The Knights of Columbus remains firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being, from the moment of conception to natural death. Countless councils and individual Knights conduct projects aimed to build a culture of life in their communities. What we choose to do, or not do, about abortion, euthanasia, human cloning and embryonic research impacts lives for generations to come. Take action now and support a culture that values human life at all stages. Here are some of the programs and activities that our council does to promote a culture of life. The closest will usually appear first in the list.
Wilmington is one of the sites for LifeChain, an international silent prayer vigil by Christians to communicate their opposition to abortion and for Catholics to show support for life at all stages. The 2021 date is Sunday, October 3. It runs from 2:30 till 3:30. Because fewer churches and individuals are participating, there will be new locations for some parishes. For Saint Mark parishioners we should gather in the old KMart and Burger King parking lots where signs can be picked up. We will then line up there along College Road.
LifeChain is a simple thing we can easily plug into. It's an international demonstration of ordinary families who stand alongside busy thoroughfares with Pro-Life messages. Is it worth one hour of your time to possibly save an unborn child? Is it worth one hour of your family's time to instill the values of the Culture of Life in your children?
40 Days for Life is a national inter-denominational program to become more aware of the issues affecting life from conception to natural death. 40 Days for Life (40daysforlife.com) has daily prayers and reflections online to guide us through the 40 Days devotion. Council members will be encouraged to avail themselves of this. The 2018 Autumn 40 Days for Life runs between 9/23 through 11/1.
Our council holds a Holy Hour for All Life on the Wednesday before our council meeting each month. We do this by joining in with the Wednesday evening Holy Hour that begins at 5:30 pm. Brother knights and their families are asked to spend some time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for one hour every month preferably at this Holy Hour. Additionally suggested time is on Friday between 3 and 5 pm or the final hour of the day, 8 to 9 pm, in Adoration followed by Benediction. Spending time in Adoration of Our Lord is well worthwhile.