As part of the largest Catholic Family Fraternal Organization in the world, the Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle Council is proud to serve the Capitol Hill community of Washington, DC. Located in the heart of the District of Columbia, we call St. Dominic's, St. Joseph's, St. Peter's and St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic parishes our home.
As Knights of Columbus, we are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. Our Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. It was on these bedrock principles that the Order was founded over a century ago and remains true to them today.
To join this great organization of Catholic men, speak with a Knight or click on the Contact Us link above. We will be glad to answer any question you may have and to assist you on your journey to Knighthood. You will find our brother Knights working to fulfill the central mission of the Order: striving in charitable works; serving the Church and unified in following its teachings; supporting brother Knights in their temporal and spiritual needs; acting for the good of their country; and giving aid to widows, orphans, the sick and the poor. This is Father McGivney's dream, echoing across the decades, and living today in the hearts of his brothers and all of those they touch.
Knights of Columbus -- In Service To One. In Service To All
05/22/13 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
O'Boyle Council Rosary & Fraternal Hour
05/28/13 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
First and Second Degree Exemplification
06/06/13 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
First Degree Exemplification
06/12/13 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
O'Boyle Council Business Meeting
06/18/13 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dear Brother Knight,
Earlier this month, the world learned of Pope Benedict’s decision to retire from the Papacy, effective today.
As he steps down from his role as the leader of our Church, and in the days of transition that follow, our thoughts and prayers are with Pope Benedict XVI, who has worked so hard in leading the Church, and has always been such a good friend to the Knights of Columbus. We wish him all the best in his retirement. In addition, we pray for all those cardinals who will take part in the conclave, and for the pope’s successor, that God may inspire them as they carry out the mission with which they are entrusted.
Our Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has written a Prayer for the Church in this time of transition. I ask you to please commit to pray this prayer daily until the Church has a new pope, and to encourage your brother Knights and fellow parishioners to do the same.
We have developed a website for this campaign: PrayerfortheChurch.com. In addition to sharing the prayer itself, please share this site with your council and your parish. The site will allow individuals to add their names to the list of those praying for the Church daily, and will assist them in sharing the prayer and their commitment with family and friends.Read more...
The first and second Sundays of Lent present two sides of Jesus’ commitment to service. The first Sunday of Lent, Jesus was in a deserted place with the devil tempting him to make the world (and even his Father!) serve his needs and protect him from harm. In answer to that temptation, Jesus affirmed his identity as a servant, who, in obedience to his Father, stood in solidarity with us.
On the second Sunday of Lent, Jesus’ divine identity was revealed in such a way that the disciples caught a glimpse of some of the glory and depth that belongs to Jesus as Son of God. The Transfiguration showed the disciples that his divinity, too, was committed to our service, for it was this very service that Jesus was talking about to Moses and Elijah in the vision Peter, James, and John experienced. So it is Jesus the carpenter from Nazareth and the only-begotten Son of the Father who stand by us.
And what does that mean for us? Simply put, we might say that if serving others is God’s choice for his own life, then shouldn’t that be good enough for us, too — despite all the messages our culture drums into us about having power over others and dominating them?
This week think about yourself, your family, or your parish. If we truly embraced Jesus’ human-divine commitment to service, what would be different about how we live with and treat others?
Copied with permission from Fr. Frank Majka's Blog "The Bridge"
Lent begins in a few days, so why not take some time to think about how we wish to “do” Lent this year. For instance, will we give up something this Lent, or will we add something?
Will our Lenten practice focus on making our lives better or bettering the lives of others, like a spouse, child, in-law, neighbor, friend, relative or stranger?
Maybe it would be good to pay a daily visit to one of the good prayer sites on the internet (check “Sacred Space,” hosted by the Irish Jesuits, or Loyola Press, which has some nice possibilities for prayer and reflection).
And even though we can make a profitable Lent on our own, this year maybe it would be nice to do some Lenten observance in companionship with a friend. Perhaps there are parish observances such as adoration or the stations of the cross and several people could to go together.
Even writing a list of people we wish to pray for and taping it to a mirror where can see it easily would be a fine Lenten practice. We don’t have to be elaborate in what we do.
And Lent doesn’t have to be gloomy. In fact, one of the prayers of the Mass refers to Lent as “this joyful season” — joyful because these six weeks can bring us closer to Christ. And what could be a deeper source of joy than that?
Copied with permission from Fr. Frank Majka's Blog "The Bridge"
For an increase in vocations.
For an increase in vocations to the military chaplaincy.
For the unborn.
For our service men and women in harm's way.
For the unemployed, especially our unemployed Knights.
For Catholics in government and positions of power to hold true to church teachings and religious liberty.
For family unity and a return to the Faith of lapsed Catholics.
For the family and grandchild of Brother Doug Cordova.
For Pope Francis, may his reign be long.
For Deceased members of Knights' families, that we remember them every day.
For the mother of Kimberly McKenzie, may she have a speedy recovery.
For all Knights traveling.
For Brother Knight James Therry, may he have a speedy recovery.
For Father Riffle as he undergoes rigors of chaplain training for the Navy.
For Matthew Willette and his new bride Dorothy.
Following a devastating tornado in suburban Oklahoma City, Okla., the Knights of Columbus has initiated local disaster response efforts to help those affected.
People of faith must send a clear message to Congress that they support religious freedom and rights of conscience. Please act today to contact your elected representatives.
Former Columbia Editor Ordained to Priesthood
On a warm, summer-like day, tens of thousands of Canadians gathered in the capital city of Ottawa for the 16th annual National March for Life on May 9.
In solidarity with Pope Francis and those in need, Knights are called to practice faith-inspired charity