St. Ignatius of Loyola Council

at Holy Family Catholic Church

4848 Pearl Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136

 

 

Council 12853

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What We Do

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization. This theme permeates our entire Service Program, which we divide into six program activities:  Church, community, council, family, culture of life, and youth.

 CHURCH ACTIVITIES:

The Refund Support Education Program (RSVP) is a financial support program for seminarians and others in religious formation for tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses. Knights also write letters to students, invite them to dinners and events, invite the men to join the Order and, most importantly, pray for vocations.  Our Council has provided support to local seminarians and since being chartered in 2001 we have provided over $23,500 in 47 scholarships.  Most of these seminarians are now priests in the Diocese of San Jose.

We support Parish groups such as Simbang Gabi, Dinner Italiano, Alpha, Festival Kick-Off breakfasts, and the Multi-Cultural Masses financially by supporting their fundraisers with manpower and/or all revenues from our refreshments. Knights and their families can be spotted at Food & Game booths throughout the entire Annual Parish Festival and the Festival Security is almost entirely Brother Knights.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

Serving the community outside our parish, we have conducted a “Coat Drive for Homeless Shelters”, concurrent with a “Coats for Kids” drive before the winter holidays.  We participate in the Global Wheelchair Drive providing for the needs of people around the world and in the USA.   Our annual “People with Intellectual Disabilities Campaign” returns 100% of all donations to San Jose programs for Special Olympics and Parents Without Partners.  We also host Parish Blood Drives at least twice a year for the wider community. 

COUNCIL ACTIVITIES:

Serving the men and their families who belong to our Council, we recognize the contributions of our members in the parish, community and within the Council with our Family and Knight of the Month awards program.  Each year we host a Family Christmas Party for our members and their families, inviting St. Nicholas to share the evening with us.   We always make sure that the wives of our deceased members are invited to all of our activities.

CULTURE OF LIFE ACTIVITIES:

Members and families participate annually and join the 40 Days for Life Campaign, the Walk For Life, and we support Holy Family’s Project Gabriel activities.  The commitment to the life of the unborn is steadfast.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES:

Our Council is involved with Holy Family School with our Annual Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest and an Annual Free Throw Contest.  We provide cash awards for the essay winners while the Free Throw contestants move up to District and Region Championships and recognition.  The Council supports Life Teen and Edge programs with BBQ meals when requested each year.

 

CURRENT AND PAST ACTIVITIES - See Newsletter and Activities web page

 

 

2014 Knights of Columbus®, Council No. 12853.

All rights reserved.