Strengthening Our Faith, Journeying with Our Families
As Knights of Columbus our goal is to strengthen our men and their families in Faith. When we entered the Order, we were reminded to constantly inform ourselves in the Catholic Faith. When Knights of Columbus members come together as one for their Councils and Parishes, they accomplish great things.
"Faith In Action" -- Faith Programs for Star Council Award
Spiritual Reflection Program
Plan a day of reflection or a weekend retreat.
Refund Support Vocations Program “RSVP” – Keep the Faith alive by supporting our seminarians.
Additional Supreme-Recommended Programs
- Into the Breach
- Holy Hour
- Building the Domestic Church Kiosk Rosary Program
- Sacramental Gifts
- Marian Icon Prayer Program
Faith Activities Chairmen:
Faith in Action -- Supreme Programs
Building the Domestic Church – Kiosk
Help strengthen the domestic church (our families) by providing exceptional religious education materials to all Catholics. Building the Domestic Church Kiosks contain engaging, faith-based literature and are available for councils to distribute to members, parishioners, and the general public. By organizing activities in your parishes, councils will educate and evangelize using the rich resources found in the Catholic Information Service (CIS) Building the Domestic Church series of booklets. For $150, councils will receive a Building the Domestic Church Kiosk (#BDC-K) and the first set of 225 booklets of the most popular CIS resources, aimed at helping Catholics to live out the Church’s vision for our families.
Encourage deep personal encounter with God. Councils work with their pastors to organize a regular Holy Hour of eucharistic adoration. A Knights of Columbus Holy Hour, prepared for the men of the parish, could include a reflection, communal rosary, and various other aspects as decided by the council. Eucharistic adoration in the form of a regularly scheduled Holy Hour is a simple, direct and meaningful way to address needs.
Into The Breach
Deepen member spirituality and formation to combat the crisis of religious faith in our world. Into The Breach is a call to battle for Catholic men which urges them to wholeheartedly embrace masculine virtues in a world at crisis. Councils can institute men’s study groups to read the Apostolic Exhortation Into the Breach and use copies of the Into the Breach Booklet and Study Guide as a resource.
Build faithful families and communities through rosary prayer. The Knights of Columbus Rosary Program encourages councils to promote devotion to the rosary in our families and parishes by scheduling regular rosary prayer services. Kits with rosary rings, rosary prayer guides, and leader books are available for councils to order. This program encourages devotion to Mary, the patroness of our Order, and emphasizes the importance of prayer in community and as a family.
Support families during the most important events in the life of the domestic church: the sacraments. Councils will play an integral role in these momentous faith events and the lives of our families and parish community through prayer and the presentation of symbolic gifts. As children and adults members become more integrated into the life of the church and their parish, they should know that members of the Knights of Columbus will always be present in a tangible and meaningful way, regardless of who else is there for them.
Create annual opportunities for prayer and reflection together as a fraternity. Under the guidance of their chaplain, councils can attend a retreat or day of reflection together or perhaps organize their own event for the men of their parish. Council participation in Spiritual Reflection is NOT a required Program to qualify for the Columbian Award.
Marian Icon Prayer, Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians
Spread devotion to Our Lady and pray for our brothers and sisters of faith who are at risk around the world through the Marian Icon Prayer Program. As the new Marian Icon is brought on pilgrimage through the jurisdiction, councils will host the Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians Icon for a prayer service at their parish. Each Knights of Columbus jurisdiction receives several Marian images, which serve as the centerpiece for prayer services conducted in churches and council meeting places throughout the Order for the duration of the initiative.
Religious Appreciation & Pilgrimages
When Jesus walked this earth, he told his disciples “What so ever you do for the least of my brothers, you are doing it for me.” Our Order is established on that principle of Charity.
