Welcome to the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest lay Catholic family service organization. As their forebears did more than a century ago, today’s Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel.
Catholic Information Service provides one of the best online Catechism resources. It provides browse and search features to allow you to use it as a reference tool. It also has a standard presentation for topical reading using a formal table of contents with detailed sections and associated texts in view on-line and in downloadable booklets.
Since its founding, the Knights of Columbus has been involved in evangelization. In 1948, the Knights started Catholic Information Service (CIS) to educate non-Catholics about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church.Over time, this outreach has expanded to include publications for parishes, schools, retreat houses, military installations, correctional facilities, legislatures, the medical community and any individual who requests them.
Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from him in accord with his will. It is always the gift of God who comes to encounter man. Christian prayer is the personal and living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is infinitely good, with his Son Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit who dwells in their hearts.
Prayer Time is a wonderful companion to members of the Knights of Columbus and their families. The Order constantly stresses the importance of sound family life and that requires families to pray together. How wonderful if Knights and their families throughout the world would spend time together each day offering prayers found in this wonderful volume. It goes without saying, that Prayer Time is a wonderful companion for anyone who truly wants to grow in holiness
This new edition and printing of the Military Catholic Handbook assures the tradition of providing a compact prayer book for oor Catholic men and women in uniform. The demand for this spiritual aid is constant. The troops in the field appreciate it and the staff at the Archdiocese for the Military Services, with the able assistance of the Knights of Columbus, is dedicated to putting it in the hands of those who request it. The Handbook continues to be destined not only to the Catholics who proudly defend our Nation, but also to all people of good will who seek a useful text for reflection and prayer.
Schedule for Praying the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries - Monday and Saturday
The Sorrowful Mysteries - Tuesday and Friday
The Glorious Mysteries - Wednesday andSunday
The Luminous Mysteries - Thursday
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian prayer adapted for modern times by Fathers Thomas Keating, William Meninger and Basil Pennington.
I ask of you the gift of wisdom for a better understanding of you and of your divine perfection.
I ask of you the gift of intellect for a better understanding of the essence of the mysteries o the Holy Faith.
Give me the gift of knowledge so that I may know how to orient my life in accordance with the principles of faith.
Give me the gift of counsel so that in all things I can seek counsel from you and can always find it in you.
Give me the gift of strength so that no fear our earthly motivations can take me away from you.
Give me the gift of piety so that I can always serve your majesty with filial love.
Give me the gift of the fear of God so that no fear our earthly motivations can take me away from you.
This prayer to the Holy Spirit was given to St. John Paul II by his father as a child. St. John Paul II remained faithful to his father’s prayer until the last days of his life, praying it each day
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of our family. Enlighten our hearts and minds that we may live more fully this vocation to love. In our daily life and work, may we reflect the self-giving love which you, O Father, eternally show with your Son and the Holy Spirit. Let your love be evident in the peace that reigns in our home and in the faith we profess and live. May our family always be a place of generosity, understanding, forgiveness and joy. Kindly give us the wisdom and courage to be witnesses to your eternal design for the family; and grant that the Holy Family of Nazareth may always guide our path to holiness as a family. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Reflections to consider before Prayer. . . .
O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us.
Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today.
Thank you for our home, family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here.
Thank you for our health, our work and our play.
Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence.
Open our hearts to your love.
We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen.
God of all gifts, We thank you for the many ways you have blessed us this day.
We are grateful for each of those who are gathered around this table.
We ask you to bless us and our food and to bless those we love and those who are not with us today.
In our gratitude and love, we remember your humble birth into our lives and pray for those
who are are without enough to eat.
We remember the stable in which you were born and pray for those who have no place to live.
We remember your challenging message of caring and giving
We pray for peace in families and nations throughout the world.
We bless you and give you thanks in your Spirit who brings our hearts to life the Christmas Day and forever.
Creator God, you call forth all that is to life.
Even in shadows of death all those who love are you raised up,
We rejoice on this Easter Sunday in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We unite with graceful hearts for those who gather around this table.
We remember those we love who our beyond our reach and
those who now rest from their labors.
We remember the poor, the lonely or the oppressed.
May our faith and prayers fill them with love and hope.
We bless you for all the wonderful gifts of food we receive -
of festive meats and eggs, of ripened grains
and fruits of the earth, of cheerful drink and sweets of all kind.
