True Christmas Joy

                                                                                    December, 2012

State DEPUTY Brad Grill Says….


            My Brother Knights,

            First, I would like to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas season.

Recently, I heard the definition of what true “JOY” meant and I have come to realize that being a Knight exemplifies the meaning of a joyful life. Very simply, “J” stands for “Jesus”, “O” stands for “Others,” and “Y” stands for “Yourself” in order of priority. A life spent in service of others before yourself truly is a joyful and happy life. This thought exemplifies what it means to be a Knight of Columbus and I ask you to reflect on this as you rededicate yourself to our great Order.

            As we approach the halfway point in this Fraternal Year please look back over the last number of months and evaluate what has been accomplished by you and in your Council and what can be done to reach our goals together as Knights and Catholic men. This evaluation is also taking place on a State Council level and extensive discussions are ongoing as to how the State Council can be more productive in service to our Church, families and general communities. Please discuss any ideas you may have for improvement with your Council leadership, District Deputy, or you can email me at . In the months ahead, I will be reporting to you on expanding partnerships with Missouri Special Olympics, Catholic Charities, and other organizations in partnership with the Missouri Knights. From coordinating first response teams in times of catastrophe with Catholic Charities to facilitating individual Knight activities with Special Olympics programs, there are many possibilities which are being explored.

            We are blessed in Missouri to have the generous support of all of the Bishops in each of our four Diocese. Again this year we will be conducting our “Bishop Blast”. Please make every effort to support this membership drive which is vital to maintain our Order so that we can accomplish all we must in service to our Church and communities. I also ask that you make every effort to invite at least one Catholic man to join the Knights of Columbus. As a special note, I have written a letter welcoming and encouraging each new Brother Knight joining our Order this Fraternal Year. Please welcome our new Brother Knights and make them feel part of your Council.

            Thank you again for your past and continuing efforts as a member of the Missouri Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus. I wish you and your family true JOY this Christmas season.