Archives for September 2006

Knights of Columbus

I just joined the Knights of Columbus and am now a third degree knight. The K of C started in 1882 as a fraternal organization of support for Catholics, who were often victims of discrimination and underemployment. One goal was to provide for fellow Catholics and their families should the breadwinner die young, which often happened in the working conditions of the 19th century. This blossomed into the organization the K of C is today.

The Knights strongly support pro-life causes and teach charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. We are also actively involved in local charity work. You can read more about this at the FAQ on their website. I think it will be a good chance to meet more people locally and get involved in charity work.

It turns out that a leader of a local K of C chapter is a guy I grew up with and went to church with. The leaders introduced him and he looked so familiar, plus his name was the same as the guy I thought he was. However, it seemed weird that a guy who grew up Methodist in my little hometown would be a leader in a Catholic organization 90 miles away! I thought that my situation was just as odd though. So I asked him, and it was the same guy. It turns out he became Catholic in 2000 and got interested in the Knights. It’s a small world.

Anyway, I suggest any male 18 years or over who is a “practical Catholic” look into joining the Knights. You can get involved as much or as little as you want.

2007 Liturgical Calendar

I just finished making up a 2007 Catholic Liturgical Calendar. I hope you find it useful. It has a complete listing of General Calendar Feast days, the level of festivity (solemnity, etc), whether the day is a Holy Day of Obligation, and each Sunday I list the week in the 4-week Liturgy of the Hours Psalm Cycle that is supposed to be used. I understand that it looks a little complicated, but the key at the bottom should explain the symbols.

Please contact me if you notice any errors. Thanks!

Knights of Columbus?

I got approached the other day about joining the Knights of Columbus. It sounds interesting and may be a way for me to meet people around here and get involved more. The guy who told me about it emphasized that it is not just about hanging out and said to me, “It’s not about that clubhouse out back, which could burn down as far as I am concerned…I don’t even drink.” So I am guessing that the K of C have a reputation for partying!

But anyway way, I thought it sounds interesting. Any thoughts?

Happy Birthday Mary

Today, September 8th, the Church celebrates the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It just happens to fall 9 months after we celebrate Mary’s Immaculate Conception.

The birth of Mary marks yet another important step in God’s loving plan of salvation, which reaches its completion in the person of Jesus Christ. Because Mary’s birthday is so important in salvation history, today we Catholics lovingly honor the one whom “all generations will call blessed” and whom the Church lovingly calls the Theotokos, or God-Bearer.

Labor Day

I hope everyone had a relaxing labor day weekend. I always enjoy three-day weekends. I am posting a Labor Day Prayer from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. It reminds us to reflect on the proper use of labor. I used it in class today.

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.