Developmental Disabilities (DD) or “Tootsie Roll” Drive Starts Today!

The IWKnights’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) or “Tootsie Roll” Drive starts today!

We will be collecting donations at the street locations today from 3:00pm – 6:00pm and at all street and store locations  from Friday, October 6, 2018 (7 am – 6 pm) & Saturday, October 7, 2018 (9 am – 6 pm).

For a list of locations and collection times, click here and you can donate online by clicking on the QR Code to the right or click here.

Developmental Disabilities (DD) or “Tootsie Roll” Drive Starts Tomorrow!

The IWKnights’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) or “Tootsie Roll” Drive starts tomorrow!

We will be collecting donations at the street locations today from 3:00pm – 6:00pm and at all street and store locations  on Friday, October 6, 2018 (7 am – 6 pm) & Saturday, October 7, 2018 (9 am – 6 pm).

For a list of locations and collection times, click here and you can donate online by clicking on the QR Code to the right or click here.

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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for July 30, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Professor Ryszard Legutko
Scientist, essayist and politician, professor of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University (Courtesy of Great Polish project website)

Last week, we published the first of five questions in a Q&A published within the Knights on-line magazine, the Columbia.  “The interviewee was Professor Ryszard Legutko who spent the first four decades of his life in communist-controlled Poland.  Like many, he came to idealize the freedom and political structure of liberal democratic societies, particularly the United States.  Following the collapse of communism in 1989 and Poland’s democratic transition, he experienced disillusionment as political problems persisted.”

Columbia editor Alton J. Pelowski recently had the opportunity to talk to Legutko about his book “The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies (Encounter, 2016) and about the role of faith in the public square today.

COLUMBIA: You’ve spoken on behalf of the persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East.  What in your opinion should be done in the West to aid Christians and other minority groups who are targeted for genocide?

PROF. RYSZARD LEGUTKO: Christians are suffering persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere — such as in North Korea and places in Africa — yet there is also discrimination of Christians in Europe, and these two things are somehow correlated.  European politicians are very reluctant to talk about the persecution of Christians.  When they do, they use abstract terms like “freedom of religion.”  They evade the issue when they use this weak language. They should be defending Christians as Christians in the same way as the Israelis defend Jews as Jews, not because it contradicts the abstract idea of nondiscrimination.

These same politicians don’t escape into this neutral, abstract language when defending homosexuals, for instance.  Almost every document that comes out of the European Parliament contains clauses where the rights of LGBT people are stated explicitly. You never find such language in defense of Christians.  If we Westerners do not defend Christianity, nobody will, but we are somehow reluctant or unable to do so.

There are many things that can be done to help ensure that the Middle East is not further de-Christianized.  There were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq in 2003, and now it’s around 200,000. This is not only about Christianity but about the presence of Western civilization in the Middle East. This is also about peace. Christians were the people who stood for peace there.  Now, with them nearly gone, you have what is taking place today.

The preceding piece is the conclusion to an article posted in the Columbia.  You can find the link to this article and other information about us at www.IWKnights.com (Click on Bulletin Inserts) or at facebook.com/IWknights9981.

Please shop our book and CD Rack-in-the-Back.  Suggested Donation for the CD’s is $3.00/title – books on the top shelf are FREE.

We would like to talk with you about becoming an IW Knight.  Please visit us on-line at our web site: www.IWknights.com/AboutUs.  Or call Rob at: (314) 973-2373.

IW – Adoration Chapel Closed

The IW Adoration Chapel will be closed until Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 am due to a power outage.

The IW Adoration Chapel will be closed until Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 am due to a power outage.

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for July 23, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, one of the leaders of the Solidarity movement, stands by a map of Poland in 1982. Two years later, he was kidnapped and murdered by officers of the communist secret police. Photo by East News/Getty Images

Born in 1949, Ryszard Legutko spent the first four decades of his life in communist-controlled Poland.  Like many, he came to idealize the freedom and political structure of liberal democratic societies, particularly the United States.  Following the collapse of communism in 1989 and Poland’s democratic transition, he experienced disillusionment as political problems persisted.

