Knights of Columbus Council 6354  
Our Lady of the Valley and Holy Cross Churches

About Us


The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.


As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.


Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing 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.

In the past decade, the Order has continued to build upon its rich tradition of charitable work and spiritual formation. Various new charitable initiatives, as well as ongoing partnerships with organizations such as Special Olympics, have given Knights countless opportunities to practice what John Paul II called “a charity which evangelizes.” Organizing increased outreach to pregnancy resource centers, providing greater spiritual support for men and women in the military and playing a significant role in World Youth Days are just some of the many ways that the Order has worked in recent years to promote a true culture of life.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, wrote that a Christian must have “a heart which sees” — that is, which “sees where love is needed and acts accordingly.” For Knights, this often means recognizing where people are most in need and responding with material or volunteer support. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Order delivered immediate assistance to the families of fallen first responders. And when natural disasters struck, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Haitian earthquake in 2011, Knights similarly responded with immediate aid.



EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE

                                                                         

Father, Mary Deluca, Jim DeLuccia, & the Knights of Columbus, 

Words cannot begin to express how grateful I am to be a recipient of the Wm. J. McNiece Scholarship.  It was an honor to be recognized by the entire parish for my academic achievements as well as my efforts towards helping the church.  As wonderful as all of the opportunities of college are, they all come with a cost.  This scholarship will afford me an array of different opportunities and experiences.  I am so blessed to be receiving a college education, and even more blessed to receive such a prestigious scholarship.  Thank you!

Sincerely, 

Mandie Mayer

Dear Mr. DeLuccia;

I am extremely honored and grateful to the Knights of Columbus for selecting me as one of your scholarship recipients this year.  Thank you for all the Knights do to support the youth of our parish community.  I look forward to earning your faith in me as I continue to engage in service to my community during my 4 years at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide).

Thank you again and God Bless the Knights of Columbus!

Sincerely,

Marissa Maguire


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