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Strengthening Parishes: The Knights’ Service of Ministry

Through the Building the Domestic Church initiative, the Order is recommitted to strengthening the Catholic identity of our families and revitalizing parish life.

The initiative’s first program, Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive, was designed to draw families closer to each other through meditation and family projects. The newest aspect of the initiative, Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish, will further promote Catholic family life by encouraging councils to more fully integrate with the sacramental and social life of their parish. In this way, councils will continue the service of ministry to the Church that Father McGivney saw as central to the Order.

With the hope of thus strengthening our members’ families, revitalizing our parishes and growing our Order, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is now asking state deputies and state chaplains to offer a prayer to the Holy Family at every state convention held this fraternal year. The prayer will be made available to all families, with the hope that each and every family will join together on the first Sunday after Christmas to offer this prayer of consecration.

The supreme knight also asks that Knights attend Mass together with their fellow council members and families on June 19, which marks the celebration of Father’s Day in the United States. During this Mass, chaplains should invite Knights and their wives — along with all the married couples of the parish — to renew their marriage vows.

Further information on the consecration to the Holy Family and the Father’s Day affirmation of wedding vows may be found in the February issue of Columbia. Should you have additional questions, please direct them to the Corporate Communications Department by emailing knightline@kofc.org or calling 203-752-4264.

The Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive booklet (#10162) can be obtained by visiting knightsgear.com. You can also submit a Form 1 to the Supply Department. For additional ordering information, email supply@kofc.org or call 203-752-4214. The booklet is free, and only shipping charges apply. An online copy of this booklet and additional resources are available at kofc.org/familyfullyalive.