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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Chaplain October 2021

Dear Brother Knights,
This may be a play worth seeing this weekend. Playing at St. Mary’s in Denton.

The description of the play:
The needs of immigrant families & those suffering the loss of the breadwinner led Michael McGivney to found The Knights of Columbus in 1882.

Another statement I received from the US bishops today:
One Hundred Incidents of Vandalism Reported at Catholic Sites in U.S. Since May 2020

OCTOBER 14, 2021 BY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

WASHINGTON – In May of 2020, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty began tracking incidents of arson, vandalism, and other destruction at Catholic sites across the United States. October 10 marked the 100th incident: satanic and other hateful graffiti scrawled on the walls before Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement:

“These incidents of vandalism have ranged from the tragic to the obscene, from the transparent to the inexplicable. There remains much we do not know about this phenomenon, but at a minimum, they underscore that our society is in sore need of God’s grace.

“In all cases, we must reach out to the perpetrators with prayer and forgiveness. True, where the motive was retribution for some past fault of ours, we must reconcile; where misunderstanding of our teachings has caused anger toward us, we must offer clarity; but this destruction must stop. This is not the way.

“We call on our elected officials to step forward and condemn these attacks. We thank our law enforcement for investigating these incidents and taking appropriate steps to prevent further harm. We appeal to community members for help as well. These are not mere property crimes – this is the degradation of visible representations of our Catholic faith. These are acts of hate.”

The USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty and Committee for Domestic Justice and Human Development previously issued a statement on church vandalism on July 22, 2020.

The Committee for Religious Liberty’s “Beauty Heals” project, launched in response to the destruction of Catholic statues, features videos from various dioceses discussing the significance of sacred art.

The committees are advocating for increased funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

Our battle is far from over. May we continue to pray and to be courageous defenders of our faith in a country that continues to be increasingly hostile to Catholicism and Christianity.

Peace in the Lord,

Fr. Hottovy

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Chaplain September 2021

Dear Brother Knights,

This past August 13th we had the incredible opportunity to attend the first Mass to be celebrated on our beloved founder’s new feast day. All three daily Masses for our parish (including our Mass at the Pink Sisters) used these new Mass settings.

As a priest saying these opening and closing prayers for the very first time, I was struck with great gratitude and profound joy. First, to be able to celebrate this Mass in his honor, but secondly, it made me even more grateful and humbled to be one of his knights. His impact in our state, our country and in the world cannot be overstated. And this impact has given real support to those in most need: the impoverished, the unborn, those with disabilities, those needing help following natural disasters and for so many others.

Supreme Chaplain Archbishop Lori reminds us in his most recent article in Columbia magazine that it is important for all of us to continue to pray for Blessed McGivney’s canonization. He also reminded us to be praying the Litany of Blessed McGivney that was issued on the occasion of his beatification. (See on the next page.)

May our celebration and emulation of our founder continue to deepen.

Peace in the Lord,

Fr. Hottovy

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