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Recital of the Rosary prior to each meeting at 7:00pm

*Grand Knight Scott Brady Deputy Grand Knight Peter J.Chudzinski Chaplain Rev. Larry Paolicelli Chancellor Dennis J. Newhart Recorder Walter A.Coutts Financial Secretary William Mullins PGK Treasurer William F. Adam II Lecturer Louis Amarosa Advocate Michael W. Schafer Warden Stephen Centra Inside Guard Robert J. Ritter Outside Guard Scott Eichin Trustee Norm Morey PGK Trustee Robert L. Southworth PGK
Trustee Dennis Klimek PGK
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At the Knights of Columbus 3rd degree ceremony in Saratoga; March 13th, 2016.  From left Grand Knight Scott Brady, Brother Mike Drezelo, Past Grand Knight Dennis Klimek, Brother Mike Salvatore, Brother Bob Delaney, and Deputy Grand Knight Peter Chudzinski

Divine Mercy Can Save the World

4/1/2016

Father Michael Gaitley, MIC

Through prayer and openness to grace, you can help God’s mercy to overcome evil in our time

Divine Mercy Can Save the World
This painting, which was featured at the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), depicts Faustina with an image of Jesus as the Divine Mercy. The image of Jesus depicted here is based on a 1943 painting by Adolf Hyła that hangs in a chapel at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki, Poland. (Painting by Helena Tchorzewska, ©1993 Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy)

Despite so many harbingers of catastrophe and daily temptations to discouragement and even despair, I’ve got some very good news: Now is the time of mercy. Now is a time of great and extraordinary grace for the Church and the world. Now is a time when God wants to pour a superabundance of his merciful love upon suffering humanity.

But don’t just take my word for it. In his March 6, 2014, address to the priests of the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis said the following: “Listen to the voice of the Spirit that speaks to the whole Church in this our time, which is, in fact, the time of mercy. I am certain of this. … We have been living in the time of mercy for 30 or more years, up to now. … [St. John Paul II] had the ‘intuition’ that this was the time of mercy.”

And now, thanks to our Holy Father, it’s also the year of mercy — the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. So, you might say we’re living in a time of mercy in the time of mercy! And this means that you and your family can lend a hand to the mighty movement of mercy that’s blessing modern humanity. More specifically, you can help save the world through prayer and works of mercy.

‘LOUD CRIES’ FOR MERCY

The key to understanding the present time of mercy comes from Romans 5:20: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more.” Expressed as a principle, we could say that in times of great evil, God gives even greater grace. And the good news is that, right now, he’s giving it. In fact, this is what that “intuition” of St. John Paul II was really all about. In response to unprecedented evil in the modern world, it seems that God is providing unprecedented grace.

This special gift of grace in our time includes the modern message of Divine Mercy, which comes to us from the great apostle of mercy, St. Faustina Kowalska. This Polish nun’s testimony to God’s mercy is reinvigorating the Church and inspiring untold numbers of people to turn to the very heart of Catholic spirituality, the very heart of the Gospel — namely, God’s mercy for sinners. Moreover, Faustina’s witness to mercy inspired St. John Paul II to send the whole Church on a powerful mission of mercy that truly can save the world.

Specifically, in the stirring last chapter of his encyclical letter on Divine Mercy, Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy), John Paul gives the Church its marching orders in the present time of mercy. He indicates that we’re not to flee the evils that afflict modern humanity. Rather, we’re to directly confront them with the most powerful weapon of the Redemption: God’s merciful love.

According to Pope John Paul II, who beatified and canonized St. Faustina, merciful love transforms consciences, puts a stop to evil and can renew the face of the earth. But to unleash its power, the sons and daughters of the Church must appeal to God’s mercy with “loud cries” (Dives in Misericordia, 15). Now, by “loud cries,” the pope does not intend that we should shout when we pray. Rather, he encourages us to pray with intensity, fervor and zeal. Indeed, he invites us to pray with bold confidence in the saving power of God’s merciful love. And such prayer truly is “loud.” In other words, it pierces the heart of God and can help save the world.

But, again, don’t just take my word for it. Because of St. Faustina’s “loud cries” for mercy, Jesus told her, “For your sake I will withhold the hand which punishes; for your sake I bless the earth” (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 431). He also revealed to her how prayer “ties his hands,” so to speak, and prevents him from inflicting the punishments the world deserves (see Diary, 818).

Today the world certainly seems to deserve a severe punishment. For instance, simply consider that there have been more than a billion abortions worldwide in the last 40 years. In light of that statistic alone, it’s a marvel that God has not already sent to the modern world the same fire and brimstone that rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah.

And yet, we’re still here. But why? It’s because, again, now is the time of mercy. As Jesus himself said to St. Faustina, “In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. … Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy” (Diary, 1588).

