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    Council Resources for the Beatification of Father Michael McGivney

    The beatification of Father McGivney is a cause for celebration for the Order. These resources are provided to help councils celebrate the beatification of our founder all year.

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    Watch
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    Act
    Order

    Beatification of Father Michael McGivney Website

    This website includes information on Father McGivney's beatification, including an agenda of live online events, a media kit and other resources. A video training for the website can be viewed here.

    WEBSITE

    Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism

    In this book, Douglas Brinkley and Julie Fenster re-create the life of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Father Michael McGivney, a fiercely dynamic yet tenderhearted man. Though he was only thirty-eight when he died, Father McGivney has never been forgotten. He remains a true “people's priest,” a genuinely holy man – and perhaps the most beloved parish priest in U.S. history.

    ORDER

    The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History

    This book tells a uniquely American story of faith in action. Formed by Father Michael McGivney with the men of his parish, the Knights of Columbus was committed to the principles of charity and unity, while supporting the faith and financial viability of its members and their families. It would soon grow into an organization whose members supported one another while also contributing to their parishes, their communities, their countries, and the world.

    ORDER

    BACKGROUND MATERIALS TO HELP PREPARE FOR TALKS AND HOMILIES

    These materials include articles, books and videos on the life, legacy and spirituality of Father McGivney to help prepare for talks and homilies.

    MATERIALS

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY: AN AMERICAN BLESSED (FULL VERSION)

    This new short documentary explores the life, legacy and impact of Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus and apostle of spiritual brotherhood and unity.

    WATCH

    FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY: AN AMERICAN BLESSED (5-MINUTE VERSION)

    This 5-minute version of Father Michael McGivney: An American Blessed, explores the life, legacy and impact of Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus and apostle of spiritual brotherhood and unity.

    WATCH

    Baby Miraculously Healed through Intercession of Father McGivney

    This video tells the story of the miracle attributed to the intercession of our founder, Father Michael McGivney, which healed Mikey Schachle of a life-threatening condition. The miracle paves the way for Father McGivney's beatification.

    WATCH

    Couple Survives COVID, Says Father McGivney Interceded

    This video tells the story of John Palmieri and his wife, Alana, who both contracted COVID-19 around Good Friday. John was placed in the ICU for nearly two weeks. Due to his preconditions, his chance of survival was 1%. Alana never prayed so hard in her life for Father McGivney's intercession.

    WATCH

    Through Father McGivney’s Intercession, Toronto Knight Sells Home

    When Rajan Arasaratnam’s wife was diagnosed with kidney failure, they decided to move to a condominium. They listed their townhouse in 2018, but had no takers, even after changing agents and dropping the listing price. Utterly frustrated, Rajan turned to Father McGivney for his intercession. Then, within a week after listing the third time, a buyer came, offered their price and closed the deal.

    WATCH

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Father McGivney Prayer Cards

    These prayer cards are for the "Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney."

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL PRAYER CARDS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Prayer cards must not be distributed until that time.

    ORDER

    A NOVENA BEFORE THE BEATIFICATION OF MICHAEL MCGIVNEY

    This novena invokes the intercession of Father McGivney.

    NOVENA

    Background Materials to Help Prepare for Talks and Homilies

    These materials include articles, books and videos on the life, legacy and spirituality of Father McGivney to help prepare for talks and homilies.

    MATERIALS

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Watch Father Michael McGivney’s Beatification Live

    Father Michael McGivney’s beatification takes place Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11a.m. ET at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn. Watch the beatification Mass (and related events) individually or as a council.

    Visit www.kofc.org/beatification and follow the hashtag #McGivney for a schedule of events, live streaming videos and more. Events will also be aired on EWTN, Canada’s Salt + Light Television and the Catholic TV Network.

    Watch

    DISPLAY FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY BEATIFICATION BANNERS

    Banners celebrating Father McGivney’s beatification are now available! These attractive, full color, outdoor vinyl banners are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community.

    Ask your pastor for permission to display a Father Michael McGivney beatification banner on parish grounds.

    Please note that banners cannot be displayed until after Father McGivney’s beatification Mass takes place on Oct. 31. At that point, it will be appropriate to display the banners to celebrate his new title as “Blessed Michael J. McGivney.”

