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Who We Are
Catholic gentlemen doing the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons.
In 2001 Father Michael Yadron, Pastor of Queen of All Saints in Michigan City, decided that Queen of All Saints needed a men's club. This club needed to enhance the relationship and friendship of Catholic men in doing projects for the church, our community, state and nation. His answer was the Knights of Columbus.
Father working with the District Deputy Joe Niksic he got the commitment of 50 parish men to start this council. It was chartered by Knights of Columbus Supreme in May of 2002. PGKThomas Biela was the first of many Grand Knights to serve as Grand Knight.
Through the years the council has grown to over 100 Catholic Gentleman who desire to help strengthen their faith and volunteerism in their community. Through breakfasts, dinners, tootsie roll drives, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, plant sales, meetings with guest speakers, events with spouses and families and many other projects have given our Council a long lasting impact on our community. Not only monetarily but volunteering their talents to better those around us.
In 2017 our Council through the generosity of then Pastor Father Kevin Huber got a permanent home on the Queen of All Saints Campus. In these new Council Chambers our Council is able to display the many awards earned by our members through the years, and conduct our meetings. We have also had the opportunity to host many regional and state meetings at Queen of All Saints.
Twenty plus years later we are still a very strong council and invite any Catholic gentleman who would like to get involved in projects with other Catholic gentlemen to please contact us.
Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Conn., and a group of parishioners. Their intent? To bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Today, Father McGivney is being considered for sainthood.
Click the video below for a 5-minute video titled Father Michael McGivney: An American Blessed, which explores the life and legacy of Father McGivney.
Knights are Supporting Held in Hope
A new program started by the Hassett Family, Held in Hope is a nonprofit company that creates and distributes miscarriage boxes to equip and support women through their pregnancy loss. The QAS Council is making a $250 donation to them. Amber Hassett has also agreed to come speak to us about the program at our January 16th Social Meeting. In the meantime, you can get more information by going to www.heldinhope.org.
Cold Knights Ringing Bells for The Salvation Army
Eight Knights Part of QAS Christmas Cantata Choir
On December 18, 2022, the annual Christmas Cantata, titled Invitation to a Miracle featuring the musical works of Joseph Martin, was performed by the Queen of All Saints Choir to a packed church. The largest audience in recent memory enjoyed the music of the 24-member choir and the accompanying narration of the story of the birth of Christ. Eight members of the Knights of Columbus (six from QAS), together with college student Wil Crane, formed the men’s section of the choir. Two additional Knights from QAS provided media and technical support for the concert.
After the Cantata performance several more Knights and their wives provided refreshments to both the choir and the audience.
Grand Knight Bruce Garwood commented that the number of Knights in the choir was another indication of the breath of support the Knights provide to the community and the church.
New Knights Participate in Their Exemplification Ceremony
On December 19, 2022, five new Knights participated in their Exemplification Ceremony at Queen of All Saints legacy center.
The new Knights were Mike Zebell, Bennard Haymal, and William Baker from Queen of All Saints Council and William (Bill) Abromitis from Chesterton Council.
The ceremonial team consisted of Grand Knight Bruce Garwood, John Wolsiefer, Tom Sienkowski, Jerry Timbrook and Jim Welborne.
The ceremony introduced the Knights of Columbus organization, and its principles of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity, to candidates, their families, and other observers.
Each candidate was presented a rosary and told to carry it always and pray it as often as they can. They also received a lapel pin with the Knights of Columbus emblem to wear always with pride, dignity and honor.
The new Knights were then welcomed as Third Degree members of our Order.
Council Funds put to Good Use
Knights of Columbus Support Our Seminarians Program:
Through your Generosity our council was awarded this certificate for 100% participation,
Keeping the faith alive by supporting our seminarians and postulants. As the strong right arm of the church, Knights of Columbus are committed to providing moral, financial and spiritual support to our future priests and religious at all stages of their formation.
From The SHARE Foundation:
Thank you for your contribution of $4,450.00 to the Share Foundation from your Tootsie Roll Drive.
For over 30 years, funds raised by the Knights of Columbus during the Tootsie Roll Drive have been used to subsidize our annual summer camp for other-abled/mentally challenged adults. Camp consists of traditional activities like campfires and arts & crafts, but what sets our camp apart from all the others is that it is a values retreat with discussions about values and human feelings and time spent each day praying together as a Christian community. Each camp helps the campers grow in God's love as they recognize His presence in their lives.
Thank you, Knights of Columbus. Your dedication to mentally challenged individuals truly helps us make a difference in their lives. May you always recognize God's presence in your life!
From The Social & Learning Institute:
On behalf of those we serve, The Social & Learning Institute wishes to express our sincere gratitude for the generous support of the Knights of Columbus Queen of All Saints Council. We have received your contribution of $4,450 generated from the 2022 Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities/Tootsie Roll Drive. Your ongoing faith in the value and future of our program means a great deal to us.
Our mission is rooted in the idea that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be defined by their strengths and abilities--not by their disability--and that every person deserves to thrive and participate fully in society. Your support allows us to provide the amazing adults we serve with ongoing opportunities to engage with their peers, expand their talents and abilities, practice essential life skills, and engage in their community.
Once again, on behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and students of The Social & Learning Institute, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your continued commitment to our mission and Community Partners Program. We cannot do what we do without YOU.
Knights of Columbus License Plate
Indiana Knights of Columbus Charity Fund Inc. Special Group Recognition License Plates for your vehicles (cars, light trucks, RV and motorcycles) are available for purchase from your local BMV office.
These plates can be ordered through IN.gov/BMV, at BMV branches, at BMV Connect kiosks, or BMV partial service providers. The plates will cost $30 in addition to applicable taxes and registration fees. A $15 supplemental fee and a $15 group fee is due for each Knights of Columbus plate that is purchased. The BMV will return the $15 group fee for each license plate sold to the Indiana K of C Charity Fund Inc. This plate may be personalized for an additional $45.
The Indiana K of C Charity Fund Inc is Indiana State Council's 501(c)(3) established to help people in urgent need situations; disaster relief, coats for kids, food for families, ultrasound machines, and other similar needs.