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Grand Knight Message

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Gerry Aponte

Grand Knight


Brother Knights,


As we enter March 2023, as practicing Catholics, we begin the Lenten season.


Lent is 40 days of preparation leading to Easter and the celebration of the resurrection. Many of us prepare by fasting and abstaining from something we usually enjoy. Why do we do this? The 40 days of Lent mirror the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. During that time, Jesus fasted and prayed while enduring and overcoming the temptations of Satan. So for 40 days, we follow Jesus’ example. We test our self-discipline as we abstain and fast. We assess ourselves and go to confession so that we may be absolved of our sins, and most importantly, we pray.


The Lenten season’s goal is to leave us as stronger people of faith than when we entered. The 2023 Lenten regulations are for anyone between 18 and 59, including two fasting days, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. These days, only one full meal and two smaller meals, excluding meat, are permitted. The remaining Fridays during Lent are Days of Abstinence, where no meat should be eaten. If you haven’t already, please also consider attending the Stations of the Cross, held every Friday from the start of Lent until April 7th. While we generally think of Lent as a time of self-denial, as we see from Jesus’ time in the desert, it is also the time of self-discovery and strengthening of faith. Use this time to stop old negative habits and replace them with new positive ones. Use this time to reflect on your gifts and the gifts you can bestow upon others — time to find ways to go out and do God’s work. Prepare for the resurrection by not only helping yourself but by helping others. The challenge is to see how you can assist your community, church, and the Council and help spread the faith.


The Council's Fish Fry will be held on March 29th. Tickets are available at the bar for dine-in and takeout options. Please contact Len Komar PGK, PFN. Mike Peter DD, PGK, or GK Gerry Aponte to RSVP.


Also, on Sunday, April 2nd, The Columbiettes will host a virtual Tricky Tray. Donations and gift sponsorship are appreciated.  Please be aware the correct date for the Knights Of Columbus State Convention is May 19 - 20th.


Wishing you all a season of refinement.


Vivat Jesus 

Gerry Aponte

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