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IHM Santa Maria Council 195 Knights of Columbus

Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism – these are the cornerstones of the Knights of Columbus.  Our local Council, IHM Santa Maria council 195, offers the opportunity for each Catholic gentleman 18 years or older to contribute in their own way to these cornerstones.  We are an integral part of the fabric of the IHM parish community, and our knights are proudly involved in all aspects of that fabric.  You will find us involved in the parish council, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, various social ministry programs, the school, the choir, the musicians, school athletic programs, pro-life activities as well as the many community outreach programs that we lead such as Ronald McDonald House dinner, campaign to support people with intellectual disabilities, Kids Helping Kids to supply coats and school supplies for those who are in need in the inner city.  We believe in Family and organize bowling, hayrides at Halloween, Family Christmas party, memorial Mass for deceased Knights, wives appreciation dinner, and participate in the Knights annual family picnic.

We would like you to become a Knight of Columbus so that you can proudly proclaim that you are an IHM Santa Maria Knight as you get involved with any of these programs or any Church or school program to which you donate you time and effort.

Here are a couple of questions which may be on your mind:

Q: How much are the dues?
A: $25 per year to stay in good standing.

Q: How often do you meet?
A: Twice a month the 2nd and 4th Wed at 7:30 in the IHM rectory.  Meetings usually last 1 to 1.5 hours.

Q: Am I required to attend?
A: There is no requirement.  The 1st meeting of the month is for business and event planning purposes.  The 2nd meeting is primarily social or for special programs.  Come when you can.

Q: What are the Degrees I hear about?
A: There are 4 Degrees.  1st represents Charity, 2nd – Unity, 3rd – Fraternity, 4th – Patriotism. You can advance as you wish.  There is no cost for advancement, only your desire.

Q: How can I find out what is happening in the Council?
A: The Council has a website (www.santamaria195.org) which has all that is occurring within the Council.  The Council officers also routinely communicate via e-mail upcoming events, needs for the program help, or important Council news.