From the Grand Knight’s Desk
My Worthy Brother Knights!
Our lives as men in Christ in the Parish and the Knights has entered into a busy time of fish fry’s, shamrock shave, breakfast with the Easter bunny, free throw contest, and so many other wonderful events…but, we must remember to keep a focus on Lent in our lives, especially on the mercy and love of God and charity for one another.
“Believing in charity calls forth charity. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” – 1 Jn 4:16
The Lenten season asks us to pause our busy lives…To seek His mercy and forgiveness as sinners and reflect how we can improve our relationship with God. Each and every one of us are sinners in our lives and in this year of Mercy we are called to seek the forgiveness of God. As it states when we recite the Our Father Prayer, we ask for forgiveness on our trespasses and to forgive others of their trespasses against us. It feels sometimes so difficult to seek and give forgiveness for ourselves and others, but God calls us each of us to walk this narrow path as Men in Christ. This message of Gods eternal desire of mercy, love and forgiveness was readily apparent in the parable of the barren fig tree in this past weekend’s gospel…and that God never gives up on us.
There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, “For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?” He said to him in reply, “Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not, you can cut it down.” – Luke 13:6-9
During this past week in the RE class that I teach, we were talking about the upcoming reconciliation service. I made the analogy of the sacrament is like a cut on your body. An injury that separates our body from itself and requires help of another like a parent. This is much like our sin that separates us from God and the parental/Fatherly help is that of the sacrament of reconciliation that repairs our relationship between ourselves and God. The process is like a band aid for our souls. A good reconciliation can be a healing process and bring us closer in our relationship with the Father. The scar tissue that forms in that wound can be some of the strongest tissues in our bodies, much like our faith that is strengthened in this gift of mercy from our God and Savior.
During this past month…
I would like to thank everyone that has helped assist in our events. First, we held our district free throw contest and our first wonderful Fish Fry. Additionally, we had a new member’s social, thanks to all that attended to share how the Knights have and can impact the lives of you and your families. I can personally state with certainly the impact that it has made in my life and that of my family
This coming month…
Brothers we have a busy month. We have the second Fish Fry this Friday March 4th, followed by the Shamrock Shave on March 5th. Ken, I and the crew could use any and all the help that can come our way this weekend. Following that, we have the Bunny Breakfast on March 13th, and our third Fish Fry on March 18th. It is the Knights version of March Madness! So much to be involved within this month. Please come join us.
Also consider hearing about God’s Mercy in our Parish Lenten Mission which is coming up this next week on Monday March 7th and Tuesday March 8th.
Be sure to hold the date for April 2, 2016 for our 23rd Anniversary Dinner. This as a night where we get together with our wives/dates to celebrate our successes over the past year. If you have any pictures of council events over the past year, forward them to Dan Kotleba so he can upload them to Shutterfly and so we can use them in the multimedia show during the evening.
May God bless you and your families.
Bob Armstrong, Past Grand Knight
Thank-you Bob for helping me get through tax season by writing this month’s article for me.
Dan Perna, Grand Knight