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Slate of Officers for the 2017 - 2018 Columbian Year

Worthy Brothers,

 

The below list are the nominees of officers for our next fraternal year, as presented by the nominating committee, at tonight’s meeting.

 

Nominations will remain open until the election at our next meeting being held on Tuesday evening May 23rd.

 

Vivat Jesus,

 

SK David B. Horton

Grand Knight, Our Lady of Fatima Council #6901

 

Grand Knight - Stephen L Waechter
Deputy Grand Knight - James T Abernathy
Chancellor - open
Warden - Sebastian C Chakiath
Inside Gerard - Timothy J Flynn
Outside Guard - open
Advocate - Melvin G Washington
Recorder - John G Phipps
Treasurer - Benjamin G Snouffer
3 year trustee - David B Horton
Delegate - Stephen L Waechter
Delegate - David B Horton
1st Alternate to the Delegate - Joseph E Murtha
2nd Alternate to the Delegate - Melvin G Washington

Seminarian, Deacon Benjamin Garcia ordained a Catholic priest

During a June 17, 2017  Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained four new priests for the Archdiocese of Washington: Father Andrew Wakefield, Father Benjamín García Domínguez, Father Robert Kilner, and Father Jorge Ernesto Ubau López. Cardinal Wuerl was joined by Washington Auxiliary Bishops Barry Knestout, Mario Dorsonville, and Roy Campbell; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington; and about 120 concelebrating priests.

Sir Knight Benjamin Garcia was sponsored by Council 6901 throughout his studies in the seminary.  Now, Father Garcia – is one of three members of the first ordination class for the Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, which Cardinal Wuerl founded in 2011. Following the homily, those three men and Father Ubau individually knelt before the cardinal to promise respect and obedience to him and his successors.

The congregation, which included about 2,000 people, then sang a Litany of the Saints, while the four men lay prostrate on the ground, which the cardinal noted symbolizes their total giving of self and echoes Jesus’ words, “No one takes my life from me.  I freely lay it down.”

The focal point of the ordination Mass, the cardinal said, is the laying on of hands, which follows the litany. Each priest to be ordained once again individually knelt before the cardinal, who silently placed his hands upon each man’s head and asked the Holy Spirit to fill them with wisdom and grace. Then, all the priests processed past them, individually laying their hands upon their heads. Afterward, the cardinal said a prayer of ordination, and the new priests were all vested with a stole and chasuble, assisted by a priest whom they had chosen.

The cardinal then anointed the hands of the newly ordained with chrism, and presented them with the bread and wine as a sign of presiding at the Eucharist. Then, he gave each of them a sign of peace, which was also offered to them by their brother priests, and the newly ordained priests remained at the altar to celebrate the Eucharist for the first time.

Following the ordination Mass, the congregation lined up to receive blessings from the newly ordained priests.

In the chapel where newly ordained Father García was giving blessings, many parishioners of St. Bartholomew Parish in Bethesda gathered to greet him, as he had served there in recent years as a seminarian.  “What a blessing for our parish,” said Lucy Yepez. “He is very much loved by everybody.”

After blessing the people who had lined up to congratulate him and receive his blessing, Father García said that his prayer before and during and now after his ordination has been to be “one with Christ. It is He who asked, He who does, and He who guides,” the new priest said.

Council 6901 now looks forward to supporting another seminarian as he forms his life in the ways established by Jesus Christ.

Council presents $500 to the Poolesville Military Support Group

On April 26, Mr. Carl Hobbs made a presentation to council members about the Poolesville Military Support Group, a non-profit community organization that supports military members, veterans, and their families through local activities and fundraising.

 

 An article in The Yellow Ribbon Fund newsletter reported:

 One day Teresa Brimm was recovering at Walter Reed. The next, she was astride the Harley of a new friend. It all started when a chartered wheelchair-accessible bus took Teresa, her fellow injured service members, and their families out into the Maryland countryside. Destination: Poolesville’s annual riverside picnic in their honor, hosted by the Poolesville Military Support Group. Most Americans don’t personally know an injured veteran, so events like this help build bridges between the military and civilian communities. Those connections are especially important when injured veterans and their families return to their hometowns and begin rebuilding their lives.

 

 Carl talked in detail about the annual White's Ferry Event, which this year, will be held on June 25th.  He encouraged members and their families to come out and have fun supporting this event. He was pleased to receive a $500.00 donation from the Knights of Columbus to help with PMSG's upcoming annual outing at White's Ferry. The event, which features great food and a barbeque picnic, entertainment, and fishing; hosts convalescing military personnel from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a relaxing day of fun and fellowship. The event is also a fundraiser to help benefit two important nonprofit programs dear to the heart of those who serve this nation in the military: the Fisher House and the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

 

L to R: Maryland State Secretary, GK David Horton, Carl Hobbs, Brother Tim Flynn, Chan. Frank Austin, and DGK Steve Waechter.

Shady Grove Pregnancy Center gets a boost from Our Lady of Fatima Council

Council 6901 has been helping SGPC for some time now, providing funds and materials that they can use in their mission to help expectant mothers choose life.  Recently GK Steve Waechter presented a check to SGPC Reps to help purchase equipment for their kitchen where they prepare and serve food to these mothers, many of whom are in serious financial need.

 

A letter we received recently read as follows:

Dear Frank and Fellow Knights,
 
How Blessed are we to be so cared for by Council 6901 and St Mary's Sodality. 
Thank you for organizing meals for each of the classes, and preparing and delivering the meals to us each week. 
For some of our participants the class dinner is the only meal they eat all day. We are so grateful to be able to provide 
them with a homemade meal prepared with love especially for them. Not only do participants appreciate  the meals but also enjoy 
the family style service and conversation that take place when we all share a meal together. 
 
Our refrigerator is being delivered this week and hopefully the toaster oven too. 
We are so excited to have it all set up in time for your first meal delivery.  
 
Thank you for your dedication to The Shady Grove Pregnancy Canter and the Pregnancy Program. 
 
Blessings to You and Yours Most Sincerely,
 
Kathleen Carter

 

Schaefer Children's Scholarship Fund

Tom Schaefer and Family

 

My Brothers, we recently lost a special member of our Order to ALS, Brother Knight Tom Schaefer.

In spite of having combated this terrible disease for several years, a challenge that occupied most of his time and energy, Tom still wanted to be a Knight of Columbus.  Thanks to the efforts of our Field Agent Patrick McAleer, Tom received a special 1st Degree at his home in August of 2016.

 

Sadly his loss is most felt by his wife Ursula and three young children.  Efforts are underway to help build a scholarship fund for Tom's sons and daughter.  Attached (click on Tom Schaefer and Family) is the information needed for those who want to help set up this fund.

 

We ask for your prayers, calling on the Holy Spirit for strength and healing as the Schaefer family deals with the loss of Brother Knight and member of Our Lady of Fatima Council 6901, Brother Tom Schaefer.

Pro-Life News from the Maryland State Council

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With the release of the series of videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing the barbarity of the
abortion business and the harvesting and selling of baby parts by Planned Parenthood, there is a growing
national awakening to the inhumanity of abortion.

An increasing number of states have and are eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood, many in Congress are working to discontinue the annual $500,000,000 in federal funding it receives, and Congress is holding investigative hearings.

Believers in pro-life views are taking public action, staging protests and bearing prayerful witness in communities across the country and the world to stop abortion.

Read about happenings across the country and here in Maryland - and the role the Knights of Columbus are taking on to oppose abortion.

 

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