With our clergy appreciation programs throughout the year every Council, Assembly and Auxiliary have an opportunity to show our clergy and religious just how much they are appreciated. We are blessed for each of their sacrifices made to follow Christ and devote their lives to serving our Mother Church and the needs of others. Please take time to show them by honoring them at your parish with the church community or taking them out to diner some evening.
Again, this fraternal year we are planning to have a pilgrimage in each dioceses/archdiocese throughout the State. Currently the following Pilgrimages have been scheduled:
As Knights and Lady Auxiliary members we are all called to serve God our Father, Lord Jesus Christ, Holy Mother Church and our parish communities. Father Ed Stanger will be our spiritual guidance as the Faith Enrichment coordinator appointed by our Worthy State Deputy. Father Ed will be following the direction of our State Deputy’s moto, Jesus Only You – ”JOY”.
As the Faith Enrichment coordinator, he can help provide guidance for our Councils, Assemblies and Auxiliaries by assisting with:
- Meeting with your Pastor and align your council’s agenda with his plans and needs.
- Discuss goals and planned activities for your council’s fraternal year that will support the Parish.
- Ask for pastoral guidance to ensure your council remains on a sound spiritual footing.
- Ask what your council can do to help support his pastoral work and then LISTEN!
- Implement programs that teach and promote the sustaining gift of God’s sacraments.
- Implement programs that teach and promote our common priesthood.
- Promote a positive image of our priests in the parish, in the home and in the community
Missouri Religious Vocation Fund
Help Our Youth Consider a Religious Vocation!
The Missouri Religious Vocation Fund was established to aid the Dioceses of Kansas City/St. Joseph, Jefferson City & Springfield/Cape Girardeau and Archdiocese of St. Louis to aid in promoting future vocations. The dioceses and archdiocese are working to inform students of the vocations in grade schools, high schools and colleges. Our goal, this year is $20,000 for the four areas within Missouri. To be successful and assist this program we are praying for each Council, Assembly and Auxiliary to consider contributions and donations of just $0.50 per member to help us meet our goal and provide support to the dioceses and archdiocese.
A suggestion to help us meet this goal would be to use the $100 reimbursement that you get back from the Supreme RSVP program and donate it to the Missouri Religious Vocation program. Checks should be made out to “Columbian Charities” and include a note that the donation is to go to the Missouri Religious Vocation Fund. This can be sent to our state chairman, Joe Stoverink at the address below.
There is an additional way you can support the Missouri Religious Vocation program currently. It is by getting a personalized Missouri Knights of Columbus license plate for your vehicle. With a $25 donation (one-year plate) or a $50 donation (two-year plate) this is possible. You will need to submit a “Emblem Use Authorization Statement form” that is available on the Missouri State Website and submit it to Jerry Herbert, 7218 Picasso Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63368. Please make your check out to “Columbian Charities” when submitting for these license plates.
The diocesan chairmen are the liaison between the Knights of Columbus and the Dioceses and Archdiocese of Missouri. They are responsible for the vocations programs in the diocese done in conjunction with the Knights and will help you with seminarians to sponsor. Not only will the chairmen communicate with the District Deputies and Grand Knights concerning activities and opportunities within their areas, but they will keep in touch with the Dioceses and Archdiocese on individual council activities. If we are to build up the Catholic Church, good communications with our Bishops are extremely vital for our success.
Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP)
Keep the faith alive by supporting our seminarians and postulants. As the strong right arm of the church, Knights of Columbus are committed to providing moral, financial and spiritual support to our future priests and religious at all stages of their formation. A featured program, RSVP counts for two credits toward the Columbian Award. Knights of Columbus stand in solidarity with our priest and religious. Through this program, council and parish families will raise funds to support seminarians in their areas. For every $500 donated to an individual seminarian or religious aspirant, the Supreme Council will refund $100 back to the council, up to a maximum of $400 (four individuals) per council per fraternal year.