Lord Jesus, be our guest on this shinning day and stay with us.
For on this day you bid us to taste and see how good you are
and how sweet is the world you have made,
And to this we say AMEN!
Lady, Queen of the Knights, bless all the activities of our Council. Keep us true to our pledge, to extend the kingship of thy divine son on earth. Through Thine intercession, win for us the grace, ever to exemplify in our public and private lives, the virtues that should characterize those especially dedicated to the service of the heavenly court. Make us always aware that as your Knights, we are constantly observed, our faith judged, and our Order appreciated. Accept, O Mary, this renewed pledge of fealty and devotion, of Thy Servants, the Mount Prospect Knights of Columbus.
My Council is composed of members like me. I help make it what it is. It will be a Council dedicated to Faith, Family, and Fraternity, if I am. It will stand in solidarity with the Church and the Clergy, if I do . Its meetings will be filled, if I attend and encourage others as well. It will do great Programming, if I am involved. It will make Charitable gifts to many causes, if I am a generous contributor. It will bring other Catholic men into the Order, if I give them a Form 100 to invite and recruit them. It will be a Council of Charity and Fraternity, of Unity and Patriotism, if I live those principles. It will be a Council “Chosen to go and bear fruit that will remain”, if I, who make it what it is, am truly committed to this purpose. Therefore, through the intercession of Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney and with the help of Mary, Queen of the Knights, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my Council to be. AMEN
The family fully alive program is designed to be flexible to meet the continuously changing needs of your family. This program can be started during any month of the year, completing projects and saying prayers at the times and places most suitable for your family. Some suitable times would be after family dinner or shortly before bedtime, making it easier to deal with the challenge of bringing the entire family together.
However you decide to incorporate the family fully alive program into your family’s busy schedule, one thing is certain — it will change your life. The monthly cycle of themes, prayers, reflections, meditations and family projects will help your family focus on the important things in the world. They will help build your domestic church as a place of faith, hope and charity, where each member will grow with grace toward his or her full potential in God.
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.
The Knights of Columbus encourages all to say the Prayer for Persecuted Christians, composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.
n the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), we encounter Jesus Christ,who after rising from the dead breathed the Holy Spirit on his Apostles—the first priests — and gave them the power to forgive sins in his name (Jn 20:23).
The Way of the Cross leads us to contemplate the Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to consider His great love for us, His humility, and the glory of the perfect offering He made in the work of our redemption.
This new initiative of the Knights of Columbus is designed for families to realize more fully their mission to be an authentic domestic church through daily prayer, catechesis and Scripture reading, as well as through monthly charitable and volunteer projects they can do as a family.
When parents teach the faith to their children, they in turn become more faithful. Children are naturally religious; they are filled with an awe-inspiring religious imagination and can often ask the most profound (and sometimes difficult) questions of faith. In teaching our children, we teach ourselves. And in evangelizing its own members, the family will evangelize the larger community. People will see the loving relations of the Christian family, and this will inspire in them a thirst to know how they too can live in such a community of love. Priests and religious will also see the love of the family and be reinforced in their own faith.
Loving God, thank you for all the mothers in the world!
Bless them, so that they may always give life and nourishment to their children through their firm faith, generous and selfless love, good example and constant concern for their bodily health and spiritual health.
Grant that we, their children, may honor them always with the spirit of profound love, respect and thanksgiving.
Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Family is a blessing, full of joy and cheer, Filled with love and caring, shared throughout the year. May God bless and keep us when near or far apart. And hold all close together, forever in one heart
God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, religious, and consecrated persons.
Send your Holy Spirit to help us respond generously and courageously to your call.
May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Columbia is the monthly magazine of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. The magazine's editorial content is geared toward a general Catholic audience, though readership consists mainly of the 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus and their families
Published monthly, Knightline (which beginning in 2010 was combined with Program Supplement) is an important resource for local K of C leaders. The newsletter features news from the Supreme Council office, actions of the Order's Board of Directors, a column on Knights of Columbus insurance up-to-date program and membership growth events for the coming months that the council, assembly or circle can become involved with.
A FATHER IS … A Protector … Involved … A Loving Husband … AND SO MUCH MORE.
Welcome to Fathers for Good, an initiative for men by the Knights of Columbus.
Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad to be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this Web site is for you.
