William (Bill) Boiko
FATHER MICHAEL J. McGIVNEY COUNCIL, NR. 5967
P. O. BOX 9482, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78766
The Knights of Columbus was originally founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, who is currently in the process of being canonized. It was created to support Catholic Men and their families in their journey of faith. Back then, the immigrant men the he dealt with were discriminated against and were frequently injured or killed on the job. There was no workman’s comp back then and their families lost all financial support. Whenever this happened to a brother Knight, the other Knights would ‘pass the hat’ to take up a collection to help their families.
The Knights of Columbus was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
Today, the Knights of Columbus continues to support Catholic men and their families in their journey of faith. ‘Passing the Hat’ has evolved into a non-profit insurance organization owned by the knights and exclusively for the benefit of knights and their families. Participation is optional.
Throughout its history, the Knights of Columbus has been an effective advocate and defender of civil and religious rights for all. The organization has also contributed billions of dollars and millions of hours of volunteer service to charity.
Our council was founded on May 7, 1967. They tried to get the same council # as that date, 5767, but 5967 was the closest available number. Our council is named after Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Some of our founding members are still active participants in the council.
But the Knights of today do much more, and as a member so can you. Here at St Louis, with more than 200 Knights some of our activities include:
- Provide Sunday morning brunch after Mass.
- Cooking Lenten fish fries as an opportunity for community fellowship. All profits for both of these events are donated to charity.
- Sponsor our local Boy Scout troop.
Additionally, we sponsor or support many parish school activities, including:
- The Soccer Challenge, the 3-on-3 basketball fund raiser, essay contests, Drug Awareness Poster contests, Free Throw contests, the Grandparent’s breakfast, the eighth graders’ breakfast, scholarships and more.
- We work with the Home & School Association to support, maintain and make needed improvements to the school.
- We participate in Pro-Life activities such as the ‘40 Days for Life’ campaigns, the ‘Rally for Life’ parades in January and Special Olympics.
- We aid many other community programs that we are active in include Clergy Appreciation dinners, Altar Server recognition, the Food Pantry and seminarian support.
- In 2009 we raised and distributed more than $19,000 to charitable causes, and more than $21,000 so far in 2010.
- We also have our own council meetings and social gatherings throughout the year, such as our Super Bowl party. Attendance is optional.
- Our 4th Degree members with their capes and swords also fall-out on special occasions such as ordinations, confirmations, Veterans Day, Midnight Mass and whenever our Pastor or our Bishop, who are both 4th Degree members, ask us to.
- We are also there at the services for our deceased members.
If we each do something to help, then we can accomplish much without overburdening anyone. We have many different ways in which you can help with only a small investment of time. Like the insurance program, all of these activities are optional. Each Knight decides for himself how many and which activities to participate in. It is up to you.
Normally, a council business meeting occurs on the second Wednesday of each month. These meeting are held in Wozniak Hall on the North side of the St Louis campus. We meet in Room 1, which is on the West side of the building, next to the kitchen, and faces out into the front courtyard. The doors open by 6:30 p.m.. A rosary is recited at 6:45 p.m. An inexpensive meal is served from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.. The meeting begins promptly at 7:40 p.m. and concludes by 9:00 p.m..
A council social meeting normally occurs on the fourth Wednesday of each month. A social meeting is held at the same location and also includes a Rosary and inexpensive meal at the same times. Each social meeting includes a brief business portion to pay the bills for this meeting and also a speaker, presentation or discussion on a topic of interest to the members.
If you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, please contact Roy Alexander at 512-663-6301.
For information about your membership status or dues, please contact our Financial Secretary, William (Bill) Boiko, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-560-0969.
For information about insurance programs, please contact our Field Agent, Charles Malburg, 512-773-6650.
For any other information, contact our Grand Knight, David Wostarek, 512-663-2541.