Diocesan Association e-mail Bulletin, Dec. 1, 2015

Diocesan Association e-mail Bulletin, Archdiocese of Kingston: Update Dec. 1, 2015


Liturgical Commission Appeal for Help              

     Fr. John Hibbard, Chair of the Archdiocese Liturgical Commission is appealing to all the councils and assemblies in the Knights of Columbus in the Archdiocese of Kingston for help with printing costs.

    The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Kingston would like to print a number of Booklets for the Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has proclaimed. These Booklets would be used both in Parishes throughout the Archdiocese and in the Cathedral for the Pilgrims who will come to enter the Holy Door and receive the Jubilee Indulgence. Another Booklet is designed for the Sick and Shut-Ins of the Parishes, who are confined to their homes or health care facilities. Pope Francis has asked that we reach out to them and all who are marginalized. Donations towards the cost of printing (estimated at $3-4,000) would be appreciated so that we do not have to charge people or the Parishes for these.  

      Donations should be sent to the Archdiocese of Kingston. Please indicated that it is for Jubilee Booklets.

Financial Help toward our Door of Mercy

     A symbol of the Jubilee of Mercy is the opening of the Holy Door in the Papal Basilica in Rome. Pope Francis for this Jubilee Year has decreed every diocesan cathedral is to have a Door of Mercy. St Mary’s Cathedral will embellish one of the existing main entrance doors with symbols of the sacrament of baptism.  Any financial contributions from council or assemblies to help finish the Door of Mercy would be most welcomed and also a nice way to contribute to the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Archbishop’s Oct 3 Remarks “We are called to be disciples”

      Remarks by Archbishop Brendan O’Brien at the last meeting of the Knights of Columbus Diocesan Association on October 3rdwere very informative and helpful for members in attendance.  He spoke about how the Knights may focus our support to our parishes regarding the needs across the archdiocese.  He went on the speak about the reason we have parishes about the purpose of the Church, is to make disciples, and he gave us general and specific ways our councils can help; including how we can participate in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, initiated by Pope Francis.

      A transcript of the Archbishop’s Oct 3rd message to our members is made available to us and is attached to this e-mail bulletin for all member DDs, GKs and FNs to use. A copy will also be go on our association website.

December 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston 

     The Archdiocese Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday December 8; and also the Inauguration of the Jubilee year of Mercy, with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist starting at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome.

December 13, 2015   10:30 a.m. The Opening of St Mary’s Door of Mercy:

      Like the Holy Door is opened in St Peters, Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy, our St Mary’s Cathedral in Kingston is embellishing a main door to the cathedral to represent our Door of Mercy during the Jubilee of Mercy. All are welcomed to attend the Opening of the Door of Mercy on Sunday December 13 at 10:30 am.

December 25, 2015 the Nativity of our Lord     

     Brothers, as we enter the Season of Advent and we look around at our neighbourhoods and families we can see and feel a sense of change, anticipation and preparation taking place; something is happening.  Again, Christians everywhere are anticipating and making preparations for Christmas, the Nativity of our Lord, and celebrating the coming of the Messiah.   May all Brother Knights and their families experience and enjoy the joy of the season and the peace that comes with knowing Jesus was born into this world our Savoir.   Merry Christmas everyone!

January 1, 2016   Happy New Year 2016

     Brothers, on this day of new beginnings, may we wish each of you and your families, all, best wishes for the year ahead, good health, happiness and peace on behalf of our association executive. 

January 16, 2016 Annual Diocesan Association Meeting, Kingston

      Saturday, January 16 is the day of our first association meeting of the year and as such is our annual meeting in which we will elect a new executive to take leadership for the new fraternal year.  The meeting will start at 9:30 am at St Mary’s Parish Centre, 260 Brock St., Kingston.  Positions up for election are Diocesan Director, Secretary/Recorder, Treasure, Trustee/Training Director, and Trustee/Seminarian Director.  Any third degree knight in good standing can run for office by being nominated and seconded at the annual meeting.  Simple. Plan now to nominate, vote and elect your choice for association offices for the new fraternal year. Plan now to bring a contingent of members representing your council to the meeting. There will also be important speakers and business items to discuss at the meeting. A detailed agenda will be sent out with minutes of the previous meeting in January. 

Some Upcoming Degrees

  •   March 5,              2016      3rd Degree      1 pm at St John Bosco Catholic School, Brockville
  •   May   27 & 28     2016      4th Degree       Kingston. Contact Garry Davis for more information.

    Brothers, if you have a degree scheduled in your area, why not help communicate it to other districts and councils so members know where to get advanced in their degrees.  Let our webmaster Ray Smith know and he will post any degrees you have scheduled on our diocesan association website for all to see. Also we can put it into the upcoming e-bulletins going out to all our member councils and assemblies.  

Council Youth Activates Update:                 

     Council Youth Activates should be well underway and holding their council competitions in the months December and January. Check with your District Deputies when and where the District Competitions are being held.  Most Diocesan Association level or Regional level Youth Activity competitions are planned for February and March. Please check the chart below for who the Regional (Diocesan) chair is and for the deadline date of the Regional Completions. The Diocesan Association website has additional information on several of these competitions to which some chairman have provided information for you.

     We still need a volunteer to be out Regional Chair for the Soccer Challenge position which will become active late spring 2016. Please call the Diocesan Director if you or someone you know in interested in taking this position.

Youth Activity: Regional Chair: Contact Phone# Regional Completion Date
Squires  Gus Morrissey  613 969 9506     
Special Olympics Dennis Keefe  613 483 5552     
Substance Abuse Poster Contest  Peter Scott  613 545 4052   Feb 13, 2016 Kingston

Basketball Free Throw Competition 

William Coppens    613 634 0375  Feb 20, 2016 Brockville (St. Mary's CSS)
Essay Competition Rick Frazer    613 802 8765 March 4, 2016, Kingston 

Christmas Poster Contest 

Stephen Dillabough  

 613 601 8925     
Soccer Challenge vacant         


Wanted: Host for Seminarian Appreciation Dinner Year 2017                                                               

    Every year in August, our Archdiocese of Kingston has a wonderful annual event in which we can meet, celebrate and thank the seminarians in our archdiocese on their vocation journey to the priesthood.  To be our future priests.  Over the years our Diocesan Association of the Knights of Columbus, sponsors of the Annual Seminarian Dinner, is blessed with member councils who volunteer to host the dinner.  Recently Morrisburg (2014), Belleville (2015) have held successful dinners and now South Mountain is making preparations to host the August 2016 dinner all adding to a 14 year tradition. 

We are now looking of a council to host the future 2017 event.  It is not too early to think about this honour. If your council is interested in hosting a future Seminarian Appreciation Dinner and if you have some questions to ask about hosting, please contact your Diocesan Association Director.  Yes, there is help and support available for host councils. Interested?

Want something in the next January e-mail Bulletin?      Degrees? Upcoming events? Contact William Coppens through e-maillcoppens@cogeco.ca

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