History

 

In 1882 a young priest named Father Michael McGivney gathered a small group of Catholic laymen together in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT.  That group formed a fraternal benefit society to provide insurance for the widows of its members while offering fellowship among Catholic men.  That group became known as the Knights of Columbus.

               

From those humble beginnings, the Knights of Columbus has grown into a fraternal order with more than 1.7 million members located in over 13,000 councils throughout the world.  Each year members of the organization donate more than 64 million volunteer hours and over $139.7 million to charitable and Church causes.  Besides doing good works, the Knights of Columbus offers affordable life insurance to members and their immediate family.  It also offers a number of fraternal benefit programs to eligible members and their families, to include scholarships and school loans.

               

Every K of C council provides a wide variety of opportunities, projects, and activities for members and their families to get involved in.  They benefit not only the Church and school, but the community as a whole, especially those less fortunate.  Some of the causes our local council supports include funding Eagle Scout projects, supporting buses for the March for Life, support for our teachers, the Right To Life memorial, spaghetti dinners to support our Building Fund, and support for the Parish Bazaar.  These are just a few of the many programs in which K of C members and their families are involved right here in our Parish.

               

Every day the K of C provides its members with the opportunity to discover the importance of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism to our country and the world.

Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. Our own unique charities include the Christian Refugee Relief Fund, Disaster Relief, Ultrasound Initiative, and Coats for Kids. We also partner with international charities including Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity.

 

Through our Building the Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that deepen their faith, promote the New Evangelization, and strengthen our parishes.

Council 10175 Activities

Holy Sepulcher Council 10175 was established on January 1, 1989.  It has been an integral part of our parish life.  As we enter our 33rd year of existence, here are a few of our activities we are involved in that you should know about us:

Church/Faith

  • Contributed funds to the Parish to support the Parish in the payment of goods and services.

  • Serve as lectors, ushers, and Eucharistic ministers, adult alter servers (weekend masses and funerals)money counters, etc.

  • Help plan, fund, and participate in the annual Men's Retreat

  • Contribute $2000 annually to support 4 seminarians on their journey to the Priesthood. (RSVP program)

Community 

  • Contributed to Eagle Scout Projects

  • Contribute funds and support the school Tuition Assistance Fund and Knights Scholarships

  • Contribute and support outside Charities including:  

    • The McGuire Home for challenged children and adults

    • St. Anthony School for exceptional children

    • Butler County Food Bank

    • The Lighthouse

    • Butler County Meals on Wheels

    • Butler VA 

    • Global Wheelchair Mission

    • Holy Sepulcher families in need

  • Hold Knights Fish Fry for the Church & Community during Lent

Family/Youth

  • Pray the rosary at the funeral home for deceased men in our Council

  • Support and contribute to Holy Sepulcher school computer and technology programs

 

Life

  • In keeping with the Catholic pro-life doctrine, we created, erected, and maintain the Parish's pro-life memorial.

  • Contributed and support the Knight's Ultrasound Project (placing ultrasound equipment in clinics.  Expectant mothers, once they have seen the baby they are carrying, have overwhelming changed their decision on getting an abortion.

  • Participated in the March for Life each year in Washington DC and State of PA

 

For additional information, contact our Membership Chair, Regis McAfee, PGK,: 724.272.9860 or via email at: mac171@zoominternet.net or for an application click Join.

We currently have 105 Knights here at Holy Sepulcher and are always looking for new members. In order to join our ranks a man must be a practical Catholic; 18 years or older.

Other than taking part in an induction ceremony and keeping up to date on modest annual dues everything else is VOLUNTARY. You do what you can, not what you can't.