Supreme Form 2863 is what you will need to fill out to receive your reimbursement. Be sure to send a copy to your diocesan chairman as well. This is a outstanding program from Supreme, and as such you get your council additional credit for your Columbian Application, when submitted near the end of the fraternal year. A good way to use your reimbursement from Supreme, may be to donate this reimbursement to the Missouri Religious Vocations Fund, which, as a reminder, is a completely different program.
Msgr. Joseph Mancuso Catholic Education Grant Program
Providing a strong Catholic education for our youth has always been a priority of the Missouri State Knights of Columbus. Beginning in 1984, Msgr. Joseph Mancuso spearheaded a drive to establish a $1,000,000 Trust Fund to support and fund Catholic education programs around the state. Since 1990 interest earned from this fund has provided over $700,000 in grants to Catholic schools and parish- based religious programs. During the 2020-2021 fraternal year, in spite of a pandemic, this program was again able to provide grants totaling $50,000 to almost 100 education programs throughout the four dioceses and archdiocese in Missouri.
Catholic schools, which include pre-schools, parochial schools and high schools along with K-12 religious education programs can apply for either a $500 or $1000 grant. Application forms are available on the state council website under the forms section and are due, no latter then March 1st – no late forms will be accepted. While electronic submissions are highly preferred, if you have issues with the online form please contact Father Weber. Please follow the criteria precisely.
Grant Criteria when submitting your application:
- Deals with a specifically Catholic dimension of education which is in conformity with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
- Would affect a high percentage of the potential number of students enrolled or other persons involved.
- Shows promise of continuing after the initial funding is expended.
- Does not merely replace what is an expected service but offers an improved dimension (supplements basic programs, does not supplant, or initiates a needed program).
- Could be replicated in other Catholic educational settings.
- Show clearly the basis of need for this project.
- Show clearly the inability of the local setting to meet this need.
- Would be implemented by personnel with appropriate background and expertise.
- Is accompanied by a budget which meets requirements and includes no request for overhead expenses unless it is a new project.
- Offers matching effort (not necessarily financial) on the local level to the extent possible.
Offering prayers for the faithfully departed is one of our traditions that we have as Catholic Christians. While we continue daily pray for the departed souls of your deceased Brother Knights, Lady Auxiliary members and family members in your Councils, Assemblies, Auxiliaries and Parishes, the Missouri State Memorial Board provides another opportunity for this continued recognized honor for prayer.
Many of you may have seen the Missouri State Memorial Boards displayed at the Missouri State Conventions and District Deputy meetings in the past. To help support the administrative expenses of the grant program, you can set up a memorial for a deceased Brother Knight or Lady Auxiliary member on the Memorial Board. You can send your $25 donation check (made out to Columbian Charities) to the Memorial Board Chairman, Michael Demos. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with him.
Father Michael J. McGivney Guild
On October 31, 2020, our founder, Michael J. McGivney was beatified.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us in paragraph 2683 of the importance of those who have gone before us into the Kingdom of God in that “Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.” While we pray for him to be raised to the dignity of the altar, we must not neglect his role as our intercessor to God. We encourage you to continue to ask for our founder’s intercession daily.
Continue to promote the Father McGivney Guild through this beatification process and keep informed by receiving quarterly newsletters from the Father Michael J. McGivney Guild. Membership in the guild is free and open to not only Knights of Columbus members but anyone who is interested in our founder’s history.
For more information, you can go to the Guild’s website at http://www.fathermcgivney.org/en/index.html
or contact the state chairman, Edward Cirar for assistance, he will be glad to help. Please encourage your Council, Assembly and Auxiliary members to join the Guild. A printable form of the sign-up sheet is on the following page for your convenience.
Religious Information Bureau R.I.B.
“Enriching Our Faith Through JOY”
2021-2022 Religious Information Bureau Chairmen
Welcome Grand Knights, Ladies Auxiliary Presidents and District Deputies to the Religious Information Bureau R.I.B. State Program! Please read through this guide as our hope is that our program will assist your Councils in “Enriching Our Faith Through JOY” (Jesus Only You).
