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The North State Catholic Men's Retreat

Mark your calendar for October 29-30 at Our Divine Savior in Chico. Check the flyer for more details.

Men's Cursillo Retreat: “We Shall Rise Again.”

My Brothers, I humbly ask for your consideration to join me, and several of our Brother Knights to attend the Men's Cursillo Retreat Weekend September 16 through 19th at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Applegate.

Here is the flyer for this retreat.

Please read more about the weekend and sign up at https://www.sacramentocursillo.org/. Fair Oaks Council 6066 has long been an advocate of this very special charism of our Church and Cursillo participation was a major activity that lead Council 6066 to the inaugural State Council Faith Activities Award in CY 2018-19.

This year I am leading the men's retreat as Rector and I invite each council to read about it, pray about it, speak with your loved ones and friends, then make the investment in yourself and sign up for the Cursillo Weekend. You won't regret it.

Listen to our community when we sing,

Lord I Need you may these words inspire you as they do me.

Humbly submitted.

Michael Ochoa. PGK Fair Oaks Council 6066
Men's Cursillo Retreat Rector
916-730-3178

Chapter Fire Report Update

Worthy Chapter Officer's, District Deputy's, Grand Knights and Council Members,

I would like to first start with a very BIG THANK-YOU to the whole Chapter for their continuing prays for our members and parishes and communities we live in during the major fire's burning in our area.

All Councils and Districts need to reach out to their memberships, parishes and the communities they live in, the area's hardest hits by the fire. As people start to move back into where they live, they may be in need of a helping hand in one way or another. Grand Knights (only) if any Council member has lost they home or is in need of funds to get back up and running, please reach out to the 365 Club for funds. At K of C California Colombian Charities P.O. Box 497 Gustine, CA 95322 or call the State office at 909-434-0460 or email

We have asked for and received from Supreme Council Funding, Food and Safety masks, work gloves and first-aid kit that can be sent out in part or all as the need may be. Please reach out to me at 707-631-0807, email at or the Chapter President Edwin Gomez at 530-682-9246 email at or Vice President Hector Poblete 707-980-6077 email with your needs. We will then move what your area needs or ask for more if that is needed. Please keep in mind that as the fires are put out and the rains come this will change these areas hit the hardest.

I look forward to seeing or hearing from you by email, phone or in person at the next Chapter meeting on September 18, 2021 in Marysville. I will have a follow up report and talk about some changes we are going to put in to play in our Chapter to better help our membership, parishes and the communities we live in.

Bro. Sal Di Marco III
Chapter Disaster Response Chairman

Message from Chapter President

Hello Worthy Brothers,

As many of you may have noticed the smoke in the air and wondering what the Knights of Columbus are doing to help!

The Knights are not First Responders, but are indeed second responders. The Knights go in after the smoke has cleared, no pun intended, and offer aid. Presently, our Chapter, along with the State Council, have a team actively tracking the local fires and developing a plan of action in anticipation of potential necessary assistance.

As of August 8, 2021, a total of 6,172 fires have been recorded, burning 876,055 acres across the state. The State Council is approved for $30,000.00 in gift cards and non- perishable supplies. These will be distributed to three sites in the North, Central and Southern parts of the State. In the meanwhile, our Chapter has distributed $5,000 in gift cards to the officers of the Council in Susanville. They will distribute them on an as needed basis. We also gave the pastor of St. John’s Church in Quincy $2500 worth of gift cards to distribute to those in need. St. John’s has the closest ties with Greenville, the town devastated by the Dixie fire. Non-perishables will be distributed when safe access and a location are available.

At present evacuation shelters are operating in Susanville and Quincy. In addition, Lassen Family Services and the Community Clothing Closet are providing clothing and resources.

This is a great time to support the California Columbian Charities and am asking all Councils to donate to the 365 Club as this is the Charity’s primary source of funding.

Edwin Gomez
Chapter President
Northern California Chapter

For Our Patriotic Brothers

Check out this link for our Knights who are veterans who served our country.

