KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest lay Catholic family service organization. It was founded by a Catholic priest, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, in New Haven, Connecticut in the spring of 1882. A small group of men, led by Fr. McGivney, a curate of St. Mary's parish, established the Knights of Columbus in the church basement. Fr. McGivney conceived the idea of an organization of Catholic men who would band together to be a strong pillar of support for their priests and bishops, to strengthen families and family life, to be of service to Church and community by coming to the aid of those in most need. They called themselves Knights of Columbus - Knights to emphasize chivalry's ideals of charity and support for the Church and state, and Columbus as a reminder that Catholics had been the backbone and bulwark of America's growth and greatness.
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Fr. McGivney dreamed of establishing a council in every parish in Connecticut, but now it has grown into a global organization of more than 1.6 million members in nearly 12,000 local councils in 13 countries among them the Philippines, Mexico and Guam. Here in our parish of St. Michael we have the Madonna Council with 107 members 6 of whom are priests. Our Pastor, Fr. Manny Ediza and Associate Pastor Fr. Cholo Sungcad are both members. Madonna Council has done and will continue its share of service to St. Michael parish.
Some of its members are active in the Church ministries as lectors, eucharistic ministers, ushers, parking lot controllers, and provides color guards to visiting bishops and parish events. It provide reliable support to parish functions such as fundraising events and parish celebrations.