St Joseph's Highland Creek Council 11525
The parish Knights of Columbus Council 11525 was established in 1995 with 35 members. In accordance with its foundation in 1882 by Fr. Michael McGivney, the Knights act as a Fraternal Organization that serves the priests and parish in the celebration of faith, family and youth through various service programs and activities administered by volunteering Knights. The goal of the Knights is to serve and support the priests and parish and community by helping parishioners and community members to live fulfilling and fruitful lives.
At present there are 135 members. The 2017/18 Council Executive includes:
|CHAPLAIN||FATHER TONY ADUSEI|
|GRAND KNIGHT||ROY VAN VEEN|
|DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT||ANDREW O’CONNOR|
|FINANCIAL SECRETARY||CARLO VACCA|
|INSIDE GUARD||DR. JAMES BOYLAN|
|OUTSIDE GUARD||JOHN BEITLER|
|OUTSIDE GUARD||JOE RICUPERO|
|OUTSIDE GUARD||DAVID BELCASTRO|
|1YR. TRUSTEE||WAYNE DILLABOUGH|
|2YR. TRUSTEE||ANDREW NOBLE|
|3YR. TRUSTEE||JOHN FERNANDES|
Members also serve as Directors for various areas of parish life including: COUNCIL, CHURCH, YOUTH, FAMILY, COMMUNITY, MEMBERSHIP, RETENTION OF MEMBERS, CULTURE OF LIFE. These Directors help develop and organize activities and information sessions for the Council.
The main goal of the Knights of Columbus is to help our parish priests ensure that parishioners encounter the most spiritual experience possible. Knights live their Catholic Values by promoting this goal through acting as ushers, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers at celebrations, and helping in the renovation, maintenance and upgrading of Church facilities through fund-raising programs and activities, as well as lending supporting to other ministries of the parish. When the parish priest asks, the Knights are there to answer with their support.
The Knights also extend this support to the local community as they see their duty as one of ensuring that all community members have the right and opportunity to live decent, dignified, productive lives. Knights, among other community-based activities, hold a Christmas party for under-privileged children, bring Christmas cheer to seniors and shut-ins in the community, donate winter coats to needy children, support the Special Olympics of Ontario, support Right to Life organizations, as well as organizing activities for the students of our local Catholic Elementary schools, and are always willing to answer the call for support when requested.
Any man of the parish, 18 years of age and older, who is interested in becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus in St. Joseph’s parish, please see the bulletin, parish website, or contact the church office for contact information. General Meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month in Room 2.