About Our Council

Meeting Schedule & Location

Council Business Meeting Schedule

3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30pm

Council Officers Meeting Schedule

2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30pm

Meetings Location

1515 North Greenville Ave
(PO Box 803, Allen TX 75013)
Allen, TX 75002 US

Mailing Address

1515 North Greenville Ave
c/o KofC Council #11293
Allen, TX 75002 US

In Support Of:

St. Jude Catholic Church
1515 N. Greenville Ave
Allen, TX 75002 US
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COUNCIL INFORMATION

About our Council

St. Jude Council #11293 of the Knights of Columbus is located at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX. The council was chartered on April 1, 1994 by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus through the dedication and work of 32 men of our parish. The council is named after the Apostle St. Jude, also known as Thaddaeus, who was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Savior. St. Jude Thaddeus is invoked in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes.

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We have since grown to over 350 members. Our members serve in a variety of ministries here at St. Jude Catholic Church; from extraordinary ministers of the Holy Eucharist to Ushers, as well as volunteers in various capacities serving the community of Allen, Fairview, and Lucas Texas. We are thankful to the St. Jude parishioners the Allen, Fairview, and Lucas communities for the fantastic support of our council!

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Council Meetings

Our monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month in Room 109 of the Education Building. Our council officers meet the second Thursday of the month, to handle paperwork and prepare for the monthly council business meeting. Members are encouraged to attend both.

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In Service to One. In Service to All.

As practicing Catholic men, the Knights are called to serve their parish and community. Our council is actively involved in a wide variety of ministries at St. Jude Catholic Church that include:
  • Lectors
  • Ushers
  • Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist
  • Sacristans
  • Catholic Charities’ “Love Truck”
  • Junior Youth Ministry Instructors and Aides
  • Religious Education Instructors and Aides
  • Food Pantry
  • Pro-Life (Hike for Life, accompany sidewalk counselors at abortuaries)
  • Toolbox Ministry & Habitat for Humanity
  • Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) retreats
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
  • St. Jude Choir
  • Boy Scout/Cub Scout Leaders
Knights also stand ready to assist our Pastor, Parochial Vicar, Deacon, parish staff and fellow parishioners in undertaking any effort in which they need assistance. In the past, these have included:
  • Annual St. Jude winterlude social
  • Overnight security for Holy Thursday Adoration
  • Parking & food preparation for the St. Jude Carnival
  • JYM & LifeSavers kick-off cookouts
  • Bishop Sole’ & Padre Gildo visits & dinner
  • Parking & greeting of guests for the Diocesan Mass for People with Disabilities
  • Parking direction and assistance at Easter and Christmas Masses
  • Semi-annual Blood Drives

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We also provide a number of activities aimed at fostering family unity and participation. For the parish youth, we sponsor a Soccer Challenge in the fall and a Basketball Free Throw contest in January. Contest winners progress to local and state level competitions. One of the winners of our council’s 2007 Free Throw Contest went on to the State of Texas level contest and took first place in her age group. Several social events are held during the year to provide an opportunity for Knights and their families to relax, share fellowship, and have fun! We also serve and support on another such as visiting Knights and/or their families while in the hospital, provide meals during life’s most trying times, assisting in residential moves and even rebuilding some framing and replacing siding on a brother Knights home.

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Time Commitment

Our council currently has over 350 members. We encourage our members to participate in which ever and as many of council activities as their schedules permit. This may be attending the monthly council business meeting, to coordinating our annual golf tournament. Our first request we ask is for your prayers. Without your prayers, our many activities would not be as successful and fruitful. Secondly, we ask that you find the one activity we do that interests you. The hard work you put into any of our worthy causes are paid back to you one hundred fold in grace and satisfaction that you are making a difference in someone's life, our parish, and our community. We are always looking for new ways to serve. If we are not currently doing something that you have a passion for, bring us your ideas let us see how we can help! Our monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month in Room 109 of the Education Building. Our council officers meet the second Thursday of the month, to handle paperwork and prepare for the monthly council business meeting. Members are encouraged to attend both. We have a strong, growing and vibrant council, with all of us doing a little; we can and do accomplish much! Please join us; we would be honored to get to know you. This Overview Booklet will provide additional information about what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus, or see Why Join!

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Opening and Closing Odes and Prayers

Opening OdeClosing Ode
Sing ye praises loud and long
And let the unenlightened know
In every echo of your song
The great deeds done, tho' long ago
By Columbus of the valiant soul
Who first old Neptune has controlled
Despite of envy, intrigue, gold
In the dim past of long ago.

