A Message from Our Grand Knight, Bill Steed
Parishioners of St. Philip, my name is William Steed. I am currently the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 9794 here at St. Philip the Apostle Church. I have been blessed recently with reelection after one year in this role. My wife Dwana and I have three boys: Logan, Collin and Nolan. Dwana and I attended a number of different Catholic Churches in the archdiocese over the years. Once we walked through the doors of St. Philip, we knew we were home. The reverence in the Mass had a deep impact on us. And the fact that St. Philip’s was a liturgy faithful to the Church is also what drew us to this Catholic community.
After becoming a parish member, I felt the need to contribute. I chose a ministry in which I felt I could best utilize my talents. The usher ministry whose w
elcoming embrace was my first experience with St. Philip was an easy choice. As a consequence of joining, I learned that most ushers were members of our local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Hearing about all the activities and support they give to the parish and local community was the bait. The genuine caring and
of the members set the hook.
For those who may not be familiar with the Knights, I would like to take this opportunity to offer some insight into our organization. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal service organization. Membership in the Knights is open to all practicing Catholic men age eighteen years and above. The term “practicing Catholic” means that a person accepts and abides by God’s commandments, the precepts and the tenets of the Catholic Church. Knights are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting the Church and the parish community.
Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is also an opportunity to enhance your own character while enhancing your family faith life.
We work diligently to serve the needs of our parish community and stand in defense of the priesthood. We are Catholic gentlemen committed to the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Therefore, being an active participant is
, the root word of which is
, referring to the cross of Christ.
Below is a list of a few of the charities and donations that our St. Philip Council supports: Humble Birthright, St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Philip Confirmation Retreat, Catholic Youth Convention (AYC), Priest and Seminarian support, Parish Spring Picnic, Campus Maintenance & Improvements, and Special Projects.
In order for us to assist and financially support these local activities, the Knights hold several different fundraisers and events. We have our annual brisket, pork rib and chili sales, parish breakfasts and dinners, Lenten dinner, and golf tournament. With the support and guidance of Father Barker, the Knights Council 9794 will continue to respond to the needs of our parish and community.
Men of the parish, current Knights or not, I invite you to a more active life in the Church and in your faith. The Catholic faith is an active faith; we are known by our fruits. The presence of parish fathers in the Mass and in the life of the Church is essential to the faith formation of our children. A faithful father images God in the home and the greatest gift a father can give a child is a deep and abiding faith. We live in a generation that values consumption more than morals, a throw-away culture indifferent to God.
So stand firm in faith. Even better, step forward for the good of the parish.
The Knights of Columbus are here for you, for the good of your family and for your own personal good in the pursuit of God’s heaven
Your brother in Christ.
Sincerely, Grand Knight William Steed