The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is, above all, a fraternity, a brotherhood of like-minded Catholic men and their families. Members aim to support one another in good times and bad and thereby strengthen the ideals of Catholic Knighthood. Active participation in membership recruitment efforts, the degree ceremonials, and the social and athletic programs of a council enhances one’s appreciation of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus.
Columbian Squires Circle #5102 at Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Joseph’s Columbian Squires Circle #5102 is part of the official youth group of the Knights of Columbus. The Columbian Squires were established by Brother Barnabas McDonald, FSC, in 1922, with the first Circle instituted on August 4, 1925. The goal of the Squires is to prepare Catholic young men to be leaders among their fellow citizens. Squires serve others and, by doing so, serve Our Lord and themselves. Their motto, “Esto Dignus” (“Be Worthy”) reminds the young men to stay true to Our Lord and the mission of His teachings in their life. Columbian Squires must be Catholic boys between the ages of 10-18, inclusive.
The Columbiettes of Saint Joseph Council 12788 is a unified body of Catholic women, often working side-by-side with the Knights of Columbus, to give service to the parish and community. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, except during January, July, and August. Columbiettes offer a variety of service projects as determined by the decisions of the group. Once initiated into the Columbiettes, all are encouraged to participate according to their gifts and talents, their interests, and their amount of free time.
The Squirettes is a group of Catholic girls between the ages 10-17 and is a part of the Columbiettes. The organization and activities are planned by the girls themselves under the guidance of their counselors and is devoted to united Catholic action and to cultural, social, and athletic activities. The organization focuses on the spiritual, moral, and intellectual advancement of its members, the promotion of which is completed both in church and community life.