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State Deputy

John Nussbaum statedeputy@kofcnc.org

WE ARE CALLED – What is God calling you to do? Are you listening?

Please listen to the video WE ARE CALLED by David Hass on Youtube. Here is a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDljPsRIryo&list=RDCDljPsRIryo#t=0. The video is less than four minutes long. While listening to it, please think about what you can do. Then, go do what you can to grow in your Faith, help your family, help your pastor, help your parish, help your Council, or help your community. By doing what God is calling you to do, you will make a difference.

On August 1-3, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention was held in St. Louis, Mo. We had our 10 elected delegates and their wives there, our State Chaplain Father William Lesak, along with three non-delegates and their wives. As one of your delegates, I had the opportunity to share time with Brother Knights and their wives from all around the world. It is so easy to think of the Knights of Columbus only by what is being done in our Council or State. We are part of a much larger group. What we do does have an impact on what the Knights of Columbus does globally. The most exciting item from the Supreme Convention was the election of PSD Colin Jorsch, Jr. to be a Supreme Director. For more details on the Supreme Convention, please go to the Supreme website at http://www.kofc.org/en/conv/2017/insider/index.html.

I would like to congratulate the July winners from North Carolina in the Supreme Family of the Month program:

The Nick Burton family from Council 1074 in Wilmington
The Gary Steifert family from Council 6451 in Hickory
The Timothy Bennett family from Council 9492 in Tryon
The Robert Lanza family from Council 15265 in Candler

They were selected from the eighteen submitted families from NC. The following Councils submitted the form to Supreme for the month of July:

1074 in Wilmington – District 25 8759 in Kill Devil Hills – District 3
2546 in Raleigh – District 28 9492 in Tryon – District 31
2838 in Fayetteville – District 22 9499 in Clemmons – District 11
4660 in Wilson – District 7 9709 in Raleigh – District 9
6451 in Hickory – District 20 10495 in Albemarle – District 13
7024 in Swansboro – District 29 11265 in Smithfield – District 28
7184 in Hendersonville – District 31 11911 in Ashville – District 16
7186 in Apex – District 5 12455 in Raleigh – District 9
7259 in Newton Grove – District 4 15265 in Candler – District 17

We have many great families being recognized by their Council every month. Thank you for what you do. I would love to see more being recognized by Supreme. To have a chance of being recognized by Supreme, a form must be submitted.

The following Councils have been successful in recruiting new member(s) in August (processed by Supreme as of August 24, 2017): 1074 in Wilmington – 5, 8509 in Kernersville – 2, 12025 in Raleigh – 2, 2829 in Winston-Salem – 1, 4600 in Rocky Mount -1, 5487 in Goldsboro – 1, 7450 in Concord – 1, 8363 in Franklin – 1, 8680 in Salisbury – 1, 9579 in Morganton – 1, 10504 in Winston-Salem – 1, 10910 in Chapel Hill – 1, 11076 in Belmont – 1, 11266 in Garner – 1, 11966 in Boone – 1, 12017 in Wilmington – 1, 12167 in Kannapolis – 1, 12610 in Mocksville – 1

To be successful with our programs, we need new members to do the work and to bring us new ideas of how we can do more good.

Our Field Agents have been very busy taking care of our Brothers and their families. So far, this year, we have 51 Brothers that have taken out KofC insurance for the first time to protect themselves and their families. Thank your Field Agent and schedule a meeting with him to make sure you are properly protected.

If I can ever serve you in any way, please let me know. I will do my very best to make sure you get the help you need. Let’s have a great year! With your help, we can.

Fraternally yours in Christ,
John Nussbaum
NC State Deputy
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State Secretary

Dan Lange
statesecretary@kofcnc.org

Worthy Brothers, I trust all of you and yours are doing well. As I am writing this article I can’t help but think of the folks in Texas who have been devastated by the floods. Having gone through hurricane Andrew in 1993, I can only imagine how terrible it is. However, I just received a couple of emails that had threads in it from the Texas State Council and they are working hard to prepare meals for folks. One council has served 1000 meals today and will be doing it again tomorrow.

