White Ribbon Against Pornography Week


Join the Harvard Knights of Columbus this upcoming week for White Ribbon Against Pornography Week - consider attending one of these exciting events!


Silver Rose


The Harvard Knights of Columbus (Pope John Paul II Council #14188) hosted a Silver Rose prayer service on Monday, October 6 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, MA. The Silver Rose is a traveling icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe meant to honor her and support a Culture of Life. The prayer service was led by council chaplain Fr. Mark Murphy, and included Eucharistic exposition, benediction, a Rosary, readings, a homily, and beautiful Marian hymns, as well as a Knights of Columbus honor guard. 










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Harvard Knights of Columbus Fall Rush Schedule

Wednesday, September 10, 8 PM – 10 PM: Movie Knight: Join us in spending a fun evening watching a movie, chatting, and getting to know one another. Join us in DiGiovanni Hall at St. Paul Parish for a screening of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and snacks. All are welcome and admission is free. Meet at 7:45 in front of the John Harvard Statue for help getting to St. Paul’s.

Friday, September 12, 4:30 PM – 7 PM: Boston Chapel Tour and Dinner: The perfect activity for any young Catholic man. Join the lovely ladies of the Daughters of Isabella for a Rosary Pilgrimage to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine and St. Francis Chapel, followed by dinner. Meet at 4:20 in front of the John Harvard Statue.

Wednesday, September 17, 8 PM – 11 PM: Game Knight: Guaranteed fun for all brothers and potential members. Join us in the Harvard Catholic Center Lounge for two hours of fraternity and gaming. Come for the snacks, stay for the Super Smash Bros. Brawl®.

All men interested in joining the Harvard Knights of Columbus must complete and submit a Form-100 membership application by Sunday, September 15. Forms, as well as assistance with completing them, will be available at all events and upon request. Questions? Visit our blog at Harvardknights.blogspot.com or e-mail us at HarvardKnights@gmail.com

Official Statement Regarding "reenactment of a satanic black mass" at Harvard University

The Harvard Knights of Columbus are deeply saddened by the "reenactment of a satanic black mass" being hosted by a university club on campus. The black mass is a ritual that has been unequivocally condemned by the Church throughout its history. It is an intentional perversion of the Catholic Mass intended to be incredibly offensive to Christians and Catholics in particular while desecrating what we hold to be Jesus Christ himself present in the Eucharist.

The organizers of this event have so far responded to criticism by citing the protections of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion - both venerable principles on which our great nation was built. Some have played down the offensive nature of the event by billing it as "educational," while others have pointed out that the ritual is satirical at its very core, and so is acceptable no matter how much it offends. Both of these points dangerously ignore the evil inherent in the ritual itself. Furthermore, the message that these positions provide is that it is okay to attack someone else's religious beliefs so long as you openly admit that you are doing so. This is a notion that we wholeheartedly reject. While we are partial to the Catholic faith, we oppose the notion of offending people of any creed for the sake of being offensive.

We hope that you will join us in prayerfully responding to this terrible event occurring at our fair university. If you are on or near campus, we invite you to join us at St. Paul Parish at the corner of Bow and Arrow Streets in Harvard Square on Monday, May 12th, from 8:00 to 9:00 PM for a Eucharistic Holy Hour and Benediction. If you will not be in the area, then we encourage you to pray with us in solidarity wherever you might be. Let us join together in the presence of Our Lord and Savior and under the guidance of Our Blessed Lady to show the world that the power of darkness will never prevail over the light of Christ.

Vivat Iesus!

Curtis St. Pierre, Grand Knight
Pope John Paul II Council 14188
Harvard University Knights of Columbus

Spring Rush I Schedule 201


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Harvard Knights of Columbus Spring Rush Schedule

Monday, February 3, 8 PM – 10 PM: Game Knight: Guaranteed fun for all brothers and potential members. Join us in the Harvard Catholic Center Lounge (29 Mt Auburn St., 2nd floor) for two hours of fraternity and gaming. Come for the pizza, stay for the board games.

Wednesday, February 5, 5 PM – 6 PM: Council Dinner: The perfect activity for the busy candidate; everyone has to eat, right? Join us for dinner in the Lowell House Dining Hall (10 Holyoke Pl., just off Mt Auburn St.). No meal plan? No problem! One of our undergrad brothers will be more than happy to cover you. Meet at the front gate of Lowell House.

Thursday, February 6, 7 PM – 8 PM: Holy Family Society: Please join us in the Harvard Catholic Center Lounge for the first meeting of our catechetical small group, which meets Mondays throughout the semester. Holy Family Society is an opportunity for us to grow in our understanding of the faith and bond as members of the Holy Catholic Church. Snacks will be served. All are welcome.

Friday, February 7, 8 PM – 10 PM: Rosary and Kong: A council tradition. Please join us as we come together in prayer in the Harvard Catholic Center Chapel (29 Mt Auburn St., 1st floor), then come up the street to the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant (1238 Massachusetts Ave.) for Catholic fellowship and scallion pancakes.

