Knights of Columbus
Father McGivney Council 6392
St. Leo the Great V St. Catharine's V St. Mary's
The Father McGivney Council of The Knights of Columbus serves the Parishes of:
St. Leo the Great - Lincroft,
St. Mary's - Colts Neck and
St. Catharine's - Holmdel
in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Our Grand Knight for 2014-2015 is John T. Boyle. You can contact him at GK@kofc6392.org.
About our Council
The Father McGivney Council was established in 1972 through the efforts of the our first Grand Knight, Nicholas F. Gallinaro. The Council is named after Father McGivney, who Founded the Order in 1882.
The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, curate at St. Mary's parish in New Haven Connecticut. The Knights of Columbus was chartered on March 29, 1882, in the State of Connecticut. As the priest explained to a small group of men at a meeting in the basement of St. Mary's Church in October 1881, his purpose in calling them together was manifold: to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement; to promote closer ties of fraternity among them; and to set up an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members in the group who might die would not find themselves in dire financial situations.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who shall not be less than 18 years of age on their last birthday. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. Every Knight is happy to propose eligible Catholic men for consideration as members.
The Father McGivney Council works closely with our Parishes providing funds and manpower for various charitable projects.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Nine Habits for Better Living
By Dr. Ralph J. Papaleo - July MMXIII
1. As members of the Knights of Columbus we need to focus and practice our habits every day if the world is going to be attracted to the image of Christ. Focus on one habit you wish to learn and go on to the next and start all over once you finish the whole Nine Habits for Better Living.
2. Positive attitude. Look for the best. Hope for the best. Keep your mind focused on positive outcomes. You can't say nothing ever works out for me, or my life is over once you hit 70th. Every day you serve the Lord is a good day.
3. Accept circumstances the way they are: God grant me to serenity to know what I can change and not change and try to change what I can.
- Recognize the value in pain and suffering - avoid a "poor me" attitude-pain sharpens the soul to lets the glory out. It lets you know who you are and where you are in life.
- Opens the way to empathy-having pity on others and wanting to help them.
- Opens the world to a much larger world then yourself.
- How you handle your circumstances is the "measure of the person you are."
4.Pray always even in the darkness of your own soul. Remember, for most of the years of her life Mother Teresa could feel nothing. Say Lord may my words be heard and may my prayers be answered. Pray expressly for the sick and dying even in impossible situations.
- Keep a little book and write their names and be an angel for them.
5. Fear not Death even as it comes closer each day. It is merely a passage to a new and better life. Why fear, when "God loves you." Remember Jesus's words, "Even if you die, so shall you live."
- Enjoy every minute that has been given to you.
- Live not for tomorrow-tomorrow will take care of itself.
- Say: "Please Lord may I have a good day in which I serve you faithfully."
6. Be grateful every day for the wonderful blessings you have received. Say: "Thank you, Lord, for the hardships you send me to endure."
- Rejoice in the blessings of the sacrament of the Eucharist - for there you get a share in the blessings of your heavenly home.
- Rejoice when each person of the Blessed Trinity make themselves known and teaches and inspires you.
- Rejoice when the Blessed Mother comforts you and teaches you to have pity on others.
7. Remember to treasure the important thing in life.
- Your family - love them, serve them and be a good role model for them - encourage them in their setbacks and be always kind and gentle. Let them find their own way - stand by your principles, but always love them and welcome them back. Be patient with them.
- The friendships you build over the years. Forgive them for their faults, perhaps slights-be ready to forget and renew things. If God can look the other way, why not you.
8. Enjoy this world for it was given to you.
- The beauty of nature surrounds you.
- A good walk invigorates you.
- Beauty of music. Find the note that resounds out God and Heaven. Enjoy your peace and serenity.
- A quiet moment alone is a time for reflection.
- Take in your experience in this world, and let it enrich you that you might have treasure in heaven.
9. Foremost, accept God's will and trust in his divine providence that all thing will work at well in the end.
Value the hope you come to receive and can give to others. Each day I pray I may see the sign of the Butterfly - which is the sign of hope in the resurrection - to a new and better life.