We have created a special page on our website that will allow our councils to reach out to help them. Please paste this link https://kofcnc.org/flooding-in-texas/  into your web browser and donate if you can. Times are difficult for those in Houston right now and it is our duty as fellow Christians and brother Knight’s to do what we do best. That is help those who need help. The State Deputy of Texas asked for Prayers and Money. There is no problem with the prayers but please try to help with the latter issue.

Ask yourself this question “Am I my Brother’s Keeper”? Then remember our theme “We Are Called”. Then let the Holy Spirit guide your actions.

May His Peace be with you,
Dan Lange
NC State Secretary

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State Advocate

Chris Losack
stateadvocate@kofcnc.org

Brothers all,

Protecting God’s Children

It’s a new Fraternal Year and we have people in new roles, but has everyone been properly prepared to protect God’s greatest gift, our children? As a Knight of Columbus leader, you have certain responsibilities with this regard. If you have received a request from Praesidium Armatas, you should have already completed your required training. If you do not receive an invitation, you are not required to complete that training but you should arm yourselves with the local Diocesan training available. Bottom line, we are all responsible for Protecting God’s Children.

Now, let’s look at who is REQUIRED to undergo the KofC training. If your Council does not have a Squires Circle (this is the majority of you) then the Grand Knight and the Youth Director are required to complete the specified training from the KofC. Additionally, the Youth Director must consent to a background check. If your Council DOES sponsor a Squires Circle, then the following individuals must also complete the required training and submit to a background check: Council Squires Chairman, Chief Counsellor and all Adult Counselors.

These requirements must be met within 30 days of notification and if they are not met within 45 days of notification that person will be ruled ineligible to serve in that role and must be replaced. If these requirements are not met, then the Council will be ineligible for the STAR Council award and subject to the suspension of the Squires Circle. This is a new requirement for the STAR Council award this year and is expected to be adhered to strictly. As your State Advocate I will have access to a portal that can determine each Council’s compliance so if you have any questions you can direct them to me directly.

The KofC requirement are not imposing upon any particular individual and are above and beyond local Parish and Diocesan requirements. There should never be a KofC event in which your Council participates that one of the KofC trained individuals is not present. Please remember that these things are being done to ensure that our greatest future treasure is kept safe.

Christopher J. Losack
NC State Advocate
stateadvocate@kofcnc.org

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Membership East

Nick Nastasi membershipeast@kofcnc.org

Worthy Brothers,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! It was an honor and a privilege to attend the Supreme Convention in St. Louis last month and to be part of the North Carolina jurisdiction. I come back more knowledgeable and energized to help the North Carolina councils to reach their membership goals on their way to attaining Star Council.

As of the writing of this article, the North Carolina Knights have brought in 90 new members. We are slowly gaining speed bur we still have a long way to go to 900, but with everyone’s help, we can achieve this goal.  If you have not done so, please start planning your membership blitzes for October, ask your pastor’s permission to speak from the pulpit and put an announcement in the church bulletin.

Brothers, I invite you to offer every Catholic gentleman and their families the opportunity to join the Knights of Columbus. Consider their life circumstances, especially in our younger families in your parishes. Most fathers are now equal partners in the household; their work life is more demanding which keeps their outside life to a minimum. We need to focus our recruitment efforts towards our parishes’ events and programs. They need to know that our charitable works are a value to them and that we can be an engine of renewal to them.

Convinced of God’s love and power, we are called to offer membership to the Knights of Columbus to every Catholic gentleman in our parishes and area. It is our obligation to pay it forward and invite men in as we were asked a while back. Tell your personal story on how you were asked and joined the Knights of Columbus and how our Order and benefitted you and your family and how it can benefit them.

