STATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

 

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Brother Knights:

 

Faith In Action Program Model

  • We are a few weeks into Lent. Many of our fellow parishioners are unaware of opportunities to get involved in traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Make a difference this Lent - Faith In Action program model lets your council organize great Lenten programs - Friday Simple Suppers, 40 Cans for Lent drive, Helping Hands, Stations of the Cross, Mass, Rosary Program, Building the Domestic Church Kiosk, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Week Celebrations. Good Friday Family Promotion - one of the most important ways to pray in Lent is on Good Friday at your parish's Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and Death. Every Knights of Columbus, your spouse and children should attend the Good Friday liturgy on April 19. It’s an important way of building up and sharing the joy of your own domestic church. Visit www.kofc.org/goodfriday for details.
  • To find up-to-date information about all Faith In Action programs, general announcements and form updates, check out the website at www.kofc.org/faithinaction.
  • The link for Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive is https://www.kofc.org/un/en/domestic-church/


2019 State Convention - Moose Jaw - April 26-28

 

  • We are less than 1 1/2 months away from our 2019 State Convention. All councils should have their delegates and alternate delegates selected and registration form filled out and sent in. April 19, 2019, is the deadline for early registration fees.
  • Thank you to all the councils that submitted their Council Activity Program Description Forms, Family of the Year Form and their STSP - State Council Service Program Awards Entry Form. The State Program Directors are currently reviewing all your Council Activity Program Description Form reports and will be selecting, for each of the categories, the top best well-rounded Faith in Action program for that category. Activity Program Awards will be based on three levels - councils over 80 members, councils with 51 to 80 members and councils under 50 members. Awards will be handed out at the State Convention.
  • STSP Form - for each of the following Service Program Categories - Faith, Family, Community, and Life, from all the submitted reports, one council from each category, will be selected for the award. Awards will be handed out at the State Convention.
  • Family of the Year Entry Form - from all submitted reports, one family will be selected and award handed out at the State Convention.

 

Supreme Forms:

  • Form 1295-2 – Semi-annual Council Audit - was due February 15.
  • Form 1728 - Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity - was due January 31. If you missed the deadline, there is still time to submit your form through Officer's Online.
  • Form 10784 - Fraternal Programs Report Form
  • Use the revised all-in-one form. It replaces 24 individual report forms.
    All revised forms are available and can be downloaded from the Supreme website kofc.org/forms. Please review and get familiar with the newly revised forms.


Safe Environment - Office of Youth Protection:

  • Are your Safe Environment Program requirements completed?
    • Grand Knight - training
    • Program Director - training
    • Family Director - training and background check
    • Community Director - training and background check

Remain compliant with updated Safe Environment requirements (see kofc.org/safe for details).


SP-7 - Columbian Award Application - due by June 30, 2019
In order to qualify for the Columbian Award, your council must:


1. Annually conduct and report at least four (4) major involvement programs in each of the sections: Faith Programs, Family Programs, Community Programs and Life Programs.
2. Recommended programs and the required program for each category are listed on the application. Councils are permitted to report programs that are not part of the recommended group as long as the program is reported in the proper category.
3. If your council reports a featured program in any category, ensure that the program’s minimum requirements are met and reported on the designated form in order to receive credit for two activities in that category. The minimum requirements for each featured program are located in the Faith In Action Guidebook (#10590).
4. Submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity(#1728). New councils instituted after November 1 of the current fraternal year do not need to meet this requirement.
5. Submit the Service Program Personnel Report (#365) with the required roles and meet the Safe Environment Program compliance requirement. The most efficient way for submission is by using the Member Management Application.
6. Maintain compliance with the Safe Environment Program throughout the fraternal year. Report all updates for the Community Director, Family Director, and Program Director roles in a timely manner so that training and background checks can be completed before the end of the fraternal year.
All reported programs should be tangible actions performed by council that engage the membership base, enhance faith and spirituality, and strengthen family life within the parish.
Examples of activities that should not be reported on the Columbian Award application: Eucharistic minister, lector, ushers, choir, coaching, school board volunteering, donations (monetary and goods), scholarships, sponsoring of trips and teams, etc.


Upcoming State Events

  • Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians Prayer Program - started January 7, 2019, and continues until May 7, 2019
  • Spiritual Enrichment Weekend - Saskatoon - March 29-30, 2019
  • State Convention - Moose Jaw - April 26-28, 2019
  • State Golf - Redvers - June 21-22, 2019

 

 

For more information on these events, please visit www.kofcsask.com


Regularly meet with your pastor to discuss Faith In Action programs.


Thank you for all you do for the Knights.


If you have any questions about the new "Faith in Action" programs, please feel free to contact me.

Vivat Jesus
Eugene Achtemichuk
State General Program Director

 
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