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Membership Incentive - Take the Money!

Just in case you missed it in the “Fraternal Leader Advisory” from Supreme, the “12 Knights by Christmas” incentive started yesterday. I know it went to all leaders but it may have been missed. Let’s Get The word out.

  • Supreme INCENTIVE: Any DD in the US and Canada whose district recruits at least 12 new members between October 1 and December 31 will earn a $250 gift card. Click here to learn more.

  • The State will provide an additional $ 200.00

  • Total Incentive Possible $ 450.00

For Councils Too!

What Every Catholic Family Should Know

On November 7, there will be a Statewide Exemplification of the 4th Degree. The Northern and Southern Districts have combined for this Statewide Virtual Exemplification. The exemplification will begin at 10am and be concluded by Noon. Download the packet for your District and register today!

We Can Do It!

Membership is Free

The Knights of Columbus were thrilled to learn that Father Michael McGivney, our beloved founder, will be beatified and officially declared "Blessed" on October 31, 2020.

In recognition of this historic event, the Knights of Columbus are extending a special membership offer in honor of our founder.

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME MEMBERSHIP PROMOTIONAL OFFER:

Through 11:59 p.m. ET on October 30th, new members are being offered FREE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP for the first year.

Simply visit kofc.org/joinus and enter the code ILKOFC to take advantage of this special offer.

Father McGivney was faced with a pandemic in the 1880s, as we are today. In the face of that pandemic, he persevered in his efforts to evangelize those in his community, to form his parishioners in their Catholic faith, and to grow the Knights of Columbus. As his spiritual heirs, we can do nothing less.

Our pastor needs the Knights of Columbus. Our fellow parishioners need the Knights of Columbus. Those impacted by COVID-19 need the Knights of Columbus. Just as our holy founder surely would, we are resolved to Leave No Neighbor Behind, and to offer every Catholic man of the parish an opportunity to join the Order that Father McGivney founded some 138 years ago.

Pope Francis Advances Cause for Fr. Michael McGivney

More beatification news! Father McGivney’s beatification Mass will be celebrated on Oct. 31 and broadcast live by EWTN, Salt + Light TV and CatholicTV. You can also visit www.kofc.org/beatification — There, you’ll be able to join the live-streamed events, download council resources, watch free videos, discover the miracle attributed to Father Michael McGivney’s intercession and much more.

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."

You can read the full article from Vatican News by clicking here.

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.

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.

An Illinois Knight's 365 Prayer (2020-2021).pdf

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)