Council 2181, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Canada
Today’s society makes it hard to be a family. Television takes up a lot of our time together. The hustle and bustle of business, rushed meals, school, work, committee meetings, sports and shopping are cramming our days and weeks. The family is under heavy attack today. The battle is largely over values and commitments. To survive, the family needs support. Its primary source of strength must be found in a growing religious and parish life. But it also can be helped substantially by an organization such as ours.
Family Director: Gregory Huskins: 742-3937
For more information: Contact Council 2181
|Strengthening Family Life
Help prevent the death of the family by administering preventive medicine.
Conduct those programs and activities which aid in rebuilding the family
spirit from within, making it vital and strong enough to resist society’s
ills. Encourage members and their families to choose as their model the
Holy Family, copying their attitude of interdependence, sharing and respect
Remember the children of your deceased brothers. Include them in the youth activities of your council. Occasional visits and progress checks will make them feel wanted and important. Invite the eligible sons of deceased members to join your Squires circle. This activity will assist them in building their leadership traits and carrying on the family tradition of Columbianism.
The primary responsibility of the memorials committee is to attend wakes
and funerals of brother Knights or their family members. Special council
prayer cards should be provided to members of the memorials committee,
with prayers chosen by the council chaplain as appropriate for wakes. Such
cards are usually designed by the council chaplain and printed locally.
Adopt a needy family. Contact
your parish, social service agencies or similar community groups to offer
to assist an impoverished family. Once a family is selected work with the
parish or social service group to determine the long-term and short-term
needs of the family. Areas to take into consideration include employment
and job training, clothing (both winter and summer), food, education for
children and adults where necessary and housing.
Encourage potential dropouts to stay in school. Persuade those who have dropped out to return. Help students overcome the barriers to proper education they may face — learning problems, home life, etc. Stress to these students and their families what the future holds for dropouts. Thousands of students drop out of school every day. The unemployment rate for dropouts is twice that of high school graduates.
• Question, examine and reinforce what is taught in school. Don’t hesitate to voice your opinion to officials if you are not pleased and satisfied with the education being provided to children in your community.
• Take an active interest in the sex education programs in local schools. Consult experts in religious education and adolescent psychology. Council members and their families could spearhead the development of materials and programs that could assist and fill out whatever the local schools may be doing in the area of sex education.
• Award scholarships at Catholic high schools and colleges to qualified Squires and sons and daughters of council members. Hold an annual scholarship competition.
• Urge your members to reserve
Sundays for their families; to participate and share in the joy of life
together. Remind them that life is too short to spend time thinking about
what one should have done. Encourage each member to enjoy his family’s
company and let them enjoy him.
FAMILY OF THE MONTH/YEAR
Provide additional recognition to your “Family of the Month/Year” recipients in several ways. Contact broadcast stations in the area, particularly diocesan radio and television stations, and ask them to consider making announcements recognizing “Family of the Month/Year.” Post a sign on the front lawn of “Family of the Month/Year” recipients to let the community know that they have earned this honor.
When organizing the program, consider the type of evening sponsored, refreshments or a meal, music or entertainment, and who will be invited. It is important to decide upon a definite date and announce it well in advance.
Plan a picnic, a summer kick-off
weekend or day for council families. Put individuals in charge of food,
entertainment, activities, outings, etc. Have a good time!
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