State Secretary’s Message
By Chris Bencharski


How do knights respond to Lent?


Dear Brother Knights of Saskatchewan,


As I write this message to you, my brother knights of Sask., we into the season of Lent. How quickly time flies when we are kept Busy.


People often don’t look forward to Lent. Childhood memories of giving up candy comes immediately to mind. Words like “sacrifice”, “discipline”, and “self-denial” are often used in ways that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.


However, Lent can be thought of as a yearly second chance. Each year the church gives us about 6 weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives as Catholic men and as members of the Knights of Columbus to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that since the last Lenten season, we have wandered slightly from God’s path, Lent becomes a second chance or “do-over” to return to God with our whole heart.


Let us make the season of Lent a meaningful time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Invite your family, your neighbors, and other members of the Knights of Columbus to join you as you share your thoughts, hopes and desires for Lent.
Lent could also be a time when knights take a look at their involvement and commitment to the Knights of Columbus and to the church. Do we use our time, talents and treasures to contribute to the success of our Council and our Church? Do we reach out to our brothers to involve them in our projects and meetings? Do we do our part to live up to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity? Are we a “Shining Light of the Lord” to others in our council and parish and are we building up the Domestic Church by helping to form Missionary Disciples among us?


The Spiritual Enrichment for men will be held in Regina on March 9th and 10th. This is a good Lenten activity for members of the knights in which to participate. It is a great opportunity for a weekend of grace and spiritual growth.


I wish each of you a Lenten season filled with meaningful spiritual activities and a time of grace and spiritual growth.


Chris Bencharski- State Secretary