Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Traditional Mens Retreat with Fr. John Perricone (Nov. 6-8)

Brother Knights, 

Please see the message from the Agnus Dei Council (12361) in the Bronx.

Agnus Dei Knights of Columbus Council has scheduled it's annual Men's Retreat with Fr. John Perricone at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, L.I. the weekend of November 6-8.  The Seminary confirmed they will be operating as normal.

You have 2 options (all meals included for either option)

  1. Private (single) Room (includes private bathroom): $220 (NOTE: There are NO double occupancy rooms)
  2. Day Tripper - no overnight; drive in daily: $120

If you would like to reserve a spot, please mail your reservations to me and make your check out to Agnus Dei Council

For more information please contact Dan Marengo at danmarengo(at) or call (718) 829-8056. RSVP by mid-October if possible. 


Monday, October 12, 2020

White House Proclamation on Christopher Columbus

Proclamation on Columbus Day, 2020

Issued on:

More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus’s intrepid voyage to the New World ushered in a new era of exploration and discovery.  His travels led to European contact with the Americas and, a century later, the first settlements on the shores of the modern day United States.  Today, we celebrate Columbus Day to commemorate the great Italian who opened a new chapter in world history and to appreciate his enduring significance to the Western Hemisphere.

When Christopher Columbus and his crew sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on the Niña, Pinta, and Santa María it marked the beginning of a new era in human history.  For Italian Americans, Christopher Columbus represents one of the first of many immeasurable contributions of Italy to American history.  As a native of Genoa, Columbus inspired early immigrants to carry forth their rich Italian heritage to the New World.  Today, the United States benefits from the warmth and generosity of nearly 17 million Italian Americans, whose love of family and country strengthen the fabric of our Nation.  For our beautiful Italian American communities — and Americans of every background –Columbus remains a legendary figure.

Sadly, in recent years, radical activists have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus’s legacy.  These extremists seek to replace discussion of his vast contributions with talk of failings, his discoveries with atrocities, and his achievements with transgressions.  Rather than learn from our history, this radical ideology and its adherents seek to revise it, deprive it of any splendor, and mark it as inherently sinister.  They seek to squash any dissent from their orthodoxy.  We must not give in to these tactics or consent to such a bleak view of our history.  We must teach future generations about our storied heritage, starting with the protection of monuments to our intrepid heroes like Columbus.  This June, I signed an Executive Order to ensure that any person or group destroying or vandalizing a Federal monument, memorial, or statue is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I have also taken steps to ensure that we preserve our Nation’s history and promote patriotic education.  In July, I signed another Executive Order to build and rebuild monuments to iconic American figures in a National Garden of American Heroes.  In September, I announced the creation of the 1776 Commission, which will encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and honor our founding.  In addition, last month I signed an Executive Order to root out the teaching of racially divisive concepts from the Federal workplace, many of which are grounded in the same type of revisionist history that is trying to erase Christopher Columbus from our national heritage.  Together, we must safeguard our history and stop this new wave of iconoclasm by standing against those who spread hate and division.

On this Columbus Day, we embrace the same optimism that led Christopher Columbus to discover the New World.  We inherit that optimism, along with the legacy of American heroes who blazed the trails, settled a continent, tamed the wilderness, and built the single-greatest nation the world has ever seen.

In commemoration of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage, the Congress, by joint resolution of April 30, 1934, modified in 1968 (36 U.S.C. 107), has requested the President proclaim the second Monday of October of each year as “Columbus Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 12, 2020, as Columbus Day.  I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse history and all who have contributed to shaping this Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.


For Columbus Is Ours: October 12, 1492

Today, Monday October 12 is the 528th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

Over 125 years ago, Pope Leo XIII decreed that a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity be offered today in thanksgiving for Columbus’ discovery and bringing the Catholic faith to this hemisphere.  Commending Columbus, Pope Leo XIII wrote in his 1892 encyclical:

For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the mare tenebrosum, and also the manner in which he endeavoured to execute the design, it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was the strongest motive for the inception and prosecution of the design; so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church.  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

We decree, therefore, that on October 12, or on the following Sunday, if the Ordinary should prefer it, in all the Cathedral churches and convent chapels throughout Spain, Italy, and the two Americas, after the office of the day there shall be celebrated a Solemn Mass of the Most Holy Trinity…  Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

In recent times, Columbus and his legacy has been unnecessarily criticized through lies and falsehoods.  But as Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, SJ observed in his book “Christopher Columbus: The Catholic Discovery of America”, Columbus had a deep faith for Christ and expressed it in many of his writings. Fr. Hardon provides several examples from Columbus’ log:

As is our custom, Vespers were said in the late afternoon, and a special thanksgiving was offered to God for giving us renewed hope through the many signs of land He has provided.  I now believe that the light I saw earlier was a sign from God and that it was truly the first positive indication of land.  - October 11, 1492.

I want the natives to develop a friendly attitude towards us because I know they are a people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, more by love than by force. – October 12, 1492. 

For Fr. Hardon, it was clear that the zealous missionary faith of both Columbus (a Third Order Franciscan) and Servant of God Queen Isabella the Catholic (declared in 1974), led them to pursue this mission.  This hunger for souls for Christ may have also been one of the reasons, another Servant of God, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, choose the name Columbus for his new fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus main website has some great resources helping to clarify Columbus' place in history:

Five Myths About Columbus

Why the Knights of Columbus?

