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.
The Refund Support Education Program (RSVP) is a financial
support program for seminarians and religious currently in formation. It may
cover tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during
vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses. Knights also
write letters to the 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 have provided over $40,000 in 80 scholarships. Most of these
seminarians are now Diocese of San Jose priests.
We support Parish
groups such as Simbang Gabi, Alpha, Our Lady of Guadalupe Society, Festival
& Life Teen Kick-Off breakfasts, and the Multi-Cultural Masses by supporting
their fundraisers with manpower and/or revenues from 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
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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