As I write this article, I am reflecting on the wheelchair distribution that I was fortunate enough to participate in earlier this month. What a heartwarming experience. It makes one think of how blessed we are to have mobility. I was very much moved by the children and adults whose lives were able to be changed. I will have more to say about my experience in a separate article for next month.
Membership in California continues to grow, but there are many prospective Catholic gentlemen who have not been asked to join the Order. We need to give every member of our parishes a choice to join, whether they have a larger amount of time to give or they can only be active in a few council events. The Knights of Columbus has a place for them and their families. They should be introduced to the various programs we have and they can choose what fits their interest. You may want to consider what your life would be if you did not join the Knights of Columbus organization. Would you have as many friends? Would you be contributing as much time to the Church and your community? Please keep asking.
The first part of the “Fund Drive to Help People with Intellectual Disabilities” is complete. Many of you held the drive on the scheduled dates. Now the equally important task of turning in the money and completing the paper work is upon us. These are funds held in trust and must be turned in immediately. If you have not held a drive yet, it is not too late. Ask your pastor for permission to hold a drive after all masses on a weekend in November. We are on our way to our first million dollar year, but we need everyone’s help.
The original reason for the first Puritan settlers to celebrate a Thanksgiving Day was to give thanks to Almighty God for His goodness, grace and bountiful provision. Today it has become just another government holiday for people to have an excuse to get out of work, and to start their Christmas shopping sooner.
The Bible tells us to set aside time to give thanks to Almighty God for His great and fantastic blessings to each one of us. Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Jesus Christ.” Let us not forget, in the midst of turkey dinners and sweet potato pie, that there is greater meaning to our gatherings.
Advent will be upon us soon. Have you asked your pastor what your council can do to lighten his load? As you all know, attendance is always up on the birthday of Jesus. Please speak to your pastor and let him know we are here to help.
Sandy and I wish you and your family a Holy and Happy Thanksgiving Day.