March 5, 2005 at 1:46 pm #974
A little bit about myself. I am a life-long Catholic orignally born and bred in NJ for nearly four decades. After living several years in the Florida Everglades, we finally settled in the hills of PA a couple of years ago.
I am married with one child in Catholic school. As part of my stewardship, I’m very active in the parish maintianing the church website ([i:1iyjdyo7]which I built from scrath[/i:1iyjdyo7]), doing the weekly parish bulletin, maintaining the school website, putting out the weekly school newsletter, etc.
I’m also an active fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus[/url:1iyjdyo7] — thus, my handle of “Sir Knight”. Fourth degree knights have the title of “Sir Knight”. Third degree knights are referred to as “Brother Knights”, etc. Those that are not familiar with the Knights of Columbus, the organization was originally founded by a Catholic priest and it presently has over a million and a half members world-wide. They are devoted to doing acts of charity and Pope John Paul II has called the Knights of Columbus “the strong right arm of the Catholic church” — which is a pretty nice thing to say especially coming from the Pope.
Having servered as a discussion board moderator on a few different sites and an administrator on a couple of other sites, in addition to co-owning and operating my own discussion board[/url:1iyjdyo7], I offer my services if they should ever be needed either now or in the future.March 5, 2005 at 6:35 pm #3809
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Welcome, Sir Knight. It seems there is an influx of “knights” lately.
What’s the link to your parish website? Just like you, I built this one from scratch (with the exception of this forum software, but I did create the template even though it still has a few bugs).
Speaking of the Knights – I keep getting pestered to join at my parish, however I don’t feel I should considering I do not have the time to invest. It’s not a matter of making time either. My job at the parish requires me to be working with the kids at specified hours which would inhibit me from attending meetings and such.
I really don’t want to commit to an organization if I am not capable of contributing. What are your thoughts on that? Would it be beneficial, from an honest point-of-view, for me to join without being able to contribute?
Also, thank you for your offer. ” title=”Smile” /> I will keep that in mind if this board ever has a drastic increase in traffic. ” title=”Wink” />March 6, 2005 at 2:47 am #3811
[quote:12gd8yhq] … What’s the link to your parish website? … [/quote:12gd8yhq] I will PM you with that information.
[quote:12gd8yhq] … Speaking of the Knights – I keep getting pestered to join at my parish, however I don’t feel I should considering I do not have the time to invest. It’s not a matter of making time either. My job at the parish requires me to be working with the kids at specified hours which would inhibit me from attending meetings and such.
I really don’t want to commit to an organization if I am not capable of contributing. What are your thoughts on that? Would it be beneficial, from an honest point-of-view, for me to join without being able to contribute? … [/quote:12gd8yhq] You may be surprised on how you might be able to help. Can you spare an hour a month or an hour a week? If you can, you might be able to help more than you realize.
I make it a point to go to confession on the first Saturday of the month and attend Mass afterwards. The first Saturday in January this year was when the Knights were going to take down the church Nativity scene. I got there about half an hour earlier and stayed half an hour later and was able to provide much needed assistance. [b:12gd8yhq]Total Extra Time:[/b:12gd8yhq] About an hour.
Last week our parish instituted a new traffic pattern because of construction being performed at one end of the street. I made it a point to get to chuch a few minutes earlier and while my family went inside, I was outside helping to direct traffic until I heard the church bells ringing. Then after Mass was over, instead of heading to my car with my family, I once again went to direct traffic for several minutes. [b:12gd8yhq]Total Extra Time:[/b:12gd8yhq] 10-15 minutes
Tomorrow the Knights will be serving breakfast after all the masses. Immediately after mass, instead of going home and eating, my family will go over to the parish center to grab a bite to eat. While my family is eating, I’ll be helping to cook and serve the food. [b:12gd8yhq]Total Extra Time:[/b:12gd8yhq] 15-20 minutes.
Next month we’re going to be raising money for the handicap. When my wife goes food shopping at the local supermarket, I will be standing outside the doors with a cup asking for donations. I’m going to be there anyway but instead of pushing a cart around inside, I’m going to devote that time to standing outside seeking donations. [b:12gd8yhq]Total EXTRA Time:[/b:12gd8yhq] 0 minutes.
Every little bit helps and recall that Christ said that he who so much as offers a cup of water for Christ’s sake, will not go without his reward. This is not to say that we should be doing this with the thought of getting something back but scripture does tell us that charity toward others in the name of Christ atones for a multitude of sins and the main goal of the Knights of Columbus is to perform works of Charity.
What’s also nice about the knights is that once you achieve a certain level, that level is recognized no matter where you go. I earned my 4th degree when I lived down in Florida. When I moved to PA a couple of years ago, I was coming in a a 4th degree member.
I can’t comment when you should personally join the knights but I will tell you that I find it very fulfilling.March 6, 2005 at 4:45 am #3812
WELCOME SIR KNIGHT ” title=”Very Happy” />March 6, 2005 at 12:23 pm #3813
Thank you [b:3e40ayju]Kamz[/b:3e40ayju]. Let me know if we need to defend the faith anyplace else.March 6, 2005 at 5:56 pm #3814
Hello and welcome Sir Knight.
I am a 2nd degree myself…. I became a member 3 months ago…. what a wonderful organization!
Peace in Christ,
ScottMarch 12, 2005 at 8:35 am #3844
[color=darkblue:3jxf9cz7]Jon…don’t forget that there are other knights besides the KofC and I am one. The KofC are good dudes and one of my very best buddies is one, but I’m Militia Immaculata and you can find out about us here. http://www.consecration.com/
We were founded by St Maximillian Kolbe back before the 2nd WW and St. Max was committed to using the most advanced tech of his day to get the gospel out to as many as possible.
When offered a choice of two crowns (one red for martyrdom, the other white for purity) in a vision by the Blessed Mother he chose both. He was starved and then injected with carbolic acid in Auschwitz where he literally laid down his life for another man.
Pretty impressive guy. A modern saint…and one of my heroes.[/color:3jxf9cz7]March 12, 2005 at 4:18 pm #3846
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[quote:3fysjbxc]Jon…don’t forget that there are other knights besides the KofC and I am one. The KofC are good dudes and one of my very best buddies is one, but I’m Militia Immaculata and you can find out about us here. http://www.consecration.com/[/quote:3fysjbxc]
Interesting. I had no idea there were other fraternal groups. I’ll have to check out the Militia Immaculata.
[quote:3fysjbxc]Pretty impressive guy. A modern saint…and one of my heroes.[/quote:3fysjbxc]
No kidding. I had no idea that’s what happened to him.March 15, 2005 at 3:43 pm #3870
Yep. There was an escape from Auschwitz and the rule was that 10 men died for every man who escaped. A father of several young childen was chosen as one to be executed but St. Kolbe offered himself in his place.
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