What are the Knights of Columbus?
There are many things that we do, and are known for, on a National and International level. We are a fraternal organization of Catholic Men, a source for financial securities and insurance for our members’ families, and an organization committed to taking care of our Priests and communities.
On a local level in our Parish, our council carries these same qualities and values.
Who are the Knights, and how are you involved in your Parish?
We are Catholic gentlemen, involved not only in our council, but our parish as a whole. We have members on the Pastoral Council, Finance Committees, Fundraising Committee, Ushers, Music Ministries and CCD and RCIA instructors. We are fathers and sons, brothers and grandparents, single and married, like any of the men of our parish. Family is very important to us, and early on in our formation of our council we chose this as the primary focus of our group.
What are some examples of the things your council has done?
Since our official institution as a Knights of Columbus Council on December 20, 2013 we have organized and hosted events and fundraisers that have been well supported by our parish, Holy Cross in Springfield, MA, and for that we are very grateful, thank you.
One of the primary goals of the Knights is service; both in our community and our parish. Some of the less visible things that we have done to help and support the Parish have included preparing and serving coffee hours, setting up tables and chairs at the request of other Parish groups to assist in their events, and setting up for the Mass on the Lawn this past summer.
In the community, we have also been called on for help. We were blessed to able to assist a woman battling cancer by cleaning and painting her house, allowing her to return home for her final days. We cleaned up the yard for a parishioner unable to do so because she is now living in a nursing home. We worked with our school, St. Michael's Academy, to cook hot dogs and hamburgers for their events, and painting the cafeteria in preparation for the new school year.
Our social events and fundraisers for the year have been fun to host, and we have had a great time with everyone who has joined us for these. Our first events were our 1st Annual Golf Tournament, a pumpkin picking and hayride event, A “Dine a Round” and “Breakfast with Santa”. Most recently, we hosted the Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at the Bunny Breakfast, sponsored “Awaken; When Faith Comes Alive”, a catalyst prayer and Eucharistic Adoration event in March 2015 and our largest event, the Valentine's Day Dance of February of that year. We are very proud to report that through these events we have been blessed to be able to support our parish groups including the Parish Nurses, Sandwich Ministry, CCD and our Music Ministry through monetary donations. What are some of the benefits of membership in the Knights?
COLUMBIA MAGAZINE – Free subscription to the Order’s monthly magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families.
KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS ROSARY – Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the First Degree exemplification to each new member.
DAILY MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH – Mass for deceased members and their wives, and deceased members of the Squires program, at the birthplace of the Order.
INSURANCE (Optional) - Portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families.
FAMILY FRATERNAL BENEFIT – For eligible families: a) Pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) Pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) Offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18.
ORPHAN BENEFIT – $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available.
MEMBER/SPOUSE FRATERNAL BENEFIT – Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost.
WIDOW BENEFITS – a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance, or annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc.
SCHOLARSHIPS – Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organization skills, etc.
FOURTH DEGREE – Eligibility to join the “Patriotic Degree.”
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP at Age 70 with 25 years of membership.
MEMBERSHIP CARD – Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in nearly 13,000 councils throughout the world.
ACTIVITIES – FAMILY/YOUTH/RELIGIOUS/SOCIAL/ATHLETIC – Participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by local councils.
What kind of men are the Knights looking for?
We are looking for gentlemen who want to help us continue our mission of growing and enhancing our parish and community by having fun events for our families, while growing in our faith. We invite you to join a brotherhood of practical catholic men that will be there for the parish, your family, and the community when needed.
We know that one of the biggest objections to joining any group is the time commitment. We can assure you the commitment of time consists of only what you are willing and able to contribute.