September 2018 Navigators Update
By: Worthy Navigator Ken Balcer
My Brother Sir Knights, summer has passed us by for another year and Labor Day has arrived and just as fast went. Hope all of you had a great summer with your families.
Our Assembly in conjunction with Assembly 0496, have been finalizing a fund raiser for “Warrior to Lourdes.” I am sure all of you have seen this title in our Supreme Newsletter and a mentioned of it in our last newsletter. The date of this event is November 3rd, and will be open to all from 2pm to 9pm. It will be a free will offering with food and hopefully a static display of a Blackhawk and Dakota helicopter, thanks to our Army National Guard at Grand ledge. Attached to this newsletter is a copy of our flyer which we will be distributing to all our council and bringing in the assemblies from Dewitt and Charlotte.
We have other events which are coming up in September. The first one is the Installation of State Officers, on September 8th at St Gerrard’s, Mass at 4:30. Then on September 22nd, we have the Diocese of Lansing “Made for Happiness” assembly. Honor Guard will be leading the march form St. Mary’s to the Breslin center. If you are unable to march we will be needing honor guard to assist with the Eucharistic ministers as the Assembly. Also, they will be needing ushers to assist with the seating and other assistance at the Breslin. If you are interested in participating you must be registered for this event. You can register at, www.MADEFORHAPPINESS.ORG. Looking forward to seeing all my brother Knights supporting this event.
Our next big event is the 76th Exemplification, Wednesday October 17, at St. Mary Queen of Angels, 4413 Morrish Rd, Swartz Creek, Michigan. Every thing begins with registration at 5:30pm. Please call me at 517-282-5948 and leave a voice mail if wish to attend. Cost for SK is $10. For candidates the cost is $70. I will make every attempt to visit the councils of our assembly to promote the 76th Exemplification.
In closing, just a reminder that our next meeting is September 18th at Resurrection Parish Hall. God bless all my Brother Sir Knights and their families.
Your servant and Faithful Navigator
September 2018 Admirals Advice
By: Worthy Admiral Dan Reinecke
Fellow Citizens and Brother Knights, hopefully we remember from our Fourth Degree Exemplification, that we were educated about the “…saintly Jogues, when he could find no congregation to listen to him in the wilderness, carving the Cross of Jesus in the bark of the trees, that its mystic powers might draw the native tribes to the sweet faith for which he was soon to be martyred”.
However, what else do we know about St. Isaac Jogues? Well, let me tell you that he was born in Orleans, France on January 10, 1607. He joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1624, and was sent as a missionary to Canada in 1636. St. Isaac Jogues is credited with being the first Catholic priest who ever came to Manhattan Island. He and his fellow missionaries penetrated the New World interior over one thousand miles, and made it all the way to the outlet of Lake Superior, and proposed to not only convert the Indians of Lake Superior, but the Sioux who lived at the head waters of the Mississippi in current Minnesota.
Unfortunately, as we come to learn, not all of the native inhabitants were receptive to these missionaries. In 1646, St. Isaac Jogues was sent to negotiate peace with the Iroquois. As he traveled in what is now upper New York State, he was captured by the Iroquois, who considered him a “sorcercer”, and blamed him for an outbreak of sickness and a blight on their crops. The natives tortured him, and kept him captive in their village approximately 40 miles north of the current Albany, New York. On October 18, 1646, he was martyred by being decapitated.
Pope Pius XI canonized St. Isaac Jogues on June 29, 1930, along with seven other North American Martyrs. Their collective feast day is October 19 of each year.
These seven other Martyrs are:
- Rene Goupil (died 1642)
- Jean de Lalande (died 1646)
- Antoine Daniel (died 1648) – mentioned specifically in the Fourth Degree Exemplification (“Behold Daniel, robed in vestments, pierced with a whirlwind of arrows at the very chapel door.”)
- Jean de Brebeuf (died 1649) – mentioned specifically in the Fourth Degree Exemplification (“What smoke is that rising above the forest trees? Brebeauf, Lalemant, priests of the living God, are burning at the stake, martyred by the very men that they came to save.”)
- Noel Chabanel (died 1649)
- Charles Garnier (died 1649)
- Gabriel Lalemant (died 1649) – see above.
In this day, I believe we all need to be reminded of the courage and spiritual fortitude of these exceptionally brave Saints as they overcame their fear in an effort to spread the faith and inform the ignorant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is these Martyrs, along with all the others that came before and after them, that should give us inspiration in our own faith journey.
DK Daniel K. Reinecke, Admiral