Sign In For Members Join Sign In
  • Donate

  • For Members

  • Who We Are

  • Our Mission Our Faith Our History Supreme Officers About Membership Video Library
  • What We Do

  • Charity Insurance Invest Donor-Advised Funds Programs Scholarships Churchloan
  • Get Involved

  • Join Donate Find a Council Store College Councils
  • News Hub

  • Latest News Columbia Knightline Faith Response Social Media Hub
  • Contact Us

  • Safe Environment Program

  • Careers

  • Who We Are

    What We Do

    Get Involved

    News Hub

    What Can Councils Do in the Next Fraternal Year? Plenty!

    Despite the pandemic, Knights still have many opportunities and ways to leave no neighbor behind


    The Knights of Columbus’ past fraternal year — which runs on a fiscal calendar from July through June — didn’t end as expected. Knights of Columbus councils around the world cancelled events and adapted their council life in order to adhere to health regulations. Zoom meetings became the norm. Socially distanced charity events began as lockdowns lifted.

    With the pandemic still looming and the prospects of a second wave increasing, many councils have questions regarding what to expect for council life in the new fraternal year. What can Knights of Columbus councils do to leave no neighbor behind in the foreseeable future?

    The answer: plenty.

    What can our council do for programs during a pandemic?

    Live-streaming events, drive-up distributions, drive-up prayer services, blood drives, assisting food banks are some of the activities K of C councils have been doing during the pandemic. Hosting any of these events require a bit of creativity as you have to make sure you meet local, civil and/or diocesan guidelines within your jurisdiction. If you have any questions, please reach out to your jurisdictional program director.

    While in-person activities are a possibility, it’s important to keep six-feet apart while wearing masks and protective gear, or meet any other local and guidelines for such events.

    What are some safe events our council can do?

    Live-streamed prayer services are a perfect way not only to bring people together spiritually, but also to promote prayer during a time when it’s needed most. Consider hosting and livestreaming a Marian Event or Silver Rose event.

    Unsure how to do this? Join us on July 29th at 8 p.m. ET for a livestreamed Virtual Silver Rose Prayer Service. Neat fact: The rose that will used in the service was blessed by Pope Francis in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the program, during a February 2020 meeting between the Holy Father, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori at the Vatican. We look forward to you joining in the event, and learning how you, too, might host a virtual event for your council.

    Can we host outside events, like the Free Throw or Soccer Competitions?

    Yes, if they are held outdoors and all local guidelines are followed, such as wearing masks and remaining six feet apart. Members of the council assisting in the event should wear masks and gloves to handle the ball.   

    Can I host a Coats for Kids event?

    Yes, but not the same way as before. In order to adhere to social distancing, it may be best to host a coat drop off. If you are going to hold a distribution, you must abide by local, civil and diocesan guidelines.

    Since major events are cancelled indefinitely, what about the March for Life?

    Plans are still moving forward for the 2021 March for Life.  Visit for updates as the event gets closer.

    Are Special Olympics events still taking place?

    Special Olympics events are occurring on a case-by-case basis. Where events are taking place, they are typically limited to 50 participants (including athletes, spectators, coaches, etc.). Contact your area Special Olympics organization or visit or updates.

    Do councils receive credit towards the Columbian Award if they hold a program remotely?

    Yes. Councils that hold their programs remotely will still receive Columbian Credit for the program, if they provide the Supreme Council headquarters the appropriate paperwork for that specific program.  

    Share your story of how your council is helping strengthen people’s faith and offering support during this time. Email

    Originally published in a weekly edition of Knightline, a resource for K of C leaders and members. Access Knightline’s monthly archives.



    Logos & Emblems

    Photo Library

    Press Releases

    Recent News

    Supreme Convention

    Video Library


    Chaplain's Report


    Fraternal Leader Advisory


    Knights in Action

    Share your Knights in Action News


    Please contact the
    Knights of Columbus News Bureau, 475-255-0097

    Knights of Columbus 1 Columbus Plaza New Haven, CT 06510 203-752-4000

    Connect With #KOFC

    Who We Are

    Our Mission Our Faith Our History Supreme Officers About Membership Video Library

    What We Do

    Charity Insurance Invest Programs Scholarships Churchloan

    Get Involved

    Join Donate Find a Council Store College Councils

    Member Resources

    Sign In For Members Safe Environment Program Brand Assets Benefits
    This website uses cookies, including third-party cookies, to optimize the functionality of the website and for website analysis and statistics. To find out more about cookies and how to change your cookie settings, please go to our Cookie Policy. Click Allow if you agree to the use of cookies.