Thanks to the efforts of Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.
Become a Knight
St. Barbara Council #14078 invites Catholic gentleman (men 18 years of age or older) to consider joining this fraternal organization. Joining a local council of the Knights of Columbus can change your life. As a Knight, individuals have the opportunity to strengthen their parish; give back to their community; grow in their faith; and gain exclusive access to a portfolio of top-quality insurance products to financially protect their families. Councils also conduct many programs that support the parish and community including:
- Various prayer and eucharistic adoration programs
- Pro life 'Baby Bottle Program'
- Keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas
- Encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life
- Assist the pastor with pastoral programs, to be an extension of his call to serve
- And building the domestic church
Today, along with all councils worldwide, the primary initiative for the St. Barbara Council refers to activities focused on promoting the new evangelization, strengthening parishes and growing the Order. Councils are designed to help members and their families reflect the holiness of the universal Church. In promoting each family as a domestic church, the Knights of Columbus primarily seeks to integrate members and their families more fully into the sacramental and social life of the parish.
Joining your local council does not mean that the sacrifice of quality time with your family. By volunteering, an hour here or an hour there with your family, members can make an enormous difference in their own life and in the lives of others.
When We Meet
We meet monthly, from January through October on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the parish library.
For more information about this parish organization, please visit www.kofc.org or if you have questions about membership, contact the Parish Office at 724-744-7474; Dave Kent firstname.lastname@example.org; or William (Bill) Hilderhoff email@example.com.
2021 Knights of Columbus Scholarship
The St. Barbara Church Knights of Columbus Council #14078 is offering two $750 scholarships to the sons or daughters of St. Barbara parishioners. The financial award must be used for tuition or direct costs at any approved college or postsecondary institution. Acceptance of one of these scholarships does not preclude the winner from receiving any other scholarship unless other restrictions prevail. View the scholarship application.