Online Rosary from Auburn Council 8149

Joining info: Join with Google Meet
meet.google.com/wwf-hkmt-owk
Who: - organizer

I would like to invite everyone to come and share in the Prayer of the Gospels with us online every Sunday evening at 8:00pm. We will also include the Gaelic Litany to our Lady. This prayer can be accessed with the following link: http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/litanies/p03519.htm

Leo Tolstoy said "Give me faith, Lord, and let me help others find it." KofC Auburn Council 6149 would like to offer this rosary publicly to help others find their faith and come together in common prayer. The rosary is our expression of faith, and we would like to offer this as a service to the Christian community and to those of like mind to come together and pray for the common good.

We are open to questions, comments and feedback in an attempt to make this a more spirituality fulfilling experience. Comments can be addressed to me at .

"If I had an army to say the Rosary, I could conquer the world."
-- Blessed Pope Piux IX

A Call-out to All Brother Knights, Check on Your Brother

This is a CALL OUT TO ALL BROTHER KNIGHTS IN THE NOR-CAL CHAPTER. We must check on all our Brother Knights in this Chapter to determine if he and his family need assistance. This is especially true of our older brothers that are homebound, live alone and may not have family close by to provide assistance. Ask if they need bottled water, food, a ride to the store, etc.

Please check on all your Brother Knights and their families to see if there is anything we as Knights can do to help. Now is the time to step into the breach and be bold to help your Brother Knights. On top of the COVID-19, we have problems with wildfires across California. We have six major fires in Southern California – five in Central California – five in the San Francisco Bay Area and 14 in Northern California today.

YOU are not alone, we are ready and willing to HELP. I need to know if there are Brother Knights or family members who are in NEED. I won't know unless you reach out. Please call or email with a response to this message.

Vivat Jesus,
Bro. Salvatore Di Marco III
Disaster Response Chairman
Nor Cal Chapter Knights of Columbus

707-631-0807

State Programs Updates:

Here is the link to the guide for Remote Programs Reporting. https://www.kofc.org/en/resources/faith-in-action-programs/overview/11139-remote-program-supplement.pdf
With that and the use of the 2020-2021 digital state programs handbook you will be successful. Please contact me through you DD or directly at: or (707) 373-4913

Thank you,
Brother George Bagley
Assistant State Programs Director-North.

Live Streaming Masses

Note: Masses can also be found at LiveMass.net

Membership Incentives

Check out this flyer for membership incentives. The recruiter incentives begin June 1st, while all others begin July 1st.

Steps to a successful webinar

Check this information for your online presentation

Online (Virtual) Meetings

My Brothers,

Please find guidance regarding Online (Virtual) Meetings. This guidance has been provided to us from Supreme as we deal with the changes and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please ensure this is provided to every council in your respective area. Praying you Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.

Fraternally,
Rene Trevino
State Advocate 2019-2020

Coronavirus Restrictions

My Brothers,

Chapter President Michael Jones is requesting all Council Officers to sign up for this special webinar on using digital tools for meetings, voting and staying in touch with your members.

Remember to click the link and download the special pandemic prayer.  Distribute the prayer to your council members.

God Bless and stay safe.

Jerry Fong, PCP
Nor Cal Chapter Communications

916-832-7394

Email is or call 530-306-3110 or 530-644-2190.

Essay Competitions

Keep Christ in Christmas
Supreme Catholic Citizenship
State Catholic Stewardship

Worthy Brothers:

By this time everyone of the Essay Chairman should have:

The forms for both State Essay competitions are 2 sided with entry info on one side and the Instructions on the back side. Target dates also printed on the back of the entry forms.

The 3 Essay programs have been gaining strength for the last 3 years.

For more detailed information on the 3 Essay programs go the State website and look down the colored sidebar to the left on the Home page and click on any of the 3 specific programs. There is a lot of detailed information on the sidebar for all three programs.

If there are any questions please email me at or call me 925-673-8564

Let’s keep the ball rolling for more Essay participation than ever before. There were 5 Supreme Citizenship Essay award recipients from California of the 15 possible Supreme winners. Our Youth do an excellent job of writing Essays. Give them an opportunity to continue to do so.

God’s Blessings on all
Vivat Jesus
Claire Tryon, CA State Essay Chairman

Feed the Athletes

More details in the next Columbian Year

Chapter Meeting

Our next meeting will be January 15, 2022 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church 9539 Racquet Court Elk Grove, CA 95758. More details to follow as they become available.

Here is the video that was shown at the last chapter meeting.

Check this list for future chapter meetings.

