Fraternal Year 2016 Letter to Members

Dear Brother Knights,

On behalf of myself, and your council officers, I would like to welcome all my Brother Knights to the beginning of our fraternal year. It is a distinct honor to have been elected to serve as your council officers. We all hope to prove worthy of that trust.

We have planned several activities throughout the upcoming year which may be viewed on the website bedfordknights,org

As Brother Knights and practical Catholics, we know that prayer and good works form the cornerstone of our salvation in Jesus Christ.

"You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone."
-- James 2:24

When you were exemplified in the admission (1st) degree you were asked to explicate two fundamental ideals, a personal devotion to the most holy rosary, and the practice of the admission degree virtue of charity. Therefore by the simple act of joining the Knights of Columbus, and striving to carry out their ideals, you are taking an active step toward exactly what St. James exhorts all Christians to do in his letter.

But charity is not just reaching into your wallet to make a donation.

“Show me your checkbook and calendar, and I’ll tell you what your values are.”
-- Unknown

Yes, we do ask for monetary donations when appropriate, but the bread and butter of the Knights of Columbus is our calendar, our charitable service. That service may include accepting an officer position, becoming an activity chairman, or volunteering to help out with an activity. All these options are available to each of you.

I invite each and every one of you to take a good hard look at your personal calendar. Honestly discern whether you can spare a few hours to help out veterans with bingo, stand in front of a supermarket to solicit donations, retrieve basketballs at a free throw event, donate a pint of blood, visit the sick and elderly, or help out at a pancake breakfast.

I am not presuming to walk in your shoes. I don't know what your own calendar is like.  But despite that, I am going to throw out a challenge to each and every one of you. Please find some time on your calendar at least once per quarter to volunteer for one of the Knights of Columbus activities. Trust me, when you do it, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in performing these good works.

If there is any activity you want to help with, or have an idea for an activity you do not see on the calendar, please contact me or any of the officers or activity chairman. Any help, no matter how small, is appreciated. You may not think of it as being a big deal, but even as little as a few hours of your time means a lot to your Brother Knights.

If you are physically unable to volunteer, send us a prayer intention.  Drop a line and tell us you said an "Our Father" or rosary for the good intentions of one of our actives. That would be much appreciated.

As always, every Brother Knight is invited to the business meetings. You won't be pressured to volunteer or dig into your wallet, just for showing up. We are a fraternal organization and we want to see our brothers. Join us the second Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Sullivan room.

Once again, thank you for allowing us to serve you as officers over this next fraternal year.

Vivat Jesus!

Sir Knight Michael J. Pitaro, Grand Knight
Msgr. Joseph M. Donahue Council 12988
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