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Welcome to the Saint Peter’s Council 6735 of the Knights of Columbus.
Father Michael J. McGivney and a handful of Catholic laymen founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882, in the basement of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Haven, Connecticut. The aim of the founder was to set up a parish-based lay organization that offered insurance benefits to the widows and children of members. In an era when parish and fraternal societies were popular, Father McGivney felt there should be some way to strengthen the religious faith of his flock and provide financial support for families overwhelmed by illness or the death of the breadwinner.
Today the Knights of Columbus have grown from that one local unit, or council, to over 15,000 councils in the United States (including Puerto Rico and Guam), Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Korea, and Saipan.
Membership is 1,843,587 members, plus their families - approximately 5.6 million people total - many of whom are actively involved in volunteer service programs for the Catholic Church, their communities, their families, young people and one another.
The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest organization of Catholic men and their families, has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been cited by popes, presidents and other world leaders for support of the Church, for programs of evangelization and Catholic education, for civic involvement and aid to those in need.
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You can find out more about the Knights at the SUPREME COUNCIL website, the NJ STATE COUNCIL web site. For Fourth Degree information visit the Bishop Justin J. Mc Carthy web site. All of these can be found on our LINKS page.
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Council members who have news that they would like to share with the council and have published here should contact Council Public Relations Chairman Andy Zazzera, PGK
A Great Family Movie
When the Game Stands Tall is a film currently in theaters nationwide. It stars Jim Caviezel and is based on a true story of the incredible winning streak of a Catholic high school football team. It is both an amazing story and one with a strong moral message. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson's says ...
Saint Peter's Council's Halloween Party-- 25 October
The Halloween party is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th. Start talking it up and let's get a big group out for the festivities.
Council 6735 to Host Parish Community Breakfast -- 5 October
Council 6735 of The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Parish Community Breakfast on Sunday, October 5th, in Saint Peter's Church, Pastors Hall, after the morning masses. Scrambled eggs, bacon, pork roll, potatoes, coffee, tea, juice and more. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for ...
You will recall that in June the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Act A2270 (Doctor Assisted Suicide) was withdrawn before a vote by the full Assembly because it lacked one or two favorable votes. The bill’s sponsor has pledged to bring the bill back again in September for a vote. Here is a ...
Respect Life Leaders Gathering
The Diocese of Camden will be holding a Respect Life Leaders Gathering on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Charles Borromeo in Sicklerville. It will be from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, and should be a great time, featuring a keynote speaker, Mass and communal prayer, breakfast and lunch, ...
ELECTION NOVEMBER 4
ARE YOU ONE OF THE THOUSANDS OF NEW JERSEYANS NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE? Have you moved into the state or to a new county since the last election? Turned 18 recently? Are you recently married? WHAT’S YOUR OPINION? If you’re not registered to vote, your opinion ...
Pass H.R. 7 the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
This month please contact New Jersey US Senators: Corey Booker – 202/ 224-3224 or via his website: www.booker.senate.gov/?p=contact Robert Menendez – 202/ 224-3224 or via his website: www.menendez.senate.gov/contact Ask them to help pass H.R. 7 the No Taxpayer Funding for ...
Fundraiser for State Deputy Andy Lipenta
It is that time of the year to help our State Deputy, Andy with the annual fund raiser. It is a 40 point football pool. The cost of a spot is $50 for the season. Only 32 spot will be sold. Teams will be assigned by a drawing. Your team must finish a game with the score of 40 points for ...
DVD tells story of Knights of Columbus founder
A documentary about Venerable Michael McGivney, the 19th century priest who founded the Knights of Columbus, is now available on DVD. “At a time when Catholics and Catholic immigrants were being marginalized, Father McGivney saw the opportunity to bring the men of his parish together to ...
Knights of Columbus set record for global charitable giving
The Knights of Columbus continued to set records for charitable giving and volunteer hours, making this the 14th consecutive year they've increased their contributions. For the 2013 year, the Knights donated nearly $170 million and volunteered more than 70.5 million hours, according to their ...
Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis
The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries. “The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as ...
Knights' collection for persecuted Iraqis passes $2 million
A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released a special prayer to add a spiritual dimension to the humanitarian response. “It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from ...
Eagles/Redskins Raffle Winner/Right for Life March Bus
Congratulations to Brother Knight Tom Wilkie, the winner of the Knights of Columbus Eagles/Redskins game ticket raffle. The Club Box seats along with free parking (a $35.00 value this year) will be greatly enjoyed by Tom and his family. Brother John McDonnell generously donated the prize ...