19th Annual Millennium Cross Pilgrimage Held at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Saskatoon on Sunday, Sept. 16th, 2018. The celebration included the "Living Rosary Prayer Service" and speeches by several representatives.


Photo: Left-Right: His Excellency Bishop Bryan Bayda, Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus State Chaplain; Maire Claire Bissonett-Executive Director of Campaign Life Coalition; John Srorosta-Chairman of the Millennium Cross Board of Directors, Valerie Hettrick-President of Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association; Joe Bayda-Father of Bishop Bryan Bayda; Chris Bencharski- State Deputy of Sask. State Council Knights of Columbus; And Gerald Wiegers- Knights of Columbus State Life Chairman


Greetings by the State Deputy at the 19th Annual Millennium Cross Annual Pilgrimage


Your Excellencies, Reverend Fathers, Sir Knights, Bother Knights, Ladies and Gentlemen,


I am pleased to bring greeting to all of you on behalf of the Saskatchewan State Council Knights of Columbus at the 19th Annual Millennium Cross Pilgrimage.


One of the four main programs in the new Faith in Action four part Program Model of the Knights of Columbus which was launched on July first of this year was Life. The new Faith in Action Program Model allows us to come together to share our faith with our families and to defend life at all stages in every condition.


Coming together as we did here today is a great way to show our support for the sanctity of all human life.


I urge all of you to continue to be involved the entire year to show your support and to encourage others in your communities to support the Culture of Life through local marches for life, by supporting your local pro-life group, by organizing masses for people with special needs in your parishes, by working with your parish priest to hold a Novena for Life in your parish, to support pregnancy centers and to show the governments through our words and actions that we believe in the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception.


We need to show through words by sending letters to our elected officials and to become vocal in expressing our views about our support for the Culture of Life.

We also need to show through our actions by attending rallies and marches in support of human life. At the beginning of May, the March for Life is held in Regina across from the legislative buildings---This year instead of 150 people attending—if we are serious about our convictions and beliefs—we need 1050 people attending. We need each one of you present today from every council to organize a van full of supporters to join you to attend the March for Life next May in Regina.


The other area where we need your support is on a project which we will work on this year- to persuade the Government of Saskatchewan to pass Conscience Protection Legislation where doctors and other health care professionals are protected from performing procedures which are against their religious beliefs. We have with us today Our State Culture of Life Couple Gerald and Bernie Wiegers who will be working on a committee with a meeting planned for Oct 16th at the Cathedral. This meeting will be attended by representatives from different groups who will plan a campaign to press the Government of Saskatchewan to pass Conscience Protection Legislation.


I thank all of you for your attendance here today and I urge all of you to continue your participation through words and actions for the defense of all life. I also encourage you to be Culture of Life Ambassadors in your communities and to work to involve more people in this very important cause.


Vivat Jesus,

Chris Bencharsi—State Deputy of Saskatchewan.