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As a part of the Building the Domestic Church initiative, we are happy to announce that the 5th Sunday Rosary Program will now be known as the Family Rosary program.

The Family Rosary Program, encourages councils to schedule rosary prayer services on any day of the week, at any time of the year, with the pastor’s permission.  When planning a Rosary prayer service councils should personally invite each family of the parish, and offer each attending family a copy of Catholic Information Service’s A Scriptural Rosary for the Family (#319).  Encourage families to read it and learn how their faith can be strengthened through a devotion to Our Lady, while praying at home regularly as a family.

Resources are available as part of the Family Rosary Program, including a Family Rosary Kit (#SR-Kit), which includes 25 finger rosaries, brochures on praying the rosary and copies of the Scriptural Rosary for the Family (#319), along with a promotional poster to help draw more parishioners to the event. Participants may also use their own rosaries, and Knights are encouraged to use the rosaries that they received during their First Degree.  Councils interested in ordering additional rosaries or rosary rings, and booklets- are encouraged to visit


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COATS FOR KIDS (Community)

Coats for Kids



Did you know many children throughout the United States and Canada go without a coat each winter? Many low-income families use their scarce resources to meet the most basic essentials and they need help to provide this vital winter necessity.

That’s why the Knights of Columbus developed the Coats for Kids program, which allows councils across North America the opportunity to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities.

Through our Coats for Kids program, 1,780 local councils distributed 87,906 coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada in 2016. Since the program began in 2009, nearly 400,000 coats have been distributed.

How It Works

Every Knights of Columbus council is eligible to participate in Coats for Kids. Coats can be purchased at a cost of US$220 per case of 12 (including shipping) for orders shipped to addresses in the continental United States, and US$245 (including shipping) for orders shipped to Canada and other addresses outside the continental United States.

This Fraternal year a limited supply of teen cases for boys and girls will be available with an assortment of sizes ranging from small to extra-large, for 8th grade through high school. Because the coats are for older teens and are larger than coats for children, they cost more than the cases of coats for children. The size distribution in the teen cases will be adult range: four size small, four size medium, two size large, and two size extra-large. Coats can be purchased for $288 per case of twelve (includes group shipping only) for orders shipped to addresses in the continental United States, and $313 US Dollars (including ground shipping only) for orders shipped to Canada and other addresses outside the continental United States. All Coats should be ordered on Knightsgear.

Pope Francis put it in perspective when he said “true charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.” With the help of Knights of Columbus councils, you can use this program to make a difference for children in need.


To learn more contact the Fraternal Mission department at (203) 752-4270 or


Action Steps


To organize a successful Coats for Kids distribution:

  1. Consider appointing a Coats for Kids chairman or assigning the task to the community activities chairman for the council.
  2. Contact the state council to learn if there is a state chairman who is responsible for coordinating a statewide coat drive, and determine how your council, assembly or circle can support the drive.
  3. Councils hosting their own coat drive should decide on a location and time to host the event. Consider inviting local veterans, athletes, TV personnel, local fire and police department, and parish priest.
  4. Make sure that you order enough coats by contacting your local human services agencies, parishes and schools to get a list of children in need of a coat.
  5. Order Coats through Knights Gear. For assistance, contact (203)752-4270.
  6. Publicize the event through local media and through the same human services agencies, parishes and schools you are serving.



A new ultrasound machine donated by Massachusetts Knights to Worcester’s Problem Pregnancy Inc. was blessed by state chaplain Bishop Daniel Reilly in January. Shown are (left to right) sonographer Kathy Lake, Bishop Reilly, Deacon Joseph Baniukewicz, State Deputy William Donovan and State Advocate Thomas McGinn


Through the Ultrasound Initiative, since 2009, state and local Knights of Columbus councils have teamed up with the Supreme Council to fund about 900 ultrasound machines, costing approximately $44 million, for placement in pro-life pregnancy care centers (PCCs) in all 50 states, and Canada.

Now, the Supreme Council is offering additional funding when an ultrasound machine will be used in a mobile medical unit.

Through the Ultrasound Initiative, when a state or local council raises 50% of the cost of an ultrasound machine, the Supreme Council will provide the other 50% of the cost to complete funding for purchase of an ultrasound machine that will help a PCC to provide for the health of mothers and their unborn children.

Ultrasound machines provide abortion-vulnerable pregnant women a new way of viewing the life within them.

In addition, for state or local Ultrasound Initiative fund raising drives meant to place ultrasound machines in vehicles to operate as mobile medical units, the Supreme Council will now provide additional funds to cover most, or all, of the other 50% of the cost of an ultrasound machine.

Thus, if the state or local council raises all of the funds needed to purchase a vehicle (i.e. - bus, RV, truck, van, etc.) outfitted to serve as a mobile medical unit for a PCC, the Supreme Council will provide up to 100% of the cost of purchasing an ultrasound machine, to use in the unit.

Mobile Ultrsound Vehicle
(Photo by Chad Case Photography)

The sophistication of today’s medical technology provides a “window on the womb” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “Even from the early stages of pregnancy, a mother can see her developing child, hear the baby’s heartbeat, and to recognize the miracle of the new life within her.”

Ultrasound exams, which are medically indicated throughout pregnancy for a variety of diagnostic reasons, use ultrasound waves to scan a women’s abdomen, creating a picture, or “sonogram,” of the baby in her womb. Without K of C support, most PCCs would be unable to purchase an ultrasound machine, which usually costs tens of thousands of dollars, or a vehicle to serve as a mobile medical unit, often costing from $100,000 to $250,000.

State and local councils desiring to participate in the Ultrasound Initiative should refer to the Ultrasound Initiative Guidelines (#4885) for program requirements. Councils must raise half of the funds for purchase of an ultrasound machine, or all of the funds for purchase of a vehicle outfitted as a mobile medical unit, before submitting an Ultrasound Initiative Application (#4886) to the Supreme Council Office for funding. The answers to some Frequently Asked Questions provide additional information about the funding programs.