    ORDER

    DISPLAY FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY BEATIFICATION POSTERS

    These attractive posters are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community. Ask your pastor for permission to display Father Michael McGivney beatification posters on parish grounds.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL POSTERS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Posters must not be displayed until that time.

    ORDER

    Practice Devotions

    As a council, say prayers and offer devotions related to Father McGivney. Various devotions can be practiced on their own or incorporated into council meetings and programs.

    PRAY

    Share the Story of Father McGivney with Your Parish and Community

    Order and distribute books, prayers cards and other materials that share the story of the life, legacy and spirituality of Father McGivney. Ideas include: 1) Determine the amount to budget to educate your parish and community about the founder of our Order and his beatification. 2) Consider making gifts of higher priced items, such as books. 3) Place lower priced items that can be purchased in bulk in appropriate areas of your parish (with your pastor’s permission). 4) Organize the men of your council to be present after Masses at your parish (with your pastor’s permission) to greet parishioners, share the news of the beatification of Father McGivney, and distribute “Prayer for the Canonization of Father Michael McGivney” prayer cards and “I am a Knight” cards.

    ORDER

    Promote Father McGivney’s Legacy by Sharing Videos on His Life and Impact

    Arrange video viewings as a council or share videos that promote the story of the life, legacy and spirituality of Father Michael McGivney. Ideas include: 1) Arrange a council viewing party of the documentary Father Michael McGivney: An American Blessed, and/or other videos, whether in person or online. 2) Schedule a parish movie night (with your pastor’s permission) to view the documentary and/or other videos. 3) Share the videos with your pastor. 4) Share the videos through social media.

    VIDEOS

    Share the Message of Father McGivney on Social Media

    Follow Knights of Columbus social media and share content on Father McGivney and his beatification.

    Facebook Twitter

    Present Books on Father McGivney and His Legacy to Clergy

    The books Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism and The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History are great ways to share the story of Father McGivney with chaplains, priests, deacons and bishops. Consider including the Clergy and/or Chaplain Appreciation Certificate from Supplies Online and/or holding a social event honoring your parish priests.

    ORDER

    Participate in Orderwide Exemplification

    Sunday, November 1, will be an Orderwide Exemplification Day to celebrate the beatification of Father McGivney. All state and local councils are encouraged to participate in this event either virtually or in-person as your jurisdiction allows. Invitations to send to your prospects are available to download.

    INVITATION

    Offer Free First Year Membership

    Free Online Membership is being offered in commemoration of the upcoming beatification of Father McGivney. Promote this gift of free first-year membership to all potential members between now and December 31, 2020. Interested prospects should simply visit kofc.org/joinus, complete the membership application and enter promo code MCGIVNEY2020.

    JOIN

    Be Creative!

    Find creative ways to celebrate the beatification of Father McGivney and feel free to utilize the resources available as best fits your parish and community.


    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Father Michael McGivney Beatification Banners

    Banners celebrating Father McGivney’s beatification are now available! These attractive, full color, outdoor vinyl banners are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community.

    Please note that banners cannot be displayed until after Father McGivney’s beatification Mass takes place on Oct. 31. At that point, it will be appropriate to display the banners to celebrate his new title as “Blessed Michael J. McGivney.”

    ORDER

    FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY BEATIFICATION POSTERS

    These attractive posters are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL POSTERS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Posters must not be displayed until that time.

    ORDER

    Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism

    In this book, Douglas Brinkley and Julie Fenster re-create the life of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Father Michael McGivney, a fiercely dynamic yet tenderhearted man. Though he was only thirty-eight when he died, Father McGivney has never been forgotten. He remains a true “people's priest,” a genuinely holy man – and perhaps the most beloved parish priest in U.S. history.

    ORDER

    The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History

    This book tells a uniquely American story of faith in action. Formed by Father Michael McGivney with the men of his parish, the Knights of Columbus was committed to the principles of charity and unity, while supporting the faith and financial viability of its members and their families. It would soon grow into an organization whose members supported one another while also contributing to their parishes, their communities, their countries, and the world.

    ORDER

    Father McGivney Prayer Cards

    These prayer cards are for the "Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney."

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL PRAYER CARDS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Prayer cards must not be distributed until that time.

    ORDER

    "I AM A KNIGHT" CARDS

    Councils can order this resource through Supplies Online.

