Saint Henry Catholic Church
COUNCIL 11453 ACTIVITIES
Wherever we live, whether it is in Paducah, Lexington, or here in Aurora, KY, we all have perceptions of “Community”. Community undoubtedly means different things to each of us due to our particular experiences.
Every individual has a voice in shaping the world around him, and everyone can make that voice heard. Your voice is important and you should make it heard in your community. Making a difference in the lives of those with whom we come in contact in business or social environments says, “I care.”
Our community offers limitless opportunities for action. Look for something that is needed and workable in our community.
The boundaries are virtually limitless! Just about everything that our council does can be aimed at your community.
Food for Families
In these difficult economic times even something as basic as putting food on a table is difficult for some families. The difference between having a nutritious meal and going to bed hungry can be a thin line. The Knights are the difference that help set the table for people in need by conducting Food for Families programs.
Families are the foundation of society and are at the core of the Knights of Columbus. With this in mind, councils regularly sponsor activities that allow families to spend time together in volunteer activities, faith initiatives and social events. In addition, the Knights of Columbus regularly recognizes the importance of the family and outstanding families. In addition, since its beginnings, the Order has always stood ready to help protect the widows and orphans of its members.
As Knights of Columbus, we are interested in the continuing development of strong, vibrant families throughout our order. To further this theme and recognize families of this type, each council is asked to select a “Family of the Month” during the twelve months of each fraternal year.
Knights of Columbus Family Week (Aug. 10 to 16) is a special opportunity for our Order to celebrate and emphasize the importance of the family through programs that support the Church and the Parish, and unite Knights and Squires with their families and the community at large. These programs should be fun and enjoyable for all, but also meaningful in their message.
Family of the Week
Distributing coats to needy children not only fills a vital need in the community, it is also an excellent way to build camaraderie among member and prospects. Seeing the joy that getting a new winter coat brings to a child will help prospects to see the Knights of Columbus as an organization they want to be a part of. In the last four years, Knights of Columbus councils have distributed more than 72,000 winter coats to needy children.
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness one family at a time. The organization assists in providing quality-built, affordable homes to needy families by cooperatively involving the future homeowner with community volunteers and suppliers to build or renovate the home. In the last four years, Knights of Columbus members and their families have contributed nearly 4.3 million hours to Habitat building projects, and donated nearly $2.5 million to those projects. Habitat for Humanity building projects are excellent opportunities to show prospective members what the Knights of Columbus is all about.
In 2003, the Knights of Columbus teamed up with The Global Wheelchair Mission (www.amwheelchair.org) to help bring wheelchairs to those who lack freedom of mobility.
Since then, Knights in the U.S. and Canada have sponsored the distribution of some 30,000 wheelchairs in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, the United States, and Vietnam.
The Global Wheelchair Mission purchases wheelchairs in bulk and delivers them by sea containers around the world. For every donation of 150 received by the Global Wheelchair Mission, It can deliver a brand new wheelchair which would cost over $500 in a medical supply store. They are shipped by 100 to 280 wheelchair containers directly from the factory to the destination countries at no cost to the recipients.
As Knights of Columbus it is our responsibility to provide our youth with the means and the opportunities to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times. Today’s youth are looking for a challenge, for responsibility, for faith and trust. The youth of today are often condemned because of the uncontrolled actions of a minority of young people.
There is a great deal more that all of us can do to improve our youth programs. We need to recruit as many of our members as possible to work with our young people. As adult leaders we will help mold our young people into the leaders of tomorrow. We will have the opportunity for what they are saying.
The Knights of Columbus has five programs that are for the youth of our community. Four of these programs are conducted on the international level. They are the Columbian Squires, the KofC Free Throw Contest, the KofC Soccer Challenge, and the KofC Substance Abuse Poster Contest. The fifth program is conducted only at the council level and that is the KofC Essay Contest. Each of these programs has something to offer to our youth.
The Columbian Squires is a leadership development program for young Catholic men ages 10-18 years old. There are over 25,000 Catholic young men in over 1,500 local units, called Circles, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Guam, and Poland.
The Squires program is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church, and who are ready, willing, and capable of patterning their lives after Christ.
Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14.
The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group tossing 15 consecutive Free Throw attempts. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state levels. From there, some make it to the international level for championship competition in their group.
The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill—the penalty kick. Open to all boys and girls in your community, ages 10-14, where each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal). Winners progress to the regional, state, and international levels.
Entries in the Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest must fall under one of these topics: Alcohol Awareness and Abuse or Drug Awareness and Abuse. Each poster must include a slogan reflecting either of the topics and an original visual image. Posters may only be entered under one topic.
The Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest is open to all young people between the ages of 8 and 14. Contest entrants compete in one of two age groups—ages 8 through 11, and ages 12 through 14.
It’s not necessarily what we do that makes us different but why we do it.
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St. Henry Catholic Church
16097 Hwy 68, Hardin, KY 42048
Phone (270) 474-8058 | Fax (270) 474-9867
Church Office Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours : Tuesday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM