PRAYER TO END ABORTION
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life
and for the life of my brothers and sisters.
Nothing destroys more life than abortion.
Yet I rejoice that you conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
Today I commit myself never to be silent,
never to be passive,
never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself never to stop defending life
until all my brothers and sisters are protected
and our nation once again becomes
a nation with liberty and justice,
not just for some, but for all.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Why Participate in the Knights?
Knights of Columbus like to say their membership is its own reward. It’s a way to acknowledge the fulfillment they receive from belonging to a diverse group of Catholic men whose shared principles are needed more than ever in the world today.
These much needed principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism were handed down by Father McGivney and the Order’s first leaders.
The Father Hogan Council #14236 of the Knights of Columbus directly supports the parishes of St. Mary's and St. Julie Billiart in Dartmouth Massachusetts as well as a number of family service and support organizations and agencies in the South Coast area.
Thanks to the efforts of the Founder of the Knights of Columbus, 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.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.