With vessels three, o'er stormy sea
He thrilled the world of long ago
While wisdom linked with destiny
In justice scales its weight did throw.
We are his heirs we wear his name
We boast his deeds we spread his fame.
Our order is the shining flame
That lights the gloom of long ago.
Now our evening's work is done
Then let us ev'ry one
Join in a song
Long may our Order stand
Foremost in this free land
Ready with heart in hand
To right each wrong.

We have a mission great
True to our Church and State
Onward we move
We dry the mourner's tear
The tired heart we cheer
Faith in our works appear,
Upheld by Love.

Prayer for the Canonization of
Father Michael J. McGivney
And let the unenlightened know
God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.

Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Prayer for Vocations
Heavenly Father, bless Your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.

Give those You have called to the married state and those You have chosen to live as single persons in the world the special graces that their lives require.

Form us all in the likeness of Your Son so that in Him, with Him and through Him we may love You more deeply and serve You more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Committees and Activities

Activities in Council 11293 are divided into program groups using the organizational structure provided by Supreme plus one additional category, Fundraising Programs. For more  information on the Service Programs go to this LINK.

The current Director of all Programs is Joe Shankle. The current Program categories and their Directors follow. Knights interested in  helping in one of these categories should contact the director by clicking on his name below. If you are interested in a specific activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name below to send him  an e-mail.

Activity Quick Links

FUNDRAISING     CHURCH     COMMUNITY     COUNCIL     FAMILY      YOUTH     MEMBERSHIP
 

Fundraising

The Committees and the Chairman of each committee are followed by a list of activities and the leader for that activity. If you are interested in a  specific activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name or the Activity Leader's name to contact that person and express your interest.

Fundraising Program Director

Joe Shankle
Golf Tournaments Bill Byrnes
  Spring Tourney - 2008 Tournament Pictures Bill Byrnes
Christmas Tree Lot Joe Collard
  Trees Joe Collard
  Magnets Dennis Dugan
  Lawn Signs Andy Tepera
Food Sales Troy Scheffman
  6-Fish Fries Troy Scheffman
  4-Pancake Breakfasts Jacques Robitaille
  Food Sales 2 Curt Hoppe
  4-BBQs Curt Hoppe
  2-Tamales Sales Joe Shankle
Socials/Misc  
  Placemats Joe Collard
  Clergy Appreciation Dinner Jeff R Walters
Allen Event Center Joe Shankle
 

Church

The Committees and the Chairman of each committee is followed by a list of activities and the leader for that activity. If you are interested in a specific  activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name or the Activity Leader's name to contact that person and express your interest.

Church Program Director

JOE COLLARD
Vocations Al Ladwig
  Seminarians
Birthday Cards & Support;
Holy Trinity Seminary(HTS);
Priests &Deacons;
Deacons in Training;
Table at Seminarian Dinner;
Youth HTS Visit
Al Ladwig
Lay Apostolate Joe Collard
  KofC Honduras Missionaries & CRHP Joe Collard
  Lay Missionary Support Joe Collard
Parochial Services Don Friend
  Support Altar Servers (Rec., Pizza, HTS,Train) Don Friend
  CRHP Prayer Cards Brian Vespucci
  CRHP Brkfst Jacques Robitaille
  CRHP Lunch Les Clements
  CRHP Pot Luck Joe Collard
  Ushers OPEN
  EMs Joe Collard
  Newcomers Brkfst Randy Moore
  Parking Lot Safety Mike Steffens
  Parking Lot Security Mike Steffens
Religious Devotions Robert Holladay
  Living Rosary Joe Collard
  Blue Mass Steve Nagy
  Monserrat Retreat Al Ladwig
Keep Christ in Christmas Dennis Dugan
  2 Billboards Kevin Pierce
  Magnets Dennis Dugan
Evangelization/RCIA Jack Gunn
  RCIA Meal Grand Knight
  Honduras Support Joe Collard
  RCIA Rosary Prayer Card Joe Collard
Fr. Michael J. McGiveny Steve Nagy
  Show the Video "The Life and Legacy of Fr. McGivney" at a Meeting Steve Nagy
 

Community

The Committees and the Chairman of each committee is followed by a list of activities and the leader for that activity. If you are interested in a  specific activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name or the Activity Leader's name to contact that person and express your interest.

