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"Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host. May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!"
— St. Margaret Mary

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"Heaven is filled with converted sinners of all kinds, and there is room for more."

St. Joseph Cafasso

All General Business Meetings
First Tuesday of every Month
 7:00pm
St Anthony's Maronite Catholic Church
375 Island Pond Road
All Knight's Welcome!!!

Social Meetings / Special Meetings
Every Third Tuesday of the Month
TBA
"Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you."
— St. Thomas Aquinas

"Let us never forget that if we wish to die like the saints we must live like them."
— St. Théodore Guérin
Next Council Dinner:
Sunday, March 12
12p-2p
The Cedars
Corn Beef and Cabbage
Advance tickets: $10
Tickers at the door: $12

Lenten Reconciliation

3/1/2017

Lenten Reconciliation

Christ invites us to respond to evil, first of all, with a serious examination of conscience and the commitment to purify our lives. We, as Catholics, should encourage and participate in the frequent reception of the sacrament of penance — especially during the season of Lent.

To assist members, their families and other Catholics in receiving the sacrament of reconciliation, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council offers A Guide to Confession (#2075). This short pamphlet, written by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, provides a concise description of the sacrament and offers preparatory steps to receiving reconciliation.

The Knights of Columbus Catholic Information Service also offers the Luke E. Hart Series booklet Penance (#115). This booklet provides details on the Church’s understanding of sin and the sacrament of penance, and is available to read online. Additional copies may be ordered through the Catholic Information Service at kofc.org/cis.

Flynn: Ash Wednesday brings sign of hope yet to come

Raymond L. Flynn Thursday, March 02, 2017

 


More Catholics attend church services on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year except Christmas and Easter, so it came as no surprise to see so many people at St. Brigid Church last evening, or on TV at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome yesterday.

Ash Wednesday in Rome was always one of my favorite days of the year. We would join the Dominican fathers and sisters for the Mass at their home church, Santa Sabina, which was always celebrated by Pope John Paul II, followed by lunch with the pontiff. He would begin with an insightful message about a current event in the world and end with an encouraging message of Easter being the “season of hope.”

What I observed yesterday at St. Brigid was a large number of young people attending Mass. Even though many of them might not be able to attend Mass many days during Lent, you could feel that they were happy with getting a good start on the 40 days leading up to Easter.

I also saw there was no sign of the age gap between young and old we sometimes hear about. As with Pope John Paul II and now Pope Francis at Santa Sabina, and churches throughout Boston, Catholics were packed in to hear messages of hope from Cardinal Sean O’Malley and so many other dedicated priests like Father Robert Casey.

Another inspiring Ash Wednesday which stands out for me was a little different than the one in which Kathy and I joined Pope John Paul II for Mass in Rome. It took place in South Boston a few years ago. After early morning Mass, where my young grandson Braeden and I were blessed with ashes by Father Robert Blaney, we stopped at Cumberland’s Milk Store on the way home for coffee and a donut for Braeden. We bumped into Korean War veteran Eddie Toland, who greeted Braeden, who was sitting in his carriage.

“What a beautiful shamrock you have on your forehead, Braeden,” he said. I looked at Braeden’s forehead and remarkably, there was a perfectly shaped shamrock. But if you looked at it from another angle, there was Christ’s cross on his forehead. I believe all special needs children are “God’s saints,” so I was not surprised by what I felt was a miracle.

We didn’t see any miracles last night at St. Brigid’s, but we did see over 800 young and older Catholics in the pews and we heard a message from Cardinal Sean that reminded everybody of our proud Catholic heritage and values, which we first received from our parents, priests and nuns. After Mass I said to the cardinal, “I never saw so many young adults in church, you are a rock star.”

The cardinal humbly responded, “No, my friend, God is a rock star.”

Raymond L. Flynn is the former mayor of Boston and former U. S. ambassador to the Vatican.