Now is the time where school is starting again and faith formation will be starting again in your parishes. While the children are in class, it may be a great time to talk to any fathers waiting for their children’s class to finish for the week.

District Deputies, I am asking for your help in keeping your councils motivated and accountable for the goals that they set. You are a vital part to them achieving their goals. Unleash your awesomeness! RMPC’s, I am asking for your help. You are the Regional Membership and Program Consultants. Please keep your DD’s motivated and accountable to the district goals that they have set. With everyone working together, there is no question that everyone will reach their goals this fraternal year.

Please check the State Website for the Membership team who is here to assist you in achieving your goal of Star Council this year. Please know not hesitate to contact myself or anyone on the Membership team. We are ready and willing to assist you in achieving your goals. It is an honor to serve you and your councils as your State Membership Director for this state of North Carolina and for the Order.

Vivat Jesus,
Nick Nastasi
State Membership Director – East

General Program Director

Chris Losack
gpd@kofcnc.org

Are You Ready For The End?

With all the hype over the solar eclipse and natural disasters, it has prompted people to discuss whether the end is coming. Well, I’m sure that the end of the world is not coming, but there is an end rapidly approaching. Specifically, the end of the first half reporting period for programs which runs from April 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017. Are you ready for the end?

Just like we should be constantly vigilant about the end of life when we meet our maker, so too should you be making regular preparation for those things that are required at the end of each program reporting period. Do you know what is required? Well, it can easily be found in the Council Recognition Manual that is posted on the NC KofC website. Specifically, you are asked to do two things prior to October 1, 2017:

  1. Submit a program report on the best program in each of your program areas for the period
  2. Sit down with your District Deputy and fill out the Program Matrix

Both of these items are easy to do and should take a limited amount of your time. First, you are strongly encouraged to submit the program that you believe is the best program that you conducted for EACH of the eight (8) program areas (Church, Council, Community, Culture of Life, Family, LAMB, Membership, Youth). Therefore for a Council that conducted programs in each of these areas, you should be submitting eight reports. These are easy to submit and can be done directly on the NC KofC website. You can even upload pictures and other items that make your case for your program to be judged the best in the state. This is also a great opportunity to share innovative idea with other members throughout the state.

Secondly, the Matrix Form is a culmination of all of the various programs that you have conducted for the past six months and is your entry fee for being considered for one of the cherished state program awards. Your District Deputy will sit with you and fill out the form with you to ensure that your Council is accurately represented within your peer-group. Please be proactive and engage with your DD if he does not start the conversation with you.

Now, some of you might say that “Some of these things took place before I was Grand Knight” and that is true. I’m sure that your fellow brothers will help you gather whatever information you need. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to wait until the deadline to submit your reports. I encourage you to submit your programs as soon as they are complete and if something happens later that you feel better represents your Council, then you can submit a replacement program. Similarly to us striving to always be prepared spiritually, we should also keep a track of our activities within the Council so when it comes time to recount our actions we can do so accurately and easily.

Christopher J. Losack
NC General Program Director
gpd@kofcnc.org

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We Are Called Cross
We Are Called Cross

Church Director

Jeff Hoffman
Church Director
church@kofcnc.org

Worthy Brothers,

I write to you today to tell you about one of the greatest movements I have heard of in a while.

100 years ago at Fatima, Our Lady said that God wished to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady said that many souls would be saved from Hell and the annihilation of nations averted if, in time, devotion to Her Immaculate Heart were established principally by these two means:

  • The Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope together with the world’s bishops in a solemn public ceremony, and
  • The practice or receiving Holy Communion (and other specific devotions of about 1/2 hour in duration) in reparation for the sins committed against the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months–a practice known to Catholics as “the First Saturday” devotion.

The Message of Fatima consists of a number of precise predictions, requests, warnings and promises concerning the Faith and the world which were conveyed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children–Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco–in a series of apparitions at Fatima, Portugal from May to October 1917.