Before any fund-raising begins, review Qualifying a Pregnancy Care Center in Collaboration with the Local Diocese (#9885). Then, present the Diocesan Evaluation (#4884) to the diocesan culture of life director. After being completed and signed by the diocesan culture of life director, the Diocesan Evaluation form should be submitted to the Culture of Life Office at the Supreme Council Office. After the Culture of Life Office advises that the PCC may be considered for inclusion in the Ultrasound Initiative program, fund-raising may then begin, provided that the council and the PCC will also meet each of the other criteria listed in the Ultrasound Initiative Guidelines.

The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative seeks to provide medically certified pro-life PCCs with the modern technology to monitor the health of babies in utero and to allow mothers to visually experience their development.

Culture of Life Office, Fraternal Mission Dept.
Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510-3326      203-752-4403





The Knights of Columbus established its Ultrasound Initiative to equip medically certified pro-life pregnancy care centers (PCCs) with modern technology that will enable expectant mothers to see and hear their babies in utero. When a state or local council raises half of the cost of purchasing an ultrasound machine for a PCC, the Supreme Council will match that amount, enabling the PCC to buy the ultrasound machine.

Ultrasound technology provides a “window on the womb,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “Even from the early stages of pregnancy,” he continued, “a mother can see her developing child, hear her baby’s heartbeat, and recognize the miracle of the new life within her.” Since this program began, we have received numerous reports of mothers who have decided to carry their babies to term after seeing the ultrasound images.


The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative provides two options for funding purchase of ultrasound equipment for a PCC:

Ultrasound Machine Funding: When a state and/or local Knights of Columbus council raises 50% of the cost of purchasing an ultrasound machine, the Supreme Council will provide a grant for the other 50% of the machine’s cost.

Ultrasound-Equipped Mobile Unit Funding: When a state and/or local council raises the funds necessary to cover the full costs of a vehicle that is outfitted to house an ultrasound machine, the Supreme Council will provide a grant equal to 50% of the cost of the ultrasound machine that is to be used in the vehicle (provided the funds raised for the purchase/outfitting of the vehicle are equal to at least 50% of the cost of the ultrasound machine). Depending on the cost of the vehicle and the amount of funds raised, the Supreme Council will also provide additional funds, up to 50% of the remaining cost of the ultrasound machine, potentially covering up to 100% of the cost of the machine. Refer to examples for illustrative purposes provided in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

NOTE: Regardless of whether the State Council is involved, the State Deputy must be kept informed during all stages of participation in this program.

1. Locate a PCC that is prepared to receive and use an ultrasound machine or an ultrasound-equipped mobile unit.

2. Present a Diocesan Evaluation (#9884) to the Diocesan Culture of Life Director to determine if the PCC meets the practical, moral and religious criteria for inclusion in the Ultrasound Initiative.

3. Determine that the PCC will be able to staff and operate the ultrasound machine and/or ultrasound-equipped mobile unit. This will include assuring that:
     a. the center is properly licensed under state and local laws and regulations to operate an ultrasound machine
     b. the center is affiliated with a medical doctor who is willing to oversee the ultrasound machine operations
     c. the machine will be staffed with licensed and experienced medical personnel
     d. the center has adequate insurance for operation of the machine (e and f are additional requirements for mobile units)
     e. the mobile unit will be properly licensed under state and local laws and regulations to operate as an ultrasound-equipped mobile unit; and,
     f. the mobile unit will be adequately insured for operation

4. After the Diocesan Evaluation is submitted to the Culture of Life office in New Haven, and the PCC has shown that it will meet the other criteria above, the PCC staff, including the medical director, should select the equipment that best fits the PCC’s needs.
     - For the Ultrasound Machine Funding option, the PCC staff should obtain a quote for the purchase price of an ultrasound machine (not including training, shipping, taxes, maintenance agreements, extra parts, supplies, etc.)
     - For the Mobile Unit Funding Option, the PCC staff should obtain price quotes for an ultrasound machine, for the vehicle in which the machine will be installed (not including taxes, registration fees, fuel, driver costs, insurance, etc.), and for any labor and material costs for outfitting the vehicle and installing the machine.

5. Begin fundraising. While the PCC may certainly assist in fund raising, if the PCC raises the funds predominately on its own, without on-going and significant involvement of the state and/or local council, the PCC will not be eligible for matching funds from the Supreme Council Office. The Knights of Columbus council must be actively involved in the fund raising.

In the United States, the state and/or local council leading the fund raising drive should designate, or open, a bank account to receive the funds. A state council’s registered charity may also be used. Donated checks should be made out to the Knights of Columbus council or state council registered charity, not to the PCC.

In Canada, because of differing tax codes, checks should be made payable either to the state council’s registered charity or to the PCC directly – not to the council. The council leading the fund raising campaign should collect the checks and other donations, list them by name, address, and amount, and then turn the funds over to either the state council’s charity or to the PCC for deposit, depending on which will be tallying the funds and issuing receipts.

6. Once the funds for the purchase price of the ultrasound machine and/or converted vehicle are raised, the Ultrasound Initiative application (#4886) for Supreme Council funds should be completed, signed by the state deputy, and submitted to the Supreme Council Office. Along with the application, other required documents (e.g. price quotes, etc.) should be submitted.

7. The PCC, not the state and/or local council, must purchase and hold title/ownership of any ultrasound machine or vehicle acquired. Credit may be given to the Knights of Columbus by posting a sign on or near a machine/vehicle that reads, “Funded (in part) by a grant from Knights of Columbus Council # Anywhere, USA.,” along with the K of C emblem. If such a sign is used, the PCC should have additional wording affixed to the machine/vehicle that says, “Owned and operated by (PCC name).” All requests to use the name and emblem should be submitted to the Knights of Columbus Board of Director’s Name and Emblem Committee.

