Membership in the Knights is Now Open

Brother Knights of Council 10910, Knights of Columbus Supreme Headquarters is offering a limited one year membership opportunity for new members to join the Knights of Columbus. Please see the attached message for details:

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME MEMBERSHIP PROMOTIONAL OFFER:

For a 2-week period commencing Wednesday, July 22 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 5th, new members are being offered FREE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP for their first year. The Supreme Council will pay the first-year dues for every man who joins online between now and August 5. Prospects simply need to visit kofc.org/joinus and enter the code MCGIVNEY2020 to take advantage of this special offer. This is a $25 offer to join.  It just does not get better than this!

Help the men of the Catholic Community of Saint Thomas More join Chapel Hill Knights in service to our church, parish, and community.  We are called to serve.  It is our mission.

Father McGivney was faced with a pandemic in the 1880s, as we are today. And in the face of that pandemic, he persevered in his efforts to evangelize those in his community, to form his parishioners in their Catholic faith, and to grow the Knights of Columbus. As his spiritual heirs, we can do nothing less.

Our pastors need the Knights of Columbus. Our fellow parishioners need the Knights of Columbus. Those impacted by COVID-19 need the Knights of Columbus. Just as our holy founder surely would, let us resolve to Leave No Neighbor Behind, and to offer every Catholic man the opportunity to join the Order that he founded some 138 years ago.

Council 10910 would like to take advantage of this offer and is offering a drawing for a $50 gift card to those Knights that sign up a new member. Each Knight who signs up a new member during this promotion will receive a ticket for the drawing to be held on August 6, 2020.

If candidates wish to find out more about the Knights or the Council please have them contact:

William Jackson at GK10910koc@gmail.com or

James Davisson at FS10910koc@gmail.com

Fish Fries Build Church

1-Knights Picnic 2006 (21)A number of years ago, when our council was just starting, our knights looked for ways to help build our church community.  Most of our families were fairly new to Chapel Hill. Some knights had been with our church since the beginning on Gimghoul Street and others were here for school, a new job, or to be with family.

We all remembered church events from our former parishes where were carnivals, barbecues, fish fries, spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts, ice cream socials, St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfests and more.  These parish events build church.  They get families and children together.

Our mission was to find our niche.  The church already held pancake breakfasts (hosted by the Men’s Club).  What were we to do?

That is how we started our first fish fry.  It was a financial disaster (we spent more then we made).  We did not make money, but we were successful in starting something that was bigger than us.  We believed that we were not doing things to make money.  We were working to build a strong fraternal men’s group and make a difference in the community.  This was our ministry.

We learned that we could have fun, demonstrate teamwork and family values, and show our parish men that there was something for them to do. Something for them to be part of that not only strengthen their families, but built a stronger parish.  We could make a difference and have fun at the same time.

Today, our Lenten Fish Fries attract large crowds and families.  We event get community walk-ins from nearby protestant churches.  After all, who doesn’t like fish on Fridays during Lent.  Our neighbors and community get to see a full parking lot on 15-501.  You can be sure that they see our brightly lit building, church, and parking lot full of cars and say, “Wow!  What’s that?”  Maybe we might attract a fellow Catholic who is looking for a church to go home to, especially at Easter.

Experience of a lifetimeYes, our council fish fries help build church.  You and your family are doing it one brick, one fish, one plate of barbecue, one smile, one hello, and one warm, loving handshake at a time.  The Knights of Columbus, An Experience of a Lifetime.

If you are a Catholic gentlemen, 18 or older, we invite you to join us.

Dual Degree Held

National CathedralLots and lots of local knights joined together from Durham, Burlington, and Chapel Hill to hold First and Second Degree ceremonials at St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill.

Eight candidates for council memberships received their First Degree.  All conferees, joined by four other brother knights, then proceeded to their Second Degree ceremonial. The chamber was filled to capacity and all felt that the degree teams did an outstanding job.  They spoke from the heart with sincerity and pride in our Order. The degree teams were both from Burlington, NC, and Pius X Council 3498 of Blessed Sacrament Church.

The Second Degree Ceremonial was dedicated to Sir Knight Jerry Pilarski in recognition of his unselfish dedication to the church, his parish, and the Knights of Columbus.  Grand Knight Matt Raynor commented, “When the Knights are doing something, Jerry, is found there.”  Jerry has prepared many meals and pig pickings for the Council and prepares all of the pork that is sold to support parish programs to aid the homeless and poor seeking assistance at our door.

The Knights of Columbus members progress through three ceremonials in their quest for full knighthood in their fraternal order.  The Knights of Columbus were formed in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Connecticut. He was faced with a parish of many immigrants who worked in local factories and silver smelting plants.  Still many others were without work due to bigotry and shunning by non-Catholics.  Many died premature deaths, leaving widows and orphans to face a life of poverty.  Some parish members were also tempted to join non-Catholic fraternal groups in hopes of gaining employment and acceptance.

Fr. McGivney’s dream was to form a core group of the faithful for the mutual benefit of the church and to provide for widows and orphans.  That small group of men grew into what we now know as the Knights of Columbus.