Knights of Columbus Council #14078
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 [email protected]; or William (Bill) Hilderhoff [email protected].
The Ladies Guild
The Ladies Guild of St. Barbara Church is a parish organization, open to Catholic women across the Diocese of Greensburg, who want to serve the church and community in a variety of supportive ways. Consider joining us as we combine our Catholic faith with the desire to assist others as Jesus instructed us to do. We are a dynamic and welcoming group.
In addition, our organization is also a member of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, as well as, the National Council of Catholic Women. Our meetings are usually held monthly, on a Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Take this opportunity to interact with other Catholic women while serving God and our community in so many valuable ways. Some of our endeavors include:
|1. Holding two fundraisers per year – Bingo and an afternoon tea|
|2. Contributing and working bake sales – Fish Fry and Parish Festival|
|3. Visiting St. Anne’s Home monthly, providing help and support with Bingo and suppling prizes|
|4. Providing and distributing comfort items for those receiving chemotherapy|
|5. Creating prayer blankets, packaging and placing in the sacristy for those in need, upon request|
|6. Awarding two scholarships to local high school seniors|
| 7. Hosting weekly, Monday morning Bible Study sessions|
|8. Holding an evening Outdoor Rosary in the circle of the church, every other Wednesday, during the summer months|
|9. Donating to parish needs, as well as, community organizations and events|
|10. Presenting an ‘Afternoon of Reflection’ for our parish women|
|11. Helping and, at times hosting, the annual community “World Day of Prayer” with other local churches|
|12. Supporting and celebrating Guild members – prayer requests, birthday cards, Mass intentions, family & parish events|
Contact the Ladies Guild by reaching out to Pat Lemme or Dee Davis. In addition, the weekly church bulletin will provide monthly meeting dates and special events that you are welcome to attend. Bring a friend. On Facebook, search St. Barbara Ladies Guild. Request to join the private group. Once approved, you can see reminders and upcoming events.
Pat Lemme, co-president
Dee Davis, co-president
Catholic Men’s Fellowship
Catholic Men’s Fellowship (CMF) is an informal network of male parishioners who, under the patronage of St. Joseph, are dedicated to strengthening their family and their church community. This organization strives to equip men to be the kinds of individuals, husbands and fathers God calls them to be daily. This organization also guides its members by helping one another:
- Re-experience the spiritual awakening they received at their Baptism.
- Deepen their relationship with Christ through the workings of the Holy Spirit.
- Grow in their Catholic faith by participating in ongoing faith formation opportunities.
All Catholic men over the age of 18 are welcome.
For more information about this parish organization, or if you have questions about membership, please contact the Parish Office at 724-744-7474.