8. Plan a check presentation or ribbon cutting ceremony to be held when the ultrasound machine or ultrasound-equipped mobile unit arrives or is ready for operation. Invite the state deputy and determine with the PCC which media outlets to invite to the ceremony.





 Here are some simple pro-life activities for your council to consider implementing:

  • Distribute the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life as outlined in the Study Guide to Evangelium Vitae (#2914). The guide has been prepared by the Knights of Columbus for groups and individuals who wish to become more familiar with the Church’s teaching on the respect due human life as presented by Pope John Paul II in his 11th encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Copies can be obtained for 25 cents per copy.
  • Contact right-to-life committees or other pro-life organizations in your area. Work to coordinate your programs with those already in existence. Volunteer support, manpower, and finances.
  • Give gifts of thanks and congratulations to women who have “chosen life” by carrying their babies to term. On behalf of your council present new mothers with something as simple as the Knights of Columbus Congratulations Card (#2087, E, F, S, available at 25¢ each), or provide other practical gifts like diapers, food, blankets or clothing.
  • Participate in the Order's Ultrasound Initiative. Through this program local councils raise funds that are matched by the Supreme Council to provide ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers to enable each pregnant woman to see her unborn child.
  • Consider donating Christmas gifts to newborns and their single mothers temporarily housed in shelters. Work with local social service agencies or programs that counsel women to keep their babies or place them for adoption.
  • Sponsor a “Tree for Life’’ program to collect baby items and supplies for unwed mothers and crisis pregnancy service centers.
  • Consider presenting roses from the council to all mothers attending Mass on Mother’s Day.
  • Pray the rosary to end abortion. This simple, yet effective act can have enormous impact. A poster urging the recitation of the rosary as a weapon against abortion (#2073) and a prayer card (#2072) are available at no charge. Offer your rosaries publicly outside abortion clinics. Individuals or groups peacefully praying the rosary outside such facilities are highly visible and effective.


Baby Bottle Campaign


The “Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign” (also called a "Baby Bottle Boomerang") is a drive to collect funds to support culture of life initiatives at the local level. In this program, empty baby bottles are distributed to individuals or families to deposit their loose change, checks, or paper money, and the filled bottles are returned after a set period of time, such as a few days or several weeks.

Here are some suggestions on how to conduct a “Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign”:

  • Obtain your pastor’s permission to operate the “Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign” in the parish. Visit your pastor in person (not via a phone or e-mail) to ask permission to conduct the program. You should ask for at least two weekends -- the first to hand out bottles and the second to collect them.
  • Recruit a Knight to chair the project.
  • Determine the number of baby bottles you will need to cover the number of weekend Mass attendees. Ask your pastor for the number of families who donate to the parish each week.
  • Many pregnancy care centers already have a supply of baby bottles that they will lend to you for your campaign.
  • If not, ask council members to donate clean used baby bottles.
  • If not enough bottles are borrowed or donated, visit your local discount store and ask to speak with the manager. Explain the number of baby bottles you wish to purchase, which may be more than are currently in stock. Get a commitment to receive them several weeks prior to the event.
  • When the bottles arrive, remove the nipples (to ensure that the bottles are used for the collection) and put the labels on them. The labels (made possibly from mailing labels available at most office supply stores) should include your council's name, wording such as "Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign for Culture of Life Initiatives," the return date, and the Order's emblem.
  • At an organizational meeting assign Knights to each exit of the church to hand out baby bottles on the distribution date. Ask that an announcement about the program be put in the parish bulletin. Also place posters around the parish (with the pastor’s permission). Run the first bulletin notice a week prior to the distribution.
  • Ask the pastor to announce the program from the pulpit or have a council officer do it on the day the bottles are handed out.
  • On the set date, collect the bottles with the money before or after Mass. For people who forget their bottles, ask them to drop them at the parish office at their convenience (make arrangements with the pastor for this).
  • Ask the organization you are donating to permission to send a photo and press release about the donation to the local media. Try to avoid a “grip and grin” type presentation photo. Instead, send a photograph of people at the center sorting or using the donated items.
  • Return the bottles to the pregnancy care center or store the bottles safely for use during your next campaign.

Thank you to the North Carolina state council for this suggested program.


Prayer For Life


The Knights of Columbus has been a leader in the pro-life movement for over 40 years. The Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child is an opportunity for Knights to stand up and speak out against the evils of abortion.

Councils use the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child, always a successful event throughout the Order, to come together with friends and family to host a variety of prayer programs within their parishes and their communities that show our never-ending commitment to unborn children and their mothers.

Tell Us About Your Programs
Help us improve the Service Program activities offered by the Supreme Council office by sending reports on your council’s successful activities and/or any suggestions you may have on improving our programs. Send this information to Fraternal Mission Dept., Service Program Suggestions, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326 or contact us. Please include “Service Program Suggestions” in the subject line.


Action Steps


Each council, assembly and Squires circle is encouraged to participate by holding a special prayer service in its council home, meeting place or local parish church. When celebrating the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child:

  • Councils are encouraged to conduct a Mass or Rosary service celebrating the culture of life. Remember to invite all members of the community, including public officials and health care workers, to show everyone that there is a strong support for building a culture of life in the area. Strength in numbers gives others the courage to speak up and also lets the community know there is a group willing to help women in crisis pregnancies.
  • To plan a  service, local councils should:
    • Consult with your chaplain, faithful friar, father prior or the pastor of the local parish to establish a time and the kind of service (i.e. Rosary, Mass, etc);
    • Invite all council, assembly and circle members and their families to the event as well as parishioners and members of local culture of life groups;
    • Ask the pastor to make a pulpit or bulletin announcement regarding the program at all Masses the weekend prior to the event;
    • Send a notice to the local diocesan newspaper and local secular media.
  • Councils, assemblies and circles should distribute Prayer for Life cards (#4665). Additional copies of the brochure and prayer cards are available in reasonable quantities. Also, utilize this sample prayer service in planning your council’s, assembly's or circle's event.

The Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child was instituted as an addition to the Order's commitment to build a culture that respects and protects every human life from conception to natural death.



MARCH FOR LIFE (Culture of Life)

March for Life


March for Life

The annual March for Life, held on or around January 22 in Washington, D.C., commemorates the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wadedecision that legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973. This year, the March for Life will be held on Friday, January 19, with the theme, “Love Saves Lives.” For more information about the March for Life, youth conference, rally, Rose Dinner, and related events, visit or call 202-234-3300.

All Knights and their families, particularly those in the greater Washington, D.C., area and nearby states, are urged to join the march. Councils planning bus trips to Washington should book their charters early. Knights should carry council banners and K of C posters, wear jackets with the K of C emblem, and walk together to show the Order’s support for the right to life.

Knights who cannot go to Washington can participate in local or state pro-life demonstrations. State pro-life chaircouples will have information on local activities sponsored or supported by Knights in their jurisdictions.

For those on the West Coast, Culture of Life events will be held in three major California cities on Saturday, January 27. In addition to the large Walk for Life West Coast held in San Francisco (, pro-life events will be held in Los Angeles ( and San Diego ( Other Marches and Walks for Life are scheduled in cities and towns throughout the country in January.

Knights are urged to schedule prayer services for unborn children at government monuments or participate in other appropriate activities. Invite Squires’ circles, ladies’ auxiliaries, parish pro-life groups and similar organizations to attend or co-sponsor planned activities.

In the Philippines, Knights will have marches for life in major cities during the month of March. Please visit for more information. Canadian Knights are encouraged to participate in the National March for Life in Ottawa on Thursday, May 10, 2018 or in provincial marches on or around that date. For more information, see

To order “Choose Life” signs, call 203-752-4403 or send an email to with your name, council number, address, telephone number, and the exact number of signs needed in English, French or Spanish.

To assist your pro-life activities, the Supreme Council offers the following materials (all of which are free of charge when ordered in reasonable quantities; there is only a shipping charge).

  • The brochure “A People of Life – And for Life” (#4795) outlines the Order’s commitment to reversing the trend toward a culture of death and building a culture that values human life at every stage. The beautifully designed, full-color brochure clearly explains the common sense and common law basis for the protection of life, and offers five practical action items to help members, their families and all concerned individuals get involved in building a culture of life. A poster (#4804) with a similar design is also available.

  • “Defend Life” billboard (#1938 — limit of two per order. Size 10 feet by 20 feet.)

  • “Pray the Rosary to End Abortion” poster (#2073) and prayer card (#2072)

  • “Gospel of Life” poster (#4238) and prayer card (#4237 E, F, or S) in English, French or Spanish

Finally, the Catholic Information Service has a booklet, The Sixth and Ninth Commandments: Sexual Morality, which can be ordered by calling 203-752-4267.



Many milestones in the Crusade for Life are included on the Knights of Columbus web site. Even before the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Knights of Columbus was at the forefront of the pro-life movement. By the fall of 1972, the Order had developed a strategy of working with other pro-life groups to oppose abortion. Support for the sanctity of human life in all its stages and opposition to abortion on demand are pledges proudly kept by the Order for more than 30 years.



  • 1973
    The Order calls the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision "shocking and unfortunate"; it starts the "Support for Life" campaign.

    Delegates to the Supreme Council meeting pass a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment banning abortion.

    The Board of Directors approves a $50,000 grant to U.S. bishops’ pro-life efforts.

    The Board of Directors approves $10,000 for Canadian bishops’ pro-life efforts and renews $50,000 grant to U.S. bishops.

    Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant begins "Save That Baby" campaign; billboards, bumper stickers and posters distributed to councils. To this day, the Order continues to print and distribute pro-life literature free of charge.

    Knights host a Rosary Rally in conjunction with the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Supreme Officers lead the rosary on Ellipse near White House in preparation for the March.

    The Fourth Degree adopts the pro-life cause, noting the patriotic call to protect and defend innocent life. The Order funds the U.S. bishops’ brief before the Supreme Court on whether employers have to pay for employees’ abortions as part of medical coverage.



Kids playing


Family Week is a special opportunity for our Order to celebrate and emphasize the importance of the family through programs that strengthen parish community and unite Catholic family life. These programs should be fun and enjoyable for all, but also meaningful in their message. Our celebration of the family shouldn’t be a private matter but a parish-wide experience.

Commitment to family life is at the core of the Knights of Columbus’ beliefs and ideals.  This summer, put family first by inviting your parish and greater community to celebrate during Knights of Columbus Family Week, August 7-13.

Planning your Family Week

It is a good practice for Family Week to begin and end with a parish Mass that’s followed by The Consecration to the Holy Family (#10371).  Throughout the rest of the week, you can celebrate family life through fun and meaningful events.  Open your events to all families of the parish, taking care to plan for a variety of ages and interests.

When planning your week of events, make sure you discuss times and logistics with your pastor or chaplain.  Since families plan time away during the summer, your pastor might suggest a different date for your events.


Action Steps


Suggested Activities

Make sure that all celebrations of family include a variety of activities that highlight the Order’s Mission.
Councils may consider including the following activities:

  • Distribute family prayer cards to be prayed at home by parishioners throughout Family Week
  • Invite prospective members to the council meeting place for a meet and greet with council members.
  • Since Family Week is held around the anniversaries of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney’s birth and death, it is fitting to hold a memorial Mass and First Degree in his honor.
  • Hold a memorial Mass for deceased members of the council family
  • Host a rosary or parish Mass before a family picnic. Utilize the Domestic Church series booklet A Scriptural Rosary of the Family (#319)

Promote Volunteerism and Togetherness

Volunteering brings members together for quality time while they make a difference and create positive memories. Helping those who are less fortunate can also add perspective to their lives. When volunteering with young children remember to keep the activity as fun and age appropriate as possible so they’ll want to do it again.

