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The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1881 by a 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old.
A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.
The St. Laurence Knights of Columbus Council 11343 was chartered in July 1994 for the purpose of supporting the Parish as needed.
The Knights sponsor fund raising activities such as chicken and sausage sales and Lenten fish frys. The funds raised via these activities go to The Council's charitable works. These works include the annual high school and college scholarship award, charitable works in the community such as Santa Claus at St. John Fisher parish in Richmond, the Mexico Medical Mission and others not mentioned here.
Member meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Meetings are preceded by recitation of The Rosary at 6:30 pm in the Chapel of Divine Mercy. Meetings are followed by fellowship and a "home cooked" meal.
If you are interested in joining the Catholic Gentlemen of The Order of The Knights of Columbus, please contact Membership Director, Richard Ramirez at his email address email@example.com and he will be happy to assist you.