State Convention Update

[Editor’s Note: The following email was sent by State Deputy Brandon J. Brown to all Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries of the Jurisdiction.]

 

Worthy Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries,

Good afternoon, I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. The State Executive team met by conference call last night. During the call, we received an update from Supreme on the current Coronavirus situation and how it has affected the business of not just our jurisdiction, but of the whole order. We also checked in on each other and discussed a game plan for the way forward. 

The Supreme Knight does not feel the situation with the Coronavirus Outbreak will end anytime soon. Per our Supreme Knight, the Supreme Office and State Councils should prepare for a long period (3 – 4 months) of limited contact events. The Supreme Council has established a fraternal working group in New Haven whose job it is to review all facets of this situation on a daily basis. Supreme will also be operating with a skeletal staff in New Haven, as most of their personnel have begun working from home. In addition to keeping tabs on the daily situation around the country, the fraternal working group will be working on new guidelines for meeting along with revised requirements for the Circle of Honor and the Star Council Awards. There will be weekly meetings held between the Regional Growth Directors (RGD) and the home office to better assist councils through this period. RGD’s will continue their regular calls with state officers and inform them of any updates. The Supreme Council will also be sending out updates to everyone via email on a regular basis.


With this information in hand, I have the sad duty of announcing that we will not gather to hold the 121st DC State Convention at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. In lieu of our normal meeting, the Supreme Knight has directed that all State Conventions shall be “Virtual Conventions” for this year. Supreme will be providing guidelines to the State Deputies as soon as possible. We will aim to hold the Virtual Convention on the same date as our in-person Convention on Saturday April 25, 2020.

I ask that the following forms still be submitted:

Delegate Credentials Form:
Please scan and email to State Secretary Chris Pierno ([email protected]org). If you don’t have the capability to scan and email it, please mail it to the State Secretary.


Council Program Nominations Forms:
As I have visited the majority of the Councils in the jurisdiction, I know how much great work you have done before everything changed. Please send in your best program in the four service areas to IPSD Otto Heck ([email protected]). I would ask that you scan and send those forms to the worthy IPSD. He will then scan all the forms in and the Past State Deputies will meet via conference call to decide on the four service areas. 


Mass Remembrance Forms:
On the Sunday of Convention, we usually have a closing Memorial Mass for our deceased brother Knights and their families in the jurisdiction. It is still important to remember those who have gone before us marked with the Sign of Christ. Please submit the Mass Remembrance Form to State Executive Secretary Tim Saccoccia ([email protected]). He will compile the names and we will remember those names at a future Mass.

Worthy Sirs, we are living in unprecedented times, but we are Knights. We are united by our faith and brotherhood and we will overcome all that this world throws at us. This is not the first time our order has seen a pandemic. It will withstand this one as it did in 1918. Please stay united with your members and your family. Please stay united with your District Deputies and State Council. Let us continue to pray for each other and pray for our world. I continue to entrust all our brother Knights in the District of Columbia and beyond to Our Lady of Lourdes. May she guide, protect, and keep us all safe.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Vivat Jesus,
Brandon Brown
State Deputy, DC Knights of Columbus

Coronavirus Novena

Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, invites all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and all members of the Knights of Columbus and their families to join him in praying a novena — nine days of prayer — to the Blessed Virgin Mary beginning Sunday, March 15.

The novena, inspired by a prayer by Pope Francis, asks Mary for her intercession and protection from the coronavirus. A video from the archbishop follows, with the text of the prayer below. To download a copy for printing, click here and to download a card version for printing, click here.

 

Full prayer: 

O Mary,
you always brighten our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.
O loving Mother,
you know what we need,
and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.
Intercede for us with your Son Jesus,
the Divine Physician,
for those who have fallen ill,
for those who are vulnerable,
and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows,
so as to lead us, through the Cross,
to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God.
In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response

State Deputy Brandon J. Brown of the District of Columbia State Council sent this message to Grand Knights in response to calls from the Supreme Knights and CDC.
 
