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Fr. Michael J. McGivney, 1852-1890

Knights of Columbus

Council #11761

St. Mary Catholic Parish

10601 Dexter Pinckney Rd

Pinckney, MI 48169

 

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The St. Mary Pinckney Knights of Columbus:

  • Assists in the financial support of St. Mary Catholic School
  • Contributes to parishioners with special needs in time of distress
  • Supports our Pastor with his periodic needs or special requests
  • Sponsors an annual trip for Altar Servers as  guests to a LANSING LUGNUTS baseball game — in concert with and in support of K of C VOCATIONS WEEK
  • Sponsors seminarians from the local area
  • Conducts TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVES to help the mentally impaired in and around  Pinckney andLivingstonCounty
  • Provides financial assistance to sustain and educate seven children in third world countries via our KANS FOR KIDS monthly program
  • Conducts life saving BLOOD DRIVES in the Parish
  • Provides COFFEE & DONUTS on Sunday mornings after 9:00am Mass
  • Administers FREE THROW CONTESTS annually - at no charge - for youngsters attending St. Mary Catholic School as well as those in the surrounding areas
  • Sponsors an annual BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at Christmastime
  • Sponsors an annual DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE to help strengthen the bond between fathers and their daughters in our school and community
  • Proactively supports and promotes PRO LIFE organizations, programs, activities and efforts to help moms, save babies and end abortion
  • Contributes food to and financial support for the St. Mary Food Pantry

 

About Us

 

Thanks to the efforts of 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.

 

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

 

Our Principles:

 

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

 

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

 

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

 

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

 

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