Knights of Columbus volunteer thousands of hours to assist members of our community in need. Visiting the sick, assisting seniors with basic chores, organizing programs to help the less forunate. It's what we do.
A Knights of Columbus council can work wonders; in fact, with its many programs, it can help change the community, town, city or neighborhood in which we live.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization. This theme permeates the entire Service Program: all Church, community, council, family, pro-life, and youth activities.
Our goal is make our local Council an influential and important force within the community, providing meaningful and relevant programs of action.
The Knights of Columbus Council #7015 are pleased to award a number of bursaries annually to PARTICIPATING members of the Star of the Sea Parish.
The bursaries will be awared to students who meet the following requirements:
1. Practicing the Catholic Faith, of good moral and personal character.
2. A participating parishioner of the Star fo the Sea Parish.
3. Attending a recognized Post Secondary education institution.
4. Grade XI and XII marks submitted with application
Applications may be emailed, mailed or delivered to the Parish Office.
We have a long history of helping local charities and community organizations. We provide ongoing financial and practical support to organizations like the local food bank, Special Olympics, Scouts, etc. Of course, we also play a key role in the support of numerous Star of the Parish activities, events, Ministries and individuals.
Whether it's keeping Christ in Christmas or simply ensuring Catholics are able to practice their faith in safety and without harrassment in today's secular anti-Christian world, the Knights are there to provide their support. As Catholic men of faith, the Knights will defend the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs without fear of being attacked. We proudly and always peacefully proclaim Jesus' admonition to know Christians will be persecuted and even hated for for their beliefs but God is always with us.
Romans 12:14 Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.
1 Corinthians 4:12 And we labour, working with our own hands. We are reviled: and we bless. We are persecuted: and we suffer it.
James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
All Knights are committed to the preservation of the sactity of life, from conception to its natural end. We actively support programs, intiatives and legislative policies to protect life.
Bishops' Workshop on Medical-Moral Issues
To present the Church's position on biomedical and health issues in the public forum clearly and faithfully, bishops, priests and other experts need to be trained adequately. To that end, the Knights of Columbus underwrites the bishops' workshop on medical-moral issues held every other year in Dallas by the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Boston.
Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Since 1988, the Knights of Columbus has sponsored the North American session of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington, D.C. Annually, dozens of students graduate from the institute with advanced degrees in the Church's teaching on marriage and family life and begin careers in diocesan family life offices or other institutions where they can impart to others the power and beauty of the Gospel of Life.
Regularly, Columbia magazine publishes pro-life features in addition to columns and stories that promote family.
Running of the Silver Rose
The Silver Rose program features a sculpted silver rose carried by Knights from Canada, through the United States, to Mexico, bringing the Culture of Life message on its journey. The silver rose is received at councils and parishes along its way and Masses and prayer services are offered. Special border ceremonies with Fourth Degree honor guards are held when the rose is transferred from one state to another. The Silver Rose program is a sign of the Order's unity on life issues.
Day of the Unborn Child
This international program is held annually on March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. Focusing on the pro-life meaning of the Annunciation, councils hold pro-life prayer services. In 2003, the Supreme Council sponsored a Holy Hour in St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut, that was broadcast live by the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).
Respect Life Month
The Order collaborates with the Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the observance of October as "Respect Life Month." The Order distributes the Respect Life Program folder to thousands of Knights of Columbus leaders to assist them with pro-life programming on the local level. The Order also provides substantial annual funding for the U.S. bishops' public information and education office and the Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning. Funding is also provided to the bishops' conferences of Canada, Mexico and the Philippines for pro-life and family projects.
III. Public Policy
Culture of Life Legislative Initiative
As Catholics, Knights of Columbus have the responsibility to work for the common good of society. Catholics--and especially Knights--must, in the words of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and a privilege, but as an opportunity to participate in building the culture of life. Every voice matters in the public forum. Every voice counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power." The Culture of Life Legislative Initiative seeks to assist councils in becoming more effective in the public sphere.
The Legislative Priorities section informs our membership on vital issues and enables them, directly from the site, to contact their senators and representative.
Led by the Fourth Degree, the Order encourages its own members--and all people--to vote pro-life. The Knights of Columbus feels that the right to life is not a partisan issue, but rather the pre-eminent moral issue of our time.
A United Nations Non-Governmental Organization
The United Nations has granted the Knights of Columbus status as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). This designation entitles the Order to participate in U.N. conferences and activities at a variety of levels.
IV. Financial Contributions
We want to help youth achieve their spiritual, intellectual and social potential. We have established a number of support programs and activities, including:
Educational Bursaries: A comprehensive Educational Bursaries program aimed at practicing Catholic youth. Bursaries are available at the
Support for Youth Volunteers: We regularly assist organizations such as local cadet programs that are devoted to volunteer work in our local community
Young Squires Program: The Knights of Columbus sponsors youth who wish to become involved as junior members
Special Olympics: Chapter 7015 is proud of its ongoing support for young Special Olympians. We have organized several fund raising campaigns over recent years to provide funding for this very worthwile cause.
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