“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17
Doing Good Works
The Knights of Columbus is very much a grassroots organization. The international body does not dictate the charitable programs and activities of local councils. Rather, local councils develop the projects and programs they believe best to help their parish and local community.
As the mission of Council 10355 is to serve the needs and good works of Holy Cross parish, our Church, our families, our community and our country, Council 10355 actively initiates and supports a wide variety of projects and programs. Key initiatives are driven by Committee Chairmen of the following program committees – Church, Council, Culture of Life, Family, Youth and Community. Out of these cornerstones, we build different project and program activities and outreaches. These compass points also serve as stars to guide how we choose to direct our charity.
Guided by the vision of Father Michael J. McGiveny, the 150+ members of Knights of Council 10355 volunteer thousands of hours of their time, talent and treasure, while soliciting the support of fellow parishioners, other Knights Councils and others in the community, to fulfill and live the principles of the Order.
Whether addressing immediate material needs, promoting our faith, or just plain having some fun, these projects and programs play an important role in the work of Council 10355 and in parish life at Holy Cross.
Our Church is in a changing world and we must search for ways to advance the ministry of the Catholic Church. We must step forward in witness and action if the Church is going to exist and thrive in today’s society. So the Knights facilitate, sponsor and help in Church Activities to bring the Good News to the parish and beyond. Some have described the Knights as ‘the strong right arm of the Church’. We seek to be of use in promoting and deepening our Catholic Faith and to be her strong defender.
Part of the Knights’ mission is to bring together Catholic men. We present many opportunities for men’s fellowship in the parish by working together on good works projects, hosting Knights activities, and holding special events such as our Annual Knights Christmas Party. And many times during the year, we join with other councils in the area to multiply our efforts, hold bigger events, or just gather together in worship or fellowship.
Culture of Life
Knights work to help build a Culture of Life based on God’s love. The Church teaches every life is sacred from the moment of conception till natural death. We are called to battle for the rights of the unborn, elderly and their families. We witness to the injustice of abortion, euthanasia, doctor-assisted suicide and embryonic stem cell research. We try to help pregnant women in need, the handicapped, and the vulnerable in society. With programs and efforts, we try to change hearts.
The Knights seek to push back in faith against the constant pressures of the world to promote and support the family. The family is part of God’s plan. It is our first teacher of faith, character, discipline and love; it is our first model of the Trinity. We hold various programs throughout the year hoping to help strengthen the family in religious and parish life. And bolstering the family helps to bolster the Church.
The youth of today is the Church of tomorrow. The Knights accept it is our responsibility to provide youth opportunities and models of how to live and grow in faith. Young people need opportunities for activity, challenge, responsibility, trust and just plain fun to nurture and strengthen their souls for their lives ahead. We willing support them with education, events and activities.
The Knights also help the Church engage her local community. Other parishes have needs. And our surrounding community is filled with neighbors we can help, too. We work with many organizations and charities throughout the area, and many of our council have traveled to other countries to spread charity. God’s love is needed by everyone and everywhere.
Just a Few of Our Many Projects and Events –
Annual Lenten Fish Fry
The Holy Cross Knights hold an annual Lenten Fish Fry with a Cajun twist. Serving fried catfish, étouffée, and gumbo among the menu, it always makes for a tasty way for the Holy Cross community to come together to the observe abstaining Fridays of the Lenten season. We even have free toasted cheese sandwich dinners for the kids. This is our largest Council 10355 fundraiser of the year. From this, we are able to hold good works projects and make donations to worthy recipients throughout the year.
Monthly Church Breakfast
Council 10355 happily hosts a monthly breakfast on the 3rd Sunday after the 7:30 am and 9:00 am Masses. It’s always wonderful to have the parish community gather together after Mass and enjoy a meal together. Most of the time we have good old southern fare – eggs, sausage, grits and biscuits. Every now and then we shake things up with buttermilk pancakes. We use these breakfasts to raise funds for the Knight’s good works and charity, and sometimes the proceeds go directly to a parish ministry. These breakfasts are a great opportunity to work beside your fellow Knights and see folks at the parish you might not ordinarily see at the Mass you attend.
