CHURCH

Since our founding in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus has been in solidarity with the Catholic Church, the Holy Father and the bishops, priests, and religious in union with him. We have been oriented around a Catholic parish from the beginning, and it is in the thousands of Catholic parishes where the good works of the Knights of Columbus are manifest. Support for the Catholic Church is the hallmark of the Knights of Columbus activity at all levels of our order.

The Church Activities Program seek to support our members and their families with church activities that express our unity in our faith, our devotion to our Church, and our support of those who serve in the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life. 

Words of Guidance from Our Council’s Founding Pastor

As a parish-based council, our efforts find their starting point at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchellville, MD.  Church activities benefit the parish and the Archdiocese. Such assistance is both spiritual and financial.

There are some programs that are suggested by the Maryland State Council. We should participate and/or have representatives at the Annual Founder’s Day Mass.

 There is also a Rosary & Icon Program that has been in place for a number of years. The rosary is given to each member early in his Knighthood. We should pray it daily and always keep a rosary in our pocket.

Some councils begin their meetings with The Lord’s Prayer, ten Hail Marys (a decade), and conclude with a Glory Be and the Fatima Aspiration. When we remember the sick and distressed brothers and their family members, we are asked to offer the Lord’s Prayer, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be. Every Knight must be a man of prayer. Our meetings must also be permeated with prayer. Our meetings end with the following prayers: Our Lady Queen of the Knights and a Prayer for Vocations. We might sometimes add a Pro-Life prayer or the USCCB prayer for Religious Liberty.  There is also the Father McGivney Guild prayer.

As for the Icons, many different images of Jesus and Mary have been used. These images travel from council to council. Prayer books are reserved for its use and we could participate with the whole parish. I have asked that we reserve or schedule our use of one of the traveling icons in each fraternal year.

While our men would still have obligations to support their home parish, the Knights participate in the Shrine Usher Program. Our men would do well to participate in this program as a help to faith pilgrims and to honor Our Lady. The Knights have along history of involvement at the Basilica and financed the great tower that is part of the wonderful church.

State retreats are offered and we might make a men’s retreat with our council and the chaplain as director.

I am so very pleased that we have given financial and prayer support to seminaarians.  This is highly recommended. What we give will be returned to us in another generation of priests.

The Maryland State Council also suggests some form of involvement regarding Holy Land Outreach. We regularly have a vendor come to Holy Family to sell olive wood carvings from Bethelem. We have helped set up and purchase some of these wonderful items (images of Jesus, Mary, Nativity scenes, the Last Supper, etc). These objects already edify our homes and we help the struggling Christians of the Holy Land.

We regularly schedule an Annual Memorial Mass (for deceased members and family members). Knights are among the first to pray for the dead and to respect the fact of our mortality and dependence upon God. The State Council promotes the Living Rosary, either as a formal service with a large rosary or just with members praying varying decades. One practice I like is for various decades to be assigned to each Knight at the end of meetings. We could pray that decade in the car or at home, but spiritually, linked to our brothers, it would constitute a complete rosary. Booklets are available from supply that give a rosary service that Knights can use at funerals for their brothers and/or their families.

Our Corporate Communion Mass is at the Wednesday Mass at 7:30 PM on the fourth week of the month.  It is followed by the Novena to the Miraculous Medal. 

Supreme has asked that Knights participate in the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild. We should always enroll our men as soon as possible. We pray that Father McGivney will be raised to the honors of the altar. He has already been declared as Venerable by the Holy See.

The Knights bring about immense good will by recognizing those who minister in the parish. Some councils already have clergy and nun nights, maybe we could assist in these projects? We could also offer Outstanding Catechist Awards and offer an Appreciation Party, Outing and/or Awards for Altar Servers, Youth Lectors and Youth Ushers.

There are also all sorts of special prayer services we could offer. I offered Stations of the Cross especially written for use by the Knights of Columbus. He have also conducted prayer services for our servicemen and veterans. I wrote a service one year and used an icon or picture from my office that goes along with it. The parish has all day Eucharistic adoration on first Saturdays and we urge our men and their ladies to take part. 

MARY, QUEEN OF THE KNIGHTS

virgin_mary_22261_lgOur Lady, Queen of the Knights, bless all the activities of our order. Keep us true to the pledge to extend the kingship of thy Divine Son on earth. Through thine intercession, win for us the grace ever to exemplify in our public and private lives, the virtues which should characterize those specially dedicated to the service of the heavenly court. Make us always aware that as your Knights we are constantly observed, our faith judged and our Order appreciated. Accept, O Mary, this renewed pledge of fealty and devotion of thy servants, the Knights of Columbus. Amen.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

pcollarO God, who wishes all men to be saved, touch with grace the hearts of many young men and women, moving them to offer themselves as candidates for the priesthood and religious life. Inspire fathers and mothers and all members of the Christian families to become aware of the great need for religious vocations. Endow all people with reverence for these sacred callings that they may encourage many to serve God and mankind in the ranks of religion. These blessings we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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