A New Year

Brother Knights,

Looking back at 2016, there were many activities that took place with many members involved, and for that I am grateful. Watch for the “Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity” coming soon to help record our volunteer hours for last year.

Looking ahead to 2017, it is a special milestone – Canada’s 150th anniversary! For our council, the new year brings many activities to organize and participate in. I encourage all of us to jump in and help in any way that we can to support our parish, the youth and the community through our events.

Included in the first reading on New Year’s Day is a beautiful, timeless prayer that the Lord asks Moses to pass on to Aaron, the Chief Priest, to say over the Israelites. This is my prayer for you and your families:

“The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift his countenance upon you and grant you peace.”

Peace and goodwill to all the members of Council 9652 and their families!

Vivat Jesus!

Ray Smith
Grand Knight

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new”

(And God fulfills himself in many ways….)
From: Alfred Lord Tennyson

As we near the end of this liturgical year, I look forward to the beginning of Advent. It is the season of awaiting the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas.

It is so easy to get caught in the rush of this time of year.
We often hear “Keep Christ In Christmas” in our Knights of Columbus programs.  Let that not be an empty phrase, but rather let us keep it as our focus.

My prayer for Brother Knights and their families:

May we really focus on Christ
in this season of peace and forgiveness.

Vivat Jesus!

Ray Smith
Grand Knight

A Time of Change

After an uneventful summer, the pace of Council activities picks up, and with it the need for members to get involved. September is a time of many changes. For many families this includes a first day at school, first day of university or college often away from home.

Along with changes come challenges, personal and otherwise. At our Council level, we are heading into what is arguably the busiest time of our fraternal year.

We have many different programs that run practically at the same time, and as always we need feet on the ground to make these things happen. Please give some thought to the calls for help that will come from our various program leaders.

We have:

  • a Holy Family Icon travelling through the area
  • a Parish Pub Night and a Spaghetti Supper coming up
  • the Nativity Exhibition and the Nativity Scene for the church
  • the State Charities Raffle
  • the Keep Christ in Christmas card sales

. . . the list goes on.

We are looking for volunteers, yes, and we are looking for three Activities Directors as well: Family, Community and Culture of Life. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a Director for our Council, please let me know.

Vivat Jesus!

Ray Smith
Grand Knight

July Message

The Fraternal Year Begins

I am still humbled at the thought that you, my Brother Knights, have elected me as your Grand Knight for this next fraternal year. I look forward to working with our newly installed Council Executive, and I also extend a sincere thank you to those of you who are the outgoing Executives.

Ours is a vibrant, active Council. We have a history of achieving some impressive goals, with more to come! The recent addition of the annual golf tournament to our events has already helped several local groups, and most recently provided a contribution to the Refugee Fund of our parish.

Attend the degrees as often as you can, since there is always something that you take away as food for thought.  It is important too that we support our candidates through the degrees, attend with them through their journey, and help them to become active members of our Council.

Over the next few weeks I will be consulting with as many Brother Knights as I can in an effort to appoint the directors we need to lead our council programs. We have many able bodies and a wealth of experience to draw from within our Council, so I am confident that over the summer we will be able to schedule our events, and as early as possible begin to organize them.

In closing, here is a quote from Pope Francis that we can take to heart –

If we believe in the free and generous action of the Spirit, we are able to understand one another well and work together to serve society better, and to contribute to peace in a decisive way.   (12/1/14)

Vivat Jesus!

Ray Smith
Grand Knight 


May Message

‘We are all called to serve’

This has been and continues to be a key message within the Knights of Columbus. For the past five years, the members of our Council have put both trust and faith in me to serve at a level, only six years ago I would never have imagined was possible. For this and to each of you, I am forever humbled and grateful.

As I look back, two years as Deputy Grand Knight and three years as Grand Knight, I find it necessary to review some accomplishments. Firstly, I believe together we have removed any stigma that might have once existed about our Council being ‘an Old boys Club’. As I have shared and witnessed the many activities, actions of support and compassion, it is evident to me that we are anything but ‘an old boys club’. We have worked hard at ensuring a message of being inclusive to the whole family has prevailed. It is important that we continue to build on this message.

Secondly, an approach of bringing more faith development into our meetings has reinforced our true need of guidance from the Holy Spirit. This has never mattered more than when disagreements and certain crossroads have challenged us. But as Catholic gentlemen we are able to ‘dust ourselves off’ and pick up, working together to ensure, we always come back through unity to reach one common goal. I wish to extend my heartfelt thank you to Father Leo for his leadership in bringing these lessons of Faith into the forefront of our service.