“SUPERCHARGED” PRAYER AND GOOD WORKS

So we now know that in the present time of mercy, we’re to implore God’s mercy with “loud cries.” But how do we learn to pray like that? The Lord himself teaches us through a beautiful prayer he taught St. Faustina called the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This prayer is a kind of extension of what I call “the supercharged moment of the Mass.”

That moment is when the priest at the altar takes the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ and offers it “through him, with him, and in him” to the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. It’s “supercharged” because it’s the perfect sacrifice of love, the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, offered to our Merciful Father. You might say that such prayer becomes the loudest of the “loud cries” we can offer. Indeed, when we fervently pray these words of the chaplet — “for the sake of [Christ’s] sorrowful passion, have mercy on us …” — we can be confident that the Father will not only have mercy on us, but also “on the whole world.”

So, do you and your family want to help save the world and bring it back to God? Do you want to unleash an ocean of mercy upon hurting humanity? In this time of great mercy, if we fervently pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in union with the offering of the Mass, we can do it.

But prayer alone isn’t enough. Unless we put merciful love into practice in our daily lives, “loud cries” for mercy may begin to sound like a “noisy gong” or a “clanging cymbal” (see 1 Cor 13:1). Christ reminds us of this in no uncertain terms through St. Faustina when he says, “I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it” (Diary, 742).

So, let’s briefly review the works of mercy. Generally speaking, the works of mercy include any act of love that seeks to alleviate the suffering of others. Getting more specific, Jesus taught St. Faustina “The Three Degrees of Mercy,” that is, mercy in deed, word and prayer (cf. 742). The Catechism of the Catholic Church unpacks this for us under the categories of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy: “Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead” (2447).

Pope Francis said it is his “burning desire” during this Jubilee Year of Mercy that we reflect on and rediscover the works of mercy, so as to bring to others the “goodness and tenderness of God” (Misericordiae Vultus, 15). And as we put these works into practice while persevering in supercharged prayer, we not only reveal the true face of our Merciful Father to the world — we help him to save it.

FATHER MICHAEL GAITLEY, MIC, is author of many books, including The Second Greatest Story Ever Told: Now Is the Time for Mercy (2015), and 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy (2016).


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and growing in your faith, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.

We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good
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Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Knights are men who get things done.

What we provide

SERVICE

  • Support the parish with its needs
  • Help meet the needs of those in the local community
  • Provide “Coats for Kids” and “Food for Families”
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  • Aid victims of natural disasters and other catastrophic events, local and worldwide
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  • Save lives through initiatives such as the “Ultrasound Program”

 

SUPPORT

  • A unique “band of brothers”
  • Shared values and the support to live out our Catholic faith more fully
  • The ability for our network to accomplish things together that we could not accomplish alone

Unity and Fraternity are the second and third principles of the Knights of Columbus. 

The Knights of Columbus was founded so that men could work together to serve their parishes and communities,
protect the well being of their Catholic families, and support each other in faith and in many other ways along
life’s journey. The Knights of Columbus offers its members the opportunity to grow in their faith through living
the example of a charity that evangelizes and personifying what it means to be a Catholic gentleman through
the practicing of good works.

The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part
in improving the world around them, one community at a time. They stand together in faith, dedicated to uphold
the principles they cherish while lending their support and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight.

Make a stand among them, and you can discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and that of others.

To join, please contact John Finn or Scott Brady.  Our phone and e-mail contacts are located on the side of this page.
Or stop and chat with any of the Knights you see at Mass and Church events.



5 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAMILY

Simple tips from frontline parents

Greg and Jennifer Willits are at it again. From the people who brought you the online video series “That Catholic Show,” comes a wealth of Catholic family resources.

Greg is director of the Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries for the Archdiocese of Denver, and Jennifer is his talented partner and co-star.

Together with their children, they have produced a fun, instructional 4-minute video titled “5 Ways to a Stronger Family.” From eating dinner together to praying as a family, they make common sense seem even more common and sensible.


You can view the YouTube version of the video.





  Upcoming events:
 
Shelters of Saratoga Monthly Dinner Service.  
Your Corpus Christi K of C prepares and serves a meal for our homeless brothers and sisters.  
We cook and serve a meal for the residents, then hang out and eat with the folks.  Great conversations!
 

Pancake Breakfast (Every third Sunday of the month, 8:00AM-12:30PM (excluding June, July and August)



Past Events:

Wheels in Motion Bike Race to Benefit Albany's Worthy Warriors

Event Photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/101988114@N05/sets/72157648798752466/


Biship's Burse 2014:

Presentation from Corpus Christi Knights of Columbus, Council #10869 donation earmarked for this year's Bishop's
Burse, to Bishop Edward Sharfenberger, held at Cohoes KofC Council on Saturday, June 21, 2014.





















 



Wheels in Motion Bike Race to Benefit Worthy Warriors
September 14th 2013
Event Website:
http://operationworthywarriors.com/http://operationworthywarriors.com/

Event Photos:
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Event Videos on YouTube:
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