Today, Legutko is a professor of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and he has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014.  He is the author of several books, including The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies(Encounter, 2016).

Columbia editor Alton J. Pelowski recently had the opportunity to talk to Legutko about his book and about the role of faith in the public square today.

COLUMBIA: Thomas Jefferson spoke of “a wall of separation between church and state”.  Many people in the United States have taken this to mean that a person’s personal faith does not belong in the public square.  What is your opinion about the proper role that religion should play in the political sphere?

PROF. RYSZARD LEGUTKO: The effect of the Reformation in Europe was that religion was under the control of the throne, whereas in the United States there is this separation. Until recently, this was widely believed to mean only that there is no established religion. The idea that religion has no access to the public square is a recent phenomenon.

From the beginning, it was assumed that the United States was founded on Christian principles and that people who are elected to the public functions are religious people, sometimes with very strong religious views, and that these views affect their political opinion.  It’s not that religious truth is to be translated literally into policy, but it has a role to play.  If you are a Christian, you cannot totally abstract your religious views from your public life.  That’s why the Bible is considered to be a sacred document in courts, such as for swearing oaths.  Only recently has this been seriously contested, with calls for the removal of crosses and of the Ten Commandments, for example.

My opinion is a simple one: You cannot just distill or separate politics from your religious or philosophical views, in an effort to create a “pure” politics, deprived of metaphysical content.  It’s simply impossible; such human beings do not exist.

The preceding piece is the introduction to a longer article posted in the KofC on-line magazine the Columbia.  You can find the link to this article and other information about us at www.IWKnights.com (Click on Bulletin Inserts) or at facebook.com/IWknights9981.

Please shop our book and CD Rack-in-the-Back.  Suggested Donation for the CD’s is $3.00/title – books on the top shelf are FREE.

We would like to talk with you about becoming an IW Knight.  Please visit us on-line at our web site: www.IWknights.com/AboutUs.  Or call Rob at: (314) 973-2373.

Father Ralph Wright OSB needs your prayers immediately

  • From IWKnights Church Director Steve Dickhut……..

Hi – for those of you who have not heard- Father Ralph had a serious accident yesterday and is in need of your prayers. The only explanation I have is printed below. If I receive additional message today I will pass it along.

  “This morning Fr. Ralph (Wright) was riding a horse at A-bar-A ranch in Wyoming, when both Fr. Ralph and the horse fell. He was taken by medevac to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO. According to the initial tests and first CT scan, Fr. Ralph has some fractured ribs, a punctured lung, and some small bleeding in the brain. 

 With regard to the brain injury, we have the following reasons to be optimistic about his recovery: 1) that he was responsive to questions after an initial period of thirty minutes of unconsciousness, 2) that early in the afternoon Fr. Ralph, while under conscious sedation, responded to the surgeon’s requests to squeeze the surgeon’s finger, 3) that the second CT scan revealed no additional bleeding in his brain, and 4) that he is now able, while still under conscious sedation, to respond to the surgeon’s requests for him to lift his arms and legs. That the 2nd CT scan reveals no additional bleeding in his brain means that he will likely not need an operation on his brain. (The surgeon would have operated, were there to have been additional bleeding.)
  These early signs give us good reason to hope that he may have avoided the worst case scenarios, but we are awaiting the results of additional tests tomorrow. He will remain intubated tonight, just in case anything were to happen, and they will likely extubate him late tomorrow morning.
  While Fr. Ralph will likely need several days in the hospital and perhaps some additional time recuperating near to the hospital, we are breathing easier after this most recent news. Fr. Gerard caught a late afternoon plane to Denver, and he should arrive to the hospital late this evening. Again, I hope to have more news for everyone by early tomorrow afternoon.”

