Faith in Action
Put simply, programs in this category are developed for families, by families. Father McGivney sought to strengthen the familial bond of father to mother and children to parents. Catholics often struggle with the reality that they do not have the opportunity to socialize and/or pray with other faith-filled Catholic families. it can be quite a challenge to continue to ground ourselves and raise our children in the faith when there is such limited exposure.
Our family programs are an evolution and response to a society that seeks to weaken the bonds of family. we must make it clear that society should value a family that is faithful to god and each other. Father McGivney’s vision for family life was not only financial and material aid but also spiritual strength, as holiness is the calling of all baptized Christians. Put plainly, the majority of our time is easily spent in secular circles unless we intentionally create ways to live the domestic church. These programs help us to live this call.
The Knights of Columbus is committed to ending hunger in local communities by encouraging councils to participate in the Food for Families Program.
The Supreme Council offers financial rebates to councils, assemblies or Squires circles that donate food or money. For councils or assemblies, the Supreme Council will refund $100 for every $500 donated, or for every 1,000 pounds of food that is donated to a parish food pantry, community food bank or soup kitchen. There is a maximum rebate of $500 per fraternal year. Circles will receive a refund from the Supreme Council of $20 for every $100 donated, or every 200 pounds of food that is contributed - up to a maximum refund of $100 per fraternal year. Reported contributions of food and/or monetary donations should be cumulative for the fraternal year and there is no need to send in a refund request every time a contribution is made.
Participating councils/assemblies/circles can qualify to receive an attractive plaque by reporting activity in the program on the Food for Families Reimbursement Program Form (#10057) to the Supreme Council.
The structure of the family is built on strength, faith and love. Strength comes from a bond of togetherness, experience and respect for one another. Families build a strong foundation of faith as they pray, attend Mass and spend time together.
Every council is encouraged to participate in the “Family of the Month” program. To take part a council selects a member and his family as its “Family of the Month” using the guidelines explained in the Family of the Month form located at kofc.org/forms. After having chosen a family, complete and submit the form to the Supreme Council office. On the 15th day of each month 100 Family of the Month reporting forms are randomly selected and the families chosen receive a Holy Family plaque.
Annually the State Council recognizes an outstanding family at the State Convention Every council is encouraged to recognize an outstanding family and submit this form to the State Program Director by announced deadline.
Christmas is a time of year of hustle and stress. Remember to take time to remember the real reason of the season and promote programs that have members remember to Keep Christ in Christmas. Encourage members to use Christmas Cards that promote Christmas as a Christian holiday; the use of Advent Wreaths, etc.
Annually the State Council conducts a state-wide 10 Pin Bowling Tournament for members, families, Squires and friends. Council and assemblies can enter as many teams of four as the wish.
Deceased members of the Knights of Columbus, their spouses and Columbian Squires are remembered at a daily Mass at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven.
The State Council would also like to recognize our deceased members on a timely basis, and send their condolences to these families. When a member dies, the financial secretary is asked to forward the member’s name, his next of kin and their address to the Executive Secretary at Executive Secretary.
Additionally, every council is encourage to submit their Necrology Report to the State Secretary, so that these members can be remembered at the Annual Necrology Mass at the State Convention.
The State Council offers its members the ability to purchase a Knights of Columbus license plate from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. See Guidlines for more details, or contact Past State Deputy Thomas Joaquim.