The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. Who are these men called Knights? Click here for more about our Order and its history....
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At St. Bridget Council 9800, many of our members are Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, greeters, Lectors and Catechists. We are frequently called upon to set up the facility for various parish functions, decorate the plaza during the Christmas Holidays, and travel up the White Mountain Apache reservation to bring back trees for Christmas. We have designed and built a prayer garden on the north side of the church property. We provide material, volunteer and financial support to St. Vincent DePaul. We also host the annual Lenten Fish Fry.
We feed the hungry, support volunteer police, provide free haircuts to the homeless, provide labor and materials for Habitat for Humanity, and conduct an annual fundraiser for children with developmental disabilities. We raise funds for the East Valley Men's Transitional Center, Phoenix Children's hospital, Make a Wish Foundation, the MARC Center, and the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled.
We adopt a family each Christmas, hold Corporate Communions, family picnics and the annual Christmas Party for Knights and their families. We support 1st Way, crisis pregnancy centers and Voces Por La Vida.
Our annual Memorial Scholarship awards have provided over $85,000 in scholarship assistance to young people in our community. We hold free-throw contests, help set up the parish Haunted House, and raise funds for the Boy Scout troops in our parish.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits. Click here for more about membership.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing 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.
Want to join a dynamic group that shares your interests in family, church, and service to the parish and community? Look no further than the Knights of Columbus! For information on how to join the St. Bridget Knights of Columbus, speak to any Knight. You can recognize us by our distinctive name badges. (top)
Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. The assembly which serves our council is the Monsignor Bernard G. Collins Assembly also locates right here at St. Bridget Parish. Click here to visit the assembly website.
Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own ranks, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility. St. Bridget Council provides financial support for this activity through the State and Supreme Councils. (top)
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