Silver Rose Schedule

Worthy District Deputies and Grand Knights,

At the July chapter meeting I mentioned the Silver Rose will be in our chapter September 12 – 18. We will be receiving the Silver Rose on September 12, from our Nevada Brother Knights in Reno. PSD Dave Abbott will be accepting the Silver Rose on behalf of State Deputy Noel Panlilio.

Grand Knight Richard Roman, Susanville Council 4780 will be at the transfer ceremony in Reno. He’s taking the Silver Rose back to Susanville for a prayer service. On September 14 (late morning) it will be returned to the Sacramento area.

If your district or council wants to host the Silver Rose sometime between September 14 (late afternoon) through 18 please email or call me. Scheduling is on a first-come, first serve basis. I’m anticipating that a Silver Rose prayer service can be held at a morning Mass and one at an evening service. My hope is the chapter can hold eight or nine Silver Rose prayer services. I recommend the Silver Rose prayer service be held at the district level so more councils can participate. Please contact me by September 6th if your district or council wants to host a Silver Rose prayer service.

On September 19, the Silver Rose will be transferred to San Joaquin Chapter. Arrangements for the transfer are currently underway.

God Bless.

Jerry Fong, PCP
Silver Rose Chairman
California State Council
Knights of Columbus

916-832-7394


STATE SOCCER CONTEST

 

THIS IS ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2021

St. John the Baptist Parish soccer field
307 Montrose Drive
Folsom, Ca. 95630

 

Chapter Soccer Contest

The following boys and girls from Elk Grove, Lincoln, and Marysville, ages 9 to 14, were named local champions of the Knights of Columbus 2021 Northern Chapter Soccer Challenge competition and have earned the right to compete at the 2021 Northern State/Regional Soccer Challenge on Sunday, November 13, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Parish soccer field in Folsom.

Congratulations and Announcing the 2021 Northern Chapter Soccer Challenge Champions

Girls Age 9 years old Chapter Competition
Alexis Simon-Carlson - Council 11236 - District 12 - Elk Grove - Total Score 130 - 2021 Chapter champion
Taeya Van Duren - Council 9202 - District 6 - Lincoln - Total Score 80

Boys Age 9 years old Chapter Competition
Pavel Espinoza - Council 5978 - District 4 - Marysville - Total Score 130 - 2021 Chapter Champion

Girls Age 10 years old Chapter Competition No Contestant

Boys Age 10 years old Chapter Competition
Jacob McNaught - Council 11236 - District 12 - Elk Grove - Total Score 125 - 2021 Chapter Champion

Girls Age 11 years old Chapter Competition
No Contestant

Boys Age 11 years old Chapter Competition
Matthew Harder - Council 11236 - District 12 - Elk Grove - Total Score 145 - 2021 Chapter Champion

Girls Age 12 year old Chapter Competition
No Contestant

Boys Age 12 years old Chapter Competition
Logan Eads - Council 9202 - District 6 - Lincoln - Total Score 170 - 2021 Chapter Champion

Girls Age 13 years old Chapter Competition
Alyssa Jensen - Council 9202 - District 6 - Lincoln - Total Score 225 - 2021 Chapter Champion

Boys Age 13 year old Chapter Competition
Jacob Corley - Council 9202 - District 6 - Lincoln - Total Score 130 - 2021 Chapter Champion

Girls Age 14 years old Chapter Competition
No Contestant

Boys Age 14 years old Chapter Competition
Owen Cannon - Council 11236 - District 12 - Elk Grove - Total Score 155 - 2021 Chapter champion

Free Throw Contest

Worthy Northern Chapter Presidents and Brothers in Christ,

Free Throw Championship - Faith in Action - Community Program

Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for boys and girls from the ages of 9 to 14 to provide an athletic outlet and encourage the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition. Kids compete within their own gender and age and progress from local level to district, regional and state/province competitions. This program is a great way to introduce the Order to your community and recruit faithful family men of service.

Branding always use the program’s official name: Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. Order Kit by Grand Knight or Financial secretaries can order the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Kit through supplies online, which can be accessed in the officers portal.

Set a time, date and place at least three to four months before your Free Throw Championships should never be held on a school day unless all participants are able to attend. Contact parks, schools, community centers or youth centers and reserve a basketball court. Ask local sports teams,colleges or universities to work with your council on the Free Throw Championship as part of their community outreach program.

