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Grand Knight's Message
On All Saints Day, we remember the saints and martyrs who were servants of the Lord during their earthly lives and ask that they pray for us to one day join them in heaven.
Oct. 31 is the annual holiday known as Halloween. What are we to make of this holiday known to us as Halloween?
I’d like to start my answer looking at the meaning of the word. “Halloween” is a contraction of a three-word phrase: All Hallows Evening. In some variations of English, “evening” was eventually shortened to “e’en” And thus we ended up with (All) Hallow(s)een. So it marks the evening of “All Hallows” day; that is, All Saints Day.
So Halloween is actually a Christian (and, primarily, Catholic) holiday! It marks the evening before All Saints Day. And as a solemnity and one of the most important feast days of the entire year, the celebration of the feast of All Saints (liturgically) would begin the evening before. So in the Church, evening prayer on Oct. 31 is not your regular, weekday vespers, but is always first vespers for the Solemnity of All Saints, and evening Masses on Oct. 31 are Vigil Masses for All Saints Day.
it’s time for us to plant the banner of Jesus Christ and His saints in the midst of this holiday .
What that means for each individual and each family is up to you. But I encourage you all to think and pray about some way in which you can put the saints back into Halloween.
St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, Connecticut. Is the birthplace of the Knights of Columbus. From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are Catholic men of faith and men of charitable action.
The Knights of Columbus have set records in charitable giving consecutive years. In addition, the Knights have achieved their highest level of charitable service volunteering more than 73.5 million hours of service. The number of service hours contributed by Knights rise each year’s total.
We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the outer limits. “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith."
The coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives upside down and taken away some of the securities upon which our society was based.
Looking for a saint in these Covid-19-troubled times? Look no further than Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, who died during what may have been a coronavirus pandemic in 1890.
In these difficult times, many are looking for help to make sense of it all. The time-honored Catholic tradition of invoking men and women of proven holiness to intercede with the Father for us offers one path toward peace and deeper faith in God.
With that in mind, perhaps Venerable Father Michael McGivney is a good option.
The American priest died from pneumonia in 1890 during what some in the scientific community now say was likely a coronavirus pandemic. Some 1 million people died in that outbreak.
Pope Francis recently recognized a miracle attributed to Fr. McGivney, clearing the way for his beatification. Fr. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus.
It is well deserved that Fr. Michael McGivney be beatified on All Hallows Eve
IN SERVICE TO ONE... IN SERVICE TO ALL...
Tony Mazzuca GK