Pope John Paul II
"Do not be afraid to be saints. Follow Jesus Christ who is the source of freedom and light. Be open to the Lord so that He may lighten all your ways. "
A Journey of Faith and Healing to Our Lady of Lourdes.Knights of Columbus - Columbia Magazine 2013 See pages 16 - 21
"...In the broadest terms The Knights of Columbus can be accurately depicted with the following description: Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
All the good works we do are informed 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.
These are principles we cherish and live by in our council #5890.
Remember our Catholicism was something that was bestowed on us by our parents, for the most part. Lets perpetuate that theme and turn it over to the children, our future. Along the way you will see what that journey provides each of us involved in the Knights. There is no finer feeling than providing help to those most in need, (Charity). Each one of us brother Knights, has a strength that benefits the council. Having said that, it must be acknowledged that we each also have weaknesses. With a combination of our brother Knights (Unity) we are able to put together the WHOLE package! The greatest benefit for me is the knowledge that should something happen to me, the Knights will be there for my family in their time of need (Fraternity). Here in Washingtonville we have the Monsignor Foley Assembly of 4th degree members. All of our brother Knights should aspire to achieve the 4th degree. This is our Patriotic degree (Patriotism).
If you are a catholic gentleman, and see yourself living your life with the "core principles" of our brotherhood. Please speak to one of us. If you are a catholic gentleman and are looking to enrich your life, speak to one of us... If you are a catholic gentleman and you are desirous of passing it on to our youth, pleae speak to one of us. We are always looking for worthy applicants. Our goal is to be a stalwart to the Catholic Church. We can't do it without your help.
Kevin M. Strommer, Grand Knight council #5890..."