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Preparing for the Arizona Rosary Celebration

The 4th Degree Honor Guard preparing for the Arizona Rosary Celebration.

Arizona Rosary Celebraion

Some of the State Officers at the Rosary Celebration

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Exemplification - June 13 - Phoenix



Worthy District Deputies, Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators,
The next 4th Degree Exemplification will take place June 13, 2015 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix. 

The Fourth Degree is the most visible arm of the Knights of Columbus and represents the last principal of the order: Patriotism. This includes promoting responsible citizenship and love and loyalty to their country. 

Faithful Navigators, there will be a Honor Guard Competition that will take place on Saturday. Please inform the District Master if your assembly would like to participate in this event. This is the perfect opportunity to show the candidates the honor and prestige of a well executed drill team. Information about the Drill Competition can be found at http://www.az4thdegree.org/p/drill-manuals.html

Members of the Fourth Degree are asked to participate to serve in the Honor Guard, which serves at civic and religious functions. 
All 3rd Degree members are highly encouraged to further their advancement in to the order by becoming a Fourth Degree member. Members who wear the emblem of the degree are committed to conduct themselves honorably as Catholic gentlemen in both their private and public life as well as patriotically for the good of the country. The Fourth Degree sword represents their reverence for the Eucharist and the Pope, Bishops, and hierarchy of the church, and displays publicly his willingness to protect the Church and Priests. 

The host assembly is San Xavier del Bac Assembly 14 with the Class Honoree Past State Deputy Roger Schumacher. Please see the attached documents for more information or go to the Masters Fourth Degree Website at  http://www.az4thdegree.org/p/exemplifications.html for more information. 

The exemplification packets are separated into 3 categories:

Note: All forms can be filled out on your computer then printed. This is the preferred method to ensure legibility.  Click on this link to get the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Please also remember the program, Building the 4th Degree through the 1st Degree. Any 4th Degree Knight who recruits a new member through their 1st Degree, will receive the 2014-2015 Arizona Star Recruiter pin plus an additional special 4th Degree commemorative gift.
More information about this program can be found here.

At this time when our way of life is being challenged both locally and globally, we ask that all men rise up to answer the call of becoming a Fourth Degree member to show that we will publicly defend both our rights and religious responsibilities. 

Vivat Jesus!
Bob Holsinger
Arizona State District Master

Tom Kato 
4th Degree Registration Chairman

George Notarpole
Faithful Navigator San Xavier del Bac Assembly 14
Host Assembly Chairman

Monday, March 9, 2015

Callout - March 14 - Central

Worthy Faithful Navigators and Color Corps Commanders,

I have been instructed to issue a Call Out for participation in the March 14th St Patrick's Day Parade in Phoenix.  The Parade will step off at 10:00 AM SHARP!  We need to be mustered by 9:15 AM to make sure we have our adequate space in the parade.  We will be accompanied by S/K George Florentine and his vintage Firetruck for those Knights that would like to ride in the back in their regalia.  We may also be joined by the KnightsOnBikes this year.

The staging are is on 3rd Street from Virginia to Sheridan.  Since we are typically towards the very beginning of the parade, look for our spot very close to the front.

If you have any questions, please call me t 602-790-1789.

Vivat Jesus!

Michael Paz
District Marshal - Central
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
(602) 790-1789
I Will Chose Christ
I Will Chose Love
I Chose To Serve

Callout - March 30 - Central

Worthy Faithful Navigators and Color Corps Commanders,

Our Worthy District Master has asked that I issue this call out for the Chrism Mass on March 30th at St Simon And Jude Cathedral Mass at 7:00 PM and Assembly at 6:15 PM try to be early due to parking.

Vivat Jesus!

Michael Paz
District Marshal - Central
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
(602) 790-1789
I Will Chose Christ
I Will Chose Love
I Chose To Serve

Callout - Apr 4 - Central

Our Worthy District Master has asked me to issue the following Call Out:

Ahwatukee Easter parade Sat Apr 4th 

Location:  Warner and 48th St 

Time: Parade Starts 10:00  AM

Assembly: 9:00 AM

Vivat Jesus!