Yesterday afternoon the Supreme Knight sent out guidance and recommendations on how Councils should proceed during the pandemic of the Coronavirus. As State Deputy of this Jurisdiction, it is my responsibility to ensure that all brother Knights are being as safe as possible during these times. The State Officers & Staff care for the health and safety of all our Knights and their families.
 
With the suggested recommendations below, I would ask the following-
  • Hold all Council meetings via conference call. The State Council uses freeconference.com to hold executive meetings and will continue using this method for the near future. I suggest Grand Knights sign up for an account. The use of freeconference.com is free and there are no charges unless you want to use an 800 number.
  • Any Council that have upcoming Fish Fry, please meet with your Pastor to access the situation and consider cancelling it. This should be a decision between the Council and the Pastor. I am not telling you to cancel, but seek guidance. I understand how much these Fish Fry’s mean to the Council, Parish and local community but consider the risks, and have that conversation with your Pastor. [Please notify [email protected] if you cancel a Fish Fry]
  • The upcoming State Combined degree scheduled for Saturday March 20th is cancelled. We had great momentum with the last month’s degree but the JPII Shrine has reduced its staff to essential personnel and I wouldn’t want anyone getting sick from attending. If you have candidates please visit them at their home and conduct the Combined Degree via video. Please notify IPSD/State Ceremonials Otto Heck if you use this method or need assistance. You can also have new members sign up via the online method.
 
If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the State Officers to answer any questions. If there are any brother Knights or their family who become sick, please let me know so I can notify the State & Associate Chaplains for prayer and possible anointing of the sick.
 
I entrust our jurisdiction to Our Lady of Lourdes during this difficult time. May Our Lady heal all those that are sick and give their family the strength to care for them.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us.
Mary Queen of the Knights, Pray for us.
 
 

Below you will find compiled resources from various governmental resources in regard to responding to and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please use them as you need. 

 
 
 
Information for Families and Households:

2020 Lenten Fish Frys

Join Knights of Columbus throughout the District of Columbia as we prepare to turn on the deep fryer and welcome in hundreds of families with a plate of fresh, batter-fried fish and a side of fries. St. Anthony Council #417, Keane Council #353, St. Martin de Porres Council #9386, and St. Cyprian Council #10008 will all be hosting Fish Fries, check the map and list below to see where and when they’ll be serving up the classic Friday Lenten Meal.

St. Anthony’s Council #417 – 1029 Monroe St NE

Located within St. Anthony’s Church                       
April 3, 2020, 12:00pm – 6:00pm 

 

Keane Council #353 – 6001 13th St NW

SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (Covid-19 Concerns)

Located within Nativity Catholic Church
March 6, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
March 13, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
March 20, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
March 27, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
April 3, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

 

St. Cyprian Council #10008 – 320 21st St NE

Located within the Imperial Room Annex of St. Benedict the Moor
April 3, 2020, 11:00am – 3:00pm
April 10, 2020 (Good Friday), 11:00am – 3:00pm

 

St. Martin de Porres Council #9386 – 4925 E Capitol St SE

Located at St. Luke Catholic Church
March 13, 2020, 11:00am – 3:00pm
March 27, 2020, 11:00am – 3:00pm
April 3, 2020, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Save Columbus Day in DC

The ongoing debate in communities throughout our country about the celebration of Columbus Day often centers on efforts to recognize the important contribution of Native Americans to the United States and the terrible way in which these peoples were treated by early settlers.  Instead of pushing aside the contributions of Columbus and the importance he holds in immigrant, Catholic, and Italian-American communities, efforts should be made to find another day or a separate, standalone opportunity to honor indigenous peoples.
 
We have just received word that the District of Columbia City Council has fast-tracked legislation to change Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the District.  The Council will consider this bill at its meeting tomorrow, October 8, at 10:00 a.m. at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW).
 
