On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Conn. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.
They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith.
These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.
They were Knights of Columbus.
Catholics are searching for ways to further develop the ministry of our Church.
If these good intentions are going to bear fruit, if the Church is going to not only exist, but thrive in today’s society, men and women throughout our communities must come forward and take an active part.
Far more action of an ecumenical nature is needed. As Knights of Columbus, our prime responsibility is to encourage and promote that action.
The lay apostolate must respond to the constant call for active involvement in the work of the Church. Your council has the numbers, the organization, and the communication ability to get involved and spread the word throughout the Christian community.
Appeal for greater unity, understanding and ecumenism among all religions. Initiate those programs through which members can practice their Catholic duties in the fields of charity, devotion and education.
Strive to sponsor activities which enable the individual Knight to set a constant and worthy example as an ideal Catholic to his family, his community and his fellow members.
The Ladies’ Auxiliary primarily serves the parishes of St. Bonaventure and St. Vincent de Paul. It is organized for the following purposes:
The Ladies’ Auxiliary hosts several events throughout the year, such as the Fall Craft Fair at St. Bonaventure, a Fashion Show Luncheon at St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast.
Projects/Organizations we support:
Knights of Columbus Intellectually Disabled “ID” Drives
Special Olympics and their “Day of Sharing”
Mary’s Shelter, a maternity home for pregnant teens and their babies
The Armed Forces
SVdP’s Baby Shower
The Ladies Auxiliary is open to all ladies who are members of St. Bonaventure and St. Vincent DePaul Parishes and whose husband, brother, father, or son is a Knight (or a widow of a Knight).
Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in St. Bonaventure Hall Conference Center.
To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge, to find the will of God is the greatest discovery, and to do the will of Godis the greatest achievement. — Author Unknown