Knights of Columbus
COUNCIL 8256 MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
National Shrine of Mary Help of Christian, Better Living Subdivision
Barangay Don Bosco, Parañaque City, Philippines
Who are the Knights?
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and
your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the
Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility
to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many
more family and personal benefits.
How to Join
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to
practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18
years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the commandments of
God and the precepts of the Church. Application forms are available from
any member of the Knights of Columbus.
Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.
The Ladies Auxiliary's main function is to
support the men and the council. They are primarily composed of the wives of
Knights and the Squirettes of Mary. They do this primarily by providing help at
events such as cooking events and raising funds. They also generally
do help with setting up and beautifying the halls for events.
the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first
Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires
is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are
many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community.
Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of
leadership and responsibility.
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