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First Steps for Councils

Throughout our Building the Domestic Church Orderwide initiative every Knights of Columbus council is called to respond to the challenges facing our families and our parish communities. To accomplish this, together we must rededicate ourselves to our mission of service for the Church. By implementing this initiative for your councils, Knights, their families, and all parishioners participate in activities that promote the New Evangelization, strengthen our parishes and build catholic fraternity.

Strengthening Parish Life

Since our founding by parish priest Father Michael J. McGivney, Knights of Columbus have been dedicated to strengthening Catholic family life. As Knights we strive to dedicate our time, talent and resources to ensuring that our parishes are beacons of the New Evangelization.

To be evangelizers, families look to find support in the sacramental life of the parish. In support of this evangelization of family life, every Knights of Columbus council strives to be united with its parish mission and vision. Our programs and activities at home, at Church and in the community, are a means to impact the strengthen parish life.

A Quick Guide to Getting Started

1. Meet with your pastor. Sit down with your pastor to plan your year. Parish priorities should drive your council’s activities.
2. Read or watch the Supreme Knight’s Domestic Church address.
3. Explore the Domestic Church web pages. There are resources available online to help your council plan activities and to share with your members and families.
4. Promote Family Fully Alive. Order copies of the program for your members to begin at home. Ask your chaplain or lecturer to incorporate the monthly theme into your meetings.
5. Start an Into the Breach (#340) study group. Invite all men of the parish to join your council in a study of Bishop Olmsted’s letter. Commit to promoting his Practices of a Committed Catholic Man throughout your council and parish.

Click here for a PDF copy of the Domestic Church Action plan.