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     The Knights of Columbus is a lay Catholic family fraternal service organization. Membership in the knights of Columbus is open to all practical Catholic men in communion with the Holy See, age 18 and above. The term "practical Catholic" implies that a person accepts and abides by the commandments of God and the precepts and tenets of the Catholic church.

          In October 2, 1881, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut, brought together a group of laymen with whom he discussed his dream for a Catholic fraternal benefit society.It not only would assist widows and orphans of deceased members through it's life insurance program, but also would boost members' sense of pride in their Catholic religon, then frequently challenged in the anti-Catholic climate of 19th-century America. Father McGivney and his associates met several more over the next several months to continue planning, and the new organization -- the Knights of Columbus -- was formally launched in early Febuary, 1882.

          Through their dedication to the ideals of the order- Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism, through their fidelity to Christ's church and his Vicar, the Knights of Columbus continue to be what they were called long ago: "The strong Right Arm of the Church."

Who is the Holy Rosary Council #13579?
          The Holy Rosary Council is the newest of the three Knights of Columbus councils located in Muskegon, Michigan. Chartered on July 1, 2004, the council serves the Urban Muskegon Catholic Cluster made up of Sacred Heart church, St. Jean de baptist church, St. Mary's church, and St. Mike's Church.

Family and youth programs
    Annual free throw championship (youth ages 9 to 14)
    Annual essay contest (youth grades 6 to 12)
    Annual golf outing and picnic
    Annual Christmas dinner party
    Quarterly corporate Comminions
    Pancake breakfast fund raisers

Church Programs
     Pilgrimage of the Lady of Fatima Statue
    Assist with Sacred Heart Parish festival and Block Party
    Assist with St. Jean's annual Fiesta
    Assist with St. Jean's Annual Chicken Dinner
    Rosaries for RCIA candidates and students
    Cleaning, painting and repairs to church facilities

Community Programs
    2nd Harvest Gleaners Food Trucks
    Donations to Right to Life
    Donations to Morality in Media
    Annual Tootsie Roll/ Mentally impaired Drive
    Donations to Special Olympics Area 21
    Donations to Wesley Schools for the Mentally Impaired


The 24 Hour Knight
There are 8760 hours in a year. Just by giving 24 of those 8760 hours (less than point 3 percent), every man can be a better Catholic, a better father, a better husband and a better man. If you can pay your dues and give the following you have fulfilled your obligations as a Knight:

    4 hours a year reading the monthly newsletter, the State Council Michigan Columbian and the Supreme Council magazine Columbia.
    2 hours a year volunteering on the council’s annual Tootsie Roll’ drive weekend
    4 hours a year attending a council corporate communion
    4 hours a year attending one council meeting.
    6 hours a year attending a council social function. This means coming to the Council Picnic and Golf Outing or Council Picnic and Christmas Dinner will cover this obligation.