Knights of Columbus
St John Berchmans Council 10728
The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 as a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit organization. Today, the Knights of Columbus has grown to over 14,000 councils and more than 1.8 million members. This brotherhood of men stand together in faith to uphold the principles of the Catholic Church and support their parish, its members, and their communities. Interested in joining the Knights of Columbus? Membership is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 18 years old. Check out our link on the right side of the page for more information.
SJB Knights of Columbus News
The St John Berchmans Cathedral Knights of Columbus Council is very active in our Parish and community. For the second year in a row, through God’s Grace and our hard work, we earned Star Council status for support to parish, community, school and religious causes as well as sustained membership involvement and growth. Our fund raising and outreach efforts allowed us to assist Bishop Duca’s Pro-Life Banquet, LA Right to Life, Mary’s House, St Vincent de Paul, Gabriel’s Closet, local seminarians, the Veterans Lighthouse, St John Berchmans School, the Cathedral Campaign, American Cancer Society, and other worthy causes. We pray that in 2017 we are able to continue our service to God and the St John Berchmans Cathedral parish with the same level of success and dedication through our dedication to our principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We invite any Catholic men interested in learning more about the Knights of Columbus to reach out to any of our members or contact us through the link on the right side of this webpage.
Congratulations to Fr. Peter, Mike Craft, Daymen Cude, Doug Sawyer and Corky Hearn who all completed their Formation (2nd) and Knighthood (3rd) Degrees on Saturday 5 November. Chris Davis did an excellent job as District Deputy during the ceremony and we had several Knights from the Council there to support our Brothers during the ceremonies.
Our next admission degree (1st degree) exemplification will be on January 24th at the Marion Council at 5853 Buncomb road in Shreveport. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM. All Knights are encouraged to attend to support our new members. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your seats.
We will be having a formation and knighthood (2nd and 3rd degree) exemplification on March 11th in West Monroe. Please let Paul Malloy know if you would like to participate in this ceremony.
Our Council had a very busy month in December. We sold Advent wreaths and supplies, supported events during the visit of the Heart of St John Berchmans to include a Knights of Columbus Mass and Veneration, served pancakes for the St John Berchmans School Rudolph Run 5k, held a pastalaya meal fundraiser, served gumbo and pizza for nearly 400 Altar Servers and their families from the entire Shreveport Diocese, and held our annual Christmas party. We were blessed that we could support so many worthy events and causes, as well as enjoy the friendship and camaraderie that comes with being a Knight. Here are a few pictures of some of the Knights in action.
Heart of St John Berchmans
Altar Server Meal
Christmas Party Pics
Brothers, we have several pro-life events happening in early 2017.
The most important event in our community, throughout the state, and across the country is the memorial of the anniversary of Roe vs Wade every year the week of January 22. Pro-life marchers will demonstrate in cities and towns all across the USA in marches. Our Louisiana Life March North will be on January 28. Marchers and fourth degree Knights in full regalia will meet at 9:15AM at the Boardwalk in Bossier. Talks will begin at 9:30. Marchers will begin the one mile trek over the Texas Street bridge at 10:00 and will proceed to Festival Plaza in Shreveport for the keynote speaker.
The 2017 40 Days For Life campaign has its kick off rally on February 25th and the campaign running from March 1st through April 9th. Here is a link to their webpage for more information. https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/shreveport/
Mark your calendars for this years Bishop’s Pro-Life Banquet which will be held on March 18th. Our very own Bishop Duca will be this year’s keynote speaker.
Contact Chris Davis for more information on our Council’s activities or pro-life activities in our area in general.
With the start of the school year, our Council youth events are already underway. Our annual Soccer Shoot-Out tournament was held the week of August 22nd with participation by boys and girls in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. It was a lot of fun and the kids did great. Good luck to all of our Council winners at the District competition!
Our Free Throw contest is happening this month at St John Berchmans School.
Congratulations to Celeste Lirette who won First Place in the Knights of Columbus annual High School essay contest about Catholic Citizenship. This year’s specific topic was:
“As Catholics we are called to participate in the political life of our country. This can be difficult at times because our beliefs are often misunderstood and unpopular. Also, Laws and regulations from our government can be contrary to our beliefs and threaten to force us to violate our conscious. Discuss the challenges we face in this area, the importance of religious freedom, and the idea of the Catholic in the public square.”
All of the entries were great essays but Celeste’s stood out as the winner. We wish her luck as her essay competes at the next level on its way to the National level.