  • Invite families in the parish and community to volunteer together at a council community service event. 
  • Assist pregnancy resource centers by collecting baby items and donations
  • Serve a meal at the community soup kitchen
  • Clean up litter in a park, or help your parish with outdoor maintenance

Fun Family Actives

  • Sponsor a family picnic featuring a cookout, sack race, egg toss, water-balloon toss, three-legged race, obstacle course, face painting and similar activities.
  • Hold a family night at your council’s meeting place to allow families to play games and socialize.
  • Host family sports competitions (tug of war, volleyball, horseshoes, bocce, darts, softball, etc.).
  • Hosting a “Double-Feature Family Film Night,” featuring the short film The Life and Legacy of Father Michael J. McGivney followed by a full-length family movie. 



Family of the Month


As Knights of Columbus, we have always been interested in the development of strong, vibrant families. To support this philosophy and create an even greater awareness of our many fine Knights of Columbus families, the Supreme Council instituted the “Family of the Month” program in 1978. Since that time, the “Family of the Month” program has grown to be one of the Order’s most successful programs.

To participate in the program, your council must first select a member and his family as the “Family of the Month” using the guidelines explained below. Then, complete and submit the corresponding “Family of the Month” report form (available here via PDF or submit online).

On the 15th day of each month — from August through July — 100 “Family of the Month” reporting forms will be drawn at random from among all entries received at the Supreme Council office for the previous month. Each of the 100 selected families will receive a beautiful Holy Family gift, along with a personal letter of congratulations from Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. These items will be sent directly to the families at their home addresses. Completed council forms must reach the Supreme Council office by the 15th day of the month following the month designated on each individual report form. Dates for reporting are specified below.

The “Family of the Month” program is an excellent way to recognize and support council families. Participate in the program and each month a brother Knight and his family from your council will receive local honors and the chance to be a Supreme Council selection!




Each council should establish a committee charged with the responsibility of selecting a “Family of the Month” each month. Set up guidelines to help your committee choose the most deserving council family for this honor. Listed below are some suggestions that may prove helpful to your committee.

A. Committees should be made up of members who know many of the council families and who want to support family life.

B. Committee members should interview parish priests, neighbors, council members, etc., to get recommendations, references and evaluations concerning council families. They should also speak directly to the families considered.

C. The committee should consider the following factors in their search for a “Family of the Month:”

  • Has the family made significant contributions to the Church, community and/or council?
  • Does the family enjoy one another?
  • Does the family share experiences?
  • Does the family communicate openly and honestly?
  • Does the family pray and attend Mass together?
  • Does the family spend its time together interacting instead of in front of the television set?

D. The “Family of the Month” committee doesn’t need to seek out a “super family” each month. The committee should look for a family that lives traditional Christian family values and deserves recognition for doing so.

Be sure your council honors the family chosen “Family of the Month.” Invite the entire family to a meeting to receive the council’s “Family of the Month” award. The Supreme Council office has a full-color “Family of the Month” certificate (#1843) available for presentation.

“Family of the Month” certificate (#1843)





Knights of Columbus Free Throw


Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14.

The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or provincial levels. From there, some make it to the international level for championship competition in their group.

To sponsor a competition, all your council needs is the Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT), a couple of basketballs, a hoop and a bunch of kids. It is a great way to get out into the public and introduce the Order to your community — while providing youths with a rewarding activity that yields a chance for local, state or provincial, and international recognition.

Suggested Time Frame: 
Council Championship — January 
District Championship — February
Regional Championship (optional) — February
State Championship — March

Competition Level
Council level- Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 15 consecutive free throw attempts from the appropriate age-designated foul line.  In the event of a tie each contestant receives five free throws and no warm-ups. 

District, regional, and state level- Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 25 consecutive free throw attempts from the foul line. To break a tie, contestants take a second round of five free throws.

Winners score card for each age group at the state level should be sent to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. Telephone (203)752-4270.

To view a short video of Bishop Barres of Rockville Centre, NY discussing the virtues of both the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge, click here.


Action Steps


Start planning now to get your free throw contest off to a running start.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship program is a great way to provide entertainment and enjoyment for the young people in your community. To start planning, there are steps that you should keep in mind:

  1. Order the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT) using this order form. You can also use the order form in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436), or call the Department of Fraternal Mission at 203-752-4270.

  2. Schedule a date and location for the event. Contact schools, community centers and youth centers to reserve a basketball court. January is recommended for council competitions, February for district competitions, and March/April for regional and state championships.

  3. Sign ‘em up! Your Free Throw Championship Kit contains posters announcing the contest. Obtain permission to display them in schools, youth and community centers, and church vestibules. Make sure that entry forms/score sheets (#1598) are also available at these locations. Preregister contestants whenever possible.

  4. Enlist help from schools. Ask school superintendents, principals and athletic directors to promote your championship.

  5. See if schools will hold preliminary competitions as part of their intramural or physical education programs. High school athletes should be reminded to check with their state high school athletic association about possible eligibility conflicts. Don’t forget to contact and invite the recreational and youth basketball programs in your community.

  6. Build public interest. Use the sample press release in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Rules, Regulations, Tips and Information Guide (#1928) to announce your championship. Retype the release on council letterhead, giving the details of your championship. Deliver or send it, along with clip art logos, to the editors of both local news and sports sections.

  7. After the competition, be sure to send out a press release announcing the winners. When sending press releases to radio or television stations always use the program’s official name: “Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.”

  8. Be sure to send in the  Participation Report Form (FT-1). This form provides the Supreme Council with informational statistics, which enables the contest to continue to be a success.



Soccer Challenge


The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate their skills in the penalty kick. The competition is open to all children ages 9-14, where each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line, 12 yards from the goal. Winners progress to the district, regional, state and international levels. 

