About Our Council

Meeting Schedule & Location

Council Officers Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm

Council Meeting Schedule

2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm

Meetings Location

St. Emily (See Event Calendar)
1400 E. Central Rd
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 US

Mailing Address

Mount Prospect Council #6481
311Country Club Drive
Prospect Hts , IL 60070 US

In Support Of:

St. Emily Catholic Church
1400 E. Central Rd
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 US
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St. Raymond de Penafort Parish
301 S. I-Oka
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 US
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St. Cecilia
700 S. Meier Rd
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 US
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St. Alphonsus Liguori
411 N. Wheeling Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 US
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St. Thomas Becket
1321 N. Burning Bush Lane
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 US
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COUNCIL INFORMATION

 

Our Council was Chartered by the Supreme Council on April 27, 1973.  We are formed of Catholic Gentlemen from the 5 Catholic Parishes of Mount Prospect.  We are men of faith in God who are dedicated to our church, country, families and our community.

 

As men of action we participate in various charitable activities encompassing a variety of local, national and international projects.  From charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission, and Habitat for Humanity, to our own Food for Families, Ultrasound Initiative, Coats for Kids and our annual drive to Support Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families to support our faith community is virtually endless.

 

All the good works we do are rooted in our four core principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.  We are committed to the protection of human life and dedicated to helping Catholic families spiritually grow in their faith and parish community.

 

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Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church.  Knights share camaraderie with men who hold values similar to yours. Knights are involved with your community; they support your local Catholic Church and its causes, while deepening their faith; and they believe in protecting and enhancing their family life. 

 

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The Knights

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 Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its Sheild of life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

 

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Knights of Columbus History

Late-19th century Connecticut was marked by the growing prevalence of fraternal benefit societies, hostility toward Catholic immigrants and dangerous working conditions in factories that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a vital, practical need in his community, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a group of men at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization, the goal of which would be to prevent Catholic men from entering secret societies whose membership was antithetical to Church teaching, to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members.

As a symbol that allegiance to their country did not conflict with allegiance to their faith, the organization’s members took as their patron Christopher Columbus — recognized as a Catholic and celebrated as the discoverer of America. Thanks to Father McGivney’s persistence, the Knights of Columbus elected officers in February 1882 and officially assumed corporate status on March 29.

In addition to the Order’s stated benefits, Catholic men were drawn to the Knights because of its emphasis on serving one’s Church, community and family with virtue. Writing in The Columbiad in 1898, a year before he was elected supreme knight, Edward L. Hearn wrote that a Knight should live according to the virtues of loyalty, charity, courtesy and modesty, as well as “self-denial and careful respect for the feelings of others.” Fraternity and patriotism were added to the Knights’ founding principles of charity and unity in 1885 and 1900, respectively.

 

Watch - The Life and Legacy of Fr. McGivney

 

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In today’s world, many Catholic men are looking to fulfill their desire to spend meaningful time with their family, to serve their community and their Church, and to grow in their faith. Joining the Knights of Columbus provides these men and their families with volunteer opportunities and activities that accomplish these goals.

If you are such a man who is dedicated to making a difference, then membership in the Knights of Columbus is for you.  Fraternal Benefits include a Shield of top-quality life insurance, long-term care, and annuity products are exclusively available to members and their families.

 

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Knights of Columbus Emblem

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The emblem of the Order dates from the second Supreme Council meeting May 12, 1883, when it was designed by James T. Mullen, who was then Supreme Knight. A quick glance at the emblem indicates a shield mounted upon the Formée Cross.The shield is that associated with a medieval Knight.The Formée Cross is the representation of a traditionally artistic design of the Cross of Christ through which all graces of redemption were procurred for mankind.This then represents the Catholic spirit of the Order. Mounted on the shield are three objects: a fasces standing vertically, and, crossed behind it, an anchor and a dagger or short sword. The fasces from Roman days is symbolic of authority which must exist in any tightly-bonded and efficiently operating organization. The anchor is the mariner’s symbol for Columbus,patron of the Order, while the short sword or dagger was the weapon of the Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy. Thus,the shield expresses Catholic Knighthood in organized merciful action, and with the letters,K. of C., it proclaims this specific form of activity. The red, white and blue in the background of the shield and the foreground of the Cross of Malta are the colors of our country. As such,red is the symbol of stout-hearted courage, of pulsing activity and a full measure of devotion.Blue is the symbol of hope, of calm tranquility under God and of confidence in the protection of our country.White is the symbol of nobility of purpose, of purity of aim and of crucible — tried ideals to be carried out. But there is another symbolism of color in red, white and blue. This is the ecclesiastical symbolism in which red becomesthe reflection of the drips of Christ’s redemptive blood shed upon Calvary, and of the martyr’s blood shed in defense of the faith. Red then is the symbol of Faith, of belief in Christ, in the Redemption and in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. White is the color of the Eucharistic Host, pledge of God’s Eucharistic presence among men, of the infinite love God has for man and the overwhelming affection which the God-man has for each individual.White then is the symbol of Christ-like Charity. Blue is the color of Our Lady’s mantle, in which she wrapped her beloved Son,through Whom came salvation to a sinful world. Blue is then the symbol of Hope. 