FOCUS Family Events
Council 10355 is a proud supporter of Families of Children under Stress (FOCUS), a group that offers comfort, hope, and fun through a variety of programs to families with children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental or physical disabilities. Council 10355 is proud to sponsor both a Family Fun Night in September and a Boo-B-Q in October at Holy Cross Catholic Church. It is our honor to provide the facilities, manpower and meals for parents of children with special needs to allow them a much needed break while offering a fun-filled event for the children. If you would like to assist with these events or give a donation, contact Gerry Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Cross Blood Drives
Twice a year, the men of the Knights of Columbus support Red Cross Blood Drives at Holy Cross. From recruiting donors and prizes, feeding the volunteers, and donating blood themselves, the Summer Blood Drive in June and the Bob Buechner Blood Drive in December have become mainstay programs at Holy Cross. The 2013 December Blood Drive fell 23 units short of breaking the record for the largest Catholic Church blood drive in U.S. history, but did break the record of largest church blood drive, regardless of denomination, in Georgia. Help us break the record for THE largest Catholic U.S. Church blood drive this December – sign up now to volunteer or donate blood at email@example.com.
Youth Basketball and Soccer Competitions
Back to school in the Holy Cross community usually means getting ready to execute pinpoint free throws or penalty kicks. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and Soccer Shootout are annual events that take place in the Fall and at the start of the new year, respectively, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. This is not just your local fun-a-thon. Last year more than 223,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,200 local competitions. If your child is interested in having some fun and take part in one or both of these festive events, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the competitions are scheduled this year.
Seminarian Support through RSVP
Every year, the Knights of Council 10355 through the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) “adopt” one or more seminarians or postulants and provide them with financial assistance and moral support. RSVP money is used by seminarians and those in religious formation for tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses. Knights provide more than financial support, though. Members write letters to students, sponsor dinners for them, invite them to join the Order and, most importantly, pray for vocations. To learn more about this program, or to donate money to our current adoptee, contact us at email@example.com.
The Harry Burns Scholarship
Established in 2003 by Council 10355 of Holy Cross, this scholarship honors Harry Burns, a Holy Cross Parishioner and longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. It is awarded to a student at nearby St. Pius X High School who is positive and enthusiastic, who has an all-around excellent attitude and who is willing to help wherever needed. The student need not be the most excellent scholar or athlete, but he/she should exercise service to the community. Harry Burns exemplified service to the Holy Cross community, and this is a fitting memorial to him. Our council is very proud in supporting a Catholic education for a most worthy student.
The Wrecking Crewe
Council 10355 like to lend a hand when it can. The Wrecking Crewe (how it’s spelled in Louisiana) helps parishioners in dire need who don’t possess the strength necessary to clean out that basement, or move their furniture to a new apartment, or might need a gently-used bed or sofa. This is especially important for our parishioners in their senior years or are disabled who need a little muscle around the house. We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of Tom Carney and his wonderful wife Leslie who have been spearheading this effort. You can reach out to Tom through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Parties for the Knights
The Knights of Council 10355 always love to host seasonal Knights parties for its members. A highlight is the Annual Christmas Party for the Knights. Knights are encourage to bring their entire family for a night of good food, good cheer and good company – and a special visitor clad in red makes it special for all the kids. Another seasonal party is the Mardi Gras party for the Knights. We deck the parish hall out in gold, green and purple, and enjoy some great food and spirit before entering upon the Lenten season. Whether it’s enjoying some jambalaya and King Cake, or singing carols and listening to Twas the Night before Christmas, Council 10355 provides many opportunities for her Knights to gather in fellowship, meet their families, and enjoy a good time with friends.
Some Other Council 10355 Highlights –
- Memorial crosses are crafted and hung in the Vestibule Chapel for those of the parish who died during the year. Each is made by Past Grand Knight Bob Hudson. At the end of the year, the Knights sponsor a memorial Mass to remember them.
- We raised funds to acquire automatic screens to shade the windows which flank the altar in the sanctuary
- We host the Landscape Ministry for lunch on the 4th Saturday of every month
- Before the wonderful efforts of the Landscape Ministry, we took care of the Athletic Field
- We assemble the Manger Scene at Christmas
- Also at Christmas we raise funds for The Monastery of the Holy Spirit by selling their mouth-watering Trappist Fudge
- We provide opportunities for Eagle Scout projects one of which was to replace the stolen statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the grotto
We’ve donated time and raised monies for Ministries such as –
- St. Vincent de Paul Society
- St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry
- Theater Ministry (for adults)
- Theater Camp (for children)
- Military Ministry
- LifeTeen Ministry
- RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation)
- CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish)