Brother Knights,

As we renew ourselves after the New Year, we prepare for the Lenten and Easter Seasons that also bring spiritual renewal and reflection.  Our prayers are focused on repentance to prepare our souls for the celebration of our savior’s rebirth.  Our programs should reflect the devotion to our Lord while energizing our Parish, our community and ourselves to lay the groundwork for this splendid celebration of the Lord’s resurrection. 

Looking forward to the second half of our fraternal year, our minds steer toward Lenten and Easter events.  Coordinate with your Parish to host a Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent.  We are ALL preparing for our annual Lenten dinners so make them a recruiting event. Welcome all of your parishioners, specifically younger families, by providing informational material and having brother Knights (that know the “3 minute elevator speech”) available to answer any questions they might have.  Make sure your menu includes children friendly items so our younger families see you are thinking of them. 

The 40 days of Lent are aligned with the 40 days of prayer and fasting in the wilderness by our Lord.  We fast in hopes of disciplining our minds and bodies to be more accepting of God’s Love and devotion to us.  As Knights we express our devotion by performing acts of Service to our Church, and our Community. 

As we await the Lenten Season, keep in mind our Core principles of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.  Pattern your events with these principles in mind and you will NOT fail.  Show your parish and your community that the Knights of Columbus and your councils are the destination for spiritual enlightenment.  Give the young men of your parish the tools to become better Husbands, better Fathers, and better Catholics.  Knights have the tools to make it happen.  You have drive within you.

“Be the prayer that changes the World”.

Mark Corrigan
State Deputy