Illinois State Council
Knights of Columbus
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By hosting a Fraternal Benefit Night, members will learn the advantages of the Order's many financial programs. Contact your Agent today!
We have created a fillable PDF flyer that can be used to help plan and promote your event. Click here to download.
Pope Francis Advances Cause for Fr. Michael McGivney
On Wednesday, May 27, Pope Francis advanced the the Cause for Canonization of 12 holy men and women including Fr. Michael McGivney.
"The Congregation for the Causes of the Saints recognized miracles attributed to the intercession of Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus; and to Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot, foundress of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary Association. The way is now cleared for the two to be beatified."
"On May 26, 2020, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:
"- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Michael McGivney, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Order of the Knights of Columbus; born on August 12, 1852 in Waterbury (United States of America) and died in Thomaston (United States of America) on August 14, 1890;
"Venerable Michael McGivney was the founder of the Knights of Columbus, now the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization. After studies in Canada and the United States, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop James Gibbons in Baltimore. He founded the Knights of Columbus as a mutual aid society, geared especially to working men and their families. He was known for his tireless work among his parishioners. He died at the early age of 38 from pneumonia."
Using Webex for Illinois KofC Meetings
To Join via Computer or Tablet:
- After you have registered, download and install the "Cisco Webex Meetings" App from https://webex.com/downloads.html or if you are using an iPad or Android tablet from their respective App Store.
- After installing the app, test the installation by clicking https://webex.com/test-meeting.html this will launch the application and connect you to a test meeting to check your audio and video settings prior to the meeting.
- At event time, click the green "Join Now" button in the email you received after registering. The application will launch (be patient) and you will be connected to the event.
To Join via Telephone (audio only):
- If you do not have a computer with internet connection available, you can join the event via telephone. The email that you received after registering contains a toll-free dial in number. At event time, dial that number.
- You will be prompted for a Meeting ID. Enter that with the keypad on your phone. Press # after you have entered the number.
- You may be prompted for a User ID. If you received one, enter that number and press #, otherwise just press #.
- You will join the meeting with audio only.
- If the event allows, you can "raise your hand" by pressing *9. The Host will unmute your phone and call on you to speak. You can lower your hand by pressing *9 again. (The Awards Ceremony probably will not have this feature available)
From State Deputy, Frank Schwartz re:COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Brother Knights and Families All,
After a great deal of prayerful consideration, I wanted to offer you a couple thoughts and ideas. Let me start with the (3) thoughts one might have after listening to the news. Faith, Fact and Fear you guessed it all related to the COVID-19 virus. In today's world this virus is on every radio channel, and every News station on TV and there is a story they report on. So, let’s try to break it down you and I:
- Faith: in time like these we must learn to pray often. To help you, below you will find a prayer to Mary Our Lady of Health. However, we must also turn to the bible and the teachings contained therein, the bible will tell us not only the history of events like this, but how God will guide us through this event with His love of each of us here on earth. God is the only one who that can give or take life, he rules over all of His creation and He is a Merciful God so try not to fear in that love.
- Fact: The fact is the virus is in our country and is affecting our daily lives both at our retailers and also in our day to day financial wellbeing. The facts continue to spread panic, which will breed hoarding, and can bring out the worst in all of us if we let it.
- Fear: The bible repeatedly states (i.e. the word of God according to the Holy Spirit.) “ Be not Afraid for I AM always with you.” If God is with us what do, we have to fear
So, all of us are dealing with church closings, cancellations of events both in our private lives and in our spiritual lives. Therefore, now more than ever, we must stop, slow down, and listen to God taking time to pray, and to hear his words. How do we do that during this event - let’s remember our Lord Jesus in the Garden when if fear he sweat blood, but then stated, “Not my will but Your will be done.” As a God Man, He felt what we feel and feared what we feel. The difference is He stated, “not my will but let your will be done.”
During this time, He took time to remember you and I by giving us His Body and Blood, so we could remember His love in each of us. Jesus suffered the crucifixion to include his scourging where He paid for all our sins.
Currently, I ask you slow down and pray that He remembers that love this Lenten season.
I thought I would share with you some good news as I have called several Grand Knights during this pandemic. Councils around the state are stepping up as it relates to local food pantries donating more than 1.7 million tons of food. In their donation (2) councils worked with a Walmart to ensure they would be able to get paper products donated as well. Other councils are delivering the food baskets to those in need. Yet even other councils are doing blood drives and working at their local parishes. So many councils are reaching out, helping out and stepping up in their communities.
The prayer below is yours to share. God Bless each of you and remember pray often.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick,
I look to you for the comfort of a mother's love,
I pray to you on behalf of those who are suffering
and for my own healing needs.
Mary, your love strengthens me
and brings me peace.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick,
embrace all who are emotionally and physically ill that they may return to
good health under your tender care. And please intercede for my very
special needs. (mention your needs here).
Mary, your love strengthens me and brings me peace.
** say your intention here***
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.
Finish Strong - Start Fast
- There is $7000 up for grabs in incentive money this month!
- Help Illinois finsh in First Place for the Month of July.
- At the moment we are in 10th place with a score of 15.38.
- Sign up new members and help Illinois TAKE THE MONEY!
- Faith in Action Replaces Surge With Service as Supreme Council Progamming Model
- A new programming model is being launched by the Supreme Council for the 2018-19 Fraternal Year. The new model reduces the number of programming areas and redistributes the most successful programs into new areasa of concentration. You can learn more by clicking here to download a flyer of frequently asked questions
Building the Domestic Church
- Through the Orderwide Building the Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that promote the New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes and grow the Order. Knights of Columbus has always been an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a ”domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish.
- Find the State program activities under Church link or click here.
- More information can also be found on the Supreme Council Website by clicking here.