For us Knights in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, we should be grateful for Columbus' bringing the Holy Faith to these shores.  As such, we close with Pope Leo XIII:

And, above all, it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching. – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo

As some in the Church today struggle with how to minister to indigenous peoples, let the story of Columbus, the Franciscans who followed him, and the North American Jesuit martyrs serve as an example to us all on how to reclaim the Holy Faith that was introduced to these lands five centuries ago and with zeal share it with those who are separated from it or who lack it entirely.

Monday, September 28, 2020

September Columbia Magazine

 Brother Knights,

As September closes, we want to draw your attention to the September issue of Columbia Magazine. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s probably one of their best issues in recent time. In fact, this issue could really could be a great recruiting tool to reach those Catholic men looking to fight the “cancel culture” and to defend the faith. It covers many issues close to the hearts of many Knights especially within our Network.

Here are just a few articles:

The other articles involve the Knights role in building the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; and defending the unborn and Church’s liberty.  Perhaps the only thing missing was a Traditional Mass – but that’s perhaps our calling – to photograph and promote our Latin Masses that we organize (i.e. Columbus Day) in Columbia Magazine.  

You can find them all at this link (scroll down):

If you like these articles, you may consider to let Columbia Magazine know to thank them and encourage them to produce more of these articles. Their contact info is:

Alton Pelowski

1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510-23326

Or e-mail: e-mail: Columbia(at)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Annual Solemn High Mass for Feast of the Assumption - Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, Philadelphia

Each year Mater Ecclesiae Latin Mass parish in Berlin, New Jersey organizes a special Solemn High Orchestral Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption as an act of thanksgiving to Our Lady for her intercession in their parish's establishment in 2000. 

Due to the extravagance and solemnity of the feast, the event is now held each August 15 across the Delaware River, at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.  Please see photos from the event, as well as remarks from the Rector of Mater Ecclesiae parish, Fr. Robert Pasley. 

Click here for photo album of the event. 

From the Rector

The life of a parish priest has many aspects; spiritual, liturgical, pastoral, administrative, educational. and personal. He can go from celebrating a Solemn High Mass to fixing a leaky faucet. He can hear confessions for an hour and then go sit at his desk and pay bills. He can spend time teaching the faith and then go and figure out how to raise funds. One of the greatest privileges that a priest could ever have is to found a parish and have a say in what it is called. I experienced this great privilege in 2000. Ironically, 54 parishes in the diocese of Camden have been suppressed and merged since 2000, and Mater Ecclesiae, the exclusive Extraordinary Form parish, is the last new parish founded in the Diocese since the changes of the most recent council. I smile every time I think of it.

Just before Mater Ecclesiae was set up, the Bishop at the time, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, called me into his office and said, “Do you have a name for this new parish?” I said, “Let me think about it.” I returned home and began the discernment process. I wanted to name the parish in honor of Our Lady. For years the people had prayed the rosary to Our Lady of Fatima for the reestablishment of the Traditional Latin Mass. I couldn’t use a title that was already in use and I wanted it to be in Latin. I wanted people to know that we were part of the ancient traditions of our Catholic Faith, but that we were not just a museum piece clinging to the past. I wanted a clear statement that we were a continuation of the old, but that we were an important part of the present and the future. At that moment a light went on. The most recent title given to our Lady, in the 2000-year history of the Church, was Maria, Mater Ecclesiae; Mary, Mother of the Church. Our Lady was giving life to this new parish. in the contemporary Church, at a time of great decline and confusion. Those who love the Ancient Latin Mass were not secondary citizens of the Church but were active members of the present Church that have a great deal to offer. We would be part of the ancient heritage but would be born in this contemporary moment in time. The title, “Mater Ecclesiae" was presented to the Bishop and he approved it. And so, Mater Ecclesiae, Traditional Latin Mass Parish, Berlin NJ, was founded on October 13, 2000, the day of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, the feast day of Saint Edward the Confessor, in whose parish boundaries our buildings existed, and during the Holy year of Jubilee 2000.

After our foundation, I wanted to do a big orchestral Mass as an act of thanksgiving to our Lady. As many of you know our Church building is too small for such an undertaking. I broached the subject with our music director, an exuberant music student at the time, Tim McDonnell. He came up with the idea of the Assumption Mass. He said to me, “Why don‘t we ask the bishop if we could use the Cathedral in Camden, once a year, on the Feast of the Assumption, for a special Mass of Thanksgiving.” I did, we did it, and now we are here 20 years later. Student Tim McDonnell is now Dr. McDonnell, head of the Sacred Music Department at Catholic University. He has arranged and conducted this Mass almost every year since its inception. This is our 7th year at the Cathedral Basilica and our 20th anniversary. Thank you dear Lord, and thank you dear Mother, Maria, Mater Ecclesiae, and of course, thank you to Dr. McDonnell because we want another 20 years out of him.

Father Pasley

Monday, August 24, 2020

New survey on the Traditional Latin Mass in the U.S.

Brother Knights,

The new Christus Vincit Foundation is conducting a survey to assess the needs and growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in the United States. You are welcome to learn more about the group (which has the blessing of Bishop Athanasius Schneider) at this link and take the survey:

- Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network