Chaplain May 2022

Dear Brother Knights,
It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your chaplain for the past five years! I will never forget the annual fish fry’s (and navigating with COVID), the fireworks stand, your faithful pro-life work, your support of the physically and mentally challenged and your active presence in our parish in so many ways.

It has been a blessing getting to know you through working with you and I thank you for your faithful support and generosity in the many projects over the past five years.

Last week as Catholic churches across the country were put on alert for possible anti-life protests and disturbances, the council immediately stepped up to the challenge by being vigilant and walking around our church and property during the Masses. These protests may extend into the summer and if they do, you will play an important part in protecting our Constitutional right of the Freedom of Religion, which includes being able to practice one’s faith without intimidation or violence. As Knights, your witness, strength and courage is necessary in these times.

Let us keep each other in prayer.
In the Risen One,
Fr. Hottovy

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Chaplain April 2022

Dear Brother Knights,

We are right in the midst of Holy Week and the Sacred Triuum. Please make time to come to the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil Masses and liturgies: the high point of our year as Catholics.

I would like to thank the Fourth Degree Knights for being at Confirmation on April 9th and I’d like to thank those Knights that will be coming for our First Communion Mass on April 23rd. Your presence at these important sacramental events help elevate and brings special attention to how important these life-changing moments are to our children.

I can’t thank you all enough for providing a fantastic venue and meals for the Fish Fry’s during Lent! You all know how much work this takes. More often than not when I came for fish the hall was completely packed with very happy people once again building community and connections. Thank you for all of your efforts, time, energy and collaboration in making our Fish Fry 2022 a smashing success! I continue to only hear rave reviews about the fish and welcoming family atmosphere.

God bless you and your families during Holy Week and Easter,

Fr. Hottovy

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Chaplain March 2022

Dear Brother Knights Families,

I hope you all are having a great Lent! I would like to reiterate from a past email that our Grand Knight, James McCarville sent out on my behalf a few weeks ago. It was reiterating the message Tony Shafers said regarding our first fry. I want to thank everyone involved with the fish fries for your time, effort, and energy in making them such a success. 

The most important aspect that you all helped make a reality was creating a space for authentic community to be fostered once more.  We need these opportunities and events more than ever and as Tony mentioned people stayed and visited with one another.  Even though we’re more back to normal regarding masks, etc. and we’ve been out and about in our parish, our workplace and our city, there still is a residual sense of isolation and unnecessary fear that community events like this that can help dissipate the negative impacts of these past couple of years.

Please invite friends and neighbors, Catholic and non-Catholic, to our fish fries.  You are doing an act of charity and we each need to do our part to reconnect with everyone.  The more each one of us does this, the more we heal and move in the right direction.  If anything, why don’t we all work toward an even greater and deeper community than we had before and come out of this stronger!

Blessings on you Lent,
Fr. Hottovy

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Chaplain February 2022

Dear Brother Knights,

Lent is going to be very quickly upon us with Ash Wednesday on March 2nd. It’s never too early to start praying about how the Lord is calling you personally to increased prayer, fasting and almsgiving. So be sure to ask the Lord how He wants you to observe Lent.

If you’re considering some good spiritual reading for this season may I suggest:

  • Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week: from the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection
    by Pope Benedict XVI
  • The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise
    by Cardinal Sarah
  • Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross
    by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus
  • The King, Crucified and Risen: Meditations on the Passion and Glory of Christ
    by Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Praying that you have the best Lent ever,

Fr. Hottovy

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Chaplain January 2022

Abundant blessing in the New year to you all! It is hard to believe that it is 2022. As we begin a new year, it is natural to hope for new beginnings and to review things that could be improved in our lives and in out world. Let us pray for those affected by COVID-19 and pray for a healthy and safe 2022.

Since it was in January of 1973 that the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, that legalized abortion throughout our country. This month has become a time in which we focus on upholding the sanctity of all human life. Amidst so many attacks against the Culture of Life, this is an incredible, hard fact of the Knights directly impacting the existence of future generations in our State. Thank you all for your work with the annual “One Rose, One Life” campaign that has made this substantial progress possible! Join us in the Nebraska March for Life this month to continue our public witness for the most defenseless in our society.

As we venture into this new Year, let us remember the wisdom of St. Agustine, “Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.” In this lifetime, there will most certainly be struggles an obstacles, but you can always have the assurance and confidence in knowing that you are a beloved child of God, and He cares for you tenderly. My prayer for you is that this New Year brings you an overflowing abundance of hope and a profound understanding of the Father’s love for you.

May God bless you and your families abundantly in the New Year.

Your Brother Knight,

Fr. Hottovy

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