As we continue Implement the Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Parish Initiative, am writing to ask every State Council to expand our Holy Family Prayer Program by hosting a diocesan-wide "Holy Family Celebration.
These celebrations should be based on the existing, rosary-based Holy Family Prayer Program (#5050) already In use by councils, but should also be expanded to Include the Consecration to the Holy Family (#10371) and period of adoration and solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The program can also be supplemented In other ways, such as by Inviting a Knights of Columbus family - perhaps your jurisdiction's Family of the Year - to give a witness talk. These celebrations could be held In a cathedral, major church other suitable to facilitate the greatest participation posslble, both by brother Knights and their famllles, by the broader Catholic community
State Councils cover multiple dioceses can consider reglonal events for several neighboring dioceses. The key Is that every State Council should host at least one Holy Famlly Celebratlon this year, even If It Is just single event for all the dioceses In your jurisdiction. Programming resources will be posted kofc.org/DomestlcChurch In the coming weeks, but now Is the time to start looking Into dates and venues.
Intent these Holy Family Celebratlons to become annual events that will be a signature component of our Bulldlng the Domestic Church Initiative.
I want to take this opportunity to commend our brother Knights In Arizona who, for more than 40 years, have hosted the large-scale rosary celebratlons that Inspired this Initiative. The Arizona Rosary Celebratlons are now held annually In stadiums In the Dioceses of Phoenix and Tucson, and are attended by their local bishops and many thousands of faithful. The success of their efforts Is evidence that Catholic communities welcome such opportunities to come together for a day of prayer and solldarlty.
These Holy Family Celebrations will be an Important way for the Knights of Columbus to serve a leadership role and to be the vanguard of the renewal of marriage and family life.