Knights of Columbus at St. Mary Parish is an active organization, true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. This local chapter takes these principles and focuses on supporting our Parish and our families. The K of C at St. Mary is 100 years young, with 160 members and looking for more men to join to expand our fraternity and ability to serve.
The Knights support the Seminarians at Mount Angel Abbey, help fund Parish supplies, sponsor a National Free-Throw contest and Little League Baseball team each spring, and support families in our community in need. Summer family hiking is planned and other family activities are being scheduled.
The Knights build their camaraderie and fraternity through work as well as recreation. To Raise funds the Knights hold 3 breakfasts each year and clean up the venues at Oktoberfest.
Other reasons to join the K of C; access to top rated life, disability and long term care insurances. The Knights offer opportunities for college scholarships.
All men, ages 18+ are welcome.
We ask that you be a Catholic of good standing, and that you contribute at one hour of service each year. There are monthly meetings and many activities, but we understand that busy lives make it difficult for everyone to commit to attendance or to large or on-going service projects. Dues are $26 and monthly meetings are every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 pm followed by social time at the Legion Hall in Mount Angel. Please contact: Kent Purdy, Membership Director at 503-881-1244. For more information check out the Mount Angel Knights of Columbus web page.
Upcoming Knights of Columbus events:
July 19: Tuesday Monthly Meeting
August 7: Parish Picnic
August 16: Tuesday Monthly Meeting
September 15-18: Oktoberfest venue clean up
October 16: Breakfast fundraiser
October 18: Tuesday Monthly Meeting
History of the Knights of Columbus:
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
The Knights are always looking for NEW members! Every practicing Catholic man should be a member of the Knights of Columbus. Together we can do for the Church what you can’t do alone. Please come join us and put your Faith in ACTION.
Fred Vandecoevering, Grand Knight: 503-634-2650
Kent Purdy, Membership Director: 503-881-1244