State Secretary’s Message
By Chris Bencharski

Brother Knights,
There are many things in a man’s life that are unique experiences- ones that leave a lasting impression on who you are as an individual and how you live your daily life. Becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus and being knighted is one of those experiences. When you join the knights you have made a commitment to assist the church, conduct charitable works, and enhance your spiritual development as a Catholic.

The servant of God, Father Michael J. McGivney, founded the Order more than 134 years ago, and yet we have just begun to realize our true potential. Father Michael McGivney’s purpose was to gather a group of Catholic men, united in their faith, to provide for Catholic families in times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus. That same purpose still holds true today—we help those less fortunate than we are- those in need and there are many needs.

Knights are given many opportunities to serve their church and community. Programs such as food for families, coats for kids, parish work bees, assisting with youth activities, mobilizing volunteers for parish maintenance projects, meals on wheels, and the list goes on. As we continue our life long journey as a knight, we never should lose sight of why we joined. We are called to serve others, our church and community.

In a famous quote from Martin Luther King, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Pope Benedict Vl’s encyclical on Charity- Deus Caritas Est reflects the core of the Charitable works of the Knights of Columbus, the giving of ourselves through volunteer service.

He wrote and I quote, “I must give to others not only something that is my own, but my very self, I must be personally present in my gift.”

Just think on what we could accomplish and all the good we would do in our church and community if all 10,600 knights each participated and assisted in 3 projects per year and each attended 3-4 meetings to share fraternity with their brother knights.

As Saint Mother Teresa once said, “At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.”

I would like to thank all the knights in Saskatchewan for all the good works which you have done this past year. To those knights that have not been active, I invite you and encourage you to become active in your council and in the church community.

I also encourage all knights to be ambassadors and to reach out to Catholic men and their families and invite them to join you in your councils. We need more knights to do all the good works and pro-grams that knights do for the church and for those in need.

In closing, I wish to thank you for the confidence you placed in me to elect me for the 8th year to serve as a Saskatchewan State Officer. My wife Pat and I wish all of you an enjoyable summer.

Vivat Jesus,
Chris Bencharski—State Secretary/Northwest Cluster Leader