State Deputy Mike Gasper presents the 2017 Family Activity of the Year Award to Grand Knight Patrick Dempsey of Saints Peter and Paul Council 11475

2017 Family Activity of the Year Award:

Saints Peter and Paul Council 11475

Four years ago, Pope Francis issued his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). It begins with the words, "The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus."

 

Saints Peter and Paul Council 11475 decided to use the encyclical and the Knights of Columbus Building the Domestic Church initiative as the core of a Family Prayer Retreat. The goal was to get the parish family spiritually recharged by taking a day for a retreat and prayer.

 

The Council worked with the pastor and parish community to sponsor a half-day retreat for all parishioners. Seven Knights spearheaded the event over six months with assistance from 25 families and parishioners.

 

The program began with a 4th Degree Honor Guard which escorted the Legion of Mary, Pastor and Deacon. It was a wonderful afternoon of prayer and fellowship followed by Mass and dinner.

 

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