Arizona State Council Knights of Columbus - Fraternal Year 2021-2022
As Knights, let's begin to change that by sponsoring the Religious Education program in your parish with these beautiful Knights of Columbus Nativity Coloring Books. As the children color and read, they learn the true story of Christmas directly from Scripture. When the books enter the household, the stories are then shared with the family, in return sparking the discussion and relevance of Christmas, and its true meaning. Christ has now become the focal point of Christmas. Not Santa Claus.
Help put Christ back into Christmas with our Catholic Children.
To promote the true spirit of Christmas in our homes, schools, parishes and communities, councils can evangelize society through their faithful acts, celebrations and a variety of activities. The Faith In Action (FAI) Family KCIC Programs include Christmas cards and products, the Poster Contest, Journey to the Inn, and more.
Over thirty years ago the Knights of Columbus partnered with a small card company in Virginia to make true Christmas cards when others like Hallmark and American Greetings thought demand would be too low for 'mass' production. This partnership has been very successful with focus on the birth of Christ rather than Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings. The cards and associated Christmas products such as magnets, pins, and posters are purchased by the council and are then sold to fellow Knights, parishioners, family, and friends. This year these cards and products will have enhanced meaning with the possibility that we may not be able to be with those we love on Christmas. Although this program can be used as a fundraiser, it is primarily intended to evangelize by making the true spirit of Christmas available to all and providing visibility for your council and its good works.
A product brochure and council order form are available on the State Council website http://www.kofc-az.org under the tab ‘More’ then ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ for viewing and can be downloaded. There is a special discount for a prepackaged assortment of 35 boxes of cards for orders placed by September 25th. Since it is unknown yet if there will be live council meetings or sales allowed after masses this fall, I suggest that you email the brochure to council members with an ad and a link in the church bulletin (and electronic bulletin if available) for parishioners. This process would enhance sales and lead parishioners to the state council website where they would learn more about the Knights of Columbus for possible recruitment. Orders would then be submitted by email or through the mail with payment. The products could be picked up at the church or delivered directly to their homes. Therein is an opportunity for ‘Leave No Neighbor Behind’ where the Knights could ask how they are doing and offer assistance and prayer.
The following link leads to the Knights of Columbus Faith In Action Family programs for information and forms for other KCIC programs such as the Poster Contest, Journey to the Inn and more can be obtained:
The Poster Contest enables children of different age groups to communicate their artistic vision of Christmas. The contest can be held through a school, RE classes, or open to the children of the parish in general with submittal of the entries through the council. The council selects the winners for each age group and forwards them to me where they will be viewed and voted on by the State Council members at the mid-year meeting. The first, second, and third place posters by group at the state level will then be sent to Supreme for nation-wide judgment and recognition.
The Journey to the Inn is enacted by children in the spirit of Christmas and coordinated by the councils. There are additional challenges to participation this year. The ability to perform this program will be determined by the pastor at that time.
Please remember to get credit for participating in these Faith in Action programs. My contact information is below.
Dennis J. Schauer
6263 E. Oasis St.
Mesa, AZ. 85215
AZ State Council Keep Christ In Christmas Chairman
Living Our Faith Through Service and Charitable Deeds