    ORDER

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Read

    Beatification of Father Michael McGivney Website

    This website includes information on Father McGivney's beatification, including an agenda of live online events, a media kit and other resources. A video training for the website can be viewed here.

    WEBSITE

    Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism

    In this book, Douglas Brinkley and Julie Fenster re-create the life of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Father Michael McGivney, a fiercely dynamic yet tenderhearted man. Though he was only thirty-eight when he died, Father McGivney has never been forgotten. He remains a true “people's priest,” a genuinely holy man – and perhaps the most beloved parish priest in U.S. history.

    ORDER

    The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History

    This book tells a uniquely American story of faith in action. Formed by Father Michael McGivney with the men of his parish, the Knights of Columbus was committed to the principles of charity and unity, while supporting the faith and financial viability of its members and their families. It would soon grow into an organization whose members supported one another while also contributing to their parishes, their communities, their countries, and the world.

    ORDER

    BACKGROUND MATERIALS TO HELP PREPARE FOR TALKS AND HOMILIES

    These materials include articles, books and videos on the life, legacy and spirituality of Father McGivney to help prepare for talks and homilies.

    MATERIALS

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Watch

    FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY: AN AMERICAN BLESSED (FULL VERSION)

    This new short documentary explores the life, legacy and impact of Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus and apostle of spiritual brotherhood and unity.

    WATCH

    FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY: AN AMERICAN BLESSED (5-MINUTE VERSION)

    This 5-minute version of Father Michael McGivney: An American Blessed, explores the life, legacy and impact of Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus and apostle of spiritual brotherhood and unity.

    WATCH

    Baby Miraculously Healed through Intercession of Father McGivney

    This video tells the story of the miracle attributed to the intercession of our founder, Father Michael McGivney, which healed Mikey Schachle of a life-threatening condition. The miracle paves the way for Father McGivney's beatification.

    WATCH

    Couple Survives COVID, Says Father McGivney Interceded

    This video tells the story of John Palmieri and his wife, Alana, who both contracted COVID-19 around Good Friday. John was placed in the ICU for nearly two weeks. Due to his preconditions, his chance of survival was 1%. Alana never prayed so hard in her life for Father McGivney's intercession.

    WATCH

    Through Father McGivney’s Intercession, Toronto Knight Sells Home

    When Rajan Arasaratnam’s wife was diagnosed with kidney failure, they decided to move to a condominium. They listed their townhouse in 2018, but had no takers, even after changing agents and dropping the listing price. Utterly frustrated, Rajan turned to Father McGivney for his intercession. Then, within a week after listing the third time, a buyer came, offered their price and closed the deal.

    WATCH

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Pray

    Father McGivney Prayer Cards

    These prayer cards are for the "Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney."

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL PRAYER CARDS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Prayer cards must not be distributed until that time.

    ORDER

    A NOVENA BEFORE THE BEATIFICATION OF MICHAEL MCGIVNEY

    This novena invokes the intercession of Father McGivney.

    NOVENA

    Background Materials to Help Prepare for Talks and Homilies

    These materials include articles, books and videos on the life, legacy and spirituality of Father McGivney to help prepare for talks and homilies.

    MATERIALS

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Act

    Watch Father Michael McGivney’s Beatification Live

    Father Michael McGivney’s beatification takes place Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11a.m. ET at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn. Watch the beatification Mass (and related events) individually or as a council.

    Visit www.kofc.org/beatification and follow the hashtag #McGivney for a schedule of events, live streaming videos and more. Events will also be aired on EWTN, Canada’s Salt + Light Television and the Catholic TV Network.

    Watch

    DISPLAY FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY BEATIFICATION BANNERS

    Banners celebrating Father McGivney’s beatification are now available! These attractive, full color, outdoor vinyl banners are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community.

    Ask your pastor for permission to display a Father Michael McGivney beatification banner on parish grounds.

    Please note that banners cannot be displayed until after Father McGivney’s beatification Mass takes place on Oct. 31. At that point, it will be appropriate to display the banners to celebrate his new title as “Blessed Michael J. McGivney.”

    ORDER

    DISPLAY FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY BEATIFICATION POSTERS

    These attractive posters are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community. Ask your pastor for permission to display Father Michael McGivney beatification posters on parish grounds.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL POSTERS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Posters must not be displayed until that time.