Suggested Time Frame

September —Council Championship

October — District Championship

October/November — Regional Championship

November — State Championship

Contest Levels

Council level- Each contestant receives three practice kicks followed by 15 consecutive kicks from the 12-yard penalty line.  In the event a tie breaker is necessary, it should be conducted as follows: each contestant will have the opportunity to take 3 kicks from apposition three yards behind the penalty kick line, until a winner emerges. 

District level- The district level of the contest occurs ONLY if more than one council in the district participates in the Soccer Challenge.  Check with your district deputy to see if this is the case in your area. The winner in this level will compete in either the regional or state competition. Check with your youth director regarding this.

Regional/State- The regional level of competition usually only takes place in larger jurisdictions. State level each contestant receives three practice kicks followed by 25 consecutive kicks from the 12-yard penalty line.  In the event a tie breaker is necessary, each contest receives 3 kicks from a position three yards behind the penalty line until a winner emerges.     

Winners score card for each age group at the state level should be sent to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. Telephone (203)752-4270.

Council officials should order the program kit (#SC-Kit) by calling (203)752-4270 or visiting, promote the contest and contact schools to participate.

To view a short video of Bishop Barres of Rockville Centre, NY discussing the virtues of both the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge, click here.


Action Steps


Implement these tips and guidelines into your Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge to ensure fun, fairness, and success!

  1. Set a time and place. Contact schools, community centers or youth centers and reserve a soccer field. Ask sports teams, colleges or universities to work with your council on the Soccer Challenge as part of their community outreach program.
  2. Contact the schools in your area to explain the program. Seek permission from the principals, athletic directors and superintendents to conduct the program as part of their physical education or intramural programs.
  3. Display Soccer Challenge posters prominently to generate attention and participation. Ask to display posters in elementary schools, middle or high schools, youth centers, Church halls and vestibules, libraries, Boys & Girls clubs, shopping centers, YMCA and YWCA buildings, and Columbian Squire meeting places. On the poster indicate the name of the contact person; the date, time and location of the competition; and a telephone number to call for additional information.
  4. Pre-registration of athletes will boost the number of participants and save time at the actual event. Distribute entry forms/score sheets  to approved locations. Personally deliver entry forms/score sheets to physical education teachers and coaches when possible. Have an announcement made in schools or send out a reminder of the competition immediately before the event. Be ready to accept entry forms/scores sheets from walk-in participants on the day or the competition.
  5. Build public interest. Use the sample press release to announce the competition in local newspapers and through radio announcements. Always use the program's official name: Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge.

  6. Present Participation Certificates (#4573) to all participants, and Council Champion Certificates (#4575) to the winners at the end of the competition. The Soccer Challenge Kit (#SC-KIT) contains 75 certificates for competitors (including 10 for champions).

  7. The Supreme Council has plaques, prizes, and promotional items available which are suitable for council champions.These items include regulation-size soccer balls, glow-in-the-dark miniature balls, plaques and trophies – all bearing the K of C logo. Cash or bonds must not be awarded at any level of competition since that may compromise the amateur status of the contestant.

  8. Use the Soccer Challenge Report Form (#4567) to report the results of your competition.

  9. Provide the entry form/score sheets and the proof of age for the council winners to the district deputy for the district competition. Inform council competition winners of the date, time and location of the district competition and any other levels of competition to which they are advancing.

  10. For more information on how to conduct a council competition, please to refer to our Soccer Challenge Program Guide (#SC-4576).



Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest


All councils and assemblies are encouraged to sponsor the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest at schools in their communities. The contest is open to all Catholic students — in public, private or parochial schools — in grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 during the current school year, and is a creative way to encourage young people to become citizens who are firmly grounded in their faith.

This year’s theme is “Going to the Peripheries.” The contest opens the doors of young minds, enabling the entrants to be creative, thoughtful and introspective in their work.

"Through his Incarnation, the Lord has united himself forever with suffering humanity — not as an abstraction, but throughout history with each suffering person. Jesus is already at the peripheries. The question for us is whether He will be there alone or whether His disciples will be there with Him." – Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

2017-2018 Essay Contest Theme: 
Discuss the role of the Catholic Church going to the peripheries, then select one of the following ideas to complete your essay:
   a) Describe the work of one widely known current Catholic who went to the periphery.
   b) Describe the work of one widely known historical Catholic who went to the periphery.
   c) Describe the work of one person in your life, who helps alleviate human suffering.

First place winners will receive a check for $300, and two runners-up for each grade level will receive $100, awarded by Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.


Action Steps


Eligibility – The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is open to all Catholic students — in public, private or parochial schools — in grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 during the current school year.


July/August: Councils, assemblies order Knights of Columbus Essay Contest Kits from the Supreme Council Office. (Print Version - Online Version)

August/September: Councils, assemblies contact schools to secure cooperation. At this time the date, place and means of recognizing winners should be determined.

September: Students write essays. Essays should be submitted to judges by September 30.

October: Judges review essays for council level.

November: Judges review essays for regional and or state level.

December: State champion essays submitted to Supreme for international judging by December 15

The Essay Contest council participation form (#4216) for the council level should be filled out and sent to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission by January 30.

January: International Essay Contest Winners announced by the Supreme Council Office


• Essays must reflect the assigned theme and topic, and be submitted by the published deadline.
• Essays must be the student’s original work.
• Essays must be typed on 8 ½” X 11” paper, one sided, double spaced, with one-inch margins.
• Essays must be between 500 and 750 words long.
• The student’s name should appear only on the official Knights of Columbus Essay Contest entry form which should be stapled to the essay.
• All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.

Sponsoring Organization – The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The official responsible for the contest is the grand knight of the sponsoring council, or faithful navigator of the sponsoring assembly.

Awards – Certificates for first, second and third place winners, and certificates of participation for all entrants, are included in the essay contest kit.

