Saturday, October 26, 2019

Aliquippa Knights Host Twelfth Annual Lepanto Mass & Dinner

On Monday, 7 October 2019, the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 Traditional Latin Mass Guild hosted a High Mass at St. Titus Church, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and to commemorate the great Catholic victory at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.  Leading the procession before Mass was the Knights of Columbus flag followed by a reproduction of the Holy League flag that flew on the Catholic flagship at the Battle of Lepanto.

The Mass was offered by Canon William Avis of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

Additional photos of the Mass and dinner, along with a brief report, can be found on the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 Latin Mass blog here.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Atlanta Knights organize annual parish picnic

St. Francis de Sales Council (14625) in Mableton, GA (outside Atlanta) organized the annual parish picnic for St. Francis de Sales parsh in Mableton on Sunday October 6. They were visited by two Transalpine Redemptorists (one priest, one brother) who were passing through the area.

Between two Redemptorists is St. Francis de Sales pastor, Fr. Joseph DeGuzman, FSSP.

St. Francis De Sales Council is based at the Latin Mass parish, St. Francis de Sales, which is operated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a Latin Mass society of priests established by St. John Paul II in 1988.

To learn more about the visit and the Transapline Redemptorists, a traditional Latin Mass order, visit UnaVoce of Georgia:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

NYC Knights organize annual traditional men's retreat

Knights from the Agnus Dei Council (12361) in the Bronx organized their annual men's retreat with Fr. John Perricone on October 18-20 at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York.

Over 60 men attended and the event featured Traditional Latin Masses on Saturday and Sunday.

Agnus Dei Council is based at St. Anthony parish in the Bronx.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Manifesto of Faith

Brother Knights,

A Brother Knight in our group passed along a great video that defends the Catholic faith against the confusion of our time. It's based on Cardinal Gerard Muller's Manifesto of Faith which he released earlier this year to defend the faith in this confusing time. It features the Traditional Latin Mass in

Feel free to watch and share

- Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network

Saturday, October 12, 2019

For Columbus is Ours - Pope Leo XIII, 1892

By Mike FitzGerald, October 12, 2019

Today, October 12 is the 527th 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: 

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.

 - Brother FitzGerald is a member of Mater Dei Council 15033 in Irving, Texas and serves as Coordinator for the Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network. 

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the official position of the Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network. That said we’re happy to share these and others with our Brother Knights.