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A new message from our State Deputy, Wally Wych


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From the Archdiocese of New York's Communications Department today:

MASSES CANCELED IN ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK

(New York, NY) In light of the continued concern surrounding the coronavirus, and the advice of medical experts, all Masses in the Archdiocese of New York will be canceled beginning this weekend, March 14-15, 2020.

This development follows upon today’s decision of Dutchess County to prohibit gatherings of more than 20 people.  It is also intended to provide clarity and consistency throughout the ten counties that comprise the Archdiocese of New York (Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess).  

Churches will, however, remain open for private prayer. 

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, urged the faithful to remember in their prayers all those whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.  “Let us pray for all who are sick, as well as doctors, nurses, caregivers, and all those working hard to combat the disease.  We should also remember those whose lives have been otherwise disrupted, especially anyone who has lost income from a loss of work during this difficult time.”

A private Mass will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and will be available on many cable systems via the Catholic Faith Network and its website at www.catholicfaithnetwork.org, livestreamed on the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral website at www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/live, and broadcast on radio on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM (Channel 129).

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March 11, 2020

Dear Fraternal Leader,

The Knights of Columbus is carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and its impact on the

Order. Since the virus is spread by personal contact, containment efforts stress social

distancing by restricting travel, meetings and other gatherings. Accordingly, the Supreme

Council most strongly recommends the following actions to protect brother Knights and others:

• Cancel all personal contact meetings, including business meetings, until further notice.

• Cancel all planned events, where people would gather, until further notice.

• Cancel all travel for Knights of Columbus business until further notice.

There are many ways to continue council operations without face to face contact. Here are

some suggestions:

o Conduct meetings by conference call, Skype, Google Groups or other methods.

o Use a webinar service for large meetings like monthly business meetings.

o Allow member votes by email or text to approve bills and candidate admissions.

o Use the email feature of Officers Online for member communications.

o Set up a call tree to contact members and ascertain their wellbeing.

o Conduct degree ceremonies in homes using the combined Exemplification of Charity,

Unity and Fraternity video or the First Degree video.

o Use applications like “Go fund me” to digitally raise funds for causes.

Additional information is available for members and their families on the websites of the

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL and WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. Be aware that

the elderly and sick are highly vulnerable to this disease.

This is a moment to deepen our commitment to the very principles which define us: charity,

unity and fraternity. There will likely be many opportunities in coming weeks to live out these

principles in service to our brother Knights, our families and our communities. May this time of

difficulty also be a moment when we as Knights step into the breach and show ourselves to be

disciples of Jesus Christ and men at the service of others.

Fraternally,

Carl A. Anderson

Supreme Knight

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Knights of Columbus Council #16519 Proudly Hosts:

 The Wall That Heals

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.

Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.

The main components of The Wall That Heals are The Wall replica and the mobile Education Center.


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