The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world. There are over 13,000 Councils and more than 1.7 million members worldwide. We have been called the strong right arm of the Church, praised by popes and world leaders for the support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic Education, civic involvement and those in need. We are Catholic men 18 and older who are committed to making the community a better place.
The Knights are about enhancing their faith and protecting and nurturing family life. Our order is based on three principles: Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
How does one become a Knight?
To become a full fledged Knight you need to go through a degree for each one of the principles that outline its meaning and how we use them. An opportunity for admission to the Fourth degree of Patriotism, which is the ceremonial arm of our order, is also available to any Knight that has completed their Third degree.
Knight’s Council at St. Benedict Church
Focus on Youth: Here at St. Benedict, our Council has grown quickly since 2007 to over 100 members. In light of the patron of our Council, St. John Bosco, much of our focus is on youth. We sponsor the Squires Circle with funding, leadership and physical support in order for young boys to have a place to go to learn to become the leaders of tomorrow and enhance their own faith life. We have at present 4 Counselors that work with the boys and 2 more awaiting their accreditation. This council provides them with funds to carry out their own programs and it supports their own fundraising by providing the cooking for their Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
Confirmation Breakfast: Our St. John Bosco Council also supports the youth of St. Benedict church by providing a pancake breakfast for the boy candidates for Confirmation, their fathers and male sponsors at their annual Boys’ Confirmation Breakfast. Beginning in 2011, we look forward to offering the same support in the way of a pancake breakfast in collaboration with another parish group that sponsors the annual Girls’ Confirmation Breakfast held for the girls candidates for Confirmation, their mothers and women sponsors. At both breakfasts, we present each candidate for Confirmation with a rosary.
Bursaries: The St. John Bosco Council proudly supports Summer Daze each year with a $ 2000 donation. We also help financially the young adults of this parish. In our parish schools, we host the Yearly Free Throw competition, a soccer challenge, a poster contest and substance abuse essay contest. There is also an opportunity to receive a bursary from Supreme Council for youth who are children or grandchildren of Knights that are finishing high school and going on the college or university.
Outreach: In our efforts to support community outreach, our council assists St. Vincent de Paul with both manpower and financial aid. Our pro-life initiatives include participation in the 40 Days for Life with a commitment of 1 hour of witnessing at a designated location, witnessing on the annual Life Chain Sunday each October and financial support of the bus rental to Ottawa for the March for Life each May. We have supported our troops with the Tim card program, conducted a Rosary Sunday and helped the Squires with their Blue mass. This year, we are sponsoring a seminarian.
Contact Person: Wolf Hartmann Visit our website stbenedictsjbkofc.com