While January is the month for conducting a council competition, councils can be flexible and work around the schedules of such teams.all local competitions should be scheduled so that the winners can participate in the district competitions.

Contact the schools in your area to explain the program. seek permission of the principals/athletic directors/ superintendents to conduct the program as part of their physical education or intramural program, or ask for an endorsement encouraging students to participate in this community sports program.

Resources

  1. #FT-KIT- Free Throw Kit (quantities of resources contained in FT-KIT are in parentheses below)
  2. #1928- Playbook (1 per kit)
  3. #1598- Entry form/score sheet (75 per kit)
  4. #1596- Vertical Poster (5 per kit)
  5. #1686- Horizontal Poster (5 per kit)
  6. #1597- Participation Certificate (75 per kit)
  7. #1809- Champion Certificate (5 per kit)
  8. #10646- News Release
  9. #10647- Champions Announcement Program resources can be ordered by your grand knight, financial secretary and/or program director on Supplies Online via Officers Online.

The following will be the 2022 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Program and competitions for Council 6197 and District 7, which also includes the Northern Chapter (Sacramento) and Northern State Regional.

These Knights events will be held at St. John the Baptist Parish, 307 Montrose Drive, Folsom, Ca. 95630 at Gallagher Hall across from the Parish Office which is located at the back of the church.

January 8, 2022 (Saturday) - Council 6197 Free Throw Program and Competition at St. John's Gallagher Hall in Folsom from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

February 12, 2022 (Saturday) - District #7 Free Throw Program and Competition at St. John's Gallagher Hall in Folsom from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Which includes Council 05322 Rancho Cordova; Council 06066 Placerville; Council 06197 Folsom and Council 13672 Orangevale

February 26, 2022 (Saturday) - Northern Chapter Free Throw Program and Competition at St. John's Parish Gallagher Hall in Folsom 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Which includes: District 1 Red Bluff; District 2 Chico; District 3 Gridley; District 4 Yuba City; District 5 Auburn; District 6 Citrus Heights; District 7 Orangevale; District 8 Placerville; District 9 Carmichael; District 10 Sacramento; District 11 Elk Grove; District 12 Galt; District 13 West Sacramento; District 14 Davis; District 15 Fairfield; District 16 Vallejo; District 17 Clarksburg

March 13, 2022 (Sunday) - Northern State Free Throw/3 Point Program and Competition at St. John's Parish Gallagher Hall in Folsom 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

LOCATION:
St. John the Baptist Parish - Gallagher Hall
307 Montrose Drive
Folsom, Ca. 95630

Northern State Free Throw Championship Coordinator
Percy Park (Jody)(06197 - 01903)
1005 Blue Ravine Road #225
Folsom, Ca 95630-3499
(916)936-6145

Northern Chapters:

  1. Northern California (1-17)
  2. Redwood (18-24)
  3. Saint Francis (25-32)
  4. San Jose (33-40)
  5. Oakland (41-54)
  6. San Joaquin (55-61)

Northern Chapter Presidents, please pass this on to your local Chapter Officers, Committeemen, District Deputies, Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries within your Chapter.

Eligibility

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is "open to all" boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, in your community. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of January 1 2022. Proof of age is required (copy of birth certificate) to determine age bracket for the competition.

Age Specifications

Ages 9, 10, 11 (both boys and girls) Use a woman's size regulation basketball and shoot from a 12 foot foul line to a 10 foot basket. This 12 foot line should be clearly marked with athletic or masking tape.

Ages 12, 13, 14 (girls competition) Use a woman's size regulation basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line 15 feet at a 10 foot basket.

Ages 12, 13, 14 (boys competition) Use a men's size regulation basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line 15 feet at a 10 foot basket.

Competition Levels and Scoring

Council level - Three warm up shoots and 15 free throw attempts to determine highest score by age group, boys and girls, to determine the winner.

District Level - Three warm up shoots and 25 free throw attempts to determine highest score by age group, boys and girls, to determine the winner.

Chapter Level - Three warm up shoots and 25 free throw attempts to determine highest score by age group, boys and girls, to determine the winner.

State Level - Three warm up shoots and 25 free throw attempts to determine highest score by age group, boys and girls, to determine the winner.

Order the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT) using this order form. You can also use the order form in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436), or call the Department of Fraternal Services at 203-752-4270.

