Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members worldwide. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. This is accomplished with support from men like you; for nothing can be done greatly alone. Your involvement with Joseph B. Cavallaro Council Knights of Columbus will enable us to continue to support the “homeless” with clothing, the “needy” with food, the youth with guidance and finances for their worthwhile activities, and our Church with its ministries and humane programs.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world’s largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.
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. Click here to send us an E-Mail, or call us at 718-259-5080.
How to join.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church.
Application are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.
Cavallaro Council meets on the first and second Tuesday of each month. Prospective members may come to the council on either of those nights at 7:30 p.m. If these days are not convenient, contact the Financial Secretary, PGK Bob Vezzuso at CavallaroCouncil@gmail.com
Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.
The Long Island Assembly #703 Fourth Degree meets on the 4th Wednesday from January to October. Due to Thanksgiving and Christmas, meetings are scheduled at earlier dates in those months. These meetings are held at different councils in Kings County and are published in our monthly newsletter. When you see those Knights in the news with the capes, swords, and feathered hats, those are the Color Corp of the 4th Degree. They are the ones that make us stand out in a crowd.
The Columbiettes is an organization of Catholic women dedicated to our Patronesses, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Theresa the Little Flower, and St. Joan of Arc. One of the purposes is to aid the Council spiritually, socially and financially. The Columbiettes, upon request, aids said Council in all its endeavors.
Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires’ activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.