This year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is again asking the nation's Catholics and non-Catholics alike to participate in the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 to July 4. This will be a period of prayer, fasting, and advocacy to respond to the many threats to religious liberty the United States now faces.
This year, during the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom, share with your Council and Assembly members and fellow parishioners the importance of praying for our country during the days of the fortnight. Encourage them to attend or coordinate an evening prayer vigil at a government building, a religious-themed concert, an art show, a procession, a panel discussion or a march for religious freedom. Your Council or Assembly could also sponsor a special showing in your parish of the film For Greater Glory, about the struggle for religious freedom in Mexico. As the fortnight takes place when the liturgical calendar celebrates several great martyrs, including St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, another option is A Man For All Seasons, the Oscar-winning film about St. Thomas More's commitmennt to the faith despite persecution.
This is a time to remind our brothers and fellow parishioners that one of the Order's core principles, patriotism, teaches us to "love our country so much that we want it to embrace what is true and good. We want our country to be a place where human dignity is recognized and respected from conception until natural death, a place where religious freedom is robustly fostered, not just tolerated. Out of love for country we are vigilant, lest our freedoms be unduly curtailed for political reasons" (Supreme Chaplain Most Rev. William E Lori, The Meaning of Patriotism, 7 Jan. 2013).
For more information, visit fortnight4freedom.org
All Sir Knights, their friends, and family are invited to attend Washington Assembly 151's:
Spectacular Motown Dance Party
Saturday, May 16, 2015
7:00pm - 11:00pm
St. Luke's Catholic Church
4925 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC
Tickets are $30 per person, or $50 per couple and may be purchased from Dave Merriweather - 202-246-9134, Charles Coleman - 202-669-3096, or Bill Smith - 240-640-9440
Light Buffet will be provided | Dress to Impress!
Given by Washington Assembly #151 of the Knights of Columbus.
UPDATED (4/15/2015): The AWD Chili cook-off that was scheduled for Saturday April 18th will be postponed until the Fall. Thank you to all those who helped set it up and who were planning to participate.
The District will be hosting its First Chili Cook-Off on April 18, 2015 at St George’s Catholic Church, 19199 St George Church Road, Valley Lee, MD. 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.
As Holy Week draws near, please consider commemorating the liturgical season of Lent by attending the Relics of the Passion prayer program at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. This unique event, organized in conjunction with the Apostolate for Holy Relics, is a rare opportunity to venerate eight relics of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ in a program of prayer and meditations. It will take place on Saturday, March 28th at 10:00am and 3:00pm.
Among the relics that will be available for veneration during the program are: a piece of the Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross, and a piece of the table from the Last Supper. Venerated previously by over a million people across the United States and around the world, this event is the first time that these extraordinary relics of the Passion will be at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.
Registration is still open for the Archdiocese of Washington annual men’s conference on March 14, 2015. The theme for this year’s conference is The Biblical Vision for Men. Our Keynote speaker is Glenn Stanton. Glenn is the director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family and has authored five books on marriage and family life; he lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and five children.
In addition to breakout sessions where you will have the opportunity to gain practical insights for living as a man with biblical vision, a highlight of this year’s conference will include an opportunity to see the world class exhibit on the life of St. John Paul II and to venerate his relic at his national shrine located right here in the Archdiocese of Washington.
For more information, and to register, please visit http://www.adw.org/manonamission/