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Thank You for Protecting Persecuted Christians!

Brother Knight,

Thanks to the generous support of our members and friends, we raised more than $138,000 during our KofC #GivingTuesday campaign to help Christians and those in their care in the Middle East.

This equates to almost 70 families being able to move back to their homes. Or, more than 1,970 families receiving food for an entire month. Together, we have made a difference — thank you!

Of course, the need is ongoing — most Catholics in this country are barely aware of the genocide. This Catholic News Service story spells it out clearly: Most Americans are more worried about Christmas shopping than saving a Christian life.

It’s time we made a choice. Are we going to sit by and do nothing? Or are we going to use this Advent to pray for our suffering brother and sisters and encourage others to do the same?

All it takes is a simple tweet or share using the hashtags #ChristiansAtRisk and #KofC. Sharing these links, or even emailing your friends about the situation, will cost nothing more than a few seconds, but they can make a huge difference in spreading awareness!

Together, we can continue to change the future of Christianity! Together we can continue to make a difference.

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510
203-752-4000

We’ve Given Thanks, Now Let’s Give Back!

Dear Brother Knights,

Just last week we sat around our tables, giving thanks to God for the great blessings we enjoy.

Today, on #GivingTuesday, it’s time to give back.

With your help, we can rebuild and resettle the predominantly Christian town of Karamles, Iraq. A few years ago, the town was devastated by ISIS forces — homes were looted, with Christian artwork vandalized and family possessions burned, while others were left completely in rubble, demolished by airstrikes. No home was left undamaged.

Today we’re working to restore these homes, brick by brick. We’re also working on other efforts in the region, including medical relief and education and food programs. Each and every one of these programs allows Christians to find strength and hope for the future and will allow them to return to the homes they love.

Watch this amazing testimony from Father Douglas Bazi. Despite being tortured, he opened his church as a home for Christians!

To do this, though, we need your help:

Donate. For about $70, you can feed a family for a month. For about $2,000, you can move a family displaced by ISIS back into their home. Whatever amount you donate, it will make a difference!
Let people know — via social media and email — that you donated. We know, we know — it doesn’t seem very humble to talk about your good deeds, but in the spirit of charity, we need you to help us spread the word! Just a simple tweet or Facebook message using the hashtags #KofC and #GivingTuesday is all it takes!

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these families. Together, we can change the future of Christianity!
BUILD A TOWN. CHANGE THE FUTURE.

One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to benefit
persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Week of Awareness for Persecuted Christians

Brother Knight,

Beginning this Sunday, Nov. 26, the Knights of Columbus will join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Catholic organizations in a Week of Awareness for Persecuted Christians from Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

During this week, many councils will be working to raise awareness about the plight of persecuted Christians. We hope you can join in these efforts, which you can learn about at www.kofc.org/weekofawareness.

You can also support our brothers and sisters who have suffered for their faith through prayer.

Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori has composed the following prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters:
Prayer for Persecuted Christians

O God of all the nations,
the One God who is and was and always will be,
in your providence you willed that your Church
be united to the suffering of your Son.
Look with mercy on your servants
who are persecuted for their faith in you.
Grant them perseverance and courage
to be worthy imitators of Christ.
Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations
to work for peace among all peoples.
May your Spirit open conversion
for those who contradict your will,
that we may live in harmony.
Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,
and to always seek your will in our lives.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

To learn more about the Order’s efforts to aid persecuted Christians and those in their care, or to make a donation, visit www.ChristiansAtRisk.org.

Sincerely,

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510
203-752-4000

We Honor Our Veterans!

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 2:41 pm

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day are opportunities to remember the sacrifices made by each and every member of the American Armed Forces and Canadian Armed Services — including so many brother Knights — who have served or who are serving now and who bear the wounds of war.

To these brave men and women we say thank you for your service. Please join us in a moment of silence to pray for each of them, especially those wounded and ill warriors still suffering for our freedom.

This Veterans Day we also remember our brother Knights who have earned the Medal of Honor for their heroic bravery while serving in the armed forces. In addition, we continue to support veterans through our Warriors to Lourdes program, sponsored in partnership with the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA. If you would like to join us in supporting a veteran’s journey of faith, click here.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Our Mother,
please pray to your Son, Our Lord,
for our warriors and our veterans,
for our countries and our continued freedom. Amen.