All men interested in joining the Harvard Knights of Columbus must complete and submit a Form-100 membership application by Monday, February 10. Forms, as well as assistance with completing them, will be available at all events and upon request. Questions? Visit our blog at Harvardknights.blogspot.com or e-mail us at HarvardKnights@gmail.com

Congratulations to Our Newest Sir Knights!

Congratulations to all those attending the most recent Exemplification of the Fourth Degree in Leominster, MA! Pictured here are Br. Will Tarraza of Catholic University of America Council 9542 (first from left) and nine brothers from our own Council (from left to right: James Hillenbrand, Kyle Werder, Roman Berens, Jude Russo, Curtis St. Pierre, Todd Jones, James Hamilton, Landon Roussel, Christopher Kelley). At the exemplification, which honored Past State Deputy and Former Vice Supreme Master Richard F. Guerriero, the Worthy Master of the Massachusetts District, John S. McKenzie, announced the formation of a new Fourth Degree Assembly to be headquartered at Harvard and to service both Sir Knights from our Council and from Boston University Council 15683.

Heroes in Harvard Yard

Thank you to Dr. Anthony Esolen, one of our distinguished WRAP speakers, for writing an inspiring article praising the movement and honoring those who did its work, both brother Knights and others.

The text of the article (courtesy of Crisis Magazine):

"There is one thing everyone ought to know about blacktop.  It cracks.  Ice then gets into the cracks and before you know it, there’s a regular furrow, and some windswept dirt, and something with stubborn roots sets up in it, like dandelions with their brave yellow caps, or pokeweed, or ordinary grass.  In the long war of grass against asphalt, give me the grass every time.

The goodness of the natural world reasserts itself.  God does not abandon us to our sins.  A boy whose bones are rickety from life indoors will grow strong straightaway, if you put him on a mountain for a month or two.  Women whose souls are withered by the poisons of feminism don’t necessarily have to find a special diet for the antidote.  Just removing the poison, and giving them a chance to breathe freely again, will often do the trick.

I’ve said hard words about higher education.  I’ve called Princeton my mater ferox, or the black hole where faith and reason go to die.  I recall a moment during freshman orientation, when the young people of several dormitories were invited to attend a discussion on sex and morality.  I was ashamed to confess what I believed.  Perhaps I was not the only one who believed it, but I’ll never know.  When the group came to the general agreement that sex should be deeply personal and not mechanical, one burly fellow with granny glasses spoke up.  “I don’t see anything wrong with mechanical sex,” he said.  “It can be really cool, so long as both people are up front about it.”  There were some uneasy looks, but nobody argued against him.  I was not a hero at Princeton.  I should have thrown the proud old faker for a fall, but I didn’t.  I breathed its air, as did everyone else.

Or not quite everyone else.  I recall one of my classmates with honor.  I never knew him personally, but everyone knew about him.  His name is Walter Weber, and he has been fighting the good fight against abortion for his entire adult life.  Even at Princeton he was doing so.  I remember that one morning he had passed out colored flyers everywhere, depicting the atrocity of abortion.  The whole campus was indignant.  “How could he do so insensitive a thing!” they cried.  “Suppose some girl who had had an abortion woke up and saw that?”

The logic escaped me.  I was young and inexperienced.  I said, “But if she’s had an abortion, then either she knows what it is, in which case she’s not seeing anything she hasn’t seen before, or she should have found out what it is, in which case she was irresponsible and now she’s learning something.  But I can’t believe that any woman at Princeton would not know.”

It did inspire some tense conversations.  One of them transpired between a friend of mine, a woman who was pro-life and Christian, and another woman at our eating club.  The other woman, who even at Princeton had acquired a reputation as a partier, said that if she ever got pregnant she would have to have an abortion, because she knew that alcohol was a cause of birth defects, and she could never give up drinking because she enjoyed it too much, and so it wouldn’t be fair to the child to take that chance.

But Walter Weber kept on with his campaign, and the names he was called never seemed to slow him down.  There was a crack in the asphalt, a little fissure in the moonscape of higher education, and he was the good solid green life in it.

I’ve met some heroes like him recently, at Harvard.

I don’t want to mention their names, lest I embarrass them, since they are still undergraduates.  But a small group of brave students at Harvard last week held a campaign against pornography, inviting various professors to come and give talks on its evils. That’s brave enough, or lonely enough, at Harvard. But what they did each day, out in the open, astonishes me.

They stationed themselves in front of the most frequented classroom buildings on campus, passing out flyers and engaging students in conversation, taking jibes and some angry abuse, weathering indifference or quizzical derision, all for the natural goodness and holiness of the body, and for a sweet world of green things, and not asphalt.  One alumnus, a self-described anarchist, took one of their tokens cheerfully, till he found out that they were associated with a church, at which he returned it in scorn.  A student, quite puzzled, asked one of them what he used when he abused himself.

