In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney gathered a small group of parishioners in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. His purpose was to establish a group of men, united in their faith, and to provide for Catholic families in times of need. This was the beginning of the Knights of Columbus.
Guided by the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity, members of the Knights of Columbus work to overcome the hardships that people face in their parishes and communities. We are a growing organization — nearly 2 million members — and for over 130 years, we have committed to overcome the challenges of the need for food, shelter, warm clothing and financial security, as well as provide aid for widows and orphans in our local communities.
Joining your local council of the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, you have the opportunity to strengthen your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our portfolio of top-quality insurance products to financially protect your family. Councils conduct many programs that support your parish and community including:
Various prayer and Eucharistic adoration programs
Participating in the Coats for Kids and Food for Families programs
Encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life
But joining your local council does not mean that you need to sacrifice quality time with your family. In fact, volunteering an hour here or an hour there with your family can make an enormous impact in your life and in the lives of others.
If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and familial relationships, growing in your faith, and gaining exclusive access to top-quality insurance protection for you and your family, then joining your local Knights of Columbus council gives you the way to achieve these goals.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, 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.
There are 8,760 hours in a year, 8,784 in a Leap Year. Do you have 24 hours a year to spare? That’s all we are asking you to give up, 24 hours a year to help your parish, community, and family. Contact us to make an appointment to find out what those 24 hours entail.
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My Brother Knights
As we begin our new fraternal year, August is a slow month, but it leads in to September where all the events and business of the council gets going. You joined the Knights of Columbus for a reason, yet you are not attending meetings and getting involved in order to keep your council thriving. Every meeting consists of the officers and a 4 or 5 members. This is not how a council thrives. Councils thrive when members get involved and work towards making their council bigger and better. It’s not hard. The PGKs and more seasoned members are always there to lend a hand and guide you in whatever task you chose to undertake. But that can’t happen unless we get you to the meetings. Eight years ago, Cavallaro celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary. In seven years, it will be our 75th Anniversary. I, for one, would like to see it as successful as the 50th, but we need YOU to get involved now to start preparing for it. Seven years goes by quickly.
Bob Vezzuso, PGK, FS
Officers Slate for the Columbian Year July 1st to June 30th
Msgr. David L. Cassato – Chaplain
S.K. Ed McGibbon – Grand Knight
S.K. Mike A. Nuccio – Deputy Grand Knight
S.K. Chris LaSalle – Chancellor
S.K. Scott O’Donnell – Recording Secretary
S.K. Bob Vezzuso, PGK – Financial Secretary
S.K. Jerry Mandaro – Treasurer
S.K. Vincent Nerone – Warden
S.K. Jim LaSalle, PGK-FDD – Advocate
Phil Randazzo – Lecturer
Mike Imbasciani – Inside Guard
S.K. Anthony Bianco – Outside Guard
S.K. Dea. Bill Kelly – Outside Guard
S.K. John V. Arcate, PGK-FDD – Trustee 3 Years
S.K. Bob Toigo, PGK-FDD– Trustee 2 Years
S.K. Carl Bartolotti, PGK-FDD-PCC – Trustee 1 Years
Congratulations to the above list of Officers. We wish you success in the upcoming Columbian year.