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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic men’s fraternal organization in the world. It has built Catholic communities, fed the poor, and defended the vulnerable since Father McGivney founded it in the year 1882. Love of Church and country define who the Knights of Columbus are. Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism are the watchwords of this organization.
The Knights of Columbus offers its members in the United States and Canada exclusive access to its multi-billion dollar, top-rated insurance program and products, including life insurance, retirement annuities, long-term care insurance, and disability income insurance.
We at Our Lady of Lourdes Council #11241 organize functions to raise money to support our Church, Church Ministries, and the community with donations. We volunteer our services to make individuals and community organizations succeed in their missions of charity. We integrate ourselves and our families into the Sacramental and Social life of our Parish. The Knights are Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Catechists, RCIA Team members, and participate on various Church councils.
Our biggest fundraiser is the annual Golf Tournament and Banquet. We hold smaller fundraising events such as our Family Breakfasts, Pasta Dinners, and our annual Lenten Fish Dinner.
Our Council is very active and always welcomes new brothers. If you are a Catholic man ready to serve others, and are 18 years or older, you may apply to join our Council. Click on “JOIN OUR LADY OF LOURDES COUNCIL 11241” below to access the electronic application form.
Deputy Grand Knight
We are men of faith, character, and conviction who are driven by conscience to do meaningful works for the Church and community.
The Grand Knight is the head of each council, and officers are appointed each year from among council members. Members are encouraged to take leadership roles as the council engages in meaningful, charitable works for the Church and community.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 2020-2021
Scott Decubellis - Grand Knight
This year’s theme is “We live by faith, not fear.” This is a special time where we as brother Knights come together to support our present, and future Knights. Normally, today I would ask you to consider joining our brotherhood, but these are not normal times.
It is no secret that our Sacred Faith is under attack, and if you have not felt it yet you will; if you have not seen it, it’s everywhere; and if you have not stood up against it, I am imploring you today as Catholic men, you must!
As Knights we take a solemn oath to defend and build the Domestic Church. That commitment is embedded in everything we do, and in everything we believe in. What is happening today to our faith is not a political movement or a social movement. It is just evil and unfortunately, evil does exist in our world.
God created us out of nothing in “love”; he loved us into existence, and the whole reason we were created by Jesus was for us to have the “possibility” of living with Him forever. For men of faith the meaning of life is Jesus Christ. We would give and sell everything we have for His friendship. So, I ask you, how can we possibly sit idly by and allow this to happen, or worse yet convince ourselves it does not exist?
God’s A plan for us is that we become Saints; His B plan is…? God does not have one! That is His only plan for man’s life, that you become Saints. So, I have a question for you. How many Saints do you know that lived and died a happy full life on the beach sipping wine?
So, you may ask yourself, what can I do. I will tell you simply to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him in this life, and everything we do, do it out of love. We must make sure our faith is built and defended on the Rock, because that is the only thing that withstands the storm. Everything that is closest to us can disappear; our jobs, our home, our family, can be taken from us. Christ is the Rock that never moves, is always there for us from this world to the next. So, if our faith is not built on Christ, if we are not imparting that on all who come into our lives, then I ask you, what are we leaving in this world that is of eternal value?
Earlier I told you, normally I would ask you to consider joining the Knights of Columbus. Each year we do. However, today I am imploring you please to do so. We must unite as one in Christ; we must support our Church, our Pastors, and defend our faith!
If you are a Catholic man, if you believe in the values I just explained, you are already a Knight! The only difference is you are not registered as one. Strength is in numbers, and respect is given to those who are deserving of it. A few weeks ago, our Church parking lot was to be shut down by FDOT for a week. Fr. Eddie asked us to call the City and voice our concerns. The office was so overwhelmed with calls they revised their plan and allowed us access. Strength is in numbers. There is nothing to fear in being a Knight; there is everything to fear in not being a Knight. Certainly our faith understands that.
Today there are Knights at every door, with information on joining TODAY. Tomorrow we are gathering at O’Shea Hall at 7:00pm. All are invited as well as your family. We would love to meet them and to answer any questions you may have.
In closing, once again we are imploring you to unite with us and combat the evil that is trying to take away our faith, united in brotherhood. We need to support each other, our families, our friends. But most importantly show the world, in a year that the word “pandemic” has evolved into an excuse to distract us from our faith and prevent us from receiving our Lord, that we will not be shaken. We are united, we are growing, and we will fight for our faith because, as Catholics, we live by faith and not fear.
God Bless and thank you.
The Knights of Columbus have volunteered to help clean the Church pews after each Mass on Sundays. Grand Knight, Scott Decubellis commented, “As Knights of Columbus, our commitment is to the protection of our Parish community. With that commitment in mind now more than ever, we stand united in supporting our Parish during these difficult times. Our members stepped up to ensure that the Parish was supported in the cleaning of the church after Masses, and we will continue to do so for as long as we are needed. We thank Fr. Eddie for allowing us to assist in this important responsibility.”
THE KNIGHTS WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
PASTA DINNER - NOV 2019
The Knights of Columbus held a pasta dinner on November 2, 2019 to raise funds to help those who may be in need at Thanksgiving and during the holiday season. Support to the needy will be provided through Our Lady of Lourdes St. Bernadette’s Place. St. Berndette’s Place is our Parish Food Pantry which is supported by the generosity and donations our parishioners. The event was attended by over 200 parishioners and friends and, as you can see from the pictures, a great time was had by all. Fr. Joepel opened the event with a blessing and the food was GREAT!!!!
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Left to Right – Osmani Periu, Daniel Donahue, Armando Leon & Scott Decubellis
DONATIONS TO SEMINARIANS
Each year Our Lady Of Lourdes Knights of Columbus Council 11241 makes a contribution in support of two seminarians. This year the Council thanked two seminarians for their commitment to the Priesthood and for serving our Parish.
Presenting the checks to the seminarians were the Grand Knight, Scott Decubellis and the District Deputy, Osmani Periu.
SPAGHETTI DINNER - SEPT 2019
The Knights of Columbus held a spaghetti dinner on September 22, 2019 to raise funds in support of our Parish. The event was attended by over 150 parishioners and friends and, as you can see from the pictures, everyone had a fabulous time. The food was delicious.
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