St Mark's Council, Kitchener ON
A Knights of Columbus council can work wonders; in fact, with its many programs, it can help change the community, town, city or neighborhood in which you live. However, a successful Knights of Columbus program depends on people taking the initial idea, modifying it to suite specific situations and local needs, then implementing the program in a way that works.
The K of C program activities are grouped as follows:
Of course, it is not possible for most Council’s to be involved in every aspect of the K of C program. We must choose our focus areas based on interest, aptitude and manpower. Do you have a passion for service? Are you interested in getting more involved in one or more aspects of the K of C program? Contact a member of the council executive, and let’s discuss the possibilities!
Church Activities – Addressing the Needs of the Church
In response to the changing world around us, Christians are searching for ways to further develop the reach of the Catholic Church. If these good intentions are going to bear fruit – if the Church is going to not only exist, but thrive in today’s society – men and women throughout our communities must come forward and take an active part.
Far more action of an ecumenical nature is needed. As Knights of Columbus, our prime responsibility is to encourage and promote that action. The lay apostolate must respond to the constant call for active involvement n the work of the Church. Our council has the numbers, the organization, and the communication ability to get involved and spread the word throughout the Christian community…this is the mission of our Church activities. Areas that encompass the activities of the Church Director are:
- Parish Roundtables
- Lay Apostolate
- Religious Devotions
- Keep Christ In Christmas
Community Activities – Shaping the World We Live In
Wherever we live, whether New York or British Columbia, we all have our own perceptions of “community.” Usually, these perceptions are formed by the concrete reality of the world immediately around us. It may be a bustling metropolis, a town, a tiny village, a large county, a broad rural area. It is the place we call home – with all its good and bad features, its beauty and ugliness, its strengths and weaknesses.
Every individual has a voice in shaping the world around him, and every individual can make that voice heard. Make your voice heard in your community! Do more then throw up your hands in despair over what’s wrong with the world. Our community offers limitless opportunity for action that can be seen, felt and judged for its true worth. Looking for something that’s needed and workable in our community – fighting poverty, aiding individuals with mental retardation, planting a tree, sponsoring a blood pressure screening, supporting law enforcement, campaigning for every baby’s right for life, helping the aged – whatever the needs of our community that our members are interested in and that our council’s resources can allow…these are the priorities of our Community activities. Areas that encompass the activities of the Community Director are:
- Human Needs
- Civic Involvement
- Public Safety
Council Activities – Entertaining, Enjoyable and Beneficial
Many of the activities of the Knights of Columbus sound demanding, and certainly many are, but that does not mean that others can’t be just for fun. The members of our council are your neighbors, friends and acquaintances, who are just as interested in athletic, cultural and social events as you are. Programs and activities that come under the council activities section are unlimited – golfing softball, soccer, hockey, curling, tennis, bowling art exhibits, movies, lectures or demonstrations, holiday dances, picnics, open houses, council anniversaries or birthday parties – all the events that are an important part of fraternal life.
Public relations activities are also included under the council activities section of the Service Program. Serving under the director of council activities, public relations personnel are charged with the responsibility of keeping the council’s membership accurately and constantly informed of current and future events. Additionally, the image of the council must be maintained within the community through the use of newspapers, the internet, radio and television. People deserve to know the good works of our council. To fulfill these obligations, the public relations chairman and his committee member must work closely with all Service Program directors and council Officers. Areas that encompass the activities of the Council Director are:
- Public Relations
- Blood Donations
Family Activities – Strengthening Family Life
Take a look at what’s happening at our family life. De we communicate? Do we share? Do we take time to get involved with each other? Are there opportunities for improvement? What is God’s plan for us? Today’s society makes it hard to be a family. Television takes up a lot of our time together. The hustle and business of business, rushed meals, school, work, committee meetings, sports and shopping are cramming our days and weeks. The family is under heavy attack today. The battle is largely over values and commitments. To survive, the family needs support. Its primary source of strength must be found in a growing religious and parish life. But it also can be helped substantially by an organization such as ours.
We must strive to help prevent the death of the family by administering preventive medicine. By conducting those programs and activities which aid in rebuilding the family spirit from within, we aim to make it vital and strong enough to resist society’s ills. We encourage our members and their families to choose as their model the Holy Family, copying their attitude of interdependence, sharing and respect for authority.
We also work to strengthen family life. We look to nourish wholesome home life through the sponsorship of activities involving the entire family on a scheduled and continuing basis. Encouraging communications and routines which involve family members within their own homes, and bringing families together in social and recreational events in the community. By stimulating togetherness within family units, we have found that there are many ways in which families can enjoy time together in a scheduled, organized way, even when the age range of members varies significantly. Areas that encompass the activities of the Family Director are:
- Family Programs
- Family of the Month/Year
- Survivors’ Assistance
Youth Activities – Building Leaders for the Future
Today’s youth, the leaders of tomorrow, are looking for a challenge, for responsibility, for faith, and trust. Yet, despite their commitments and dedication, the youth of the world are often condemned because of the uncontrolled actions of a minority of young people. As Knights of Columbus, it is our responsibility to provide youth with the means and the opportunities to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times.
There is a great deal more all of us can do to improve our youth programs. We look to recruit more men from the council level to work with young people. These adult leaders can help to mold the youth of today into the influential citizens of tomorrow. Exerting more positive and constructive influence on our young people by becoming involved with them and by paying more attention to what they are saying. We know we need to demonstrate that support by sponsoring a Columbian Squires program, aiding the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, promoting the Boy Scouts, or helping to combat drug and alcohol abuse. Numerous other avenues are always open in helping to build leaders for the future. Areas that encompass the activities of the Youth Director are:
- Columbian Squires
- Youth Groups
- Educational Programs
- Youth Welfare
- Religious Activities
- Social Activities