PCCW from Sacred Heart in Lincoln introduces religious brothers at annual event
The event, sponsored by the Altar Society, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart School cafeteria, 540 N. 31st St., Lincoln.
The menu will include five homemade soups to choose from – chicken dumpling, vegetable beef, cheesy potato, ham and bean, and chili.
There will also be grilled cheese sandwiches and desserts. Participants pay a free-will offering, but veterans eat free in honor of their service.
The event, held for several years, raises funds for the work of the Altar Society (or Parish Council of Catholic Women), which reimburses the parish of more than 350 families for liturgical supplies like hosts, wine and candles.
Members of the Altar Society thought the soup supper would be a great opportunity to welcome the Knights to the parish in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Knights of the Holy Eucharist, a lay Franciscan community founded by Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, are living on the Sacred Heart parish grounds. The religious brothers renovated the vacant convent on the property this summer, and it was blessed as their friary in October by Bishop James Conley.
“The Knights will be guided and encouraged by the Diocese of Lincoln during this time,” explained Father Gary Coulter, co-vicar for religious for the diocese when the brothers arrived this spring, “while they, and Bishop Conley, discern if it is advantageous for them to establish a more permanent presence in our diocese.”
The brothers model Saint Francis, who was sometimes called the “Knight-Errant of Assisi.” As they practice devotion to the Lord in the Eucharist, they cultivate a deep sense of faith, fiery enthusiasm for Christ, and readiness to battle for His kingdom on earth. Their move to Lincoln is one way of following Saint Francis’ example to “go wherever he was called and do whatever he was called to do.”
Father Leo Kosch, pastor of Sacred Heart, called the Knights a great addition to the parish.
“Six of the brothers are doing their year of novitiate,” he explained, “so they spend much time in prayer and study, which is itself a blessing to the parish. The Adoration chapel in the friary, which was empty for years, is now being used daily for many hours of prayer.
“The Knights are also very visible at daily Mass,” he continued, “receiving the Eucharist very reverently, and also willing to help out with serving at Mass and Benediction. They sometimes go for walks in the neighborhood, interacting with people along the way.”
The brothers maintain a visible presence, often attending events throughout the city and Diocese of Lincoln.
“It’s great that we can be their home base,” Father Kosch said.