Many miracles and predictions have come to pass from her messages, including the following:

  • It was confirmed by an unprecedented public miracle, the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred at precisely the moment Lucia said it would. More than 70,000 people, including Masons, communists and atheists, saw the sun, contrary to all cosmic laws, twirl in the sky, throw off colors and descend to earth. The event was reported in newspapers around the world, including the New York Times.
  • All of the Popes since the Fatima Miracle have recognized that the Message is authentic. Several Popes have gone to Fatima in person, including Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II. John Paul II said at Fatima in 1982 that “the Message of Fatima imposes an obligation on the Church.”
  • Many other miracles have been performed by God authenticating the Fatima Message as coming from Him, not only at the time of the Miracle of the Sun, October 13, 1917, but down the years to the present day, miracles of conversions and cures which science cannot explain by natural means.
  • the end of World War I
  • the emergence of Russia as a world power which would “spread its errors (including Communism) throughout the world … raising up wars and persecutions against the Church”
  • the election of a Pope who would be named Pius XI
  • The waging of a second World War following a strange light in the night sky.

The Message of Fatima also predicted that if the requests of the Virgin Mary at Fatima are not honored, many souls will be lost, “the Holy Father will have much to suffer”, there will be further wars and persecutions of the Church and “various nations will be annihilated.” The annihilation of nations predicted at Fatima has not yet occurred, but many fear that it will soon happen, given the growing immorality and corruption of the world.

The “American Needs Fatima” organization is spearheading a fantastic opportunity for all of us to do our part. They are leading trying to reach out and organize 20,000 groups to pray the Rosary on October 14th, 2017 at noon.

I for one am very excited and ask your council to consider this great dedication and prayer. I have signed up as a Rosary Rally Captain and hope you do to.

Vivat Jesus!

Jeffrey Hoffman
NC KOFC State Church Director


Congratulations on becoming a Rosary Rally Captain!

Please make all preparations and contact as many friends as possible to invite them to join you.

The 2017, Public Square Rosary Crusade will take place on Saturday, October 14th at 12:00-noon.

And please be assured that a beautiful red rose has now been reserved in your name and will be at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal this October, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun.

Please visit the Rosary Rally Central for more information and for downloadable resources.

May Jesus and Mary reward you for all your efforts,

Material in this article are from both Fatima.org and americaneedsfatima.org websites.

Council Director

Bob Macaluso
councildirector@kofcnc.org

Let the games begin and let’s show our support to all of our councils.

Brothers, as we say good bye to another summer lets embrace the beginning of fall with sports activities that include the three degrees of our order; Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

On September 23rd, the long awaited Bocce Tournament will be hosted by Santa Maria Council 2829 at Miller Park in Winston-Salem, NC.  Four person teams, of which two must be Knights, need to register with SK Matt Pisano at 336-608-4590 or emailing Matt at pisanomatt@gmail.com This is a perfect opportunity to bring out family and friends to see firsthand the power of Unity and Fraternity among our brother Knights.

Another sporting event is the Annual Golf Tournament that will be hosted by Bishop Charles P. Greco Council #9499.  This event is open only to Knights and will be held the weekend of October 7th and 8TH at Tanglewood Golf Course in Clemmons, NC. Having hosted the 45th Annual Tournament, I can tell you, firsthand, that it is not only a wonderful fraternal experience, but also an expensive activity to host.  I would encourage all the councils in NC to try and send a team and if not, become a Silver Hole Sponsor for $100.  For more information please call Bob Webber at 336-407-2272.

The Knights of Columbus is not the only organization hosting games this fall. Special Olympics will be holding their state games in Charlotte, NC the weekend of November 3rd through November 5th.  I know that many, if not all, KofC, Councils support Special Olympics either with volunteer hours or through LAMB; but this is an opportunity for members to sign up as a coach or sport assistant and work directly with the athletes. Sporting events will consist of Bocce, Soccer, Tennis and Golf to name a few. Go to your local Special Olympics website and see how you can get involved.   You will not regret it and neither will the athletes.