Religious Information Bureau in the Past
The Religious Information Bureau, R.I.B., was developed in the 1940’s by the Missouri State Council to help non-Catholics learn about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church. This was especially important in a time in which anti-Catholic bias was present in both religious and secular media. The Missouri State Council partnered with the Vincentian Priests and Brothers in Perryville who started the Catholic Home Study Service that provided the free courses. Many of the materials were developed by the late Vincentian Father Oscar Lukefahr, a former State Chaplain for Missouri. Non-Catholics might take the home study courses available through the Catholic Home Study in order to learn about Catholicism prior to joining the church. The Missouri State Program was so successful that the Supreme Office developed the Catholic Information Service in 1953 and that program is still very active today and can be a great resource for all the materials you can use to evangelize today. While the Vincentian partnership was immensely fruitful, and with the changing times, the Vincentians ended our partnership in November 2018 to invest more energy in preaching parish missions.
Religious Information Bureau NOW
At the 118th Missouri State Convention in 2019, a new Religious Information Bureau program was announced. The new program consists of grants provided to each of our four Diocese’s to enhance their evangelistic efforts. Each Diocese provided their programs to the Columbian Charities grant committee for acceptance and funding. The new opportunities for the Dioceses to bring enhanced faith programs to their parishioners has been overwhelmingly well received. These programs will reach the four corners of Missouri with 21st century Online Technology at the forefront. Each of the Diocesan programs have given the Missouri Knights of Columbus acknowledgement of sponsorship and financial assistance. We are fortunate to currently have the Director of the Office of the Domestic Church and Discipleship of the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph, Dino Durando, helping guide this program. See page P10 for a synopsis of each Diocesan Program.
Our Goal - $285,000
With the new program aligned to the four Dioceses in our State, we have had great financial support the first year that the program changed. We need everyone’s help even more than ever so we don’t let our Church down. We are continuing to ask each Council to assign a quota of $7.50 per member. Each member of the Ladies Auxiliary is asked to give $3.75. Fourth Degree Assemblies are asked to support this program with what they can. With 100% participation from the roughly 43,000 Knights in Missouri, we could raise $322,500, not to mention the additional from all of the Ladies Auxiliaries as well. Appeal letters will still be going out so any Knight that wants to give more than their quota of $7.50 can generously do that.
Online Donations! New this past year has been the ability to donate online to the Religious Information Bureau. The link is: www.continuetogive.com/rib Be sure to note the RIB at the end of the giving site, this will ensure that it goes to this program. You have opportunity to make a one time donation or a monthly donation. On the giving page, enter your Council number in the Message Section so we can credit your Council.
2021-2022 Diocesan Programs
Below is a synopsis of each Diocesan program. You can see that your donations to R.I.B. are being used effectively. Remember, that without these additional funds, your Churches in Missouri would not be able to have these valuable programs!
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is using the Virtual Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) program offered by the University of Dayton. Adults in 179 parishes may take online courses, allowing for certificates in Catechesis, adult formation leader- ship, social justice, foundations for leadership in ministry, youth ministry and special needs. VLCFF had 333 course enrolments with the largest group representing over 50 parishes. Based on the need for distance learning they have paid for a subscription to www.catholicbrain.com . They have 132 teachers, 475 students, and around 40 schools represented. They have also partnered with McGrath Institute – another online opportunity for courses for schools and parishes.
The Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau is using the Catechetical Institute Online https://franciscanathome.com program. Franciscan At Home is an online learning platform that pro- vides catechetical instruction and ministry training for people who serve in faith-formation ministries. It also provides online learning for adults seeking to grow in faith and knowledge. By blending online learning with guidance from trained mentors in each parish, the program helps people learn to be competent sharers of the faith, while building community and relationships. The workshops are designed to complement and supplement diocesan formation and continuing education programs. They can be used in adult faith formation, sacrament preparation, the initiation process, clergy enrichment and in many other areas of parish life. To date, they have 532 active learners, working with 47 active mentors.