Community Program Director

PHIL VICKNAIR
Pro-Life Jim Berrios
  White Rose;
ALL; Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner;
Tomb of the Unborn;
Sign for Sidewalk Counselors (800BabyDue)
Jose Moreno
Volunteerism OPEN
Human Needs Chris Horn
  Love Truck Chris Horn
  Samaritan Inn Chris Horn
  Wheelchairs Joe Collard
  Allen Food Pantry Joe Collard
Civic Involvement Chuck Hoey
Environment Jose Moreno
  Plant Trees Jose Moreno
  Adopt-a-Highway John Martinez
Public Safety/Armed Forces Phil Vicknair
  Ship Packages and Phone Cards to the Service men and women Phil Vicknair
Health Services Mark Tuck
  CPR Training Mark Tuck & Sean Kelly
Decency Mike Swift
  Support Catholic Radio Scott Rogge
Honor Columbus OPEN
 

Council

The Committees and the Chairman of each committee is followed by a list of activities and the leader for that activity.; If ou are interested in a  specific activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name or the Activity Leader's name to contact that person and express your interest.
Council Program Director Collin Denvir
Public Relations Ray Corral
  Council Website Jerry Mishork
  Press Releases for Allen Image Steve Nagy
  2 Plaques at City Hall Simon To
Fraternalism Ruben Delgado
  Degree Cert. Amir Habib
  Service Pins Kevin Pierce
  Knight of the Month Ruben Delgado
  Assembly Support Pete Romero
  Name Badges Amir Habib
  GoodoftheOrder-KnNeed OPEN
Cultural  
Socials Sean Arrossa
  Refreshments-Warden; Fall Social Sean Arrossa
  Christmas Party GK
  Installation GK
  Spring Social on Founders Day Sean Arrossa
Blood Donors Mark Tuck
  Blood Drives Mark Tuck
  Athletics OPEN
  Travel to a sporting event Sean Arrossa
 

Family

The Committees and the Chairman of each committee is followed by a list of activities and the leader for that activity. If you are interested in a  specific activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name or the Activity Leader's name to contact that person and express your interest.
Family Program Director CLIFF BROGDON
Survivor's Assistance Ruben Delgado
  Deceased Member Memorial Al Ladwig
  Support for Families in Stress Cliff Brogdon
Memorials OPEN
Education OPEN
Communications OPEN
Family of the Month Ruben Delgado
Family Programs OPEN
  KofC support of the Carnival Cliff Brogdon
  Family Picnic Jim Berrios
  Advent and Lent Workshop Pancake Breakfast Randy Moore
  Natural Family Planning Support Pete Reisinger
Recreation OPEN

Youth

The Committees and the Chairman of each committee is followed by a list of activities and the leader for that activity. If you are interested in a  specific activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name or the Activity Leader's name to contact that person and express your interest.
Youth Program Director Mike Williams
Columbian Squires Carlos Olivarez
  Investigate Columbian Squires DGK
Youth Groups Brian Guffey
  Support a Boy Scout Troup Brian Guffey
Athletics Toby Gerhart
  Soccer Kick Toby Gerhart
  Free Throw Contest Mike Williams
  KofC Basket Ball Tourney Adv Mike Williams
Educational Programs OPEN
  Initiate a Scholarship Program Dan Staab
  KofC Essay Contest OPEN
Youth Welfare Steve Mauser
  Substance Abuse Poster Contest Steve Mauser
Religious Activities OPEN
  Support of the Youth Ministry's mission trip GK
Social Activities Mike Williams
  Burgers & Dogs: All Youth, High School Ministry Youth, Junior Youth Ministry, Confirm Youth, Snacks for Confirmation and Senior Dinner Mike Williams
 

Membership

The Committees and the Chairman of each committee is followed by a list of activities and the leader for that activity. If you are interested in a  specific activity, click on the Committee Chairman's name or the Activity Leader's name to contact that person and express your interest.
Membership Program Director Ben Coster
Retention Al Ladwig
  New Member Orientation Meetings and Packets Amir Habib
  Shining Armor Program Sean Arrossa
  Reach-Out Team Phil Vicknair
Insurance Promotion Council Agent
Degree Team/Major Felix Aniobi
  1st Degree Practice Felix Aniobi
  6-1st degrees Don Friend
  Majors David Banowitz
Recruitment Teams Ben Coster
  VIP Program Supreme
State K of C Financial Secretary(FS)
  Charities&Per Capita Financial Secretary(FS)
  Football Sweepstakes Mike Steffens
  Convention Challenge GK
Supreme K of C Financial Secretary(FS)
  Per Capita, Supplies, Advertising Financial Secretary(FS)
State Convention Exp GK
  Hospitality Suite; Adv; Hotel; Hole Sponsor; Registration; Air Fare GK

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