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Knights of Columbus

In service to One, In service to all.

Do You Have 24 Hours?

In today’s world, the Catholic gentleman faces multiple commitments to his family, workplace, community, and Church. Every day these responsibilities seem to grow while the time to meet them is ever-shrinking. It can be a distinct challenge for today’s man to find time to volunteer and serve his fellow man.  However, consider this: If you give only 24 hours per year to the Knights of Columbus, you could have a positive impact in your community and Church.

Here is a sample breakdown of how little time it takes to be an active member in the Order:
 

Twelve hours reading the weekly parish bulletin, the council newsletters, Columbia magazine, and surfing the state council and Supreme Council Web sites.

Two hours to volunteer at our annual Intellectual Disabilities (ID) drive to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Two hours attending prayer services at the parish.  Praying the Rosary at St. Edna or another Parish in the area.

Two hours to support a council-sponsored event.

Two hours to attend two (you may attend more!) council business meetings, which are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM.  We try to finish by 8:30 PM and then enjoy some fraternalism. It’s a great way to find out what’s happening and make sure your voice is heard when important decisions are made.

Four hours for you and your family to enjoy two or three Council social functions such as a Lenten Fish Fry, Breakfast with Santa, etc.

Almost any man can fit these activities into his schedule. There are 8,760 hours in a year. By dedicating only 24 of those hours to the Knights, a man has an opportunity to become a better Catholic, father, husband, and member of the community.

Monthly Meeting Information

Business meetings (members only) are normally held at 7:30 PM on the first Thursday of each month.

Social meetings (open to all) are normally held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30PM.

Meetings are held at the Council hall, 15 N. Hickory, AH. Current calendars can be found on the K of C Council 4483 website.

Activities 

The Knights of Columbus Programs are divided into five major categories:  CHURCH, COMMUNITY, YOUTH, FAMILY, and COUNCIL. Each group of programs and activities are headed by a program director.

Church activities include monthly Rosary night, Vocations financial support, Pro-Life program, Thanksgiving Day Mass, Corporate communions at our parish churches, May Crowning, etc.
Community activities include parade participation, Intellectual DisabilitiesDrive, Clearbrook client dinner dances, etc.
Youth activities include children’s Breakfast with Santa, Spelling Bee, Free-Throw Contest, etc. 
Family activities include Pancake Breakfasts, Family Picnic, Fish Fries, etc.
Council activities include PGK honor night, Council Open Houses, Council Newsletter, etc.

There are a wide variety of interesting activities from which a Knight may choose to determine his level of involvement in the Council’s work.  Many activities, such as the Social Meeting, provide programs which include the wives and children. The spouse of a Knight is automatically a member of the council’s Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Council 4483

"Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.  Knights are Catholic men, 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." - K of C website

Council 4483 includes members from St. Edna, St. James, Our Lady of the Wayside, and St. Collette parishes, as well as surrounding parishes. There are a total of about 450 members. There is also a Ladies Auxiliary composed of member’s wives and widows.

Did You Know That...

  • The Knights of Columbus is an organization of Catholic men and their families, and is the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world, with over 1.8 million members?
  • The first principle of our order is charity, and that over the last decade, the Knights around the world have donated over $1.5 billion to charity and provided more than 673 million hours of volunteer service?
  • Among the ways Holy Rosary Council supports this community is by supporting this parish’s SPRED program through its “Tootsie Roll” drive, and parish youth programs through its Lenten Fish Fries?

History of Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic gentlemen. The Order was founded in 1881 by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut for the benefit of local Catholic workers, who were discriminated against for their religious beliefs at that time, and who were unable to obtain insurance to protect their families against financial ruin if they were unable to continue their support.

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For more information about Knights of Columbus or to join, please contact Mike McNicholas by emailing here or call 847-368-0321.