This Week on Knight Life
Hope — This week on Knight Life ….our Advent preparation continues.
Knights and others visit care centers to spread Cheer among residents. There seems so much to do it is good to remember the reason we act. This care for others and preparing should be reflected in our homes. So that we are ready – well prepare.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers back with you for a half hour of information, inspiration and invitation around the activities of this band of brothers the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is Be Men of Courage and to do everything with LOVE for our fellow man, woman, child and unborn child.
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Overview of the Podcast – Hope
The second Sunday of advent often as not finds the leadership of the Iowa Knights gathered for our mid-year meeting. This is a time to review progress and revise our goals for a successful second half of the fraternal year. We will hear more on this in the coming weeks.
Our State Chaplain Fr William Reynolds opened the meeting on Saturday morning with a reflection on the second Sunday Advent.
Truly a call to Knights to re-evaluate our efforts to be Christ for others especially during this season of marketing materialism.
One Knight who is truly observing Advent as a time of preparation is Russell Yount District Deputy 31 of Cedar Rapids Russell shares some reflections on how he keeps the advent season properly despite all the Christmas marketing going on around him.
I’m humbled by Russell’s recognition of his need to share the faith journey with his Brother Knights as he strives to be a leader among them.
As an interested listener consider sharing your family Advent traditions with us on our Facebook page.
One crazy aspect of being a leader in the Knights of Columbus is the amazing people we run into regularly.
Paul Lee state warden was at the Jesup Council meeting in October. A young lady Abby Moore approached the council for assistance in making the trip the NCYC – the National Catholic Youth Conference — where she was to be a presenter. Of course the Knights stepped up to help. Paul and Abby found they had plenty in common and before long he had a chance to talk with Abby about the trip. I look forward to hearing more from Paul and Abby on her trip.
The holiday season can be a very challenging time for our friends in senior care centers. Studies show that, while for many people it’s the most enjoyable time of year, this can be the opposite for seniors residing in care centers because they long to be at their own home and suffer from blues, depression, and even commit suicide. The music, love, compassion, and energy provided by visitors (and carolers) can provide our senior friends much needed mental and spiritual healing power and growth to address this situation.
We revisit an interview Ken Root did last year with a group committed to providing Holiday cheer at a Dubuque Care Center with Chaplain Burton Everest at Luther Manor.
The tradition of caroling for the elderly began for Vincent J. Leinen the co-founder of the Denison Christmas Caroling festivity in high school, while singing at local senior care centers in Denison, Iowa with the St. Mary Catholic Youth organization from Dow City, Iowa led by Virginia Rasmussen. It then continued while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Now a resident of Los Angeles, the tradition has since evolved, grown, and expanded into a series of festivals celebrated across the country from Florida to California involving over 1,000 volunteers. This includes the must attend holiday event in Denison, Iowa where it all started.
I spoke with Vince Leinen – A Knight from Dow City Iowa — this past April about his holiday caroling ministry. You can learn more by visiting http://holidaycarolingmakeadifference.com/
This enjoyable and rewarding community service project is open to entertainers, singers, and musicians of all talent levels and ages. It is a very fulfilling opportunity to give and to receive joy, happiness, and holiday spirit to and from the elderly residents, care-takers, and participants, while enhancing one’s own perspective and appreciation of life, health, and family.
If you would like to be part of a visitation or caroling program, contact a care center in your area or work with one of the organizations that coordinates volunteers.
The bottom line is that everyone will greatly benefit from the festivities!
Steve Hesprich gives us a vision of the right stuff quite different from what we might expect in this week’s Keep Christ in Christmas. Advent is a great time to reflect on the spiritual foundation of our lives not only as Knights but as Fathers and husbands too.
To find out more on the Iowa Knights visit our website www.iowakofc.org .You can follow Iowa Knights of Columbus on Facebook or on Twitter @IAKnights for the latest news and updates.
We are a family friendly fraternity. We place God First in our lives and then with mercy and in charity act courageously to serve others.
If you feel prompted to give something back and want to become more of the Catholic man you were created to be, join us as we make a difference serving our church, our communities and our families. Knights make it easy to give back.
I’m Mike Gaspers, thank you for listening. Feeling inspired? Then act courageously and with love to put your faith into action by word and by deeds.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
Music clips are from the song Courageous by Casting Crowns.