The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Fraternal Catholic Organization for men. To become a member one must be a practicing Catholic in union with the Holy See. A prospective member must appear before an admission committee for an examination as to his qualifications for membership. Once a prospective member has passed the inquiry, all the pertinent information is entered on a form and presented to the council's Grand Knight. The Form is then presented to the full membership for their approval.
To become a knight, the prospective member must attend a degree ceremony, possibly with other prospective members from other councils. Once he completes this degree he will become a member of the order with full rights of membership. He will at that time receive a membership card, which must be presented at council meetings to be able to enter the hall.
Though the Knights of Columbus' ceremonials were secret in the past, they have now been made public. For many years, those who wish the Catholic Church and the Knights ill have spread rumors of dark secrets contained in the ceremonials. In reality, the Knights are committed to unity, fraternity, charity, and patriotism.
All men age 18 and over are invited to join our ranks. Become a Knight of Columbus today and join the ranks of these faithful soldiers for Christ!
For more information, contact Carl Jarvis, Grand Knight at 812-320-9120. Learn more about our officers at kofc11809.org.
The Knights of Columbus Auxiliary
The Knights of Columbus is a Fraternal Catholic Organization. We, the ladies, have our own Auxiliary. We assist the knights in their projects and have a few projects of our own. Our meetings are held at the same time as the knights.
To be eligible for membership, one must be: a wife, mother, unmarried daughter, or unmarried sister, or a widow of a Knight in Council #11809, or a widow of a member in good standing of any Knights of Columbus Council.
Our dues are $10.00 a year. Payable by check. All monies go to charitable donations in the local or surrounding area.
L - R: President Maryanne Edens; Vice-President Rosemary Dougherty; Secretary Karen Czaplewski; Treasurer Carol Berka
Our Lady's Guild
The Women’s Guild of Our Lady of Lourdes was founded in 1979 with the establishment of the parish in Sun City West. In 40 years of service, the Guild contributed more than $492,000 to the parish and over $165,000 to more than 32 various charitable and community groups. The stained glass Rosary window at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and two stained glass windows in St. John Paul II Chapel on Prince of Peace Church's campus were donated by the Guild. Other charitable donations for the churches include the Our Lady of Lourdes Church nativity set, priest vestments, and many icons that are still used at both parish campuses today.
At that time the original Guild was disbanded, we began a series of attempts to organize a Guild for each church. We were only partially successful until Price of Peace was elevated to the status of a parish in 2021. That was the beginning of Our Lady’s Guild of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. At the May 3 meeting, officers were elected and installed and the first meeting was held.
Our meetings are routinely held the first Monday of each month with a change to the second Monday if a holiday interferes with the schedule. Meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in Madonna Hall. All women of the parish are invited to be members of Our Lady’s Guild. Information is routinely published in the bulletin.
For further information, please contact Our Lady's Guild President, Maryanne Edens at 507-254-2758.