Knights in Action
Reports printed in Columbia Magazine from local Massachusetts Councils of the Knights of Columbus on their charitable and fraternal activities. This listing is updated regularly.
St. Cleophas Council 15756 in Barre served more than 130 pancake breakfasts, raising more than $700 for the St. Francis of Assisi parish annual Holiday Fair. Members also helped set up and break down the facilities for the fair, which netted about $10,000 to support parish operations and programs.
Father Dennis J. Rocheford Council 4241 in North Oxford conducted its annual Halloween party, this year attended by roughly 50 special needs adults and their support staff from surrounding towns. Held in St. Roch’s church hall, the event included a buffet and a disc jockey. The party has been held annually for more than 10 years.
Saint Monica Council 14725 in Methuen and St. Michael the Archangel Circle 5539 worked together to construct a larger-than-life rosary for use at living rosary events and the parish school. The rosary was constructed using marine rope and swimming pool buoys, with 18 inches between each Hail Mary “bead.” The entire length of the rosary is approximately 150 feet.
St. Michael’s Council 5292 in Bedford reached a new milestone in its fundraising efforts for the Buy Your Neighbor a Meal program. Each year, for four consecutive years, the council has donated $2,500 to the program, the goal of which is to offer monthly support to parish families in need. Through the program, grocery gift cards are distributed by the parish’s Christian Social Service Committee.
George C. Shields Council 420 in Mansfield led a community-wide fundraiser for Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center of Attleboro. What originally began with a collection of spare change from students in the faith formation program at St. Mary’s Parish soon spread to other churches and charity-minded individuals who heard of the council’s efforts. The $26,044 raised was matched by the K of C Ultrasound Initiative, enabling Abundant Hope to purchase a new ultrasound machine.
Santa Maria Council 3915 in Malden donated to Cheverus School an oil reproduction of a portrait of the school’s namesake, Bishop Jean-Louis de Cheverus, who was born in France. Both in his native country and as a missionary to Native Americans, Bishop Cheverus worked to contain epidemic diseases. The portrait will bring his works of charity to life for the school’s students.