Message Faith In Action
Dear Brother Knights,
The four areas of FAITH IN ACTION are like the spokes of a wheel which extend from the center or the hub. The center is our saving faith in Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we realize that only the Lord can save us. We cannot save ourselves. The difference between the good works of Christians and those performed by secular humanists is that the Good News is redemption and salvation in Christ. Our Lord came into the world, not simply to make it a better place, but to become the living bridge that we can cross into the world to come, his kingdom. Christ heals the breach and forgives our sins.
The Catholic notion of saving faith is not mere intention or a vocal profession. We believe that a faith in Christ that is real must be embraced in our hearts and minds, proclaimed by our lips and realized in our lives. Ours is a saving faith realized in loving obedience. This is where we begin to appreciate the spokes of the wheel that constitute our new Knights of Columbus FAITH IN ACTION initiative.
FAITH – The first spoke is faith. Our relationship with Christ is not merely personal but also corporate or communal. We have a profound appreciation that Christ is the vine and we are the branches as the mystical
body of Christ, none are saved apart from Christ and his Church. Knights are loyal sons of the Church. We seek to live out what Pope Francis calls our “missionary discipleship.” We support our priests and bishops. We seek to teach and to spread the Good News of Christ. We are a sacramental people, finding healing and strength in the mysteries of faith, especially the Eucharist and the sacrament of penance.
FAMILY – The second spoke is family. Our Lord entered the world through a human family and his presence among us consecrates all our families as sources of faith and grace. The family is sometimes called “the little church,” as it is the first place where we en- counter the Lord and learn our values and prayers. All our homes should be places where we would find Christ as a welcomed guest.
COMMUNITY – The third spoke is community. This is an immediate expansion of the two-fold commandment of Christ: love of God and love of neighbor. Our love for God should be such that it spills over and touches all around us. A hallmark of our life is Christian service in charity. When we reflect upon the theological virtues, charity holds a singular place. Faith in that which is un- seen will pass away when we see God face-to-face. Similarly, hope will cease to exist when we as saints come to the heavenly gates. However, it is only charity or love that can pass through those gates and remain forever. The message of Christ in all his acts of mercy and healing, and finally in his resurrection, is that love is stronger than death. As Knights we are compelled to make a dif- ference and to love even those who are hard to love.
LIFE – The late St. Pope John Paul II explained to us that the Good News of Christ is precisely a Gospel of Life. There is no pro- death or pro-abortion Christianity. Every child is a reflection of the Christ Child. Every woman (in potency) could have been the mother of the promised Savior. God is the author of life and we must do all we can to preserve life as his stewards of creation. The Knights of Columbus, as true Catholic men, provide a voice for the voiceless. We oppose the culture of death and speak up for the sanctity of life and the dignity of persons. We regard all human life from the womb to the tomb as precious and irreplaceable. There are no disposable people. Everyone possesses an incommensurate value. Thusly, we oppose all threats to life and stand as brave sentinels against those dark and selfish powers that would oppress others, especially the weakest among us.
God bless you all!
Father Joe Jenkins
THE JAMES C. FLETCHER JR. CHARITIES
A message from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:
It has been nearly 50 years since “Surge with Service” was introduced as our program model. Although Surge has served us well through the years, in order to simplify our program structure and better align programs under main priority areas, I am pleased to announce a new program model titled “Faith in Action” that will take effect with the 2018-2019 fraternal year.
This model is an evolution of the Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parishes initiative that was introduced in November 2015. It embodies a simplified overall program structure featuring four instead of six categories so as to foster greater understanding and implementation of programs at the council level.
Key points regarding the updated program model are:
ï‚§ Faith in Action will be the new umbrella for all Supreme Council recommended programs, replacing Surge with Service.
ï‚§ The new program categories will be: Faith, Family, Community and Life.
ï‚§ Councils should appoint a Faith Director, Family Director, Community Director and Life Director. (Councils will no longer need to appoint a Youth Director and Council Director).
ï‚§ Building the Domestic Church programs will be integrated into the new Faith in Action framework.
ï‚§ The new model will reduce the number of programs required to earn the Columbian Award to four Programs in four categories totaling 16 programs (instead of 24 programs across six categories).
ï‚§ All current Supreme Council priority programs will continue.
ï‚§ Nine new Supreme Council priority programs will be introduced.
In the coming weeks, the Fraternal Mission Department will send you and your leadership team further information explaining the Faith in Action program model.
Please work with your Membership and Program Consultants to promote this new program model among your state, district and council leadership so as to maximize participation at every level of the Order.
Thank you in advance for your support of this effort to prepare the Knights of Columbus
for an even greater future ahead, as we put our faith in action.
–Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight