How We Began
In the late 19th century a young priest, Fr. Michael McGivney, saw the problems confronting a largely immigrant population. There were no welfare programs and when the husband/father was injured, sick or died, the family was left without a bread winner. Social and educational opportunities were limited and the pressure to leave the Church was great.
To deal with this situation, Fr. McGivney gathered a group of men to a meeting in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. From this meeting came the establishment of an organization with the goals of supporting Catholic men in maintaining their Faith, offering social and intellectual opportunities to them and their families, providing aid to injured members and to the widows and orphans of deceased members. They called themselves “Knights of Columbus.”
Who We Are
Today, this small group of men has grown into the largest Catholic men’s fraternal organization in the world with over 1.8 million members. The modern Knights of Columbus, operating through its State/Provincial Councils and its local councils, such as St Thomas More Council, is engaged in charity and service to the Church, community, youth and families of its members. The protection of its members and their families has developed an A.M. Best A++ rated annuity, disability and life insurance program with over $80 billion in coverage.
What does St. Thomas More Council do?
Free Throw Championship – A basketball contest for boys & girls ages 9 thru 14. Held each January.
ARC Campaign– Collect contributions in the Spring for those with intellectual and development disabilities.
Showing of “Blood Money” – The inside story of the abortion industry. Free-will offering to Mary’s Shelter.
Bishop’s Appeal Phone-a-Thon – Provide manpower to contact parishioners to obtain contributions.
Council Family Picnic – A fun summer social event for members and their families.
Roses for Motherhood –A K of C pro-life program. Mothers are presented with a rose for life at Christening of their children.
Family Night at the Iron Pigs – A family social outing.
Traffic Study – At Msgr. Murphy’s request we have undertaken a study to ease the traffic problem at 9:00 and 10:30 Masses.
College Scholarship – For member’s children.
Soccer Challenge – A free kick competition for girls and boys ages 9 through 14.
Manpower for the Women’s Guild Holiday Bazaar – Set up and take-down of Christmas decorations in the Church, set up for STM Gala and Prime Time picnic.
Essay Contest – Boys & girls in grades 8 thru 12.
Children’s Halloween Party – For children K thru 3 in the STM parish and surrounding community.
Forty Days for Life – A community vigil at a local abortion mill as a Pro –Life activity.
Food Drive for Catholic Charities Food Pantry.
March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C. – Promote and support participation.
Soup & Stations – A Lenten meal combined with the Stations of the Cross.
Easter Egg Hunt – A family event for children and the young at heart.
Cay Galgon Center of Mary’s Shelter – Pick up and deliver donations-in-kind to the Center that require trucks and manpower.
LCCC Soup Kitchen & Daybreak – Serving meals.