Schedule a date and location for the event. Contact schools, community centers and youth centers to reserve a basketball court.

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for me.” Matthew 25:40

Vivat Jesus,
Mahalo and Aloha,

SK Percy Park, PGK, PFN Nor Cal Chapter Soccer Challenge 2020-2021
Nor Cal Chapter Free Throw Championship 2020-2021
Nor Cal Chapter Special Olympics 2020-2021
State Chairman Soccer Challenge 2020-2021

Percy Park (Jody)
1005 Blue Ravine Rd #225
Folsom, Ca. 95630
(916)936-6145

Safe Environment Compliance Reporting

Worthy Brothers,

You have asked and Supreme has made the reports available WEEKLY regarding Safe Environment!! This was sent out to ALL Chapter Presidents, DD Mentors, and All DD's of record, and all those that recieve the STAR.TRACKER report.

Thank You,
Ken Rose
CA State Membership Data
1400 Meredith Ave #84
Gustine, CA 95322
209.535.6871

Wanted to share the news that the member status report is now available each week in Officers Online. This announcement was shared with all State Deputies at the recent meeting in Orlando as well.

See the files in English and Spanish. I think this will go a long way towards helping our members understand exactly where they stand with Safe Environment Compliance. Feel free to share with your Jurisdiction and help get the word out.

Just as Officers Online works now, what a member can view will depend on his access to Officers Online, and the fact that DDs will now be able to view the compliance of all their councils will bring more councils into compliance more quickly each year.

We are listening and making improvements.

Fraternally,
Robert J. Kish Jr.
Territorial Growth Director - West
Dept. of Fraternal Mission
Supreme Council Knights of Columbus
Cell 541-760-2821
Po Box 1332
Philomath, OR. 97370

Coats for Kids

Click here for the Coats for Kids form. Make your Coats for Kids drive shine with this helpful guide.

Council Credit/Debit Cards

Plan to read this update on methods of payment for our local councils. The memo is here and the procedures are here.

Financial Beacon Life-Changing Events

Check out this document for long-term care, life insurance and final instructions advice.

State/Supreme News

State Convention

Check out our flyer for the Country Store!

Say This Prayer During Pandemic

A pandemic prayer is available on YouTube if you choose and is on the Supreme YouTube Channel

New Combined Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity

Read this message from our State Deputy regarding this change for our degrees.

Wheelchair Initiative

Plan some funds in your council to support our Wheelchair Initiative. More details available in the flyer here.

Official Guidebook Launch - Leave No Neighbor Behind

Dear Brother Knight,

A few moments ago, the Supreme Knight launched the Coronavirus Pandemic Response Guidebook for Knights of Columbus councils. This new program, developed in record time, offers practical, safe, and helpful suggestions for actions to be taken by councils and assemblies during the pandemic crisis.

Please download the guidebook, review it closely, and use it to guide the service actions of your members during this time of acute need. In short, the main pillars of the program are:

  1. Support Your Brother Knights
  2. Support Your Parish
  3. Support Your Community
  4. Feed the Hungry
  5. Participate in Blood Drives

Download Guidebook

You are encouraged to do whatever portions of the program are suitable and feasible for your members and assets. Close partnerships with your pastors and community leaders are essential elements of this program.

The Supreme Council and Staff are working hard to coordinate the efforts of the entire Order during these challenging times. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. And please don’t hesitate to share your good ideas with

Thank you for Stepping into the Breach in this war with the Coronavirus. Your prayers, charitable contributions, and brave service will save lives and hasten the return to normal life.

Vivat Jesus.

Tom McCaffrey
Vice President
Fraternal Excellence

State Poster Contest Competitions

Here is the Keep Christ in Christmas Handbook

Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest participation form
Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest entry form

Here is the Substance Abuse Handbook
More details to be posted when they become available.

Help Support the Columbian Retirement Home

A few months ago, I called on you, and all California grand knights, to consider a Council donation to this year’s Columbian Retirement Home Appeal. If your Council is among those councils that have already responded, I thank you. If not, I respectfully again ask for you to lead your Council in supporting this Brother Helping Brother mission.

In my earlier appeal to you, I stressed our increased financial need, driven by decreasing revenue from the Corporation’s small investment portfolio, increasing operating costs, and continued rental subsidies. Now, our finances face even further strain as we are looking at the requirement to replace the heating and air conditioning system at our Columbian Center in Marysville.