– Fr. Cassian Koenemann

IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for July 16, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore carries a monstrance under a canopy as he leads a eucharistic procession on July 3 during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations are gathering for the July 1-4 convocation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

“Helping to form leaders who will be ready to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while examining insights from new research, fresh communications strategies and best practices is the goal of the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, which was held on July 1st thru the 4th in Orlando, Florida.

The Knights of Columbus is the premier sponsor of this gathering inspired by Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the convocation on “Going to the Peripheries” during the plenary session on July 3.  He is was a participant in the breakout session “Missionary Disciples in Solidarity with the Suffering Church” on the same day.

On Sunday, Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly participated in a breakout session on the “Church’s Relationship with the State.”  The session examined the church-state relationship in the United States, the role of the Church in public life, and the opportunities and challenges related to the Church’s role in bringing the Gospel to bear on public life.

During the discussion, Deputy Supreme Knight Kelly talked about his background and, in particular, his work for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom.  In addition, he observed that the United States’ experience of religious freedom had a strong influence on the Second Vatican Council and how the Church would eventually articulate its vision of religious freedom.

The paradox of our present moment is that Pope Francis is asking us more and more to go to the peripheries and be missionary disciples, and at the same time this is harder to do because of greater restrictions on religious freedom.”

The preceding article was recently posted at – www.KofC.org.

You can find us at www.IWKnights.com or on our Facebook page at facebook.com/IWknights9981.

Please shop our book and CD Rack-in-the-Back.  Suggested Donation for the CD’s is $3.00/title – books on the top shelf are FREE.

We would like to talk with you about becoming an IW Knight.  Please visit us on-line at our web site: www.IWknights.com/AboutUs.  Or call Rob at: (314) 973-2373.

Fatima Events for July

Hello Brother Knights,

First, a big thanks to Eric, Chris, Steve, Barry and all who worked so hard to have a great K of C picnic. Everything was fantastic!

Second, there are two events that will occur this week at IW to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearance to the children of Fatima. On Tuesday, July 11 at 7 pm in the church, we will show a 90 minute documentary on Fatima. We will follow that with the Rosary. In addition, Fr. Munna, a priest from Uganda who is very knowledgeable about Fatima and actually travelled with Pope Francis to Fatima for the 100th anniversary on May 13, 2017, will happen to be in the St. Louis area this week. He is coming in Tuesday evening and we are blessed that he plans to spend some time with us. If all goes well, he will arrive in time for us to introduce him and for him to participate in the Rosary on Tuesday. We will see if he can be available for a brief talk and Q&A after the Rosary for those who want to stay. He will come back for a longer talk and Q&A following the 6:30 pm Rosary on Thursday July 13 (refer to the below for more info).

There are 3 opportunities to join others to pray the Rosary on Thursday July 13. At 7:20 am and 8:20 am, the Rosary will be prayed following the morning Masses which will likely be in the Multi-purpose Room above the parish offices while construction continues in the lower church hall. At 6:30 pm, we will pray the Rosary in the IW church. In addition, Fr. Munna plans to spend an hour with us following the 6:30 pm Rosary; giving additional insights into the events and messages of Fatima with time for Q&A. I hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and learn from Fr. Munna.

Ted Juen

100th Anniversary of Fatima Apparitions – Jul Events r2.doc

2017 Golf Tournament

To All Council Members,

The council’s 2017 golf tournament is scheduled for September 16, 2017 at the ‘Links of Dardenne’.
The golf committee will be putting together booze buckets to be raffled off at the golf tournament.
We are requesting all council members to help in this event by providing a bottle of your favorite spirits or a six pack of your favorite beer to this cause. This has been a very successful raffle over the past couple of years so please help us fill the booze buckets.
Bring your contribution to the council meetings starting this Thursday, July 13 thru September 14.

Thanks for your help,

The 2017 Golf Committee