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Knights of Columbus

Knight of Columbus Council 17653 was founded on February 11, 2021

The Knights of Columbus are Catholic men,18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Our organization is fortified by its past and driven by its goals for the future. It is through these five service areas – faith, community, family, youth, and fellowship – that we truly make a difference.

Our goals:

Faith: As Knights, our faith is our foundation. Dedicated to the Catholic Church’s growth and her good works, we support religious outreach, promote vocations, and provide financial support for seminarians and postulates. This way, we help support our Church and strengthen our personal faith.

Community: By actively and financially supporting Special Olympics, by leading the charge in pro-life, or by safeguarding the environment, Knights all over the world have helped countless communities prosper.

Family: As fathers and husbands, serving our families is not only part of what we do, it is part of who we are. Most importantly, as Knights, we can aid and support to each other and our families whenever needed.

Youth: Helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders is also a huge focus of the Order. Through many sponsored activities, our Council assists youth in building a keen sense of civic and religious responsibility.

Fellowship: To be a Knight means to believe in each other as we believe in ourselves; realizing that by creating strong, social and supportive local councils, we help create a stronger Order worldwide and ensure an even stronger future for our Church and our Order.

 

Our Principles:

Charity: Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day. 

Unity: None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.   

 

Fraternity: The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism: Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.


You can pick up a brochure about our Council in the lobby of the Parish Life building.

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