HNJ Knights- ‘Who We Are, What We Do”
We are a group of 190+ Catholic Men, growing in number, who support our Bishop,
our Pastor and our parish Community. To that end we are involved in the following:
Lenten Fish Dinners – In 2009 our council began holding fish dinners every Friday during Lent in an effort to promote an affordable and galvanizing experience for our parishioners. All visitors are heartily welcome. Our members are represented in all facets of the meals; preparation, cooking, serving, busing tables and clean up. This is our major fund raiser that directly benefits our parish and school. Since the inception of the dinners, the parish Capital Campaign has received $20,000 from the proceeds and the school cafeteria has been retrofitted with several commercial grade appliances.
Living Rosary – Twice each year (during May & October) we host a Rosary outside of our church with the help of the school children, The Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno Assembly #3167 Color Corps and lead by our pastor. All are invited to pray with us for stated and private intentions.
Annual Parish Events – The Crab Fest is held each August by the parish with many of our Brother Knights helping to make it fun and successful. For that matter, many Knights are in attendance for the Saint Vincent DePaul Society Saturday Morning Christmas giveaway.
Baptism Presentations – When Baptisms are held at HNJ, a Knight representing our council gives the parents of the newest member of our community a Rose and Rosary to welcome the child during a brief presentation.
Canned Food Sunday – During the 2nd weekend of each month, Knights are on hand at each Mass to help collect food donations from our many giving parishioners. These foodstuffs are then delivered to the St. Francis Soup Kitchen and the Food Bank at Penn National Race Course on a rotating basis. The November and December collections are provided to the needy at the annual Parish Christmas Giveaway. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners we are able to literally deliver tons of food on an annual basis.
Refund Supports Vocations Program (RSVP) – This is a program where our council helps seminarians through prayer, encouragement and direct financial support. We are elated to announce that three seminarians who received this aid have now been ordained as priests, including our own Father Brian Zumbrum. This effort is primarily funded by HNJ Knights who volunteer to sell programs at Bishop McDevitt HS football games.
Pro Life Efforts – Since its inception our council has been involved with the Pro Life Movement and the welfare of our unborn. We have helped Morningstar Pregnancy Services and volunteer to assist with the pancake breakfast held at City Island, prior to the annual Walk for Life.
Usher Duties – Our members volunteer to usher at various parish special events, such as Confirmation, First Communion, 8th Grade Graduation and funerals of deceased knights. We also help conduct the annual parish census for the Diocese.
Charitable Donations – Through our fund raising efforts, the Knights are able to contribute to various parish, diocesan and community organizations.
Volunteerism – The motto of the Knights is “In Service to One, In Service to All” which explaining why our members are often seen helping other groups with projects and events in our parish and community. It is the cornerstone of our existence.
Scouting – The council has financially assisted the HNJ Boy Scout program and donated funds for Eagle Scout candidates who have requested assistance with their projects. We were a major contributor when a new “Scout House” was needed.
Youth Activities – Our council is continually involved with projects that benefit HNJ School, Bishop McDevitt HS and other children in our community. Annually, we host Basketball Free Throw competitions, Soccer “Shoot-Outs” and several Essay and Poster Contests. Support of our youth is a paramount goal.
Degree Teams – Shortly after forming, our council instituted a 1st Degree Team to enable prospects to quickly join the fold. When our district established a 2nd Degree Team, several of our council members quickly became a vital component of that, as well.
Prayers for Everyone – At the end of every council meeting, we pray for the intentions of the sick and distressed as well as causes important to our faith.
Past Efforts – After the inception of our council in 2006 we took on an annual project known as the Church Grounds Annual Beautification Project, which involved many man-hours of sculpting the hedges and shrubs that surround our property and buildings. Literally tons of tanbark were spread.
How About Yourself? – Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to any Catholic gentleman, ages 18 and older, who want to help in any capacity. It’s a great way to learn about and experience our faith. While encouraged, meeting attendance is not mandatory. If you would like to help with any of our endeavors, please ask a Knight or call one of the numbers listed on this website.