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K of C Council 8753

  2. 2. Why We Are Called Knights  History of the Knights of Columbus  Knights of Columbus Objectives  Knights of Columbus Statement  The Vision and Mission Opportunities to Make a Difference  Why Become a Knight  Summary
  3. 3. History of The Knights of Columbus  Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, in New Haven, Connecticut  Knights of Columbus was chartered on March 29, 1882
  4. 4. Why the Knights of Columbus? 1. To help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement. 2. To promote closer ties of fraternity 3. To establish a system of insurance to assist widows and children of members
  5. 5. Why Columbus?  To emphasize that it was a Catholic who discovered, explored, and colonized North American continent.
  6. 6. Why Knights?  To signify that the membership embodies knightly ideals of 1.Spirituality 2.Service to Church, country and fellowman.
  7. 7. The Knights of Columbus Today  An international society of more than 1.6 million Catholic men  In more than 12,000 councils  United States  Canada, Mexico  The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala,  Panama, Cuba, Guam  The Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas
  8. 8. The Knights of Columbus Service in the Year 2000 $116,187,996 to charities  56,730,040 volunteer hours  25.9 million hrs to Church  15.3 million hrs to community  7.7 million hrs to youth  7.8 million hrs to other causes
  9. 9. Knights of Columbus Objectives  To Support the Church.  To build fraternal bonds through religious, social, educational, and athletic activities. To reach out to meet community needs through programs of charity and service.
  10. 10. Knights of Columbus Objectives  To provide comfort and assistance to sick, disabled, and needy members and their families.  To provide for the financial security of our members and families through our fraternal insurance program.
  11. 11. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS A Catholic… Family… Fraternal… Service Organization.  Catholic - the common denominator for all our members. Catholicism serves as a foundation for continued growth and performance.  Family - the very basis of society around which all our programs and activities evolve.
  12. 12. Knights of Columbus (contd.)  Fraternal - banded together for the purpose of providing for the spiritual and material welfare of our membership.  Service - our involvement with and commitment to Church, community, council, family, and youth.
  13. 13. Commitment to Education  The Knights of Columbus have a long tradition of aid to Catholic education.  Endowment of a chair in American history at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.,  The million-dollar "Father Michael J. McGivney Memorial Fund for New Initiatives in Catholic Education" Scholarships and student loans
  14. 14. Other Major Projects  More than $1 million annually for various projects  The construction of the Knights' Tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  Lobbied to insert the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.  Contributed to the restoration of the Facade at St. Peter's Basilica
  15. 15. The Vision and Mission Provide leadership and support to parish and pastor, as well as community  Offer our local Catholic men and their families a strong sense of community and fellowship
  16. 16. Opportunities to Make a Difference  Programs to use specific talents  Five areas of Involvement open to members Church Community Family Council Youth
  17. 17. Church Activities  Purpose – To sponsor activities which enable the Knight to set a worthy example as an ideal Catholic to his family, his community and his fellow members.  Support our Religious Leaders  Lay Apostolate  Evangelization  Vocations  Parochial Services  Religious Devotions  Keep Christ in Christmas
  18. 18. Community Activities  Purpose: Offer opportunities for Knights to make their voices heard in the community and to make it a better place for all to live  Pro-Life  Volunteerism  Human Needs  Civic Involvement  Environment and Public Safety  Health Services  Decency  Honor Columbus
  19. 19. Family Activities  Purpose: Offer programs and activities which aid in building family spirit, strengthen family life and stimulate togetherness within our family units  Family Programs  Education  Communications  Family Recognition  Recreation  Survivors’ Assistance  Memorials
  20. 20. Council Activities  Purpose: Enhance the fraternal life among our members by offering fun and entertaining programs and activities.  Public Relations  Fraternalism  Cultural  Social  Blood Donation  Athletics
  21. 21. Youth Activities  Purpose: Provide our youth with the means and opportunities to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times.  Scouting  4-H Activities  Athletics  Educational Programs  Youth Welfare  Religious Activities  Social Activities  Columbian Squires
  22. 22. Why Become a Knight ?  To enjoy a wide variety of benefits  Member/Spouse accidental death benefit  “Knights to Christ” meditation book  Columbia Magazine  K of C Rosary Volunteer to help the youth and less fortunate
  23. 23. Why Become a Knight ?  Daily Mass of Remembrance at Church  Leadership Development- Opportunity to build personal leadership skills. Educational Benefits- Scholarship programs, Student loan programs  To have diversity in life with those that share the same ideals
  24. 24. Why Become a Knight?  To learn, live, and practice Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.  To spread and share spirituality amongst others  To grow within a Catholic environment.
  25. 25. Council Meetings  Meetings are held once or twice each Month  Meeting agenda typically include prayer, activity updates, financial and membership status, committee reports and motions regarding expenditures and future events and social activities.
  26. 26. Summary  We are honored to have you join our Council  We encourage you to become a member  Our Programs and Objectives give every Catholic man the medium through which he can best serve the church and mankind.  Welcome to the Knights of Columbus!
  27. 27. Prepared by Bro. Rolando March 23, 2014