Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Knights in Red and Yellow
"Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity." - (from the Knights of Columbus website)
I'm sure you've seen the people wearing the bright yellow and read aprons standing in front of stores like Walmart, Target and grocery stores. For years, I have read the message on their aprons, "Providing Help to the Mentally Retarded", and for those same years, I have been annoyed by the words.
So imagine my surprise this past Saturday as I parked and walked into Walmart. There were the red and yellow aprons, yet now they read, "Providing Help to the Intellectually Disabled." If they would make just one more small step and have the aprons read "Providing Help to People with Intellectual Disabilities", I'd throw them a party!
Thank you, Knights of Columbus.