Having served us for over 30 years, and as a convent for religious for many prior years, this HVAC system is now over 60 years old, inefficient, increasingly unsupportable and costlier with each year. This requirement to install a serviceable HVAC system at Marysville will yield additional cost savings long term, and we are assessing even more savings through future electrical service changes, but achieving these long-term savings come with up-front cost.

As I reported to you in my April letter, we have already taken what actions we can to minimize our current operating costs, thereby increasing funds available for direct support of those we serve. Among those actions we reduced postal costs this year by more than 80% by not sending individual letters to all 78,000 California knights, instead appealing to them through you, as their Council leader, to generate needed support.

This is why I am repeating my appeal to you to consider designating the Columbian Retirement Home Inc. as a one of the recipients of funds planned for charitable support in 2019. If your current budget will not allow, then I ask that you add an additional event to your 2019 program dedicated to fund such a Council donation.

Finally, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your kind consideration in assisting us in our Mission. I look forward to receiving your donation of support, which you can mail to: Columbian Retirement Home Inc., P.O. Box 4338, El Monte, Ca 91734-0438.

Fraternally yours, Ross W. Willour, PSD
President
230 8th St.
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 743-7542
www.columbianretirementhome.org

Executive Vice President
Victor L. Pesce, PCP

Secretary
David E. Williams, FDD

Your 2019-2020 Toolkit

Plan to bookmark the July issue of Knightline to help you have the most successful year ever!

Quick Tips from Fraternal

Thank you for all the work you do every day to help Catholic men become better husbands, fathers, sons and neighbors. It is our goal to provide you with the resources you need to do even more of the work that must be done and to be successful in your evangelization and growth efforts.

We are launching a new "Quick Tips From Fraternal" video series to help you, as a council leader, be more successful in your efforts to engage and recruit more prospective Knights. Every few weeks, we will release a new video via e-mail and on the Leadership Resources section of the website . The first video of this series features Damien O'Connor, Senior Director of Member Experience and Formation, and current grand knight of his parish council in Trumbull, CT. He provides six tips to successfully communicate with your pastor.

I hope you find these videos helpful and useful as you continue the good and necessary work you do. As always, thank you for all you do every day to grow the Order and keep the vision of Fr. McGivney alive. I wish you a blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Fraternally,
Mark McMullen
Senior Vice President
Membership and Fraternal Mission

Ceremonials Information

Worthy Chapter President, District Mentor, and District Deputy,

I note there is a problem with the changes we made in Ceremonials this year. So I would like to clarify some things that were stated at the Organizational District Deputy Meeting.

1. All requests for Knighthood and Formation Degrees, should be sent to the District Mentor and Chapter President for coordination and approval. They will send it to me for assignment of Conferring Officers or access to Formation Degree Team material from Supreme.

2. The email to use for these requests is

3. Remind all Degree Teams that the use of the Baldric is the preferred uniform for all degrees.

Any questions, please read the Membership Handbook for the Ceremonials section; then contact your District Mentor and Chapter President and then me.

Timothy L. Carvalho, PSD
State Ceremonials Chairman

Protecting Our Children: A Family's Response

I invite you to watch “Protecting Our Children: A Family’s Response,” the story of one family’s experience with child sex abuse and the hope and healing that followed. In this film, a brother Knight and his wife share the importance of faith and family in addressing the sexual abuse of their son by a close family friend. You will feel the pain of what they describe, but you will be glad that you met this family. Their hope is that all who hear their story will be equipped with the critical knowledge and specific steps needed to better protect the children in their lives. My hope is that this film will bring families, parishes and communities closer together to protect children from the serious risk of sexual abuse.

Fraternally,

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

1,000 Ultrasounds:
The KofC’s Greatest Humanitarian Effort WATCH VIDEO

Millions of babies have had a chance at life, thanks to 1,000 ultrasound machines donated by you and your brother Knights around the world.

Congratulations to our Knights in Manassas, Va., where the 1,000th machine was just dedicated! Read about the dedication here.

At the dedication, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said that the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative is the greatest humanitarian effort the organization has ever undertaken.

“Today represents a very concrete way in which millions of lives are changed for the better by the Catholic community coming together and volunteering together,” said Anderson. “What greater legacy can a person have than to save a child’s life?”

