How would you describe membership in the Knights of Columbus?
Fellowship? Fraternity? Brotherhood? Camaraderie?
Yes, these are fitting descriptions. But there is something deeper, something more profound beyond the meaning of these words. That "something" is the relationship with God, and the bonding between men who experience that relationship.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus embodies first and foremost the presence of God and the principles of Christianity. God's presence enriches the bond that exists between Catholic men of the Knights. He is with us at every meeting, every sponsored event, every casual encounter with a Knight on the street, in a grocery store, at Mass. That connection is unspoken, strong, shared.
The Knights sponsor and are involved in numerous church and community events. Examples: monthly breakfasts after Mass, crab feeds, assistance at Christmas Mass, moving furniture for shut-ins, and so on. While participation in such activities is encouraged of the members, there are no minimums. You can be as active as befits your comfort zone. However, …
Arturo Toscanini was once stopped on the streets of New York and asked "how do I get to Carnegie Hall?"
"Practice, practice, practice" responded Toscanini. The same is true of getting the most out of Knighthood. The more you participate the greater the spiritual and personal reward.
Start with the monthly meetings. These combine a mixture of prayer, business discussion, and humorous banter. Usually there is a shared dinner and spirited all around pre-meeting conversation. Through it all the Knights are dedicated to their mission of service as Catholic men.
A proven way to get to know your fellow Knights is to work alongside them or just quietly share one-on-one thoughts. You'll gain a friend for life, someone who offers unquestioning spiritual and moral support when needed.
Join us. Reach In. Reach in and touch the warmth, support and relationship that God provides through the Catholic men of the Knights of Columbus.
-- Clark Schenkenberger
Knights Reaching Out and Interacting with Young Men from Challenging Backgrounds
Each year our council hosts an outing for young men from St. Mary's Home for Boys located in Beaverton, Oregon.
St. Mary's offers residential treatment and services to at-risk boys between the ages of 10 and 17 who are emotionally disturbed and behaviorally delinquent.
Traveling with professional counselors aided by volunteer Knights these young men have attended soccer games, hockey games, baseball games and this year a Portland Steel arena football game. For many of these young men attendance at these events is a first time experience.
Their participation is "earned" by constructive interaction with fellow residents and counselors during their time at St. Mary's. Best summarized by St. Mary's Development Director, Lynda Walker, "Every boy at St. Mary's has his own story, but with your support and their own hard work they learn that their dreams can come true. Thanks to friends like the Knights of Columbus our boys will start believing in themselves and their future".
As Knights we recognize that it is both our privilege and responsibility to support these young men struggling with development into adulthood. It is our belief that in this small way we can make a positive impact on them, their families and our community.
-- Mark Inglis
Nationally the Knights of Columbus have collected more than a half of million dollars to aleve the suffering of those impacted by the recent floods in Louisiana.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the navigator Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal service organization dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and actively defending Catholicism in various nations
There are more than 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils, with nearly 200 councils on college campuses.
Council 3818 at Our Lady of the Lake was chartered on March 28, 1954, with a charter membership of 35 Knights. Currently we have more than 160 Knights in our council. Our council is the local presence of an organization that gave more than $175 million in charitable donations and more than 73.4 million service hours worldwide last year. We raise funds for charitable action both with large events like a crab feed and golf tournament and through smaller parish social gatherings like breakfasts served on the second Sunday each month October through May We meet on the second Monday each month in our Parish hall. October through May, the meetings start with dinner at 6:00 PM. During the summer months, meetings start at 7:00 PM.
Contact: Jon Brumbaugh
Meetings: 2nd Mondays, 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall
Monthly Parish Breakfast
Second Sunday of the Month
Quiche Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, French Toast & Pancakes
Kids 7-12 $5
Under 7 Free
All proceeds go to charity.