chaplains, in addition to providing Catholic spiritual resources for military members and a steady stream of volunteers to the more than 135 VA medical centers. More recently, the Knights has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation by providing funding to help complete the construction of computer equipped custom smart homes for severely wounded heroes.

To learn more about the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, or to make a donation, please visit WarriorsToLourdes.com

2016ExemplificationLogoDue to a rush of registrations (and procrastination), the deadline for Candidates and Sir Knights registering for the Exemplification of the 4th Degree has been extended to Saturday, March 19th.  Registration will close at 11:00pm

For more information about the Exemplification, please visit our Exemplification Information page.  Sir Knights and Candidates can quickly, safely, and securely register and pay through our Exemplification Online Registration page.

District Prayer Intentions

  • For the healing of Edward Cunanan
  • For the healing of Helena Jones
  • For the recovery of Ed Padget
  • For the recovery of Pete Streiner
  • For the health of Mary K Page
  • For Bill Goodwyn in his struggles with Alzheimers
  • For the repose of the souls of the 5 Sulivan Brothers
  • For the repose of the soul of Althea Patton
  • For the repose of the soul of Marcia Kubic
  • For the repose of the soul of Robert Streiner
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