Our Council

The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 10685 is dedicated to the service of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, our Bishop, our Pastor Reverend Father Paul C. Helwig, our parish school and children, and to the people of Good Shepherd Parish. We as a council supply manpower for parish activities and hold fundraising events to benefit our parish community.

Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 10685 was chartered on August 12, 1991, with 36 charter members.

Brother George Morrison Jr. spearheaded the effort to form a parish council at Good Shepherd. Monsignor Vincent Smith was the pastor of Good Shepherd Church at the time and supported George in all his efforts.

The Council was formed to serve the pastor and people of Good Shepherd Parish and to provide the men of the parish a Catholic fraternal organization where they could share their faith and work with other Catholic gentlemen in service to the parish.

COUNCIL 10685

 

ORDER HISTORY

 

The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 10685 is dedicated to the service of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, our Bishop, our Pastor Reverend Father Paul C. Helwig, our parish school and children, and to the people of Good Shepherd Parish. We as a council supply manpower for parish activities and hold fundraising events to benefit our parish community.

Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 10685 was chartered on August 12, 1991, with 36 charter members.

Brother George Morrison Jr. spearheaded the effort to form a parish council at Good Shepherd. Monsignor Vincent Smith was the pastor of Good Shepherd Church at the time and supported George in all his efforts.

The Council was formed to serve the pastor and people of Good Shepherd Parish and to provide the men of the parish a Catholic fraternal organization where they could share their faith and work with other Catholic gentlemen in service to the parish.

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

News & Updates

 

French Toast Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt!

The Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a French Toast and Sausage breakfast on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 8:00 until 10:30, in the Parish Hall. Tickets will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The adult breakfast will include two slices of French toast, sausage patties, orange juice, & coffee. The child breakfast will include one slice of French toast, sausage patty, orange juice, & milk. Tickets will be sold after the Masses, beginning the weekend of March 23 & 24, 2019.

The breakfast is scheduled for the same morning as the parish Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 9:30. We are hoping that many of the families who attend the hunt will also join us for breakfast.

We will need the help of Brother Knights to help prepare, serve, and clean up after the French Toast breakfast. Preparation will begin at 6:00 am. Please contact Marty Carr (717-732-2041).

We will need the help of Brother Knights to help prepare for the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning, April 13, beginning at 8:00.

Volunteers Needed

The council is looking for volunteers to fill the following roles. These roles will be responsible for creating and directing programs for our council. I have included below a brief description of each role. Any council member in good standing is eligible for these roles. Please note, though, that the positions of Community Director and Family director require the knight selected for the role to take an online youth protection course and submit to a background check. If you are interested in taking on one of these roles, please let me know by Sunday, July 29th. You may contact me at the phone number and email address in my signature.
Faith Director
As a fraternal organization of Catholic men, the Knights of Columbus has strong ties to the Church. At all levels, from the local councils to the Supreme Council, the organization has the volunteer power, communications abilities and organization to help strengthen the Church while offering members and their families to grow in the faith. Through the sponsoring of Church-related activities the members of the Knights of Columbus continue to show that they are the strong right arm of the Church.
Community Director
As a fraternal organization of Catholic men, the Knights of Columbus has strong ties to the Church. At all levels, from the local councils to the Supreme Council, the organization has the volunteer power, communications abilities and organization to help strengthen the Church while offering members and their families to grow in the faith. Through the sponsoring of Church-related activities the members of the Knights of Columbus continue to show that they are the strong right arm of the Church.
Family Director
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.
Life Director
The Knights of Columbus remains firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being, from the moment of conception to natural death. Countless councils and individual Knights conduct projects aimed to build a culture of life in their individual communities. One of the most successful of the Order’s initiatives in this area is the Ultrasound Initiative though which councils (both state and local) partner with the Supreme Council in provide sharing the cost of purchasing ultrasound machines for pregnancy resource centers.
Contact:
Michael Kowalski Jr.
Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus, Good Shepherd Council #10685
717-645-0930

Record-setting Donations in 2017 Keep Pace with Major Needs

2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of service provided worldwide.

The monetary value of K of C’s service hours is valued at $1.9 billion based on an estimate by Independent Sector, a network for nonprofit foundations that values a 2017 volunteer hour at $24.69.

The K of C’s 2017 survey of charitable giving also showed that monetary donations increased $8 million from 2016 (+4.5 percent) and service hours grew by 527,550 (+0.7 percent). Year-over-year annual growth in both categories has been consistent over the past two decades. Read more…

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4 PRINCIPLES...4 REASONS

 

CHARITY

Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

UNITY

None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another.

FRATERNITY

Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights.

PATRIOTISM

We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support our nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.