State Secretary’s Message
By Chris Bencharski

Dear Brother Knights,

The Knights of Columbus has always responded to the needs of the Church and the community through their charitable and social outreach activities.

As a Catholic, family, fraternal and service organization, we have the responsibility to dedicate our time, treasures and talents to help our parishes become beacons of the new evangelization, a family of families who are filled with the love and joy of the gospel.

This can be accomplished by conducting many of the excellent ‘Building the Domestic Church Programs’ which are available by ordering materials from Supreme.

Pope Francis’ Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is a guidebook to help in building the do-mestic church to become a family of families filled with the Love and Joy of the Gos-pel. Councils are encouraged to order copies of the guidebook and to work with their Parish Priest in evangelizing the parishioners about its contents.

The season of Christmas is upon us and it is a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas through a variety of ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ activities.

Let us also remember the less fortunate and conduct ‘Food for Families’ programs as well as visits to shut-ins, hospitals and lodges. We also assist our Parish Priest in the liturgical ministries of the Mass and can accompany him to many of the Masses to which he has to travel. Let us also remember to invite our priests to our family gather-ings as many of them will spend Christmas alone away from their families.

Remember also to ask someone, whether it be a friend, co-worker or family member, to join the knights of Columbus. We need more knights to conduct the many fine pro-grams which assist the Church. We should also give every Catholic man an opportuni-ty to become involved in our great organization to help him to grow in his faith and to invite him and his family to become part of our family of knights who joyfully meet and work together to build God’s kingdom.

My wife Pat and I wish each of you a very Blessed and Joyous Christmas with family and friends.

Vivat Jesus,
Chris Bencharski—State Secretary