St. Mary’s Community Health Fair

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The first Mansfield Community Health Fair was held on Saturday, October 1, in the cafeteria at St. Mary’s Church. The St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus helped organize the event, which had the purpose of introducing the members of our community to various businesses and agencies that are able to provide Mansfield residents services and assistance.

The principal organizer of the event was Rick Meeker, a PGK at St. Mary’s and current deputy Grand Knight, who is also the coordinator for the St. Mary’s Social Concerns Committee. Other members of the Knights of Columbus prepared a webpage for the event and made phone calls to area agencies to invite them to participate.

Of course, the mission of the Knights is not only to promote the material health of our community, but also to reach out on the spiritual level. To that end, we had a Knights of Columbus booth with information about the Church and recruitment materials for any Catholic gentleman. This also was an opportunity to bring awareness to our insurance program available to all K of C members, which went right along with the health fair theme.

Life Chain

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The Mansfield Life Chain was held on Sunday, October 2nd, and more than 25 people participated, including several Knights of Columbus.

Participants organized themselves into several groups and each group took a corner at the intersection of Park Avenue and Lexington-Springmill, holding signs and showing a joyful presence to passers-by in their vehicles.

Participants had a good time showing a prolife witness while also representing the Knights of Columbus’s “Culture of Life” pillar, through which Knights of Columbus are encouraged to support prolife projects in the public square.

4th Degree Event – The Shrine at Carey, Ohio

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The September 17, 2016, event for the 4th degree was a visit to Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in Carey, Ohio. Unfortunately, we had a low turn out and 4 canceled that day but in attendance were Roger & Ann Harraman, Don & Kathy Yockey, Darrell & Brenda Starr-Jude, and Jerry & Dawn Kline. (Jerry and Dawn departed before the picture was taken.)

The day held a bit of rain off and on for us—but what an experience to be able to walk though the Holy Doors. If you are unaware, Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy and for the 12 months we are to focus on and deepen our gratitude for the loving mercy of God.

In this year of Mercy, passing through a Holy Door is part of the pilgrimage that all Catholics are encouraged to make, whether a trip to Rome or a trip to the cathedrals or specifically designated churches in their own diocese. These pilgrimages come with special graces and they allow each of us to share in the many blessings of the Holy Year.

In our Diocese, the Carey Shrine is the Holy Door designated by Pope Francis and the same grace that is associated with the Holy Door in Rome will be associated with the local Holy Doors. Passing through the Holy door symbolizes our leaving the world outside and entering into the realm of salvation. What an honor…what an experience!

We enjoyed our day so with Brother Randy…Mass, a delicious lunch, the Stations in the Shrine Park, devotions, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and the privilege of asking the priest, individually for special blessings and prayers.

Blessings abound!

Captain Darrell & Lady Brenda Starr-Jude