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510

Happy Birthday to Our Noble Patron!

Dear Brother Knight,

As we prepare to celebrate Columbus Day, the following links may be of interest.

K of C-Marist poll shows strong support for Columbus and Columbus Day
Blaming Columbus Misses the Lessons of History
A website about Columbus, presented by the National Christopher Columbus Association
New KofC-Marist Poll: Do Americans Support Columbus Day?
Christopher Columbus and Fake History​
Why Columbus Sailed: Interview with Scholar Carol Delaney

Sincerely,
Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510
knightline@kofc.org
203-752-4000

Help The Victims of Hurricane Irma

Brother Knight,

Hurricane Irma has hit Florida. The destructive power of the hurricane is unimaginable.

In light of such devastion, it’s easy to feel helpless.

But you’re not helpless. In fact, Knights and their families have already made a incredible difference in the lives of countless men, women and children affected by Hurricane Harvey with their prayers and support. And now it’s time to help the victims of Hurricane Irma.

When we work together, even the smallest contribution can make a big difference. And with 100 percent of your donation going directly to relief efforts, you know your gift will get to those in need.

Please DONATE TODAY.
Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510

Hurricane Irma Victims Need You!

Brother Knight,

Today we are grateful. Because of you and your generosity, countless people in the Gulf Coast region have found hope despite the horror of facing one of the strongest hurricanes the region has seen.

We’re stunned by the amazing efforts to help Texas, but a new disaster is now underway.

Hurricane Irma has hit the Caribbean, packing winds at more than 180 mph, making it one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic. Islands have been evacuated, while in Florida, Puerto Rico and elsewhere people have prepared for the worst.

The devastation is already catastrophic, and we once again urgently need your help. No gift is too small — every act of kindness shows the victims that they are not forgotten. We will stand by their side until they recover.

Please DONATE TODAY. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to relief efforts.
Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510

AID NEEDED IN TEXAS AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY

Brother Knight,

Many people in the Gulf Coast of Texas are reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey this weekend. Thousands have evacuated their homes, many of which have been damaged or destroyed.

The recovery process is going to be a long and painful one, and your support is urgently needed.

Please DONATE TODAY to help those suffering such devastation. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to relief efforts. This includes providing immediate needs such as food, clean water, shelter and other necessities.

God bless you for your support.
Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510

Take Action Today to Support Middle East Christians!

Dear Brother Knights,

Your immediate action is needed to help support the Christian communities in Iraq and Syria that are facing genocide at the hands of ISIS.

On Tuesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017. I urge you to contact your Congressman immediately and ask them to support this critical legislation.

This important bill takes the necessary steps to ensure that U.S. government aid actually gets to the communities that are suffering. Additionally, the legislation empowers law enforcement entities to build a legal case to charge and convict the terrorists committing these atrocious acts.

It has been nearly 15 months since then-Secretary of State John Kerry declared that ISIS is committing a genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. This legislation is an important next step in ensuring that we support the survival of our fellow Christians.

I urge you to visit our Action Alert Center to email your Member of Congress today. You can also look up your Congressman’s phone number and call their offices in Washington directly (just enter your zip code on the top right corner to look up your Member’s information).

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Fraternally,
Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight

Aid to the Middle East!

The archdiocese of Erbil, Iraq — home to one of the largest communities of displaced Christians in the Middle East — faces a shortfall of $600,000 a month in food aid. Without immediate support, the Christian population is facing a death sentence.

However, by donating a small gift each month, you can help save their lives.

How does this work?

Simply click here to select your donation amount and choose Make this a monthly donation. Without the hassle of filling out additional forms, the same amount will automatically be withdrawn from your account each month.

And, if you donate before July 1, your donation will be matched by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. One hundred percent of all donations will be used to assist Christian refugees.

Click here and make a lasting difference today.

The Knights of Columbus will match donations received by July 1 up to $1 million, and 100 percent of the money raised will be used to assist with food programs for Christian refugees in Iraq. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Knights of Columbus Charities Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Knights of Columbus has donated more than $12 million for Christian refugee relief since 2014 in support of communities ignored by direct U.N. or U.S. government assistance.