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Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre | Order provides support, awareness of needs in the Holy Land

John O’Hara held the flag in his duty as vexillary for Mass as part of the annual meeting of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. O’Hara is a parishioner at St. John Bosco in Creve Coeur.

During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, Marsha Stocker met a young Muslim woman who was studying at Bethlehem University in the West Bank.

"I've never seen the ocean," the young woman told Stocker, a St. Louisan who was visiting the area with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. "I can't cross over the border (of the West Bank). I'm not allowed to leave."

Knights of Columbus updates honor guard’s look

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When Carl Anderson read his lengthy annual report Aug. 1 at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, a small blurb — wedged between mentions of membership growth, a visit to South Korea, investment returns and future projects — generated considerable buzz.

It seemed almost a mention in passing: After 77 years, the distinct tuxedos, capes and chapeaus of the Fourth Degree Honor Guard will be retired. Blazers, ties and berets will take their place. "The Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a modernization of the Fourth Degree uniform," Anderson said.

Volunteers get a kick out of helping Special Olympics

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Brennen Pickens arrived at the Ursuline Academy softball field unsure about playing in the kickball game. He considered watching from the sidelines.

With the guidance of Ursuline alumnae Paige Salthouse and other volunteers, he soon was at the plate kicking the ball and running to first base to loud cheers. Later, after he ran to third, Salthouse praised the 7-year-old. "Good job. You're fast," she said.

Brennen's enthusiasm at the game Aug. 4 was encouraged by the volunteers with Special Olympics Missouri who organized the game.

Bring a Christian town back to life

The Knights of Columbus has pledged $2 million to rebuild Karamdes, Iraq, where this church was destroyed.

In a letter to Christians in the Middle East in 2014, Pope Francis wrote of a "newer and disturbing terrorist organization, of previously unimaginable dimensions, which has perpetrated all kinds of abuses and inhuman acts. It has particularly affected a number of you, who have been brutally driven out of your native lands, where Christians have been present since apostolic times."

Knights of Columbus shine light with ‘good deeds’

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"Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

Matthew 5:16

U.S. Catholics urged to pray novena ahead of election

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Knights of Columbus is urging its members and other U.S. Catholics to pray a novena from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, the eve of Election Day.

"The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience," stated Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, CEO of the international fraternal organization based in New Haven.

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