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Where There Is Darkness

There will be two private screenings of "Where There is Darkness", a true-crime documentary about a Franciscan priest from St. Augustine, Florida who was murdered in 2016. The film takes many twists and turns, culminating in a fight by family and friends of the priest to keep his killer off of death row. The film has already received multiple awards and is traveling through California this month. While the subject matter of the film is dark, it is ultimately a story of healing, forgiveness, and light. As a special bonus, the producers are coming in from Europe and the East Coast to attend the screenings and will be available for Q&A following the film.

The proceeds will be benefiting a future priest, Brother Sir Knight, and our Worthy Lecturer...Conor Maher of Council 12394 El Dorado Hills.

Here is a link to a description of the film and the trailer: http://wherethereisdarkness.com/film/

The screenings will be held on Monday, September 23 at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento Showtimes: 11:00 am & 6:30 pm Ticket price: $19.50. The link to online ticket sales: http://wherethereisdarkness.com/screenings/

Please share this information if you get a chance and plan to come if you have the time and inclination!

Priesthood Sunday September 29th

This year, Serra Club International celebrates Priesthood Sunday on Sept. 29th, 2019. It is a special day set aside to honor priesthood in the United States. The Office of Priestly & Religious Vocation, invites you to celebrate Priesthood Sunday. The lay faithful of each parish, school or other ministry can show their appreciation in their own special way for the priesthood and their own priests. You can find good ideas of how to celebrate this day in your parish by visiting the following link: http://www.priestsunday.org

We appreciate your support and prayers for all priests. May God Bless you!

"The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ." -- St. John Vianney, partron saint of parish priests

Chapter Meeting September 14th

Our next chapter meeting will be at St. Joseph church 1162 Lincoln Way Auburn CA 95603. Check this list for future chapter meetings. More details to follow as they become available. Check this flyer for more details.

Note: State Deputy Dave Abbott, State Membership Director T. W. Starkweather, and State Programs Director Ricardo Saldana will be hosting a State Deputy Forum on membership and programs.  All Grand Knights and council officers are requested to attend this very important meeting.  The State Deputy Forum will begin at 10 am.  The business meeting will follow upon completion of the forum. 

Don’t forget to contact Grand Knight Tom Epperson at 530-878-3917 and leave a voicemail with the number of people staying for lunch.   RSVP deadline for reservations is Wednesday, September 11th

Note: If you have not paid your chapter dues, check out the form here.

Feed the Athletes

Learn more about our feed the athletes for this year. Read more about the event. Learn how to support the "Feed" and fill out this form to donate to the cause.

Financial Beacon Life-Changing Events

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

State/Supreme News


Dear Brothers, we are proud to provide this great Evangelist and Fund Raising Program. We have the Cards in stock and are ready to ship. Please send your orders in as soon as possible. Let's make this our best year ever! Steve Sykes,

Follow this link to the Council Order Form and this link to the Public Brochure.

Soccer Challenge

See important message below from Percy Park, State Chairman Soccer Challenge Program Chairman.

Worthy State Deputy, State Officers, Chapter Presidents, District Deputies, Grand Knights and Brother Knights,

The Knights of Columbus Faith in Action program model is designed around Faith, Family, Community and Life. Each of these four categories include opportunities for youth involvement. The vision for this program model is for our brother Knights to serve in an inclusive way, to strengthen the bonds between faith and family, to grow deeper in parish life and to be a beacon for our community. Youth are an essential part of our mission.

To serve the youth of our community, we must move beyond the Columbian Squire Circle and instead offer your council’s leadership and skills to an existing parish-based youth group. If a parish-based youth group does not exist, consider working with your pastor to start a new group sponsored by the parish and supported by the Knights of Columbus.

Soccer Challenge

A Higher Purpose

Provide an athletic outlet for youth ages 9 to 14 in your community. Designed for players to demonstrate their skills in the penalty kick. Councils can sponsor a competition by ordering a Soccer Challenge Kit, or volunteer to host and/or support the district, regional and state/province championships.

Overview

The Soccer Challenge is a fun way for Knights of Columbus councils to engage youth in their communities with an athletic event that encourages the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition. Children demonstrate the most important skill in soccer – shooting accuracy on the penalty kick – and compete to reach the international level of competition. The program also offers an opportunity to introduce the Knights of Columbus to the community and recruit faithful family men of service.

Please access our Supreme website (kofc.org), select "Community Programs" and then select the "Soccer Challenge Program" from the Soccer Challenge site please print "Form 4578, Rules and Regulations", pages 6 and 7, to get started on the fast track for this Columbian Year 2019-2020.

And the King will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you do this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do it to me." Matthew 25:40

Yours in Christ,
Mahalo and Aloha,
SK Percy Park, PGK, PFN
State Chairman Soccer Challenge Program 2019-2020
(916)936-6145 or ""

Wheelchair Initiative

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

137th Supreme Convention: The World Cried Out. We Answered



At the 137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis, we celebrated:

We also awarded our program winners and top recruiters at convention. Check out their stories in this month's Knightline for exclusive insights on helping Knights answer the call.

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!

State Advocate Guidance Paper

Worthy District Deputies, Grand Knights, Chapter Presidents, District Mentors, District Masters, Brothers All…Attached please find a Guidance Paper for your implementation.

Recently a Financial Secretary asked if the Chaplain of a Council or a Faithful Friar of an Assembly must be a Priest. The answer is YES. Apparently, there are over 40 Councils and Assemblies who indicate that their respective Chaplain/Faithful Friar is one other than a Priest.

Please read the Guidance Paper very closely and ensure that you have listed a Priest as your Chaplain on your Form 185.

Worthy District Masters TW, Ken and Ray…this applies to the Faithful Friar for your respective Assemblies as well.

This guidance paper has been approved by our State Chaplain Fr. John Cantwell.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.

Fraternally,
Rene Trevino
State Advocate

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

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