Michael Paz
District Marshal - Central
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
(602) 790-1789
I Will Chose Christ
I Will Chose Love
I Chose To Serve

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Public Safety Appreciation April 25

Sir Knights,
I have attached the poster and ad form for St. Joseph Assembly 2126’s 12th annual Public Safety Appreciation blue mass and dinner which will be held on Saturday April 25 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Glendale.
As with any program, it’s success requires support from a wide base of people.
I am asking that this letter with attachments be distributed to the membership of both assemblies as well as councils.
Our keynote speaker will be Director Frank Milstead, the new director of the State Public Safety Department.  Col. Milstead has a sterling career with Phoenix PD, where he retired as a Commander to take the position of Mesa Police Chief.  He was recently appointed to director of the state’s largest police agency.
Also note that our Blue Mass will begin one hour earlier than previous years at 4:30pm.
I am asking for all knights to support this event where we honor our police officers and firefighters.  Your support can come through volunteering to work with the committee, buy a ticket, or sell or place an ad in the program.  You can also assist by donating an item for our raffle.
Additional information can be found by contacting;
SK Albert Maya Event Chairman at 623-547-9173
SK Tony Balestrieri Faithful Navigator at 623-221-6058
SK Len Rheaume Advertising Chairman at 602-738-5607
Lrheaume@msn.com

Fraternally yours;
Len Rheaume


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Arizona Standdown Maricopa County

On February 12th and 13th at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix the Arizona Standown will be conducted. For more information, click on the link below:

As Chairman of this event for the Arizona Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree I invite all Brother Knights and family members over 18 are welcome to join us. 
 
If you would like to take part please send me your names, council/assembly numbers and email address.  Please reply as soon as possible as we do not have much time to get organized. 
 
To see some of the volunteer jobs t which you may be assigned, go to:

The dress code Assembly/Council shirts and hats.  We want to be surewe are identified as the Knights of Columbus.

For more information or questions contact Armand Brooks, ajbrooks1@cox.net  or by mobile phone (623) 225-5102.
 
Armand Brooks
AZ State VA Support Chairman
 
Bob Holsinger                              
District Master
r_e_holsinger@msn.com            
 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Building the 4th Degree, through the First Degree

Brothers and Sir Knights,

I am proud to introduce a new program for ALL 4th Degree Sir Knights in Arizona called, “Building the 4th Degree, Through the 1st Degree.” Starting today, January 24, 2015, until June 30, 2015, all Sir Knights can qualify to participate in this new program if they truly believe in strengthening their assembly and the 4th Degree in Arizona. Please read the attached document on the details. Please share this with your assembly as soon as possible. District Master SK Bob Holsinger and I hope to present you with your special 4th Degree recognition at the 2015 State Convention!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Recruiter Flyer
Vivat Jesus!

