Uniforms, Pageantry, and Service

The pageantry of the Knights intrigued Rob. The opportunity to serve is what led him join.

I grew up in Catholic family, attended St. John Bosco parish school from 1st through 8th grades, and served as an altar boy for several of those years. Some of my best memories of Mass are from the early mornings when we had to serve even before heading to school. We took our faith seriously, making sure that we made it to Mass every Sunday. On our annual camping vacations, a high priority was finding the local parish so we knew where we’d be headed on Sunday morning. My mother was very involved in the Women’s Guild and especially their annual Christmas Bazaar fundraiser. My dad would offer his handyman skills to help maintain things around the church and school. In short, I had a great foundation of giving time, talent and treasure to the Church.

As life went on, the practice of my faith took a back seat to the world and its offerings. I still considered myself a Catholic, but during and after college, missing Mass wasn’t as unthinkable as it once had been. I was a busy young man, busy with earthly things, and belonging to a Church organization wasn’t on my mind at all. 

Thankfully, I married a wonderful Catholic girl, and along with our marriage and Patti’s job teaching at a Catholic school came renewed commitment to the Church. By nature we are both “doers”, so quickly started joining Church organizations. Knowing that we wanted to set a good example for our  children, even while they were young we made it a priority to involve ourselves in the doings of our parish. 

I clearly remember attending a “Ministry Fair” in what is now Monsignor Marley hall. The Knights of Columbus table caught my eye. My next-door neighbor growing up was a Knight, and I was always i mpressed with their uniforms and pageantry at St. John Bosco on Holy Thursday every year…something which still continues to this day. That was in 2008, and I’ve been a proud Knight ever since.

Since joining, it has been eye-opening to learn how much impact this organization has. The Knights world-wide provide millions of dollars and thousands of hours of charitable work every year. From providing wheelchairs to children impacted by land mines in war zones, to paying for satellite time for Vatican communications to be broadcast around the world, to providing Pro-life pins to local families at baptisms, there are countless ways that we Catholic men show and live our faith.

But even more importantly, we provide a place for men to simply be around other Catholic men. By getting to know your Catholic brothers that you maybe otherwise would only see from across the church on a Sunday, you cannot help but improve as a Catholic yourself…and you’ll enjoy yourself while doing it! You will be better, and your parish will be better. Wherever you are on your journey, there’s a place for you in the Knights of Columbus. Participation happens on your terms…you determine the level of your involvement. A few hours a year to a few hours a week, and anything in between. I ask you to prayerfully consider joining us. Reach out to me or any other member for more information, we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.