December 13, 2017

News:

Remembering Father McGivney 127 years later -

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – PH visits hospitals in Manila -

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cause of Venerable Fr. McGivney introduced among Singles for Christ members -

Monday, April 17, 2017

Parish promotions of the Cause of K of C founder begins -

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – Philippines supports #ActPH -

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The K of C as agents of communion -

Monday, April 3, 2017

What Makes A Miracle? -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Remembering the Saints and our departed loved ones -

Monday, November 7, 2016

Supreme Knight’s Report Highlights Order’s Charity -

Monday, August 15, 2016

Filipino youth promote Fr. McGivney’s sainthood bid during WYD in Poland -

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Father McGivney’s Cause promoted at the 51st IEC -

Monday, February 1, 2016

Knights support Eucharistic congress in the Philippines -

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fr. McGivney’s Cause promoted over Catholic Radio -

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Knights of Columbus Priest-Scholars vow to promote Cause of Fr. McGivney -

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Father McGivney feeding program for the poor kicks-off -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Working Toward Recovery -

Friday, September 5, 2014

The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest -

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rebuilding lives in typhoon-hit Central Philippines -

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prayer for the Canonization of Fr. McGivney to be recited as the opening prayer in all council meetings and activities in Luzon State -

Monday, May 12, 2014

Parish Priest -

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The K of C as agents of communion


THIS year was the declared by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines as the Year of the Parish, a communion of communities.  This is the 5th year of the “novena of years” heading to the 5th centenary of the arrival of Christianity to Philippines shores that will be celebrated on March 16, 2021.

The bishops say, “In celebrating 2017 as the Year of the Parish as a Communion of Communities we are challenged to more deeply discern not only the structures of governance of our dioceses and parishes but also of the quality of faith life in the parish, the fellowship, belongingness, and participation experienced by its members. In brief, our focus will be the building of a parish that is truly a faith community immersed in the lives of its people.”  (CBCP Pastoral Letter Live Christ Share Christ, 2012)

The parish with its baptistry is the “womb” of the Church where a person is given birth to a new life in Christ.  It is thus the fountain and the focal point of missionary discipleship. It is not, as Pope Francis points out in Evangelii Gaudium (EG, 28), an outdated institution, but one that “possess great flexibility still, depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community.”

Such was Fr Michael J. McGivney, the pastor.  He made St. Mary’s parish in New Haven vibrant by being open and responsive to the needs of the parish community, following the Lord who proclaimed, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” (Lk 4:18).

In the few years that the God gave him, Venerable Fr. Michael built his parish to become a faith community that was very much immersed in the lives of his flock.  He went out of the institutional Church to be in communion with the lives of his parishioners, especially those who were poor, in prison and those who urgently needed the Gospel preached to them, not only in the comfort of the pulpit but right at their doorstep.

He organized the first council of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s in order to assist him forge a new way of being a parish, of being Church.  In a profound insight of the Gospel, he saw that charity, unity and fraternity were the way to become agents of communion in the parish.

Fr. Michael is our model of communion.  He is both our inspiration and challenge. As the Church in Philippines observes the Year of the Parish, every Knight is called to be an agent of communion in the way our revered Founder was.v

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