“I don’t,” he replied.

“All right, you lost me,” said the student, and walked away.  Such is the level of common moral discourse at Harvard.

I’d come to Harvard to speak about what I’ll call a world without faces; a world in which persons treat themselves and one another as commodities for consumption.  Also to speak about a world made noble by the greatest mystery in the physical order, the “human face divine.”  The former is a world in which the great middle ground between anonymity and copulation has been ravaged.  The latter is a world in which young men and women look kindly and admiringly upon one another.  The former is a world in which all things are turned inside out, and a man knows a woman before he knows her name.  The latter is a world that cherishes the touch of a hand upon a hand, and all the sweet and ceremonious preparations for knitting the knot that ever shall remain.

These people were truly young, essentially young.  It’s hard to describe.  When people give themselves over to grave and habitual sin, even if they deny that it is so, they have about them something of a hunted, sulky, defiant look, somewhere between brazenness and shame, if they have not lapsed into that ennui which the poet Herbert shrewdly called “the grief of pleasures.”  These young men and women knew how strange they must appear to their fellows, but they didn’t care.  They were bright and free.

One of their questions remains with me still, as much for its content as for the person who asked it, and the manner in which she asked.  “How can we women help our men to avoid or to overcome this evil?  What can we do to help them be better men?”

Suppose a man walking for years and years on an endless stretch of gray, nothing but asphalt and rubble and dust, mile after monotonous mile; if he should suddenly see a crocus poking through the rocks, spreading its humble yellow bloom to the air; or should hear a trickle of fresh water spilling over a tumbled ruin; with the same grateful heart I greeted that question, the like of which I have not heard from a college student or a professor in thirty years.  The question was asked with love, not scorn; with admiration for men as men.

I should add that these students are members of the Anscombe Society for Traditional Morality, a group also known as the Love and Fidelity Network.  They have chapters now at more than two dozen schools in the northeast.  They were founded by brave young women at my materca frigida, Princeton, the iron womb of the beast.

We mustn’t suppose that Harvard is anywhere near becoming a seedbed for the good and true and beautiful.  A well-known priest who spent plenty of years at Princeton, building up a vibrant Catholic community there, explained to me why, whenever I went back to the school, I felt ill at ease, wary, jittery.  I expected him to call my attention to the grossness of the new buildings, glass and steel, declaring their commitment to power and wealth.  He didn’t.  All he said was, “That’s easy.  Princeton is an evil place.”  The blacktop is blacktop, the desert is dry.  Make no mistake about that.
And yet that same God who abandons us to our evil imaginations also sends us a Savior.  The Roman Empire was, in the time of Saint Paul, a great vigorous thing that was yet dead at the heart.  But the seeds of its destruction and resurrection were being sown. Not blacktop, nor death, shall have the last word!"

More on Dr. Esolen here.

2013 Fall Rush II Schedule



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Harvard Knights of Columbus Fall II Rush Schedule
Sunday, November 3, following 9:30 and 11 Mass: Pancake Breakfast: Join us at our first pancake breakfast of the year, proceeds of which will go to Coats for Kids and the Global Wheelchair Mission.  Present your rush invitation for free entrance!
Monday, November 4, 8 PM onward: Rosary, followed by Kong Run: Please join us in the Harvard Catholic Center Chapel for a group rosary, followed by a visit to the premiere Harvard Square culinary institution: the Hong Kong restaurant.
Tuesday, November 5, 8 PM – 11 PM: Totus Tuesday and Super Tuesday: Come hang out with fellow Catholics at adoration hour followed by snacks in the Harvard Catholic Center Lounge.
Wednesday, November 6, 8 PM – 11 PM: Game Knight: Guaranteed fun for all brothers and potential members. Join us in the Harvard Catholic Center Lounge for two hours of fraternity and gaming. Come for the snacks, stay for the Super Smash Bros. Brawl®.
Thursday, November 7, 8 AM – 9 AM: Mass and Mealtime: No Rush cycle is complete without the opportunity to get closer to Jesus. Join Brother Knights for Mass at St. Paul’s (Upper Church) at 8 AM, then walk over to Annenberg to enjoy a hot breakfast and good company.
Friday, November 8, 7:30 PM – 10 PM: Raising Arizona Screening: A wonderful opportunity to see one of the most celebrated pro-life films in history. Join us in DiGiovanni Hall (29 Mt Auburn St.) for a screening of the award-winning movie Raising Arizona and snacks. All are welcome and admission is free.
All men interested in joining the Harvard Knights of Columbus must complete and submit a Form-100 membership application by Sunday, November 10. Forms, as well as assistance with completing them, will be available at all events and upon request. Questions? Visit our blog at Harvardknights.blogspot.com or e-mail us at HarvardKnights@gmail.com