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.
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
Serving the community outside our parish, we have
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.
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
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.
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.
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