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Charity

There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.

Unity

Knights banded together can accomplish more
than any of us could accomplish individually
in support of our Church and priests.

Fraternity

Knights socialize together and take care of each other –
we have each others’ back.

Patriotism

Members of the Knights of Columbus are proud
of our devotion to God and country,
and believe in standing up for both.

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Lecture No. 51 – Christmas

By now, most of us have been “Christmased out.”  But I would like to read to you one of two articles that are almost totally unconnected except they both deal a bit with Christmas.  I will save the second one for next month. Several years ago, I subscribed to “Smithsonian” magazine.  I already had a…

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Lecture No. 50 – December 2017

I grew up in what we referred to as “Upstate New York,” more properly western New York. From my earliest years, I was taught that we were “Irish, with a bit of Scotch, English and maybe some Norman French.” Somewhere on my father’s side, there was an Aunt Fitzpatrick. On my mother’s side, there were…

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Lecture No. 49 – November 2017

Veterans Day The motorcade made it way down the unfamiliar streets of the city. It was an open vehicle, and the riders waved as was expected to the crowd lining the streets to see this powerful couple. The driver was becoming more and more confused with the unfamiliar streets and the city. He made a…

Lecture No. 49 – October 2017

A few weeks ago, I was on a tour of Ireland. Now, I’m not going to take up your time telling you all about the tour. I’ll save that for next month. I returned home to news that is, to me, grossly confusing. My trip began about a week after Harvey had devastated southeast Texas….

Lecture No. 48 – September 2017

For almost 30 years, whenever the reader began, “A reading from the Book of Jeremiah,” I would look to the lady sitting next to me in choir and whisper, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog.” She would reply, “was a good friend of mine.” And together we would finish with, “I never understood a single word he…

Lecture No. 47 – August 2017

I have heard tell that we can all thank Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore for the Internet. I used to look forward to the arrival of the postman. I still do but not for the same reasons. Instead I turn on the PC and open my email account to see if anyone has…

Lecture No. 45 – June 2017

I was recently reminded that I have another birthday approaching. They seem to come around quicker than they used to when I was much younger. Not that I have any regrets. When I was very young, I was pleased that my birthday was safely removed from Christmas so that the likelihood of getting “combined” gifts was remote at best….

Lecture No. 44 – May 2017

I am convinced that who we are, what we believe, our likes and dislikes, even how we make decisions, is all based on our previous life experiences. I grew up in western New York. My neighbors were from just about everywhere you could imagine. My schools were on the other side of “Little Italy.” My church was surrounded by Italians….

Lecture No. 43 – April 2017

It was the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, And after arriving home from that night’s fish fry, I settled back into my easy chair to partake of a little frozen refreshment and watch the news. I had an interest in Saturday’s weather as I had plans to do some yard work unless my wife had…

Lecture No. 42 – March 2017

They met in a grove of oak trees near the middle of their island and after hours of fasting and prayer one of their number rose. The soft breeze stirred his white robe as he spoke: Across the sea will come Adze-head, crazed in the head’ His cloak with a hole for his head, his stick bent…