I would ask every Knight and their family living in the District of Columbia to contact both their City Councillor and the at-large Councillors to voice your opposition to this bill TODAY. 
 
 
Thank you for your service as Knights and for taking the time to ensure your voice is heard on this important issue in DC.
 
If you or anyone you know is curious as to the truth behind Columbus and his legacy, we would encourage you to visit www.truthaboutcolumbus.com and to read this article by Patrick Mason, a member of the Osage Mason. The Supreme Council also has a webpage “Honoring our Namesake” with additional resources and articles. 

Walk with John Paul II

Become a pilgrim in your own city and join us in walking from Our Lady Queen of Poland in Silver Spring to the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. This 12-mile journey will take us through Rock Creek Park for prayer and fellowship and will end with mass at the St. John Paul II National Shrine…

Faith Day @ Nats Park

Join your Brother Knights of Columbus at Nationals Park for the 2019 “Faith Day”…

137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis

The Supreme Convention a chance for us to see the breadth and richness of the Order. This year’s 137th convention was no exception! Over five full days, the DC delegation was able to welcome Knights from around the world…

Archbishop Gregory urges an end to divisive, disrespectful speech

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington preaching at the liturgy celebrating the Installation of Officers of the DC State Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington preaching at the liturgy celebrating the 2019 Installation of Officers of the District of Columbia State Council of the Knights of Columbus on July 20, 2019 at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Northeast Washington. (DC KofC/Alex Cranstoun)

In an August 1 article, Archbishop Gregory speaks about divisive and disrespectful speech and specifically mentions his meeting with the leadership of the Knights of Columbus within the Jurisdiction and his call to us at our recent installation to be caretakers of unity and fraternity. 

The full article from Archbishop Gregory was featured in the Catholic Standard. Here we have placed a few excerpts. Read the full article here

 

Our faith teaches us that respect for people of every race, religion, gender, ethnicity and background are requirements of fundamental human dignity and basic decency. This include newcomers to our country, people who have differing political views and people who may be different from us. Comments which dismiss, demean or demonize any of God’s children are destructive of the common good and a denial of our national pledge of “liberty and justice for all.”

 

I have recently met with leaders of the Knights of Columbus and many lay ecclesial movements in the Archdiocese. We discussed what we can do together to advance our Gospel mission. I encouraged them and their members to seek to promote respect for all, the common good and humble dialogue in a time of growing and destructive divisions. This request builds on the good work and outstanding service of the Knights and these exemplary lay movements in our family of faith and our Washington community. I asked their help in lifting up and defending the dignity of every person, promoting respect, civility and principled discussion of what unites us and where we may differ. We all need to reject racism, disrespect or brutality in speech and action.

 

I want to share this appeal with all of the faithful of this local Church and with our neighbors in this community we share. We must all take responsibility to reject language that ridicules, condemns, or vilifies another person because of their race, religion, gender, age, culture or ethnic background. Such discourse has no place on the lips of those who confess Christ or who claim to be civilized members of society. Speech that vilifies or denigrates another is a violation of the humanity of the speaker and those to whom it is directed – and deprives each of us of our God-given dignity. We must reclaim, reshape and refocus the national conversation on how we protect and promote the lives and dignity of all, especially, the least of these” (Matthew 25.)

 

 

2019 Installation of Officers

On July 20th, 2019, members of the DC State Council and their families came together for Mass and the Installation of Officers. The main celebrant was Archbishop Wilton Gregory, a brother Knight and Archbishop of Washington. He reminded us to always be hospitable to our neighbors especially in today’s sometimes hostile world. After Mass, the State Chaplain, Fr. Pawel Sass, presided over the Installation ceremonies where all the State Officers were installed along with Grand Knights from the councils present.

Fourth Degree Color Corps provided a special solemnity to the occasion along with the musical stylings of the J. Kemp Cook 4th Degree Choir. Also present were representatives from the Knights of St. John and the Knights of Peter Claver.