The goal of the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization of Catholic men is to strengthen men and their families in the Catholic faith. Formation in faith goes beyond mere facts or religious practice to an authentic connection with a loving God and his son Jesus Christ. Programs in this category are designed to draw us closer to God and the Church in a tangible and meaningful way.
The following Faith Program activities enhance the religious experience and augment the resources required in the support of various All Saints parish ministries.
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Acolyte Eucharistic Minister Certification
Timeframe and Location: As needed. Purpose: The purpose of the certification is to ensure the all Acolytes are certified as Eucharistic Ministers. Activity Description: Two-hour training and certification is provided on an as-needed basis. Brothers are trained to properly dispense the Holy Eucharist during mass.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Activity Chair will conduct certification sessions, when requested by the Church Program Chair.
Timeframe and Location: This activity takes place throughout the year on an as-needed basis. Purpose: The Acolytes activity supports All Saints parish with qualified Brothers to assist the Pastor and other Priests during funeral masses. Activity Description: Acolytes perform all the altar server functions during the funeral mass. Participation as an Acolyte is open to any Knight. After a brief orientation, the Brother is placed on a team that supports a specific day of the week which suits the Brother’s availability. Volunteer Opportunities: Based on the Brother’s work or personal schedule, each is assigned to a team to support weekday or Saturday funerals.
Timeframe and Location: This activity takes place throughout the year. Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to ensure communication with the All Saints parish staff and the Rebuilding Campaign committee to keep our Brothers up-to-date on the current status of the Rebuilding Campaign, and how we, as a Council, can support the initiative. Activity Description: Monthly coordination with the Rebuilding Campaign ensures our Brothers have the latest information.
Timeframe and Location: The retreat takes place during the fall at All Saints. Purpose: The purpose of the Council Retreat is to set aside a day for spiritual enrichment and re-invigoration for Brother Knights. Activity Description: Beginning early on a Saturday morning, eight hours is filled with a clergy’s reflection/instruction, lunch, and time to personally reflect and pray.
There may be a request for a small donation to cover lunch and the clergy stipend. Volunteer Opportunities:
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Timeframe and Location: This activity occurs the fifth Sunday of every month that has a fifth Sunday, following the 10:30 AM mass at All Saints. Purpose: The purpose of the Fifth Sunday Rosary is to provide an opportunity for Knights and the parish to pray the rosary. Activity Description: The rosary is prayed following the 10:30 AM mass on the fifth Sunday of any month. A coffee and donuts reception follows the rosary in the Parish Hall. Volunteer Opportunities: Brothers are welcome to pray the rosary with their families, other Brothers, and fellow parishioners.
Interested? Stay after the 10:30 AM mass on the fifth Sunday of any month.
Timeframe and Location: This activity occurs early in the Christmas season. Purpose: The purpose of the Keep Christ in Christmas activity is to heighten awareness of the spiritual nature of the holiday season. Activity Description: Brothers sell Christian-appropriate gifts to parish members, usualyy consisting of magnetic bumper stickers, Nativity puzzles, Christmas cards, and religious stickers/stamps. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help with sales after all weekend masses for two designated weekends in early December.
Timeframe and location: This activity takes place during an evening mass in mid-October. Purpose: The purpose of the Knights’ Mass of Remembrance is to remember deceased Knights of the Council and Fourth Degree Assembly. Activity Description: The mass is held one evening in mid-October to celebrate the memory of deceased Brother Knights and passed spouses of member Knights with a touching candle lighting ceremony and a Fourth Degree Honor Guard. A social gathering follows the mass and ceremony at McGivney Hall. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help:
– Set-up the table and candle holders on the altar.
– Set-up tables, chairs, and food in McGivney Hall.
– Assist with the ceremony.
– Serve in the Fourth Degree Honor Guard.
– Remove the table and candle holders following mass.
– Break-down and clean-up McGivney Hall following the reception.
Timeframe and Location: This activity takes place throughout the year. Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to ensure that the Mary, Queen of the Knights Chapel, located in the back of All Saints, is well-maintained, meets the needs for our K of C Adoration for the Unborn program, as well a the needs of other All Saints parish users of the chapel. Activity Description: On an as-needed basis, check the Mary, Queen of the Knights Chapel to ensure all is in order and cooling/heating is adequate during the summer/winter.