Another area of accomplishment has been working closer with adjacent Councils. Assisting Council 7883 from Napanee with the Basketball Free-throw, as well as participating in a District Bingo evening, are two examples of expanding relationships with neighboring brothers.

Finally, I encourage all of us to support the new Grand Knight and his Executive with the respect needed to serve our God, with the true mission as set out by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney. It is important that we not lose sight of the success of our Council and always explore ways to improve our service.

In closing, it has truly an honour to have met many of you and learn from your many talents. I can honestly say that having involved myself at this leadership level has only helped me to grow more compassionately and spiritually. I will now take my own lessons from this experience and go out and find new adventurous ways to spread the good name of our Order. Peace to all.

Vivat Jesus,
Scott Arnold
Grand Knight

March Message

‘Jesus wants you to carry on his work.’

This quote is from Matthew Kelly’s book ‘ Rediscover Jesus’. What prevents us from completely and unconditionally fulfilling this one want of Jesus?

We now find ourselves in the midst of Lent 2016. Personally over the last many years I have found Lent to be a beautiful time of reflection and soul cleansing. It often comes however with moments of tears. More importantly though, it gives me a time to pause and give thanks for all the good in my life. Remember no matter how bad things seem they can always be worse! This alone gives a purpose to be grateful.

I find, that no matter how many books I read, or words I write, the real challenge for me personally is creating action of what I hear and see. Is this the same for you? I know I have my set of excuses and some are really good too! When I let my emotions get the best of me, I behave in a manner that I do not want to ‘rock the boat’. I most certainly do not want to show my vulnerability. Is this you as well?

I have concluded one thing. Getting to know Jesus is the only key to the gateway of true peace and love of both He and my fellowman. I am often not where I should be. I am a sinner that needs help. Do I try? Yes I do, but not without falling down, only needing to be picked back up. Is it the same for you too?

We are all called to experience Jesus in our own personal way. Free will is a beautiful gift given to us. Remember mostly who gave us this gift. To turn our back on the gift giver and not allow his love to pour into our soul, gives reason to slow down, pause and begin our personal journey. It is never to late!

We listen over and over that no matter how great our sin, Jesus will be there for us. Does this alone not give reason to know Jesus better? Who is this, that He can have such forgiveness? Without accepting or trying to understand, how can we ‘carry on his work’? Consider using this Lenten season as your own personal journey and may the Peace be with you!

Vivat Jesus,
Scott Arnold
Grand Knight

Renewal and Hope

I would like to begin by wishing each of you, your families and friends a Happy New Year.

Two words come to mind as we embark on this journey through 2016. Firstly, RENEWAL is a word that requires action. Put aside the topic of resolutions and instead let us think RENEWAL. Each of us in our own personal journey, are continually invited to explore and strengthen our faith. Making efforts to get back to our core virtues will truly define who we are and where we are going. The result of this action will allow us to be a key ingredient in an overall recipe to renew the world.

The second word that comes to my mind is HOPE. Without HOPE we have nothing, to offer others and ourselves. Dreams are quashed and our RENEWAL will be left with little purpose. History can show and demonstrate how HOPE is key to moving towards God’s unconditional love. With the embrace of this love, evil in our world will always loose the war.

We here at St. Paul the Apostle Parish are a shining example of how RENEWAL and HOPE are expressed in an effective way. Whether it be sponsoring a Refugee family or increasing our efforts to ensure the wider community is always welcome in our Parish, to attend events or even Mass. This action gives cause and reason to show each individual how RENEWAL and HOPE can change their lives and the world we live in.

In conclusion, I ask each of us to pause and define what a RENEWAL can do for us in 2016. Explore the many opportunities offered at St. Paul the Apostle parish or where ever you may be throughout the coming year. Bring these tools and lessons back into our personal lives and our Council and I assure you that together we will all change the world.

Vivat Jesus,
Scott Arnold
Grand Knight


November Message

‘A church that limits itself to just carrying out administrative duties, caring for it’s tiny flock, is a church that in the long run will get sick.’
Pope Francis

The above quote can most certainly open a good and reasonable dialogue, and this in itself is positive and good. However turning positive dialogue into an action plan is another thing all together.

As many of you are already aware, our parish is entering into ‘uncharted waters’. A firm decision has been made to sponsor a refugee family. Having made a decision like this most certainly ensures as a Parish we are willing to take a risk to ensure we will not ‘get sick’.