As hundreds of thousands gather in Washington, D.C., to pay witness to the Culture of Life, check out the video below and share our pride in the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound program!

CLICK TO WATCH

You can further support the pro-life cause by contributing to the Knights of Columbus Charities Culture of Life Fund. Click here to donate.

 

Reach Prospects Electronically!

Worthy Brothers,

Online Membership is allowing us to reach younger men where they are:  on their cell phones, tablets, and computers.  Statewide, over 250 men have joined the Order online so far this Columbian Year.  However, many other men have expressed interest in learning more about the Knights but were not quite ready to pay the $30 dues and join Online.

Now we have a tool to utilize that will automatically invite a Prospect to join Online and send him weekly messages about the Knights of Columbus.  Supreme is offering us automated, online marketing software called “Marketo”.  Each Council can request a Lead Generation Program for use at special events, conferences, and in-person prospecting opportunities.  Think of it as aDigital Prospect Card that will automatically send a weekly informational email to men who sign up!  Go to http://info.kofc.org/pagerequest.html  The page request form automatically sends your Membership Team an email with all the information they need to create the program.  In 2-4 days, the council receives a custom URL, available on any device, and the Lead Generation Program is ready to use.

When you use the link above, you will see this simple page:

Once your Council receives its Lead Generation Program, the page that a Prospect will complete asks only for First Name, Last Name, and Email.  You will need to use your laptop, pad, or Smart Phone to allow Prospects to sign up.  (Note: It is NOT intended to be sent out via email directly to Prospects.)

Once form is filled out, a prospect immediately receives a customized email from Council with link to join the Knights of Columbus online: 

The prospect is also enrolled in a nurture drip-email campaign, and will receive additional information weekly.

Finally, the Council receives a copy of all contacts enrolled via their custom “Marketo” form.

Then, bring a laptop, pad, or smart phone to all of your Council’s Faith In Action events and have one of your Brother Knights help men use your Council’s Digital Prospect Card.

Keep in mind that you should continue to offer the “You Were Born A Man, You Become A Knight” Online Membership card (Form #10536) to men when you are not using the Digital Prospect Card to sign them up via an electronic device.

Remember the December Challenge:  “Become A Knight Before Christmas.” (or at least by New Year’s Day)  Each Council was challenged to bring in one more Brother by 12/31/18.  Give your Council a Christmas present:  bring in a new Brother!

Please forward this message to any Brother Knight who may choose to use it to help build your Council. 

Yours in Service,

Michael Brault
California State Membership Director

619-548-3190

Council Officers Elections

My Brothers All,
The State Office is already receiving forms 185’s from councils that have already had their elections.

Please Review Elections in Sec 128 on page 54 of the Rules of the order that state your elections must happen in the last two weeks of May or the first two weeks of June each year. If your Bylaws say something else then you need to change them they can not conflict with the Supreme rules of the Order.

On Page 54,

Election SEC. 128. All officers, except the Financial Secretary, Lecturer and Chaplain, shall be elected annually, by ballot, at a regular business meeting held between the ​​fifteenth day of May to and including the fifteenth day of June each year, and with the exception of the Trustees who shall serve for terms not to exceed three years as provided by Section 145, said officers shall hold their offices for the term of one year from the first day of July following, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Provided, however, that elective officers of councils identified with colleges and universities may be elected at a regular business meeting held between the first day of March to and including the first day of June in each year after written notice is given to the members of the date selected.

Coats for Kids

Click here for the Coats for Kids form. Make your Coats for Kids drive shine with this helpful guide.

Super Bowl: Giving Coats for Kids The Knights of Columbus held a Super Bowl Coats for Kids event on Saturday, January 26th, at Mission San Felipe de Jesus in Forest Park, GA. Volunteers and Special Guest worked to Distribute over 600 warm winter coats to the children of this Mission. Join the Knights of Columbus today: KofC.org/JoinUs

Council participation is simple. To learn more about this great program, visit kofc.org/coats. To order coats for kids, click here. Or, should you like to find more details about the program, contact the Fraternal Mission Department at 203-752-4270 or .

