• The Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Sorrows Council 3060 (chartered June 25, 1947) has more than 200 members.
• We offer an opportunity to participate in Catholic action at many levels!
• All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism
• All our programs are planned to protect and serve our church and its clergy, our members and their families, and the needy of our communities. Our Fund Raisers include: Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Vocation Raffle, Intellectually Disability (Tootsie Roll) Fund Drive, Pork Chop Fry, and Lenten Fish Fry’s.
• We sponsor many community services, St. Mary’s Grade School and youth programs, and various Church activities. Various Fraternal Benefits are available to members as well, including an outstanding insurance program, orphan benefit, scholarships, widow benefits, and a subscription to Columbia Magazine.
How do I become a Knight?
• Membership is open to all practical Catholic men who are 18 years or older. A practical Catholic man is one who follows God’s Commandments and the Church’s Precepts. Interested men may obtain an application form from any Brother Knight, or contact Grand Knight Gary Henby, at 309-256-1475 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Once you join the Knights you may attend our meetings which are held on the fourth Wednesday each month at 6:15 p.m.
• You may also visit www.kofc.org or Illinoisknights.org for more information.
America was different back in 1882 when Father Michael McGivney was assistant pastor of St. Mary’s parish in New Haven, Conn. Back then, when a man was badly hurt, took ill or died, his widow and children could be left penniless, lose their home, perhaps be split up. Father McGivney had seen it happen. And so, with a small band of parishioners, he created the Knights of Columbus which would become the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus, it originally served as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics. It was formed to render financial aid to members and their families who were sick, disabled or needy. Later, the organization offered social and intellectual fellowship through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
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 15,100 councils and 1.9 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, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.