K of C - St. Mary of the Visitation...
From the moment
of our founding in 1882,
charity has been the first principle
of the Knights of Columbus.
We are men of faith
and men of action.
All the good works we do are
formed by our four core principles:
Charity- Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity– None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn't mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity- The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism- Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
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The Knights of Columbus #8131 Election of Officers Results for new Officers for 2017: Our local council k of C 8131 had their elections on June 6th. Congratulations to the following members who were nominated:
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Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. From international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to our own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other purely local charities, the opportunity to work together with fellow Knights and their families is virtually endless.
If you'd like to be a part of an international organization of more than 1.8 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we'd like to invite you to join us.
We are Charity - We are Hope - We are Heroes
You can be too!
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Knights of Columbus Council #8131 2016
The Knights of Columbus 8131 will sponsor Our Lady of Guadalupe
Silver Rose here at St. Mary’s next weekend at all Masses- Please Spread the Word! The journey of the silver rose begins each year in
March and ends on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During that time, Silver Roses travel from town to town along eight routes throughout North America. Several of those routes begin in Canada and end in Mexico. One route ends in Washington, D.C., and another ends at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT, where the Knights of Columbus was founded. The Silver Rose Program began in 1960, when the first rose-a real, live one-was blessed by a bishop in Ontario. The rose then traveled to New York and then to Texas where it was taken across the border into Mexico. The rose ended its pilgrimage at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. To better ensure future annual trips, a silver rose was ultimately made. Today, due to the popularity of the program
throughout the North American continent, eight silver roses travel unique routes. In 2001, when Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of
Columbus, expanded the Silver Rose Program, he commented: “Through [the Silver Rose Program] we honor not only Our Lady of Guadalupe and
express the unity of the [Knights of Columbus], but we also reaffirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life. It is to the Blessed
Mother that we turn in prayer as we work to end the Culture of Death that grips our society. As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose, ’ it is
most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.” All
members of the community are encouraged join Knights of Columbus to pray for a civilization of love and culture of life in our own country and
throughout the world. Our council #8131 is one of 17,000 Knights of Columbus councils that make up the world’s largest Catholic fraternal
service organization. Founded in 1882 to assist working-class and immigrant Catholics in the United States, today the approximately two
million members of the Knights put their faith into action through a broad range of charitable causes locally, nationally and internationally through financial contributions and hands-on service.
Community Service - Wheel Chair donated to Mr.Richard Moya