St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Knights of Columbus

 

Purpose

Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization of men who, guided by the principles of  charity, unity, and fraternity, work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. 

The Ellis Knights of Columbus Council #2133 was established in 1920.  It is active in civic and charitable works.  Its main goal is to help and sponsor regional events for those mentally and physically challenged, assist and help support the Ecumenical Lenten breakfasts, and assist with and contribute to fundraisers in support of St. Mary's parish, both church and school.

Membership

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

History

The Knight of Columbus was found by Fr. Michael McGivney in 1882 to administer financial aid to members and their families.It was at a time when Catholic immigrants were working and living in unfavorable conditions. Many, tragically, were dying young, leaving behind widows and orphans with insufficient financial resources.  Fr. McGivney organized a group of Catholic men in his parish, united by charity and unity, to provide aid to widows and orphans. He established an insurance system to protect Catholic families in his parish. Over time this system evolved into a multi-billion, top-rated insurance program which includes life insurance, retirement annuities, long-term care insurance, and disability income insurance.

For more information about the Knights of Columbus visit their website www.kofc.org.