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Salzano and Willemse

State Knight of the Month

Knight of the Month, March 2017, Ron Salzano, and Knight of the Month, February, 2017 Mike Willemse, were recognized as Knight of the respective months by the State Council during the just concluded State Convention held in Wildwood. Grand Knight, Giftus John, Council 4504’s delegate to the convention, received the certificates on behalf of Ron and Mike. Ron led a team to organize “Caribbean Night,” just a few months after becoming a Knight, while Mike almost singlehandedly, ran a very successful “Murder Mystery Dinner.” Our congratulations to Ron and Mike.   Well done, guys!

Council 4504 was also presented with a Certificate of Merit for our participation in the 2016 IDD Drive and contributing over $7,000.00 to the cause.

Grand Knight, Giftus John, was also presented with a plaque for having place third in the State Photo Contest-Council Activity category - with his entry “Brothers Wearing Pink,” which shows members of 4504 wearing pink T-shirts in support of breast cancer awareness during the 2016 Family Picnic.

Congratulations all. Well done 4504.

 Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1917

Last month we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Fatima with special solemnity, as we marked the 100th anniversary of her first apparition to three shepherd children in a small town in Portugal.

Over the course of Mary’s six monthly apparitions in 1917, she instructed Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco to pray the Rosary daily for peace, and to make sacrifices for sinners, saying that “many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them." They took her advice seriously, finding many ways to offer sacrifices out of love for Our Lord and for all of His people. Today, during his visit to Fatima, Pope Francis will recognize their heroic virtue by canonizing Jacinta and Francisco. (Their cousin Lucia’s cause for beatification was recently opened.)

We ourselves may not be able to travel to Fatima during this momentous year, but we can listen to Our Lady’s requests. Saint John Paul II tells us that “the message of Fatima is, in its basic nucleus, a call to conversion and repentance as in the Gospel.” This call is an expression of Mary’s deep love for all of us, her children. As our mother, she desires that all of us should draw close to her Son, and she asks us to pray her own prayer, the Rosary, to obtain this grace. Only in this way will we be able to obtain the peace so needed by our world.

Let us imitate Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, the three shepherd children of Fatima, and accept all of our own sufferings out of love. We pray for all sinners, including ourselves, as we say the prayer Our Lady of Fatima asked to be added after each mystery of the Rosary: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy mercy." -Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist