How To Join
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. For further information, please fill out the contact form below for our Membership Director or any of our officers Council Officers.
Who Are the Knights?
Starting with the local organization, Holy Cross Council 9969, we are a group of men that focus our efforts in six program areas: Church, Council, Community, Culture of Life, Family and Youth. These programs are the foundation of the work done by the Knights of Columbus (KofC) worldwide. We look for Catholic gentlemen that are interested in supporting activities in at least one of these program areas.
Holy Cross Council # 9969
Our Holy Cross Council was founded in 1989 here in Moorpark and we currently have almost 150 members. These Catholic gentlemen are committed to our community and our parish. Our main focus and aim is to help those who are less fortunate than we. Our fund-raisers enable us to donate to such charities as Catholic Charities and the Moorpark Food Bank, ARC, Life Centers, and the Wheelchair Foundation. We also fund a scholarship program in memory of our second Grand Knight, John Homze.
We assist Holy Cross Parish with such duties as parking control on many of the Holy Days or other special events when attendance is expected to be high and parking tight. We also supply volunteer manpower for other parish activities at the request of our Pastor. We host frequent Coffee & Donut Socials following the Sunday masses. The Knights and their wives operate the Religious Gift Shop for our parish. We volunteer for many other duties about the parish and at the Catholic Charities facility near downtown Moorpark. Social, Fundraising and hands-on support for local charities and service organizations are just a few of the many family and community activities of our Holy Cross Knights and their family members.
Our Spiritual Side
Quarterly, we hold a “Family Unity Mass” for our Knights and their families, which is usually held at a 9:00 AM Sunday Mass. Knights will frequently serve as Deacon of the Mass, Lectors, Sacristans, Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers at these Masses. Also on the dates of the Unity Mass we will conduct a membership drive at the parish.
Our biggest is our Annual Golf Tournament. Others would be our Lenten Fish Frys and our periodic Pancake Breakfasts. We hold a Thanksgiving Food Drive at many of the Moorpark Supermarkets to benefit the Food Pantry, a quarterly parish Blood Drive and an Annual Tootsie Roll drive for ARC – the Mentally Challenged Association of Ventura County.
In addition to the Unity Mass each quarter, our family focus includes a Christmas Party for the whole Parish on the first Sunday in December, a summer family picnic BBQ near the end of June, the New Officer Induction Ceremony in July and many other occasions that deserve special recognition.
We gather for our business meetings on the second Thursday evening of each month at the old Chapel on the corner of Everett and Magnolia streets. Meetings usually include a light snack/meal at 7:00 PM with a the meeting starting promptly at 7:30 PM. Additional meetings to support special programs or projects are held as necessary either at the Parish or the old Chapel.
We believe and adhere to the following statement: “We only expect and ask that our members participate in our charitable service events and other endeavors, when their family and job commitments allow them the opportunity to do so.” Bottom line: We truly value and welcome your support and participation as much as your personal calendar will permit. We realize that business and personal situations can be demanding and fluid. We ask only that you do what you can, when you can.
The 24 Hour Knight
Another way to think about membership in the Knights of Columbus is the amount of time needed to be part of the organization. Imagine if you were able to give just 24 hours a year to the Knights of Columbus. What a positive difference you could make in your community and Church. Below is an illustration of just how little time it takes to be an active part of the Knights of Columbus. Even with this minimal commitment you can be an important part of our council and reap the benefits of what membership in the Knights of Columbus has to offer you and your family. Here is a breakdown of the time you might dedicate to the council each year:
- 12 hours a year reading the weekly parish bulletin, the state and local council newsletters, Columbia magazine, and surfing the state council and Supreme Council Web sites.
- 2 hours a year volunteering at the council’s annual Tootsie Roll drive for people with intellectual disabilities.
- 2 hours a year attending, with your family, two council Masses or prayer services at the parish.
- 2 hours a year on a council-sponsored Church, community or council family of your choosing.
- 2 hours a year attending one council meeting. (We meet once a month and while the meeting is normally around an hour, many stay for an hour or so afterwards to talk and have something to eat and drink which is served after the meeting.)
- 4 hours a year enjoying (again, with your entire family) a council social function such as the St. Patrick’s Dinner & Dance or annual picnic.
There are 8,760 hours in a year. By giving the Knights of Columbus 24 of those hours (less than .3 percent), you will absolutely have a chance to be a better Catholic, a better father, a better husband and a better person. Think of the difference we can make in our communities with more dedicated Catholic gentlemen in our organization.
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. Join Us!
The Knights of Columbus Organization
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
The Knights provide millions of hours of service and dollars each year to those in need around the world. In 2012, the Knights provided more than $167.5 million and 70 million hours!
Degrees in the Knights of Columbus
The Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. These are the virtues of the first through fourth degrees, respectively.
A First Degree exemplification ceremony, by which a man joins the Order, teaches the virtue of charity. He is then said to be a First Degree Knight of Columbus. After participating in the subsequent degrees, each of which focuses on another virtue, he rises to that status. Upon reaching the Third Degree a gentleman is considered a full member.
Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called “assemblies”). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus
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