Welcome to the Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 12315 Website!
Knights of Columbus Council 12315 is part of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church parish located in Lake Villa, Illinois in Lake County. We serve members in Lake Villa, Antioch, Lindenhurst, other surrounding communities and retired Knights living elsewhere. The Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 12315 was founded in 1998 through the efforts of a group of dedicated parishioners from Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lake Villa, Illinois . The Council works closely with Prince of Peace Parish, providing funds for various charitable programs and manpower for parish and community projects throughout the year.
For further information on Prince of Peace Catholic Church, please visit www.princeofpeacelv.org.
Joy is an attribute of God’s divine love. To reflect God in our family life, we are called to be joyful by developing our relationship with Christ.
From Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia
The expression “chaírei epì te adikía” [“rejoice over wrongdoing”] (1 Cor 13:6). Has to do with a negativity lurking deep within a person’s heart. It is the toxic attitude of those who rejoice at seeing an injustice done to others. The following phrase expresses its opposite: sygchaírei te aletheía: “it rejoices in the right”. In other words, we rejoice at the good of others when we see their dignity and value their abilities and good works. This is impossible for those who must always be comparing and competing, even with their spouse, so that they secretly rejoice in their failures.
When a loving person can do good for others, or sees that others are happy, they themselves live happily and in this way give glory to God, for “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Our Lord especially appreciates those who find joy in the happiness of others. If we fail to learn how to rejoice in the well-being of others and focus primarily on our own needs, we condemn ourselves to a joyless existence, for, as Jesus said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (acts 20:35). The family must always be a place where, when something good happens to one of its members, they know that others will be there to celebrate it with them.
Scripture Reading - Psalm 33:1-7, 20-22
A prayer of praise and rejoicing before the Lord
Rejoice, you righteous, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise.
sing to him a new song;
skillfully play with joyful chant.
For the LORD’s word is upright;
all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right.
The earth is full of the mercy of the LORD.
By the LORD’s word the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathered the waters of the sea as a mound;
he sets the deep into storage vaults.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
he is our help and shield.
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust.
May your mercy, LORD, be upon us;
as we put our hope in you.
Put joy into practice by singing together advent and Christmas hymns, hosting an advent or Christmas party with special treats, and reading a Christmas story out loud. The story could be Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or a book more suitable for young children, like The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola.
Also consider creating a family book of favorite religious hymns and carols. Have each family member choose a song that they enjoy and make copies to share. Then sing together advent and Christmas songs at times that are convenient. For instance, a family could sing before its family prayer, before bed, before lighting the advent wreath, before opening presents at Christmas, or at another time. If you have young children, sing a few simple songs to them so they can begin to learn the lyrics.