WEST KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS & WEST COLUMBUS CLUB
West Knights of Columbus Council 2305
We meet the first Wednesday night of the month in the KC Hall.
Msgr. George Doskocil Assembly 2391
The 4th Degree Assembly meets the third Wednesday night of the month in the KC Hall.
At West Knights of Columbus, we’re raising funds and promoting initiatives to help those who need it most. With an array of fundraising events and volunteer projects, we welcome you to join our endeavors aimed at making the world a better place.
West Columbus Club
Operates and maintain the facilities and grounds where the Knights of Columbus meet, as well as families and friends gather for celebrations and benefits.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
We Make It Easy to Help Others
We are a group of catholic men that carry out the principles of our order,
that being Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Some of the charities and religious institutions we support:
St. Mary's Catholic School
Scholarships for local youth
Texas Special Olympics
BECOME A KNIGHT
To become a Knight of Columbus, a man must be at least 18 years of age and a "practical" Catholic in communion with the Holy See.
WHAT IS A PRACTICAL CATHOLIC?
A practical Catholic is defined as a person who follows the commandments of God and the laws of the Church. It is very important for candidates presenting themselves for membership to have a thorough understanding of the implications of this requirement. A practical Catholic:
Attends Mass regularly
Receives the sacraments
Observes the marriage laws of the Catholic Church. A valid marriage is one in which all the requirements have been met. A second marriage is invalid if there has been a divorce and an annulment has not been granted. If a brother Knight has become widowed and wishes to remarry, no annulment is needed, as long as the other party is also free to marry.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of slavery; worship no God except Me.
2. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day.
4. Honor your father and mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not tell lies against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife or husband.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's possessions.
LAWS OF THE CHURCH
• Celebrate Christ's resurrection every Sunday (or Saturday evening) and on holy days of obligation.
• Lead a Sacramental life.
• Receive Holy Communion frequently and the Sacrament of Penance, or Reconciliation, regularly. We must receive Holy Communion at least once a year at Lent and Easter.
• We must confess within a year, if we have committed a mortal sin.
• Study Catholic teachings throughout life, especially in preparing for the sacraments.
• Observe the marriage laws of the Catholic Church and give religious training to one's children.
• Strengthen and support the Church; one's own parish, the worldwide Church, and the Holy Father.
• Do penance, including not eating meat and fasting from food on certain days.
• Join the missionary work of the Church.
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
• Solemnity of Mary Mother of God (January 1)
• Ascension of Jesus (during the Easter season)
• Assumption of Mary (August 15)
• All Saints Day (November 1)
• Immaculate Conception (December 8)
• Christmas (December 25)
THE GREATEST VIRTUE
Love is a virtue that enables us to love God, our neighbor, and ourselves. When we practice the virtue of love, we come to know why St. Paul ends his description of love by saying that of three virtues of faith, hope, and love, "the greatest of these is love."
In our Catholic tradition, we know some very specific ways to practice the virtue of love. These are called the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
CORPORAL AND SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
The Corporal Works of Mercy
Show us how to care for the physical well-being of our neighbors.
• Feed the hungry.
• Give drink to the thirsty.
• Shelter the homeless.
• Clothe the naked.
• Care for the sick.
• Help the imprisoned.
• Bury the dead.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Show us how to care for the spiritual well-being of our neighbors.
• Share knowledge.
• Give advice to those who need it.
• Comfort those who suffer.
• Be patient with others.
• Forgive those who hurt you.
• Give correction to those who need it.
• Pray for others.
Once a candidate completes the First Degree ceremony on the lesson of charity, he is considered a Knight of Columbus and can participate in all council activities. First Degree members are encouraged to attain the Second and Third Degrees (major degrees), which teach the lessons of unity and fraternity. Upon taking the Third Degree, a member receives full honors of Knighthood and is "Knighted."
Privileges of Third Degree membership include the ability to serve as a local council officer, and admission to state and Supreme Council business meetings. First and Second Degree members can attend the state and Supreme Council meetings, but they are not allowed in the business sessions.
Weddings, Reunions, Events, & Private Parties
West Knights of Columbus has a 12,000 sq.ft. facility, that seats about 500, with all the amenities. Since completion in May of 2006, we have hosted many events and are booked well into the future. Be sure to book your next event as soon as possible.
Recently renovated, our old hall is still available to rent as well, which seats about 180.
The spacious outdoor pavilion has picnic tables and a scenic view of the grounds populated with many large oak trees.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"