The Diocese of Jefferson City is using the Catechetical Institute Online https://franciscanathome.com as well. To date they have 280 learners representing 109 parishes on the system. There is also 16 mentored learners and 16 active mentors. Along with the Franciscan They approximate 1000-2000 children and teens will participate depending on restrictions. Another program they started is Parish Coaching Cohort. This program is aimed at building healthy, vibrant and welcoming parish communities. Participating parishes work together to answer important questions about evangelizing and ministering to young people and families in ways that are most relevant to their parish community.
The Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph is also using Catechetical Institute Online https://franciscanathome.com platform. To date, they have 609 active learners, working with 68 active mentors. This includes principals and teachers from every Catholic School. They hope to onboard many new parish leaders and teachers in our children’s catechetical programs through the summer of 2020 and in the new school year. With the COVID-19 stay at home experience, many parishes have come to the realization that they really need this tool and are onboarding for the coming year. The program Activate Your Baptism (formerly called Activate: Discovering Your Gifts) is now active. This learning platform is available in English and Spanish and will allow individuals to take a simple test to begin to discover their Charisms. It is usable by individuals, parish groups, even Knights of Columbus parish councils to activate Catholics for service and mission. The website will be www.activateyourbaptism.com.
How Councils and Members Can Help Achieve our $285,000 Goal
- Include the R.I. B. donation with your Council or Auxiliary dues notice. This is the easiest way to meet your quota.
- Hold a parish/community fundraiser and donate the proceeds to the R.I.B.
- Promote making a gift to the R.I.B. as part of a member’s personal estate planning.
- Earn an annual $50 credit for your Council by displaying a R.I.B. Board at a public event. The application for the credit is below and on the State Council website. If you need pamphlets for your RIB board, you can ob- tain them on the Supreme Council website under Catholic Information Services. More information about CIS on page P12.
- Encourage your Parish to use one of the programs that each of the Dioceses are offering. Each of the pro- grams gives information that they are supported financially by the Knights of Columbus. This can also help you in obtaining new members.
- Send out the online donation information to your Council members and your Parish. This is an easier way to either have your members donate $7.50 or to respond to our appeal letter. The link is www.continuetogive.com/rib Be sure to have your members include your Council number in the Message section on the giving page.
Awards for the Fraternal Year 2021-2022
All Councils achieving at least 100% of their goal by March 31, 2022 will be inducted into the Circle of Honor Society for the current year and will receive a Commemorative Certificate of Recognition. The Council’s name will be inscribed with all the other Councils attaining this award and will be on display at the State Convention. Grand Knights whose Councils have attained 125% of their quota will be honored with the R.I.B. Apostolate Cross Pin.
Each Council achieving 100% of their quota will receive a silver plate. Councils achieving 125% or more of their quota will receive a gold plate. Councils achieving 125% of quota will also be honored with the R.I.B. Apostolate Cross pin.
Same criteria as the above Council Awards except the President will receive the Ladies R.I.B. Apostolate Cross for achieving 125% of their quota.
In appreciation of their efforts, the Apostolate Cross pin will be awarded to the District Deputies whose districts attain at least 100% of their cumulative quota.
- Highest Percentage Per Member
- Highest Gross Amount Donated by an Individual Council
- Highest Dollar Amount Donated over Quota
R.I.B. Display Board Credit Application
Complete and Submit each Fraternal Year for $50 Credit towards Council Quota:
Online Donations can be made by going to www.continuetogive.com/rib
Once you are on the Giving Page, be sure to enter your Council information in the Message box.
Pamphlets, information and courses can be found on the Catholic Information Services Supreme Council website: https://www.kofc.org/en/who-we-are/our-faith/cis.html