We have been blessed with beautiful weather this fall it is hard to believe the Christmas season is upon us. We must promote the true meaning of Christmas by Keeping Christ in Christmas. There are a number of things that we can do like setting up Nativity scenes in our homes, parishes and communities, sponsoring a “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest or sell Nativity scene ornaments. All Grand Knights would have received an email earlier in December asking to promote Keep Christ in Christmas with public service announcements that can be found on the Supreme website and I hope many of you did play some of the videos in your councils and parishes.

The Holy Family Prayer Program will start in the New Year, all Icons and kits are at the starting councils. Please visit the state web site for program information and schedules.

I also want to remind you that there are many church programs that will fulfill your church activity requirements on the state and supreme websites as well as in the district deputy’s binders. Please try to facilitate programs that help build the Domestic Church. A few programs are:

Ride to Church – provide a ride to those in need.
Spiritual Enrichment through the CIS booklets – order prayer booklets from Catholic Information Services (CIS), read them and discuss them with your councils and parishes.
Holy Family Prayer Program – participate in your council’s prayer service when the Icon is scheduled to be in your parish.
Family Rosary Program – formally known as the 5th Sunday Rosary Program, councils are encouraged to sched-ule rosary prayer services on any day of the week, at any time of the year, with your pastor’s permission.

More information on these programs and more can be found in the Surge with Service manual and the supreme web site

I wish all of you a joyful Christmas season and God’s blessing for a healthy New Year.

Mike Bzdell
State Church and Vocations Director