Thank you very much for putting your trust in me by electing me to serve as your Grand Knight in this new Columbian Year 2012-2013.
As I think of my new responsibilities, I remember the four principles that guide our Order:
Charity: Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” We do this by helping those who are in need, who are less fortunate than ourselves. To continue doing this, we need successful fund raising events, like the one that is coming up in a few days – the Yearly Rummage Sale.
Unity: “None of us is as good as all of us.” These words come to me every year during our Rummage Sale. If you have not participated in it – you do not know what you are missing. But it is not too late – please join us in the evenings starting July 5th and then for the actual sale on Saturday July 14th. If you have participated in the past, I am sure you will be there this year too.
Fraternity: “In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.” When Trevor Smith died a tragic and premature death, I was moved by the outpouring of good will that so many of you showed in helping with his funeral. I want to thank all the Brothers who were there to help with parking (Ed Kilgore, Spence Burton) and distributing cold drinks on that hot day (Tom McGaw, Vince Faussone, Sonny Da Costa, Frank Zanco, Tim Slatt, John McEntire). And special thanks to JP who mowed the grass in the field which enabled us to park a lot of cars there. If you were helping and I missed you – I apologize. I will be sure to notice you the next time.
Patriotism: “We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both.” Some may say that patriotism is the responsibility of the 4th Degree. Does that mean that we do not need to care for those who served the United States and now are jobless and destitute? It is Patriotism and Charity that moved one of our Knights, Vince Marengo, to help organizing an event to aid unemployed US Veterans living in Sonoma County to find jobs. Vince moved heaven and earth to finance this event (and I am proud that our Council donated $500) which gathered EDD and a number of private companies from Sonoma County on one side and almost 500 unemployed man and women, most of them US Veterans on the other. Vince was essential in making it a very successful event. In appreciation of all this work, Vince Marengo is our Knight of the month for June. Congratulations, Vince!
Our devotion to our Country and our Faith is on trial these days as the religious freedom is threatened by those who often do not understand or do not want to understand what freedom is all about. We, the Knights of Columbus, need to remember our principles: charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism – to guide us through these hard times.
Yours in Christ,