Additional certificates are available from the Supreme Council office free of charge. It is recommended that councils consider monetary awards in the range of $100 to $250 in the form of savings bonds or cash to first place winners. It is also recommended that a special certificate or plaque be given to the school of the champion of each division. The school could then place the award in its trophy case or otherwise display it in the school.




The problem of Substance Abuse has reached crisis levels: even the President of the United States has declared the rise of opiate use a national emergency.  Help do your part to keep kids off drugs by sponsoring the K of C Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Poster Contest.

Entries in the Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest must fall under either Alcohol Awareness and Abuse or Drug Awareness and Abuse. Each poster on either topic must include a slogan and an original visual image. Posters may be entered under only one topic: Drug Abuse & Prevention, or Alcohol Abuse & Prevention.


The Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest is open to all young people between the ages of 8 and 14.

Contest entrants compete in one of two age groups: ages 8 through 11 or ages 12 through 14.  In some cases such as a contest sponsored by a specific class or school, the contestants can be judged based on their grade level: 2nd through 5th, or 6th through 9th.

Council officials should order the program kit through Supplies Online, the supply ordering portal, and then promote the contest and contact schools to participate.

Contest Levels & Suggested Time Frame

Talk to your state program or youth director for specific dates in your jurisdiction, as well as addresses to submit winners for higher levels of competition.

Council level - This is the first level of the competition, generally taking place in January.  The winning poster in each category/age group (a total of 4: 8-11 drug, 8-11 alcohol, 12-14 drug & 12-14 alcohol) moves to the next level- district or regional/state.

District level - Generally scheduled for February, the district level of the contest occurs only if more than one council in the district participates in the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest. Check with your district deputy to see if this is the case in your area. The winning posters for this level of the contest are forwarded to state program personnel for either the regional or state competition.

Regional/State - The regional level of competition usually only takes place in larger jurisdictions — the judging is usually in March. Scheduling, judges and prizes are provided by the state council.  Winning posters at this level should be sent to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. For questions, you may call (203)752-4270.


Action Steps


Conducting a Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest is an excellent way to get the young people of your community involved in addressing issues that directly affect them. It is fun and easy to conduct: fun because of the opportunity to witness the creativity and optimism of the young people in your community; easy because you can tap into existing structures like schools, CYOs, and Squires circles to do a lot of preliminary work. It can also provide excellent local, national, and potentially international, publicity for the council.

Click here for full instructions in conducting a poster contest.



Our Safe Environment Program safeguards children and other vulnerable persons, assures members and their families that we maintain a safe environment, protects members from awkward situations, misunderstandings, and appearances of impropriety, builds trust with arch/dioceses and parishes, and protects the good name of the Knights of Columbus.

Internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of prevention of child abuse, Dr. Monica Applewhite provides an informative overview of the sophisticated "grooming techniques" used by sexual predators to deceive victims, their families, and their communities. For more about Dr. Applewhite, visit her website at

Our policy requires that members complete applicable arch/diocesan background checks and any other requirements that may be required by the local arch/bishop and/or pastor to serve as a volunteer on parish property. Our own program is operated in conjunction with our strategic partner in youth protection and safe environments –PRAESIDIUM, Inc. Praesidium specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. Having trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person, Praesidium is the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally. To learn more about Praesidium, go to

Three training modules are required for members serving in youth leader and certain officer roles: “Meet Sam,”addressing the issue of sexual abuse awareness, “Duty to Report,”covering legal reporting obligations, and “Know Your Policies,”a review of Knights of Columbus safe environment policies. We also maintain a youth leader screening process, including background checks, specifically for members who lead Knights of Columbus youth activities.

Anyone suspecting abuse should (1) report suspected abuse to law enforcement; (2) notify the local diocese of the suspected abuse; and (3) notify the Knights of Columbus of the suspected abuse at 1-844-KOFC-SAFE (1-844-563-2723)



Office of Youth Protection Safe Environment Policy Quick Reference Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
Safe Environment Guide
Safe Environment Guide
Safe Environment Guide

Don’t Crowdfund Your Family’s Future

There is a new phenomenon sweeping the internet: crowdfunding. Pioneered by organizations like GoFundMe, crowdfunding allows anyone to donate to a project or cause online. 


Crowdfunding is increasingly being used to raise funds for grieving families. Chances are you’ve seen this more than once. Someone passes away, and within a day or two a representative from the family opens a crowdfunding page to raise funds to pay for funeral expenses and medical bills. 


Without question, crowdfunding is a great way to harness the power of the internet for charitable ends, but it is often insufficient. 


Recent studies show that the average crowdfunding memorial page raises $2,000-$2,200 — far below the average cost of funeral services.1 Grieving families are left to deal with the shortfall as well as the additional stress of soliciting donations, figuring out how to access the money and calculating platform fees. 


September is designated as Life Insurance Awareness Month. It’s a great opportunity for you to evaluate your life insurance coverage and make sure your family’s future will not be left up to a crowdfunding page. 


Since life insurance guards against one of life’s only certainties, it’s a product that nearly everyone needs. The question is not “Do I need life insurance?” but rather “Who should I get it from?” 


Who Should I Get It From? 


Every life insurance company sells life insurance. There are hundreds of them in North America. But there’s only one life insurance company that belongs to you. 


From the beginning, the Knights of Columbus has been determined to offer insurance by brother Knights for brother Knights and to uphold the Catholic commitment that has animated our Order since Father McGivney’s time. 


Today, our insurance program protects hundreds of thousands of families, with more than $100 billion in force. Last year alone, Knights of Columbus families received more than $800 million in insurance benefits. 



Being your insurance company also means that we have to be ethical, responsible, Catholic and charitable — just as you would expect. 


Recently we received our third consecutive “World’s Most Ethical” company designation by the Ethisphere Institute, and since 1975, the Knights of Columbus has been among the most highly rated life insurers in North America.2 We refuse to invest in companies who deal in lines of business that run contrary to church teaching. We also use proceeds from our insurance business to donate to Catholic and charitable causes around the world. 