Working with the State Athletic Chairman, Craig Smith, many more sports activities are being planned for the upcoming year at both regional and state levels. While we have established games such as golf, bocce and basketball offered at the state level, we need to expand our athletic program to attract brothers from our wide demographic membership and host competitive games at the local level.  My goal is to create an intramural program with games such as bowling, bocce, corn hole, soccer and whatever you think of that would both encourage membership participation and the possibility Grow The Domestic Church.  Any suggestions that you may have, please forward them to me at councildirector@kofcnc.org

Vivat Jesus,
Bob Macaluso, PGK
NC State Council Director

Culture of Life


Boyce Williams
cultureoflifedirector@kofcnc.org

Hello from High Point! It’s a busy month for all as the kids are back in school, the Charlotte Eucharistic Congress and 40 Days for life all happen this month.

Please pay attention to what is being taught in your childrens schools. The war for our children is real and the other side has most of the teachers locked in.

Many say they aren’t comfortable with public prayer like 40 days for Life, Life Chain, or 1st Saturday Rosaries. I wasn’t either when I first started, but when I saw the waves, thumbs up, honking horns from smiling people, it got easier. Yes there are some of the other greetings but they are the minority.  Remember that this works, many young Doctors refuse to do abortions because of the stigma associated with it. This is creating a shortage and I think prayer is a big part of the change that is happening in our society. The group I started with in High Point 13 years ago is still out there every first Saturday. Carolina Womancare quit offering abortions in High Point on December 31st. Seems they couldn’t get a Doctor to replace the one that retired. We decided to continue because abortions are still being done somewhere.

So please join one of the events in your area, you will find it rewarding. Don’t think you have to go every day if it’s a 40 Days event. How about one hour a week or even every other week? Every little bit helps.

Thank you, Brothers!

Boyce Williams
Culture of Life Director

Family Director


Fred Burton
familydirector@kofcnc.org

(Part 1 of The Looming Care Crisis can be found here.)

The Looming Care Crisis, Part 2: Elder Orphans

Who????

  • The isolated aged living, often singly, in local communities
  • Family or relatives live far away, face restrictions themselves or simply don’t exist
  • They risk losing decision-making capacity, mobility and independence
  • They are at increasing risk for health and safety-related problems
  • Few people are aware of their situation and still fewer visit them regularly
  • They lack social contact and can easily become lonely, depressed
  • Financial resources may be strained due to medical costs, poor decisions or inflation

How common is this?

  • 22% of people 65 and above are in situations of this sort
  • 33% of those aged 45 to 63 may be destined to find themselves in this position
  • There were 35 million in 2002 – by 2012 there were 43 million
  • 11.6% of women 80-84 were childless in 2010; that will increase to 16% by 2030

What must happen?

The medical and social community must actively screen for elder orphans before they lose function or are admitted to a healthcare facility. That includes us – you, your council, your parish, its ministries! Several ideas and suggestions were voiced in last month’s THK. That’s a start as each person and each situation will require different forms and degrees of care and interaction. I forgot to list it, but Meals on Wheels would certainly be appropriate, especially on holidays and long weekends. Keep an eye out for your elderly neighbors; ‘see something, say something’ – and say something if you don’t see them as usual.

But this could happen to YOU or someone you know so you’ve got to prepare. Who will care for you? Where and how will you live? Where will you generate a close-at-hand circle of friends? Who will be contacted if there’s an urgent need and who will have the authority to make decisions if you can’t? Who can provide a ‘second opinion’ on your decisions so as to avoid scams? Your estate, its related documents and your finances must be in order. Major medical issues can drain savings; your Field Agent may be able to help you on that and maybe other financial questions.

And, here’s a link to some resources and discussions: https://www.seniorcare.com/

Vivat Jesus,
Fred Burton
NC Family Director
NC Silver Rose Chairman