There is a role only a father can fill and gifts only a father can give. In a culture that often does not favor fatherhood or masculine virtue, we wish to highlight the unique contributions of men, husbands and fathers. The world would be lacking without them.
We also welcome wives who want to support their husbands in becoming the best fathers they can be.
On this Web site you will find –
• Expert Advice
• Answers to your Questions
• Interactive Features
• A Forum for Your Stories
• A Look at Living the Fatherhood Vocation
• Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage
• St. Joseph Booklet Series
A Father is … a work in progress. Indeed, a dad’s work is never done – in what he can learn from his family and what he can teach his children, in the sacrifices he can make and the rich rewards he can be given, in the love he can live out and also receive.
A Father is … called by God the Father. This is the vocation that is the foundation of fatherhood. Of course, no earthly father will be like “our Father who art in heaven,” but God does give certain graces to fathers who seek him out and follow his way.
A Father is … an ordinary man who is called and equipped to do extraordinary things from day to day – work, provide, protect, pray, get involved with his family and be there as an example for his children and faithful to his wife.
To all men … Welcome.
In this exclusive interview with Columbia, the Cardinal discusses the ongoing task of the Church to transform our culture in charity and truth.
We encourage you to read Parish Priest, a book that focuses on Father McGivney's priestly identity, his heart and manner.
A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture
Penned by the leading intellectual in the American Catholic hierarchy, this debut brings together some of the most influential writings on the Catholic vision—not just the Church itself but of the relation and unity of all people. Weaving together intellectual insight and personal wisdom, Francis Cardinal George offers a luminous Catholic vision of communion, illustrating the Church’s relation to numerous religions as well as the secular world. The book draws from both the author’s observations of Catholicism in cultures
How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World
"What if God has his own ways that are not always our ways? What if God acts in public affairs in ways that can, of course, be ignored from day to day but at a price for individuals and whole societies? If God is an actor, how is it possible to trace his action? . . . Can we discover God’s actions in the part of human experience that is public in our day?" —Francis Cardinal George
In the year since he was elected, Pope Francis’s simple message of mercy, service, and renewal has spread to every corner of the world. Through his gentle demeanor, selfless actions, and welcoming call for service to others, Pope Francis has captured the attention of a world longing for an authentic message of hope—we want to hear what he has to say.
Published in cooperation with the Vatican, this original collection brings the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi to life through the pope's uplifting and challenging words.By taking the name of one of the most venerated figures in Christendom, Pope Francis set a high bar for his papacy. Saint Francis renounced wealth and honor in order to proclaim the Gospel message to a lost generation. His exuberant love for God and radica/.
Pope Francis has captured the attention of the world with his simple ways, humbleness, and love for the poor and sick. Now, for the first time in print, you can be transported to St. Peter's Square and listen to his teachings as he presents simple and profound insights for our modern times.
Your family will treasure our leather bound St. Joseph’s edition of the American Bible. Large type makes for easy reading and numerous illustrations, many in color, bring the Bible stories to life. Closed, it measures 9.5"h x 7"w x 2"d. The cover is burgundy and the pages are edged in gold.
Saint Benedict Press is a proud publisher of the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), the first major update to the New American Bible (NAB) text in twenty years.
With it's extensive notes, commentary, and cross-references, the NABRE will promote a deeper love and understanding of Scripture in the home, parish and school. In addition to its wealth of study material, each Saint Benedict Press NABRE features a 3-year liturgical cycle of Sunday readings, a 2-year liturgical cycle of daily Mass readings, a listing of Popes, and a manual of favorite Catholic prayers.
Reflecting the work of nearly 100 scholars and extensively reviewed and approved by the USCCB, the NABRE takes into account the best current scholarship as well as the new discovery of ancient manuscripts that improve our knowledge and understanding of the Biblical text.
Features include: Extensive notes, commentary and cross-references, Elegant, readable typesetting.
Welcome to Fathers for Good, an initiative for men by the Knights of Columbus. Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad to be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this Web site is for you. There is a role only a father can fill and gifts only a father can give. In a culture that often does not favor fatherhood or masculine virtue, we wish to highlight the unique contributions of men, husbands and fathers. The world would be lacking without them. We also welcome wives who want to support their husbands in becoming the best fathers they can be.
Rosary Recitation by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori on Audiocassette or CD
Resources for Dads