Spring is here and we are entering into May, one of the traditional months dedicated to Mary. How appropriate that we celebrate Mother’s Day and give honor and thanks to both the Blessed Mother and our own mothers. On this day, we celebrate the great love that our mothers have shown us, in saying yes as Mary did and giving us life, and in all the sacrifices made day in and out. Let us all show our great appreciation and love to our wives and mothers for all they do. I know in my own life I am blessed to have both a wonderful wife who mothers our children, and a wonderful mother of who raised me.
This month as we continue our Easter celebrations, the council would like to extend our congratulations to the children receiving the Lord in the Eucharist for the first time! What a wonderful life of faith we have, and it is a blessing to see these children enter into that faith in a new and greater way. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1324):
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” (emphasis mine)
The council also welcomes Bishop Boyea, and congratulates those receiving the sacrament of confirmation on May 7. Again from the Catechism (1302, 1304):
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness. (emphasis mine)
We also celebrate Memorial Day and remember the sacrifices that were made for our freedom. Thank you to all veterans, and we pray for all those who gave their lives to protect ours.
The month of May is a busy time for the Knights and is when we hold nominations for new officers. These nominations will take place at the May 14 business meeting. The qualifications for being an officer is that the person has to be a 3rd Degree Knight and in good standing in our council.