The insurance business and local councils are the two primary sources for the more than $1.55 billion the Knights of Columbus has donated to charity in the past decade. 


Our strength cannot be beaten. Our ethical pedigree cannot be questioned. And our Catholic commitment is never compromised. 


Not every life insurance company can say that. 

How Much Do I Need? 


As a Knight, you have a full-time, professional brother Knight field agent to call your own. His job — his mission — is to help you and your family evaluate your situation and determine how much coverage is needed to help meet your needs within your budget. 


It’s a proven fraternal system that has helped countless families when they need it most. 


So, as we observe Life Insurance Awareness Month, don’t leave your family’s future to chance charity. Protect your family with the safety and guarantees of life insurance from the Knights of Columbus.




As of Jan. 1, 2016, rated A++ (Superior) for financial strength by A.M. Best  

Lector Speach during Auguest 2018 Chamber Meeting

The Most Powerful Question
If you were to ask fathers of toddlers “What is the most annoying question your child asks
you?”…what do you think they would say? I would venture a guess that most of them would
say the most irritating question they hear is just a single word: “WHY?”
But why is that question from a toddler so annoying? It could be because they NEVER, STOP,
ASKING it. No matter how many times we as fathers answer that question, our child asks it
again, over and over.
But maybe it’s also annoying because, eventually, their questioning brings us to a “why” that
we can’t answer for them. And what do we say then? “Because that’s just how it IS. Now eat
your cereal.”
I think a child’s incessant asking of the question “why” reflects an innocent search for deeper,
underlying truths…reasons, and therefore meaning, in everything they observe, anything they
do. It’s a search most of us, at some time in our lives, stop engaging in; and it’s a question
we stop asking…day-to-day, month-to-month, and before we know it…year-to-year.
Simon Sinek is a British author, motivational speaker and organizational consultant. He’s the
author of the global bestseller “Start With Why”, and his youtube talk on the subject has been
viewed over 28 million times to date. He talks about the fact that most organizations know
WHAT they do. Some know HOW they do it. But, few, if any, know WHY they do what they
do. And as he famously says:
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. People don’t buy what you do, they
buy why you do it.”
We all can say what our council does. We can name off the activities, the events. We can
even describe how those events operate, where the money goes, and who it helps. But who
among us can say WHY we do what we do? We are at the very beginning of a new fraternal
year. We have a new Grand Knight, a new administration… and we all wonder what their year
will look like…what his year will look like. We look to them to run the council, to give us
direction, and in our better moments…to provide us with a vision to follow.
we need to ask it not of our Grand Knight…we each need to be asking it of ourselves.
• Why do I come to these meetings?
• Why do I volunteer at events? Why do I avoid them?
• Why did I first become a Knight?
• Why do those among us that inspire us the most do what they do?
• Why do I go to church? Why do I follow Christ?
• Why do I believe what I believe?
Just like that innocent child, brothers…NEVER stop asking that most powerful question…WHY.
• It will lead you to reasons,
• Reasons will lead you to truth,
• The Truth will lead you to a deeper meaning,
• Meaning will bring you purpose
• And purpose will make you an unstoppable man of God.
Thank you and God bless you, my brothers.
David Babicz


ID Drive (Tootsie Rolls)

When: Sept 21st, 22nd, 23rd and Sept 29th, 30th

We have 5 locations designated this year: Drendel's Corner (Mobil Station/Dennys across from Del Webb entrance), Route 47 Jewel, Tom's Farm Market (Rt. 62 across from Springbrook Church), Huntley Wal-Mart and after each Mass outside in front of the doors of St. Marys Church.



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Tom's Farm Market

September 21st and 22nd

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St. Mary Catholic Church

Sept 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th

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Huntley Wal-Mart

September 29th only

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Drendel's Corner

September 29th and 30th

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Route 47 Jewel

September 29th and 30th

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Huntley Fall Fest

When: Friday through Sunday, September 21st – 23rd

The Village of Huntley Park District has again asked us to facilitate the Alcohol Refreshment tent at this years Huntley Fall Festival. Please consider helping your Brother Knights and Lady Auxiliary fulfill this obligation for our Council.

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2018 Clergy Dinner Ticket Sales

When: After all Masses this Weekend!

We are in need of volunteers to help sell tickets for the upcoming Clergy Appreciation Dinner.

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4th Degree Exemplification Beer and Alcohol Servers

When: This Saturday Evening - September 22nd

Our Council is supporting the Bishop Arthur J. O’Neil Assembly while hosting the 4th Degree Exemplification here at St. Mary’s on Saturday. Our Council Beverage Team is providing the beverage service for the event, please consider pitching in however you can, but pitch in and help us!!! 

Volunteers MUST be BASSETT Certified!

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St. Mary’s in Elgin is hosting the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, Mass time is 6:30 pm, SUT 6:00 pm.
OPEN LINK to signup

Rockford Diocese is coming up on Saturday, September 29th, 11:00 am Mass, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford, Illinois 61103
OPEN LINK signup  

St. Thomas More, Elgin will have a Confirmation Mass on Saturday, October 13th at 10 am (SUT 9:30).  An Honor Guard for Bishop Malloy has been requested. 
OPEN LINK to signup 

Save the date for these upcoming events...

  • Tuesday, October 9th - October General Council Meeting
  • Friday, October 19th - Clergy Dinner
  • Saturday, November 10th - Veterans Appreciation Dinner
  • Saturday, November 17th - Great Lakes Catholic Men's Conference
  • Sunday, December 2nd - Breakfast with St. Nick

Thank you again for all you do to support the Knights of Columbus, our Parish, and our Community!

God Bless!

SK Richard Lemont
Program Director
Sent on behalf of SK Richard Lemont by SK Damon M Frugoli

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