Knights of Columbus
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core 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.
A Catholic fraternal family organization built on the ideals of charity, unity, and fraternity. Open to Catholic men ages 18 and older. For more information on how you may participate in this ministry, contact Eric Domyan at [email protected]
Dinner fellowship groups are made up of 6-8 adults, who gather once a month for a 4-month rotation. They offer an opportunity to meet other parish members and get acquainted by sharing a meal in members’ homes. The host organizes the meal and usually provides the main dish, with guests providing side dishes.
If you’ve never signed up for fellowship dinners now is the time! It’s a great community builder and the friendship you will form last a long time. The way it works is that you sign up, you will be put into a group of about eight other people (that could mean four couples) and each couple or pair will host a potluck dinner. Each group decides its own schedule.
If you’re interested please email Elizabeth Conley at [email protected].
Saint Catherine’s Men’s Group members deepen their spirituality, enjoy fellowship and serve others in need within our parish and in the wider community. The Men’s Group meets monthly (second Saturday) for prayer, reflection on a Bible passage, breakfast and a presentation on a spiritual topic by a member or a guest. Each February we sponsor a Valentine’s Day breakfast. We also support various parish events; perform maintenance tasks; help with moving parishioners; do yard work for the elders of the parish; donate money for special projects such as renewal of the rectory windows, and take part in prison ministry. Beyond our various roles within the parish, we provide financial support for a children’s hospital in Zimbabwe; a woman’s shelter in Thailand; a children’s center and a girl’s hostel in Namibia and education of poor children in Guatemala and India. We raise our funds come from special event parking revenues and members’ donations.
Welcoming Ministry (Newcomers Group)
Approximately every six months, newcomers to the St. Catherine Catholic Newman Center community are invited to share in a potluck dinner at the Center. Group members help coordinate, schedule, and organize events and dinners to integrate newcomers into the parish.The welcoming ministry needs volunteers to coordinate the dinners. This is a potluck event so it doesn’t take that much effort. Ministry responsibilities include:
- Communicating with the staff to set a date and time for dinners
- Writing announcements for the bulletin to announce the dinner
- Inviting current parishioners to the dinner to greet the newcomers
- Contacting the new parishioners and personally inviting them to join others at the dinner
- Coordinating with staff and parishioners to help set up and clear tables for the dinner