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Knights of Columbus

Council 1653

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven 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.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

Knights of Columbus
Council #1653
Annual Easter Raffle Winners

The drawing was held on March 20, 2016 at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  You did not have to be present to win.

$100 Gift Cards were won by:
Mr. Pat Schoenherr
Mr. Bob Wingenter

Eight pound hams were won by:
Mr. Rene Martinez
Mr. David Reynolds
Mr. David Dirks

$50 gift cards were won by:
Mr. John Matocha
Mr. Jim Placke

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s raffle.


Knights of Columbus
Fourth Degree
2016 Meetings

12/24/16-St. James, Beeville Mass @ 10:30am
2/28/16-St. George, George West Mass @ 11:00am
3/20/16-Our Lady of Victory, Beeville Mass @ 11:30am
4/24/16-Sacred Heart, Mathis Mass @ 10:00am
5/22/16-St. Joseph, Beeville Mass @ 11:00am
6/26/16-St. George, George WestMass @ 11:00am
7/24/16-St. James, Beeville Mass @ 10:30am
8/28/16-Sacred Heart, Mathis Mass @ 11:00am
9/25/16-Our Lady of Victory, Beeville Mass @ 11:30am
10/23/16-St. George, George West Mass @ 11:00am
11/20/16-St. Joseph, Beeville Mass @ 11:00am
No Meeting in Decemebr
  • 4th degrees should attend mass in full regalia.
  • A Cover dish will be served after Mass.
  • Meeting will be after the cover dish.


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