The Knights of Columbus was established, above all else, to care for the needs of literal widows and orphans. In 1882, these were largely the family members of brother knights who had passed away or become unable to work. But as the years passed, as the Order grew, and as the needs of its communities changed, the definition of “widows and orphans” expanded to include all those in need: the metaphorical widows and orphans in our parishes, in our neighborhoods, in our nation, and in the global community. Today, the Knights of Columbus continues that mission as one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, and our council is deeply committed to playing its part.
Several times a year, volunteers from our council prepare and serve a delicious pancake breakfast after the Sunday Masses at St. Charles. We don’t just serve parishioners, though! We advertise our breakfasts in the surrounding community as well. Proceeds from our free-will offering go to support a variety of causes.
In the 2018-2019 fraternal year, we served six breakfasts and raised thousands of dollars to support causes on a local and global scale. Victims of Hurricane Florence, persecuted Christians in the Middle East, St. Charles Borromeo School, Prolife Across America, and three seminarians from St. Charles all received support from pancake breakfast proceeds.
One of our most popular events is the semi-annual parish grounds cleanup day. Volunteers help pull weeds, trim hedges, relocate gravel, and tidy up parish grounds. Last year we started inviting the whole parish to join in, and the response was unbelievable! 40+ volunteers helped make the parish grounds better reflect the dignity of God’s house.
Our council supports regular parish blood drives by preparing and serving delicious chili to those who give blood!
Every year, our council and its members give both time and money to a variety of miscellaneous causes. We’ve supported parishioners serving with NET Ministries, grilled hot dogs for children after the annual school marathon, helped a neighboring Catholic school get a new playground, and sponsored a youth free-throw tournament.