Programming Culture Of Life
Every life is sacred, from the moment of conception till natural death. Knights are called to defend the dignity of each human being at every stage and work to build a culture of lie and a civilization of love.
In the continual battle for the rights of the unborn and the elderly, Knights, their families, and all pro-life supporters need to change hearts as they strive to change laws. They must be witness to the injustice of abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide, as they assist pregnant women in need, ten to the vulnerable handicapped persons and care for the elderly.
» Ultrasound InitiativeThis initiative seeks to provide medically certified pro-life pregnancy centers with the modern technology to monitor the health of babies in utero, and to allow mothers to visually experience their development. The Supreme Council financially supports State or Council initiatives to fund purchases of Ultrasound Machine for a pregnancy Care Center in your community. For more information, refer to the Supreme Council web site; Supreme application is attached. Please consider donating to the existing GO MOBILE Ultrasound Van as indicated in the attached letter. This program is in immediate need of council and assembly support for daily $300 to travel throughout the state doing fabulous Pro-Life work.
» Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose ProgramThe KofC Silver Rose Program promotes unity among the peoples in the America, including Knights and their families, in Building the Domestic Church and the Culture of Life initiatives. The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe stems from the fact that she is the Patroness of the Pro-Life movement. In 2017, the sixth Silver Rose will enter Connecticut from Rhode Island on Sunday November 5 at St. Mathias Church in East Lyme.
The Founder's state finale will be celebrated again at St. Mary's Church in New Haven on Tuesday December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe. Full details for the 2017 schedule will be posted later this Fall.
» March for LifeThe annual March for Life, held on January 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C., commemorates the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973. Knights who cannot go to Washington can participate in local or state pro-life demonstrations. State pro-life chair-couples will have information on local activities sponsored or supported by Knights in their jurisdictions. See attached letter for funding youth bus trips in the Diocese of Norwich, check Bridgeport and Hartford for similar programs.
Knights are urged to schedule prayer services for unborn children at government monuments or participate in other appropriate activities. Invite Squires’ circles, ladies’ auxiliaries, parish pro-life groups and similar organizations to attend or co-sponsor planned activities.
Knights councils are encouraged to access their diocese 40 Day websites to sponsor one of the 40 Days For Life between Sept. 27 and Nov. 5, 2017.
» Annual Pro-Life MassIn January each year, Knights and their families come together to prayer for the end of legalized abortion. A Mass for life will be held at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, the birthplace of the Order, in conjunction with the parish's 10:00 AM Mass on January 21, 2018. Councils are encourage to have members and their families join other Knights at this special Mass, as well as support the Baby Shower held at this Mass.
See the attached for further details and Baby Shower items which are dispersed immediately following the Mass to needy expectant mothers in the three dioceses. Monetary donations are also accepted to the CT State Council.
Currently, the Diocese of Norwich celebrates a monthly Pro-Life Mass on the First Saturday, typically at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. If not already available in Hartford and Bridgeport, consider starting your own Masses as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.
» Day of the UnbornAn observation held annually, where Knights, Squires and their families pray, fast, and work to restore the respect and protection to children before birth. Councils are encouraged to organize programs and events that accomplish just this. Normally, the devotions are held on the feast of the Annunciation. However, March 25, 2018 is Palm Sunday.
As alternative dates, please consider observing the Day of the Unborn either on April 28, 2018, the feast day of St. Gianna Bertta Molla, Patroness of the Unborn; or on May 31, 2018 during the month of Our Lady, the feast of The Visitation of Our Lady to St. Elizabeth when St. John the Baptist leaped in her womb at the sight of the Mother of the Lord.