SK Larry Becker


Monday, January 19, 2015

Bryant Sayers Class Honoree Speech


 FOURTH DEGREE EXEMPLIFICATION- January 10, 2015 

 It is truly an honor for me to be with you this evening as the selected Class Honoree. But, before I begin, I would like to say congratulations to all the new Sir Knights. Your presence here this evening shows those of us here with you, as well as those you will come into contact with in your future role as a 4th Degree Knight, how central to your lives are the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Congratulations on this accomplishment 
If someone were to ask most Americans to draw us a picture depicting patriotism, we would probably see pictures of flags; eagles; Uncle Sam; and fireworks; all done in vivid colors of red, white and blue. 
But, if someone were to ask most Americans to define patriotism, we may be surprised to hear several very different definitions of the word. Although most on-line dictionaries define patriotism as: “love for or devotion to one's country”, in today’s society, even that definition can be misconstrued. 
So let’s begin with that one. Stop and consider how passionate these feelings of love are and what sort of devotion we are talking about. Do these feelings of love come and go? Or are these feelings so deeply rooted that just seeing the American flag flying high brings a tear to their eye and causes their heart to swell with pride? Sadly, most Americans these days would probably fall into the category of the “come and go” type of patriotism. 
The kind of patriotism we see on the 4th of July during the Independence Day celebrations - the parades, fireworks displays and military band performances. 
Or the kind you see on Memorial Day when we honor our fallen heroes, who willingly gave up their lives defending the country they loved, by hosting parades and making visits to the cemeteries and memorials where they have been laid to rest in the soil they fought so valiantly to protect. 
We also see this type of patriotism in times of national disasters such as the 9/11 attacks or natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes which call for our citizens to pull together in time of need. 
In other words, this form of patriotism resembles the same atmosphere that exists around Christmas. Everyone gets caught up in the festive excitement of the holiday and, although they may have good intentions of trying to focus on the “true meaning” of the holiday, they still end up spending the majority of their time focused on the secular holiday- the parties, celebrations and get together’s - rather than on their enthusiasm for the true meaning. Then, once the holiday is over, it’s back to “life as usual”. The memory may still remain but the feelings the occasion evoked have more than likely disappeared until another holiday brings them back to the surface once again. But let’s not fault them for that. How many of us here tonight fall into that very same category? 
Let’s now look at that same type of patriotism – yes, we’ll define it as love and devotion - and see what it is exactly that may cause someone to NOT feel love for and devotion to this country. 
First of all we have to ask ourselves this question, if everyone TRULY felt love and devotion to our country, wouldn’t everyone be more patriotic? It depends, I think, on how you look at the words “love” and “devotion”. 
Humans, as a rule, grow attached to things. We get attached to other humans, objects, and things… such as places. This attachment can be described as “love” and this love often leads to devotion. By raise of hands, how many of us here tonight are NOT from Arizona? And how many of us are still attached to whatever state or country we have come from? Doesn’t this attachment lead us to feel a continued great love and devotion to that state or country? Would you describe these feelings as patriotism? 
And what is it exactly that we are still attached to there? Is it family? The beauty of the land? The culture? The connection we feel with fellow citizens? Whatever the attachment is, it is deep-rooted and it is passionate. 
There are other factors we must take into consideration that can also influence how others may feel about patriotism. Consider, for example, the feelings of patriotism in the castaways of our society – the homeless, the poor, the disabled, and the elderly; those who are suffering right here in their own country and don’t see anyone that seems to care. Do you suppose they feel any kind of love or devotion to a country where day after day they are ignored by the very brothers and sisters who are, by God’s very command, supposed to be looking after them? What do you suppose their feelings of patriotism are? 
Many people also like to believe they are being patriotic by going out and voting. But they choose their candidates based on the benefits they expect to obtain from them, not out of any concern for the good of their fellow citizens or their country. Is this patriotism? 

The ideas of patriotism in our youth is certainly different than the ideas of patriotism in those of us who are older. The Pledge of Allegiance has been banned from schools and most educational groups have urged teachers to commemorate 9/11 with lessons that stress the need for greater "tolerance" and "diversity." Few have called for lessons about America's founding principles, or the cost at which our freedom was won. To most of our youth, feelings of patriotism are ever-changing, depending on the circumstances of their immediate surroundings and that of the world. In our high-tech society, many of them tend to be influenced by whatever they hear on the latest news, Facebook, or Twitter. 
Patriotism is more than just waving a flag at the Independence Day parade or showing devotion while you hold your hand over your heart as you say the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s more than getting out and voting on Election Day or visiting the graves of the many men and women who died defending our country. 
Anyone can sit back in their lawn chair after eating a delicious barbecue meal on a beautiful Memorial Day afternoon and exclaim, “Man, I love this country!” 
But what is it exactly that they are talking about? If by love of country do they mean the beautiful scenery – spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountains majesty and fruited plains? Or are they talking about the fact that they love a country where they are free to live the way they want without fear of the government. A country where they can still practice their religion without fear of imprisonment or death. 
Former President Ronald Reagan, during his Normandy Speech commemorating the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, spoke of patriotism in this way: 
“Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love. 
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead, or on the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt. 
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you. 
The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They thought -- or felt in their hearts, though they couldn't know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4:00 am. In Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying. And in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell. 
Something else helped the men of D-day; their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer, he told them: "Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we're about to do." Also, that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listened in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee." 
Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee." 
Strengthened by their courage and heartened by their valor and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.” 
This, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is patriotism. Patriotism is not about what we show on the outside. Patriotism is about what we live from the inside. It’s understanding why freedom is so precious -- and so rare. It’s understanding and embracing the principles of liberty, equality and justice on which this nation is founded. It’s living the qualities of integrity that mark true citizens - courage… responsibility… gratitude to forefathers… and a self-sacrificing devotion to the common good. It’s what causes a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus to foster and promote the motto “In service to one, in service to all” as he lives out the four principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. 

