Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on 29 March 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. 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 14,000 councils and 1.8 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 and Saipan.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.
Woodlawn Council 2161 was chartered at St. Titus Church in Aliquippa on 20 June 1920. We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month (March-June, September-December) at 7:00 PM in the Titan Hall of St. Titus Church.
Council activities include but are not limited to:
Raising money for the Annual Bishop of Pittsburgh Project to support McGuire Memorial Home for Exceptional Children and the St. Anthony Schools Program; Providing scholarship grants to men studying for the Holy Priesthood;
Sponsoring the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Titus Church in accordance with our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic letter, Summorum Pontificum (see our web log: knightsofcolumbuslatinmass.blogspot.com).
For more information about us, our projects, or to join the Knights, please contact us via email: KofC2161@gmail.com