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 third 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.
On August 22nd we welcomed Chad Dailey and Joshua Riggs to our Council as new members. Their 1st degree ceremony was attended by Paul Malloy, John Vitacca, Steve Cude, Brian Nicolosi and Jon Blanco.
All first degree members are encouraged to attend the second and third degree ceremonies on Saturday, October 14th. The ceremonies will be held at the Marion Council Lodge located at 5853 Buncombe Rd, Shreveport, LA 71129. We will begin at 8:00 so please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and get into place. This ceremony is only offered locally 2 times a year so take advantage of this opportunity. Lunch will be served afterwards (around noon) for all of the participants. All Knights are encouraged to come for the lunch and congratulate those who just completed the ceremony.
Thanks to Edmund Ducote, Corky Hearne, Steve Cude, Jamie Moore, John and Martha Vanchiere, and Paul Malloy, who helped with a special fish fry for our veterans at the Volunteers of America North Louisiana Center located at 453 Jordan street in Shreveport. We served our signature fried catfish meal including hush puppies, french fries and the Vanchiere family secret recipe coleslaw to around 40 vets on 17 September. This has become an annual event for our Council and the meal and fellowship was enjoyed by all those who were there.
The Louisiana State Council is hosting the annual “Silver Rose Run” this month, and the Rose is scheduled to stop at St. Michael’s Chapel on Monday, October 30. Deacon John Basco has graciously agreed to lead us in a Rosary honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe beginning at 6:30 p.m. that evening. We will need several Knights to help lead each decade. This is a special, solemn event and families are encouraged to attend. We look forward to having a full Chapel of Knights present and remember, bring the family!
The 2017 40 Days For Life campaign has begun and will run through 5 November. Here is a link to their webpage for more information. https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/shreveport/
Our Council is once again supporting Mary’s House with the annual Embrace Grace baby bottle campaign. Last year we collected nearly $4,000 in donations and gifts and we hope to do as well or better this year. Bottles were handed out after Mass on 1 October and will be collected later in the month.
Contact Chris Davis for more information on our Council’s activities or pro-life activities in our area in general.
Our Council’s youth events have picked up now that school is back in full swing. We recently completed the soccer challenge and will have the free throw contest after the new year. We are also working with St John Berchmans school to support their Monster Mass event in October.
This year’s Catholic Citizenship essay contest is underway. Students from Loyola in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades are participating. This year’s essay topic is as follows: “Through his Incarnation, the Lord has united himself forever with suffering humanity — not as an abstraction, but throughout history with each suffering person. Jesus is already at the peripheries. The question for us is whether He will be there alone or whether His disciples will be there with Him.” – Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
Discuss the role of the Catholic Church going to the peripheries, then select one of the following ideas to complete your essay:
a) Describe the work of one widely known current Catholic who went to the periphery.
b) Describe the work of one widely known historical Catholic who went to the periphery.
c) Describe the work of one person in your life, who helps alleviate human suffering.