Knights of Columbus - Visitation Council #11918
(at the Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church), 34201 County Road 33, Kiowa, CO 80117
THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, CT in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner, Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education, and actively defending Roman Catholicism in various nations. It also provided a means by which Catholic men could support the Catholic Church, provide financial protection to protect their families, and engage in works of charity to benefit the less fortunate.
In the United States, contributions to and activities of the Knights of Columbus are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal and state laws. The Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. (under the leadership of the Supreme Knight and a Board of Directors/Supreme Council in Hartford, CT) is a recognized and approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, charitable organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. This is separate and not part of the existing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt religious organization/church status held by Roman Catholic dioceses and their churches within the continental U.S.
Today, the Knights of Columbus continue to be very involved in a myriad of charitable and fundraising activities within their parish communities (such as winter coat drives; assisting at local food kitchens, pantries, and soup kitchens; facilitate a campaign for people with intellectual disabilities (i.e., the annual Tootsie Roll Drive); etc.) to directly support the teachings, charitable works, and evangelization activities of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Knights of Columbus have established "councils" (normally associated with individual parishes) which are called to create and maintain a good working relationship with the Pastor; since good communication, planning, collaboration, and support of the Pastor and parish community are essential to the activities of the Knights.
THE CORE PRINCIPLES OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are among the greatest citizens.
OUR COUNCIL'S UPCOMING EVENTS :
None of this time (due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
OTHER MATTERS AFFECTING OUR COUNCIL :
Bishop Sheridan, Knights of Columbus Insurance Directive (2010).pdf
U.S. Knights of Columbus Website: http://www.kofc.org/en//index.html
Knights of Columbus Discontinue Sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA): https://voiceofscouting.org/dont-worry-knights-of-columbus-is-not-dumping-scouting
Diocese of Colorado Springs Policy Letter
(BSA activities in/on parish properties):
Ltr, SV 4000 Guidelines for Supervising those working with Minors.pdf
Colorado State Council: http://www.coloradokofc.org/