For the second year in a row, Council 10232 sponsored a religious themed float in the City of Madison Christmas Parade. The Cub Scouts assisted in building the float. School children from St. Johns Catholic School marched in the parade behind a St. Johns Crusader banner.
- Throughout its history, America has been an especially patriotic country. I believe the reason for our patriotism has to do with a particular assumption. Perhaps our patriot zeal stems from a belief in the idea of American exceptionalism—the idea that America was a new concept of uniting and governing in history, and different from all other countries.
- America was born—and born through the awareness of a wonderful idea: that all men are created equal, that they have been given certain rights by God, that no man can take these rights from them, and that these rights combine to create a notion called freedom. As a result of this idea, we are free to pursue happiness, free to worship God, free to express our views in public, and free to elect our leaders.
- A few words about our flag. Did you know that after the Civil War, Union veterans were one of the very first groups who advocated for the display of the flag and for its veneration. The National Flag Conference of 1923 – yes, there was a national flag conference, that established the Flag Code subsequently adopted by Congress. Per the code, “the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” It states that “no disrespect should be shown to the flag,” and when it is taken down, it should be placed into “waiting hands and arms.”
- Perhaps this is why the NFL kneelers and other protesters are cutting against the American grain? The American flag is an embodiment of our founding ideals. Our military fights under it. The flag drapes the caskets of the fallen and is folded in a solemn ceremony at military funerals, with practically every movement fraught with religious and patriotic meaning. For many Americans, the flag is not something to be trifled with unless you intend to insult the country for which it stands.
St. John the Baptist Council No. 10232 designed the vehicle magnet shown above to publically declare that we understand why freedom is so precious – and so rare, and that we embrace the principles of liberty, equality and justice on which our nation is founded.
Council Conducts Easter Egg Hunt
Council 10232 conducted its first Easter egg hunt on Saturday March 19th at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. There were prizes for eggs containing a golden coin. There was even a special appearance by the Easter bunny passing out chocolate crosses to the kids.
As an unofficial count, we had one very colorful Easter Bunny, somewhere around 100 totally thrilled children with an equal number of very happy parents, two bazillion colorful, plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and numerous coins which qualified many children with a very special prize. Every child received a well-made Russell Stover chocolate cross – personally handed out by the Easter Bunny, who had some relationship to a member of the Travis family.
We began with a prayer and then three hunts were conducted at three locations around the parish property to accommodate three age groups of children. It took twelve knights over 20 minutes to hide the eggs in each area; however, when the word was given to “Find the eggs”, the children had all of them in their baskets within one minute. It was an exciting sight to behold.
The weather was perfect. Every hunt took place in a very well organized manner. Every child received a multitude of candy treats. This was a fantastic family event.
Our Council was featured on Page 32 of the December issue of Columbia. Shown with the completed Nativity sets from last year are John Phillip and Juan Benjamin.
Check out this proud accomplishment.
There is a great deal of theology on “Praying for Priests”, as shown in Chapter 1 of the book “Praying for Priests: A mission for the New Evangelization,” available below:
The link below goes to the “Foundation for Priests” web site, where additional reference materials are available:
Our Council has established Prayer for Priests teams. Please contact our Deputy Grand Knight if this is something that might be of interest to you.
Our Council has voted to sponsor an electronic billboard on US 72, across from Home Depot (headed East) which will run on a regularly timed basis from December 20th until January 2nd. The following will be displayed:
Last year’s display: