The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 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.
Our new Council is part of a new and growing Parish. St. Angela Merici Parish was formed by the Archdiocese to serve the rapidly growing Sienna Plantation area in Missouri City. This affords our Council some unique oppotunities to work and grow with the Parish and the community. We enjoy tremendous support from our own Parish, and the other Councils in our area. Working side by side with them builds a real sense of what the Knights of Columbus is all about. Our membership consists of many young families. We are thus committed to keeping this Council and many of its activities family oriented. And although our membership is young, our Council is blessed with many members who have been Knights for many years and who have participated in numerous activities with their former Councils. This blend of youth and experience will make this Council a very exciting place to be in the years ahead. Our goal is to serve our Church and our community, and have fun while we do it. Come and be a part of that, and also enjoy the numerous benefits that our Order offers to its membership.
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 blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus and in the parish office.
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 do this primarily by providing help at events, cooking for events and providing monetary help. They also generally do help with setting up and beautifying the hall for events.
Under 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.We currently have not formed a Squires circle at St. Angela Merici. As our parish grows we will hopefully form one. If you are a young man who may be interested, please contact one of the council officers and we can discuss it.