But for the Knights of Columbus, patriotism goes beyond our devotion to country. As Knights of Columbus our devotion is also to our God. In A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of the United States called - Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics they write: 
“We are daughters and sons of the one God who, outside and above us all, grants us the freedom, dignity and rights of personhood which no one else can take away…. The human being is entitled to such rights in every phase of development, from conception until natural death, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor…. Moreover indeed, everyone has the mission and responsibility of acknowledging the personal dignity of every human being and of defending the right to life”. 
As Knights of Columbus, we are responsible for protecting the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable among us. We are called to defend our Church and our priests. Because patriotism has to do with laying down one’s life for ANY and ALL human lives, not just a chosen few. 
This responsibility need not be a cause of fear. The Bishops also write in their statement: 
“God is always ready to answer our prayers for help with the virtues we need to do His will. First and foremost we need the courage and the honesty to speak the truth about human life, no matter how high the cost to ourselves. The great lie of our age is that we are powerless in the face of the compromises, structures and temptations of mass culture. But we are not powerless. We can make a difference. We belong to the Lord, in Him is our strength, and through His grace, we can change the world.” 
May God Bless the United States of America and May God Bless the Knights of Columbus! 

Vivat Jesus! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Voter Registration

Knights of Columbus Are Urged to Make Informed Decisions During November's Elections and Participate in Nonpartisan National Voter Registration Program

During a recent conference at the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona State Deputy Larry Becker spoke to how the Knights, as informed Catholics, are actively involved in the "Public Square."

State Deputy Becker said, "The Knights of Columbus encourage its members to meet their responsibilities as Catholic citizens and to become active in the political life of their local communities, to vote and to speak out as individual citizens on the public issues of the day and to make their choices about who leads and represents us, allin alignment with Catholic teachings."

In addition to voting one's conscience, Knights are encouraged to participate in programs that support the democratic ideals upon which this nation was founded. To that end Knights of Columbus should register to vote and should encourage other members of their families, parishes, and communities to register.  To fill this need, the Knights of Columbus has developed the parish based Nonpartisan National Voter Registration Program, the goal of which is to enable members to help fellow Catholics exercise their right to vote.

This important program is being conducted in September and October, 2014. To participate, Grand Knights must first obtain a local pastor's permission, the Grand Knight should log on to the Officers' Desk Reference and select the "Nonpartisan Voter Registration Program" tab to review the webcast training and related instructions and materials referred to below.   This will help ensure that the Grand Knight and the members of the council are properly trained on how to administer this program. Please also review the "Catholic Citizenship and Public Policy" and "Guidelines For Political Activity" entries under the "Political Issues" tab of the Officers' Desk Reference. 

State Deputy Becker states that, "Knights believe that in the realm of everyday affairs we are conduct ourselves with integrity, kindness, respect, hospitality, and civility."

"Through our strength, with our members and conviction, we are to defend Religious Liberty, the Culture of Life, Marriage, and the Family. In Arizona, the Knights of Columbus, along with our Church, support these ideals. My Brother Knights, I urge you to publicly support these values and vote with your conscience. I also urge you to ask men and their families to join the Knights of Columbus to help us in even greater strength to support these values," concluded the Arizona State Deputy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Military Scholarship Fund

Another milestone for AZ as we have exceeded our 2014 goal and surpassed the 30k mark I had hoped for. Of course this are the numbers that I am aware of and our Worthy Supreme Master advised me that we are about 3k off so we are some where around 33k.  What a great group of Brother Knights we have in the great State of Arizona.
 
2014 goal $4,000.00 actual $5,545.00 and overall we are at $30,019.25. See attached 

Yours in Christ
 
Michael H. Kingman
PSD, FDM