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Archive for April 2016

Fortnight For Freedom!

Dear Brother Knight,

From June 21 to July 4, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will host its annual Fortnight for Freedom under the theme “Witnesses to Freedom.” In support of this theme, the USCCB will highlight 14 men and women around the world who bear witness to authentic freedom in Christ.

As faithful Catholic American citizens, we encourage your council to work with your pastors to be fully engaged in this special celebration. For suggestions on simple activities, please visit the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom website. Additionally, we encourage you to share the USCCB-produced 10-minute video on the importance of religious liberty that is available on the website. This could be done at a council meeting or as part of a larger parish or community celebration of the fortnight.

Lexington Council Members With Birthdays In April!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS!

A. Balinski
J. Farkas
T. Hughes
R. (Robert) Kenney
C. Kerrigan
C. Kinnane
J. Martinez
R. Mulhearn
D. Pesce
P. Podolanow

40 Cans in 40 Days Food Drive for Lent

The Grand Knight wishes to thank all the members and friends of Lexington Council who made the the latest installment of our food drive such a huge success!

SPECIAL THANKS TO REV. MSGR. ROBERT HARRIS FOR HIS EXTREMELY GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM. MSGR. HARRIS IS A 56-YEAR MEMBER OF LEXINGTON COUNCIL AND IS A BRIDGE TO SO MANY MEMBERS OF LEXINGTON’S HISTORIC PAST. THESE MEMBERS INSPIRE US TO KEEP THE LEXINGTON TRADITION OF CHARITY ALIVE, AND TO ALL BE BETTER KNIGHTS! GOD BLESS YOU, MONSIGNOR!

NOTE NEW REGULAR LEXINGTON COUNCIL MEETING DATES!

Effective with the April 2016 meeting, all Lexington Council meetings will now take place on the THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH at 7:30 P.M. at St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771, American Legion, at 519 Leonard Street. All Members are welcome!

NEXT LEXINGTON COUNCIL MEETING – ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Our next Council meeting will take place on Thursday, May 18th, at 7:30 P.M. at St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771, American Legion, at 519 Leonard Street.

The main order of business at the meeting will be Nominations for Council officers for the coming Columbian Year.

The Agenda will also include updates on several upcoming Council-sponsored religious and social events.

Come and join us a bring a fellow member along!

1st and 2nd DEGREE EXEMPLIFICATION

Lexington Council will host an exemplification of the 1st and 2nd Degrees of the Order on Saturday, April 30th, starting at 10:00 A.M. Candidates are requested to arrive at 9:30 A.M. for registration. The location will be the main ballroom of St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771, American Legion at 519 Leonard Street.

Any members who wish to sponsor a candidate for either or both Degrees is asked to please contact our Financial Secretary, Tony Olszewski, at (718) 389-0807 no later than April 22nd. Lexington Council is within just a handful of new members of achieving the coveted “Star Council Award” for this Columbian Year, for the first time in a number of years. We invite all our Lexington Council members in the area to come and observe the Degree, and welcome and cheer on our newest members. A 3rd Degree will be scheduled shortly. If you have not yet attended the new-format, 3rd Degree, please watch this website for the date and come join us!

GREENPOINT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARADE!

The 16th Annual Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Day Parade will take place on Sunday, May 29th. The parade, co-sponsored by Lexington Council #293, Knights of Columbus, St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771, American Legion and the Greenpoint Lions Club, will step off promptly at 9:00 A.M. from St. Stan’s Post at 519 Leonard Street, and march to St. Anthony’s Church for the 9:30 Mass offered for ALL Veterans, Living and Deceased. Come down, march or just line Manhattan Avenue, and help us honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The parade will re-form outside the Church and march back to the Post at about 10:30 A.M. There will be a brief memorial service and Flag-raising in front of the Post at 11:00 A.M. Refreshments and a show by the USO Show Troupe will follow the parade. We hope to see you there! God Bless America!

The Importance of Religious Freedom

Fifty years ago the Second Vatican Council released its document on the importance of religious freedom, titled Dignitatis Humanae. Today, religious freedom is seriously restricted in countries around the world, while at home, much work is being done to protect our First Amendment right to religious freedom from erosion.

Looking at the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, whose religious freedom case is currently being considered by the Supreme Court, and at examples worldwide, this new video — The Right to Religious Liberty — explains why the Second Vatican Council’s document remains so important and why protecting our right to religious liberty is critical to every person’s fundamental freedom.

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

“Believers, Thinkers and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God”

A Message from the Executive Director

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dear Friends,

Looking for a great read? Look no further!

Pick up a copy of Becket’s founder’s new book. It comes out today!

Hot off the presses, his publisher just sent me this write up.

There is no more divisive question in our country today than whether there is any basis for God having a presence in the official life of the United States.

In Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God, Kevin Seamus Hasson—founder and president emeritus of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty—offers a refreshing resolution to the age-old dispute surrounding the relationship of religion and state: a return to first principles.

America has steadfastly taken the position that there is a Supreme Being who is the source of our rights and the author of our equality. It has repeated that point for well over two hundred years throughout all branches and levels of government.

Never mind, says the secularist challenge. God is, to put it mildly, religious. Religion has no place in government. So God has no place in government. It’s just that simple.

He proposes a solution straight from the nation’s founding: The government acknowledges the existence of God as the source of our rights philosophically but not religiously. This idea of the “Philosophers’ God” is a conception of God based not on faith but on reason.

Hasson suggests that by recognizing the distinction between God as the creator of the Declaration of Independence and God in our faith traditions, we may be able to move past the culture wars over religion that have plagued the country.

In Believers, Thinkers, and Founders, Hasson examines the idea of the “Philosophers’ God” while looking at a host of issues—including the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer at public events, and prayer in public schools—as he demonstrates how we can still be one nation under God.