Council Visibility

Worthy Brothers,

Although we are often reluctant to do so, every council should publicize its charitable works and activities whenever possible. Your parishioners should clearly see the Knights of Columbus are alive and active in your parish and community. Following are ideas to increase the visibility of your council and demonstrate our commitment in the parishes we serve:

  1. Ask all Brother Knights to wear their name badges whenever they are at church.
  2. Order council polo shirts, t-shirts, hats, vests, or jackets and encourage Brothers to wear them.
  3. Make use of your parish bulletin. Be sure to ask for a bulletin announcement on the weekend before an event, the weekend of the event, and even a thank you for participating the weekend after an event. If it was a fundraiser; show your results, where the money is going, and thank parishioners for their contributions.
  4. Whenever possible, write your bulletin announcements as an open invitation to all parishioners and add at the end of the announcement, “Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council __________ at ___________ parish.
  5. Use Knights of Columbus tablecloths, canopies and canopy back walls whenever you can. Use them at your breakfasts, dinners, sign up tables, membership drives, food collection tables (Food for Families), and at any event sponsored by the council.
  6. NOTE: tablecloths, canopies and canopy back walls can be ordered from links found on the state website: http://www.californiaknights.org or using the forms below. Tablecloths ​will be available for purchase at a reduced cost at the annual State Convention in Sacramento May 17-19, 2018.

  7. Always have flyers with a name, phone #, and email of a person to contact in church entryways and reception areas around your parish. Include, contact cards, photo displays of Knights in action andColumbia magazines in church offices and waiting areas.
  8. Focus on sponsoring spiritual activities (5th Sunday Rosary, men’s retreats, prayer groups, Bible studies, etc.) Show your parish that your council helps to deepen the Faith of the men who are involved.
  9. In addition, focus on sponsoring family activities such as parish dinners (even pot luck dinners), family movie nights, family camping trips, talent shows, etc. Sponsoring family events is a great way to involve growing families in the parish (with young fathers) in Knights of Columbus activities.
  10. Consider ordering the “Domestic Church Kiosk and Booklet Set” for your parish. Booklets are available in English or in Spanish. For $150, you will get the Kiosk with 225 booklets (15 each of 15 different booklets). Order using this web page: knightsgear.com/kiosk-set.

All of these should serve to increase Knights of Columbus visibility in your parish and community.
​Here are some forms to help you order the items mentioned above:

"Change a Life, Recruit a New Knight!"

Yours in Service,

Michael D. Brault
Assistant Membership Director and Recruitment Chairman

Another method to make your council visible is to share your Council's Story. Check out this issue of Knightline for publicity details

"Plan Conduct Act Fraternal Training Webinar!!"

Recorded Live - After the Live Presentation
Available anytime for replay
Knights of Columbus councils, since the time of our Order's founding, have actively responded to the most pressing issues facing people in our parishes and communities.

In this 1-hour fraternal presentation, we’ll offer advice to help you:
Plan Council Events that build Fraternity
Conduct Programs that Attract and Engage
Act in Charity's Sweet Name!

We will have Resources at Your Service in the Resource Widget. Register, attend as an individual or as a council group!

Click on this link to register

Substance Abuse Poster Contest

The Substance Abuse Poster Contest can begin as soon as early September, but participation packets need to be ordered by Oct. 31st. Here are some items you may need:

Diocesan News

Diocesan Retreat October

I pray you and your loved ones are well. Bishop Soto tasked us on creating a retreat for men to be part of the diocesan celebrations of the year of St. Joseph. We are planning a retreat on October 16 at St. Philomene Church in Sacramento. “Becoming a Man with the Father’s Heart”. Bishop Soto will be joining on video live for the event and we will have speakers.

I would like to invite the Northern California Knights to participate. As well as see if you are interested in having a free table with resources for men to visit during the day. Lastly to see if you could help us spread the word. We have been putting it out there on our diocesan channels since June.

This is the link to the information/registration. https://www.scd.org/event/becoming-man-fathers-heart

Thank you for your time.

Don’t miss our events!

Blessings,

Alex Barraza
Regional Coordinator of Youth, Young Adult Ministry
Pastoral Juvenil
Diocese of Sacramento
OYYA – 2110 Broadway – Sacramento, CA – 95818
916-733-0134 Fax: 916-733-0195

Seminarian Update

Here is a flyer updating our list of seminarians for the Sacramento Diocese. Let us show them how the Knights will support them from now on in their extremely valuable vocation.