It is hard to believe that the new church year has begun and we’ve entered a new Advent Season. This church season for many comes with the stress that accompanies our attempt to balance the secular demands of the Christmas season with its true spiritual reality. As we prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child, and continue to prepare ourselves for His coming at the end of time; it is of some importance that we understand the verse from Mark’s Gospel and how our individual call to service and our Order’s principles guide us to accomplish our good works. The passage reminds us about the coming of the Reign of God and Jesus’ teaching that we each have a part in making God’s Reign happen. God calls each of us to successfully fulfill the role with which He tasked us. The role may seem small to us, but it is part of God’s great plan to transform creation.
Our venerable founder, Father McGivney, provided for our continual formation through the daily living of the principles of fraternalism: charity, unity and fraternity. As Knights, officers and leaders in our councils, districts and state, we are called to model the principles of charity, unity and fraternity in our everyday actions. It is these principles that are the basis of our good works and, more importantly, the very foundation of the relationships we build with our families, friends, coworkers, brother knights and especially those with whom we struggle for whatever reason. It is these same Catholic principles that are attractive to, and sought by, other Catholic men and families in our parishes. It is these same principles of faith that young men and families desire and seek. It is important for each of us to offer the opportunity of a growth in faith; an opportunity to serve God and neighbor through our council programs to every Catholic man and family in our parish. This month, I encourage every Knight to offer the gift of membership to a Catholic man and his family. I encourage all to recruit a “Knight before Christmas.”
Equally attractive to Catholic men and their families is our Order’s Building the Domestic Church Program. Young men seek programs that call them to be part of something bigger than themselves. These programs are a critical part of our ability to attract, recruit, involve and retain members and families. These programs also provide Knights and families a greater opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that promote the New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes and grow the Order. The Supreme Knight, at the State Deputies Mid-Year Meeting, announced that the Order will call on every state and local council to appoint a Building the Domestic Church Chair couple. Cindy and I will serve as the Chair couple for the State of Colorado. I challenge each council, before 15 January 2018 to identify a couple in your councils to serve as the Building the Domestic Church Chair couple. More details on Building the Domestic Church program are available on the following website: http://www.kofc.org/en/domestic-church/index.html
One final note. Cindy and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Mid-Year Meeting 8-10 December at The Hyatt-Regency Denver Tech Center Hotel. Almost half of the fraternal year is now behind us and while our start was slow, we have adjusted our game plan and we are hitting our stride. The last two months have seen a promising increase in our programming, recruiting and retention efforts. The start of the year is history. It is how we finish the game that’s important. This final half, is our half and I am confident that we will attract, recruit, involve and retain Knights and families so that we can continue to serve for God’s Glory and Our Neighbors’ Good.
Cindy and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and we pray that the peace and blessings of the Christ Child will be with each of you and your families throughout the Advent and Christmas Season and the New Year.
Your Most Humble Servant in Christ,
Jay J. Doherty
Colorado State Deputy