    ORDER

    Practice Devotions

    As a council, say prayers and offer devotions related to Father McGivney. Various devotions can be practiced on their own or incorporated into council meetings and programs.

    PRAY

    Share the Story of Father McGivney with Your Parish and Community

    Order and distribute books, prayers cards and other materials that share the story of the life, legacy and spirituality of Father McGivney. Ideas include: 1) Determine the amount to budget to educate your parish and community about the founder of our Order and his beatification. 2) Consider making gifts of higher priced items, such as books. 3) Place lower priced items that can be purchased in bulk in appropriate areas of your parish (with your pastor’s permission). 4) Organize the men of your council to be present after Masses at your parish (with your pastor’s permission) to greet parishioners, share the news of the beatification of Father McGivney, and distribute “Prayer for the Canonization of Father Michael McGivney” prayer cards and “I am a Knight” cards.

    ORDER

    Promote Father McGivney’s Legacy by Sharing Videos on His Life and Impact

    Arrange video viewings as a council or share videos that promote the story of the life, legacy and spirituality of Father Michael McGivney. Ideas include: 1) Arrange a council viewing party of the documentary Father Michael McGivney: An American Blessed, and/or other videos, whether in person or online. 2) Schedule a parish movie night (with your pastor’s permission) to view the documentary and/or other videos. 3) Share the videos with your pastor. 4) Share the videos through social media.

    VIDEOS

    Share the Message of Father McGivney on Social Media

    Follow Knights of Columbus social media and share content on Father McGivney and his beatification.

    Facebook Twitter

    Present Books on Father McGivney and His Legacy to Clergy

    The books Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism and The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History are great ways to share the story of Father McGivney with chaplains, priests, deacons and bishops. Consider including the Clergy and/or Chaplain Appreciation Certificate from Supplies Online and/or holding a social event honoring your parish priests.

    ORDER

    Participate in Orderwide Exemplification

    Sunday, November 1, will be an Orderwide Exemplification Day to celebrate the beatification of Father McGivney. All state and local councils are encouraged to participate in this event either virtually or in-person as your jurisdiction allows. Invitations to send to your prospects are available to download.

    INVITATION

    Offer Free First Year Membership

    Free Online Membership is being offered in commemoration of the upcoming beatification of Father McGivney. Promote this gift of free first-year membership to all potential members between now and December 31, 2020. Interested prospects should simply visit kofc.org/joinus, complete the membership application and enter promo code MCGIVNEY2020.

    JOIN

    Be Creative!

    Find creative ways to celebrate the beatification of Father McGivney and feel free to utilize the resources available as best fits your parish and community.


    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

    Order

    Father Michael McGivney Beatification Banners

    Banners celebrating Father McGivney’s beatification are now available! These attractive, full color, outdoor vinyl banners are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community.

    Please note that banners cannot be displayed until after Father McGivney’s beatification Mass takes place on Oct. 31. At that point, it will be appropriate to display the banners to celebrate his new title as “Blessed Michael J. McGivney.”

    ORDER

    FATHER MICHAEL MCGIVNEY BEATIFICATION POSTERS

    These attractive posters are an excellent way to celebrate our founder’s beatification with your parish and community.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL POSTERS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Posters must not be displayed until that time.

    ORDER

    Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism

    In this book, Douglas Brinkley and Julie Fenster re-create the life of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Father Michael McGivney, a fiercely dynamic yet tenderhearted man. Though he was only thirty-eight when he died, Father McGivney has never been forgotten. He remains a true “people's priest,” a genuinely holy man – and perhaps the most beloved parish priest in U.S. history.

    ORDER

    The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History

    This book tells a uniquely American story of faith in action. Formed by Father Michael McGivney with the men of his parish, the Knights of Columbus was committed to the principles of charity and unity, while supporting the faith and financial viability of its members and their families. It would soon grow into an organization whose members supported one another while also contributing to their parishes, their communities, their countries, and the world.

    ORDER

    Father McGivney Prayer Cards

    These prayer cards are for the "Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney."

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Father McGivney's title will be changed from "Father" to "Blessed" on the ACTUAL PRAYER CARDS, which are strictly embargoed until 11:00 a.m. EST on 10/31. Prayer cards must not be distributed until that time.

    ORDER

    "I AM A KNIGHT" CARDS

    Councils can order this resource through Supplies Online.

    ORDER

    Please check back as additional resources will be added regularly

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