 

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History of the Village of Mount Prospect

Mount Prospect, Illinois is a northwest suburb of Chicago. With a diverse population of over 54,000, an extensive school system and a strong base of both retail and professional businesses, Mount Prospect is a vibrant community that has much to offer, yet retains a sense of small town charm. 

The original inhabitants of the area that today encompasses Mount Prospect were Native Americans. Yankees were the first American settlers to the area and the first to clear the land and establish farms. Yet, the second group, German immigrants, had the most significant impact in terms of population and cultural traditions. 

In 1850, the train rolled into town. This led to an increasing specialization in the farming community. Not long after the train station was built, others began building stores and houses downtown and made the Village of Mount Prospect come to life. With all of this development, more people started to move to the area, and with a station downtown, the train now stopped in Mount Prospect. 

From this point the Village developed into what we know today. The town became more diverse and the Village center began to develop. In 1917, Mount Prospect reached a population of 300 and was incorporated. From there, the largest growth came during land speculations in the 1920's and then the suburban movements that followed World War II. The baby boom expanded the population and the Village began expanding the services it offered. 

In the early 1960's, the business community in Mount Prospect took a giant leap forward with the construction of Randhurst, the first indoor air-conditioned mall in the upper Midwest. It is now known as Randhurst Village - a vibrant, open-air mixed-use center with national and regional retailers, a state-of-the-art cinema, office space, a 140-room hotel and a variety of restaurants.  Another major event in the history of the Village was the development of Kensington Business Center, which has served as the home to several major national and international firms including NTN Bearing, Searle, Braun Manufacturing Cummins-Allison Corp., and ITT Technical Institute.

The big news in the 1990's and 2000's was the downtown redevelopment. Several new buildings continue to be built changing the look and make-up of the downtown area. There are several new condominium buildings as well as space for new shops and restaurants. The Village is also working on making the downtown area look more appealing. Attention is being focused on flowers, plants and trees in an effort to beautify the Village. 

Yes, Mount Prospect has certainly changed. Today, we are a combination of many nationalities, award-winning schools, churches, local commerce, shopping and business centers, several park districts, a library, and highly rated Fire and Police Departments. Our Mayor and Trustees guide us into the future with the redevelopment of the downtown area. Our Village employees are dedicated to provided quality services. Despite all of this progress, Mount Prospect is still a Village whose slogan continues to ring true, "Where Friendliness is a Way of Life.”

In 2017, the Village will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Village's incorporation. In 2014, the Centennial Commission was formed to help envision how to celebrate this milestone. Many festivities are in the works, and in true Mount Prospect fashion - things will be done bigger and better than ever before.

 

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The Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.  11 Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.  12 For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.  13 Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.  14 So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,15 and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the]flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18 With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones.

 

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Why Columbus Sailed - Columbia Magazine

When the Knights of Columbus was founded, their namesake, Christopher Columbus, was a symbol of the idea that there is no contradiction in being a Catholic and an American. In recent decades, however, Columbus has become a figure of controversy, leaving conflicting opinions about his legacy. Carol Delaney, a cultural anthropologist and long-time professor at Stanford University, had little knowledge or interest in Columbus — that is, until she was teaching a course called “Millennial Fever” at Stanford in 1999 and came across a reference to the explorer’s apocalyptic beliefs. Delaney was intrigued and set out to research Columbus at Brown University in the summer of 2003. Two years later, she retired from Stanford to devote herself to research, which launched a remarkable journey in the footsteps of the explorer. Columbia spoke to Delaney about the fruits of her research, published in her book titled Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem (Free Press, 2011).

 

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Watch - Christopher Columbus: Faithful Christ Bearer

 

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The Emblem of the 4th Degree

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The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe.  The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader's cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans. 


Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the most Blessed Trinity.

The Globe – God the Father, Creator of the Universe.
The Cross – God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind.
The Dove – God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity.

 

The colors of the symbols are:

A Blue Globe with the land of the Western Hemisphere in white.

A Red Cross with gold borders and gold knobs at the end of the points forming the ends of the arms of the cross, also known as the Isabella cross.
A White Dove

 

Red, White and Blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which the Knights originated. They are used to stress patriotism, the basic principle of the Fourth Degree.

 

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Council to Assembly Officer Titles

Worthy Grand Knight Faithful Navigator
Worthy Chaplain Faithful Friar
Worthy Deputy Grand Knight Faithful Captain 
Worthy Chancellor Faithful Admiral
Worthy Recorder Faithful Scribe
Worthy Financial Secretary Faithful Comptroller
Worthy Treasurer Faithful Purser
Worthy Warden Faithful Pilot
Worthy Inside Guard Faithful Inner Sentinel 
Worthy Outside Guard Faithful Outer Sentinel 

                    

Worthy Trustee 3rd Year Faithful Trustee 3rd Yea
Worthy Trustee 2nd Year Faithful Trustee 2nd Year
Worthy Trustee 1st Year Faithful Trustee 1st Year

 

Lecturer  
Advocate

 

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