Knights’ success built on founder’s desire for charity Father McGivney formed the Knights of Columbus in 1882; now it is the world’s largest Catholic men’s organization
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In many ways, Father Michael J. McGivney was just one more of that band of hardworking Irish-American priests who spent themselves building up the Church in America in the latter years of the 19th century. But in one truly extraordinary respect, he was unique: Before he was 30, Michael McGivney had founded what was to become the largest Catholic men’s organization in the world: the Knights of Columbus.
That happened, largely unnoticed, in early February 1882 in New Haven, Conn., in the basement of St. Mary’s Church. The young curate had assembled 80 Catholic laymen — Irish-Americans like himself — who voted to launch the new group. No one, least of all Father McGivney, suspected that 132 years later the Knights of Columbus would grow to be an international body of 1.84 million Catholic men, with assets totaling more than $20 billion and an influence for good to match.
“Father McGivney is too modest to assume to himself any honor,” one of his lay associates later said. “But if this Order succeeds … the honor as its founder will be his.” History seconds that judgment . . . [Click the Above Link for the Full Story]
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Our Scholarship Dinner is quickly approaching. Congrats and kudos to Gary Port for leading the way!
As is usual at these dinners, we have opportunities to support our clergy and guests, and to provide support for hospitality.
I am looking for fellow brothers to sponsor our clergy at the dinner, and to contribute some fine beer to the event.
We need four dinner sponsors at $75/each: these will pay for Msgr. Carr, Msgr. Shreve, Fr. Julz, and Monsignor Carr’s sister Pat.
Also, we are supplying beer for the dinner. I am looking for “case sponsors.” Would you like to buy a case for the dinner – the sponsorship cost is $30, and I am looking for 4 to support the dinner in this way. Remainders after the dinner will stock the KofC Hall.
I will be one of the dinner sponsors and beer sponsors.
Brother Knights, would you also consider sponsoring one of our guests? Or, will you consider being a “case sponsor”?
Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you very much!
John K. McCulla
6 Clarke Road, Richmond, VA 23226
804 342-1114 (office)
804 306-2488 (mobile)
413 751-9560 (fax)
Would you folks mind putting out a notice to your respective groups to join in the Respect Life Holy Hour on April 29 @ 7 pm. The evening is in support of our local pregnancy resource centers and in honor of Kay Marie Geiger, a leader of Rachel’s Vineyard who recently passed away. The Holy Hour will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Please invite family and friends. Thanks.
Subj: Reminder: Sing Tuesday 4/29 @ Respect Life Holy Hour
Gentlemen, this reminder for all who’ve agreed to sing at next Tuesday (4/29) evening’s Respect Life Holy Hour: Allen Bean has asked us to gather @ 6:30 PM in the choir loft at St. Bridget to warm up and rehearse for the 7:00 PM prayer service.
We’ll wear our standard attire: Navy sport coat, white shirt, red tie, gray slacks. Thank you for your participation!
Please plan to attend the Respect Life Holy Hour on April 29 at 7 pm in the Church. Please also bring your family and friends. The evening will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, as well as music with the singing assistance of the Men’s Ministry choir. The K of C is a bastion in the pro-life arena as you all know. Please come and pray for the respect of all life, from conception to natural death.
This Holy Hour is rescheduled from the March for Life date in January (that Holy Hour was postponed due to severe weather) and will be in support of the local Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond, the East End Pregnancy and Test Center, and in honor of Kay Marie Geiger, a leader of the post-abortion healing ministry of Rachel’s Vineyard. Kay Marie passed away last week and her funeral is today.
Open Your Hearts to Life!
Upcoming Respect for Life Events:
Toast to Life! Please join us April 26, 2014 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., for our third annual Toast to Life Gala. The Gala helps support the East End Pregnancy Test and Help Center in accomplishing the mission of enabling every woman to choose life for the child in her womb. Please contact Tom Hanrahan at 804-213-0226, email@example.com, or Michael Siewers 804-839-0372, Michael@siewers.com for further information. For sponsorship and ticket information for the Toast to Life visit their website: http://toast2life.net/. Thank you!
There will be a Respect Life Holy Hour at St. Bridget’s Church on April 29 at 7 pm. The Holy Hour will support the East End Pregnancy Test and Help Center, the Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond, and be in honor of Kay Marie Geiger and the Rachel’s Vineyard ministry. The Holy Hour will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, readings, and sacred music.
Walk for Life on May 3rd at 10 am to support the Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond. The walk will leave from Emmanuel Baptist Church on Monument Avenue and the Knights of Columbus will provide lunch afterwards. The weekend of April 12 & 13 information and pledge forms to support the Walk will be available in the Commons after Mass. For more information, to register, or download a sponsor sheet, please go to http://www.friendsofprcrichmond.org/
Camp Joshua: Pro-life summer camp for Virginia teens – Camp Joshua Virginia is a weekend camp that equips pro-life teens to take the pro-life message to the world! Camp Joshua Virginia will be held July 25-27 in Staunton, Virginia. It costs $100 for a camper to attend. You can get more information or register by going to www.campjoshuava.org.
Your participation is greatly appreciated!!!
This weekend we will begin selling tickets for our May 24th Scholarship Dinner, after each Mass and will continue to do so until May 3th.
Please look at the Signup Sheet and then let me know which Masses you can sell tickets. We need a Knight to man each of the two tables in the Commons Area. I will be there to assist.
We are looking for a donor to pay for a case of red wine for the dinner. I picked up three cases from Libbie Market, they gave us one free as we bought two. The cost would be $132., check made out to K of C Council 5476. Please patronize Libbie Market.
We have limited seating for 150 dinner guests. Please urge everyone to purchase their tickets early so they can be guaranteed a seat at our dinner.
Please respond as soon as you can about selling tickets this weekend.
Gary , DGK, SC
I know we have a lot going on ( I will be at the Respect Life table) but we also need Knights and/or their family members to distribute food bags for Catholic Charities after the Masses. Please help where needed after the Mass you attend. Thanks.