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The Father Maguire Council # 3851 of the Knights of Columbus, is part of the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, comprised of over 1.75 million men and more than 14,000 councils worldwide. We are celebrated for standing in solidarity with our priests and bishops and for our unwavering support for life.
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.The Knights 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.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
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Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies.
None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually.
In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both.
2010 Officer InstallationOfficers of the Council are elected into office for a one year term beginning July 1, 2010 and will end June 30, 2011. This is also referred to as a Columbian year. On Sunday, July 18, the officers for this Columbian year were installed by their District Deputy before God and the community at St. Christopher Church. Immediately following the installation our Chaplain Rev. Francis D. Hoang gave a special blessing and proudly distributed name badges to 16 of our newest members from the Vietnamese community. We joined these brother Knights in fellowship and to enjoy a delicious serving of Pho (pronounced “fuh”) at the St. Christopher Parish Hall which they were serving as part of a united parish effort to raise funds for the Building Campaign at St. Christopher Church.
Knights of Columbus Bingo
Held every Thursday evening at our Hall, Bingo is the largest fundraiser for our Council. Proceeds help us maintain the facilities and do our charitable works in the community. We give scholarships each year to deserving students to keep them in the parochial school system. We help our brother Knights and their families when they have fallen on hard times and promote the works of the Order. It’s a lot of Family Fun. Come early as seats fill up quick. Early Bird Games start at 5:30pm. Regular Games start at 6:30pm. Powerball Games are played that are worth up to $1,100. Flash games are worth up to $1,199. Payouts are as high as $500.
PGK, Don Gacevich, walks the walk of a Catholic Gentleman every day. He stands as a Knight with pride, dignity and honor and that is what makes him the quintessential Knight. You can call on him when he is very busy and he will stop and make the time for you. He led our section of the Christmas parade in Covina this past December wearing his regalia and has played a major role for the initiation and retention of a countless number of Brother Knights. For many years he has served the Columbus Club as the Treasurer. Anytime we have been remotely close to financial trouble he has been part of the solution to spare us. Brother Don is a key figure in our Degree ceremonies and has served us as a former District Deputy. His contribution to the San Gabriel Assembly (the visible arm of the Knights of Columbus) is remembered and appreciated by many. Retirement has not slowed him down and we have relied on him so much and for so long. He has guided leaders within the Knights of Columbus to serve the greater good and to keep their eye on the prize...service to others. The photo shows him collecting money to support People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Louis PeñaGrand Knight, 2010-2011
Meet The Grand Knight
"Thank you so much for your vote of confidence in electing me as your Grand Knight for this Columbian Year. I have advanced through the chairs with some great men and with each position have placed my best foot forward to support the officers in the chairs ahead of me as well as behind me. I love being part of an organization where I can make a difference in the lives of others like never before and, with the Lord by my side, will do my best to represent all that is good in the Knights of Columbus this year and beyond.
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Father Maguire Council 4315 N. Vincent Avenue Covina, CA 91722, USA Tel: (626) 960-6740
The FATHER MAGUIRE COUNCIL was chartered on May 10, 1954 to serve the parishes of Saint Christopher in West Covina, CA and Sacred Heart in Covina, CA. A committee of charter members, Brothers: Alan Fitzgerald, Del Newdigate, Louis Roelle, Henry Rynicki and Grover Whitney, chose to have the council named after Father Maguire and their choice was unanimously approved by the membership.