The New Mission for Men

Join Men from around the Archdiocese of Washington for Man on a Mission 2014 on Saturday, March 22nd at Bishop McNamara High School. The conference speaker will be Dr. Edward Sri who is a founding leader of FOCUS the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and a theology and Scripture professor at the Augustine Institute. Dr. Sri has authored several books and he has given talks at Franciscan University and appeared on EWTN. He will speak about the Extraordinary Mission for Men and offer practical insights for Living the Mission. Rediscover your mission this Lent at Man on a Mission beginning with good coffee at 7:30am. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.

Register Here or Visit the ADW Men's Facebook page for more info and updates!

The Archdiocese of Washington District has been asked to provide 150 of the over 1,000 expected members of the 4th Degree Color Corps at the 50th Anniversary Knights of Columbus Bell Tower Mass & Year of Faith Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on September 8th, 2013.

All Sir Knights with regalia have been asked to register online at: if they plan on assisting in this effort.

As a reminder, the Supreme Master (for this one event) has ordered Sir Knights in regalia to wear the PG-113 4th Degree Pins (the ones given at exemplification).

Pilgrimage to 'America's Catholic Church'

In observance of the Year of Faith, Catholics from throughout the East Coast will gather in pilgrimage, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Popularly known as 'America’s Catholic Church,' the Basilica is the patronal church of the United States and its preeminent Marian shrine.

The date is also the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica’s 56-bell carillon, which was a gift of the Knights of Columbus.

The pilgrimage begins with Mass at noon, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary and renewal of the Order’s consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Benediction and a carillon recital will conclude the activities at approximately 3 p.m. Confessions will be available from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C., 20017

Pilgrimage highlights include:


His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI has named SK Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Coyle, a retired U.S. Navy Chaplain Commander and current Pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Mineola, N.Y., as Titular Bishop of Zabi and auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS). After his episcopal ordination, Rev. Msgr. Coyle, 48, will serve under His Excellency, the Most Reverend Sir Knight Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Half of the United States.

Archbishop Broglio will ordain Bishop-elect Coyle in a solemn Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on April 25, the Feast of St. Mark. The Archbishop expressed great joy at the announcement in Rome and extended Rev. Msgr. Coyle a warm welcome to episcopal service in the AMS.

The Arcidiocese of Washington District, which serves as home of both the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, will have Sir Knights serving in a number of roles for the Episcopal Ordination, including event logistics, transportation logistics, and the valued presence of the Color Corps.

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!

adapted from and expanding on a 2015 Good of the Order by Sir Knight Gary Patishnock, PGK, PFN

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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