Recently, I had been asked to send out a request of needs in three areas to our members. Firstly, that we pray for the needed support and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, explore ways for our Council to support this refugee family. Finally, explore and ask individual Knights and their families how they can assist.

Over the coming month, I intend to strike a committee to explore the second and third needs request. However, for now I will leave you with a special prayer, that each of us should become familiar with to help guide us on this journey.

Vivat Jesus,
Scott Arnold
Grand Knight


Prayer for Ministry in Support of Refugees
St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Kingston, ON

We remember the Holy Family
who were themselves refugees.

We remember the words of Jesus.
“Love one another as I have loved you.”

We listen to Pope Francis calling us to have open
hearts for all people beginning with the poor and suffering.

We listen to the words of St. Teresa of Avila,
that we must be the hands and feet of Christ on this earth.

As we prepare to pray we commit ourselves to
welcoming and supporting a family of refugees torn
from their home, their families and everything familiar.

Merciful Father,
Open our hearts to receive and embrace refugees
as our sisters and brothers in whose faces we see
the face of your Son Jesus. Help them find with us a
new home and new hope as did the Holy Family in
Nazareth. Guide our work and bring us together in
peace, in justice and in love through Christ our Lord.


September Message

September/October Newsletter Report

I decided that this message would be less about motivating and more about Protocol. I have experienced over my last two terms many, many good things. It would however be wrong of me, if I did not mention, that there have also been very low points, which cause much grief and concern, not only for myself as your chosen leader, but for the very members involved.

I am most concerned when I witness or hear things that need to ‘be put in check’. You have often read in my messages about coming back out to the various degrees and re-witness them. I say this because, for me it is like coming back to Mass, week after week. I or should I say we, need to be re-filled. We are all human; we all carry our own forms of weaknesses. Remember mostly we are broken and require repair work to keep us well tuned. Kind of like a car, right!

After having spent the last two terms as your Grand Knight, I can now reflect on the challenge to balance the needs of our membership. At the same time, ensuring Programs move forward in order to re-enforce the principles of our Order. I am also of the belief that each member enters into an organization, like the Knights of Columbus with every good intention of their heart. To say anything else would be slanderous in its very nature.

With all this being said, as your Grand Knight, I ask you consider the advice, passed onto me by our Worthy Advocate. To sum it up in one word, it is ‘RESPECT’.

= Relationship with all

= Everyone counts

= Support our members

= Please and thank you

E= Encourage and motivate

= Care for our members

= Treat members as God asks us to ‘love our neighbour’

I encourage each member to know who the various Directors and Chairs are. If you are unsure, ask me or our Financial Secretary. Treat each of them with RESPECT, and remember many Directors have been appointed by me. So not respecting them, in return is not respecting your Grand Knight.

If we all follow this simple measure of Protocol, I am sure, with all certainty that we as a Council will uphold the Mission bestowed onto us. Remember, mostly why you became a Knight. Our teamwork will reinforce our Principles.

Vivat Jesus,
Scott Arnold
Grand Knight

July Message


If God can work through me, he can work through anyone’
St. Francis of Assisi

A new fraternal year has begun. A newly appointed board is in place. Some key appointments have been made and accepted. The work continues, as it does every month and every year. How exciting it is to be a part of a great Order that serves the people. A true mission and gift handed to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Firstly, I wish to thank all, who have put trust in me to serve as your Grand Knight for a third year. We have much work to do, and I would guess that my task is more like being a coach and or a cheerleader to ensure we reach a win with every challenge given to us.

Our membership is aging, as a result it is our individual duty, young and old to understand how we can use our personal limitations, to the betterment of those we serve. The time is now to act and bring the Principals of our Order to a living action. I have so often spoke in ways to motivate our inner spirit into outward and living action. As mentioned by St. Francis of Assisi, God is in each of us, allow him to use our physical body and mind to do his will.

You have also heard me say there are no judgments on how little or how much one does to contribute to our good works. We each have our challenges and barriers. It could be physical, it could be family needs. No matter what it is that holds us back, then I would ask you to ask yourself this one question. Why did I decide to join the Knights of Columbus?

We can talk about recruitment and all those good things. However, if we have forgotten our own personal mission with the Knights, how then do we sell it to others?

One final note is to remember your families. Encourage their involvement at our events and activities. If they are involved, you as a Knight will have less guilt as they will be with you in the good works of our Order. Think also that by being a leader in your own household will spread the good works of Charity to those closest to you. Remember God can work through anyone.

Vivat Jesus,
Scott Arnold
Grand Knight