The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal service organization that includes charitable service and financial aid to our communities, parishes, families, and members. The Knights of Columbus exist at St. Philip Neri Parish for quite a few reasons.
We stand behind our Holy Father, the bishops and the priests. We especially support whatever our Parish priests’ want of the men of the Parish. Every year, the 4th Degree, sponsor a BBQ in appreciation of our priests.
Some of our funds come from the BBQs that we organize in the summer. Other funds come from the K of C Charity Appeal tickets and from our Grey Cup Pool tickets we sell every fall along with gift cards that we sell every month after Mass.
Many of our volunteer hours consist of helping out at the Extendicare Home beside the Market Mall, organizing the Bingo fun and taking the boys for coffee and pie across the street at Market Mall. We organize a Marian Prayer service in conjunction with an Oblate Holy Day each year.
Some of our youth activities include building bird houses and feeders or other wood working projects with the youth of our Parish. We help some of the youth in winter with a program we call, “Coats for Kids”. We’ve given coats to many kids that attend St. Philip School, George Vanier School, St. Frances School and Pope John Paul II School. Another program the Knights organize is the “Basketball Free Throw”. This is a competition held in the elementary schools where kids can try their hand at shooting basketballs. We also provide funds for the youth at the Blackstrap Youth Camp and at the Knights of Columbus Indoor Games.
Many members attend weekday Mass, help out with the weekday or weekend liturgy in the various ministries as well as help with the weekend collections. Members also help with the Extendicare lay service, ecumenical services, Stations of the Cross at Lent, funeral setups/takedowns, delivering Meals on Wheels, and driving parishioners to appointments or to Church for Mass, just to mention a few.
As Knights of Saskatoon, we are part of Chapter which consist of all the councils in the city. In this role, we help with the Christmas Carol Festival held at TCU Place in December along with the annual Pro Life Dance and Silent Auction held in February. We also assist with fundraisers for Bosco Homes, the Bishop’s Dinner, and the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Dinner at the Cathedral of the Holy Family.